Archive | March, 2013

Crushed Ego

26 Mar

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IMSA GT3 Cup @ Sebring in HD

26 Mar

F40 LM

25 Mar

There is Only 1…All Others are Replicas

24 Mar

Amazing info and footage on THE quintessential Porsche race car

Get Well

24 Mar

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A good buddy of mine is at home recouperating after a bout with pnemonia of all thing. He’s an Audi NUT, as in, completely certifiable – so this is for him

Revolfe, Rejoice

24 Mar

This might be the nicest Z32 I’ve ever seen. The Z32 has aged particularly well I think – doesn’t give away that its a 20 year old.

Not sure on spec, but I will try to find out

Shaken and Stirred

24 Mar
Aston Martin DBRS9

Aston Martin DBRS9

Might just be one of the most beautiful GT racing cars ever created – the 2005 Aston Martin DBRS9.

Math: 5.9 liter V12, 2800 lbs

Not Subtle

23 Mar

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Spotted this awesome wallpaper grade shot on a blog based in Singapore

Final Drive Comparisons

22 Mar

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In the never ending quest to maximimize performance, one of the most overlooked parts are the final drive gears. Also referred to as the ring and pinion, this simple 2 gear system converts the mechanical torque output of the engine, and emits it to the wheels. The higher that ratio, the more the torque is multiplied – at the expense of top speed per gear. Picking the right ring and pinion is a function of many things, such as the torque curve of the engine, the rpm range of the engine, the wheel and tire combination, and the vehicle weight, and how those all operate within the confines of your intended useage. A car that has a very high specific torque may opt for a lower overall final drive ratio, to help put it’s power to the ground without uselessly spinning the wheels. Vehicles that have exceptionally high rev limits and make comparitively less torque than they do horsepower may opt for a higher overall final drive ratio, which helps overall acceleration and general engine responsiveness. It’s the never-ending balancing act.

In looking at what final drive is right for you, it’s often beneficial to examine what ratios other cars use. Will start this off by looking at the various final drive ratios of notoriously “quick/fast/powerful/desirable” Rear Wheel Drive Sports cars. If interested, we can expand this in future series to examine front wheel drive and AWD vehicles as well.

If any of the figures below are incorrect, please let me know!

996 series Porsche 911 GT3: 3.44:1 final drive, car weighs 2970 lbs, 8200 rpm redline, 355 crank hp, 284 ft/lbs
997 series Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0: 3.89:1 final drive, car weighs 2998 lbs, 500 hp, 339 ft/lbs
Ferrari 360: 4.44:1 final drive, car weighs 3197 lbs, 8500 rpm redline, 400 hp, 275 ft/lbs
Ferrari 430 Scuderia: 4.30 final drive, car weighs 2976 lbs, 8640 rpm redline, 510 hp, 347 ft/lbs
Corvette C6 Z06 (2013 2LZ): 3.42 final drive, car weighs 3175 lbs, 7000 rpm redline, 505 hp, 470 ft/lbs
Laborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni: 4.06 final drive, car weighs 3153 lbs, 8500 rpm redline, 550 hp, 397 ft/lbs
Viper GTS SRT Track Pack (2013): 3.55 final drive, car weighs 3374 lbs, 6250 rpm redline, 640 hp, 600 ft/lbs

Tp help you calculate how various options will affect your car, use the online gear calculator we posted. Click here for final drive calculator

Come and Play….

21 Mar

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INGS equipped Z33 patiently waiting its turn in the pits

Up Close and Personal with FIA Spec Ferrari 458 (High Res)

21 Mar

Pics courtest of Robert from

An amazing set of shots of the Ferrari 458 in FIA spec. Pics were taken at the 2012 FIA WEC event at Fuji Raceway, Japan.

Price Drop of Evo X and Focus ST Accessport

19 Mar

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Effective immediately, the new price for the Cobb Accessport for both the Evo X and Focus ST is now down to $449.00. These also quality for free shipping, AND, through March 31, 2013 only, get an additional 10% off for the Cobb Tax Return Sale. Can’t beat that kinda deal!

To order, just drop us a line to z1sales@z1auto.com

Can-Am: Road Racing Counter Culture

18 Mar

If you’re even remotely interested in the early days of “modern era” road racing, you owe it to yourself to check out the DVD called Can Am: A Speed Odyssey. I have owned this disk for years now, but recently reacquainted myself with it. Sam Posey, as always, is a terrific announcer. While it covers races from 40+ years ago, the sound is great, the footage is terrific. You can tell real Motorsport enthusiasts were responsible for shooting and editing. Just a fun look back at what I think was one of the most entertaining sports car series in history.

Track Day Insurance

18 Mar

Track day season is upon us, and as such, many people are busy buying rollcages, brake pads, new exhausts or tunes. But what about insurance? I know, booorrrring…but this is important. Your regular policy in all liklihood does not cover you during even an HPDE or driving school. Wreck your car? You’re SOL. Wreck a car that you leased or still owe money on? Even more SOL…because you’re still on the hook to pay for it.

With that, there are actually some firms that offer Track Day Coverage. We have zero affiliation with these companies, so contact them directly, but, I think its something alot of you guys might benefit from. The coverage isn’t exactly cheap (might even be more than the track day fee is), but if you think about it relative to the cost to fix or replace your car, is it something you can afford NOT to do? These firms both offer various ranges of coverage for both single and multiple events, and seem to work on an agreed-value basis.

http://www.hartlandinsurancegroup.com/contact.html

http://hpdeins.locktonaffinity.com/Default.aspx?cID=3

Shiny side up!

Langhect

17 Mar

Stunning in silver with the Martini liver

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