By Ross Bentley on July 30, 2015 7:23 p.m.
If you had to guess, how many compromises do you make in just one lap? You know, trading off speed in one part of the track to gain in another? Or compromising braking for cornering, and cornering for acceleration? Or? I don't know, either, but reading Randy Beikmann's (author of Physics for Gearheads) article this week got me thinking about this, and I bet you will, too, when you read this week's feature. And Randy's main message is one that you need to take to heart, and use (it has to do with not going slow).
WR TV: 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang (56 views)
By Bradley Iger on July 30, 2015 6:52 p.m.
This week we take you behind the wheel of the new Shelby GT350R Mustang with Ford factory driver Steve Thompson behind the wheel. A clear response to Chevrolet’s Camaro Z/28, the GT350R puts the track-focused GT350 on a 130 pound diet by way of deleting the rear seat, air conditioning, stereo and other non-essential items, along with the use of carbon fiber wheels which remove 13 pounds of unsprung weight from each corner. Bolstered aero bits include a large rear wing and rear diffuser and a unique hood vent which extracts heat and also reduces lift. The GT350R keeps the ...
WR TV: 2016 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro (937 views)
By Winding Road Staff on July 27, 2015 1 p.m.
This week we’re at the helm of Audi’s mid-sized sports sedan, the A6. This particular model gets a zestier power train than the manual gearbox-equipped A5 coupe we recently tested, here powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 making 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, rather than the 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque generated by the turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder that powered the A5.
The Guide To Road Racing, Part 13: You Be The Judge - How To Assess Responsibility In A Crash (1277 views)
By Tom Martin on July 23, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Metal-to-metal contact seems to happen at every race weekend. Sometimes the consequences are minor (we’ve seen lots of tire rubber on fenders) and sometimes the consequences involve major damage to one or more cars. Less often discussed are similar incidents where there is no contact, but where a dangerous situation is created (e.g. you force me off the track).
The Mysterious Origins Of The Checkered Flag (2166 views)
By Ross Bentley on July 23, 2015 7:06 p.m.
Time for a little history lesson, along with solving a mystery. This week, E. Paul Dickinson covers a topic that I hadn't previously put much thought into, but then wondered about. I'll leave it to him to explain this interesting mystery.
Speed Secrets: The Pros and Cons Of Simulators (2183 views)
By Ross Bentley on July 16, 2015 4:15 p.m.
Chris Ruckman contacted me a few weeks ago to share his thoughts about the use of simulators, and the challenge of instructing drivers who have spent time using them. Chris has been driving HPDE events since 2001, and started instructing with the Audi Club in 2010. Work-wise, Chris is a PhD mechanical engineer who has worked in research and development for 28 years -- mainly for the US Navy, Army and intelligence community. These days, he works mostly on airborne cameras and other ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) systems. In other words, he gets technology! If you're already using a ...
WR TV: 1989 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car (921 views)
By Winding Road Staff on July 16, 2015 4 p.m.
Today we're bringing you this spectacular 1989 Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans-Am 20th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car. Pontiac only made this model in 1989 specifically to pace the 73rd Indy 500. Total production numbered 1,555 units. GM kept 5 of them and sold 1,550 to the public. This is #1,221 of the 1,555 ever made. This example is highly original with only the battery and tires being replaced.
By Winding Road Staff on July 16, 2015 3:05 p.m.
One of the toughest competitions in NASA’s season this year is coming up fast – the Western Championships. The event will take place at a legendary racing venue – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - July 31st through August 2nd. Running in conjunction with the Eastern Championships taking place September 4th through the 6th at Virginia International Raceway, the 10th NASA Championships will allow competitors from all over the country to battle for the coveted title of National Champion in their respective classes at some of the most demanding and prestigious road courses in the country.
By Bradley Iger on July 13, 2015 5:08 p.m.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a long term test at the Winding Road offices, so we thought we’d reintroduce the idea with something a bit special. No doubt you’ve read our review of the Hellcat coupe from our stint behind the wheel in Portland last summer and our notes from wet track driving from earlier this year, but now we’ll have the opportunity to see what the 707 horsepower muscle coupe is like to live with year-round. Well – almost year round. We have this red bruiser in our garage for six months, so come December the folks ...
Speed Secrets: How To Reel 'Em In (609 views)
By Ross Bentley on July 13, 2015 2:58 p.m.
There is a justifiable concern amongst many automobile and driving enthusiasts about the way many teens (and even those in their 20's or 30's) have less of a passion for cars and driving than many older people. And some believe that the sport of performance and race driving may begin to suffer from fewer participants (if this hasn't happened already) as the "older" crowd "moves on." That's why I appreciate Ingrid Steffensen's article this week. As many of you know, a few years ago, Ingrid wrote a fun and interesting book, Fast Girl, that is all about how she - ...