Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Gambler Movie: It's NOT a BMW M1, Guys

I watched The Gambler yesterday. Good movie, excellent plot, well shot, some memorable quotes. It was cool to see Mark Wahlberg drive a (fairly rare) BMW 1M but lame to see it referred to as the M1 in the movie.

Lamar Allen, a student of English professor Jim Bennett (played by Mark Wahlberg) referred to the Valencia Orange BMW 1M as "a BMW M1". I bet the BMW nomenclature is very confusing for screenwriters and film editors but if the main character drives a car that cool, let's get its model right, OK, guys? And if you want to find out more about it and see it in action at the track, you can find out in this OneHotLap video.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

The New Toyo R1R Is Expected To Have a 200 DOT Rating

How will tread pattern on the new 200 DOT R1R compare to the ex gen 140?
The Dunlop Direzza ZII, BFGoodrich g-Force Rival, and Bridgestone RE11A have company! Stangtv.com is claiming that Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, Competition Performance Products Division at Toyo Tire U.S.A. announced at the 2014 PRI Trade Show that the Toyo R1R treadwear has been changed from 140 to 200 for 2015. There is no official statement confirming this on Toyo's website yet and the Tirerack still has the old 140-rated R1Rs listed.

A move to a treadwear of 200 would make a lot of sense since that is at or just above the minimum rating required by LeMons (DOT 190), Chumpcar (DOT 180), and most SCCA street classes. Miata.net fans have been speculating since August that a move to DOT 200 is inevitable and that a Toyo rep had mentioned at a Toyo-sponsored event back then that Japanese engineers were already testing a 200 treadwear R1R.

So keep an eye on this space and if you are in the market for new street tires for the 2015 season, add the Toyo R1R to your list.

Related post:
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Dunlop Direzza ZII - Onboard Video at the Autocross
First Dunlop Direzza ZIIs Shipped to Customers!!
Dunlop Direzza ZII - First Driving Impressions
Dunlop Direzza ZII: The Lap Time Comparison We've All Been Waiting for!
Dunlop Star Spec Direzza ZII: A Tire as Exciting as a Date with Scarlet Johansson!
Bridgestone RE11A: A New Suspect Has Entered the Crime Scene
BFGoodrich g-Force Rival: The Plot Thickens!

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Slot Car Fantasy for Christmas

If you are running late with your Christmas shopping and you have 300 grand to spend, we have just the perfect solution for you: a slot car racing fantasy with 1:32 scale models on your favorite track! Neiman Marcus and Slot Mods USA have teamed up to offer this slot car fantasy at a price that leaves room even for racing legends Vic Elford and David Hobbs to cohost your inaugural race night party.

Here are the details from Neimus Marcus:

"Le Mans. Nürburgring. Laguna Seca. You never had a racecar worthy of the world's most notorious tracks, but you've certainly dreamt of driving on one. Now pole position—and the checkered flag—are yours with this 100% authentic 1:32 scale model of your favorite track. Iconic structures, pit crews, period slot cars, and more help get you into the action while integrated track cameras capture and display it on mini screens. Need help revving up the crowd? Racing legends, such as Vic Elford and David Hobbs, will cohost your inaugural race night party. Gentlemen, start your engines."

Shipping at this price is free but the assembly is NOT included... Hopefully David Hobbs and Vic Elford will lend a hand with that.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Formula 1 Pit Stops - Then And Now

Who needs a torque wrench or an air gun when you've got a big hammer!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ADRENALIN Film - DTM Snippet

These are some of the best racing scenes you will see anywhere!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Driving Instructor Has Own Gas Pedal In Case Student Total Pussy

Source: the ONION (America's Finest News Source)

OK, I admit it: the last line really did me in --

Dennison also said it’s sometimes necessary to use the vehicle’s emergency brake when a student is too chickenshit to fishtail like a total badass.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Just Accept It: Autocross Isn’t Racing

Hat Tip to Larry N.

I really enjoyed reading Just Accept It: Autocross Isn’t Racing from Bark M. - an experienced autocrosser who's competed and trophied at national level. It rang true to someone like me who switched to endurance racing after 12 years of autocrossing. Autocross is a fantastic foundation for your driving skills and definitely something that everyone should do at least a couple of times a year. It's just not something that anyone should call "racing". Racing is when cars fighting for 51st position on the track go at each other -- a lot like this.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Very Cool Compilation of Eau-Rouge through the Last 20 Years!

This is a very cool compilation of one of my most favorite turns of any track: Eau Rouge at Spa-Francorchamps. Make sure to read Wikipedia's page on Spa as well, especially the section on Eau Rouge (copied below as well).

Until 2000, it was possible to travel over the race track when it was still a public road. At Eau Rouge, southbound traffic was allowed to use the famous uphill corner, while the opposite downhill traffic had to use the old road and U-turn behind the grand stands, rejoining the race track at the bottom of Eau Rouge.

