Speed Secrets: Learning From Experience

I have been very lucky in my career to not only have a chance to drive SO many different kinds of cars (Grand-Am DP, Grand-AM GT, ALMS GTLM, ALMS PC, ALMS LMP2, Porsche Cup cars, World Challenge, Continental GS, Continental ST, NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide, NASCAR Trucks, Late Models, Midgets, Formula Atlantic, Pro Mazda, IMSA Lites, Radicals, Formula Renault, karts, etc.), but I have also been very lucky to have been raised by a professional race engineer my entire life. I guess where I am going with all of this is that I may only be 25 years old, but I feel like I have seen quite a bit and experienced a lot in my racing career. I want to talk this week about a few things I think club racers can learn that are easy to execute and will deliver results right away. These are things I have seen and continue to see over my career. I do quite a bit of driver coaching alongside my pro racing, so I have worked with drivers of all different experience levels.

By Ross Bentley | September 29, 2020
Renault Megane R.S Trophy-R Sets New FWD Record Set At The Suzuka Circuit

While we might not witness the fruits of major manufacturers’ hot-hatch-development labor here in the US, there’s good news for the rest of the world market: the Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R has set a new FWD record of 2:25.454 at Japan’s famous Suzuka Circuit.

By Peter Nelson | November 30, 2019
Video: POV Drive Of An 1969 Alpine Renault A110 1600S

We’re jealous of Tedward for having the opportunity to drive this rare classic. Follow along and enjoy the soundtrack!

By Winding Road Staff | October 19, 2019
Gallery: 10 Awesome Turbocharged F1 Cars

Motorsport Retro brings us this collection of especially palatable boosted F1 cars from yesteryear. Forced induction seems to be infiltrating every corner of motoring these days, and for the 2014 season, even Formula One is getting in on the act. Although it remains to be seen if this change will bring a new level of intensity to F1 that we’ve been craving, perhaps this collection of turbocharged F1 cars will help us determine the necessary ingredients for boosted success.

By Winding Road Staff | February 12, 2014
“Ultra-High Performance” Caterham Concept Announced

Caterham will roll out it newest road-going concept car during the Singapore Grand Prix later this month, but Caterham Formula 1 cars will be giving us a sneak peak at Monza.

By John Beltz Snyder | September 06, 2013
Aston Martin Driver Killed In Opening Laps Of Le Mans

During the fourth lap of Saturday’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, Aston Martin Racing driver Allan Simonsen was involved in a fatal crash when his Vantage GTE appeared to spin off the course at Tertre Rouge. He was 34.

By Brandon Turkus | June 24, 2013
Renault Twin’Run Concept Is Everything We Love About French Hatchbacks

Renault, recognizing that its lineup was disturbingly short of insanity, has now built a follow-up to the Clio V6 and R5 Turbo, although it’s strictly labeled as a concept. It’s called the Twin’Run Concept, and is the ultimate expression of the Twin’Z EV and Twingo city car.

By Brandon Turkus | May 24, 2013
Robert Kubica Making Slow Return To F1

According to a report from the BBC, Robert Kubica, the Renault F1 driver that suffered a horrific accident while competing in a rally race in 2011, may be getting back into the world’s most advanced motorsport.

By Brandon Turkus | May 03, 2013
Video: The Fastest Way Around Paris

In fact, Renault has its home market pretty well covered. The one area it hasn’t broken into yet? The livery business. That’s right, Renault needs a taxi. But not just any taxi. We don’t want to ride around Paris in a Scenic MPV, or a Clio compact. We want something fun. Like the Megane Trophy V6 we mentioned above.

By Brandon Turkus | April 17, 2013
2013 Red Bull F1 Car Unveiled

Called the RB9, it’s a safe bet that this Renault-powered entry, penned by aerodynamic genius Adrian Newey will be a strong challenger in nearly ever race. That’s particularly true when there’s a three-time world champion behind the wheel of one of the cars.

By Brandon Turkus | February 04, 2013
Is This The Caterham Coupe?

TopSpeed has created this rendering of the Caterham Coupe, which could be a contender against Porsche’s Cayman.

By John Beltz Snyder | January 28, 2013
List: Geneva Motor Show Preview

The Geneva Motor Show—always a paradise for insane concept cars, design studies, important new production vehicle launches, and the goofiest of the Euro boutique companies—is just around the corner. Here are just a few of the many reasons to stay tuned to news from the show.

By Bradley Iger | February 16, 2011
Robert Kubica In Critical Condition Following Rally Crash

Polish Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica was seriously injured in a crash at the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy. The Lotus Renault GP driver was piloting a Skoda Fabia Super 2000 rally car on the opening day of the event, when he was caught out in damp conditions, collided with a wall, and then ran into a barrier which impaled the Skoda’s footwell.

By Brandon Turkus | February 09, 2011
Friday Video: Renault F1 Engine Sings

Not only is the Renault R25 engine well-tuned for Formula 1, it can carry a tune. In this video from the 2006 Goodwood Festival Of Speed, the car plays “God Save The Queen” through RPM variation.

By John Beltz Snyder | January 07, 2011
Lotus And Renault To Partner For 2011 Formula 1 Season

Renault Formula 1 has signed a partnership with Group Lotus that will see the racing outfit renamed Lotus Renault GP for the 2011 season. The partnership, a product of a deal worked out by Group Lotus plc and Genii Capital (a European investment firm that owns a large portion of Renault F1), will include a technology share between the two entities, both on and off the track.

By Seyth Miersma | December 21, 2010
First Look: Renault Has A New Master

In a move to make us jealous, Renault has revealed the new Master panel van. It comes in front- and rear-wheel drive, and offers up to 600 cubic feet of cargo space.

By John Beltz Snyder | January 25, 2010
List: Truly Cool Minivans

Toyota is pleased with its new Sienna minivan, seeing it as a fresh alternative to the dumpy, uncool image usually associated with these oft-ridiculed people-haulers. Winding Road’s Seyth Miersma found out if it lived up to the hype, leaving us to paw through the WR family photo albums for past MPVs that transcend their unflattering stereotypes. Surely, the Sienna wasn’t the first vehicle of its kind to attempt to appeal to the more savvy soccer moms.

By Corey Rueth | December 29, 2009
Spy Shots: Renault Megane CC Caught Cold-Weather Testing

A fresh batch of photos from our spy shooter has arrived. The target this time: the Renault Megane CC.

By John Beltz Snyder | December 10, 2009


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