Traction on the salt. Really. Rick (the driver of the hydrogen Fusion) had his 205mph Merkur ballasted up to over 4000 lbs at the start of a run, filling the stock gas tank with water, and building another tank over the rear axle. Some of that water was used to spray the ambient side of the charge cooler on the… » 11/19/14 12:05pm Wednesday 12:05pm

As the combination of TSA hassles, reduced flight counts to have more full flights, reduced seat pitch in most airlines, and airline nickel-and-dime fees has sucked all the remaining joy out of sticking yourself inside an airborne cigar tube with a couple hundred other humans now as least as miserable as you are, my… » 11/19/14 10:38am Wednesday 10:38am

I can't see the price (eBay is blocked at work), but solid driver Little Birds range from the upper 20s to the low 40s, depending on how close to show-grade it is. The only ones that regularly go over $50k are documented show winners or the '57 E- and F-Birds, with dual 4-barrels or supercharger, respectively. » 11/17/14 2:17pm Monday 2:17pm

Set your Wayback Machine to 1989. Ford debuts the SHO Taurus, which is a way to use the engines they were contractually obligated to buy from Yamaha for the aborted GN-34 mid-engined sports car that was cancelled. Ford doesn't have a FWD automatic that can handle the output of the SHO engine, so it's manual-only. As… » 11/17/14 11:06am 11/17/14 11:06am

My '99 Mustang Cobra with an autocross-tuned suspension and "high performance summer" tires. I didn't *intend* to drive it into an NE Oklahoma ice storm, but the ice storm had other plans. What's normally a bit over an hour's drive took 2.5 hours as 30 mph was about as fast as I was willing to push my luck (mind, the… » 11/13/14 10:25am 11/13/14 10:25am

I love my '99 F350 7.3L with 338k on the clock. It's a 2WD crew cab short box, and it's set up to tow my ~9500lb (loaded) 26' enclosed hauler. It's also my daily driver and primary road-trip vehicle when I have to haul things or am going where the weather is possibly nasty. As such, it spends 90% of its time NOT with… » 11/11/14 1:18pm 11/11/14 1:18pm

The first thing the regulators should do is drop the max fuel flow rate restriction of 100 kg/hr. THAT is what's keeping the engines to only 10,500 rpm or so. Go ahead and keep the 100kg fuel load for the race, but drop the flow rate restriction — the fact remains they're going to have to average around 1.8 km/kg in… » 11/11/14 11:01am 11/11/14 11:01am

That was the one thing most telling to me. You got the growl of the (low RPM thanks to the 100kg/hr fuel flow limit keeping them from getting anywhere near the 15k max in the rules) V6, the whine of the electrical systems charging/discharging, and a bit of turbo whistle, but I was able to keep one cup of the radio… » 11/03/14 11:52am 11/03/14 11:52am

One of the nice things about working as a turn marshal is a dedicated port-a-john near the marshal post. As there are only 5-8 people regularly using it (and it's maintained!) all weekend, they stay functional (if a bit sweat-boxish in full sun) all weekend. The only drawback: if you're wearing a marshal jumpsuit,… » 10/28/14 2:40pm 10/28/14 2:40pm