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McLaren Senna GTR Concept: The Next Ultimate Series Model

McLaren Senna GTR Concept: The Next Ultimate Series Model

The Third Ultimate Series Model for McLaren

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

McLaren, previously known for the F1 GTR and P1 GTR, is currently working on a concept dubbed the Senna GTR. The McLaren Senna GTR Concept will be the third ultimate series model, completing a trio. Obviously, the first vehicle of the series is the McLaren F1 GTR. Secondly, there is the McLaren P1 GTR. Now, there will be the McLaren Senna GTR. The Senna GTR will provide the “purest connection between car and driver” according to the McLaren website. Supposedly, it will also be the “most track focused McLaren yet.”

McLaren F1 GTR & P1 GTR

McLaren F1 GTR - Side - 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed - User PSParrot - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

McLaren F1 GTR – Side – 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed – User PSParrot – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Now, it is only right to discuss the McLaren Senna GTR Concept predecessors. Firstly, there is the McLaren F1 GTR. This vehicle is famous for its victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans event. It beat the competition with less power, and no expectation to come out on top. With a BMW 6.1-liter V12 engine, this car took the lead. This motor boasts 592 horsepower, which was plenty to win. Overall, the McLaren F1 itself is a legendary car, let alone the more sophisticated GTR version. The McLaren F1 GTR was the first in the ultimate series lineup.

McLaren P1 GTR - Front Corner - 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed - User Matthew Lamb - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

McLaren P1 GTR – Front Corner – 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed – User Matthew Lamb – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The next predecessor to the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is the McLaren P1 GTR. This vehicle is very recent, being only a few years past production. Yet, it still is one heck of a supercar. The P1 GTR was built to celebrate the F1 GTR victory from 1995. Except, this time, the car boasts 986 horsepower, almost double of the F1 GTR. The power arrives from the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8. Those specs alone show the difference in the power of cars in the last 20 years. This power allows the P1 GTR to reach 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds with a limited top speed of 217 mph.

Breakdown of Senna GTR Concept

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Lastly, it is time to go over the focus of this article, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept. Under the hood, the Senna GTR sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 814 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. This may be less than the P1 GTR, but it will be faster around the track, which is more important. Also, noteworthy, the Senna GTR is slightly more powerful than the street-legal Senna. And yes, the Senna GTR is a track-only car. The Senna GTR made its debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Finally, the Senna GTR is said to be the quickest McLaren lap time outside of Formula 1.

Expectations High for the Senna GTR

The Fastest Selling McLaren Ever! NEW McLaren Senna GTR – Mr JWW – YouTube

Overall, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is quite a beastly vehicle. Built for the track, this car will be the best McLaren performing vehicle to date. And, truth be told, it is just the beginning. McLaren will be continually working to battle competitors in the supercar realm. First, there was the F1 GTR, then the P1 GTR. Now, it will be the Senna GTR. From there, who knows what is next… well, maybe the CEO and design team at McLaren. Otherwise, nobody knows. In conclusion, the Senna GTR is an amazing car that will stun people for years to come.

McLaren Senna GTR Concept - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren Senna GTR Concept – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Note: The pictures of the McLaren Senna GTR Concept are the property of the McLaren manufacturer.

How Do Electronic Parking Brakes Work?

How Do Electronic Parking Brakes Work?

Basics of the Braking System

To understand how manual and electronic parking brakes work, let’s consider the brakes on a bicycle. When a manual brake is engaged, it pulls on cables that run to the rear brakes. The tension on these cables causes the brake pads to squeeze and stop the wheel.

You can easily see this by squeezing the handbrake on your bike.

On cars, manual parking brakes do the same thing as the brakes on a bicycle. The braking cables on the car run to the brake pads, or shoes, which squeeze against discs or drums. The wheel is then held firm.

The manual brake lever is held in place, keeping the tension on the cables until released.

Electronic parking brakes work the same way except an electronic system replaces the mechanical system. When you want to engage the parking brake, you press a switch. The switch sends an electrical signal to motors on each brake caliper. Those motors then squeeze the pads into the disc.

The electronic parking brake stays engaged until another signal tells the motors to release the pressure. In modern cars, this happens automatically when you start the car and drive off.

Which Cars Have Electronic Parking Brakes?

Mercedes-Benz W221 Start Button - Interior of Vehicle - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift
Mercedes-Benz W221 Start Button – Interior of Vehicle – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

One of the first manufacturers to use electronic parking brakes was BMW. The BMW 7-Series and other models have moved to the more modern technology. Other European models have also made the switch from manual. Jaguar, Renault, Volkswagen, and Audi are just a few examples.

