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PLUS, how to build your own!

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If regular cars represent personal freedom, supercars surely represent personal transcendence. A movement to something above and beyond the normal human condition and limitations.
Image of a Shelby Cobra supercar

Image of a Ford GT-40 race car
Therefore supercars must by definition push the edge of the envelope in regards to technology and the laws of physics. Or in other words, push the limits of what's possible for a combination of man and machine to accomplish.

The very best supercars do all this and more-- thereby expanding the very boundaries of human imagination itself.
Image of a Lamborghini Countach supercar

Surprise! Folks of average financial means CAN own supercars!

Most people seem to think only the rich can ever own a supercar. But that's been proven wrong time and time again! If you can afford an average priced used car, you can theoretically wrangle your way into supercar territory.


Low cost sleeper supercars

There's plenty of older cars with supercar potential. When the need for another car in your life is nearing anyway, just do your homework about the best sleeper candidates which might be available to you on the used market, then go shopping!

I'm talking here about used cars which were (when new) perhaps the low end of a sports car line, or around the mid-range performance-wise of a pony car or muscle car-- and a decent handler on curves, too.

Such cars as these can usually be relatively easily and cheaply boosted performance-wise with various replacement parts from their originally superior cousins, either via the new parts route, or salvaging such items from wrecks.

It's been a long time since I built my own supercar this way. But back then the optimal age range for such a sleeper candidate seemed to be a car at least three years old, but not more than seven or so. That time frame seems to help minimize general costs while still allowing a reasonable amount of life to be left in a given automobile, in terms of most of its original parts, plus the market availability of repair and performance parts for the machine.

Of course, the more you know (or learn) about all these facets of sleeper supercars-- and the more shoe leather and elbow grease you're willing to add to the mix-- the better your final results will be.

Heck: if you study up enough on the subject-- plus enjoy a sufficient bout of good luck-- you may even run across a fantastic deal on a rare, little-known, and hard-to-find model of showroom floor supercar which was lovingly kept garaged and driven only on Sundays to church by a staid old lady its whole life (it's happened before!).

Beyond all that, any personalization or customization you do to your vehicle will be limited more by your imagination than your financial status. So long as you do it largely yourself.

From the ground up

Heck: for that matter you can also start from scratch and build your supercar from the ground up-- something almost no one but fabulously wealthy people usually can do. The main difference between you and them will be where the rich employs a specialty car maker company to do the build, you'll choose a car kit and build it yourself.

Although this might be a bit more expensive than the modified used car route (plus take more time to complete) it could also allow you to end up with even greater performance than the other route-- and more choices in regards to a unique or wild appearance too for your ride.

Below are links to all that-- including lots more information on how to acquire, modify, or build from scratch your own. Enjoy!

Supercar news:

Supercar News

Autoblog: supercars

AutoSpeed - The World's Best High Performance Online Magazine

Autos - Wheels Blog - NYTimes.com

Cars 2.0

Supercars – Car Reviews, Pictures and Specs of Fast Cars & Used Cars

Advance auto zone blog about fast cars and auto trader

supercars - Top Speed

Muscle Cars News

RideLust: The best sports cars, concept vehicles, muscle cars and alt-fuel autos on the planet

Supercar references and specifications:


SupercarStats.com - The Supercar Resource

Supercar stats from SupercarWorld.com


Muscle car - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

SUPERCARS.NET - Comprehensive Specifications, Galleries & Forums since 1996

ExoticCarSite.com - 0-60 and 1/4 mile times as tested by magazines

US Supercars

The Greatest Supercars

Super Car Specifications

fast car magazine

rediff.com: The world's top 10 supercars!

Supercar: The Greatest Cars In The World!

