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"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
6 days, 13 hours 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.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/node/118782
@Edshreds Stilo ST4 W
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Hunting The Uncommon At Common Snapper
£50,000 for a seven year old Mitsubishi. Yeah, a big reason to smile
3 months, 4 weeks 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.
4 months 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
4 months 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months 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
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
6 months, 1 week ago on They Call It A Kit Car. We Call it Awesome
Totally unexpected and totally awesome post. Thanks Dino.
And Pandas are cool!!!
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 1 week 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
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on No Turbos Here: The V8 Lexus RC F
They should do something similar to Fiat 600 Multipla :D That would be even cooler
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Murcielago Mix-Up:<br />The Fiat That Ate A Lamborghini
Apparently they've listened to Jony Ive and took influence from Braun into their design
More like F1's mobidly obese distant relative. Slapping a sticker on to a F1 car isn't quite enough to turn this horrid creation into a sports car.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Sebastian Vettel’s New Grocery Getter?
@Arnaud Klingboarder Looks like Diablo VT 6.0 with the centre of the front bumper painted black to make it look more like the GT. So it's the first Lambo under Audi ownership but still just a refreshed Diablo
7 months, 1 week ago on Should You Celebrate Paul Walker?<br />We Get Personal in Japan
@koko san Lamborghini has always been a forward looking company. Why should they make a retro model? Makes absolutely no sense. What they should do is reinvent supercar like they did with Miura and Countach but haven't made ever since
7 months, 1 week ago on Dear Lamborghini, We Want Your Huracán
@kamranexir Depends on your horsepower.. (Why can't people give up with their ancient agricultural units and convert to SI)
"the Bag Riders BMW achieved what it set out to do: command attention" Haahahaha... Sorry, not hating or anything but i just watched South Parks F-Word episode and this sentence was just too much LMAO
7 months, 3 weeks ago on A Walk On The Wide Side:</br>The Bag Riders E92
@dovvv Not all learners are useless behind the wheel. Also underpowered rwd cars are usually very predictable and they start sliding very progressively which helps a lot and especially teaches the driver. Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts have always been considered as the perfect first car for a driver that wants to improve.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Rally Roots: An Escort To Grow With
For me the RS200 is a no brainer. It didn't have time to prove itself on rally but later rallycross performance showed it's true potential. In many ways the RS200 represented the next generation of group B. Packaging was highly innovative with the gearbox in the front. Also the kevlar chassis and the looks are on another level compared to the competition.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on The Greatest Group B Car?
@maxproof @Vittorio Jano I'm not saying that nordic people in general are any more talented than people elsewhere. The amount of Finnish drivers in F1 is more about culture and popularity of the sport. The point is that both Denmark and Finland have about 5,5 million people, so they are very small markets. Since nationalism plays a huge role for an average viewer in high level sports, the sponsors would prefer drivers from bigger markets. Good example is from last year when Slim (the rich guy) just announced that Sauber must hire a Mexican driver. I've also read a lot of speculation, that Massa is still in Ferrari only because Brazil is Santander's biggest market.
8 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Age Versus Experience
I think it's pretty normal for a team to have an experienced driver alongside a young driver and both of these teams are heading this direction. It's also pretty cool that both teams are trusting nordic drivers, which shows that there is still room for drivers who bring talent instead of money.
Where are all the Cosworths? seriously
9 months ago on Boost Ruling The Roost
He would look like such a coward if he runs away from Kimi
9 months, 1 week ago on Poll: What Alonso Does Next
@ssbeane @Vittorio Jano C/C brakes need to get hot before they start to work well, so they don't work on road cars. Carbon ceramics (usually silicon carbide) are a development of c/c and work much better on road cars
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Have Wings, Will Fly: </br> Inside The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak
@ssbeane F1 cars and aeroplanes have been using carbon-carbon-composite brakes for over 30 years. C/C is basically carbon fiber in graphite matrix. C/C's advantages are low weight, resistance of high temperatures and thermal shocks and low coefficient of thermal expansion.
Hot hatches are about fun, handling and practicality, not about embarrassing anyone. 80s are over and not coming back. If you want noisy unrefined little fun car, just go and buy used 205 GTI and stop whining.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Toyota Builds A 420hp Yaris Hybrid
The reason why they never raced this was simply because there was not enough interest for group B track cars. This and 959 were both conceived for track not rally, although 959 was used in Paris-Dakar.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on One of Five – The Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione
Why don't they just paint the whole front end black :D
10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Sport Quattro Makes A Return
I don't get why everybody hates Bangle. I find his works as modern classics and the whole Bangle-era as a necessary leap to the new millenium from the blandness of the 90s.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on ALPINA’s Return – the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3
Well, you have to weld strenghtening plates into the chassis. And that's not even the main case here. It's about welding or bolting the tubes together, where bolting is in any case an inferior method.
11 months ago on The Best Of The Best: Global Auto’s Skyline Gt-r
That just proves my original point. The only plus side of a bolt in cage is the ease of assembly. In any case with a bolt in cage you end up with as much or even more welds than you have in a welded cage and a lot more connections, which is never a good thing. You are making less and less logic and logic is the thing we engineers do..
How on earth are you constructing the bolted cage without welds? To make the flanges for the bolts you end up with more welds in the same places where the welds are in welded cages.
Amazing. This car is so mechanically beautiful. Everything is right. Btw one of my most prized posessions happens to be the front wing of JJ Lehto's Calibra that was used in Helsinki Thunder ITC-race. Lots of scrapes from the bumpy street circuit. Thanks for the feature Bryn
11 months ago on Carbon Not Dated: The Secret Zakspeed Calibra
@Kevski Style @Kevski @speedhunters_dino @andrewhake A few points: 1. Strenght of the bolt is not the strenght of the joint. 2. Bolt-in-cage is pretty hard to create without welds, so the argument about welds not being strong is totally irrelevant. 3. The only reasoning for a bolt-in-cage is the ease of assembly
@Kevski Style @Kevski @speedhunters_dino @andrewhake Not momentum, torque. One bolt joint does not carry torque. Like a suspension arm joint. It let's the arm rotate freely. A structure made of joints like that acts in totally different way than welded structure. Again think about if the suspension arm was welded to the chassis. It would not rotate, because the weld carries torque. Bolt in cage is a pure truss, welded cage is not.
@Kevski Style @speedhunters_dino @andrewhake Bolt in and welded in cages work in very different manners. Bolt joint does not carry moment (=torque) which means that the tubes only carry compression/tension. That makes the math a bit easier and reduces costs. Welded cage is much more rigid but more expensive to build. Japanese tuning industry seems to be producing parts that are easy to use by average enthusiast with little skills. So, bolt in cage is an easier product to sell to the masses, but inferior to welded one in serious use.
@st3althr @TrentonLabansky @Nicholas J OGara
If your Z is track car, go for Alcon, AP or similar. But if it's a street car (and z refers to 350z), i would suggest just to upgrade the pads, discs and fluids. Usually big brake upgrades in steet cars seem to be for looks, which is pretty sad. Wilwoods are known to be cheap and flexible, but Americans seem to like the brand for some reason.
12 months ago on Attack Mode Enabled: The Mi Performance E34
@azmedaj 205 t16 was actually awd and mid-engined, but group A was won by fwd Golf in 1986
12 months ago on Period Perfected: Berg Cupping In A Golf
@SuzyWallace @Luigi666 I don't think you need to change the name in the future either. Scandinavia and Nordic are often used as synonyms and atleast most Finns don't care which word is used. Also both Finnish and Swedish rally drivers have always been referred as Scandinavian drivers.
12 months ago on That’s How We Rolls: Racing Like Royalty