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…Weekend racing is expensive?

GT3 Race Cars

If you dream of spending weekends pounding the pavement in your very own four wheeled speed machine, but don’t have a clue about where to start or what to do, then check out Speed:Sport:Life’s guide to the real costs and stories behind entry-level sedan racing.

From 24 Hours of Lemons and SCCA to NASA and the Speed World Challenge, SSL will show you everything from how to race for less than $1000 per weekend to how to race for $50,000 per weekend and beyond.

It might not be for everyone, but if you’ve got a need, then SSL will show you how to get some speed.

[Speed:Sport:Life – Exploring The Pyramid of Speed — The Real Costs and Stories Behind Entry-Level Sedan Racing]

…It’s Things Thursay: Carma Sutra?

Carma Sutra

When I first saw the cover of this book, I though it was a well executed and well Photoshoped joke. Strangely enough though, it’s an actual book, with actual advice for how to get it on in (and possibly on) a car. Insights include the obvious, like avoiding gearshifts and seatbelts, to the more heavily researched, like the best cars (Lincoln Town Car, Volvo V70), and the worst cars (Honda Insight, Ford GT). There are illustrations and advice for over 20 makes and models, from compacts and sedans to hybrids and SUVs, and there are even two included double-page gatefolds for taxicab eroticism and limousine service. If you’ve been looking to rev up your sex life, then maybe this glove-compartment-sized guide is just the ticket. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

[Via: Autoblog]

…Rolls-Royce is making a Phantom Drophead?

Rolls Royce

Start saving your pennies now, because the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is going to easily justify skipping a few meals to buy one. Loosely based on its Phantom big brother, the Drophead is more curvy and more sexy thanks to an all new body design that shares nothing with the sedan. Here’s just a few reasons to fall in love:

    1) Suicide doors. Lamborghini doors are commonplace now, residing on everything from a genuine Lamborghini to the Civic down the street. Suicide doors on the other hand have yet to catch on, though I’d have to say it’s not because they aren’t a great way to enter and exit a vehicle. Nothing says understated and classic luxury like suicide doors. They even open and close on their own if you can’t have your butler follow you around everywhere to do it for you.
    2) 6.75L V12 that makes 453 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque. Any car that weighs in at a hefty 5775 pounds but can still get to 60 mph in only 5.7 seconds deserves to have wings on the hood.

Rolls Royce Drophead

    3) Teak wood decking on the hard tonneau cover. Inspired by a J-class yacht, the teak wood is a design cue taken from any luxury yacht, and not only handles any weather you can throw at it, it also looks great in the process.
    4) The trunk is called a “picnic boot” by Rolls since there is a split opening that acts as a traditional trunklid, but there is also a folding tailgate, which acts as a bench and can support up to 330 lbs. if you decide to stop for a little wine and cheese on the way to your private jet.
    5) They named it a Drophead Coupe. Any other car manufacturer would have been satisfied by just calling it a convertible and calling it a day, but at Rolls, they aren’t just going to use the same names that every other plebeian car manufacturer uses. For them, it’s a Drophead, and I couldn’t agree more.

If you’ve got the cash, there’s no better way to spend it than to cruise down an oceanside stretch of road, wind rushing through your hair with the Drophead down, teak glistening in the sun, 453 horses singing you a song, and the knowledge that if all else fails, you can still sell it and buy a house. Be sure to check out the Rolls-Royce site for a beautiful video of the Drophead doing just what the Drophead was designed to do, stun.

[Rolls-Royce Motor Cars]

[Via: Autoblog]