When veteran racer Sean Edwards lost his life while teaching an advanced student in a Porsche GT3 Cup racecar, the loosely-knit community of professional and volunteer driving coaches was immediately fractured by our various responses to the incident. Some of us quit coaching and never looked back. A surprisingly large number of instructors weren’t bothered at all and made no changes in their approach. Others chose to gradually reduce their exposure to risk, often by moving to a data-driven coaching model such as the one pioneered by well-respected racer and analyst Peter Krause.Finally, you had the driving instructors, such as your humble author, who resolved to continue with in-car training but who also resolved to take any and all steps necessary to increase our safety. The Motorsport Safety Foundation (MSF) was created out of that desire, and it has already done a considerable amount of absolutely invaluable work in safeguarding both drivers and coaches from harm. Most … [Read more...] about ‘Distance Coaching’ Is Safer for the Driver and Instructor, But Does It Work?
Following their surprise win in Spain with Citroën, Sebastien Loeb and Danos Elena have joined Hyundai's 2019 campaign, along with 2018 runner-ups Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul, as well as the pair of Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio. Of course while Citroën might not be happy about Loeb leaving the PSA family, they will have five-time world champion Sebastien Ogier on their hand, who joined them after scoring this year's victory with M-Sport. Loeb brings 79 WRC trophies worth of experience to Hyundai, but will only enter six races next season, starting with Monte Carlo. And while Neuville continues on, Dani Sordo gets an eight-rally campaign out of his one-year contract extension. Hyundai says they are also having "an open dialogue with Hayden (Paddon)" about his future involvement. Frankly, Hyundai doesn’t want to end 2019 without grabbing the Manufacturers’ title. TwitterHyundai Motorsport Sebastien Loeb had this to add:Winning at Rally de … [Read more...] about Sebastien Loeb Is Back in WRC With Hyundai
Armed with a new production facility in Connecticut, the movie producer-turned-low-volume supercar constructor has an entry in the ACO/FIA’s 2020 World Endurance Championship ‘Hypercar’ class in motion with the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 model, plans to sell road and GT3/GT4 racing versions of his new Scuderia SCG004, is bringing Steve McQueen’s ‘Baja Boot’ to market as the Glickenhaus Boot, intends to form the Glickenhaus North American Racing team to enter those GT3/GT4 004s in IMSA and possibly World Challenge, and will channel his inner Enzo Ferrari by selling enough customer versions of the SCG007 to fund his FIA WEC program. And there’s more in the works, as the newly minted NHTSA-certified auto manufacturer looks to move hundreds of SCG vehicles down the production line and out onto roads, dirt trails, and race tracks. Catch up with Glickenhaus in a sweeping conversation that details the coming months and years for the new American … [Read more...] about Jim Glickenhaus Wants to Do Everything
There are a lot of cars out there that are perfect for track days. There is no winner at a track day (even though some people think they can win it). There are no lap times being taken. It's about having fun on track, particularly if you're there in your street car. But that same car that's perfect for a day of lapping isn't perfect for wheel-to-wheel competition. It likely lacks safety equipment like roll cages and harnesses that are required in race cars. Races also make people competitive (duh), and you're more likely to forget that you need to drive this car home. And that can result in a wreck of your lovely track day car. A wreck that will absolutely not be covered by any insurance company.Like this Shelby GT350 at New Smyrna Speedway.This event, a 'spectator race,' is exactly what it sounds like. Spectators with quick street cars take to the banking of the oval for a race. It looks like a ton of fun, and the field is widely varied. There's everything from pickups to Corvettes on … [Read more...] about Racing Your Street Car Is a Bad Idea
Robert Stokes / Bloodhound SSC Just last week we learned the Bloodhound SSC project, which planned on breaking the 1000-MPH barrier and becoming the fastest car on earth, went bankrupt and had to shut down. Now, according to driver Andy Green, the car is up for sale for about the price of a Ferrari 812 Superfast. That was quick. The BBC spoke with Green, who was set to drive the car for the record-breaking speed run in South Africa sometime next year before the program closed its doors. He told them the Bloodhound supersonic car is currently available at a cost of about £250,000 ($313,623 at current exchange rates). While the car isn't capable of breaking the 1000-mph mark right now, Green says he knows a team of engineers—presumably those laid off from the program—that could assist the new owner, if they so desire. Considering the sheer amount of money, engineering, and know-how put into the Bloodhound SSC, it's sad to see it being unloaded for high-end supercar … [Read more...] about You Can Apparently Buy the Bloodhound Supersonic Car for Just $313,000