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Porsche 930 Is Maddening, Wonderful

Porsche 930 Is Maddening, Wonderful

By Petrolicious Productions / 31 Jul 2014 / 1 Comment Read More

Taking off again was agonizingly slow as the 3.3-liter engine struggled to respond to my planted right foot, that was until the turbo spooled up and the forced induction shoved me squarely into the leather sport seat, by which time the car was barreling into a corner, boost and all...

Wired for Beauty: Sculptures Capture Car's Essential Lines

Wired for Beauty: Sculptures Capture Car's Essential Lines

By Petrolicious Productions / 30 Jul 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

London-based Mr. Chris Twitchell is the man behind Wire Car Design, the enterprise that seeks to capture the art behind some iconic car designs, in scale, through the medium of wire. They handcraft beautiful artistic representations of a car’s form in wire that can be displayed in any indoor environment. Chris was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his schedule to give us some insight into his work.

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Toyota Was On the Right Trac with This Celica

Toyota Was On the Right Trac with This Celica

By Petrolicious Productions / 30 Jul 2014

It's a shame the Toyota Celica is no longer in production–especially with variations like this 1992 All-Trac. It has all-wheel drive and a turbocharged, two-liter four-cylinder engine. The few aftermarket parts it has are low-key, reversible and/or can be replaced with the included original parts.

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The De Tomaso Mangusta is a Proper Supercar

The De Tomaso Mangusta is a Proper Supercar

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 30 Jul 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

Yes, like many other exotic cars from the era, the Mangusta has a reputation for "tempermental" handling and stability problems. The underdeveloped chassis is partly to blame, but the 32/68-weight distribution doesn’t help either. Italian mid-engined supercar design with a powertrain that can be serviced at a Ford dealer? Check. ZF gearbox from the GT40? Check. Build quality? Not so much.

Lotus For Sale Was Appropriately Named

Lotus For Sale Was Appropriately Named

By Petrolicious Productions / 29 Jul 2014

It takes a significant amount of élan–energy and enthusiasm–to refresh a classic automobile. Apparently, this 1968 Lotus has inspired a great deal of it. This 49,000-mile Plus 2 specimen was recommissioned after being stored for a lengthy stretch of time.

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Ayrton Senna Posters Celebrate the Master's Triumphs

Ayrton Senna Posters Celebrate the Master's Triumphs

By Petrolicious Productions / 29 Jul 2014
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This year marked twentieth the anniversary of Mr. Ayrton Senna's tragic death while leading the San Marino Grand Prix. His Formula One career spanned eleven seasons during which he earned nicknames such as "Rain Man" for his otherworldly control in the wet, set a record for most pole-positions (sixty-five, held until 2006), and was a triple World Champion.

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Driven by Design: The Incomparable Lancia Stratos

Driven by Design: The Incomparable Lancia Stratos

By Yoav Gilad / 29 Jul 2014 / 7 Comments Read More

It wasn’t all rainbows under the Fiat umbrella though, as Mr. Enzo Ferrari didn’t want the Stratos to compete with the Dino and had Fiat delay supplying the engines until absolutely necessary. They then delivered all approximately five hundred powerplants at once. But, if there was in-fighting and jealousy between brands, why was the Lancia so dominant in rallying? Mostly, because of the design.

Dual Purpose: Alfa Romeo Races, and Wins Shows

Dual Purpose: Alfa Romeo Races, and Wins Shows

By Petrolicious Productions / 29 Jul 2014
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When I saw a photo of this car I knew I had to have it but knew absolutely nothing about Alfa Romeos. So what did I do? I bought it, in spite of the fact that it had been neglected, and proceeded to nickel-and-dime my way through it for about ten years, until the car just couldn't take it anymore and I enlisted some professional help.

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This Lambo is in Great Shape - No Bull

This Lambo is in Great Shape - No Bull

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 Jul 2014

It's only been driven 3,000 miles since having its engine rebuilt in 2003. The car has a total of 63,000. To accompany that refreshed motor, the current owner added a "complete new stainless steel exhaust-set, new clutch, electronic ignition system, and water pump"–and kept the receipts.

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Why The Ferrari 400i Is Collectable

Why The Ferrari 400i Is Collectable

By Ronald Ahrens / 28 Jul 2014 / 16 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
The 400i shows the usual hopeful aspects of the period: pop-up headlamps, overly obvious five-spoke wheels, and a sleek, large-diameter, pre-airbag steering wheel. This Ferrari strove for elegance and largely achieved it. And despite the electronic fuel injection leading to a nine-percent drop to 310 horsepower (but a more favorable emissions test), the 400i went down the road with authority, no matter which transmission the 4.8-liter twelve was mated to.

Help 'Driving Dreams' Reach the Finish Line

Help 'Driving Dreams' Reach the Finish Line

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 Jul 2014
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There are many avenues that we as Petrolisti can travel to learn more about our hobby and the personalities surrounding it. And with so much information online, it is easier than ever. But that cornucopia of knowledge can also choke you with misinformation. That's why it's refreshing to encounter men who are researching their subject by going straight to the primary sources.

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What is the greatest pre-'90 six-cylinder engine ever?

What is the greatest pre-'90 six-cylinder engine ever?

By Yoav Gilad / 28 Jul 2014
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This week we move up the range to six cylinder engines. By now, I'm sure the Porsche-philes have already skipped ahead to stuff the ballot box, but in case you're still reading: we're aware of the flat-six. Yes, it's a great engine. Perhaps, just to make this more interesting, you could offer something other than your choice for the best variation of the 901. You're already typing 'Porsche 901...' aren't you?

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