Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Intense High-Speed Contact on Two Wheels



This high-speed race will keep you on the edge. The helmet cam is especially intense. Don't miss the high speed contact at 1:31 and the crash (luckily at much slower speed) at 2:21.

Monday, April 28, 2014

More Thoughts on Street-Legal Performance Tires from Andy Hollis


If you are serious about performance tires, you have probably already seen our write-up titled Breaking Down the Tire Rack's 2013 Performance Tire Test. Here are all of the Tire Rack's top street tire numbers at a glance. One very important thing to consider is that the Tire Rack has always used the same testing protocol and they are not out to find the ultimate fastest setup but more repeatable and reliable data for the general enthusiast. Here are some raw notes from 12-time SCCA National Autocross Champion Andy Hollis that he posted on his Facebook page Hollis Racing to help you understand the differences between the Tire Rack and GRM's tire tests:

"Two big differences between Tire Rack's testing and the GRM tests. 
1) The do use placard pressures for all the tires, so there is no optimization there. 
2) The rim/tire combo we tested was 205 on a 7.5" rim, which is a very "square" setup. The 245 on an 8 is somewhat over-tired on that rim. So I would expect the tire with the stiffer sidewalls to respond better. When we did the track test for GRM, we tested different size tires and rims and found that the Rival wants a square setup for optimal performance. Tire width = tread width (not section). It would be interesting to see how the TR results stacked up with those same 245 on 9's or even 10's."
Source: Hollis Racing

And here are some eye-opening thoughts that he posted on Miata.net before the official Tire Rack results were posted:

Extreme tire testing thoughts
"While we wait for the "Official Tire Rack test results" I thought I would share some of my feedback in advance. I really have to say it's a great time to be an extreme performance tire customer. The tires are just getting so close in terms of performance. For a street car you would be hard pressed to notice much difference between any of the top tires.

The tires tested were all new models which included the BFG G Force Rival, Bridgestone RE11A, Dunlop Direzza ZII and Yokohama AD08R.  

I get asked often which of the tires are best for a daily driven car. Part of what I look at when answering this question is ride and noise comfort. While the Track junkie does not care about this, most of us have to live with the tire on a daily basics. 

I got done with the highway/country road test loop that we do and the first thing I said when getting out of the car is I cannot believe how quiet/comfortable these tires are for an extreme performance tire. This started a discussion about are BMW test cars. These are equipped with runflat tires from the factory. Runflats are stiff, heavy and loud in most cases. I believe the suspension on the BMW was very well suited for this type of tire.

The Dunlop had the most tread growl of the three. When on concrete the noise increased. While definitely manageable, it was the noisiest of the group IMO. The Yokohama and BFG had less tread noise when compared to the Dunlop. It felt to me as if the BFG had the stiffest sidewall as you could feel the firmness as you hit expansion joints in the pavement. The RE-11A had slightly less noise and improved ride quality versus the other 3 tires.

As I look at some of the initial dry times it looks like it the tires came out in the dry as follows:

1. & 2. Tool Close to call between the ZII and the Rival. Times will need to be averaged out. I personally preferred and ran my fastest lap on the Rival.
3. AD08R
4. RE11A 

Average lap times look like they will be within 4 10ths of a second on our 30 second Auto X between the four. Again these are initial looks and could be different versus the official Tire Rack report. The ZII, Rival and AD08R are very close with the Bridgestone not very far behind. I want to point out that are testing was done on the BMW's on a short Auto X. Weather was relatively cool the day I tested around mid 70's.

As far as Wet Traction, the Yokohama's had the fastest time and the other 3 were again very close. The Rival again actually surprised me and did well.

The important item to note is these tires have better wet traction that almost any all season tire. So the wet traction is solid. Hydro-planing is always an issue with Extreme tires at speed.

If you are running in competition, it looks the ZII or Rival would be you top two and it could come down to the actual car and suspension setup and course." 

