In the big reveal of a secret that everyone knew was coming, Ford today took the wraps off of the new GT it has developed to compete in Le Mans.
Like the road-going version, the race spec GT will be mostly carbon fiber, has those fantastic buttresses and will be powered by an Ecoboost twin-turbo V6 engine. Ford hasn’t divulged power numbers for the race engine but the street version is said to produce 600-plus horsepower from just 3.5 liters of displacement.
Actually, besides the fact that it will race at Le Mans, where Ford originally made its mark beating the Ferrari’s with the original GT40, all we really know is that Chip Ganassi racing will field the cars for the full schedules in 2016 for the FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Still, this is great news for racing enthusiasts.
Although we suspect most of the new shots are all computer generated, here’s Ford’s video that came with the announcement featuring GT’s both new and old.
And here’s a cool video talking about the development of the car.
We don’t get much explanation for this video other than it’s a Blown Alcohol engine built by 1320 Speed & Kustom.
We’re sure they build lots of great engines, but this particular run is entertaining for a different reason. Practically as soon as the dyno operator pulls the throttle, the engine literally blows the exhaust pipes off the headers.
We suspect it was a combination of too little exhaust flow capability combined with too much cam overlap sending unburned fuel out the headers. But no matter the reason, we still get a Fourth of July moment to enjoy.
You can practically see this going wrong from a mile away.
Two daredevils take this car (is it a Cadillac?) off a huge dirt jump and get some major air in an attempt to clear the mudhole just beyond it. Predictably, they didn’t make it. That probably didn’t surprise anyone, but what probably did surprise the people in the car very much was when the car dives nose first into the mud and flips upside down.
Both the driver and the passenger were OK when they were eventually pulled from the car, but we bet they were wishing the crowd would be a just a bit faster to the rescue!
OK, the world record set here is jumping a semi-truck complete with trailer over a distance of 83 feet, seven inches.
Impressive and all, but that seems a bit beside the point when you see that while setting the record the 18 wheeler is flying OVER an F1 race car. The big truck is a Renault, and the car is from the Lotus F1 team. So why did they do it, apparently because a company called EMC wanted them to. EMC is a company that provides cloud storage and other computer geekery stuff and they said they wanted to do the stunt because “If you’re EMC and Lotus F1 Team, it’s a unique way to demonstrate how we ‘Redefine Motorsports,’ bringing the power of EMC technology to the Lotus F1 Team.”
No, we have no clue what that means either, but we can definitely appreciate a big rig jumping over a race car. We had to watch it a couple of times to make sure it was really real, in fact.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I watch MotoX events on ESPN, I always end up wondering what happens when one of the riders fails to stick the landing. Usually, the picture in my head of what it would look like resembles a rotten tomato spiked onto a sidewalk.
It turns out motocrossers tend to bounce rather than splat. This rider goes big for the Superman Seat Grab and fails equally large. Thankfully, we hear he’s OK, so it’s is OK to laugh.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute is doing testing for the US State Department on barriers designed to keep trucks packed with explosives to getting into protected areas. And this video proves the real-world testing they are doing is pretty impressive.
The goal of the research is to determine the best barrier to keep the bed of a truck from getting one meter past the barrier (that’s the blue pole you see in some of the shots). By our (very untrained) eye, this steel hoop buried eighteen inches into the ground does a pretty good job. The truck hits the barrier at 50 miles per hour and the cab gets sliced in half, but the barrels representing explosives don’t get past.
The hit is pretty vicious, and it is pretty obvious that anybody in the cab won’t be walking away from a crash like this. But interestingly, researchers said that their directives from the State Department the survivability of the driver was not a “primary” concern.
Riding a motorcycle off a cliff and descending safely on a parachute is pretty dramatic–but that’s all been done before. Heck, in these days of extreme sports everything, that’s practically like driving to the grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread.
Rider Brad O’Neal has taken it a step farther by planning to jump a motorcycle and parachute safely back to the ground–all the while on level ground. That dramatically shrinks the margin for error to practically nothing.