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    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is always interesting and the 2016 iteration certainly delivered. The race did not start in exciting fashion as rain was coming down and the safety car stayed out for the first seven laps of the race in the interest of driver safety. Finally the cars were allowed to go at it as the rain subsided and immediately Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who had the pole position started to build an impressive lead. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-AMG was in second place but consistently lost ground to Ricciardo while holding up teammate Lewis Hamilton. For whatever reason, Hamilton looked much faster and Rosberg looked slow. Rosberg was so slow that the commentators speculated something was wrong with his car. As Monaco is a tight course Hamilton struggled to get around Rosberg who finally was told to let Hamilton by. Immediately Hamilton started to make up ground while Rosberg fell further and further back. Because Rosberg held up Hamilton Ricciardo built himself a nice 10+ second lead. It would all evaporate (heh, get the pun?) after a Red Bull pitstop that went horribly wrong. Tire management was huge in this race as with the track conditions drying up and the sun coming out drivers began to switch to softer compounds. The only problem is that when Ricciardo came in to switch his tires his tires were not there. He literally sat there waiting for roughly ten seconds until the tires were brought out. Well, this gave Hamilton the lead. Ricciardo did not quit and kept at it but Hamilton fended him off. There was a questionable situation where Hamilton cut a corner and blocked Ricciardo which could have been the difference with the difficulty of passing in Monaco but the stewards dismissed the incident and did not penalize Hamilton. He would go on to win the race. The conditions claimed many victims. Max Verstappen (the much praised Red Bull driver who became the youngest to win an F1 race in the previous Grand Prix) crashed out. Kimi Raikkonen, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, and Marcus Ericsson did not finish the race. Lewis Hamilton would end up celebrating while Daniel Ricciardo said he got screwed. He was quite upset. Sergio Perez who finished in third and held Sebastian Vettel from the podium was quite pleased with himself. It was an interesting race to be sure and it drew out all kinds of celebrities including Justin Bieber who for some reason was celebrating with Hamilton which looked awkward to say the least. Next up is the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12th.
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is always interesting and the 2016 iteration certainly delivered. The race did not start in exciting fashion as rain was coming down and the safety car stayed out for the first seven laps of the race in the interest of driver safety. Finally the cars were allowed to go at it as the rain subsided and immediately Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who had the pole position started to build an impressive lead. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-AMG was in second place but consistently lost ground to Ricciardo while holding up teammate Lewis Hamilton. For whatever reason, Hamilton looked much faster and Rosberg looked slow. Rosberg was so slow that the commentators speculated something was wrong with his car. As Monaco is a tight course Hamilton struggled to get around Rosberg who finally was told to let Hamilton by. Immediately Hamilton started to make up ground while Rosberg fell further and further back. Because Rosberg held up Hamilton Ricciardo built himself a nice 10+ second lead. It would all evaporate (heh, get the pun?) after a Red Bull pitstop that went horribly wrong. Tire management was huge in this race as with the track conditions drying up and the sun coming out drivers began to switch to softer compounds. The only problem is that when Ricciardo came in to switch his tires his tires were not there. He literally sat there waiting for roughly ten seconds until the tires were brought out. Well, this gave Hamilton the lead. Ricciardo did not quit and kept at it but Hamilton fended him off. There was a questionable situation where Hamilton cut a corner and blocked Ricciardo which could have been the difference with the difficulty of passing in Monaco but the stewards dismissed the incident and did not penalize Hamilton. He would go on to win the race. The conditions claimed many victims. Max Verstappen (the much praised Red Bull driver who became the youngest to win an F1 race in the previous Grand Prix) crashed out. Kimi Raikkonen, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, and Marcus Ericsson did not finish the race. Lewis Hamilton would end up celebrating while Daniel Ricciardo said he got screwed. He was quite upset. Sergio Perez who finished in third and held Sebastian Vettel from the podium was quite pleased with himself. It was an interesting race to be sure and it drew out all kinds of celebrities including Justin Bieber who for some reason was celebrating with Hamilton which looked awkward to say the least. Next up is the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12th.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    Solid numbers here from Nissan and their new VR30 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 engine (VR30DDTT). This engine comes in two flavors with 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and a higher output 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque version. The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport features the higher output version but it is underrated. 374 horsepower to the wheels translates to a conservative 441 horsepower at the crank with 15% losses. Pretty good, right? That is more than BMW's B58 engine which itself is highly underrated. It takes a tune on that motor to match this engine. Speaking of tunes, does this motor have anything left in it with a tune? Nissan is pushing the turbochargers very hard. The 300 horsepower version has the same turbochargers so it is conceivable the cheaper motor will match the 400 horsepower version with a tune. We'll have to see what, if anything, tuners get out of it. The baseline is very promising.
