Ten Steps to a Successful Pass

Some drivers are super fast, but not the best wheel-to-wheel racers. Some are not as fast, but they have an ability to out-race others. They’re great racers. And then there are some who are fast *and* great racers. This week’s contributor is one of those fast racers: Colin Braun. ​He’s competed in the NASCAR Truck and Xfinity (then, the Nationwide) series, where he would pass as many cars in one race as most road racers pass in a season. This week Colin is sharing some of his thoughts about how to set up and complete a pass.

By Ross Bentley | January 28, 2020
Track Driven: Wolf GB08 Sports Racer

Perhaps you think you want a Radical. But really, you want this car.

We’ve talked to many racers who drive production-based cars, like cars in SM or T2/3/4 or GTS, and almost to a person, they say “I’d love to drive a Radical,” or “When I can afford it, I want to get a Radical”.

They are so right and they are so wrong. We know, because we race a Radical and now we’ve driven the Wolf GB08.

By Tom Martin | July 28, 2014
Update: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Official HP Number Doesn’t Start With a “6”

Dodge caused quite a stir among muscle car enthusiasts when they took the wraps off the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the new top-spec offering of the brawny coupe. While the Hellcat boasts massive six-piston Brembo brakes, uprated suspension, a new optional 8-speed gearbox (a six speed manual is standard), and a host of aero tweaks to go along with its refreshed styling, the centerpiece of the model is the all-new, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. But they remained vague about horsepower specifics, only offering “over 600 horsepower” as any indicator of what to expect. Turns out Dodge was being rather coy.

By Bradley Iger | July 01, 2014
Racecar Profile: Caterham SP/300.R

A joint project between Caterham and Lola, the SP/300.R is a track day car designed for racers who’re ready to move beyond street cars like the Porsche 911 GT3 and into something that is truly built from the ground up to attack road courses at maximum velocity.

By Bradley Iger | April 28, 2014
Rumor: Jaguar Working on a Track Focused “Club Sport” F-Type

According to a report from Motor Trend, senior managers at Jaguar have hinted at a new variant of the F-Type Coupe that’s currently under consideration. This new hardcore variant would cut nearly 450 pounds from the F-Type’s curb weight, bringing it down to the 3200 pound range.

By Winding Road Staff | April 02, 2014
Preview: Koenigsegg One:1

When Koenigsegg announced their intention to build the One:1, many scoffed at the idea. One horsepower per kilogram. At 1341kg, that equates to 1341 metric horsepower, or one megawatt of thrust, promoting Koenigsegg to dub it “the world’s first megacar.”

By Winding Road Staff | March 05, 2014
Overview: Chevrolet Corvette C7 R

Rolling into the COBO Center alongside the new road-going Corvette Z06 was its racecar counterpart, the Chevrolet Corvette C7 R. Developed alongside the production car, the C7 R is set to compete in the United Sports Car Championship alongside rivals like the SRT Viper GTS-R next month.

By Winding Road Staff | December 01, 2013
Chevrolet Profiles Camaro Z/28 Aerodynamics

Chevrolet has detailed the aerodynamic program for the Camaro Z/28, along with some interesting photos showing the way the car plays with the air around it.

By John Beltz Snyder | November 26, 2013
Preview: SRT Viper TA

There are a rare few people out there that like things more extreme. The people that order their Thai food extra spicy, or that prefer 100-proof liquor over the “limp-wristed” stuff, or when it comes to cars, find a standard SRT Viper is just too docile.

By Bradley Iger | November 11, 2013
Driven: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE

So, really, we’d accepted the fact that we wouldn’t get to drive Chevy’s black-hooded 1LE. That is, until our schedule went completely haywire, and we were offered a 1LE, complete with a massive set of Pirelli Sottozero snow tires, as a last-minute replacement for a canceled loan. So, our Victory Red Camaro arrived, sporting the aforementioned tires and hood, and with that, a special dose of attitude.

