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  1. Microphone is offline #Myk2016
       
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    Hey s,

    I spend an unhealthy amount of time reading Jalopnik, Autocar, AutoExpress, Pistonheads, Autoblog etc (Usually as proscratination, to avoid having to revise/do any work) and come across many interesting articles that aren't about the latest car release or motorsport events that some people may miss or not realise they're worth reading.

    So here's a place to post them and hopefully discuss them!


    Quote Originally Posted by Jalopnik
    this Mercedes-Benz 190E thatís priced so high above the competition that itís comical, but it may not be without reason. [...] This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II is a real-life, no-fooling unicorn. It is the rarest Mercedes this side of a Gullwing, except this one has four doors and you can theoretically do your grocery shopping in it. Read More Here
    I didn't even know the existence of EVO II 190Es, I know only 500 were made but still. He makes a valid point, a 700k classic car should A) Be in slightly better condition unless they're race-wounds and B) No where near enough information on it, for a 7K C-class maybe it'd be okay with that much info, but for a car 100 x the cost of one, simply not acceptable.



    Quote Originally Posted by Topgear
    Bloodhound will use disc brakes below 200mph, and perforated airbrakes to initially slow its charge. But a good old-fashioned parachute will still handle the lion's share of the stopping. [...] the very engine that powers this 542bhp V8 Jag will be used as a the fuel pump for the record car's rocket motor. Read More Here
    If anyone hasn't been following the Bloodhound SSC construction I highly recommend catching up on it, a highly entertaining and jaw-dropping feat of engineering! The fact the F-Type's V8 engine is simply only good enough as a fuel pump shows just how mammoth a task this will be.


    Quote Originally Posted by Autocar
    because there is a very small pool of car manufacturers with the resources to enter expensive top-line motor racing. The fact is, the more that commit to sports cars and other championships, the fewer there are to consider Formula 1 Read More Here
    The lack of manufacturers is indeed very worrying in F1 but the fact it's not the most discussed issue with F1 at the moment shows just how many problems the sport has. I love it so hate to accept just how many issues it has, I don't think it's anywhere near as boring as it is criticised to be but I do think that people are correct in calling out most of the other issues (Lack of manufacturers, Ecclestone's leadership, some less-exciting tracks, increasing costs, the strategy group being elitist and many more).



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    So just get Red Bull, Mercedes, Lotus, Renault, etc to plan entries for the WEC and kill the sport that way.

  3. Microphone is offline #Myk2016
       
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryzza5 »
    So just get Red Bull, Mercedes, Lotus, Renault, etc to plan entries for the WEC and kill the sport that way.
    Kill it? A financially stable sport (for those that run it) that still has a fairly huge audience around the world? That seems completely logical, thanks for your input, please, don't hesitate to give more.

    425 Million global viewers
    $500 million profit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myk »
    Kill it? A financially stable sport (for those that run it) that still has a fairly huge audience around the world? That seems completely logical, thanks for your input, please, don't hesitate to give more.

    425 Million global viewers
    $500 million profit
    It's still profitable no doubt, but losing 5% of viewers on the previous year is a serious loss. I think it's starting to get to that point where the viewers are divided, sure they may still watch but they don't enjoy it like they used to. The change in engines, and various other problems has alienated viewers I guess. They say Moto GP is the same, the change in classes and restrictions, the fact that you're basically watching the same cars with hardly any differences between them, get's boring. That's what I love about BTCC and WEC, there's a much greater variety of cars, each with their own advantages.
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  5. Camel is offline Legendary Classic
      
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    They're using a Jag V8 as a fuel pump. At least it will sound nice!

    I would have thought there would have been another way of going about it though. One that saves the extra weight of a big engine and the fuel for said big extra engine. How do fighter jets pump their fuel to the thingy?

