The Volkswagen ID R shattered the previous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record by nearly 16 seconds and it’s probably the only model to ever attempt the feat after being charged with the help of lemons. Before you invoke the lemon law, we’re not kidding as Volkswagen enlisted YouTuber Mark Rober to build a unique charging system for the model. While the company used generators during their record breaking Pikes Peak run, Rober decided to go with something a tad less conventional. Since Volkswagen didn’t layout any plans, Rober thought it would be cool to “charge it up using one of those science fair lemon batteries.” Since charging a car would require a significant number of lemons, Rober decided to go all out and build the world’s largest lemon battery. After building an assortment of specially designed racks, Rober and William Osman picked up 1,232 “class two” lemons which couldn’t be sold in stores. After installing the … [Read more...] about When Life Gives You Lemons, Make A Charger For The VW ID R Race Car
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Alright, what’s wrong with the picture above? It’s from last weekend’s Great Lakes NASA race at Mid-Ohio, but like the song says–one of these things is not like the other, and one of these things just doesn’t belong. Maybe it’s more correct to say that three of these things don’t belong, because the tide in club racing has turned away from true race cars like the lovely NP-01 prototype and very slick Thunder Roadsters in this shot to converted street cars like my Honda Accord coupe. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below It’s a change in sentiment that was very much on my mind this past Sunday, because my nine-year-old son clearly preferred the “cool cars” to my 3,150-pound winged wonder. He really digs the Thunder Roadsters and he’d like to start racing one ASAP. That makes two of us. I’ve spent the past couple of days browsing through the classifieds for one. Right now I’m telling myself that it would be … [Read more...] about Why Doesn’t Anybody Race An Actual Race Car Anymore?
Out of all the cars I’ve driven for Jalopnik, the one I wanted to give back the least was the Toyota 86. When Robb Holland asked if I wanted to drive a flooded 86 he was turning into a race car, I jumped at the chance. I’m glad I did, even if I was our slowest driver. It was extremely good before. It’s amazing as a race car. [Full disclosure: IAA and Autosource—two entities that sell salvaged cars—chipped in substantially to sponsor Robb’s project, hence the big banners all over the car. This project where Robb resurrected a car flooded in Hurricane Harvey to help drive donations to a local charity probably couldn’t have happened without them.] When I say that I didn’t want to give back the Toyota 86, I didn’t mean it in that wistful, if-I-won-the-lottery kind of way that automotive hacks talk about G-wagens and Lambos. I meant it in the way that it needs to be my next car. This is a normal little car that regular people can … [Read more...] about There’s Nothing Like Driving A Race Car Version Of A Car You Love
“But he’s like a six-time national karting champ!” said Robb Holland of our teammate Jordon Musser, whose lap times were a full twenty seconds under mine in the same car. “That’s no excuse!” I said. I’ll be honest: the other cars in our class were raining shame down on my times as much as the pros were, anyway. Robb graciously invited me along to run his rebuilt Toyota 86 flood car at the World Racing League’s Texas Fandango at MSR-Houston, which is one of the most fun cars I’ve ever driven. Having mostly done Lemons-style events in old beaters, this was so much faster than any car I’ve ever driven on that track that I kept laughing out loud whenever I figured out new places to carry more speed. More throttle in many places worked better than being delicate, as the car just planted down on its rear wheels and made it work. This 86, with a handful of simple mods, made it brilliant and perfect in a way that I now know what my … [Read more...] about What It Was Like Running The Charity Hurricane Toyota 86 Race Car With Two Pro Drivers
So we solved the throttle-linkage problem on our V8-ized Volvo race car, but what about electrical stuff? The factory wiring, switches, and instruments weren't going to work with our new engine. In fact, we'd torn out every scrap of wire in the car, preferring to start with a blank electrical slate. As the creator of the Junkyard Boogaloo Boombox, I figured whipping up an all-junkyard instrument panel on a shoestring budget wouldn't be too much hassle. I was able to scrounge up an old Auto Meter temperature gauge and a few toggle switches in my Boxes-O-Car-Crap™, and a street sign nice piece of sheet aluminum materialized in the garage, but what about the rest of the stuff? really important gauge in this kind of race car is the tachometer. Sure, we could clamp a big ol' aftermarket tach on the steering column (and, in fact, the team members were able to produce a couple of high-quality tachs from their personal stashes), but we'd get dinged for such an extravagance by the … [Read more...] about Welcome To Low-Budget Race Car Wiring Hell!