donderdag 30 juni 2011
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maandag 27 juni 2011
Drag racing is about being the fastest person to go from one point to another in a straight line. Despite the lack of turns involved, drag racers still need a steering wheel to maneuver their vehicles to and from the track, and to keep the front-end pointing in the right direction when blasting away from the tree. What would happen if the tiller decided to separate itself from the steering column?
One racer found out, and was pretty lucky with the answer he received. Click past the jump to see the clip.Permalink | Email this | Comments
During the weekend's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car race at Road America, Günter Shaldach radioed his crew to report what he called "a brake issue." Shortly after that, as Shaldach's CoolTV Chevrolet Camaro was hurtling toward turn one behind Joe Foster's Florida.com Mazda RX-8, he locked up at full tilt, and plowed into the Mazda. Then it got really ugly. Shaldach continued straight through the gravel trap and tire barriers, then flew over the course fence into the outside world.
Fellow team driver Oliver Gavin later said Shaldach had pushed the brake pedal and it went to the floor, then everything simply locked up. The airborne red blur in the pic above is Shaldach's leaping Camaro, the trail of dust on the right is the Mazda. Thankfully, Shaldach got out of the car and walked back up to the track on his own. Follow the jump to see video of the incident.Permalink | Email this | Comments
zondag 26 juni 2011
zaterdag 25 juni 2011
Carl Edwards will skip the Nationwide Series race at Road America to focus on the Sprint Cup event at Infineon Raceway.
vrijdag 24 juni 2011
Jacques Villeneuve still wants to do a full season in NASCAR.
We’ll have more on the legislation once Cuomo has either signed or vetoed it. [...]
donderdag 23 juni 2011
NASCAR fined Joe Gibbs Racings three crew chiefs $50,000 each Tuesday for bringing unapproved oil pans to Michigan last week.
woensdag 22 juni 2011
dinsdag 21 juni 2011
Travis Pastrana may have jumped over to the world of NASCAR, but he clearly didn't forget how to drive a rally car. He's prepping for the upcoming 2011 X Games, and was looking for a way to show off the new livery on his 2011 Subaru WRX STI. Taking a page from the book of Block, Pastrana has decided to go with a marketing video that looks, um, awfully familiar.
Pastrana has called upon the Mad Media production company, the same crew responsible for a Ken Block clip from earlier in the year. Block's video showcased the new livery for his 2011 Ford Fiesta WRC car, as well as some scantily clad ladies, pumping music, quick focus changes and snappy cuts. The formula is clearly a simple one: Hot Chicks + Cool Cars = Maximum Views, and that's the very title of Pastrana's video.
Ken Block also produced another video to hype his Gymkhana contest, which gave him an opportunity to take a friendly jab at Travis. Pastrana is looking to return the favor, and, unless he decides to do a barrel roll with the car, our money is on the Subie to take gold at the 2011 X Games.
Check out Pastrana's shiny new WRX, and his take on the Block school of marketing in the clip posted after the jump.Permalink | Email this | Comments
maandag 20 juni 2011
zondag 19 juni 2011
Joey Logano and No. 20 GameStop Team Just Miss a Top-Five En Route to a Sixth-Place Run at Michigan International Speedway
zaterdag 18 juni 2011
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woensdag 15 juni 2011
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Villopoto Gets His First Win of the Season Baggett Puts in Strong 1-1 Finish
dinsdag 14 juni 2011
NASCAR.COM to launch first NASCAR social game
NASCAR.COM to launch first NASCAR social game
maandag 13 juni 2011
With the United States Grand Prix set to join the calendar next year in Austin, Texas, the only current stop the Formula One circus makes in North America this season is in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix. And while he was in our neck of the woods, the guys over at FastLaneDaily got a chance to meet up with Red Bull's defending champion, Sebastian Vettel.
The champ took the FLD crew for a few laps in a Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) G37 Coupe around the ICAR circuit at Mirabel airport, where we were schooled a couple of years back at the Jacques Villeneuve Academy. Surely an experience in and of itself, because young Seb is widely regarded as - and sufficiently proven to be - the best driver on the grid right now. But while they were at it, the video gurus of everything automotive got a juicy tidbit of information.
Through their two-pronged partnership with Vettel and his team, Infiniti is planning a special Sebastian Vettel edition road car. This is apparently separate from the new vehicle which RBR is reportedly developing with Infiniti, and will likely come about a little earlier, though it's not clear what markets it will be offered in. As to what the model will entail - beyond some ad-ons and special badging - remains to be seen, but we'll be keeping an eye out. In the meantime, follow the jump for the run-through with FLD's Shakedown.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Tesla is seeking another exemption for its Roadster, which ceases production later this year. According to Tesla execs, the Model S, which goes on sale in mid-2012, will have airbags that meet NHTSA standards.
Lamborghini brass say the end to the exemptions won't affect them, as all of the automaker's current models meet the latest standards. Although Lotus wouldn't confirm anything, the company likely ended production of the Elise and Exige in this country because of the exemptions' end.Permalink | Email this | Comments
zondag 12 juni 2011
Traffic deaths need to be treated as an ethical imperative to save lives, said representatives from Transportation [...]
Aileen Chen was fatally struck by a driver while riding [...]
Boost Mobile and Travis Pastrana ask fans to help Name the Weekend 3 Motorsports, 2 Cities, 1 Weekend
zaterdag 11 juni 2011
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Mazda has taken the knife to the company's Demio compact, known as the Mazda2 in this neck of the woods. Along with a minor facelift, the five-door now rocks the first production application of the automaker's direct-injection, 1.3-liter SkyActiv gasoline engine. With an astronomical compression ratio of 14.0:1 and an intelligent start/stop system that requires less fuel to re-initiate the combustion cycle, the small-displacement four-cylinder promises to be one of the most efficient mills to ever wear a Mazda badge. The company says that the Demio returned the equivalent of 58.8 mpg on the JC08 evaluation cycle.
The engine uses a range of clever tech to help with efficiency, including a cooled EGR system that helps reduce knock, multi-hole fuel injectors that help cool the combustion chamber, a uniquely designed piston, dual sequential valve timing and lighter engine internals for reduced friction losses.
Mazda hasn't released any power figures for the Demio at this point, and it's unclear whether the thrifty little 1.3-liter four-cylinder will show up in U.S.-spec Mazda2 models anytime soon. We've got our fingers crossed. Hit the jump for the full press release.Permalink | Email this | Comments