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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: World’s Fastest Street Legal Car?

World's Fastest Street Legal Car

There are plenty of ridiculous looking drag cars out there stalking the strip, but most aren’t Tuner Tuesday worthy because they’re just built to go fast ¼ mile at a time.

What you see here however is the World’s Fastest Street Legal Car, a ’63 Corvette that will do the quarter in 6.95 seconds at 210.54 mph, then cruise down the street with working headlights, taillights, turn signals, wipers, and more on 93 octane.

Despite its street-ability, don’t pull up to it at a stop light and expect to win though, because with 2,400 horsepower on tap thanks to a twin-turbo’ed, 400 cubic-inch small block, it’ll be gone and to 60 mph in just one second. Flat. (Though if you can chase it down, it only gets 10 MPG, so you might have a chance after a mile or two!)

[Via: Baltimore Sun Via: 0-60 Mag]

…Audi is putting LED bulbs in their R8 headlights?

Audi R8 Headlight

When the V10 equipped Audi R8 hits the streets, it will be the first car in the world to have both high and low beam LED headlights as standard equipment. (The 2009 Cadillac Escalade Platinum will be the first vehicle in the world to offer the all-LED technology.)

You’ve probably already seen Audis driving around with LED driving lights in the grill, and LED taillights are nothing new, but this will be the first time an all-LED system is used for the headlights, and it’s supposed to use a quarter the energy of a typical halogen bulb, while providing a brighter, whiter light.

Sure, you need to put down six figures for the privilege, but at least automakers are taking steps in the right direction to utilize new technologies that are better for the environment, while being better for us in the process.

[Audi – R8]

…The Zenvo ST1 is one fast ride?

Zenvo ST1

It may look like the combination of a VW GTI grill, Maserati Corse hood, Lamborghini Murcielago side scoops, Lexus IS-F gill slits, Ferrari F599 quarter windows and F430 side mirrors, Nissan 370Z roof and GT-R taillights, but when you’ve got 1,104 horses of turbocharged AND supercharged power under the hood, no one’s really going to see anything but a blurry view of the rear bumper.

Called The Zenvo ST1, this Danish supercar has been in the works since 2004, but is just now going through its final stages of testing and is expected to see the light of day (all 15 of them) some time in early 2009.

Zenvo ST1 Detail

Specs include the twin-charged 7.0-liter V8, six-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel-drive, and plenty of carbon fiber to keep the weight down, and stats come in at 3.2 to 62 mph, 120 mph in under nine seconds, and a top speed of 233 mph.

No pricing information is currently available, but if you have to ask…

[Zenvo]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Lamborghini Countach replica?

Handmade Lamborghini Countach

Ken Imhoff fell in love with the euro-spec 1982 Lamborghini Countach LP5000S that played a staring role in the classic film Cannonball Run, so he did what any extremely talented automotive fanatic would do: He build one in his basement.

Ok, so there are probably not more than a handful of people that could pull off a full replica build of this quality in their basement, but Ken is definitely one of them, and has proven it with what you see here; the end result of more than 17 years of hard work and creative construction.

Handmade Lamborghini Countach Exterior

The car started out as a wooden buck that Ken built off of dimensions taken from the real car, over which he hand shaped aluminum using an English Wheel. Ken also designed his own space frame that he also based off of the dimensions of the real thing, and then designed an interior to match.

The end result is a dead on knockoff of a real Lamborghini Countach, and even features real Lambo taillights, parking lights, windshield and badges for a little extra authenticity.

Handmade Lamborghini Countach Detail

The engine is a Ford Cleveland Boss 351 making 514 horsepower, and a ZF 5-speed transaxle out of a Pantera handles the shifting and axle duties. Wilwood Suprelite brakes take care of the stopping, and they hide behind custom rims with handmade center sections that are wider than they are tall. The exhaust was also handmade by Ken, and modeled after the GT-40’s ‘bundle of snakes’.

It definitely wasn’t an easy process, but after removing part of his basement wall to get the car out from under his house, I bet Ken is enjoying every minute that he spends in, around, and not working on his Countach.

[KIE Engineering]

[Via: Jalopnik]