In modern times, picking up food at a drive-thru is a typical part of life. Regardless of whether it is healthy or not, everyone does it. But, usually, sports cars are rarely seen doing so. How about a McLaren P1 GTR? Yes, a McLaren P1 GTR recently took a drive into the McDonald’s drive-thru! That’d be one heck of a surprise for anyone working there. Hopefully, someone had an interest in cars and knew what it is. Sometimes, any car will do. Just as Roman Pearce said, “we hungry”.
McLaren P1 GTR Specs
McLaren P1 GTR – Front Corner – TheTFJJ on YouTube – EuroDrift
The McLaren P1 GTR sports a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8. This motor produces a whopping 986 horsepower. From 0 to 60 mph, the GTR takes slightly under 2.8 seconds with right conditions. The top speed has a limit of 217 mph by the manufacturer. Furthermore, this car’s value is conservatively around $5 million USD. The GTR is a celebration of McLaren’s 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans victory. Regardless, this car is an amazing feat of engineering.
Cruising in Style… with Food!
$5 MILLION McLaren P1 GTR McDonald’s DRIVE THRU, DONUTS, and DRIFTING!! – TheTFJJ – YouTube
The McLaren P1 GTR speaks for itself. It is an amazing supercar that is built to win. But, sometimes people just want to cruise and grub. Cruising in GTR style with some McDonald’s doesn’t sound too terrible. Just be sure to not spill the dip for the nuggets… that might be a disaster. Otherwise, who wouldn’t hop in for the ride? Overall, the P1 GTR is definitely a vehicle that can handle the drive-thru. But, don’t worry, this video includes donuts and drifting as well!
While undergoing demo runs with the BT62, Brabham set the lap record at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama circuit. This, to the surprise of many, did not take much time. After roughly 20 minutes of testing, the record was set. At only 1:58.65, this beat the previous record set by Audi factory driver Christopher Mies of 1:59.36. But, unfortunately, this doesn’t count towards seasonal racing records. Although, it does count the BT62 as Australia’s fastest car at Bathurst. Brabham Automotive is based in the United Kingdom but founded by Australians. So, the new BT62 is actually built in Australia. Hopefully that clears up any confusion or misconceptions.
The BT62’s Specifications
The Brabham BT62 doesn’t set records for just any reason. The car is a feat of engineering from head to toe. The car sports a 5.4-liter V8 with 700 horsepower and 492 lb.-ft. of torque. This works in combo with a race-spec transmission. Furthermore, the design of the body and aerodynamics allows for over 2,645.5 lbs. in downforce. To slow it down, carbon on carbon brakes do the trick. Unfortunately, for those seeking to buy it, the price is over $1,000,000 USD and has a limit of 70 cars.
Discussion with Sam Brabham
After accomplishing the task, Sam Brabham was quite surprised by the event. The Brabham BT62 is quite an amazing vehicle. Setting a record at Bathurst isn’t an easy task. After taking it in, Sam spoke about the record:
”We were always just coming to Bathurst to do demo runs. But after our run on Thursday, we realized just how close we were, so for today [Saturday] we just went for it. We weren’t really looking for it, but it was really special to break the record.” – Sam Brabham, Son of Team Owner David Brabham
Although this was not an intention, it made for quite a spectacular day. Furthermore, Sam said:
”The reception by the fans has really been awesome. It is now the only car manufacturer here in Australia, down in South Australia, and that is something that fans love. Brabham is a great Australian brand, got great history, passion and people here.” – Sam Brabham, Son of Team Owner David Brabham
At this rate, this company may become the Australian Aston Martin. Only time will tell!
Brabham Seeking Entry in Le Mans
Brabham Automotive breaks the Lap Record at the Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst – Brabham Automotive – YouTube
After the great success with the Brabham BT62 at Bathurst, the company seeks entry into Le Mans. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a race of the crème of the crop, and this record shows that Brabham may be ready. But, only the true spirit of competition will tell the story. With so many great companies, such as Audi and Porsche, competition will be fierce. A warning to Brabham may be that most of these companies will have their eyes on this. It’ll become their goal to maintain their status and prevent a new company from reigning Le Mans. Regardless, best of luck to Brabham on entry into the 2021/2022 24 Hours of Le Mans!
