Motorsports: 24 Hours of Le Mans ends with broken records [spoilers]

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24 Hours of Le Mans

The 2013 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has come to an end, and the results require the use of an eraser on the old record books. If you don’t want to know how it ended, now would be the time to stop reading, because the results are just below.

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Bruno Senna records a lap of Spa one-handed

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Bruno Senna laps Spa one-handed – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Formula One driver Bruno Senna possesses some serious driving skills. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be driving the Lotus Renault R30 on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. But is Senna good enough at his craft to hammer out a lap at Spa using only one hand?

The brash Brazillian wanted to give his YouTube followers a first-hand account of what it’s like to drive the R30 at Spa, so he recorded the lap with his cell phone. Actually, it’s not exactly a lap of the classic circuit, it’s more like a stunt session. If you’re worried about distracted driving, don’t, because Senna says in the video description: “Please note I drove within safe limits and not flat-out,” then proceeds to tell others not to drive and shoot video at the same time.

That sounded nice and safe, at least until we saw the video. While we’re sure Senna wasn’t going all out, he was still moving faster than most humans ever should with both hands on the wheel. “Safe limits” clearly means different things to different people, no? Amazingly, Senna turns out to be as good a videographer as he is a driver, as the finished product is amazingly steady and well-composed.

Hit the jump to watch the amazing video for yourself, especially if you’ve always wanted a first-hand account of what a donut in an F1 car would look like. Nicely done, Mr. Senna, but probably not all that safe.

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Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak sets NHRA AA/SA records

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2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak

2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak – Click above for larger image

The Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak debuted just shy of a month ago and has already stormed its way into the NHRA record books. Driver Dave Thomas laid down a 9.43-second pass at 143.90 mph at a test session April 7, simultaneously setting the elapsed time and mile-per-hour records for the AA/SA class.

Thomas’ record is all the more impressive when you consider that he made his first-ever passes in the car the Sunday before the record run. With capabilities in the nine-second range almost as soon as it comes out of the box, we expect there are quicker times to be pulled out of the only V10-powered factory dragster.

As a refresher, the V10 Drag Pak carries a slightly modified version of the 500 cubic-inch mill from the Viper mated to a two-speed race-only transmission and a Mopar solid-axle rear end. The car comes ready to race, with an NHRA-approved roll cage, fuel system and racing wheels and tires. Full press release after the jump.

Gallery: 2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak

2011 Mopar Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak

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Hybrid sales plummet 40% in August; Prius records 37.5% decline

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2010 Toyot Aprius

2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

One month of dreary sales figures doesn’t signal the end of the hybrid, but the numbers reported for August hint that without a rise in gas prices, hybrid vehicle sales will likely continue to suffer. Overall hybrid sales dropped 40.4 percent in August compared to a year ago. Not even the mighty Toyota Prius could avoid the plunge. Prius sales fell 37.5 percent compared to August 2009 and dropped off 16.3 percent compared to the July 2010 numbers. Combined, Toyota and Lexus hybrids saw a 36.2 percent decline from a year ago. Ford fared better by posting a 17.1 percent drop in year-over-year numbers.

Hybrid sales were clearly boosted last August by the government’s Cash for Clunkers program, but this summer’s low gas prices take much of the blame for the current hybrid sales plunge. Toyota remains in the number one spot, posting 15,444 sales last month. Ford sits in second place after moving 3,894 hybrid vehicles off dealer lots, while Honda holds onto third with 3,485 sales. It’s getting redundant, but Toyota still leads the hybrid market. Anyone want to place bets on when (or if) that’ll change?

Gallery: 2010 Toyota Prius

[Sources: Green Car Advisor, Autoblog]

Hybrid sales plummet 40% in August; Prius records 37.5% decline originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 04 Sep 2010 09:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monterey 2010: Gooding smashes records at Pebble Beach auction

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2010 Gooding Pebble Beach Auction – Click above for high-res image gallery

We witnessed several million-dollar cars go up for sale at RM’s auction on Saturday night, but across town, the Gooding & Company auction had even more impressive metal crossing the block. Gooding’s two night auction resulted in more than $64 million in sales, including six world records. “We went into this year’s Pebble Beach Auctions with high expectations because of the sheer number of extraordinary cars we had consigned,” said David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. “Our highest-ever Pebble Beach weekend results at $64.59 Million speak for themselves and I couldn’t be happier.”

The record-setting cars auctioned off by Gooding:

  • 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione at $7,260,000
  • 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza at $6,710,000
  • 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod at $6,105,000
  • 1956 Maserati 200SI at $2,640,000
  • 1951 Ferrari 340 America Spider at $2,530,000
  • 1937 Jaguar SS100 at $1,045,000

In addition, several other cars topped the million dollar mark including a 1995 McLaren F1 at $3,575,000, a 1928 Mercedes-Benz S 26/180 Boattail Speedster at $3,740,000 and a 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I at $1,650,000.

Gallery: 2010 Gooding Pebble Beach Auction

[Source: Gooding & Company]

Monterey 2010: Gooding smashes records at Pebble Beach auction originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Aug 2010 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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