Peugeot Campionato Italiano Rally 2012: la preparazione
Peugeot Italia si prepara al Campionato Italiano Rally 2012 - http://www.gommeblog.it
Lexus LFA Record Nurburgring 7.14
On Board Lexus LFA Record Nurburgring 7.14. Lexus used an even more limited-edition version of its already limited LFA known as the Nürburgring Edition. Only 50 examples are to be built, which represents 1/10th of total planned LFA production. The differences on this limited, limited-edition car can be found in the added aero bits, track-tuned suspension, custom wheels and an extra 11 horsepower. That extra oomph brings total power up to 563 horses, compared to the "standard" car's 552. That power Boost is clearly enough to push the LFA around the track more quickly than any production car has gone before. However, the inquisitive minds at The Truth About Cars bring up a good point with regards to "production car" records set on the 'Ring. Lexus only built 500 examples of the LFA, and just 50 of those are Nürburgring Edition cars. Should we consider that small production run enough for the car to qualify? If so, why can't we consider the times produced by a pair of Radical entries and a Gumpert Apollo Sport as part of the production class? If we do, then the LFA's time would actually fall to fourth. None of the aforementioned vehicles are mass-market units, but they are sold in the States, if in very limited numbers. Still, we don't want to take anything away from Lexus on a truly amazing blast around this famed German circuit. Click past the jump to watch the video ride-along for yourself.
Lamborghini Aventador J: The Making Of
The Lamborghini Aventador J is an absolute one-off: a one-of-a-kind piece of art. It combines the overwhelming performance of the Lamborghini Aventador with the most intense experience of power and dynamics imaginable in an automobile. The Lamborghini Aventador J is a radically open automobile -- exterior and interior meld into each other. The designers and engineers in Sant'Agata Bolognese have not only dispensed entirely with the roof, but also with the front windshield. Drivers must have the right equipment for driving at top speeds higher than 300 km/h.
Formula One 2012: The Australian Grand Prix from a Tyre Point of view
Pirelli enters its second season of Formula One as exclusive tyre supplier with the entire range of tyres renewed compared to the previous year. This has been in response to new aerodynamic and technical regulations, which have had a profound impact on car design. Blown diffusers are now forbidden, with the Exhaust outlets now having to exit the car higher and pushing the centre of pressure forwards. Previously the blown diffusers used to give improved grip at the rear of the car, even when the driver was off the throttle. This alters the fundamental balance of the car, and also affects the tyres along with the way that they are used. The aerodynamics now work on the car in a different way, redistributing the forces that are acting on the tyres and altering the driver's feeling. Many of the cars also now have a stepped nose. A greater proportion of force on the front axle means that there is better turn-in and superior driving precision in corners, as well as improved medium-speed to high-speed direction changes. But with the forces moving more towards the front of the car, a weaker rear end means that the rear tyres have to work even harder to avoid sliding through corners, as well as combatting wheelspin under acceleration.