Although it was once a home-field battleground between Ford and Holden, the Australian V8 Supercar series is quickly becoming an international endeavor. Besides the recent additions of Mercedes-Benz and Nissan to the series, Volvo has just announced that it will enter competition in 2014 with its Polestar Racing operation running the Volvo S60. To commemorate the announcement, Volvo has also released this video showing some of the brand’s historic touring car memories and also a glimpse at the future.
How can you not like the idea of a Swedish V8 Supercar?
The 2013 running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is just a couple weeks away, and as Peugeot prepares for its return the mountain with rally legend Sébastien Loeb, it’s released this video showing some pre-event testing. I have to say the 208 T16 looks great in full race livery and like many, I can’t wait to see what happens at the main event come the end of the month.
Here we have the latest episode of Network A’s Off Track video series from Formula Drift in Palm Beach. There’s not much to say other than that it includes gators, drifting and all the other excitement we’ve come to expect from this highly enjoyable series. The Driftstream might be the place to watch FD unfold from a competition standpoint, but this is where you find the real soul of the Formula Drift family.
This year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours was a travail for all involved: glorious and tough in equal measures, just as any race at the Nordschleife should be.
German team Stereoscreen have put together this classy mini documentary, which takes all the elements that make the N24 so legendary – cars, drivers, girls, fans, fires, and the Nordschleife – and presents some fantastic footage from both sides of the fence. It’ll bring back great memories for any of you who attended, and make those who didn’t even more resolved to go next year.
The on-board footage alone is epic; as a package it’s the perfect summary of another weekend well spent in the Eifel Mountains.
During Larry Chen’s recent photoshoot of the Dubkorps Audi Avant, JJ Larson and the crew from AWOL.tv decided they’d put together a little film showing the process of Larry’s shoot in scenic Long Beach. It has everything you’d expect from a Speedhunter’s day on the job – cool cars, big lenses, lots wisecracking and more.
With the new V12 Vantage S, Aston Martin is looking to break new ground when it comes to performance. In this short trailer for the new car, we catch both an eyeful and an earful of the machine that Aston Martin is calling its quickest ever production car.
As is the case with so many of the world’s great Supercars, the exhaust music alone seems to be worth the price of admission.
A little later this week the Formula Drift circus will head to Florida for round three in Palm Beach, but before that we have one more look back at round two in Atlanta. This clip from Network A features Mr. Jarod DeAnda having some fun with the drivers and also investigating the now infamous Vaughn Gittin Jr./Fredric Aasbo “Monster Truck” incident.
It’s a great look into the off track antics of the FD series and also a perfect way to get in the mood for this weekend’s upcoming event.
Back in the late 1980s before the term “viral video” even existed, Peugeot released an amazing short film called Climb Dance. The professionally produced film featured the company’s legendary 405 T16 GR during its victorious charges up Pikes Peak. As part of Peugeot’s return to Pikes Peak this year, Climb Dance has been remastered and re-released. Nearly 25 years later, the film absolutely stands the test of time. It’s simple and to the point, and perfectly conveys the madness that was Pikes Peak in the ’80s.
Although #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER is more associated with photography submissions, we also deal with video, writing and any other medium which can portray Speedhunting. Take this video made by Speedhunter’s reader Justin Lapriore as a perfect case in point. Filmed at the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which paid homage to 50 years of Lamborghini, the Ford GT40, the Porsche 911 and the Corvette Stingray.
I’m a big fan of going down ski slopes at unreasonable speeds, but not such a big fan of the slog to get back to the top again. So any way of reaching the summit in double quick time sounds good to me – especially if it involves the unfeasible idea of throwing a four-wheel drive, 600hp R35 GT-R up a freshly-bashed run.
Up? Yes. Uphill, like semi-vertically. Team IceRiders and Redhouse Media decided to find out if it would work, and added in some snowmobiles for an almost James-Bond-in-reverse thrash up the side of a mountain at Kåbdalis in northern Sweden. Ski lifts will seem so last year from now on…
Am I alone in thinking that seat swaps are some of the funnest motorsport-related videos to watch? In this clip, BMW Motorsport got together 2012 DTM champ Bruno Spengler and 1989 DTM champ Roberto Ravagila with their pair of M3s for a little fun at Hockenheim.
The whole thing is pretty interesting, but the sound of the E30 alone makes this video worth a watch!
If you were to ask people in Japan what think of when they hear the word “Supercar”, they will probably recall a 1970s comic series called Circuit no Okami (Circuit Wolf). The story featured all of the world’s great Supercars of the time, and in this old Best Motoring video clip some of Japan’s best racing drivers got together at Sugo to recreate the action with a group of vintage cars featured in the comic. The grid of cars is quite impressive – Ferrari 308, Lamborghini Countach, Lamborghini Miura, Pantera and more.
While I doubt Keiichi Tsuchiya and company are pushing these vintage exotics quite as hard as they would a normal car, the battle is still something to behold.
As an American it’s hard not to feel a strong sense of pride about the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Not only do we finally have a world class Formula 1 circuit, but the track is also attracting other big racing series – including the Australian V8 Supercars. As part of the lead up to next month’s race, Supercar driver James Courtney got together in Austin with NASCAR’s Kurt Busch for a little car swap fun. Not only does this get me excited to see the Aussie V8s at COTA, but it also got me thinking about how cool it would be to see the Sprint Cup series add the track to its schedule as the third road course. It makes perfect sense, right?
Last month we got a little preview of Monster Tajima’s new “Super 86″ hillclimb machine. Since then, the car has been making its way around Japan appearing at various events including the recent All Japan Dirt Trial meet in Kyushu. Car@Nifty was there and captured this video clip of Monster ripping around the course.
Not only is the Super 86 impressive to see, I’m also thinking that we gotta get Dino out to one of these dirt trial events sometime. Looks like a ton of fun!