April 4, 2014

The Best of Formula 1 Engine Sounds!

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 11:00 AM

With the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix starting in just over an hour (practice session), it seems fitting to showcase some of the best engine sounds throughout the years. Formula One is a racing series that truly pushes automotive engineering innovation. From the early days of the V6 turbocharged engines to the more modern changes to V10, V12, and most recently the V8 – it makes enthusiasts such as myself miss these signature sounds. For 2014, the Formula One engines are now back to the V6 turbocharged setup and many have complained of the lack of sound from them during the race. In fact, the sounds from these new engines is more similar to that of a turbine engine minus the thrust growl leaving it lack luster in the ears of many. Okay so lap times are still impressive, but has the motorsport suffered from this essential element of the five senses?

Turn up your speakers and enjoy the harmony of little engine angels!

Video: Marchettino


April 2, 2014

The Best Shooting Flames Moments From TRC!

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

There is nothing that gets a gear head more excited like a kid at a candy store than watching a car shoot flames from the exhaust. In fact, it doesn’t even matter if it’s a boosted Honda Civic or an ultra rare Lamborghini – they’re just damn cool! Thanks to the folks at ThatRacingChannel they’ve compiled some great clips from their videos of cars breathing like pissed off dragons from 1,000+ horsepower Supras to twin-turbocharged Gallardos. Note to the green-thumb-earthy-crunchy-eco-crowd, this is video will probably bring you to tears… #SorryNotSorry!

Full screen it, turn up the sound, and don’t wipe that smile off your face!



March 21, 2014

Top Gear UK’s Ayrton Senna Tribute

Aryton Senna is without question one of the greatest racing car drivers of all time, if not the greatest. It has been nearly two decades since his horrific crash at the San Marino Grand Prix and today would have been his 54th birthday. As a three-time Formula One champion, Senna’s influence of always pushing the limits of ‘man and machine’ as well as his his overall good nature is something which still rings true even to this day. Not too long ago, Jeremy Clarkson and the crew at Top Gear UK did a tribute piece on the Brazilian racing legend. It is only fitting that we commemorate this day to the man and legend that he was.

“By being a racing driver you are under risk all the time. By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win. And the main motivation to all of us is to compete for victory, it’s not to come 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th. I race to win as long as I feel it’s possible. Sometimes you get it wrong? Sure, it’s impossible to get it right all the time. But I race designed to win, as long as I feel I’m doing it right.” – Aryton Senna (Interview at the 1990 Australian Grand Prix, November 1990)

Video: amer37365


March 11, 2014

Ducati MotoGP Team Testing in Sepang

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

If you’re a fan of Ducati especially in the MotoGP racing series, here’s a little teaser which will get you itching for the season to begin. The 2014 Ducati MotoGP Team compiled some video during their testing session at Sepang. The race bikes aren’t sporting any colourful liveries just yet, but that doesn’t take away at the sheer awesomeness of watching these machines get low as they carve through the corners.

Be sure to turn your speakers up and full screen this vid!

Video: Ducati



March 7, 2014

SGR Carts and Coffee 2014 – Round 4

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

SGR Carts and Coffee 2014 – Round 4
Grand Prix Kartways
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
February 13th, 2014

It was once again time to get the racing gloves, helmet visors down, and get strapped in for another round of the SGR Carts and Coffee – Toronto series. To the surprise of everyone, there was a major change which although mentioned during the driver’s meeting no one first thought it would hinder performance – it was the track. Just a few weeks prior, the Grand Prix Kartways course was repaved at spots which resulted in some very slippery conditions. In fact, the track was so slippery at some parts that it looked more of a drifting competition than a go-karting one overall.

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Nothing kicks off a round of Carts and Coffee like a big smile and the infamous #1 finger up in the air!

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As per usual, the competitors were split in three groups from slowest all the way to the fastest. Regardless of your usual skill of mastering the corners, now the playing field was completely even given that the track might as well been an ice rink.

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From the moment the first green flag dropped, the battles were on. Drivers were going two wide without thinking twice and some mini battles ensued.

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Only a handful of laps later and there was a multi-car tangle as they dove into the second hairpin corner.

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The second and more advanced group had their game face one. Thumbs-up from the pole position driver, just no smiles in this group – talk about all business!

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The grid was tight with this round and from flag-drop, it was apparent that the #5 was on the hunt for the lead against the #18.

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Even the ladies in this group were thrashing the go-karts and getting sideways more often than not – again, the slippery conditions made all advantages of the past null.

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Coming into the home stretch, the #18 keep the hammer down and passed some slower traffic without difficulty.

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The final and fastest group of round 4 was more eager than ever before. It could have been a matter of the points race or just the sheer fact that these tricky track conditions made for some fun driving – who doesn’t like going lock-to-lock?

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By the first lap of the race, the grid of drivers was all over the course with wheels in full lock. Keep in mind that this group of racers are the most experienced of the bunch.

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Once the feel for the slippery track was managed, it looked like a scene from the Australian V8 Supercars series with one car following another – bumper to bumper.

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Coming out of the large bend and onto the front straight the #2 driver had his eyes on the prize, but the #15 wasn’t going to let him get away with it.

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Accident? What accident? Yup, this is what happens with course conditions get silly.

