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Ah, track performance, the be-all and end-all of sports cars. Even if the majority of owners won’t engage in such activities, it makes for great marketing. However, sometimes surprises pop up – such as Car and Driver’s recent test which showed that the GT500 is quicker to 60 mph with street than track tires.

That’s right; if you’re in a GT500 with the $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack and you pull up next to a GT500 without it, you’re better off not racing from light to light. First of all, because street racing is dangerous and illegal.

But also because, according to Car and Driver, the GT500 with the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S is 0.2 seconds faster to 60 mph than with the optional Pilot Sport Cup 2. Ford’s lead development engineer, Steve Thompson, isn’t surprised.

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“It’s not atypical to see a PS4S equal the Cup tire or go a bit faster,” Thompson told C&D. As is often the case with performance driving, the reasons are manifold.

Put simply, the PS4S was made to maximize longitudinal grip, while the Cup 2 prioritizes lateral grip to get you going around corners faster. In fact, Thompson said the street tire is designed with occasional drag racing in mind.

According to C&D testing, the Cup 2 track tire offers 1.13 G of lateral grip on the skid pad, which is impressive for a big, heavy car. The Pilot Sport, meanwhile, tops out at 0.99 G, which is still very good, just not as good as the Cup 2.

On the other hand, the GT500 on street tires hit 30 mph in 1.6 seconds and 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and the one on track tires hit 30 in 1.7 seconds and 60 in 3.6. Down the quarter-mile, they posted a time of 11.3 seconds (PS4S) and 11.4 seconds (Cup 2), with both cars crossing the line at 132 mph.

Sure, that’s a pretty small difference and one that could easily be overcome by reaction times in the real world, but it’s worth remembering when you’re speccing the car. The track pack really is, like its name says, focused on the track, not the strip.


Manhart has added the BMW X7 to its catalogue of modified cars, with the German brand’s flagship SUV getting an off-road-ish makeover and more power.

Inspired by armored command vehicles of special force units, the body was wrapped in a custom foil with matte black brushed surfaces and 3D rivets. It also sports the tuner’s 20×10-inch Black Rhino rims shod in chunky Maxxis Bighorn MT-764 305/50 rubber and a modified air suspension, which has increased ground clearance by around 40 mm (1.6 in).

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Based on the M50i version of the X7, the MHX7 650 Dirt Edition, which is the official name of the project, also boasts more power thanks to the Manhart’s HJS downpipe that reduces back-pressure, a stainless steel exhaust system with valve control, and re-mapped software. As a result, the tuned X7 now has 650 PS (641 HP / 478 kW) and 920 Nm (679 lb-ft) of torque.

This makes Manhart’s MHX7 650 Dirt Edition more powerful than the 621 PS (612 HP / 457 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) Alpina XB7, which can run the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds and has a 290 km/h (180 mph) maximum speed.

By comparison, the stock twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 produces 530 PS (523 HP / 390 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) and is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with M Sport rear differential. This combo allows the X7 M50i to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h), or 155 mph (250 km/h) with summer performance tires.

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Drifting is certainly enjoyable, but it should only be done in controlled areas; public roads are not the place to do it as many things can go wrong. Case at hand, this Nissan driver.

We recently found this video on Reddit and while it’s unclear exactly where it was filmed, it shows just how quickly things can get messy should you make a mistake while trying to drift.

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As the driver of the Nissan, which appears to be 240SX from the late 1990s, approaches a right-hand bend, they head to the left and kick the tail out. However, moments later, they run out of space and the car hits the grass on the side of the road.

Despite the left wheels being the grass and one of the front wheels lifting off the ground, the driver continues to hold the drift, rather than letting off the throttle and trying to recover the car. Before long, they lose control and slide down a small embankment into a row of trees.

The video cuts off just as the 240SX approaches the trees. Regardless of whether or not the car needed some costly repairs after the incident, the driver, who we hope escaped with no injuries, has no doubt learned a lesson to not go drifting on public roads.

He tried his hardest to save that from r/IdiotsInCars