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Under clear blue skies with a coastal breeze from nearby Monterey Bay, the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Challenge visited the historic Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca for its fourth round of the 2022 season. Scheduled in Spring for the first time since 2016, it was IMSA’s first race of 2022, run on a purpose-built road course. Team strategies that worked at the Daytona 24,Sebring 12, and recent “street fight” at Long Beach would undoubtedly need to be changed. Could the current points leaders extend their margins, or was it time to shuffle the deck on one of America’s most historic tracks? I investigate the three most popular classes to find out.

Whelen Racing’s Pipo Derani and Tristan Nunez

Whelen Racing’s Pipo Derani and Tristan Nunez
Whelen Racing’s Pipo Derani and Tristan Nunez finished third and currently sit fourth in DPi championship points. © 2022 Rex McAfee

The hot-shoes upfront in DPi (Daytona Prototype International) entered the May 1st weekend with the #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, driven by Alex Lynn and Earl Bamber just 3 points ahead of the #5 JDC Miller MotorSports Cadillac piloted by Tristan Vautier and Richard Westbrook.

But hold on a second before you assume an “all Cadi” podium; Acura won this race the last three years and counting. The #10 Konica Minolta Acura (Wayne Talyor Racing), driven by Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque, is of particular interest, having won last year’s event. Was it time to make it “four in a row” for Acura?

Blue and black Acura DPi

Blue and black Acura DPi
Making it four years in a row for an Acura DPi winning at Weathertech Raceway, drivers Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque started on the pole and never looked back. © 2022 Rex McAfee

Even before qualifying on Saturday, a glimpse of Sunday was revealed in Friday’s practice when Ricky Taylor unofficially broke the DPi track record with a lap time of 1:14.400 (108.290 mph) in the #10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05. When Saturday’s qualifying ended, he bested that with a 1:13.924, earning him pole position.

Confirming the buzz in the paddock that Acuras seem to have an advantage over the Cadillacs on this diverse 2.238-mile circuit, Oliver Jarvis filled the remaining front-row spot driving the Meyer Shank Racing W/Curb-Agajanian Acura DPi with a time of 1:14.013. Would Cadillac respond on Sunday?

Rear view of PFAFF Porsche

Rear view of PFAFF Porsche
Drivers Mathieu Jaminet and Matt Campbell drove the PFAFF Porsche to a first in class at Laguna elevating them to the new points leader in GTD PRO. © 2022 Rex McAfee

When the green flag dropped on Sunday, the #10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 piloted by Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque maintained the lead for 111 out of 117, leaving no doubt who owned this weekend. Second place was captured by the Acura DPi from Meyer Shank Racing, with Tom Blomqvist earning the overall fastest lap of the race.

If there was a surprise in DPi this weekend, it was when the Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac of Pipo Derani and Tristan Nunez, which qualified last, eventually worked their way up to grab the last spot on the podium. Congratulations to Acura for making it four in a row.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2022 Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Presented by Motul
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2022-hyundai-monterey-sports-car-championship/
Published Date: Wed, 11 May 2022 16:29:30 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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