For the 2019 Rolex 24 of Daytona, Porsche set a decision to go retro. This retro Porsche wears a white Brumos livery paint job. Furthermore, this paint design includes red and blue stripes. These stripes were worn by Porsche racing vehicles during the second half of the 20th century. This is a commemorative design towards their historic racing career. The retro Porsches are both 911 RSR models, with numbers “911” and “912”. Both vehicles also sport #59, the long-term number of Porsche in racing history. By using this setup, Porsche is appreciating the past with an attempt to win the Rolex 24.
Who’s Driving for Porsche?
Retro Porsche with Brumos Racing Team Livery – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The retro Porsche 911 RSR “911” and “912” already hit the track at Daytona. The question is, who was driving? Well, let’s take a look. Firstly, the “911” Porsche retro includes Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet, and Fred Mackowiecki. Secondly, the “912” Porsche also has three drivers: Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, and Mathieu Jaminet. With these drivers, Porsche was aiming to claim a 23rd victory at Daytona. And, correct, Porsche has 22 current wins at Daytona since beginning their racing career. That is quite a number of victories at one track!
Intense 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona
#911 Porsche 911 RSR – Onboard – 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona – Swagger Racing – YouTube
The retro Porsche “911” and “912” 911 RSR models were ready to go. During the event, Porsche did their best in an attempt to win. And, furthermore, this time it was with stunning classic style. Unfortunately, a BMW takes the lead and obtains the victory. Regardless, it was a good attempt by all manufacturers. We’ll see what happens next year!
On a historical note, the first time Brumos Racing Team partook in an event is also the first time Porsche raced outside of Europe. Now, Porsche races worldwide on any continent without hesitation. Although many top manufacturers did well at the Rolex 24, let’s tip a hat to Porsche. Porsche is an amazing company with top quality engineering. Good luck to Porsche at the 2020 Rolex 24 of Daytona!
2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ) – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
As always, Lamborghini is seeking to constantly improve its models for track usage. With the company’s eyes on retaking the Nürburgring crown, the Aventador SVJ is here! The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota (SVJ) is an absolute beast! From more power to a lighter weight, this car is an improvement over its predecessor. This car may not be practical for daily driving, but it is definitely practical for the track. Imagine zooming around with this power Lambo V12 engine. Wow, this car is absolutely stunning!
Lamborghini’s V12 Legacy
2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ) – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Lamborghini is known for its V12 legacy lineup. Generation to generation, the V12 is passed down to the youngest. The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota is no different. With a 6.5-liter V12, this car produces a whopping 759 horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this motor works in combo with a ISR single-clutch auto manual transmission. Moreover, the top speed is in the range of 217+ mph. This is due to the increase in power, plus a lighter flywheel, titanium intake values, and a shortened exhaust. Yes, the shorter exhaust does sound more aggressive too.
The weight difference is visible across the exterior and interior. Firstly, there is carbon fiber everywhere… truthfully, absolutely everywhere. The carbon fiber components include: engine cover, front splitter, interior door panels, monocoque, pillars, rear diffuser, rear wing, rocker cover, roof, and wing mirrors. Phew! That is quite a list of carbon. Next, there is two new technological additions. Firstly, for this, is the two-motor rear-wheel steering system. This benefits overall handling of the vehicle. Secondly, there is an active aerodynamic system, known as Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA). Finally, the car sits on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota is a track driver’s dream. With a 0-60 mph in the low 2 second range, and 759 horsepower, this is like driving a wild beast. If carbon is a pro, this has tons of it. If not, then repainting it may be necessary. But, most people understand carbon’s generic attributes. This metal is lightweight and very strong, particularly due to the weave. Hence, it’s everywhere in the racing world. In conclusion, the Aventador SVJ is the next-generation V12 recipient.
