There are things in this world that are faster than the best supercars out there, so to show respect to the world of speed as a whole, we’ve decided to touch on these subjects as well. From human to animal and even some other man made machines, we welcome you to the world of speed.
Racing is all about speed. The faster you go, the better the chances of winning the race. It can be a matter of milliseconds separating you from a win or a loss, or a matter of milliseconds in your response time to avoid a tragedy. This quick driving and quick response times can easily be lost on the spectator because some of the most amazing parts of a race - you know, those moments that make history - can be missed in the blink of an eye.
That all changes for the next 16 minutes of your life. Another Racing In Slow Motion video - part four - has been released and will help you see those moments that may have been lost during a real race.
Sit back and enjoy 16 minutes of pure racing footage. Don’t forget to turn up the volume to enjoy that amazing racing sound!
If you’ve ever been to a tire shop for four brand-spankin’-new tires, you can typically expect to sit around for at least an hour. If you show up on a Saturday, you had better just drop off your car and come back in three or four hours. That is, of course, unless you are F1 driver Jenson Button.
At the German Grand Prix on Sunday, Button was in 3rd place and pulled into the pits for a new set of tires, which you can typically expect to lose at least one position when doing. Button, on the other hand, pulled in and didn’t even lose a single position. It’s not because the car trailing him was so far behind, but rather because his pit crew was ridiculously fast. They lifted the car, removed four tires and rims, and installed four new tires and rims in 2.31 seconds.
That’s not only insanely fast, but it is also a new world record. One YouTube user managed to get a shot of the record-breaking pit stop and posted it for all of us to see. Literally, if you blink, you’ll miss almost everything.
Check out the above video to see just how fast this crew gets this job done. The lightning-fast work of Button’s crew also enabled him to overtake the No. 2 slot, as Sebastian Vettel pitted shortly after Button.
We often rave about the brass cojones that racecar drivers have, particularly rally drivers. Formula drivers, on the other hand, get very little recognition, as they drive on paved surfaces and most people think they just drive fast. In reality, these guys and gals behind these open-wheel machines have some guts themselves.
Enter in Jeroen Slaghekke, a driver of a Renault 2.0, and you have a guy that not only has the set required to race, but also to make split second decisions that could result in tragedy to avoid having to pit and lose position. The back story is that he had an electrical issue with his steering wheel that required repair, but pitting would have forced him to give up precious places in the race. So, instead of pitting, this guy removes the wheel himself at full speed, repairs the obviously simple issue, and slaps the wheel back on in time for a left turn.
We understand that these wheels are quick release and it’s just a matter of pulling a two tabs to release them, but to do this at speeds in excess of 100 mph and continue accelerating as he does it is simply incredible. We all know people that can barely drive in a straight line at 20 mph with both hands on the wheel. We bet that Mr. Slaghekke has no issue with keeping his daily driver straight.
To see this gutsy gamble, check out the above video and pay close attention to the 11-second mark.
Back in May, we were teased by a relative unknown in the automotive world - Spanish automaker, Aspid - as it was set to unveil a new and secretive sports car. Up until that point, the only car that Aspid manufactured was the SS, which is a semi-open-wheel two seater more known for its agility than anything else.
Well, now Aspid is prepared to expose this all-new sports car to the world, and it has sent us a few PR images and a ton of info via email. Doing what we do best, we will critique this car and find out if it is really up to the task of competing with the Porsches and other sports cars of the world.
While this car looks very awkward and a little bit like something out of a Sci-Fi flick, it is actually rather conventional when sat next to its sibling, the Super Sport. In terms of performance, this new Aspid certainly talks a really big talk, but does it really have the bite to match up with its bark?
Click past the jump to find out if this Aspid GT-21 is up to the task of taking on the big boys in the industry.
With 662 HP under the hood, the 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang is the most powerful Ford has ever offered. For most of us, this output is more than enough, but there are people out there looking for more and Lethal Performance is one them. The tuner has come up with a cool tuning package that increases the engine’s output by a mind-boggling 100 HP.
To get the increase in power, the tuner added a custom Lund SCT tune and Off-Road X-Pipes, as well as a Nitrous Pro-Flow wet shot kit. After these upgrades, the result at the dyno testing was an incredible 763.9 rear wheel horsepower and 859.9 lb-ft of rear wheel torque from the muscle car’s powerful V8 engine.
This tuning kit will certainly make any Camaro ZL1 owner green with envy. Of course, they may already be a little jealous of the fact that the standard Mustang GT500 still out-powers the ZL1’s 580 HP. Well, Camaro owners, you may want to look away because this tuned-up Mustang GT500 ran the quarter mile in 10.582 seconds at 141.53mph. This result was established during a testing session at Palm Beach International Raceway.
