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Meanie 2.0T – This might be the perfect performance Mini

meanie 2.0t

Ok, I will admit it right away. The photos taken by Meanie themselves used in this article is not the sexiest. The car seem brilliant though. And it must be a blast to drive.

Hi there. As you know, a lot of todays sportscars is superfast and very expensive. Modern cars, with exotic lightweight materials, advanced aerodynamics and potent engines is available from a number of both legendary and innovative manufactors. But not all of these cars delivers that instant feel of joy that excites you and makes you feel truly enlightened while driving.

There is definately a market for lightweight, more sensible and affordable drivers cars. And Im not talking about Porsche Caymans, Alpine A110 or the Alfa Romeo 4c. There are others out there, and one that I really would like to drive is the Meanie 2.0.

The Meanie is small and very agile

Ok, I love small and agile light cars. The classic Mini is no exception. The early ones looks sensational. And boy do they fly through tight corners at a racetrack. The Meanie 2.0 is perhaps not the most beautiful Mini ever made, but its quite discreet. And that suits me just fine.

meanie 2.0t

2 liter turbo, 6-speed manual and 220 hp…

Under the bonnet sits a directly injected straight four-cylinder engine with turbocharger and two-litre displacement. The origin of the engine is unknown so far, but it packs quite a punch. How about 220 hp at 5,800 rpm and 340 Nm at 3,700 rpm? Delivered through a manual 6-speed with an H shift pattern. Still not impressed?

At 847 kg a Meanie is 504 kg lighter than a Golf Gti

Here is the fun part. The Meanie 2.0 is feather light. Weighing in at just 847 kilos. That is 504 kilos lighter than a Golf Gti with the same power outoput. The Meanie can do 0-100 km/h in under 4 seconds. With according to Meanie themselves awesome traction and handling. That must be fun.

One early version had a top speed of 240 km/h, ut to make the car a bit more sane they electronically decreased the top speed to 200 km/h. Probably a smart move. The zero to 100 km/h must feel amazing in such a small car. Perhaps this is the pure drivers car many enthusiasts have been looking for.

It would be very interesting watching the Meanie 2.0 perform on a racetrack. I quess this car is the definition of a pocket rocket. Yes, i want one. Bad. Still no clips on YouTube yet though.

Text : Johan Åhlund – Photo : Meanie.ch

Lamborghini Aventador ”Las Americas” by DMC

Man, this was really something special. A Lamborghini Aventador is a stunning car, but this one has been spoilt with Forgiato Wheels and a Fie Exhaust making a great car even greater. This is the DMC Edizione GT Lamborghini Aventador Las Americas. Just look at it.

The massive V12 has been given a lot of TLC. DMC did manage to bolt on a twinturbo bumping the power up to an impressive 988Hp. Its also quite light, and with the serious amont of carbon fibre used on its sexy body this Lamborghini Aventador really flies when put in crazy mode. Just look at it. Its awesome. The perfect Aventador?

Singer Porsche 911 – You know you want one!

Singer Porsche 911 Rock Island

The Singer Porsche 911 Rock Island – Photo by Singer Vechile Design

The Singer Porsche has 390HP and goes 0-60 in 3,3 seconds

The cars built by Singer is definately something else. With stunning looks, custom built with the intent to live up to the higest of expectations they are the dream for many speedfreaks. And yes, they are fast too.

The one pictured in this article is called Rock Island, and in my humble opinion one of the best looking Porches Singer Vechile Design has built. That says a whole lot.

Singer Vechile Design Porsche 911 Rock Island

The classic 911 design has probably ever looked this good. What a car.

State of the art performance

There are currently three engines available, hand-built with state of the art components. The ”base” one is a 3.8-liter kicking out 300HP. Then there is another 3.8 developed with Cosworth, with slightly higher power at 350HP. This engine is descibed by Singer as ”a wonderful compromise between a high-revving, high horsepower Porsche racing engine and a torque rich, tractabledurable engine for the road”.

Then we have the jewel, the 4.0 liter engine developed by Ed Pink Racing. This is said to be the finest normally aspirated flat six engine ever made. With 390HP and a redline of 7.200 RPM, this technological and charismatic marvel of an engine makes the lightweight and agile Singer 911 a seriously fast car. According to Singer it will hit 0-60mph in under 3,3 seconds and 0-100mph in just 8,2 seconds. Thats darn impressive from a car with less than 400HP.

