Lap Around the Web – Apr. 30th, 2018

Rotary engines are just insane little things, aren’t they? Even as someone who has dedicated my entire life to learning every possible thing I can about cars and the auto industry, I still find myself slightly mystified by those tiny, little brap factories. In normal, everyday applications like your average RX7, where they make anywhere from about a 100-hp up to 255-hp when they went out of production in the US, the rotary engine starts to resemble something made on this planet, but then you consider that all throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, Mazda raced wild Prototype-class cars at Le Mans and elsewhere with over 700 hp (and up to 900 hp for qualifying) from a relatively minuscule 2.6 liters. The secret, well one of them anyway, was the innovative variable-length intake runners that could extend out like a trombone to help the engine create more torque at lower RPMs while then shorten up to improve top-end power. This design even led to Mazda’s incredible Le Mans win in 1991. To learn more about these insane race engines and the cars that utilized them, head on over to Jalopnik.

Fact: the Lamborghini Miura is one of the most beautiful cars ever built. It’s essentially the world’s first “supercar”, transcending everything else out there with beautiful looks, high-tech powerplant (at the time, anyway), and jaw-dropping good looks. But what’s it like to actually drive one? Well, luckily Harry Metcalfe put together this wonderful video about this gorgeous Verde Scandal Miura S that he borrowed from a local English classic car dealer and spent the day driving. What a special experience!

Jonathan Ward at Icon knows a thing or two about what makes cars cool. He has a knack for finding interesting, often neglected vehicles and restoring them to the highest levels while also making them reliable and solid drivers. I’ve lusted after a number of his builds, which have typically been vintage SUVs, and this Wagoneer has gotten under my skin in ways I didn’t think was possible. This 53-year-old truck looks and drives better than new, thanks for a 6.2-liter Chevy LS3 mated to an automatic transmission and 4WD axles from a Chevy 3/4-ton truck, so you know it’s going to be beefy. Inside, the interior gets a complete refresh only the finest materials like real metal, wood, and leather replacing the aging plastic and vinyl bits. And yet despite all of the improvements, it still has all the character of the original, just improved in every possible way. To learn more, head on over to thedrive.com.

Maybe it’s because I’m a camera nerd or maybe it’s because I like fast cars, but this is pretty much the best of both worlds combined into the ultimate camera car: the HuraCam. The wild geniuses over at Incline Dynamic Outlet spent upwards of $500k to mount an insanely light and expensive cinema-quality camera to the front of a brand new Lamborghini Huracan and engineered it in a way to preserve the Lamborghini’s insane performance specs, including a 0-60 MPH time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of over 180 MPH. For more pictures and information about the build, head on over to PetaPixel.

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to import or own a vintage Land Rover Defender (or any other vintage car that wasn’t readily sold in the US)? Our friends at Bishop & Rook in Minneapolis put together some handy guides on how to import a rugged, well-loved Land Rover and what to look for when buying one to import. There are a lot of pitfalls involved in the process but having a fun, interesting, and unique vehicle can definitely be worth the challenges for some people. If you’re interested in learning more about importing your own Defender, check out B&R’s 3-part blog post about the process here, here, and here. And if that all sounds like too much work, you can have them do the heavy lifting for you and get your dream Defender that is already here.

By | 2018-05-01T08:23:58+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|1 Comment

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  1. yanamulyana May 1, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Alex Bellus, thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

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