World Record: Toyota GT86 134.8-mph Drift

Lunatic, Jakub Przygoński not only broke the world record for having the biggest testicals, but he has also just set the world’s fastest drift in his highly-tuned 1068-bhp Toyota GT86. With a mental entry speed of 159mph, the madman threw the car into a drift and slid sideways at 134.8mph at Airport Biala Podlaska near Warsaw, Poland.

Watch the clip – don’t blink or you’ll miss it!

Road Going Le Mans Car… Sort Of

Now this is one British car that immediately grabbed my attention, a Le Mans-based racer with a power-to-weight-ratio similar to a Ferrari F50 and actually more than a Maserati MC12. The best bit? For £90,000, you can actually drive it on the road.

Hard to believe when you look at the thing – it’s aggressive, poised, built for pure racing and speed. The front arches, headlights and gaping air ducts will look a little out of place when you drive to the Post Office to renew your tax disc, but in a good way I suppose.

British makers Radical claim it has the capacity to produce 50 of these RXC rockets every year.

The 380-bhp 900-kg lightweight’s initial concept came four years ago when looking at the Peugeot Le Mans car.

The heart powering this savage is a 3.7-L V6 from a Ford Mustang, the 380-bhp combined with its 900-kg giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 422hp per tonne. This engine will be mated to a seven-speed Quaife gearbox with paddle shifters driving the rear wheels and helping to propel the RXC from 0-100km/h in just 2.8 seconds – that’s not just stupid fast, it’s grab the Xanax fast. If that wasn’t silly enough, Radical claim they will introduce an even lighter V8 engine from the Mustang with 500-bhp!

Ferrari Back For Le Mans?


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I now have another reason to watch the 24 hours of Le Mans, as my favourite racing team are rumoured to be back. In 2015, Ferrari are looking at competing in the top LMP1 category. Porsche have also made a comeback, and with Audi always winning, it will be great to see the two legends try and put a stop to it.

Ferrari haven’t raced in Le Mans since 1973, and the last time they won there was in 1965. Just look at the difference between their 330 P3 to their 2015 concept. Has it really been that long?

Planning For My Drift Build

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Having drifted my WRX Wagon and my Prodrive, I am now seeking a more suitable drift machine, something RWD and a little tail happy.

I love the look of the more retro drift cars, such as the AE86 and the 180SX. Securing a half decent machine isn’t expensive, but it will usually come with high mileage. So I guess the first thing to do will be to check compression and give it a damn good servicing, perhaps adding performance plugs and leads. It will be a turbo so I’ll change for a CAI filter if it doesn’t already have one.

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Next up will be the brakes. If they are looking worst for wear, I’ll change them all round and go for a durable pad such as Yellow Stuff. Because the handbrake will be used to initiate a drift, extra attention needs to be given to the rear pads (maybe go for a harder pad?).

Now I should have an MOT worthy Nissan 180SX to throw around. But first I will need to add a strut brace to keep the chassis a little stiffer, and if my budget allows, I’ll invest in a set of coilovers, otherwise just a set of stiffer and lower springs – cutting springs seems arduous and not worth the effort.

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As this will be a toy and not my daily driver, I’ll literally tear everything out and replace the seats with two bucket seats and an extended drift handbrake lever.

The 180SX comes with an LSD (Limited Slip Differential), so that saves wielding the diff.

By this point, I should be ready to get sideways and hone my skills to link a few slides together.

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  • Toyota Corolla Coupé AE86 Turbo Drift Action (newsvideowatchful.wordpress.com)

I wanna Drift… Maybe

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There’s a part of me that respects the JDM scene – for those unsure, JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) is buying a Japanese import and maintaining or modifying it with 100% Japanese parts. I also like the Japanese culture and their car scene that goes hand in hand with keeping a car JDM. There’s something almost geeky about it, and I fear this is what appeals to me. It means surfing for parts and being strangely satisfied the car’s heritage remains in tact.

I own a Subaru Impreza WRX, although it isn’t JDM. This led me into considering an import but didn’t fancy ragging a daily driver, also the WRX’s 4WD system doesn’t really allow for drifting. Keeping my WRX and what is essentially a toy separate is what I thought the best solution.

So with that little dilemma dealt with, I then considered a good drift car – I’ve always liked the look of the retro Nissan 200SX, especially when they are transformed into drifters.

Although drifters make it look fairly simple, it isn’t. A lot of people think you just floor it, over-steer, and then hold it, but there’s more to it than that. There are a handful of ways to initiate a drift too, but once you’ve managed a drift, it has you… for life.

Talking to drifters online, I’ve learnt a thing or two, and the most common problems they face is A. Money and B. No social life.

I’ve taken these points into consideration but am not (as yet) deterred. I get that I’ll get through more tyres and clutches than I’ll eat hot dinners, but it’s still cheaper than some hobbies, I guess.

If anyone reading this is a drifter or a Nissan 200SX owner, tell me your woes in the comment box; I’d love to hear them.

Goldie or Gaudy?

Selecting a colour scheme for a vehicle can be difficult, even with colours that seemed made for each other, such as black and gold.

For someone such as Xzibit, a rapper who frequently “pimps peoples’ rides”, he managed to reduce his black Lamborghini Gallardo to a cheap marketing trinket that actual resembles a training shoe.

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If you want to get it right, check out this fabulous Lotus F1 car circa 1986 below. This was Aryton Senna’s car, and here we see his nephew Bruno driving it.
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Tip: Avoid making your car look like a training shoe.

How Will F1 Fare With New 1.6L Turbo Units?

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2013 will say farewell to the 2.4L V8 engines, and although displacement is down to a tiny 1.6L, KERS will still be a main component in power supply in 2014. The FIA initially wanted the replacement engine to be a four-cylinder unit, but Ferrari complained about the terrible noise they made, and being close to Bernie Ecclestone (CEO of F1) **nudge, nudge, wink wink ** it was eventually agreed the V6 would be the choice.

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Pictured above is the first image released by Mercedes-Benz for the engine they’ll be using in 2014. Like the aforementioned BMW M12/13 engines, this small displacement unit will be turbocharged. That being said, the hp figures will be half of the crazy eighties era at around 750-hp. It’s reported the engines will be high-pitched, and due to the turbo spooling at 125,000-rpm, it will be very loud.  These engines also produce more torque, especially coming out of corners, so from a spectator view the sport should appear more exciting.

Throw in KERS with twice the previously regulated amount of power (80-hp for 6.7 secs upped to 161-hp for 33.3 secs) and you’ll be witnessing a true test and ability of modern science and technology.

The design and use of a completely different engine it a massive deal for an F1 team, from weight to placement, aerodynamics and a thousand other aspects. So it seems whoever is the most dominant in 2013, doesn’t necessarily guarantee success in 2014.

I’m looking forward to 2014 and can’t wait to hear the combined sound of all those turbo-powered beasts revving before the lights turn green.