Nostalgic Wednesdays: The Renault Espace F1, the ULTIMATE Grocery Getter

The year was 1994, and the Paris auto show was going down. Most people were expecting a slew of econo-box mini -vans and new concepts for the savvy consumer of the 90′s. What they were not ready for however was the arrival of one crazy masterpiece conceived by Renault and built by MPV Espace designer, Matra. To celebrate their 10th year anniversary Renault and Matra took their flagship minivan and bred into existence the Espace F1. The Espace, like every other MPV at the time in the world, was ugly as shit. I think the most attractive mini-van of that era was most likely the Toyota previa, and you know for damn sure American minivans in this era were ugly as sin. So, for this corporate duo to whip out this Grocery getting monster, you can say the world, at that time was a bit surprised and probably thought everyone at Renault and Matra were high as hell.

The Ultimate...Grocery Getter

The Ultimate...Grocery Getter

Powered by an 800 horsepower, V-10, 3.5-liter Formula 1 motor, this ultimate grocery getter could get to 125 mph in just shy of 7 seconds. Yup, that is right, sub 7 seconds, 6.9 to be exact with a top speed of 186 miles per hour. For the stats hungry out there, it also dropped a 0-60 bomb from a standstill of just 2.8 seconds. And for those that want a cherry on top, this bad boy also came with a 6-speed sequential automatic transmission, dayum!

Mom's Driving

Mom's Driving

Apparently Renault had taken great lengths to keep this car as agile as possible by essentially taking the “Espace” Body (a carbon fiber version) and dropping it on a double wishbone rear and front suspension (a 1993 winning Formula 1 Grand Prix frame). This was one of the key factors that would help propel this minivan to break physics on the track, well, that, massive slicks and quite possible some of the most gnarly aero-dynamics ever. Check out the wing! It was said to have been able to pull between 1.5 and 2g on the track, amazing.

A fitting donor

A fitting donor

I think one of the best pieces of its design is how the interior was filled with 4 seats. Two buckets for mom and dad, and two for the kids, a perfect car for the perfect nuclear family.

Safety first, now for the ear plugs.

Safety first, now for the ear plugs.

The word amazing doesn’t even come close to describing the awesomeness that is the Renault Espace F1. It is truly a piece of art.

Dishhhhhhh....

Dishhhhhhh....

Check out this monster in action!

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If I only had the money…

–JohnP

Pikes Peak 2010: Jeff Zwart’s Record Run by Will Roegge

I know that most of the people out there have seen this already, but, if you haven’t, you have got to watch it. This brief clip, under the ever so bad ass direction of Will Roegge, is Jeff Zwart’s record breaking Pikes Peak run in a Porsche GT3 Cup Car. He completely destroyed his class record set by Rhys Millen last year, check it. There is so much awesome sauce here, really, Will Roegge sets a nice bar. Enjoy

GT3 CLIMB from Will Roegge on Vimeo.

–JohnP

A Midnight Run: Mayday Mikeyy Turbocharges his Daily.

Some of you out there might know Mikeyy from his Gunmetal Kouki 240sx that has been on Hellaflush, Stanceworks, and a few other offset inspired websites. The car is clean, but is taking a break. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is in his new project, his hella quick turbo daily civic. Check the video below.

Clean, but nothing compared to the Beast that is his Daily.

Clean, but nothing compared to the Beast that is his Daily.

A hustler for the street, Mikeyy is shooting for 450 – 500 whp. Good enough for a daily I suppose…

Monster!

–JohnP

Event Coverage: Fabricated Motorsports’ The Mexican Standoff.

A Mexican standoff is a slang term defined as a stalemate or impasse, a confrontation that neither side can forseeably win. In popular culture, the Mexican standoff is usually portrayed as three or more opponents with guns drawn and ready, creating a tense situation. Neither side is willing to shoot for fear of being shot in return, yet neither side wants to relinquish its weapons for fear that its opponents will shoot them. This situation forces the participants to resolve the situation either by diplomacy, surrender, or a pre-emptive strike.

Everything IS bigger in Texas. That includes Carbon wings.

Fielding Shredder's Cheddar colored S14 sliding across the hot pavement


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Nostalgic Wednesdays: Initial D

Oh yes I did.  Initial D, the cartoon that literally introduced the ricers of the late 90′s and early 2000′s with the Japanese street past time of drifting by introducing us to Fujiwara Takumi and his bad ass Tofu carrying 4AG powered AE-86. Most will not admit that their first experience with drifting in the 90’s came from this cartoon, but in reality it was.  At the time of its release, most of us were worried about the axles that we were braking during a drag race and not about how to get our cars sideways, but man did this change as everyone started to move from drag to drift through the 2000′s.

Gangster

Gangster

The 8.6.

The 8.6.

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Event Coverage Preview: The Mexican Standoff.

As I’m writing this on my way back from Mineral Wells, TX in DFan’s comfy 4 door civic, I can’t help but think how dedicated a lot of Texas Drifters are. I bitch and moan about a 5 hour drive to a sleepy town that nobody has heard of, but these guys not only make that same drive, but they also wrench on their cars all the way up to the last minute for these drift events held by Fabricated Motorsports. These guys are pretty serious when it comes to making these events, and this event was no different.

Stewart Leask blazes through the dreamy skies of Mineral Wells Airport

This lovely beauty goes for a ride in Edafe's superslammed 350Z

Zaquanh shows others his Lone Star loyalty with his battle flag.

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