The most famous part of the circuit is the Eau Rouge / Raidillon combination. Having negotiated the La Source hairpin, drivers race down a straight to the point where the track crosses the Eau Rouge stream for the first time, before being launched steeply uphill into a sweeping left-right-left collection of corners with a blind summit. Properly speaking, the Eau Rouge corner is only the left-hander at the bottom. The following right-hander that leads steeply uphill, which was introduced in 1939 to shortcut the original hairpin "Ancienne Douane", is called "Raidillon". The corner requires a large amount of skill from the driver to negotiate well and the long straight ahead often produces good overtaking opportunities for the best drivers at the following "Les Combes" corner. The corner was tighter and narrower (it was made wider in 1970, when the circuit was updated) on the old circuit than it is today on the current circuit, which made it considerably slower.

The 2005 and 2006 F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso explains: "You come into the corner downhill, have a sudden change [of direction] at the bottom and then go very steep uphill. From the cockpit, you cannot see the exit and as you come over the crest, you don't know where you will land. It is a crucial corner for the timed lap, and also in the race, because you have a long uphill straight afterwards where you can lose a lot of time if you make a mistake. But it is also an important corner for the driver's feeling. It makes a special impression every lap, because you also have a compression in your body as you go through the bottom of the corner. It is very strange – but good fun as well."[10]

The challenge for drivers has always been to take Eau Rouge-Raidillon flat out. Regular touring cars can take the corner at 160–180 km/h, Formula One at over 300 km/h.[11] This is due to the huge amount of downforce on the cars. World Champion Jacques Villeneuve once spoke of the effects of downforce saying that to get through the corner they have to go faster as the faster the car is going the more downward force there is, thus explaining the phenomenon of Eau Rouge flat out.

Still, a loss of control in this section often leads to very heavy shunt as usually the rear-end of the car is lost and the impact is most of the times lateral. Eau Rouge has claimed several victims over the years, including Stefan Bellof in a Porsche sportscar, Guy Renard during the 24h of Spa-Francorchamps in 1990 in a Toyota Corolla GT and also caused Alex Zanardi's in 1993 and Jacques Villeneuve's spectacular off in qualifying in 1999, which he described as "My best-ever crash", followed by his team-mate Ricardo Zonta's similar accident, leading cartoonist Jim Bamber to show BAR boss Craig Pollock telling Zonta: "Jacques is the quickest through Eau Rouge, so go out there and do exactly what Jacques does…"

Following the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna at Imola in 1994, the following F1 races saw the introduction of chicanes made up from stacked tyres. The entry to Eau Rouge was obstructed in such a way in 1994, although it was returned to its previous glory the following year. The corner was slightly modified for 2002, but still retains its character.

Testimony to the fame and beloved character of the Eau Rouge corner can be found in fan reaction to the Istanbul Park circuit in Istanbul, Turkey. When fans first got to see the course configuration at the start of the weekend of the 2005 Turkish Grand Prix, many noted that an uphill kink on the back straight was very similar to Eau Rouge; many jokingly dubbed the kink "Faux Rouge" (a pun on the name of the original Spa corner using the French word "faux", meaning "false"). 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Summer Tires Club Get-Together

Join the Summer Tires Club anywhere in the area indicated in white on the map below.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Watch This Video And Carefully Rethink Your Roll Cage

This is one of the most horrifying crashes I have seen to date, simply because it hits so close to home. This could've been any of the Miatas that I've seen racing at Chumpcar and LeMons. It begs so many questions -

Is it too dangerous to race an open-top car?

How high should the roll cage be?

Should every race car have an arm restraint?

Shouldn't every race car have a window net?

How about padding on the cage?

There's a lot that goes into a properly built roll cage and you should take a few minutes to understand it better. The Chumpcar roll cage rules (starting on p. 50 of their rule book) are an excellent starting point. Since I know that most of you will be too lazy to drag your asses over to another link, I am pasting the Chumpcar rules below:

