30 04, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Apr. 29th, 2019

By |2019-04-30T11:19:50-05:00April 30th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Porsche made a name for itself in the 1950s racing small, lightweight, and nimble sports cars. By the early 1960s, the 356s and 550 Spyders weren’t quite cutting it anymore so the German brand turned to the Italy-based coachbuilder Carlos Abarth to optimize the shape of their 356 for aerodynamics while also cutting weight wherever possible. The end result was the Porsche 356 Carrera GTL Abarth. It was 5 inches lower, while also shorter and narrower than the 356 it was based on. This had a tremendous effect on lowering the car’s aerodynamic drag and the lightweight aluminum bodywork shaved off 45 kg in the process. It’s a shame only 20 of these lightweight racers were built because they dominated the race track at the time, racking up multiple class wins in prestigious events like the Targa Florio and the 24 Hrs of Le Man in the early 1960s. It paved the way for Porsche’s lightweight, aerodynamic-focused designs that led the way for a long lineage of successful race cars including the 904, 917, 956, and 962. To read more about the Porsche 356 Carrera GTL Abarth, visit Classic Driver. […]

18 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 18th, 2019

By |2019-03-18T14:03:17-05:00March 18th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The Porsche 919 Hybrid is one of the most dominant endurance race cars of the current era. With a virtually identical power to weight ratio as a modern F1 car, the 919 is ruthlessly fast but its complex aerodynamics make it fairly easy to drive. The combination of a highly-strung 700+ HP V4 engine along with some incredibly power-dense battery cells mean that the 919 is producing just shy of 1,200 HP going to all four wheels with computers to control everything seamlessly so the driver can focus on making the absolute most of the mechanical symphony being orchestrated around them. Chris Harris of Top Gear got the quite enviable job of driving the Porsche 919 for a day and you can see what that was like for him in the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D4l4TUj8sQ&t=0s […]

11 03, 2019

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 11th, 2019

By |2019-03-11T13:12:50-05:00March 11th, 2019|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The latest season of Top Gear has already started airing on the BBC in the UK but we won't be able to watch it in the US until the middle of April. That being said, they've been teasing out some content on their Youtube channel, including what looks to be an awesome racing challenge between Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc, and Rory Reid in some cheap (sub-$10K) high-luxury cars. Between the Mercedes 600SEL, Bentley Arnage, and Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, they all look pretty good as race cars but we'll have to wait for the episode to air next month to know which one is the fastest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmhrAbl5Js0   For Audi nerds or just fans of fast, practical, sports cars, there are few things more lust-worthy than the Audi RS2, built in limited quantities between 1994-1995. The RS2 was the ultimate evolution of the Audi 80 Avant platform. With further fine-tuning from Porsche, the 2.2-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder produced 315-hp going to all four wheels, which were also supplied by Porsche along with the massive brakes. All in all, Audi made just under 3,000 RS2s and unfortunately, none of them were imported into the US. However, now that they're 25 years old, that will hopefully start to change. I'll let Jalopnik tell you the rest of the reasons why you should import one right now. Niki Lauda was one of Formula 1's most prolific drivers. Back when he was still actively racing for Ferrari, the cars were much more of a handful than [...]

18 12, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Dec. 17th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:05:53-05:00December 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. […]

6 08, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Aug 6th, 2018

By |2019-02-26T10:13:44-05:00August 6th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Just like the saying “the clothes make the man” points out that what a person wears can often be a judge of their character, the same can apply to wheels on a car. One of the most important parts of a car is where the rubber meets the road and the perfect set of wheels can make or break the look of a car. While most modern cars don’t really look right on anything smaller than 18″ wheels, I’m totally enamored with the much more intricate 14-, 15-, and 16-inch wheels of the 1960’s through the 1980’s. That’s why I couldn’t help but bug out when Petrolicious shared this cool throwback look at all the classic wheels that adorned sportscar 30+ years ago. There are just so many creative and quirky designs from the likes of ATS, Compomotive, Campagnolo, and Speed Star. Which vintage wheel design is your favorite? […]

16 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 16th

By |2017-10-16T14:36:26-05:00October 16th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I can always get hyped on the McLaren F1. To this day, it’s still my all-time favorite car and when it was new, it had more in common with an alien spacecraft than just about any other car on the market at the time. And maybe that’s why I’m so excited that there’s still a brand-new, as-delivered 1997 McLaren F1 out there with just 138 miles on the odometer. Sure, when it’s a shame that it’s never been driven because it’s an icon amongst analog supercars, but for whoever is looking to cash in, selling this pristine machine is likely to net them more profit than I can ever hope to make over the course of my adult life. If you have the means and are shopping for the perfect McLaren F1, here’s your opportunity. […]

3 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 2nd

By |2017-10-03T09:24:32-05:00October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I love weird cars. Cars with a story, a unique history, or a secret life. And that’s exactly why I had to feature this Porsche 356-based “Kaiserslautern Coupe”. It’s one of those cars that can show up at a car show or event and despite the condition, it’ll draw a crowd and hundreds of questions all day because everyone is curious what it is, where it came from, and why it exists. The story about this rare car is actually even more interesting than I would’ve guessed, but not wanting to spoil the surprise, I recommend you head on over to Petrolicious to read the owner’s story about it. […]

20 02, 2017

Lap Around The Web – Feb. 20th

By |2017-02-20T13:37:24-05:00February 20th, 2017|Lap Around the Web, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This week, we start off with a fun little challenge, prompted by Jalopnik. The mission is to scour Google Earth satellite imagery and find all of the abandoned, neglected, or vanishing race tracks around the world. In some cases, these hallowed grounds have been reclaimed by nature, forgotten relics of a bygone era. In other cases, they’ve been reclaimed by developers, replacing the pillars of speed with condos and shopping malls. In any case, it’s fun to scroll through the comments and catch a glimpse of these disappearing race tracks and meander down various rabbit holes, learning more about what used to be and what could’ve been. Feel free to go on your own search and share any results you find in the comments here. […]

27 09, 2016

Lap Around The Web – September 27th

By |2016-09-27T12:33:12-05:00September 27th, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

For those of you have attended one of our Formula 1 viewing parties, you’ve seen Red Bull Racing clawing back ground from the dominant Mercedes-Benzes this season. To show just how hard the team in Milton Keynes works – designing, producing, testing, and assembling over a million parts – to put together a pair of competitive cars, they created this insanely detailed video documenting the life cycle of a single bolt. It’s definitely worth a watch if you’ve got a few minutes to spare. […]

19 07, 2016

Lap Around The Web – 7/20/2016

By |2016-07-19T13:15:33-05:00July 19th, 2016|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

We’re suckers for stylish, rough and tumble SUVs like the Land Cruiser, Bronco, and Grand Wagoneer. Perhaps no vehicle better exemplifies that look than the classic Jeeps of the 70’s and 80’s, especially some of the special editions that The Drive recently featured. Between the bright colors and funky patterned graphics, these Jeeps offer just the right amount of flair to stand out in the great outdoors. […]