The Bad with the Good

What Happens If You Pull An Electronic Parking Brake While Driving? – Cleetus McFarland – YouTube

Electronic parking brakes do have their drawbacks. Without a diagnostic laptop, you cannot remove and change the pads. This means DIY home mechanics are probably out of luck. Instead of a quick trip to the local auto store, the cars with electronic parking brakes will need to visit a professional for replacement.

I’m also reminded of a time when my brakes failed, and I was able to navigate safely using my manual parking brake. Electronic brakes won’t allow for partial braking. It’s all or nothing. So there is that. (Note: It is best to avoid using the parking brake for full stopping, just for reference.)

Yet, as cars rely more and more on computers and electronics, it looks like the electronic parking brake is what we can expect on future models.

Audi RS5 Tests Mario Kart Banana Theory

Audi RS5 Tests Mario Kart Banana Theory

Fond Memories of Mario Kart Bananas

Worldwide, most gamers have knowledge about the infamous banana peel in Mario Kart. Although the banana attack could be quite devastating to others in the game, nobody tested it in the real world… at least until now. In August of 2018, the YouTube channel TheHoonigans went ahead and put the theory to the test. Instead of using a go-cart, the team uses a beautiful Audi RS5 coupe. To make it even more unique, the car has the well debated Sonoma Green Audi paintjob. The real question is… will the banana cause the RS5 to crash? Well, time to find out!

The Sonoma Green B9 Audi RS5

B9 Audi RS5 - Front Corner - Alexandre Prevot - Flickr - EuroDrift

B9 Audi RS5 – Front Corner – Alexandre Prevot – Flickr – EuroDrift

First, let’s take a moment to discuss the stunning Sonoma green B9 Audi RS5. With a MSRP of $70,875, this car sports a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. This engine produces 444 horsepower and 4443 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this motor works in combo with an 8-speed auto transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the RS5 takes only 3.9 seconds. Furthermore, the RS5 can complete a quarter mile in only 12.4 seconds. Lastly, the top speed is 155 mph to 174 mph depending on the governor settings. But, if an aftermarket tune is purchased, that number will be left behind.

The Origins of the Banana Theory

Nintendo 64 Longplay [002] Mario Kart 64 – World of Longplays – YouTube

In the year of 1992, Nintendo began the now worldwide famous Mario Kart series. The first game, Super Mario Kart, was available on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Not surprisingly, this game is the 4th best-selling SNES video game in the world with almost 9 million units sold. With the Mario Kart game, came the ability to “attack” opponents to slow them down. And no, this doesn’t mean shooting each other with rifles like Call of Duty. This means using attacks such as banana peels and turtle shells. The banana peel was an attack that is left behind by a person up front, or behind, for someone to hit during the current or future lap. Leaving behind a banana even left the opportunity for the peel dropper to run into it themselves. Lastly, just for note, the video above is gameplay from Mario Kart 64, the second video game in the overall series.

And The Results Are In!

Will Banana Peels Make a Car Spin Out?? Mario Kart IRL! – TheHoonigans – YouTube

Well, the results are here! With a ton of banana peels on the track, the Audi RS5 slid slightly more through the turn. But, the slide is nowhere near the level of Mario Kart. This theory could really be tested by simply using a RWD car, such as a BMW M4. With Quattro, the RS5 is basically cheating as it is specifically programmed to maneuver power between wheels to regain control as quickly as possible. Even with stability and traction off, the RS5’s AWD setup would simply benefit the car so. So, next time this is done, whoever it may be, please ensure a RWD car does the job. Although the RS5 is an amazing car, it doesn’t optimize the chances of confirming the Mario Kart banana theory.

Credit for Featured Image: BagoGames (Flickr)

 

How to Change Car Tires 101

How to Change Car Tires 101

“Everyone Who Drives Should Know How to Change Tires”

As my dad used to say, “everyone who drives should know how to change car tires.” Even though many people have some form of Roadside Assistance (such as BMW Subscription Service in Nashville), what happens if you don’t have a cell phone signal? Or, they can’t get there in a reasonable amount of time? What if you forgot to pay the renewal fee?

Head knowledge is good. Practice is even better. So, grab your tools and head out to your car. Someday you may be glad you did.

How to Change Car Tires in 10 Easy Steps

We already hinted at Step #1. Gather your tools.

