Friday, August 30, 2013

E36 M3 Project Car: from 240 to 400 HP!

The E36 M3 has to be the all-time best HPDE car: manageable weight, great balance, decent power, fairly inexpensive to buy, ton of aftermarket support and parts for it, easy on the wallet to maintain, and it's aged very well to boot. If one with the stock motor can run the Glen in 2:09 at HPDEs, imagine what this supercharged project car would do with 400 HP. I want one!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Chasing BMW Performance Driving School's M6 at Laguna Seca

BMW CCA Oktoberfest '13, Laguna Seca, August 15, 2013

BMW E92 M3 daily driver


BMW Performance Driving School's M6

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Great Compilation of the World's Craziest Roads!

I think Bolivia wins the Craziest Roads in The World contest hands-down. They should close down this insane road to regular traffic and start charging tourists money to drive on it. Maybe even stage a time trial on it for prisoners with lifetime sentences. Winner gets to drive it again until their car falls off the cliff?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ross Bentley's Instructor Series: #6 - Peeling The Onion

I am thrilled to share that world famous performance coach, race car driver, author, and speaker Ross Bentley has put together a series of instructor-focused articles exclusively for OneHotLap. Here is today's eye-opening Part VI in the series --

#6 - Peeling The Onion
Not long ago, I was at a car club DE program; I was at the track to provide some informal tips and training for both the drivers and instructors. Right after lunch, an instructor approached me and asked if I'd ride with one of his students, as he could not get this driver to do what he wanted. According to the instructor, the student could "not hit a single apex - he is at least three feet from every single one." The instructor told me that he'd talked the guy around the track for four sessions, and never once could he get the student to clip an apex.

I put my helmet on, got into the passenger seat, asked the student to just drive as he had been; I told him that I'd simply observe for a lap or two. The instructor was right: the student missed every apex. But I noticed something....

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Map of Laguna Seca with Track Geometry

One Hot Lap is at Laguna Seca for BMW CCA's Oktoberfest event this week. I found this fantastic Laguna Seca map with track geometry. This track has so many steep elevation changes and varying camber in turns, it's really helpful to quantify its geometry before you drive it.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Which Driver Are You?

I have to admit that I'm torn between The Stig and Nicolas Cage.
Ideally, I'd be an all rounder with Stig's driving skills...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BMW CCA Water: Good for 20 HP Each!

Spotted at the 2013 BMW CCA Oktoberfest

Ross Bentley's Instructor Series: #5 - Quit Lying

I am thrilled to share that world famous performance coach, race car driver, author, and speaker Ross Bentley has put together a series of instructor-focused articles exclusively for OneHotLap. Here is Part I - What It's All AboutPart II - What Happens When You Ask Questions?Part III - Integrate Classroom With On-track Instruction and Part IV - Watch What Your Body Says in case you missed them. And here is today's eye-opening Part V in the series --

#5 - Quit Lying
How can a driver like Dario Franchitti right-foot-brake and keep up with all the left-foot- brakers? Come on, tell me. Don't give me that confused look, just tell me how he does it.

It's at this point that many instructors do the worst thing they could ever possibly do. They make up an answer. Sure, it might be right. Then again, it might not.

Why would an instructor make up an answer when they don't know the real answer? Because their ego is getting in the way. As an instructor, many people think that you're supposed to be "all knowing." That could not be further from the truth.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Laguna Seca Onboard Helmet Cam with Joey Hand

One Hot Lap is at Laguna Seca for BMW CCA's Oktoberfest event this week. This is one the best videos we found to help us learn the track. I love Joey Hand's presence in the car but no, we won't be making any wild passes in the middle of Turn 9 like he did.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Female Curves? Yeah, We've Got That!

These are the top Google search items that sent users to OneHotLap on August 16. It's comforting to know that we still have great female curves to offer.

Friday, August 16, 2013

How To Get Your Shitbox into The 14's


This is a really funny write-up on so many levels! If your race car's aesthetics are in doubt, just remember: "Chicks dig convertibles."

Step 1: Baseline
Before suggesting modifications, it's critical we know where Mr. To Race is starting. His car is a 2001 Sentra SE with the venerable SR20DE powerplant. This is the newest variant of the SR20, with a close-coupled cat, roller rockers, and a four-counterweight crank. None of this matters at all, because without money, you can't extract the tremendous potential of this engine. The car also has heavy 19-inch wheels, cut springs and one of the most aggressive body kits we've ever seen. We find three kittens and a squirrel cowering in fear inside one of the massive front air intakes...

Full story

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Give Dennis a Pointby?!

