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Blue Sky After the Rains

It’s been a pretty rough day here in NYC with the rain not cooperating very well for most. Yet, for just the rainy day we came across a great video depicting the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. This video tantalizes your eardrums with some of the greatest engine and exhaust sounds you’ll ever want to hear. Mix that with some awesome sights and you’ll soon be transported to an automotive wonderland. I don’t think there’s anything more you could ask for, when stuck indoors due to the rain. Turn up those speakers and enjoy the rush for some sweet 16 minutes of your life.

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Hear a Lusso?

I’m sure we have said this before, here is another car that you’ve got to hear. It’s a symphony to any car lover’s ears. The engine sound alone should help your heart beat quicken. The start of this video is a lovely Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. What makes this video a bit different than others is their ability to capture the true sound of the engine revving freely as the driver gains speed while in a deserted L.A. It really makes you feel as if they took something from the movie “Drive”. Something else we enjoyed from the interview was the owner’s description of the start-up sequence. He even goes on to say that it’s a process that cannot be rushed! If you watch closely at the end you’ll see the driver rush the start-up sequence – what a shame. Otherwise turn up your speakers and let the sound radiate into your entire body. Ferrari Lusso sing us a song.

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Midweek Inspiration for an Adventure

Simply listening to this story helps to put everything into perspective – life is definitely short but it shouldn’t be spent entirely behind a desk or working away on an assembly line. It should be spent searching for an adventure and, who knows, perhaps by the end you’ll have your very own story to share. So on your next Sunday Drive think of Gunther Holtorf’s adventure.

Because the video was pulled from Vimeo you can view it from the source: BBC.CO.UK

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Everything you need for 2012 24 hours of Le Mans

The 2012 Hours of Le Mans is here:

2012 will be the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours; the greatest endurance race of them all! Last year Audi won despite losing two cars in the most horrific crashes seen at Le Mans for years. Back in this year’s line-up Audi have 4 cars entered. Audi however will have competition with the return of Toyota in their new Hybrid TS030 car. It was a timely entry as Peugeot has renounced their entry in motorsports due the economic downturn in the past couple of years.  The 2012 Hours of Le Mans will be the debut for the two Toyota’s, and all eyes will watching to see if they can battle the goliath (Audi). In sad news though, BMW has not entered any cars as they have been focused on supporting their 2012 entry back in the DTM series. Their lovely art cars will be missed.

In case you haven’t see what this year will bring be sure to watch the 2012 Preview presented by ALMS

The title fight is between these two teams and cars (the blue Toyota is the actual race livery):

To help you prepare for your weekend of Le Mans we have put together many tid-bits to help you stay covered from start to finish.

Live timing timing and weather information during qualifying and the race will be provided on the WEC site -> Live FIA WEC

The Race will Start at: 3:00PM CET (9AM Eastern Standard Time), Saturday June 16, 2012

In the United States Speed’s alternating broadcast schedule on TV and Speed.com:

  • Speed TV (part 1): 8:30AM – 1PM
  • Speed.com: 1PM – 2:30PM
  • Speed TV (part 2): 2:30PM – 7PM
  • Speed.com: 7:00PM – 7:30PM
  • Speed TV (parts 3 and 4): 7:30PM – remainder of race (through 9AM Sunday)

If you cannot watch it be sure to clear your DVR and record these times. For those who need your Spotters Guides pick them up from blog.simraceway.com. They are available in huge or big sizes.

For Live streaming this year there will be a number of sites that will show the race. Audi once again has stepped up and will provide the live streaming on their website for the entire race from start to finish. Audi’s live streaming will not go live until the drop of the green flag so be sure to bookmark their site -> Audi live streaming

Radio Le Mans Coverage Schedule for the entire race weekend (sometimes great paired with streaming online coverage when no audio is available)

(All times are BST.)

Friday 15 June

  • 14:00 Le Mans Qualifying Review

Saturday 16 June

  • 07:45 Le Mans Warm-up
  • 13:00 Nissan Countdown to Green
  • 14:00 Le Mans 2012: Race

Sunday 17 June

  • 14:00 Le Mans 2012: Finish followed by post race

Updates for the 2012 hybrid race cars:

The FIA has defined new braking rules for teams that run hybrid systems, where braking is sufficiently heavy. The hybrid systems of Audi and Toyota recover the energy generated under braking. Previously this was lost; it is now stored and transmitted under acceleration. In order to limit the size of these systems – and the budgets required for their development – the ACO and the FIA have imposed a maximum quantity of energy that can be transmitted between two braking phases: 500 kilojoules. Each hybrid car can take advantage of additional electric power without exceeding the minima laid down in the technical regulations.

For the 13,629-km Le Mans circuit there will be seven. (See image)

  • Zone no. 1: Dunlop chicane (no. 8 marshal’s post)
  • Zone no. 2: Forza Motorsport Chicane (no. 42 marshals’ post)
  • Zone no. 3: Michelin Chicane (no. 60 marshals’ post)
  • Zone no. 4: Mulsanne corner (no. 76 marshals’ post)
  • Zone no. 5: Indianapolis Corner (no. 96 marshals’ post)
  • Zone no. 6: Porsche Corner (no. 115b marshals’ post)
  • Zone no. 7: Ford Corner (no. 131 marshals’ post)

The entry to each zone is 50 meters before the corner in question. Four of the 56 cars entered for the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours have hybrid engines: the nos 1 & 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattros and the nos 7 & 8 Toyota TS030s.

It is worth noting that in the case of Audi where the energy is fed to the front drive train the car must be running above 120 km/h for the transmission to take place. For Toyota, on the other hand, in which the energy is fed to the rear drive train there is no minimum speed.

As an experimental class the Nissan DeltaWing will be running the full course of the race but will not be listed in the final results. The DeltaWing is purely testing its design theory at the hardest race of them all. Nissan is trying to prove that with a car half the weight and drag of a conventional racer it can still compete at the top. the Delta Wing will aim to use half as much fuel and tyres of its rivals with its turbocharged 1.6 four cylinder engine, ultimately they are trying to make racing more efficient by consuming far less resources. So their running will mark a historic mile stone and the information feedback could be ground breaking.

And finally if you need all this information in one tightly packaged website please visit this site -> Le Mans Mini-site

The group is looking forward to your support and they will be racing for victory this Saturday. Enjoy the race!

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Keep the Dream Alive

Very few motoring enthusiasts have the opportunity to drive the car of their childhood dream. But what would you do if you were able to get your hands on the car of your dreams? Would you simply lock it away from the rest of the world or would you enjoy it as if it were your daily driver? For one enthusiast the Mercedes-Benz 300SL “gullwing” was his dream and after 30 years of wanting and waiting it finally became a reality. Below is his video explaining why he shares his joy with the rest of the world. What would you expect this man to do? We would want him to do what any of us would do – drive it. Hear his story below and remember happy motoring.

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If We Had To Talk Concepts

We have never been big on concept cars. They are often loads of marketing and branding that ultimately result in a very washed up version of what the public wanted or was initially envisioned. Things are a bit different with Renault and their latest incarnation of the Alpine A110-50. How is it different? Maybe it’s the fact that they designed the body work and then attached it to a tube frame chassis and began showing off how it would look driving on the twists at heart-pumping speeds. This is their interpretation of a timeless design. It was commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Alpine A110 Berlinette. The reason this works so well is because most marketing stunts typically highlight a concept car on a platform, on a stage or a computer generated photo. Here we get to see and hear the beast roam about – resonating more with everyone’s senses and making the car feel closer to reality. So while we wait for the real deal to arrive at the party, let’s soak in the beautifully done carbon fiber body, updated Alpine Blue paint and 3.5 liter V6 pumping out 400 horsepower. This is a concept that has never looked so good and was done so well. Tell me those engine sounds don’t want to make you drive.

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Spotted in the Wild

On a recent trip to Deal’s Gap, also known as Tail of the Dragon I came across a BMW 325es. At first glance I thought it was a modified 325, but after focusing on the rear badge I noticed the two letters that most haven’t seen – “es”. The es was introduced in 1986. It was modeled after the 318i of that time, but came with the slightly detuned Euro motor but not by much. The 325e came with a 2.7 six cylinder motor that created 121 hp at 4250 rpm, and 170 lbs-ft (that was also in the es models). What’s even more interesting is even in 1986 the 325es model came with a firmer suspension, limited-slip differential, spoilers on both ends, Recaro-style sport seats, and a three-spoke “sport” steering wheel. All these enhancements made the 325es the sporty two door sedan version of the 325e. What that really means is you still have a full backseat that could fit two adults. The one we see below was spotted out in the wild and is outfitted with rally grade additional headlamps/foglights. Could you ask for more? Only to capture the car moving. Our favorite feature, hard to say exactly but those pinstripes sure are near the top of the list.

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A RAID Suisse-Paris Wrist Watch

To commorate the relationship with a one of a kind rally, Oris produced a special edition Chronograph to help drivers achieve their times. To mark the occasion of the 21st RAID Suisse-Paris Oris has created the Oris RAID 2011 Chronograph Edition, limited to 500 pieces. This beautiful timepiece features innovative design functions which are instrumental in assisting the co-pilot to time the rallye legs.

This watch is the second in a series of RAID chronograph watches that started in 2010. For those not familiar with the race, the watch is named after the RAID Suisse-Paris which originated in 1991 and involves pre- 1975 classic cars in a 600-mile contest that begins in Basel, Switzerland and ends in Paris, France. Last year’s 2010 Raid watch was inspired by a 1952 Jaguar XK 120, while this years watch is inspired by the prestigious 1953 Austin Healey 100M. In fact, the 2011 Chronograph watch is paying homage to the honorable winner of the RAID 2010.

The intricate dials of the Oris RAID 2011 Chronograph Edition have been inspired by the characteristic dashboard design of the 1953 Austin Healey 100M (named after the car’s ability to exceed 100mph). This version of the watch dial come in a simple black and silver color and is held to the wrist by a black leather strap with a stainless steel folding clasp. Every detail was carefully examined when this watch was conceived as the top red painted minute hand is instrumental in aiding the copilot easily identify the seconds as they tick. Enhancing the resilience of each model, the chronograph movement is housed within a stainless steel case with double curved sapphire crystal and a non reflective coating on the inside, whilst the RAID Suisse-Paris logo is exclusively displayed on the case back. The number 21 of the date disc is printed in red, in respect to the 21st RAID Suisse-Paris.

Each piece is presented in a luxury wooden box to further notify the owner that his/her Oris RAID 2011 timepiece is elegant in design which is perfect for classic car and watch lovers alike.

Image Source: Oris and Topper Jewelers

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