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What kind of roads are used in American rallies? Looks unusually high for a rally car. Is it common to ride that sort of suspension setups or is it just for the Safari aesthetics and organising duties? Rad looking car anyway and must be a fun thing to drive
2 weeks ago on Built For The Dirt – Jon Rood’s Rally-Prepped RA64 Toyota Celica
2 door sedan is not a coupe. 262C is the only 200-series Volvo coupe. Just wanted to point that out.
Cool Volvos. Especially that blue striped touring car brings back some childhood memories of watching flame spitting Volvos and Ford Sierras battle it out.
2 weeks ago on Brick Heaven: <br />Our Top Volvo 240 Picks From Elmia
Russians should license this coupe model too and continue the production of the old Lada :D Maybe with the twin cam engine this time
1 month ago on Not Your Typical Hot Rod
@kudason @Vittorio Jano Of course motor racing started of as a sport for the rich folks and it still very much is just that and I have no problem with it. Usually gentleman racer refers to a rich guy who funds the team and in endurance racing also shares the car with a young talented driver. Somehow i prefer that kind of approach to motorsport to these all inclusive driving days by Ferrari and now McLaren.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Harder, Faster, Lower:</br> The McLaren P1 GTR
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Vittorio Jano Yeah, of course it's about personal preference, but with all the references about their racing heritage I'd say that racing is a bit more relevant alternative for this McLaren country club than buying a Spanish village (I think you could get a whole town nowadays :D). Maybe it's just my competitive nature or my utter disdain for 5 star pampering, but to me these kind of exercises seem ridiculous compared to proper gentleman racing. Just my two cents.
I don't get these racecars for not racing. You could buy a lmp2 or a GT car and run a season for this price.
@JimBeaf Ford invented the family sports car in the 60's. The Lotus Cortinas and Escorts of the 60s were legends when they were born and the various RS models have been carrying the torch for affordable fun cars ever since.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Production Ready At Last:</br> Honda’s 306hp Civic Type R
Prius hybrid system would be cool for a cruiser
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Project Crown: A Long Overdue Update
Maybe the coolest car ever on SH! Spent my childhood watching videos of Mikkola and Vatanen sliding these around.
Here's something for people who appreciate rally cars going sideways:
2 months, 4 weeks ago on From Luxembourg With Love:<br /> Driving The Wengler Racing RS1800 BDA
Bryn you are turning this car blog into proper journalism. Big thumbs up! You should've taken more pics of that W123 in the first picture. The scene is perfect for that old workhorse
3 months ago on The Oddest Car Park In The World?
@Project 350ZTT Propably catalytic converters
3 months ago on Standing Out At Tokyo Auto Salon
@Grand Mighty Smaller package, less weight, less internal friction... what's the downside?
3 months, 1 week ago on The Ford GT Is Back
@Mahfoodh The number of cylinders is not only about marketing and sound. It's a compromise of internal friction, bearing loads, weight and packaging. Small displacement v8 and v12 engines were used in the past to make them stand high revs better without the engine disassembling itself due to poorer materials and manufacturing techniques.
So they have a race with Audi for who has the most grille on the front...
3 months, 1 week ago on The New NSX: Concept No More
@night I read a 1980's magazine article about Japanese car culture and it said that they just like random English words on their cars. The writer considered it quite ridiculous and there was some pictures of wheels as an example. i think there was a picture of SSR wheel with that weird "Racing machine supports the creative room to develop the goods"
3 months, 2 weeks ago on This Is A Drift Car:</br> Halloween Racing S13
Would someone care to further elaborate how that curious tailpipe design saves weight? I've seen some endurance racers route their exhaust to the right side of the car or run silencers only on the left side, because the noise levels were measured from the left side of the track. Something similar going on in here?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Swedish Muscle:</br> A 1,200hp Time Attack ‘Vette
@speedhunters_dino @Emptypie It's actually crystal
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Most Powerful Rolls-Royce Ever
I'd like to see some 80's and group B vibe here. The roof especially would fit into that. Maybe radiator on the back and some RS200 style cuts in the rear screen. No diffuser and totally open up the rear bumper area. Lancia Speedline wheels maybe and lot's of holes in the front a'la Audi. Graphics should be quite simple too, maybe something like the 1986 group A golf. And also red Sparco seats with red Sabelt harnesses
5 months ago on The Golf Mash-Up Build: Part 2
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Triple Boost: Volvo’s 450hp 2.0L Four
@ToyotaSupraMan They are legal in the US, but definitely illegal in Finland
6 months, 2 weeks ago on An Audi That Hates Corners
The M12 looks like a modernized Ford RS200. I like it a lot
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Breaking The Bad, Making It Good: <br/>A Different Class Of Noble
@auron Hey, we are consuming 1,5 times more than we should globally and 3-4 times more in the first world. Obviously things are going to change in the future and the only thing that may save even some parts of our car culture is the eco-friendly "trend". An Italian V12 is a glorious thing to behold but it's a thing of the past just like steam engines. Hanging on to the past is not going to make us go forward.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on If Monster Tajima Built An Electric Car…
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Scion Tuner Challenge Livery: <br/>The Choice Is Yours!
