Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This Is What A Brake Failure at 140 MPH Feels Like


Hat Tip to Tom R.

This is pro driver Dylan Murcott doing pre-season testing for the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge around Daytona in the Mitchum Motorsports BMW 128i. You can skip directly to 1:38 to see the brake failure or even better, watch from the beginning to get a real sense for how exceptionally fast and unexpectedly this happens at 140 MPH.

This Is What A 365 Looks Like


Wow, this is what 365s looke like! I always thought 335 was the max size and that anything above that only went on steamrollers. Or as Ezra Dyer says, "I don't know metric but that's like two Camaros in American"

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"Jesus Christ! F****** hell! Christ noooo!"



Bloody hell, this is too funny!
(make sure the volume is on)

Somehow it makes me want to see
The Commitments,
The Crying Game,
and Waking Ned Devine
all over again.

Best Pit Entrance You Will Ever See!!



This is the BEST pit entrance I have ever seen anywhere! Un-freaking-believable! This is Sebastien Bourdais  at the 2014 Rolex 24. I have watched it at least a dozen times and still can't get enough of it. Jedi Force Powers!

Monday, January 27, 2014

An E36 Bites The Dust at a Zandvoort HPDE



Ouch! Braking and turning has to be done in the right mix so it won't exceed 100% of the tires' traction. And why take the risk of getting out of the car on a live track?! Do you really think the rescue workers won't notice the carnage and they'll just keep driving down the track?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

One of The Most Controversial Calls of Recent Memory



This incident happened on the last lap of the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona and it was probably the most exciting part of the entire race. The Ferrari was penalized for avoidable contact even though the video conclusively proves that there was no contact between the two cars. This was a gut punch for the Ferrari team, especially considering that a Ferrari has not won at Daytona since 1998!!

The decision was later reversed with this statement by Scot Elkins, IMSA Vice President, Competition and Technical Regulations:

A full post-race review of the incident on the last lap of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona was completed by IMSA Supervisory Officials. The decision has been made to reverse the decision by the race director, rescind the penalty against the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia team, and reinstate drivers Scott Tucker, Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Giuidi as the GT Daytona class winners. We regret the confusion following the race, and appreciate the patience by our fans, drivers, teams and the media so we could properly review and subsequently report this decision.

So what's your take on the decision - was it right or wrong? Was the Audi ahead of the Ferrari when it went off? Did the Ferrari leave enough space for the Audi?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Violent Crash at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona


The crash involved the No. 62 Ferrari driven by Matteo Malucelli and Memo Gidley behind the wheel of the No. 99 car. Both walked away and were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Lime Rock Survey Offers Free Skip Barber Racing Schools!



This Lime Rock survey offers free Skip Barber Racing Schools and a total of 20 prizes worth 20 grand. Odds of winning are very reasonable, it's worth 5 minutes of your time.


Friday, January 24, 2014

2014 F1 Math

50 years of evolution to get from here...

... to here...

Will it finally fit?!

YES, IT FITS!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

TMS Z4 GTD!


 Quite possibly the best-looking car at the 2014 Rolex 24!
Let's hope it's even faster than it looks!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Amazing E46 M3 Hill Climb



THIS is how I want to drive when I grow up!!
Crank up the volume!

Another Exciting Miata Race



This is another exciting Miata race with Linda Kogan at the wheel 
of the #38 car showing the boys how it's done!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Most Memorable Moments in Formula 1 History


This is a dramatic compilation of some of the most memorable moments 
in Formula 1 history set to the music of Vivaldi and Mozart. 
A real feast for the eyes, the ears, and the soul!

"It takes great passion to be the greatest." Juan Manuel Fangio

"There are two things no man will admit he cannot do well ... 
drive and make love." (Stirling Moss)  

"I admire work, dedication and competence." (Ayrton Senna)  

"I'm not a driver, I am a racer." (Stirling Moss) 

"I wasn't born to be second." (Ayrton Senna)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Luckiest Man Alive


This is a great story about Martin Donnelly's crash at the 1990 Spanish GP at Jerez with 1 in 5 million odds of survival!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Worst "10 Best Racing Movie Ranking" of All Time!

We searched high and low and found the worst racing movie ranking of all time! The ranking, titled The 10 Best Car-Racing Movies of All Time includes Speed (a movie about a girl driving a BUS!), Smokey & The Bandit (cross-country booze smuggle) and comedy Talladega Nights. Missing from the list are real racing movies like LeMans, Grand Prix, Winning, Death Race 2000, Six Pack, Gumball Rally, Heart Like A Wheel, Herbie!, and amazingly, even Senna (thank you, Carl H. for pointing these out). It's doubtful the person who put together this "car-racing" ranking has even sat in a real race car. This is a list of good (and some great!) movies, but a title like "Movies With Fast Cars in Them" would have been more suitable.

