Official: Bulleta Motors launches RF22 supercar… kind of

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Irvine, California-based supercar maker launches the Bulleta RF22 and RF22-R.

New, Southern California-based supercar maker Bulleta Motors says it has launched the Lotus Evora-based RF22, its first vehicle. If the car allegedly designed by Samir Sadikhov also reminds you of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet, then the RF22 successfully embodies its inspiration. Maybe a little too much; the jet struggled with oxygen-delivery and software problems through the long course of its development, and Bulleta seems to be facing an existential crisis in the early going.

Bulleta claims to offer two versions of the mid-engine supercar: the RF22, with 400 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque, and the RF22-R, which makes 505 hp and 390 lb-ft. Both versions are equipped with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed manual transmission. The R model will do 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, Bulleta states, but the 400-hp model can do it in 3.9 seconds – still extremely quick. For those who want just two pedals, there’s also an option for a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

But before we delve further into what makes an RF22, it must be noted that there is controversy surrounding the car’s very existence. Carscoops published a piece on the supercar and reportedly received a response from Kevin Smith, Lotus Cars USA marketing and PR communications executive, saying that the RF22 is “vapor,” or not real. He told the publication that Lotus isn’t selling Evora chassis to Bulleta to make RF22s.

Bulleta Motors’ co-founder, Ferris Rezvani, then got into the mix, sending e-mail messages to Carscoops saying the RF22 is, in fact, a real car. Rezvani claimed Bulleta Motors isn’t dealing with Lotus Cars USA, only Lotus Cars UK, and that Kevin Smith wouldn’t know about the RF22. While the RF22 is seeming more like a pipe dream than a production reality, we’re still holding out hope that the sleek supercar will be seen on the road someday… we’re just not holding our breath.

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Irvine, California-based supercar maker launches the Bulleta RF22 and RF22-R.

New, Southern California-based supercar maker Bulleta Motors says it has launched the Lotus Evora-based RF22, its first vehicle. If the car allegedly designed by Samir Sadikhov also reminds you of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet, then the RF22 successfully embodies its inspiration. Maybe a little too much; the jet struggled with oxygen-delivery and software problems through the long course of its development, and Bulleta seems to be facing an existential crisis in the early going.

Bulleta claims to offer two versions of the mid-engine supercar: the RF22, with 400 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque, and the RF22-R, which makes 505 hp and 390 lb-ft. Both versions are equipped with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 and a six-speed manual transmission. The R model will do 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, Bulleta states, but the 400-hp model can do it in 3.9 seconds – still extremely quick. For those who want just two pedals, there’s also an option for a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

But before we delve further into what makes an RF22, it must be noted that there is controversy surrounding the car’s very existence. Carscoops published a piece on the supercar and reportedly received a response from Kevin Smith, Lotus Cars USA marketing and PR communications executive, saying that the RF22 is “vapor,” or not real. He told the publication that Lotus isn’t selling Evora chassis to Bulleta to make RF22s.

Bulleta Motors’ co-founder, Ferris Rezvani, then got into the mix, sending e-mail messages to Carscoops saying the RF22 is, in fact, a real car. Rezvani claimed Bulleta Motors isn’t dealing with Lotus Cars USA, only Lotus Cars UK, and that Kevin Smith wouldn’t know about the RF22. While the RF22 is seeming more like a pipe dream than a production reality, we’re still holding out hope that the sleek supercar will be seen on the road someday… we’re just not holding our breath.

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Video: Rage Comet R is a supercar for the road, dirt and sky

Filed under: Performance, Videos, UK, Specialty, Off-Road, Racing

The Rage Comet R can be driven on the road or off-road.

In a perfect world, every vehicle would do everything well. In reality, the Ford SVT Raptor will tear up desert landscapes like no other production truck, but it will also struggle to grip the tarmac at a racetrack. In the same vein, it would be foolish to take a Porsche 911 GT3 dune jumping. The folks at Rage beg to differ and made a vehicle that they claim is as good on a racetrack as it is off-road: the Comet R (R200RT).

