Welcome to another Sunday and another collection of videos for your viewing pleasure! We’ll start things off with the madness that is a FIA World Rallycross Supercar Final. The race starts with the typical fury that one would expect from a Rallycross race, but things get especially wild in lap 3. Starting lap 3, Timmy Hansen (Peugeot) and Petter Solberg (Volkswagen) are locked in a dogfight for first. Hansen forces Solberg wide approaching the first corner but Solberg refuses to give in, both cars entering the corner side by side. Hansen gets the optimal line, leaving Solberg scrambling to avoid the tyre wall. He narrowly does, but in recovery slams his car into Andreas Bakkerud’s Fiesta, forcing him into the following tyre wall and out of the race. Solberg then opts to take the Joker, ending up in fourth behind Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom and VW teammate Johan Kristoffersson. Positions remain the same until the final lap, where Hansen picks up a puncture, putting him in trouble as he still has to take the Joker. As he and Ekstrom enter the Joker, the VWs go on the attack. Kristoffersson gets to the final straight first and takes the victory, while Hansen manages to hold off Solberg by thousandths of a second to take second place. All in all it was a gripping mix of action, carnage and drama, a.k.a a typical day at World Rallycross.
Next we have in-car footage of a new production car lap record around the Nurburgring. This isn’t your typical in-car footage, however, as the car goes about its business with nothing but a high-pitched whine. The car responsible for this sound – or the lack thereof – is the NextEV NIO EP9, the newest electric supercar to be released. Boasting a megawatt of power (1341hp) and a 194mph top speed, it is currently the fastest production electric car in the world. More importantly, it is also the most track focused production electric car in the world, as evidenced by the ridiculous 6:45.9 lap time it posted. That’s over 2 seconds faster than the Radical SR8LM and over 6 seconds faster than the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Are electric vehicles well on the way to replacing combustion engines? There’s no denying the speed of electric cars, but it will be a sad day when the combustion engine with all it’s soul is considered a thing of the past.
The next video is not about the cars per-se, but trust me when I tell you it’s worth the watch. Imagine a racing facility where you can bring your car, have access to your own fully stocked garage area and a racing shop capable of tuning any engine and building just about any part needed in-house. After your car is ready you can take it to a full international standard drag strip or skid pad. Such a gearhead’s paradise exists, and it’s called the Qatar Racing Club (QRC), home of the smoothest drag strip in the world. Enjoy this tour of the facilities and Al Anabi Performance, the in-house tuning shop. Fear not though. There are plenty of drag cars to nerd-out over, as well as the personal supercar and bike collection of the QRC owner.
Onto Australia, where we have an outrageous Honda S600 drag car. Honda S600 and drag car are not words usually put together but there is nothing usual about this car. The immaculately presented Honda is powered by a 3.2L 2JZ- GTE, making around 1200hp with an impossible to miss 88mm turbo, so large it had to be mounted above the hood. One would assume that a car so small would be absolutely terrifying to blast down a drag strip with 1000+ hp on tap, but it stays impressively straight and composed run after run. According to the owner, the S600 came from factory with 6 degrees of front end caster, making it a surprisingly good base for a drag car. I doubt the S600 engineers ever thought that it would end up as a drag monster one day but i bet they’d be happy to know that their chassis and suspension design was good enough to make one.
We’ll wrap things up with the Corvette C7.R GTE racecar. Usually the things that come to mind when one mentions American sports cars are big V8s and quarter mile times. However, with 8 class wins at Le Mans since 1999 and many more wins in the ALMS, the modern Corvette has firmly established itself as a formidable endurance racer. The C6 Corvette Z06 and ZR1 and current C7 Corvette lineup have benefited greatly as well, sharing many components with the racecars. One area where the C7.R is still unashamedly American though, is the 5.5L Pratt & Miller LS5 V8. The thunder it creates on track is 100% ‘Murica, sounding like a sledgehammer compared to the flat-plane crank V8 of the Ferrari 488 GTE. Not even the V8 in the Aston-Martin Vantage GTE, while also a cross-plane crank V8, can compare. The video below shows coverage of the C7.R competing in the 4 hours of Monza in preparation for the Le Mans 24. With the Ford GT LMGTE/GTLM also enjoying early success and a Shelby GT350 based Mustang GT4 on the way, it’s safe to say that American sports cars are breaking the drag-only mould that they are generally known for.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Lazy Sundays #4. As always, feel free to share a link to a video you’ve seen this week or comment on the videos we chose.