9 10, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 8th, 2018

By | 2018-10-09T11:55:58+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

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. […]

27 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug. 27th, 2018

By | 2018-08-28T10:19:03+00:00 August 27th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

If you have been living under a rock for the past week, you might not have heard that Car Week invaded the Central California coast last week with a slew of auctions, car shows, rallies, and races that brought out some of the finest cars in the world. While the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance always cranks the snob factor up to 11, the Tour d’Elegance seems a bit more approachable, sending a number of the cars that would later take over the greens of Pebble Beach onto public roads for a cruise around town for all to see and enjoy. Car shows are cool and all, giving you a chance to get up close and poke around plenty of rare cars that you’ll probably never see again, but to see and hear them moving under their own power on public roads just heightens the cool factor all that much more, in my humble opinion. To see more of these gorgeous cars on the move, head on over to Classic Driver or Petrolicious. It’s also worth checking out this gallery from the Quail Motorsports Gathering on Petrolicious as well. […]

31 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 30th, 2018

By | 2018-07-31T13:03:27+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

In case you didn’t already know, the Morrie’s Heritage ’71 Corvette is a blast to drive. With a little help from a more modern LS1 V8, it’s got plenty of reliable power and its big sticky tires and wide footprint help it handle like it’s on rails. But in the land of excess, sometimes an LS-swap and sticky tires just aren’t quite enough, which is why Garrett Randall decided to take his C3 ‘Vette to the next level. That means more power with a built LS6 putting down 520+ hp and more grip courtesy of custom JRI coilovers all-around, combined with some super sticky 305 and 315 section width rubber tucked under some custom-molded fender flares. To learn more about what makes this green machine so cool, take a gander at the full Speedhunters’ article. […]

23 07, 2018

Lap Around the Web – July 23rd, 2018

By | 2018-07-24T15:17:27+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Yamaha is well-known for their sporty motorcycles, musical instruments, and electronics, but very few people realize the impact they’ve had on the auto industry. Sure, they designed some engines like the Ford Taurus SHO V6 and V8 engines of the 1990s and early 2000s, as well as the spine-tingling 4.8-liter V10 found under the long hood of the Lexus LF-A, but did you know the Japanese manufacturer also attempted to build their own supercar from scratch at one point? Much like the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Project One, Yamaha built their own F1 car for the road, calling it the OX99-1. Remove all of the sleek, swoopy bodywork, the headlights, and the windshield and underneath was a narrow, single-seat, carbon fiber tub with pushrod suspension and a 3.5-liter V12 that wailed to over 10,000 RPM. The end result was a 400-hp, 2,500-lb road weapon that would have cost well over $1,000,000 in the early 1990’s. Unfortunately, Yamaha terminated the project after producing just three cars, one of which was driven by Road & Track’s Paul Frere and received heaps of praise. To learn more about what could’ve been one of the most exciting road cars of all time, head over to Bring a Trailer for their in-depth look at the OX99-1. […]

25 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 25th, 2018

By | 2018-06-25T10:29:42+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

“Vintage Racing” and “Nürburgring” are three words that always make auto enthusiasts perk up a little bit. There’s just something about those old race cars that get people psyched up, especially when racing at a track with as much heritage as theNürburgring. Heck, even the pre-war Bugattis and such that attended the Nürburgring Classic this year could’ve raced there back when they were new. And that’s perhaps what makes this event so interesting; it brings together some of the finest vintage race cars in all of Europe to one of the best race tracks in the world where people can get up close and personal with these icons of speed. Things like old DTM cars, Can-Am McLarens, Porsche 917s and 935s, old Bugattis, and more, the Nürburgring Classic had it all. And to see more from the event and see what it’s like to be there in person, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

18 06, 2018

Lap Around the Web – June 18th, 2018

By | 2018-06-18T14:31:26+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I remember seeing CGI renders of a couple years ago of a 1930’s Ford with styling reminiscent of Formula 1 cars manipulated to fit the Ford’s boxy shape. It blew my mind at the time but I knew it was just a render and nobody would be crazy enough to build something like that. Luckily, my pessimism didn’t stop someone from actually building what I had thought was impossible and what you see here, although not quite in its final form, is a running, driving version of that F1-inspired 1930 Ford. Not only that, but this one gets absolutely thrashed on the streets of Miami. And with a driveline out of a Honda S2000 that will happily rev out to 9,000 RPM, you’re most of the way there to having a vintage formula car for the street. I’m excited to see the final form of this car and hopefully, it’ll make an appearance at SEMA in the near future but for more photos, head on over to Speedhunters. […]

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 02, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Feb 19, 2018

By | 2018-02-19T14:33:20+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

You work hard and that means you owe it to yourself to own and drive a cool collector car. If you're not sure what the best collector car for you would be, the fine folks at Road & Track have some great ideas for where to start looking. If your budget is still relatively small, they put together a list of sub-$20,000 collector cars that are relatively easy to find, fun to drive, and easy to live with. If you've got a little more money to toss around and want something rarer or more exotic, this list might also be helpful. AMC Javelins don't get enough love. This one, if you can even still call it a Javelin anymore, is one of the coolest muscle cars I've seen. The Ring Brothers have built an illustrious career for themselves building the most badass muscle cars on the planet and this '72 Javelin AMX is no exception. With well over 1,000+ HP on tap, it can shred tires with ease, but it's so much more than just an epic tire shredder. Speaking of tire shredders, would you ever have guessed that this 1948 Chrysler Town & Country is hiding a beastly 8.4L V10 out of a Dodge Viper under the hood? I can't imagine a much cooler burnout machine than this thing. In all-original form, these cars make great nostalgic boulevard cruisers but now it's got some punch for those impromptu stoplight-to-stoplight pulls. The Viper engine has been touched on too, hiding [...]

27 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 27th “The Leftovers Edition”

By | 2017-11-27T10:54:40+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Hopefully, you’ve woken up from your Thanksgiving turkey-induced coma, wiped the leftover gravy or cranberry sauce from the corner of your mouth, and it back to work today. To make that post-holiday Monday a little better, I’m going to start by bringing you some Grade-A vintage racing from the historic Daytona International Speedway. Normally, vintage races get chopped down to what is essentially a sprint race of maybe a dozen or so laps to fit in all the different classes or to fill time before more modern series run. Luckily, that isn’t the case for the Classic 24 Hours of Daytona, where all of your favorite race cars from yesteryear come back to one of the most iconic tracks in the world to duke it out for glory yet again. And not only are the cars themselves incredible but because the racing season slows down significantly around this time of year, it brings out some big name drivers as well, including Patrick Long, Jochen Mass, Ron Fellows, and Adrian Newey. Between the sights, the sounds, the cars, and the drivers, there’s simply no other race like it. […]

13 11, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Nov. 13th

By | 2017-11-13T11:10:59+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

While plenty of modern automotive factories feature floor to ceiling glass walls, sleek, modern designs, and cutting-edge machinery all laid out across a huge plot of land, Fiat strove to be an integrated part of Turin, Italy when they built their Lingotto plant and test track in the heart of the city in 1916. That’s right, Fiat built not only a large-scale automotive factory in the center of a bustling city but in order to also test their vehicles as they came off the assembly line, the roof was transformed into a banked oval test track. Raw materials would be delivered to the ground level and as cars underwent their assembly, they’d move higher and higher until the completed cars ended up on the rooftop test track to be driven prior to delivery. This was standard practice for more than 65 years until production ended in 1982. The building is now a mixed-used space with apartments, a piano store, art galleries, and rather fittingly, the Automotive Engineering school at Turin Polytechnic. […]

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