Tuesday, September 21, 2010 02:30
Finding folks crashing their junk and junking their crash all over the web is easy. These web-vids don’t speak too highly of mankind, though. How about something to brag to your alien buddies about? Supreme examples of professionals doing extraordinarily skillful things, piloting wonderful vehicles being used as their makers intended are also to be had. Let’s be proud of our species for a change. And, no, if you did it on Gran Turismo, it doesn’t count. Posting your video-game heroics on YouTube is, in fact, one of the sure signs you’re a poseur.
Massive Road-Race & Rally Action
Yuppers, more hillclimbing, but here they’re racers laying it down with massive prowess. The first driver on “3 Car Pile Up—Episode 8—Hill Climb” is purported to be none other than Japanese hillclimb legend Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima (you’d be called “Monster” too if you were a six-foot seven Japanese guy), who’s come so close to the record on Pike’s Peak (and to the edge of Pike’s Peak) that he likely can actually taste it. He’s awesome. The second portion of the web-vid is of an unidentified hillclimber in Europe (traditional hillclimbing is often done on tarmac, in road-race vehicles) in a very identifiable Ferrari 333SP. And, no, the video is NOT sped up. Okay, so there’s a snippet at the end that’s got a radical trail buggy trying to go up a sheer cliff, but count that as a bonus.
Porsche 996 GT2 Gets Dusted on Nurburgring by Caterham
There once was a man named Colin Chapman, and his deal was lightness. His Lotus Seven was a road-race delight, and the Caterham is a very loyal (and fast) knockoff. “Caterham R500 Vs 996 GT2—Nurburgring battle lap2” shows a very effective road-race tool—the Porsche 996 GT2—being left behind by a car with half the horsepower and, most importantly, half the mass. If you’ve never gone this fast before, admit that you have no idea what sort of talent it takes to just keep up with drivers like this—it’s nuts. More importantly, these aren’t even the world’s best, just the 99th percentile. There are a few videos of Caterhams making far more powerful cars look like they’re tied to fence posts on YouTube. Enjoy.