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Top 10 Fastest Police Cars of the Decade


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DiggThisThe last ten years has brought us some amazing developments in automotive technology. Bugatti brought us the Veyron, one of the fastest and most advanced cars of it’s kind. Subaru and Mitsubishi brought cheap speed to the masses. And Tata made the Nano, the most affordable car in the world.

Looking forward to the next decade, we are going to have affordable cars that have standard features like lane-assist, wireless internet and voice recognition. The possibilities are endless, but before we look to the future, lets take a quick look at the past.

Here are the Top 10 Fastest Police Car’s of the decade.

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VIDEO: Ken Block’s STi on SnowCat Tracks!!


We’ve seen this before, but only during a brief 15-second clip taken with a cell phone, which really isn’t much to go on.  But now the day has come where Ken Block shows the world his top secret project.  You could say that Ken Block has built the worlds biggest sled, or maybe even that it’s the boldest application of Subaru’s legendary AWD system.  If it were me, I’d call it the ultimate ski lift.

 

Why Do Rally Drivers Need Co-Pilots?


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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…

Clever Subaru Ad Surprises, Leaves You with a Springtime Scent


Capitalizing on the outdoorsy nature of the Subaru name, this ad explains how Subaru could be coming to a laundry room near you.  Subaru 1, Mud 0.

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!

Ken Block Hits the Salt Flats


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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!

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.

A Great Tribute to Rally


I don’t know about you guys, but rally racing has a special place in my heart. The raw horsepower, ungodly amounts of torque and the anti-lag systems just scream raw power. Unfortunately you won’t get to hear any engines in this video, but it does have an excellent soundtrack. Sit back and soak up some rally heritage.

If that doesn’t quite do it for you, here’s another with a more modern score. It’s an oldie but goodie:

Busted: Dealership Porter’s Take Customers Car on a Joy Ride


Scruit, a LegacyGT forum member, has invested quite a bit of time and money into his Subie, including 4 cameras with a DVR in the boot. He recently had to take his GT into a body shop after being involved in a minor fender bender. After he got it back from the dealership, he reviewed the recording of what had happened. While they porters didn’t do anything too outrageous, they did take it up to red line several times and it looks like they were going to do a 4-wheel drift around a corner, but were forced to slow down because of another car in front of them. More than a few miles were added to the odometer and bets are, they burnt up a bit of his clutch… not cool!

This is why I don’t like letting other people drive my car. It’s my car and I treat it right. I know only a few people who will treat it with the same amount of love that I do. This video only re-enforces my hesitation to hand over my keys to valets, mechanics, dealerships, and the like. You can follow the whole discussion at the Legacy GT forum thread, but make sure to check out the video before you go.

Crap: Subaru is Leaving the WRC


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Times must be tough if the auto maker who made it’s name competing in the World Rally Championship is dropping out.  Sure, participating in the WRC is expensive, but it’s crucial for two things; R&D and marketing.  Subaru’s philosophy has always been to make safe, reliable cars that were fun to drive.  They incorporated lessons learned from the WRC into every vehicle they made.  Improvements to the engines, braking, handling, chassis structure and more were all derived from their Rally heritage.

It was probably tough for Subaru to bite the bullet on this, but maybe it makes immediate financial sense and will play into a longer-term strategy toward fuel efficiency, something Rally isn’t exactly known for.  As governement regulations get tighter across the board, Auto manufacturers can get pushed into a corner.  I never would have thought Suburu would drop their WRC team, but maybe it’s their only option for long term survival.

Goodbye SWRT and good luck to both Atkinson and Petter, two of my favorite WRC drivers.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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WRC: Rally Finland Starts in 6 Days, 10 Hours… but who’s counting?


This has been an amazing year for the World Rally Championship. Mikko Hirvonen has the lead on Sebastien Loeb, but only by three points. These two have dominated the 2008 WRC, with 59 and 56 points respectively. Third place is currently held by Jari-Matti Latvala with only 34 points. Petter Solberg holds 6th place with 20 points, but he is the real wild card here. Over the last few years, he’s been riddled with car problems, time penalties, and general bad luck…. but his luck could change quickly with the arrival of his new car. The first time Solberg drove his new whip, he finished 2nd place at Rally Acropolis.

Rallying in the WRC since 1998, Petter has 13 wins under his belt and is the 2003 FIA WRC Drivers World Champion. He also came runner-up in ’04 and ’05, which should tell you that he truly is a world-class driver. You’ll be hard pressed to find rally on TV in the US, so check back next week for the results of Rally Finland.

Source: WRC.com

WRC: Petter Solberg takes 2nd Place in a new car!


This is really BIG news in the racing world for Subaru, one of the biggest names in the World Rally Championship.   Why is this such good news?  Subaru has had a rough run in the WRC over the last two years…Petter Solberg, their lead driver, has had tons of car problems, bad luck on the race courses, and even trouble from the WRC Officials.  Petter is regarded as one of the best drivers in the world but in the last season he couldn’t finish in the top three to save his life.  But Subaru knows they have one of the best drivers, so they just produced a better car for him to drive.  The new Subaru WRC car is a hatchback, the ideal body style for drifting in mud, dirt, snow, and tarmac.  The 2.0 liter 4-cylinder boxer engine produces 300 horsepower, per WRC regulations, but also manages to crank out 480 ft. lbs. of torque!  This new monster is just what Petter needed to get back on top, shown by him finishing 2nd place overall driving a new car in the toughest rally of the WRC.  The Acropolis Rally is in Greece, characterized by loose dirt and big rocks.  This means there is little grip on the track and even littler room for error.  Yet Solberg was able to keep it together and finish second, although Sebastian Loeb still reigns supreme in his Citroen.

Next up is Rally Turkey and I look forward to seeing Petter on the podium with another trophy in his hands.  For those who are interested, make sure to check out the pics of the new Subie below.