Lap Around the Web – Feb 18th, 2019

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.

Ever wonder what a Ferrari Testarossa would look like if you tried to skip one across a lake? Probably a little something like this 1990 Riva Ferrari 32. This joint venture between an iconic sports boat brand and an iconic sports car brand created the brightest, reddest, and most bewinged boat I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, it’s not powered by a 4.9L flat-12 like the Testarossa, instead utilizing a pair of 8.0L V8s making 390 hp apiece. Although it’s not as fast on water as the Testarossa is on an open road, Riva claimed the Ferrari 32 would top 100 KPH (62 MPH). To learn more about this awesome and race boat, click through to RM Sotheby’s site to read the full auction listing before the boat crosses the auction block in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the end of March.

The Toyota FJ40 is one of those vehicles that should be obsolete. By modern standards, it practically has more in common with a horse and buggy than most new cars. It’s slow, noisy, and not particularly safe, but that’s exactly what makes it so characterful and fun. The FJ40 forces you to slow down and become one with your surroundings instead of just cruising past them. It’s just a simple machine that gives simple pleasures. Petrolicious has a great story about this particular example, painted a lovely shade of orange and owned by Marty Pattin.

If you’re going to choose one vehicle to do everything, you could do a lot worse than a Porsche 911 C4S. As Brock Keen found out when he bought his 996 C4S to replace his Audi S4 as a daily driver, the Porsche made a surprisingly good blend of fun and practical. After buying a discounted Yakima rooftop tent that he intended to mount to his Range Rover only to find out it wouldn’t fit, he set about making it work on his C4S instead. It turned out to be easier than he thought and a new road trip/camping car came to life. Now Brock and his wife enjoy taking their 911 everywhere, camping in lots of gorgeous locations and enjoying the journey to get there as well. To read more about Brock and his C4S, head over to Elferspot.

When even eBay turbos are too expensive for your build, what can you do when you want to add boost? The knuckleheads at Hoonigan decided to try some budget forced induction methods and slapped four electric fans onto the front of a clapped out Fireturd to see if pushing some extra air into the engine would result in more power. Just because the setup involves some industrial carpet drying fans and a whole mess of PVC tubing doesn’t mean it can’t still make more power, right? Watch the video to see what happens when you decide you’d rather make cheap power in your rusty old Fireturd instead of seeing out of your windshield.

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