XCAR recently drove the Comet R to see if it really is the dual-nature beast Rage claims it is, and it didn’t disappoint. First off, it’s fast. The Comet R has the 200-horsepower, four-cylinder motor from the Kawasaki ZZR1400 motorcycle; it accelerates from 0-60 miles per hour in about 3.5 seconds, according to XCAR. Looking more like an off-road buggy than anything else, the Comet R isn’t an exercise in design, but purely in function. That is, it functions amazingly well sideways at a racetrack, and perhaps even better in an off-road environment. Just slip on some off-road wheels and tires and make some suspension adjustments, and it’ll tackle unforgiving terrain and take jumps with the ferocity of a Trophy Truck. In the UK, at least, it is also road legal, so it can be driven to and from track days without having to be towed.

See for yourself how the Comet R handles all types of terrain in the video we included below.

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Video: Never-was Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar driven by Autocar

Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Videos, Jaguar, UK, Electric

Jaguar C-X75 - Autocar drive video screencap

There’s lucky, and then there’s “I got to drive the Jaguar C-X75.” The crew from Autocar is among the handful of souls who can honestly make the latter statement. Jaguar invited the publication down for a little time in both the passenger and driver seats around the automaker’s proving grounds. While there’s no end to the jealousy oozing from our pores, the good news is that there were a few cameras on hand to capture the experience. As you may recollect, the C-X75 Concept was a unique hybrid supercar concept built to duke it out with the likes of the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1. The British automaker put it on track for production, but unfortunately stopped the project about six months ago.

With a twincharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine capable of revving to 10,000 rpm, the C-X75 concept yields 502 horsepower and gets partnered with four electric motors – one at each wheels. A 19kWh lithium-ion battery pack serves up 300kW of power, and combined, the motors and battery are capable of yielding an additional 194 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Combined, the driveline is good for more than 850 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Said another way, the C-X75 will do the 0-60 miles per hour dance in under three seconds.

And Autocar got to drive it. You can watch the video for yourself by scrolling below.

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Official: 220-mph Vencer Sarthe supercar to be revealed at Salon Prive

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, UK, MISC

The last time we heard about Dutch supercar upstart Vencer was a little more than a year ago when it announced it would call its one offering Sarthe. Vencer says the Sarthe will be officially unveiled to the UK in early September at London’s Salon Privé.

The Sarthe sure seems to bring the supercar goods. Vencer says it will be a tube steel and chrome-moly chassis attached to a honeycomb aluminum floor. Top Gear says a “510-bhp Corvette V8” sits behind the driver, to which a six-speed manual is bolted. Vencer says the car’s carbon fiber bodywork helps keep the weight near 3,064 pounds. Light weight and high power team up to propel the supercar to 60 in just 3.8 seconds and then to a top speed of 202 miles per hour.

Air conditioning, electric windows and locks, “in-car entertainment,” an alarm and ABS are the standard accoutrements, but customers can request extras.

Speaking of customers, there won’t be very many since production will be “low volume.” Pricing hasn’t been announced, but the London coming-out party will feature English afternoon tea, champagne and a lobster luncheon. So, bet on including that in the eventual sticker price.

Read the official press release below.

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How kids see the wild SLS AMG supercar [w/video]

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Etc., Mercedes-Benz, Design/Style

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG goes to middle school – Click above for high-res image gallery

We’re no stranger to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The automaker’s two-seat flagship, powered by a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 563 horsepower, has been covered ad nauseam on our pages since its introduction nearly two years ago. We are big fans of the 3,573-pound aluminum-bodied sports car, so we’ve never avoided a chance to grab its key fob, swing open the unique “gull wing” doors and take it for a spin.

Presented with another opportunity to spend time with the eye-catching coupe, and realizing another driving review was simply out of the question, we chose to take the $203,500 Benz to a local middle school and see what the kids thought of it. Unlike us journalists, often oversaturated with horsepower and sexy sheet metal, the unjaded minds of kids could offer all of us a new perspective.

