14 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 14th, 2018

By | 2018-05-15T13:41:10+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I'll admit that I'm still very much a motorcycle noob, but ever since seeing a few of Adam's bikes over the past few summers, I've gained a huge appreciation for them, especially Cafe Racers. What makes this particular bike really cool is that it was commissioned by Norton Motorcycles and unlike a lot of the cheap, parts-bin specials out there, it uses only the finest materials. Everything on this Norton Dominator built by Goblin Works Garage is real stainless steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, or leather, and the effect is amazing. This Goblin Works Garage Norton Dominator is every bit as intricate as it is sinister; as classic as it is alien. Every surface begs you to take a closer look. To learn more about everything Goblin Works Garage did to this awesome Cafe Racer, head on over to Silodrome. Now that Spring has sprung, it's time to get those cars out and set those ponies free. And that's just what Internet Troll Sensation Cleetus McFarland does with his stripped-down, 1300-hp C5 Corvette Kart. It turns out that if you buy a wrecked Corvette and triple the horsepower, the rear tires aren't always ready to handle the extra power, in this case with spectacular results. Cleetus goes on to prove that the Chevy LS really is "America's Engine" and when you cram it full of air courtesy of some twin turbskis, you'll be able to hear those eagles sing. In addition to being a monster of a car in the burnout [...]

8 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 7th, 2018

By | 2018-05-08T13:30:24+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It’s a shame that Volkswagen hasn’t built a car this ridiculous to tackle the infamous Pikes Peak Hill Climb since 1987, but I don’t think anyone sees the gargantuan German automaker attempting to build a 650+ hp, twin-engined Golf ever again. From the sound of things, a Golf with a turbocharged 4-cylinder mounted at each end of the car was as sketchy to drive as it was fast. You’d think with perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the car would be really well balanced, but sometimes the computers keeping the engines in sync would get confused, sending different throttle inputs to each end of the car, making the short wheelbase Golf quite the handful to drive. To learn more about the craziest Golf Volkswagen has ever built, click the link and head over to Road & Track. […]

30 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 30th, 2018

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

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. […]

23 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 23rd, 2018

By | 2018-04-24T10:55:14+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The big news over this past weekend was Luftgekühlt 5 – an intense celebration of air-cooled Porsches – that was hosted in a giant lumber yard in LA and organized by a veritable who’s who of Porsche fanatics including Patrick Long and Howie Idelson with help from Jeff Zwart, Rod Emery and many others. The show drew tons of gorgeous old Porsche street and race cars, and features some significant public debuts of high-profile cars such as a super rare (1 of 6), street-legal Porche Schuppan 962CR, Bruce Canepa’s new 959SC, and a new super lightweight Singer reimagined 911 called the MLHLND. It looked like an incredible event and as a Porschephile, I spent most of Sunday scrolling through various social media feeds and crying because I was missing out. Luckily, Petrolicious has a great album of photos from the event if you, like me, weren’t able to attend. […]

17 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 16th, 2018

By | 2018-04-17T10:02:27+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hot on the heels of Ben’s ringing endorsement of the movie “Hitting The Apex” about motorcycle racing, I felt it was only appropriate that I start this week’s Lap with this wild, custom Yamaha GTS 1000, dubbed “Project Rhodium Omega”. While the bike’s architecture may be 25 years old, you could tell me this bike was sent back in time from 2068 and I’d believe you. There’s a really cool mix of super futuristic styling with some old-school touches that I can dig, and that wild light pod on the front makes it look a little like an angry Transformer. If you scroll to the bottom of the article, you’ll see some interesting build photos that show just how much work went into making this bike look the way it does today. […]

9 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 9th, 2018

By | 2018-04-09T15:05:55+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Wedge-shaped cars were a hallmark of the late 1970s and into the early ’80s. Like disco music, they’re one of those trends that were everywhere at the time but looking back, it might not have aged very well. Still, there’s something both nostalgic and futuristic about these photos depicting some of the most radical wedged concept cars to ever be built. Head on over to Petrolicious to see 10 of the wedgiest concept cars ever made, including favorites like the Lancia Stratos Zero, the Alfa Romeo Carabo, and the Lamborghini Marzal. Heck, there are even a few non-wedgy cars in the mix that carried the torch for the vintage futuristic photo shoot look that never seems to go out of style. […]

2 04, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 2nd, 2018

By | 2018-04-02T15:14:08+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I know I’ve professed my love for all things “Alfa Romeo” here before and if you’ve been listening, you’ve probably heard me call the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale the most beautiful car in the world. But Alfa, being Alfa, wouldn’t call something the “Stradale” if there wasn’t also a “Competitizione” version to take racing, which is how this amazing Petrolicious video came to be. Here we see three amazing drivers, including Derek Bell, Nanni Galli, and Arturo Merzario climbing behind the wheel of three of the gorgeous Alfa Romeos they used to race back in the day for a fun day of lapping around Alfa’s Balocco Proving Grounds. […]

26 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 26th, 2018

By | 2018-03-26T13:25:00+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Sometimes, life just isn’t fair. For example, 99.995% of us will never know the joy of piloting one of Michael Schumacher’s Formula 1 cars around a race track. We’ll never know what it’s like to be invited to pay millions of dollars for a custom-tailored Ferrari FXXK Evo race car that we won’t actually own or even take possession of. Yup, it’s a cruel, unfair world that only allows rich friends of the hallowed Ferrari brand to take part in extravagant private track days at some of the world’s best race tracks. It’s almost like a secret society of speed. But luckily, someone from Jalopnik weaseled their way into one of these private track days and took a bunch of pictures so you’ll at least know what you’re missing (besides a billion dollar bank account). […]

19 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 19, 2018

By | 2018-03-19T15:01:43+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The world needs more cars like this Amilcar. It’s a mix of parts from different sources and different eras, but the headlining feature is the 12-liter V8 built by Hispano-Suiza that was borrowed from a World War I era fighter plane. Although 300-hp might not sound like much by today’s standards, this car was a monster in the 1930s when it was raced. Now, it mostly gets brought out for events like the Goodwood Members’ Meetings, such as the one that just happened this past weekend. The simple 2-speed gearbox doesn’t allow for much top speed, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing since the drum brakes don’t do their job as well as they could. As you might imagine though, the car sure sounds every bit as wicked as it looks. […]

12 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar 12th, 2018

By | 2018-03-12T12:47:43+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Jaguars have always been desirable cars. They’re coveted by enthusiasts and collectors alike for their beauty, character, and charm. Maybe that’s why Jon Strader’s story about a particular baby blue 1954 Jaguar XK120 and the troubles he went through to acquire it as a 17-year-old in 1971 can certainly resonate with lots of other car enthusiasts today. For more on the story of this very special Jag, head on over to Road & Track to read their story. […]

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