When you think of performance vehicles, Ferrari is a manufacturer that is most always at the top of anyone’s list. The 1992 Ferrari 348 ts features a 2-door targa style body with rear wheel drive and a 5 speed manual transmission. This baby accelerates from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and from 0-100 in just under 6 seconds. The 348 ts achieves a top rated speed of 170 mph. This is a blistering pace for a modern sports car.
Measuring in at 166 inches from front to rear the Ferrari 348 ts has a wheelbase of 96.5 inches. It is rated with an estimated driving distance of 415 miles per tank. Though not rated as a fuel efficiency car, this machine would be a valuable asset to any automobile collection.
Featuring a Ferrari Dino V8 Tipo F19 engine with indirect injection and natural aspiration, the 348 maximizes performance. The Bosch Motronic 2.5 DOHC helps to attain a 296 HP rating with 238 ft-pd of torque. When you are behind the wheel, you can feel the power surging through.
With a longitudinal placement, the engine, transmission, and rear suspension were contained in a tube that is removable and sports a rear sub-frame. Other innovative additions to the Ferrari 348 include a centrally located fuel tank, double-redundant anti-lock breaks, and optional traction control.
Many people acknowledge that one of the most beautiful sights is an incredibly designed car, unique from others except for the basic components that make it run. Such a car is the alluringly dynamic McLaren P1 sportscar, making a preview appearance at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.Beauty is not only skin deep, as demonstrated by the number of auto aficionados that are intrigued with the MonoCage. A lightweight carbon roof structure safety cage, it is built along the concept of the MonoCell. This streamlined version reduces the weight of the car while guiding air into the engine by using air intake ducts and an integral roof snorkel.
Superior aerodynamics and lower weight are part of the reasons for higher performance. The balance is due to the blend of engineering and technical skill, as well as the creative freedom that thought of this vehicle, which will allow sales near their Golden Anniversary in late 2013.
Drivers can automatically adjust the large rear wing to add to the dynamics and the downforce, which delivers higher levels than any car on the road to date. Imagine getting 600kg well before reaching maximum speed, beating even the McLaren MP4-12C downforce by nearly 5 times and similar to that of the 12C GT3 racer.
Continuing with the original concept of lighter and faster automobiles, carbon fibre is used to build the body panels. In 1981, McLaren was the first company to provide a full carbon body Grand Prix car and followed that with the full carbon body road car F1.
One unusual feature is the design that allows the exposure of the carbon structure, which in turn shows how streamlined air is sent through the door ducts into the main radiators. The overall impression is that the car is light enough to do anything the driver asks. Visual mass is broken up on the body side, drawing attention to the cab-forward stance and overall appeal of the incredible McLaren P1.
Ferrari has made a bold statement to commemorate their 20th year in China. An extremely limited edition of the Ferrari 458 Italia is being released to celebrate the company’s success in the country. Twenty of the cars will be available for purchase. The Ferrari 458 Italia is world renown for its beauty and speed with an incredible 35 awards won around the globe.
The “2012 Ferrari 458 Italia China Special Edition” boasts an massive eight cylinder engine. The limited edition car will be “Marco Polo” red that is available only for this car. Decked out with a gold dragon on the hood and gold rimmed tires the red and gold is set off with black racing stripes down the side of the sports car. China has long considered a dragon to offer good luck and fortune and with 2012 being the year of the dragon, it is a fitting Chinese tribute.
Each one of the cars will have specialized start buttons with simplified Chinese characters. A inset dash plaque denoting the special edition will be added to each one of the 20 cars. A beautiful leather interior and handling that Ferrari is known for in their vehicles is a given in the 458 Italia. The price has not been released.