13th Jun2016

Coming This Week!

by Michael Chandler

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We spent Saturday at the track!  AND IT RAINED!  Not enough to stop us from bringing you some sweet write ups and photos though.  We’ve got coverage of the Thunder race, and play the game “Wait, when did you get bumped up?”

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People played musical cars in Lightning, and ponder who has the gnarliest looking Z in Spec Z.  HINT: It’s probably Tom.

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And finally, we’ll be talking about TT: Shawn’s woes, me not strapping a camera to Alex’s car, swallowed cats, and track records (it’s not what you think).

All of that, and probably some galleries to flesh out the week.  Check back, starting tomorrow at 10AM!

19th May2016

The Way It Were: Why Nothing Is Ever As Good As It Was

by Michael Chandler

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CAUTION: OPINIONS AHEAD

A few years ago Niki Lauda suggested that for F1 to be more exciting, they needed to go to wider tires and bigger wings and lots more horsepower.  Basically, turn the clock back to when he was racing.  He’s not the first person to suggest going back to “the old ways”.  When the new turbo motors came out, everyone complained and wanted to go back to the V10 era.  Was the V10 era that much better?  Were the 70’s the peak of F1?

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People in drifting have some thoughts on the current state of the sport as well.  There was a time where 500 horsepower was considered a lot, and the steering mods you needed were rack spacers and modified knuckles.  Now the top Formula D cars make around 800 horsepower, completely redesigned steering components for crazy amounts of angle, and over fenders on over fenders to cover the tires because the steering mods have pushed the wheels so far out from their original location.  But were the lower power, simpler days so much better than today?

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Back in the day, you could fix damn near any car with nothing more than a socket set and a bucket of carb cleaner.  The bodies were made of steel, and they were designed by guys with slide rulers and very little understanding of aerodynamics.  Modern cars are massive compared to the old cars, and the technology is so deeply embedded in every aspect of them that working on them is nearly impossible.  But were the old steel bodied classics better than the stuff you can drive off a dealer’s lot?

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Well… No.  Modern race cars are demonstrably faster, more efficient and safer than their old counter parts, drifting has graduated from “a bunch of idiots in a parking lot” to a legitimate motorsport, and modern cars are faster, safer, more efficient, and better equipped than the designers ever thought cars could be.  When Niki Lauda won his first World Championship in 1975, he turned a 1:26.40 lap in qualifying.  In 2011 Sebastian Vettel ran a 1:13.556.

With more knowledge and data, the Formula D cars are moving through the courses faster and making more tire smoke.  Couple that with the amount of angle the drivers are using going through the corners, and you have something far more interesting to watch than what was happening in 2007.

Modern cars are heavier and bigger because they have more stuff in them.  Stuff like multiple air bags and other safety equipment, infotainment systems that play your Pandora stations and read your text messages to you!  In 1975, a V8 Camaro 13 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway.  A 2016 Camaro does 16 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.  The humble Corolla went from 21/33 forty-one years ago to 28/37 now.  Modern cars of all varieties are demonstrably better.  But why do we keep holding up examples from the past?  In my opinion, it’s a familiarity issue.

Let me try to explain this with an analogy.  Michael Jordan is the best basketball player I’ve ever seen.  I say this because I watched him for more than a third of my life.  I saw him win multiple championships, MVP awards, and even a gold medal.  Now if you were to ask someone ten years younger than me, they probably wouldn’t say MJ was the best.  They’d probably say Kobe Bryant, or LeBron James, or even Steph Curry is the best.  Why?  Because they watched them at their peaks, like I did with Jordan.  That hypothetical person grew up knowing only an old MJ and young, rising talents in LeBron, Steph and Kobe.  Now replace MJ and LeBron with an AE86 and a new FRS/BRZ.  The Corolla was amazing, but that’s not the hero car for the new generation.  It’s legendary, and they know about the old Corolla; but, the FRS/BRZ has been around since some of these kids became aware of cars and their coolness.

