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 - 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?