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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 07, 2019. 14 comments

Here's Why There's 4,000 Pounds Of Manure Stacked On This Racecar

Here's Why There's 4,000 Pounds Of Manure Stacked On This Racecar

Almost 20 years ago, an ingenious racing team bought thousands of pounds of top soil and manure to calibrate the downforce of its race car.

Last week, a tweet featuring a photo of a champ car with dozens of bags of manure stacked on top went viral on Twitter. It wasn’t some sort of prank, or some weird sponsor’s advertising stunt. It was all part of the calibration process for the car’s...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 31, 2017. 23 comments

How To Watch The 2016 24 Hours Of Le Mans, And Everything Else You Need To Know

How To Watch The 2016 24 Hours Of Le Mans, And Everything Else You Need To Know

Are you on the fence about camping out in front of the television for an entire day? Do you think you have better things to do than watching the greatest race in the world for 24 hours straight? Don’t be! The hot new cars for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans may resemble regular cars instead of low-flying spaceships , but there’s already no shortage of drama surrounding the latest GT cars....

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Matt Hardigree Matt Hardigree Aug 26, 2017. 19 comments

Why The Hell Would Anyone Watch A 24-Hour Car Race? An Explainer

Why The Hell Would Anyone Watch A 24-Hour Car Race? An Explainer

It was at about 5:00 AM when even my cat, supposedly crepuscular, gave up and went to sleep. I could see his little cat brain trying to reason out what could cause me to stare at my laptop watching seemingly nothing happen for hours. It was a look of pity. If only I could explain to him what he was missing.

With the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend it seemed like a good...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Aug 17, 2017. 21 comments

Here's Exactly How Manual Transmissions Are Different From Automatics

Here's Exactly How Manual Transmissions Are Different From Automatics

We already know which one is supposed to be more “fun”, but what do the innards of manual and automatic transmissions look like? How do all the parts to together?

This delightful video, nearly eight minutes long, is an excellent visual explainer on how both transmissions work and how they are different from one another. If you’re a visual learner like I am, this is a real treat. It’s also a...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 16, 2017. 22 comments

Your Guide To Enjoying All 24 Hours Of Le Mans In 2017

Your Guide To Enjoying All 24 Hours Of Le Mans In 2017

Once again, it’s time for one of the most legendary races on the planet, where the world’s best sports car racers battle it out for an entire day: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. If you’re hum-hawing about the idea of tuning in to a 24-hour race, don’t be. Here’s how you can watch the race, and why you’d be crazy to miss it.

Why Should We Care About Some Long Race In France?

Le Mans is extra fun...

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