Tuesday, April 30, 2013

OneHotLap Quiz: Mystery Car Part

Guess the part type and approximate price.
(no lookups and other Google shenanigans, please)

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Perfect Induction into the Rollover Club

Very funny write-up by John Tecce on Grand Am driver Jim Norman's recent rollover at Road Atlanta --

This past weekend BGB Motorsports driver Dr. James Norman was inducted into a very special club founded by the SCCA's Atlanta Region, when he left the racing surface entering Road Atlanta's famous blind, uphill turn 1. Norman, of Tampa Bay, FL is normally known for his quiet, soft-spoken demeanor, which is why it was odd for the Grand Am driver to have attempted something such as this. Norman - someone who usually chooses to "fly below the radar," chose NOT to enter Turn 1 and instead, drift the entry of Turn 1 and then perform the elusive "gravel mowing, sideways somersault." This feat which typically earns anywhere from a score of 9.6 to 10.0 depending on the panel makeup of former Olympic Men's Gymnastics Judges from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, involves leaving the racing surface to drift the gravel trap and then somersault before landing; in order to achieve maximum point allocation, the car must sustain only cosmetic damage, taking additional cabin ballast in the form of gravel or Diet Mountain Dew.

4x4 Tuning

Lowered 4x4s never look quite right, do they?

Track Technique - AWD Vs. RWD Vs. FWD

Hat Tip to Kamal R.

Just remember, AWD, RWD o FWD is not that different.
In the end, it's all about weight transfer and traction.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

What You Don't Want to See at the Apex!

This cannot possibly end well...

OneHotLap Quiz: What's Wrong with This Picture?

OneHotLap fan Jamey F. asked "What's Wrong with This Picture?" and offered some suggestions:
  1. I can drift better without so much grip.
  2. Mechanic? Ain't nobody got time fo dat!
  3. Install your own wing they said, it'll be easy they said!
  4. Sorry, the instructions were in Japanese.
  5. Phase one of my flying machine!
Can you help him sort this wing situation out with some more ideas?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Name That Caption! (No. 60)

What are you looking at, it's not like I'm texting while driving...

Fastest Forklift at the Autocross!

FFTD = Fastest Forklift Time of the Day!

"Luxury" Wiper, Eastern Europe Style

You can take the X5 to Eastern Europe 
but you can't take Eastern Europe out of the X5.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This Isn't Your Typical Florida Scooter...

Hat Tip to Hristo S.
  1. Passes just about anything on the highway
  2. Does well on snow and ice
  3. Does donuts anywhere
What more can you ask for?

Name That Caption! (No. 59)

Hat Tip to Jamey F.

A grazing wild Mustang in its natural habitat?

Monday, April 22, 2013

How Men and Women See the Stick Shift

Hat Tip to Ivelina S.

400 WHP Lotus Exige S + Stock Honda Tranny = What?

400 WHP Lotus Exige S + Stock Honda Tranny = Shredded 2nd Gear

Maybe our project Lotus Exise S needs more power and stickier tires, so we could flatten all the teeth at once?!

Solution is forged chromoly, semi helical cut, close ratio, and WPC treated gears 1-6. Those BETTER hold up!

Track Me! Pleeease!

Hat Tip to Peter P.

How could anyone say No to this?!
Well done, Maine!
What a beauty!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Great NSX Guam Featurette!

FatlaceTV - Tom Akigami's NSX Guam Feature from fatlace on Vimeo.

The Acura NSX is one of the best sports cars ever made
and this beautiful NSX featurette is well worth 2 minutes of your time.

Great Picture of Hugh Plumb's B+ BMW at Road Atlanta!

Great shot of Hugh Plumb driving the No 45 Eagle Tech / B+ Foundation / Jetset Magazine Fall-Line BMW at Road Atlanta this weekend!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lotus Exige Aero Doubles up As a Beer Holder

Here's a creative solution to a basic problem - our Lotus Exige project car got aero treatment that doubles up as a convenient place to keep your beer can while working on the car. It's probably the only flat surface of the entire Exige exterior and luckily, it's big enough to hold beer for an entire F1 crew! Just don't ask me how to get in and out of the car with the new aero, please.


Hat Tip to Jamey F.

I'll take the RWD, please.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fast & Furious - Diesel Engine Edition

This is really silly but it cracked me up:

Too Much Tire, Too Little Car, What To Do?

Here's a guy who refused to use a trailer 
and executed his vision for a 
"unique and sensible competition tire carrier"

 Hat Tip to Adam B via RacingReady.com

The tire rack starts with the base tied
to the trailer hitch and goes up and over the trunk. 
It does render the trunk obsolete with the tires on it 
but that's probably a small price to pay for the ability to take
your race tires to the track without trailering them.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Secret to Operating a Lexus IS-F Properly Is To RTFM!

Maybe you really do need to read the manual to operate a Lexus IS-F?

