Category Archives: Cars

Ken Block Gymkhana 5 – San Francisco

It’s been a long time coming, but the latest in the Ken Block Gymkhana series is here. With 650 hp in his Ford Fiesta (the Subaru Impreza will always be cooler still to me) and the empty streets of San Francisco to play around in, hooning has never been better. I have to say that the use of the “Matrix” style cameras is really cool, but a flying drift is also very spectacular indeed.

 

2012 Spanish Grand Prix Results

Huh.. that one certainly came out of left field.

1. Pastor Maldonado

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Kimi Raikkonen

4. Romain Grosjean

5. Kamui Kobayashi

6. Sebastian Vettel

7. Nico Rosberg

8. Lewis Hamilton

9. Jenson Button

10. Nico Hulkenberg

2012 Australian Grand Prix Results

Well, well, well. It seems as though it won’t be a Red Bull runaway this season. However, we may just see McLaren go on a tear. After locking out the front row, the duo from Woking went straight to work on the rest of the field and romped out to a huge lead. This would prove to be insurmountable in the case of Jenson Button, who had an absolute serene day at the front of the pack, only being closed in on during the safety car period. Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole, came under pressure midway through the contest from Sebastian Vettel, starting from sixth, and was passed in the pit stop rotation resulting from that safety car. Mark Webber put up a good fight for fourth, which is his best finishing position ever in his home race, but was never really close enough to challenge for a podium.

The biggest movers of the day had to have been the Ferraris at the start, with both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa jumping right up into points positions. However, while Alonso was able to keep a reasonable pace with the front runners for awhile, it all proved too much for his car and he eventually fell off the pace and claimed a “best of the rest” fifth. Massa meanwhile ended up being swallowed up by backmarkers and was run into in the closing stages, having to retire the car. Other big movers were both Kimi Raikkonen, coming up to claim seventh from 18th on the grid after some closing lap incidents in front of him, and Sergio Perez, who started dead last in 22nd and finished eighth. He probably could have made up more positions but his one-stop strategy made for some dodgy tires at the end of the race.

The biggest losers from this race were undoubtedly Mercedes and Williams. Both of the Mercedes team were expecting to run faster, with Nico Rosberg even saying that he thought he had a car that could challenge for the win, and Michael Schumacher starting in fourth. Neither of the cars finished in the points, as Schumacher damaged the gearbox and Rosberg obtained a punctured rear tire from Perez on the last lap. The Williams team also came away disappointed as their main man Pastor Maldonado started in eighth and had a great fight going with the Ferrari of Alonso for most of the race. They had the pace in their car and it was a shame that Maldonado ended up smacking the wall on the final lap.

All in all, I would say that this was one of the better opening rounds of any season I’ve watched. It was incident filled, but not to the extent that it caused too many stops with safety cars. There were some good fights on track and there are some great stories that are about to burst forth. For instance, the battle between the midfield teams is amazingly tight this year, with both Saubers scoring points and the Lotus and Williams looking mighty respectable. In fact, if you look at the Constructor’s points, Sauber is ahead of Ferrari right now! Whether that will last is to be seen, but if both of their drivers continue to end up in the points and Ferrari has to continue relying on Alonso to secure all of their points, there are a few teams that will eventually garner more points than the squad from Maranello. As a bonus, we won’t even have to wait that long to see how this season continues to shape up, as the Malaysian Grand Prix is next weekend already! Mark your calendars, it’s going to be spectacular!

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Mark Webber

5. Fernando Alonso

6. Kamui Kobayashi

7. Kimi Raikkonen

8. Sergio Perez

9. Daniel Ricciardo

10. Paul di Resta

New Cars Aplenty

We’re beginning to see the newest incarnations of the Formula One machinery that will be vying for the world title in 2012 and the latest comers are from McLaren, Force India and Ferrari. Joining the Caterham, in regards to the new rule changes, the Force India and Ferrari have also gone with a stepped nose profile, while the Ferrari is also incorporating double air intakes. It certainly stands in stark contrast to the rather bland and almost unassuming McLaren that was revealed. I’m really looking forward to what Red Bull bring out, as Adrian Newey surely must have a trick or two up his sleeve and it will be interesting to see which way he goes, stepped nose or not. So far, the tally is 3-1 in favor of this new nose.