Roll Cages
A. At minimum, all roll-cages must include:
1. Full rear, main-hoop with either: (i) front-hoop appropriately braced to each other along the
roofline; or, (ii) halo-hoop appropriately attached to two front vertical legs; or (iii) front vertical
bars bent rearwards at the roofline, connecting to the rear main hoop and cross-braced
horizontally along the upper windscreen line;
a. On all closed cars, the main hoop must be as close as possible to the roof (in height) and “B”
pillars (in width).
b. The main hoop (behind the driver) must be the full width of the cockpit for all cars. It must
be one continuous length of tubing with smooth bends and no evidence of mandrel crimping
or wall failure.
c. A 3/16” inspection hole must be drilled in the main hoop, such that a Tech Inspector has
access to measure the wall thickness of the main hoop without obstruction.
2. Two driver-side door bars that will prevent cockpit intrusion (NASCAR-style or X-design is
a. The spacing between the fore and aft terminal ends of all door bars (including X-design)
must include a separation of no less than six inches of open space when measured at the
centerline of each bar. Triangulated bars that meet or join at the front hoop are allowed so
long as the spacing of the upper and lower bars (attached to the main hoop) is a minimum of
six inches when measured at the centerline of the tubing bar.
b. The upper door bar shall not be placed higher than the top of the door or window sill.
c. If the distance, measured at any point between the highest portion of the door sill or floor
pan (whichever is higher) and the lowest edge of lower door bar is greater than ten inched
(10”), a floor or lower-sill intrusion bar, mounted as low as possible on each side of the rollcage,
at or just above the door sill, joining the front hoop and the main hoop.
d. A minimum of one (1) door bar shall be required on the passenger side. This bar can be a
floor- or sill- or mid-level door bar.
3. Appropriate main-hoop rear-supports (backstays) with no bends, located as close to 45 degrees
from horizontal as practical;
4. One main-hoop diagonal support bar; installed in the same plane as the main hoop, with one end
terminating in general proximity to the main hoop bend above the driver’s head and the other
end terminating in general proximity to the lower end of the opposite side of main hoop. The
diagonal support bar may be of one (1) or two (2) piece construction and it may intersect with
or cross-through the horizontal support bar (used for seat belt harness attachment and/or seat
5. Complete 360-degree welds at all welded joints. All welds to be sufficient in heat, penetration,
bead and consistency.
6. Each major load-bearing member must be formed from its own single, continuous tube.
7. Shoulder-harness bars strongly encouraged (over floor-mounted harnesses), and virtually
necessary for proper shoulder-harness mounting in some applications; dash bars are not
required but very strongly encouraged.
Your roll-cage GENERALLY better have the same main bars in the same main places as shown in
the picture below or you’re going home.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Does Ken Block Still Remember How To Drive in A Straight Line?!

Gymkhana 7 is just as entertaining as the first 6 editions. This one has some of the best engine sounds, so make sure to crank up the volume. Just wondering if Ken Block still remembers what it is like to drive in a straight line...

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Tractor Trailer Jumps over A Formula 1 Car

It's pretty insane for a tractor trailer to jump over a Formula 1 car but the Lotus F1 team pulled it off with one of their cars. This is not the most convincing ad for EMC's capabilities but the guys at Lotus must have had a lot of fun shooting the video. Hey -- why not have some fun, if you can get someone to foot the bill?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An Insanely Fast Hill Climb in A Single Seater!

Fasten your seat belt - onboard with David Hauser (Dallara GP2) - Course de côte de St. Ursanne - Les Rangiers 2013

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Race Between a Volvo Truck and a Koenigsegg?

The Volvo truck looks so menacing on the track, you can't not root for it!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Now THIS Is How You Hoon a Ferrari!

Hat tip to Hristo S.

I'll admit it - the only time I'd want to be a passenger in a car is if Kimi were driving me around the track in a Ferrari F12! And what a blatant omission that OneHotLap wasn't invited to THIS media event...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Perfectly Executed Slide!

What a perfectly executed slide! You can take Loeb out of rally, but you cannot take the rally out of Loeb!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A 207-mph BICYCLE, Are You Kidding Me?!

Here’s a bicycle capable of 207 mph and 1/4 mile under 7 seconds. Doesn't matter that it outran a Ferrari - it would outrun any car out there, at least on a short run. It begs so many questions:
  1. Who in their right mind would think about slapping a rocket on a bicycle with skinny tires AND actually implement the idea?
  2. What bicyclist is crazy enough to actually ride the damn thing at 207 mph?
  3. Do speeding tickets apply to this? I mean, what self-respecting cop would pull over a bicyclist for exceeding the speed limit on public roads?
  4. OK, where can I buy one? 

Monday, November 10, 2014

An Epic Spec Miata Battle At Road Atlanta!

This is great racing all around. The video is long and if all you have is two minutes to watch it, start Here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Park Bench Racing at 24 Hours of LeMons at NHMS, October 2014, Part III

Here's part III of my Sunday stint at the 24 Hours of LeMons driving a Buick Regal we "borrowed" from grandma. Some really exciting wheel-to-wheel racing on each lap!

Park Bench Racing
24 Hours of LeMons
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Part III

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Park Bench Racing at 24 Hours of LeMons at NHMS, October 2014, Part II

Here's part II of my Sunday stint at the 24 Hours of LeMons driving a Buick Regal we "borrowed" from grandma. A few close calls and lots of entertainment!

Park Bench Racing
24 Hours of LeMons
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Part II

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Park Bench Racing at 24 Hours of LeMons at NHMS, October 2014, Part I

Here's part I of my Sunday stint at the 24 Hours of LeMons driving a Buick Regal we "borrowed" from grandma. It must have been terryfing for other drivers to see a PARK BENCH fly by on the inside of Turn 1 in the rain...

Park Bench Racing
24 Hours of LeMons
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Part I

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Learn from The Best - Ross Bentley on Mental Imagery

Engage all your senses while you visualize. If this is all you take away from this 3-minute video by driving coach Ross Bentley, that's a big win.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Park Bench Racing is at the 24 Hours of Lemons at NHMS This Weekend!

Park Bench Racing at the 24 Hours of Lemons race, NHMS, Friday practice, October 24, 2014

If you are looking for something to do this weekend besides apple picking and Halloween parties, come up to Loudon, NH and watch some wanna-be racers take on the road course at NHMS. You will be greeted with race cars that started out at less than $500, crazy car decorations, and drivers with a few screws loose (like their cars). Keep an eye out for our Park Bench Racing Team. The team will be driving a Buick Regal they 'borrowed' from grandma with a park bench on the back for a spoiler (it really does work). Come on by the pits and say Hi unless we are desperately trying to fix something (extremely likely), in which case grab a rag, tool or fire extinguisher and try to help us get 'er going again. Hope to see you there and thanks in advance.

Andy L., Team Captain

Friday recap:

The Park Bench Racing team has already rescued one Camaro/Firebird from burning down to the ground...

... did welding to help the Kentucky Chrome team pass inspection for which it was generously awarded with a case of beer...

... welded the racecar's exhaust back on, replaced two hubs, passed inspection, tested the car, and is ready to lay down some serious rubber at the race!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Five Laps around NHMS with BMW CCA Boston

Stock BMW Z4 M Coupe
on 245/275 Direzza ZII
BMW CCA Boston
@NHMS, October, 2014
Instructor group

Monday, October 20, 2014

First Palmer Motorsports Park Video with Data!!

This is the first Palmet Motorsports Park Video with Data. It's very helpful to be able to quantify the elevation changes at speed. Car is a stock E36 M3 driven by Nick Fontana. Data and film by David Wittmer. Thank you, COM Sports Car Club! We are all giddy about Palmer here at OneHotLap!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

First Onboard Video from Palmer Motorsports Park

Here is the first onboard video from Palmer Motorsports Park. Shades of Laguna Seca and only an hour from Boston!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This Rally Crash Proves That Miracles DO Happen!!

Hat Tip to Omeed A.

It's just incredible that no spectator was hurt in this horrifying accident at Italy's Jolly Rally Valle d'Aosta. Driver Pietro Scavone and co-driver Diego D'Herin sustained minor injuries and one spectator was treated for shock, according to the La Repubblica newspaper. A miracle indeed!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Adrenalin - Official Trailer



This is the official trailer for our action documentary ADRENALIN - THE BMW TOURING CAR STORY.
Coming this November on DVD, Blu-ray and VoD.
It's about charismatic drivers and fascinating racing cars from five decades. Times were changing rapidly from the drifting touring cars in the 60s to the victories of the BMW M4 in the highly sophisticated new DTM.
The legends behind the wheel tell their stories from the cockpit view and let the golden era of touring car racing come alive again.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Inner Speed Secrets Webinar

Great news: world famous performance coach, race car driver, author and speaker Ross Bentley is doing a webinar featuring his Inner Speed Secrets program. He's always done these in person for a group in seminar format, or one-on-one when coaching a driver. It’s all about the mental game of driving. But he wants to offer it to even more people and we are glad to spread the word. Take a look at inner-speed-secrets.com for the webinar info. Registration closes this coming Friday (Oct. 10). 

This is why you should consider attending:
  • This program is unique, and exclusive, but being made available online, for the first time.
  • Some of the best drivers in the world have used this program, and it really makes a difference – drivers will perform better than they ever have.
  • Due to the webinar format, Ross is able to deliver this program at a very low price, but registration is limited. Sign up before October 10 to get a spot. Don't delay or you'll get left behind by the drivers who do participate in the webinar.
  • This program has truly been a secret of a relatively small number of drivers, and Ross is now making it more available for a limited time - still only to those who register by this Friday, October 10.
  • The program will help drivers get into the zone and perform at their best more often. Who doesn’t want that?!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Power Shift at Ferrari

Source: WSJ

This is an excellent WSJ write-up on Ferrari's long-time chairman Luca di Montezomolo's departure. In his typically eloquent and unique writing style, Dan Neil adds a lot of dimensions and food for thought to the story. It's a pivotal event in Ferrari's history that the direct link to Enzo Ferrari is now broken. Di Montezomolo leaves the Ferrari business in great shape except for the F1 team. As much as I love Italian cars, I think his advice for the new Ferrari chairman should be to hire... a British F1 team principal and a German driver.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Touch The Sky - A Moving Feature About Alex Zanardi

TOUCH THE SKY from tim hahne on Vimeo.

Alex Zanardi's story is part of the feature film ADRENALIN - out November 2014.

