Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Michael Schumacher: "Life is about passions. Thank you for sharing mine."

It's a huge relief to read today that Michael Schumacher's condition is improving. It would be devastasting for a remarkable life lived on the edge of adhesion to end like this. Keep up the fight, Michael, one more race to win!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

McLaren Vs. Bike: Revenge of the Bike

McLaren 12C Vs. BTCC Honda Civic Vs. Superbike Honda Fireblade? Makes no sense at all. But fun to watch even if it were just for the sound and well... comparing speed at the apex!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Watkins Glen’s Mystique

Every time I talk to drivers about tracks they'd like to go to, Watkins Glen inevitably comes up in the conversation. Some say it’s because it’s so fast. Or flows well. Or because it’s long. Whatever the reason, it’s undisputable that The Glen has that certain je ne sais quoi, mystique, reverence that you need needs to experience for yourself to truly understand.

Tips on driving the Glen

One of the advantages of driving a long track with many passing zones like the Glen is that you can have a large group of cars or even combined run groups on it at a time without causing any trains. You can get 4 hours of seat time per day with some clubs – enough to start running out of brakes and tires and still not be able to wipe the grin off their face.

Spring is a beautiful time of year at the Glen. The drive up there is gorgeous and the area is peaceful. There is also a lot to do nearby -- it’s a bit more spread out than Tremblant but the area offers a decent variety of food: from fast food restaurants, an authentic German restaurant, wineries, to an upscale lakeview dining experience at the Harbor Hotel. The Watkins Glen State Park is worth a trip and it starts right in the center of town. Sailing or renting a boat or a kayak on the lake is a great option too, as is visiting the Corning Museum of Glass. The popular hotels fill up fast that time of year, so make sure to book yours ahead of time.

How can the road leading to a fiercely fast racetrack be so peaceful?

Best of all, see if you can uncover Watkins Glen’s  mystique and share your experience with us. Oh, and remember to bring a spare set of brake pads. It’s fast, remember? Very fast.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Santa Is on His Way!

The good news: Santa is on his way and will get here well before midnight!
The bad news: His sports car has no space for toys...
The solution: we get to take the kids out for rides in it?!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Isle of Man TT - A Compilation of Crashes

Absolutely amazing footage from the Isle of Man race! 
1:12 - the difference between life and death in a split second!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Steel Wheels, 15x10: Possibly the Funniest Craigslist Post Ever!

Ezra Dyer of Automobile magazine and The New York Times' Wheels blog is possibly the most original, genuine, and funny automotive writer today. He has won nearly every automotive journalism trophy there is, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, when a Korean translation of his Dyre Consequences column caused Kim Jong Il to laugh so hard that he renounced Communism. His recent attempt to sell the The Finest Wheels Ever Made By Humankind on Craigslist make him the leading contender in the Steel Wheels category of the 2013 Pulitzer prize. Here's why:

Steel Wheels, 15x10, The Finest Wheels Ever Made By Humankind - $80

I have for sale four steel wheels and chrome center caps. They are 15 inches in diameter and 10 inches wide. Their circumference (15 x pi) is 47.142 inches, so you should be able to go to any tire store and say, "What'ya got in 47.142 circumference?" There are plenty of tires in that size, but these wheels were most recently fitted with a set of 31 x 10.50 SharkClaw Terrain Molesters. I can't speak to the compatibility of anything else.

This type of wheel is colloquially known as a "steelie," but you can call these stealies. Because at this price, what I'm offering you is tantamount to larceny. And not the petty kind. This is grand theft. Black steel wheels in this size usually sell for $60 to $80 each, and I'm asking $80 for all four.

Why, you ask? Well, the Buddhists have a word called "nekkhamma" that loosely translates as, "renunciation"--the forgoing of that which incites lust and therefore impedes enlightenment. I'm not into that. It just happens to be your good fortune that I need $80 to put toward the calf implant I have on layaway. Right now I've just got the left one and I walk in big circles.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Humps for the Next 1/2 Mile?!

That's a lot of humping...
Not sure if we should be excited or scared...

Monday, December 16, 2013

Porsche Carrera Cup at Nürburgring-Nordschleife

So much fun to watch! I really wish we could get the Porsche Carrera Cup series on TV Stateside. It's amazing how much these cars move around on the 'Ring's uneven pavement!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Race Accident - Who's To Blame?

