zondag 16 oktober 2011

Video: Real-life Mario Kart hits the streets of Japan

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It may not be as hilarious or silly as Rémi Gaillard's real-life Mario Kart experiment, but the idea of dressing up as everyone's favorite Italian plumbers and hitting the streets in go-karts has made its way to Japan. The folks at Japanese website Cliccar donned their best Mario and Luigi costumes, hopped in a pair of go-karts and hit the streets, drawing huge crowds in the process.

The Cliccar folks raced street-legal X-carts, which cost around ¥379,800 (about $4,900 based on current exchange rates), and are capable of speeds up to 35 miles per hour, or even 50 mph when tuned properly.

Follow the jump for over three minutes of real-life Mario Kart action, Japanese style.

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Real-life Mario Kart hits the streets of Japan originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 15 Oct 2011 18:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/10/15/real-life-mario-kart-hits-the-streets-of-japan/

Narain Karthikeyan

Vettel under investigation in Korea

Sebastian Vettel is under investigation for having cut through a corner during qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver cut out Turn 5 during one of his slowing-down laps in the final qualifying segment.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/vettel-under-investigation-in-korea/

Tony Gaze

Michael Waltrip to Honor DW at Talladega

Photo on the hood taken after Darrell’s first Sprint Cup victory at Nashville Speedway in 1975.CORNELIUS, N.C. - Two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip owns 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Talladega Superspeedway, but he’ll reach back into family history when he makes his 766th start on Oct. 23 at the Alabama track. With the...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2011/sprintcup/10/14/michael-waltrip-to-honor-dw-at-talladega/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=michael-waltrip-to-honor-dw-at-talladega

Terrence Lee Labonte

zaterdag 15 oktober 2011

Patrick tops first Vegas practice

Danica Patrick topped the opening practice session for this weekend's IndyCar season finale at Las Vegas.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/indycar-news/indycar/patrick-tops-first-vegas-practice/

Copart Ford

BMW to Reveal New 3-series With Streaming Event This Friday

Put it on your calendars, BMW geeks. Friday, October 14 is the day we all get to see the new F30 3-series, a car that will head to production before the year is out. The event is scheduled to happen at four in the afternoon at the factory in Munich—that’s 10 AM Eastern, 7 AM [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/caranddriver/blog/~3/qqdFzvLftDU/

Robert Allen Labonte

Ford Confirms No Hybrid Model for All-New 2013 Ford Escape

Mixed in with powertrain details for the all-new 2013 Escape, Ford’s head product man, Derrick Kuzak, made a quick, passing reference to moving the (Escape’s) hybrid tech to the five-passenger C-Max, a model which will be available exclusively with hybrid or all-electric powertrains. A quick check with a Ford spokesperson confirmed that this means the [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/caranddriver/blog/~3/Rs1qgP9PI5Q/

Dick Gibson

Turner back in Victory Lane at Mosport

After watching three different drivers take top spot in the first three events of the Red Sox Racing League’s 2011 Season 3 schedule, defending league champion Les Turner returned to winning form when the series visited his favorite track for the “Fall Festival F1 GP at Mosport”.  Mosport has always been a great home track for the talented Canadian and this week was no different.  Turner has always been fast and clean at the hilly road course located in Bowmanville, Ontario Canada.  Mosport’s 2.45 mile layout includes several severe elevation changes and ten corners with varying degrees of difficulty.  Repaved in 2003, the track was widened to allow for more side-by-side racing and additional passing zones for the daring.  The track has hosted a variety of series since racing began [...]

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/iracing-news/turner-back-in-victory-lane-at-mosport/

Ukyo Katayama

vrijdag 14 oktober 2011

Ray LaHood Won’t Stay at USDOT Past 2012

LaHood stood behind NYC Transpo Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at a bicycling event today in DC. Photo: Darren Flusche, League of American Bicyclists

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told the LA Times today that he’s a one-term secretary. Don’t expect him to serve during President Obama’s second term, if there is one, or to run for any other [...]

