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A 691kg car with 750+bhp should be, and is, a complete animal; yet the rule makers perceive public opinion to be that almost anyone could manage, and you guys need to be handicapped with the latest 'alone and unaided' rule interpretation - Do you think changing the way F1 TV footage is produced to show the speed and forces involved could help with the perception by the audience of your job as a driver?
2 months, 1 week ago on Your Chance To</br> Ask Daniel Ricciardo A Question
@TarmacTerrorist @JonathanW I think I was pretty clear in my post that I think Peter's car is brilliant, and since I read SH daily and avidly wait for each new article I'd say I'm a massive fan of the site and the content that is featured. I think the comments I've offered up are (largely) constructive criticism, whilst staying realistic to the fact SH can't exist simply on enthusiasm and fresh air, so yes I certainly would claim I'm being adult about my views.
I understand what you say about other websites, however as I'd rate SH as the best source of car culture I really wouldn't advocate benchmarking other websites when SH is already blazing a new trail - so to me it's kind of irrelevant how other sites do their marketing and funding. SH is the start of a new generation of editors, photographers and writers, and just as the journalism is fresh and honest, I think there are ways to promote their sponsors in an equally honest way. Just my thoughts mate.
3 months, 1 week ago on You Decide: LaSupra Is Asking…
@MadMike Whiddett @JonathanW The 3-4 times I've been on day ticket I've never really had time to check out the rally properly because I'm such a sucker for anything with aero...F1/Group C/GT/Prototype Le Mans cars have me transfixed, and there's no better chance to get so close to them!
3 months, 1 week ago on Making My Mark On Goodwood:</br> MADBUL Style
@MadMike Whiddett @JonathanW Yeah just a day is hard to get around the place, weekend far better... doing it as a competitor with your family up close and involved must be off-the-scale cool, I am so jealous but really happy for you that you got the opportunity mate!
Awesome write-up Mike! The atmosphere at Goodwood is incredible as you say, and it's insane how up close you can get to some amazing cars - I basically crawled into the diffuser of a Peugeot 905, and was able to have a close look at the construction of the composite doors on a Porsche GT1, and everyone is cool with all the poking around!
I wasn't able to go this year but have watched the youtube vids of your run - driving like you did up the hill takes an amazing balance of finesse and balls... you have my uttermost respect!
Well done for representing Drifting so well to a new audience, you definitely deserve that award.
With this amount of product placement no wonder the "Director of Partnerships" has been able to afford a Porsche 991!
Peter I absolutely love this build; what you have achieved as a 'garagista' builder is amazing - seriously, I think I'm not exaggerating when I say I think Enzo Ferrari would have been impressed by this - but I do find it sad you're lowered to this level of faux 'informercial' reporting as part of your tie in with SH.
Why can't you guys ( = SH/Fred) just say something like this? -
"We are sponsored by Takata, and Peter is fitting some of their harnesses to his car. You can buy them in black or green, and here is a <link> to purchase them. Thanks to Takata for their sponsorship of Speedhunters; their support means we can bring you articles on amazing cars like Peter's, so we'd really appreciate if you supported them in return by purchasing their products"
We're adults guys, and we know you have to have sponsors to pay for the reporting, so just be up front and honest instead of giving us bullshit - like Peter gives a crap what colour harnesses we think will look best in his car, so long as they are free!
I like the fact that this is an "every-man's" build, not something that need 1.3M euros thrown at it like the Pagani also featured recently. Keep up the variety chaps, good words and pics Mike and Sean, and great build Scott - the completeness is very impressive and the colour suits it perfectly!
1 year, 1 month ago on Style & Balance: Fiesta Perfection
Well done on catching this Dino - that's very good observation skills!!
1 year, 3 months ago on Suzuka-spec Supra From Esprit
Silly as it may sound on the face of it, but for me the cars that I want to still call by its original name have proper headlights, those that have vinyl stickers I push back from - NASCAR, Funny Cars, Pikes Peak, I just don't relate to in the same way, even though they are still very impressive machines.
1 year, 3 months ago on Poll: A Question Of Authenticity
There are an aweful lot of very good drivers out there, and simply because you are rich does not mean that you are necessarily any less talented than a poor kid. I think all that is happening at the moment is we are getting the best of the rich kids coming through with fewer chances for those less wealthy ...but the fact that wealth helps get you the oportunity doesn't mean that the rich kids are bad drivers by any means - they have been dedicated to their career since the age of 5-10 no less than anyone else.
1 year, 4 months ago on Discussion: Pay To Drive – A Necessary Evil?
The power and weight of this car are wild, but not to the point that no-one else could build a similar car - also if you look at the aero, again it's well developed but it's not got F1 intricacy. I think Peugeot and Seb Loeb have simply gone and knocked 7 shades of shite out of the competition with a perfectly balanced car and driver combination.
1 year, 4 months ago on Sébastien Loeb Attacks The Peak
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 year, 7 months 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 year, 7 months 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?
1 year, 7 months 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.
1 year, 9 months ago on Poll: Forced Induction Vs. Na
@speedhunters_dino haha that's just mental
1 year, 9 months 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!
1 year, 9 months 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!
1 year, 9 months 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!
1 year, 10 months ago on Editorial – A Difference Of Opinion