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30 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 29th, 2019

By |2019-05-29T09:17:04-05:00April 30th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Porsche made a name for itself in the 1950s racing small, lightweight, and nimble sports cars. By the early 1960s, the 356s and 550 Spyders weren’t quite cutting it anymore so the German brand turned to the Italy-based coachbuilder Carlos Abarth to optimize the shape of their 356 for aerodynamics while also cutting weight wherever possible. The end result was the Porsche 356 Carrera GTL Abarth. It was 5 inches lower, while also shorter and narrower than the 356 it was based on. This had a tremendous effect on lowering the car’s aerodynamic drag and the lightweight aluminum bodywork shaved off 45 kg in the process. It’s a shame only 20 of these lightweight racers were built because they dominated the race track at the time, racking up multiple class wins in prestigious events like the Targa Florio and the 24 Hrs of Le Man in the early 1960s. It paved the way for Porsche’s lightweight, aerodynamic-focused designs that led the way for a long lineage of successful race cars including the 904, 917, 956, and 962. To read more about the Porsche 356 Carrera GTL Abarth, visit Classic Driver. […]

22 04, 2019

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – April 2019

By |2019-05-29T09:30:51-05:00April 22nd, 2019|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

Welcome back to our monthly segment that highlights the most unique, interesting, and questionable cars for sale on the internet today. And boy howdy are we kicking things off with a doozy. I like beer as much as the next guy but I’m not sure I like it enough to want to drive a Corona car. Looks like this bottle-shaped car started life as an old VW Beetle floor pan or a failed Meyers Manx kit. And now it looks like a beer bottle. So there’s that. There’s only one picture in the ad and I can’t decide if I actually want to see more of this thing or not. Either way, I’m sure you’d be the only one to turn up at a car show in something like this. […]

22 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 22nd, 2019

By |2019-05-29T09:31:38-05:00April 22nd, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The middle of April is always a great time for the Long Beach Grand Prix. It’s a nearly week-long event centered around a street course in Long Beach, CA that plays host to drifting, stadium trucks, and world-class sportscar and prototype racing. However, the hot new thing at this year’s Long Beach Grand Prix wasn’t even new. Instead, everyone was excited to see some vintage IMSA GTO cars rip around the narrow street circuit. Stuff like Nissan 300ZXs, C4 Corvettes, Fox Body Mustangs, Merkur XR4Tis, and so much more ’80s and ’90s nostalgia raced wheel-to-wheel in front of fans of all ages. Call me a cynic but I’d almost rather watch these cars race than the latest and greatest IMSA cars. It just looks like so much more fun! To see more photos from the vintage race in Long Beach, head over to Speedhunters. […]

15 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 15th, 2019

By |2019-05-29T09:32:21-05:00April 15th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

If you’re going to own one of the most beautiful Italian cars ever made, it only makes sense that you’d keep the car in one of the most beautiful places in Italy as well. That’s just the case here with this ATL Alfa Romeo 1900 that is stored and driven in Lake Como, Italy. For those not familiar, ATL (which stands for Autotecnica del Lario) was a small Italian coachbuilder in the 1960s and ’70s and the Alfa Romeo you see here might’ve been one of their most beautiful creations. Powered by a 1.9L 4-cylinder that produced around 100 hp, this car was built to be as light and nimble as possible. Coming in at 1750 lbs thanks to its birdcage-like chassis and thin-gauge aluminum skin, the ATL-built 1900 is able to make the most of its modest power. It’s speculated that ATL built just eight examples of this car and it’s anybody’s guess how many of those survive today, but after a loving restoration in the 1980s, this particular car still gets driven regularly around the beautiful rolling hills surrounding Lake Como. For more about this gorgeous car, including more incredible photos, head over to Petrolicious. […]

8 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 8th, 2019

By |2019-05-29T09:33:32-05:00April 8th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hopefully, it’s safe to say that winter is mostly behind us at this point. It’s rare to see any remaining piles of snow on the ground and the ice is out on most of the lakes at this point. In parts of Russia, however, it’s not all that hard to still find snow and ice. That’s why the designer of the Flanker-F race cars you see below, Sergey Kabargin, thought it would be a cool idea to break the tandem drifting speed record on the frozen Lake Baikal. Not only do the cars look awesome but the scenery around Lake Baikal is absolutely gorgeous as well. What better place to drive flat out than on a wide open, frozen lake with two 650+ horsepower cars sliding side by side on the ice? To get all that power down, both cars feature full sets of studded tires, with 480 studs each. This all led to the tandem drift speed record being broken at a recorded 152.8 MPH. To read more about this thrilling record and the cars that made the record possible, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

