Connoisseur of anti-lag.
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 days, 12 hours 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!)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Liberty Walk & The 458 Challenge
Some lovely cars... but the standout car for me is unquestionably the Pantera. Such an overlooked classic!
1 month ago on Daikoku PA: Who Needs Museums?
@Matt Burgess Love that channel!
1 month 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.
1 month 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?...
1 month 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!
1 month, 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!
1 month, 2 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?...
1 month, 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!
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 2 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!
1 month, 2 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.
@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!
2 months 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!
2 months 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!)
2 months 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!
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Pikes Peak: The Mountain Doesn’t Lie
An excellent read and exactly the sort of article I come to Speedhunters for: a facet of of motoring culture that I would have never have known about otherwise. Great work!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER: </br>Meet The Sandbox RC Drifter
Great video. Like others I was hoping to see some Speedhunters content from Le Mans, is there any coming?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on We Are Racers
Arguably the greatest sounding car of the weekend, and that's pretty high praise given some of the company the Madbul had! Great to see (and hear) the car in action, hope its not the last time the Madbul comes to the UK!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on MADBUL Destroys The Goodwood Hill
Such a cool facility (and I'm rather partial to those rallycross Fiestas as well!). Shame that he has had to sever all his previous ties though: would be nice to see the Gymkhana Subaru's parked up there!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Hoonigan Racing HQ: The Video Tour
@Other Will @Onecton I believe Block bought an ex-rallycross RS200 back in 2012, the car went to the US sometime later that year and the trail has gone cold since. I have subsequently been told that the car is still being worked on: I hope it is finished and sees the light of day soon!
@mrwicksy The GRC seems have scaled back its operation this year, whereas RallycrossRX has expanded into a World Championship. At present there is no comparison between the two for me. I enjoy watching the GRC, but the World Rallycross Championship has the tracks, drivers and cars I want to see.
3 months ago on Little Rocket Ships Of X Games Rallycross
"I assumed that all rallycross was this way. It’s not of course – but I wish it was. The jump definitely adds another dimension to its already unpredictable nature." Have you ever watched rallycross in Europe Larry? Rallycross doesn't need big jumps to be highly unpredictable!Irrespective, great article. I'm glad that the GRC have reduced the grid finals from 10 to 6 as, although it was an impressive spectacle, the result at turn 1 was rarely anything other than carnage. Not too impressed with the driving from Piquet Jnr., but Scott Speed was very quick up front.
3 months, 1 week ago on Little Rocket Ships Of X Games Rallycross
Drifting is a motorsport for sure (its a sport involving motors: how is that NOT a motorsport?!), but I personally don't class it as racing. As for the cars I love to see the bonkers big power builds, but as that happens - and as the driving changes accordingly - I fear that the sport moves further away from traditional drifting and, as has been said many times, simply becomes a drag race.
3 months, 1 week ago on Is Drifting Racing?
I love this video. If I recall rightly Porsche had a "Mission 2014" banner right opposite the Audi garage last year, so this is quite a nice payback! Hard to imagine this sort of banter in "other" top level motorsports...Possibly a bit of cocky of Audi as they are rather on the backfoot for Le Mans, but they've won Le Mans under similar circumstances, so you can never rule them out. Couple more hours of work then I'm heading for Le Mans: can't wait!
3 months, 1 week ago on Shots Fired: Audi’s Welcoming Party
This was an absolutely awesome weekend: if I go to a better UK circuit event this year I'll be surprised!
3 months, 1 week ago on A Vicious Battleground
Now THAT is a serious shop. Great feature, had no idea just how big Tajima Motor Corporation is.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Behind Closed Doors:</br> Venturing Deep Inside Monster’s Lair
The idea of an AWD turbo'd Honda is definately something that interests me. Even as a casual fan of Honda though, I don't think this should wear the S2000 badge.
4 months, 1 week ago on Return Of The S2000? With AWD & Boost?
One of the forgotten cars from the Group 4 era. Lovely car and great article, keep the classic rally content coming please!
4 months, 1 week ago on Five Alive: The Volcanic Hot Hatch
Such a weapon, another monster from Tajima.
