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this car needs to tackle Pikes Peak next year!
1 week ago on From Concept To Reality:</br> The Hoonicorn RTR Build Story
absolutely not, imo. Drifting needs a racetrack, or even better, a natural flowing road. In Europe most hillclimb events come with a few drift demo runs nowadays, those excite me. That stuff above is basically the same wannabes do on an empty mall parking lot, and as interesting
1 week, 1 day ago on Is This The Future Of Drifting? <br /> Red Bull Drift Shifters
to be honest, Frank is a rather "confident" man
a ~500 kg car with a F1 derived V8, hillclimb special slicks and gears, and a CoG lower than a pebble is worlds faster and accelerates faster than Franks Lotus (as does quiet a lot of racing machinery)
I'd like to see Frank enter his car in a hillclib or time attack, just to get a sense of performance compared to similar cars.
1 week, 4 days ago on Speed Thrills Up An Old Hill:<br/> 109 Years In 22.58 Seconds
@RDS must be due to customers. Lambos attract, well, a different clientèle than Ferrari.
To keep those from killing themselves the car is setup to understeer. As a mid-engined car with a rearward weight distribution and torque split, these traits have to be implanted on purpose.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on The Ultimate Test:</br> Hakone Turnpike Vs. Lamborghini Huracán
@Babauzis Audi and VW use the same stuff under the fancy Audi covers and the not so fancy VW equivalent. And its not even meant to compete in the same league as BMW and Merc' wagons. More aimed at the (now family hatching) Euro tuner fan.
1 month ago on VW’s New Hot Rod Wagon
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Acc Vöx-style may be a bit much, clean exterior, bit lowered and a B5252 swap may be nice (and doable). One can dream (and Amazons are cheap over here)
1 month ago on The Optima Challenge:</br> Where Street Cars Go To Fight
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Acc I still dream about building an Amazon in that style, well at least as much as the TÜV allows.
I think I just decided that "Pro Touring" is my favourite style for street cars
soo much material for my background folder
close to 1,000kg in racetrim ... thats almost Lotus territory
plus a racecar with wood is an instant winner
1 month, 1 week ago on How To Sharpen A Wooden Sword:<br /> Morgan’s Mean GT3 Machine
"VRS" is what Skoda calls its sporty models ;)
2 months, 1 week ago on An AMG With The JDM Touch
Still think a RB or JZ would fit nicely into a Sagaris, or a S54 ...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Prepare For Blast Off: A Savage Sagaris
@akshaygollapalli iirc quite a bit of the chassis made it inside the AE86 too.
3 months ago on V8 Hachirockin': The Angriest 86 Ever
Cutting and rewelding a cylinder head, welll thats a new one for me.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The World’s Wildest Ford Anglia
@bananos iirc yes. I think there is some Alfa styling in this already (mostly the rear)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The All-New Mazda MX-5 Breaks Cover
@TjChannon that engine .. both the block and the heads are very well known, been raced a lot, just never screwed together ;)
I'm very dubious for that production car record tho, 8 minutes full lap may be possible, but I'm very sceptical.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on I’m Sorry, You’re Going To Do What <br />With This MGB?!
Not to mention the solution for gearbox placement in the Mondeo: The gearbox was rotated 180° on its transversal axis and its driveshafts ran THROUGH the V of the V6!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Putting The Super Back Into Touring Cars
@w3rrd yes. And don't forget time and dedication
4 months ago on Full Drivetrain Swap: The Quattro Scirocco
Ingenious idea with that FWD Porsche drivetrain, never thought about that. Come to think of, I can't remember another mid-engined FWD car besides the Renault R5
4 months, 1 week ago on Brizio’s: Building ‘Em With Pride & Style
@JamesH ...or he didn't want to answer that question
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Porsche Board Member Wolfgang Hatz Answers Your Questions
@Ksyruz @TarmacTerrorist nah, in the supercar world Hennessey is one of many "also-ran" companys, probably even after Noble and the like.
They built cars who just do one thing really good, going in a straight line, despite the known Lotus suspension scavenge.
The Koeniggsegg One:1 is a better bet in my opinion for that record (or speeds even close to it). Turn up the boost a little, sacrifice longevity and they might surpass this car even in a straight line. While being better engineered as a whole.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 290mph Or Bust:</br> Hennessey’s 1400hp Venom F5
It really depends on were you live. good luck finding a Chevy V8 in a German scrapyard, you're probably better up searching for BMW/Audi/Mercedes V8s (or V10s or V12s). Even a W12 would be easier to get here (just the bare engine, mind you).
4 months, 3 weeks ago on V8 Swapping: Choose Your Weapon
@Taryn Croucher @ChrisMcNamee the long winters make people a little crazy .. obviously in a good way
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The V8 Swap Theme Continues:<br /> Readers’ Rides
@Swede1234 @Acc thx, hurray for google translate
5 months ago on The AWD, Turbo V8, Volvo Super Amazon
so I guessed right then ;)
is there a build thread anywhere of the car? Would love to see some detail pics on the front drivetrain
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Acc there's some truth in that, guess I'm just spoiled by all that Gatebil material
5 months ago on A World Rallycross Adventure
I'd loved some more information on the car itself ... "2 litre turbos", yeah, thats been the RX formular for years. What's in that Audi, which production engine is it based on, what drivetrain, what suspension system, does it use parts from the WRC Polo and so on ... thats what this site is all about.
