Proof that the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is unbreakable
On a SoCal runway used by General Patton to train soldiers for WWII, we
line up the turbo for the first of 50
back-to-back launches. Porsche's PR man called this test "abusive." We
think it's a fitting tribute to the 911's 50th anniversary. The turbo, however, does not do 50 launches. It does
61, because we get woozy from acceleration and lose count. Read the rest of
the story at http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-reviews/2014-porsche-911-turbo-s-65-7-roa0314
Driving the 2011 Scion tC
The new, more purpose-driven Scion tC lets out a growl we haven't heard in
a Toyota product since the Celica.
Nurburgring '1967 [TEAM LOTUS]
Winner: Denny Hulme (Brabham-Repco)
Pole position: Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford) - 8:04.1
Fastest Lap: Dan Gurney (Eagle-Weslake) - 8:15.1
Nine Days In Summer - Ford Archive Gems DVD 1967
1967 USA GP at Watkins Glen
Winner: Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford)
Pole position: Graham Hill (Lotus-Ford) - 1:05.48
Fastest Lap: Graham Hill (Lotus-Ford) - 1:06.0
Nine Days In Summer - Ford Archive Gems DVD 1967
1968 Lotus 56 at the 2011 Goodwood Festival Of Speed
The 1968 Lotus 56 Turbine Indy car, driven here by Parnelli Jones, as seen
at the 2011 Goodwood Festival Of Speed.
Lotus founder Colin Chapman is best remembered for having a lot of success
with unconventional and revolutionary racing cars. One of the most
outrageous Lotus designs was the Type 56, prepared for the 1968 Indy 500.
Although the novelties found on the 56 were not new, but the combination
proved to be a package very well worth the Lotus badge.
Designed by Maurice Philippe, the 56 was not equipped with a regular
internal combustion engine, but with a Pratt and Whitney industrial turbine
engine. Such an engine was used previously and proved very reliable. Due to
the nature of a turbine engine, no gearbox was needed. Using the proven
Ferguson four wheel drive system, the turbine engine's power was
transferred to all wheels.
Although the turbine was not quite as powerful as the turbo charged internal combustion engines used by
the competition, Chapman was confident that the four wheel drive system
would give Lotus the edge over the rest. The operation was partly funded by
Andy Granatelli's STP company and the wedge shaped cars were livered in
STP's striking orange colour scheme.
Lotus intended to enter their two Formula 1 drivers, Jim Clark and Graham
Hill and Granatelli himself would enter another two cars for American
drivers, including Parnelli Jones. Unfortunately Clark lost his life in a
Formula 2 accident earlier that year. His replacement, Mike Spence, was
struck by tragedy as well, losing his life after a high speed accident with
Lotus 56 in one of the Indy 500 test sessions.
Eventually Graham Hill, Joe Leonard and Art Polland entered the race with
the turbine Lotus. Again Lotus' bold move proved successful with Leonard on
pole, closely followed by Hill. Hill crashed out early in the race, and
Leonard and Pollard both retired with fuel pump problems. Leonard was in
the lead with just a few laps to go, when his turbine engine died.
A grief strucken Chapman had returned to Europe with Spence's body and left
the turbine Indy cars in Granatelli's hands. He campaigned the cars with
little success. At the end of the season the innovative cars were left
obsolete when the sport's governing body (USAC) banned both turbine engines
and four wheel drive.
Featured is Parnelli Jones' Type 56, which has benefited from a ground up
restoration in recent years. It is in full running order, but it is no
longer fitted with the original turbine engine. This unique racer is
pictured here at the 2004 Eyes on Design exhibition held at the Edsel and
Eleanor Ford House.
1965 Riverside 500 Stock Car Race
New 1965 Model Ford Galaxie 500 debut at the first race of the year on the
road course in California with Dan Gurney, Ned Jarrett, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli
Jones, Fred Lorenzen, Marvin Panch, Junior Johnson, and more.
Racing In America Spotlight: 1967 Ford Mark IV
In 1967, American racing history was made, and thus far has never been
With the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, Racing in America reflects on
the 45th anniversary of the Ford Mark IV claiming the second of four
consecutive victories for Ford Motor Company cars at Le Mans, arguably the
greatest American racing victory on foreign soil.
That day in 1967, the stunning red Mark IV, now in the procession of Henry
Ford Museum as part of its Racing in America collection, was driven to the
overall victory by A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney. It remains today the only Le
Mans overall win by American drivers, in an American-built car, with an
American engine (Ford V8), prepared by an American team (Shelby American).
Dan Gurney: All American Racer - Birth of AAR (episode 1)
Welcome to the first episode of Dan Gurney: All American Racer, Birth of
AAR presented by Bell Helmets. Gurney was one of the greatest drivers,
innovators, thinkers, that America has produced. He remains the only
American team owner to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix in his own car, and
RACER's Robin Miller took the opportunity to accompany Gurney down the
hallway of the All American Racing workshop in Santa Ana, California, and
ask him for the stories behind some of the many hundreds of photos on the
walls. The result is a six-episode series giving some insight into the
genial gentleman -- and gentle man -- who turned All American Racing into a
winner on both sides of the Atlantic. In this first episode, Dan tells
Robin about the first Eagle designs.
This video is presented by Bell Helmets. The famously simple logo that
became simply famous did so almost subconsciously. Just as, when you
purchase a car, the number of similar examples you see on the road
seemingly multiplies, once you start looking for Bell logos, you spot them
everywhere, be they in frayed and sepia-tinted monochrome, in early
glorious and classic Technicolor or embedded in the wild colorschemes on
helmets of today.
But Bell's link up with Gurney is closer than that. The man who famously
used to wrap a hotel handtowel around the lower part of his face to protect
him from the elements and debris was perhaps the natural choice to embrace
the concept of a full-face helmet. Bell produced its first full-face
motorcycle helmet in 1966, and Dan leapt at the chance to use one, debuting
an all-black example in the 1968 Indy 500. Three years later, everyone who
started the "500" was wearing Bell.
Enjoy this first episode of Dan Gurney: All American Racer, produced by
Adam Friedman's Vertical Assent for RACER. Five more will follow on
consecutive Tuesdays through May and early June.
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