July 24, 2015

The McLaren 675LT Is Unleashed On The Track

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

It has only been a handful of months since the global debut of the McLaren 675LT at the Geneva Motor Show and already track-test videos are surfacing. According to McLaren Automotive, this new model on their “Super Series” is the lightest (at 1,230kg), most powerful ( with 666 bhp @ 7,100 rpm) and the most track-oriented of the bunch. Everything that McLaren has learned since the launch of the MP4-12C to the more recent 650S has gone into this Long Tail (LT) version, including a complete overhaul of their infamous 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine. Nearly 50-perfect of the internals have been replaced and that’s just the engine alone. The 675LT is a limited edition model and deserves a proper welcome, at the race track.

Filmed at an undisclosed location, this Napier Green 675LT is unleashed showing the world its raw power and agility. The sound alone from its boosted V8 is intoxicating enough to want to sell one’s limbs for a chance behind the wheel, well sort of. McLaren has truly come a long way climbing up the supercar ranks and this new track-spec monster is sure to give the raging bull and prancing horse a scare. For now, be sure to turn up your speakers and enjoy this English devil dance on the racetrack!

Video: McLaren Automotive


December 2, 2014

The Deadly Jumps of the Kells Road Races in Ireland

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

One of the toughest motorcycle racing events on the calendar is none other than the Kells Road Races. Taking place in Ireland during the end of July, thousands gather for an all-out speed battle on two wheels through the picturesque countryside. As if going upwards of 200 mph+ isn’t scary enough – especially when faced against 50+ competitors – the rough terrain is sure to shake some skeletons. At one particular spot on the road course, the pavement crests making riders get some big air and thankfully… it’s all caught on film!

Video: Jimpimp


October 15, 2014

OptionJDM, Defcon Racing, and Carbox Industries Track Day

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

OptionJDM, Defcon Racing, and Carbox Industries Track Day
Shannonville Motorsports Park
Shannonville, Ontario, Canada
October 5th, 2014

Track days are nothing short of awesome. One gets to experience a day with fellow gear heads thrashing daily-drivers or track-spec cars around the road course, catching up with old friends, and as always good BBQ food! As a way of giving thanks back to their supporters, the trifecta of shops known as OptionJDM, Defcon Racing, and Carbox Industries rented out Shannonville Motorsports Park for what would be a fun-filled day of carving corners.

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During an early and fairly gloomy Sunday morning, track goers met up at the gates eager to hit the paddock to setup their rides. Unlike most track days which are usually make / model specific this open track day had it all from affordable track-builds, daily drivers, and even a supercar thrown into the mix.

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One of the most well known track goers in the Ontario scene is that of Vince (Focal Point Concepts) and his sexy yellow Integra Type R that’s packing a nice K-series under the CF bonnet.

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Another track fiend and fellow Focal Point Concepts team member Tony (aka Ho-Ho) brought out his clean Civic to get some laps in before the first snow fall.

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From far this 8th generation Civic might not look like much, but take a closer look and what you find is a nice tire / wheel setup and the obvious red Sparco race bucket in the cockpit.

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As if posed to take a photo, this RSX from the Level One crew is nothing short of a JDM-orgasm! White on white, Volk Racing TE37 rollers, a massive carbon fiber rear spoiler, canards, etc… this thing is just about perfect.

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Did someone say track car? Yup, this black-white EK Civic is no stranger to the lens especially when crushing lap times. The OptionJDM, Defcon Racing, and Carbox Industries crew had this gem out shaking things off and as always dialing in the tune.

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At what other track event (in Ontario) can one see a line up of cars tucked underneath the bleachers like this Mitsubishi Evolution and the slammed Lexus IS300 next to it?

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If Honda Civics are your thing and you love nothing more than a purpose-built track car, than this blue “bubble” should excite you. Nothing has been left untouched as can be seen by the rear suspension work.

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Adding even more excitement to the paddock is this black Porsche 911 Turbo (991). With 520-horsepower from it’s flat-six engine, this beast can take on anything thrown in its way!

