Motorcycle Event in London Celebrates the Custom Bike Scene

The Bike Shed recently put on the third annual Bike Shed Motorcycle Club event, BSMC III in London. This two-day alternative-custom motorcycle exhibition was designed to highlight some of the better and more unusual motorcycles being built within the burgeoning underground custom and café racer scenes and is a celebration of all things related to the retro-classical motorcycle scene. There were tons of bikes as well as art, photography, film, gear, beer, coffee, a barbershop station, and a tattoo area.

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Porsche 919 Hybrid Makes First US Appearance At Concours d’Elegance

Porsche 919 Hybrid Makes First US Appearance At Concours d'Elegance

The highly touted Porsche 919 Hybrid — with water-cooled lithium-ion batteries and electric front-wheel drive power boost — will make its first public US appearance on Sunday, June 8 at the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance in Cincinnati, OH. Designed to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship series, the model was first shown to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The race-prepped versions have seen action earlier this year, earning a 3rd place finish at Silverstone in England and 4th place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, both 6-hour races.

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How To Cook A Pork Shoulder On The Grill: A Good Day’s Work, For Once

How To Cook A Pork Shoulder On The Grill: A Good Day's Work, For Once

A truth of the modern workplace is that you do a lot of tedious bullshit—meetings and reports and conference calls, spreadsheets and data entry and friggin' change-controls, office politicking and ass-kissing and -covering, long hours and long commutes and long/haggard/grey faces and exhaustion—for the production of results that are so hopelessly abstract as to defy both description and the attainment of any infinitesimal sense of actual accomplishment.

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Sports Activity Coupe: A Niche Too Far?

Sports Activity Coupe: A Niche Too Far?

At first I liked it, something very different, not seemingly practical, but cool and unexpected. I like it when a major manufacturer goes out on a limb and tries something that doesn't exist on the market and actually follows through with it. I am of course referring to the BMW X6. First displayed in 2007 as a concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. It hit the showroom floors in 2008 and immediately divided the automotive community.

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Porsche 919 legality questioned at Le Mans

Porsche 919
The legality of the Porsche 919 has been questioned at the Le Mans Test day. During the official pre event photo session the updated 919 was seen for the first time by rival teams and it was noted that a significant portion of its engine cover and rear bodywork flexed with a gentle finger push.
Porsche 919
The panels either side of a cutout around the rear crash structure deform visibly and will clearly lower when the car is at speed. This seems to be in breach of article 3.4 of the technical regulations which states that ‘Movable bodywork parts/elements are forbidden when the car is in motion.’
In 2013 the Toyota TS030 was fitted with a flexible engine cover which gave notable aerodynamic gains, but Toyota agreed not to use it in 2014.
Indeed the cut out itself around the structure is a contentious region as some have suggested that it breaches article 3.4.1c which states that the rear bodywork viewed from above should have ‘a continuous unbroken surface without cut-outs.’
Porsche 919
Additionally the rear bodywork extends a few mm beyond the rear of the diffuser something that may contravene article 3.5.2 of the technical regulations which states that ‘No part of the diffuser must be more than 200 mm above the reference surface and its rear end must be plumb (Flush) with the perimeter of the bodywork (rear wing removed)’

It is not clear whether any protests will be lodged but the rear of the Porsche was of much interest to both Toyota and Audi
engineers.

UPDATE: LE MANS TEST
During the test day itself it became clear that the Porsche’s were presented at the photo shoot in an incomplete state. When the cars actually hit the track the cutout over the rear crash structure was fitted with an additional panel which brought it fully in line with the regulations.
Porsche 919
However even with the new panel fitted the rear bodywork visibly flexed at speed by a significant margin, something that will likely give a notable reduction in drag. It also still extends beyond the rear edge of the diffuser.
Porsche 919
At high speeds the rear panels clearly deform. In the stationary position (above) the rear part of the engine cover is in line with the centre section panel, but at speed it drops substantially (below). Note the position of the breather pipe in both images relative to the body panel.
Porsche 919
It is believed that both Toyota and Audi are seeking clarification over the legality of the Porsche design.

UPDATE LE MANS 24 HOURS:
Alex Hitzinger has claimed that the rear bodywork on the Porsche 919 has been changed “We did not want to show everything at the test so there are some new things” he told Racecar Engineering ahead of free practice. It has been suggested that the changes were made at the specific request of the FIA though there is no confirmation of this. Additionally it had been speculated that the fires experienced by both cars on the test day were caused by the flexing engine cover getting too close to the turbocharger but this again is not the case according to Hitzinger “We changed the heat shield material around the turbo and we got it wrong, and it started to burn, once it started to burn then everything burns, but we have changed that.”
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New Bill Could Make Late Recalls Much More Expensive for Automakers


So, it seems GM’s (decade-long) screwup regarding their failure to recall cars they knew had a life-threatening problem made additional waves – check out the story here and make sure you watch Jon Stewart’s video at the bottom of the page for extra background. Currently, the manufacturer is liable to pay $35 million (the maximum possible), in the form of a civil fine, but if a group of senators have their way, it could be raised to a more noticeable $300 million. Read more »
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