Learn All About Understeer on New Episode of The Racing Line

Understeer is one of the most frustrating conditions you can encounter on a race track. It’s what happens when you ask your car to turn and it says, “nope,” and instead you go wide and blow your apex. On this episode of “The Racing Line,” race car driver and host Randy Pobst goes over what causes understeer and how to fix it.

Randy compares understeer to an overprotective mother. Understeer occurs when the front tires have less traction than the rears at the limits of grip. As a result, the car won’t steer enough – no matter how much you crank the wheel. It’s a handling characteristic that automakers work into a car to keep drivers from getting into too much trouble. For the majority of drivers, understeer will be easier to correct than oversteer, which can lead to a slide or a spin.

Subaru BRZ racing line graphic

Subaru BRZ racing line graphic

How do you correct understeer? As Randy explains, you have to put more weight on the front tires. By gently easing off the gas and onto the brake, you shift weight to the front and give the tires more grip. Loading the front tires should allow the car to turn in better.

To learn more about understeer and how to correct it – and to see Randy in drag – check out the full episode below.

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One of Four Matech Ford GT Race Cars for Sale on eBay

If you were one of the 6,006 rejected applicants who applied for the new Ford GT, we might have a consolation prize. On eBay, of all places, a one-of-four Matech Ford GT1 is up for grabs, sporting 650 hp and a price tag sliding in right underneath the six-figure mark.

Sure, this Matech GT1 is close to double the purported price of the new GT, and is very much not for street use, but hey, we’d be willing to bet this GT1 is better on a race track. It’s probably more fun on the street too; at least until your local law enforcement confiscates your license and throws you in jail.

Matech Ford GT1 Ebay rear three quarters

Matech Ford GT1 Ebay rear three quarters

If you didn’t hear about the Ford GT racing program in the mid-2000s, don’t worry. Ford never officially created any Ford GT race car from that era, and all the privateer entries were not overtly dominant. Regardless, the cars that were developed did win their share of races, culminating in a few Le Mans entries and a team championship in the FIA GT3 series.

This particular GT1 was the result of hard work and toil from Matech, a Swiss racing team. According to the seller, the GT1 shares no components with the street car aside from the chassis and the taillights. Where the supercharged 5.4-liter Modular V-8 used to sit now resides a Roush-Yates 5.3-liter V-8, spinning out 650 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. This prodigious power is routed to the rear wheels through a traditional six-speed sequential transmission.

Matech Ford GT1 Ebay interior

Matech Ford GT1 Ebay interior

This GT1 is unlikely to meet any current FIA regulations, so it will remain either one of the greatest track-day toys we’ve ever seen, or an incredible chunk of garage art. We suggest the former option, as the GT1 is chock-full of motorsport goodies, including an excruciatingly expensive Inconel exhaust, gold insulation, and carbon-ceramic brakes.

If you have the need, you can park this in your garage for the gotta-have-it price of $915,000.

Source: eBay

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Cadillac CTS-V Battles Lexus GS F in Latest Episode of Head 2 Head

It’s 2016, and no longer do you need a German car to hold a proper performance sedan competition. In the latest episode of “Head 2 Head,” the Cadillac CTS-V takes on the Lexus GS F, and while the two cars may not have much in common, the comparison brings up an important question: Which is more worthy of the crown—the “road car” or the “track car?”

It’s not difficult to guess which one is the track car. The CTS-V packs 640 hp from its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, or 173 more hp than the GS F’s 5.0-liter V-8. The Caddy also benefits from 630 lb-ft of torque, up from 389 lb-ft in the Lexus. When taking the Cadillac around the track, Motor Trend’s resident race car driver Randy Pobst preferred the CTS-V to the Lexus.

But it’s not without faults, and co-host Jonny Lieberman was quick to point them out. “There’s a lack of involvement in this car,” he said, also noting the car’s unfortunately heavy steering. And what the Lexus lacks in power, it makes up for in its handling prowess.

By the end of the day, it was apparent this was going to be a tough call. Find out who wins—and how a 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham stretch limo performs around the Figure-eight—in the video below.

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Volkswagen Halts Vehicle Sales in South Korea

The fallout from Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal continues. The embattled German automaker has suspended sales in South Korea, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Starting today, VW sales in the country will halt for at least three months.

We had heard previously that the South Korean government was deciding whether or not to revoke certification for a number of VW Group products in the wake of the emissions scandal. Based on a letter from Audi Volkswagen Korea to local dealers, it seems like the company has chosen to suspend sales to preempt that revocation. VW said in the letter that it would stop delivering 79 models of 34 vehicle types. Those models include the Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, and Tiguan, which rank among South Korea’s top imported cars, according to WSJ. Sales of Audi models will also cease.

“This decision doesn’t mean that Volkswagen is pulling out of Korea, which is a very important market to us,” a Volkswagen Korea spokesperson told WSJ. “We’ll reapply for certification of our cars if the government revokes it. The process may take several months.”

If certification is revoked, VW would have to recall roughly 79,000 vehicles and pay fines. This would be a significant setback for the automaker, which saw sales boom after a 2011 free-trade deal slashed duties on cars imported from Europe. South Korea imported 24 percent more cars last year, and a third of those were VW Group products. Since news of the emissions scandal broke, sales have declined sharply. Korean VW sales for the first half of 2016 are down 33 percent from the same period last year.

An executive for Volkswagen Korea that was arrested last month was recently indicted for falsifying more than a hundred emissions and noise documents going as far back as 2010. The executive is the first to be personally indicted on charges relating to VW’s scandal. Volkswagen was fined $12.3 million by the South Korean government back in November.

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Top Engineer to Lead Apple Car Project, Report Says

Apple has tapped senior executive Bob Mansfield to lead its autonomous car project, reports The Wall Street Journal, which cites anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

Mansfield has led the engineering teams for products like the MacBook Air and iPad tablet. In 2013, he left Apple’s executive team to become an adviser for the company and work on special projects including the Apple Watch. Now, he’s reportedly running Project Titan, Apple’s long-rumored effort to enter the automotive space. Employees at Apple noticed earlier this month that a company directory labeled all senior managers on the car project as reporting to Mansfield, the sources said.

Although Apple has kept the project a secret, there have been many reports suggesting the tech giant is actively working on its own car. Last year, it was reported Apple was seeking locations to test a self-driving car. The automaker had also plucked a number of high-level executives from other companies, including former Fiat Chrysler quality chief Doug Betts.

Despite the efforts, the Apple car project has reportedly hit some major road blocks. According to the sources cited by WSJ, Apple executives can’t agree on a concrete vision for the vehicle. Steve Zadesky, an ex-Ford engineer who reportedly joined Apple, has now left the company for personal reasons. Due to various challenges, team members say that initial targets to complete Project Titan by 2019 are now unrealistic, according to the anonymous sources.

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