The guys from Roadkill find out…
The guys from Roadkill find out…
Sometimes it’s just fun to watch a Porsche slice and dice in the dirt. In this video Chris Harris, one of my favorite YouTube presenters, does just that. This is a Porsche 997 Cup car that was privately modified for rallying by Tuthill Porsche in England.
Although I haven’t been so great at keeping on the blog lately (though I will be changing that), I have been good at keeping my Pinterest account up. And through a fluke of nature (which was Pinterest recommending one of my boards to new users), I now have over 20,000 followers. Whoa.
If you like your overland, off-road, camp, and adventure information in bite sized chunks, check out my Pinterest page. I have boards on camping, truck mods, Land Cruisers, Land Rovers, Skills, and a bunch of other stuff too.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, you’ll probably dig it.
Just some rally-spec 911s taking it to the dirt.
I’ve always enjoyed Chris Harris’s “Drive” channel reviews on the YouTube. I’ve also always like the Audi RS4 Avant, in fact I drove a B5 S4 Avant a few years ago and was rather fond of it. I was less fond of the maintenance costs, but that’s another story.
In this video, Chris compares the 2.7-liter, twin-turbo V6 RS4 (the B5 version), to the 4.2-liter, normally-aspirated V8 variants (the B7 and B8). For good measure, he throws in a Mercedes C63 wagon as well.
Sadly, Audi’s high-powered, all-wheel-drive, überwagons were never available in the US. Still, I enjoy seeing footage of them in the wild.
On a recent trip, my friend Greg and I figured out something interesting about driving over bumps. If you preload the suspension by briefly applying the brake right before the bump, and then get on the throttle to power over the bump, it really smooths things out and makes the bump less jarring. Motorcyclists will know this move well.
Briefly braking right before the bump compresses the suspension. This is called “preloading.” Then immediately getting on the throttle, as the front tires go over the bump, shifts the weight towards the back of the truck. This lightens the front end and the front suspension rebounds, helping to lift the front tires over the bump. Moving the weight toward the back also preloads the rear suspension. Keeping the throttle on as the rear tires go over the bump keeps the rear suspension taught. This is what you want, as an unloaded rear suspension would otherwise rebound as the rear tires clear the bump causing and uncomfortable bucking motion.
The above picture oversells it a bit. This doesn’t have to be a wheels-in-the-air maneuver. Just shifting the weight a bit is enough to make a difference.
Give it a try the next time you’re out on the trail and encounter a berm or some other relatively smooth obstacle. I bet you’ll notice a difference.
The guys from Motor Trend’s Dirt Every Day go out, buy a couple of Baja Bugs, and start their own off-road club. Hmm, maybe I could take some tips from these guys.
I’ve always liked the 80s-era Audi 4000. To my eye they look better than the 5000, cleaner, more compact.
Here’s an 1985 Audi 4000S (spotted on Bring a Trailer) with only 112k miles, a 5-speed gearbox, a sun roof, and, of course, Quattro all-wheel drive. This model was equipped with an inline, 5-cylinder engine rated at a modest 115 hp and 126 ft. lbs of torque. That’s good for a 9.5-second 0–60 time. People say they’re quiet fun to drive though.
This car is reportedly owned by a German-car-repair-shop owner in Denver and is said to have been completely mechanically sorted out.
A note on this model’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system: all four wheels are permanently engaged through three open differentials. The center and rear diffs. are lockable via levers on the dashboard.
Bidding currently stands at $7,500 with 24 bids and three days left on the clock.
Bidding on this Audi just ended at $12,655 with 36 bids.
See more photos after the jump.
Let me start by saying this video is amazing. Now let’s backup. There’s a group called The Adventurists. They host absurd rallies, donate to charities, and throw big parties at the end. One of their events, The Mongol Rally is a 10,000-mile bash from London to Ulan Bator (the capital of Mongolia) in a 1,000-cc (or less) car. What!?
Many people accepted the challenge. A group of Swiss guys calling themselves Team PZM decided to go it one better by piloting their crap Fiat through Iran, Pakistan, and China. Armed guards, ferrying over a seriously flooded highway, amazing views, and friendly people. This looks like an epic adventure.
Want to go next year?
The 46th running of the Baja 1000 starts tonight in Ensenada, Mexico, and winds along an 833-mile course to finish back in Ensenada on the 17th. Here’s a video with a little bit of history about the race, including—I just learned—the traps and obstacles set by the spectators.
Have a look at the rest of the post for a pretty cool GoPro view of last year’s race from onboard Bryce Menzies trophy truck. Read the rest of this entry »