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In the early part of the afternoon, the clouds parted for a bit to showcase an awesome double-rainbow! Yup, it was that kind of day!

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With the second portion of the track day kicking off and despite the dark clouds (as well as rain) coming, no one held back. Onto the track went a slew of cars including this new race build shaking things off.

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There truly is nothing like the sound of a Honda engine being pushed to the limit, especially when no traction is a factor.

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Wet line? What wet line? These guys were all about getting the most thrill behind the wheel possible, sometimes leading to some sideways action around the bend.

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Pushing through the corner in this RSX was no challenge for the driver, but getting up to speed was considering the rooster-tails of water coming off the tires.

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Ever seen a Honda CR-V on the track? Well now you have, rare isn’t it?

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That Level One RSX is just too pretty not to watch as it passes by and heads into the deep infield at Shannonville.

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Coming down the back straight was a nice group of cars that were pushing themselves the best the could given the slippery conditions. This blue Honda Civic SiR was impressive to watch diving deep into the turn and planting the throttle. By the third lap, the driver had passed a handful of cars with ease.

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A Porsche 911 hitting the track on a wet day, that’s what life is all about – appreciating every moment you get, despite the unfavorable conditions. Thankfully, having an incredible all-wheel drive system like the one in the later-generations of the 911 is something of a blessing on days like these.

A big thanks and shout-out go to the entire crew Richie (OptionJDM), Dave (Defcon Racing), and Norb (Carbox Industries) for an amazing day at the track. Plenty track action, good laughs, and delicious food on the BBQ made this one Sunday to never forget! Until next time, keep your hand on the wheel and pedal planted!


August 20, 2014

The Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo

Automobili Lamborghini presents its new generation racecar developed by its Motorsport department: the new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. Unveiled in a world preview a few days ago during the prestigious Monterey Car Week (California, USA), the car will debut in all three series (Europe, Asia and North America) of the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo.

The Huracán Super Trofeo marks a new benchmark for the race series. According to Maurizio Reggiani, in charge of Lamborghini’s Research and Development Department and motorsport activities, “The Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo is an all-new car built from scratch with a clear racing concept. Every feature is engineered for sophisticated high performance, complying with the strictest motorsport safety standards.”

The chassis features an exceptionally light roll cage at just 43 Kg that extends to the rear axle, and impressive torsional stiffness that represents a massive 45% improvement compared to the previous model. The frame is a hybrid carbon/aluminum construction with modified geometries to house an improved radiator up front and better accommodate the racing gearbox at the rear, which also provides better aerodynamics. The dry weight of the Huracán Super Trofeo is 1,270 Kg, with a weight distribution of 42/58%.

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The bodywork is in composite materials and, along with the aerodynamics, has been developed in collaboration with Dallara Engineering with the direct involvement of the founder Gian Paolo Dallara. Refinements to the Huracán Super Trofeo include new bodywork ‘fast fittings’, and a new oil radiator providing even more performance than that found on the Gallardo.

The new Huracán Super Trofeo adopts the V10 direct injection engine mounted on the road car, managed by a Motec control unit that delivers a maximum output of 620 hp and an astonishing weight/power ratio of 2.05 Kg/hp.

A significant feature of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is the rear-wheel drive choice as already adopted in the GT classes. This will allow Super Trofeo drivers to gain important experience of this traction system to facilitate their motorsport careers.

Further technical features on the Huracán Super Trofeo include new engine supports, a new three-disc clutch and an XTrac sequential gearbox developed specifically for the Huracán Super Trofeo with an electric actuator designed by the Magneti Marelli Motorsport division.

Electronics represent a significant leap forward in development, and now include new lightweight cables and connections specifically for racing. The control unit is the MOTEC M182 that controls data, gear changes and the new TFT display mounted on the dashboard. Special features are the traction control and the Bosch Motorsport ABS. This system features 12 different settings that can be actioned directly on the steering wheel for ideal set-up in any weather/track conditions. Front and rear lights are now LED only as on the road going version. A new, race-oriented steering wheel has been developed jointly with OMP.

