Published on April 22nd, 2012 | by Alisdair0
Simraceway – Five New Cars Available
Simraceway over the past week has added plenty of new content to keep everyone happy. Simraceway is a free to play online game developed by Ignite GT, in which only certain vehicles cost to buy. The latest cars added to the game in the past week include the Saleen S5S Raptor, Volkswagen Jetta TDI US-Cup, Volkswagen Race Touareg, Lancia Stratos Stradale, and the Renault Megane RS.
Despite its name, this purpose-built racer bears only a passing resemblance to the manufacturer’s road-going four-wheel-drive SUV, with its double A-Arm front suspension and four-link rear suspension (which allow a massive 25 and 30 inches of wheel travel respectively), Fox Racing Shocks, Eibach Coils, BFGoodrich Baja KRT off-road tires, and 125-inch wheelbase marking it out as an entirely different animal.
Based on its more powerful European sibling, whose 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder TDI engine produces 168 bhp, the race-prepared Cup had its torque pumped up from the road-going car’s total of 236 pound-feet. This, in combination with a pre-competition diet that produced a race weight of as little as 3,000 lbs, meant that this particular eco-warrior had no problems making the transition to track terror for its debut 2008 season.
Although it retained its ultra-aerodynamic wedge-shaped profile, it now wore a distinctive, crescent-shaped wrap-around windshield to provide maximum driving visibility while, crucially, a mid-mounted race-tuned 280-bhp 2.4-liter Dino Ferrari V6 was used in place of the Zero’s outdated Fulvia engine.
Using every last drop of supercar know-how gained from the development of the S7 and S7 TT Saleen designed the S5S Raptor with the Ferrari F430 and its European ilk well-and-truly in its sights. Slated to hit showrooms at less than half the price of its hardcore big brother, it made its first appearance at the 2008 New York International Auto Show.
At its heart lies a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine capable of churning out 247 bhp, all of which is channeled to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. What’s more, thanks to its power-to-weight ratio of 178 bhp-per-tonne, the Renaultsport 250 can reach 0-60 mph in just 6 seconds before maxing out at 156 mph—a speed that, when allied with the car’s vice-like grip and spot-on handling, can creep up on you in the time it takes to utter its mouthful of a moniker.