This is a short, but very intimate portrait of Alex Zanardi, the former Formula 1 driver and winner of the American Champ Car Series. Alex was already a star, when he had his almost fatal accident at the Lausitzring in Germany. He lost his legs, but not his attitude. Alex Zanardi came back and did the impossible: He won races in the World Touring Car Championship, two gold medals at the Paralympics in London 2012 and just recently added two more hand bike world titles!

It's a unique experience to spend a day with a true hero at his house in Padua, talking about his life and joining him for a training session with his hand bike. His last words in our film describe him best. But see for yourself...


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How To Tell If Your Wing Is Too Big

Hat Tip to EJ

If your friends tie a WIDE LOAD banner on your car's wing 
and you can read all of it, the wing might be too big.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dr. F. Nitschke, President of BMW M's Ultimate Driving Unit

Seeing in the news today that Dr F. Nitschke, President BMW M is retiring, reminded me of the one time I saw him in person at the 2013 BMW Oktoberfest. It was at the M4 unveiling for the BMW CCA, which was set up in a plane hangar made to look like a cool night club.

Dr. F. Nitschke (left) and his younger North America M brand manager got up on stage to present the then new M4. The suave North America manager was trying hard to make up for Dr. F. Nitschke's dry humor presented with a heavy dose of German accent. Dr. F. Nitschke mentioned the target they had for selling units globally, then corrected himself saying he should have said M cars, not units, in order to stir our passion. A unit is something an accountant deals with, not a passionate M car owner. But it was too late and the Ultimate Driving Unit jokes started floating around. Wouldn't you want to have the Ultimate Driving Unit too?

Germans run their companies with military precision and there are well defined age expectations. A president of the M division cannot be older than 60 years, so Dr. Nitschke is put to pasture just in time for his big birthday. By the way, don't be quick to judge the new M president just because he is coming from Audi - you can be sure BMW hired the best man for the job. It's a sign of the times that the job went to a close competitor rather than a BMW faithful. Loyalty is not valued as much these days even in German companies that used to place huge emphasis on it.

Oh, and the M4 unveiling event was the only time I've seen guys ask great-looking girls to get out of the way so they could take a picture... of the car, without anyone obstructing the direct view to it. BMW geeks are a special breed...Make that VERY special. I bet Dr. Nitschke was glad to see the excitement his unit generated with BMW enthusiasts that night!

Monday, September 8, 2014

According to NBC, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen Have Switched Citizenship

According to the standings reported by NBC Sports Network after the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, two F1 drivers have quietly switched citizenship. Felipe Massa, originally from Brazil, has taken Danish citizenship and Kimi Raikkonen, born and raised in Finland, has become Brazilian. It is not surprising that Kimi has chosen a country known for its elaborate carnivals and partying but we are still scratching our heads on Felipe's choice. Maybe he's loved Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid fairy tale since he was a little kid?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Mob of Crazy Fans Wrestles Down Security to Help Out A Stuck Rally Car

The highlights from Rally Deutschland are spectacular. Make sure to check out the mob of crazy fans who wrestled down security to help out a stuck rally car at 10:25. Those are the best motorsports fans you'll find anywhere!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pagani Zonda 760RS driven! evo Diaries

This short video Lewis Hamilton posted of himself driving the Pagani Zonda 760RS through the Monaco tunnel had me drooling. Why can't Formula 1 cars sound like THIS?? I had to go and find more Pagani Zonda 760RS videos at WOT. I love this one from evo magazine. Skip to 7:50 for the best sound.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Funniest D-bag Move of 2014

Just when I thought I'd seen it all. And we complain about Nico clipping Lewis in the middle of a turn...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2015 BMW M3, A New Era for M - CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS

Unlike past Chris Harris reviews, this one doesn't have a lot of depth. But the lurid slides are to die for!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Mustang Will Get a 10-Speed Gearbox? That's Cute.

So it looks like the Mustang is getting a 10-speed gearbox. Not sure what the big deal is -- Fast & Furious cars have had the 18-speed gearbox for years!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Son Buys Mom Her Dream Car (And Surprises Her With It)

Now that's a good son and a cool car with some character. Well done, mate!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

LeMons at NJMP, August 9, 2014, Episode 1 - Race Start

The goal for the first few laps is to avoid the inevitable carnage resulting from having 130 cars racing on a 2.2-mile track. I was happy to start the race in P74 and move up to P5 by the end of the first stint.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Onboard The Cosmonaughts During Their Downhill Crash at Lime Rock

Watch The Cosmonaughts clip the curbing on the inside of the Downhill, fishtail across the grass, and crash into the wall on the outside of the turn. Mighty scary and it's really good to see that they were unharmed. Amazingly, they waited in the car for 5 minutes and since it was taking the tow truck too long to get there, they restarted the car and drove themselves back into the pits. Just as impressive, they were able to get the car back on track after 4 1/2 hours. Throw in a Like to encourage them and support them on their Facebook pageThat is one tough team and they also happen to be some of the nicest drivers I have run into at LeMons and Chump.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

24 Hours of LeMons at NJMP, Friday Practice, August 8, 2014

This was my first session in the Near Orbital Space Monkeys' '88 Mustang LX. This is probably the toughest car I've ever driven. Good power and excellent torque but it handles like a brick. This is one of my better practice laps - a 1:48.5 in clean air.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sketches from Tech at the August 8-10, 2014 LeMons Race at NJMP

Here's the colorful tech line. 

