Connoisseur of anti-lag.
Good article. Truth be told - and as much as I love all the Group B cars - the 6R4 was underpowered when compared to its rivals of the era, hence why it was allowed to remain in competition use after the banning of Group B. It was only when rallycrossers starting strapping turbo(s) to it that it really hit its stride.
Like the RS200, it would be very interesting to see what the competitive cars would have been if the Group B regulations had been allowed for a couple more years.
4 days ago on Point & Shoot: <br/>The Intercontinental Ballistic Metro
@Chris @this.guy.said The Drive interview is what convinced me that Block was a genuine motorsport enthusiast. It's a pity some of his own PR isn't delivered in the same way as that interview, as I sure it would sway some of the die hard rally/rallycross fans who have been put off. The only Ford you would own is a GT40? Its a good call, but the GT40 is second to the RS200 on my list of Fords to own!
1 week, 3 days ago on When Is A Job Not A Job?
Great posts @this.guy.said and @Chris. Even in Europe I have lost count of how many Block t-shirts I've seen at rallies and rallycross events. His reach is far and wide, at a time when the media for the WRC is piss poor, I think that's a great thing. As said, I respect Block for being in the WRC, but I don't think he'll ever win a round (or even podium). Contrary to what some think though, I do think he has some talent. I watched him at Loheac this year and, aside from Petter Solberg, no one else was as spectacular to watch. The WRC is a whole other level though and you need to be regularly participating to have any chance of being competitive, regardless of how good you are.From what I've heard in the personal interviews I get the impression Block would agree with you guys. Unfortunately I think some of Block's PR is delivered in such a way that presents him as "the greatest ever" to the casual fan, which grates a lot of more seasoned motorsport followers.
1 week, 4 days ago on When Is A Job Not A Job?
I really enjoy work, but would I quit it to become a sponsored rally and rallycross driver?... HELL YES! Personally I'm a big fan of Block and what he does. He is being paid by sponsors to drive in the greatest motorsport disciplines (in my opinion!) in the World : that sounds pretty much like perfection to me.
It is probably a statement of the obvious, but I would say that Block's media savvy is probably his greatest strength and greatest weakness. His huge internet presence is obviously what allows him to get backing for these motorsport programmes (and I would argue it has bought said motorsports to a wider audience) but, accordingly, the way some of his marketing presents him does so in a way that alienates more knowledgeable motorsport fans. I tell everyone who gives Block grief to check out the interview Drive did with him a couple of years back. Behind the PR I think there is a genuine motorsport enthusiast, which is why I respect what he is doing.
Easier Said Than Done deserves to win at least two of those categories. Easily one of the best motorsport documentary of the last few years, I hope it gets the recognition it deserves at the awards.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on The London Motor Film Festival:</br> Who’s In?
Superb work as ever Larry, fantastic to see the WRC getting coverage on Speedhunters. Fully agree with your comments regarding watching a rally. Watching rallying does take a bit of planning to get the best out of it (which I daresay puts some people off), but its a spectating experience unlike any other motorsport. For those Speedhunters who like using a camera, rally presents spectacles you would never get to capture elsewhere (just don't be the idiot standing in a stupid place to take shots: there is one at every rally!).
Shamefully I've only been to one rally in the last 18 months: must do a better job in 2015!Oh, and love the shot of the classics filling up in the petrol station: those old monsters are thirsty...
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Rally De España: WRC Through My Lens
I'm not a big Beemer fan: but the E30 is the exception to that rule, especially when it is wearing M3 arches!Love this build: and the fact it retains OEM+ styling. Good article as well!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Smashing Tribute:<br /> The 900hp BMW M3 Clone
I have been following both the original build and rebirth of this car over on the Lotus Sport forum for some time, great to see the "new" car on Speedhunters.
I loved the Lotus in its original form - and I have to admit I was sceptical when I first read Frank's intentions for the car after its little prang - but the more I look at pictures of it, the more its new form has grown on me. Can clearly see Can-Am styling in it's new look, which is more than enough to endear it to me!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Return Of The Canyon King
This doesn't seem quite as rugged as Block's rally derived Impreza or Fiesta, but my god what a build: and what a sound!Would really like to see some views from underneath: curious to see how they have managed to shoehorn both a V8 and the AWD drivetrain into the front end!
1 month ago on The Hoonicorn RTR Exposed
Fantastic article with a true legend of motorsport.
