Someone upstairs has it in for the Hellcat. Maybe the demonic name draws scorn from the powers above, because for the second time in as many Hellcat lapping opportunities, it poured rain.
First it was the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat this past summer in a thoroughly drenched Portland International Raceway and as I approached Summit Point Motorsports Park this week in the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, the clouds opened up and begin to douse the land.
I have no issue lapping in the rain and actually quite enjoy it as it teaches a lot more about car control at lower speeds. But I’m not there to drive an agile lightweight sports car. I’m sitting in an automotive Patriot missile. This is meanest Dodge Charger to ever obliterate rubber on American soil. Forget the Hemi and 440 Chargers of the 1960s, the 2015 SRT Hellcat will embarrass them in every possible performance measure.
During the first round of practice for the U.S. Grand Prix, I stood on a grassy hill about 50 feet from Turn 1 and had a lovely chat with a Jalopnik reader at just above room-level conversation as the cars blasted past us. Neither of us wore earplugs. Last year, that would have been impossible.
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"Slow and steady wins the race" is an age old slogan that implies those who conserve their energy and pace themselves are the ones around long enough to reap the fruit of their frugality. Today's eBay challenge is to find an equally frugal car under $5000 that sips fuel like it's getting paid to do it.
Some weapon systems look even more terrifying than they are deadly, which can be an added psychological warfare benefit. Aircraft like the bat-winged B-2 Spirit have a sinister mystique that fits perfectly with their ability to sneak into a country in the dead of night and obliterate highly defended targets. It is one scary beast, even when its weapons bays are empty.
It's quite possible my 1992 Miata—faded reddish paint, worn driver's seat, cloudy plastic rear window and all—saved my life. Not in the way that cars are supposed to, with airbags deploying and crumple zones crumpling and lots of drama. It was much more gradual than that, slower and quieter and mostly internal.
It seems the Circuit of the Americas is good to Lewis Hamilton. He won the inaugural race back in 2012, and he's off to a very strong start for this year's race. Hamilton topped both practice sessions today, narrowly edging out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.