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40 Cars That Get Drivers Noticed By Police

Vukasin Herbez January 9, 2019

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3. Ariel Atom

The ingenuity of British engineers is seen not only on classic cars but also on some current projects. This is maybe the craziest car on sale today you can put license plates on. Ariel Atom 500 V8 weighs 1200 pounds and has 500 hp from a V8 engine, which is mounted directly behind the driver. The car is basically a Go-Kart with a spoiler, some space for two people, no trunk, no body panels, and no fenders. Just bare chassis, a screaming V8 behind you, 500 angry horses that want to run free in full power, a 7-speed sequential gearbox, and four tires.

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If this description doesn’t scare you, the performance will. Ariel Atom 500 V8 is capable of jumping to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds, beating the ridiculous Bugatti Veyron, which was the world’s fastest accelerating passenger car at some point. We can only imagine how it feels being catapulted to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds in a car that has no body or roof, and the engine is just inches away from your head. It must be fantastic yet potentially deadly.

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2. Aston Martin DB5

The British always knew how to build a gorgeous Gran Turismo sports car. All through history, there were numerous Bentleys, Jaguars, Jensens, and Aston Martins, which captured people’s imagination and seduced generations of enthusiasts with their sculpted lines and powerful engines. The epitome of British GT must be a fantastic and everlasting Aston Martin DB5.

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The DB5 was released in 1963, and the famed Italian Carozzeria Touring designed it. The car’s heart was a 4.0-liter straight-six engine with 282 to 315 HP depending on the trim and model. The DB5 was produced as a coupe or gorgeous convertible. Despite being powerful for the day’s standards, DB5 was more of a luxury cruiser than a sports car with acceleration figures of around eight seconds from 0 to 60 mph. It proved immensely popular, and Aston made over 1000 examples until 1965, which was considered to be a big success for a small boutique manufacturer. But this car is most famous for appearing in quite a few James Bond movies. Some say this is an early case of product placement, but we say it is a match made in heaven.

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1. Plymouth Barracuda 426 Hemi

The Plymouth Barracuda was the first pony car, introduced two weeks before the Ford Mustang, and despite cool design and features, it was always in the shadows of the Mustang and Camaro. However, in 1970, a redesigned model arrived along with Dodge Challenger, built on the same platform and with the same engines. As with Dodge, the most powerful versions were 440 Magnum with 395 hp and Hemi 426 with 425 hp.

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Everybody agrees that Hemi produced more than the advertised power and that the real output was closer to 500 hp than to declared 425 hp. However, this engine option was quite expensive and cost about 1/3 of the car’s price. That is why only a small number of Hemi-equipped Barracudas left the factory in 1970 and 1971, and most buyers were serious street racers who wanted one of the fastest muscle cars ever built. The Hemi 426 in Plymouth Barracuda could sprint to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. Interestingly, this time, documented by the magazine testers back in the day, its performance could be improved by just a few simple modifications to the intake, ignition, and carburetor jets so tuned Barracudas could go even faster.

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