If you’ve ever watched the original 1960s-era Star Trek, you know just how bad so-called “practical effects” can look, especially when the camera lingers too long on low-budget models. The creative brain trust clearly took advantage of a relatively compact digital SLR camera, a hand-held steadicam, and his skills with Final Cut Pro to craft a sequence that would likely have impressed the directors of Bullitt or Gone in Sixty Seconds.
The next time you watch an action film with lots of stunts performed by actual drivers, know that many of the basic shooting techniques used aren’t that far removed from what Zach King did in his cul-de-sac.
The British journalist Chris Harris has driven the street legal Formula Ford racing car 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine. The unit was tweaked to develop 170 horsepower.
This amount of power was obtained via a new ECU and thanks to a turbocharger from the larger 1.6 liter Turbo EcoBoost engine. The Formula Ford 1.0 EcoBoost is very light, sharp and responsive and thanks to that amount of power it can be driven at high speeds with no problem.
After the jump you can see how the street legal Formula Ford car can deal with Chris Harris.
The weapon of choice is the Peugeot Sport 208 T16, a purpose-built, carbon fiber, 4-wheel drive, 875-hp, mid-engine rocketship. Peugeot was kind enough to film its construction, so have a look at the time-lapse video.
In a clever fashion, Mazda has proved that its MX-5 Miata is the world’s fastest convertible in a drag race set in Southern California.
Lining up against some of the world’s most prestigious convertibles, the Miata took down the likes of the Lamborghini Gallardo, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Ford Mustang V6, and Porsche 911 Carrera.
So how did it achieve this seemingly impossible task? Well, we won’t spoil it for you, so you’ll just have to watch the video below to find out.
Last week, Sony and Polyphony Digital set the web atwitter (figuratively and literally) with the announcement that Gran Turismo 6 arrives this fall for the Playstation 3. Today, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios get their licks in with the announcement of the Xbox One next-gen console and its slate of launch titles. Among them? Forza Motorsport 5. The teaser trailer is posted below and your eyes will need some sort of counseling after you watch it, such is its breathtaking fantasy city.
The vid pits a McLaren F1 against a McLaren P1, and the choice of cars is not coincidental. McLaren is sponsoring a contest, highlighted at the end of the reel that gives you a chance to ride up the hill in a P1 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Fun eh!! Enjoy the vide
The last time you probably saw race car driver Justin Bell behind the wheel of a Viper was most likely the 1998 Le Mans race, when he won the GT2 class. Now, on the premiere episode of The World’s Fastest Car Show, Bell takes a turn behind the wheel of the 2013 SRT Viper.
With a naturally aspirated 8.4-liter V-10 that pumps out a massive 640 hp, 600 lb-ft of torque, and a rip-snorting soundtrack, the automotive world doesn’t get much more muscle than the Viper. In true sports-car form, all that power is directed to the rear axle through a short-throw six-speed manual transmission. No, an automatic is not available.
The 2014 Audi R8 is a very special car that requires special assembly techniques. And to remind us that the R8 isn’t just built on a run-of-the-mill production line, Audi has produced the following video showcasing the handcrafted process required to build the supercar.
The short clip features just a few of the 241 specialists who help construct the R8. Just under 5200 components go into the supercar and the video emphasizes the amount of care and detail that goes into installing each part, from the taillights to the four-ringed badge on the hood.