Bentley Continental GT: World Ice Speed Record – Fastest Car on Ice 321 km/h (206 mph)

January 12, 2008

Oulu, Finland — A Bentley Continental GT, driven by four-times World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, smashed the world ice speed record, reaching an average speed of 321.65km/h on frozen sea off the coast of Finland, track ploughed on the ice of the Gulf of Bothnia next to the city of Oulu.

Juha turned the Continental GT around and drove the measured kilometre a second time to fulfil the judge’s requirements, peaking at an incredible 331km/h (206mph).For safety reasons, a rollcage was fitted. Various aerodynamic tweaks were also made by Makela Auto Tuning.

MAT-Team’s record-breaking achievement shows that the spirit of the famous Bentley Boys lives on and is still harnessed by drivers with sufficient skill and courage.

The World’s fastest car on ice event
was organized by Kari Makela, Makela Auto Tuning,
Historic Sports and Racing car specialist.

Sponsored by Breitling http://www.breitling.com


THE MOST POWERFUL ENGINE IN THE WORLD: The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine

January 8, 2008

The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine is the most powerful and most efficient prime-mover in the world today.  The Aioi Works of Japan’s Diesel United, Ltd built the first engines and is where some of these pictures were taken.

     It is available in 6 through 14 cylinder versions, all are inline engines.  These engines were designed primarily for very large container ships.  Ship owners like a single engine/single propeller design and the new generation of larger container ships needed a bigger engine to propel them.

     The cylinder bore is just under 38″ and the stroke is just over 98″.  Each cylinder displaces 111,143 cubic inches (1820 liters) and produces 7780 horsepower.  Total displacement comes out to 1,556,002 cubic inches (25,480 liters) for the fourteen cylinder version.

     Some facts on the 14 cylinder version:
Total engine weight: 2300 tons  (The crankshaft alone weighs 300 tons.)
Length: 89 feet
Height: 44 feet
Maximum power: 108,920 hp at 102 rpm 
Maximum torque: 5,608,312 lb/ft at 102rpm 

     Fuel consumption at maximum power is 0.278 lbs per hp per hour (Brake Specific Fuel Consumption).  Fuel consumption at maximum economy is 0.260 lbs/hp/hour.  At maximum economy the engine exceeds 50% thermal efficiency.  That is, more than 50% of the energy in the fuel in converted to motion.
     For comparison, most automotive and small aircraft engines have BSFC figures in the 0.40-0.60 lbs/hp/hr range and 25-30% thermal
efficiency range.

     Even at its most efficient power setting, the big 14 consumes 1,660 gallons of heavy fuel oil per hour.

Here’s a clip of this machine in the Holland America Line – MS Noordam’s engine room (it’s a bit long, but interesting to see):

Also here is a clip of 6 of these engine moving a giant Ferry at nearly 40 mph!

 For more information about the The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine, go to the following link: http://people.bath.ac.uk/ccsshb/12cyl/


Top Gear – Blind Man races reasonably priced car around their track and beats people with sight . . . AMAZING!

January 5, 2008

Jeremy Clarkson guides Army veteran and blind land speed record holder Billy Baxter around the Top Gear track and he comes in at 2:02, faster than Terry Wogan and Richard Whitely who both have sight. His name on the board is written as “Blind Man”.


The World’s Fastest Street Legal Car . . . and it’s a 1972 Vaxhaull Victor?

January 1, 2008

Andy Frost (an English transmission mechanic) created a monstrous 2200hp beast with a twin turbo 9.3 liter V8. This car has been an ongoing project of his for over 25 years and has morphed into what it is today. He recollects that he’s spent around $150,000 on his project and it can destroy any street legal car on the road in a straight line. It’s 0-60 alone is just 1 second. Just 1.

Ok, you have to see this . . . it’s very cool!

If you cannot see the video below: CLICK HERE 


Top Gear reviews the NEW E92 2008 BMW M3 against the 2008 Mercedes C63 AMG against the 2008 Audi RS4. (FULL)

December 31, 2007

The Top Gear guys have finally gotten their hands on the new 2008 BMW M3 coupe and have decided to pit it against the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG and the 2008 Audi RS4. Watch Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May duel it out in this really exciting episode of Top Gear.

A quick rundown of the competitors:

2008 BMW M3: 4.0 liter V8 /414 horsepower.
2008 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG: 6.3 liter V8 / 451 horsepower.
2008 Audi RS4: 4.2 liter V8 Quattro / 420 horsepower.

Part 1

Part 2Part 3


Top Gear: The Ariel Atom — This is the Atom

December 28, 2007

Now available for sale in the United States!

This car is as close to owning a street legal formula one race car sa you can get.

Race bred design and truly uncompromised performance.

Designed with a clean sheet of paper, but drawing on a 100 year heritage, the Atom is a completely unique car built purely for outright performance and dedicated to serious fun. 

Check out the US Site for more information: http://www.arielatom.com/

In th meantime, you have to see this clip — it’s an amazing ride! 


CASCADE: A great, fun song by “Hyper” — listen and enjoy!

December 24, 2007

There’s something very raw and cool about this track. It’s instrumental and I like that. There’s this smooth sexy beat and I just want to close my eyes and drive fast at the same time. It’s dangerous and it draws me close. I see 700hp muscle cars power sliding around corners chasing each other through a dark city and its cold wet streets. . . this song is elemental, basic, and very very cool. It’s needs to be picked up for a sound track. Anyhow, enjoy . . .