Wednesday, June 6, 2007
The Fastest Cat, And Its Not A Jaguar

For most of us, a car is only as good as its 0-60 time. If you are like me who thinks that an engine produces the loveliest sound in the world, you are in for a treat as we look at the fastest cat in the world. No, it is not a Jaguar but a cat with American and British flags painted on the side. It’s a cat from hell known as the Melling Hellcat.

The supercar is designed by British engine expert Al Melling. The resume of Mr. Melling includes designing the Jaguar engine which helped the team win four races at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. He said that he is aiming to enter a team at the famous endurance race. Then came along the Melling Hellcat, Mr. Melling claimed that the sale of the car will enable him to enter the endurance race.

The Hellcat is the first car ever designed by the British engineer. Its powerplant is a V10 with billet aluminum milled engine block and cylinder heads. The said car’s engine is stowed in its front under the sleek hood. A rear-wheel drive car, the Hellcat is expected to produce 1,175 horsepower, topping the Veyron’s 1,001 horsepower claim. That much power is made possible by the four turbochargers mated to the massive engine of the car.

According to this site, here are the specs of the Hellcat. I will just give you a few to whet your appetite:

  • Engine: 75° V10, 5900cc, petrol
  • Installation: Longitudinal, front/mid, rwd
  • Made of: Aluminum alloy billets
  • Bore and stroke: 93 mm and 88.15 mm
  • Induction: 4 turbos, 2 intercoolers
  • (normally aspirated restrictor)*
  • Valvetrain: DOHC per bank, 40v
  • Camshaft drive: Gear and duplex chain
  • Lubrication system: Dry sump

The car is reported to have a 0-60 mph time of less than three seconds. With that capability under the Hellcat’s paw, it is a strong contender to the land speed record set by the Bugatti Veyron.

The Hellcat though is for those who are looking for a pure supercar. That means it does not have the amenities of say an Audi or a Mercedes-Benz or a BMW. It has no CD player, no air conditioner, no heater nor even a no radio. This car is truly not for those looking for luxury features on a supercar. This car is made to be driven at high speed and that’s what exactly it does. And it does it well. Really well.
posted by Car Addict @ 12:02 AM  
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