What do you think -- what does your real car-racing movie ranking look like?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The HPDE Instructor Manifesto

Great news: world famous performance coach, race car driver, author, and speaker Ross Bentley has written another fantastic book, this time about being a better HPDE instructor. The HPDE Instructor Manifesto is near and dear to us at OneHotLap because Ross chose to publish 10 of the most exciting topics from it right here on our site before the book was offiicially released.

Ross is giving the eBook away for FREE because he appreciates what all the instructors out there do for performance driving. This is his way of saying 'Thank You!' His hope is that every High Performance Driver Education instructor reads the eBook, for the more we all improve, the more people will join and stay in our sport.

Download your free copy at hpde-instructor-tips.com

In Ross Bentley's words, "The HPDE Instructor Manifesto is filled with over 40 pages of tips, advice and thought-provoking ideas that I'm sure will make you an even better instructor than you are today. And if you're not an instructor yet, this will prepare you for what is one of the most rewarding and challenging activities ever.

Twitter: @speedsecrets

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lime Rock Park: Mythbusting in Detroit

Lime Rock Park just distributed this communication to clear a few things up. It's a good read, especially for those planning track events there in 2014.  
Top to bottom: May 23-25, Memorial Day, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Labor Day; Sept. 19-20, Season Finale
Skip Barber... Mythbuster!

Skip Barber is at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Yesterday, he ran into a colleague who is close to but not in the racing business. He asked Skip, "Hey, so what's Lime Rock doing since it doesn't have any races this year?"

All Skip could do was muster a bemused smile... perplexed how even knowledgeable people can harbor misconceptions of that sort.

So Skip thought now would be a good time for Lime Rock Park to bust a few myths.

Herewith...

Myth: "Lime Rock Park doesn't have any races this year."
Actual: The net result for Lime Rock of the merger of Grand-Am and ALMS is that we went from hosting five major events to three, and those three – IMSA Continental Tire Sports Cars/Porsche GT3 Cup, Historic Festival 32 , and the Trans-Am Season Finale – are big-field, exciting, solid race weekends, all with excellent support races. As usual, there are also the two SCCA races, including the NARRCS, a Lime Rock staple for more than 50 years.

Monday, January 13, 2014

We Want The Jeep That Passes The Angry Yak Test!


I'm sure you've all seen the stern warning from the Swedish magazine that conducted the infamous Moose Test: "Stop selling this car, Jeep!" We agree and we recommend that Jeep should replace its current Grand Cherokee model with THIS Jeep Cherokee XJ-R. The XJ-R not only passes the moose test with flying colors; it kicks ass at the autocross and even a dozen of angry yaks couldn't flip it over!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Parkng Rates for Exotic Cars Are only $422.39 Extra?


These are the parking rates at one of the cheaper undeground parking garages in midtown New York. So exotic cars are almost twice the rate for regular cars ($1,050 per month after tax). I wonder what the definition of an exotic is. Does a Posche GT3 RS fall into that category? How about a Lotus Elise? Oh, it's good to know that if you own an SUV, it's only $84.48 extra. Wonder what they charge for exotic SUVs...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Rally Argentina - A Brush with Death



The cop walking away slowly from imminent death puzzles me but the guy that jumps in the shrubs as if he were diving into a swimming pool totally cracks me up!

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Stig Crashes a Koenigsegg CCX!

Source: Top Gear

Hey, even the Stig is not immune from crashing. This was a first for him but what a spectacular one! The Koenigsegg looks like a handful to drive - always moving around, snapping abruptly. The snap oversteer was too much even for the Stig to handle...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Roar Before the Rolex 24 Hours Of Daytona: 2014 Edition

 All pictures courtesy of Halston Pitman from MotorSportMedia


The Rolex 24 Hours Of Daytona kicks off the 2014 racing season. You know it's getting close to race time when the teams descend upon Daytona for the shakedown weekend, better known as the Roar before the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona. This will be the first edition of the combined Grand-Am and ALMS series, named the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

We will again be following our favorite team Turner Motorsport, which will help our readers stay close to the race with inside scoop, a live feed, and special coverage for OneHotLap. Stay tuned for more.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Perfect Donut!


Here's my perfect donut! A perfect 10 on a first try!
Let's see you do that, Vettel.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Art of Ditch Diving

Source: Justin H. via CarTalk.com

This is a very funny article from CarTalk.com 
with some fantastic advice, perfect for today's snow storm: 
"Hit it hard, sink it deep, get it out, and please, dive carefully"