Mad Mike is one of those drifters, who I absolutely love his style.
Take one quad-rotor FD3S, a super winding road, with some slow-motion shots and you have all of the pieces for a super fun video. No words. Just beautiful noise.
I’d love to do something like this. Thanks to Speedhunters for the original find.
The world has been missing a good racing movie. I mean, an actual good racing movie that shows the thrills and possible horrors of the sport. Ron Howard has brought together some amazing talent to make a film that’s less in a lesser talked about era of Grand Prix racing.
Lauda vs Hunt. I mean, Thor is now James Hunt! I cannot wait to see this movie. This is going to be amazing. What about you guys? Let us know in the comments.
If you’re a Senna fan, then you need to watch this video. Antti Kalhola makes amazing racing videos that he’s released on Youtube. I’m always super shocked when I find out how few views his videos have!
Dramatic, intense and insightful. You need to give these a watch.
This is a brilliant little video, done by Pirelli. They prove to entertain fans just as much with their advertisements, as they do with their Formula 1 tires.
I guess, love comes in all shapes and sizes.
I was planning on writing another driving-technique post earlier today, but I got frustrated during the brainstorming phase. Instead, I’ve fallen back to a personal favorite weekend activity by watching (‘classic/nostalgic/early 2000-era?’) feeder series races.
One of the reasons that I enjoy this, is because YouTube actually allows people to upload these races so I can see them. I’ve always been bewildered with the ridiculousness that FOM stops people from sharing Formula 1 races online. It’s honestly like they don’t want more people in the modern era to watch their sport.
Just because I’m in love with women who have car control, everyone gets to see another Sumika Kubokawa video.
If you’re a car guy, it’s a fact. then we all know this to be true. It doesn’t matter how they look, if they can handle a car well, then they are beautiful. (Well it does matter really, it’s just a super-added- plus bonus. )
Sumika Kubokawa, from Team Orange, is a great example of a woman who can really tear it up. Skilled female drifter = Car Control + Common Sense.
Just get a cheap car and start practicing!
I wanted to make up with all of the past/upcoming Formula 1 posts, with something else epic of the drift car variety. Team Mouse is a well known AE86 Japanese drift team, who are epic at multi-car tandem passes.
You don’t need to hear much from me. The video is much more awesome.
I honestly have no idea how Maiham-Media make these videos be so impactful, but once I saw the first ten seconds, I knew I had to share it with you.
The street-life of tuning cars is something that I’ve always been interested in. It has to have the right atmosphere of people in order to work right, but if you can get the right group together you can create magic on the streets.
Now for something completely different, and I love it. What do you get when you take a tractor, and a Volvo turbo motor and make them together? Tractor-burnouts! Indeed.
Thanks to Michael McAvoy for the find. Classic stuff, man.
I’ve always been under the impression that the car culture 20 years ago was better than the culture of today. I know that I look at the past with rose-colored nostalgia, but it always seems like the shops of the old-school do a better job of keeping the right feel and essence of what it should all be about.
However, T.R.A Kyoto has done a great job at taking that classic feeling and bringing it into the modern age. You’ve already seen the video about the Rocket Bunny FRS, but this gives you a better view on the masters behind this epic work.
(When I run my own shop, I want it to have the exact feeling as this group of people.)
Thanks to Maiham Media for this interview
StartingGrid friend, Pujo! co-driver, and mechanical wizard Doug Chase, of Chase Race shared this video from an event he was crewing at last weekend. I’ll let Doug describe the video, “Last weekend was the Mt. Hood rally and we were crewing for our good buddies at Roshambo Racing. Unfortunately our rally was ended just a little bit early. By a deer.” The video has clear audio that shows a little concern about conditions. Rally is awesome.