Singer Porsche 911 Rock Island

The stunning Singer Porsche 911 in full speed

Rob Dickinson and his team has been working extremely hard during the last eight years, and the results speaks for themseleves. The company keywords are Restored, Reimagined and Reborn, then they turn everything up to eleven.

This Singer Porsche could very well be the ultimate 911

Every detail is perfectly crafted, just look at those hips. Those wide tires, the dual mid exhaust and the modern lights. If it looks this good on the internet, i will probably be an amazing sight roaming down the highway. And that sound. Oh man. Many petrolheads has called the cars made by Singer the ultimate 911. I agree. Just look at the cars they have made.

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Koenigsegg CCR – Ängelholms third masterpiece

Koenigsegg CCR in the showroom. This is a mighty car, thats for sure. Photo : Johan Åhlund

This is the Koenigsegg CCR. A true masterpiece in engineering and performance. A Swedish supercar. The CCR was first shown at the Geneva Auto Show in march 2004. It was a new, very exciting supercar with top of the line performance.

When I visited the Swedish sports car dealer and Koenigsegg reseller Callisma at their showroom in Stockholm in 2009, this car was the major star in the showroom. With its intensive orange paint, it sure looked amazing. I don’t remember how much Callisma asked for it, but I could probably sold one of my kidneys on the spot to afford it. You only need one, right?

I recently checked the CCR´s retail price back in 2006. Back then, The CCR was priced at 570.000$. Looking back, a kidney (pickled or not) might have bought me a door handle and with a little luck maybe a Koenigsegg keyring.

The Swedish Koenigsegg CCR packs a mighty punch from the powerful v8. Photo : Johan Åhlund

The CCR was definitely a better looking car than its predecessor, the Koenigsegg CC8S. Excellent paintwork, flawless interior, lots of creative details and a mesmerizing sound from the 4.6 liter Ford V8. To achieve 806 horsepower (600 kW) at 6900 rpm, the engine is equipped with twin Rotrex Superchargers. Maximum torque is 920 Nm, (680 lb·ft) at 5700 rpm.

The CCR made some serious news the 28 February 2005. That day, Koenigsegg set the world speed record at the Nardo test track in Italy. Boy it was fast, it reached 241 mph (388 km/h). Not bad for a Swedish newcomer, it was not far from its claimed top speed of 245 mph (395 km/h). And it literally smashed the former record, of 231 mph (372 km/h) set in 1993 by the mighty McLaren F1. Impressive. And a proof that Koenigsegg was almost as fast as it was claimed to be.

The Koenigsegg CCR accelerates like a spaceship

The CCR is fairly lightweight, weighing in at 1,180 kg (2,601 lb). Its monocoque weighs just 75 kilos (165 Ib), no wonder it sets of like a missile. 0-62 mph took just 3,2 seconds (remember this was back in 2006, a time before Godzilla’s and other supercars) and the acceleration didn’t stop. 0-200 km/h (124 mph) took 9.3 seconds. The sprint 0-300 km/h (186 mph) is finished in just 24.9 seconds.

This is an extremely fast car. It can do 241 mph (388 km/h). Only 14 were made. Photo: Johan Åhlund

I was lucky to get a peek at the interior before I was given the full tour of the magnificent car. If I remember correct it was Fred Mannerfelt, who showed me the CCR when I arrived at the showroom an early morning. Excellent service, and there were several other nice cars to admire.

Later that day I also visited the lemurs of Skansen Zoo. But the CCR was on my mind all that day. And it was an absolute joy to feel, and to have a look at the orange interior, the black seats with orange cross stitching and the big telephone like dial on the center console. There were Carbon fiber as long as the eye could see, and a thick steering wheel. Damn, did I want this car.

In the workshop, Callisma also had a white Koenigsegg CCX (49 made in total), soon to be delivered to a happy owner. At the MPH-show in Stockholm in 2009 the white CCX, with Peter Sundfeldt behind the wheel scared the living daylights out of the audience when he suddenly revved it up, and let it roar.

