Category Archives: Cars

Makes me want a PS3… and a budget for track days

Gran Tourismo, Playstation’s ultimate driving simulation game (some argue it’s the best on any platform), has announced a feature that bridges the gap between video games and track days.

Back in the good old days, when Mike and I used to have “racing budget”, we practiced driving Laguna Seca on the PS2 with Gran Tourismo, then went and drove the track for real. If we did it now, however, we could take it one step farther by bringing the results of our track day back home and reviewing them on the new version of Gran Tourismo.

Here’s how it works: while at your track day you record your lap times and lines using GPS and “CAN”. When you return home you put the data on a USB stick and plug it into your PS3. You can replay the data by watching your run around the track or use the data as a ghost and race against yourself to improve your lines or see how you would fare against, say, an F1 car (spoiler alert: not very well).

What type of data logger hardware you need isn’t terribly clear in the press release, it just says you need log CAN data. As for tracks, I think it’s a safe assumption that the feature will be limited to the tracks already part of the software.

The new CTS-V — not sure what I think yet

I really liked the last Cadillac CTS-V and probably would have bought one if the interior didn’t feel so cheep.  I also like the tweaks they’ve made to the styling of the new CTS.  I’m not sure, however, that I like the new CTS-V.

Sure, it’s got all kinds of sexy under the hood and the interior looks much improved… but the outside looks like they made it a bit too bumpy/bulgy.  I’m sure they wanted to make it seem extra-tough… but it’s looking like they may have gone past the look of a sleek athlete and ended up with something a little more cartoon superhero.

  

I’ll reserve final judgement until I see it in person, but with 550HP & lbs/ft I suspect I’d never want to be looking at it from the outside.

via: autoblog

This morning’s entertainment

Leaving the house this AM I saw a smoking truck parked across the street, but the smoke wasn’t what drew my attention, it was the sound.  The small delivery van was idling fast and didn’t sound the least bit healthy.  The van had smoking coming out the tailpipe, but not much worse than you’d expect from a diesel.  It didn’t, however, look or sound like it was going to make it very far at all. 

Here’s what made stand and stare: The driver got out, walked around back and looked at the smoking tailpipe.  Satisfied it was okay he left van running, locked it and walked off.  Here’s the thing… it sounded like the accelerator was stuck half-way down (at least), it was smoking badly and the guy just locks the van and goes (presumably) to find help… with the van still running!  It wasn’t the brightest move.  The van continued to run at high idle… smoking more and more.  It got to the point that it looked like a James Bond smokescreen and cars had to stop for fear of driving through the dense cloud and hitting something. 

Smoking van

The driver was gone for several minutes before there was a bang and smoke started coming out from under the hood as well as from the tailpipe.  When he came hurrying back with someone in tow and the driver decided it would now be a good time to turn off the truck.  Genius.

Smoking van

Pop quiz hot shot: turn off the van or leave it running and walk away?