1 month, 1 week ago on “I’m A Racer Not A Driver”<br/> You Interview Stirling Moss
@mrwicksy @Larry Chen I keep going back to that 997 article as well. In my eyes the LBW look works even better when you can see the function of the car hasn't been compromised by its new form.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Blue Shark Attack: LB Works’ Aventador
@Larry Chen @tbtstt The fact that this was only the highlight of the week (not month or even year) indicates that you get to drive too much cool stuff! There aren't many cars in the Porsche range than excite me, but the noise of a GT Porsche is hard to beat: I imagine this sounded superb on the road!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Liberty Walk That Runs
@Larry Chen @tbtstt No doubt. I personally think the car would have just as much presence if it was on coilovers set at a fixed, usable, ride height: it doesn't need to be silly low!
Would be great to see a LBW Lambo is the same vein as the LBW/BBI Autosport Porsche you recently covered.
Without meaning to instigate a comment war, I'm not so convinced that what Kato is doing is "anti-mainstream", though he clearly has the money to doing this on much bigger budget cars than others!As for the car itself, the air suspension made me cringe, but I can't deny that the overall look of the car is stunning. That blue/black combination is just superb. Excellent pictures as always!
Definite proof that Liberty Walk form doesn't have to come at the expense of function. Love the look of this and the performance speaks for itself, more cars of this ilk please!
Speed Industries GC8 Impreza for me!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rewind: The Cars Of October
@EvolveWRC Yeah, a pair of fog lamp covers would really finish the front end off:http://www.iwoc.co.uk/images/cluster/pe1/22b11.jpg
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Ripsnorting, Anti-Lagging<br />Speed Industries Impreza
Absolute Impreza perfection; the two door GC8 World Rally Cars just look that little bit harder than the 22B's, love it! (I hope there is a proper roof vent under that scoop though!). As for automotive first love: its the Impreza! First saw one (the Group A car) around the age of 14, sideways (in the hands of some bloke called Colin) with anti-lag on full chat... would dearly love to sample one of the first generation Impreza World Rally Cars myself: this looks like the next best thing!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on The Ripsnorting, Anti-Lagging<br />Speed Industries Impreza
Little disappointed in that video to be honest. Would much rather they had just left the camera on the start line to capture the sound/spectacle of the cars launching. As an aside I have really struggled to get into the GRC this year. I'm not sure if the GRC has taken a step backwards, or if the World Rallycross Championship has taken a step forward, but the GRC has seemed vastly inferior this year.
2 months ago on Red Bull Global Rallycross In The Raw
@Jonathan Moore Ha! I was shooting cars clipping the curb as they exit Westfield bend, but didn't notice you appearing to my right. Aiden Moffet completely cut the corner and got a huge amount of air exiting the turn. I panned with the hope of catching him mid-air... but got a full frame of the back of your head instead! No worries, I appreciate you're doing a job. I did notice you moved off very quickly: unfortunately Moffet didn't mess his line up again!
2 months ago on Warning: Maniac Drivers On The Loose
Great coverage and some superb shots, especially the opening picture. However, given that you totally shot-blocked me on Westfield Bend Jonathan, I'm unable to like this article!
Fantastic article. Much like a lot of aspects of Japanese car culture, decent articles on the Swedish street racing scene are few and far between: great work!
2 months, 1 week ago on Street Racing in Stockholm:<br /> Welcome To The Underground
@Gianluca FairladyZ And don't forget Ghost Rider! ;)
Great article. Long been a Noble fan, especially of the earlier cars, an M400 would definitely be in my dream garage!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Breaking The Bad, Making It Good: <br/>A Different Class Of Noble
Now THIS is car modification. OEM+ looks, the best parts from the marque and select aftermarket components, all beautifully engineered together. Superb car and great write up.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Brass Knuckles In A Velvet Glove:<br /> The Lightspeed Classic
Fascinating article and an incredible facility. Very interested to read more about their WRC plans, but I guess that will have to wait for another day...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on If You Have A Problem, If No One Can Help.<br/>Maybe You Can Hire… The TMG Team
Fantastic article! I really enjoyed the video, so great to get a little look behind the scenes.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Recoil 2: Shooting South Of The Border
Followed the build of this on the Driftworks forum, great to see the car get such a good write up on here. I've seen the DW86 on track a couple of times and it hasn't disappointed. It sounds immense and looks superb, love how they have retained the original lines and not gone for an OTT look with the body.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on V8 Hachirockin': The Angriest 86 Ever
Totally bonkers: absolutely brilliant!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Micro Machine: The Kei Drift Truck
LOVE this. The wheels aren't to my liking, but the rest of the car more then makes up for it. Great job! Having said that, I may be slightly biased as - in answer to the closing question of this article - an Exige is one of the cars at the top of my attainable dream car list.
