Category Archives: Racing

Group B Rally Racing will Get Your Blood Pumping


It’s Monday and it’s December, a deadly combination.  It’s hard to find the energy, and will power, to get out of bed in the morning.  If you’re still feeling grogy, here’s a vid of some old-school Group B-er’s hitting the dusty trails at 80+ MPH.  Better than your average triple expresso…

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10 Minutes of Pure Rally Crashes


I don’t think there’s a better way to kill 10 minutes on a Friday afternoon…

 

Via AutoBlog

Top Gear is Back this Sunday, November 14th!


Just a heads up to all the Top Gear fans, the boys back in action this Sunday.  I just checked BBC America’s TV schedule and it doesn’t look like they’ll be airing Season 14 any time soon, you’ll have to find other means of watch it.  What will they be getting themselves into this season? Trailer here.

Hennessey CTS-V: So Fast, On-Star Called


It’s not very often that a car is so blindingly fast that it’s on board computer management systems thinks there’s a problem. Well if it’s going to happen to anyone, it’s going to happen to John Hennessy and his crew. Watch as their 700 pony-pushing CTS-V runs an 11 second quarter-mile, and then procedes to alert On-Star because .99 G’s of acceleration registers as a “vehicle event”.

PS: This CTS-V SCREAMS!

Supposedly, it was the best drift ever…


Looks pretty crazy to me, but I don’t know if it’s as good as Ken Blocks drifting stunts.

 

Via the Examiner

Why Do Rally Drivers Need Co-Pilots?


Subaru-Rally-Car

Friends have asked me this question before. They seem to think its as easy as knowing the race course, kinda like F1.  But rally is totally different; the courses are longer, road conditions vary and there are obstacles around every turn, not to mention fans hanging out on the track.

Watch as Irish rally driver Jimmy Deane pushes a Ford Escort MkII to the limits.  Driving instructions come from Barry Meade, the co-driver, whose driving instruction is so overwhelmingly positive, you’d think his day job was being a motivational speaker.

 

Via AutoBlog and their sources…

Lexus LF-A Hits the Ring, Initial Impressions are Impressive!


Although no details have been released concerning the official lap time of the LF-A, several automotive journalists are offering up some serious praise for Lexus’ first venture into the world of super cars. Here’s a short interview with Thomas Bangma at the Ring.  Tune back in on October 21st for the next round of LF-A news!

MotorTrend Reviews 10 Hot Cars, Picks the Best One for the Serious Driver


Corvette ZR1
It looks like MT might have contracted out to one of Top Gear’s visual effects masters for this piece. Either way, this vid is well put together and each car is qualitatively and subjectively compared to determine with is the ultimate drivers car. It’s a top-tier shootout between the Porsche Caymen PDK, the Audi R8, the BMW 135i, the Cadillac CTS-V, the Camaro SS, the Corvette ZR1, the Ford Shelby GT500, the Jaguar XFR, the Mazda Miata and Nissan Nismo 370Z. If you want to know what MT thinks is the best sports car out there, check out this 14+ minute video.

Ken Block Scares and Impresses Dirt2 Video Game Testers, Gets Mad Respect


Ken Block is good at driving. By good, we mean epic… and by driving, we mean drifting. Not only is he impressive to watch, but apparently being his co-pilot offers more thrills than the Kingda Ka. At the launch of Dirt2, Ken got to put the pedal to the metal for some video game testers, causing men to silently scream in terror and cry tears of joy.

Gymkhana 2.1


That’s right, it’s version 2.1; a minor upgrade? Not really, it’s more like something to keep you happy until the release of Gymkhana 3. Ken Block, master of all things drift, teamed up with Rob Deryk from MTV’s Fantasy Factory to release this 2-part’s crazy, 1-part parody video to show just how safe reckless you can be using a 540+hp STi and a go cart.  Looks like fun!

Lambo SuperVeloce vs Corvette ZR1


The blokes over at AutoCar were lucky enough to pit two of the worlds fastest and most highly regarded super cars in the world. The Lambo SV has 670 Italian-bred ponies in the boot and all wheel drive, making it go from 0-60 in negative three seconds… well, maybe it can’t defy space and time, but it’s still ridiculously fast. The ZR1, on the other hand, has 30 less horsepower and 60 more pounds, meaning the Lambo should have a solid edge over the bowtie. Watch and learn why American muscle is king.

Ken Block Hits the Salt Flats


Ken Block Bonneville Salt Flats

His 566 horsepower STi is pretty insane. With 590 ft-lbs of torque, his Impreza can sprint to 60MPH in 3 seconds flat. But that torque can be used for other things as well, like towing people on plastic trash cans…

Ken Block and his crew are at it again, but this time they are out setting some land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats using some less-than-traditional methods of transportation; trashcans, big wheels and plastic snow-sled from Wal-Mart. Good stuff, check out the mischief after the jump…

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RE: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Videos


Armed with a beaten up Subaru Impreza, 5 spare tires, an armory of fireworks and an apparently fearless crew of buddies, here is IMV’s response to Ken Block’s Gymkhana videos. I’m not even sure what to say about this spoof, except racing on public roads is bad, mmmk?!

