I gave a speech to the august Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society in NYC on February 10, 2015. Turns out ‘a few people’ liked it.
I spoke with Mr. Cox, in preparation for a speech I was asked to do - The Front-Engine FWD 4WD Nissan NISMO Hybrid Le Mans Race Car UNSETTLES Everything You Think You Know About Racing [Transcript will be posted to /ShakeDown in the next days].
So, lose the black. And run your car in REVERSE as FWD is the new thing!
FWD, 4WD, Front-Motor, 4-figure Horsepower, 'Back-seat' driving position. HOW WILL the Nissan NISMO GT-R LMP1 drive?
Someone caught the car at COTA.
Porsche has been doing a slow strip tease of its new Le Mans challenger for what seems like ages now. This time, they're showing off engine development. And if my eyes aren't deceiving me, this could very well be a diesel Porsche race car.
As only Allan McNish can, Leo Parente and ShakeDown bring you his exclusive and truly inside look at how he, Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Audi captured overall victory at the LM24 - The 12th for Audi, 9th for Kristensen, 3rd for McNish, 1st for Duval. Allan takes you hour-by-hour through the fight with Toyota....
As Tommy Kendall says, "We're like brothers and only WE are allowed to wail on each other". But dammit, on this version of /DRIVE's ShakeDown called TrackDown, there was no smack-talk. There WAS some great insight on Blocking, SandBagging, and both Viper / Corvette heading to Le Mans.
Porsche returns to the LM24 top category in 2014. Like their older days, eg; 1971. Those cars, that action, captured in this video were historic and historical. Make sure you catch all the tech details Porsche shares here.
The LMP1 coupes of Le Mans, the World Endurance Championship [in the US at COTA in Sept], and March 16 as a guest at the ALMS Sebring 12 have a visibility problem with their high front fenders and huge A-Pillars.
The consolidation of the 2 major North American sports car racing series - NASCAR's Grand-Am and its acquisition of the American Le Mans Series - will get a new name on March 14th. Any guesses?
The 2014 Garage 56 'new technologies' entry to the Le Mans 24 has been granted to Nissan. And they have pledged to race an all-electric car.