Smart Hillclimb Special

It takes a bit of commitment and determination to create what no-one has done before. Usually it means that either it’s a dumb idea, or it’s really tricky. So when Jim Gazey decided he’d turn his Smart ForTwo (or ForOne if you like) into a hillclimb car, he had to do some very careful plotting […]

Jim Gazey in his Smart ForOne hillclimb car

Jim Gazey in his Smart ForOne hillclimb car

Smart ForOne hillclimb car

Smart ForOne hillclimb car

It takes a bit of commitment and determination to create what no-one has done before. Usually it means that either it’s a dumb idea, or it’s really tricky. So when Jim Gazey decided he’d turn his Smart ForTwo (or ForOne if you like) into a hillclimb car, he had to do some very careful plotting and measuring. to squeeze an ex-Toyota MR2 engine into the nano-space where a humble 3-pot normally resides takes some doing. Gut the interior and fit a roll cage, and it doesn’t look, on the face of it, there’ll be much room to squeeze in Jim’s not insubstantial frame. Makes you wonder what happens to the centre of gravity of it all…Reportedly, some heavy right foot at the start line raises the nose dragster-like a full 12 inches off the black stuff. Brave indeed.

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Electric E-Wolf e-1 racer

Oooh, this looks interesting ! An electric single seater racer with road legal options. We hope this isn’t vaporware, and certainly, the acceleration of the Tesla Roadster proves that blistering performance is possible in an electrocar. With a lightweight carbon/aluminum chassis it’s gonna be quick, although e-Wolf only claim a sub 5 second sub 0-100kph. […]

e-Wolf electric racer E1

e-Wolf electric racer E1


Oooh, this looks interesting ! An electric single seater racer with road legal options. We hope this isn’t vaporware, and certainly, the acceleration of the Tesla Roadster proves that blistering performance is possible in an electrocar. With a lightweight carbon/aluminum chassis it’s gonna be quick, although e-Wolf only claim a sub 5 second sub 0-100kph. Top speed is claimed to be limited to 250kph suggesting that there would be more to come.

E-Wolf E-2 electric sportscar

e-Wolf e2 electric sportscar

The idea is that e-Wolf launch the E-1 single seater, and follow it up with the E-2 sportscar/supercar. Li-Tec batteries appear to be the key to their performance and range. Read on for more details

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2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto / Motor Show – Lotus Evora, 124 Racer and Exige Cup 260

Lotus displayed their new Evora type 124 Endurance Racer, destined to be a factory entry in a few key endurance races over the next year. Continuing the racing theme: there was a special trackday type version of the Exige called the Cup 260. This is a 2010 update from previous models. With very strong rumours […]

Lotus displayed their new Evora type 124 Endurance Racer, destined to be a factory entry in a few key endurance races over the next year. Continuing the racing theme: there was a special trackday type version of the Exige called the Cup 260. This is a 2010 update from previous models.

Lotus Evora type 124 Endurance Racer

Lotus Evora type 124 Endurance Racer


Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora


Lotus Evora first customer delivery at Hethel factory

Lotus Evora first customer delivery at Hethel factory

With very strong rumours that Lotus will re-enter Formula 1 motor racing next season, with Malaysian backing, it’s good to see them pushing the race versions of their cars out to the general public. The memory of Lotus founder and enthusiastic race designer Colin Chapman’s racing heritage is still alive in the minds of car enthusiasts.

The standard Evora is now in full production and deliveries have started. Here’s a photo of the first customer car to be handed over at the Hethel factory in Norfolk, UK at the beginning of September 2009.

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Murray Walker – The Scrapbook

From 1949 to the early naughties Murray Walker really has been the true legend of motor racing commentary. We caught up with him at the Silverstone Classic race meeting last weekend, where he was signing and selling his current book “Murray Walker Scrapbook”. Newer still is Stirling Moss’s version “Stirling Moss Scrapbook” from Porter Press. […]

Murray Walker Scrapbook

Murray Walker Scrapbook

From 1949 to the early naughties Murray Walker really has been the true legend of motor racing commentary. We caught up with him at the Silverstone Classic race meeting last weekend, where he was signing and selling his current book “Murray Walker Scrapbook”. Newer still is Stirling Moss’s version “Stirling Moss Scrapbook” from Porter Press. Stirling had already left, but we got a 60 second voxpop from Murray, describing his book, what’s in it, and a potted history of his career. He really is a true pro and having been told he had 60 seconds stopped, unrehearsed with just a few seconds to go. Listen to him here by clicking on the mp3 link below. It’s so great to hear his unique voice and style again. Thank you Murray!

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Fun ride for public at Goodwood

At Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend? Here’s a fun ride the public can get. Just queue up at the off-road section of the event, pay £20 and you get a full tilt ride in a “Paris-Dakar” type Range Rover Sport!

At Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend?

Here’s a fun ride the public can get. Just queue up at the off-road section of the event, pay £20 and you get a full tilt ride in a “Paris-Dakar” type Range Rover Sport!
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The 650Bhp Hillclimb Monster

 You know how when you need a hand with your project car, a quick call to your mates generally gets you a few extra pairs of hands? Help with getting that engine shoehorned in? Need a mate with a trailer and a 4×4? You know there’ll be someone there to help. Well when Simon Bainbridge, […]

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 You know how when you need a hand with your project car, a quick call to your mates generally gets you a few extra pairs of hands? Help with getting that engine shoehorned in? Need a mate with a trailer and a 4×4? You know there’ll be someone there to help.

Well when Simon Bainbridge, the owner of this 650Bhp RS5 twin turbo powered car came up with the idea, you’d think his mates would run and hide. But no, between them, they created this carbon fibre and space framed Audi TT silhouette hill climb and sprint car from scratch and on a fraction of the budget of a professional race team. So how was it done?

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Lotus Exige yellow racer

Yellowwheels talks and rides with Lotus Exige racer Mark Funnell. Castle Combe 12th June: Mark is testing and practicing for the weekend’s Sportscar GT race. Time’s precious, but he kindly gives Castle Combe longtime commentator Dave George, a few full tilt laps in the passenger seat. He’ll end up with some seat of the pants […]

Yellowwheels talks and rides with Lotus Exige racer Mark Funnell.

Castle Combe 12th June: Mark is testing and practicing for the weekend’s Sportscar GT race. Time’s precious, but he kindly gives Castle Combe longtime commentator Dave George, a few full tilt laps in the passenger seat. He’ll end up with some seat of the pants experiences to weave into his race commentary and no doubt a few expletives to omit!

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Lotus Exige - the number plate will be removed before racing to assist engine cooling. The size of the diffuser is impressive and honed by trial and error

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Jim Clark’s Indianapolis 500 winning Lotus

Lotus’s racing colours have always been green with lashings of yellow. On that basis, and a soft spot for all things Lotus here’s a pic of of Jim Clark’s Indianpolis 500 winning car. In 1965 he became the first non-american to win for 50 or so years. This very car will be at this years […]

Lotus’s racing colours have always been green with lashings of yellow. On that basis, and a soft spot for all things Lotus here’s a pic of of Jim Clark’s Indianpolis 500 winning car. In 1965 he became the first non-american to win for 50 or so years. This very car will be at this years 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Number 82 resides in the Henry Ford Museum and after attending the festival will be off for some restoration work in Norfolk with the intention of turning it into a running classic

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