Issue 141

April 16, 2014

In this issue:

Ten Essentials Every Racer Must Have
Winding Road's Guide to Automotive Video Recording
Racecar Profile: Radical SR3 RS
Gallery: Mazda's Secret Motorsport Treasure Trove
Momo Daytona Racing Seat
Preview: Zenos E10
Stilo ST4F N Zero 8860 Carbon Fiber Formula Auto Racing Helmet
WRR's Fantasy Racer GP Contest: Round Five
OMP Velocita Superleggero Steering Wheel
Speed Secrets: The Napkin Manifesto
Sampson Racing Communications 5 Watt 2-Way Sportsman System

Ten Essentials Every Racer Must Have

By Bradley Iger / April 11, 2014

Racers know there's a collection of equipment they're required to have if they want to go racing - a compliant helmet, head and neck restraint, race suit, gloves and shoes are mandated by most major sanctions if you want to go wheel-to-wheel racing. But the story doesn't end there. While you might be in compliance with sanction guidelines without them, these ten items are so vital to a successful day at the track that they might as well be in the rulebook.
 
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Winding Road's Guide to Automotive Video Recording

By Chris Amos / April 14, 2014

Over at the Winding Road YouTube channel viewers often ask us about how we capture the footage of the cars we review, both in terms of the equipment we use and how we use it. Previously we made a video outlining some of the gear in our arsenal, but we wanted to also offer a more in-depth look at the process and techniques used to get our footage. Recording video of your car may seem like a pretty straightforward proposition, but getting good results requires some forethought and the right tools for the job. In this article we'll cover both, as well as how to handle situations that might necessitate changing your recording style due to outside factors.
 
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Racecar Profile: Radical SR3 RS

By Bradley Iger / April 14, 2014

The SR3 is the most popular offering in Radical's racecar lineup, with nearly 1000 examples delivered to customers worldwide. Designed to be fast and agile in the hands of both seasoned pros as well as novices, the SR3 offers incredible traction, light weight, and a wide range of adjustability to suit the driver's requirements. Since its introduction in 2002, the SR3 has proven itself to be very competitive within multi-marque championships around the world, with a multitude of class wins to its credit. With its two seater configuration and advanced data logging capabilities, it is also an ideal design for driver coaching and instruction. Let's take a closer look at the Radical SR3, as well as the extensive list of options and services offered by SR3 builders here in the US. 
 

Gallery: Mazda's Secret Motorsport Treasure Trove

By Winding Road Staff / April 8, 2014

Nestled in the basement of Mazda's North American R&D offices in Irvine, California, is an incredible stash of rare and interesting vehicles from Mazda's motorsport history. But this basement isn't just some sort of sarcophagus for bygone race cars - many of the cars housed here are kept in race-ready shape, and a fair amount of race prep for cars currently being campaigned occurs here as well.
 
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Momo Daytona Racing Seat

Price: $729.99

Hans® compatible fiberglass seat. Seat shell visible on the rear, front portion upholstered in black fabric. The particular shape of the upper part reduces lateral movements of the helmet and protects the driver’s head. The exclusive Airnet® technical material covers the central area on the back, and Kinder Point on the seating area provides the best possible grip. Removable double leg cushion to optimize support. 

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Preview: Zenos E10

By Bradley Iger / April 9, 2014

For enthusiasts in North America it can be frustrating to see the assortment of track day cars that are only available to buyers in Europe. Fortunately for us, Zenos, a company founded by former Caterham boss Ansar Ali and engineering exec Mark Edwards, vows to bring their wares across the pond to us Yanks. The first of these offerings will take of the form of the E10: a lightweight, two-seater track day car that promises a power-to-weight ratio of 300hp per ton.
 

Stilo ST4F N Zero 8860 Carbon Fiber Formula Auto Racing Helmet

Price: $5,500.00

The ZERO helmets are the lightest 8860 helmets available anywhere in the world, thanks to the new shell made from a specific quality of Carbon. These helmets are homologated to FIA 8860-2010 and Snell 2010 regulations.

The ST4F N Zero 8860 Helmet is aimed at professional racers needing to satisfy the strict FIA 8860 regulation, or any race driver serious about helmet safety. This certification provides an unparalleled level of puncture protection as well as impact resistance. Nowhere will you find a safer helmet.

The shape of the Formula is conducive to use in open and closed cockpit cars. The included Aero kit will optimize airflow over the helmet for open cars.

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WRR's Fantasy Racer GP Contest: Round Five

By Winding Road Staff / April 14, 2014

Entering our fifth round of Fantasy Racer GP, we're turning our attention back to the Formula One series and the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.
 
Feel like you've got this season's F1 standings already locked down? Whoever correctly predicts the pole and podium finishes in Shanghai will score a pair of V-MODA Faders VIP tuned earplugs - essential for those who like to attend races in person and want to hear all the action with total clarity without risking their hearing.
 
Playing FRGP is easy - just head over to the contest page and answer five questions. That's it - you're entered to win!
 
So what're you waiting for? Play Fantasy Racer GP now
 

OMP Velocita Superleggero Steering Wheel

Price: $339.00

  • Made completely from aluminium
  • Flat steering wheel is 40% lighter than equal model Velocità OD/1958.
  • In suede leather.
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Speed Secrets: The Napkin Manifesto

By Ross Bentley / April 9, 2014

Driver coaches don't know everything, far from it. The idea is not to be a know-it-all but a thoughtful ally. The constant refrain in my head is simply this: What can I say that will most help? Coaches are learning as well, if we stay awake. I learned something in a bar near Road America that I've used every track day since.
 

Sampson Racing Communications 5 Watt 2-Way Sportsman System

Price: $349.00

Easy Install, IMSA Wired, and Perfect for Lemons & Chump Car Racers.

Headset Color: Carbon H-25 

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