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Never before seen in this series, the #19 somehow managed to get up on the barrier as it was some kind of Gymkhana stunt! Partially scary to spectate and fun at the same time. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

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Congrats to the #13 driver for the win and going on his vicotry lap, flag in hand!

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Congrats to all the winners, in particular the #1 placement of Guillermo who nailed down a fast lap! A big thanks to the entire SGR crew and all those that came out to drive as well as spectate! Be sure to register for round 5 and come out for some good times.

For more information, please visit Carts and Coffee – Toronto and to register please visit Cars & Coffee – Registration


February 21, 2014

Drive the Nurburgring Nordschleife with RSR!

Have you ever had the itch to drive a supercar on the most famous and treacherous race track in the world? Is it on your bucket list like most crazy gear heads to drive on the Nürburgring? Well if you didn’t know, know you do. Thanks to the good folks at RSRNurburg your driving dream can come true, all you need is the time and budget to make it possible. RSR stands for Ron Simons Racing and in short began as a suspension system specialist for racing and soon developed into a racing school of sorts. Fast forward nearly two decades and what you have is the leading source for track car setups and rentals offered at tracks such as Spa Francorchamps and ultimately the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. There’s no better way than to get out on track be it in one of their high speed taxis or driving with a highly experienced instructor by your side. Their extensive car collection ranges from the mild such as a Renault Sport Clio Cup, the mid range such as a BMW M3 E46, classics like the Lancia Delta Integrale, and high-end like the McLaren MP4-12C. Add to the already 30+ collection are single-seater and full blown race cars for those brave enough.

Watch their lastest promo video which shows exactly what they do and why you have to go!

Video: RSRNurburg


February 20, 2014

Ken Block Set to Dominate 2014 with New Racing Livery and Race Schedule

Just when we thought we couldn’t get any more pumped about 2014, the chief-tyre-slayer and head Hoonigan in charge Ken Block has thrown it down with an epic season schedule, and a fresh new graphics package to match.

Set to tear it up in all four corners of the globe, Ken will be taking on everything from Gymkhana GRID, to RallyCross, and WRC stage rallies in his legendary Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta.


“I’m stoked with how the new liveries for my Ford Fiestas have turned out, as well as the race schedule we’ve been able to put together for 2014,” Ken told us. “Once again I’ve been fortunate enough to put together a highly diverse schedule that has me going around the world.

“I’m competing in the full Global RallyCross Championship, doing a handful of Rally America events, competing in a WRC round in Spain, doing the Monza Rally Sprint for the first time ever with Valentino Rossi as a teammate, returning to the Monster Energy Gymkhana GRID finale in Madrid, heading back to Japan to do more Gymkhana demos and, most interestingly, racing in three of the World RallyCross Championship rounds for the first time ever. I’m pretty sure nobody has a better job than me this year!”


To top things off, Ken, and the elite design team at Hoonigan Racing Division, have created a badass new livery for his ride. Mixing up animal print and retro computer graphics, the new design will give the car some serious pop both on and off the track, as well as be  incorporated across signature products from Hoonigan, SPY, and HPI R/C cars.

“Every year I’m challenged with outdoing my livery from the season before,” explains Ken. “Luckily, I think we were able to do it once again. This year’s livery mixes animal pattern and 8-bit, which I love. We’ve come up with a sort of digital zebra graphic that I think is awesome and also brings me back into that familiar black and white colour scheme I had starting back in 2010. I think the fans are going to enjoy this look.”


To see Ken in action, and check out his rad new whip, scroll down the full 2014 calendar below. First up is Rally America’s super fast ‘Rally in the 100 Acre Wood’ on February 21st and 22nd, where Ken will be looking to reignite his winning streak for that event.


January 10, 2014

SGR Carts and Coffee 2014 – Round 2

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 3:00 PM

SGR Carts and Coffee 2014 – Round 2
Grand Prix Kartways
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
January 9th, 2014

After a successful and competitive kick-off round of the SGR Carts and Coffee – Toronto series, round two was nothing less than amazing. The points race was once again back on and this new track and electronically-powered go-carts made for some of the best racing in recent times. The spread of lap times were just tenths of seconds and every driver gave their best performance to date!

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As soon as drivers were placed for their qualifying stints, the level of excitement was at an all time high. The atmosphere at Grand Prix Kartways quickly went from funny to focused as helmets went on, but without a doubt participants were still able to pull off a silly pose before the grid setup.

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Due to the number of entries, there were three qualifying stints that lead to the three race groupings. As the lights went green, drivers hammered the throttle for an aggressive start that lead into three-wide on the first turn!

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Pure intensity was given from all the drivers, case in point.

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The #3 go-cart was hunting down the #6 for a few laps. If you want to talk about fun, yet competitive racing for all levels of experience – this is it. Novice drivers were able to race alongside more experienced ones, which makes for some interesting lapping.

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The fast group of drivers were all about the proper line, throttle / brake control, and drafting. Within the first few laps, the experienced bunch were nailing 21-second laps with ease. Breaking from the pack was not easy, but Anna of SGR was able to hit a lap record of 20.996!

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Two-wide? No problem! When championship points are at stake, take every passing opportunity that you can.

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A big congratulations to all the winners of the podium finishers Jeff, Darren, Colin, and Anna and all the other drivers for a strong show! Shout out to the whole SGR crew and remember to register for round 3!

For more information, please visit Carts and Coffee – Toronto and to register please visit Cars & Coffee – Registration

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