Issue 163

September 17, 2014

In this issue:

Racecar Profile: Toyota Motorsport GT86 CS-R3
From Karts to Spec Miata - A Chat With Sam Silver
WRR University: Driving Buttonwillow Raceway In A High-Power Street Car
Ten of the Most Grueling Rally Events Ever Held
Everything You Need To Get Started With In-Car Communications
7 Things Learned From a Week with the 2014 Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged
Protect Your Car’s Paint On Track Without Leaving A Big, Sticky Mess
Gear Spotlight: Molecule Complete Care Kit
Show Your Appreciation For One Of The Greatest Porsches Ever Made
Speed Secrets: It's the Second Skid that Gets You
Add An Onboard Fire System To Respond To Emergencies Faster

Racecar Profile: Toyota Motorsport GT86 CS-R3

By Winding Road Staff / September 11, 2014

Earlier this year we took a look at the Toyota GT86 CS-V3, a race car developed for V3 class in the VLN Endurance Championship that also eligible for any production-based class. But if your racing aspirations also take you off the pavement and into the realm of rally competition, the newest iteration of the GT86 racer might be a little more your style. 

Aimed directly at private competitors, the rear-wheel-drive GT86 CS-R3 is a rally car that’s designed to offer reliability, safety, and some serious fun. The CS-R3 fully conforms to FIA R3 regulations, which means it is suitable for nearly all rally events, from local competitions right up to the FIA World Rally Championship.

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From Karts to Spec Miata - A Chat With Sam Silver

By Stef Schrader / September 12, 2014

After several successful seasons in karts, Sam Silver decided to make the transition over to cars. When she’s not rock climbing or starting a company that sells hole saws, she’s racing a ’91 Spec Miata with a famous livery inspired by her mother’s maiden name: Martini. We had a few questions for Sam as to how she made the transition from racing karts to racing cars, what helps her win, and what the advantages are to driving a Spec Miata over other classes in racing.
 
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WRR University: Driving Buttonwillow Raceway In A High-Power Street Car

By Bradley Iger / September 4, 2014

You may recall our recent stint with the 2014 SRT Viper TA. While we had the reins, we headed out to Buttonwillow Raceway to see how the car behaved in a track setting. This also afforded us the opportunity to run some traffic-free fast laps of the course in the TA and illustrate how one might approach it in a RWD street car with gobs of power. 
 
In this video, Winding Road Racing driver Tom Martin comments on the basic approach to driving a lap of Buttonwillow’s popular 13CW configuration in the TA. With 640 hp, turns come up quickly. And with street tires, cars like this require thinking your moves out in advance to get braking and turning right on a track day.
 
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Ten of the Most Grueling Rally Events Ever Held

By Ronan Glon / September 12, 2014

For well over a century, car racing has been a way to push both men and machines to their absolute limits. In the early days of motorsports merely finishing an event was considered an astonishing feat, but competitors began to look for new ways to challenge themselves as cars got faster and more reliable.
 
The on-going quest for new challenges has taken rally drivers to some of the most hostile regions planet Earth has to offer. We’re taking a look at ten of the most grueling rally events ever held. Let us know what one(s) you think we left out in the comments section below.
 
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Everything You Need To Get Started With In-Car Communications

Price: $507.00

For the Driver: 

  • Midland GXT860 5Watt, UHF: 42 Channel Radio
  • IMSA Car Harness
  • Midland Jumper
  • Radio bag
  • Push-to-Talk w/ coil cord
  • IMSA Helmet Kit w/ Noise Canceling Flex Boom Mic
  • Sportsman Ear Buds 
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7 Things Learned From a Week with the 2014 Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged

By Bradley Iger / September 15, 2014

The most athletic Range Rover on the roster is all-new for 2014. We spent a bit of time with the Sport in Detroit earlier this year, but we were left wondering how this split-personality SUV would fare on the city streets of Los Angeles and along the twisting canyon roads of the San Gabriel Mountains. Range Rover Sports of the past garnered a reputation that preceded them, for better or for worse depending on who you talk to. But regardless of what context you’re referring to the 2014 V8 Supercharged model in, the fact that it’s got a whole new bag of tricks isn’t up for debate. To go along with our POV test drive through Los Angeles and along Angeles Crest Highway, we’ve put together a list of some of the new SUV’s most notable highlights.
 

Protect Your Car’s Paint On Track Without Leaving A Big, Sticky Mess

Price: $39.95

Surface Protection Tape is a clear protective urethane film that is virtually invisible to the naked eye. Surface protection tape will protect any surface that is prone to scratching, chipping, and weathering. It is an 8 mil thick clear film that provides near-indestructible protection. Our surface protection tape has a semi-permanent adhesive with a removable release liner.

In addition to scratch and other damage protection, surface protection tape provides excellent protection against ultraviolet light, temperature extremes and automotive solvents, and will not yellow over time. Be sure to take note that our Surface Protection Tape is made of Polyurethane Material, not PVC or Vinyl. These other types don't conform well, and also cannot, will not, take the abuse that polyurethane will.

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Gear Spotlight: Molecule Complete Care Kit

By Winding Road Staff / September 10, 2014

It’s a truth that racers know all too well: particularly when the weather is hot, your racing gear can get pretty grimy both inside and out very quickly – even after just a session or two. Putting on a ripe suit is often a less than inviting proposition, but dry cleaning bills can also add up quickly. Washing your racing gear with the rest of your laundry is typically not recommended since the additives in laundry detergent that can attract moisture and oils, making the material less effective at keeping you safe. So what’s the alternative? The Molecule Complete Care Kit – it comes with everything you need to keep your racing gear clean and stain free without the expense of dry cleaning or the hassle of hand washing.
 

Show Your Appreciation For One Of The Greatest Porsches Ever Made

Price: $19.00

For the purists, the GT3 represents the most hardcore, driver-oriented model in the lineup. Showcase your impeccable taste in cars with this charcoal on black design. Screen printed for durability on our ultra-soft, 100% ring spun cotton shirt.


Speed Secrets: It's the Second Skid that Gets You

By Ross Bentley / September 10, 2014

In this week's feature article, Rob Schermerhorn writes about skid control, training, and the technology in modern cars designed to help those without the skill to help themselves. As you'll see, Rob covers a lot of material in one article, and I'm sure it'll make you think about your own skill development for track driving - and hopefully of those new drivers with whom you might have some influence. - Ross
There's a phenomenon going on in the world of performance driving and motorsport:
The competent, experienced driver has a big crash. Friends shake their heads in disbelief. "Bob had so many years of experience..." is what they say that day.
The fact is that "Bob" is, indeed, vastly experienced at his craft on the big tracks; what he's lacking is pure car-control skill - the ability to take skidding tires (already beyond maximum grip) and safely return them to a more tepid operating condition.
There's a similar phenomenon happening out on public roads: losing control of your car, though the driver had years of experience.

Add An Onboard Fire System To Respond To Emergencies Faster

Price: $450.00

SPA extreme 2.5KG GAS System FIA Homologated EX.029.09. SPA Extreme a new environmentally friendly gas extinguisher using 3M" Novec" 1230, a next generation halon gas replacement, this has zero ozone depletion and is non toxic.

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