Issue 159

August 20, 2014

In this issue:

Preview: McLaren GT 650S Sprint
Classic: Group B Rally
Spec Racer Success: A Chat with Mike Miserendino
Racecar Profile: ARX AKITA
Overlay Your Data Onto Your Track Videos
Gear Spotlight: Replay XD 1080 Mini Action Camera
A Shockproof Impact Gun Designed For Short Track Racers
WRR TV: Perseverance Pays Off at Road America
Beat The Heat On The Track With A CoolShirt
Jaguar Special Operations to Build Continuation Lightweight E-Types
Sharpen Up Your Game With Vinyl Numbers For Your Race Car

Preview: McLaren GT 650S Sprint

By Winding Road Staff / August 11, 2014

McLaren GT has taken the wraps off their latest track dedicated creation ahead of its official debut later this month at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The 650S Sprint, which replaces the outgoing 12C Sprint, will slot above the standard road-going 650S and below the 650S GT3. While the 650S Sprint is a track only vehicle, it's also not homologated for any particular race series, which makes the Sprint more of a track day tool rather than a competition-focused racer.
 
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Classic: Group B Rally

By Ronan Glon / August 15, 2014

Racing changed forever in 1979 when the Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) allowed four-wheel drive cars to compete in the events it sanctioned. Previously, the setup was banned so the majority of teams went rallying with rear-wheel drive racers.
 
In addition to providing extra traction, four-wheel drive allowed engineers to develop more powerful engines. Unsurprisingly, the first four-wheel drive rally car came from Audi, the company that had lobbied FISA to allow four-wheel drive in the first place. The team introduced a turbocharged four-wheel drive racer christened Quattro in 1980.
 
At first, rival teams weren’t worried about the arrival of the Audi Quattro.
 
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Spec Racer Success: A Chat with Mike Miserendino

By Stef Schrader / August 5, 2014

After four SCCA Spec Racer Ford national championships, Mike Miserendino has made his name as a consistently fast driver. As Business Development Manager for Buttonwillow Raceway Park, most of his days are spent at the track—albeit not always in a car. We had a few questions for Mike as to what helps him win, and what keeps him coming to races outside of his duties at Buttonwillow.
 
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Racecar Profile: ARX AKITA

By Bradley Iger / August 14, 2014

The AKITA is a newly developed mixed-surface racer designed for use in rallycross events. In ARX Manufacturing's own words, the idea behind the development of the AKITA is to "build a race car that is affordable to obtain and affordable to race." After more than 1000 hours of development and testing, ARX is confident that they've achieved those objectives.
 
Ease of adjustability is a core tenet of the AKITA's design, and suspension changes like ride height, camber, caster, and spring/damper swaps can be performed with a small set of hand tools and a few minutes of time, making the task of dialing in your setup at the track as hassle-free as possible.
 
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Overlay Your Data Onto Your Track Videos

Price: $699.99

  • Use the AiM Solo DL to overlay your data onto your recorded track video from your SmartyCAM HD
    • NOTE: You can overlay your data to video taken from another camera such as a ReplayXD, GoPro Hero3+ or other action camera by using additional software (such as Dashware) for post-processing.
  • Mount the AIM Solo lap timer using the Double Ball Twist-Lock Suction Cup Mount
  • Patented universal rubber ball and socket system allows you to mount virtually anywhere.
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Gear Spotlight: Replay XD 1080 Mini Action Camera

By Bradley Iger / August 12, 2014

In the world of action cameras, GoPro is essentially the equivalent of Kleenex at this point, as brand adoption has become so widespread that most people wouldn't really consider that an alternative to it exists, or that such an alternative might be worth closer inspection. However, just because something becomes a standard in its realm doesn't mean it's the only game in town. The new Replay XD 1080 Mini action camera brings its own unique bag of tricks to the table, and some of its features might make it a more ideal fit than the typical go-to depending on your requirements.
 

A Shockproof Impact Gun Designed For Short Track Racers

Price: $350.00

The Warrior Twin Hammer was designed with the local short track racer in mind. This Gun features the Brunhoelzl patented side exhaust and shockproof coating. It is available in 60/40 or 50/50 ratios. 

All Brunnhoelzl guns are hand-tailored to each tire changer. Some of the many benefits of this gun include:

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WRR TV: Perseverance Pays Off at Road America

By Winding Road Staff / August 5, 2014

Ride along onboard the #60 Ford Mustang Boss 302R of Jack Roush Jr. during the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on June 21st.
 
After getting stuck behind slow traffic during the standing start, Jack battles his way through the pack to an eventual second place finish:
 

Beat The Heat On The Track With A CoolShirt

Price: $229.95

This is the shirt that began the revolution to the next generation of CoolShirts. This is a CoolShirt cooling shirt that works with CoolShirt, Momo and F.A.S.T. driver cooling systems.

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Jaguar Special Operations to Build Continuation Lightweight E-Types

By Bradley Iger / August 14, 2014

At today's opening reception of the Concours D'Elegance, Jaguar's Special Operations division unveiled the Lightweight Continuation E-Type cars that their team has set out to build. Between 1961 and 1975 a mere dozen Lightweight examples of the E-Type were built by the factory, and they remain some of the most coveted Jags in history. Jaguar had originally planned to build 18 Lightweights, and the Special Operations team wants to make good on that initial goal while staying as faithful to the original build process as possible.
 

Sharpen Up Your Game With Vinyl Numbers For Your Race Car

Price: $7.50

Winding Road Racing is pleased to offer high-quality vinyl number decals for your race car in a wide range of fonts. All numbers are 10" tall to meet most major sanctioning bodies' requirements.

  • Select the number of digits you need
  • Write in the numbers you need in the text field
  • If you want numbers for BOTH sides of your car and you need a 2-digit number such as "14", select "2 Digit", write in 14, and add a quantity of 2 to your cart.
  • Check with your specific sanctioning body for size restrictions to ensure compliance before purchasing (see below for each number's width at 10" high).
 

 
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