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Would you buy a Carbon Fiber GT350R for $127,000?

On the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay tests out the all carbon fiber bodied Ford Mustang GT350R, developed by Speedkore, a high-performance shop based in Grafton, WI.

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The GT350R, already a potent track weapon, is said to drop hundreds of pounds with Speedkore’s upgrades, according to Vice President of Speedkore, David Salvaggio. While exact weight differences aren’t specified, the transformation is said to drop at least “400 pounds”.

So how much does all this beautiful carbon fiber cost you? Speedkore says the final tally comes in at about $64,000. While it may or may not sound like a good deal, consider the fact that it is approximately double the MSRP of the car you’ve already bought, and you definitely did not pay the msrp price, but likely much more, and this car quickly approaches the $150,000 mark, putting you well into supercar territory.

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With so many high-performance vehicles currently available and coming soon, such as the Camaro ZL1 1LE, Nissan GT-R, Corvette Z06 and upcoming ZR1, the Demon and Hellcat, as well as a host of options on the aftermarket for those willing to put in the wrench time or their wallets, the price may become an even harder pill to swallow.

Leno, who owns a GT350R, says that the car is quicker and lighter than the factory version, but without concrete data it’s hard to quantify the value of all that carbon.

Check out the video below the break, and let us know what you think of Speedkore’s Mustang.

Does the price justify the product?

 

Image Source: Speedkore

Video source: Jay Leno’s Garage/ YouTube

Story Reference- Road and Track

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Bangin’ Gears Episode 3 Review

Step Aside Top Gear, 

The New Car Show King Is Here

f you’re a car enthusiast and haven’t had the chance to watch Bangin’ Gears yet, let me tell you, you are missing out. The show, which is the brainchild of its main host, Alejandro Salomon ( pictured below), better known as Salomondrin on various social media outlets, features some of the best high end cars, track comparisons, and a good dose of man-child comedy. The cast is large and complex but there are a few consistent faces. The show is surprisingly well shot with excellent cinematics, very high end looking graphics, and profession sound quality and editing.

Bangin’ Gears intro describes it as ” a car show made by a group of car nuts who want to make every car guys wet dream a reality.” The group of enthusiasts is known as “Cup gang” or Cars Unite People Gang.

This episode features a track comparison as well as everyday driving challenges between the Ferrari 458 Speciale, McLaren 675 LT, Dodge Viper ACR, Lamborghini Aventador SV, and the Porsche 911 GT3RS. One of the more notable facts about the show, is that all the vehicles showcased are privately owned vehicles, brought to the show by the presenters or friends of theirs. The tests are therefore, one can reasonably assume, completely unbiased as they have no automotive manufacturer sponsors to sway their results.

The show begins by testing the daily drive-ability of the cars presented. The tests include how much groceries each car can hold as well as how well the car can go through a drive through. The segment features a great balance of comedy, car specs, and some good honest critiques.

 

Following the less serious but none the less very entertaining daily driver segments, the show moves on to the track. Taking place at The Thermal Club private racetrack, the cars are put through their paces on which can get the fastest lap time while being driven by professional racecar driver Alec Udell, as well as an arm drop drag race competition.

 

 

The fantastic film and sound quality continue through this half of the show as does the comedy. Several of the car owners get more than a bit squeamish as they are taken around the track for a lap by Alec, which makes for a good bit of fun. Best of all, none of them through up after their laps, not unlike a certain other car show host… The laps are absolutely great to watch, and the fact that they have recruited a professional driver not only adds to the legitimacy of the show and its test results, but makes it even more fun for the viewer.

The third episode of Bangin’ Gears features some fantastic cars, great comedy, and legitimate car testing, and is truly on route to be one of the best car shows out there, if it isn’t already there. With the high quality of their work, and the originality that they bring to the table, it certainly is a bright light in the car show darkness that has been around since the demise of Top Gear. It should also be noted that even with the premier of The Grand Tour this fall, the shows stark contrast to one another should definitely leave both as equal shows to be enjoyed rather than one or another.

Bangin’ Gears as well as Salomondrin’s other car-centric segments can be seen on his Youtube channel, “Salomondrin“. The show does not have a regular schedule yet, however many other segments are posted almost daily. Be sure and check it out, as well as further reviews of the show here as well as on both The Offical Silverback Motorsports Blog, and Automoguls on Word Press.