IndyCar crash in Las Vegas [UPDATE]

I don’t normally watch IndyCar, but this horrible crash just happened about 45 minutes to an hour ago and Dan Wheldon is in serious condition at a local hospital. This is a horrific crash and hopefully everyone comes out all right. If they do all come away from this, it will speak volumes about crash safety and cockpit safety. But it is still hard to imagine no one being seriously hurt from what I see in the video.

[UPDATE] Unfortunately, someone was seriously injured in this crash. Dan Wheldon succumbed to his injuries sustained in the accident. This is a tough day for his family, his fans and all the other drivers in IndyCar. Like I said, I don’t watch the sport itself, but I can sympathize with all of the drivers and all of the other people who do watch the sport, because dying in sports is so far removed from people’s consciousnesses that it doesn’t enter your mind that it could happen. It was evident as soon as the driver’s walked out of the meeting what had happened. All you needed to do was watch Tony Kanaan’s face, one of Dan Wheldon’s good friends, to see just what had happened. As I was waiting for an update, all I could think was that no news is almost always bad news, and in this case, it proved the rule.

Dan Wheldon 22 June 1978 – October 16, 2011

Minneapolis Auto Show

Once again, it was the time of year for the Minneapolis Auto Show, and once again, it continued to get smaller. This year, the show didn’t even cover the entire convention center floor like it has in the past, but nothing really felt like it was missing. I’m pretty sure they simply crammed the cars closer together, but I don’t see the reason for it. Maybe by not renting out the space, they could save on costs… whoever they is I guess. Regardless, there were some decent vehicles, and some surprises as well. For instance, I did not expect to see the SLS or the Fiat 500 or the A8 W12 at the show. I was expecting the R8, but not the convertible, and I guess I didn’t really expect to see the new STi sedan there either, but I’m glad it was because it really overshadowed the Evo that was sitting right behind it. In fact, other than the horrible STi seats (which the Evo clearly comes out on top in that battle thanks to its Recaros) the Subaru is the more aggressive looking vehicle, and it showed. When I was there, people were all over it, while the Evo was sort of lost in the shuffle behind it.

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Corvette ZR-1

Corvette ZR-1

Corvette ZR-1

Corvette ZR-1

Corvette Concept Car

Corvette Concept Car

Corvette Concept Car

Corvette Concept Car

Lexus CT200h

Lexus CT200h

Lexus CT200h

Lexus CT200h

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Ferrari F430 Spider

Ferrari F430 Spider

Ferrari F430 Spider Bentley Continental GT

Ferrari F430 Spider Bentley Continental GT

Ferrari F430 Spider Bentley Continental GT

Ferrari F430 Spider Bentley Continental GT

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Fiat 500

Fiat 500

Fiat 500

Fiat 500

Honda CRZ Race Car

Honda CRZ Race Car

Honda CRZ Race Car

Honda CRZ Race Car

Honda CRZ Race Car

Honda CRZ Race Car

BMW X5M

BMW X5M

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes SLS AMG

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Mercedes GLK Racer

Audi A8 W12

Audi A8 W12

Audi A8 W12

Audi A8 W12

Audi A7

Audi A7

Audi R8 Convertible

Audi R8 Convertible

Audi R8 Convertible

Audi R8 Convertible

Audi R8 Convertible

Audi R8 Convertible

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Bernie’s Hypocrisy and Odd F1 Cars

It was revealed in a recent letter that the proposed GP in Rome will most likely never happen. This is due to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone stating that one race per country is enough and that the Monza circuit would have precedence over Rome in the new 20 race schedule. However, as I look over the calendar, I notice that there is a country with two Grands Prix in it currently. Spain. They have both the Spanish GP and the European GP. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have been constantly berating the European GP in Valencia for a few years because it is boring and goes against what Bernie wants, which is for no country to have two races. This is part of the reason why Germany switches between both of its tracks. All I’m saying is that the European GP should be moved out of Spain because 1) I think it’s a bad race, and 2) it really does go against what Bernie is trying to accomplish, and if it stays there, it will only reinforce the fact that he is a senile old bat who has lost touch with the sport and how it should be run.

Also, in preparation for the arrivals of the team’s new car designs, here is a good slide show of ten of the weirdest F1 cars ever to take to the track. The unmistakeable Tyrrell P34 and the March 711 are both crazy faves of mine.