July 2, 2011

After a busy few weeks building this year’s FSAE car, the CR07, we headed down to Llandow circuit to begin testing. It’s a very small and simple circuit but the great thing about this place is that it’s layed back and extremely cheap, £80 will let you run all day on the main circuit, £35 for the kart track.

Testing that day was this very interesting one-off prototype. Designed and home built to run in a 2000cc Open Sports class.

The amount of work and effort they must have put in to manufacture most of the car is admirable and they’ve included some very interesting designs…

… like this complex rear suspension designed many years ago in F1 to eliminate jacking. The wheelbase is comtrolled by 2 trailing arms while the 2 red links control the centering of the solid upper suspension “arm”. The top solid suspension “arm” can twist and rotate to give independent suspension travel, but I’m not sure if I even understand it. They’ve also equipped the car with independent rear braking, which is allowed in Open class racing, controlled by a fourth extra pedal. The inner rear wheel can be braked during a turn to increase cornering even when on power.

The all carbon body is menacing.

There are so many different manufacturers of these Caterham like cars that I can never tell which one they are.


May 8, 2011

(Source: Zekesil)

You’re going to want to see that a few times.
Nakamura @ Meihan Wreck ’em 2011.

January 5, 2011

My first favourite drift car. Hiroshi Fukuda’s RPS13.

Photos: Ian Gratton / Matt Steele


I could write an essay on all the things I love about this Silvia. I’m not going too, but I can tell you that it’s one of the most stylish yet purposeful S14s in the world, with inspiration from the great Gun-Sports and 6666 Customs.


I want to hug it.


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I’m going to call Honda tomorrow and book a test drive for the CR-Z. Hopefully they’ll take me, I’m dying to try this car.

Itoh Akinori 180SX

July 27, 2010


It’s come along way… some balls to drift with a GP-Sports kit.


There’s been a lot of news and coverage of the stunning FT-86 G Sports Concept, but I thought I would post up a video as well of Toyota/Polyphony Digital’s collaboration on the Data Logger Visualization through the “soon-to-be-released” Gran Turismo 5.

Firstly, here are some nice press photos of the G Concept:




Looks like there will be a turbo version…

It comes with the Data Logger Visualization which basically records most of the car’s parameters and position on the track through GPS. This data can then be uploaded into Gran Turismo 5 and played back as a ghost while you drive to compared laps, some trick stuff.
Here’s a video of a test done with an IS-F at Fuji Speedway comparing real life lap to the data uploaded:

Crazy how accurate it is, there are going to be some major advancements in the use of car telemetry.
This could be seriously useful for teams to practice if they can’t do a lot of testing and if GT5’s physics are accurate enough, people could start setting up cars virtually then running them in real life.