Aerodynamics have been refined for better drag efficiency and maximum traction and downforce in any track conditions. More balanced than before, the aerodynamics now benefit from a rear wing with ten different settings, front and rear diffusers, and adjustable front air intake ducts.

The new Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo will be exclusively equipped with Pirelli tyres. Pirelli has followed every phase of the new car’s development – from the first drawings to final road tests – in order to create tyres that are perfectly matched to the Lamborghini’s specific characteristics. In particular, the decision to go with two-wheel drive for the new Huracan Super Trofeo has led to new tyre sizes: 305/660-18 at the front, and 315/680-18 at the back.

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The Huracán Super Trofeo is mounted with fully adjustable anti-roll bars and two-way adjustable Ohlins dampers. The hydraulic power steering enhances steering sensitivity and adopts an electric power pump.

In the racing-specific interiors the Alcantara® in Nero Ade colour is used throughout the car, on the dashboard and central tunnel and also on fundamental driving parts, such as the steering wheel, gear selector and ergonomic seats.

Lamborghini’s newest raging bull supercar already made its track debut last month in development tests. For the occasion, under the supervision of the Chief Test Driver Giorgio Sanna and along with the two official Automobili Lamborghini test drivers Fabio Babini and Adrian Zaugg, all the Young Drivers Program pilots were involved and provided their feedback.

With the new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo the historic partnership between the brand founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini back in 1963 and Gian Paolo Dallara, now becomes even closer. The same Dallara was among the first engineers who worked on Lamborghini cars and had a key role in the development of the legendary Miura.

“For Dallara Engineering, it has been very rewarding to be involved in the aerodynamic and body development of a high performance car such as the Huracán Super Trofeo. From my personal point of view it has been for me a kind of ‘homecoming’,” said Giampaolo Dallara.
“50 years ago, Lamborghini gave me the opportunity to challenge myself in ambitious and successful projects, and this new collaboration allows me to feel part of a company in which I have experienced moments of intense personal and professional achievement.”

Technical Data

Engine Power 620 CV
Weight 1270 Kg
Weight/Power Ratio 2.05
Trasmission 2WD Racing Gearbox by XTRAC
Gearbox Actuator Electric Actuator by MMarelli
Chassis 39870 Nm/deg (+45%) Increased safety structure
Aerodynamics Drag: -15%, Downforce: +43%, Efficiency: +69%
Electrics/Electronics Racing Loom/Electronics


Engine Longitudinal – V10
Air Intake by BMC
Displacement 5204
Power 620 CV @ 8250 rpm
Torque 570 Nm @ 6500 rpm
ABS Racing ABS (12 positions)
Traction control 9 positions TC
Trasmission 2 WD, Six gear sequential gearbox by Xtrac
Clutch 3 discs racing clutch, Light weight flywheel

Size and weight

Front track 1695 mm
Rear track 1660 mm
Wheelbase 2620 mm
Fuel Tank 118 L
Weight w/out fuel 1270 kg


Suspension Double wishbones with rigid bushing
Wheel fixing Monolock System
Anti Roll Bar Front: 6 positions
Rear: 2 positons
Dampers Ohlins TTX 36 2 ways
Front: in-line
Rear: piggy back type
Brake Discs
Brembo Racing Front: Steel 380×35 mm, Rear: Steel 355×32 mm
Brake Caliper
Brembo Racing Front: 6 pot monoblock, Rear: 4 pot monoblock

Rims and wheels

Rims Front: 11×18” ET 28.8
Rear: 12×18” ET 32
Tires (Pirelli) Front: 305/660-18 DH, Rear: 315/680-18 DH


Power Box PDM 30 by MOTEC
Car Loom Motorsport Loom
Dashboard TFT Dashboard by MOTEC
Steering wheel Racing and multifunctional steering wheel

