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Insider Report: Ferrari driver blindly cruises through red light

  • Car queue in the bad traffic road. Selective focus.

Red light running seems to be a bit of a trend these days, as drivers are always in a rush to get somewhere. Then again, if you really look at some of these folks, many of them aren’t even aware they have run a light. Maybe there actually is something to these “distracted driving” laws.

The Sunshine State is a mecca for drivers of exotic cars, which sometimes adds in another element: a feeling of entitlement. Obviously I have no idea which of these situations is at play here, but the folks at American Traffic Solutions grabbed this video from one of their red light cameras in St. Petersburg. A Ferrari driver blindly cruises through a red light, narrowly escaping disaster in the busy intersection!

BMW factory racer takes his honey for tour of The Green Hell
With 20 kilometres of tarmac that twists through the German countryside, the Nurburgring is as dangerous as it is beautiful. So much so that legendary Grand Prix driver Jackie Stewart (Now Sir Jackie) called it The Green Hell. Liri Farfus wanted to see what the fuss was all about, so her hubby, BMW Factory driver Augusto Farfus agreed to take her on a slow lap. Driving a production version of the M3 that Farfus drives in the DTM Series, Liri might have bitten off more than she bargained for!

And meanwhile, in San Diego…
At the 15th annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival near San Diego, BMW brought out a group of BMW CCA instructors to give the public rides in some of their hot machinery. Mustachioed driver, Brandon Watson, took this lovely lady for a tour of the flat track in a new M6 Convertible that she won’t likely ever forget. He was even kind enough to post the video of her freaking out on Youtube for the whole world to see!

Could this be what the 2015 SRT Barracuda will look like?
As cool as the Dodge Challenger still is, the shape is getting a little long in the tooth. While fans the world over love the look, the size of the Challenger is much too large for a serious launch in Europe. As Chrysler aims to expand their market globally, they can now dip into Fiat’s platform pool, which means that a possible Challenger replacement could be based on an Alfa Romeo chassis. It has been rumoured recently that the demise of the Challenger will bring about the launch of a new model from SRT in 2015, possibly called the Barracuda.

Car and Driver has shown some drawings by artist John Sibal that give an idea of what an SRT ‘Cuda might look like. Expected to be closer to the current Mustang in size, power is expected to come from turbo charged four and six cylinder mills. We can hope that SRT CEO Ralph Gilles is able to convince the team that a Hemi or two should also be offered, for old time’s sake!

Onboard with the Nissan DeltaWing
Looking more like the Batmobile than a racing car, the Nissan DeltaWing racer has had a bit of a bumpy first season, having been crashed out of the 24 hours of Le Mans. Highcroft Racing is determined that the Bat Wing that Dr. Panoz has so heavily invested in, will be a successful racer, so they are already doing lots of track testing prior to Petit Le Mans later next month. While lapping at Road Atlanta, the team loaded up the DeltaWing with a bunch of GoPro cameras so we can see the track from multiple angles. A pretty cool little video!

  • Insider Report: Ferrari driver blindly cruises through red light

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