Every detail counts when striving to win F1 Grands Prix and world championships – and the opening milli-seconds after the start lights go out are often the most crucial, as the quality of your getaway relative to the cars around you can often define your whole race. Getting the ultimate start is a complex equation of reaction, traction and progression: the driver’s reaction time in releasing the clutch paddle after the lights go out, the traction between the rear tyres and the surface and how progressively the driver can feed in power to find the ultimate trade-off between wheelspin and grip. The technical regulations allow a maximum of 80mm movement at the end of the clutch paddle between fully engaged and fully disengaged. © Giorgio Piola Some initial wheelspin is essential in getting the massively powerful car underway, as the spinning tyres can be used almost as a second clutch, reducing as the car’s speed builds to the point where all the power … [Read more...] about Why Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari steering wheel continues to evolve
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The idea seemed simple: we find a Toyota 86 that damaged in Hurricane Harvey, and then do whatever it takes to transform it into an endurance race car for a charity event aimed at helping the city’s residents get back on their feet after last fall’s devastating floods. But as with all my ideas, the execution itself was far from simple. Here’s how we pulled it off. As previously noted, I was in possession of a kit from Toyota Motorsports Gmbh that would turn a plain-Jane street Toyota 86 into a 86 Cup Car capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound, or at least lapping a race track with some degree of competence. The one caveat was that in order to work with all of the upgraded components, the car needed to be a 2017 or newer model. (The ABS module working with the upgraded brakes and high grip race tires was the main concern). Sadly for owners but luckily for us, Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Gulf Coast had left us with a fairly large number of … [Read more...] about How We Transformed A Flooded Salvage Toyota 86 Into A Race Car For Charity
Auto shows can be crazy places with half-thought out ideas all over the place. Gyroscope-stabilized briefcase warmers for the back seat. Cop cars with integrated doughnut dispensers. Turbine-powered iPad docks. Lots of nutty stuff that will (thankfully) never see the light of day. Sadly, Lexus and their new partner, genetic screening company 23andMe have teamed up for “Genetic Select” and it looks like they’re “serious.” Lexus made the announcement in conjunction with the 2018 New York International Auto Show. “Finding the perfect vehicle that meets your every need was once only a fantasy, but now it’s becoming reality,” crows Lexus inaccurately. Finding my perfect vehicle is easy guys. Finding the money for it, that’s the hard part. Genetic Select is the “Ultimate Answer to Vehicle Customization” and a revolutionary new car buying experience. It also pegs the goofy meter. Perfect Fit Available on April 1st at Lexus … [Read more...] about Want Your Next Lexus To Start? Lick The Steering Wheel. No. Seriously.
Teenage race-car driver Billy Monger lost both of his legs in a horrific British Formula 4 crash last April, but it didn’t take him long to get back to professional driving. Now Monger is back to driving a single-seater race car like the one he crashed in, and adjusting to using mostly hand controls at 150 mph. Motorsport.com reports that Monger said he’s “not too far away” from a deal to return to racing in British Formula 3, a step above the series he crashed in. He said he’s testing with the Carlin race team that has both IndyCar and Formula programs right now, but needs more sponsors before a race season is official. But getting back to competition hasn’t just been about finding the money to do it with. Monger’s had to work with British Formula 3 officials to adapt a car he can drive without legs, and he’s still trying to get used to the controls himself. Monger, who turns 19 in May, told the BBC he’s spent 12 years driving a … [Read more...] about How Billy Monger, Who Lost His Legs In A Crash, Drives A 150-MPH Race Car Without Them
The GR Toyota Supra Race Car Concept should dispel any notion that the all-new, fifth-generation Toyota Supra was going to be some sort of half-baked, weaksauce take on the brand’s storied nameplate. Toyota made that abundantly clear by previewing the coming street car version of the Supra in full race trim today at the 2018 Geneva auto show. Take your beige and shove it. Developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s official motorsports arm, the Supra Race Car Concept is meant to evoke the heritage of a car that dominated GT racing in Japan—a car that became a legend to a legion of fans. Like the Nissan GT-R, the Supra was born from the bones of a more pedestrian car—in its case, the Celica in 1978. From there it would go on to become its own nameplate for three generations: the A60 (1981), A70 (1986), and the A80 (1993), the car that would cement the Supra legacy. The 90 on the side of the race car concept is a nod to continuing that lineage. We finally have full … [Read more...] about GR Toyota Supra Race Car Concept is a Mean Racing Machine