  6. mau92 is offline Car Aficianado
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    Weren't they going to use a Cosworth F1 V8 as fuel pump? I saw that Harley posted it on his FB a time a ago

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    That's half the problem. As long as it's profitable the big wigs probably see no reason to change anything. It's way too corporate and they couldn't give a racoons backside what others think. I'd rather watch a bunch of amateurs racing Formula Ford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mau92 »
    Weren't they going to use a Cosworth F1 V8 as fuel pump? I saw that Harley posted it on his FB a time a ago
    Either the two teams didn't work together well, Cosworth couldn't find realistically contribute to finances or the parts provided simply weren't suitable for the Bloodhound as you're correct:

    2010: Cosworth providing eletronics and Fuel Pump: Cosworth Group F1 engine and electronics announced as key components in 1,000 mph SuperSonic Car | BLOODHOUND SSC

    2013: Cosworth and Bloodhound SSC's partnership has come to a close: Bloodhound and Cosworth partnership to close | BLOODHOUND SSC

    2014: Jaguar come into the picture the F-Type's V8 engine: JAGUAR SUPPORTS BLOODHOUND SSC RECORD BID | BLOODHOUND SSC

    How weird Either way, glad they stuck with british engineering.

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  9. calster17 is offline Resident rubbish car fan.
     
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    Interesting articles?

    There is what you guys would call interesting & what I'd call interesting...

    Such as this Ogel SX1000 having been found for sale last week. Whats an 'Ogel'? It was a car based on the original mini. And very few were made.

    eBay find of the Week: Ogel SX1000
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  10. Microphone is offline #Myk2016
       
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    I've seen pushchairs for babies with bigger rims than that thing

    Never heard of Ogle before, so the obligatory Google 'DID YOU MEAN OPEL!?' came up haha.

    The founder of the company, David Ogle, was killed in a crash in one of those SX1000s Not exactly a flying endorsement to purchase one.

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  12. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
     
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    A Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is on sale for €3million (£1.9million) if anyone is interested?

    lamborghini sesto elemento for sale
    I'm a bit mental.

  13. CLR-GTR is offline Bunchie farmer
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    Just to point at that 190 EVO II, they rarily get over 90K. Super-excellent would be 90-100K maybe but that would almost have to be a sub-500 km mileage car in beyond perfect condition. Most of the well-kept yet driven ones are around 80K. Anything over 100K should be a perfect preserved, maintained actual 190 DTM car driven by a famous driver and collecting a lot of prizes.

    That pricetag of 700K is only understandable if it's in Zimbabwe currency (no offence, but they're the country with X-million dollar bills).

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    Eeek! That's going to cost a bit to put right.

    I'm so upset i can't even think of anything witty to say
    I'm a bit mental.

  15. Camel is offline Legendary Classic
      
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    Way to go off-topic. That's not interesting, it's just plain upsetting.

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    If the car is worth as much as they say I'm sure it will be repaired, even if they have to pay someone to learn how to create those panels by hand.

  17. Microphone is offline #Myk2016
       
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    That seems to be about 10 mins away from me, right by Manchester Airport.

    Awful thing to see, but it shouldn't be a write off you're right.

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    I Just Lost $25,500 On My Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 And I Couldnt Be Happier

    Really cool read over on Jalopnik from Tavarish.

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    Uh oh.... VW have made a boo boo. They've supposedly been cheating their way around US emissions tests:

    Volkswagen to recall 500,000 pollution-hiding cars in US - BBC News

    This could be rather bad for the company if the US government wants to make an example out of them etc.

    Would not surprise me if this is the first to be caught, and many other car company's skeletons regarding emissions will start to fall out of the cupboard too.

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  20. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myk »
    I Just Lost $25,500 On My Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 And I Couldnt Be Happier

    Really cool read over on Jalopnik from Tavarish.
    I have always been a big fan of the VR-4 cars by Mitsubishi. My mates dad owned one, he owned a couple of pubs and was always in something fast but could eat up the motorway miles. The 3000 though he bought just because he loved it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Myk »
    Uh oh.... VW have made a boo boo. They've supposedly been cheating their way around US emissions tests:

    Volkswagen to recall 500,000 pollution-hiding cars in US - BBC News
    That is damn sneaky indeed, they deserve to be taken head-on if true and of course it would not surprise me in the slightest to find out others are doing it too.
    I'm a bit mental.


 
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