Rumors Video Roundup: GT500 Up in Smoke, Viper vs SLS, Loeb’s Record-Setting Pikes Run

If you’re hungry for power, then consider this week’s roundup a feast for your eyes, featuring not one, but four cars that each produce more than 600 hp. First up is our own Chris Nelson demonstrating the impressive smoke-making abilities of the 662-hp Ford Shelby GT500. Next, Jonny Lieberman pits two symbols of power against each other, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, and the SRT Viper.

For those of you that like vintage muscle, we’ve got a week’s worth of footage from the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour, and finally in-car video footage of Sebastien Loeb’s record-setting run up Pikes Peak last weekend in…yes…a Peugeot. Watch all of this and more below!

Feature Flick: In-Car Footage of Sebastien Loeb’s 2013 Pikes Peak Record-Breaking Run
One of the highlights of last weekend was Sebastien Loeb’s record-shattering run up Pikes Peak in a mere eight minutes and 13.87 seconds. The 12-mile run up the mountain has 156 turns, but Loeb was still able to attain an average speed of more than 90 mph. Computerized simulations by Peugeot Motorsports’ engineers predicted an optimum Pikes Peak Hillclimb time of eight minutes and 15 seconds, which Loeb surpassed by more than a second.

Feature Flicks: Hot Rod Power Tour 2013 Days 1-6
We teased you last week promising full coverage of the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour just as the Motor Trend Channel’s video editing team was putting the finishing touches on the installments. Well, if you’re a fan of American muscle, consider your patience rewarded. Below is coverage of days 1-6 of the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour, from the kickoff in Arlington, Texas, all the way to Chattanooga, Tennessee, with Hot Rod Radio host Dennis Pittsenbarger driving some cool machinery, and giving you a taste of the local flavor along this year’s Power Tour route.

Watch The 2013 SRT Viper Fight The 2014 SLS AMG Black Series
This week’s Head to Head pits together two unlikely, but equally brutal, rivals. Host Jonny Lieberman takes America’s last remaining 600+ horsepower sports car, the 2013 SRT Viper, and goes up against Mercedes-Benz’s most hardcore version of the SLS, the AMG Black Series.

Feature Flick: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Is Strong
To promote the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors has launched a new ad campaign called “Strong.” The campaign is headlined by a new minute-long commercial of the same name, which will debut on TV on July 4. The ad push starts in Texas because, according to GM, one-sixth of all pickup sales are in that state.

60 Seconds with the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
Remember when the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 debuted? Remember what everyone kept yapping about? The 200-mph Mustang. And have you witnessed a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 going 200 mph? Yeah, us neither. What we have seen, though, doesn’t surprise us—the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 absolutely kills it at the dragway. The first time we took the super Stang to Milan Dragway in Michigan, we ran the quarter-mile in less than twelve seconds.

By Edward A. Sanchez