Since it was first revealed last summer, American customers have been salivating over the for-Europe-only Ford Focus RS and its incredible cost/performance ratio. While the car still isn’t on our shores, your thirst for RS knowledge can be sated today thanks to a massive release from Ford Europe. If you’ve been keeping up on the Focus RS news, you know it makes about 300hp and 325 lb-ft, hits 62 mph in less than six seconds and tops out at an electronically-limited 155 mph. You also know it comes equipped with a six-speed gearbox, a Quaife limited-slip differential, beefier brakes, a stiffer and lower suspension, color-matched Recaro sport seats, Xenon headlamps, and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in stickier rubber. Also available is a luxury pack that adds dual-zone air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, and parking sensors. Check all the option boxes and you’ll also get a touch-screen navigation system, leather seats and Bluetooth. Now, if you want to know more about … [Read more...] about Ford Reveals Every Detail You Could Ever Want to Know About the Euro Focus RS
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Formula 1 is getting more attention now than ever before, especially here in Malaysia. This movement towards the acceptance of the world’s most expensive sport is thanks to Petronas’ multi million dollar sponsorship of Mercedes GP and of course the ‘two’ Lotus-branded Formula 1 teams. The first to bring the Lotus brand back into Formula 1 was a squad led by Tony Fernandes, known as Lotus Racing last season and Team Lotus this season, for now that is until a British High Court says otherwise. Then it was Group Lotus, which is of course owned by our national car maker Proton which has severed ties with Fernandes’ team late last year. Group Lotus then partnered with Genii Capital which ran the Renault Formula 1 team. This new partnership has given birth to the name Lotus Renault GP. Before we move on into the 2011 season, lets have a quick recap on the 2010 season. It started off with the rather controversial refueling ban and many thought the races would … [Read more...] about 2011 F1 World Championship – all you need to know!
It’s interesting to look back over the years and note how the setups have changed for both dirt and asphalt racing. There’s even a little bleed-over from one to the other, believe it or not. I’ve seen lots of change, some anticipated and some not, some that make perfect sense and some not so perfect. I remember back in the early ’90’s, most circle track asphalt and dirt cars were set up way too stiff at the front and way too soft at the right rear. The goals that produced those setups were to find the fastest lap on the stopwatch and then race with that. These unbalanced setups fell off quickly in lap times, but then everyone fell off, so it didn’t matter, nor did it become apparent that there was a problem. Both types of circle track racing have evolved to where we had softer front springs and a stiffer right rear by the late ’90’s. And the cars got faster and more consistent. The race teams that were ahead of the curve won a lot of … [Read more...] about Circle Track Asphalt And Dirt Cars – The Evolution Of Racing Setups?
Want to row your own gears, make gobs of power, and even get decent gas mileage on the highway? The T56 is the ticket. This six-speed wonder was designed and built by Borg-Warner originally, though manufacturing switched over to Tremec in 1998. In recent times, the T56 transmission has become synonymous with LS-powered Pro Touring builds, but it actually debuted in the 1992 Dodge Viper and 1993 Camaro Z/28. It eventually replaced the ZF six-speed in the Corvette when the C5 was developed using a transaxle arrangement. Over the years, the T56 took on a several different forms in the GM world—from the F-bodies to the Corvette, GTO, CTS-V, and SSR pickup. Each of these had its own distinct nuances, including different gear ratios. And, of course, just when we started to get a handle on it, Tremec introduced the TR6060. Thankfully, we are here to walk you through the differences, how they are put together, and even a few upgrades needed to breathe life into a worn-out unit. … [Read more...] about Everything You Need to Know About Selecting a T56 for Your GM Project
Every so often I get requests to run a tech article on how to set up a road racing car, especially one that used to race on circle tracks. And, figure eight racing in America is very popular in some locations. They could benefit from knowing more about setting those cars up for turning both ways. Ever since the Winston Cup boys started racing on the road courses, such as Riverside, California, and Watkins Glen, New York, some weekend circle track racers have desired to combine turning right with turning left. There is something intriguing and attractive about having 10 or 12 turns, all different, instead of basically two at a typical short track. So, we now have venues where a circle track racer can compete on road courses, sometimes with their same car. Because the Vintage racing participation is growing and because so many of the Cup drivers as well as successful touring drivers are opting to drive on road courses in various series, we decided to address the setups for those cars as … [Read more...] about Turn Right: How to Make Your Circle Track Car Turn Both Ways on a Road Course
