Located in Hethel, near Norwich in England, Lotus Cars has been behind some remarkable sports and racing cars throughout the course of its history. Since 1966, Lotus Cars and Lotus Engineering have been operating out of a dedicated factory and test facility on the former RAF Hethel airbase near Wydmondham. Thanks to Google, you can now TOUR the Lotus facilities, without the need to get on an airplane and fly to England. The Google street-view doesn’t just stop at the front gates though. Jump the virtual fence, walk around the yard and explore a drivers-view of the test track!
Porsche is most famous for its flat-6 cylinder configuration, made famous by the 911. A similar flat-6 is still being used in Carreras, as well as Boxsters and Caymans. But did you know, that throughout its history of automotive engineering, Porsche developed a range of other motors. V8s, V10s, inline 4s and a variety of “boxer” configurations have all been used at one time or another.
Porsche has always been known for radical design concepts, and has never been afraid of pushing the envelope when it comes to extreme ideas.
One such an idea came about in the early 70s, when Porsche was racing with the 917. In order to better promote their product in America, the goal was to build a race car for the CAN-AM series. These races were held through-out the US and Canada, and included many famous drivers and cars from the era. Porsche’s 917 Le Mans winning [...]