Felipe Nasr and Action Express Racing posted the fastest lap of the Roar Before the 24 during a special qualifying session on Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway.This is the first time IMSA has ordered time trials for the mandatory Rolex 24 test, created as a means to discourage sandbagging by providing a session that offered something of value in exchange for revealing a competitive speed three weeks before the American endurance classic.So while IMSA collects data that could be factored into the Balance of Performance, the session was used to determine pit stall and garage locations for the Rolex 24. Cars in all three classes, Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona, qualified separately for 15 minutes each.Piloting the Whelen Engineering No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R, Nasr recorded his best lap on his final attempt, a 1:35.806. Tristan Vautier was second and 0.231 seconds back in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac. It was the first sub-1:36 lap time of the modern IMSA era.All … [Read more...] about Felipe Nasr, Action Express Cadillac lead Roar before the 24 special qualifying session
The McLaren 720S may be becoming the new darling of the YouTube drag race world, but there’s still plenty of straight-line fun to be had with the former ‘king’: the Tesla Model S P100D. As a perfect case in point, here’s Tesla’s most potent Model S taking on the new Honda/Acura NSX. The latter may source most of its power from a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6, but that mid-mounted six-banger is augmented by a trio of electric motors: one for each front wheel, and one attached to the flywheel on torque-fill duties. As a result, it’s brutally quick off the line, and even though its total power figure of 573bhp falls well short of the P100D’s, the car is a lot lighter. Let the battle commence… … [Read more...] about Can An Acura NSX Beat A Tesla Model S P100D On The ‘Strip?
► Alfa Romeo Giulia QF long-term test► 503bhp from 2.9 litres and six cylinders► This week: a trip to Castle CombeSummer sun, family, classic racing and an Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio: it was one of those days that leaves you blissfully satisfied, like simultaneously devouring a box set and a box of Lindor Milk Truffles. Castle Combe wasn’t just hosting the West Country Cracker Race Meeting, but also a gathering of my motorsport-bred inlaws, including the introduction of two-month-old nephew Ioan and my daughters to motorsport.The Oakhams welcomed the Giulia into the fold. ‘This is the first car of yours I’ve liked,’ said father-in-law Chris, creakily lowering himself into the subterranean driver’s seat and fiddling with paddles that combine a tactile springiness and a percussive click. Then, laden with camping chairs and children, we left the Alfa in the Castle Combe car park/field and headed for the action, leaving a … [Read more...] about When in Romeo. do as the Romeons do: road trip in our long-term Giulia
We all know that internal combustion bans are coming. The UK has set a deadline of 2040 for the non-electrified petrol engine, but we also know that most manufacturers will electrify all but the smallest and cheapest cars in their ranges before then. They have the tech and the motivation, so it’s going to happen. So where does that leave the petrolhead of the future in terms of really desirable petrol-powered machinery where the only battery powers nothing more serious than the dashboard clock? It could be left to low-volume specialists to fill the gap. Take the excellently-named Vins Duecinquanta two-stroke motorbike as an example that should be fresh in your memory. Designed and built by a small team of ex-Ferrari F1 engineers in Italy, it’s the very definition of niche. Two-strokes haven’t been allowed for emissions reasons since shortly after I got a 49cc moped at 16 years old. A lot of people, mostly older guys, still harbour a secret semi for the days when they … [Read more...] about For Fun Petrol Cars In The 2030s, Look To The Little Guys
Felipe Nasr and Action Express Racing stayed quickest on Saturday night during the Roar Before 24 as IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers turned their first nighttime laps of the weekend.That included two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, whom cited night racing as a possible challenge in his Rolex 24 debut later this month. He completed 13 laps right after dusk with a best time of 1:38.857 before turning the No. 23 United Autosports Ligier over to teammates Phil Hanson and Lando Norris.But again, Action Express’ Cadillac DPi-V.R. has dominated the weekend.In fact, through Saturday night’s fifth practice session, a Cadillac has led every session, topped by a best overall lap of 1:36.973 second by Nasr in the fourth session on Saturday afternoon. Defending series and race champion Jordan Taylor provided some insight on why they continue to be strong."Obviously, we’re coming back for a second year with our car," said the driver of the No. 10 Konica … [Read more...] about Cadillac dominates Roar Before the 24 as Fernano Alonso makes his Daytona nighttime debut