Source: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/10/13/ray-lahood-wont-stay-at-usdot-past-2012/

Kyle Thomas Busch

Domenicali: Costa was no scape-goat

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali says former technical director Aldo Costa was no scape-goat, denying firing the Italian was more an emotional than a rational decision.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/domenicali-costa-was-no-scape-goat/

Z Line Toyota

Alonso out to ‘enjoy’ final four races

Fernando Alonso says he is not too interested in finishing runner-up in this year's championship, and claims he will try to enjoy racing as much as possible in the final events of the year. The Ferrari driver is currently in third place in the standings, having dropped behind McLaren's Jenson Button, who is now eight points ahead with four races to go.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/alonso-out-to-enjoy-final-four-races/

Zaxby s Chevrolet

Schuett, Ruokola Pace iRNC at Summit Point

The second half of the 2011 Season 3 inRacingNews Challenge opened just as the first half did: with a visit to the Summit Point Raceway. This time, though, instead of the full layout, the drivers would compete in their Pontiac Solstices and SpecRacer Fords on the Jefferson Reverse section of the course. Tim Schuett paced the Solstice field with 146 points, scoring a win and two top fives in his two starts. That was good enough to beat second place Wim Bries, who took six victories in eight starts for a total of 130 points, and third place Nenad Matijevic, who scored 129 points by winning four out of six online races. Carlos Tavares started the most races of any Solstice driver with 13, winning four. Bries’ six wins topped [...]

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/iracing-news/schuett-ruokola-pace-irnc-at-summit-point/

Helm Glöckler

donderdag 6 oktober 2011

Ron Hornaday Jr. Scores 50th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Victory

Ron Hornaday Jr. Scores 50th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Victory Four-Time Series Champion Extends All-Time Series Wins Lead DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2011) — Ron Hornaday Jr., the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series only four-time champion, posted his record-extending 50th victory in the Kentucky 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. Hornaday, from [...]

Source: http://thefinallap.com/2011/10/01/ron-hornaday-jr-scores-50th-nascar-camping-world-truck-series-victory/

Alan Dennis Kulwicki

Peugeot in front at halfway point

The remaining factory Peugeot led the Petit Le Mans 1000-mile enduro at Road Atlanta at half-distance.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/sports-cars/alms/peugeot-in-front-at-halfway-point/

Bruce Johnstone

Iannone wins, Marquez takes lead

Andrea Iannone took a hard-fought third win of the season at Motegi, as Marc Marquez finally captured the championship lead courtesy of finishing second. From the outside of the front row Iannone (Speed Master Suter) passed Marquez (Catalunya Suter) on the run down to the first corner, the first move in a race-long battle between the pair. Simone Corsi (Ioda FTR) and a charging Stefan Bradl, who had started eighth on the Kiefer Kalex, also got themselves involved, with the top four all covered by less than 1s

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/3rdparty/iannone-wins-marquez-takes-lead/

Clint Bowyer

Transit Union Challenges NYPD Order to Help Arrest Fellow Protestors

After Saturday’s arrest of 700 Occupy Wall Street protestors, the New York Police Department ordered bus drivers to go to the Brooklyn Bridge, and transport protestors to police facilities for holding and processing.

Police arrest a protestor on the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday. Transit workers say it's not their job to help. Photo: Reuters

But the bus drivers [...]

Source: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/10/05/transit-union-challenges-nypd-order-to-help-arrest-fellow-protesters/#more-116578

Charles Robert Hamilton IV

woensdag 5 oktober 2011

Day Two: NASCAR Test At Phoenix International Raceway

Day Two: NASCAR Test At Phoenix International Raceway Final Preparations For The Fall Chase Weekend At Phoenix Officially In The Books DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (Oct. 5, 2011) — On-track preparations for the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are officially complete as teams concluded a two-day test session on [...]