Other features

Aero kit Complete aero kit with quick fixing (DZUST)
Speed Limiter Yes, adjustable speed
Safety Equipment Seat 8855 FIA Spec or Seat 8866 FIA Spec (OPT)
6 pts safety belt
7 pts Fire Extinquisher


June 16, 2014

Watch As An Idiot Civilian Drives On Track During A Race

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 1:00 PM

Every now and again somebody thinks of an idea for which they think is awesome, cool, brave, or a combination of all. For 22-year old Jack Cottle of England, such was the case when he decided to take his little Volkswagen Polo onto the Brands Hatch race track during the final 30-minutes of the Fun Cup race. Not only is doing such a thing incredibly dangerous due to the nature of motorsports, but other than getting some high-fives and having one’s video go viral – there is no sane reason for doing so.

The video above shows the Polo entering the track during mid-race amongst a pack of race cars and the announcer sounding confused when spotting the white hatchback. Furthermore, what is most alarming is that the Polo wasn’t just occupied by the driver Cottle, but also two passengers – a friend taking video from the back seat and his girlfriend riding shotgun.

Everyday safety improvements are made in motorsports both for drivers, pit crew, and spectators, but it is antics like these that make those wanting to shut things down take a step back and take a closer look. Hopefully the driver Cottle and passengers get a nice slap from the Kent police for their actions. Take this as a lesson for those looking to live out the YOLO tag line: it’s true that “You Only Live Once” just don’t make that be the case for others!

Video: fergus_r and alexhalldotme


May 21, 2014

Doran Racing Set For Battle at Lime Rock

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 12:00 PM

Cincinnati-based Doran Racing will send two Nissan 370Zs into battle in a Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) race this Saturday, headlining the holiday weekend schedule at Lime Rock, a picturesque track in the foothills of Connecticut’s Berkshire Mountains.  The team is looking to build on two top five finishes in a row when they take to the grid this weekend.

Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Virginia and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati, Ohio will drive the team’s #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC.  The team’s #41 Tower Events Nissan 370Z is co-driven by two former series champions from Toronto: John Farano and David Empringham.

Unlike most of the series’ other events, the Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) classes will run two separate races at Lime Rock due to the small dimensions of the 1.5-mile, seven-turn road course. Doran Racing competes in the GS division, and its race is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:15 p.m. ET Saturday. Its two Nissans will be part of a 26-car field in the two-hour-and-30-minute race at the iconic track.

Series veteran Zacharias may have put it best when he suggested that Lime Rock is road racing’s version of stock car racing’s Bristol Motor Speedway. He also said it may be the most difficult race in the series. “It’s a short, narrow track with extremely close competition and limited passing zones, so hang on kids; it may be a bumpy ride,” said Zacharias.

Zacharias knows the circuit well, as he attended his first Skip Barber Racing School there many years ago, and one of his uncles was Lime Rock’s track manager in the late 80s and early 90s.

Both Zacharias and Jaeger spoke about how easy it is to go a lap down at Lime Rock.

“Unfortunately it’s not hard to go down a lap. One little hiccup on anything, and before you can blink twice it can happen,” said Zacharias.

“Lime Rock is an incredibly short track,” said Jaeger.  “The lap times are closer to those you would see on an oval track than a road-racing circuit, which means it is easy to find yourself a lap down if you have problems.  I think it’s going to be important to run a clean, quick race for the first two hours and then fight the last 30 minutes.”

Although Farano and Empringham didn’t compete in this particular event last year, they have fond memories of the track.  In 2012, they clinched the CTSCC championship there as teammates.

“John has also run Lime Rock several times in Ferrari Challenge and has done quite well, so we really are hoping for a strong run for the Tower Events Nissan,” said Empringham.  “We are hoping for a few BOP [balance of performance/rules] adjustments going into Lime Rock, but we do believe the short track should suit the Nissan.”