It's good to be the judge - look at the loot they piled up well before day's end. 

Professional videos and interviews during tech

Some teams brought their kids to help bribe the judges. These sweet kids even had 
a cheer jingle ready for the judge. Only a hearltess judge would give this team penalty laps.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NJMP Turn 1 Slow Motion "Line Samples"

Going down to NJMP for LeMons this weekend and this video really sets the mood right. 
So cool, I can watch it all day!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Epic Driftmob feat. BMW M235i

The choreography is pretty amazing. Wonder how many takes it took them to shoot each frame...

Friday, August 1, 2014

An Epic Chase: The Miata Strikes Back!

Here's Part II of the epic Miata chase at Chumpcar's Lime Rock Park race, July 21, 2014. The Park Bench Racing Team had passed the Miata on lap 15. The onboard action here picks up at lap 18.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

One of The Most Impressive-Looking Automotive Sites I’ve Seen

I think we’ve all grown to expect technology to read our minds and every site to have good usability and offer great overall experience. Like most of us, I love shopping at Amazon but sometimes I wonder why they recommend stuff like the Angry Birds Star Wars Telepods Bounty Hunters Set to me. My son keeps a pretty straight face when I ask if he knows anything about that.

I was looking for upgrades for my 2001 BMW 325i when I stumbled upon CARiD.com - a very cool site for auto parts that has one of the most impressive-looking interfaces I have seen in a while. The first thing that grabbed my attention is the snazzy look and feel, which turned out to be very functional too. But there really are so many cool-looking sites these days. The part that I loved next was that their page header changes seamlessly according to the car make I select for my upgrades. Pick an Alfa Romeo? Super cool! You get this picture:

Luiz And The Mustangs with Jamie Melhuish at Watkins Glen

This is Jamie Melhuish in the GTS4 325i/M3 at NASA's 2013 Thunder at the Glen. Action with Luis Servia in GTS3 and the American Iron Mustangs. An onboard video that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Polish Drivers Are Tough!

Amazingly, both the driver and the co-driver of the car that crashed at this rally in Poland were reported OK. Polish drivers are tough!

Monday, July 28, 2014

An Epic Miata Chase at Chumpcar's Lime Rock Race

Five really fun laps chasing the Schumacher Taxi Service Miata
at Chumpcar's Lime Rock Park race. 
I got some help from the traffic
and the timing worked out perfectly for a pass!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Mustang Spins in Front of Me At Chumpcar's Lime Rock Race

It took over two laps to pass this Mustang. It was an interesting battle because the Park Bench car was faster in all turns except for Turn 4 but the Mustang had the straightline speed advantage. Its driver definitely thought that getting passed by a Buick Regal was not a good idea... The spin was a fitting end for a car more focused on protecting its position against faster cars than paying attention to the race line. This happened to be the same car that punted one of my teammates into the grass at the Uphill later in the race...

Friday, July 25, 2014

OneHotLap Quiz: Guess The Tires

Today's quiz: Guess the two tires' brand and model.
Bonus questions: Guess approximate size.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This Is What Melted Brakes Look Like

A 3,400-lb race car, street pads, heavy foot, 3 1/2 hours of endurance racing on a hot day? Read what happened to Andy L. during our Park Bench Racing team's third driving stint at the July 21, 2014 Chumpcar race --

"During my driving stint the brakes started to feel funny and not work right. After going over 100 mph down the front straight, I started braking for turn 1, brakes popped and lost most of their effectiveness. Decided to go straight and take escape road and stopped before reaching the end. Safety crew escorted me to pits where we found brake pad worn out, rubber boots melted/burnt, and backing plates against the rotors. One piston melted/wore through backing plate. That piston was the one that popped as brake fluid was leaking from it. Put caliper back together, bled brakes and installed an old set of old brake pads to get our next driver out on the track."

A backing plate with a shape that resembles a slice of bacon from this angle... 

... and looks almost transparent from here. 

A piston with a backing plate melted onto it

 Rubber boots melted off - we were probably lucky the brakes didn't catch fire
and witnessed a small miracle with Andy getting us back on track.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2015 Porsche GT3RS in Its Natural Habitat at the Nurburgring Nordschleife

WARNING: this tease may give you a heart attack!!
Keeping fingers crossed that they'll offer it with a proper manual!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Mustang Chump Driver Gets High on Air Freshener

This is footage of my Chump teammate Chris C. getting punted in the Uphill turn at Lime Rock during the July 21, 2014 race. Since the black Mustang was far behind our car entering the Uphill, we can only assume that its driver must have been high on fumes coming out of our 2002 Buick's air freshener.

