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 |  Aug 11 2010, 10:30 PM


All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Aston Martin‘s design director, Marek Reichman, and their engineering manager, Chris Porritt, will be competing in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge on August 21st at Oulton Park. The Aston Martin GT4 Challenge is a one-make race series created by the British exotic car maker.

This will be Reichman’s first real event in a Vantage GT4, despite being part of the design team with Aston Martin’s race cars including the LMP1. “The design team has been closely involved in the design of all our race cars, from the works LMP1 prototype to the Vantage GT4,” Reichman said, “but I’ve always longed to get even more closely involved and the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge provides the perfect introduction to GT4 racing for me.”

His co-driver will be Chris Porritt, Aston Martin’s engineering manager. Porritt has experience behind the wheel of a GT4-spec Aston, especially on Nurburgring, and Oulton Park is his home track. Though he’s never raced a GT4 car at Oulton Park, we’re going to guess that he’ll acclimate rather quickly.

We wish our work allowed us to race really expensive cars around on the track… oh wait, it does!

GALLERY: Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Series

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[Source: MotorTrend]

 |  Apr 30 2010, 12:19 PM

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Anyone who races a Honda Civic, Volkswagen GTI or other high performance front drive car is familiar with lifting the inside wheel when cornering hard. But these Fiat 500 racers take front-wheel drive handling dynamics to a new level.

The video in question, taken at the Oulton Park circuit, shows how dangerous oversteer can be. While the oversteer wasn’t exactly the desired effect, something like that can be recovered. From looking at the video, it appears the driver wasn’t able to exit the corner properly (watch his front wheels at about 8 seconds in and you’ll see the front wheels go straight for just a second), and headed straight for the curbing, launching him up on two wheels.

Admittedly, the video is a cool example of motorsport heroics, but stunts like this do not win races. See for yourself after the jump.

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