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Formula Fun: The Hunt for Race October.

Rubbing is racing, and Russian is racing! This much the Sochi Autodrom has taught us. While last year’s Russian Grand Prix was both a snooze fest because of what happened on track, and off, this year had a few cracks of action, all around the world of F1. From engines, to tires, to big hits, this was a weekend to perk up and take note.  … Continue Reading

Taking The Next Step: Reviewing Logitech’s New Racing Wheel

After word got out that I was working on a review for Forza 6, the lovely people over at Logitech asked if I was interested in review their brand new force feedback wheel, built from the ground up for Xbox One and PC. As someone who is usually adamant about playing Forza with a controller, I had to of course accept their offer, and see what the learning curve from controller to wheel really is, and what a brand new wheel and peddles can do in the year 2015.

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Formula Fun: Japan Etc Edition

Weekly is more of a state of mind, than an actual promise dear reader. Actually, no it isn’t, I made that up. I told you would have a new article every week about F1, and I got stuck behind with school stuff, WEC happening, and to be honest, a sort of lapse in my ability to write. I’ve still watched every race, and been tweeting about it over at @PatryPat116 along with thoughts on how great Metal Gear is, and general car and racing news.

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the Miata: A quick drive

Right now, Mazda is touring the nation with their new Miata, letting the faithful from far and wide experience the fourth coming of everyones favorite roadster. I was lucky enough to get to tackle Austin Driveway (a local track with a few fun turns) in a 2016 MX-5 in Grand Touring trim and with the 6 speed manual. Here are my quick thoughts on the car, the experience, and whether it’s the savior of all things driving. … Continue Reading

WEC is the Battle of the Future, Today.

Patrick Hoffstetter September 25, 2015 Motorsports

There is only one series on earth where the largest car manufactures do battle with one another, and that is WEC. Sure F1 has brands like Ferrari, Mercedes, and Renault, but the big two only do battle in the realm of endurance. I am, of course, talking about Toyota and the VW group, who each have teams in the top category of the WEC, LMP1HY. That and it’s also different than F1 due to the freedom that the teams have in choosing how they make and deliver power. I’ll fill you in after the jump for the rest of the picture. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse At Lone Star LeMans: A Quick Chat with Conor Daly

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Conor Daly is here in Austin, Texas for the Tudor Lone Star LeMans, and I had the chance to talk to him briefly about his racing career and his thoughts on the recent debate on closed cockpits. This season, Conor has raced in the Prototype Challenge class, piloting a 450 horse power Oreca FLM09, powered by a Chevrolet LS3. That and his duties picking up several Indycar races for the injured James Hinchcliffe, including a personal best finish of 6th at the Detroit race.

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We’re at COTA all weekend for WEC and Tudor

I will be at both big races happening in Austin this weekend. WEC has the massive 6 hours of COTA and Tudor has the Lone Star LeMans. I have full paddock access for both series and I will be bringing you daily updates about the going on’s here in ATX. If you want anything specific, let me know either in the comments, or send me an @ on Twitter @PartyPat116

Forza 6: The Best Yet

Patrick Hoffstetter September 16, 2015 Featured, Forza, Tech

When Forza 6 starts you at a track they have made themselves, you know they must be proud of what they have to show you. They plop you in the bucket seat of the 2017 Ford GT, and they line you up against some of the most impressive GT cars in the world. You line up on the grid, the boost behind you building on your right trigger, holding the brake with the left. The other engines of the other cars rise to crescendo as the game counts you down, and as the lights go green, you race away, pounding through the gears and hearing the lovely whoosh and whine of the EcoBoost in your Ford GT. You snake through traffic, racing amongst the mountains. You see Christ the Redeemer as you pass for the lead. That is how this game starts. This is the hook they give you. Welcome to Forza Motorsports 6, it’s going to be a fun one.

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Formula Fun: The IndyCar Detour

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As I type this, the final IndyCar race of the season is about to start. A battle in the shadow of tragedy. On Monday, we lost friend of the site Justin Wilson. A giant in both frame and character. Another head injury claiming a driver that was much beloved by fans, for what they could do in cars that weren’t quite up to par. Losing Jules and Justin in the same year has been cruel. But yet the racing goes on, and it is still amazing and breathtaking.  … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: Back In Belgium Edition

We are back after the long summer break everyone, back at the most beautiful track we have on the calendar. Arden is right after COTA in my heart in terms of how amazing the race is to behold. It is often claimed that Monaco is the crown jewel of the F1 season, but I have to argue that while it lacks the glitz and glamor of the opulence of the Principality it makes up for it in shear speed and difficulty. The track in the Arden, a mysterious forest full of the echoes of decades of racing.
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