Hat Tip to Greg G. Spotted at NYST on August 4, 2013

This Dennis must be quite a guy. Are you reading this, Chip Ganassi?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ross Bentley's Instructor Series: #4 - Watch What Your Body Says

I am thrilled to share that world famous performance coach, race car driver, author, and speaker Ross Bentley has put together a series of instructor-focused articles exclusively for OneHotLap. Here is Part I - What It's All AboutPart II - What Happens When You Ask Questions? and Part III - Integrate Classroom With On-track Instruction in case you missed them. And here is today's eye-opening Part IV in the series --

#4 - Watch What Your Body Says
Do you remember your first HPDE program, when you first began learning about driving on the track? If you’re like most drivers, it was a bit of a tense experience. That might even be a gross understatement! But try to put yourself back in that situation again.

The first time you drove around a track, what did your instructor’s body language say to you? It may have been so long ago, or you were so busy driving that you don’t recall what was said, either verbally or non-verbally. It may not be something you remember now, but I bet at the time you sensed something from how your instructor communicated with his or her body language.

Fast-forward to now, and put yourself in the right seat with a student, with you as the instructor.

Monday, August 12, 2013

5 Motorcycle Engine-Infused Cars

People have integrated motorcycle engines into various forms of transportation for decades. On many urban streets you’ll find mountain bikes and cruisers with motorcycle engines. However, these are small engines, and they don’t provide much power. Some people modify regular production cars, both two- and four-door varieties, by installing motorcycle engines because motorcycle engines are cheap, lightweight and get better fuel economy—or just because it’s cool to say, “My car has a motorcycle engine in it.”

The Honda GRX

The Honda GRX concept doesn’t look as cool as some of the other cars that made this list. It doesn’t go as fast as most of them either, so why and how did it make the list of “The Coolest Cars with Motorcycle Engines”? Easy. Powered by a 1,500cc engine used in the Honda Gold Wing, it’s something we might eventually see in production.

The Vandenbrink Carver-One

If you see a Vandenbrink Carver-One sitting still in a parking lot somewhere, you’d probably think that it was just a trike with a shell over it. However, you’d be dead wrong. The futuristic-looking “shell” on the Carver looks like something out of "Star Wars" or "Star Trek." This one not only makes the list because it’s super-fast but simply because its sci-fi aesthetic will likely look “modern” 20 years from now.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Samir, You Have to Listen to My Calls, I Beg You!

Hat Tip to Joseph K.

This is one of the funniest rally videos I have ever seen!! Crank up the volume and make sure you're sitting down.

8/10/2013 UPDATE:
The video was taken during the 2013 Rally of Coimbatore, part of the Indian National Rally Championship, on-board the Mitsubishi Evo 10 driven by Samir Thapar and co-driven by Vivek Ponnusamy. The full length version is spread over 3 separate videos and 40 odd minutes and it has been edited into this 3:50 laughter filled-clip.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Racing This Weekend: Grand Am at Road America

Dalla Lana Qualifies P2 in the Turner BMW

Paul Dalla Lana qualified P2 at Road America for the 250. Dalla Lana narrowly missed pole position by .051 seconds with a 2:11.234 behind the Ferrari of Leh Keen. This marks Paul Dalla Lana's career best qualifying result with Turner Motorsport. The result comes just minutes after qualifying the Turner Motorsport No. 96 Continental Tire Sport Car Challenge GS M3 P12. Dalla Lana was fastest in the morning's Trueman/Akin session with a 2:11.173, his fastest career lap at Road America.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Craziest Eyes You'll Ever See at Autocross

Hat Tip to Brian M.

These are some of the craziest eyes I've seen anywhere. I bet I'll miss the next gate if I think of them in the middle of my run. So funny to watch!

Best Trailers for Cars with Low Ground Clearance

We found the best trailer for cars with low clearance. So logical, makes you wonder what took so long for someone to invent it and commercialize it. Definitely something to add to your wish list for Christmas!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Another Fun Session at Calabogie With Some Lurid Slides, July 2013

Here's a really fun session at Calabogie with running commentary - lots going on the track captured in this 16-minute video but the lurid slides from the 5-series really stand out!

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Key OneHotLap Member Has Been Detained in Prison in Siberia!

None too happy about the new PA system publicity they received from OneHotLap, BMW CCA Patroon organizers were caught on tape wishing that OneHotLap's senior editor be put in prison in Siberia. Here is the proof:

It goes without saying that next time One Hot Lap and Patroon are on the same track, there will be paint trading and this time, Patroon's offs WILL be caught on tape for good!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

Only Street Cars Allowed!

Hat Tip to Greg G.

Get your race car out of here!

The Iceman Cometh - A Young F1 Fan's Interpretation

Cool, calm, implacable, nothing ruffles Kimi "Iceman" Raikkonen's feathers. Here is a young F1 fan's interpretation of how he does it.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Happy Birthday to One Hot Lap!

One Hot Lap is 2 year old today!!

Happy Birthday to us!!

Thank you everyone for your fantastic support!
Here's to many more years together!

An Amazing Compilation of Safety Car Fails

This video has some really amazing footage. 
A stark reminder of the dangers of racing!