Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 IndyCar Series

IndyCar Grand Prix Series is melting tires!
The 101st running of Indy 500 blast off in 10 days and the IndyCar competition has turned the burner to high in the Grand Prix series at combined road course and Speedways.  The inaugural running occurred in 2014, but for 2017, the rule book of engagement is the biggest news, the push to pass is melting tires!  The boost button has changed, now each car will be regulated by the amount of time they push it.  This means drivers can push the button as many times as they want, as long as the total usage time is no longer than 150 seconds (for St. Petersburg, Detroit and Sonoma) or 200 seconds (all other road/street races).  Push to pass is automatically set to run for 15 seconds of boost!

Verizon IndyCar Series Car
# 9 Scott Dixion - Team Chip Ganassi 
Top Speed: Approximately 235 mph

Engine: Twin-turbocharged 2.2-liter V-6, 24 valve DOHC, direct fuel injection, Sunoco E85 (blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline), Dry sump and managed by McLaren Electronic Systems (MES) - TAG 400i 

Horsepower: Approx; 550 – 700 depending on turbo boost used at the track @ 10500-12200 rpm.  Torque output Approx; 410 N·m (302 ft·lbf) @ 8000 rpm.

Designed to last 2500 miles and a one-car/one-season engine lease in IndyCar costs in the range of $700,000.

Gearbox: Assisted six-speed paddle shift plus reverse

Tires: Firestone Firehawk (ungrooved racing slicks; grooved wet-condition tires for road/street courses)

 Wheelbase: 117.5-121.5 inches

 Weight: Approximately 1,610 pounds (road/street/short oval configuration) and 1,580 pounds (speedway configuration), without fuel, driver and driver weight equivalent

 Height: Approx 40 inches Width: 78.5 inches maximum, 77.5 inches minimum (measured outside rim to rim), floor is 79 inches (end specs)

# 22 Juan Pablo Montoya - Team Penske 
Some highlights of the 2017 IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis, just smoking those Red Sticker soft slicks!  This is like NASCAR and Drag Racing rolled into open wheel!

IndyCar Series



Speed at Indy

In 1950 the fast lap speed was 128.995 mph driven by Johnny Parsons.  Record lap speed is held by Eddie Cheever Jr. @ 236.103 mph back in 1996.

Qualifying for 2017 we've already seen several drivers having trouble with turn two.  Today May, 20th Sebastien Bourdais driving # 18 car for Dale Coyne Racing, Bourdais was a full mile per hour faster than the rest of the field at 231.534 mph.  On the third, he lost control at turn two and launched directly into the wall.

Bourdaia is recovering from surgery to repair pelvic fractures and a broken right hip.  I think it's time to open up turn one and two, in order to accommodate the tremendous speed. 

TBK Light

ED Carpenter is Second Fastest Qualifying @ 231.664 mph

Pole qualifying day at Indianapolis 500:  ED Carpenter, "The Indianapolis 500 every year is the highlight of my racing professional season. If I'm fortunate enough to qualify, this will be my 14th, which I'm very proud of. Every year I add on, the list gets smaller of guys that have done that many. Every year we've been here, we've had competitive situations. We're getting better and closer on figuring out how to win the race." 


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

World Record ProCharged Gen 3 Hemi - Rob Goss

Pics from BigKlelb34
Rob Goss is one bad man and this video shows off his journey through the X275 vs Hot Rod Class at Maryland International Dragway.  Import vs Domestic World Cup Finals as he digs deeper into the Gen 3 Hemi World Record along the way with a 6.86-second pass at 204.65mph.  This is the 1/4 mile, not a parking lot run!

Massive turbo, looks like an engine bell of a NASA rocket!
I have no specs on this monster, (got to love it when not telling) is that the 6.1 or 6.2 L? But Bruce Maichle, is the crew chief and Bill Mitchell, who designed the block passed the BES Racing Engines, (Goss is not mentioned at the site) who made some undisclosed changes to the engine program which produced more engine power, ya think?  From Street to Pro Stock and from breather to drain plug, the BES team knows how to make things go faster.  A lot faster! 

The Imports were blown away by Mopar, Frickin A!!! 



Sunday, March 26, 2017

DTM - The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters

DTM technical regulations for the 2017 season were revised in key areas.  The engine power of the new vehicles was increased and at the same time, the aerodynamics were trimmed. The latest generation of DTM cars is more challenging to drive.  All vehicles are rear-mounted and have a 4-disc CFK clutch and a sequential 6-speed gearbox.