Sorry about that, Chump! Chris is still licking his wound from hitting the huge metal bolsters in the race seat:

For our next race, we will offer a choice of Febreze air fresheners - water melon, peach, lilac, green tea, midnight blue, or a gallon of highly concentrated skunk stink releasable with a push of a button. If the Mustang driver is reading this, please let us know if you have a strong preference for the scent and we'll work with you to make sure we pick a scent that helps improve your driving skills.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Very Illegal "Street Circuit" in Osaka, Japan

Crazy -- this is like a war zone! Can't someone show these kids the way to the track?!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Egg-Shaped Piece of Shit, Goes from A to B ('98 Civic CX)

Hat Tip to Omeed A.

The "CD player from someone's Acura" is a nice touch but the "three matching bird shits on the rear starboard side of the vessel" really seal the deal!! Details here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A 190-MPH Blowout!

A 190-mph blowout is a frightening thing to happen to anyone. 
What an amazing save by this Le Mans driver!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

These Guys Put LeMons to Shame...

These guys put LeMons to shame. Way more money and speed but less talent...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I think Ken Block Means Her Boobs Are About To Pop Out...

"Her bust is approached"?
Is this Japanese for saying her boobs are about to pop out?
It's pathetic to think Ken Block pretended to be a WRC driver at one point...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

It Must Be Summertime...

These are the Top 10 most popular search items on OneHotLap today. It must tbe summertime...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Virtual Windshield, GT6, Forza Or Need for Speed?

Hat tip to Larry N.

New head-up display concept from Jaguar shows optimum racing, braking guidance and tracks fastest lap times. You can even benchmark yourself against ghost cars. Throw some cones in and you have your very own autocross course. I wonder what hitting a virtual cones would feel like. Do you hear it? Do you feel it?

It seems like an awesome learning tool. I can't make up my mind if I like it better than GT6 and Forza but I bet it would be a lot less expenisve to crash your virtual car...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The 2014 Pikes Peak Winning Run Will Make You Dizzy

Here is the 2014 Pikes Peak winning run with Romain Dumas in the driver seat. He is the third French driver to win the event, after Michele Mouton and Sebastien Loeb. Fin to watch unless the low camera angle makes you dizzy.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Most Dangerous Track in The World?

This is a relatively benign crash on the "Green Hell". I'm just glad it's not my car...

Monday, July 7, 2014

BMW M4: M for Marketing

Augmented exhaust sound, electric steering, a turbo motor, and a color for which "mustard" would be considered a compliment. Darn, I still want to fling it around a racetrack until all of its carbon fiber pieces fall off!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Sounds of Pikes Peak

Close your eyes and listen.
How many cars can you recognize?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Crazy 1,000-HP VW Golf

Some wild performance stats:
1000 HP from a 2.0L 16V motor running 53 psi boost
AWD (and still a crazy busy steering wheel)
2,130 lbs only
1/4 mile in 8.66 sec at 174 mph
0-100kmh in 2.2s
100-200kmh in 2.79s
200-250kmh in 1.85s
0-280kmh in 8.80s

How long before it ends up like this exploding 'Vette?

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Timely Escape!

This is why you always have to stay alert at HPDEs. Skip to 2:35 in the video.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Truth Is, Nobody Gives A Shift

Hat Tip to Larry N.

Endangered species or a tribute to a fallen hero?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fast Lap with Telemetry at Thompson

1:18 in in the Ratchet Head #00 car. There is probably another second or two in lighter traffic.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Onboard OneHotLap's Z4 M Coupe at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

BMW CCA Boston
Instructor group
BMW Z4 M Coupe
June 17, 2014, Session 1

This was my first event at Thompson. It's a fun little track where you will stay very busy over its 1.7-mile layout. There are many "compromise" turns I love it that you can take different lines through most of them depending on your speed, weather, track condition, traffic, etc. Detailed tutorial on how to drive Thompson to follow shortly, stay tuned.

Monday, June 16, 2014

OneHotLap Quiz: P'shopped Or Not?

Source: Omeed A. via RoadAndTrack.com

P'shopped or not? Find the answer here.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Best Thompson Track Map Yet

This is the first Thompson track map with numbered turns I have seen so far. It hangs in their training room and it seems like it has not made its way into their website yet. The red line represents the 1.7-mile course and the grey sections replace turns 4, 7, and 8 in the 1.5-mile configuration. Thompson is a short but fun track with many compromise turns. It reminds me of Calabogie on a small scale.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

With a Little Help from My Friends...

Just a little extra help to get you rolling when you don't finish the job yourself...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Isle of Man Lap Record - INSANE Helmet Cam!

Here is the onboard footage with commentary of the record lap. 132.298 mph AVERAGE speed!
You must be ready to lose your life to pull this off but I can't even begin to imagine to thrill of doing it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A True Heartwarming Story: The OneHotLap Evo Gets A Wing!

