Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018 Bentley Continental GT3 4.0 Twin-Turbo V8

 From Bentley: (Full Specs)

The New Continental GT3

Development of the new car has been led by the engineers of Bentley Motorsport’s in-house team based in Crewe, together with designers and technicians at Bentley’s motorsport technical partner, M-Sport.

The new Continental GT3 has been designed from the all-new Continental GT road car, utilizing it’s mostly aluminum structure as the foundation to deliver a race-ready weight of significantly less than 1300 kg and helping to deliver an ideal weight distribution for racing.

The engine is a new development of the renowned and race-proven 4.0-litre Bentley twin-turbo V8, with a totally redesigned dry sump system and all-new intake and exhaust systems.  Unrestricted power is in excess of 550 bhp.

The new Continental GT3 will make its race debut at the opening round of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza.  Updates from the development program of the new racer, and confirmation of the 2018 driver line-up, will be issued by Bentley Motorsport.  Bentley GT3 team is led by Bentley Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush supported by M-Sport’s Chief Engineer, Christian Loriaux.  (we were watching the Bentley Boys at the 2018 opener at Bathurst)

New Bentley Continental GT3 Testing

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Superperformance - GT 40 MKII

OH man, this is a dream come true, a GT 40 MKII built to order with original 427 big block FE side-oiler!  A quality re-creation of the original that beat Ferrari and finished in the top three positions during the grueling Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966.  While developing the exhilarating GT40 continuation, engineers went to great lengths to ensure authenticity.  So authentic, that Superperformance can legally use the name “GT40”.

The GT40 also carries the GT40/P chassis number and is eligible for the official GT40 registry.  The GT40 continuation is built to exacting standards - in fact over two-thirds of the rolling chassis's parts are interchangeable with that of an original car, including the 'monocoque" style chassis.  The Superformance GT40 also boasts a pressed steel roof and beautifully finished body available in right and left-hand drive.

Well, you don't have to spend 10 million for the original 1966 which you would not beat on!  Spend $180,000 and smoke the tires!

Superformance LLC is a distributor for complete, "Rolling Chassis" replica and continuation race cars of the 1960's.  Superformance has distributed specially constructed cars in the United States since 1996.
Superperformance Spec Page


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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2018 - Crash ends race at 12hr Bathurst

Bryce Fullwood, Ash Walsh (#69 Audi) and John Martin (#19 Mercedes) were involved in a major accident that ended the Bathurst 12 Hour.  This entire race was fierce competition running at 200 kmh and you get hit standing still!  Hard to believe the drivers walked away!  Don't know why the track marshals didn't have a yellow flag waving, there was time.

Front still view of the crash:

 A look at some of these Supercar Pro-Am machines not all smashed up.

Class- Pro-Am Car McLaren 650S Team Objective Racing

Class - Pro-Am Car Audi R8 LMS Team Audi Sport Customer Racing

Class Pro-Am Car Mercedes AMG GT3 Team Strakka Racing

This is the final hour of the race featuring all highlights and I'll tell ya many more wreaks!  Link out to NISMO TV is part 2 of the race.  Starting @41:30 time stamp and running 3sec ahead you can hear the squeal of the tires and dust rise out from the turn before the broadcasters know of this massive wreak as they are following the first place, Audi.  Hard day on the wallet at Bathurst!

NISMO, don't allow embeds of their videos. (wankers)


Supercars Australia 

But here is the wreck anyway, oh that's a bad noise!  What caused it was two drivers got loose (one was Walsh) simultaneously into the turn on top of the mountain.

Full Highlights 

Thanks GT World, this race is just fierce competition!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona

This just got uploaded and a long 2 days waiting, we're back to racing in the northern hemisphere!  Time to roll out the best competition in racing and pay tribute to an old champion legend and a dear friend to many.

R.I.P. Dan, you were the man to chase.
All Ford entries who competed during the IMSA weekend bore a special decal for Ford racing legend Dan Gurney, who died Jan. 14, 2018.  The serial number on the winning Ford EcoBoost engine is 'GT40'.  “To get to drive a Ford GT is just a dream come true it's just awesome,” Briscoe said, driver for Chip Ganassi.

Roll'em Out!
IMSA has an excellent press release (it's linked) on the race but I'm going to pass on that for the ones who have not seen the race.  This is Part 1 of 4 so enjoy the opener of the racing season!

IMSA Official  (Parts 2, 3 and 4)

Favorite GT40

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Mazworx - Sick Monster!

Mazworx on rev limiter a little too long, thanks pal!

Best in racing is the story of teams effort forged by it's Crew Chief and in this case, it's Mark Mazurowski the founder of Mazworx, which is such a story that make hearts sweat and bleed in a team.

Let's explore the heart of this team:

Founded in 2004, Mazworx has worked to be on the cutting edge of product development and production.  Their commitment to quality is backed by extensive R&D and in-house production.  From engine parts to engine blocks, their product line offers superior quality.  Though they're best known for their innovations in the Nissan community, the team has over a decade of experience with most performance platforms.  Mazworx powers some of the fastest cars in the world.  From top contenders in Formula D to competitive Drag Race teams around the world.

