F1 Steering Wheels: We Have It Way Easy

Maybe I am getting old. I don’t like all these damn buttons on steering wheels these days. On my Lexus, there are so many buttons that do all sorts of things it seems – voice command (which, by the way, is the worst system ever made… and not just based on my opinion), lane departure warning, “back’ button, volume control, media “mode” and on and on. In my Evo IX, there’s one horn button. Nothing else. Not even a cruise control button because, well, it doesn’t have cruise control.

While I long for days of simplicity in passenger cars, motorsports continues to innovate and revolutionize. Nearly every aspect of performance can be tweaked from the steering wheel, even engine maps – is this why I have an “economy” mode, a “normal” mode, “Sport” mode and a “Sport+” mode for my car? Compared to the typical steering wheel on an F1 race car, however, we have it easy. Way easy.

The Steering Wheel, as Explained by Valtteri Bottas

Donut Media did a fantastic job of visualizing the evolution of the F1 steering wheel in this video for those who are completely green to current racing technology.

Stop Motion Car Build

Building a car is no easy task. Hundreds of hours, sweat, blood and dollars have to be thrown at a project. Imagine, though, stopping at regular intervals to document the build, then putting all those photos together to create one heck of a stop motion video of the build. Well, here’s one that’s bound to blow your mind.

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Asian Drivers: Myth or Reality?

Considering I am Asian myself, it’s a tad disturbing when I hear comments about “Asian drivers.” Let’s just say I don’t fit the stereotype and pretty sure that I can drive circles around 99% of the population out there.

Regardless, even myths and rumors are borne out of reality and truth. Have a look at these accidents on roads in China. Kinda makes you reconsider whether it’s really a myth…

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You Know You’re in America If…

Daniel Lewis

Driving in the US

“Blue Collar” comedian Jeff Foxworthy made his name with the schtick , “You know you’re a redneck…” Carrying on in the same theme, we present… You know you’re in America if…:

  1. Two cars get into an accident and the drivers leave their cars exactly where the crash occurred. They then step out to discuss the accident, creating a traffic nightmare while they discuss the merits of their driving skills and how they didn’t cause the accident
  2. Driving on the left and passing on the right is the norm – we’ve pointed out this painful and excruciating phenomenon in past posts
  3. Everyone slows down for warning lights, even when such action is not warranted
  4. Using your turn signal is completely optional
  5. The car behind you has his highbeams on for no reason
  6. The car in front signals left, yet turns right – or vice versa as the case may be
  7. You see that car by the side of the road, getting a tank of gas from a tow truck – yes, when the fuel gauge lights up it is a wise idea to find a gas station and fill up
  8. You see that jackass driving in darkness without turning on any of his lights
  9. You see a “baby on board” placard in the rear window – what this is supposed to accomplish is anybody’s guess
  10. The biggest heap of junk is being driven as if it’s a Ferrari FXX

Fortunately, the rest of the world isn’t as stupid, oblivious or clueless as we are.

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Nisei Week Showoff 2009

In what we can only describe as the final nail in the coffin known as the “import scene,” what is seemingly the final Import Showoff of our lifetime made its appearance during the Nisei Week festival in downtown Los Angeles. This is the car show that started it all and it is the show that will end it all. With participants showing what could be considered the “cream of the crop” of Southern California, they gathered under sunny August skies to mark the occasion. Here’s to you, Ken Miyoshi, for pioneering something that took over the entire country and, to a certain extent, the rest of the world.

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Awesome or Scary? Manhattan Bridge Bounces Around All Day

Daniel Lewis

Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge

For those of you who may have slept through science class in grade school, this may be terrifying. To me, it’s an awesome way of showing great science in action. Since I am not the greatest teacher of this stuff in the world, I will let PBS explain it to you:

Bridge Basics
Bridge Basics

“Suspension Bridge: Forces
In all suspension bridges, the roadway hangs from massive steel cables, which are draped over two towers and secured into solid concrete blocks, called anchorages, on both ends of the bridge. The cars push down on the roadway, but because the roadway is suspended, the cables transfer the load into compression in the two towers. The two towers support most of the bridge’s weight.” PBS.org

And now, here is a video showing the Manhattan Bridge in action:

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