Photo credit: Dodge
The first round of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship is this Saturday, May 26, at Charlotte Motor Speedway
. Yes, rally cars racing at a giant NASCAR oval track. I think this is a good fit, The X-games have shown that rally events have been popular and a giant NASCAR speedway offers more room for rally action than does an X-games stadium.
Over lunch I discovered Depth of Speed
. It’s a trove of automotive treasure. Here’s a video they made about a gentleman with an addiction to 510s and other Datsuns. This video captures marque enthusiasm really well; that guy down the street with all the old Datsuns could have a really cool story.
I’m going to keep an eye on Depth of Speed, I really like how this video was shot. Professional and artful.
Video credit: Depth of Speed
What happens when you take the Nissan Juke-R to Dubai, and introduce it to a billionaire sheik with expensive tastes?!
If you’ve ever wondered if Fernando Alonso karts better than you can, don’t worry. He can.
I heard this morning that Casey Stoner is retiring from MotoGP at the end of this year. Now I’m no expert on motorcycle racing (See: Have no clue about the sport really), but hearing this news has made me start researching into Casey Stoner and MotoGP a bit.
Any MotoGP fans on the blog? Where should I start looking?
I don’t even think that this video needs much introduction! Just watch it! You know you want to.
The film should speak for itself. We’ll have our discussion in the comments.
Today, the new short-film featuring Sebastian Vettel and Infiniti was just released. It was a martial arts film, called ‘Drive of the Dragon’ featuring Celina Jade.
Funny short, if nothing else. I swear that he’s just training to develop his ‘finger poke of death!’ move for during race weekends, and definitely more exciting than Mark’s Canberra Milk commercials…
What do you do when you’re given a Hakosuka and a open track?
Oh, come on. I don’t need to tell you.
In 2009, Audi released a documentary called ‘Truth in 24′, which highlighted their attempt to win the 24 Hours of LeMans outright. The titanic battle between Audi and Peugeot came to such worldwide acclaim that a second one will be released later this year. Super psyched!
Click here if you want to view original ‘Truth in 24′.
Nicholas Hamilton is the brother of Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. From time to time, you will see him in the Vodaphone Mclaren-Mercedes pit garages during his brother’s races.
That doesn’t mean that Nicholas just lives in Lewis’ shadow. He also competitively races in the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup with Total Control Racing (TCR), while also having cerebral palsy.
The BBC has created a documentary on Nicholas, highlighting the challenges that he overcomes while pursuing his own racing career. An inspired piece, for sure and worth the watch.
Follow Nicholas on Twitter.
I’ve always been a fan of vintage motorsport videos. Check out the rally AW-11 around 5:16
…and a reminder that I really need to improve my driving. Watch this…
This was always one of my favorite ‘instructional’ videos about overtaking in Formula 1. Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell have been tag-teaming together in motorsport for a long while, so it was only fitting that they were featured in this video.
Of course, some of the things covered here are semi-negated with the introduction of DRS. But thankfully, we still have GP2 to watch if we want to see more pure overtaking moves going right/wrong. (I kid, I kid.)
Gotta get down on Friday! Just enjoy the video. (Japanese Audio)
As a manufacturer, Pagani is an icon of the automotive world. A company which was designed by the dreams of one man, who believed that he could surpass the greats.
From the chassis to the interior, almost everything on Pagani’s, with the exception of the powerplants are designed in-house. This video provides unreal detail about how Pagani’s are constructed, and gives some ‘easter eggs’ about why the company lives as it does.
This guy just wrote off more car $$$ than I’ll own for a long time. Yet they still let him in a race car…<facepalm>. Guess that’s what happens when you have more money than sense…
I’ve always been a fan of engine-swapped street-cars. It’s always exciting to see what combinations that people will come up with, when they become inspired to go against the mainstream.
Massive credit to Justin Shreeve for creating this video down at Formula D Long Beach. The shots mixed with the epic music make for a great teaser trailer.
Compare the sounds of these two race machines during a test day at Monza.
Which do you like more? The stealth bomber sound of the R18, or the rise of the V8 from the R8 Ultra?
…actually a few days ago, but I just got ahold of it today.
Drift Union is one of the only ‘local’ drift teams that my buddies keep tabs on. Not only do they know how to have a complete blast as a team, but the way their cars have evolved over the last few years has been pretty sweet.
They’ve adopted the nickname ‘Team Purple’ among some of my friends, just because of the unique color combo on the three car group. Go team, go. Also, it’s sweet to see some shots of my local karting track, PGP Motorsports park in this video.
