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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Hot Rod Hybrid?

Hot Rod Hybrid

Hybrids don’t often bring to mind killer performance numbers (outside of MPGs of course) or awesome track times, but when Braille Batteries set out to show the world what its products could do, they created a Nissan Altima Hybrid that defies expectations.

Their “Hot Rod Hybrid” as it’s called is designed to race in the newly formed hybrid/electric class in the Red Line Time Attack series as well as the Cannonball Run and One Lap of America races in 2009.

Hot Rod Hybrid Detail

Featuring an E85-powered, 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine that uses an electric supercharger combined with an electric motor to reach a total output of 440 horses, this car is no slouch, and according to Braille, it’ll do the quarter in 12.9 seconds at 109 MPH.

Additional details include a race-style interior with “no-waste” ECO racing seats from Sparco, carbon fiber goodies all around including the still in the concept stage carbon fiber Braille battery that powers the beast, a 6-point cage, BC Racing coil over suspension, Wilwood brakes, an eco-focused paint scheme, Power Film flexible solar panels, energy conserving Yokohama tires, a Stillen body kit, and most important of all, leaf shaped exhaust tips.

Who said hybrids couldn’t be horsepower machines?

[Via: Autopia]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer GLK?

RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer

Every year, SEMA serves as the debut for some of the most outrageous cars and stunning concepts from tuners around the world, and this year, Mercedes-Benz decided to get in on the action with the debut of their new GLK.

One of those GLKs that stormed the SEMA show is this Pikes Peak Rally Racer from RENNtech, and with its inspiration coming from the winged, unlimited-class rally cars of the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb, it’s no surprise that the styling needed to be kicked up a few notches.

However, beneath the menacing exterior lies a powertrain that might surprise a few people: a hybrid, designed to make the GLK a formidable performer while at work and at play.

By combining an electric motor in parallel with the 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine, RENNtech has been able to capture the impressive torque that characterizes electric motor drives, adding 54 Nm to enhance the GLK’s performance off-the-line and out of corners.

In addition, internal combustion engines can start to wheeze as the ambient air thins at the higher altitudes that a hill climb takes place in, but with a hybrid drive, thrust is maintained at any altitude with help from the electric motor, allowing the GLK to remain strong during every part of the race.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine that comes stock in the GLK received a special intake manifold, cams and cylinder heads directly from MB, and then RENNtech added their own long-tube headers, composite air intake, and RENNtech ECU software to make the engine put out approximately 350 horsepower on gas power alone.

RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer Detail

To help with speed, RENNtech cut weight by removing most of the sound insulation and replacing the Mercedes-Benz seats with lightweight carbon-fiber buckets. With the addition of a full roll cage and the movement of several components towards the rear of the GLK, weight distribution almost reached the perfect 50/50, which helps handling on tight, demanding rally stages.

Custom coil-over suspension was created by KW for RENNtech, allowing for adjustments in height, rake, damping rate, camber and toe-in, and 412mm, 2-piece rotors with 8-piston callipers from RENNtech handle stopping power in the front, while 4-pot callipers grab 356mm discs in the rear.

Not so subtle exterior modifications include a front splitter, rear diffuser, and lower side skirts all designed to help direct airflow underneath the GLK to reduce drag and produce added downforce, while improving high speed stability at the rear. The rear wing elements also serve an important aerodynamic purpose, and flared wheel arches and other bodyshell modifications “create a powerful side line that highlights the dynamic thrust of the Rally Racer”.

It’s definitely not the subtlest Mercedes-Benz on the road, but if you want cutting edge, rally ready technology that’s designed to get you where you want to go at a very high rate of speed, then look no further than the RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer.

[RENNtech]

[Via: Serious Wheels]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Obsidian SG-One?

Obsidian SG-One Exterior

The Obsidian SG-One is in a class all its own, and is possibly (probably) one of the coolest custom cars I’ve ever seen.

What you see here started life as a 1967 Mustang, but didn’t stay that way for long.

The first to go was the engine, and it was quickly replaced with a 392 cubic inch V8 making 847.8 horsepower and 770 lbs. ft. of torque on 91-octane pump gas. Twin Rotrex C38-81 superchargers feed through twin air-to-air intercoolers, down through a custom aluminum intake, and past the Big Stuff 3 fuel injection system.

What’s the resulting performance?

0-60 in under three seconds, and an estimated top speed of over 210 MPH.

Power is then routed through a Tremec TKO 600 5-speed with Master Shift paddle shifters and a Mittler Brothers 9” rear end.

Chassis refinements include an integrated tubular chassis, 4-point hidden roll cage, redesigned shock towers and reinforced frame rails, and a full 4-piece belly pan.

Coil over suspension on all four corners keep the 18” and 20” wheels firmly planted, and 14” Brembo brakes slow everything down if needed.

Obsidian SG-One Interior

The interior features a 2-seat conversion with heated Recaro seats, a 3,000 watt Kicker sound system including GPS navigation, XM radio, mobile wi-fi, and more. The hand crafted dash board, door panels, headliner, center console, and rear panels all fit like a glove, and the billet accessories are sprinkled throughout to keep everything sparkling.

Outside, a 2005 Mustang front end was grafted on, including custom headlights and turn signals, a custom hood vents the massive power plant, flared fenders tuck the wheels away, and custom billet grills and tail light panel finish off the look.

According to the current owner, over 15,000 hours of work went into creating this perfect pony, at a duplication cost of approximately $1.3 million. Sure, you could get a Bugatti Veyron for that kind of coin, but who wants something that 499 of your closest billionaire buddies have too?

Not I, said the oil tycoon.

Does the world need a million dollar mustang?

No, but I’ll bet it sure is glad it has one.

(Be sure to click through to the site for more information, since there was tons more facts, figures, and custom parts that I could have listed.)

[Obsidian SG-One]