WRR TV: Long Races Equal Lots of Passing (17 views)
By Bradley Iger on December 19, 2014 7:04 p.m.
Ride along with Winding Road Racing team driver Tom Martin III in a Spec Miata during the 44th annual Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs Loooong Race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit, IL.
Classic: Mini Cooper (43 views)
By Ronan Glon on December 19, 2014 1:18 p.m.
Although designed first and foremost a city-friendly econobox, the original Mini began its transition into a rally icon when it caught the attention of John Cooper, a good friend of Alec Issigonis, the man behind the car’s brilliant design. Cooper had made a name for himself by dominating Formula One in 1959 and 1960 with his innovative rear-engined race cars so he was no stranger to engineering. Story has it he noticed the Mini’s potential as soon as Issigonis showed him a set of early design sketches.
By Ross Bentley on December 18, 2014 4:20 p.m.
This week's contributor, Bill Wade, has delivered more than his fair share of training to other drivers, both on and off the track. As a long-time BMW Car Club of America member (he was a founding member of the Kentucky chapter), and HPDE instructor, Bill has been driving on tracks around the country for over 25 years. He was also the Chair of the BMW CCA National Driving Events Committee for almost 10 years. In addition, he's the program manager for the Tire Rack Street Survival program, a driver training program aimed at helping young teen drivers survive on the ...
By Winding Road Staff on December 18, 2014 4:06 p.m.
Today McLaren released another image of the upcoming the Sports Series, giving us a full view of a crossed-up prototype in minimal camouflage. Set to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Audi R8, Porsche 911 and Mercedes-AMG GT, the Sports Series will be McLaren’s “entry level” offering, slotting below the 650S with a cost of around $180,000.
WR TV: 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS (112 views)
By Bradley Iger on December 18, 2014 3:26 p.m.
This week we’ve got the keys to Nissan’s sporty crossver, the Juke Nismo, here in the uprated RS trim. We don’t normally think of crossovers as the sort of vehicle that one might consider taking to a local autocross or track day, but after a week with the Juke Nismo RS it’s clear that the engineers from Nismo weren’t content to just give the Juke a bodykit and wheel makeover and call it a day.
Rumors: Mini Superleggera Headed for Production? (243 views)
By Bradley Iger on December 17, 2014 1:33 p.m.
Earlier this year Mini unveiled a design study that showcased what a next-generation drop top might look like, were the automaker to actually build such a car. Most pundits agreed that it was unlikely that the concept would amount to much more than a clay model, but if these patent images are any indicator, the Superleggera might just become a reality in a showroom near you very soon.
By Bradley Iger on December 17, 2014 12:34 p.m.
It looks like the long and at times difficult gestation of the new Acura NSX is finally coming to a close, as Acura confirmed today that the production-spec NSX would make its official debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12, 2015. And to whet our appetites, Acura has also released a handful of teaser images of the new sports car.
By Bradley Iger on December 16, 2014 5:56 p.m.
Historically, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the model which foretells the future of the common automobile – after all, features like ABS, stability control, and adaptive cruise control all made their production car debuts in an S-Class, and typically it takes about five years of progress for those innovations to become commonplace in the market. Jaguar Land Rover might be looking to shake things up in that regard though, as the automaker has just announced the development of a pair of new technologies which have every indication of being as revolutionary as anything we’ve seen from Daimler.
Toyo Proxes R1R Gets Reclassified to 200 Treadwear – What You Need to Know Before Heading to the Track (237 views)
By Bradley Iger on December 16, 2014 3:41 p.m.
Toyo recently announced that the popular R1R extreme performance tire has been reclassified with a new treadwear rating of 200 AA A. While that might not seem like a big deal on the surface, it actually has fairly significant effects with regard to considerations like race class eligibility. We spoke with Julie Sediq, Senior Manager of Marketing Communications for Toyo Tire to get the low-down about the reclassification.
Rumors: Honda Civic Type R Coming to the US (307 views)
By Bradley Iger on December 15, 2014 2:05 p.m.
For many years now, Honda enthusiasts stateside have had to watch from the sidelines as European buyers hooned around the countryside in the hot-blooded Civic Type R while we had to make do with the Si model as the sportiest iteration available. That might be about to change.