Koenigsegg made just 14 of these. Since then, the factory has taken a quantum leap in developement and offers some of the most advanced hypercars available. Insanely fast cars, like the Agera, Agera R, Agera RS, Regera and the remarkable Koenigsegg One:1. If you thought the CCR was quick, the One:1 is capable of 0–400 km/h (248 mph) in 20 sec. The top speed is bonkers, 432km/h (268 mph). It´s also very beautiful.

At the end of the day, I still had a smile on my face. The lemurs at the zoo were nice and fun, but I think I dreamed about that car for days when I got home. I still do. I wonder what kind of roads it drives these days.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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Ferrari F50 – The V12 powered F1-car for the street

Have a look at this Ferrari F50 ready to enter the track at Mantorp Park. Photo by Johan Åhlund

This red Ferrari F50 is quite a masterpiece. The hottest supercar you could buy in 1995. It’s basically a F1 car for the street. The Ferrari F50 is sleek and fast, and in the back rests a mighty power plant. The 4,7 liter 12 cylinder bundle of joy produces a staggering 515 horsepower. These prancing horses are ready and available at 8000 rp/m, resulting in very impressive performance.

The Ferrari F50 ready to enter the track in synnu Sweden. Photo Johan Åhlund

With the pedal to the metal the F50 eagerly will reach a top speed of 325 km/h. amazingly fast back in 1995. It accelerated like a spaceship, 0-100 km/h took just 3,7 seconds. Ferrari made just 349 of these, making it a very rare car and a true collector’s item.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund

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BMW 700 Coupé – Love at first sight

This little 1961 BMW 700 Coupe is a cracking little car. Beautiful, and very small. Photo by Johan Åhlund

The first time I saw her, it was love at first sight. She was a tiny red BMW 700 Coupé. A small sports car, with a tiny engine. Although her small engine did sound pretty nice, in general she seemed to be in good condition. Someone had taken care of her. Despite the fact that she was made in Germany back in 1961. That’s a long time ago.

Well, it’s time to start talking about her as a car. Of course, this BMW 700 Coupé has got some new parts and guessingly a whole lot of love during its 55 year life. And it has earned them. The 700 Coupé was designed by the now legendary Giovanni Michelotti, and it impressed a lot of potential buyers in early 1959 when they saw photos of BMW´s new replacement model for the tired old BMW 600.

Nice and tidy, with a Blaupunkt and a patinated look. Photo by Johan Åhlund

BMW 700 Coupé also seemed to fit as a race car. Not only as a daily driver. And it was a success on in rally’s and on the racetracks. The RS-model had an impressive 70 horsepower, and it was light, weighing just 1,323 lb.

As you can see, the lines are very beautiful. Especially in red, with red and beige interior. The dashboard is just right patinated and contains only the absolute essentials. The seats are small and thin. The steering wheel as well, and its floor-mounted four-speed gear selector and the fully independent and improved suspension made it a fun car to drive. No wonder that the owner seemed to be very happy when he stepped out of the little car.

Well, the little BMW 700 is a really beautiful little car

The rear also looks nice. Photo by Johan Åhlund

The engine was a normally aspirated 697 cc (43 cui) twin cylinder petrol engine with carburetors and four valves. It was placed in the back and the car was had rear wheel drive. BMW had earlier used the engine in their motorcycles, but found it a perfect fit for the 700 Coupé.

Is was available in either 30, 32 or 40 HP. However, 40 HP was only found in 700 Sport Coupe.

The car in this article is an ordinary BMW 700 Coupé. With 32 horsepower (24 Kw), it’s not a Ferrari competitor. But thanks to small dimensions, light weight (only 640 kilos) it actually was quite fast. And fun to drive. There is no problem to reach 70 mph/h. You just need to wait a little to get there, 0-60 took at least 32 seconds. But who cares about performance when it comes to this little beauty? It’s a little gem, and in fact the 700 saved BMW from bankruptcy when it was new. These days it’s a true and rare little car. It makes me glad when I see it. Although it’s a very rare sight.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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At least five teams ready for the STCC in 2017

This is Swedish racing driver Tomas Engström putting the pedal to the metal in a very fast Honda Civic, back in 2012 at Mantorp circuit in Sweden. I’m looking forward seeing at least one Honda on the grid! Photo by Johan Åhlund

The cars will be TCR-cars, and hopefully it will be more cars on the grid than before. Last year was not the finest moment in Swedish racing history. Don’t get me wrong, the racing was great, the drivers phenomenal, and we have some great tracks here. But we need larger grids, and cheaper cars that do not cost an arm and a leg to run. Last year there were way too few cars competing. At Falkenberg racetrack I watched a race with just five cars finishing (ok there was some carnage, but what the heck). That has got to change; otherwise the audience will stay at home.

