ARJEPLOG, Sweden — Imagine driving down a wide boulevard. Every few hundred yards there are left and right turns, each marked with a sign and a name. They couldn’t be more evocative: Nürburgring, Paul Ricard, Yas Marina, Silverstone, Le Mans. Sure enough, as you choose a turn, there are immaculate and exact 1:1 scale replicas of each of these famous racetracks, more than 30 miles of twists, turns, and straightaways. Now imagine that boulevard runs across a frozen lake, and each track is carved into the icy surface. No barriers to hit, no gravel traps to get buried in. This playground seems almost endless. Sounds like heaven, right? It is. Welcome to the surreal world of Lapland Ice Driving in Sweden. There is a celestial fleet of cars, too. Take baby steps with a Porsche Cayman or Focus RS then graduate to Maserati GranTurismos before testing your skills in the Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2s, Porsche 911 GT3s, and Ferrari 458 Italias. The tracks change every year, … [Read more...] about Formula 1 on Ice: No, Not the Cars—But the Circuits Are Another Story
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Tweet TweetWe all know about the Le Mans endurance race, the 24 hour race that puts both vehicles and drivers through some serious hardship. Not so long long ago, Nissan and Nismo have unveiled their vehicle that will take part in the race, and it’s dubbed rather intuitively Nissan GT-R LM Nismo. One recent bit of juicy news seems to indicate that the GT-R LM will also serve as the base for the next generation GT-R. That can only be good, for sure, but thing is, that doesn’t really tell us anything. Not only do we not have any specs or indication of what to expect from the new GT-R, but not even the Le Mans racer’s specs haven’t been fully disclosed. … [Read more...] about Next gen Nissan GT-R will be based on the Le Mans car
CARS have played a major role in some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history. From the Minis of the Italian Job to Back To The Future's time-travelling DeLorean, the list of famous movie motors is virtually endless. But which cars have made the most appearances on the big screen? Research from car insurance specialists, GoCompare, has tallied up every Hollywood performance on four wheels to find out which model has seen the most time in front of the camera. And coming in at first place was the world-renowned Ford Mustang, having featured in a mammoth 809 films. Some of the model's most iconic roles include Gone in 60 Seconds, Death Race and the Steve McQueen classic, Bullitt. Top 10 movie cars based on total number of appearances Ford Mustang (809 films) - featured in Death Race, Gone in 60 Seconds, Bullitt Ford Crown Victoria (755 films) - featured in Taken 3, Seven Pounds, Superbad Chevrolet Impala (510 films) - featured in Jeepers Creepers, Raising Arizona, … [Read more...] about Can you guess the car that’s appeared in the most Hollywood blockbusters?
AN incredible collection of colourised images dating back to the early 1900s have revealed the evolution of the car and motorbike. Collected in a book by British author Michael D. Carroll, the images detail some key moments in automotive history. The re-imagined pictures show the first woman to obtain a motorcycle license in Washington DC in 1937, a Maxwell car in 1916 and the first official Austrian Formula 1 mechanic in his custom-made motor. Other shots also show an Alfa Romeo race car in 1922, men observing a car wreck in America in 1923 and a postman using a motorbike in 1915. The original black and white images were colourised over a period of 40 to 50 hours by Austrian photographer Mario Unger. One of the most iconic features in the collection are the images of former motorbike racer Lawrence Ray Weishaar. Ray Weishaar was a Class A Racing Champion in the 1910s and 1920s, riding for the Harley-Davidson "Wrecking Crew". He helped to make famous the motorbike nickname … [Read more...] about Incredible re-coloured photos show the history of the car and motorbike dating back to the 1900s
He may have won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix but Sebastian Vettel says he doesn’t have full confidence in his SF71H. The German was lapping in third place in Melbourne, some ten seconds down on race leader Lewis Hamilton, when he was handed P1 by Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen pitting. That turned into a race win thanks to a timely Virtual Safety Car. But while Vettel may be the man on top of the Drivers’ standings after round 1, he says he is not entirely happy with his SF71H. “We lack a little bit of pace,” he told Sky Sports. “I lack a little bit of confidence in the car so it’s not yet where we want to be and there’s a lot of work still to do.” He added: “When the balance is changing between stints, I’m not yet completely captain on-board “I just didn’t like the feel of it. If I don’t feel what I need it’s a bit tricky. “The car doesn’t respond the way you like and it’s … [Read more...] about Vettel lacks ‘a little bit of confidence in the car’