Hat Tip to Brian C.

This accident happened at a Road Atlanta race school. 
Who do you think is to blame?

Correction: The accident happened at a race, not a race school.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Incredible Overtake at Bathurst Lotus Trophy

Three in a row at the esses entry at Bathurst! 
This is not something you see every day!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Official BMW M3 / M4 F80 / F82 Specs, Pictures and Videos

Love the reduced 3,300 lb weight but really wish they still offered a mechanical limited slip. The new Active M's "Control unit links up with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system and also takes into account the position of the accelerator pedal, the rotational speed of the wheels and the car’s yaw rate" It looks like the Ultimate Driving Machine does not need drivers any more...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

22 Car Pile-Up On Frozen Highway (time lapse)

We have faster, safer cars and still don't know how to drive them. How can so many "drivers" have no clue about the road conditions around them?! Wisconsin of all places... The nut behind the wheel is still the weakest link in the car.

Monday, December 9, 2013

New Kid on the Block: the BMW M235i Racing

BMW Motorsport is adding an M235i Racing to its customer racing range. At a price of 59,500 Euros plus 18% VAT (or approximately $90k), it is considered an affordable entry-level racing model. Wonder if we will ever see it Stateside.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Danica Patrick Face Beats the Manning Face!

Wait, it's legal to make fun of Danica Patrick!? Will Jay Mohr have to spend the rest of his life in a high-security prison? I think the Danica Patrick face beats the Manning face that you will see again in the playoffs...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Rolex Daytona 24 Hours - First Stint Onboard with Sean Edwards

"In honor of Sean Edwards' birthday, I wanted to post his in car video from the 2012 Daytona 24 hour start. I'm in the EBay CTF car. Jordan Taylor is in the Autohaus Camaro. Van Overbeek in the Patron Ferrari and the red Ferrari is Giancarlo Fischichella. Really fun stint. RIP Sean."

Ryan Eversley

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Most Comprehensive Write-up on Thompson Speedway

This is the most comprehensive write-up on Thompson Speedway to date. It's well worth 5 minutes of your time. I have mixed feelings about the track and some concerns about its safety features but hey -- nothing beats having a track within an hour of Boston!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Very Cool Formula 1 Video!

This is a very cool Formula 1 video with fantastic editing! There are lots of exciting images but the ones from Spa really move me on a different level!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thank You for the Entertainment, CNN!

"Having the engine in the middle of the car means it's more agile and turns more quickly than a car with the engine in the front or in the rear."

Everyone got that? Good, now you don't have to wonder any more why your front or rear-engine car turns so slow.

I'm Almost Done Building the Race Car

Hat Tip to Chris C.


Monday, December 2, 2013

First Time Ever Eye-Level Camera in a Formula 1 Car!

This is as close as any of us will ever get to driving an F1 car. 
It's amazing how low to the ground you sit and how limited the visibility is!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

R.I.P. Paul Walker and Roger Rodas

This is all that remained of the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by World Challenge driver Roger Rodas and “Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker. They both died this Saturday, November 30 when Rodas lost control of the car and wrapped it around a tree. The Porsche burned down (footage was captured on camera, easy to find on Google).

Some thoughts:
  1. This is very unfortunate. By all accounts, Paul Walker is one of the most likable Hollywood actors: good-looking, successful, humble, 8.3 million Likes on Facebook (picked over a million more just today).
  2. The story makes for big headlines and you are likely to see "Fast and Furious Star Dies in Fiery Crash" on the front page of every major news site.
  3. It is hard to understand how an experienced race driver like Rodas could lose control of the car like that in broad daylight on a dry road. There might have been a mechanical or some distraction around (the accident happened very close to a charity event the two friends were organizing). It's safe to say from the wreckage that they must have been going very fast for a car to get wrapped around a tree like that.
  4. The Fast & Furious sequel has already grossed Universal Studios $2.4 billion and it has become its biggest franchise of all time. A movie that started a subculture has turned into a mainstream series. A young actor who dies James Dean-style will make the series ever more popular. 
R.I.P. Paul Walker and Roger Rodas