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19 02, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Feb 18th, 2019

By | 2019-02-19T10:53:17+00:00 February 19th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Mazda his pretty well-known for their efforts at LeMans with the mighty 787B of the early 1990s but before that, they raced the car you see above. This was Mazda’s 1982 entry and it marked their last production-car based racing entry to see the famous French race. Known as the Mazda 254i, this Group 5 racer didn’t achieve the success Mazda was hoping for, instead finishing 14th overall during its sole run at LeMans. A second 254i was campaigned as well but failed to finish the race. These cars were raced sparingly for a couple of years before they fell off the map, although the LeMans finisher, unfortunately, was totalled in a racing accident. It took 35 years for the sole surviving 254i to surface again and luckily, it’ll be receiving a full restoration and a new life. To learn more about this quirky Mazda 254i race car, head over to Japanese Nostalgic Car. […]

12 02, 2019

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – February 2019

By | 2019-02-12T17:00:47+00:00 February 12th, 2019|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

Check out this MONSTERBUS! Although the ad says its perfect for taking 22 of your best buds paintballing or booze cruisin’, I think it’d be ideal for transporting your buddies to and from Monster Jam. They could all hop out and go to their seats while you jump it over cars and do barrel rolls in it. What’s not to like? If you got your buddies to chip in on the $75k asking price, it almost starts to sound like a bargain… […]

11 02, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Feb 11th, 2019

By | 2019-02-11T17:19:12+00:00 February 11th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Obviously, snow tires are really important things to have in Minnesota during the winter but your drivetrain can make a huge difference in how your car handles snow and ice too. The guys at Team O’Neil tethered various cars to an old Jeep in an icy parking area and goosed the throttle to show how different differential and traction control setups work when things get really slick. As you’ll see in the video, 4WD doesn’t always mean that all four wheels are getting power and sometimes, a 2WD with a limited slip differential can put the power down even better than a Jeep when conditions get tough. […]

28 01, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Jan 28th, 2019

By | 2019-01-28T15:56:46+00:00 January 28th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It’s easy to forget about the Toyota 2000GT. Only a scant 351 examples were ever built, and at $6,611 in 1967, it was more expensive than both the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar E-Type. Still, Toyota built the best car they knew how to at the time, with a stiff, lightweight chassis and a healthy 150-bhp from a Yamaha-tuned inline-6. With swoopy, teardrop styling and a well-appointed, but driver-focused interior, the car looked every bit as good as it drove – if you were of small enough stature to fit in it, of course. There’s a lot more to the mystique of the legendary Toyota 2000GT than I have room to get into here, but the folks at Silodrome broke down the fascinating history of the car that paved the way for the Toyota Supra so you can get up to speed. […]

22 01, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Jan 21st, 2019

By | 2019-01-22T13:18:24+00:00 January 22nd, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It’s unfortunate that winter usually means the end of car season here in Minnesota. The cold temps and slippery roads mean most people tuck their fun cars away for months at a time. In Austria, however, they celebrate the cold weather with a winter motorsports event, simply called the “Ice Race in Zell am See”. Here, loads of beautiful race cars and sports cars don studded tires and take laps around a small race course formed out of the snow and ice. Some of these amazing cars even attach tow straps and pull skiers around the course! […]

14 01, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Jan. 24th, 2019

By | 2019-01-14T16:27:10+00:00 January 14th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Now here’s something you don’t see every day. This long-hooded, Land Rover Series II-based behemoth is called the Bell Aurens Longnose. Although it now sees use with a more modern Range Rover 4.6L V8 under the bonnet, the rakish split-cowl hood was originally meant to cover a massive 27-liter V12 from a Spitfire fighter plane. Unfortunately, that plan never made it off the ground (pun intended) and now this oddly proportioned off-roadster can make a far more civilized shuffle to and from car shows and other events. Besides the 6-ft long hood, some of the other modifications include a shift lever topped with a cricket ball, side exit exhaust for that rumbly V8, and massive 35″ Mickey Thompson mud tires. If you’re the type of billionaire playboy (or playgirl) who would enjoy such a unique and eccentric vehicle, head over to Classic Driver where the Bell Aurens Longnose is listed for sale. […]

7 01, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Jan. 7th, 2018

By | 2019-01-07T16:53:12+00:00 January 7th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Carbon fiber has long been used to make lighter, stronger parts for cars, airplanes, and more. Sure, we’ve seen other fiber-based composites like fiberglass and even more exotic materials like Pagani’s “carbotanium” but now there’s a more environmentally-friendly composite that Porsche is pioneering with their new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport for the lightweight doors and rear wing. It’s called “natural fiber” and it’s made out of plant-based fibers, namely flax. For all intents and purposes, it looks and acts just like carbon fiber does, however, the raw fiber has a bit of a golden glow to it. There are some pretty significant benefits to natural fiber though in that it takes 75% less energy to manufacturer than carbon fiber and it’s also easier to dispose of, however, it’s not quite as strong as carbon fiber which means you probably won’t see the next supercar tub made out of it anytime soon. Still, it’s nice to see a new and innovative material come into play for future race cars. To learn more about natural fibers, check out the rest of the story on Road & Track’s website. […]

2 01, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Jan 2nd, 2019

By | 2019-01-02T12:39:28+00:00 January 2nd, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Every Ferrari 250 GT is special in some way. These hand-built Ferraris of the late 1950s and early 1960s were supplied to a number of coachbuilders around Italy, and this particular example stands out as the first one to be skinned by Pinin Farina for the princess of Belgium in 1957. As the story goes, Enzo Ferrari had a great relationship with the King of Belgium and his wife. When Pirelli pulled their tire sponsorship with Ferrari in 1955, Princess Lilian reached out to Belgian tire manufacturer Englebert and arranged for them to pick up the slack. As a “thank you” from Enzo, when Princess Lilian later ordered a 250 GT in 1957, Pinin Farina was brought in to design a particularly elegant V12-powered coupe for her. The end result is what you see here, now making its way to auction some 62 years later with an estimated price tag of $11-13M. […]

24 12, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 24th, 2018

By | 2018-12-26T09:01:22+00:00 December 24th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In the spirit of the holiday season, it seemed only fitting to share these beautiful photos of the new Lamborghini Urus and its predecessor, the “Rambo Lambo” LM002, driving through frozen countryside and villages to collect a Christmas tree. With both heavyweight SUVs making crazy power, one courtesy of a twin-turbo V8 and the other from a V12 borrowed from a Countach, it’s hard to say with would be more fun to use as a tree transportation device. Both vehicles draw loads of attention everywhere they go, but for a trip around the Dolomites, I think I’d have to pick the LM002 as long as there were enough gas stations to keep me moving along. […]

21 12, 2018

Maker Spotlight: Glen Cordle from Autoillustrated

By | 2018-12-21T15:50:11+00:00 December 21st, 2018|Community|0 Comments

For some people, building their dream car can take many months or even years to complete, sometimes costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. For local car enthusiast, Glen Cordle, he can build his dream car in a few short evenings after work, from the comfort of his living room. Glen is a master industrial designer and CGI artist who has turned his love for cars – Porsches in particular – into an art form that he shares on Instagram. Sometimes he’ll model his creations off of his friends’ cars or modify existing designs into what he considers to be their perfect forms but his eye for detail, colors, and smooth lines has opened up a whole new door of creative opportunities. We recently asked Glen a few questions to find out how he got started and how he got to where he is today. […]

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