Lamborghini LM002: The Most Absurd Truck Ever…

LOCATION SPOTTED: Pierre's Restaurant (Bridgehampton)

LOCATION SPOTTED: Pierre’s Restaurant (Bridgehampton)

Data:

  • Acceleration 0 to 60: 7.5 sec
  • Top speed: 125 mph
  • Wheelbase: 118.1 inches
  • Length: 193 inches
  • Width: 78.7 inches
  • Weight: 5990 lbs
  • Fuel capacity: 73 gallons @ 7.6 mpg

Yeah, so this is not a normal production vehicle, like at all. The LM-series was a creation whose purpose was aimed initially at the Italian armed forces. The LM001 was created in prototype form but wasn’t very balanced or capable off-road due to a rear mounted engine. Thus, in 1986, the LM002 went on as it’s successor, eventually serving as a brash alternative to the Hummer H1 (when the Hummer was released in 1992).

The LM002 is much different than the memorable H1, and noticeably more extreme. By the end of the H1’s production run in 2006, it developed 350 horsepower. The Lambo developed 455 horsepower from 1986 all the way to 1993 when it went off the market. The Hummer H1 received a terrible 13/17 mpg city/highway on normal diesel fuel. Not only did the Lamborghini get less than eight miles per gallon on gas fuel, but it required 73 gallons of gasoline to fill up. This means that the LM002 has the largest fuel tank of any non-commercial vehicle in history and that it is also the only vehicle that hates polar bears.

Interior Shot Taken from GermanCarScene.com

Interior Shot Taken from GermanCarScene.com

It’s not all big bad numbers with the LM002, it rides and handles relatively well, cornering is a dizzying .72 g, but remember, this car was conceived in 1986. That was a time when most cars drove poorly regardless. The interior of the LM002 is where it really shines. Because the LM002 is a Lamborghini, every surface is covered in rich leather and the seats are supportive and comfortable, something that cannot be said for the H1. Seating is limited to a mere four occupants (like the H1), however, the Lambo features al fresco seating for an EXTRA four in the pickup-style bed. Imagine going 125 miles per hour facing sideways outside the cabin. Crazy

Rear Seat View, taken from conceptcarz.com

Rear Seat View, taken from conceptcarz.com

Aston Martin Vanquish: The First Generation

LOCATION SPOTTED: Pierre's Restaurant

LOCATION SPOTTED: Pierre’s Restaurant (Bridgehampton)

Performance Data:

  • Acceleration 0 to 60: 4.7 sec
  • Braking 60 to 0: 115 feet
  • Quarter Mile: 13.1 sec
  • Skidpad: 0.93 g
  • Slalom: TBD

The Aston Martin Vanquish is a very interesting car, it doesn’t really need an elaborate description of how it’s styled, but here it goes. Because the elegantly styled V12 Vanquish was designed largely by Ian Callum, who also penned the DB7 Vantage, there’s a strong resemblance between the two sports cars. With side vents and a larger grille that is flanked by bold auxiliary driving lamps, the V12 Vanquish looks a bit more muscular. The front fenders and hood panels incorporate finely detailed compound curves that sweep back to steeply raked windshield pillars and a low, curving roofline. Deeply sculptured sill and door panels accentuate the classic profile, and larger trapezoidal taillights sit in a slightly higher, arching tail. A chrome, racing-style fuel filler is used.

The car is obviously a much more competent car than the old DB7. No one can mess with this car. It is car that could very well be from as far back as 2001. A car that did 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds was a car to be reckoned with back in the day. Sporting a 460 horsepower V12 (10 more than even the 2005-2008 DB9), this car was fast enough (and indeed badass enough) to make into a James Bond film Die Another Day, after two of the preceding films featured only BMWs (a terrible Z8, and an even worse Z3).

I’m happy to see that whoever owns this car can appreciate what it stands for for Aston Martin and still drives it in 2013. This is nice. Most Hamptons drivers get rid after just a few years. Keep it and maintain it.

Porsche Carrera GT: The Most Amazing Production Porsche Ever

LOCATION SPOTTED: Harbor Marina (Springs)

LOCATION SPOTTED: Harbor Marina (Springs)

Perfromance:

  • Acceleration 0 to 60 : 3.6 seconds
  • Braking 60 to 0 : 101 feet
  • Quarter Mile: 11.1 seconds
  • Skidpad: 0.99 g
  • Slalom: 74 mph

This car is one of a kind. I mean there literally isn’t anything else like it that has ever been sold to the public. Try to imagine a car that costs $440,000 new, AND has a 612 hp naturally aspirated V10 engine, AND only comes with a 6-speed manual, AND weighs under 3200 lbs, AND has 335-section rear tires AND has no available sound system, even as an option. It sounds like an actual race car right? Well, it pretty much is.

In the late 90s, Porsche was forced to scrap it’s successful 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 race cars due to Formula One regulation changes. Their replacement for both these cars, was set to use a brand-new 5.7-liter V10 engine and had been in development for several years. By mid-1999, this motor development and the integration of it into the new Formula One replacement car were scrapped because Porsche executives wished to develop their rival to the new Mercedes ML, the Cayenne SUV. This required engineering expertise to be re-directed from Porsche’s motor-sport division to this new SUV project. Fortunately, Porsche was able to keep the project of the Carrera GT going with this 5.7-liter V10 and by early 2004, the first Carrera GTs were sold to the public. The Cayenne SUV development occurring at nearly the same time as that of the Porsche Carrera GT added stress to both the motor-sports department and the regular production car department and put on thousands of additional hours of research and development on both projects. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why the Carrera GT costs so much $$$$$$$$$.

 

2013 Toyota Prius: If you don’t like gas stations or diesel fuel, then…

LOCATION SPOTTED: Paul's Lane (Water Mill)

LOCATION SPOTTED: Paul’s Lane (Water Mill)

You might as well just buy one if you need to go long distances. Yes, your dignity will be diminished slightly, but going 500+ miles on 10 gallons of gas is pretty good. The Prius, introduced in 1997, slots in just below the Avalon (my grandma owns this one) and the Camry sedans in terms of interior space and exterior volume. When the Toyota introduced the Prius, it was billed as a car which will save the environment with a dramatically lower CO2 footprint generated from its exhaust. While this is true, the car is very difficult to manufacture. For example, the components for the Prius must be built in 5 different factories in 5 different countries all across the globe. This is primarily due to the batteries, as Toyota uses nickel-based batteries to keep the cost of the car down. This means that the car is ironically damaging to the environment, yet it is the first car people think of when they think “environmentally friendly car.”

That doesn’t mean the Prius is a bad car (though it should if you care about the environment), but for those of us normal people just looking to save gas on their commute to and from work each day, this is an excellently economical choice. This car enables people who otherwise couldn’t afford to drive such long distances in a normal car can now pick up a used one for like $9,000 and drive out chillin’ at 50 mpg. The Prius is not a great car, but a good one if you don’t care about the environment and just want to save gas.