Top 10 muscle-car stars - Jun. 21, 2006

Car Engines: V series, V 2 4 5 6 8 10 12 20 24 | NGeN's World

Supercar driving:

How to ID covert cop cars By Rex Roy 7-10-09

Which are the worst states for tickets? By Catherine Holahan 5/22/2009

New iPhone Apps Help Drivers Beat Speed Traps By Jenna Wortham, November 20, 2008

Protect Your Rights: How To Deal With The Police If You Get Pulled Over October 26, 2008 by Vito Rispo

Avoid Vacation Disasters: 6 Tips For A Great Road Trip August 29th, 2008

Trapster® - Speed Trap Sharing System

Meet the Real Fast and Furious: 130 MPH, Creating Supercars, and Breaking Records

Your driving education might already be outdated

The Most Expensive States For Speeding Tickets Tom Van Riper, 12.11.06

U.S. Speed Trap Exchange - Learn the location of speed traps in your area

How to Beat a Speeding Ticket Before and After You Get One --What the Courts Don't Want You to Know

Trapster® - Speed Trap Sharing System

"...radar guns might not be a match for GPS--at least not when contested in court. "

-- Speeding: Radar Gun vs. GPS July 17, 2008 - by Daniel A. Begun

How We Beat the Boot

11 Tips For Outrunning The Cops
(note that a few of these aren't necessarily correct; read The Shadowfast supercar driver logs for which and why)

Insuring the Batmobile

Car Repair Price Estimates | Mechanic Ratings : RepairPal

The world's easiest, cheapest gas saving tips

Supercar shopping:

10 High-Performance Used Cars You Can Actually Afford By Michael Frank 8-18-11

How to Buy a Supercar

Stealing from Dealers: your guide to car negotiation

How To Choose The Right Muscle Car

Top 10 Supercars of 2006 AutomoBlog.net

How to Buy a Supercar for Less

Sub-10k Supercars - Part One

Sub-10k Supercars - Part Two

World Supercar Comparison - SportsCarForums.com

ROADandTRACK.com -- Road Tests, Comparison Tests - World Superpowers (9/2006)

Supercar tests

Supercar shootout

Supercars - The Ultimate Guide To Ultra High-Performance Vehicles

Transforming your present car into a supercar:

Classic Car Restoration - (American muscle cars)

Hot Rod Project Cars - Street Rods, Classic Cars, & Custom Cars - Hot Rod Magazine

Killer Wheels: How To Get Started in the Custom-Car Movement

Turn Your Car Into a Supercar

Nitrous Oxide Systems - DIY NOS KIT FOR CARS!

Nitrous Oxide System - Why Nitrous? - Kit Car Magazine

Plate Nitrous Systems - Hard-Core Nitrous Over 600 hp From a Plate Nitrous System? You Better Believe It! Here's How It's Done

Technical Articles - Wheels, Engine Tech, Body Work & More - Hot Rod Magazine

Aerodynamic Tips and Tricks You Can Use for Better Performance - Hot Rod Magazine

BoostTown.com: Everything you need to know about cars in order to improve their performance

The supercar kit route:

DIY Dream Cars How do you get a supercar for less? Build your own kit car

Budget Super car- kit car

Kit Cars, Replica Cars and Vintage Sport Cars - Kit Car Magazine

How to Build a Cobra From Scratch

KitCars.com Forums

Kitcar USA | American kit car information on cobra kit cars, Lamborghini Diablo replicas, Hot rods including Willys and 32 Ford

PriceOfHisToys.com - Kit Car and Hand Built Vehicle Blog, Gallery, and Classifieds

Kit Car Links - kit cars, kit car website directory, kitcars search engine

Kit car news from Kitcar USA

The Ten Most Outrageous Car Body Kits

Supercar photos, galleries, wallpapers:

Supercarsite.net - Super car wallpapers, porsche pics, f1 babes

Car Pictures, Car Wallpaper, Car Photos & Car Gallery Wallpapers - Supercars, Sports Cars, Exotic Cars & Modified Cars.

Supercar Wallpapers by Bertjan Davelaar

Cool Cars & Sexy Girls

Wrecked Exotics

The best factory supercars of recent years

"The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is the best car ever made."

