By Ross Bentley on January 28, 2015 12:53 p.m.
I travel around the country doing seminars and talks for various car clubs about performance driving and instructor training, one topic that continually comes up is whether the "driver nannies" - traction and stability control systems - should be turned off or not, and what the pros and cons are of doing so are.David Ray, the founder of Hooked On Driving has a ton of know-how teaching high performance drivers, and putting on well-run events. He's a well-known, very experienced driver and instructor. And as you'll see from his article below, David has thought long and hard about the "driver ...
Your Next Race Car? (1310 views)
By Tom Martin on January 26, 2015 3:46 p.m.
There are lots of interesting race cars out there, but only a few that check most of the boxes on the racer’s list of desirable qualities. In this installment of “Your Next Race Car?” we take a look at why 3 Series BMWs are becoming the next big thing.
By Bradley Iger on January 26, 2015 1:48 p.m.
Rain usually does not spell ideal track conditions for getting behind the wheel of a race car for the first time, but that doesn’t deter oversteer enthusiast Chris Harris as he pilots the Daytona 24 Hour winning Group C Jaguar XJR-9 around Brands Hatch Racing circuit in West Kingsdown.
Worth A Tow Race Planner, Vol. 4 2015 (264 views)
By Winding Road Staff on January 26, 2015 12:55 p.m.
In our fourth installment of the Worth a Tow race planner, we look at some upcoming events that run the gamut of skill levels, durations, climates and even eras of racing – there's a little something for everyone here.
By Bradley Iger on January 26, 2015 11:14 a.m.
This early in the year, many racing series are still getting geared up for the 2015 season. While we wait for some of our favorites like Formula One, DTM, and Pirelli World Challenge to get back on the track, here’s a few choice videos from the WRR TV archive that will scratch that itch for some racing action:
By Bradley Iger on January 23, 2015 2:04 p.m.
When we went to Portland last July to get some seat time in the Challenger Hellcat, one of the biggest surprises we took from the event was the car’s relatively well-mannered behavior on Portland International Raceway’s road course. It is without a doubt a big car – a grand touring vehicle by nature – but it was clear that engineers at Dodge had spent some time dialing out some of the persistent understeer that had become a hallmark of Challenger handling in models past, resulting in a much more neutral balance and a car that was much easier to corral ...
Driven: 2015 Lexus RC F (954 views)
By Bradley Iger on January 20, 2015 6:26 p.m.
Ask a random soul what descriptors first come to mind when they think of the Lexus brand, and they’re likely to offer terms like “luxury”, “refinement” and “maturity”. Back in 1989, the first Lexus models made landfall in the US as a premium alternative to the more prosaic models produced by parent company Toyota, with the LS sedan leading the charge – a car which embodied those values and continues to do so today. More recently, Lexus has sought to make inroads in the sport-luxury market, a segment long dominated by BMW’s M division, AMG and Audi’s S and RS ...
By Ross Bentley on January 20, 2015 12:36 p.m.
A question that I've had asked of me a few times is how to deal with a car that understeers in the early part of a corner, and then snaps to oversteer towards the exit. It's not an uncommon situation. I like to look at this type of problem from the driver's perspective, and what the driver can do about it. But what about what can be done to the car?
Worth A Tow Race Planner, Vol. 3 2015 (349 views)
By Winding Road Staff on January 19, 2015 2:27 p.m.
The days are getting longer and the weather in some parts of the country is showing signs of improvement. Which can only mean one thing: time to go racing again!
New Race Series: ChampTruck World Series (723 views)
By Tom Martin on January 19, 2015 1:15 p.m.
“If it’s got wheels, I’ll race it.” That pretty much captures the spirit of many a racer. With that spirit in mind, the group behind the excellent ChumpCar World Series for low-cost endurance team racing is now rolling out a new series for road racing semis. Yes, you heard right. 12,000 lb. semi-trailer cabs will race on serious road course like Thunderhill, New Jersey Motorsports Park, and Virginia International Raceway. And to add to the insanity, they’ll run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.