US firm creates a supercar it claims is capable of producing 2000bhp and going more than 300mph
9 July 2010

This is the Dagger GT, a new US hypercar that its maker claims is capable of more than 300mph.

The Dagger GT is the work TransStar Racing, whose employees consists of former NASA aerodynamicists and the designer of the Saleen S7 Le Mans racer.

See the official pics of the Dagger GT

Powering the Dagger GT is a twin-turbo aluminium multi-fuel racing engine of an unspecified size.

TransStar hasn’t released official power and performance figures, but it claims it “will not quit” until it tunes the engine to produce 2000bhp and 2000lb ft of torque.

It wants the Dagger GT to be able to get from 0-60mph in less than 1.5 sec and go on to reach a top speed of more than 300mph.

The firm also wants the car to claim the lap records at both the Nurburgring and the Virginia International Raceway.

The Dagger GT uses a high-strength steel chassis and carbonfibre bodywork. Customers can order it in three specifications: hardcore racer, a street-legal sport version or a softer-riding GT-X model that has a more luxurious interior.

TransStar will build five units for the 2011 model year and claims to have already sold two. A further 10 units will follow in 2012.

The Dagger GT costs from $450,000 (£300,000).

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6 July 2010

yesterday was the SuperSports`s Bugatti, today is this, tommorow is another... hey!

why the don`t get other Nano or the likes??

I got it: cars are for the ones that have money.

6 July 2010

Is that a car or a rendering of an imaginary car?

6 July 2010

Ther's a world of difference between what the company "wants" the car's performance to be and what they might achieve some time in the future. Perhaps Autocar should stick to articles about the achievements only and not just speculation and hopes. I want to win £20m on the lottery next week, but it's not really a story worth reporting until it happens - I'll let you know if it does !


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

6 July 2010

This story was under the BREAKING NEWS caption when I read it, but really it's just hot air.

Maybe it would be better if Autocar created a new BREAKING WIND caption for this type of story.

6 July 2010

[quote ordinary bloke]Ther's a world of difference between what the company "wants" the car's performance to be and what they might achieve some time in the future. Perhaps Autocar should stick to articles about the achievements only and not just speculation and hopes. I want to win £20m on the lottery next week, but it's not really a story worth reporting until it happens - I'll let you know if it does ![/quote]

To be fair, there is a very serious intention here, and they've got a formidable team working for them. It even looks quite good. Though I bet it'll be like the Shelby Super Cars Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo (what a mouthful!) - good-looking in a superficial way, but not as complete as a Verywrong.

For the moment, though, I'll still have a Koenigseggseggseggseggseggseggseggseggseggsegg...

6 July 2010

Looking for investment they are.

6 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]good-looking in a superficial way[/quote]

Hahaha, funniest statement I have ever seen on this website, what a wally

6 July 2010

[quote Woigookin][quote Straight Six Man]good-looking in a superficial way[/quote]

Hahaha, funniest statement I have ever seen on this website, what a wally

[/quote]

Why is it so funny? It looks vaguely like a Pagani Zonda from the side, and it looks pleasingly aggressive in a rather silly way. It's certainly a Top Trumps champion.

6 July 2010

Looks good, but two things spring to mind. First, 300mph and no roof. That can't be good for aerodynamics and you will certainly want to keep your hands inside the cabin at all times. Second, if a company as large and knowledgeable as VW faced enormous challenges making 1000bhp work in the Veyron, I will be interested to see how 2000bhp works, especially when it is set to cost a third of the price of the loss making Veyron.

6 July 2010

Sure, 2000bhp. That won't be a problem. Hey, you can have 10,000bhp if you fit a big enough engine and a few turbochargers. The problem is, and has been for a while, getting that power down through the tyres.

Tyre technology was one of the biggest limiting factors for the Veyron. One tyre lasts 2500 miles and costs over £6k to replace. That's right, £24k for all four...

If this Dagger GT ever makes it to the road, a tyre might last 1,000 miles and cost £10k to replace.

Even people with more money than sense will be put off with the inconvenience of it.

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