Red Bull X1 Prototype by Matt Rus of FarmOfMinds

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How would the fastest racing car look if it could be built without any rules and regulations? According to Kazunori Yamauchi, the producer of Gran Turismo, the answer to that question is the Red Bull X1 prototype. And what would the specs of the mighty race car be? Light as a feather (545kg) and powerful like a bull (gas turbine, 1483bhp @ 15,000RPM and 527lb ft @ 12,000RPM) with a continuously variable rear-wheel drive transmission.

Let’s go a little further with the theory. If the X1 were to exist and run Suzuka Circuit, it would crack off a lap time of 1:11 sec. That’s 20 sec faster than today’s F1 cars!

To ensure that the Red Bull X1 Prototype wasn’t just someone’s wet dreams thrown on paper, this race car was developed by two of the most highly esteemed Formula 1 aerodynamicists, Adrian Newey and Sebastian Vettel, who current share second place in F1.

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Here we can see another thing that helps the X1 to be a unique one-off race car: “Vacuum cleaner” which increases low speed downforce.
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Open Wheel Cars by Patrick Callahan

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I love open wheel cars. While they may not look very similar to the cars you and I drive every day, they are remarkable in the singular purpose of their design: to race. While we replace parts and even systems of parts, every nut, washer and fastener on an open wheel car has already been optimized for speed.

I have two things to share on this topic. The first is the current crop of F1 cars. These are on many levels the baddest machines in all of racing, requiring hundreds of millions of dollars to build and run each season. The level of design complexity in the cars this year is astounding. Just look at some of the front wings! You can find pictures of all the latest models here including some exciting new teams and the return of Lotus F1.

To bring this post back around to being relevant to this blog, it’s worth higlighting how many aftermarket companies have had involvement in some form of open wheel racing. Some companies like Cosworth got their start in open wheel racing and have more recently brought their know-how to parts available to the public. Other companies like HKS with their F1 project are interested in showing off their technical abilities and building brand image.

For TODA, involvement in F3 has been an integral part of how the company is run for decades. F3 is a tightly governed and highly competitive international racing series with high-level national championships in many countries including Japan. If you can be competitive in F3, you can certainly make parts that will meet the needs of enthusiasts. To highlight one small example of the demands of F3, engines are fully stressed components and stock blocks are integrated into the chassis using gorgeous valve covers and oil pans that bolt to the carbon tub.

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Breaking News – F1 Carbon Fiber Parts Supplier To Make Sunglasses

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I’m excited about a big project that is under wraps at Oakley. A big thank you goes out to my anonymous source who has kept me very excited about this unique project.

Fortunately I’ve been informed by that individual about Oakley’s first leak of information on their internal blog. What that means is that I’m allowed to talk about it! For those of you who read this blog, by now I think you trust my perspective…so follow with me on why I’m writing about sunglasses for the first time:

Oakley has teamed up with a top tier carbon fiber manufacturer who supplies F1 teams. That company, Crosby Composites in the UK, supplies the same F1 spec dry carbon to this secret and impressive Oakley project. Sure, F1 level dry carbon for your face is cool to begin with, but what really makes this unique you ask? Well, Oakley has been experimenting with the factory on ways to finely mill down the carbon fiber into intricate and textured patters that mostly have been unexplored over the years.

Oakley F1 Dry Carbon

Oakley F1 Dry Carbon

More information from Oakley’s blog is below:

“Paul Crosby, the owner of Crosby Composites, leads the London-based company that’s been involved with motorsports for 20 years. They’re synonymous with elite quality – their work steeped in low volume, EXTREMELY high quality carbon fiber parts for Formula 1, the World Rally Championship and touring cars.

In fact, one of the coolest projects Paul’s team has been working on is the astounding RML-built Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren 722 GT. A 680Hp, completely re engineered version of the road-going SLR McLaren, Crosby Composites supplies all the new body components including: the wide wings, prominent side skirts, large rear diffuser and the huge hood. All obvious indicators of outstanding racetrack performance and extensive aerodynamic development.

Paul started the company after leaving the race world as an incredibly well-respected racecar engineer and has just recently returned to doing it in his spare time.

“When we got a call from Oakley asking about our capabilities to machine carbon fiber and heard what they wanted to do, we initially thought they were completely crazy. It turns out they are crazy, but we love it!”

Carbon is cut on 5-axis CNC vertical machining centers, otherwise known as milling machines. The end-mills are diamond-tipped and can cut insanely small.

How small? Try 0.5mm in diameter – about the size of lead in modern day mechanical pencils.

They spin fast – at up to 10,000 rpm during cutting. That’s roughly 3-to-5 times the rpm produced by a piston aircraft engine. Truly elite speed.

The end result is a unique “milled” aesthetic produced by cutting through the woven layers. It’s a funky effect, creating a topographical map of the layers themselves.

The extreme care that goes into choosing the cutter size, implementing the proper speed and the absence of coolant makes milling carbon fiber drastically different from milling metals. Simply stated: ensuring a smooth finish is a taxing, precise process.

Now, there are a lot of companies that could make great carbon fiber parts. Trouble is, most of them don’t have the cost-intensive machining equipment to actually do it.

Crosby Composites does. So why are we talking to the owner of a motorsports production company that specialized in elite parts?

Because we can.”

Crosby Composites SLR

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PCAL – The Ultimate Sleeper (Epic Post Warning)

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EDIT BY BEN: Patrick never ceases to amaze me with the things he finds. This post of his is so EPIC I’m going to let it run all weekend. If you don’t believe this, just listen to the last 20 seconds of the YouTube video and marvel in something that is so insane you cant help but laugh out of pure shock! I’d pay good money to watch this car battle Japan’s best at Tsukuba!

On to the post…

Ask 10 guys what the ultimate sleeper is and you’ll get 10 different answers. None of those 10 could hang with the Alfa Romeo 164 Procar.
Alpha Romeo 164 Procar

After BMW decided to stop running the Procar support series at F1 races, Alfa Romeo proposed a series that would use cars that looked like entirely stock Alfa Romeo 164s on the outside, but were actually silhouettes with F1 chassis underneath. Because open wheel cars have inherently poor aerodynamics and already produced copious amount of downforce by the time the Procar concept was created it was actually capable of beating a contemporary F1 car in a straight line. What exactly was under the skin? A 600hp 3.5L V10 is all. Not insane power, but couple that to F1 rubber and the fact that the car would likely need ballast to meet the minimum weight for an IRL car (1,640lbs) and you have a recipe for brutal speed.

Who would suspect that such a potent package is lurking beneath the skin of a car that would appear to be the vehicle of choice for Italian septuagenarians on their way to the market even to those who know what an Alfa Romeo 164 is? The huge tires and centerlock wheels are a tiny bit of a giveaway, but imagine what it would be like to take a RWB Porsche or an MCR Skyline on the wangan in a car like that!

Alpha Romeo 164 Procar

Alpha Romeo 164 Procar Interior

Pictures and specs.

EDIT: BART JUST OFFERED SOME USEFUL TRANSLATION IN OUR COMMENTS SECTION:

because not everybody might be able to understand what the dutch voiceover is saying:

top 212.5 MPH
0-60 in 2.4sec

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