Lap Around the Web – Oct. 8th, 2018

There aren’t many people with jobs that are more fun than mine, but I’m definitely a bit envious of the team of engineers, designers, and drivers behind the new Singer DLS reimagined Porsche 911. The team, led by Singer Vehicle Design CEO Rob Dickenson, carries a wide range of skills but are joined by the common philosophy that “everything is important”, a concept that gets taken to near-OCD levels with their attention to detail. It’s my firm belief that this new Dynamic Lightweight Study, or DLS, built in conjunction with Williams Engineering, is the best possible version of the 911 ever built. Of course, it’s taken years of sweat equity and sleepless nights to get to the point of having a fully running example which means the fun part – dynamic testing – can begin. To learn about the finer points of the new Singer DLS and what it’s taken to develop the best 911 ever built, visit Road & Track’s website.

Besides the driver, brakes and tires are two of the most important components needed to make a car perform well. Maybe that’s why I found this Speedhunters article about the braking wizards at Alcon so fascinating as they take an inside look at what Alcon does to design, produce, and test their world-class stoppers. Although the company got started making brakes for the Audi Sport Quattro S1 Group B rally car (not a bad place to start!), they now make brakes for all sorts of other applications including racing, trucks, and as an OEM supplier for passenger cars. All of that is pretty impressive for a small, privately owned company like Alcon.

Sure, you don’t need 6-wheel drive, but it sure does sound like fun. Hennessey Performance switched gears for a minute from building ballistically fast muscle and sports cars to build… a ballistically fast 6-wheeled Ford Raptor called the Velociraptor 6×6. Weighing in at over 7,000 lbs, this heavily modified Raptor also sports a healthy boost in power too, helping it make the 0-60 MPH jaunt in less than 5 seconds, a feat it can no doubt accomplish on just about any surface you could imagine, from tarmac to gravel to mud to snow. There’s not much that could slow down this beast of a rig. To learn more about the Hennessey Velociraptor 6×6, from how it’s built to how drives, head on over to The Drive.

We’re well into the era of incredibly potent sports cars that often make significantly more power than their race car counterparts and perhaps the most obvious comparison would be the 460-hp Porsche GT3 Cup car which is a track-only version of the 500-hp GT3 RS. However, with significantly less weight and sticky slick tires, it’s a no-brainer than the GT3 Cup would run circles around the GT3 RS on a race track, but what if you brought a brand new, 700-hp GT2 RS and ran them on the same track on the same day? Would the 240-hp stronger GT2 RS just obliterate the 500-lb lighter GT3 Cup car around Road America, which is equally well-known for its long straights and tight corners? Watch the video to find out.

There are car shows, and then there are car shows. I’d never really heard of Grand Basel before, but seeing these photos, this looks like it’s a mix of a high-end, invite-only Concours event and an art museum in Basel, Switzerland. Not only was there a wide range of 100+ historic and modern vehicles that capture the beauty and wonderment of the automobile, but all of the cars were perfectly placed in displays meant to showcase their finer points to all who visited. Now I can only hope they bring it back next year. I think it’s time to start saving up for a plane ticket to Switzerland…

The Lotus Europa is one of those goofy little cars that was never properly understood by the masses. It’s lightweight and nimble like a lot of other Lotii at the time but it wasn’t particularly fast. This 1969 example was imported from the UK into the US and sits alongside the owner’s Europa race car. Prior to purchasing this car, owner Spence Canon had never driven a Europa on the street, but unlike his race car which is obviously stripped out and stiffened, he found that he loved the compliance of the stock suspension. The gentle rolling motion during cornering makes him feel more connected with the car, and he’s enjoyed working on other facets of the vehicle to make it more fun to drive on the street. It’s a car that he’s quickly bonded with because he’s able to drive it whenever he wants, but that shared DNA with his race car makes it all the more familiar and enjoyable.

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