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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

16 hours, 10 minutes ago on Why Not? The Gatebil Way…

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@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.

16 hours, 43 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/node/118782

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@Edshreds  Stilo ST4 W

3 months, 1 week ago on Formula Drift Long Beach: The Streets Of Desire

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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

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£50,000 for a seven year old Mitsubishi. Yeah, a big reason to smile

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Goodbye Evo, It’s Been Fun

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@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. 



3 months, 3 weeks ago on How To Make Enemies And Upset People

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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.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on How To Make Enemies And Upset People

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@wheatgod  Pinto the engine and Pinto the car are two different animals

3 months, 4 weeks ago on From Grocery-Getting To The Grid. </br>300hp Of Escort Awesome

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@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 ago on Meeting Your Heroes.</br>Inside a Group B Legend

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@sawtooth4x4  it's 4wd. Internal combustion for the rear wheels and electric for the front wheels. Only thing dumb here is you.

4 months, 1 week ago on Fresh on American Soil: A First Look at the BMW i8

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@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

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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. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Raiders Of The Lost Park – The Best Rally Cars Ever?

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@Jonathan Moore @aussieANON  Do it! Buy one! You're gonna do it anyway so better sooner than later

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Stop! Hammer Time</br>Dream Garage Shopping At Race Retro

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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.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Stop! Hammer Time</br>Dream Garage Shopping At Race Retro

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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.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on The Purest Decision. RS or RS?

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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 ago on They Call It A Kit Car. We Call it Awesome

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Totally unexpected and totally awesome post. Thanks Dino. 


And Pandas are cool!!!

6 months ago on Cars & Coffee Done Tokyo-Style

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@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 ago on Europe Takes On Japan</br> TAS Invasion

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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

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@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, 1 week ago on No Turbos Here: The V8 Lexus RC F

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They should do something similar to Fiat 600 Multipla :D That would be even cooler

6 months, 1 week ago on Murcielago Mix-Up:<br />The Fiat That Ate A Lamborghini

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Apparently they've listened to Jony Ive and took influence from Braun into their design

6 months, 1 week ago on No Turbos Here: The V8 Lexus RC F

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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, 2 weeks ago on Sebastian Vettel’s New Grocery Getter?

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@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 ago on Should You Celebrate Paul Walker?<br />We Get Personal in Japan

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@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 ago on Dear Lamborghini, We Want Your Huracán

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@kamranexir Depends on your horsepower.. (Why can't people give up with their ancient agricultural units and convert to SI)

7 months ago on Dear Lamborghini, We Want Your Huracán

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"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

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@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, 3 weeks ago on Rally Roots: An Escort To Grow With

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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, 3 weeks ago on The Greatest Group B Car?

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@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 ago on Poll: Age Versus Experience

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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.

8 months ago on Poll: Age Versus Experience

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Where are all the Cosworths? seriously

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Boost Ruling The Roost

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He would look like such a coward if he runs away from Kimi

9 months, 1 week ago on Poll: What Alonso Does Next

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@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, 1 week ago on Have Wings, Will Fly: </br> Inside The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak

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@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.

9 months, 1 week ago on Have Wings, Will Fly: </br> Inside The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak

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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, 2 weeks ago on Toyota Builds A 420hp Yaris Hybrid

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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, 2 weeks ago on One of Five – The Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione

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Why don't they just paint the whole front end black :D

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Sport Quattro Makes A Return

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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, 3 weeks ago on ALPINA’s Return – the BMW ALPINA B6 GT3

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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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Best Of The Best: Global Auto’s Skyline Gt-r

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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..

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Best Of The Best: Global Auto’s Skyline Gt-r

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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.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Best Of The Best: Global Auto’s Skyline Gt-r

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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

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Carbon Not Dated: The Secret Zakspeed Calibra

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@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

10 months, 4 weeks ago on The Best Of The Best: Global Auto’s Skyline Gt-r

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@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.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on The Best Of The Best: Global Auto’s Skyline Gt-r

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@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.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on The Best Of The Best: Global Auto’s Skyline Gt-r

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@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.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Attack Mode Enabled: The Mi Performance E34

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@azmedaj 205 t16 was actually awd and mid-engined, but group A was won by fwd Golf in 1986

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Period Perfected: Berg Cupping In A Golf

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@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.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on That’s How We Rolls: Racing Like Royalty

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Like it a lot. Damn, it looks agressive. My first car was Alfa 75 TS with 410.000km on the clock. I drove 20.000km more before crashing it with a moose and writing it off. It was perfectly reliable and the engine was superb. The legend of the poor reliability is often just a legend

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Greatest Velocity: A 617whp Alfa Romeo Gtv

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@Seeking Perfection And nothing from Japan,US or Germany has ever been covered. Not once.