All DTM vehicles are equipped with a single tailgate: a Monowing with laminated Gurney. The inclination is adjustable from 10 to 20 ° (Norisring 5 to 20 °)  There are also special front and rear diffusers, a 30 mm high skid block underfloor as well as two permitted areas (one per side) on the front of the vehicle for flaps.


The Drag Reduction System (DRS) is a folding rear wing that allows for a higher top speed for a short time, thus making it easier to overtake.  The system is triggered by a button on the steering wheel.  The tailgate returns to its initial position when the driver goes off the throttle or a certain centrifugal force value is exceeded.  This is to prevent the vehicle from becoming unstable due to the lower contact pressure. In the season 2016, the use is limited.


In DTM, the 4-liter V8 engines from Audi-RS 5, BMW-M4 and Mercedes-AMG has more than 500 hp in 2017, with a cylinder bank angle of 90 degrees a maximum of four liters of displacement and a maximum of four valves per cylinder are permitted.  The intake system must be equipped with two air flow restrictors with a maximum diameter of 28 mm each. There is only one spare engine per manufacturer per season. 


In the DTM, only a single differential gear unit is approved which is used by all manufacturers.


The DTM vehicles have independent front and rear suspension and a double crossbar suspension.  The gas pressure shock absorbers are adjustable.


Highlights from the DTM Weekend in Hockenheim from 2016 



How's this for a Monday morning commute.

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona

Core Autosport Porsche 911 GT3 R

Alright, this kicks off the racing season the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Between the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, IMSA now has 17 official automotive partners, including five that are new for 2017: Acura, Cadillac, Lexus, McLaren and Mercedes-AMG.
The complete list is as follows:  Acura, Aston, Martin, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes, MINI, Nissan and Porsche.

By Lanky Turtle Mercedes-AMG GT3
The line up is really assume making it the largest grid in this series history. Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be blasting around Daytona and Lanky Turtle is once again in the garage area and out on the track capturing the sound and sites of the new line up.

Some other news: For the 2017 Rolex 24, Gordon will join Wayne Taylor Racing in the team’s brand new Daytona Prototype International (DPI), the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPI-V.R, where he will compete alongside Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli. Gordon turned his first laps in the car at in an IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona on Tuesday afternoon. 

Let's get out to the garage area and check out the rides and at time stamp 2:17 listen to that Cadillac Gordon is driving out of the garage area, frickin monster!  Great sound Lanky, nice job.


Lanky Turtle


FOX Sports will offer 23 hours of live programming from the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona, beginning with a three-hour FOX network telecast beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 28, followed by expanded coverage on FS1 and FS2.

More vids of this incredible series at IMSA Official YouTube 

The New Mclaren GT4

Rolex 24 Part 1

Sweet, been waiting for the team at IMSA to post the race and here it is in 720p60 and that's why I wait, thanks IMSA! 

Relive all the action from the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the first race of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and Round 1 of the Tequila PatrĂ³n North American Endurance Cup.

All the stats on the race at IMSA, I'm not going to spoil it if you haven't seen the race, this was historic! 

IMSA Official (the full race in 3 parts)


Rolex 24 Mishaps 

Check out some of the mishaps on track thus far, banging up one of these sweet machines is nothing but Cha Ching$. 


Heritage Exhibition Highlights

The Shelby and the old fat slicks on the Porsche - clip pic from Lanky Turtle Vid

Before the Rolex 24 launched the fans were treated to the Heritage Exhibition of time gone by of these race beauties. Thanks to Lanky Turtle we get to see these old monsters run!

Lanky Turtle

Sunday, December 11, 2016

1955 Chevrolet Pro Street - Pro Auto Custom Interiors

Scottie D TV 55 Bel Air Pro Street

A 1955 Chevrolet that Scottie shot out at Steve Holcomb Pro Auto Custom Interior. This Car has been with the same owner for 41 years.  Nine years ago the He started to build a drag car.  But somewhere along the way it turned into a pro street type of build.  Mostly a Father and Son build It turned out very nice, 1250 HP.  An all custom interior from Pro Auto Custom Interiors. All the cool stuff...

Pro Auto specializes is an all automotive interior applications and no job is beyond their scope. They build high-end custom interiors for street rods, hot rods, muscle cars, custom show cars & truck and can even match a stock look if that is what you want. They do what it takes to finish off any custom build or restoration effort.

