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Driving the Prelude Again. Or is that Still..? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Monday, 06 July 2015 17:50

It’s now 9 weeks since the Silvia was so rudely taken from me. In that time I have been quite comprehensively screwed by the insurance provider (who shall remain nameless for now due to an ongoing dispute with them regarding the payout) and driving my Prelude. And the funniest thing has happened. But first, let’s rewind a sec.

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Electric Racer Wins at Pikes Peak! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 17:23

So while I've been fairly lax with proper updates (turns out I hate driving my Honda for the same reasons I hated it 3 years ago - oh well) some pretty awesome things have happened in international motorsport. Like Rhys Millen winning the Pikes Peak hillclimb with an electric prototype. Here's a video I found taken from Rhys' right shoulder. Listen to the speed, without engine noise...it's kinda odd.

Rhys drove the eO PP03 prototype to a winning time of 9m 07.222 seconds for the outright win. Sure it's a minute slower than Loeb's mental Pug but he did this with an electric car. Because remember, they aren't meant to be fast!

Millen headed what ended up an EV 1-2 sucker punch to internal combustion, with Monster Tajima 25.179 seconds further back in his own electric prototype, the e-Runner.

 
So...Ford Return to LeMans..?! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Monday, 15 June 2015 17:19

With the weekend just gone playing host to the 83rd running of the 24 Heures duMans, it was a fitting time for Ford to announce theire return.

Ford, who came and conquered in 1966. Then again in 1967, 68 and 69. The story of Henry Ford II and how he turned being snubbed by Enzo Ferrari into what was effectively a cost-no-object chase for victory is the stuff of legend. And the starring role in that story, is of course the Ford GT40 - a car supposedly named for it's height of 40-inches above floor level.

Unfortunately there's no sound, but this is some enjoyable video from the 1966 race.

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Anyway, back to the reason for this post. Ford have announced that they're heading back to LeMans, with this proper racer in the GT category. While the video looks like it was made entirely in GranTurismo (which wouldn't be such a bad thing...) there's enough excitement in here for anyone who is even slightly interested in sports car racing.

And while the purists are shouting that it's not a real GT40 sucessor because it has a turbocharged V6 and not a firebreathing V8, I can excuse that. I mean, the boosted six cylinder will make better power and have much better fuel economy than a highly strung V8 ever could. Not to mention, race cars had little (if any) roll cages, open face helmets and and glass windscreens back then too, so a few movements from the traditional are surely acceptable.

 
Driving a 7-second Corvette... PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Friday, 29 May 2015 17:22

You may remember that shortly after the 2014 edition of HOT ROD DragWeek I posted a bunch of links to BangShift's series of blogs on what it was like to drive with 5 time winner Larry Larson.

I love the idea of fast street/race cars being driven on the road. So much so that the moment I saw this article I figured I'd share it before I'd even read it. Meh; I enjoyed it so I figure you might too.

Click through to HOT ROD.com for the story on what it's like driving a 7-second Corvette through Toronto.

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used without permission of HotRod.com. But look at it. It's so awesome!

 
Copyright and Cars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:30

There's been a lot of noise in the automotive media recently (mainly in the US, naturally) about GM's recent statement around the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Many see this as GM telling enthusiasts that they cannot work on their own cars. The internet (as it does) went into overdrive.

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While there has been a lot of fearmongering, there has been very little intelligent discussion on the matter.

As such, I will link this article on EngineLabs.com, as it the first balanced story that I've seen. What do you think?

http://www.enginelabs.com/news/editorial-gm-the-dmca-and-copyrights-do-you-own-your-car/

 

 
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