Same with F1.  Some people came into the sport WITH the turbo V6s, and have no idea about the previous eras.  There are countless hoards of people out there that are convinced that to have a fun drift car you need a high horsepower 2JZ or LS, all of the Wisefab you can get your hands on, and as much fender as one can fit on a car.  And let’s be honest, spending an hour in stop and go traffic in a car with weak A/C, a semi-functioning tape deck, and an ever falling fuel needle isn’t as good a place to be as a car where you can throw it in D, crank up the A/C, listen to your Spotify playlist of choice, and not having to stop for gas at every exit.  It’s easy to look at the past with rose colored spectacles, but you can’t deny that things are better now than they used to be.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch this and then this.

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03rd May2016

Just Some Skylines

by Michael Chandler

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Bask in their glory and power!

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25th Apr2016

So It Rained During The NASA Weekend

by Michael Chandler

Imagine that, rain in the first half of the NASA Utah season.  Who could have imagined that?  Because of the rain we did get to see the effects of the aero packages of the top finishers in the Thunder group.  I didn’t do that great of a job documenting that, but we did get to see something else: the Makes & Models Huracan driving against a contemporary.  That being the brand new UIS Huracan, driven by Madison Snow.

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Derek, in his second weekend with the car, ran a 1:28.053 in qualifying (which was dry), and a ran a 1:41.953 in the rain during the race.  Not too bad at all.  Young Madison, on the other hand ran, a 1:40.977 during the race; and a staggering 1:25.477 during qualifying!  How much can one take away from this?  In my opinion: not a lot.  As previously mentioned, The M&M car has only been out for a couple of weekends now, while Madison has spent some serious time racing a Huracan.  Most notably during the Rolex 24.  The biggest thing you can takeaway from this weekend is that the Makes & Models car has the potential to be a monster, and it could very well become that monster before the season is out.  Hopefully Madison will return in the UIS car later this season, so we can see how much progress the Makes & Models team has made.

05th Apr2016

Are You Craving Some Racing?

by Michael Chandler

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I missed the F1 race (How about Haas, eh?), and the 24H series race at Silverstone.  I’m not too torn up about it, but I’ve got a hankering for some racing!  Today I listened to some highlights of the Silverstone race on Radio Le Mans, but I want to watch something damnit!  What to do?  Well, there are a number of options available.

The 24H Series has all of their races on their YouTube page, and the fine folks at NISMO have a ton of races on their page as well.  Is DTM more your flavor?  You can watch every race and qualifying session from the 2015 season!  If judged motorsports are more your flavor, you can check out the 2016 D1GP and Formula D events, with English commentary on the D1 stuff by Alexi from Nori Yaro, over on the Scrapeddd YouTube page.

There’s a lot for you to watch, and I’m conveniently showing this to you in the middle of the day… Hmm, I wounder what could ever come of this…

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04th Apr2016

Coming Soon: The Guy Who Did This

by Michael Chandler

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I sat down with Steven Costello, the soft spoken fellow who races this:NASA Utah 2014 Tres Enduro Open Wheel CAMautoMag Michael Chandler-19

If that’s all you know about him, prepare to have your mind blown.  Go ahead and Google Tom Walkinshaw Racing + IMSA GT.  That’ll give you a glimpse into what is coming in the first episode of the CAMcast

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25th Mar2016

Follow The Leader Into The Weekend

by Michael Chandler

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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17th Mar2016

I See You

by Michael Chandler

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Vincent Meyer Racing turned their first competitive laps last weekend, and they did so in their STi which received this eye popping wrap from Envision.

Photo by Gavin Pouquette

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17th Mar2016

We’ve Got A Few Questions

by Michael Chandler

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  1.   Who are you?
  2.   Where did you come from?
  3.   Where have you been all our lives?

Photo by Gavin Pouquette

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10th Mar2016

Throw Back Thursday: A Tale of Two Civics

by Michael Chandler

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We’re achingly close to the start of the NASA Utah season, so let’s hop in the Not So Way Back machine and revisit a couple of features we did on two Civics you’ll be seeing this season.

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A Tale of Two Civics Part 1

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A Tale of Two Civics Part 2

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