  • Spare Tire
  • Jack
  • Lug Wrench (we recommend a four-way)
  • Wheel Wedges
  • Flashlight (for nighttime flats)

Safety Note:  Move away from traffic as far as possible. Turn on your hazard lights and try to park on a flat paved surface. If you cannot change the tire safely, wait for help.

Steps 2-10: Changing the Flat

How to Change Car Tires 101 - Lifting Vehicle Safely - Pixabay - EuroDrift
How to Change Car Tires 101 – Lifting Vehicle Safely – Pixabay – EuroDrift

2. Place the wedges behind the tires on the side of the car that is opposite of the flat.

3. Loosen your lug nuts with the lug wrench but don’t remove them. You may need to pry off the hubcap.

4. Put the jack under the frame of the car (look for solid metal near the flat) and raise the car approximately 6 inches off the ground.

5. Remove all the lug nuts (don’t lose them!) in a criss-cross pattern, rather than clockwise or counter-clockwise.

6. Swap your spare for the flat tire.

7. Replace the lug nuts in a criss-cross pattern and snug them up using your hand only. Do not tighten them with the lug wrench!

8. Lower the jack until the spare is on the ground and remove the jack.

9. Tighten half of the lug nuts with the wrench. Tighten one, skip one, tighten the next, and so on until all of them are secure.

10. Drive to the nearest repair shop or home if it’s close. This is especially important if you have one of those small temporary spares. They are designed to get you to help, not for driving long distances.

A Word About Your Spare Tire

How to Change a Car Tire – HowtoBasic – YouTube

You need a spare in good condition and one that’s properly inflated. Each time you have your oil changed, make a point of checking your spare tire. You may also want to print out a copy of How to Change Car Tires 101 and put it with your car manual or jack.

You may find yourself glad that you did.

Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017

Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017

A Celebration of Exotic Motorsports

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C & 2017 Ford GT - Front - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift
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In October of 2017, Fabspeed held an open house and exotic car meet event in eastern PA. The Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 was quite the success. Starting in the morning, vehicles of all types rolled into the event, ranging from BMWs to even a 2017 Ford GT. Fabspeed is an exotic car performance specialist company in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Here, Fabspeed offers aftermarket parts for high-end exotic cars, including Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, and more. While the car meet took place outside, Fabspeed held an open house at the same time, allowing enthusiasts to venture through the 26,000 square foot facility. In this building, Fabspeed contains a manufacturing facility as well as a showroom. Portions of the yearly event include food, live dyno runs, and tech talks.

Breakdown of Exotic Vehicles in Attendance

Porsche 911 Classics - Front Corners - Row of 3 - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 Classics – Front Corners – Row of 3 – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

At the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017, Porsche enthusiasts were in full force. With a large amount of the parking lot full of Porsche sports cars, many other manufacturers still made a presence. The car with the most attention was a 2017 Ford GT. Although this car is not a European vehicle, it is quite the spectacle. Inside out, the Ford GT shines “bright like a diamond”. Furthermore, a McLaren 650S Liberty Walk welcomed guests at the front, being the only one in existence. At first, the car threw us off as it reminded us of the P1. So, we initially thought we were looking at one… that was until we were informed it was a modded 650S. Regardless, this car provides quite the welcome. Finally, EuroPrestige Motors was kind enough to bring out an Alfa Romeo 4C. This car is rarely seen stateside, mostly due to Alfa’s lack of marketing the 4C in the United States.

McLaren 650S - Liberty Walk - Front Corner - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

McLaren 650S – Liberty Walk – Front Corner – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

On the Porsche side, the vehicles ranged from a custom Cayman S to 911 classics to GT3 models. Many Porsche 911 GT3s graced the parking lot, including the additional one on the dyno. Furthermore, in support of McLaren, a MP4-12C Spider made an appearance as well. Guests were event fortunate enough to witness a Lotus Seven, not a typical vehicle at most car meets. There are a few other vehicles to mention, but that will be in the next section.

McLaren MP4-12C Spider - Front with Doors Open - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

McLaren MP4-12C Spider – Front with Doors Open – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

Dealership Appearances at Event

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Rear - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Rear – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

To no surprise, two dealers brought a few beautiful vehicles to the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017. First, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington was kind enough to bring over a SLS AMG. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a beautiful car that was quite stunning at the meet. Second, West German BMW was kind enough to provide a M4 GTS and E30 M3. The BMW M4 GTS can be seen in the video by EuroDrift below. This car has quite a few exhaust options, ranging from quiet to roaring loud.