One other note on wear. After many, many AutoX's, The BFG and Yokohama's had the best and most consistent wear."
Source: Miata.net

Related Tire Posts:
Best 2013 Performance Tire Poll
Bridgestone RE11A: A New Suspect Has Entered the Crime Scene
Dunlop Direzza ZII - Onboard Video at the Autocross
Dunlop Direzza ZII - First Driving Impressions
Dunlop Direzza ZII: The Lap Time Comparison We've All Been Waiting for!
BFGoodrich g-Force Rival: The Plot Thickens!
First Dunlop Direzza ZIIs Shipped to Customers!!
Dunlop Star Spec Direzza ZII: A Tire as Exciting as a Date with Scarlet Johansson!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Fast & Furious RC : The Greatest Car Chase RC FF 7


Hat Tip to Adam B.

 This is a lot more realistic than the heavily CGI-ed racing scenes from the movie!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

How to Drive NHMS - South Oval, North Chicane



Here are some great laps at NHMS in HPDE traffic by Jake Wile from Wile Motorsport. You cannot find a better line than this! The E36 M3 is Jake's street-legal 3150-lb, 220-whp daily driver.

Specs:
PSS9's, Vorshlag camber plates, Turner camber arms, solid metal bushings and spherical bearings, stock motor and software with CAI and cat back, PF06 pads and direct floating rotors, brass bushings, Ground Control sways set to soft, Z3 rack, solid steering shaft, custom race shifter, appropriate safety equipment, front splitter, trays, canards, and a high-rise spoiler.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

OneHotLap Quiz: Name 5 Things That Are Wrong with This Picture

(photo courtesey of Kamil K.)

Name 5 Things That Are Wrong with This Picture.

Bonus question: Should this car be in
  1. Class B (cars with a prayer of finishing)
  2. Class C (cars with no prayer of finishing) 
  3. Class D (forget about racing)
Bonus Bonus question: Is the beer bottle really used as a jack stand?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Self-Parking Cars: Good or Scary?

Hat Tip to Marianne B.

This is a very interesting video. I get the target market: no time wasted for parking leaves more time for SHOPPING and saving money on good deals!

Just curious, is that a driving violation if the self-driving car hits another car while parking itself? And who would be responsible if the car gets into an accident while parking itself - the manufacturer, the driver who's away shopping, the insurance company or the mall?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

World's Fastest Jet-Powered Truck



I just want to borrow it for one day, preferably my morning commute, please.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Wild Rotax 125cc Video!



This guy is so amazing, he deserves a seat in a pro series!
What a wild ride!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Oz V8 Supercar Awesomeness



The first 90 seconds offer some of the best racing I have seen anywhere.
Enjoy!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

How NOT to Bring Your Car Back onto the Pavement



This is a massive crash into a solid concrete wall at high speed. Hopefully the LMP driver Simon Dolan is OK after today's accident at the Silverstone round of ELMS... The accident underscores how important it is to be smooth and patient with bringing the car back in after you go four wheels off the pavement. This is something that the better driving clubs pratice at HPDEs so you can get a feel for the bumpy and unsettling ride and practice not jerking the wheel to get the car back on the track. You'll also want to maintain throttle to keep the car balanced; anything you do has to be designed to avoid fast weight transfers and you have to bring the car very slowly back onto the pavement.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hall of Shame: "NINJA” Drag Celica

Hat Tip to Adam B. via epicenter.net

A Toyota "NINJA" Drag Celica complete with wheelie bars, a non-functional parachute, 400 lbs of audio gear, and 2 bottles of fake NOS... all packaged in a stock 180-HP front-wheel-drive.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Stig Drives a 130-mph Lawnmower!



"Trust us, until you've seen a fearless man in white cresting the ton down the pit straight in a small ride-on mower before -- without braking -- taking a 'shortcut' over several acres of French grass, you've not truly lived."

