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Video: Ever Wonder How Those Big Truck Tires Are Retreaded?
Posted by Colin Wood on Nov. 30, 2020, 3:22 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/8X2GMD1TPzg

In an effort to reduce overhead—as well as reuse tires instead of throwing them in the dump—some heavy truck tires are specifically designed to be retreated for future use. Here's how the magic happens. 

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Video: Are Diesel Engines Prime Candidates for Drifting?
Posted by Colin Wood on Nov. 30, 2020, 8:33 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/1YewRkuM2Y8

Big, torquey engines seem to be well-suited to drifting, so why wouldn’t diesel powerplants also do well in the sport?

A few individuals already have already built some diesel-powered machines to go sideways, and they just might have confirmed our theory.

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Video: A Look at the Unique Suspension Used on Modern Formula 1 Cars (Torsion Bars, Really?)
Posted by Colin Wood on Nov. 25, 2020, 7:41 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/FNepYY7KxaA

Formula 1 may be at the cutting edge of automotive performance, but multiple constraints like weight, packaging and—believe it or not—cost force teams to create unique ways to get the maximum amount of performance out of its cars.

Take, for instance, the front suspension on this Formula 1 car. Instead of coil springs, cars use torsion bars. How does that seemingly old-school technology translate? Watch and learn. 

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Video: Do You Know Your Carbon Fiber?
Posted by Colin Wood on Nov. 24, 2020, 9:15 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/1cIXzTu1hm0

Composites like carbon fiber have become pretty commonplace in modern sports cars and supercars, but where did it come from, and how did its use become so widespread?

This short documentary aims to answer that, with a few big names weighing in on the matter.

The documentary is in Italian, though English subtitles are available.

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Video: Is There Anything Better Than an AE86 Corolla and Civic Type R Battling It Out on Track?
Posted by Colin Wood on Nov. 23, 2020, 8:21 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/9qdFB_TGc9E

Both are small, relatively lightweight cars powered (from the factory) by 1.6-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines. However, one sends its power to the rear wheels, while the other sends it to the fronts.

Which one has your money for the win–the AE86 Toyota Corolla or the Honda Civic Type R–and which one would you rather have in your driveway?

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Video: Meet Marcos Chavez, the Man That Built That Porsche-Beating Nissan Maxima
Posted by Colin Wood on Nov. 20, 2020, 7:59 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/uvRND-P32pg

Ever see that video circulating around the web about some guy beating a supposed turbocharged Porsche in a late model Nissan Maxima? (Don't worry, you'll see him in the first clip of this video.)

That man is named Marcos Chavez, a native of Chihuahua, Mexico—not Guatemala as some have speculated—and that really is his heavily modified Nissan Maxima that he regularly drag races.

Naturally, the video is in Spanish, though English subtitles are provided.

Video: What a VW VR6 Engine Looks Like After 216,000 Miles
Posted by Colin Wood on Nov. 19, 2020, 8:34 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/KpCtdDB0Qac

Most people won’t ever crack open their car’s engine. However, we aren’t most people, as we sometimes find ourselves opening up things to either find a fault or make things better.

Such is the case for this VR6 out of a VW Golf R32, which has seen 216,000 miles. What will it look like on the inside? There’s only one way to find out.

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Video: Mini Four-Wheel-Drive Racing Is Serious Competition on a Small Scale
Posted by Colin Wood on Nov. 18, 2020, 9:13 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/2ZZL5i8vOXM

Just like full-scale motorsport events, Mini Four-Wheel-Drive Racing has both accessible classes for amateurs and more professional classes for hardcore enthusiasts.

And despite the cars' small size, there are still some serious rules in place to keep it competitive.

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Video: That Time Toyota Took a Virtually Stock RAV4 Rallying
Posted by Colin Wood on Nov. 17, 2020, 8:26 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y1fZATg8quQ

Even though the Toyota RAV4 may spend most of its time navigating parking lots, that doesn’t mean it can’t hold its own on the rally stage.

See how Toyota used an almost completely stock RAV4 to show just how capable its popular CUV is both off-road and at speed.

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Video: Stephan Papadakis Explains How an EFI Fuel Pump Works
Posted by Colin Wood on Nov. 16, 2020, 8:49 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/TV6PdQ5NyZY

Stephan Papadakis, founder and owner of Papadakis Racing, is responsible for some of the most successful Formula Drift cars in recent history—the most recent being a 2020 Toyota Supra with 1000 horsepower on tap.

Here he shows how an EFI fuel pumps works, even in the most demanding situations.

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