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@dragulanj Vorsprung durch technik.I guess you'd also like it to have a carburettor with manual mixture control, and a lever to advance/retard the ignition - after all letting a computer do the job for you is no fun.Leaf springs, friction dampers and solid rubber tyres on wooden wheels are probably on your list of requests to 'separate the men from the boys' too?Even proper race cars haven't used manual boxes for well over a decade now. Like Bob Dylan said: "the time they are a changin'"
6 months, 1 week ago on Audi Builds A Monster For Wörthersee
@David__VDB I have to disagree with you. Group A rules requiring large numbers of quite specialised road cars to be built meant that many more of us got the chance to get behind the wheel of something turbocharged, four wheel drive and with the potential to shame supercars.Lancer Evo's, Impreza WRX's, Escort Cosworths, Celica GT-fours and Delta Integrales are just a few of the awesome (and readily available for not much money) road cars that would not exist if it weren't for Group A being adopted as the top class after the end of Group B.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The One That Got Away
The gearing doesn't affect how hard it is to push a 962, but the spool (no differential) and big slicks will.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on The Look Of The Irish: A Year In Review
@MartinHsson Source for that comment about the double clutch gearbox? I've not seen anything to suggest twin clutch boxes were used in Group B rally (Porsche developed the first twin clutch gearbox for sportscar racing, starting in '81 and having a reliable race winning version by '85 (more than anything to prevent the chance of a driver missing a gear and over reving the engine)).Perhaps you are confusing the term "double clutch" meaning rev-matching used with dog engagement (non synchromesh) gearboxes?A very cool video, nevertheless.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on The Greatest Group B Car?
I think the arches are perfect and I like the clean look at the rear too. But as a few other people have mentioned the front end would suit the fd's shape more if the inlets were a little softer. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for the livery too.
1 year, 1 month ago on Generation Next: </br> The Rocket Bunny x MadMike FD3S
@Mike Garrett @tomok I always took it as a visual metaphor, because the enjoyment us car geeks get from standing around in the cold/dark, discussing the potential of the latest 3076hta or whatever, doesn't translate well to the screen, and to non-car geeks in particular.
1 year, 1 month ago on Initial D: How A Silly Cartoon Changed My Life
@Teela Came here to suggest this. Every photo should be clickable to get a fullsize version, oftentimes there's a detail in a shot I'd really like to check out up close.
1 year, 2 months ago on CHANGE IS AFOOT
@RodChong @TheFlash05 The pre-evo 993 GT2 was pretty successful though, class wins in 7 out of 11 rounds of the '96 Global GT series, class wins at LeMans in 96 and 97. They still managed 3 Global GT wins in 97 against the vipers, and a single win in 98.The Taisan team won GT2 class in the jgtc too.
1 year, 2 months ago on Poll: The Greatest 911 Race Car?
@Popcorn123456 I think you miss the point. The 911 turbo is a car that offers supercar performance whilst still being docile and practical (and reliable) enough to use on a daily basis.As for the need to "pay the bills", Porsche makes less than 25% of it's annual profit from selling cars...
1 year, 6 months ago on The New 911 Turbo Is Here
@reno808 How is this hacked up? There's nothing on this car that couldn't be put back to stock if the owner desired.
1 year, 6 months ago on MGAWOT II: A 1500hp GT-R Street Car That Runs 8s
No one else noticed the centrelock wheels? (ala 997 GTS and 997.2 GT3).2.9 sec 0-60mph for the turbo S is staggeringly quick!
Is that Richy's Cedric in the second to last pic?
1 year, 6 months ago on Project Z: From The Beginning
Oddly enough Porsche built nearly twice as many 956/962 racers as McLaren did road and race F1's put together.Still an awesome car, though I remember being quite annoyed that it had dethroned my newly adopted favourtie supercar, the Jaguar XJ220 as the fastest production road car.
1 year, 7 months ago on Speedhunters Meet The Mclaren F1 Lm
I agree, I think most people are assuming it's the same as driving the early 2000's automatics that had paddles added to make them "sporty". Proper automated manuals (R8, 599) and twin clutch boxes (991, SLS, rs4, rs5) are a world away from the crappy tiptronic rubbish of old.
