Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Start of the 2008 12 Hours of Sebring on turn 1

Alright racing fans, the start of the ALMS season is now underway. The 56th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring is in the history books. Congratulations go to Porsche and Penske Racing for an outstanding overall victory. Porsche won it's first overall victory in 20 years and its great to see them back on top of the game.Lots of photos of the race can be found on my flickr site.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Audi R8 at Sebring 2002

Audi R8 in pit lane.
Originally uploaded by Lokis world
This is the Champion Racing Audi R8 taken from the pit box during a night practice. This car finished 2nd overall 1 lap behind the winning Audi R8. It was driven by Andy Wallace, Stefan Johansson and Jan Lammers. It started 5th with a qualifying time of 1:50.797. The reflective graphics really pic up the flash nicely. No photoshop here folks.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Saleen S7-R #010R

Originally uploaded by Lokis world
With the 2008 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring happening next weekend, I thought I'd blog some of the past cars that ran in the 12 Hour race.
This beauty is the Graham Nash Motorsport (GB) Saleen S7-R driven by Nigel Smith, Rich Sutherland and Ricky Cole. This photo was taken on the outside of turn 1 early in the race. The team finished 25th overall, but did not finish due to an accident.

The Saleen S7 is the first car produced by Saleen not based on an existing design. It was built and designed from the ground up. They dubuted in late 2000. From 2000 until 2004 the S7 was a naturally aspirated V8 engine producing 550 horsepower. In 2005 the S7 was replaced by the S7 Twin Turbo and produced 750 horsepower with and estimated top speed of 200mph.
The body of the car is made from carbon fiber and with its many scoops and spoilers that created a split chanel airflow throughout the car in theory at 160mph the car would produce enough downfroce to drive upside down.

The S7-R is the racing version of the S7 and has competed in the American Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The S7-R has always been a fan favorite with its sleek looks, sporting about 20 gills and scoops and producing a great low rumble as it speeds by.

Just who is this Loki?