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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dunlop Targa New Zealand–Final Results

Pos. Car No. Driver/Co Driver Vehicle Class Time Penalty Corrected Time Event Time Event Pos
6     997 Tony Quinn Nissan 9 00:03:13 05:35:24 1
3      945 Glenn Inkster Mitsubishi 9 00:03:09 05:37:52 2
7      975 Steve Millen Nissan 9 00:03:12 05:38:54 3
9       926 Jason Gill Mitsubishi 9 00:03:15 05:41:26 4
4      998 Harry Dodson Nissan 9 00:03:09 05:42:43 5
1       917 Glenn Smith Mitsubishi 9 00:03:05 05:53:29 6
5        947 Brian Green Mitsubishi 9 00:03:11 05:58:00 7
34      820 Richard Mehrtens MercedesBenz 8 00:03:36 06:03:48 8
32      670 Gary Murphy BMW 6 00:03:35 06:04:19 9
17       840 Martin Dippie Porsche 8 00:03:23 06:04:22 10
The car has performed flawlessly all week and Mark and Joe have done a great job maintaining the car and making sure Steve and Phillip have exactly what they needed all week.  Jodi and Vivian (Phillip’s wife) have been great team moms and looked after the service crew and the drivers better than anyone could have asked for.  We are all very happy to come home with the drivers and car all together in one piece and with a very strong finish!  I am pretty sure this is Steve’s best finish in a Targa Rally and the competition is fierce!  Tony Quinn is a great driver and has a lot of Targa experience with his GT-R having competed in three New Zealand Targa’s as well as others in Australia.  Glenn Inkster is a very talented driver and will surely make a name for himself in the Rally scene.  Watching him flick his Evo through turns is a thing of beauty!

Friday, October 29, 2010

R33 vs R35, SlowSilverGTR vs BoostInvertGTR

Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 GT-R vs Nissan GT-R R35. 

From a roll.  Both cars are all wheel drive, they should be going from a dig.

Dai & Taro Show : Episode 1 - Part 1 Formula D 2010 Season Retrospect

Professional Formula D driver Daijiro Yoshihara and GTChannel's Taro Koki talk about drifting, cars and anything that comes to mind. First guest of the show is Dai's chassis engineer and founder Mike Kojima. We will be inviting random guests to the show at our discretion.

Beer and cars.  Dai and Mike both acted a bit shocked at the beers.  Its not TV, so anything flys.

10.34 @ 132.2 mph on Stock Turbos

SleepDoc set a new high mark for stock turbos with his Nissan GT-R. He ran a 10.34@ 132.2 mph pass with a 1.50 60 foot time. His best 60 foot time of the night was a 1.48.  Modifications to the car are 1000cc injectors, HKS intake, exhaust, midpipe, down pipe, fuel pumps, burning E85 and rolling on Nitto NT05R drag radials in the rear.


Source: NAGTROC and TotheFloor

Sunday, October 17, 2010

2012 Nissan GT-R – DBA R35 7:20 Nurburgring 530 hp

The information on the 2012 Nissan GT-R has started to flow in.  530 hp , 7:20 at the Nurburgring. Photos and videos when they are available.
Japanese official site.

Japanese Price (yen)
GT-R Pure edition 8,694,000
GT-R Black edition 9,303,000
GT-R Premium edition 9,450,000
GT-R Spec V 15,750,000
GT-R EGOIST 15,000,300

With the current exchange rate of about 81 yen to a dollar, a premium would come in at $116,000 USD. We no longer have the base(pure) in the US.  It is unlikely we will ever see a Spec V or Egoist in the US. 


Saturday, October 09, 2010

ARB Grossly Miscalculated Pollution Levels

The San Francisco Chronicle published an article on the California Air Resources Board overestimating pollution by 340 percent.  The overestimated figure was a vital part of 2007 regulation that FORCES businesses to cut diesel emissions.

The staff of the powerful and widely respected Air Resources Board said the overestimate is largely due to the board calculating emissions before the economy slumped, which halted the use of many of the 150,000 diesel-exhaust-spewing vehicles in California. Independent researchers, however, found huge overestimates in the air board's work on diesel emissions and attributed the flawed work to a faulty method of calculation - not the economic downturn.
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The chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols had this to say when questioned if any other ARB calculations could be incorrect.
"No, no, no, no, no, no, no and no," she said.
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Mary Nichols  has known of some of the problems with the data, and rather than disclosing it to board members, chose to not share it with her fellow board members.  ARB can do whatever they like with falsified information to hurt business within California for the boards own political gains.

One of the major recent problems was an air board estimate of premature deaths caused by particulate matter spewing from diesel engines. The first calculation found 18,000 deaths a year in the state had links to particulate matter. That has been revised down by nearly half.
The revision was ordered after the board scientist who oversaw that study was outed as having faked his scientific credentials.
Roberts and other board members were not told by Nichols that the scientist, Hien Tran, lied about earning a doctorate from UC Davis before they voted in favor of regulations based in part on his science. That vote took place in December 2008.
Nichols, who acknowledges she knew about the falsification prior to the vote, has apologized for not sharing that information with her fellow board members.
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ARB – are they wanna be do gooders, or just harming business?  California should just get rid of the ARB and adopt a single EPA federal emissions requirement.   The EPA is the federal agency in charge of emissions and air pollution. The ARB making their own requirements puts an undo burden on business, something this economy can not support in the current climate.
This latest error is just the tip of the iceberg of a comedy of errors on the part of the ARB. They are not here to protect people, rather they do a great job of hurting business and jobs in California by imposing unrealistic expectations based on falsified “scientific” information. 
Lets get rid of the ARB.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Robert Stout - World Challenge Report – Miller Motorsports Park 2010

robert_stout After locking up the 2010 World Challenge Drivers Championship in the Touring Car division at V.I.R., the #18 Lucas Oil / E3 spark Plugs / ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Aviation Institute of Maintenance / Scion, prepared by DG-Spec was ready for the final race of the season. By seasons end the new GameStreamer “Rookie of the Year” Robert Stout had earned 5 wins, 9 podiums and 11 top 5’s in 12 starts but the last win was quite possibly the biggest surprise of all. The young Stout was planning on an easy run at the season finale but the lure of competition took over again.
Stout said, “Well the bottom line is we’re out here to race, it’s what we do and you may tell yourself you’re going to take it easy but when you get out there, the only thing that makes sense it to go as hard as you can, anything else just feels unnatural”.
After a qualifying session of 6th Stout was just hoping for a podium finish at the end of the day. “There were some really fast cars with very talented drivers in them including the defending Touring Car Champion Pierre Kleinubing starting in front of me so I figured a win here was a stretch”.

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