A few months ago Top Gear did a piece on Volkswagen’s ID.R, their full-blown racing monster. Their goal was to conquer Pike’s Peak, which they did in 2018 and then, in 2019, conquered Nürburgring. On both runs Romain Dumas was at the helm, and it’s eerie to see him going flat-out and just hearing the electric whine of the engine.
As always, Top Gear made a fantastic video, and specially nice since it’s presented by the great Chris Harris.
Thankfully it’s 1:18, therefor too big for the W-143 Garage. Because it’s EXPENSIVE – US$ 1300,00 (Classic Driver) 😲😲😲. Ultimately, however, it’s g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s! Though I’m not a big fan of weathered models, for a jewel of this caliber I would easily open an exception.
Amalgam will only make 100 models of the 1970 Daytona winner 917K, so don’t wait too long to go after yours.
Last night I found this video on Driver61 YouTube channel, and the author explains well how that is possible. Trust me, what Porsche did with the 919 Evo is nothing but amazing 😲! An interesting watch for both Porsche fan boys and gearheads alike.
Found out this short video by accident this morning. You can see a pit stop from the 24 Hours of Spa in 2016, when GT-R NISMO GT3 #22 comes in for fresh tires. With the camera suspended above the pit area, you can control its point of view.
First time I ever saw a pit stop from these angles. Neat 😎.
Two weeks ago, in association with the Petersen Automotive Museum, Bruce Canepa showed a video tour of his garage/collection. Though mostly specimens from Porsche, there’s basically something for everyone there, from BMW to Ford to McLaren, race and street versions. And last week he released the second part of the tour.
All in all, an hour of awesome machines that will make any gearhead drool. HIGHLY recommended 😎.
On Friday Petrolicious aired a fantastic story about a 911 GT3 sporting a Herbie, The Love Bug livery. And even cooler, not just the paint scheme, but with various bodywork details to make a 911 look similar to a vintage VW bug. And as the cherry on top of the cake, the car actually raced at Spa!
Mercedes has a HUGE (and fantastic!) museum at Stuttgart. The museum counts with around 1100 cars, and for a gearhead it’s basically paradise. And to maintain all those cars, they have a team of highly specialized technicians and mechanics exclusively dedicated to the museum’s cars. Last Tuesday Petrolicious aired a very nice article about the museum’s workshop.
Interestingly though, the director of Mercedes-Benz Classic recounted the story about why the paint was scraped off the W25 to get the car at the maximum 750 kg limit. However, that’s a confirmed fairy tale made up by Alfred Neubauer in his autobiography. Nothing against a little embellishing of an historical event, but I would expect that the head of such an endeavor as the Mercedes-Benz Classic department would be more factual.
Fairy tales aside, Petrolicious’ article (full of photos!!) is a treat.
According to Motorsport.com, that might be a possibility. If so, Porsche is considering the new LMDh class, that supposedly should start in 2021. Nobody knows much about this new class, but basically it will allow the same car to compete both in WEC and IMSA races. Everything is on hold right now because of the pandemic, but if Porsche is actually thinking about it, maybe there’s hope for the future of endurance racing.
What can I say? This was a given 😷. According to WEC’s website the race will occur on September 19th and 20th. I think it’s pretty logical to assume that by June the COVID-19 epidemic will be dying down, but it will take longer for the world to get back to normal again. So September is probably a safe bet.