This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death. He was considered one of the best drivers in motorsport history. To honor his life and to show our respect, we will post a few articles about the greatest losses in the motorsport history, leading to the article about Senna, which will be released on the day of his death
Most people probably never heard of Allan Simonsen, but those who follow endurance motorsports (WEC, TUDOR,ALS, etc) know him as one of the best GT drivers in history. Simonsen was born in 1979 in Denmark and started his career in karting. In 1999 he got his first shot in a car, and won the Danish Formula Ford Championship. Not too shabby for a 21 year old. In 2002 he began racing sports cars, his first of many was a Ferrari 360 in the British GT Championship.
When I came to the States from “Mother Russia“, I was fascinated by the amount of cool cars that I saw on the streets. Now, at the time, the definition of a cool car for me was very vague. To me, any car that I have never seen in my life, or only seen in pictures, was cool, so naturally I got very interested in American cars, especially muscle cars.
The very first muscle car I saw, was the ’70 Plymouth Barracuda. It was a faded lime-green beast, parked few yards away from my bus stop, and it always had my attention. Being a freshman in High School, within a year of living in Chicago, my definition of cool cars shifted towards more unaccessible cars, such as Ferrari’s, Porsche’s and, of course, the dream machine of any teenage import fan – the Nissan Skyline GT-R. The ‘Cuda was still there when I wanted to see it, but at that time I’ve seen it enough times to get bored of it. It stopped being special to me. Boy, was I a complete moron. Continue reading
We all love hypercars. They are loud, obnoxious, extremely fast, and sometimes not that pretty. But they all bring out the inner child, and the engineering behind them is simply epic!
So let’s cut straight to the bullshit. This is the 1000hp club, now you may be thinking “I know plenty of cars in this club – Supra’s, Corvette’s, Viper’s, etc.” but those vehicles are modified to reach those numbers. Here are the requirements for the club…
1.) Must have 1000 horsepower from the factory
2.) Must be a production car
3.) Cannot be a racecar
With that in mind, let’s take a look at these engineering marvels!
Let’s start with the Yankees:
2009 Shelby SuperCars Ultimate Aero TT :
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death. He was considered one of the best drivers in motorsport history. To honor his life and to show our respect, we will post a few articles about the greatest losses in the motorsport history, leading to the article about Senna, which will be released on the day of his death.
I decided to start this series with one of the most loved people in the WRC family. Michael “Beef” Park was a Brittish co-driver, whose last partner was the Estonian hot-shot – Markko Martin. Continue reading
The unofficial crash analysis from a gearhead’s point of view
The now Infamous Carrera GT
Growing up in the 90’s, I fell under the spell of The Fast & The Furious. The movies hit a soft spot for me and made me want to get into the import scene. Paul Walker represented the average kid with a cool car and the passion to go fast. I didn’t believe the news reports, when I found out he died. It’s not that I have ever lost someone close in horrific car crash, nor have I ever been in a very violent crash. It just showed me, that even in a car as strong and capable as the Carrera GT, nothing can even give you a chance at those speeds in a crash, unless you’re lucky enough to be a racecar driver with a full safety cell, hans device, and helmet. Unfortunately for Rodas and Walker they only had one of those… Continue reading
Anthony’s recent column was about his love for Volkswagens. Well, it’s time for me to tell about my experience with them. I will be honest, it’s a bitersweet symphony.
It all started before I was even old enough to legally drive. Growing up in a post-Soviet Union country, I was surrounded mostly by Russian and German cars. E36 3 Series’, Mercedes 190E and 190D, Audi 80′s and of course, MkIII Golf’s were the thing back then. Come to think of it, they are still the thing there.. Continue reading
Petrolheads come in all shapes and sizes. While most of us have our own cars, sometimes, things happen, and you just might end up becoming a pedestrian. So what do you do when you have to get somewhere, but can’t use your car for some reason? Most people will just call a cab, and get picked up in a Crown Vic, or worse, a minivan, with a million miles on the clock, where you’ll have to sit on the back seat which has more than once carried some drunk guy, who threw up probably on the same spot that you’ll be sitting in, not to mention that you probably will have to deal with not always nice cab drivers. Continue reading
In my last column I told you about my top 5 guilty pleasure cars, cars that are either horrible, or extremely bad for your image, but the ones absolutely love. This week I am going to talk about the other end of the scale – cars that I should love and cherish, but for some reason can’t stand. Just like last week, this is purely personal preference, and probably you are going to run into one or two cars that you like. Continue reading
What car did you first actually fall in love with?
When I was 18, my parents put up half the money for me to buy a Nissan Altima coupe, I was young and very, very, green around the gills. I loved the way that car looked, although it was very much down on power, with its 2.5 litre four-lung motor. I did all the usual mods and thought I knew what I was doing… Looking back on it, I had no clue what I was doing. I threw on a Nismo cat-back exhaust, intake, etc. Was it fast? Not really. In fact here is a video of it, up against a Supra. Continue reading
As a diehard automotive enthusiast, I, myself, until recently, have always believed that the manual transmission is the trans of choice for fun behind the wheel. That being said, I also believe that in an all-out performance situation, the manual transmission may hold a driver back from gaining those valuable tenths of second. In this day and age with SMG, DSG, PDK,etc. we have multiple choices of “flappy paddle” boxes that are quite good. Now, I know, we all stand behind Jeremy Clarkson when he says they are crap, and I know, that you lose “scene points” for having something that has a “D” mode and no clutch pedal….But is that necessarily a bad thing? Continue reading