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White Snake

15 Feb

The SRT Viper GT3-R is collaboration between Chrysler Group’s

The SRT Viper GT3-R is collaboration between Chrysler Group’s

A dry sumped, 8.3 liter, pushrod’d overhead cam’d V10 behemoth, that doesn’t “even” have variable timing on the exhaust side. Yet still pumps out 680 hp and 640 ft lbs of naturally bad-ass-pirated goodness. Oh, and she weighs 2855 lbs, so she’s svelte given her size and power. She also has some of the sexiest lines ever penned on a race car. For the slammed-happy among us, she is properly “stanced” – but in a useful and effective way. And she revs as loudly as a woman scorned.

As far as I can tell, only 1 of these will be run at LeMans this year. Corvette will have a pair of the new C7.R. It will be interesting to see the 2 heavyweights duke it out, though disappointing that more American teams aren’t represented.

Click the first pic for an awesome HD desktop shot.

F1 Uncut

12 Feb

Saw this on several other blogs, but worthy of posting…it will make you laugh if you’re aware of what this season has in store

AP Racing Radi-Cal Big Brake Kits

12 Feb

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We are now offering the full Radi-Cal big brake kit setups from AP Racing. This caliper design has raced successfully the world over, and is now optimized so that even a street car can take advantage of them. Some features that separate these setups from others, Firstly, these use a forged caliper, which are both lighter and stiffer than a typical cast caliper used in other big brake kits. One of the neatest aspects of these kits are they were designed to be user friendly. Not only are they a total bolt on, but from a servicing standpoint, they offer very quick and easy pad changes with the removable forged “H” brace at the top of the caliper. The caliper stays mounted to the car, and pads are quickly able to be swapped out.

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The pistons are staggered hard anodized aluminum for equalized pad pressure, which in turn promotes better bite, more consistent brake torque, and the best pad wear possible. Dust seals are incorporated to ensure long life and minimal running costs.

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The kits are all designed around OEM ABS and traction control systems as well, so no guesswork involved from a chassis setup standpoint. While many nowadays fit a big brake kit simple for their aesthetic value, AP has gone a long way to ensure these are both beautiful as well as the most durable calipers out there – they are both anodized and high temp painted, not just one or the other.

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The disks used in these kits are directionally curve vane vented for maximum air flow through the disc. AP Racing’s unique curve vaned discs are Dyno and race proven as the best designed rotors for optimized cooling. The curve vane rotor acts an air pump pulling air into the center of the rotor and blowing it through the veins and out of the top of the rotor. This act allows the rotor to be self-cooling and work extremely efficiently.

AP Racing’s Wide Disc Technology (WDT) is used for the most efficient way to transfer heat to from the disc. Designs using wider discs with larger air gaps increase air flow rates within the discs as proven by AP Racing’s FEA, CFD and TSA testing. This goal was achieved while not increasing disc weight or disc stress and decreasing disc temperatures by up to 300 degrees F.

The disks are of course a 2 piece design, with anodized 6061 T-6 hats. That in and of itself isn’t necessarily “news”, but what is interesting is how they mount. These hats use 12 point mounting vs the 10 point that is more typically found. What’s more, these use floating hardware for the hat to disk which allows both components axial and radial movement. This allows each to cool quicker and more efficiently, while simultaneously allowing the disk to remain centered relative to the caliper. That feature then pays the user big dividends by significantly limiting pad knockback.

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The disks also feature the J Hook slot design which increases frictional surface area across the rotor face but without being prone to cracking, like in a cross drilled rotor under extreme temperature swings. We can also offer the kits with a combination slotted/drilled rotor for those that prefer such a configuration.

The pads supplied are true dual purpose

The last piece to the puzzle is of course the brake lines. These can often be a weak link with other offshore kits, but not so with AP. They are made by Goodridge and feature fully extruded PTFE inner sections wrapped in a high strength stainless braid that is both corrosion and fire resistant. This is then all wrapped with a clear outer sleeve as well.

