While the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport has just entered the Guinness Book of Records with an average top speed of 267 mph, a new 2000hp TranStar Racing Dagger GT supercar is about to become the fastest supercar in the world.
Only five will be manufactured in 2011 and all but two have been pre-sold. U.S. based TranStar Racing says its design is based on the Corvette Cheetah concept by the brilliant industrial designer, Ivan Luccion and vows to break every major record, from being the fastest on a straight line to being the quickest around the Nurburgring.
The current design has removed all Corvette cues and is both beautiful and edgy and is definitely unique. Each car is custom-made from 100% proven, guaranteed, off-the-shelf racing components and hand-built by 100% experienced and established, exceptional craftsmen.
TransStar Racing lists a “who’s who” of U.S. auto industry veterans. From award winning engineers and race car builders to NASA aerodynamicists and the designer of the Saleen S7, the team responsible for this remarkable endeavor are each experts in their particular set of skills, in creating the ultimate supercar.
Consulting Director of Design is Phil Frank, the designer of the Saleen S7-R which just won at the 24 Hours of LeMans in the GT-1 class, the last time this class will ever run. The Saleen S7-R has also won many other road racing titles. The Saleen has far less horsepower, acceleration and top speed when compared to the Dagger GT with its 2000 hp twin turbo, aluminum 572 block, multi-fuel engine.
Tom Nelson, from Nelson Racing Engines is an integral part of the “dream team” his company is the top “big horsepower” engine builder in the U.S., TansStar Racing has selected Tom’s multi-fuel (petrol/methanol/hydrogen/ethanol), aluminum 572 Twin Turbo as their preferred engine for its combination of streetability and extreme horsepower – 2000 hp on racing fuel.
Expected performance figures are equally astounding: 0-60 mph in 1.5 seconds, quarter mile in less than 6.7 seconds and a top speed of over 483 km/h (300mph). The outer body is made from carbon fibre, while a high-strength 4130 Chromoly Steel chassis forms the inner structure.
Dagger GT’s will be made available in three different ‘Race’ models:
- Dagger GT-R will be their road racing model, with a dynamic, computer-managed split rear wing. It will be set up to challenge and establish new lap records at Virginia International Raceway and at Nurburgring, Germany.
- Dagger GT-LS will be their land-speed model with 500 mph – rated M/T land-speed tires, front-end ballast, full belly-pan with twin venturi tunnels, Bonneville wheel covers, drag chute, aero intake plugs, optional land-speed windscreen, Bonneville roll-cage and a range of other options to help potential buyers set new land-speed records in excess of 300 mph.
- Dagger GT-D will be their drag racing model with Goodyear Pro Stock Slicks, hydraulic-launch JEGS double drag chutes, NHRA roll-cage and a modified/changeable rear suspension that will enable 200 mph, under 6.7 seconds in the quarter mile for customers who love to drag race. The GT-D should also reach zero-to-sixty in 1.5 seconds.
All race models will be convertible to street-legal if desired by owners. TranStar will also continue to offer Sport and Luxury street-legal models:
- Dagger GT-S will be their “Sport” model, a street-legal version of the GT-R model. The owner may specify a race, street or luxury-ride suspension and interiors.
- Dagger GT-X will be their luxury model with all the interior, exterior and ride-quality luxuries imaginable and specified by the owner.
Each model will be hand-made and custom-crafted to the owner’s specifications. Custom interiors and paint will be provided by award-winning After FX Customs.
Only five will be made in 2011 and two of them have already been booked. Sales will begin during the first half of 2011 and 10 units will be delivered in 2012. Each car is priced at a minimum of US$450,000. [DaggerGT via World Car Fans]