Kian van Dongen

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Making the case for the mid-engine Corvette

Price it at around $120K, and then suck the doors off everybody.<p>I first saw rough plans for a mid-engine Corvette around 2003. That's when we were starting to think seriously about a replacement for the C6. GM's head of engineering, Jim Queen, came to see me and said,<p><b>"The next one's got to be</b> …

Chris Harris, a Porsche 911 rally car, and lots of mud

Getting cozy (and dirty) cozy with the Porsche 997 RGT Rally.<p>Richard Tuthill is our kind of guy. He's taken it upon himself to bring the Porsche 911 back to the World Rally Championship by homologating a 997 Cup car.<p>He calls his creation the 997 RGT Rally, by Tuthill, and it's a fully developed …

Shelby GT350 Mustang should start around $50K

Figure $70K for the GT350R, so, cheaper than the Z/28.<p>While the leaked order guide sheds some light on the equipment packages offered for the new Shelby Mustangs, pricing for the GT350 and GT350R officially remains as much a mystery as the cars' final power numbers.<p>[embed_gallery gid='6005' …

Watch Jim Glickenhaus's SCG 003C test in Italy

Recreating the era of the real-world-drivable race car.<p>Jim Glickenhaus longs for an era when you could drive a race car on public roads, end up at a major endurance race, win, and then drive back home. It's an era that ended about the time of the Porsche 906—the mid-1960s. With the SCG 003C, that's …

McLaren P1 GTR track-only superbeast coming to Geneva

The most powerful, most limited-production McLaren ever<p>Good news for hideously wealthy gearheads: The McLaren P1 GTR, a track-only hypercar that comes with its own racing series and damned near 1,000 horsepower, will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this spring. Prepare your …

Porsche engine chief: future 911s will likely go turbo

Everything but the GT3, that is, according to an interview with exec Wolfgang Hatz.<p>Speaking to <i>Top Gear</i> earlier this week at the Detroit auto show, Porsche's executive in charge of R&D as well as powertrain development, Wolfgang Hatz, alluded what <i>Road & Track</i> has long suspected: turbocharging is …

Dale Jr. puts '55 Chevy, '99 Callaway Corvette on eBay

Built by Funkmaster Flex<p>In the market for a restomod '55 Chevy? Love the number 8? Wanna buckle into the same seat that once hosted a NASCAR legend's posterior?<p>Hie thee to eBay, where a seller who goes by daleearnhardtjr88 is selling both a copper-and-cream Chevy Bel Air and a 1999 Callaway C12. …

This gorgeous $2.4M Porsche 906 Carrera 6 is up for grabs

Before the all-conquering Porsche 917, there was the 906. This beautiful example has a six-year competition record and is up for auction.<p>You're looking at a 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6. The company built about 65 of the racers between 1966 and 1967, the cars immediately distinguished themselves as a …

Shelby GT350R #001 to be auctioned this weekend

First customer car hits Barrett-Jackson block to benefit JDRF<p>Wanna be first in line to get a new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R? Sorry, that seat's taken. As has become the tradition, Ford is auctioning the first customer car for charity, and JDRF is the beneficiary. A hefty price is …