Saturday, October 31, 2009

VIDEO: Ten fastest supercars round the Top Gear track

[spoiler alert!]

This video features the ten fastest lap times round the Top Gear test track until season 13! So if you still didn't watch the series that far, maybe you would like to wait until you'll be able watch the whole series. And maybe you shouldn't read the whole post either...

Otherwise, enjoy!

For those who aren't familiar with the corners' names here's a little reminder:


The video also includes the Ferrari FXX lap time which has been removed by Jeremy Clarkson for obvious reasons (slicks, not road legal..) but it's still worth the watch, what a noise!


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Suzuki XL7 pikes peak


The legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the major rallying events that started back in 1916. The race takes place every year in the Colorado (USA) mountains. It is to rallying, what Le Mans is to prototype racing.

The course starts at an elevation of 2 862 m (9,390 ft.) and ends up at 4 300 m (14,110 ft.). It's 19.98 Km (12.42 miles) long and is composed of 156 turns. It's also a mixture of gravel and pavement with the paved part 9.65 Km (6 miles) long.

The so called "Race to The Clouds" features numerous categories that include quads, bikes, sidecars, open wheels and even trucks! Of course the most popular category is the Unlimited, in which competitors usally bring cars exclusively built for the event, with power figures sometimes up to 1000 Hp. The Suzuki XL7 Pikes Peak competitor shown in the picture above belongs to the unlimited category, it is driven by Nobuhiro Tajima who by the way holds the absolute course record of 10:01.408. This record braking run was achieved in the 2007 edition of the race. Tagima "Monster" brought a lot of interesting Pikes Peak competitors like the so familiar to Gran Turismo players (including me), the Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak Version or the 2009 edition winner: the Suzuki SX4 Pikes Peak Version.


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