3 months ago on Wider Than You: A Fatty Lotus Exige
Hmmm, I'm on the fence on this one as it seems like a case of form over function, but perhaps I'm jumping to conclusions...If Kato-san had done this to a "regular" 458 I would unquestionably approve: I know the look of the LB Walk cars isn't to everyone's taste, but I love how much more aggressive his cars look and this is no exception. Additionally - and again I know they are an acquired taste - but there are a handful of cars I think ducktail spoilers "work" on (I mean that in a aesthetic sense), the 458 being one of them. His choice of base car is what makes me dubious though. Parts have been added to a prepared track car as "aero", yet he has removed tested components in the process. I'm not saying that it isn't possible to improve upon something released from the factory, but the way in which he has gone about it (and the other mods you detail) makes me feel that this car has sacrificed the pure function it had in favour of form. Perhaps Kato-san should race both this and a standard 458 Challenge round the track to justify his modifications and prove me - and others with doubts - wrong! (And either way, nice article and images!)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Liberty Walk & The 458 Challenge
Some lovely cars... but the standout car for me is unquestionably the Pantera. Such an overlooked classic!
4 months ago on Daikoku PA: Who Needs Museums?
@Matt Burgess Love that channel!
4 months ago on Bonjour From St Ursanne: The World’s Greatest Hill Climb?
This is utterly bonkers: love it! I hope the "standard" cosmetics are retained as they were with the A4.
4 months ago on Full Drivetrain Swap: The Quattro Scirocco
There are many annual car shows in the UK and after doing them for a couple of years I often find myself a bit bored... but the FoS is one of the exceptions. Every year there is both quality and quantity : you can be there for the full weekend and still miss stuff!Great to read your review of the FoS. Knowing the course I was unsure how much drifting you could actually do; I was pleased to see (and hear!) you manage to tear up so much of the climb. As the first drifter to run at the FoS I thought you were a fantastic ambassador for the sport. Now we've seen the BADBUL and MADBUL at Goodwood, perhaps you can bring the RADBUL next year?...
4 months, 1 week ago on Making My Mark On Goodwood:</br> MADBUL Style
Great article and looks like a brilliant road trip. The Seven is such a timeless design and, as you say, I think Caterham have done just enough to keep it current without losing its identity. As big a fan as I am of Caterham cars though, I remain unconvinced that you can sensibly justify one - or any car of its ilk - as a daily driver. Would still love one in my garage though!
4 months, 1 week ago on 2300 Miles Of #MAXIMUMATTACK
This is awesome. I have long wanted to check out LORRS or the Baja myself and this looks like an clubman hybrid of the two.
Superb pictures as ever Larry, would be fantastic to see you turn your lens onto Baja. Make it happen!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Diggin’ In The Dirt: This Is Ultra4
@MadMike Whiddett Nice one! When I first read about this project I pictured it as a hardtop, so I'll be interested to see how close the finished car looks to how I first pictured it in my mind.
And any comment as to whether the "surprise" is a twincharged setup?...
