In modern F1 I think Minardi is far, far, far from the worst, they outlasted a large handful of teams, many who were much more well funded. They also had a fairly serious fan base that loved them because they were the under dog. And then they were purchased by Paul Stoddart, and continued on still. » 4/24/14 11:46am Yesterday 11:46am

Having gone though this with Ford, I'll tell you the two things you have to do is keep bringing the car back to the dealer. Also, don't sign or pick it up from a repair if there is anything wrong. Ask to see it, ask to drive it and don't sign for it until you do. When something acts up, bring it back. It's a major… » 4/17/14 3:56pm 4/17/14 3:56pm

I actually don't mind CVTs when compared to conventional automatics. I hate that, okay I'm pulling away from a stoplight like a normal person, but I want to go a little bit faster so I'll just push ever-so-slightly more on the gas, and BAM! it slams down a gear, revs the engine to infinity etc. Never happens with a… » 4/12/14 1:04pm 4/12/14 1:04pm

Realistically, if they don't already have a car designed and all the infrastructure in Europe already in place then they are not showing up for 2015. Would they have gone to that level of investment before being guaranteed an entry? I doubt it. And they are obviously not purchasing an already existing team, because if… » 4/11/14 7:08pm 4/11/14 7:08pm

Nope, in my experience the deeper to go into the car industry, especially as regards the manufactures, the less you see real actual car people with a passion for cars (that is not to say the people you see don't have passion, it's just not for cars.) I find the deeper you go the more you find real corporate, or… » 4/10/14 4:10pm 4/10/14 4:10pm

I had an uncle who had a Town Car with the digital speedo. It just stopped at 85mph. No blinking, just held steady. He would max it out and keep going the then count the seconds until it went down to 84 and would use that method of measurement to claim he was going 100 mph. » 4/03/14 8:54am 4/03/14 8:54am

Personally I like the story told by Chris Amon in Nigel Roebuck's Chasing The Title about following Sir Black Jack and over the course of a couple laps his mirrors "fell off." Thing Amon said about Brabham, was you could never be sure how or why they "fell off." » 4/03/14 8:44am 4/03/14 8:44am

Please, please stop the "If you factor X% drivetrain loss then you get..." myth. It's one of the most wrong and far to commonly used, misused and misunderstood, not to mention wrong "facts" that everyone throws around. Here's an amazing piece of writing explaining this so that you will believe me. You should read it, read… » 3/25/14 5:18pm 3/25/14 5:18pm