Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Video and Top 20 Times from BMW CCA Boston Event 8

FTD run by Hank Wallace in the '95 E36 M3

Top 20 drivers out of 100 at the event

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A 1:15 NHMS Lap with Telemetry in an E36 M3

BMW E36 M3
3,000 lb race weight
BFG R1 225/40/17 tires
Driven by Nick DeRosa

Monday, October 28, 2013

Joke of The Year!

If you had sex 365 times, in 12 months, 
and then melted down the rubbers to make a tire...
What would you have??


Works the other way round too:

Hat Tip to Frank S.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Coexisting in The Fast Lane

Hat Tip to Ted T.

We would coexist so much better if you stayed in the slow lane, thank you!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Are Minivans Embarrassing?!

These are the top Google search items taking users to OneHotLap today. Yes, minivans can be very embarrassing and confusing but every once in a while, you can find one that will really embarrass your sports car.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Autocross Video from BMW CCA Boston 2013 Event 7

I love this camera angle for studying how the steering inputs impact the car. The Z4 M Coupe is a handul to drive on street tires but so much fun! It looks like the car spends a lot of time at aggressive slip angles but the fast steering allows you to correct it easily and keep it close to the cones at the limit. It's also very easy to throttle steer it. This run was good for a Top 10 overall out of 96 cars at the event with the top 4 times going to cars on r-comps.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Most Confusing BMW Vehicle

Hat Tip to Brian S.

A debadged BMW dealer-owned Honda minivan turned BMW, turned M car, turned Ring Taxi? I need to sit down for a minute and scratch my head some more...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2013 Award for Best Camo in a Rally Car!

Hat Tip to Jamie M.

Yes, it's in there. You have to look closely.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ross Bentley's Instructor Series: #10 - The Mistake Of Avoiding Mistakes

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 X in the series --

#10 - The Mistake Of Avoiding Mistakes

Have you noticed that the more you try to avoid making a mistake, the more likely it is that you’ll make it?

The last I looked, making a mistake on a race track could be costly. That's why we want to avoid them, right? We don't want to damage our cars, ourselves, and our bank accounts. So we do all we can to avoid making them. As an instructor, one of your main objectives is to keep your students safe, and that means reducing or eliminating mistakes from behind the wheel.

And that's a shame. Why? Because mistakes are such a great learning experience. They should be, at least. But when we make a big deal about not making mistakes, we not only restrict the opportunity to learn from them, we often make things less safe. Huh?

Monday, October 21, 2013

COTA Orientation Program Run by a Dream Team of Instructors

Learn how to drive COTA from a dream team of instructors - now that would be a great birthday present! Let's hope they will do more of these sessions in the future. Here's the full press release and contact info:

SVRA’s CoTA Track Orientation Program Brings In Big Knowledge To Help Competitors Get Up To Speed, FAST!

Five of the best professional racing instructors in the country to present CoTA course familiarization program, as part of SVRA’s commitment to driver safety and enjoyment.

With over five-hundred historic racing entries confirmed at Circuit of The Americas, SVRA will host a “supercharged” version of their well-received Track Orientation Program Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013. The program consists of briefings and on-track sessions.

SVRA Chief Instructor Peter Krause will lead an all-star team including “Speed Secrets” author and coach Ross Bentley, renowned racing coach Peter Argetsinger, Grand-Am race winner and coach Tom Long and Grand-Am racer and coach Jason Hart. All possess intimate knowledge of this challenging racetrack and will present comprehensive, course-specific training for over seventy-five SVRA entrants.

“The fact that few competitors have had the opportunity to drive this incredible track, coupled with the particularly challenging nature of this course, has made this SVRA offering very attractive to competitors,” said Krause. “Tony Parella, the owner of SVRA, wants us to make sure we deliver the best possible program. With the knowledge, experience and communications expertise present in this team, we know this program will be of great value to SVRA racers.”
·         Peter Krause, SVRA Chief Instructor since 1994. Professional Racing Coach and Performance Analyst
·         Ross Bentley, Author of Speed Secrets, Professional Racing Coach
·         Peter Argetsinger, Professional Racing Coach and Instructor
·         Tom Long, Professional Sports Car Racing Driver/Coach
·        Jason Hart, Professional Sports Car Racing Driver/Coach

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Things to Avoid at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Hat Tip to Val M.

