Sunday, September 27, 2009

Generation 1 (1968-1972) T60/T70 series

The Corona Mark II, was designed as a model line that was between the top model Crown and the Corona. Basically it's a slightly higher spec than a Corona, with many of the same features of the larger Crown. The four door sedan was designated as the T60 and the 2 door coupé the T70. In 1970 there were minor cosmetic changes in the front grille. The 1600cc 7R series engine was replaced by the 1700cc 6R series engine. A year later the 1500cc 2R models were replace by the 1600cc 12R engines.

US exported version for the same model year, often include the more powerful R series motors compared to other regions. While Japan and other markets often had 1.5L 2R (1500cc), 1.6L 7R/12R (1600cc) to 1.7L 6R (1700cc) models as well.

RT62 sedans and RT72 coupé features the 1.8L 8R (1900cc).

RT63 sedan, RT73 coupé, RT78/RT79 station wagons feature 2L 18R (2000cc)

The History of Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Cars

Alfa Romeo manufactures Italian automobiles and was originally founded in 1907 by Cavalier Ugo Stella who was partnered with Alexandre Darracq. Through the years the firm has been bought and sold several times and has been in and out of financial trouble.

During World War II the Alfa factory was destroyed. After the war the company struggled financially and decided to stop manufacturing large luxury cars and began to manufacture smaller cars in larger numbers.

In the 1970’s the firm was struggling yet again with financial difficulties. FIAT bought into the company and created Alfa Lancia Spa. The new company then went on to manufacture Alfas and Lancias.

Alfa Romeos have been used as early as the 1930’s as racing cars. Alfa Romeos have been raced in many forms; Formula I, Prototypes, Touring form and Fast Touring. Private Alfa owners and drivers have also been known to enter rally races with great success. Alfa Romeos are famous for their racing ability and style.

The Alfa badge was designed in 1910 by Romano Cattaneo he created a circular emblem that incorporated the City of Milan’s emblem and the Visconti Family’s red cross and serpent coat of arms outlined in a dark blue metallic ring with the words “ALFA” and “MILANO” inscribed.

Alfa Romeo has manufactured many successful cars over the past fifteen years. Cars such as the GT, Brera, the Alfa Romeo 147 and the Alfa Romeo 159 have been very popular in recent years.

The Alfa Romeo GT is a coupe that was designed from the 156 and shares many of the same mechanical features. The car’s interior design however, resembles the 147 with whom it is almost identical to. The car comes with a choice of a 2.0 petrol engine, a 1.9 MultiJet turbo-diesel, or the 3.2 V6 petrol engine. The car has often been praised for its exceptional good looks. The company first began production of the GT in 2004 and continues today.

The Alfa Romeo Brera comes in two forms. The first is a mid-sized coupe designed to replace the GTV, and the second is convertible form (Spyder) designed to replace the GTV-based Spider. The Brera comes with a choice of three engines, the 2.4 JTD turbodiesel, the 2.2 JTS, and the 3.2 V6 with talk of a V8 form. The car was first produced in 2005 and production continues to date.

The Alfa Romeo 147 is a compact car that was first produced in 2000. The car was designed to replace the 145 and 146 hatchbacks. The car comes with a 1.6-litre or a 2.0-litre petrol engine or a 1.9-litre diesel engine option. The car’s exterior design was enhanced in 2004 and in 2006 the 147 1.9 JTD Q2 version was launched. The car was first produced in 2000 and production continues today.

The Alfa Romeo 159 is a compact executive car. The 159 was designed to replace the popular 156 model. The 159 comes with front-wheel drive or can be purchased in four-wheel drive form called the Q4. There are many petrol and diesel engines currently available with plans for new releases being developed for 2006 and 2007. The car was first produced in 2005 and production continues to date.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009



We received a batch of muscle cars from Carrera to test out. I decided to see how they stack up on plastic and wood tracks, so I enlisted the help of my buddy Reckless Racer to put these cars through their paces. First, we ran them on his 75' Sport track. Later, the cars were raced on a 135' Ogilvie wood track with copper braid. We were interested to see how the cars ran with and without magnatraction.The fastest on Sport tracke was the Fast and Furious Mustang. This car lapped our Sport test track in 7.35s. This Mustang features a new chassis which is different from the yellow Mustang in this test. It would be a good challenger against a Scalextric Mustang or Camaro. It lapped the Ogilvie wood track in 10.4s, or fourth fastest. The Mustang also features working headlights and taillights. The headlights are of the blueish "xenon" LED variety. There's some spill through the bodywork of this car, but the lights are certainly bright enough to drive the car in the dark with.The second fastest-car on Sport was this black Dodge Charger with pimpin' spinner wheels. I have to admit that this car kinda grew on me. The red stripe across the rear flank of the car is a nice touch. This Charger lapped the Sport test track in 7.43s and was second-fastest on the Ogilvie at 9.9s. The long wheelbase made for a controllable car on the wood track.Third fastest on the Sport track was the old-school Dodge Charger street car. I love the look of the wheels on this car as they're not too shiny. The yellow Charger lapped our mag track in 7.63s and was a respectable third on the Ogilvie track, lapping it in 10.0s.Fourth fastest car on the mag track was the Plymouth Superbird, lapping it at 7.65 seconds. On the Ogilvie, this car was slowest with a lap time of 10.5 s. The top-heavy nature of the Carrera muscle cars made them difficult to push too hard in the curves. The rear wing is easily detachable on this model so it's not likely to get damaged if the car is raced.Fifth fastest on the Sport track, but quickest around the Ogilvie was this Shelby Mustang. It lapped the mag track in 7.82s, almost half a second slower than the Fast and Furious Mustang. On the wood track it was half a second clear of the field lapping at 9.4s.Slowest on the Sport, and second slowest on the Ogilvie, the pimpin' Pontiac GTO brought up the rear. The Goat managed 8.08s on the mag track and 10.4s on the wood. The metallic red paint on this car was beautiful and really set off the chrome.All of these cars were very smooth runners right out of the box. They're geared for better braking than previous Carrera muscle car releases, and are certainly stuck down enough for those who like to race magnet cars. The stock motor had enough grunt to really get these cars motoring down the long straights of our test tracks. It was a lot of fun trading paint with Reckless Racer in order to establish our test times. The longer wheelbase cars could be made to step out on the Sport track when pushed hard.If you're more likely to run these cars on a wood track then these are not a bad choice. All of the cars featured a very smooth drivetrain with concentric wheels, and grippy enough stock tires. I'm sure that with a bit of lead placement the tippy nature of these cars can be tamed for non-magnet racers. While the cars are heavy and certainly drive that way, it's what you'd expect from these classic examples of American iron.


Alright, i just happened to come across this car’s specifications. Barabus Sportscars, a specialty engine and vehicle manufacturer has created the most powerful supercar. The Barabus TKR produces an exotic 1005 HorsePower and can go from Zero to 60 mph in just 1.67 seconds. What’s even more interesting is that the car manufacturer says that this car has a top speed of 270 mph. No kidding, but this does make Barabus TKR the world’s fastest beast on road. Why it’s top speed is 20mph more than Bugatti Veyron, which i think was the fastest car till now.
Power comes from a 6.0 liter V8 twin-turbocharged with dual intercoolers. The car has a full carbon fibre body and chassis. Further details remain sparse, but the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is £360,000 (668000$). Worldwide volume is projected to be 300-400 cars over the estimated three-year production run. Arghhh… That’s it…
This is how the beast looks like: