Behind The Smoke Season 2: Episode 1

There is a video series rolling out right now that you absolutely must watch. It’s the first one of this season and it just hit the internet today. At full volume, it will get you so amp’ed up, you’ll think you drank 16 gallons of Redbull. Between last season and this season, Daijiro Yoshihara’s Formula D race car got a brand new engine and some safety updates. In this video, it shows Dai testing the car on the track for the first time this year, and finding out it wasn’t exactly what he was expecting. It’s tough to understand what there is not to like about an S13 with a GM LSx engine swap, but I suppose if you are a professional racer, and not a guy with huge dreams and slow cars…ehem.., it’s probably clear as day.  Enjoy the video, and be sure to come back on April 23rd for the next episode!

M3 – A Mashbat Brothers Film

Several months ago I shared a really cool short film made by the Mashbat Brothers which featured a new Subaru WRX, and a guy that clearly knew his way around the basketball court.  I wasn’t sure exactly how to describe the video, other than it feeling like an awesome commercial for something. It had great music, terrific filming, and being a car-guy, the new WRX was obviously a win.

Fast forward to today – Bishrel Mashbat, who made that first film, just sent me the newest one that he and his brother have made. Sure enough, it is equally fantastic. I have now seen it about 4 (…okay now 5) times in a row, and it’s quite addicting to watch. The music is incredibly intense, and the featured car for this short film is a slick looking BMW M3.  If you were a fan of the first video, like cars, love music, or are simply alive, you will probably enjoy this video. Again, I am left wanting so much more.

Thanks Bishrel! Excellent work again!

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In Car Video: Hill Climb Crash in a BMW E30

As it turns out, I know a few guys that do hill climbs in really fast cars. Actually… I’m not sure if the cars are really fast… or they are just driven really fast? In any case, I can assure you that this whole hill climbing thing is pure madness. Back when I was young and fearless, I used to ride down metal slides on freshly waxed cookie sheets (I don’t want to brag…). To this date, it was probably the fastest that I have ever traveled, so needless to say I have a very healthy fear of speed. Driving on a narrow road at ridiculous speeds with nothing but gigantic trees and mysterious creatures on both sides? Hmm. I’m guess I am probably not meant for that. I’ll be honest, when I walk by trees, I feel slightly uncomfortable knowing that if I bump into one of them it will probably scrape my arm. So speeding by them in a car at 100 miles per hour on wet pavement sounds absolutely horrifying to me. Maybe my cookie sheet sliding endeavors as a youth taught me all that I needed to know about going fast. I’m not sure, but I know that I would never do it again. I’ll let the more fearless friends of mine enjoy these fruits of life, and I’ll stick to spinning wrenches while the cars stay still.

For those of you that are far too impatient to watch the whole video above, feel free to skip ahead to about 2:05 mark. As soon as Matt (the driver) cuts the steering wheel hard left, you will probably want to pick up your feet, and shout “wwwweeeeaaaaOOOOHHHH!!” out loud.  Watch it twice or thrice if necessary. Heck, share it with a friend. It’s a fact, hill climb drivers are totally fearless.

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5jXNIfT3UQ

Snowmobile Powered Miata

The 24 Hours of Lemons race is really creativity at its best.  Here, we have a snowmobile engine powering a Mazda Miata. Yeap. This is still real life. Enjoy.

Can’t see the video?  Well here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwbS4mVxYD4

Supra Loses a Door at 185mph at TX2K12

Since the year 2000, there has been an event going on called the TX2K.  It was initially intended as a drag racing event for Toyota Supras, but quickly grew into a thrilling cornucopia of insanely fast cars, including many, many exotics. This year I have a friend that went to it, which I’m hoping to steal some pictures and video from in the future.  Until then, here is a video of a Toyota Supra losing a door at about 185mph.

The same guy that posted that video also has some amazing Supra dyno pull videos where 800 horsepower seems to be the minimum. Absolutely. Sick.

Supercharged Trailblazer SS

One vehicle that is often underrated, and almost unnoticed in traffic is the Trailblazer SS.  They came with 6.0L LS2′s under the hood that pushed nearly 400 horsepower through the AWD drivetrain.  In stock form these things are sick.  Stuff a supercharger under the hood of one, and you have yourself a gigantic load of fun, especially in a large empty parking lot.

Oh and by the way, these run low 14 second second quarter mile times in stock form, and 11′s at 120mph with this supercharger strapped on. I would link to the video, but it’s got some questionable language in it, so…I’ll let you hunt that one down yourself.

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOvG_2Y-aN8

Automotive Sheep Cyclone Spotted

It’s no secret that when you mix vehicles and excitable farm animals, you can nearly guarantee yourself a great youtube video (and entertaining car blog). Today, for all of you animal/automotive lovers out there, we have just that. It’s a sheep cyclone, no… a sheep… tornado! I cannot even begin to imagine why these sheep decided to create a such a whirlwind around this car, but I know a humorous situation when I see it. Enjoy!

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