Things to avoid at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: hitting the very rough curbing, which has huge holes at some key turns: going up the hill at the trackout after Turn 3, at the inside of Turn 8, and at the trackout after turn 11b. Here's a map of the track to help you identify these problem areas:

Areas with holes in the curbing highligted in red

The rim above was bent by a very unfortunate car which tracked a bit wide and hit the hole coming out of Turn 11b. Both the front and rear passenenger side rims and tires were severely damaged - a small but very costly mistake!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Freaked out Is OK But Why Hide It?!

Hat Tip to Krystian M via Autoblog

What could be safer than rally legend Walter Röhrl driving a street car on a closed course, right? German TV host Barbara Schöneberger got totally freaked out and the best part is, tried to HIDE it! Yes, hold on tight to ... the seat belt and turn the other way so the driver won't be able to figure it all out! Mwahahahaaaa!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Story of the Michelin Man

Hat Tip to Adam B.

Here's a fun read about the story of the Michelin Man from a site that understands logo designs all too well. Now, if Michelin could only come up with a street tire that Rivals the Dunlop Star Spec...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

In Memory of Sean Edwards

Porsche Motorsport driver Sean Edwards died in the passenger seat at a private training session at Queensland Raceway near Brisbane, Australia today after his 20-year-old student crashed into a tire wall and the car caught fire. So strange that Sean Edwards was one of the drivers who helped pull Niki Lauda from his burning car in Ron Howard's movie Rush... This video is a great way to remember him for what he did best - driving in the rain!

Best Ad for a Nurburgring Race Car Rental?!

Hat Tip to Hristo S. via

Is there a better ad for than a man jumping out of one of its GT3s at the 'Ring and puking his guts out? Brilliant!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Autocross Design Madness

Hat Tip to Mark D.

Two laydown cones pointing to... nothing? 
Looks like something taken right out of the Jerry Seinfield's desing book - 
A cone about nothing?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

New Track Record at Calabogie!

This is an insanely fast lap! The car has virtually no body roll and it sticks like glue in the turns. It makes me look like a Sunday driver with my 2:30 laps...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Another Z06 Bites The Dust...

This Z06 practically spun going in a straight line. 
At this pace of crashing, they will be collectibles very soon!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Amazing Porsche Crash at VIR!

This crash is as scary as it gets. A stark reminder that the corner workers also put their lives in danger at every race and that it takes a really brave photographer to shoot this footage and not flinch! So lucky that no one got hurt!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Our M3, Who Art in Heaven...

An E36 on top of Mount Washington! 
Still one of the best-looking cars ever and what a great spot to showcase it!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dumbest Way to Crash Your GT-R

Yes, remember to take your purse with you and call dad for a new GT-R.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

What Causes Tire Chunking Like This?

A OneHotLap reader sent us this picture and asked if we can help him diagnose the root cause of the tire chunking he's experiencing. 

My 3 month-old Michelin PSS are busted after a weekend at Thunderhill. Probably because I don't have any camber right now in my stock BMW 135i. What do you think? 2 days, Saturday was 80 degrees, Sunday 77. 5 sessions per day, 20 min per session. Tires started chunking on day 1 and it got a lot worse on day 2 when the cords became visible.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Excessive Camber Defined with Simple Math

3.5 degrees of negative camber 
+ not nearly enough track days
excessive inside shoulder wear

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ross Bentley's Instructor Series: #9 – Imagine This

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 IX in the series --

#9 – Imagine This
Have you ever worried about something? I bet you have. Then you've also done some visualization, that mystical, way-out-there technique sports psychologists recommend all athletes use - that technique that requires that you close your eyes, relax, breathe slowly, and use your imagination. Worrying is simply imagining something going wrong in the future, and pre-playing this negative image.

Of course, visualization can and should be used for more than worrying, more than just negative things. In fact, it's a powerful tool for improving your performance and that of your students, when used in a positive way.