Dagger GT – Click above for a high-res image gallery
All right, so pipe dream might be a little strong – after all, the computer you're probably reading this post on was once a pipe dream less than a decade ago. But color us shocked at the number of supercar start-ups that have lately been claiming they're going to erase any thought of Michael Jackson when the word "Thriller!" pops up in conversation. Next in line we have Transtar Racing which, with little more than a template web site, stock photography and a few renderings is already "proud to introduce America's greatest, most powerful, world record-setting Supercar: the Dagger GT."
The supercar itself is a custom-designed, 3,000-pound two-seat roadster with a 2,000-horsepower engine. That powerplant would (will?) be the work of Tom Nelson, who builds a wide range of 1,000-plus hp mills for all manner of go-fast conveyances. With those specs and, we're guessing, some number crunching, Transtar has listed "calculated*" performance specs: 0-to-60 in 1.5 seconds, 0-to-60-to-0 in four seconds, 1/4-mile in 6.6 seconds at 204 mph, and a top speed of 314 miles-per-hour.
That isn't merely heady performance, that's fainty. But when it takes a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport and its billions in product development and testing to set a land speed record of 267.81 mph, we'll need the entire Bonneville Salt Flats to swallow the Dagger GT's 314 mph claim. Oh, and the Transtar team boasts of a "No Risk Policy – No R&D" philosophy; since they're assembling parts that have already been proven in other applications, they don't need to spend ridiculous sums testing how they work together in the Dagger GT. That's for suckers, apparently.
We're not saying the Dagger GT won't ever exist. But we'll be visiting our great grandkids on Mars by the time a street-legal Dagger GT with a one-year/12,000-mile warranty for retail sale does 314 mph. (And yes, Transtar, that is a challenge...) While we wait, you can have a look at it in the gallery of high-res pics below.