22 01, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Jan 21st, 2019

By | 2019-01-22T13:18:24+00:00 January 22nd, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It’s unfortunate that winter usually means the end of car season here in Minnesota. The cold temps and slippery roads mean most people tuck their fun cars away for months at a time. In Austria, however, they celebrate the cold weather with a winter motorsports event, simply called the “Ice Race in Zell am See”. Here, loads of beautiful race cars and sports cars don studded tires and take laps around a small race course formed out of the snow and ice. Some of these amazing cars even attach tow straps and pull skiers around the course! […]

14 01, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Jan. 24th, 2019

By | 2019-01-14T16:27:10+00:00 January 14th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Now here’s something you don’t see every day. This long-hooded, Land Rover Series II-based behemoth is called the Bell Aurens Longnose. Although it now sees use with a more modern Range Rover 4.6L V8 under the bonnet, the rakish split-cowl hood was originally meant to cover a massive 27-liter V12 from a Spitfire fighter plane. Unfortunately, that plan never made it off the ground (pun intended) and now this oddly proportioned off-roadster can make a far more civilized shuffle to and from car shows and other events. Besides the 6-ft long hood, some of the other modifications include a shift lever topped with a cricket ball, side exit exhaust for that rumbly V8, and massive 35″ Mickey Thompson mud tires. If you’re the type of billionaire playboy (or playgirl) who would enjoy such a unique and eccentric vehicle, head over to Classic Driver where the Bell Aurens Longnose is listed for sale. […]

7 01, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Jan. 7th, 2018

By | 2019-01-07T16:53:12+00:00 January 7th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Carbon fiber has long been used to make lighter, stronger parts for cars, airplanes, and more. Sure, we’ve seen other fiber-based composites like fiberglass and even more exotic materials like Pagani’s “carbotanium” but now there’s a more environmentally-friendly composite that Porsche is pioneering with their new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport for the lightweight doors and rear wing. It’s called “natural fiber” and it’s made out of plant-based fibers, namely flax. For all intents and purposes, it looks and acts just like carbon fiber does, however, the raw fiber has a bit of a golden glow to it. There are some pretty significant benefits to natural fiber though in that it takes 75% less energy to manufacturer than carbon fiber and it’s also easier to dispose of, however, it’s not quite as strong as carbon fiber which means you probably won’t see the next supercar tub made out of it anytime soon. Still, it’s nice to see a new and innovative material come into play for future race cars. To learn more about natural fibers, check out the rest of the story on Road & Track’s website. […]

2 01, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Jan 2nd, 2019

By | 2019-01-02T12:39:28+00:00 January 2nd, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Every Ferrari 250 GT is special in some way. These hand-built Ferraris of the late 1950s and early 1960s were supplied to a number of coachbuilders around Italy, and this particular example stands out as the first one to be skinned by Pinin Farina for the princess of Belgium in 1957. As the story goes, Enzo Ferrari had a great relationship with the King of Belgium and his wife. When Pirelli pulled their tire sponsorship with Ferrari in 1955, Princess Lilian reached out to Belgian tire manufacturer Englebert and arranged for them to pick up the slack. As a “thank you” from Enzo, when Princess Lilian later ordered a 250 GT in 1957, Pinin Farina was brought in to design a particularly elegant V12-powered coupe for her. The end result is what you see here, now making its way to auction some 62 years later with an estimated price tag of $11-13M. […]

24 12, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 24th, 2018

By | 2018-12-26T09:01:22+00:00 December 24th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In the spirit of the holiday season, it seemed only fitting to share these beautiful photos of the new Lamborghini Urus and its predecessor, the “Rambo Lambo” LM002, driving through frozen countryside and villages to collect a Christmas tree. With both heavyweight SUVs making crazy power, one courtesy of a twin-turbo V8 and the other from a V12 borrowed from a Countach, it’s hard to say with would be more fun to use as a tree transportation device. Both vehicles draw loads of attention everywhere they go, but for a trip around the Dolomites, I think I’d have to pick the LM002 as long as there were enough gas stations to keep me moving along. […]

