Documentary of Porsche 919 in LeMans – 2015

I’m liking that we’re entering an era of automotive technology development, where hybrid power is being focused as much towards performance as it is towards gas mileage.

The Mclaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 919 are just a few examples off the top of my head where manufactures are embracing hybrid technology towards the aim of greater performance. This documentary is of the development of the Porsche 919, heading towards it’s 2015 LeMans win.

These are just one of those videos that I like posting, because it’s cool. Nerdy, awesome and cool. Hybrid tech isn’t just for the Prius anymore.

|Video| Some tips about how to pass people

Overtaking is one of the most challenging parts of racing. Being able to set someone up, get in there and get the pass done cleanly. In my opinion, a large part above overtaking is about respect between the two drivers.

Can the overtaking driver give the guy he wants to pass enough room for them both to survive? Can the driver being passed position himself in a place that allows both cars to make it through the corner, even if they are fighting for the space?

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|Technique| How to plan your test days to get faster #theartofkart

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One of the advantages of karting, is the copious access to practice time that you can get compared to other motorsports. Most kart tracks are owned by clubs, so the entry fees are affordable enough for racers to get more seat time.

You’re going to need to have a plan of how to best maximize your time, if you’re going to take advantage of that extra seat time . Below are some quick tips about how to have a more effective practice day the next time that you’re out at the track karting. Continue reading

|Technique| -You have to make it through the “Valley of Suck” to make it up to “Mount Awesome”.

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A few months ago, a friend of mine shared with me this video from K-Racer about how to make it to the top of Mount Awesome, when it comes to improving your skills. I linked the video below, because it’s funny, but it’s got a good message to it when it comes to karting.

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|Technique| Everyone has nerves. #theartofkart #kart #race #racing #karting

Everyone has nerves.

Nerves. Everyone has them at some point in their lives. Those anxious butterflies in their stomach. That pounding heartbeat in their chest that seems to want to burst out thier head. That overwhelming voice that echos when it asks “Can I do this?”

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[TAGTeam] Part 5 – After a long hiatus…back in the hunt.

It’s been ages since I’ve posted something on the blog. To be honest, I’d forgotten about |StartingGrid| for a little bit. Life has been busy with… life. However, there has been some light at the end of the tunnel, and I’ve started to be able to get back into racing. This post really isn’t going to be anything special, as just a summary of what’s been going on while I’ve been away.

Practice…Practice…and the occasional race.

Even with all of the running around at work, I’ve been able to make a few times on the track.  Mostly, I’ve been spending my free time getting in practice laps during the off-weekends. I’ve been saying for a while now that my result in the races haven’t been what I’ve wanted. It’s a combination of needing more practice with my driving, but also improving how I set the kart up.  So whenever I’ve had a free moment, I’ve been at the kart track doing laps.

Pretty much the status quo, I guess.

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[TagTeam] Part 4 – Breaking down how to brake. #theartofkart

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Two weeks ago, I drove in a club race at Sumas Motorsports Academy. It was my second race in my X125 Tag/Velox SK1. I qualified ninth, finished the first heat race in sixth, and the final in seventh. I got as high as fifth place in one of the heat races, but at the end of the day, I probably finished where I should have.
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|Videos| Birth of the Mclaren F1 GTR

The Mclaren F1 GTR is one of my favorite cars, of all time. These videos bring to mind a discussion that I’ve been having with some of my peers about having the right network of people around you, in order to create true success.

Seeing all of the brilliant people involved in developing such a program really drives that point home.

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Part 2-4 after the bump.
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|Video| You should watch WTCC at the Nurburgring

I pretty much took the weekend off racing to watch the World Touring Car Championship at the Nurburgring. It was the first year that that series was back at the full Nordschleife, and I wasn’t going to miss that.

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Although really, I wasn’t going to miss it since the FIA doesn’t care if WTCC is on Youtube. I like how, unlike other motorsports *cough* Formula 1 *cough*, you can easily find links.It’s like someone understands that in 2015, if you like something, that you should put it on the Internet. How novel!

Anyway, I watched it. You should watch it. Here you go.

Videos below after the bump. You can easily find Free Practice videos too, but I just didn’t feel like posting them.

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|Video| – This 13 Year Old Superbike Rider knows what’s up! #superbike #racer #motogp

This morning, I received a video about Lachlan Taylor, a young rider who is currently competing in the Shell Asia Talent Cup Test in Malaysia. At 13 years old, he’s already an Australian dirt bike champion. Now he’s moving to road racing, and is racing through the junior series in Asia. I was also fortunate enough to be shared some some background information on about his career, so far.
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[TAGTeam] Part 3: Lights, Camera…#theartofkart

Now that Chris and I have done a few practice days together, we’ve started incorporating a few more pieces into our day programs. Two weeks ago, we started mounting an onboard video onto the kart. It helps us so we can reflect back on changes more accurately, and start to analyze where we can find more laptime.

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[TAGTeam] Part 2 – Find yourself a home track #theartofkart

This post isn’t going to be long, but the message is still important. -Find yourself a home track.

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A home track is a track that you’re comfortable with that you know fairly well, and drive fairly often. Your home track gives you a place to build confidence as a driver. Mentally, you’ll have one location that you know that you’re quick, which allows you to practice mentally developing that confidence programming when you to go to other tracks.
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