Tomas Enge had nothing but praise for his Reiter team after his spectacular crash at the Slovakia Ring early in Saturday's Blancpain Sprint Series qualifying race. The field was fighting their way through the wide first few corners of the 3.68-mile road course when Enge's Lamborghini Gallardo FLII made contact with Stef Dusseldorp's HTP Mercedes SLS. Enge said, "That I was able to get out of the car and walk away was a credit to Reiter.”
The Red Bull RB8 is one of the most inimitable machines to ever grace the tarmac. Powered by a Renault 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90° V8 and utilizing a KERS system, this naturally aspirated, mid-mounted, 18,000 rpm mechanical chef d'oeuvre shreds the tarmac with a blistering 750 bhp before the extra 60 kW from the KERS system is activated. While this overabundance of power is optimized for throwing this chassis around a road course, the inner kid in all of us can't help but think, "I bet this thing does some sweet burnouts!!!!"
The Ferrari 458 Italia F1 Valvetronic Exhaust System by Frequency Intelligent Exhaust takes an already euphoric exhaust note and transforms it into a sound only previously heard in a F1 race. Not only does this system make the car sound and spit blue flames under acceleration just like a car restricted to the track, but once the gas pedal is released, the idle sounds just as quiet and smooth as the factory exhaust. They accomplished this by using an exhaust valve, what they call Exhaust Valvetronic, similar to the OEM counterpart.
Midwest Drift Union held its round four event—aptly titled Streets of Detroit—during the Dream Cruise. The broken, abandoned central train station made for the perfect backdrop for the race on empty Detroit streets.
Like McRae, multiple-time Canadian Rally Champion Pat “Rocket” Richard always had what it took to win with style. Richard's recent performance in Rally Baie des Chaleurs showed that desire in its entirety. His Subaru rally car just clipped the apex, sending it rolling onto its side and roof in a ditch. Since he didn't land on his wheels, he took it upon himself to get out of the car and help push it back upright while his co-driver, Alan Ockwell, stayed strapped in, ready to continue his pace notes.