A slightly odd documentary about Dacia the car manufacturer, its past during the communist era and the attachment many Romanians still feel towards their national car. As the first car that I ever drove for a longer period of time was a Dacia, I can relate to some of the melancholy in the documentary. On the one hand, it’s certainly different to talk about a national car in a country like Romanian, where Dacias were almost the only brand one could buy before ’89. At the same time, the usual waiting period for a car was about 2 years, so by the time you actually received it, you really learned to cherish it.
But on the other hand, I guess most people who are at least partly car lovers, would get quickly attached to a vehicle that is moody, breaks down a lot, but which is also so simple in terms of design and mechanics, that you could most often fix it yourself at the side of the road.
There are, of course, many different things to tackle when discussing how a car works. I’ve been somewhat fascinated of this topic since I can remember. One summer during high-school I took my time and went through two vehicle mechanics and engineering books just for fun. Sadly, I never got around to developing all the real-world skills needed to repair a car, but I’d say I’m good with the basics.
As I already started posting videos about how various vehicle systems work (e.g. ABS/ESP), I thought it would be about time that I continue with a couple of new gems I’ve found. Here’s a nice (but rather old) clip with the Bose active suspensions:
Of course, if I mention suspensions, I need to mention Citroen. See my previous post on the topic here.
But suspensions alone don’t mean comfort and control. There’s a dynamic interplay between chassis, wheels, suspensions, aerodynamics, and many more. Here’s a sneak peek:
Finally, if we talked about corners in the previous video, I would like to go a bit deeper. The following clip is a very nice and clear explanation of what a differential is and why cars need it:
One of the most famous seasons in Formula 1, and at the same time one of the widely remembered battles for the championship title. I’m talking of course about the eventful season of 1976, during which Niki Lauda and James Hunt were fighting for points in their race to becoming F1 champions.
So why am I bringing this up now? Well, there’s a brand new movie coming out this year, with great actors and top-noch directing, covering exactly this duel of Niki and James. Here’s a sneak preview and some peeks behind the curtains:
I’m really excited about this movie as it seems to have the potential of delivering a great story with a reasonable amount of historic accuracy, and all this along the lines of passion, character, speed and racing.
In the mean time, in case you don’t have the background information about the Formula 1 season of 1976, take a look at the following documentary:
As a small bonus, this clip includes information about the F1 cars of the 80s, which were in many ways still relatively similar to the ones in the 70s. And the reportage features both Niki and James:
Finally, in case you would like to find out more about James Hunt and his life, check out these clips. Keep in mind, I will post another article sometime in the future focusing only on the life and career of Niki Lauda.
So it seems McLaren are the first to bring their world in to the cartoon universe. The following includes 12 (funny!) episodes of the McLaren focused cartoon entitled Tooned:
The main stars are Lewis Hamilton, James Button and Professor M… plus of course a set of guest stars. I must say, I really like the fact that they used the original drivers to voice the characters. But judge for yourselves.
Found this clip a couple of days ago about how an F1 car needs to be driven:
I must admit, it didn’t take me long to jump to the videos of Senna “driving” his car through the streets of Monaco. I’m saying “driving” because what he did was more like beaming himself around the curves. Amazing!
If we’re talking about Ayrton Senna, I should probably also include one of the most compressed and passionate presentations of his character and skills:
Look at this unbelievably cool footage of Senna’s feet movement while driving:
I really enjoy playing snooker, as well as watching professionals play. One of the elements that I find intriguing about this game is the mixture of geometry and strategy. So, maybe as a tribute to the game, I decided to post some clips of Ronnie O’Sullivan, one of the greatest snooker players of our days.