Disclaimer:  What happens in this video is highly illegal, do not attempt to duplicate, imitate or recreate any of the stunts performed in this video… or else!

Hyundai & Co. Slice and Dice Footage, Hot Climb Attack Video Emerges


There’s been no shortage of Pikes Peak videos this year, here’s another to wet your palate.

Those Lucky Dog’s at AutoBlog


I’m a car fanatic.  And I appreciate hybrid technology and recognize for a number of reasons that it’s something should adopt on a large scale.  That said, my true passion lies in performance.  There is nothing like hearing a high-revving V12 at wide open throttle, or an American V8 grunt it’s torque levels from 2,000 RPM.  This is why many get in the journalism game, to have the shot at personally reviewing cars they could probably never afford, or at least justify owning.

Johnny over at AutoBlog just got his hands on a 2010 GTR for review and he ran into a pack of animals that only Godzilla could properly challenge; the Ferrari F355 Spyder, Ferrari F430 Spyder, BMW M6 and the Dodge Viper SRT10.  Just another day for the autobloggers, must be nice…

Ken Block’s STi – Performance Stats & Figures


Ken Block’s Gymkhanna 1 and 2 practice sessions have set the bar for drift stunts, video production and outright lunacy. In his second practice session, Ken used an even more powerful STi on Subaru’s updated 2008 platform. It looked fast, didn’t it?  Well, somehow the guys over at Edmund’s “Inside Line” talked Ken into letting them borrow it and they were able to put down some concrete numbers on his STi’s performance. Get this:

  • Curb Weight: 2,775 lbs  (Stock STi = 3,352lbs, or 577lbs more!)
  • Engine Displacement: 2.65-liter (up .15-liter thanks to a Crawford Stroker Kit)
  • Turbo: GT35R @ 30 PSI
  • Fuel: E85
  • Transmission: Six-Speed Dog-Ring KAPS Gearbox
  • Power: 565 HP
  • Torque: 590 ft-lbs
  • 0-60 MPH: 3.0 seconds
  • 60-0 MPH: 115 feet
  • Quarter-Mile: 10.8 seconds
  • Skidpad Pass: 72 MPH
  • Lateral Grip: .90g
  • Audio: 115.9 decibels inside the cabin

Special Note: the transmission’s 5th gear was borked, so that quarter-mile time above skipped 5th and went straight to 6th, which means it’s capable of putting down an even faster time.  :)

There’s a laundry list of performance mods, if you’re interested, check out their post to get the low-down.

Video: Rhys Millen Rocks the Pikes Peak Hill Climb


Rhys Millen Pikes Peak Finish Line

Although Ford was unable to break the 10 minute barrier this year at the PPIHC, Rhys Millen did smash the two wheel drive record for the mountain, setting the bar at 12:09:397. He was driving his supped-up, Red Bull sponsored Hyundai Genesis for the run. If you want to check out his record-breaking run, hit the jump…

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2009 Pikes Peak Follow Up with Spoilers


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In case you didn’t hear, the 10 minute mark has yet to be broken at the PPIHC. Ford put forth two great cars and two world-class drivers, but this year, it wasn’t enough to shatter any records.  But if nothing else, a high-def video of Marcus Gronholm’s run was recorded, edited and put together by the Motor Trend team.  I think these guys had watched the Climb Dance video a few times, as some of the opening scenes share some resemblance.  Imitation is the best form of flattery and this video leaves little to be desired and improves on many areas that climb dance lacked; new camera angles, high definition video and an incredible sound track.  Check it after the break:

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Pikes Peak Hill Climb is this Weekend, Ford Going for the Gold


Pikes Peak Ford Fiesta Marcus Gronholm 2009

I’ve been to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb twice and it is nothing short of breath taking. Both times I sat in Devils Playground, which is a bank at the top of the mountain; other than being able to see all of eastern Colorado, the Playground affords you a view of a long straight flat twisty road which ends at a hairpin turn, immediately forcing the drivers up a steep incline.

This year, Ford has employed two world class drivers to push their 800 horsepower Ford Fiesta up the peak.  WRC Champion Marcus Grönholm and Swedish rally champ Andreas Eriksson will be piloting the Fiesta and their goal is to break the 10 minute barrier and break the current record of 10:01 set by Nobuhiro Tajima in 2007.

Here’s a video of what Ford has brought to the table, do you think they’ve got what it takes to claim the title?

Mercedes SLS AMG Runs the ‘Ring


2010 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

A car that has been largely shrouded in secrecy has just been put to the test on the Nurburgring. The SLS AMG is the next generation of the SLR, featuring aggressive styling cues, gull wing doors, and a brute of an engine. Listen to it roar as it roams the ‘Ring for the full 13 miles. Keep in mind this isn’t the “official” time, this was a preview day. The final production car with a more experienced ‘Ring driver and no co-pilot should yield much faster results.