March 6, 2014
Axis of Oversteer does not discriminate just because you only ride on two wheels.
OK, we got pretty pissed at the Nürburgring when bikers would fly on the straights and then park it so much in the turns that even our measly Scirocco would get checked up. As Ken Code from the California Superbike School says, anyone can do straights , it's the turns where you see what you're made of, and that goes for everyone, regardless of how many wheels you have.
Seems like everyone is a driving coach these days but there are not tons of bike coaches so, if you do ride, give this a look.
Fast forward to 2014 and Williams has come out of winter testing as a surprise top team and today is confirming the long rumored sponsorship by Martini. For Felipe the chance at a #1 drive and what is possibly the second most iconic livery in racing after Ferrari red.
March 5, 2014
Biposto, means two seater and that means two carbon fiber shells and a stripped out rear. It comes with a lot of go-fast goodies: fully adjustable shocks and suspension, mechanical limited slip differential, Ackrapovic exhaust, a titanium roll bar, 4 point harnesses, a data logger, and oversized Brembos . Fixed windows with sliding poly slits and other assorted weight reduction cut about 300 lbs off the base Abarth while power is up 30 to 190hp allowing for a sub 6 second 0-62.
But what really sets the 695 biposto apart, and will make it a bit of a collector piece is the unusual gearbox: it comes standard with a non synchronized 5 speed "dog box", probably the only road legal, factory car in the world to do so in the 21st century!
Curiously, the original Cinquecento had a non synchronized gearbox meaning generations of Italians have double clutching embedded in their DNA. In a track situation, a non syncro "dog box" allows for super fast, clutch less shifts and so the Abarth 695 biposto should become the hero for all those who champion manuals, because real men don't need syncros!
March 4, 2014
Uber carparazzo Marchettino, king of the car spotter scene, managed to film a La Ferrari and an Enzo trading revs...inside a tunnel!
This was in Monaco so it's likely the same laFerrari we photographed there recently. Thing is, this REALLY needs the TaxTheRich treatment to make Axis happy.
but enjoy the tease.
March 3, 2014
Our man in Monaco came a cross this odd racer with an eight cylinder radial engine mounted behind the driver. From the color one could venture it might be French and one would guess overheating issues with it must be just shy of Red Bull RB10 levels.
The only other "widely" know radial engined race car was the 16 cylinder 1935 Monaco Trossi, which, while fast in a straight line had the interesting tendency of not wanting to turn at the end of straights. Putting the engine in the middle would solve the polar moment bit and laying it flat certainly lowered the center of gravity...
I'm sure one of you out there knows the whole story
March 2, 2014
Yeah,.. not great, an early spin then 70ish laps, which is decent but with a best time over four seconds slower than Hamilton, which is most definitively NOT good. I fact, even Chilton in the Marussia had a better lap time, a stat Max will certainly put in his scrapbook.
In the mean time both Button and Bottas stopped on track simply because they have done so many laps their Mercedes engines were toast! Impressive
|4||Hulkenberg||Force India||1m35.577s +2.299|
|5||Vergne||Toro Rosso||1m35.701s +2.423|
|9||Vettel||Red Bull||1m37.468s +4.190|
|All timing unofficial. Updated: 14:55 GMT|