4 months, 1 week ago on The 86 That So Isn’t An 86
Not my thing, but you can't fail to be impressed by the amount of work that must have gone into this.
4 months, 1 week ago on Van Meets Spaceship. Because Japan.
@CSAlltrac I would love to see a return to Group A regulations which would force the manufacturers to produce a showroom model that reflects the rally car, however in the current economic climate that is sure to scare off more manufacturers rather than attract them: exactly what the WRC doesn't need right now!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The One That Got Away
I know many people are saying there are too many V8 swaps (and they probably have a point), but I just don't get bored of THAT sound. Superb!
Oh yeah, and great driving as well! ;)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Drifting Surfer: <br />Matt Powers Does A 360
The Group S regulations were shelved in 1987, but later became the basis for the World Rally Car regulations that came into effect in 1997.The days of Group B were numbered by 1986, even before FISA intervened mid-season. So in answer to your question "how different the World Rally Championship might be today if Group B hadn’t come to a premature end in 1986" the answer is really "not very!", as the same regulation set would still be in place.
As an aside I still personally believe that the Group A era was the best overall period of the WRC; the separation between the stage car and showroom was the smallest its ever been and the cars were still spectacular to watch.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The One That Got Away
Bastardising such a classic isn't something that normally appeals to me... but its impossible not to be impressed when the result is this well put together and so utterly mental!
5 months ago on The Joyous LaSupra Is Here
Superb article on an iconic car, great work!
5 months ago on Twin-Engined & Terrifying:</br> A Monster Suzuki
Unquestionably the RS200 for me!
5 months, 1 week ago on The Cars Of March
The return of another manufacturer to WRC is brilliant news. I personally think the WRC has been on the up the last couple of years, so this is another step in the right direction. Sadly the current regulations mean the chances of seeing a rally car reflected in a showroom model are pretty slim, but if they weren't that way then I doubt Toyota (or any of the other manufacturers) would be showing any interest in the sport at all...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Calling Carlos, Toyota Are Back!
The bar has been set pretty high with the previous builds, so I can't wait to see what this turns out like!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on You Know MADBUL And BADBUL…</br>Now Meet RADBUL
I've long been on the fence with regards to the Zakspeed kit, but it really works here. A serious transformation from its original specification, I hope you continue finding mental Mk.2 Escort builds to feature!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on From Grocery-Getting To The Grid. </br>300hp Of Escort Awesome
I think my computer monitor is broken: I read this article then felt the immediate need to throw my wallet at the screen!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Shizuoka: The World Capital of Scale Models
Love the approach they have taken with this car and the result they have come out with as a consequence, great article!
(And that Amuse system is one serious looking exhaust!)
6 months ago on Less Is More – The Overtake GT-R
@Vittorio Jano @boost me till i burst Useless Fact (apologies if you already know!): Before they were hurridly banned, the Group B regulations had been scheduled to be replaced in 1987 by Group S. After the incident(s) which triggered the banning of Group B, Group A was instead selected as the regulation car rule for the 1987 World Rally Championship.
Group S regulations were shelved at the time, but were later used as the base for the World Rally Car regulations which came into effect from 1997 onwards (and are still in use today). So the 2.0 World Rally Cars are really the modern descendant of the Group B monsters!
Although I love the Group B cars, I agree with Vittorio in that they are unique product of many different elements. Ultimately I don't believe Group B was sustainable; for example consider how hard it is to get manufacturers involved in WRC today, and that is when they don't have to have any reflection of the competition car in the showroom. Now imagine trying to get them to participate when they have to build 200 cars just to go racing!
6 months ago on Meeting Your Heroes.</br>Inside a Group B Legend
That Matchbox RS200 has a lot to answer for: I had many Matchbox cars as a kid, but the one I remember above all others is the RS200! It was the cars success in rallycross that cemented my love for the RS200, but I think Matchbox sowed the seeds.
Some excellent shots. I never tire of looking at these cars, please ignore Rod's eyebrow and continue to publish as much RS200 content on Speedhunters as possible!
I doubt there is a car enthusiast out there who hasn't lost the love at some point. Having said that, your Evo has seriously tested you!
6 months ago on Project Evo: Can Cars Be Cursed?