Endurance Racing

Endurance racing: more fun, harder than expected

Endurance racing: more fun, harder than expected

My friends and I recently competed in our first endurance race with AER (American Endurance Racing) at Watkins Glen International. It was incredible. And, a lot harder on equipment than I imagined.   We started with my well-maintained 1989 BMW 325is that I previously used for racing in NASA’s Spec E30 series.…
24hrs of LeMans 2016 Video with No Commentary!

24hrs of LeMans 2016 Video with No Commentary!

The 24hrs of LeMans is the most prestigious endurance race in the world. Its also the oldest endurance race dating back to 1923. LeMans is the top of the racing career for drivers and also where the car manufacturer’s compete for bragging rights. There’s nothing like it in the world. The problem is…
1995 24hrs of LeMans

1995 24hrs of LeMans

The 1995 24hrs of LeMans was won by a McLaren F1 GTR entered in the GT1 category. The F1 GTR was already well known for dominating the BPR Global GT Series with customer teams, but the car that won was actually the initial GTR prototype that was on loan to Kokusai Kaihatsu Racing which caused…
Journey To LeMans

Journey To LeMans

 You’ve seen the Truth in 24hr, but I’ve doubt you’ve seen this! You can thank me later because its good. Instead of following a top team like Audi, you follow a privateer competing at the highest level. The footage is amazing as you can see by the screen grabs from…
Summit Point Recap: American Endurance Racing

Summit Point Recap: American Endurance Racing

We seemed to be starting off Summit Point strong.  The ETD Racing Miazda qualified in Indy class and so did the G-tron cars, with the exception of Smurf, #90, which broke into the bottom of Sebring.  However, during qualifying on Friday, the front diff went on Mr. Freeze, #72.  The…
Mid-Season Recap: American Endurance Racing

Mid-Season Recap: American Endurance Racing

Round 1: New Jersey Motorsports Park American Endurance Racing’s first event of the season was back in May at New Jersey Motorsports Park and we raced on Lightning.  It was great weather, and lots of good people came out to compete for the Jalopnik Cup of Excellence.  G-tron brought three…
American Endurance Racing, an Introduction

American Endurance Racing, an Introduction

    What is American Endurance Racing? American Endurance Racing is a new endurance road-racing series in it’s second year based out of the Northeast US.  It’s “race what ya got” style with a six-page rulebook.  Typically, AER has seven hours of practice and qualifying followed by eighteen hours of…
Millennium Racing Replaces Lotus for Le Mans

Millennium Racing Replaces Lotus for Le Mans

The Lotus T129 LMP1-L will not make its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as the all-new Kodewa-built prototype has been withdrawn from the entry list. The German team still confirmed its plans to make it to the grid early last week, but will now be replaced by a…
ZEOD RC CRASHES – IN SLOW MOTION VIDEO

ZEOD RC CRASHES – IN SLOW MOTION VIDEO

Le Mans 24 hour is just round the corner, and the ZEOD RC has been tested to destruction before the race. The carbon fiber tub and nose were put through their paces at a testing facility to make sure the car meets FIA regulations. Entering this year’s race in “Garage…
AUDI DEVELOPS SOPHISTICATED AERODYNAMICS FOR LE MANS

AUDI DEVELOPS SOPHISTICATED AERODYNAMICS FOR LE MANS

The Audi R18 e-tron quattro uses less fuel than any of its predecessors. In addition to the powertrain, aerodynamics makes a significant contribution to achieving excellent lap times with low fuel consumption. At round two of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa (Belgium), the second body version of…
2014 WEC 6 HOURS OF SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

2014 WEC 6 HOURS OF SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

Today, Saturday, the entrants in the FIA World Endurance Championship met up in Belgium on their way to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Toyota carried on where it had left off at Silverstone two weeks earlier by scoring another victory thanks to Davidson-Lapierre-Buemi, while Morgan racked up win no. 2…
Endurance racing: “What makes those numbers glow?”

Endurance racing: “What makes those numbers glow?”

It was 11:30 PM as I shook-off my drunken stupor. A loud, raspy scream coming from beyond the trees drew me closer to the edge and it was then that I saw the orangish-yellowish glow… Have you watched an endurance race and seen those wild, glowing numbers on sides of…
953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’

953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’

Combining rarity, powerful mechanical specifications, important racing history, and ravishing coachwork, 0320AM is one of three 340/375 MM works race cars that Ferrari entered at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans in its efforts to counter mount competition from Jaguar, Maserati, and Lancia. All three cars featured a brand…
1976 Porsche 935 IMSA “El Salvador”

1976 Porsche 935 IMSA “El Salvador”

Here is another excellent example of a factory-built, production-based Group 4 single-turbo racing car that evolved over its competitive career to 934.5 and, later, full 935 specifications for IMSA and Group 5 events, and it has enjoyed a long and colorful life. This chassis started as one of the original…
NEW ERA FOR TOYOTA RACING WITH TS040 HYBRID

NEW ERA FOR TOYOTA RACING WITH TS040 HYBRID

TOYOTA Racing has today revealed the TS040 HYBRID car and revised driver line-up which will take it into the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship – and into a new era of hybrid motorsport. With 480PS of four-wheel-drive hybrid boost in addition to the 520PS 3.7litre petrol engine, the TS040 HYBRID,…
1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona

1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona

By the end of 1951, Alfa Romeo had decided to retire from international grand prix competition. During the early 1950s, it would win the first two Driving Championships with its Tipo 158 and 159 racers, and in 1952 and 1953, the famed Disco Volante would astonish the world, as it…
1970 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3

1970 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3

One of the most storied racing teams of all time, Alfa Romeo is a company deeply tied to its racing heritage. Its exploits on the race track are legendary and include numerous wins at such great international motorsport events as the Targa Florio, Mille Miglia, and the 24 Hours of…
1965 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS

1965 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS

Porsche’s Type 904, officially called the Carrera GTS because Porsche and Peugeot were in dispute over numeric designations with “0” in them, succeeded the RSK Type 718 as the last sports-racing iteration of the 356 series. Developed after Porsche left Formula One in 1962, the 904 (as it soon became…
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Berlinetta Competizione

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Berlinetta Competizione

Ferrari’s immortal 275 GTB, with its sleek, shark-like profile, muscular 3.3-liter V-12 engine, and agile handling ability, was offered as a powerful road going berlinetta in two-cam and, later, four-cam variations. Although all 275 GTBs were coupés, the initial design’s blunt nose gave way to a more aerodynamic, longer nose…
1955 Jaguar D-Type

1955 Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar’s founding chairman, Sir William Lyons, understood that great styling and success in international racing sold cars. As such, the race to win, above all, was the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans. His phenomenal C-Type Jaguars, developed from the road going XK120, won Le Mans outright in 1951 and…
1964 Alpine M64

1964 Alpine M64

In 1955, Alpine was founded by Jean Rédélé, who originally modified and campaigned Renault 4CVs but quickly found success in many of the world’s most illustrious sports car races. Soon enough, Rédélé started building his own cars on the 4CV chassis and mechanicals, with the A106 being produced in 1955.…