Mazworx's Drag Race SR20 Short Block, includes a 91mm Stroker rotating assembly.  Rated to 1200+hp the Mazworx Drag Race Billet SR20RWD is built with the following components:

- Mazworx Billet SR20 Block
- Mazworx SR20 91mm Billet Crankshaft
- Proprietary, Mazworx Sleeving (Darton Sleeves)
- Custom CP Pistons
- .250" wall thickness upgraded Wrist Pins
- GRP Aluminum Rods
- Calico Coated ACL Race Rod and Main Bearings
- New oil pump
- Mazworx Front Oil Squirter
- Oil groove machining
- Fully Assembled

Shane T - Mr Tune
So let's go out to the track where we meet another component of Mazworx, the premier engine calibrator noted MoTeC tuner Shane Tecklenburg of Tuned By Shane T.  Also during this race we find out some sad news of machinist Miguel of Mazworx, that his father had just passed before this race, R.I.P. Miguel Aponet.  But I'll tell ya something, from the pic at the top and the thumbnail in the vid Mazworx was in deep stage and the competitor took his damn time, leaving team Mazworx's rev limiter popping in overtime were at launch she broke a crank trigger wheel just sending all that hp to hell!  Luckily the procrastinator blew the light!  Ah, thanks, father Aponet, or the boys would not have made it to the finals.

That Racing Channel


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Roadster Shop - 1970 Camaro SS Rampage

One of the most aggressive 1970 Camaro SS builds to hit the road course. The Roadster Shop has continued its development of chassis and suspension products to the growing Muscle Car, pro-touring market. With full in-house design, engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing capabilities, they can provide a customer with an industry leading chassis product that exceeds all expectations and the Camaro Rampage is the results.

Hard to think that this Camaro sat in the desert for years before its real purpose was waiting to show up at Roadster Shop in Mundelein Illinois.

If there was ever a real Transformer like in the movies this SS is the one!  Talk about 'Nothing but Rubber', 18x12- and 19x12-inch wheels, front and rear, wear 345/35ZR18 and 345/35ZR19 Hoosier R6 tires.

This LS7 427ci V8 that runs on pump gas fills the engine bay supplied by Thompson Racing Engines (no web site?) develops 740 hp that sucks it all in from a 'Harrop Carbon Fiber Cross Ram Intake' and lubricated with a Dailey billet dry-sump pump.

To launch this beast out of the turns she mates up with a Tilton bellhousing that mounts a five-speed Jerico road-race dogbox transmission linked to a 9-inch Ford center section, oh that's sweet!  Independent rear suspension that uses Fast Track geometry and C6 Corvette knuckles.  A 3.50:1 ring and pinion, Wavetrac limited-slip from C&R Racing, treated to a polishing process that reduces stress and heat.

Engineer Michael O’Brien used Solidworks that develop the new bits for the chassis, front suspension uses cantilever coilovers with a bellcrank mounted to a custom pedestal that ties into the forward bars from the roll cage.  This also included the cantilever rear suspension with inboard coilovers using billet aluminum rocker arms machined in-house by the Roadster Shop.

Full porn gallery of The Rampage Build, now if we could only get the race industry to build a series!

Track Shakedown

'Rampage' at Blackhawk Farms Raceway captured by Unscene Media.


Rampage on the Dyno

Roadster Shop Site


Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Trans Am Series TA2 - Muscle Car Challenge

Round 4 of the 2017 Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear, The 3-Dimensional Services Group Muscle Car Challenge.  This race featured the TA2 class exclusively.

The things that fans love but teams fear about Belle Isle is tight racing on this bumpy hard concrete surface which knocks you around into other cars.  If that ain't enough the concrete walls just eats up a team's pride when the car is dragged up on the emergency hauler and she's just a mess!  So let's go out to Belle and see how these new muscle cars are handling the track, after this race many crew chiefs are thinking of bringing a tank series to Belle next time.


Sometimes Less is More

On a personal note, racing for me is the engine and car style being put to the test and with that, the constant announcing about drivers while viewing is over the top.  I appreciate the guy's job and he does it well but brother I want to hear the block scream and tranny downshifting and climbing back up as she pulls out of the turns.  I find on all networks the only time we hear this is during qualification the camera is on the field, in the cars and mics the sound.  There is plenty of info scrolling the screen for position of drivers but very little telemetry about the car.  Sometimes less is more so I've discovered listening to position music while the race is running just rolls with the action.

Two Steps From Hell (playlist) is set for position on the track, one example is this selection below.  Turn the volume off the race and crank this movement, wait for it, she only runs 3:09 min.

This is just a sample, in order to jam a full race select a playlist of your liking and select autoplay prior.  Now if we could get track sound only and add it to a position mix I think the announcer has a chance of really being informative with car telemetry and sound that would put us on the edge of our seats!

Come on you narrators take a long break mate, mic that track and crank this!  We can hear about bios later, we would enjoy some oil, water, tire temps along with the red line and oil pressure exploding!  At this point not only do the fans have a favorite team and auto manufacturer but also a favorite narrator.  You folks do this I'll bet viewership goes up as much as the RPM climbs as this horsepower launches out of the turn!  (for timing sync, start music @ 4:48 timestamp of Belle Isle vid)