Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Supercar Drag Race - McLaren vs Ferrari vs Porsche vs Noble

Just for the hell of it, EVO Magazine set up a drag race between the McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Ferrari 458 Italia, and the Noble M600.

Check out the video to see who won.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mazda 787B Le Mans Anniversary Lap

Mazda restored the 1991 Le Mans winning 787B race car for a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their historic victory.  Part of that celebration was a demonstration prior to this year's running of the 24hrs of Le Mans.  Luckily, Mazda documented the whole process including the 787B's lap around the track where it made history all those years ago.  In the driver's seat was Johnny Herbert who piloted the car when it crossed the finish line back in 1991, marking the first and only Le Mans victory by a Japanese manufacturer.

Here is the video of the restored car at Le Mans.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BMW Reveals the 2012 M5

BMW has finally taken the wraps off the upcoming M5 super sedan after some photos leaked onto the web last night.  What they have come up with is pretty potent.  The new M5 ditches the 500HP V10 of the previous model and makes due with the company's 4.4L direct injected, twin turbo V8 which in the M5 will produce a massive 560HP/502TQ.  All that power is routed to the rear wheels via a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission and an electronic Active M limited slip differential.

Performance wise, the M5 will be able to hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds on it's way to an electronically limited 155 mph top speed.  Those who opt for the M Driver's Package will have that artificial limit removed and can take the car up to it's actual top speed of 190 mph.

Of course the M5 get special exterior enhancements to differentiate it from the regular "run-of-the-mill" 5 series running around.

No pricing info has been released but I'm going to go out on a limb and say it ain't gonna be cheap.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

2012 Corvette ZR1 - 6 Seconds faster on Nurburgring

GM has posted a new video of the 2012 Corvette ZR1 testing on the Nurburgring.  With improvements being made to the 2012 model which include new tires and traction control system, Corvette engineer Jim Mero ripped off a lap time of 7:19.63.  That's 6 seconds faster than the 2008 ZR1 that was tested on the Ring and faster than the Viper ACR, Nissan GTR, Ferrari Enzo, and Pagani Zonda F Clubsport.

Check out the video:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Targa Newfoundland

Just an FYI, highlights of the 2010 Targa Newfoundland will air on Speed at the following times:

Sunday, June 5th, 2011 at 2:00PM 
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 3:00AM
Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 4:00PM

All those times are EST.

What is the Targa Newfoundland?  I'll let them explain.

From the Targa Newfoundland website:

"Targa Newfoundland is the first and only event of its kind to be held in North America. At nine years young, every aspect of our high end automotive adventure just keeps getting better. As motorsport enthusiasts, we know that limits were made to be pushed and cars were designed to be driven.

At Targa Newfoundland, each September, we do just that.

We offer a 2200 kilometre course with scenery & competition we know you won't find anywhere else – enjoy the paved, open roads of eastern & central Newfoundland and the many wonders of natural beauty. Our competitor's only complaint may be that their speed is so fast and focus so good, they have little time to enjoy the smell of Ocean or the up close and personal views of the Atlantic Ocean.

'Targa' (or competitive) sections are held on roads closed to the general public and comprise 20% of the total course. A world class support staff and volunteer crew will be ready and awaiting to meet your needs as you complete each stage. In creating a world-class event, we've created a first-class team of people (problem solvers of the finest kind) who really want to help you do your best.

And while can't promise you weather (prepare for the unexpected), we can promise you community support unlike any other. Newfoundlanders will be waiting for you as you tackle each stage and you might find your greatest fans are hundreds of school children eager for an autograph and a picture. On any given day during Targa Newfoundland, you'll play hero dozens of times.

Speaking of personal best, we've designed our event so that every competitor not only has an opportunity to measure their performance against their fellow competitors but in fact, each vehicle competes against itself on a handicap basis.

Yes, we have winners but our prize isn't money – its bragging rights and personal fulfilment. To that end, completing or just participating in Targa Newfoundland is reward enough and beyond anything you have ever experienced.
Our return competitor rate of 55% attests to this!

It's an accomplishment like no other and the week long adventure that is your real prize. You'll return home with memories, friends and war stories that will make you the envy of your friends.

We know you'll be back! Targa Newfoundland – It's About the Drive!"

That's about it in a nutshell.  I've been following it for more than a few years now and it looks like tons of fun.  I'd love to take part in it some day but for now I'll have to just dream and live vicariously through others.

This year's Targa Newfoundland will take place September 10th - 17th and should be a blast.  I'll be following and rooting for the Flyin Miata team as they return to the Targa with two Miatas.  The first generation Flyin Miata sponsored car, built, owned, and driven by Keith Tanner with his navigator/wife Janel Tanner, won it's class in 2008 running a 2.0L stroker 4cyl.  Keith, Janel, and their car will return for the 2011 race, this time in the unlimited Targa class, sporting a GM V8 swap.  The second Flyin Miata car will be a newer third generation Miata entered in the Grand Touring class.  That car will feature one of their excellent supercharger kits along with some other choice parts from their catalog and it will be driven by Flyin Miata founder and owner Bill Cardell.  Should be fun.

You can check out the build diary for the V8 car here - The V8 Targa Miata Project

Here is a teaser video from the Targa Newfoundland website for the 2008 race.  Other videos and pictures can be found on the multimedia page.