4 months, 2 weeks ago on RADBUL:</br> Mad Mike’s New Chassis Takes Shape
This is certainly not how I picture my dream Evo... but there is no denying this is a fantastic build and certainly very different from the vast majority of Evo projects I've read to date. Look forward to seeing/hearing the full video!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Big-Boost Chevy V8 Meets Mitsubishi Evo
@Aaron_the_Azn Agreed! Excellent article and a fantastic find, but its a shame to see so many classics hoarded away from sight rather than being out on the road as they should be.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Believe It Or Not: Ferraris, Rolls, Lambos…</br> & A DeLorean Live Here
Have to admit my interest levels in this film seemed to be raised then lowered again with each subsequent news release. When I first read there was a new Mad Max coming I really wasn't keen, but the involvement of George Miller raised my interest level and, having watched the trailer, I was starting to think that this might not be the CGI fest I was fearing. Reading the comments that this is a reboot rather than a continuation has knocked my interest levels back down again though. I originally understood this to be a continuation of the original stories; seeing it as yet another Hollywood "re-imagining" has now taken a lot of the appeal out of it for me.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Mad Max Is Back
I know a lot of people are complaining about the excess of V8's at the moment, but how can you complain about an engine when it sounds like this. Pure ear porn and a car that looks like a lot of fun/a slight handful to drive!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER:</br> A Camaro Built To Corner
Even if you aren't an MX-5 fan, you know this is going to be mental! I thought this was going to be a hardtop, so I'm not sure how staying convertible is going to affect the look. Irrespective, I can't wait to read more.As for the surprise, a supercharger to aid the turbo perhaps? I have read about a few twincharged rotaries, so I believe its possible.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on RADBUL:</br> Mad Mike’s New Chassis Takes Shape
@Lachys114 World Rallycross Championship events have cars racing four qualifying heats, two Semi-Finals and one Final. All cars race in the heats. Each heat comprises of a number of heat races. There are five cars in each heat race and the aim is to post the fastest overall time. Points are awarded at the end of each heat for the fastest time. After four heats the points are added up, and the 12 highest scoring drivers go through to the Semi-Finals. There are two Semi-Final races which involve six cars and the first three cars over the line in each Semi-Final go through to the Final. Thus six cars race in the final, with the first car over the line the overall winner of the event. There are some funky diagrams explaining the above here:http://www.rallycrossrx.com/aboutIt sounds complicated when you read it, but it quickly makes sense when you watch it!
5 months, 1 week ago on A World Rallycross Adventure
@Acc Rallycross Supercar specification is something I've always struggled to find specific details of in the few years I've been following the sport. The engine block must be from a model from the manufacturers range (i.e. the block in the EKS A1 must be from an Audi model), but that is about the only limitation on the origin of engine parts. Heads, turbo etc. are all free (though the turbo inlet is restricted). Racecar Engineering did a free supplement on the 2014 World Rallycross Championship a few weeks back which is really interesting reading: http://www.racecar-engineering.com/articles/your-guide-to-the-world-rallycross-championship-2014/A lot of the information in the magazine isn't new, but it gathers a lot of data on the modern Supercars that was previously scattered around the internet (and elsewhere). Unfortunately it was published before the EKS team were on the scene, so there is nothing on their cars!
Great to see Speedhunters getting more involved with the World Rallycross Championship. The Championship has really been delivering this year and the quality and quantity of entrants seems to be rising with each event. Fantastic debut season for the EKS cars so far, look forward to seeing them in France!
Fantastic article and great to see the LM Classic getting some coverage on Speedhunters. Shame you didn't catch the Porsche 917 on circuit (still the pinnacle of endurance racers for me), though that Ferrari 312P is fair compensation: another very pretty racing car!
5 months, 1 week ago on Le Mans Multiplied:<br/> Time Travel At The Classic
You tease: seeing the picture of Stian Hafsengen's RS200 on the first page I sped through the rest of the article hoping to see a picture of it on track. As ever some seriously mental cars, really look forward to reading more on Kenneth Alm's latest weapon.(Incidentally the masses of magic trees hanging from the wing mirror is something that I've seen years ago at car cruises in the UK: not entirely sure on the point of it myself!)
5 months, 1 week ago on Why Not? The Gatebil Way…
Great snapshot of the FoS. There is so much to see at the Festival of Speed I think you could write 5 articles like this without duplicating subject material!
Mad Mike was definitely among the highlights on the hill, but for me the weekend served as a reminder as to what a massive talent Loeb is. His first time in a DS3 WRC in 6 months and he was on the pace on the forest stage from the outset. He climbs out of the DS3, into the Pikes Peak 208, then proceeds to dominate the hillclimb as well. The IMSA RS200 was my pick of the lower paddock. I have seen a few pictures, but I was unprepared for just how wide the real car is. Shame that neither it, nor Pat Doran's RS200, were running: something to look forward to next year though!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Noises, The Sounds: The Festival
Excellent article and stunning photos (as ever) Larry. Glad to see some Pikes Peak coverage on Speedhunters, as the output from the official site seems to have been very patchy this year. Was hoping to see some shots of the Mach 2 RS200, but I gather it didn't fare very well this year.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Pikes Peak: The Mountain Doesn’t Lie