The 1st races of WEC - World Endurance Championship and ALMS - American Le Mans Series at the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring. Leo Parente walks the pits and the track, speaking to the head of the FIA, Jean Todt and the racers.
12 Hours of Sebring - /TRACKSIDE
What is it like to stand trackside at a major motorsports event? Well, now
you know with trackside. No story, no opinion, just raw energy and
excitement. This is what it's like to hear, feel, and see the best racing
cars in the world, from just over the other side of the wall.
The World's Fastest Lotus? - /TUNED
Frank Profera has spent six years making his Lotus go faster, stop shorter, and corner harder.
Though it only has to move around 2,150 lbs, Frank's Lotus makes 680 wheel
horsepower with a
twin-charged 1.8L engine; giving it a better power-to-weight ratio than
Mario Andretti's Formula One Lotus. It's an ongoing project that may never
be finished, because of Frank's never-ending obsession with speed. We had
to take it for a ride.
/DRIVE CENTRAL - 19 MARCH 2012
This week on DRIVE, Matt Farah tempts fate in a 700-hp Lotus Exige, Alex
Roy samples some California dream roads, Chris Harris braves a Switzerland
winter in a Morgan Roadster, and Leo Parente reports on the action from
this past weekend's Sebring 12 Hour race.
Making 280mph Capable Carbon Fiber Wheels - /INSIDE KOENIGSEGG
One of the most disputed topics in the industry: Is it possible to make
high performance carbon fiber wheels? Christian von Koenigsegg explains
that it's not only possible, but his company has been doing it for a few
years now. Take a look at how:
12 Hours of Sebring Race 1966
The 1966 12 Hours of Sebring was an endurance race held at the 5.2 mile
(8.3 km) Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida, United States on
March 26, 1966. It was the sixteenth running of the endurance classic and
the second round of the 1966 World Sportscar Championship season. The race
proved to be a disastrous event; one of the darkest in American motorsports
Ford had just come off a 1-2-3 triumph at the first 24 Hours of Daytona in
February, with 2 of their 7-liter engined GT40 Mk.II's being run by Carroll
Shelby. They had effectively trounced Ferrari and Porsche, and were looking
to do the same thing at Sebring in March.
Ford's assault on Sebring (which has always been a good preparation run for
Le Mans) was unprecedented. There were 11 GT40 Mk.I's, Mk.II's and a
special X-1 Roadster (which was a heavily modified GT40 Mk.I with an
aluminum chassis, a Mk.II nose, no roof and a 7-liter 427 engine, the same
motor in a Mk.II) at Sebring- these cars were entered by at least 5
different teams- all of whom had direct factory support. The two main works
teams, however, were Shelby-American, a team with direct connections to
Ford and seasoned with lots of road-racing experience; and the Holman &
Moody team, which was known for its successes in NASCAR. There were also 2
works Ferrari's (originally there were supposed to be 5) and 2 Chaparral
2D's. American Dan Gurney qualified his Shelby-entered Mk.II on pole
position with a lap record of 2:54.6, followed by the new Ferrari 330P3 of
Bob Bondurant and Mike Parkes, then a Mk.I of Britons Graham Hill and
Jackie Stewart, then another Mk.II of Americans Mark Donohue and Walt
Hansgen, then the X-1 of Briton Ken Miles and American Lloyd Ruby and then
a Chaparral 2D of Americans Jim Hall and Hap Sharp.
Ford would dominate yet again. Gurney and Grant were leading- and on the
last lap, while Gurney was driving, the car's engine failed. People at the
pits were expecting Gurney to take victory- but Ken Miles crossed the
finish line first in the GT40 X-1. Gurney was pushing his GT40 Mk.II on the
course, and he made it to the finish line. Although pushinlg a car during
the race was illegal- and the car was disqualified, and the Holman/Moody
entered GT40 Mk.II was awarded 2nd place. 3rd was an Essex Wire entered
GT40 Mk.I of Skip Scott and Peter Revson, and then a works Porsche finished
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BMW M550d X Drive Road Test - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
BMW M550d X Drive road test.
It has more torque than the space shuttle and BMW claims it will do over
40mpg. BMW also says it won't be selling the car in the UK or the US, the
places that DRIVE is most commonly viewed. But when something has 3 turbos, you've got to go drive it at 155mph: no?
/SHAKEDOWN - 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona Behind the Scenes
Leo Parente at the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Interviews with Jackie
Stewart, Travis Pastrana, Andy Lally, Michael Waltrip, Tyler McQuarrie,
Mike Fox, and Allan McNish. Details on the new Grand-Am Ferrari 458, Audi
R8, Ford Mustang, and the
new Daytona Prototypes - Corvette and Riley.
McLaren MP4-12C: Designed From Formula 1 - /SHAKEDOWN
Chris Harris drove it. Now, Leo Parente discusses how F1 technology over
the last 30 yrs influenced one of today's best supercars: McLaren MP4-12C.
Trick suspension designs, cool tech: The reason Formula One exists -
Helping to improve our road cars.
ShakeDown 1Yr Ago : Roots In Racing -
MG Indy History -
Adaptive Suspensions History -
MP4-12C Backgrounder -
Rat Rod vs Lamborghini Aventador! Roadkill Episode 5
On this episode of Roadkill, HOT ROD's David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan
spend 24 crazy hours with a 1930 Model A Rat Rod and a 2012 Lamborghini
Aventador to find out which wildly impractical, larger-than-life car
attracts the most attention.
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The STILLEN 500 HP Supercharged Nissan 370Z - /TUNED
TUNED Visits racing legend Steve Millen's STILLEN in Costa Mesa, CA to see
what happens when he gets his hands on the Nissan 370Z. Already a potent
machine, what happens when STILLEN upgrades pretty much everything?
Fortunately, it doesn't suck.
Sim to Real Test Drive - Palatov D4 vs SimRaceway - /SHAKEDOWN
Leo Parente heads to Infineon Raceway in California to drive the new
Palatov D4 track car during it's initial SHAKEDOWN with SimRaceway. Leo
Parente drives the car both in the simulator and on the track, then
compares how responsive the car and sim can be to changes in setup.
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SRW Performance Driving Center - http://pdc.simraceway.com/
The Spa 24 - /DRIVE Special
A track that has changed configuration countless times over it's history. A
circuit that has taken lives, created legends, and has no shortage of
emotions for the brave men and women who race around it or spectate along
the fences. Though not as long as the famous Northern Loop of the
Nurburgring, the elevation and weather of Spa is what makes it world
famous. Join Leo Parente and the DRIVE crew for an adventure you won't
2011 Audi R18 TDI LMP1 SOUND - Test at Monza Circuit
Today I saw at Monza Circuit the 2011 Audi LMP1 race car during a test
session for the 24h of Mans. I hoped that the new V6 engine would sound
louder than the old Audi engine. Unfortunatlely it's quiter. The sound is
like a strong wind flush.
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