Filmed by Speedracer38 (respected photographer Jason Thorgalsen), the video claims to have been filmed along Germany’s unrestricted Autobahn, with the YouTuber stating, “After a grueling 1,000 mile break-in period I was looking forward to see what the car was capable of. I shipped the car to the autobahn to do some high speed runs in the car and attempt the top speed” and the following video is a result of that quest.
However, in saying that, we have trouble believing the American went to that much trouble considering there are dozens of empty runways in the U.S. which could have been used instead.
Either way, the result is clear. The BRZ, despite its ‘underpowered’ 200HP four-cylinder boxer engine, has quite an impressive top speed with the speedo clocking 147mph in 6th gear.
Check out the video, and while watching it, try and take note of all those electronic systems beeping in the first 25 seconds.
We counted at least 23 individual beeps in a matter of seconds!
Radical has become one of those car companies that just “gets it.” They understand that not everyone is a multi-millionaire that can afford to drop several hundred thousand dollars on a racecar as an amateur. Radical-built sports cars like the SR4, PR6, and SR3 all come in at under $100K, so even a lower-budget racer can get into the sport.
For those that are a little more seasoned in racing and have the extra capital to spend, Radical can certainly cater to you too. One model that caters nicely to this group of more affluent racers is the Radical SR8 RX. This model sits just below Radical’s range-topping SR9, and is defines as “quite simply the world’s fastest production sports car.” The SR8 line is even the world record holder for fastest time around the famed Nürburgring, as its LM variant tackled the `Ring in just 6:48.
So how does the SR8 RX stack up against the rest of the racing world?
Nissan wasn’t the only one to establish a world record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, even though theirs was probably the strangest: they drove the entire 1-mile Goodwood hill in reverse. A British racing team called Drayson Racing - don’t worry if you’ve never heard about them, we hadn’t either - managed to create an all-electric Le Mans Prototype that became the fastest electric car at Goodwood using the two years of experience the company has had at the Le Mans series.
Called the B12/69EV, this electric prototype was built on a Lola racing chassis and is powered by a pair of electric motors that develop an impressive 850 HP. With this amount of power, the car ran the 1.16-mile hill climb in an impressive 53.53 seconds. smashing the previous times established by both the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC - 60.18-second - and the Tesla Roadster - 58.77 seconds.
Even though the Audi R8 e-tron hasn’t officially been launched yet, it is already a world record breaker. With a lap time of 8:09.099 minutes, the R8 e-tron has just become the fastest production vehicle with an electric drive system around the Nurburgring. The car was driven to success by racing driver Markus Winkelhock.
The R8 e-tron is powered by electric motors that deliver an output of 375 HP and a peak torque of 604 lbs-ft. The electric car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 124 mph (electronically limited). To achieve the record-setting lap, the electronic speed limiter was removed so that the top speed could go up to 155 mph.
"The R8 e-tron has given a magnificent demonstration of its potential on the toughest race track in the world," said Michael Dick, Audi AG Board Member for Technical Development. Dick, who completed a fast lap himself in the R8 e-tron, added: "The record-setting drive confirmed that we are on the right track. To us, electric mobility has never been about sacrifice, but rather is about emotion, sportiness and driving pleasure."
The Audi R8 e-tron will grace the market with its presence by the end of 2012.
I have had the pleasure of driving along the side of an 18-wheeler on the interstate when it collided with a deer. While there was no damage to my “precious” Hyundai Accent, I was scrubbing atomized deer meat from my car that night. So if that’s what happens at circa 50 mph, what would happen at triple-digit speeds?
Well, I guess I can scratch that question off of my list, as we get a good look at it in the above video. At HyperFest in good ‘ol West Virginia, James Greenwood was cruising around the Summit Point track enjoying the friendly race. It was so friendly that as he passed a slower Mustang, he gave the driver a quick wave.
Just after that wave comes a deer bolting from the left of Greenwood’s Z06 `Vette and *wham* no more deer. With the sloped front end of the `Vette, the deer obviously didn’t disintegrate like one does when it meets a speeding semi, but we bet that deer sure did fly rather high in the air.
You can see that Greenwood learned a valuable lesson, always have your visor pulled down when racing, as he almost catches some glass and various deer components in the face. Fortunately his reaction time is quick enough and he got his arm up in time to block his face.
Greenwood was just fine, of course, but the deer and the Z06 were likely both put out of commission. The Z06, will likely spend the next few weeks in a body shop. The deer, well, who knows what West Virginians do with roadkill deer meat…