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Pagani Zonda R Breaks Nurburgring Lap Record

June 30, 2010 Leave a comment

The Pagani Zonda R breaks the lap record for production derived car on the Nurburgring Nordschliefe. The Zonda was driven by Marc Basseng with a recorded laptime of 6 minutes 47 seconds.

Here’s a list of the fastest laptimes on the Ring fpr comparison:
supercars.net – Nurburgring Lap Times

Source: Evo

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Garage Tragedy

June 22, 2010 Leave a comment

A friend found this on a forum. My condolences to Mr. Flores’ family and friends.

This is old news but I just wanted to remind everyone to be safe while working on your car. Take every safety precaution and do not get too comfortable to think you do not need it.

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K&N Filters Myth

I get annoyed about people believing in anything they read on the car forums (and any other internet source) without researching it for themselves. It is just plain lazy. An example of the laziness would be someone who would rather have the whole article copy/pasted from the link into the car forum thread instead of just clicking the link to read it. And some readers will read any information from a stranger as fact. A friend who is a car suspension engineer best described why he avoided online car forums, “It’s because everyone is an expert”.

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New Track Event Organizer in L.A.

Digital Racer http://www.digitalracer.com

His events are run well. He caters to small run groups so there is no traffic. The next event is on May 29, 2010 at WSIR (aka “Big Willow”) for $200. Click the link above for more info.

Track Day – Horse Thief Mile, Willow Springs – Friday 4/23/10

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Saw this upcoming track day on a car forum.

Where – Willow Springs Horse Thief Mile – This is a 1.1 mile tight road course similar to driving a mountain road. There are switchbacks and lots of elevation changes. It is both a fun and challenging course. There are many safe areas to test the limits of your ability. This will not be a drift event. There will be a full safety and flag crew on site for the entire day. Sessions will last 20-25 minutes and alternate between the two run groups.

When – Friday, April 23, 2010. From 8AM to 5PM.

How Much – $150 for almost 4 hours of track time. There will be only a maximum of 30 open spots, divided into 2 run groups, based on skill level and amount of people attending.

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NRG Hood Dampers Review

March 23, 2010 Leave a comment

What’s a hood damper? It’s a pneumatic strut that props open your hood. Most high-end cars have these installed instead of the cheapo metal rod that you slide into a hole under the hood. I purchased a pair of NRG stainless steel hood dampers for my Subaru STi. It included all of the necessary hardware for install. The installation was quick and simple with basic hand tools. These have been installed in my car since February 2006 and they still function well.

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Will Brake Override Ruin Your Track Day?

March 15, 2010 Leave a comment

With all of these Toyota Prius cars running out of control, there is more awareness of the brake override feature. New car shoppers that like to left foot brake or heel toe shift should check if the car has brake override. Here is an interesting article from Consumer Reports on testing the thresholds of brake override technology in some newer cars. I agree with one of the comments of omitting it from manual transmission cars. There are too many nanny devices built-in today’s cars that can dull the experience for a performance driver.

Click here for the article.