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Mistakes must be difficult to happen when everything is clean and every tool has it's place- I wish I worked in an environment like that!
For some people McLaren are soulless, but for others it's perfection of efficient design - in both the car and the plant. I'm somewhere in the middle I think, I like a bit more rawness, but I appreciate the understatement, if that is a word that can be used to describe a supercar!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on THE PROCESS: BUILDING A MCLAREN MP4-12C
@Bojangles I watched the race Stealth B6 at Castle Combe n the 'Special GT' championship, and man do I love that car. I heard the BMW M5 engine in one of those on race pipes and no emissions regs getting in the way of things pushes 700bhp... I have a very big soft spot for that car!
My personal choice would be something Group C-esque (like the Stealth), V6, V10 or V12, with a manually operated sequential gearbox - the sound and the feel of a car like that on a world class circuit like the Nordschleife would make pretty much anything else in life seem ohh so dull....
1 month, 3 weeks ago on BLUE THUNDER: THE MASERATI MC12 CORSA
My bro's 30th is on 11th April, am I going to be able to get this in time?!
And will copies sold to the UK come from a UK/European printer or will they get shipped from the US?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on THE MEDIUM? BOOK. THE METHOD? #MAXIMUM ATTACK
I love the simplicity of an N/A installation. If power and torque are the same then for me there's no contest- individual throtle bodies and well tuned equal length manifold and you are done- simple and pure. No messing around with dump valves, external wastegates, intercooler pipework and cores, or chargecooler pipes, pumps etc.
4 months ago on POLL: FORCED INDUCTION VS. NA
@speedhunters_dino haha that's just mental
4 months, 1 week ago on TRUE DEDICATION: UNDER SUZUKI'S S15
There have been an awful lot of ridiculously sweet cars on Speedhunters, but for some reason this just ticks every single box more so than any car I've seen for a long while.
Good read, and nice to have a history lesson for the uninformed like myself!
4 months, 1 week ago on GODZILLA ATTACKS: THE GIBSON GROUP A GT-R
You're right, that rear wing and front downforce to balance must create some huge loads!
By the way, In the photo 5th from bottom showing the fuel swirl pot - is that sunlight reflecting off an alloy fuel tank, or is that the sunlit tarmac visible where the floor has been cut out?
@weasel yeah you can see the squat under acceleration (800bhp and a relatively high c of g compared to formula / prototypes will do that I guess) would be messing with the aero a lot, and it'd take a lot of re-tuning of other parts of the car, but would definitely be a benefit I think. The main flat sections can be made of something tougher- no reason that aluminium sheet or alloy skinned composite can't be used, or kevlar for leading edge components. I'm sure being a resourceful chap Suzuki-san could figure it out!
@speedhunters_dino I'm not sure fun has much to do with it really does it? But definitely Suzuki-san has had plenty to keep busy with before thinking of a flat floor, and from the look of how willing he is to get out the angle grinder and give something a punt, he's probably not about to run out of tuning possibilities/ideas either!
It'll be cool to see what Suzuki-san can manage with an underfloor- I would have thought that's the first place he and Andrew Brilliant would have been looking for front downforce improvement, so maybe there are some difficulties with installing the floor that aren't instantly obvious? (~4inch exhaust maybe?!)
But anyway, given the dedication he shows in chasing performance it so far it can't be far away! Well done on progress so far Suzuki-san.
@speedhunters_dino Yeah that's kinda what I'm getting a-; the benefit of parts like this compared to those with with aero performance genuinely in mind is worlds apart, and I feel like it's rather misleading to get $500 out of someone for a product that has more placebo effect than effect!
That said, in a previous life I saw lots of time race drivers reported being able to"definitely" feel the performance improvement from a new spec of engine, when it had gone from 760bhp to 763bhp, so there's hope yet!
Anyway, enough negativity, this was an enjoyable article mate, keep up the good work... thank god for Speedhunters to get my head a bit clearer on my lunch breaks!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on TAKING IT BACK TO THE EIGHTIES: TRD 86
I like the look of this, the wheels proportions look good to me and I like the fact that TRD have been daring enough to break the mould.
However I am a bit worried by how many articles there are mentioning "affordable race technology for road cars" with carbon stuff like this little front wing louvre - just because it's made of pre-preg carbon and is released by a big-brand tuning company doesn't mean it is optimised downforce-making kit. $500 spent on absolutely anything genuinely performance related will give more of a gain, so just bill it as a styling product.
I am appreciative of most car scenes, but there are some that I can't fathom. I think it's healthy to debate this hobby/lifestyle we love so much and there's nothing wrong with hating a style - after all, if we weren't passionate we're hardly be able to say we love cars could we?!
I like the fact that Speedhunters in neutral, but this stuff is way to deep under my skin for me to do anything other than form opinions on the things on the screen. I will always be grateful for the new scenes you guys drag up from around the globe, but I'll never stop sifting them into love (most), indifferent (some) and hate (few) groups!
So, although I'll never be as PC as you Paddy, I'll always put my opinion forward with a good dose of respect!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on EDITORIAL - A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION