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The Toyota TS040 Hybrid doing endurance tests at Ciudad del Motor de Aragón ahead of the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Onboard video with Chris Harris at the Ascari Racing Resort, having some fun in the new McLaren 650S.
One of the most disputed topics in the industry: Is it possible to make high performance carbon fiber wheels? Christian von Koenigsegg explains that it's not only possible, but his company has been doing it for a few years now. Take a look at how:
The Plymouth Valiant was never meant to be a muscle car. It was never meant to be fast, overly attractive or go around corners. Loved by grandparents and college professors alike, the Valiant was the go-to car for those who wanted smooth reliable transport. Owner Shannon Hudson bought this Valiant for $400.00 and after 20 years of ownership and a few different versions, built it into one of the coolest MOPAR A Bodies we've ever seen.
• Shannon Hudson
Justin Wilson gives Leo Parente and /ShakeDown the recipe for racing the Long Beach street course, IndyCar, and IMSA. JW mixes 'fried eggs' and 'bread loaves' [found on the track] with more classic ingredients [in-car] of gas, brake, balance, and aggressiveness.
Justin explains what it takes to hustle an IndyCar vs a Daytona Prototype, how the Ford and Honda V6 turbos compare, and why F1 today seems more video game then ever [Justin raced F1 in 2002 and 2003].
Shot the day before the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend began, the action is in the info Justin Wilson shares and the details of the racecars being prepped.
PS - Going for the win, sitting pretty in P2, Justin was taken out by Scott Dixon as the race was winding down. Frustrating, as Dixon's Chevy eventually had to pit for a fuel splash and the Justin / Dale Coyne Racing / Boy Scouts DW12-Honda was good to go to the end with better mileage and strategy.
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TGPLB race recap for Justin Wilson
TGPLB IndyCar 2014 highlights
Mike Shank Racing
Mike Spinelli reviews the new 2014 Ford Fusion.
Scored by all TEST/DRIVE hosts.
You may consider this a joke, but we assure you - it's not. Welcome to our favorite car, and potentially, the one you'll always remember as the best car in the world after this film. Hosted by Chris Harris in a terrible hat.
The world of 3D prototyping and printing has changed the automotive industry. Christian von Koenigsegg explains how his company takes advantage of the new 3D Printing technology, with where he feels the future of the industry is going..
If you haven't figured it out by now, we love wagons on this show. To some they're a misunderstood breed, but to those in the know, they're amazing. Not only were the wagons of yesteryear known for their styling, but their capacity to haul as much cargo as a modern day pickup. This 1964 Pontiac Catalina Safari started off life as a Police Wagon, but was transformed by its owner into the kick-ass, tire-shredding monster you see here. With a Nelson Racing Engines 468 cid big-block under the hood, some updated suspension bits and a killer look, this big green machine is outside-the-box styling at its best.
• Mike Artman
What happens in pit lane at an endurance race? Henrique Cisneros, driver of the #30 MOMO NGT 991 Porsche GT3 Cup, explains the orchestrated movements of each of the pit crew members over the wall. How does it all happen so fast? Watch and learn.
Porsche's new 919 Hybrid during testing for the World Endurance Championship at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. April 2014.
The celebration of one million subscribers for /DRIVE on YouTube.
The new, top mounted, active rear-wing of the Koenigsegg One:1. Inside Koenigsegg 2, hosted by Christian von Koenigsegg. Shot on location in Angelhom Sweden.
When it comes to cornering, the Ford Mustang has always been a bit lack luster. Factory attempts to cure this have been valiant (Boss 302, SVT Cobra R), however sometimes you need to think outside the box to get to the next level. The /BIG MUSCLE garage acquired a 2013 Mustang GT last year and were thrilled, until that is, we took it to the track. There we found Cortex Racing and with that, the understanding that with the right set of legs underneath it, even an over weight pony car can be made into an evil piece of track day weaponry.
• /BIG MUSCLE Garage
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Cortex Racing: http://cortexracing.com/
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While GM turns on its diatribe about Cobalt ignition switches, Leo Parente and /ShakeDown use the issue to present some really bad GM race cars that turn him off.
The list starts here. You add your suggestions.
Plus, /ShakeDown news and a thank you to the fans.
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Yes, it's a face lifted and tweaked 12C. But it also has 650hp and is faster than a shooting star. Well, that's what Ron told us.
Christian von Koenigsegg explains how his team has developed the new Koenigsegg One:1 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 1,360 hp and 1,371 N·m (1,011 lb·ft) of torque at 6000 rpm.Total weight of the engine is only 197 kg (434 lb) thanks to a carbon fiber intake manifold and the aluminum construction. The transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch with paddle shifters.
Mike Spinelli reviews the 2014 Audi S7 at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in California.
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Say hello to the first Oldsmobile we've ever featured on /BIG MUSCLE. This 1965 Cutlass F-85 has been cloned into a wicked 442 by it's owner. The goal was simple - take a car that was a bit outside the norm and slowly transform it into a kick-ass cruiser that has the ability to be flogged on the autocross. With a carb'd 461 big block under the hood, it's big, different and one of the most overlooked machines from the muscle car era.
• Robert McGaffin
Driver of the #30 MOMO NGT 991 Porsche GT3 Cup, Henrique Cisneros, explains the proper way to drive the most difficult turn in racing, Turn 17 at Sebring International Raceway.
IndyCar, F1, Pirelli World Challenge, ERC, NASCAR, VLN, V8 SuperCars. A ton of racing this weekend, and on this /ShakeDown, Leo Parente shares everything he doesn't know. Like what will Infiniti Red Bull Racing and the FIA do with each other at Malaysia after the Race 1 disqualification and pending protest hearing.
What will World Challenge GT racing be like vs what we've seen from new IMSA so far in 2014. Will IndyCar be new and improved enough to be more noticed? And more.
Pirelli World Challenge homepage
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Subaru's newest STI has been criticized for keeping the same 300+hp engine as the previous STI. Others were turned off by its new design. But is the 2015 STI actually a far better car, despite its specs? We find out. With Jason Harper, Bloomberg News and Automobile; and Travis Okulski, deputy editor of Jalopnik.
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It couldn't look more right than it does, but how does it drive? We're in Spain, and track's a belter.
Bruce Turk turned a childhood love for the Saab Sonett into a 25-year obsession and a collection of Saab cars, parts and memorabilia you must see to believe.
More on Bruce Turk's vintage rally Saab here:
Yes, You Can Build a Sick Vintage Rally Car - AFTER/DRIVE
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Christian von Koenigsegg oversees the final preparation of the first Koenigsegg One:1 Megacar ahead of The Geneva Motor Show. The One:1 attains a power to weight ratio of 1 horsepower to every 1 kg of curb weight through unprecedented weight saving measures.
MOMO Italy presents a new series of shorts on /DRIVE, featuring high-framerate slow motion footage from TUDOR United Sports Car Championship race weekends all season. What else is there to say? Enjoy the action.
• Dennis "Fish" Newman / Dave Schaible
It's got a 5.0L engine out of an old Ford Mustang, the front end off a Pinto and a frame that's almost 100 years old. The Road Race T is the creation of Dennis Newman and Dave Schaible and was constructed to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMons, a 24 hour endurance race where the original purchase price of the car can be no more than $500.00. It's small, light and thanks to its amazingly talented builders, has the ability to put the hurt on the majority of its competition.
This week on /DRIVE: TEST/DRIVE is back on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mike Musto drives a LeMons car originally built in 1927, /INSIDE KOENIGSEGG returns, Jalopnik on /DRIVE features a man obsessed with Swedishness, Chris Harris drifts a Jaguar F-Type Coupe, and it's the Subaru STi show on AFTER/DRIVE.
F1 and IMSA provide the foundation for details on how to make Racing NOT suck. The 2014 Formula 1 debut in Melbourne, Australia ended with an Infiniti Red Bull disqualification over fuel flow. The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at the Sebring 12hr was Round 2 of the new series and the 2nd straight race of missteps and controversy.
Leo Parente and /ShakeDown discuss the wtf's and the why-not's to make Racing fun, again. 'The Responsibility of Racing TO Racing' is the topic. And there is more than enough fodder for your comments.
Follow Christian von Koenigsegg through the process of developing his latest hypercar, the One:1.
Meet Tamir Moscovici, director of "Kaz: Pushing The Virtual Divide," documentary on brilliant Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi. Also, find out how Jaguar engineers made the XKR-S GT awesome. The XK may be going away, but its spirit lives.
Meet Tamir Moscovici 0:58
Jaguar XKR-S GT: 19:00
Watch "Kaz: Pushing The Virtual Divide" now:
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Watch Tamir Moscovici's Honda Indy doc, "Between the Walls"
Watch XKR-S GT Driven On Track -- /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS now:
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• Tim "SkyScrape" Katz
Most people who want to go road racing don't start off in a 48-year old station wagon. However it you're Tim "SkyScrape" Katz, the co-founder of "TAPOUT" you just say "F*CK IT", and build a wagon with the big 'ole V8 engine, a basketball size turbo, a roll cage and four racing seats so the family can come along for the ride. Tim's 1966 Chevrolet Nova Wagon was built in his garage and is anything but stock. Sure it's got some trick parts, but if you think it's a high-dollar resto-rod, think again as Tim's not only one helluva wrench, but one of the most die-hard car guys you're ever likely to meet.
The one-take immersion with the 2014 12-Hours of Sebring Winning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Car #912 during their final pit-stop.
Videography: Christer Harris, NOT Monkey Harris. Yes, we have two Chris Harris's on the /DRIVE team. Blame JF.
Shot on location at Sebring International Raceway.
Porsche CEO says efficiency not speed will win Le Mans and the 2014 World Endurance Championship. Because the rules dictate sophisticated energy efficiency / recapture technologies. Same with Formula 1, with its new rules and power systems.
So, Leo Parente and /ShakeDown asks "If winning will go to the most efficient, not the fastest, is it still racing?".
Plus, a spotter's guide of things to look for at 2014 F1 Race 1.
Allan McNish Tells How The 2014 F1 Cars Will Drive - /SHAKEDOWN
We're asking! What all-wheel-drive performance car would you buy -- past or present -- for less than 30 grand? We give you some ideas. Leave your comments below.
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Chris takes a stroll around the good, the bad and the plain bizarre.
• John Webb
Part 2 of our King of the Hammers special starts off with our heros John Webb and Cliff Behrens, as they head out through 160 miles of open desert, boulder ravines and rock walls. This is one of the toughest off road events in the world and off road hot-rodding at its finest. We're talking homemade tube chassis, 600 hp V8's, and custom suspensions so stout that they're almost impossible to destroy.
This week on /DRIVE: Mike Musto continues his desert racing adventures on /BIG MUSCLE, and Chris Harris finds the best cars of the Geneva Motor Show.
He's won his last 2 times out in Global RallyCross and Rally America. He's launched his 2014 Hoonigan Racing Ford Fiesta. And now Ken Block is beginning his 19-event racing tour of the world - X Games, World RallyCross, World Rally Championship, more Rally America, a full season of GRC, and Gymkhana GRID shows.
Leo Parente and /ShakeDown Skype up with Ken to talk about how Ken drives each category of racing differently, what's going through the heads of sponsors in racing these days, what makes graphic design on a race car work, and where to find creativity IN racing.
NOT the typical racer interview, but Ken's not a typical racer either.
Link - http://hooniganracing.com/
Ken Block Hoonigan Racing
Meet Travis Okulski, the Jalopnik editor and taxi passenger Jeff Gordon scared the crap out of. Plus, Italian cars from the Geneva motor show. NEW: SKIP-AHEAD LINKS BELOW.
Meet the guy Jeff Gordon Punked: 1:35
The Italians are winning the Geneva motor show: 11:34
-- A GT-R Sedan? 11:47
-- Alfa Romeo 4C Spider: 14:54
-- Lamborghini Huracán: 18:38
-- Maserati Alferi Concept: 20:18
-- Fiat 500 695 Abarth: 22:26
-- Ferrari California T: 25:32
Koenigsegg One:1: 31:02
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The little Alfa is flawed but dripping with character, the Cayman is close to perfection. Will the UK's heavily crowned, bumpy roads have an effect on the outcome?
• John Webb
It's one of the toughest off road races in existence with a reputation for eating custom built machines alive. This is "King of the Hammers", and if you've never heard of it before, then today's your lucky day. This if off road hot-rodding at its finest. We're talking homemade tube chassis, 600 hp V8's, and custom suspensions so stout that they're almost impossible to destroy. Is this a little out of the realm for /BIG MUSCLE? Hell yeah it is! These rigs look like they came out of a Mad Max movie, and they're just as much a hot-rod as that old Chevelle or 1932 Ford that's sitting in your garage.
This week on /DRIVE: Mike Musto visits the King of the Hammers Race on /BIG MUSCLE and Chris Harris compares the Alfa Romeo 4C with the Porsche Cayman S.
Leo Parente and /ShakeDown kick-start a list of Ford race cars that were not in the limelight like the Ford GT, the Lotus-Ford F1 and Indy cars, Ken Block Fiestas, NASCAR Fords, RS200 Group B, and others. Ford Racing spawned so many other projects and prototypes. Not always successful [otherwise they would have been famous], but definitely interesting, despite all the secrecy.
And when the show is finished, YOU add to the Secret Ford Race Cars list, because you know you know things Leo does not know!
These Are The Worst Fords In History. Sorry Henry -- AFTER/DRIVE
What is a "supercar"? What is a "hypercar"? You guys told us what you think, now we hash it out. With Matt Hardigree and the insane and always oddly-dressed Raphael Orlove of Jalopnik. Maybe we don't even need categories for sports cars after all.
Read the Facebook thread that inspired this AFTER/DRIVE episode
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The perfect ratio, the Koenigsegg One:1, teased prior to the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
• Ben McCloy
Sometimes, as luck would have it, we find vehicles right around the corner from us. In this case the subject is a 1926 Hudson that was hand fabricated into a woody surf wagon by Ben McCloy and Scott Satteria of Jack Dick Custom's in Martinez, CA. This car is about imagination and ingenuity and reminds us why hot-rods and muscle cars are just so damn outstanding.