Video credit: Doug Heredos
This week’s Petrolicious video is about a favorite car and brand of mine, Lancia. The Fulvia in the video holds a parking spot in my heart. It is neither a muscular sports car nor a cushy luxury car, but it stir passion by doing everything well. When tuned properly, the Fulvia was a Rally terror – as most Lancias were. In street trim, they were comfortable performance touring cars tailor made for the narrow, winding roads of Italy. Don’t let the front drive, 1.4 liter narrow angle V4 deceive you, these cars are a blast to drive.
Perhaps some day I’ll get to have one. Until then, this video will have to suffice.
Thanks Petrolicious, you never disappoint.
EA, for all your faults, I doth my cap to you for making this hilarious advertisement for Need For Speed: Most Wanted.
I’m not a huge fan of the NFS games, but this advertisement had me laughing hard enough to give it a peek with it comes out.
I see what you did there. Mission Accomplished.
The Petrolicious gang is back with another great video! This one beautifully captures the essence of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ. Zagato designs odd looking little cars and this one is typically striking in look. Beneath the funky sheetmetal is Alfa’s excellent all aluminum twin cam four in “Veloce” spec with twin Weber side draft carbs. The sound these cars make is intoxicating. This one is 1.3 liters and offers plenty of involvement in running through canyons. If there ever was a car that epitomized the adage that “it is more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow”, this is it. With modest power, you get to rip through 3 or 4 gears where a more powerful car would only give you two. Tons of fun.
Credit and thanks to Petrolicious!
The guys at BRAKIM Racing have their very own private testing facility. This automotive playland appears to have a ton of potential for
hooning the daylights out of testing their rally cars and their cool Fiat 124 Targa Newfoundland car. We’ll have more on that Fiat as they get it built.
You may have heard of Wyatt Knox from his rally exploits, I’m sure you remember him from his accomplishment of being the first person to railslide a rally car. That video is beyond the jump.
When Outrageous Was Possible from Petrolicious on Vimeo.
The Petrolicious and Depth of Speed team have released another video. This one is about the “it” car of my youth, the Lamborghini Countach. The car in the video appears to be a 1985, based on the “Quattrovalvole” badging, engine cover hump, and the lack of the straked rocker extensions of the later cars. Countaches of this era had a 5.2 liter fuel injected V12 and were quite fast. The big wing and flared fenders give the car a bulky and muscular look, quite different from the sleek shape the car had at its introduction in 1974.
1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Photo credit: Wikipedia
Thanks for another great video guys, looking forward to more!
It’s beyond obvious why we’re showing this video to you. Only in Japan would you see something this epic. (Helps that the roads are super smooth.)
A few years ago, I saw a black KE70 (Te72 here in the states) from Australia. What impressed me was not the ‘mad JDM tyte drifting skills’, but the engine itself.
A 3T-GTE. One of the baddest T series engines out there.
1.8L , TWIN Spark and TURBO? yeah.
Mark Buckland Drifting @ Hori Dori Drift Day from tarry mortlock on Vimeo.
Owned by Mark Buckland from Australia.
Yeah. So the Formula 1 summer break is coming to an end tomorrow, and obviously I’m super excited. Hence the flood of F1 content on the blog from me over the last few days.
This year, Formula 1 is returning to America by hosting a race in Texas at the Circuit of the Americas. Next year, we’re getting another race which will be hosted on the streets of New Jersey.
Red Bull Racing flew DC and two RB7s out to New York to create a promotional video, and they didn’t disappoint.
…and that’s ok. (smiles) Really it is!
As much as I want professional racing drivers to put their full attention on driving the wheels of a race car, it is important for them to let their hair down and have some fun. At least Sebastian chose to involve himself with a video with a bit more class than some of his recent exploits.
Also we don’t have to hear Sebastian sing…(unlike a certain seven-time world champion doing karaoke.)
Photo credit: Josh Clason – Depth of Speed
Depth of Speed has released another excellent video! This one is about a Zombie VW rabbit and the enthusiast who built it. The owner did most of the work himself using cast offs and gifts from the VW community. Check out the racing seats he upholstered using leather jackets. This is his first project, he learned by doing. I think he did a great job.
