South Yorkshire, UK
Car nut, motorsports fan and hopelessly under-funded track day go-er.
@MilesHayler The new Type R does have pretty big arches :)http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/news/gallery/spyshots-2015-honda-civic-type-r-nurburgring-testing_7.jpg?1376408154
5 days, 19 hours ago on Honda Previews 2014 WTCC Civic
The engine and gearbox are likely to be Nissan units. I would put my money on it being the 1.6t engine with a Dual Clutch gearbox like that found in the Nismo Juke or RenaultSport Clio 200t. This gives it a perfect BHP match for the GT86/BRZ/FRS, but a large torque advantage. TBH I would love if they also produced a manual gearbox, as the DCT box found in the Clio has not been received very well amongst the press and Renaultsport die hards. From a marketing point of view though it does make some sense, as it will make the IDx different from the GT86; with a Dual clutcher and a turbo unit it will make a much better cruiser/town vehicle, and may appeal to a less hardcore audience. (not everyone wants a RWD drift machine, I would imagine the majority of owners will be 30-40 year olds looking for some youthful performance, but not at the sacrifice of usability)
1 week, 6 days ago on Bringing Back The Seventies: IDx Freeflow
@RoK1981 I doubt they'll use a renualt derived chassis, for this. Especially not one coming from any kind of Alpine connection, as Renault are tied up with Caterham to produce the next gen Caterham and Apline sports cars (in Dieppe). I would imagine it would be a straight up Nissan chassis.
The engine and gearbox are also likely to be Nissan units too. I would put my money on it being the 1.6t engine with a Dual Clutch gearbox like that found in the Nismo Juke or RenaultSport Clio 200t. This gives it a perfect BHP match for the GT86/BRZ/FRS, but a large torque advantage.
Fantastic car. I love seeing a really well thought out and well executed build, but when you showed how he has to thread the car down the side of his house, that just sealed the deal for me.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Other Kind: A Lancer Turbo Cortina
I have to say I'm pretty disappointed with a lot of the new models (especially the Japanese ones). The WRX doesn't have any of the attitude the concept had, and what's with the HUGE box arches/swage lines they make the wheels look tiny! The Civic looks dreadful too, I like they've gone a bit mental, but in the pictures it just doesn't seem to work, the wheels look like the wrong offset, maybe in the flesh it'll look better? Lastly the IDx... hmmm... the base model is only partly redeemed by the four spoke retro wheels. The Nismo IDx looks like it has more potential, but strip away the cool graphics and colours and would it still look right?
The F-Type Coupe looks beautiful. But in fairness you could have let Stevie Wonder draw a roof on that thing and it would still ooze beauty. I'll still take mine with a soft top though thanks. :)
2 weeks, 3 days ago on The Latest From LA & Tokyo
Great post Jonathan. I've been missing your posts of late. :)
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Barn Storming At The Classic Motor Show
@backhouse78 Me too, looks brilliant. The 1M Coupe was WAY too short lived. Hopefully this signals a return to a wide ach, small coupe.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on BMW’s New Ring Racer
Awesome. I mean its complete blasphemy, but its still awesome. The guy has serious balls I'll give him that. I have to wonder what's going on with the finish on those wheels though? In the close up shot they look a bit ropey :/.
1 month, 1 week ago on Not Afraid To Shock: Liberty Walk 458
Great write up Jonathan and some fantastic shots. You're a brave man for tackling the weather down at Brands over the weekend! I always love when SH covers any touring cars, but lets face it, you can't beat a bit of BTCC!
It really was a great final, and one hell of a nail biter. I'm glad Andy won, but Andy, Jason and Flash all had championship worthy drives over the course of the day. Also great to see Goff getting a podium, that kid drove out of his skin to get his car up there.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Flying High At The BTCC Finale
I always get instructors when going on track, especially when the track is unfamiliar. I like to try and learn what I can from the Pro's while I've got them and its made a HUGE difference to my driving over the last few years. I have a collection of bad habbits, but I'd have a lot more if not for the instruction I've had!
But this looks on another level all together! Though having a poke around on their site shows that it does come at a cost.
2 months ago on Project Evo: Driving Ambition
Great coverage Larry, your pictures look even more crisp than ever, some really great photography! The presentation mode really helps the images 'pop' as well and gives you a lot more detail. I just wish you guys would put the text in the footer with the arrows so it doesn't block any part of the picture and I didn't have to keep wiggling my cursor. It's taken me a while to get round to reading this article, as I like to save them until I've watched all the event on the LiveStream then come across to SH to get your take on things, if anything I'd like it if you were more opinionated on things, but I get that you guys like to stay impartial.
2 months, 1 week ago on Through My Lens: Formula Drift Texas
Great pictures and nice event coverage Jarrod.
2 months, 1 week ago on Muscle Car Masters: Australian Historic Racing
Great shots Larry! I always love when SH does a touring car event. It looks like the WTCC cars are toned-down versions of the BTCC grid. When you say they're changing the rules and introducing new models that means the BMW 1 Series will make an appearance, as the BTCC version is insane looking (and spits flames in to EVERY corner).
I really like the idea of having a touring car event and a car show at the same time, it's something I've been hoping the BTCC would pick up on, and something I'm going to investigate for my car club next season.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on World Touring Car Championship: Sonoma
I like the idea of making the back catalogue more prominent, I'd really like a "if you like this article, why not try this..." something that will take me to a similar build/same model car/same event from the past.
It'll be like when you get lost in YouTube for hours jumping in to ever more random "recommended" videos. We've all been there watching a "best business practice for ..." video one minute, the next minute you're watching monkeys drinking their own piss.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on CHANGE IS AFOOT
Great idea, gutted I can't make it to Players. Damn honeymoon, making me miss Players and TRAX!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on #joyofmachine – A Quick Look At A Fast Exhibition
I just can't get my head around the fact that this is a WEEKLY meet?! It's almost like its a sick joke that its half a world away from where I live! If I ever get anywhere near SoCal this will be top of my list of things to do.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Good Morning From Cars & Coffee
@hashtagfatlaceillestlifestyleryO @Robo_No1 Yeah, I know. Hence the crap English accent. They could have just hired a Brit, there's plenty of good British actors around. I do like him as an actor, just not sure on his accent.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rush: The Third Trailer
I honestly can't remember the last time I looked forward to a film as much as this one!? Every trailer has looked better and better. Chris Hemsworths' crap English accent still grates on me a little though.
looks great. In that colour combo it reminds me a lot of the last gen special edition TT though (the red one with black roof, bucket seats and 1.8T engine).
270BHP is pretty impressive TBH, when I first saw the article I expected something around the 220 mark with a slight tweak to the ECU or bigger turbo. I wasn't expecting forged internals. I still won't buy one though, for some reason I just don't see Peugeot as a brand for blokes. I'm not sure why but they always come across as a bit effeminate.
5 months ago on Hot Rod Peugeot: The Rcz R
Great event write up Jonathan, one of the best event coverages I've seen on here for a while (quite an achievement!). I can honestly say I didn't think I'd see AM's coming 5 abreast out of druids in this coverage!! I'm really liking the sound of this intermarque challenge. I might have a little look if AMOC hold any races a bit further north of Brands...
5 months ago on Running Amoc – Where Old Is Anything But Slow