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Dany Bahar, the man responsible for running Lotus at the moment, has his fair share of critics. However, he is moving the brand forward through expansion, and his latest move is to give this famed British marque a brand new test track.
The new Lotus Test Track is situated in Hethel, U.K., a stone throws away from the old Lotus factory in Norfolk.
This 2.3-mile track boasts 12 pit garages, and is FIA approved, so not only can it hold races for thr FIA GT championship, but can also be used for testing F1 cars.
This $15-million circuit will also be mainly used to develop the new breed of Lotus road cars, which should hit the market in two years time.
F1 legends Jean Alesi and Nigel Mansell were at hand to open this new facility, with Mansel piloting his 1980 Type 88 car around the new track, followed by Elesi in the Lotus Type 125 Exos Experience car, as well as Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna in their Lotus Renault GP F1 cars.
GALLERY: Lotus Hethel Track Grand Opening
NJMP is one of the newest tracks in America, having opened its doors back in 2008. It currently has two road courses and a professional karting track. Future plans included adding a tri-oval and an off-road track.
Sadly it looks like those expansion plans might not get to mature, unless someone can step in to buy this facility and run it properly.
It’s not only the track that is suffering, as the real-estate market in Millville, NJ has been hit hard by the recession and many surrounding projects have been scrapped.
[Source: Axis of Oversteer]
Honda is selling their proving grounds in the Mojave Desert, and if you’re the type that likes to invest between 7 and 8 figures in real estate, then this might be a real treat.
With just under 3,800 acres of land, the big draws are a 7.5 mile oval course, a 4.5 mile road course modeled after public streets and a variety of desert tracks and surfaces that can be used for everything from Motorcross to off-road truck racing, the proving grounds could be the toy for a well-heeled motorized vehicle enthusiast.
Best of all, the track’s location is only 2 hours from LAX, meaning that you can easily access it by Bugatti Veyron or Gulfstream Jet, unlike those other pesky tracks located in flyover states.
[Source: The Truth About Cars]
Owning any Ferrari is something special. Owning a rare Ferrari like the Enzo is even more impressive. But a one-off special, built specifically for you, takes it to a level that can’t be measured.
James Glickenhaus should know, since he owns the only Ferrari P4/5 in the world, a car with the underpinnings of the Enzo and a body designed by Pininfarina on his request. The end result is both beautiful and functional.
Thankfully Mr. Glickenhaus did not turn it into a garage queen or a museum piece. He enjoys driving it and shares the videos with the rest of the world. His latest video has him high speed testing at a track in France, followed by a trip to the center of Paris. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and best sounding supercars of all time. Watch the video below to see what we mean:
Where you one of those kids who would smash your toy cars together? If so, I bet your dream job lies in Sweden in Volvo’s crash test laboratory. More than 3,000 full-scale crashes have taken place, making this the most used and (still) most advanced crash research centre on the planet.
“We can replicate most of the accident scenarios that take place out on the roads. By analysing the results and then testing new safety technology, we can improve the safety level in our cars so that they become even safer in real-life traffic conditions,” said Thomas Broberg, senior safety advisor at Volvo Cars.
How advanced is this place? Well, they’ve just installed new cameras…that can take video at 200,000 frames per second.
“The degree of precision in a test in which two moving cars collide at 31 mph is 2.5 centimetres. This corresponds to two thousandths of a second. By way of comparison, a blink of the human eye takes about 60 thousandths of a second. This says a whole lot about the laboratory’s precision,” says Broberg.
Click through for some incredible facts about the safety center.
According to a just-released German police report, a driver died at a Volkswagen test track earlier this week. The man’s name was not released, but the report did say that we was a 42-year-old Brazilian. The accident occurred at VW’s Ehra-Lessien test track near the German automaker’s head offices in Wolfsburg. The track is an extensive facility with many different areas and 60 miles of paved roads, and is the location where Volkswagen’s Bugatti division recorded a top speed run of 253 mph in the Veyron supercar (pictured above).
According to the German police the unnamed test driver lost control of his vehicle during a sudden downpour. He managed to stop it without incident but was then hit by another out-of-control vehicle on the same track. The impact trapped the driver and he succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The other driver, a 27-year-old, was taken to Wolfsburg hospital with serious injuries.
The German police and Volkswagen officials are investigating the incident.