Every car lover wants to bolt in a real toad-strangler of a fuel pump. And while the reasons may vary—you want to upgrade your weak stocker, you’re planning engine upgrades, you’re going racing, you think a billet chunk of metal in your engine bay looks shweet—your reasoning is sound. Because that corroded chunk of metal has lived a hard life, fuel pumps wear out just like everything else with moving parts, and doing it now in the off-season sure beats going lean or breaking down next summer. However, your choices are many. Aside from simply bolting up another mechanical pump with a similar pressure rating, you’ll need some intel into which latest and greatest pump should grace your presence. This is that intel. Fuel Pump Types Mechanical Pumps (Carbureted) In carbureted, naturally aspirated combos, the engine-mounted mechanical fuel pump is as simple as it is effective. This old-school component uses a rubber diaphragm in the middle of the housing and … [Read more...] about Everything You Need To Know About Aftermarket Fuel Pumps
LOS ANGELES, California — In a few days, the Rolex 24 at Daytona kicks-off the 2017 racing season at Daytona International Speedway, which is less than an hour’s drive from my house, yet I came to California to prepare for my 31st year in motorsports. Go figure. My reasoning is pretty simple: California is all about cars and I had an assignment out here anyway, so I decided to make a proper road trip out of it and tick off a bunch of boxes. Call it equal parts relaxation, motivation, and inspiration. Upon my arrival in Los Angeles, I picked up a 2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum wearing Purpurite Metallic on the outside and Agate Grey leather on the inside. I then did what everyone should do immediately after gathering their luggage at LAX: I drove 20 minutes down the freeway to the Porsche Experience Center in nearby Carson. The company strategically built both of its U.S Porsche Experience Centers close to two of the busiest airports in the country, LAX and Atlanta … [Read more...] about Prepping for the Rolex 24 at Daytona With a California Road Trip
We got to join Audi Sport’s prototype team, which runs a trio of R18 e-tron Quattro race cars in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship series, at a testing session at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas.Now that we’re done humble-bragging about kickin’ it with Audi’s racing team and enjoying 80-degree weather for a few days, we should add that we did some work while we were down there. Specifically, as the team geared up for a new WEC season and the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, we spoke to Audi Sport head Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, veteran driver Tom Kristensen, and anyone else who’d tell us anything about the inner workings of the latest R18. Predictably, a lot of the good stuff falls under the “it’s a secret” heading, but we were able to discern 10 things about the R18 you need to know. 1. The Laser Headlights Take Instructions from SatellitesAudi found that, in race settings, adaptive headlights’ promise outran … [Read more...] about 10 Things You Need to Know About Audi’s R18 e-tron Quattro Le Mans Racer
As if Formula E didn’t already fail at creating so much as a ripple in the racing community, the all-electric racing series has announced its new opening act: Roborace. Think a bunch of near-silent electric race cars whizzing around a circuit is boring? Just wait until you soak in a Roborace event, which will also use electric cars—but eschew the drivers. That’s right, this is an all-electric, autonomous racing series.Everything You Need to Know About the “Formula E” Electric-Only Race SeriesElectrifying Bargains: Three Electric Vehicles You Can Own for Less Than $10,000Electric Dreams: EV Start-up Plans to Spend $1 Billion on U.S. FactoryIt seems appropriate that Formula E and its partner, Kinetik, debuted Roborace on Cyber Monday, but we’d wager that online shopping is a more interesting endeavor. The plan so far is to have 10 teams running pairs of identical electric race cars through one-hour races ahead of every Formula E race on the … [Read more...] about ROBORACE: The Fully Autonomous Racing Series That Sounds Cooler Than It’ll Be
The year was 2008. I was working the course at the SCCA Toledo Pro Solo during the Ladies’ class runs. For those of you who don’t know what a Pro Solo is like, I’ll try to explain quickly. It’s a mirrored autocross course with two competitors, one on each side. Instead of being waved onto the course by a flagger, like in a regular autocross, there’s a drag tree that starts the drivers. It’s the closest thing to “racing” that you’ll find at an autocross.As I watched one particular pairing of cars leave the line, I noticed that one of the cars, a Mini Cooper S, was getting up on two wheels in the first 3-cone slalom. As the car rocked back and forth from the left two wheels to the right and then back to the left, the front left wheel bent and caught the cement, tripping the car and causing it to flip forward. It bounced off of its roof, and ended up landing on its wheels, facing back toward the starting line.It was the ultimate case … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: The FiST Is a Rollover Risk, and Some People Don’t Want You to Know