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Video: A Swedish Take on a JDM-Influenced C4 Corvette
Posted by Colin Wood on July 2, 2020, 9:19 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/GAX9U5Wi_1E

Sweden may be the country associated with churning out safe and sensible Volvos, but it's also the home to the speed freaks at Koenigsegg and this outlandish "JDM-inspired" C4 Corvette.

A big wing, a set of big flares and a big personality is what sets this Corvette apart from most on the road. As soon as things clear up, maybe it would be worth checking out the Scandinavian car scene in person.

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Video: How to Drive the Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park Like a Pro
Posted by Chris Tropea on June 30, 2020, 3:10 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/CrwEVP4jo8c

The Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park, more commonly known as The FIRM, is the official test track of Grassroots Motorsports magazine. Want to learn how to drive it like a pro? Let our own J.G. Pasterjak talk you through the course in our 2001 Porsche 986 Boxster S project car.

Have you been to The FIRM yet? What's your favorite part of the track?

 

Presented by CRC industries.

 

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Video: In Thailand, Riverboats Are the Drag Racing Weapon of Choice
Posted by Colin Wood on June 29, 2020, 3 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/HO-NdLWCgec

The need for speed is a universal concept that translates well into virtually any dialect. A great example are the men and women of Thailand who build turbocharged riverboats for drag racing.

You read that correctly: turbocharged riverboats.

We don't really consider ourselves boat people, but this video is giving us ideas.

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Video: How Should BimmerWorld Build Their BMW 318ti?
Posted by David S. Wallens on June 26, 2020, 4:18 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/OQwmrW2xUH8

Time to play armchair project car manager. The BimmerWorld crew just picked up a BMW 318ti, and now they’re asking what to do with it: V8 power? S50/S52 inline-six? Did someone really suggest a diesel? 

You know how this works: Comment away. 

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Video: Meet the Robertson Screw, Canada’s Take on the Common Fastener
Posted by Colin Wood on June 26, 2020, 10:02 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/R-mDqKtivuI

It's easy to take the screw for granted, as most of our projects are tacked together with various versions of these small fasteners.

Philips and slotted screws are most prevalent, but what about the Robertson head? Our Canadian audience may be familiar with it, but if you live elsewhere (like us), you may have never heard of this square-drive screw.

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Video: The Importance of Recording and Interpreting Data With AEM Electronics
Posted by Staff Writer on June 24, 2020, 2:20 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/GnqZ0U63lSY

Sponsored video presented by AEM Performance Electronics.

 

Understanding data can be just as useful as driver skill when it comes to competitiveness, no matter the discipline. Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg sat down with the performance experts AEM Electronics to discuss the best modules for recording easy-to-interpret data that can help ensure peak performance on the track.

Video: Have You Ever Watched a Mixed Martial Arts Race?
Posted by Colin Wood on June 24, 2020, 11 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/rDJZjdKai24

What's going on here? From what we can tell, it's an oval race between two sportbike racers, two motocross racers, and one flat-track racer. Maybe a (rough) translation of the title and description will help:

First Mixed Martial Arts Race (Oval Super Battle in Kawaguchi 2015)

Oval Super Battle in Kawaguchi 2015 Aoki Brothers Oval first showdown! Haruka Aoki (Auto Race) VS Nobuatsu Aoki (JSB) VS Yasushi Matsumoto (Motard) and 2 other cars. 2015.12.13 First Mixed Martial Arts Race held at Kawaguchi Auto Race Track.

That probably didn't clear up too much, but we do like the sound of "Mixed Martial Arts Race." Before you watch, who do you think will win?

 

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Video: The Jade Warrior May Have Been the Most Extreme Way to Run the Quarter-Mile
Posted by Colin Wood on June 24, 2020, 8:19 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/zeoJj8qJ7Bs

The Jade Warrior was a drag bike (if you can even call it a bike) built by British motorcycle racer Angus MacPhail. Unlike most motorcycles, this one could only be piloted by laying prone.

A supercharged Ford-Cosworth inline-four reportedly produced more than 400 horsepower, enough for an eight-second quarter-mile. (Wear your helmet, kids.)

Sadly, coronavirus claimed McPhail in April. 

Video: How to Shift an 18-Speed Transmission
Posted by Colin Wood on June 23, 2020, 10:48 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/8mBgrsS5rDU

Most modern passenger cars and trucks can come with anything from five- to 10-speed transmissions. Semi-trucks, on the other hand, are often equipped with 18-speed transmissions–like the one on this 2007 Peterbilt 379.

Sure, transmissions in semi-trucks function a little differently from ones found in passenger cars and trucks, but it's still pretty impressive to say you know how to shift a manual transmission with 18 gears.

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Video: Meet Racing Legend Wendell Scott
Posted by David S. Wallens on June 19, 2020, 1:53 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/dnQJwgwK1vA

Meet Wendell Scott: WWII vet, bootlegger and NASCAR legend.

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