Saturday, September 14, 2013

2014 United SportsCar Championship schedule still TBD?

Radio LeMans Midweek Motorsports this week reports that teams looking ahead to the 2014 United SportsCar season have had potential sponsors walk away because they have been unable to answer questions like, how many races there will be? where? and what television coverage will they have? Surely some dates are confirmed, but the complete schedule is still unannounced. Since we are already in mid-September, this is not likely a good start. Perhaps the organization can only get better from here?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Photo of the Week #30

It has been more than a week since the last one.

Hemmings Sports & Exotic car show.

This coming Saturday August 3rd 2013 is the Hemming Sports & Exotic Car magazine car show in Saratoga Springs, NY. The show is held on the lawn adjacent to the Saratoga Auto Museum. This is one show that I always try to attend. There are many unique and rare cars that you don't see at the average auto show. Also stop by the Auto Museum to see the latest display featuring BMW cars and motorcycles.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Jaguar Alive Driving Experience

About one month ago I received an invitation in the mail from Jaguar inviting me to their Jaguar Alive Driving Experience at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. I signed up for a Saturday afternoon time and drove out. There was a large temporary facility constructed in one of the parking lots of the stadium. Inside were jaguar vehicles on display as well as complimentary beverages and appetizers. After a short marketing presentation we were off on our road drive in a 2013 XF 3.0. A brief couple of mile trip on the road allowed me to get a feel of the comfort the car provided driver and passengers. We returned to the stadium where three temporary tracks had been layed out for driving demonstration. On the first course I drove a 2013 XJ-R awd. This course had sand and mud put down to demonstrate the traction control, stability control and awd systems. The second course was a traditional autocross course. I drove a XF-R on this course. The 510hp supercharged V-8 was very impressive, as were the huge brakes. Both features helped make this big 4 door sedan feel and handle like a smaller car. Three laps around this course was a lot of fun and made me appreciate the power and handling the XJ-R has. The third and final course was a straight line acceleration run. I would guess it was about 900-1000 feet long. For this run Jaguar was providing their top gun, the XK-R S. A 550hp supercharged V-8. 0-60 times are advertised at 4.2 seconds. There is no doubt the car is capable of doing this. On my run I made 78mph before applying the huge brakes. The brakes made more than 1G of stopping power when bringing the car down from 78mph to about 10mph. Overall it was a fun day enjoying the best Jaguar cars has to offer. I hope I get invited back some day.