@speedhunters_dino @Acc or is it a Sellholm unit? The front diff must be in the middle of the sump judging from the pics, Skyline was the first of that layout coming to my mind :)
5 months, 1 week ago on The Feature Cars Of Gatebil
Golden brakes and a suspicious sticker on the front rails ... is that Amazon sporting a Skyline GTR AWD gearbox swap next to its BMW V8?
will we ever get a spotlight/featur on that Beetle-esque car seen on the Bonus Picture page? I like oddballs
5 months, 1 week ago on Attacking Snetterton – One Lap At A Time
@ovais909 @d_rav thats all nice and partly true (rotarys work best when pushed hard, Lemons racers know that), but Wankel stuff is hard to get by here in Europe. Nissan piston stuff isn't.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Rage Within The Machine:<br/> The Valtonen RX-7
@ovais909 @Speedhunters_Bryn Bryn, can you ban people?
@KennedyCao don't think they ever did downhill races. Hilclimbing is almost as old as the automobil itself, during the early days it was a success if your car was even able to reach the top (back when cars barely exceeded 20 bhp or so). It was about power, which wasn't needed for downhill so much, so races were held only uphill.
(I'm talking about hillclimbing in general)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Pikes Peak: Not Just For Going Sideways
that definitly sounds boosted. "All new", may they ditched the MZR?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Do You Hear Boost? <br />The Sound Of The 2016 Miata
delighted to see Dumas in 1st with that Norma. I'm used to see those cars in the euro hillclimb leagues, always wondered how they'd do on Pikes Peak. Decades of tarmac hillclimb experience seem to pay off.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Pikes Peak: The Mountain Doesn’t Lie
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Acc @theAught yeah that one :)
5 months, 4 weeks ago on A Skyline GT-R. Bagged. On Dubs.
@theAught @Acc if the driver likes half a meter of throw, well, not my cup.
Best shifter I've seen to date was made out of an artificial hip joint (100% titanium iirc)
That Budweiser tap is probably the most impractical interoir mod I've seen in a long time
Please tell us you at least took a look under the front of the FT-1 to get a glimpse of whatever engine might be in it
6 months ago on The Best Cars & Coffee Ever?
@ADDvanced Todays safety regulations would never allow a car with a wedge like front like the old one.
6 months ago on Return Of The SVX?
@jdmRob @kphillips9936 For Tsukaba high speed is that last thing you want (it really is a low speed track). Rallycross cars still won't do that good I guess, even with bigger/wider tires and adjusted suspension they'd understeer all over the place. But one never knows before one tries ;)
6 months, 1 week ago on Audi S1 EKS RX About To Raise Hell
@Larry Chen @Acc In performance cars they are still a dying species. I guess mostly pushed by ecological goals we get auto transmission with 7 or even 8 gears, but not much that holds up to sport car levels of power in manual form. Probably one of the reasons tuners start using diesel transmissions in their cars
6 months, 3 weeks ago on They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To…</br> Or Do They?
Good thing manual cars won't disappear so fast here in Europe, at least in small bread-and-butter cars. Like that new Renault Twingo: Rear engined, rear wheel drive, manual, space for four average people
@D1RGE But thats just how culture in general works. Your post sounds a tad hipster to me :)
6 months, 4 weeks ago on A Car Party Not For The Faint-Hearted
@AWA302 I want a big AMG sedan drift car
7 months, 1 week ago on Pick Your Weapon: The Engine Bays Of Formula Drift
@SidewaysIsMyWay rather hard to get a RB26 in the U.S I guess (but then so its the same with 20Bs)
The online world (be it Tuning, games, music or whatever) starts producing these long, absolutely beautifully done documentaries, while the TV world barely does 10 minutes per subject. Interesting to notice.
If you want to see something equally great, search for "Kei To The City" on youtube ;)
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Dream. Build. Drive.
Somehow I expect those wheels to break from the slightest bump. Not much metal holding everything together...
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Cruisin’ The Family Supercar
@FredricAasbo @Acc If you're limit on time stick to the bits with Chris Harris (and ignore After Drive)
7 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Your Perfect TV Show?
There can't be THE ultimate car show, as everyone likes different stuff. I could watch a show that follows car builds in-depth down to type of solder and welding gas. Others get bored fast by all that stuff and like car related shenigans á la Top Gear.
For me, /Drive does the best stuff atm. And I feel they do the most objective tests. Best Motoring was incredibly biased towards JDM cars, all German shows I know are towards German brands, Top Gear is not bad but doesn't dare mocking the big brands either if a car is a failure.
A Holset charger on a JDM car, thats a first for me :D
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The Masters Of Drag