Chevrolet Corvette C6 R

How fast is the C6 R. Well Road and Track Magazine wanted to find out, by comparing it to some production Corvettes. Here’s a little bit of what they had to say,

“No surprise here; the C6.R—with its 500-bhp naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 breathing through twin 28.8-mm restrictors—absolutely spanked the production Vettes…even the 638-bhp ZR1.”

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Nationwide Series, Did NASCAR Wait Too Long for Caution?

Anyone who watched the Nationwide Series on Saturday knows that it was one exciting, and dangerous race. James Buescher pulled some brilliant moves in order to avoid being taken out in a massive wreck on the final lap to take the checkered flag. Wild stuff!

But ESPN takes a closer look, and poses the question, “Did NASCAR wait too long to yellow flag it”? It’s a good question, and fair to ask. Read the story and let us know what your thoughts are.

For the whole story ESPN Nationwide Series

Daytona 500

It’s finally race day! Fans have been waiting for a year, but they will need to wait just a bit longer it seems. Unfortunately, mother nature is not cooperating, and there is a rain delay in place. They had the track drying machines out earlier, during a break in the rain. But then it started raining yet once again. As of 2:15pm Eastern time there is no official announcement on when the race will start.

One source for live updates: Sports Illustrated Daytona 500

The Concussion Issue

There has been a lot of recent media coverage on the issue of concussions in American football. It was even reported recently that dozens of former NFL players are filing legal action, claiming concussions they received during their time playing caused permanent damage.

So what connection is there between the automotive world and concussions? For that story we turn to Sports Illustrated, and their coverage of NASCAR drivers discussion of the concussion issue.

For the whole story Concussion

F1 Redbull Has Clever Exhaust Solution

Red Bull has devised a “clever” way of reclaiming some of the downforce lost through the banning of blown diffusers.

That is the claim of Jean Francois Caubet, who is in charge of the team’s engine supplier Renault.

Red Bull, the reigning back to back world champions, and Renault Sport F1 have worked more closely than ever before ahead of their 2012 title defense.

“Formula one is about creativity,” Caubet is quoted by Germany’s Auto Bild, “and although the rules have changed, we have worked with Red Bull and found a solution to compensate for the loss of performance.”

Last year, the cars acquired extra downforce through the ‘blowing’ of hot engine exhaust gases into the diffuser, even when the driver was off the throttle.

It is rumored that, despite the FIA’s ban, some teams have flown close to the letter of the new rules with their new solutions.

“It is not the same as before,” Caubet continued, “but a clever development that could make the difference.”

After the first week of testing at Jerez recently, some observed that Adrian Newey’s new Red Bull RB8 was cornering as though on rails.

McLaren F1 Nose May Be Out Of Step

Martin Whitmarsh has played down fears McLaren has made a crucial mistake by overlooking the ‘step nose’ trend that will dominate the 2012 grid.

With the new Mercedes being revealed, and Pedro de la Rosa revealing that HRT’s 2012 car also has a step nose, famous British team McLaren is all alone in keeping a smooth aerodynamic line from the end of the monocoque to the tip of the nose.

Every other team has decided that the best solution to the new rules forcing a lower nose is to move ahead with having as high a chassis as possible, in order to maximize the flow of air underneath the car.

“I’ve asked our technical guys if they are sure that we have done the right thing and they have told me not to worry,” team boss Whitmarsh is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

He admitted there is an obvious aerodynamic benefit to the ‘step nose’ solution.

“But we have a lower center of gravity, more freedom in the suspension geometry, and a more comfortable seating position and a better view for the driver,” added Whitmarsh.


Jonny Walker Takes Second in Hells Gate

In only his second ever ride at Hell’s Gate and first as a KTM factory rider, the 22-year-old ended the race just five minutes behind the winner, veteran, Graham Jarvis.

Walker began the day strongly, winning five laps in qualifying to take pole for the main race. He made a good start, secured the holeshot and led briefly before making an error that cost him the advantage when he lost valuable time recovering his bike.

This put him three minutes behind Jarvis, a time that Johnny managed to cut in half going into the penultimate lap. Then the very experienced Jarvis turned up the heat and pulled clear in the final lap.

“It went very well this morning,” Walker said. “I took it steady and I still won but in the night race I lost time when I crashed and the bike slipped down the slope.

“It’s a very long day with the five laps in the morning before the main race and the last hill is impossible to ride, you have to be pulled up by the spectators. But I’ll be back next year and I’ll be coming back to win this race.”

Hell’s Gate 2012 – results
1) Graham Jarvis (GBR) Husaberg
2) Jonny Walker (GBR) KTM
3) Xavi Galindo (ESP) Husaberg

Jimmie Johnson Number 48 Car Modified

Crew chief Chad Knaus and other members of five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson’s Daytona 500 team face possible suspensions after NASCAR said it found modifications on the rear quarter panel of Johnson’s No. 48 car.

The C-posts — pillars that come down from the roof to the quarter panel — were confiscated by NASCAR on Friday after going through an initial inspection for the 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR officials said the violation first was discovered prior to the car going through initial inspection, noting the C-posts stood out so much it was evident to the naked eye.

For the whole story Johnson 48

Porsche Collection Coming To Auction

That folks is a 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder, one of only four like it built at the Porsche factory. Estimated to be worth between $3.25 and $4 million.

That’s just one of 17 Porsches in the private Matthew Drendel collection. Mathew Drendel raced Porsches, and was passionate about the cars. Sadly Mr. Drendel passed away in November of 2010. His passion lives on through his amazing collection of cars. These cars will be auctioned by Gooding and Company on March 9th.

Lets hope someone will keep this passion alive!

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