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RM Auctions's Audi Sport Quattro May Be Most Original Extant

RM Auctions's Audi Sport Quattro May Be Most Original Extant

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Dec 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

Underhood, a downsized 2,133cc five-cylinder engine was turbocharged to the tune of around 450 bhp in competition tune. A massive KKK turbocharger rated at 1.05 bar meant that the car’s engine displacement actually needed to be reduced in order to comply with FIA regulations. Even so, the Sport Quattro competed against cars in the 3,000 cc category.

A Porsche 959, the Lottery, Government, and You

A Porsche 959, the Lottery, Government, and You

By Yoav Gilad / 17 Dec 2014 / 16 Comments Read More

The NHTSA will test vehicles that account for eighty-five percent of the passenger car fleet sold in the US this year in order to verify that OEMs are, in fact, meeting the FMVSS. Nevertheless, fifteen percent of car buyers will have to rely on the respective manufacturer's word. How can this be? I remember reading somewhere that Porsche refused to ship the NHTSA four 959s for crash testing.

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These Were the 10 Best Racing Series

These Were the 10 Best Racing Series

By Sam Webber / 15 Dec 2014
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Last Monday we asked you which motorsport offered the most talented drivers. It's hard to say whether the lack of safety precautions in pre-1960 Formula One are more exciting than the 1000bhp monsters of '80s F1. The same is true when comparing a race like the Isle of Man TT with Group B rally. Following is a list of the motorsport series' that offered the most skilled drivers...

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Driven by Design: Fiat-Abarth 750 Zagato

Driven by Design: Fiat-Abarth 750 Zagato

By Yoav Gilad / 15 Dec 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

Based on the Fiat 600's floorpan, the Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Zagato "double bubble" was Abarth's aerodynamic, performance version of Fiat's diminutive coupe. It made its debut at the 1958 Torino Motor Show and went on sale the following year as a continuation of Abarth's 750 series. But this 750 was different as it was fitted with a 750cc Bialbero (DOHC) engine and featured an aluminum body styled by Zagato.

Culver City Native Carries on Thunder Alley Tradition

Culver City Native Carries on Thunder Alley Tradition

By Aaron McKenzie / 12 Dec 2014 / 1 Comment Read More

Men such as Edelbrock, Iskendarian, and Guldstrand transformed a small stretch of South Jefferson Boulevard into “Thunder Alley,” in the process making Culver City synonymous with high performance. It was against this backdrop that Luis Loyola came of age, attending Culver City High at a time when public schools still boasted a wood shop, auto shop, and leather shop...

Cost-No-Object Porsche 935 Was Built To Win

Cost-No-Object Porsche 935 Was Built To Win

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Dec 2014 / 12 Comments Read More

While many of the specs were borrowed from previous 935s, the rest of the vehicle was a high-tech, custom racecar with a light fiberglass body, the latest aerodynamics, and suspension. However, JLP Racing wasn’t satisfied, and so John Paul Sr. commissioned Dave Klym’s Fabcar to build his son the fastest possible Porsche 935, capable of winning any race. According to Paul Sr., price was no issue.

Little Lada Is Back to Original

Little Lada Is Back to Original

By Andrey Smazhilo / 10 Dec 2014 / 15 Comments Read More

It has been a while since I last saw Sergey, the owner of this handsome orange Lada. His car is different from the last time I saw it, as it is now back to its original condition. I’ve always been interested in what makes people perform this or that mod, so I decided it was time some questions were answered…

RM Auctions Ferrari Daytona Condo-Find Ready to Disco

RM Auctions Ferrari Daytona Condo-Find Ready to Disco

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Dec 2014 / 26 Comments Read More

Barn finds are the ultimate in automotive mythology. It is the equivalent of sitting in a tavern sometime in the seventeenth century and being handed a map by a rushed, shadowy figure. Should you spend days and weeks and months chasing buried treasure? We’ve all heard stories of barn finds: Bugattis sunken in lakes to avoid taxes, neglected racecars in sheds around the world...

I Can't Wrench: A Gearhead's Shameful Confession

I Can't Wrench: A Gearhead's Shameful Confession

By Alan Franklin / 8 Dec 2014 / 29 Comments Read More

I can't wrench. Or rather I'm not very good at it and don't particularly enjoy it. I sincerely admire those who are good at it, even more so those who aren't but do the work anyway, but it's just not my thing at all. A humiliating admission for this gearhead, especially considering my DIY, blue-collar Midwestern roots. Or is it? Well, yes—it is, at least partially. Sorry, Grandpa Pete...

BMW 3.0CSL is a Speeding Art Exhibit

BMW 3.0CSL is a Speeding Art Exhibit

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 Dec 2014 / 12 Comments Read More

Back in 1975, artist Alexander Calder created the first ever BMW Art Car in the now famed series. Commissioned by French auctioneer and racing driver Hervé Poulain, the 3.0 CSL competed in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by Jean Guichet, Sam Posey, and Poulain. It failed to finish, retiring after nine hours with universal joint failure...

David Lee's Ferrari Collection Will Make You Stay in School

David Lee's Ferrari Collection Will Make You Stay in School

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Dec 2014 / 24 Comments Read More

Ferrari collections come in all sizes and flavors, and no two are ever the same as each collector has his or her own distinct collecting style. David Lee’s collection is perhaps one that appeals most to the younger generation of enthusiasts, featuring all the supercar Ferraris from the ‘80s to present, as well as some of the most beautiful examples from the ‘60s.