Take a large displacement, high powered engine, and drop that puppy under the hood of a stripped down chassis. That's the hot rod formula. That's also what makes the Cadillac VSR concept so interesting to a gearhead like me.
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The VSR starts with an aluminum and fiberglass chassis laid low to the ground.
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Open wheel thrills
All four of the VSR's corners are independently suspended with air suspension. Up front, a pair of 20-inch wheels is connected to an electronic power steering system.
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Meaty rear wheels
Out back, huge 22-inch wheels put the power to the road.
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6-liter Cadillac V-8
The huge engine in question is a 6-liter Cadillac V-8, outputting 400-horsepower.
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Four wheel disc brakes
Look carefully and you'll see cooling ducts on the backside of the wheels that divert air over the 13-inch, six-piston disc brakes.
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Single seat configuration
The VSR was displayed in a single-seat configuration, but the passenger-side tonneau cover can be removed to reveal a second seat.
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Behind the scissor doors, you'll find a pair of carbon fiber bucket seats and a digital instrument cluster. An iPhone compatible audio system and rearview camera round out the admittedly limited cabin tech package.
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GM really had to cram the V-8 into the narrow engine compartment along with the radiator, so gold foil heat shielding is used to protect the air suspension components.