Welcome to Lazy Sundays #10! Honestly it feels like this series only started recently; guess the saying that time flies when you’re having fun is true. As a treat for this 10 week mark, I’ll add a bonus at the end. We’ll start where we left off last week – the Gridlife Festival – and focus on the Time Attack portion of the event. Round 2 of the Track Battle series at Mid-Ohio circuit featured an intense rivalry between the two fastest FWD (and probably two of the fastest in general) time attack cars in the US. William Au-Yeung in his Vibrant Civic Si and James Houghton in his K-Tuned Integra Type-R have one of the most intense rivalries in Time Attack anywhere. This has developed their cars into machines that destroy records at every track they turn a wheel on. At Mid-Ohio, Yeung broke the FWD record on the first day, then moments after Houghton bettered that time. The two would trade blows back and forth over day 2 before Yeung’s Civic unfortunately had a gearbox failure. The record would tumble no further over the last day, leaving the Unlimited FWD and overall victory to Houghton. Now Yeung’s car will go under the knife for some upgrades for World Time Attack. It will be interesting to see how he fares on Time Attack’s biggest stage, especially against the Mighty Mouse CRX.
In the latest episode of “Anything Can be a Hillclimb Car” we have a 1971 March 712M Cosworth Formula 2 racer. The 712M was the second Formula 2 car to adopt a monocoque design, and was very successful in the 1971 season. Ronnie Peterson won the Drivers trophy and 6 of the top 10 drivers also drove 712M Cosworths, including the legendary Niki Lauda. The car in this video was driven by Vittorio Brambilla back in the 70s. Now it’s driven by Adolfo Bottura in the FIA Hillclimb Masters. 712M Cosworths came with the 1.6L Cosworth FVA engine. However, the Trentino Team website lists Bottura’s example as a 1.8, meaning it’s probably bored out to FVC specification. What’s still original though, and thankfully so, is the orange Beta livery that just oozes old school cool.
The next video is an on-track and on-road test of the latest hardcore Lamborghini, the Huracan Performante. In the Performante, Lamborghini have successfully fixed every gripe critics have with the standard Huracan. Some claimed the looks and sound of the Huracan were too understated by Lamborghini’s standards. Well they’ve fixed that. The car is achingly beautiful and in the most outrageous Lambo way. As for the sound? A new intake and exhaust gives the naturally aspirated V10 a savage bark, almost similar to the Super Trofeo race cars, as well as another 30hp and 29 ft. lbs. Another criticism is that the standard Huracan’s chassis doesn’t quite match the aggressiveness of the engine. Lamborghini has fixed that too, employing a revised suspension system and a very clever aero system called Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, or ALA. This system automatically adjusts itself to provide more downforce in corners, less drag on straights and can even bias downforce to the side of the car with the most grip. All these improvements came together to produce a 6:52.01 lap at the Nurburgring; a time so fast that many cried fake, until Lamborgini dropped the data to prove the lap was real. This or a new Porsche GT3? The Porsche fanboy in me wants to say GT3, but that V10 noise though…
In the next video we join Andy Gray, Formula Drift Japan driver, on an epic togue run. His weapon of choice is his 2-time winning JZX1000 Toyota Chaser, which puts out around 1000hp from its fully-built 2JZ-GTE. His playground of choice is the twisty downhill togue course at Ebisu. There’s something special about a modern, big power Formula Drift car being properly thrashed in the original and purest form of drifting.
The next video also features a Formula Drift driver, Vaughn Gittin Jr. in this case. The stage however, is the hillclimb course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. What started out as a small invite-only race day on the grounds of Goodwood House in the early 90s, has become one of the most iconic and diverse automotive events in the world. It’s a Motorsport festival – featuring the most iconic race cars of just about every discipline from every era – as well as a moving shopping window, with manufacturers bringing their latest and greatest to go up the hill. It’s an event that has just about anything your gearhead mind can think of. Indeed, Goodwood is the only place where you will see a Formula D driver being on their worst behaviour, in an anti-social sounding drift machine, while spectators sit on a lawn nearby, dressed in their Sunday best, enjoying a posh brunch.
At this point I would usually close off for the week but as we are celebrating 10 Lazy Sundays, here’s two more videos from Goodwood. This next video affirms my previous statement that the most iconic race cars can be found at Goodwood. Here we have the ex-Arberdein Audi S4 IMSA GTO, one of two raced, and in Rothman’s livery to boot. Seeing this 700hp behemoth alone would make any motorsport fan’s day; yet you could easily miss this amongst the vast field of motorsport legends on display at this crazy event.
Finally we’ll end off this Lazy Sundays with full coverage of the timed hillclimb shootout, my personal favourite part of Goodwood. Any race car is allowed to enter, regardless of age. Case in point, the video starts with a 1930’s coach built special, and ends with a Penske PC-22 Indy Car. It’s always interesting and sometimes surprising to see how well the race cars of yesteryear stack up against modern machines up the Goodwood hillclimb course.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the videos chosen this week. Be sure to return next week for even more awesome content from the world of cars and motorsport.