Pro Auto Custom Interiors 



This Just Fits! 

Warner Bros. Records

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New V12 LS1 Engine!

From Fullboost:

A few years in the making, this one of a kind V12 LS1 engine has been pieced together by the Corish brothers at  In essence, it’s two GM V8 LS1 alloy blocks and cylinder heads shortened and grafted together using a custom billet crank and camshaft.  The beauty of the build is that engine still retains many GM parts.  This prototype engine will be heading to the US soon for testing.  The good new is the guys plan on making these engines available for sale next year.  We were lucky enough to witness it on the dyno at Dandy Engines where we were surprised at how smooth and easy the engine delivered both power and torque on regular unleaded petrol.

The builders Shane and Matt 
LS1 based V8 engine blocks
519ci capacity / 8.55L, 10.2:1 compression
(Stock LS1 bore and stroke)
3.898" bore, 3.622" stroke
Billet crankshaft designed by Camshaft: Billet Clive Cams hydraulic roller
(228/238 with 0.589" lift)
Heavy duty valve springs
Custom made copper head gaskets
Stock unported GM 241 cylinder heads
Modified GM LS1 exhaust manifolds
FAST EZ-EFI throttle bodies ECU: Haltech Elite 2500
Ignition: 12x LS1 coils
717 HP @ 6300 RPM  (prototype don't want to be to hard on the pull)
627 lB.FT @ 5600 RPM
Proudly supported by Dandy Engines, ATI Performance, Haltech 

V12 LS1 .com




Wednesday, September 28, 2016

TA2 Trans AM Series

The TA2 race-car is a purpose-built racing machine. Designed, built and tuned with only one thing in mind, performance.  With engines restricted to just under 500 horsepower, longevity is promoted while not sacrificing performance.  TA2 is the re-invigoration of Road Racing in North America, iconic performance machines that are relevant from the track to the showroom floor.  Be it a Challenger, Camaro or Mustang there’s a car for everyone in TA2 a place in the fastest growing class and series in road racing.

TA2 Down Under Intro

Australian Trans-Am 

TA2 Spec Tech

TA2 Cost Control Specifications: 
Shock Absorbers - $850 each
Brake Calipers - $550 each
Brake Pads- $225 per axle
Wheels – $500 each No titanium or carbon fiber components are allowed, aside from the driver’s seat.

All TA2 bodies must be either a Ford Mustang, a Chevrolet Camaro or a Dodge Challenger.

The following is a list of those bodies and approved manufacturers:
Chevrolet Camaro (Five Star RaceCar Bodies) Ford Mustang (Five Star RaceCar Bodies) Dodge Challenger (Howe Racing Enterprises) 
Gen 5 Mustang body will be eligible through the 2017 season, Gen 5 Camaro body through the 2018 season. 

Rear wing:
TA2 cars must be outfitted with a properly installed Derhaag single plane rear wing.

Approved Chassis Producers:
Howe Racing Enterprises 989-435-7080  Mike Cope Racing 727-536-1202 
M-1 Motorsports 804-400-9782  Meissen Engineering 815-962-0053

Checkout the specs click on the photo

Engines: There are several engine packages available for the TA2 class, all of which are directly competitive with one another. 

Primary Engine and Part Suppliers:

GM LS3: Schwanke Engines 
Ford: Illmor Engineering 
Dodge Hemi: DMS South Inc. 
Ford (DSS): DSS Competition Edge Approved Engine

Advanced Engine Concepts – GM LS3, FORD 
Arrow Racing Engines - Dodge Hemi 
Brand Racing Engines - GM LS3
Competition Specialist – Ford
DSS Racing – Ford (DSS) 
Flow Tech Racing Engines – GM LS3, Ford, Ford (DSS) 
Illmor Engineering - GMS LS, Dodge Hemi, Ford (DSS) 
Katech – GM LS3, Ford 
Koury Inc – GM LS3, Ford, Ford (DSS) 
Schwanke Engines – GM LS3

Race at Bell Isle

That's Adam Andretti in #44 jamming at Bell Isle in the vid thumbnail.

Trans AM (Home Page)

TheTransAmSeries  (U.S.)

One Lap with Adam Andretti at Daytona 

Adam went from 23rd to 2nd in this race and this 1 lap shows a good start to him marching through the field.