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19 Sep 2018

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ll know who Tim Burton, aka Shmee150 is. The well-spoken car guy who has a crazy car collection (that’s going to get a whole lot crazier soon), 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube, 2.5 million followers on Facebook and another cool million on Instagram. That’s a lot of reach! His garage includes a McLaren 675LT, an Aston GT8 and TWO Focus RS’s, but there’s a new Ford GT and McLaren Senna on the way too. Crazy.

Well this week we’ve teamed up with Shmee150 to let him choose the four ITH cars and he’s come up with some great choices – there are two of his current ‘Shmeemobiles’ and two cars he would like to own. We’ve got the Mercedes-AMG GT R to start with, one of his current cars and one he uses daily, even in the snow despite it being tuned to 640bhp (soon to be 740!) and the other of his cars is the Ford Focus RS Red Edition. Now Tim’s Red Edition is his current project car, with carbon bits all over, a retrimmed interior and soon to be mega power under the bonnet, but we thought we’d offer up the standard Red.

Shmee150 recently had a long term loan of a new BMW M5, so the M5 Competition is a car he’d definitely like to own – more hardcore and more powerful it looks great, while the final car is one that I think any petrolhead would want to own – the ABT Audi RS3. 500hp in a medium hatchback must be utterly insane, so we can see why he wants one!

Mercedes-AMG GT R

Taking the already impressive AMG GT as their base, and the GT4 race car as their inspiration, Mercedes-AMG set about designing a supercar that was faster, harder and more brutal yet retain the GT S’s everyday usability. Not exactly an easy task, but one they seemingly have succeeded in. If you’re looking at just Nürburgring lap times, the GT R the lap record for rear wheel drive cars for a while with a 7:10.92 time which says a lot. Starting with the bodywork, there are wider carbon fibre front wings and steel extensions at the rear - this increases the car’s tracks considerably and the suspension has adjustable coil overs and adaptive dampers tuned for the type of driving expected of the GT R.

The twin turbocharged 4.0 litre V8 gets new wastegates, exhaust ports and turbos, runs a higher compression ratio and gets tweaks to the ECU to release an impressive 577bhp. Given that it weighs 15kg less than the GT S there’s an obvious jump in performance too – 0-62mph drops to 3.6 seconds and top speed raises to 198mph. Not huge differences, but then the GT R isn’t all about raw numbers. You see at the rear, the wheels now steer along with the fronts – not by much but enough to assist in a huge way with how the car handles. That big V8 allows its gases to escape the vehicle via what can only be described as Noise Cannons. There is a central twin pipe, with another pipe in the diffuser either side of it and the noise they make, especially in Race mode when all the pipes and valves open, is nothing short of biblical. The GT R really is one of a kind, long bonnet ahead, sitting on the rear axle making noise erupt at the command of your right foot. Yes please!

BMW M5 Competition

The BMW M5 has always been the go-to car for super saloon lovers world over, offering understated looks, punishing performance and delicate handling that always belies the car’s size. When you see pictures of the new M5 and casually glance over the specs you could be forgiven for thinking that not much has changed over the previous model – but you couldn’t be more wrong. It may have only a tweaked version of the old 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 but it now in this Competition guise puts out 616 bhp meaning 0-62mph takes just 3.3 seconds. However, the main difference can be found in the stat below marked ‘Drivetrain’ – yes this new M5 finally gets an all-wheel-drive system to help tame the power and make it more usable all year around. But being a product of M-GmbH it isn’t any ordinary AWD system, this one can be AWD or full RWD at the press of one of the two red ‘M’ buttons on the steering wheel, so you can still have some tail-happy fun when you want to. This being the Competition you also get a whole heap of aggression thrown in as well, with stiffer suspension, more aggressive throttle mapping in the M modes, sharper steering and tweaked suspension geometry for a sharper turn-in. There are also a rather fetching new set of 20-inch alloys as well.

ABT RS3

It wasn’t that long ago that a hot hatch had 200bhp and was considered rather brisk even then. The original Focus RS has just 201bhp and the new RS has 345bhp, but believe it or not the time has come when that original benchmark has been doubled. Step forward the new Audi RS3 with a scarcely believably 400hp under the bonnet. Now you’d probably think that 400hp would be enough for most people, but believe it or not there are those out there who want more… Step forward ABT Sportline – they apply their Power R upgrade to the RS3 Sportback which boosts power to an incredible 500hp. In an A3! Torque rises to 570Nm as well, so performance gets an expected boost with the incredible traction offered by the quattro system meaning it can sprint to 62mph quicker than most supercars. ABT don’t just do engine work though, and this ABT RS3 also gets their own gloss black front spoiler, grille and rear diffuser add-on, a set of 20-inch alloys, ABT’s fantastic quad exhaust system (which gives an incredible noise), a brake upgrade kit and ABT’s suspension springs and anti-roll bars. Even the interior gets a few tweaks with some ABT logos. This ABT RS3 takes the best hot hatch out there and makes it better in every way – get buying those tickets while you can!

Ford Focus RS Red Edition

The RS brand from Ford defined the hot hatch, so it's with great joy that it's back once again on a Focus. The previous generation had 300bhp but really struggled to put the power down cleanly being front wheel drive. Well now the new generation Focus RS is here and with 345bhp it needed to up its game – and with the new four-wheel drive system it has. Now we have launch control and a 'drifting' setting on the on board computer that effectively makes it rear wheel drive so we're guessing this could be one very fun hot hatch. It may not be quite as quick as the Audi RS3 or Mercedes A45 but with the manual gearbox and playful chassis it adds an extra level of driver involvement missing from the rivals. This is the Red Edition as well, so was a limited run of 300 featuring a few extra touches. The Race Red paint is obviously the main item, but then there are also black wheels, a black roof, mirrors and spoiler and dark grey brake calipers. Inside you get the Recaro seats and heated wheel along with carbon trim as standard. Mechanically power stays the same but there’s a Quaife mechanical limited slip differential at the front to help with turn-in and putting the power down.

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But these cars are only available until midnight on Sunday – get tickets while you can!

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