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    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    We all know the Bugatti Veyron is fast. It basically is nothing more than a straightline missile with its 8 liter W16 quad-turbo engine making 1000 horsepower and up to 1200 depending on the model variant. It doesn't matter if this Veyron has 1000 or 1200 as it gets embarrassed. The Agera S has similar power 1030 horses from a 5.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 but it is just so much lighter than the Veyron. No all wheel drive and and what they call a 'dual clutch' with 1 input shaft are not a detriment for the Agera which is roughly 1400 pounds lighter. This is just old fashioned power to weight doing the work. Keep in mind as this is a Swedish video and the Agera is a Swedish supercar the person recording likes to promote Koenigsegg with a Swedish bias. To put it frankly, watching these Swedish videos of a Koeniggsegg always winning is getting kind of boring. Maybe it's time to run some real competition? Regardless, the Veyron is simply overmatched by the Koenigsegg here which we already knew (and have seen).
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    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    We all know the Bugatti Veyron is fast. It basically is nothing more than a straightline missile with its 8 liter W16 quad-turbo engine making 1000 horsepower and up to 1200 depending on the model variant. It doesn't matter if this Veyron has 1000 or 1200 as it gets embarrassed. The Agera S has similar power 1030 horses from a 5.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 but it is just so much lighter than the Veyron. No all wheel drive and and what they call a 'dual clutch' with 1 input shaft are not a detriment for the Agera which is roughly 1400 pounds lighter. This is just old fashioned power to weight doing the work. Keep in mind as this is a Swedish video and the Agera is a Swedish supercar the person recording likes to promote Koenigsegg with a Swedish bias. To put it frankly, watching these Swedish videos of a Koeniggsegg always winning is getting kind of boring. Maybe it's time to run some real competition? Regardless, the Veyron is simply overmatched by the Koenigsegg here which we already knew (and have seen).
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    Ok, ok, relax. This isn't going to happen. What if it did though? BMW for fun built an E92 M3 truck as a joke and an actual shop replicated the feat although in higher quality fashion. BMW has roughly a billion X-Series variants so what would a pickup truck hurt? For the American market, where most X-Series models are built and consumed, a truck makes a lot of sense. Especially if based off a chassis that can actually tow and haul to a useful degree. BMW builds stuff like the F07 5-Series GT that people don't want and BimmerBoost would bet money an X4 pickup would sell better. It's certainly fun to think about.
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    Today, 04:50 AM
    I'll be heading to the track this July in Austin, TX, with my BMW S1000RR. It has a bunch of heated amenities, but still lacks A/C. It's going to flat out be hotter than the devil's rectum (Mad respect for whoever can name the video game reference). I am planning on purchasing a cooling vest to wear under the leathers, and have 2 choices that I want your advice on, from a scientific point of view. The evaporative cooling vests are cheaper, and function by soaking them in water, then putting them on. I'll be traveling between 40-180mph for the most part, so airflow will be good, but the humidity will be high, so the evaporative power will be quite limited. My other option is a freeze puck vest. Freeze it overnight and on breaks, then wear it. This cools me, obviously, by having cold water touching me. The puck vest is slightly more expensive, and may not last as long when exposed to the extreme heat. I'll have 40min of time in between sessions to freeze the vest, but only a mini-fridge to do so with, so it may not even get frozen between runs, which would render it close to useless. Ideas? Thanks!
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