1 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 1st, 2019

By |2019-04-01T15:33:55-05:00April 1st, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Lincoln Continental of the 1960s was basically the perfect executive car. It looked stately with its iconic 3-box shape and the “suicide doors” made it instantly iconic. Maybe that’s why Rich Plavetich hung onto his grandfather’s Continental after all these years. After an issue with the first Continental that he purchased new, Lincoln traded him into an “executive demo”, loaded with all the bells and whistles of the time. Almost 60 years later, Rich has kept his grandfather’s Continental in tip-top shape, a rolling memorial of the man who first solidified his love of cars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0MLAxBKUO8 […]

25 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 25th, 2019

By |2019-03-25T14:00:16-05:00March 25th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Part of the reason I’ve always loved station wagons is for their practicality and because they make the best sleepers. Nobody really expects a family station wagon to be that fast, so that’s why cars like the Mercedes-AMG E63 wagon and Cadillac CTS-V wagon always get a ton of respect from me. They take something really useful and stately and then stick a bonkers engine in it so you can have your cake and eat it too. A fast wagon is rare enough, but one powered by a V12 is unheard of… Until now. Check out this 1993 BMW 525i Touring for sale on Craigslist in East Hampton, CT. According to the seller, this 525i Touring is actually a BMW 850CI underneath, including the 5.4L V12, 6-speed manual transmission, suspension, and brakes. The V12 produces roughly 326 hp which is quite a healthy bump over the 189 hp that came in the stock 525i. I approve. […]

18 03, 2019

Oddities, Eccentricities, and Aberrations – March 2019

By |2019-03-18T16:38:37-05:00March 18th, 2019|Cars We'd Like to Own|0 Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to a vehicle that can go wherever you want offroad, you’re probably familiar with the Mercedes G-Wagen, Land Rover Defender, and Hummers. Those who like to get a bit more in the weeds have probably familiar with Unimogs and Pinzgauers. But even the most savvy off-roaders have probably never heard of the UMM Alter II. That’s because it was a small, low-volume manufacturer based in Lisbon, Portugal that specialized in rugged agricultural and military vehicles. The UMM Alter II even had a stint in the Dakar Rally back in the day, where it garnered a reputation for bulletproof reliability when all the vehicles entered by UMM finished the rally under their own power. And power comes from a Peugeot 2.5-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder. I don’t know why but I really want this thing. Please, somebody, buy it before I do something foolish. […]

18 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 18th, 2019

By |2019-03-18T14:03:17-05:00March 18th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Porsche 919 Hybrid is one of the most dominant endurance race cars of the current era. With a virtually identical power to weight ratio as a modern F1 car, the 919 is ruthlessly fast but its complex aerodynamics make it fairly easy to drive. The combination of a highly-strung 700+ HP V4 engine along with some incredibly power-dense battery cells mean that the 919 is producing just shy of 1,200 HP going to all four wheels with computers to control everything seamlessly so the driver can focus on making the absolute most of the mechanical symphony being orchestrated around them. Chris Harris of Top Gear got the quite enviable job of driving the Porsche 919 for a day and you can see what that was like for him in the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D4l4TUj8sQ&t=0s […]

11 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 11th, 2019

By |2019-03-11T13:12:50-05:00March 11th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The latest season of Top Gear has already started airing on the BBC in the UK but we won't be able to watch it in the US until the middle of April. That being said, they've been teasing out some content on their Youtube channel, including what looks to be an awesome racing challenge between Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc, and Rory Reid in some cheap (sub-$10K) high-luxury cars. Between the Mercedes 600SEL, Bentley Arnage, and Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, they all look pretty good as race cars but we'll have to wait for the episode to air next month to know which one is the fastest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmhrAbl5Js0   For Audi nerds or just fans of fast, practical, sports cars, there are few things more lust-worthy than the Audi RS2, built in limited quantities between 1994-1995. The RS2 was the ultimate evolution of the Audi 80 Avant platform. With further fine-tuning from Porsche, the 2.2-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder produced 315-hp going to all four wheels, which were also supplied by Porsche along with the massive brakes. All in all, Audi made just under 3,000 RS2s and unfortunately, none of them were imported into the US. However, now that they're 25 years old, that will hopefully start to change. I'll let Jalopnik tell you the rest of the reasons why you should import one right now. Niki Lauda was one of Formula 1's most prolific drivers. Back when he was still actively racing for Ferrari, the cars were much more of a handful than [...]

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