12 months ago on Intercontimental Missile: Volvo V8 Wagon Of Fun

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@Seeking Perfection It's so annoying that speehunters covers something new and fresh instead of the same old mainstream tuning industry. So annoying. How dare they cover something unique from a lesser known part of the automotive world. Seriously, how dare they..

12 months ago on Intercontimental Missile: Volvo V8 Wagon Of Fun

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@rbliberty08 European Rally Championship was indeed won by Mini in 1965 by Rauno Aaltonen and in 1966 by Sobiesław Zasada. The championship was also won by DKW 1000, Saab 93, Lancia Fulvia, all fwd. And because you seem to know not much, I can inform you that before 1973 European Rally Championship was basically the same as world rally championship. I have never owned a fwd car and probably never will, but I can give credit when credit is due and fwd obiously has certain advantages over different layouts. Now rbliberty08, shut your mouth (or keyboard) and stop being an idiot!

12 months ago on Period Perfected: Berg Cupping In A Golf

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Since you asked I have to say that I strongly disagree with the beauty of the Soarer/SC. I've always thought that it's hideous and looks like it's melted or something. Was there any mkIII Supras? I have really fond memories of them from my childhood. My dad had one and it was fast, comfortable and my go-kart fitted into the trunk :D

12 months ago on Hand-made Art: More From Toyota’s 1:5 Collection

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@terotuohimaa Oh yes i see it now. That looks pretty good actually, especially if you can get the seals to the ground. Just make a smooth diffuser into the back and it will be super. A lot of nice ideas in this build.

1 year ago on The Minority Report: A Gatebil Time Attack Build

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@TeroK I don't think it is allowed to move the firewall in Finnish time attack series. As for the aero I would suggest to duct the cooling air trough the bootlid and make that underside as smooth as possible. After all a smooth underbelly isn't that expensive modification. Also as the exhaust is is out of the way, why not make the car much lower.

1 year ago on The Minority Report: A Gatebil Time Attack Build

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I hope Bryn will find his way to Mäkelä Auto Tuning. http://www.mat.fi/

1 year ago on The Scandinavian Pick

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I think your view of the scandinavian car culture is pretty narrow, based mostly on the insane gatebil-culture. Atleast in Finland rally and rallysprint are really big and i think the best quality builds are on those circles. Ofcourse there are rules which restrict the crazyness, but you can still find higly modified ae86 corollas with 220hp from 1600cc and a lot of mr2's for example. Or how about Mitsubishi Colt with Evo running gear and 700hp or Altezza rs200 built for gravel. Also the BMW M3 e36 has become a new favourite in rally. Those things can move gravel like nothing else. There are a lot of crazy and awesome cars in Gatebil, but they mostly seem to be about excessive power. The well thought and balanced builds are mostly found from governed motorsport like rally, rallysprint, rallycross or road racing. Keep up the good work and keep those features coming.

1 year ago on The Scandinavian Pick

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I just love the look of that 29 Chevy roadster. That 29 Ford is cool too

1 year, 1 month ago on INK-N-IRON: LONG BEACH SPOTLIGHT-O-RAMA

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 @FrancescoDiGiuseppe Indy and Nascar are spec classes. Pikes Peak is pretty much unlimited.

 

F1 and LMP are within tight rules, but if you have knowledge about the cars, you can spot a lot of different and similar approaches into certain things. So I'd say that yes they do have looks. The looks are just based on packaging and aerodynamics instead of art. And if you claim that something looks like something, you should be able to give hard facts that support your opinion. For example the front structures of Audi and Peugeot were really different from each other and anyone can spot that from their looks. So you may say that this Porsche has some influence in it's fundamental design from one or the other based on how it looks...

1 year, 1 month ago on Porsche’s New Lmp Breaks Cover

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Fantastic photos!

1 year, 1 month ago on The Original And Best: <br/>Catching Up With The Players

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 @earmenau yeah. i do not get seeking attention. I thought Japanese car culture was more than that. I get function and i get aesthetics, but i do not get seeking attention for the sake of attention

1 year, 1 month ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA

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 @Chris Nuggets here is a reason for swan necks:

http://www.mulsannescorner.com/rearwingLMPCFD2009.html

 

RWB has no reasons, but attention

1 year, 1 month ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA

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 @earmenau erm.. i love cars and i love engineering, especially the creativity side of it. I don't like attentionwhoring

1 year, 1 month ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA

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 @TeroK Rice With Banana became Rice With Baron

1 year, 1 month ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA

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 @zephoto NO. That's like having a badly functioning wing in any car. Shit is shit, no matter which color you paint it.