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These kits are being offered initially for a wide range of vehicles including the Audi A4/S4 and A5/S5, BMW 3 series, Z4, M3 and M5, Cadillac CTS-V models, Camaro, C5-C7 Corvette, the various SRT-8 models, Mustang, Infiniti G (G25, G35, G37), FX (FX35, FX45, FX50 and M models (M35 and M45), Jeep, and the 350Z/370Z, with additional models to appear. We will be offering free shipping through March 31, 2014, as well as free brake fluid as well (from several choices, depending on your individual needs).

For all retail and wholesale inquiries, contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com

It’s Gotta Be The Shoes…….

9 Feb

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Nothing new about GC10G’s, a simple wheel that in the right sizes, seems to compliment nearly any sports car. Nothing particularly new about the NSX either, except that fact that 23 years after it’s introduction, and 8 years after the last ones rolled off the assembly line, it’s still one of the best expressions of how the Japanese “get” sports cars, and can integrate aesthetic beauty with mechanical precision. Despite it’s age, it’s a car that is still racing all over the world, still being developed, still being made better by firms like Esprit. Pushing the envelope of performance and reliability, vs dumping their efforts and jumping on the “new and now” bandwagon. Nothing new about (or from, for that matter) L.O.T.U.G. But they incorporated that iconic line and integrated it into what would become a seminal song within it’s genre. How’s that for a Venn Diagram! Picture courtesy of http://worldtimeattack.com

Errrr……Spotted?

9 Feb

From awhile ago just never posted

New McLaren?

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Not quite

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Stunning Silouette

3 Feb

One of these most beautiful race cars ever, and one of the cleanest, most identifiable liveries ever created.

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Race cars today may be faster, and more reliable, and certainly safer….but they seem to lack the character the older cars had. Then again, as we get older, all we seemingly want is to see the things we remember from our youth, with the benefit of the the perspective only age can bring. Anyway, enjoy.

We’ll return to JDM content too, but with Porsche returning the LeMans this year, there is so much history to cover, it’s worthy of attention.

A Beauty from IMSA’s Past

31 Jan

Ferrari 333SP

Click the link above for the video. A reblog, but worthy…this car, to me, is one of the last of it’s breed. And the sounds are nothing short of heaven sent. Others must feel the same way, as the one below, an Evoluzione model, recently sold at RM Auctions for a cool $1.35M!

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That Viral Porsche

20 Jan

The car that set the bar 27 years ago, and is still a wicked performer by the latest standards. While videos at the ‘Ring astound us today, because there is such history and such mystique that surrounds the Green Hell, these guys helped bring that appeal to the mainstream. Those of us as kids who got to see this video grew up to be guys who still can’t help but be curious as to what modern cars can run at the Nurburgring. We know we may not ever get there, and we know that if we do, we surely won’t likely get to experience it behind the wheel of a true supercar, but it’s the stuff that dreams are made of never-the-less. You’ve seen this video before if you’re a car nut, this just happens to be a really clean transfer

You Don’t Look Your Age

19 Jan

And probably never will. Toyota did a fantastic job with the ST185 Celica.

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Get Outside (Area Races) Part 2

19 Jan

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April 18, 19 & 20: SCCA US Majors at V.I.R.

May 30 – 31, 2014: STPR Pro Rally. If you’ve never attended a rally event, this is a must see. Gorgeous part of the country, wide range of courses, and some of the friendliest crowds out there. All centered around the quaint town of Wellsboro, PA.

June 26th – 29th, 2014: Mt. Washington Climb to the Clouds. A world famous event returns after a hiatus. One of the most challenging hillclimb courses there is, and a huge range of diverse vehicles attend and participate.

June 27-29: IMSA Tudor Sports Car 6 Hours at the Glen (Watkins Glen, NY)., Continental Sports Car and Porsche GT3 Cup events. An awesome weekend trip!

July 18: V.I.R. Grassroots Motorsports Ultimate Track Car Challenge

July 18 – 19, 2014: New England Forest Rally, Newry, ME

Pit Stop

18 Jan

What a sight!