18 12, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 17th, 2018

By | 2018-12-18T11:39:28+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

If you’ve followed the guys at Stanceworks at all, you’ll see they’re not just casual fans of cool cars and wild builds. They actually like to get their hands dirty and build their own unique cars. One of their builds that I’ve been particularly excited about is Mike Burrough’s 1931 Ford Model A pickup. Mike is known for very non-traditional builds, including his rat-rod BMW E28 5-Series racecar known as “Rusty Slammington” but this Model A might take the cake. Half 90-year-old truck and half race car, this thing is built to scoot with a supercharged Ford Coyote V8, trick coilover suspension, and lots of other motorsports goodies, including super lightweight centerlock wheels from an IMSA prototype mounted with Michelin’s race-spec rain tires. All said and done, this truck weighs about the same as a Miata but with well over 600 horsepower. Sounds like my kind of fun! To learn more about Mike’s killer Model A, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

10 12, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 10th, 2018

By | 2018-12-11T08:36:24+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Old VW Beetles are cool and so are overland rigs. So why not combine them into the best of both worlds and make an overland-ready Baja Bug like this one? When Jamie Wiseman bought this ’67 Bug, he was planning to turn it into a cool Baja Bug. After taking it camping in Colorado, he decided to go a little further with the build and began equipping it with overland essentials like a roof basket to hold extra fuel jugs and tires, a shovel, and lights. He beefed up the wheels and tires as well and transformed this old Beetle into a rough and tumble overland-ready Baja Bug that could go anywhere he wanted. It’s surely earned its nickname of “El Burro” and it’s seen some beautiful terrain, far off the beaten path. To learn more about “El Burro”, head over to Expedition Portal. […]

4 12, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 3rd, 2018

By | 2018-12-04T16:20:46+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Local metalworking master, Christopher Rünge, has spent the better part of a decade toiling away in his small shop in Alexandria, MN, hand-forming huge sheets aluminum until they look like the gorgeous vehicle you see above. Taking his inspiration from Porsche race cars from the 1950s, Christopher designs and builds these cars from the ground up, incorporating rebuilt air-cooled Porsche motors, his own custom chassis, and a thin aluminum skin over an equally delicate aluminum wireframe. If you’ve ever seen one of his builds at Cars & Coffee, you’ll understand why Christopher is becoming a household name amongst collectors and enthusiasts around the globe, with his cars being featured all over the internet, and even making it onto an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. The former professional snowboarder now turned car builder sat down recently with Classic Driver for an insightful interview about how he got where he is today and what inspires him to keep pushing into the future. […]

26 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 26th, 2018

By | 2018-11-26T16:46:40+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I love the Mazda RX-7. Every generation looked cool in its own way and the rotary engines that powered them are the brappy, fire-breathing, rev machines that dreams are made of. So what do you do when you love RX-7s but also want 4 seats? You get yourself an RX-3 and put a more modern 13B rotary and slap a big turbo on it. That’s how you get a 4-seat car that weighs roughly 2,000 lbs while making an ear-shattering 420 hp. But this 1971 Mazda RX-3, owned by California native Joe Feng, isn’t only about going fast in a straight line. Instead, over the 5 years that this RX-3 was built, Joe focused just as much on the suspension and interior to make it a well-balanced, do-everything street car. With 15×9- and 15×10-inch wheels and equally massive sticky rubber on those flared fenders, and an interior full of period-correct Mazda goodies, this RX-3 is a canyon carver’s dream! To read more about this beautiful and functional RX-3, make sure to visit Speedhunters. […]

19 11, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 19th, 2018

By | 2018-11-19T15:42:00+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

One of my favorite lines from any movie is when Doc Brown at the end of “Back to the Future” says “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” before his DeLorean lifts off the ground, tucks its wheels, and takes off into the sky. The thought of flying cars always seemed like a fantasy and it technically still is, but this hovercraft DeLorean is about as close as you can get. Although it didn’t start its life as a hovercraft and it can’t be driven on the road, it’s a pretty faithful replica that can drive over just about anything else from sand to sea. Best yet, it’s for sale on eBay Motors right now if you want your very own hovering DeLorean! […]

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