Thursday, August 24, 2006

PistonHeads on the Weineck Cobra


Well, I wasn't planning on posting anything else this week, but when I saw this on PistonHeads I couldn't resist.

It's Ian Kuah driving the Weineck Cobra. Now, you might not have heard of this thing, but, well, you should want to know about it - just incase you think your Veyron's going to have it easy when it pulls up next to you at the lights.

Looks like an AC Cobra that got a little further carried away with the steriods (I mean, let's face it, more ordinary specimins of the beastie already look like substance abusers), but the shape is about all it's got in common with the original design. Custom built by "master mechanic" (I'm quoting Kuah here) Klaus Weineck, it features an aluminium/titanium chassis, independent double wishbone suspension, and a 12.9 litre bespoke block V8. The mill makes 1,100bhp at 7,000rpm and generates 1,299lb-ft of torque - while the car weighs only 1,000kg. Fortunately it also has enormous brakes, oil coolers everywhere, and is intended to withstand Dubai-grade levels of heat.

My favourite part is the 427 badge it's still sporting on the side. You can look to buy one here. The site should bring a smile to your face, at the very least - but make sure you have the sound turned up!


Links:

Weineck Cobra @ PistonHeads

Weineck official site


Picture from the PistonHeads article - as if you couldn't tell from the banner...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Hey...whoa!


Hello all!

I'm in the final few days of my degree at the moment, and things are moving...smoothly. Yes, actually, smoothly. I'm still anticipating a little bif of last minute chaos, but at the time of writing it's all good.

Two reasons for this post. Firstly, I just wanted to make a quick mention of the JCB DieselMAX, which has broken the diesel engine land speed record three times in the last six days. Pretty awesome achievement. The last set of runs - first thing this am, Utah Saltflats, USA - averaged just over 350mph (although it's yet to be officially verified). You can read all about the speed record bid at the DieselMAX site, here. My favourite part about their most recent press release is the quote from pilot (in every sense of the word) Andy Green...350mph and they still haven't gotten the thing into top gear. Magic. There are some brilliant photographs on the site, too. Which leads me neatly onto the second reason.

In the process of putting together a website for the course and my final MA project I discovered today that I have a really neat photograph of the Lamborghini Miura concept, which I took at the Geneva Motorshow this year. And I just wanted to share it with you. Click the image for a bigger view.


Alright, catch you later - and soon.


Links:

JCB DIESELMAX official site

#14: Let's go retro [internal]

#19: The Geneva Motorshow [internal]


DieselMAX photo from the images section of the official site. Miura courtesy of yours truly - and with no photochoping at all, I promise. It's not even cropped. And maybe you'll think it's a little washed out...but I just love it. And my Canon 300D. *is pleased with self*. Notes: is lucky sometimes.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Dan Gurney is The Best!

And as a special keep the faith post...

...how freakin' sweet is this?! It's a Car and Driver Dan Gurney for President sticker; my Dad got a job lot of five of them from some opportunistic nostalgia merchant on eBay (only kidding!).

Seriously, though, it's pretty awesome. Now I just have to find somewhere to stick it. Hmmm, back of the laptop looks mighty appealing. My sister has hers stuck to the bumper of her car - so if you see a black Ford Escort that doesn't look like it's been cleaned in a year with some kind of lighter coloured patch at the rear, wave and say I said hi. Just don't let it distract you too much; she has enough trouble with people crashing into her already.

Oh, and yes, with a certain hint of irony that's Road&Track magazine you can see the bottom half of in the photo below. (Different desk this time.)


Hey...where'd he go?

Yes - I know, I know...how lame am I?

I've actually been meaning to make this post for ages, but when someone actually noticed there hadn't been any new stuff up on here for a while [thanks, G! Got the message via Andy!] I thought I really had better get around to it.

Firstly, I spent another couple of weeks doing some work experience at a well know UK car magazine, and that knocked me right out as I was without any kind of personal internet access. Subsequent to that I've been spending my time trying not to fail the final portion of my MA...

So, for the time being I haven't really got the energy or the output to post any major stuff on here.

But I will be back. Oh, yes.


IR


Oh, and, just to prove my point. This is a picture of my desk. You'll have noted the three computers, but did you spot that one of them was my shiny new MacBook - on which more another time.