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Full WRC Coverage, All in One Spot: Monaco

17 Jan

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Gone are the days of Speedvision, where every night during an event you could watch same day 1 hour coverage the same video feed the rest of the world got to see(and then New Years Day, they would show a marathon of all events back to back to back!). I don’t even know where you can find WRC coverage in the US anymore. But while perusing the axisofoversteer.com blog today, I discovered that the WRC has their own Youtube channel, and it’s pretty neat. Same day, stage by stage updates in nice concise packaging. While it’s not the live onboard stuff, it’s as close as we’re likely to get here in the US for the forseeable future

New Plug and Play Engine Management for 350Z and G35

16 Jan
AEM Infinity Series ECU

AEM Infinity Series ECU

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AEM’s Infinity series ECU is now available with a plug and play harness for all 2003-2006 350Z and G35’s with Manual Transmission only (will not support automatics).

This is one of the fastest, most powerful ecu’s on the market at any price point, with a feature list that reads like many higher priced units.

Full Drive by wire control, supports factory widebands on 04.5+ models, full CAN support (so your gauges, check engine light, traction control VDC all remain functional), programmable 3 step rev limiter, even the ability to store and cycle through multiple maps via the cruise control switch.

Click the picture above to read more about it, or to place your order.

Get Outside: Race Schedule (Part 1)

9 Jan

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Lime Rock Park has announced their 2014 Spectating Event Schedule. In addition to events listed below, Lime Rock will host a summer SCCA Regional race weekend and, of course, the traditional early fall NARRC Run-offs, dates TBA.

IMSA Continental Tire Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup, Sunday Royals Car Show
Memorial Day Weekend: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 23 – 25

The “Conti Tire” Challenge – some of the best stock car road racing in the world – is two big classes, Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST). Each has their own stand-alone race. In GS, you’ll see the big, loud and fast Camaros, Porsches, Mustangs, Aston Martins, BMWs and 370Zs banging fenders. The ST race has the quick and agile Hondas, VWs, BMW 128/328, Mazda 3/MX-5 and Porsche Boxsters. The U.S. version of the extremely popular Euro Porsche GT3 Cup series makes just its second-ever visit to Lime Rock, while the uniquely exciting VSCCA race adds a little history to the weekend. Capping the weekend is the Sunday Royals Car Show, which draws 200-400 prime vehicles of every kind – from rare sports cars and contemporary supercars to hundreds of muscle cars from the 60s and 70s – and benefits local charities.

Historic Festival 32 & Sunday in the Park Concours
Labor Day Weekend: Thursday through Monday, August 28 – September 1

HF32 begins Thursday, August 28, with the Vintage Race Car Parade and Falls Village Street Fair, now in its fourth year: More than 120 cars bellow their way through a 17-mile rally route lined with spectators, ending in the fun, food and music – and impromptu car show – of the Street Fair in Falls Village. Come Friday, 300 historic race cars practice and qualify, then Saturday sees 20 fantastic races. August 31 is the famous Sunday in the Park concours d’elegance – 200-plus exceptional, invited entrants displayed on Sam Posey Straight – in concert with 600 collector cars deployed along the rest of Lime Rock’s 1.5 mile circuit that makes up the Gathering of the Marques element. On Labor Day Monday (Sept. 1), it’s back to racing, with 20 more races. Special guests, demo laps and noted collectors and their cars are also part of this historic racing extravaganza!

The Season Finale: The Trans-Am Series
Friday and Saturday, September 19 – 20

America’s fastest, most powerful production-bodied sports cars are in the Trans-Am Series. Harkening back to its origins, Trans-Am is the playground for the “pony cars” – Chevy Camaros and Ford Mustangs with stock-block engines making more than 800 h.p., wrapped in tubeframe race chassis wearing iconic bodywork. A Trans-Am race is 100 frantic miles of wheel to wheel, nose to tail, hardcore American-style racing. Support races TBA

Hardcore x 4

3 Jan

This time, a select group of rare Porsche’s (997 GT3RS’s) each wearing a different color Advan RZ-DF wheel. Proof that going outside the traditional box can work wonderfully.