So we’re at the track a few weeks ago for a “street night”, and these two big rigs nonchalantly pull up to the starting line. One is a giant, yellow and chrome, super ridiculously clean, semi that blows fire. The other, well it’s an equally spotless, sort of sleepy looking, blue dump truck. My friends and I were in the audience, perplexed. The two of them stroll through the water box and proceed to absolutely obliterate their duallys past the 60 foot mark. What the heck were we watching? The battle of the decepticons? They both reversed back to the starting line and staged like they had done this before. When the light turned green, they tore down the track like Sam Witwicky had just stolen their cube again. Diesel was feverishly burned, boost was made, blow off valves honked, and major fun was had. The craziest part you ask? Well, that was the blue dump truck’s slowest pass of the night. It was running mid 14’s consistently down the 1320 until they shut the lights off. The rumor in the crowd was that it had over 1000 horsepower, and we’re betting its torque was fairly decent as well.
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Special Thanks to Chad S. for the great video footage as always!
Recently, I was wandering the streets of Reddit/Autos, and saw an awesome video that “DrunkOnUnleaded” posted up. It’s a couple years old, but I was so thoroughly impressed that I figured I would share it on here as well. In the midst of a heated track battle, one car begins sliding, which inevitably leads to an amazing automotive stunt that you haven’t witnessed since the 1930’s… Unless of course you race Fiat’s. Maybe it’s more common in the Fiat world than I think. Either way, enjoy the video. I sure did.
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When you are accelerating down the straightaway at 120 mph in your track-only EVO, the last thing you want to lose is your brakes. Luckily for this driver, the driver of the silver STI on his right checked his mirrors, saw what was about to happen, and didn’t turn in to the corner. If he had, both drivers would have been in much worse shape. Hold on to your hats, it’s one hell of a ride.
That obviously looked pretty bad, but imagine if you could see it from the STI’s perspective. Oh wait, you can, because he had an in-car camera as well.
When all was said and done, the driver of the EVO was a bit sore, and his car needed a few new body panels. Overall, not bad. It did drive itself onto the trailer though, which indicated the drivetrain being “mostly” ok. So what happened to the brakes? Well, he believes that they were severely overheated just before the straightaway, which boiled the brake fluid, and caused the low pedal. Needless to say, the brakes will be getting an upgrade of some sort.
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Whenever you combine Jeeps and sand pits, you end up with a touch of danger and a whole lot of awesomeness. This video, which is truly unmatched on several levels, will prove exactly that. It also proves that Grand Cherokees can elegantly fly through the air just like the General Lee once did. Well done boys, well done.
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Mastering that fine line between drifting and crashing is an art, not a science. To protect the common man from hitting that fine line too harshly, Chevy has just introduced the “No dorifto” inflatable restraint system into its new Camaros. It protects the driver and passengers from that dastardly asphalt ocean that they are adrift in.
Air bags: Can’t win with them, can’t win without them.
Last week, this video popped up on the interwebs. It consists of a camera strapped to a 650+ horsepower Ariel Atom. Not familiar with the Atom you say? Well, just imagine an F1 car that you can drive on the street. It is sort of like that, but less expensive. It’s not a luxury or winter vehicle by any means, but it will out corner any other vehicle in your neighborhood, and make your friends shriek out profanity. The one in this video was apparently built by RealStreetPerformance in Orlando Florida. It claims to have 650+ horsepower coming from a K20 Honda engine with the help of some forced induction. The power is sent through a 6-speed to the rear wheels, which clearly makes for one serious hell ride.
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