Cool article as always Jonathan. Fun fact, the letters K-AM in the plates of the rally cars stand for Köln-Andersson Motorsport. I hope they will continue the tradition as a homage to Ove Andersson and his work.
7 months ago on If You Have A Problem, If No One Can Help.<br/>Maybe You Can Hire… The TMG Team
@UWerqxTeam_MJ Well, you can't. At least not for a couple of years. And after that it depends on their policy. For example M-Sport can sell or lease you a Fiesta WRC, but the pure factory teams may not give their cars to outsiders apart from few selected satellite teams. It's all about their business model and the will of the parent company.
@speedhunters_dino @EmmaMacki I've understood that in British English you can use "Japs" but not in American English. Don't know for sure though. But to me the use of Japanese military flag shows the same kind of bad taste as Nazi or Soviet Union flags. Though this car is a festival of bad taste so maybe it's fitting (tongue-in-cheek).
7 months ago on One Pissed Off Bat:</br> The LB Works Murciélago
Isn't that the 510 2 door sedan? Coupe's rear end is different.
7 months ago on Reason Enough – Dominic Le’s 1971 Datsun 510 Coupe
@CSAlltrac Ford, MB, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Abarth, BMW, Porsche...
You seem to have a very limited scope
7 months, 1 week ago on Tunnel Vision: Time Travel With Toyota
Classic GT proportions. Love it! Hated the SLS, but this looks way better. It's always nice to see engine that far back.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on One Hot V8:</br> The New Mercedes-AMG GT
One car forever. Easy. Mercedes Benz 220D W123 in red
8 months, 2 weeks ago on The Last Car You’ll Ever Need?
"I reckon they should have a four-wheel drift competition in the future"
Aren't they allowed in the breisladd competition anymore? It's even been won by a 4wd car in the past
9 months ago on Why Not? The Gatebil Way…
@Jackb1098 Finnish customs busted an air container in an airport. Train going from Finland to Ukraine with American weapons on board would be quite curious anyway because it would have to go trough Russia. The air container came from Vietnam and was heading to Ukraine. Officials have announced nothing about the contents of the container except that it was weapons and illegal.
Please stop your propaganda and try to stick to facts.
9 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/node/118782
@Edshreds Stilo ST4 W
1 year ago on Formula Drift Long Beach: The Streets Of Desire
That silver 510 looks more like a coupe than a sedan. Any more pictures of it? It looks pretty sweet.
1 year ago on Hunting The Uncommon At Common Snapper
£50,000 for a seven year old Mitsubishi. Yeah, a big reason to smile
1 year ago on Goodbye Evo, It’s Been Fun
@PaddyMcGrath @Vittorio Jano Didn't mean to sound too negative about this car. What I meant was that people shouldn't get too emotional about mass produced goods (17000 units counts). There were over 2 million e30s made and over 17000 of them were M3s. Hardly a unique piece of art then. So my point is that no matter what the owner of this car does to it, it isn't worth of anyone's hate. I have to say I find this "f*ck u purists"-attitude quite childish.