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Report: Danish firm HRH planning mid-engined Aston Martin supercar

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Aston Martin, Design/Style

HRH Aston Martin V12

HRH Aston Martin V12 – Click above for high-res image

Zagato, it turns out, isn’t the only coachbuilder working on a supercar based on an Aston Martin: a Danish outfit called HBH is reportedly planning to build model based on the V12 Vantage as well, but theirs will be a unique mid-engine design.

The company takes its name from its founders: Jesper Hermann, Christian Brandt and Torben Hartvig. Between them, they’ve worked on such small-run supercar projects as the Kleeman GTK, Zenvo ST1 and the Sondergard prototype.

Drawing inspiration from the 1979 Aston Martin Bulldog concept and from Lola’s Aston-powered LMP1 racer and the in-house AMR-One that followed, HBH is reportedly working Aston’s 6.0-liter V12 into a bespoke chassis.

So far HRH has only released the teaser image above, which we’ve lightened for a better view. The project is slated to be built as a solitary example for a single customer, who will retain the rights to the design as well as any prospect of its future production. In other words, if they find the right customer, they’ll build him one, but a further production run could be in the cards as well.

Danish firm HRH planning mid-engined Aston Martin supercar originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 23 May 2011 15:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Terrifying V8 Supercar crash on the grid at Barbagallo

Filed under: Motorsports, Sedan, Videos, Holden, Australia, Racing

Karl Reindler Crash

Karl Reindler’s crash at Barbagallo – Click above to view video after the jump

Today’s round of the Australian V8 Supercar series at Barbagallo didn’t even get to the first corner before a massive accident brought out the caution. When the green flag waved, driver Karl Reindler stalled his Holden Commodore and was rammed from behind by Steve Owen. Owen had already accelerated to almost 95 mph by the time he came into contact with Reindler.

The enormous impact was enough to make Reindler’s Holden explode into flames, and sent both parties spinning into the infield. Luckily, Reindler was able to find his own way out of his stricken Holden, and somehow escaped with only minor burns to his hands and face. Owen was unharmed in the wreck, though officials sent him to the infield medical center after he complained of soreness. After a 95-0 impact, we’d say that much is expected. Hop over the jump to see the video for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Anthony Mark!

[Source: YouTube]

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eGarage aims to provide an Internet home for supercar enthusiasts

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eGarage Koenigsegg CCX

eGarage Koenigsegg CCX – Click above for high-res image gallery

A new automotive website is getting ready to hit the Internet. Called eGarage, the site’s goal is to become a haven for supercar enthusiasts. The team behind eGarage wants to prove it’s serious, so it has teamed up with HRE Wheels to dress up a pair of hyper-exotic supercars.

At the 2011 Supercar Experience in Miami, eGarage will show off a Koenigsegg CCX and SSC Ultimate Aero. The CCX wears a set of new 595 RS HRE Wheels and a matte-white wrap.

Currently, eGarage.com is just a splash page displaying a car-centric rewording of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Rifleman’s Creed. (Really, guys?) We’ll withhold full judgement on the site’s true potential until we see the finished product. If nothing else, the CCX and Ultimate Aero indicate that there should be plenty of hardware to drool over once eGarage goes officially live.

[Source: eGarage]

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Oh, Canada: De Macross GT1 supercar is welcome to come across the border

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Canada, MISC

De Macross GT1

De Macross GT1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Just when you thought all Canada was good for was affordable health care and civil political discourse, our neighbors to the north surprise you with a creation like the De Macross GT1. The brainchild of Jahong Mur, the supercar boasts a host of exotic materials and more than a little tech borrowed from the hive mind at Formula One. That includes the vehicle’s suspension system, which uses the same Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers that Multimatic cooked up for various F1 outfits. The four-way adjustable pieces can crop the vehicle’s ride height by over an inch to allow for both a street and a track set up.

A mid-mounted 5.4-liter Roush Yates supercharged V8 engine provides thrust. The mill dumps 800 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque onto the rear wheels only via a six-speed-manual transmission. The company says the gear is good enough to scoot the GT1 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds while dusting off a standing quarter mile in 11.5. That’s mighty quick by anyone’s measure.

There’s no word on how much this machine will cost you, but we’d bet a nickel it won’t be cheap. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

Gallery: de Macross GT1

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