Check out Drift Union on their blog here.
Sometimes it’s great to take a walk down memory-lane and check out old drift videos.
I’m thinking yes, the more I think about it, and I’m thinking about it a lot. What are your thoughts?
…and that’s all right with me! I love this 964, and would love to have one just like it.
I just found this through the Miata forums, and just thought it was neat. That’s all. Just neat.
I don’t post about bikes very much, so when I do I try to make it something important. An avid Akira-fan decided to build a replica of Kaneda’s bike from Akira, and showcase it. The proceeds are going to the Tsunami relief-fund.
The ‘funny’ part about this is how he lands on the other side of the Armco, so at least he doesn’t have to pay that fine. Remember, if you’re not driving a race car…don’t drive it like a race car.
We know that Ferdinand A Porsche passed yesterday. I started to think about, if money was no object, what type of 911 would I want to build to honor his memory. Then I remembered that the Janssen Rally Team already built it.
North American Touring Car Championship - Dodge Stratus
…but they sure can be lost there. Some people here definitely weren’t looking ahead in this Barber Motor Sports Grand Am race.
Travis Pastrana will be driving an
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Dodge Dart in the Global Rallycross series which starts on May 26 in Charlotte North Carolina. Can’t wait to see this car in action.
Hat tip to Dirtfish Rally School
Thanks to Motorsport Retro for this find. I’ve seen this documentary a few years ago, but it’s nice that I’ve been brought back up for you all to see. Watch the Formula Atlantics battle in the rain!
There isn’t much to say about this car that I haven’t already talked about. That being said, enjoy!
Thanks to Luke Huxham for the video. Orido’s IS-F powered V8 FT86 has been all over the internet lately.
Two weeks ago, the 12 hours of Sebring was held. Camden Thrasher was able to make it, and send me a sweet snap of an Audi R18 Ultra. However for the rest of us, we missed what it was like.
That is until a racing buddy of mine found this handy YouTube video. Enjoy. FYI- I’d use some good headphones for this one. Thanks to Steven Taylor for the find!
It may not be about cars, but when something is cool… (But what is not cool is when people disable the link so that you can’t embed video!) <shakes fist>
Just click on the link and check it out anyway.
I’ve always thought that people should remember to keep grassroots motorsports fun. Especially as most of us are just competing for a good time, not for prize money or for professional gain. In my experience with grassroots racing, those who take the sport too seriously end up leaving it with a lot less out of it.
Drifting is one of those sports that grabs the ethos of having fun, and takes it out for drinks. Will Roegge & Joshua Herron have done a great job promoting the ‘Keep Drifting Fun’ movement, through this video that they are developing promoting American motorsports.
Keep Drifting Fun – Official Trailer Part 2 from Joshua Herron on Vimeo.
Cannot wait to see the entire thing this week!
You have to love the vintage connection that Audi makes through the development of their motorsports program. Ok, enough talking from me. Enjoy the video.
When I was two or three, my parents had a Saab 900 Turbo Aero S. We used to go for rides in it all the time. I thought it was pretty quick, but I didn’t really get what kind of car it was until I was older. That was the one I wish they had kept for when I got my driver’s license.
I’ve always had a longing eye for the Saab Turbo, and a soft spot for the Saab marque. When we learned the Swedish company was being axed, I found myself thinking about that old car.
I wonder if I’ll ever get one of my own… Maybe one day.
Interesting to say the least.
Toyota is a master of greenwashing its car line by touting the hybrid halo models which are capable of generating very impressive fuel economy figures. Motoring enthusiasts generally aren’t drawn to hybrids because the hybrid’s mission is to efficiently transport people and their stuff from point A to point B in the most efficient manner possible. This is not to say that hybrids cannot be fun, I submit this video as evidence.
This is the new Toyota TS30 Hybrid Le Mans racer. Yes, it’s a hybrid. Watch the video and listen to the symphony of straight cut gears, electric motor, and sonorous v8 engine.
I think Toyota is missing an opportunity by not having a hybrid sports car. After all, a hybrid’s electric motor is just a different kind of power adder used in place of a turbocharger or supercharger. What enthusiast wouldn’t love to carve some canyons with gobs of instantaneous electric torque shoving them out of corners? I could waste several gallons of gas with a car like this.
Anyone agree with me?
video credit: RacemediaTV
Yep, I did it. I honestly think that half the pictures in this video, we’ve shown on the blog at least once.