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…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]

…The Splinter is real?

Splinter

Remember the Splinter, the all wood supercar that looked like nothing more than a clever design mock up?

Apparently it’s quite a bit more than that, as Joe Harmon Design has begun fabrication, and the body is already starting to take shape.

The car’s frame and driveline are based on a central rigid tube section with the suspension and other necessary parts from a C4 Corvette mounted to it. However, as much as possible will be kept in wood form for authenticity’s sake.

The engine is a Northstar V8 run backwards, with the exhaust and intake sides switched around. Intakes sit underneath the cylinder banks, and two roots style superchargers feed air in through individual intercoolers

The wooden component fabrication process includes building a mold/frame, and then laminating layers of veneer into the desired shape.

Check out the site for more details, including live webcam shots and a building blog.

[Joe Harmon Design – Splinter]

[Building The Splinter]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…Ken Gushi’s Scion tC looks bad ass?

Drift Scion tC

The Scion tC might not seem like the ideal drifting car, but with 400 horsepower and a rear wheel drive conversion, I’m sure Ken Gushi will make do.

The car, modified by RS*R, will debut at this weekend’s Formula Drift, and features a BEAMS-built 32-GE engine, an HKS GT3037 turbo, an intercooler, and a Blitz and AEM engine management system.

Additional mods include a G-Force five-speed, coilovers, and a custom wide-body kit.

I can’t wait to see it in person, but even in these pictures, it looks like one angry Scion.

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Chevrolet Corvette ZR1?

Corvette ZR1

Given the chance, I’m sure Santa would gladly trade in his sleigh for a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Corvette ZR1 Detail

Featuring a supercharged (positive-displacement Roots-type) 6.2L LS9 engine producing “at least 100 horsepower per liter”, 595 lb.-ft of torque, a six-speed transmission, 15.5 and 15-inch carbon-ceramic disc brakes, tuned suspension that gives more than 1g of cornering grip, magnetic selective ride control, carbon-fiber front fenders, hood, roof panel, roof box, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings, a polycarbonate window in the hood that offers a view of the intercooler, a heads-up display, low three second 0-60 times, and a 200+ mph top speed, it’s the baddest ‘Vette to ever leave the assembly line.

For comparison’s sake, the power-to-weight ratio of the new ZR1 is better than the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599, and the Lamborghini LP640.

Want one?

Better start saving that Christmas cash, because you’ll need to write out at least six digits to get your own; but boy will it be worth it!

[Chevrolet – Corvette ZR1]

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Ghost Rider Lada?

Ghost Rider Lada

Proving that the tuner world knows no bounds, this Russian Lada has been turned into a monster.

Featuring custom everything, highlights include the flared fenders, fined and louvered hood, intercooler grill, frenched headlights, scissor doors, heads-up display, twin turbo motor, and bright orange detailing.

When you’re in love, style can’t be stopped.

[English Russia – Ghost Rider Lada Tuning]

[Via: Jalopnik]