December 27, 2011
Throughout this past year, there have been some heavily impressive creations within the exotic/sportscar realms. The Ferrari 458, the 997-series-ending Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, the McLaren MP4-12C, the BMW 1M, the Mercedes C63 AMG, the Lamborghini Aventador… the list goes on.
Here we present you with a video compilation from YouTube user jorrie2 displaying the various new sounds of 2011 mixed with some tasty bits of the old….
The internal-combustion’ed high-performance engine shall never die…!
November 29, 2011
You may or may not have seen these pictures splashed out all over the internet already but we’re inclined to think that they deserve their own place here on AutoInjected. The uber-limited (and comically expensive) Reventon will probably need no introduction here but the rather sexy Countach Turbo S possibly does…
Lamborghini built two Countach Turbo S models back in 1984, one of which was a prototype. The prototype was destroyed so this lone example lives on. The performance figures are outrageous, especially for 1984: 5.2L V12 with twin-turbos (Garrett T4) with a power output anywhere between 550-750 bhp, depending on how far you turned up the excellent period-era boost knob.
Prepare to tie on a bib to aid in catching any residual drool…
In light of the final photo, I couldn’t possibly end this post without including the excellent intro to the 1981 Cannonball Run movie…
October 19, 2011
When CBS sent their New York ’60 Minutes’ TV crew to Sant’Agata, Italy in 1987* to gain an intimate look at the Lamborghini Countach and the factory where it’s built by hand, they probably hadn’t guessed that a certain (then young looking) Valentino Balboni would be launching the grey-suited Morley Safer sourpuss up to 180 mph on public Italian roads… or maybe they did. Either way, it made for a fantastic piece.
Watching this rather refreshingly un-PC 2-part video again, you’re reminded of a time when Italian supercars were constructed and driven by home-bred passion, were dangerous and imbued with near-zero practicality. Just listening to the Marketing Director comparing a white Countach to a virgin, a red one to a mature woman, a black one to a woman of intrigue… People would lose their minds nowadays if a major carmaker uttered something remotely similar in comparison.
It’s also worth noting that Lamborghini didn’t have a swanky test-track to hone the details of their cars on either – Balboni and the army of engineers/test-drivers conducted all testing on the public roads… Brilliantly insane.
So sit back, pour up a cuppa and enjoy the excellent onboard footage and sounds of Countaches being flung sideways through small towns and negotiating the mother-of-all-overtakes at speeds that would surely land you in jail these days… Great nostalgic fun…!
*Despite what the video reads at the beginning, this segment originally aired in 1987.
September 29, 2011
Oh so short in length, but oh so sweet… Evo Magazine scribe, Chris Harris (or simply, ‘Monkey’) dances with a Countach up a Welsh hillside in slightly damp conditions with near pin-point accuracy. The Lamborghini being elegantly swooned up the hair-pinned mountainside belongs to Evo Mag head-honcho, Harry Metcalfe, and has been featured in various articles within Evo and Octane Magazine. This particular shot is an outtake from the latest Evo’s Lamborghini Group Test feature.
And since we’re on the subject of power oversteer-y hooniganisms (not a real word, I know, just made it up), why not have a gander at an instructional vid to assist with your sharpening-up of skills and to further your driver *ahem*…education. Bit of an older vid from Mr Harris’s online-magazine days of ‘Driver’s Republic’ but oh so fun and entertaining…. and *whistles*… educational!