2016 BMW M4 GTS: Revving Exhaust Sound – Different Sound Modes – EuroDrift – YouTube

A Porsche 911 GT3 Roars on the Dyno

Porsche 911 GT3 - Front Corner on Dyno - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

Porsche 911 GT3 – Front Corner on Dyno – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

During the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017, Fabspeed was kind enough to put a Porsche 911 GT3 on the dyno. This car had a Fabspeed long tube competition race header package… and phew, it was loud! Roaring on the dyno, the epic sound echoed through the facility, bothering ear drums throughout. The best way to see this was with ear plugs, as without, it actually kind of hurt. Driving a car this loud down the road would attract a lot of attention, and possibly the bad kind. Whether this car’s sound is road legal, doesn’t mean it was bad. The car sounds fantastic, like the GT3 beast it is.

Porsche 911 GT3: Dyno Testing at Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift – YouTube

Farewell to a Fantastic Day at Fabspeed

2017 Ford GT - Side in Motion - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

2017 Ford GT – Side in Motion – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

Although the Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 is almost a year past, that means there may be an upcoming event in one month (October 2018). So, there’s no reason to be upset. Considering the outcome of the previous event, the next one can only be better. With a large amount of auto enthusiasts in southeastern PA, the cars don’t disappoint. And, absolutely, EuroDrift would love to attend another Fabspeed event. Fabspeed offers high quality engineering for high-end exotic vehicles, making the meets quite unique. Witnessing these cars in person is well worth the venture here from areas around the mid-state area.

2017 Ford GT - Rear - Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 - EuroDrift

2017 Ford GT – Rear – Fabspeed Open House & Exotic Car Meet 2017 – EuroDrift

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Porsche Taycan EV Specs Include 600+ Horsepower

Porsche Taycan EV Specs Include 600+ Horsepower

The Taycan Numbers Are In!

Finally, Porsche has released specs for the all-new Taycan EV vehicle, previously the Mission E. The Porsche Taycan EV specs are quite impressive. But, first the pronunciation of the name needs to be made clear. Porsche pronounces “Taycan” as “TIE-con”. Yes, it sounds like you are going to a comic con knock-off for ties. Regardless, this car is a beastly EV. To make up for the name, simply refer to the stats below!

Specification Estimates by Porsche

Porsche Mission E - Side with Open Doors - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Side with Open Doors – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

The Porsche Taycan EV specs are not exact but are simply expected ballpark numbers. The Porsche Taycan EV sports two permanently excited synchronous motors. These electric motors produce over 600 horsepower. This allows the Taycan to hit 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds with AWD. Furthermore, 124 mph will take around 12 seconds… phew! Lastly, the Taycan will contain a 800 volt battery. This battery will allow the Taycan to complete trips of over 300 miles per charge. Furthermore, a specific charger type will charge for 250 miles in as little as 15 minutes.

A Partnership for an EV Future

Mark Webber drives the Mission E at Porsche’s test track in Weissach. – Porsche – YouTube

With 300 miles per full charge, the Taycan will be capable of completing long distance road trips. But, many people worry about charging stations. Availability was a debate of the past, but not for long. BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, & VW intend to build 400 fast-charging locations by 2020. The goal of this is to ensure charging stations are every 100 miles or so, at least in Europe. Regardless, this will heavily resolve many worries about charging EVs. With this leap in tech, EVs will be able to become a much worthier competitor. In conclusion, the Porsche Taycan EV specs are impressive and it is expected to have production info later in 2018.

Porsche Mission E - Rear Corner - IAA 2015 - Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E – Rear Corner – IAA 2015 – Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Ford Can’t Compete with European Manufacturers

Ford Can’t Compete with European Manufacturers

Ford vs. European Manufacturers

In 2018, Ford decided to stop manufacturing sedans such as the Focus and Fusion. Some may believe this is for a grander plan. Others may think it is a publicity stunt. The truth is, Ford’s passenger vehicle sales have dropped for the most part in 2018. A major reason for this is lack of competition with the European saloon market. With competition from Europe and Asia, Ford was unable to increase sales, declining instead. For now, the U.S. manufacturer will focus on selling the F150 and Mustang.