-- 2009 Corvette ZR1: First Drive

"...the ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful production car ever made by an American manufacturer."

"The ZRI does a quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds....With a top speed of 205 mph...It also does zero to 60 and then slams back to a dead stop again in a mere 11 seconds."

"...the car's magnetic ride-control system is designed to provide more than one G of cornering grip..."

-- Chevy Corvette ZR1: GM's Ferrari Who says America can't build a supercar? You wouldn't if you drove this insanely great Vette by Thane Peterson; August 26, 2008

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: Gas guzzler of the gods By DAN NEIL, October 16, 2008

The World's Newest, Fastest Car? The Swiss-made Weber Faster One has a top speed of 260 mph, faster than the Bugatti Veyron or SSC Ultimate Aero by Loz Blain May 8, 2008

"This is the world's most expensive and fastest production car ever made."

"The car boasts 1001hp and got a top speed of 407km/h."

-- Bugatti Releases New Car - Sang Noir

History of supercars

History of the supercar on SupercarWorld.com

The Origin of Supercars

America's Greatest Living Car Designer

Straight Dope Message Board - Muscle Car Shootout Would today's fastest cars shut down the '60s-'70s muscle cars?

Musclecarclub.com - 50 Fastest Muscle Cars

American Musclecars: Power to the People

The Plymouth Superbird and Dodge Charger Daytona, supercars

Lamborghini Countach - The Supercar Legend

Ford GT40 - Ford, Jaguar & Aston Martin, Concepts & Supercars

Ford, Jaguar & Aston Martin, Concepts and Supercars

Aerodynamic Marvels

Driving Orientation: A World Map (who drives on the left, who on the right; you better know this if you buy sight unseen a sports car originally built for a country other than your native one)

Famous car chases/races in film

IGN 10 Best Car Chases

Amazon.com: "get the best car chases on video"

Amazon.com: "My Favorite Car Chases"

We Review the Top 40 Car Movies and Tell You Where to Get Them - Hot Rod Magazine

Top five 'the car is the star' films - FilmFondue - Film - Entertainment

G4 - Feature - Top 10 Must-See Car Chases

IGN: Best Movie Car Chases Redux

10 Best Movie Car Chase Scenes - Best Car Chases in Film History

The 20 greatest car chases in movie history by Michael Moran November 20, 2008

Ford Mustang Vs Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Police supercars

The World's Finest Police Cars

Lambocop Stalks Italian Speeders October 27, 2008 By Jerry Garrett

Top 19 Police cars in the world

Image of a Mustang supercar

Who am I to write about supercars? Just the true life original owner/builder/driver of Shadowfast-- possibly the ultimate Mustang supercar of the 20th century. Want to see his specs? See exactly how I built him on a shoe-string budget? And some of our adventures too? Then check out The Shadowfast supercar driver logs, or the Kindle ebooks below.

I must warn you though: Shadow was a true road warrior; NOT a no balls, show car/trailer queen. The only shiny things about Shadow were the twisted, ground up parts left behind by some of his opponents.

The logs will also show you how a supercar built from a suitable but common used car chassis can prove tough competition for even the most expensive and hyped supercars out there-- and do it dirt-cheap!

Have fun!

Cover art for the ebook Sirens, volume one of the Shadowfast supercar driver logs.

Cover art for the ebook Necessary Ends, volume two of the Shadowfast supercar driver logs.

Cover art for the ebook Deep in the Throat of Texas, volume three of the Shadowfast supercar driver logs.

Cover art for the ebook Driving Needs, volume four of the Shadowfast supercar driver logs.

Cover art for the ebook Nowhere to Go But Up, volume five of the Shadowfast supercar driver logs.

Cover art for the ebook Dark Horse: The Official Shadowfast Supercar Technical Reference.

PS: Rare photos of Shadowfast from the 1970s

PPS: Shadowfast supercar desktop wallpapers!

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