Top Gear Magazine

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Dark $ecrets of Pro Racing


This article is a "must-read" for anyone thinking about becoming a pro driver. The hard, cold reality is that a lot of highly talented drivers go without rides while mediocre drivers get the big rides because they can bring money to the table. By the author's estimate, "...approximately 45% of the professional drivers in GRAND-AM’s Rolex series, 55% of the Continental series, and 55% of the SCCA’s World Challenge series are paying to race." Pay drivers can be found at all levels of pro-racing: from entry-level to Formula 1.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Is This Jump for Real?



50 yards of air is spectacular to watch! 
Love the 120 FPS slow-mo sound, just couldn't decide 
if it sounds more like a ship horn or a hockey goal horn...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GT-R Nismo at the 'Ring: Fastest Production Car?


Source: carbuzz.com

This is really thrilling footage onboard the Nissan GT-R Nismo that ran the Nurburgring in 7:08: faster than the Lexus LFA and Porsche 918 Spyder, which makes the GT-R Nismo the fastest volume production car! Well done, Nissan!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

From First to Eleventh and back to First!



This is a truly inspiring drive from the World Challenge race at St. Pete. After a horrendous start, Tomas Enge dropped to 11th and somehow managed to work his way all the way back to first place. The onboard footage is a real treat!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Turner's Championship-Winning Touring Car is for Sale!

If you've been dreaming about owning a real championship-winning race car, here's your chance. There are 5 days remaining on the Ebay listing for Turner Motorsport's World Challenge Touring Car driven by Bill Auberlen. I've seen a few DE E46 325i's with gutted interiors that weigh ~2,700 lbs but it's amazing that this one makes 270 HP out of the stock naturally aspirated 2.5-ltr motor! A 10:1 power-to-weight ratio is nothing to sneer at! 

This would be a good time to sell all of your cars, take up a second mortgage or sell one of your kidneys. Whatever you need to do to get the 62k requried to buy this car!


Hat tip to Brian G.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Todd the Intern and Dave Letterman at the St. Pete Grand "Pricks" - Hilarious!!



This is the funniest Grand "Pricks" coverage I've ever seen!
The selfie with Mario Andretti riding on a scooter is priceless! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

SCCA National T1 - New Jersey Motorsports Park



Amateur racing can be SO much fun to watch! 
Here are some really close battles from the 2012 SCCA National T1 
at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Have You Ever Tried Hiking With 5" Heels?

Source: Hooniverse.com

We are all sick of Winter. I am SO ready for my first track event in a few days. As we say good-bye to this Winter, let's remember one thing: all-season tires won't help even the most rugged 4x4 in 5 inches of snow. If you went hiking in the mountains wearing 5" high heels, you'd probably get stuck too.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

OneHotLap Rebrands Itself As A Dating Site

Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that we say good-bye to OneHotLap today. It has been a great ride over the past 3 years and we will forever be grateful for your unwavering support! As much as we love writing about performance driving, there is only a very small niche market of core enthusiasts and that is just not enough for us to pay the bills...

Effective today, OneHotLap is rebranding itself as OneHotDate.com. See, most normal people do not have the wild urge to go risk their cars and their lives around fast racetracks just for fun BUT all (OK, nearly all) normal people do have the need to date. We have determined that if OneHotDate can capture even 1/100 of the dating market, we would all be very well off. That would make plenty of money for us to buy faster cars, lower them, stiffen them up, intake them, exhaust them, add lightness, bigger brakes, the biggest, baddest, stickiest tires we can fit...you get the idea. So please support our new venture and date away.

Now, we thought long and hard about how to position OneHotDate.com in the dating market, which is already very saturated. Not only are there big sites like Match.com, Zoosk, and eHarmony; there are niche players in every corner of the market: FarmersOnly.com, TallPersonals.com, EquestrianCupid.com, Armenian Dating and even STD Friends. Since you are reading this, we can only assume that you love hot laps and we want our new OneHotDate target audience to be exactly people like you! Please support our new venture!