Group C was one of the greatest eras in racing history, producing the fastest cars to ever run the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The story of how it died was, sadly, one that it should have seen coming. As I said, Group C was one of the greatest eras in racing, possibly an equal to the classic Ford versus Ferrari, Ferrari versus Porsche battles of the 1960s. What’s odd is that both eras died the same way. Back in the early ‘70s, the organizers at Le Mans became concerned that the big 5.0 liter Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s competing for overall wins were getting too fast, so they agreed that they would limit engine size to 3.0 liters. By no accident, this was also the same size that engines were allowed to be in Formula 1 at the time. The cars that competed at Le Mans would share their engine designs with the top single seaters of the era. While Ferrari and Porsche etched themselves into history fighting against each other in 1970 and ‘71, Ferrari and the French … [Read more...] about How Group C Died
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What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions. Dan has had a batch of bad luck. He recently went through a divorce, and his old BMW crapped out just as he started a new job. He is looking for something enjoyable, reliable and practical for two kids and gear for under $20,000. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. ) Here is the scenario: I’m a divorced father of two who just spent 6 months unemployed. My 2003 BMW 540i/6MT, on my seventh day of work at a new job, blew out its cooling system (which I’ve replaced or repaired five times since buying the car in 2011). My savings are zilch and my debt is high. I will likely have to dig into my retirement account to cover a down payment, so whatever it is, it has to be a good bang for the buck. My new job involves a 25 mile, 40-minute commute each way, so fuel economy is important. I’d also like … [Read more...] about I Just Got Divorced and My Old BMW Died! What Car Should I Buy?
The 24-year-old driver and builder of this 1994 Honda Civic-based kart conversion called his machine the “deathkart”, but unfortunately it cost him his life when he was ejected from it after it was struck by a Pontiac. His home-built cage work was badly mangled in the process. The Virginian Pilot reports Driver Anthony Dillard was killed last week in the vehicle, which was reportedly his beloved project vehicle. The kart’s license plates were “KART LYF,” and Dillard’s Instagram even proclaimed “deathkart lyfe!!” What would have probably been a survivable crash in a regular Civic ultimately killed Dillard after he was ejected from his kart. The Virginian Pilot writes: Dillard was heading north on Eden Way toward Volvo Parkway when he crashed, said Officer Leo Kosinski, a Chesapeake police spokesman. A Pontiac was traveling the opposite direction, and Dillard lost control and started making a left hand turn, sliding into the … [Read more...] about Man Dies After Crash In Home-Built Honda Civic Based Kart He Named ‘Deathkart’
The car industry has been a little boring of late. Perhaps its the relentless slew of bombastic press releases, with their spittle-flecked enthusiasm and manufactured hype. Maybe it's the lack of truly exciting design, and the increasingly congruous appearance of mainstream cars. Or it could be the unwavering sense that the automobile is dying, and that the things we love – so firmly rooted in the 20th Century – will be historical artefacts by the turn of the 22nd. It's easy to feel a little disheartened by it all. This mood lasted precisely one morning. Because at 12 noon I phoned a man called Matthew Quitter, who runs London Electric Cars, for a scheduled interview that truthfully sounded pretty dull on paper. And a few hours later I met him in a car park in Lambeth, where he set about reaffirming my love for the motor car and rebuilding my faith in its future. Matthew has taken a 1953 Morris Minor and replaced its petrol engine with an electric … [Read more...] about A prelude to e-Minor – how this prototype electric Morris might change the world
0 Comments Poll: Were Ireland and Ulster rugby chiefs right to sack Jackson and Olding? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Lindy McDowell and Eilis O'Hanlon take opposing views on the decision taken by rugby chiefs. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/poll-were-ireland-and-ulster-rugby-chiefs-right-to-sack-jackson-and-olding-36809262.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36800068.ece/3c387/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_ed19ae3c-309b-4a59-aa9a-f89c01381bc3_embedded235721038 Email Lindy McDowell and Eilis O'Hanlon take opposing views on the decision taken by rugby chiefs. No, both of their careers have been macerated by a vocal social media backlashBy Lindy McDowell In the end it wasn't a victory for feminism. It was a victory for finance. Because, let's face it, those who generally call the shots in sport are the sponsors. And in the opinion of many Ulster Rugby fans, it would appear to have been the pressure from the sponsors that played a key role … [Read more...] about Poll: Were Ireland and Ulster rugby chiefs right to sack Jackson and Olding?