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Starting a modern turbo hybrid Formula 1 engine is not excessively complicated but it requires a lot of people and to follow a very strict procedure.

Motorsport.com talked about starting a Formula 1 engine with Bob Bell, technical adviser at the Renault Sport F1 Team. Due to its extremely tight tolerances, a cold F1 engine cannot be started without any sort of preparation.

“Starting an engine is not that complicated. We must make sure that   …  More

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Steve Dimakos, the owner of a new Porsche 911 GT2 RS, had a burning question: With 700 horsepower, how well would the lap times of the most powerful road-going 911 do against his 460-hp 991.1 911 GT3 Cup race car at Road America? Fortunately he had a winning combination on his hands, with an upcoming track day and PCA Club Race there and a friend in professional race car driver Bryan Sellers, who agreed to drive both cars in this challenge. When Porsche Panorama was offered to cover the story, we jumped in right away.

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Danica Patrick is one of the most recognizable women in sports: she had a successful racing career, both in IndyCar and NASCAR, and her sponsorship with GoDaddy helped her become a household name.

Working in a male-dominated field like racing, Patrick struggled for acceptance. But she now holds multiple records, like becoming the first and only woman to   …  More 

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Eleven thousand horsepower. Let that sink in for a moment: 11,000. But that’s just an approximate calculation for this NHRA Top Fuel monster. It could be more, but there’s no dynamometer on earth that can measure the gut-wrenching, ear-splitting, asphalt-shredding power of a top fuel dragster engine.

These engines are constantly pulled apart and put back together to assure optimal performance on the drag strip. Most teams can completely disassemble and reassemble the engines in less than an hour. But who has an hour to watch an engine rebuild?

We sent Hagerty’s Davin Reckow and the video crew down to Don Schumacher Racing in Brownsburg, Indiana, to give Tony Schumacher’s U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster engine the time-lapse video treatment. The result? Take a quick look and see for yourself.

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