Porsche 917/10 Prototype

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The Porsche 917 is one of the most successful racing cars of all time, in fact some automotive historians go so far as to call it the greatest racing car of the 20th century. Porsche began development of the model in 1968 with a very clear goal in mind – they wanted outright victory at the…

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Eagle Spyder GT

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Eagle was founded in England in 1984 with a sole focus on the Jaguar E-Type – both classic restorations and preparing cars for competition. In 1989, company founder Henry Pearman and co-driver Gordon Cruickshank took part in the Pirelli Classic Marathon, taking on Pirelli’s “Famous Five” of Stirling Moss, Paddy Hopkirk, Timo Makinen, Roger Clark…

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Bill Thomas Cheetah

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The Bill Thomas Cheetah was, unsurprisingly, built by an engineer named Bill Thomas. He developed the car with Don Edmunds using 100% American components and engineering, with his sights set firmly on Carroll Shelby’s then-new Cobra. Thomas had been building fast Chevrolets for 7 years by the time the Cheetah project started in 1963. He…

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1974 BMW 2002 Tii Alpina A4S

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The BMW 2002 Tii Alpina A4S is one of the rarest and quickest iterations of the venerable 2002. The 2002 itself is now regarded by many marque historians to be the single most important model ever made by BMW, and it’s still undeniably a strong influence on the genetic make up of every sporting Beemer…

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CERV I – Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle

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CERV I (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) was developed by Corvette icon Zora Arkus-Duntov, with design work by Larry Shinoda and Tony Lapine. It was created as an open-wheeled testbed to assist with engineering for the Corvette that had the wheels, tires, and suspension visible to engineers at all times. In order to maximise forces going through…

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Automobile Tire Hydroplaning: What Happens

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Automobile Tire Hydroplaning: Why It Happens is a short educational film that includes some fascinating NASA footage from the period, including a view under the road showing what hydroplaning looks like from underneath. Although tire technology has come a long way since this film was made, it’s still a good watch, and some of the…

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1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

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The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona was released in 1968 as an answer to the ground-breaking Lamborghini Miura, which had been released to huge public acclaim two years earlier in 1966. The story of how Lamborghini came to make cars instead of sticking with tractor production is the thing of legend – Ferruccio Lamborghini had been…

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1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo

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In 1980 the Lotus Esprit Turbo made its first public appearance, it shares the same body as its naturally aspirated forbear, but features chassis and suspension upgrades to handle the additional power. The first Esprit had been released in 1976, it was one of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s first wedge-shaped super cars, and its design was so…

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The Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa

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Those of us who remember the ’80s will recall a few cultural icons – things like keyboard guitars, huge hair, ill-advised neon clothing, and men wearing fingerless gloves for no clear reason. At the other end of the spectrum was the likes of Miami Vice and the Ferrari Testarossa. The popularity of Miami Vice can…

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1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R

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The Nissan Skyline GT-R first appeared in 1969, however the GT-R as we currently know it made its first appearance 20 years later in 1989. This was the first Skyline with the magic combination of 6 cylinders, two turbos, and all-wheel drive. Known as the R32, the 3rd generation Skyline was a dominant force wherever…

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1986 BMW E30 Alpina B6

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The BMW E30 is a car that’s still considered one of the major achievements of the Bavarian automaker, even now well over 20 years since it left production. There were coupes, sedans, station wagons, and convertibles offered on the E30 platform – and their handling, balance, and drivability still see them often used as a comparison…

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