By Brandon Turkus | April 09, 2013
BMW 3-Series GT Leaked Ahead Of Geneva Debut

BMW will be showing this, the 3-Series GT, at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Despite not being slated for an unveiling until next month, though, images have leaked out well ahead of time. To be fair, the 3-Series GT is not as big of a travesty as the 5-Series GT, a vehicle that’s failed to win over buyers, in part because of the awkward proportions of its fastback rear end.

By Brandon Turkus | February 06, 2013
Driven: 2013 Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab 4X4 3.6

On the road, the 2013 Ram 1500 was nothing less than the smoothest-riding pickup we’ve ever tested. Secondary motion, notably that obnoxious shuddering sound that you hear and feel when you hit a big bump in a regular truck, was precisely controlled. It’s this quality that gives the Ram a feeling of real solidity. What pass for potholes in Tennessee just couldn’t disrupt the smooth ride, with little in the way of impact noises or other disruptions. There was some vertical motion over undulating roads, but by and large the Ram feels nicely planted and composed.

By Brandon Turkus | August 31, 2012
Review: 2013 Ram 1500

This is the master landing page for the Ram 1500. From now on, as we further review this car, we will be updating this page with whatever fresh content we create. Future drive reviews, updated specifications, videos, and other relevant information will all be found right here, in one convenient spot.

By Winding Road Staff | April 05, 2012
LA 2011: Volkswagen Beetle R Concept

Volkswagen brought a Beetle R Concept to the LA Auto show. You know, like the Golf R, only a Beetle, and just a concept.

By John Beltz Snyder | November 17, 2011
First Look: 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS

Porsche has added yet another member to the Panamera range, in the form of the GTS. Based off of the Panamera 4S, the GTS features a modified version of the S/4S’s 4.8-liter V-8, which produces an extra 30 horsepower (430 horsepower compared to 400 in the Panamera S/4S). Torque is up 15 pound-feet as well. Power is delivered to all four wheels by way of Porsche’s seven-speed PDK (or Doppelkupplungsgetriebe if you sprechen Deutsch). 0-60 miles per hour happens in a brisk 4.3 seconds, while the top speed sits at a lofty 178 miles per hour.

By Brandon Turkus | November 17, 2011
Base Versus Loaded: 2011 Mini Cooper S

We love the Mini Cooper S as a budget driver’s car. It’s quick, communicative, eager to rotate, and economical. But the budget goes out the window when we start playing with the manufacturer’s configuration tool. With the oodles of packages and accessories, we managed to make our Cooper S more costly in options alone than the price of the base car. Have a look.

By John Beltz Snyder | May 18, 2011
Geneva 2011: Toyota Previews Three-Row Prius+ For European Market

At the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota has unveiled a new member of the Prius family of hybrids to be sold in Europe. The Toyota Prius+ is a three-row, seven-passenger vehicle, and is Toyota’s first non-plug-in hybrid to use lithium-ion batteries.

By John Beltz Snyder | March 01, 2011
First Look: 2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi

This week, Saab will debut its freshest wagon, the new 9-5 SportCombi, at the Geneva Motor Show.

By John Beltz Snyder | February 28, 2011
Driven: 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Between the civilian $90,500/$101,500, 380-horsepower Porsche 911 Carrera 2S coupe/cabriolet, and the $131,400, less-civil, 435-horsepower, track-oriented 911 GT3 there is apparently a chasm, nay, a lacuna in the so far 19-model 997 911 range that needed filling desperately by another 911 offering.

By Matt Davis | December 07, 2010
First Look: 2012 Saab 9-4X

Saab has pulled back the curtain on its current offering into the world of crossover vehicles with the announcement of the new 9-4X. The mid-sized crossover had faced an uncertain future while General Motors was negotiating the sale of the Swedish brand, but now that Spyker Cars has taken Saab into its stables, we can expect the 9-4X to see the light of day.

By Padraic O'Reilly | October 20, 2010
First Look: 2012 Morgan EvaGT

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is one of the most prestigious automotive events of the year, and is drawing the attention of more and more high-end manufacturers. Count Morgan among them, as the company has just debuted the stunning EvaGT 2+2.

By Brandon Turkus | August 16, 2010


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