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Watch The Best Valentine's Day Inspiration: Wife & Husband Track Battle

Wife (R32) vs husband (Mk1 Golf) playing a bit of tag at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubie, NS. Both cars are turbocharged, both built by them for them to enjoy on a track. Oh, and the R32 shoots flames on the overrun. Every. Single. Time. This is the best couples bonding activity I've ever seen.



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Nigel Mansell's dominant Red 5 Williams F1 Car is going up for Sale

The dominance of the Williams FW14B is undeniable, even if the tech may be called into question. It took Nigel Mansell to his first (and only) F1 world title in 1992, the first time a British had won it since 1976. It qualified on a pole position 7 times out of its 13 races. And despite facing off against Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, it set the record of 9 Grand Prix wins in a single season.

To this day, the car remains one of the most advanced F1 cars of all time due to rule changes in 1994 that banned a lot of the technology. It came with a semi automatic gearbox (which was just starting to take over), traction control, and active load-leveling hydraulic suspension. To allow all of this to work properly with the required fail-safes, Williams ended up having to come up with their own controller and their own programming.

The hydraulic load leveling suspension was initially meant to be an all mechanical system so it was a complete transformation in controls. And in an age whe…

Snow/Ice Rallycross in the Rabbit

FWD cars don't win the WRC anymore and they haven't in decades. In fact, all two wheel drive (2WD) cars have been rendered entirely obsolete on the world stage by the original legendary Audi Quattro. That's because 4 driven wheels are obviously far better at putting power down than just 2 and when you are on a loose surface such as mud, gravel, or snow, traction is in SERIOUS short supply. Thankfully, I'm not on the world rally stage or competing for the world title, so I'm happy with my little FWD rallycross car (for now anyway...).

I have already been to one event this season (which is my first rallycross season) in this car. You can read more about it here where I nearly caught air going over one of the bumps. Last time was on gravel, though. This time, it was a snow covered course and what I didn't know was that snow wasn't covering gravel. It was covering ice. What could possibly go wrong?

In what I seriously fear will turn into a tradition, I once ag…

Brabham BT62 Breaks Bathurst Lap Record

It wasn't long ago that Brabham announced that it was returning to competition with the BT62 to compete at the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Le Mans. They also announced that they will be building a road-legal version of their mighty BT62, likely to qualify for the GTE class requirements so it can compete at Le Mans. Capitalizing on that, Brabham was planning on taking a BT62 for demonstration laps in the build-up to the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race that's running this weekend, but they gave the people a lot more than a few hot laps.

With minimal testing on Thursday and with just four laps on Saturday, conditions were good so the BT62 test driver Luke Youlden went for a flying lap. That flying lap set a new track record of 1:58.67. The lap time is a verified clocked time, but it is labeled "unofficial" because it wasn't set during a competitive session. The previous lap record was 1:59.29, set by an unrestricted Audi R8 GT3 race car last year in tes…

Why Ford had to 3D Print Ken Block's 914 hp Hoonitruck Intake Manifold

To make 914 hp, the Gymkhana 1977 Ford F150 Hoonitruck needs A LOT of air for the turbos feeding the 3.5 L EcoBoost V6. Ford's custom designed manifold ended up being too intricate to cast, so Ford Germany put to use one of the most advanced 3D Printers and even that one was pushing the envelope to get the job done. The result? A high flow, lightweight, 3D printed custom manifold that's the largest 3D printed metal part on a functional car, according to Ford. Watch to see how it was designed and how long it takes to print just one, plus why Ken Block picked a 1977 F150.


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Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid Tech Could Soon Be Used In Everyday Cars

Koenigsegg is now a well established manufacturer of hyper cars. They famously built "the only car that defeated the Stig" since the CCX spun out while he was driving it for a lap time back in 2006. Despite the hypercar performance, Koenigsegg also prides itself in luxury and exquisite attention to detail.

It is now also famous for building the hybrid Regera hypercar and the One:1; the first production car with a power to weight ratio of 1:1 hp per kg (it makes 1 MW/MegaWatt of power, prompting Koenigsegg to call it the first Megacar with a straight face). But this post isn't about all of Koenigsegg's fascinating cars. No, it's about only the Regera. Or the Regera hybrid technology, rather.


Koenigsegg just sold 20% of its parent company for €150 million (~$171 million USD) to NEVS. They also started a joint venture together where NEVS is contributing $150 million USD (~ €132 million) for a 65% stake in the joint venture. Koenigsegg is taking a 35% stake by contr…

Hennessey Is Building an 800 hp McLaren 600LT

The McLaren Senna is not just about horsepower, of course. There's a lot more that goes into it and you can read all about it here where I compare it to a Dodge Viper ACR (they're MUCH closer than you think). But if you've got your heart set on an 800 hp McLaren and you missed out on the Senna, Hennessey is happy to oblige.

If you aren't familiar with Hennessey, it is an aftermarket tuning company based in Texas that is no stranger to American cars like Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers, and even tunes some trucks and SUVs. Hennessey also is a bit of a "boutique manufacturer". Its last car - the Venom GT - set multiple world speed records (some unofficial) and it was based on a Lotus Elise chassis with a modified twin-turbocharged version of the LS7 7.0 litre V8 in the C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.


In Hennessey speak, HPE800 typically means it will make at least 800 hp. Their HPE800 Camaro SS makes 804 hp. Their HPE800 Cadillac CTS-V makes 830 hp. T…

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