Formula 1 is all about speed. It's the pinnacle of autosports, and engineers are tasked with finding creative ways to make the cars as fast as possible while the drivers are tasked with racing the wheels off of 'em. Formula 1 has seen some fantastic-looking machines, such as the Lotus 49, but it has also featured some truly odd ones. And with the current crop of F1 cars on the field, we've decided to take a look back at some of the weirdest ones ever to make it out of the wind tunnel!
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Since the invention of the first horseless carriage, mankind has spent untold fortunes in the pursuit of going just a little bit faster. Why? Because there's nothing quite like a good old-fashioned bar fight over whether Car A counts as a production car, or if Car B is really faster using a special setting. The way it works around here is simple: if in the car's day, you could pick up the phone (or send a telegraph), promise a small-to-mid-sized fortune, and take delivery of your very own crazy-fast car, it counts as a production car. Ridiculously fast one-offs never meant for public consumption? Not so much. Here are the fastest production cars the world has ever seen. Some of them won't surprise you in the slightest, and others might be conspicuous by their absence.
Lexus has announced the full details on its 354-hp LC 500h coupe. When we heard that Lexus would build a hybrid variant of its LC coupe, we hoped it would feature the 5.0-liter V8. But while those two extra cylinders didn't make the final cut, the hybrid drivetrain has some unconventional features that make it unique.
The idea of flying cars was introduced by sci-fi author Jules Verne and has adorned numerous covers of Popular Mechanics magazine ever since.
There has been recent development in cars that fly, including a company that Google co-founder Larry Page invested in, but Toyota’s apparent toe-in-the-water raises some questioning eyebrows. The Japanese automaker has recently been awarded a patent it filed back in March 2014 that covers a “stackable wing for an aerocar.”
At Fast Lane, we have had our share of races. Be it spec, time attack, formula, or chump car, we like to win. Today's blog post has a few others that love to win. In fact, they pretty much destroyed their competition and redefined their sport. Below are the 10 most successful race cars of all time!
The 24 Hours of Le Mans holds a special place in our hearts. More than any other race, it's a crucible in which new technology is forged, technology that's directly relevant to the cars you or I drive on the road. And for 23 hours and 57 minutes, this year's race belonged to Toyota Gazoo Racing, which put on a fine show with its pair of TS050 hybrid race cars. But racing can be a cruel, cruel sport—and this year was crueler than most.
Whether it’s a hotrod, stock classic or a modern machine, the community of car enthusiasts around the world knows how to make a statement with a set of wheels. As temperatures warm they appear from winter-long hibernations. Engines spark to life, exhaust bellows and gears engage. With a touch of the accelerator, they emerge from the garage ready to hit the street. Unless you’re down under, then you will be getting your ride ready for hibernation, longing for next summer. For us car enthusiasts, the automobile is more than just a form of transportation to get from point A to point B - it's a way of life. It’s exhilaration of the vehicle’s torque pushing you deep into the seat as you dart from one apex to the other, and the roar of the throttle as you open it up on that long straight, there is nothing like it. It’s just you and the open road, who wouldn’t love it?
Now that you've signed up for a track day with Fast Lane Racing School, you need to prepare your car. The first course of action is to review the "Tech Inspection" form to gain a clear understanding of what it will take to make sure your car is fit for the track. The technical inspection for a track day are common sense reviews to assure us, the other drivers and yourself your car is in proper working condition. In the event you are unsure of your vehicle’s condition, any good repair facility can help you determine if any work is necessary before a track event.
From start to finish, the front office to the instructors and track crew, we are here to make sure your dreams become a reality. Not only do we want to make sure you're at your best on the track, we want to make sure you have the time of your life as well! One of the ways we do this is to have a top notch staff. We would like for you to get to know us a little better, so we’ve decided to introduce something new. Interviews with our instructors! First up is one of our Lead Instructors, Steve Staveley!
The Toyota Museum in Torrance, CA houses a collection of milestone vehicles representing Toyota's history in the U.S. It is valued at over $17 million, and includes a variety of vehicles dating from 1958 to present, as well as a considerable assortment of motorsports vehicles. Opening in January 2000, it is the only Toyota Museum outside Japan; the Toyota Automobile Museum is located in Nagoya, Japan.
The museum is open to the public, with reservations required. To schedule an appointment, contact Susan Sanborn at 310-468-8726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. With the coporate move to Texas, it isnt clear how long the museum and its collection will stay in Southern California, so make sure you check it out soon! Here are a few of our favorites!
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Alfonso Ribeiro won the 2016 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, triumphing over the most accomplished field the annual charity racing event has ever seen. The roaring crowd witnessed the stunning performance by Ribeiro, who started the race in the 8th position and successfully avoided any collisions or walls to take the checkered flag.
Ribeiro, now a four-time Toyota Pro/Celebrity winner (1994, 1995 & 2015), is best-known for his role as ‘Carlton’ on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Ribeiro, who is the new host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” had the fastest lap of the day with a time of 1:42.102.
It's a bittersweet moment for us here at Fast Lane. On the 40th anniversarry of the Toyota Pro Celebrity Race, Toyota announced that it would be their last. and while we are sad to see it go, we are excited to bring you one last, incredible race. Not just any celebrities mind you, but ones that have risked it all before and come out on top
With the 2016 World Endurance Championship kicking off in less than a month, Toyota has just unveiled its newest Le Mans Prototype racer. Forget the Prius, this is the hybrid that we want in our garage. Replacing the TS040 Hybrid Racecar from last year, Toyota is introducing the TS050 Hybrid, which will take on other LMP1 Hybrid racers from Porsche and Audi. This is the third car Toyota has built for the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class, and this is the car that carries the hopes for another season championship.
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Ding Dong, Scion is dead....Less than six weeks after Toyota pulled the plug, and little else left to do but to clean the carpets and lock the doors, the transition of Scion products to Toyota has begun. The public debut will take place at next week's New York Auto Show, and sales begin this fall. The Scion iM will become the Toyota Corolla iM. The Scion iA will become the Toyota Yaris iA. The tC coupe has been discontinued. Last but not least, the Scion FR-S will become the Toyota 86.
A few years ago, BMW and Toyota announced a partnership to build a new generation of sports cars under the code name "Silk Road". One of those "East meets West" things. Ever since then, all sorts of rumors have been flying around that the BMW will use the platform for its new Z car, while Toyota wants to use it on its iconic Supra. The original Supra was produced from 1978 to 2002 and has obtained a legendary status with practically any auto enthusiast. The new 2017 Toyota Supra will come in our near future, probably in 2016 as a 2017 model, and it will be a result of the cooperation between these two companies
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After a 19 year absents from the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Alfonso Ribeiro wins the Race for the third time in the both overall and Pro category. Dave Pasant, a retired insurance executive, won the Celebrity category.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 17, 2015)
Watch the video below for some behind the scenes of the race.
Nascar and Top Gear host, Rutledge Wood, takes the overall win in the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race while 2012's overall winner, Adam Carolla, wins Pro
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 19, 2013)
Nascar/Top Gear Host Rutledge Wood sped to the finish line in the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, triumphing over a field of film, television, music and sports stars in an exceptionally exciting and competitive event. This year marked the return of a true Front-Engine, Rear-Wheel Drive Sportscar, the Scion FR-S. The last time this race hosted a similar platform was in the mid 80's. Returning Comedian and Car Guy, Adam Corolla, become the first driver to win both the Celebrity & Pro category back to back.