I love manual transmissions, but having driven all of the above cars (I work at a Porsche/Audi dealership) I don't think a single one would be better to drive spiritedly with a manual box. Full throttle upshifts faster than you can blink, rev matched downshifts, not having to take your hands off the wheel! Not once have I gotten out of one and thought "I wish that had 3 pedals".
1 year, 7 months ago on Poll: Fast Or Fun?
Brilliant article about an amazing car.
It's too young and powered internal combustion to be steam punk though, Diesel punk definitely!
1 year, 10 months ago on The 564hp Steam Punk Speed Freak
@Larry Chen The rumble when you're just cruising, the roar when you give it a boot full and the pops and crackles on overrun, perfect.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dream Drive Sls Amg: A Diamond In The Rough
Buy a new car/project to replace the one that was stolen 6 months ago.
1 year, 10 months ago on Poll: 2013 Automotive Resolutions
Amazing photo's, love your work as always.That gas price is per litre not gallon though. Oh, and the 63 engine is actual 6.2Litre.I had the good fortune to get to drive a gullwing SLS for work last year, truely an amazing bit of kit, almost worth the asking price just for the noise IMO.
@Ace2cool @450bill I certainly think that shooting the revival on film rather than digital would've fitted nicely with the period feel of the event. But given it's harder to get the result you're after with film without a significant amount of experience (not saying d-slr's are point and click, but limited number of shots + not being able to instantly check the results is more challenging) we could've ended up with a much shorter post.
2 years, 2 months ago on L’atmosphere At The Revival
@MaxMotter A well reasoned response. Though an AC/Shelby Cobra is perhaps the definitve example of big American V8 engine into a lightweight British Chassis and it certainly has soul! A very different soul to the original AC Ace certainly, but a soul nonetheless.
I agree that for a swap to be successful all other aspects of the car need to be considered/modified as well as the engine swap itself.
2 years, 2 months ago on Poll: The Engine Swap Debate
Where I grew up it was more common to see KE70 Corolla's with Rotary engines than with the original Toyota motors, nowadays they'll stick 'em into anything. Anything goes for sure.
@Jmayhem Have you actually driven a 991?
2 years, 2 months ago on Poll: The Greatest Porsche 911 Generation
If you'd asked which was my favourite I'd've said the '73 Carrera RS, but as you asked which was the "greatest" the answer has to be the 991, it's faster*, comfier, handles better and is more usable than any of it's predecessors.
*Not neccessarily in a straight line, but certainly round a track. The 991 Carrera S laps the Nurburgring quicker than the 997.2 GT3
@Ikazuchi @Melvin H Or buy used wheels and refurb them. I've had 3 sets of Enkei's and a set of Work's for less than any one of those sets would've cost new.
2 years, 2 months ago on Poll: Knockoffs & Replicas Vs. The Real Deal
@Ikazuchi @bakayaru Very much so. It's ironic that people will buy a fake Takata harness that has never passed any safety tests when they could get a genuine FIA approved harness from a brand that isn't "cool" for less money.
Company B making a similar looking wheel/part to company A and selling it under their own brand isn't the problem.Company B making a close to identical looking wheel/part, branding it with company A's logo and selling it as if it was produced by company A is.
Not automatic, R-tronic. Electronically shifted Sequential manual gearbox.Why? Because they are faster.
2 years, 2 months ago on A Late Night In Stockholm With A Carbon R8
@Option86 I did. Commentary from someone who knows what they are talking about is much more worthwhile to read than the other 40 replies consisting of: "it's wierd/ugly/gay looking"
2 years, 4 months ago on The World’s Wildest Nsx?
Any chance of pairing photos of engine bays with a photo of the car from the outside in future posts? It would make the "you'll never believe what was under the hood" remarks easier to follow...
2 years, 4 months ago on The Right Way, The Wrong Way, The Gatebil Way
TWR didn't run the prototype that finished first overall in 96 and 97. They built the chassis originally to house a Jaguar engine, but the car was modified to use a Porsche engine and run by the Joest team (who also won overall in 84 and 85 in a Porsche 956 and now run Audi's factory Lemans efforts.
2 years, 4 months ago on A Trip Through Time At The Le Mans Museum