European Manufacturer Sales in June 2018

BMW M5 F10 - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

BMW M5 F10 – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In June alone, European auto makers have sold over 100,000 vehicles. BMW is at the top of the list while Smart barely gains any traction. Surprisingly, Audi falls drastically behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz sales. As per Alfa Romeo and Mini, their sales figures are in the expected realm. For June 2018, these are the sale figures by manufacturer:

  1. BMW: 29,404
  2. Mercedes-Benz: 28,999
  3. VW Division: 28,941
  4. Audi: 19,471
  5. Porsche: 4,892
  6. Mini: 4,146
  7. Alfa Romeo: 2,249
  8. Fiat: 1,426
  9. Smart USA: 126

As can be seen, the sales start to dwindle after VW and hit a rock bottom at Smart. Alfa Romeo and Fiat, both subsidiaries of Chrysler, need more sales. Sadly, Alfa Romeo is no longer producing the 4C for the U.S. market.

Will Ford Ever Compete with Europe Again?

RIP Cars: Ford Kills These Five Cars – Is This The End of Ford Cars in America? – The Fast Lane Car – YouTube

Whether a possibility, or lost forever, will Ford ever manufacturer sedans again? The truth is, nobody knows for sure, except maybe the administration of the company. With falling U.S. sales, the manufacturer made a tough decision to exit its own country’s saloon sales market. This couldn’t have been an easy step for the decision makers of the company. But, in the end, the European manufacturers are still there with their modern, top notch automobiles. Unless, President Trump decides to start a tariff war with European auto manufacturers. Then, it won’t only damage Europe’s sales, but also strike back at U.S. manufacturers.

Reference for Statistics: https://www.statista.com/statistics/243596/vehlce-sales-of-european-car-brands-in-the-united-states/

Breakdown of the Ferrari Testarossa: A Famed Spectacle

Breakdown of the Ferrari Testarossa: A Famed Spectacle

The 1984 to 1991 Ferrari Testarossa Sports Car

The Ferrari Testarossa is a famed spectacle of a sports car that was produced from 1984 to 1991 in Maranello, Italy. In Maranello, 7,177 models were produced by the manufacturer. The Testarossa is a 2-door, rear mid-engine sports car. As with most Ferraris, the Testarossa sports a rear-wheel drivetrain in combination with a 5-speed manual transmission. Although the Testarossa isn’t as famous as the F40 or F50, this is still a spectacular sports car.

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

The Ferrari Testarossa’s name pays homage to the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. The 250 Testa Rossa was the World Sportscar Champion during its era. In Italian, “Testa Rossa” stands for “Red Head”. The purpose of this lingo is in relation to the red cam covers on the F12 engine. In modern times, some may believe this is disrespectful, but it’s not meant to be – so don’t take it that way.

4.9-Liter Tipo F113 F12 Engine

The Ferrari Testarossa sports a 4.9-liter Tipo F113 F12 engine that produces 390 horsepower and 361 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Testarossa to hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and 100 mph in 11.4 seconds. The Testarossa can complete a quarter mile in 13.5 seconds. The vehicle weights about 3,766 lbs. and has a top speed of 180 mph. Although these numbers compare to a typical passenger sports coupe in modern times (i.e. BMW M3), these figures were competitive in the 80s and 90s. This car produces a beastly sound from its flat 12 engine that can satisfy anyone’s ears audibly.

The Ferrari Testarossa Sells for $100k to $200k in 2018

Overall, the Ferrari Testarossa is a legendary sports car in Ferrari’s lineup. From it’s unique styling to its powerful flat 12 engine, this car is beautiful. Today, the Ferrari Testarossa is for sale between $100,000 and $200,000 depending on the vehicle, mileage, and other aspects. This car is a dream collectible vehicle for any sports car enthusiast. In conclusion, the Ferrari Testarossa is an amazing feat of engineering from the 80s and 90s.

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents: Reason for Modern Warning System

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents: Reason for Modern Warning System

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents

In early November 2017, the Nürburgring Nordschleife fell witness to an epic accident between many vehicles. While cruising around the track, one driver witnesses an accident occur in front of them. Due to this, he pulls over on the side of the road to offer assistance. By flagging down passing vehicles, he hopes to diminish the risk of additional collisions and injuries. Unfortunately, other drivers were plowing through the turn and many of them ended up colliding with the cars already there. These Nürburgring Nordschleife accidents act as an alert that modern safety measures are necessary at this track.

Nürburgring Driving Regulations

First, to analyze the Nürburgring’s driving regulations, we will take a look at Section 2.4. This section states “The entire Nürburgring, including the hard shoulders, is an absolute no-stopping zone. Vehicles with technical defects are exempted from this rule. Turning back and reversing is also banned on the Nürburgring.” From this statement, stopping is against the rules, unless there are technical defects. But, in reality, this initial accident would’ve probably led to additional accidents regardless. The placement of the damaged vehicles on the track would limit the ability of many other drivers to pass safely.

