Hold onto your flat-brimmed hats. Rallycross is returning to Irwindale and it’s bringing Ken Block’s Gymkhana Grid along with it. ESPN has announced that this summer’s Global Rallycross X-Games events will be held at Irwindale Event Center, home of the very first offical Global Rallycross event back in 2011.
MPGomatic regulars know that we’ve been chasing the Rallycross story since the summer of 2010 when Rally America premiered the sport at New Jersey Motorsports Park with a three weekend series. Lots of water and money have flowed under the gap jump since that first season. Global Rallycross has grown into the antithesis of grass roots racing, with an international series that’s defied the expectations of many.
ESPN – together with the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and Irwindale Event Center – will present X Games Los Angeles 2013 on August 1 – 4, with more than 200 athletes in competition venues and event spaces in and around L.A. LIVE, STAPLES Center and – for the first time – Irwindale Speedway. ESPN and ABC will combine to offer 19 live hours of X Games Los Angeles 2013 original programming; WatchESPN will carry every event on ESPN networks; and an additional four-and-a-half hours of original content will be available across computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox in the U.S.
We thought it might be fun to pull a 2012 X-Games Rallycross Odds list together … since it’s not likely that we’ll see any official Vegas Odds. (Keep in mind that this is a television show, not a race.) With so many flights over the mechanical jump over the course of the weekend, there will be a toll taken. The chances for carnage in the streets of LA this year are huge. We pray for our brothers behind the wheels, and wish them safe passage.
The Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off the American auto show circuit each fall with a significant eco twist. Yet every year, we’ve burned our travel budget by the time the LA Show rolls around. But fear not! We have an Ecoriffic way to deliver the news from LA this time out … We’re honored to host Autoline’s 2011 LA Auto Show coverage. Coverage is slated to start at 3:00 PM EST on Wednesday, November 16th.
Just when you thought you’d seen every possible form of televised automotive entertainment, something new comes along. The new new is Battle Cross and the pilot episode airs this Thursday, November 17th on the SPEED Channel. Battle Cross answers the question: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a pro rally car through an industrial setting, flat out?
You don’t have to go far to hear folks complaining about how the current level of ethanol content in unleaded gasoline has affected the gas mileage in their vehicles. Today’s gasoline contains approximately ten percent ethanol, for the most part, and is referred to as E10. Finding “ethanol-free” gasoline at a common service station has become increasingly rare, at best.
Ethanol contains approximately 33 percent less energy than gasoline. If you were to run 100 percent ethanol (E100) in your vehicle, you’d expect to take a 33% hit to gas mileage.* (Theoretically, since you can’t legally run 100% ethanol.) With E10, it’s a 3.33% penalty. Seeing that you can’t buy E0, there’s not much you can do about it.
At some point, we hope to perform dyno and real-world tests to document the drop in gas mileage. With “pure” pump gas nearly impossible to find, we’ll likely have to buy expensive street-legal racing fuel. Continue reading →