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Friday
Aug222014

Past is Future

Jaguar Heritage, a division of Jaguar Cars, is building a batch of six “Special GT E-Type” using chassis numbers that have remained dormant since the original Lightweight E-Type project wrapped up in 1964. Only 12 of the planned 18 cars were built, and the new cars will be sold as period race cars suitable for FIA homologation for historic racing. Each will be built at Browns Lane in Coventry, England, just like the original dozen. Customers who purchase one of the new Lightweight E-Types also will be able to purchase one of six unique watches from Britain’s Bremont Watch Company. 

As these are hand-made, bespoke watches, Bremont was able to do things that would not have been possible with a large-scale production timepiece. The most interesting is the winding rotor. Shaped out of aluminum to match the alloy-spoke Lightweight E-Type’s steering wheel, the rotor has a real wood rim, and is mounted behind a sapphire crystal case back. 

The 43 mm. (1.7 in.) watch has chamfered hour and minute hands that mimic the tachometer needle. At the six o’clock position on the watch face is printed the number of the relevant car while, on the back, the engine number is displayed. The dial uses the same font and coloring as the Lightweight E-Type’s instruments, while the central portion of the white gold case is made from aluminum used during the construction of the six cars. It will be anodized to match the color of the car whose numbers it carries. In addition, the strap is made of the same Connolly leather used on the interior, and the winding crown is imprinted with the tread pattern of the period-correct racing tires with which the six cars are shod. — CAS

Friday
Aug222014

Road Read: Tracks: Racing the Sun

By Christopher A. Sawyer 

The title of this book has many meanings. It references the tracks on which the great drivers of the 1930s drove, the paths their lives followed, the tire marks left on the backs (and fronts) of those who stood in their way, and — most tellingly — the needle marks where driver Achille Varzi injected the morphine that brought his career crashing to earth at its apogee. Told through the recollections of Johnny Finestrini, world-weary former motorsport journalist for the Italian newspaper Gazzetta, Tracks is set against the backdrop of a world straining under the stress of a global economic depression, and a Europe in thrall to the rising tide of fascism. 

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Friday
Aug082014

BMW’s Restoration Racers

The Monterey Historic Races will see the return of BMW’s 1970 Alpina 2002ti to the track in its original livery.  BMW purchased the car in 1996 after it spent 24 years in storage, reconditioned the car, and repainted it in non-period-correct BMW Motorsport colors. It was entered in the 1996 Monterey Historic Races, and then went on to run in vintage races around the world. 

The car was built by Alpina in 1970, and features Weber side draft carburetors, a raft of other engine upgrades, flared fender, and three-piece Alpina wheels. At the end of the 1970 season, it was sold to Vasek Polak BMW of Hermosa Beach, CA, before being campaigned by Competition of Torrance in SCCA events in 1971 and 1972. At the end of the 1972 season, it was placed in storage, where it remained until the car was purchased by BMW for recommissioning. 

 

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Friday
Jul252014

Powering up the C7 Corvette

Corsa Performance Exhaust:

There are few things worse than swapping out the factory exhaust on your car, only to have the new unit drone incessantly around town or on the highway. Corsa Performance claims its Reflective Sound Cancellation (RSC) technology, which was first introduced for the C5 Corvette, will produce a free flow and no droning, no matter your C7 Corvette’s driving mode or speed.

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Friday
Jul252014

I’m Shshshshakin’!

Modern-day Dodge Challenger owners can make their trip back in time complete with the addition of a Mopar Shaker Hood and Induction Kit. It is a bolt-on, two-part kit that requires no drilling or fabrication, but costs a cool $2,660 to upgrade your 2011-2014 model year Hemi Challenger.

The Shaker Hood Kit (Part Number 82213396) is an all-aluminum hood built to Chrysler’s production tooling guidelines, and constructed in the U.S. It is delivered ready for paint, and can be purchased through participating dealers or directly from Mopar.com. Chrysler engineers determined the optimal size, shape and location of the scoop via computational fluid dynamic (CF) analysis, then tested the result in Chrysler’s full-size wind tunnel. This hands-on testing not only allowed the engineers to study the proper locations for bezel openings, it let them assess airflow patterns across the hood.

In addition, the kit endured 150,000 miles of testing to ensure its performance and durability. Testing at Chrysler’s test tracks in Michigan and Arizona confirmed the design operated correctly in all environmental conditions, including water fording, heavy downpours, and under snow pack conditions so they would not allow water to directly enter the clean air duct and, thorough it, the engine. The kit also includes the Shaker Induction Kit (Part Number 82214110AB) that feeds high-pressure air through the hood scoop and into a low-restriction conical air filter, and which can be used in conjunction with other Mopar accessories like the Dodge Scat Pack performance kit. — CAS