1 year, 1 month ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA

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Wings with sole purpose to achieve reactions. And this was suppose to be a more serious track oriented build. Come on!

1 year, 1 month ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA

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Amazing article. I'm a mechanical engineering student and i've done a bit of rendering too. Mostly on coffee breaks at work where i can use a proper computer and Catia v5. I was blown away when i realized that this wasn't real. Respect Gavin!

1 year, 1 month ago on From the Ground Up – Gavin Haywood’s One-Off VW MK1 Golf LS

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 @TheExoDozzMRT  @TKimmell  @FairozAzami According to the entry list of Pikes Peak 2013 Tajima is driving the same electric car as last year. Monster Sport's website says that the Super 86 is for All Japan Dirt Trial Championship.

1 year, 3 months ago on Loeb’s New Pikes Peak Lion In The Roar

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 @ToyotaSupraMan I was about to write the same thing. Looks like the old Suzuki with new stickers

1 year, 4 months ago on Monster’s New Machine: The Super 86

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 @sean klingelhoefer  @roninlotus211 Toyota's F1, Rally and LMP cars are/were built by TMG ( Toyota Motorsport Gmbh) which is a German company.

1 year, 4 months ago on Trd Griffon Concept: The Ultimate Tuned Eight-six

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 @LouisYio it sinks

1 year, 5 months ago on Dancing On Ice, Gatebil Style

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 @jonas maurstad Didn't you know that we engineers have internet in the heaven too

1 year, 5 months ago on The Triflux

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Great article. Only one mistake: The gearbox wasn't rear mounted but centrally, between the drivers. Sorry, I'm anal about rally cars :D

1 year, 5 months ago on The Triflux

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For me the Sierra RS Cosworth is the one. My childhood hero car spitting flames from the side exit exhaust and kicking ass on track, street, tarmac rallies and sometimes even on gravel.

1 year, 5 months ago on Poll: ’80s Performance Icons

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And RWB is a copy of 993 GT2. I'm pretty sure VAD used left over RWB parts or used the same molds.

Anyway people should stop this ranting about copying this and copying that. Every form exists somewhere in nature. Stop using Apple as your lifestyle coach. 

1 year, 10 months ago on There Is A New Show In Town: It’s Called Dumpd

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SH readers have short memories...

 

"This is where Vogue Auto Design stepped in – meet Europe's first and only Rauh Welt Begriff officially sanctioned dealer and builder."

 

http://www.speedhunters.com/2011/11/car_feature_gt_gt_rwb_number_one/

 

Do you feel a little stupid now RyanKuan?

1 year, 10 months ago on There Is A New Show In Town: It’s Called Dumpd

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 @RallySportDirect JT For me that looks more like hell than a place to visit. Surveillance, congestion, tolls... now i really appreciate the freedom we have in northern Europe.

1 year, 10 months ago on The Road To A Dream Drive

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It would be nice if you could mention also the winners of the ALMS race.

1 year, 12 months ago on Week In Pictures : The Car As Art

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Millen's car was actually much further from LMP-car than Tajima's Suzuki. The Hyundai had a tube frame chassis where Monster's Suzuki used carbon monocoque. Sticker headlamps and grille seem to fool everyone.

1 year, 12 months ago on The World’s Wildest Nsx?

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Ford's performance division was Boreham not Tickford. Tickford was just a factory specialized in small batch production. The cars were developed in Boreham and assembled in Tickford. Great article and an awesome car.

2 years ago on Up Close And Personal With A ‘group A’ Great

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I really respect the fabricating skills of the builder, but it really disappoints me to always see on these kind of builds that the builder has taken inspiration and design principles from the right sources without understanding what makes those designs work. Though I have to say that the roll cage is quite well designed. Still.. the aero seems to be a pretty big mess, but I hope its still a work in progress and will improve. Best of luck for the builder and please make some decent ducting for the coolers.

2 years ago on Builds: Grassroots Carbon Bodied Mazda Mx-5

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Stian Hafsengen's Escort WRC will always be my favourite

2 years ago on Poll: The Heroes Of Gatebil

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