Vimeo video is after the break.
One of the things I love about meets, besides meeting people and seeing awesomely built cars from a garage, is the roll in /out. I always find it amusing to see how long it takes for these ridiculously dumped cars to get in or out of the parking lot without having a lip or body part fall off.
Here is a prime example of some bozosuku-style cars trying to roll into a parking lot:
What are some of the things you like about meets?
Whenever I think that Evolutions are too easy to drive, I’m going to think of this video. It had me laughing the whole time!
As far as car videos go, I thought this was as funny as ‘Wagon Attack’. It’s up there.
Chris Duplessis is the non-Ken Block American driver running Rally Finland. This video shows Chris driving a shakedown run of a stage with his co-driver Alex Kihurani reading pace notes. The Duplessis DirtFish Rally School team is the first all American team to run Rally Finland in nearly 40 years. They’ve funded this effort in an interesting way by having both a marquee sponsor – Dirtfish Rally School – and by crowd funding over $22,000 with an indiegogo campaign. Good luck Chris and Alex, we’re pulling for you. Also thanks for the awesome video, it’s great to hear clear pacenotes in English for a WRC event.
Via Chris Duplessis’ Facebook page
Ken Block is taking seriously his efforts to be competitive in the World Rally Championship. Here’s his video diary on getting ready for Rally Finland. The legendary Ari Vatanen makes an appearance.
Good luck Ken!
I just wanted to share with you, because it made me laugh! I believe that it’s Dave Robson, Jenson Button’s race engineer on the radio.
I wish more race engineers had Dave’s sense of humor.
Without a doubt, this will be the best sound that you will hear all day. Pulse Performance Race Engineering has been building this six rotor engine for sometime. People all over the inter-tron have been claiming ‘Photoshop’, when they saw the pictures of it being put together.
Well now silence ye doubters, we have video!
I didn’t. Did you? No? Good!
Don’t want to be caught lying.
Last night, I had a chat with a friend whose seriously into drifting. As the conversation went back and forth, one point that came up in conversation was the rise of V8 engines into the sport. As a sport that started seeing cars that had small high-revving four cylinders, V8s have started to become the mainstay engine format of choice in drifting.
They make a lot of sense for a number of reasons, mostly the greater power and torque delivery that drivers get from it.
Plus, they sound awesome, which is always a plus.
A friend of mine shared this video with me, and it’s too epic to keep to myself. This video captures why I do love racing so much, and why it pains me when I’m not able to.
I didn’t even know there was a Part 1-3. So searching for them now…
You can’t watch this video and not like it. It’s impossible. Can’t be done.
I’ve seen quite a few hillclimb videos, and this one definately ranks in my top five. Yves Faber taking on the European Hill Race Eschdorf.
Getting it done, sir. Getting it done.
Another one of those “I’d love for this to be my morning commute” sort of videos.
Photo credit: John Jackson – Not Stock Photography
The latest episode of what is beginning to become one of my favorite shows is out. This week’s Depth of Speed is about a guy named John Jackson who drives around the country in a 1964 Corvair 95 van taking pictures of cool cars.
If I could, I would commute to work like this everyday. That’s enough from me. Watch the epic-ness.
Evolution of the F1 Car from Ruf Blacklock on Vimeo.
Now I’m all for interesting infographics, but a video like this takes the cake. It’s interesting to see how highly dependent the sport has become on aerodynamic design over the last 30 years.
Another subtle point. Check out the steering wheel graphic in the upper right hand corner. It’s surprising how recent that the design of the wheel for Formula 1 cars has changed in only the last ten years.
Update: Speaking of a related infographic, if you’re looking for a wallpaper, click the link.
If only it was “this easy”. The project started out as a collection of photos from a Triumph that was undergoing a rebuild after a catastrophic failure. Then, as all good projects do, it became something fun. Taking over 3000 photos, he created this stop-motion video of his rebuild…only with six or seven bolts left over.
