While this is not directly related with out gang being at SEMA, we're big F1 fans and this really caught our interest.
The guys over at Jalopnik had this post regarding the possible return of Formula One to the USA.
Teasing us once again, F1-LIve is reporting that Formula One racing may return to the United States, absent here since they closed up shop and left after the 2007 Red Bull US Grand Prix. In fact, when we lost the Canadian Grand Prix, North America lost all Formula One races. But if the buzz is to be believed, they may have auctioned off that Ford GT a little too soon.
Reports are that automakers want to make a big show for fans in the United States and therefore want a race, but not at the Brickyard. A race somewhere on the East or West Coast is preferred. The possibility of a new US race also raises the possibility that Canada will get its Grand Prix back. We're just waiting for Tony George to somehow screw this up for us.
From the nice folks at AutoBlog.com, comes a great post on an aftermarket Ferrari 599 that tops out at over 800 horsepower. This is one, awesome beast!!! Perfect for the daily commute! ==================
Posted Nov 5th 2008 8:31AM by Noah Joseph
While America's top tuners make the scene in Las Vegas for this year's SEMA show, aftermarket firms across the pond are still moving ahead at full steam.
Case in point, Novitec Rosso's latest take on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. The V12 supercar is already one of the fastest and most capable on the market, but the Dutch tuning wizards at Novitec saw fit to strap on a supercharger. Or two. The result? An astonishing 808 horsepower and a stated 823 Nm of torque (equivalent to 607 lb-ft by American standards).
For that much power, Novitec is quoting a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) run of 3.5 seconds with a top speed in excess of 340 km/h (211 mph). But if you're wondering why an extra 188 horsepower has had such a marginal effect on the "stock" Fiorano's acceleration, consider that Ferrari spent a lot of time perfecting the existing car's performance with the considerable output it already has. But if raw power and top end are what you seek, Novitec's engine enhancements will run you nearly 47,000 euros.
Of course, Novitec is also offering a brake upgrade kit to keep the added power in check, along with three-piece 21-inch rims and an optimized aero kit along with various interior trim options. =============
Here's the link for the full story on this incredible steed.
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