Source: http://thefinallap.com/2011/10/05/day-two-nascar-test-at-phoenix-international-raceway/

Ryan Joseph Newman

Report: UAW contract confirms larger 5.8L V8 for GT500

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Shelby GT500 Super Snake

Fans of large displacement and forced induction (isn't that everyone?) can officially rejoice today as the recently approved deal between Ford and the United Auto Workers has answered a question that's been on our minds ever since Chevrolet upped the horsepower ante with its Camaro ZL1. Yes, folks, the 2013 Shelby GT500 will be blessed with a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine.

While conventional wisdom has always been that the easiest way to increase horsepower and torque was to bore-and-stroke your way to more displacement, an interesting series of spy shots showing one conspicuously oversize intercooler led some to believe Ford was ditching the supercharger in favor of twin turbos. Not so, apparently. Ford's latest contract with the UAW reveals that its Romeo Engine Assembly Plant will receive a $50 million investment to build the 5.8L supercharged mill.

Naturally, contract talk doesn't include a whiff on horsepower or torque, but you can bet Ford is planning on eking out more than the 580 horses that Chevy has corralled from the 2012 Camaro ZL1. Something around 600 seems like a safe bet, but we'll just have to wait for an official announcement from Ford. In the meantime, sweet supercharged dreams.

UAW contract confirms larger 5.8L V8 for GT500 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/10/05/uaw-contract-confirms-larger-5-8l-v8-for-gt500/

Kyle Eugene Petty

Molina stays on top at Valencia

Miguel Molina remained the man to beat in the second DTM practice session at Valencia as Audis took the top five places in the order.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/miscellaneous/dtm/molina-stays-on-top-at-valencia/

Jackie Holmes

Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T Kansas Speedway Preview

No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/TBrad Keselowski No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger Kansas Lottery 300 Kansas Speedway October 8, 2011 TV: ESPN2 at 3:30 PM ET Radio: MRN/Sirius 90 at 3:00 PM ET No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger News and Notes · This Week’s Challenger… Brad Keselowski and the Penske Racing Discount...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2011/nationwide/10/04/brad-keselowski-no-22-discount-tire-dodge-challenger-rt-kansas-speedway-preview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brad-keselowski-no-22-discount-tire-dodge-challenger-rt-kansas-speedway-preview

Hans Herrmann

dinsdag 4 oktober 2011

Formula One - Japanese Grand Prix Preview

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/10/04/1539681/formula-one-japanese-grand-prix.html

David Lee Blaney

Red Bull Rundown: Kahne Earns First Top-Five Since Daytona

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2011/10/red-bull-rundown-kahne-earns-first-top.html

Helmuth Koinigg

Rossi satisfied with small gains

Valentino Rossi declared himself pleased with Ducati's improved qualifying pace at Motegi, though he still felt seventh place was little to get excited about.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/motorcycles/motogp/rossi-satisfied-with-small-gains/

Peter de Klerk

Aerotropolis: A New Model for Cities?

Imagine a city where the airport is not located at the urban periphery but in the center of the city. All other facets of commerce and life flow from that central point, the city’s economic nucleus.
That is John Kasarda’s vision, known by the catchy appellation “Aerotropolis.” Kasarda’s futuristic airport city is premised on the notion [...]

Source: http://streetsblog.net/2011/10/03/aerotropolis-a-new-model-for-cities/#more-16256

Hans Klenk

maandag 3 oktober 2011

NASCAR Takes Over Las Vegas For Postseason NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week at Las Vegas Special Fan-Friendly Events Pack Energy-Filled Calendar DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2011) – You’ll find no clocks in any Las Vegas casino, but come late November and early December, everyone knows what time it is anyway. It’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week, a championship celebration...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2011/sprintcup/10/03/nascar-takes-over-las-vegas-for-postseason-nascar-sprint-cup-series-champion%e2%80%99s-week/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nascar-takes-over-las-vegas-for-postseason-nascar-sprint-cup-series-champion%25e2%2580%2599s-week

Nicolas Kiesa