The Porsche 919 Hybrid is one of the most dominant endurance race cars of the current era. With a virtually identical power to weight ratio as a modern F1 car, the 919 is ruthlessly fast but its complex aerodynamics make it fairly easy to drive. The combination of a highly-strung 700+ HP V4 engine along with some incredibly power-dense battery cells mean that the 919 is producing just shy of 1,200 HP going to all four wheels with computers to control everything seamlessly so the driver can focus on making the absolute most of the mechanical symphony being orchestrated around them. Chris Harris of Top Gear got the quite enviable job of driving the Porsche 919 for a day and you can see what that was like for him in the video below.
We all know that Ford took the fight straight to Ferrari’s doorstep in the 1960s with their GT40 racing program but did you know General Motors, and particularly Pontiac, tried to do the same in the late 1980s? Pontiac wanted to build the ultimate Ferrari-fighter and built a sort of Firebird/Fiero hybrid called the Tojan. I also see shades of DeTomaso Pantera and first-gen Nissan 300ZX in the design. Now, initially, it was available with either a 5.0L or a 5.7L V8 and in its most basic form, it made about 200 HP. Now, that wasn’t going to cut it if Pontiac wanted to outshine Ferrari, so it was also available with a twin-turbo kit that, if tuned properly, could push output to somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 HP. That made it capable of a top speed of 206 MPH, allegedly. All this, in the 1980s. Unfortunately or understandably, depending on how you look at things, Pontiac built less than 150 copies of the Tojan.
I generally don’t recommend buying a car as an investment but as someone who likes to try owning a few different fun cars at a time, I’ve learned to be careful about which vehicles I buy to minimize depreciation and ownership costs. The way I see it, the less I have to think about how much money I might lose on whichever car I happen to be driving, the more I can enjoy driving it. Buying an undervalued car and watching it appreciate during your ownership is even better! If you follow vintage car markets at all, you might’ve noticed that fun, rare, and quirky cars from the ’80s and ’90s are exploding in value right now. The key is to single out the good cars early and buy them at the bottom of their depreciation curve so you can enjoy them guilt-free. That means cars from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s are going to be next to become collector cars and the guys at Petrolicious put together an awesome guide on which cars they think are worth buying into now to have something fun to drive that you shouldn’t lose any money on, even as you continue to drive and enjoy it.
The E30 era of the BMW M3 is already a highly sought after sports car that set the bar for what analog BMW sports coupes could be. But as plenty of car enthusiasts have probably wondered in recent years after seeing what Singer Vehicle Design could do with a 911, what would happen if you built a BMW E30 M3 to its ultimate potential? A small team of car nuts calling themselves Redux Leichtbau have done just that, taking a super clean E30 M3 and giving it the perfect stance, the perfect wheels, a perfect interior, etc. And what you have before you now might just be the perfect M3. Instead of swapping to a later M3’s S52 or S54 straight-6 engine, Redux Leichtbau chose to build out the car’s S14 engine, even going as far as fitting it with a turbocharger which ups the power to a healthy 390 HP. To learn more, head over to Redux Leichtbau’s website.