About the engine. It's just my personal opinion that I would prefer a lightweight and especially short four cylinder engine instead of a long (but glorious, of course) six cylinder. I happen to be one who worships balance, elegance and efficiency and I base my opinion on that. Of course your opinion may differ and you for example may prefer brute force and that's totally ok. It is quite irrelevant if someone has done something before.
1 year ago on How To Make Enemies And Upset People
I think it looks pretty cool, but i'm not a big fan of the heavy lump of an engine nor the audio. No reason for hating though. In the end it's just another mass produced marketing exercise.
@wheatgod Pinto the engine and Pinto the car are two different animals
1 year, 1 month ago on From Grocery-Getting To The Grid. </br>300hp Of Escort Awesome
@boost me till i burst Apart from the engine placement the WRC cars aren't that far from the group B in terms of being wild. Also the rule to build 200 pointless road cars that nobody wanted to buy was ridiculous and would be hard to sell for manufacturers if you compare it to WRC rules. The leaps in transmission and suspension technology would have eventually made the group B cars more sophisticated (read boring) just like the WRC cars of today. Group B just happened to exist in unique place in time where the available technology and surrounding society allowed the cars and the sport to be outrageous and it will never happen again.
1 year, 1 month ago on Meeting Your Heroes.</br>Inside a Group B Legend
@sawtooth4x4 it's 4wd. Internal combustion for the rear wheels and electric for the front wheels. Only thing dumb here is you.
1 year, 1 month ago on Fresh on American Soil: A First Look at the BMW i8
@InnerToxicity Alpina had blistered fenders, but this car here looks like a Turbo
1 year, 1 month ago on Hunting The Exotic And Rare:<br/>The Hidden Treasures Of Kyoto
Could you cover some European Historic Rally Championship events? That would be so cool.
BTW that's a group 4 Ferrari not group B. Henri Toivonen used to drive one and his co-driver Seppo Harjanne told that the car went like hell on straights but just wouldn't turn and it was useless on gravel. Quite a few replicas has been built recently by Mäkelä Auto Tuning and those cars are freaking amazing.
Group B always gets all the hype but I must say I prefer group 4. Think about it, Escort RS, 131 Abarth, Stratos, Chevette, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, TR8, 911 etc.
1 year, 1 month ago on Raiders Of The Lost Park – The Best Rally Cars Ever?
@Jonathan Moore @aussieANON Do it! Buy one! You're gonna do it anyway so better sooner than later
1 year, 1 month ago on Stop! Hammer Time</br>Dream Garage Shopping At Race Retro
Oh that Shamal is sexy. And the Jolly Club Escort Cossie. And all the Alfas... Damn, everything in this post is fantastic. Though I'm a bit disapointed that you choose to have that E Type on foreground instead of the Elan or Dino in the same picture.
Lovely pair of Porsches. Would be even better in white. By the way there is actually one more Mezger engined 911: The 991 RSR. So if you're a collector and there is money burning on your pockets, get one before they are all destroyed on race tracks.
1 year, 1 month ago on The Purest Decision. RS or RS?
When I hear the words "kit car", the first thing that comes to my mind is 90's F2 rally cars. And that sure is an overwhelmingly positive image.
1 year, 3 months ago on They Call It A Kit Car. We Call it Awesome
Totally unexpected and totally awesome post. Thanks Dino.
And Pandas are cool!!!
1 year, 3 months ago on Cars & Coffee Done Tokyo-Style
@JDMized Cool wheels and thanks for the info!
It's just baffling that it's taking so long for carbon fiber wheels to take off. Speedline produced prototypes for Lancia in the 80's. The only reason I can come up with is the rules in motorsport that prevent innovation.
1 year, 3 months ago on Europe Takes On Japan</br> TAS Invasion
Kia should buy Saab and make this the new Saab Sonet. I don't know why, but this just looks like a Saab to me.. in a really really good way
1 year, 3 months ago on GT4 Stinger: Kia’s Answer To The FR-S
@FunctionFirst @Aisakey @Vittorio Jano It's not the angle. It's the proportions. The front overhang is way too long. Common problem with almost all modern cars. Usually the designers try to hide it by making the nose really round, but that only works for one angle (2nd pic). Also the bonnet line is really high on the front thanks to pedestrian safety.
1 year, 3 months ago on No Turbos Here: The V8 Lexus RC F