Long-term OneHotLap supporter EJ proudly announced the arrival of his Evo's new wing:
This picnic table seats 4 adults and ensures any spilled drinks drain off the front of the table and not into your lap.

Some of his friends were impressed:
Woah, took my breath away for a second!

Some were concerned:
You're gonna need a bigger garage.

But EJ had solutions:
They make 'em bigger but this is as large as SCCA rules allow. I can't even imagine. And yes, I'm either going to need to remove it when parked for long periods or fab some sort of padding for the driver's side so as not to threaten passersby leaving or entering the garage.

Other friends decided to help...
Just drape a tarp across it and park outside; it doubles as a carport.

... and encourage:
At least no one will be mistaking you for a middle-aged guy anymore!

EJ was relieved:
Guys are always asking if it's my son's car.

Other friends gave it considerable thought:
You say....any spilled drinks drain off the front of the table and not into your lap. but it says One Hot Lap, so that indicates that any spilled drinks will land in your lap.

A very knowledgeable friend suggested that a VARIS MITSUBISHI EVO WIDE BODY KIT designed for TIME ATTACK USE ONLY would complement the wing well.

Other more practical friends suggested:
dat wing...can also serve as a kayak holder or surfboard

a ladder rack...

emergency stretcher for EMT.

A Honda S2K owner admired the
Classic Ricer Look.....

Another friend inquired if EJ had
borrowed blade from Mitsubishi MM35B

Having his plot foiled, EJ hit back:
Playah haters...

The well-intentioned S2K owner was still trying to help:
That is one huge wing, fella....you gunna get the rest of the kit installed up front before you track it at Albany International Airport ?

EJ was not amused:
Nah, that's for those FWD weenies.

At first, the S2K owner started taunting...
FWD ...AWD....same thing right ?? When are you going to try the REAL RWD configuration ? Come on over to the dark side .....

... but then he felt compassion:
This might work better for a BIG wing...the BUMPER mount. I got a feeling that with 400+ HP you will be putting so much stress on your trunk it will result in Warp-age. I been there done that, no use in hurting pretty little Blue One Hot Lap.

An experienced tech from Rennessy Fabrication chimed in:
Yup, transfer load into the structure instead of flimsy decklid is always better. But EJ likes his creature comforts like easy access to the trunk.

Other friends were starting to pile in:
Holy spoiler batman!

Then everyone got together and figured out the best solution for the WING:

Turn it into a breakfast bar and hang their panties on the sides of it!

A caring friend found yet another great use for the versatile WING: Garage flagpole!

"EJ fully deserves the You Are #1 flag", lamented said friend and asked One Hot Lap to weave the flag design into its logo.

We firmly believe that everyone deserves to have supportive friends like EJ's and most happily obliged:

You truly are #1, EJ!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Best Thompson Onboard Video Yet

This is the best Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park onboard video yet. It is great to see the course driven at speed by an experienced driver for the first time. I find it very encouraging to see that Thompson has added some much needed safety features around the pavement (see my original concerns here) and also some curbing that outlines the track and makes it move drivable. Let's shoot for real red and white curbing for next season, Thompson. Can't wait to drive the track next week. More to follow shortly.

Monday, June 9, 2014

How NOT To Race!

Hat Tip to Naid N.

This race has everything that a properly run race should not. It's run by the 750 Motor Club, which seems to be the exact opposite of FIA -- that by itself is not a bad thing, except it does not enforce any decent racing rules in its 'Stock Hatch' series. The Snetterton, UK race features stripped out Citroen Saxos (60 HP, 1750 lbs stock) with drivers who seem to have descended upon the track straight from a demolition derby. Watch the entire 3 minutes, it only gets better as the race goes on.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

One Very Fast ChumpCar 318ti!

Here's a great ChumpCar video sent in by Phil E. In his words:

This was the first laps around Watkins Glen on Friday. I got it down to steady 2:24s with 2:22 as our fast lap. This was a new build and this was the first outing, so suspension was still unsorted. The weight without fuel or driver is 1,820lbs. Pictures attached show perfect corner weights with 16 gallons of fuel (1,944lbs). The motor is an M52 (OBD1 converted), TRM-tuned with 21.5-lb injectors. No dyno yet but likely 200 HP. ChumpCar's MPV for the 318ti is $430 and motor swap only adds $50 but I had some adjustable shocks and aluminum radiator and Lexan hatch, so I just went to class EC (and a couple of buddies went EC too for this race). We built it for Chump and also the new AER series. We led overall for a while but dropped to 3rd overall after a late fuel stop. Car has a 22-gallon fuel cell, M3 front struts and brakes, a ZF box, and a medium case 3.25 LSD diff with e36 dual horn cover mod. 17" wheels.

Phil E.

This 1,820-lb, 200-HP ChumpCar 318ti runs the Glen in 2:22

Perfect corner weights with 16 gallons of fuel (1,944lbs)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014