Who’s To Blame?

So, many may rise the question, why did this man stop? Is he to blame for the additional collisions? In my view, he did the right thing. The current Nürburgring system requires a driver to call a phone number to report collisions. As you can tell, any response by those on the line would not have made it in time to provide proper warning to other drivers. Let alone the fact the track is quite long at 12.9 miles leading to longer response times. This driver made a decisive move to attempt to warn other drivers of the collision risk ahead.

Audis, BMWs, Porsches, and More Collide in Recent Event

In this accident, car after car fly by the cameraman colliding with the vehicles ahead. Audis, BMWs, Porsches, and more were involved in this major chain accident. At one point, an Audi TT can be seen slamming into a BMW that is parked on the side of the track. Even the guy filming had his car join in on this collision when a Porsche spins out and slams right into it. The most important thing in this event is that everyone is not severely injured. Human life is much more important than any of those cars as a car is replaceable, a life isn’t.

Modern Warning System Options

From this catastrophe, concerns about Nürburgring’s handling of accidents comes into play. If Nürburgring were to implement a modern warning system, drivers around the track could be alerted to the danger ahead. This could be handled through audible or visual alarms. An audible alarm could be a siren that blares warning drivers of a collision around the track. A visual alarm could be a light system that is green when safe, yellow when caution is necessary, and red when there is an accident.

Sequence of Collisions on Nürburgring are Avoidable


Overall, the sequence of collisions that occurred on Nürburgring Nordschleife were and are avoidable. Although the track has a set of regulations for drivers to follow to minimize accidents, it is time for a modern warning system. Whether the Nürburgring Nordschleife puts up lights or sirens, either would be beneficial to safety. Although, there is the fact they may never implement a more advanced safety system. In the end, driver safety is the highest requirement at a track and improving safety should be a top priority for this track.

McLaren F1 Supercar: A Legendary Race Car

McLaren F1 Supercar: A Legendary Race Car

The McLaren F1 Hit the Market in 1994 at $815,000

In 1994, the McLaren F1 supercar hit the market at a price of $815,000. With a truly revolutionary design, the F1 became legendary. Throughout the years, the McLaren F1 has won countless racing events and shone above the competition, even in modern times. The McLaren F1 differed from competition from its central driving position to its unique suspension system. These combined with an amazing engine led to prosperity in the racing realm.

6.1-Liter V12 Engine Designed by BMW Motorsports

The McLaren F1 sports a 6.1-liter V12 engine designed by BMW Motorsports. This V12 provides the F1 with 627 horsepower at 7400 rpm and 479 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. In 3.2 seconds, the F1 can hit 60 mph. Surprisingly, the F1 can hit 100 mph in 6.3 seconds, 150 mph in 12.8 seconds, and 200 mph in 28 seconds. On the quarter mile, the F1 hits 138 mph in 11.1 seconds. The F1 also has a lower rpm redline than other racecars at 7500 rpm.

Central Driving Position, Dimensions, & Unique Suspension

McLaren F1 LM - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

McLaren F1 LM – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

As expected, the McLaren F1 boasts a handful of special features. The first is a central driving position rather than left-side or right-side control. This perception zone provides the driver with more control as they sit closer to the front of the vehicle and better visibility. The second feature is the dimensions of the vehicle which are engineered for optimal racing abilities. The third feature is a unique suspension system that provides the car with amazing handling on the track. With this suspension, the F1 has a drag coefficient of 0.32.

19.3 MPG at Highway Speeds/9 MPH at Racing Speeds

At only 2579 pounds, the McLaren F1 is a lightweight race car. Surprisingly, the F1 gets 19.3 mph at highway speeds. Unsurprisingly, that number drops to 9 mpg under racing conditions. Although, most people will probably avoid driving this car on the road. Lastly, the steering system can do 2.8 turns from lock-to-lock. The combination of the above features makes this car legendary on the track.

Modern Pricing around $15 Million USD


Overall, the McLaren F1 is a truly legendary supercar. From its V12 motor to its unique suspension, the F1 stands out from the competition. Previously worth $815,000, don’t expect to find one for less than $15 million in great condition. Recently, a F1 sold for slightly over $15 million in great condition with low mileage. In the end, the McLaren F1 is a collector’s dream car and will be a rare spectacle to see in today’s day and age.

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