We’ve launched a new gear ratio calculator. Enter in your tire size, final drive ratio, redline and the ratios for each of your gears and we’ll do the rest, outputting a table showing how fast you can go at a given RPM in each gear. You can then change the tire size and ratios to see how your car would perform with the changes. This calculator makes it easy to see when your shifting and what changes you can make to eliminate a shift in the 1/4 mile, increase your top speed or change your power band. Read More
McLaren Automotive today announced the US manufacturer suggested retail pricing (MSRP) for the McLaren MP4-12C starting at $229,000 with an anticipated on-sale date of late summer 2011. The MP4-12C will arrive on the North American sports car scene as the only carbon-fiber based vehicle in its market-price segment. Powered by a highly efficient yet powerful 3.8 liter 592 hp powerplant with a dry weight of less than 2,900 lbs., the MP4-12C could prove to be a benchmark setting super car making waves between the more expensive Lamborghinis and Ferraris. The 12C will be the first in a range of high-performance Read More
As modern day vehicles from both the factory and from the tuner world become more powerful, quicker and faster, a new benchmark for performance has been catching on to quantify just how fast these cars are, 60-130 times. A device made by Racelogic, called the Performance Box (VBOX) uses GPS and accelerometer data to record just about any performance metric you want to setup. The PerformanceBox logs your speed, position, G-forces, and distance to its memory card ten times every second for detailed analysis in the included software. The Performance Box (VBOX) can be purchased online from around $450-$500 for the Read More
Take a look at this freak Lamborghini Gallardo accident in Hollywood Hills, CA. The front of the Gallardo was so low that it went right underneath a Saab SUV lifting it up into the air. The Gallardo seems to hold up well, the roof didn’t seem to buckle at all.
Here are some interesting pictures taken with a thermal camera of a Nissan GT-R. Thermal cameras can measure temperature from a distance showing the brightest (warmest) parts of the image are customarily colored white, intermediate temperatures reds and yellows, and the dimmest (coolest) parts blue/black. Shown in the image is a front view of the car where you can clearly see heat escaping from the vents in the GT-R’s hood and bumper. The intake manifold is also shown while the engine is running, the black areas are much cooler as the intercooled air is brought into the engine. Also pictured Read More
Designer Gerry Judah created a 44 tonne, 32 metre-high sculpture for Audi at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. The sculpture celebrates Audi’s achievements in motor sport with the legendary 1937 Auto Union Streamliner and the recently launched R8 V10 sports car at either end of a dramatic “swoosh” of tyre tracks, as if they are drag racing off into the sky.