All that’s missing are pictures of him jumping up and down and swearing. It comes with any good car build.
If you could start over, what would the perfect life be? I’d say the BBC have pretty close to captured it.
Depth of Speed: Wagon Heritage from Josh Clason on Vimeo.
Watching these ‘Depth of Speed’ videos remind me that as car people, our shapes and tastes vary as much as the colors of a rainbow. What lights the spark of unique inspiration around automobiles is different for each individual, and should always be appreciated.
Plus, this Datsun wagon is pretty sweet. So for that reason alone, you should watch this. Personally, I wonder why there aren’t more performance estates in the market today.
The world needs more Volvo 850Rs and M5 Estates, agree?
Flyin’ Miata RAW | Jun-17-12 from Justin Gepner on Vimeo.
…until I saw this video of a Miata out at Evergreen Speedway. Either that, or it’s a justification for never-lifting. Thanks to Justin Gepner for posting it up on Vimeo.
The Ford RS200 is on my top ten list of ‘Cars that I must own before I die’. I knew that there were only one or two around my area, which is pretty fortunate considering the incredibly low-production numbers of these cars.
Thanks to this video-find, I see that Motoring Unlimited has two of them! They are a local shop in my area. Now that I know that they have these mouth-watering RS200s, maybe it’s time that I schedule a little visit?
Photo Credit: Josh Clason – DepthofSpeed.com
Depth of Speed has released a new video about an instructor at the Art Center College of Design and his recently acquired 1970 Skyline GT-R. The video is a feast of straight 6 symphonies. I found a bonus video with track footage of this car too. This “Hakosuka” was bought from Salt Lake City’s JDM Legends – here’s their blog post
about the sale of the car and its adventure road tripping 700 miles to its new home.
Isn’t the sound this thing makes great? These cars originally came equipped with a 2 liter twin cam straight six that made 160 horsepower. This car does not appear to have its original engine; the JDM Legends post makes reference to this car having an L28 – one of the pictures shows a single cam straight six in this car’s engine bay. The L28 is most commonly found in the 280Z and is a fine engine for this car, especially when fitted with a trio of Weber or Mikuni carbs.
This car is super unique, undeniably cool, and certain to draw admiring crowds wherever it goes. Be sure to check out the JDM Legends
website. This shop is one of the first places I’d call after winning the megahellalotto, “First generation Celica with an 18RG please”.
This might go under ‘Cool shit 101′, or under ‘Don’t Try this at Home’. You decide, eh?
First, it was Datsuns. Last week, it was Porsches. This week, we’ve found someone who loves his AE86.
I think you guys know about Darren D-MAC McNamara and the rotary AE86 drift car that he built…last year?!? (Someone might want to check that…) Anyway, his passion for the AE86 is beyond doubt, and it shows in this video.
Maybe we should do a video about the Miata, seeing that both Bret and I own one.
I’m not going to lie. Although I have my own personal reservations on whether I’m ok with RWB becoming an international brand, it is pretty thrilling to watch people enjoy Nakai-san’s creation world-wide.
As always, RWB is looking beautiful. No matter where it is in the world.
Check out this footage from the Idler’s Games in Japan. This is chopped together footage of cars in the AE86 Trophy race.
This looks like this will be a documentary solely based on karting! This project is being funded through Kickstarter. Take a deeper look here.
Later this year, Formula 1 will be coming to Austin, Texas to race on the newly constructed Circuit of the Americas. Now I’m super excited about this, but I haven’t seen many ‘track-level’ shots of what the circuit will look like.
Fortunately, Codemasters has come to the rescue, by previewing the track on the latest version of F1 2012. The first sector alone just looks mega!
Cars are a part of our life. They get in our blood, and you can never get them out. This trailer reminds me of the ‘Depth of Speed’ video that Bret uncovered last week. It’s inspiring to see someone who has such a depth of passion of a particular brand of automobile lifestyle.
This time it’s Porsche. Watch and enjoy. I hope this video causes you to chase after what inspires you.