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
For the 2019 model year, Porsche is offering a pure version of the 911. The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T is just that, a pure sports car. Starting at a base MSRP of $102,100, this car isn’t cheap. For the PDK option, expect a MSRP of $105,830. But, it is probably worth it, if optimal performance is a decisionmaker. Although the manual and PDK versions perform similarly, both have pros and cons. Below, let’s take a deeper dive into these specs.
Specifications: Manual vs. PDK
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T is available with manual or PDK. Firstly, Porsche PDK, or Porsche Doppelkupplung, is a 7-speed double-clutch transmission. This way, there’s no confusion throughout the discussion. Regardless of transmission, the engine boasts a max of 370 horsepower. This allows the manual version to reach 60 mph in only 4.3 seconds. Not surprisingly, the PDK does so in only 4.0 seconds. That’s 0.3 seconds difference over a transmission.
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T – Fender Zoom – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Both models sport RWD with the rear engine layout. The top speed for manual is 182 mph while PDK only allows 180 mph. Furthermore, the manual only obtains 19 mpg vs the PDK’s 22 mpg. Overall, it comes down to PDK or manual. PDK offers 0.3 seconds faster 0-60 time and 3 mpg more. On the other hand, the manual offers 2 extra top speed mph. Truth be told, how often will that extra 2 mph make a difference? But, even more truthfully, everyone knows that 0.3 seconds to 60 mph will be daily…. Shhhhhhhh!
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
PDK is the Winner!
The new 911 Carrera T. Revival of a puristic driving concept. – Porsche – YouTube
When it comes to the 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T, the PDK option is the winner. Although a bit pricier, and 2 mph slower, it’s a better deal. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional manual. Old-school manual allows a driver to interact with a car in ways that modern drivers do not, for the most part. It builds a real connection between human and vehicle interaction. But, the paddle shifters can do the same, if used regularly. But, keep in mind, PDK can relax in auto mode in rush hour, saving the constant hassle of clutching. Overall, the Carrera T is a pure sports car for the entry sports buyer.
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T – Rear Corner with Classic – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Prince Charles – Prince of Wales – Attending Church at Sandringham – Christmas Day 2017 – Wikipedia – EuroDrift
After an accident in mid-January, Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, is recovering at home. While driving near the Sandringham Estate, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was “blinded by the light”. This led him to pull out in front of an oncoming vehicle. At 97 years of age, many question if the Prince should even be on the road. During the incident, the Range Rover rolled onto the roof, creating a disastrous scene. The Sandringham Estate is usually meant for relaxing during the Christmas holiday season. Although there were injuries in the accident, none were devastating or fatal, thankfully. Now, this situation is being called as Prince Philip’s Royal Wreck.
Viewpoint of the Victim
In Prince Philip’s Royal Wreck, there were 3 passengers in the victim’s vehicle. Emma Fairweather, the passenger of thus vehicle, unfortunately has a broken wrist. On top of this, it apparently took about 2 hours for an ambulance to assist with her injuries. While there were two adults on board, there was also a baby. Fortunately, the baby was safe in the accident and wasn’t injured. The victim is also claiming that Prince Philip nor Queen Elizabeth II have apologized for the accident. She also doubts the claim that the Prince couldn’t see due to the sun. But, she still loves and supports the royal couple. On the Prince’s side of the story, thankfully it wasn’t the Virage Volante!
A PR Disaster for the Royal Family
Prince Philip car crash: Range Rover overturns with Duke of Edinburgh at wheel – The Royal Magazine – YouTube
Prince Philip’s Royal Wreck is becoming a PR disaster for the royal family. With controversial info, this is causing a ruckus in the U.K., and worldwide. Surprisingly, Prince Philip was seen just 2 days later driving without a seatbelt… phew! Driving at his age, 97 years old, is probably not a great decision. Why not take a ride in the back of a Rolls instead? For anyone with interest, debris from this accident is actually available on eBay. In the end, this article draws no official conclusion on fault and reason but displays available information from new sources worldwide. Thankfully, no one was fatally or permanently injured in this accident.
