A world without sports cars! Is that even a possibility? As the times are changing, we are seeing a definite shift in focus: from speed and agility to less dependency on fossil fuels and driverless cars. BMW sales chief Ian Robertson confirmed the phenomena about the future of sports cars in a recent interview to Bloomberg. According to him, the sports car market has pretty much collapsed if post 2008 sales figures are anything to go by. Despite an onslaught of super cars like Audi TT, Mercedes SLK and BMW Z4, sports car sales have halved over the last decade. (more…)
Lewis Hamilton was the first to admit that Ferrari’s speed that the Maranellos showcased during Friday’s practice took him a little bit by surprise.
Although the reigning champion managed to beat Kimi Raikonnen’s time by fourth tenths of a second, he had to acknowledge the progress that the Italian team made since the previous season. “The Ferraris look great, they really do. Surprising to see how close they are this weekend.” – said Hamilton when they asked for his input regarding the Finn’s pace.
This wasn’t Hamilton’s biggest problem however. The difficulties with his power unit persist and the possibility of a forced engine change has already come up. Although he managed to get the top time during the practice, he wasn’t all that satisfied with the gear shifts and thought the car could be even faster without those technical obstacles.
Hamilton thinks that because of those problems, the preparation for the second race of the year wasn’t ideal. “They’ve been pretty heavily compromised. Whenever you lose a session that definitely doesn’t help, as well as half if not more of the second session. The team did an amazing job to re-build the car and I’m very grateful. Just to have got some laps were crucial. Sunday will be hard” – he said.
The Mercedes team started out the season in the best possible way with Hamilton placing 1st and Nico Rosberg 2nd at the opener in Melbourne. The team that won the Formula One World Constructors’ title last season in a landslide (and with a new record) looks primed to repeat in the new season. Many fear that the World Drivers’ Championship could turn out to be a snooze fest, but with Hamilton’s technical problems, the Malaysian GP could turn out to be one of the more exciting races of the season.
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Japanese cars are mostly regarded for their reliability and affordability. That is the reason they retain the greatest market share in all vehicle segments across the world. Here in this article, you will find top Japanese cars that are most suitable for drifting on tracks. Let’s go deep and find out why we picked these:
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The Nissan GT-R is undoubtedly the most favorite Japanese sports car, and the successor version of the legendary Nissan Skyline GT-R. This is considered best for drifting not only in Japan, but also across the world. The 2015 Nissan GT-R takes its power from a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 engine that uses six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission to draw a maximum of 542 horsepower and 632 Nm of torque. Having more aggressive suspension, unique front spoiler and improved brake cooling, the new Nissan GT-R is the best car to provide an adventurous drift experience.
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The Subaru BRZ is a compact sports car jointly designed by Subaru and Toyota Motor Corporation, but manufactured solely by Subaru. In some markets, it is also known as Toyota 86 and Scion FR-S. The Subaru BRZ is an active participant of numerous motorsport events, and has also won the SP3 class in 2012 24 Hours Nurburgring. It is built on a 2.0 liter flat-four boxer engine mated to a six-speed transmission that produces around 200 horsepower and 205 Nm torque. This car is designed for easy flip-flops, even with its low engine specs. The suspension setup of Subaru BRZ is different and improved from that of Toyota 86, making it a better player on the track.
Honda CR-Z Mugen
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The Honda CR-Z is a hybrid electric sport compact hatchback that was launched by the Japanese automaker in 2010. It is the only car in this list with a hybrid powertrain and hatchback body style. The motorsport division of Honda Mugen has specially pinched the CR-Z for track racing and drifting. The total output of 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine with electric DC brushless motor, which is normally 135 horsepower, is boosted to 174 horsepower and 263 Nm torque. In a general perception, hatchbacks are not much suitable for drifting purposes. But, the automakers are proving this perception as incorrect by developing cars like CR-Z and the new entrant Lexus LF-SA.
Mitsubishi Evo X
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The Evolution X is so far the greatest development in the Mitsubishi Lancer lineup, which is specifically used in motorsport activities. The Evo X sedan features a newly designed 4B11T 2.0 liter turbocharged all-aluminum inline four-cylinder GEMA engine that gives up to 291 horsepower and 366 Nm torque, using six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. The key aspect that enhances its drifting ability is its suspension with Eibach springs and Bilstein struts.
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The MX-5 is the only sports car from Mazda Motor Corporation currently in production. Recently, the company revealed fourth generation of Mazda MX-5, being coded as ND. The suspension has been changed from 4-wheel double wishbone setup to a front wishbone/rear multilink setup. It encloses a 2.0 liter MZR four-cylinder engine generating up to 158 horsepower and 188 Nm torque. Even though it is available in a range of transmission options, the manual gearbox is ideal for drifting.
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Drifting is an expensive hobby, which could be even more pricey when you go for European or American cars. The Japanese cars listed above can deliver similar experience with a little tuning and tweaking in a reasonable cost.