So I’ve got to tell you, this year’s Formula DRIFT 2013 held at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) was better than ever. Packed grandstands, standing room only, no rain (despite gray skies all day), pit access for everyone and a whole new course layout kept the crowd fully engaged.
(Photo Credits: Eric Greco)
The few breaks in between were perfect for checking out the car show or walking the paddock area to watch the crews get to work on their drift cars. A lot of cool stuff to see, grab bags to grab and even some free drift tires to take home… No, Seriously. lol
With the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps now behind us and the 24 Hours of Lemans quickly approaching (June 22-23), now would be a good time to admire the Audi R18 at full tilt. Check out these fly-bys at close to 210mph. You can barely hear the power-plant over the wind noise. The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro technical specs are simply phenomenal especially considering how Audi is dominating with this platform.
I’ve been a DTM fan as far back as I can remember. Back in the days when the cable box had a max of 65 channels, I’d stay up till the wee hours of the morning after Headbangers Ball (MTV) to catch a glimpse of DTM racing. Nowadays you can just tune in at the official DTM website or Speed2.com to get your fix on. Or the best option; To watch a Clash Productions behind-the-scenes short cinematic film. Popcorn highly suggested.
7 reasons you will fall in love with the Gumpert Apollo…
- 650 HP Audi V8 Twin Turbo
- “Sophisticated Aero Dynamics”
- Double Wishbone, Double Transverse Control Arm Pushrod Configuration Front and Rear
- Chrome-molybdenum-steel Round Tube Frame
- Carbon Fiber Integrated Monocoque Safety Cell
- Intimidates the Most Interesting Man in the World
- Chuck Norris’ Daily Driver
Need I say more? Have a look as Clash Productions captures it on the tracks along with some other exotics…
Nissan’s entry to FIA’s GT3 is none other than the R-35 GT-R GT3. Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO) and JR Motorsports (JRM) collaborate to build a very menacing looking GT-R. Using the same 3.8 liter V6 Twin Turbo found in the street legal version, the detuned motor outputs 523-hp in order to meet FIA GT3 regulations, 22-hp less than what you can get off the dealer showroom floor.
After painfully writing a $388k check, what do you get? You get a race prepped GT-R with fully adjustable suspension, full roll-cage, a 6-speed semi-automatic paddle shift transmission powering the rear wheels, and an aero package designed to keep Godzilla firmly planted on the track. And if you run into any technical difficulties, a direct line to tech support Nismo is just an engineer away;)
(Source: Chrysler Group LLC)
When transforming a street car to a race car you usually don’t start by reducing engine displacement, but that is exactly what Dodge engineers did building the SRT Dodge Viper GTS-R. ALMS (American LeMans Series) rules stipulate no more than 5.5 liter capacity motors; However, Dodge was able to submit and get approval to run their V10 motors in an 8.0 liter configuration by altering bore and stroke. The caveat was to run their V10 0.4 liters short of the street version 8.4 liter motor and installing an intake restrictor plate.
The normally aspirated 8.4 liter V-10 from the street legal SRT Dodge Viper GTS puts out an astounding 640 hp and 600 ft-lb of torque. To compensate for the reduction in hp, engineers attacked the problem with a weight reduction plan along with some aero dynamic alterations. I can’t wait to see this Viper battle it out against Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette and 2011’s Team Champion BMW GT2 in the 2013 season.
(Source: Mercedes-Benz AMG)
After drooling over yesterday’s McLaren 2012 FIA GT3 post, I came across this highlight video of the super sexy Mercedes-Benz’s SLS AMG GT3. Mercedes seems to attribute more to DTM, but seeing how McLaren and Mercedes work so closely in F1, I’m sure there is some crossover in the relationship.
(Source: McLaren Group)
McLaren and racing go hand in hand. As one of the most successful teams in Formula 1, McLaren is looking to conquer FIA GT3 for 2012 by applying lessons learned and engineering prowess. Sharing the same 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 as the road going 12C, but in ‘de-tuned’ format, this beast should see a few podiums down the line. As they work out the kinks, look for McLaren to tear up European tracks.