S:S:L test driver extrordinaire, Michael Mills, took delivery of his new 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car yesterday in Atlanta. The car as shown here is literally as fresh off the boat from Germany as they come with all the tags in tact and rear wing still in the box. The car has to undergo some modifications from its current form to meet the IMSA GT3 Challenge specifications and be setup in time to make the winter tire test at Sebring in a few weeks. Lots of work to be done but we’ll be covering the transformation as much as we can. For those of you who don’t remember, Michael won his first IMSA GT3 Challenge race in the Gold class on his first attempt at Petit Le Mans last year and placed 2nd by a very close margin during the second race. This year Michael will be competing in the Platinum class with this brand new car and S:S:L be along for the ride for the entire season. We can’t wait to see this thing on the track!
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The team at Drive has published their first video of the 2012 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge season from Sebring International Raceway. ...Read More
Photo: Andrew Trahan/Andrew Trahan Photography/Speed:Sport:Life Our resident test driver, Michael Mills, drove the #41 Effort...Read More
Frequent readers of Speed:Sport:Life know Michael Mills as our resident wheel man when it comes to putting down fast lap times on...Read More
Photos by Zerin Dube & Ford Motor Company
When Ford resurrected legendary 5.0 engine with the 2011 Mustang GT, muscle car enthusiasts everywhere waited with bated breath for the seemingly inevitable return of the iconic Boss 302 nameplate. With Dodge heating up the muscle car wars with the Challenger 392 and the Chevy Camaro SS flying off the showroom floors, it only made sense for Ford to slot a higher-performance model in between the already competent Mustang GT and range-topping GT500 models. Enthusiasts didn’t have to wait long, as Ford proudly announced the return of the Boss 302 for the 2012 Mustang model year.
I headed out to MSR Houston last weekend to visit friend of S:S:L, Michael Mills, and was pleasantly surprised to see John Hennessey and John Heinricy testing out their latest creations. The ZR700 is a tweaked version of the already potent ZR1. Hennessey claims 705 horsepower with the upgrades. The top video is one I shot from the end of pit wall as the ZR700 entered turn 1 at MSR Houston. The in-car video below is by Hennessey Performance and shows John Heinricy in action. Enjoy!
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Story by Jack Baruth, photos by Sydney Davis Photography/MSR Houston
Three hundred thousand dollars’ worth of damage. Imagine owning a car so valuable, so difficult to fix, so chock-full of unobtanium parts that it’s possible to cause three hundred G’s worth of damage simply by running it at low speed into a Jersey barrier. Hard to believe – and yet that’s exactly what happened to movie producer Daniel Sadek when comedian Eddie Griffin borrowed his Ferrari Enzo and understeered straight into the concrete during a promotional event.
With Enzo values hovering in the million-and-a-half-dollar range, a $300K hit wasn’t enough to total the car, but it was enough to raise doubts as to whether the car could ever be repaired well enough to satisfy a potential buyer. What happened next has quickly become an Internet legend: Exotic-car dealer Matt Groner bought Sadek’s Enzo, purchased over $91,000 of authentic Ferrari parts, and invested an undisclosed but presumably massive amount of labor to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. It’s now up for sale on Ebay with a starting bid of $1,200,000. The winner of the auction is unlikely to be disappointed; Groner was painstaking in his efforts, modestly allowing that the paintjob just might be better than Ferrari’s notoriously sloppy original work.
Still, consider the fact that this is one of fewer than four hundred Enzos in the world. It’s a car that can be six-figure damaged by having an autocross accident. A crunch that wouldn’t cost ten grand to fix on a Mustang. A “crash” that, at the very worst, probably happened at thirty miles per hour.
Did you hear that?
That’s the sound of Michael Mills blowing by at one fifty.