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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Schooling the Muqata's Guide to Cool Sports Vehicles

In an attempt to school Holy Hyrax on what the definition of cool cars is, Jameel at the Muqata failed miserably, and while he may hate losing to a girl that really knows about cars, I will attempt here to school Jameel on what a cool sports car really is.

The first category is the super-car. Always ridiculously expensive, it is an elite brand of vehicle that must have several factors to become a super car. First, it must be ridiculously expensive. Second, it must be extremely to biblically fast. It must have above 300 bhp, and it must look really really cool; almost to the point of looking really weird. Oh yeah, and most of the time, they're impractical and break down a lot. But, the point is that they look amazing and make you feel like a child.
First up: The Swedish made Koenigsegg CCX

With over 700 bhp, this car is biblically fast. It looks the part. It's also got flames that shoot out of the back. It doesn't have to be bullet proof or go under water. At a top speed of about 200 mph, this baby can fly.

Next: Bugatti Veyron

With 1,001bhp, this car is the fastest legal street car in the world. It can actually do slightly more than 200mph. It has 4 turbo chargers and a W-16 engine, which is the equivalent of 2 V-8s. It has 10 radiators and a hydraulically powered rear spoiler. A technological masterpiece created by VW after they bought Bugatti, the Veyron was an engineering exercise to see if it could be done. Oh yeah, and the car is really comfortable and really reliable to drive; a rarity in the super car field. Selling at about 1 million dollars a car, it actually takes about 5 million dollars to build it, so VW is losing money on each car sold, but, again, only about 100 or so were made, just to see if it could be done. This car would eat a Lotus in under a second.

Our final lesson for the day: Zonda F

Zondas have always been known to be among the fastest cars or super-cars in the world. The Zonda F is a whole new bread and has only been topped by the Keunigsegg after it got a rear spoiler. The Zonda has over 600bhp to go with its hand built AMG V-12 engine. It's loud. It's audacious. It has no traction control. It's a super-car to the fullest. It's wide. It looks like it's from outer space, and its engine is exposed. What more could you ask for?!?

OK, that's all the time we have today. Stay tuned to our next episode where we'll be talking about the prettier of the super cars; namely Ferrari, Lamborghini, and the ever stead-fast Porsche.

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At 4:42 AM, Blogger Ezzie said...

Wooooah... Firstly: I believe they were talking 80's cars. Second, I have no dog in this fight, as none of these are economical and therefore, not worth it. I can take a Maxima from NYC to Balto in 2:45 with stops, and that's all that matters to me. :)

Third, those are really cool cars, but you had the advantage of growing up in a Motor City, if I'm not mistaken? Plus, you picked (groan) EUROPEAN cars. Who wants to support Euro stupidity!? Oy.

Finally, I want one of those, or one of the Ferraris across from the hedge fund I worked at this busy season. Niiiice.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA - I love this post!

OC: Yes, you have totally wiped the floor with me in terms of cars.

I shall have to think of a worthy response!


At 3:06 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Ezzie, yes, I grew up in the Motor City, so I very much grew up around cars and around the appreciation for a supurb automobile. Unfortunately, aside from the Ford GT and Dodge Viper, there are no American super-cars. The problem with the Viper and GT, which I'll get into in a later post, is that they're not really made for the real world roads. Their chasis can't handle curves, and their traction control suffers becasuse of it. Oh yeah, and the GT apparently breaks down and just plain breaks about every other day. Aston Martin and Jaguar are owned by Ford, but they're made in Europe. However, Ford is trying to sell Aston Martin. G-d knows why, and Jaguar is suffering from a major economical crisis right now.
I hate to admit this, but Europe knows how to make super-cars. But, have solace. It's a rarity that any of these European super-cars actually run well, as I've mentioned.

Jameel, I'm looking forward to it. Remember, I'm not done yet.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Oh, I wish had money to buy myself one of these!!!

Beautiful, simply stunning...

I'm looking forward to the rest!

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Well, when you become a lawyer, start saving up. The Zonda and Kuenegsegg will run your back about half a million pounds each. I have no idea how much that is in American dollars.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

Jayzus wept! OK, see you on Ayalon highway between, say, La Guardia and Rokach exits driving north at 18:00 tomorrow. Choose any one of these three.

I shall be chugging along in a Picasso (a crap car if there ever were one), see who gets more serenity from this exercise.


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