The former STCC cars were extremely expensive, it’s very important that the new cars will be cheaper to run and maintain. If there are less cars racing next year, the sport will lose its attraction to many fans. Fortunately the former STCC-cars will race in the GT-series.

SEAT Leon TCR during the first shakedown. It sounded fantastic and looked quite fast. Photo : Johan Åhlund

Lets hope for several new teams in the STCC this year

In May, I visited the Mantorp Park circuit at a sports car event and watched the testing of the new Seat Leon TCR-car. Man, it did sound awesome. And it seems to behave very well on the soaked track. I was actually surprised by the performance and sound, it did look fast and I imagined in my mind a starting grid with a bunch of other cars like it. That would be great to watch.

This is the new Volkswagen Golf TCR, a car that will be driven by at least two teams in the STCC next year. Photo: Lestrup Racing Team.

When im writing this, only five teams are presented for 2017. That is alarmingly few. However, STCC driver Markus Annervi just signed on to run a Honda Civic TCR, and Greger Petersson, head at Sportpromotion just said to STCC.se that he has two more JAS-built Honda Civics available for other drivers to rent. PWR Racing Team will run at least two Seat Leon cars. LMS Racing will enter with the Audi RS3 TCR, and Fredrik Lestrup at Lestrup Racing Team and Experion Racing Team will race join the others in the very popular VW Golf TCR.

It sure will be exciting to see how many cars will be joining the grid on Ring Knutstorp the fourth of May. Hopefully the grid will hold at least 12 cars, that would be great. More info as always on STCC.SE.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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Arden XKR AJ20 Coupe – A very powerful Jaguar

Arden XKR AJ20 Coupe is in many ways the perfect streetcat. Photo by Johan Åhlund

A standard Jaguar XKR isn’t exactly slow. But if you really want to spice it up, you might give Jochen Arden a call. He is very good at making English cars even better. An Arden XKR AJ20 Coupe is the ideal choice if you want to travel with style. It is also sporty in a comfortable way. It’s a rare sight and in a trip to beautiful Stockholm it suddenly appeared in front of me at the boardwalk. This is a delicious Arden XKR AJ20 Coupe. When the car was new, it was the fastest Jaguar ever made. Now it’s quite a lot way faster.

Arden beefs up the engine to 4.5 liter, then fits it with a Eaton supercharger. This results in massive performance. Now, the V8 delivers a mighty 480 horsepower. Even more impressive is it´s torque, 640 Nm at 3850 rp/m. The top speed is 305 km/h and the Arden XKR AJ20 Coupe (very long name) has also got superb acceleration. Zero to 100 km/h, takes just 4.1 seconds.

The Arden XKR is both athletic and powerful

Yes, it DO look nice even from behind. Epecially when parked in sunny Stockholm. Photo by Johan Åhlund

The outside also matches the performance, and with Arden´s aerodynamic design in combination with upgraded suspension and a sportier exhaust system, the XKR will be great to drive. It also has a refined body kit with discrete styling that makes the car look even lower. 21″ rims gives the car a wider stance and meaner look. The XKR did also sound as good as it looks. Not bad.

Text and Photo : Johan Åhlund
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Porsche Carrera GT – Man, it was fast

One of the first Porsche Carrera GT´s in Sweden. Photo by Johan Åhlund

The very same day that I was having lunch at Arlanda Motor City, this beauty was rolled out from a large trailer. Porsche had really nailed it when it comes to performance with this, the mighty Porsche Carrera GT. Definitely nor the most beautiful Porsche, but it sure hauled ass. 0-100 km/h took just 3,9 seconds and its V10 delivered 612 horsepower. And, yes. It’s really expensive nowadays.

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