Watch This BMW Z4GTE Chase the GTE Aston Martin at ALMS Sebring

This is one of the most exciting onboard videos I have seen in a while. 
Great action, close chase, excellent driving!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Young Drivers Meme

A bit unfair probably. I do see a few young drivers at each HPDE.

FWD Sucks!


Nissan GT-R - 7:30 Run at the Nurburgring Nordschleife

This is a really cool video with fantastic telemetry and a super impressive time around the 'Ring from the Nissan GT-R. Oddly, at first I wondered why the car seemed so slow until I realized that I'm used to driving a souped up Pagani Zonda R around Nordschleife. In GT5, that is.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Of Hot Girls in Handcuffs and Racing Harnesses

Top Google search items for the day:

For the record, Google,
handcuffs and racing harnesses are different applicaitons.

Oppa Grosjean Style!

F1 driver Romain Grosjean has been relatively quiet in the first two F1 races of the 2013 season. Based on this recently released spy shot, we are speculating he's saving the big crashes he's prone to causing for the Korean Grand Prix. Problem is, that race is not until October 6. So why not go for it at the Chinese GP this weekend, Romain? We think China's close enough and the way things are going with North Korea, South Korea may not even be around by October 6...

How to Test Your Track Tires Before They Go on the Car

Friday, April 12, 2013

Bernie Ecclestone's New Steering Wheel

In case you are wondering who Fabiana is, 
it's the 83-year old billionaire's 34-year old girlfriend.

Related posts:

Lamborghini Gallardo: Will It Fly If You Add a Ton of Aero?

Ready for takeoff or ready for landing?

A BIG Mini Mistake!

Hat Tip to Kamal R.

This Mini makes me want to scratch my eyes out.

OneHotLap Quiz: What's Wrong with This Picture?

OneHotLap asks: What's wrong with this picture? 
The car? 
The driver? 
The line? 
The track?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Go Home, Miata! You Are Drunk!

Did I tell you the one about the drunk redhead at the track?

Porsche Vs. VW meme

Somehow I feel that this bathroom was not designed by a Porsche owner...

Google, Please Stop This...

Top Google search items for OneHotLap today:

OK Google, we need to straighten this out --
  1. WTF? Unless we're talking about drivers who are shit scared of lapping a track?
  2. Sorry, this is the only f#cking salad bowl we have.
  3. We don't have any real shitbox rally cars around here. Well, except for these very entertaining French Canadian shitboxes...
Thank you in advance for sending the lap pussies somewhere else, the people looking for salad bowls to Bed Bath & Beyond, and those looking for shitbox rally cars to Quebec!

How South Koreans Prepare for Racing with North Korea

Hat Tip to Kamal R.

Kudos, South Korea! 
Very creative video with totally unexpected results!
I think you're well prepared to race with North Korea!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Live Cones at the Autocross?

Hey course designers, here's an idea!

If you run our of yellow and orange cones at the autocross, 
there's always live cones!
Just make sure they've got their helmets on and they are good to go!

V8 Swaps in Japanese Cars

And we thank you!

Synopsis of Sebring

Overall winner Audi R18 e-tron Quattro
Story by Gary R.
Photos by Great Eye Studios

This year's Twelve Hours of Sebring was a very significant one for many reasons. 2013 is the last year the famed race was to be run in its traditional configuration. The brutal endurance race has always been used as a testing ground for the 24 Hours of LeMans. Most teams figure if your car holds up to the twelve hours of pounding this track delivered to your car, then the 24 hours at Circuit de Le Sarthe should be a walk in the park. It marks a change in the way it will be structured in future races. As most who follow sports car racing know, the merger between Grand Am and ALMS will be fully integrated in 2014, and with that there will no longer be the P1 class either diesel or petrol. Also the variations to be imposed to the existing classes in the newly titled USCR remain unclear. We’ve been told they will basically remain the same. What 'basically'  means remains to be seen.
Level 5 Motorsports secures its top spot on the P2 podium

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tired After HPDE? Yeah, We've Got That Too

We'd like to know how we can help with that.

Chinese Car or German Bike for Track Use?

Hat Tip to Gary R.

I think I'd have to go with the bike for track duty.

How to Build a Sports Car for Short Money

  1. Start with the biggest POS you can find.
  2. Lower the hell out of it.
  3. If it still doesn't look cool, just chop the top off.
  4. Bonus points are earned for relocating the exhuast right in front of the driver so you can be high on fumes the entitre time the car is running.
  5. Very important: rest your elbow on the car door. Chicks dig it.
(Hat Tip to Patrick M.)

From Russia with Love - Lamest Drift Ever!

 Hat Tip to Jamey F.

Lamest drift ever?
Fastest way to slow down a car?
Best parking job? (car is parked between the white lines)

If Front-Wheel-Drive Cars Were Dogs...