“I’m hopeful that some of the developments we have made on the car will help us at the track this year,” said Jaeger.  “There are definitely a few corners where the Nissan 370Z shines at Lime Rock, but our goal is to get a good overall balance with the car around the whole track.”

Nissan had great results at the most-recent race on May 3 at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with three cars in the top six.

“We’re hoping for another top-seven finish,” said Zacharias. “A top-five would be outstanding.”

All the drivers hope to run the entire race clean.

“Although I find it fun to have the giant fields of ST and GS together, Lime Rock Park is so small that it’s nice to have the split races,” said Empringham. “Overall, John and I have had our fair share of bad luck this year, and we are really hoping to get our first podium of the year at Lime Rock.”

Another challenge will be the lack of time on the track prior to the race. The weekend schedule shows just two 25-minute practice sessions at 11:25 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. on Friday before qualifying is held at 5:10 p.m. that day. Live timing and scoring of those sessions as well as Saturday’s races will be available on imsa.com.

After Lime Rock, the series appears at Kansas Speedway on June 7 and Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on June 28-29.


May 20, 2014

86 & BRZ WORLD VIP Track Day | May 18, 2014

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

86 & BRZ WORLD VIP Track Day | May 18, 2014
Shannonville Motorsports Park
Shannonville, Ontario, Canada
May 18th, 2014

While most were enjoying the Victoria Day long weekend (in Canada), the BRZ World crew hosted a VIP track day for those looking to shake off the cob webs and run down their sporty coupes. As expected there were plenty of Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ cars on hand, as well as some other ones including an EVO and Supra.

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The track day started like most with cars arriving early and unloading rims, tires, driving gear, and tools in the pit lane. The good thing about running a track event with like-make / model cars is that everyone is in the same boat resulting in a helping hand when needed and spare parts during boo-boos!

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The green flag was out and that mean one thing, it was time to shake down the hottest and most affordable sportscar to come out of Japan.

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Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ… two different machines, but share the same bones and bloodline.

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There truly is nothing quite like watching a fairly underpowered car like these 200hp coupes carve corners at Shannonville. As the saying goes, “Straight roads are for fast cars, corners are for fast drivers!” – remember that!

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The best part of any race course is getting back onto the main straight and opening the taps, especially of the 2.0-liter Subaru boxer engine found in both cars.

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The man behind BRZ World also got his hands behind the wheel of his coupe. This thing not only looks fast, it is… and that’s just the beginning of his mod game.

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For those that have never driven either the Scion or Subaru in spirited fashion, do so. The one thing you’ll quickly realize is how (surprisingly) flat it stays throughout the corners. For a car priced at $25k, there truly is nothing more fun.

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World Rally Blue BRZ tearing it up and coming back onto the straightaway. The colour is usually reserved for the covetted WRX STI model, but BRZ owners can’t resist.

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By late afternoon, the sun started going down and track temps as well. A great time had by and all thankfully no causalities of any kind other than some tire sidewalls getting rounded. A big thanks go out to Barrington of BRZ World and all the participants for coming out!

Photos: Ben Fry (AMF)


April 23, 2014

Watch NISMO’s GT-R Overtake 18 Cars In One Lap at Monza

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

There have been several epic one-lap overtakes throughout the years in motorsports with the most famous one being that of Aryton Senna at Donington under the rain during the 1993 GP of Europe. Well now there’s another and it is that of Al Buncombe in the NISMO GT-R GT3 running in the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series. During the opening lap at the Monza circuit, Buncombe passes an assortment of cars ranging from Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley, Mercedes-benz, BMW, Jaguar, and others climbing up 17 positions. From starting at the back of the pack in 32nd of a 44 car grid, it didn’t take long to slice through the field. The GT-R is setup perfectly and so is the driver who came from Nissan’s GT Academy launched in 2008 – taking Grand Turismo (video game) competitors to the race track and proving that anything truly is possible.

Check out the in car view for what will surely be a lap to remember in the history books of motorsports!

Video: Nismo Channel

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