Over the years, people with high performance braking systems, particularly on European cars, complain about brake squeal issues. One major manufacturer with this dilemma is Porsche. But, according to Porsche, brake squealing is rarely a sign of trouble. It is actually quite inevitable. The concern with Porsche brake squeal noise is not restricted to one manufacturer, but any using performance braking systems. Thankfully, Porsche uploaded a video to YouTube in which engineers explain the propensity for squealing. Even with top-of-the-line brakes, the squeal can occur due to corrosion, humidity, and/or temperature. Let’s dive a bit deeper below!
As mentioned above, Porsche brake squeal is not limited to one manufacturer, but many. Companies including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have come across this dilemma as well. Brake squeals occur when the energy of motion converts to hear in minute vibrations. From there, the heat dissipates via the braking system. This generates the beautiful nose of brake squealing.
In this event, the rotor basically acts as a speaker for the microscopic vibrations, known as stick slip. With large rotors and pads, the pad pressure distributes differently, leading to squeals at low speed. To put it simply, every material in existence is subject to vibration when acted on by a force. This creates what is commonly known as coupled frequencies. Although manufacturers test materials for friction and vibration, the squeal is typically unavoidable. But, the focus is on minimization, which Porsche is constantly working towards.
Brake Squeal is Typical for HP Brakes
Brake Squeal Explained – Porsche – YouTube
Unfortunately, brake squeal is typical for any high-performance brakes. Porsche brake squeal is no different, with considerably the crème of the crop braking systems. People buying sports cars want high horsepower and torque, but that comes with the price of the squeal. Is the squeal worth it? Yes. Is it annoying? Yes. Porsche actually adds masses to the braking system in attempt to minimize squeal. Furthermore, these systems have 4 times the stopping power necessary for the strongest Porsche motors. In conclusion, the brake squeal issue is known and manufacturers will continuously work to minimize it moving forward.
Recently, a video surfaced of a McLaren 720S off-roading on a forest trail. The Dutch-registered 720S worth $285,000 is definitely not an off-road vehicle. So, why would anyone want to drive it off-road? Well, there are quite a few daredevils out there. Bugatti driving in the mud, Lamborghinis in the snow, and now McLarens on gravel trails. But, unfortunately, the McLaren didn’t escape this treacherous journey without sacrifice. By sacrifice, this means risking damage to the vehicle. Unfortunately, there are gigantic ruts in the path, where the 720S doesn’t have clearance.
Background Specs of the 720S
The McLaren 720S off-roading is quite a sight to see. Now, let’s take a look at what positive and negatives may come from the vehicle specifically. Firstly, there is a 710 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Throttling this motor properly may prove difficult in these conditions. Secondly, carbon ceramic brakes are definitely not made for off-road use, rendering their abilities downward. But, the Carbon Fiber Monocage II is one positive aspect to help this vehicle in this scenario. Furthermore, the Proactive Chassis Control II Adaptive Suspension also attempts to support the vehicle in this time. But, unfortunately, there is no “off-road” setting in a McLaren… thankfully!
Well… That Was A Bad Idea!
Mclaren 720s offroad dirtroad better than range rover – Kênh Tin Tức Nhà và Xe – YouTube
Overall, the McLaren 720S off-roading decision was a bad idea. The vehicle didn’t escape unscathed, but this teaches people a lesson worldwide… don’t off-road a McLaren! It obviously didn’t help that it was a cloudy and rainy day. On top of this, ground clearance was a major issue. Maybe with a rally suspension, this car would do a bit better… but why? Although, this may not be as bad as the story in which a McLaren 650S was left in the middle of a PA intersection during a snowstorm. Why in the first place was this person driving it on that day!? In conclusion, let’s keep sports cars on the road, rather than the off-road trails.
In modern times, speed cameras are becoming more and more apparent in society. Although many people receive tickets from these devices, they may not know, how do speed cameras work? The purpose of a speed camera is to detect the speed of a vehicle on a roadway. This begins with choosing a proper location and setting up the equipment. Once chosen, the camera detects speed and takes digital photos of violators. Depending on the region, the camera may take pictures after a certain threshold above the limit. For instance, the speed limit may be 35 mph, but the camera may not snap unless a vehicle passes 40 mph. Depending where legal, radar detectors are for sale to detect these devices for drivers.
