Early February means one thing for us…. we get to attend press day for the Canadian International Autoshow. We are privileged to be accredited media for the event. Roaming the show floor with only press minus the hustle and bustle of the general public is a totally different experience. We are allowed to take much better photos and get a more in depth and personal experience with most of the cars. We’re not in the market for a 6 figure luxury sedan anytime soon, but it’s nice pretending for a day.
The Mclaren P1 is hands down THE one car you need to see at the CIAS. It is the new bedroom poster king. Taking over from our F40, 959, Countach, and F1 posters. Pfaff also brought out their MP4-12C Spa-F and roadster to the super car hall. While the Heffner Turbo R8, Porsche 964 Turbo and Mercedes SLS Roadster were among their other display cars in their other display.
One would think racecars standing still are a sad sight. They unfortunately can`t be racing all of the time. Luckily they look just as fast standing still. Can`t get enough splitters, diffusers, wings, toe hooks, centre locks.
Road cars and concepts make up most of the show floor. The last few photos show off an awesome paint finish from Ferrari. Also great shades of blue from BMW and Subaru.
The FIA announced the other day that the season finale race will now award double points. DAFUQ? No don’t give single points for pole or fastest lap, let’s double the points for the shit show that is Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. They also scheduled the American GP (in Texas) the same day as the NASCAR race in Texas. Genius. Who runs the FIA? Rob Ford? I’ve been an F1 proponent for years, even though I know the product is sometimes suspect. But COME ON, listen to the fans for once. We can’t go back in time for low downforce, wide, big tire’d, balls out cars anymore. But these retro liveries, liken to bygone years of smokes and retro graphics, make it possible for us to time travel..sort of.
Got chills down my back watching this video. As much as I wanted the Porsche 918 to beat this car, I just can’t see it happening. There was a time when a sub 8 minute lap meant you we’re in the big leagues. Now youre hypercar needs to break into the 6s.
Also foudn this quote over at Jalopnik in the comments:
“There’s a McLaren dealer going in across from our Porsche dealership. In talking with those guys they said they contacted the manufacturer about the ring time as they have sold some P1’s and the customers want to know. McLaren told them the P1 ran a 6:47 on street tires and a 6:33 on slicks. The only reason there holding back on releasing the time is because there waiting for Ferrari to release the LaFerrari’s time first so Ferrari doesn’t use their time as a benchmark and try and go beat it”
With Ferrari being the sly pricks that they are, I can almost gaurantee they will either up the boost, run race slicks or over power their KERS just to beat the time set by Mecca.
Racing movies mostly suck. The two standouts being Grand Prix and Le Mans. While not exactly great films, in the realms of auto racing in film. They are the best. I hope Rush can be mentioned with those two in the future. I still have a soft spot for Days of Thunder though. Let’s not get started on Driven.
It is the story of James Hunt, the dude who slept with 33 air stewardesses in a span of two weeks vs. Niki Lauda, the guy who almost died at the Nurburgring, only to return 2 races later.