This month I need to mention 2 former racers. Just prior to the Press deadline we lost them. Both of these guys campaigned hard running versions of the Chevrolet Vega at PIR back in the 80s. I was there back then with my “Avenger” Vega. Larry Merritt and Doug Sandstrom. I wish them well on their final run.
Next I will make mention of another who continues to make his mark in the world of racing. This guy got his start wreaking havoc around the streets of Camas in his Pontiac Trans Am while in high school. Don’t know if Greg Biffle ever made it to PIR. But he sure did find his way to the Portland Speedway where he made many runs resulting in championships from there on into the NASCAR professional ranks. He has now joined Team GT (General Tire). What all that entails will be announced.
This next item has been big news at press time but I think most of us are aware by now of Elon musk’s latest antics. His own personal red, Tesla Roadster is currently racing through outer space attached to his Falcon Heavy Rocket, definitely making it the fastest car of all time. One could imagine that he has made many earth-bound roadsters quite jealous.
Along with all of the other news of production woahs and battery issues, we could mention one other news development that may be construed as a positive. We have a Tesla Model 3 which crashed into a pole resulting in almost a perfect T-bone of the front end. Then we have the Tesla Model S that recently rear-ended a fire truck. The front end was wiped out on that one. The encouraging word out of all of this is that their front ends seem to make pretty good crumple zones.
While we are talking about the EV cars, I need to mention the Rimac Hypercar. This is the second generation EV from Croatia, the successor to Concept One. They say this one should dyno out to somewhere north of 1100 horsepower. It will be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. This one should easily blow away the Koenigsegg. Price: $1 Million.
And I guess we would be remiss if I did not mention the latest rumor coming from the Ford ranks. They say Mach 1 is coming. However, they are saying that it will be an SUV. It is said that it will be out in 2020. So we will just have to wait to see what all the excitement is about.
Now, here is some news that might excite a few GearHeads. The new Corvette ZR1 is definitely out there. And it is busy proving that it can run with any super car at any price. Chevrolet proved that earlier this year during validation testing. The car ran for 24 hours. we will just say that the behemoth has four radiators and it has blown away the best that the Ford GT could offer.
Now that we have gotten you GearHeads all excited what with news of supercars and hypercars, we will leave you with this: AV Cop Cars. That’s right Gomer, we are talking about cop cars that will pull you over but there will be no cop inside. Whaddaya think of that?
’nuff said — Chuck Fasst.