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The badge says DAF Variomatic. It’s a racing transmission.

Huron 4A Cosworth DAF Variomatic, by Wouter Melissen, via UltimateCarPage

It was a rainy Tuesday when I got a tip from Monkey10is that DAF had a history of racing. A machine I’d never heard of called the Huron 4A Cosworth DAF Variomatic. A quick search turned up an article by Wouter Melissen. Real enough. That’s where I found the first picture. Seems DAF already had some experience in Formula 3. Never mind their reputation for making innocent-looking two-cylinders named Daffodil. Wikipedia noted, quote ‘interesting’ low speed behavior when ice was around. And it’s an open secret that at top speed, slowly releasing the gas will make Daffodil go faster instead of slowing down. But I was more interested when Wouter mentioned an AWD DAF 555 prototype in passing. As if such a thing can be mentioned in passing.
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2011 Audi R18 — a thing of beauty.

It is a long weekend up here in the Great White North. It is Victoria Day, named, as we all know, for King George V’s first girlfriend from high school who was seriously like a 14 on a 1-10 scale. I am taking full advantage […]

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Startup: Shiny Side Up

I'm undecided about the "Car of the Future", but I'm firmly in support of the safety systems.

There are a few basic rules that underpin all forms of racing, from LeMons to LeMans. One of the most basic, as the title implies, is that of “Shiny Side Up”. While we may hold a certain nostalgia for the era when sex was safe and racing was dangerous, there is no argument that the invention of the safety roll cage has brought about an enormous improvement in the capabilities of race cars. With that level of safety underpinning modern race cars — and touring cars in particular — drivers are able to take far, far greater risks than they ever could rationally before, even with balls of depleted uranium.

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