To answer the question, “how do speed cameras work?”, let’s begin with the devices. Speed cameras detect speed via detectors embedded in the road, or via radar signal. For the detector route, technicians must install the device. From here, the device detects the speed between two points. This is because velocity needs an initial and final point of calculation. Next, the camera will calculate the speed using a scientific equation, then determine if to snap a photo.
If the camera uses radar, the device sends a signal to the vehicle. The signal bounces off of the vehicle and returns. By calculating the gap of the signal, the camera can determine speed. Basically, the camera first sends a signal towards the vehicle. This begins the calculation. Then, the device awaits a return signal, which provides a time gap. Lastly, the time gap goes into an equation to determine speed. As mentioned above, radar detectors are available to detect these devices, allowing speeding drivers to avoid tickets. Note, speeding illegally is NOT something that EuroDrift supports!
Keep in mind, the camera itself is usually inspected every 90 days for functionality. Furthermore, the device on the ground, if in use, is tested at least once a year. This ensures optimal performance of the system, making it tougher to debate a ticket. Although some people say it is easy to win in court, that is not always the case. Either bring a lawyer, or know how to debate the topic, but there will be no tips for that in this article… sorry.
Photo Information & Security
How do we know red-light and speed cameras work? – Department of Justice and Community Safety – YouTube
After the photo is taken, it is digitally stored in an encrypted location with high security. This protects the image itself from alteration or obtainment. The images are then used in court, if necessary, to prove who is speeding. Each individual image contains a ton of info. This includes the date, time, location, direction, speed, and vehicle information. As per the vehicle info, the photo allows for determination of the color, type, make, and plate. Even in a multiple lane situation, detectors work very well. If there is more than one lane, more than one radar or ground detector is usually used. This way, there is no confusion between each individual lane. In conclusion, hopefully this articles covers the topic of “how do speed cameras work?”.
A final word of advice, don’t end up like the British tourist in Dubai who obtained $47,000 in violations within 3 hours…
Note: The featured image of the article is by Mariordo of Wikipedia.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class – Crash from 3rd Story of Parking Garage – PIGUES15 on Twitter – NBC News – EuroDrift
On Thursday, January 3, 2019, a series of unfortunate events occurred in Los Angeles, California. A driver was attempting to park a Mercedes-Benz G-Class on the 3rd story of a garage. Unfortunately, the driver hit the gas instead of the brakes. From here, chaos began to unfold right before everyone’s eyes. According to ABC7 Los Angeles, the vehicle drove through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall and plummeted to the street below. Yes, this car fell 3 stories right into the street of LA. Landing on its roof, the driver is lucky to be alive. The event took place on the 5400 block of Tujunga Avenue, near Magnolia Boulevard.
The Driver is in Stable Condition
Broken Glass Wall – Parking Garage in Los Angeles – CBS News – EuroDrift
Thankfully, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is now in stable condition. At first, it was questionable as the driver was critically injured from the fall. The last statement by Los Angeles Police Department was that the driver was “alert and talking”. LAPD has ruled out DUI, so the driver will most likely walk away with no charges. But, possibly a battle with the parking garage company and it’s insurance. As everyone knows, neither of them will want to cover the driver’s damages to the structure.
”How Could This Happen?”
Driver Survives After SUV Flies Off 3rd Story of Parking Garage, Lands Upside Down – CBS Los Angeles – YouTube
A question many people may have on mind is, “how could this happen?”. Well, incidents in parking lots occur all the time. Just as driving on the road, parking isn’t free of incidents. On a daily basis, cars are bumped about in cities worldwide. Sometimes, people mistakenly hit the wrong peddle. Unfortunately, this time, the driver didn’t have enough time to correct the issue. Sometimes, people get lucky and avoid accidents. In conclusion, although the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is most likely irreparable, the driver is okay.