One of the most intense, challenging, and exhilarating roads to drive on in the U.S. would have to be the Tail of the Dragon. It is an 11 mile road in the mountains of North Carolina that has over 300 turns. You have to pay attention while driving because on wrong move and you will be rolling down the mountain. There are many accident each year because of people trying to push their vehicle’s limits and end up overdoing it and crashing. My dad and I are driving there in a few week in our S2000. We have the whole trip planned out and will end up staying there for a couple days. My dad just bought new tires for the car so that we can be as safe as possible while on the road. It will be something I remember forever and will probably take my son there when he is old enough to drive.
One of the coolest things to watch are definitely trick shot no matter what sport it is. With basketball I feel like there are an endless amount of shots people can think of. This video is a man who probably enjoys doing trick shots more than anybody. I can’t even imagine how many trials each shot took and the whole video has probably over 100 different shots. Each time the shot gets crazier and whenever it goes in it puts a smile on my face. Enjoy the video because I know I do.
The new 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 is the most powerful Mustang Ford has ever created. The 650 horsepower monster of a muscle car can reach a top speed of 202 mph on the street and costs around $60,000. It is powered by a 5.8 liter supercharged V-8 engine with such a high gear ratio that you can reach the top speed in 5th gear and go from 0 to 60 mph in just first gear. This car should not be bought by just any kind of person, this is the kind of car you buy that is ready for the track right out of the factory. 200 mph is very very fast and not too many car will go that fast safely unless you are ready to drop over 150,000. This is one of Ford’s best cars in production every since the Ford GT and anyone who buys it will not be disappointed.
This years trade deadline in the NBA was all about Dwight Howard and whether he was going to get traded or leave just like Shaq did. After this season Dwight Howard would be able to opt out of his final year of his contract and become a free agent. When March 15th came around, last day to make a trade, Dwight had a choice to either sign a non opt out clause or get traded. The Orlando Magic were not about to let Howard go and not get anything for him. This is the exact same situation Shaq was in and everyone in Orlando thought he was going to stay, but at the end of the season he decided to go to the L.A. Lakers and the magic got nothing out of it. During the very last day he signed papers that stated he would be with the magic until the end of his contract for sure. While this may seem like a good thing for Magic fans, he will definitely leave unless the Magic can get a great player during the off season to play alongside Dwight. Some players that would be perfect for him are Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, or even Chauncey Billups if he comes back from his injury. Magic fans may be in the clear for now, but when next year’s trade deadline comes around again it will be the same thing all over again.
Lebron James Ruined the NBA
Two off seasons ago Lebron James announced during a 2 hour segment on ESPN that he will be “moving his talent to south beach”. Lebron James was with the Cleveland cavaliers for 6 seasons and made it to the finals once, got swept, and eastern conference finals a few times. The whole off season was all about Lebron and how much the cavalier fans want him to stay but everyone knew he was leaving. He waited until Chris bosh signed a contract with Miami until he even took Miami into consideration. He finally announced he was going to Miami and that night Cleveland fans were burning his jersey in the streets. That night he became the most hated player in the NBA, except for the Miami bandwagon “fans”. There is now a super team in Miami with 2 superstars, Lebron James and Dwayne wade, and one all star, Chris bosh, and many good roll players. This forced the formation of new York with huge names like Carmelo Anthony, Amarie Stodimire, Tyson chandler, Chauncey Billiups, and many other great players. More super teams are being made each year with the top players in the league joining together. For example, a few years ago Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic made it to the finals. Now with a similar team, Dwight knows he isn’t going to win a championship so he is looking to go to another team with a better chance. This is going to make the same few teams always win the finals.
There are basically two main types of car races, the quarter mile an a track. The quarter mile race starts off with a burnout, then two car line up and launch their cars to see who can go a quarter mile first in a straight line. This may not seem to difficult, but some cars have so much power that you really need to be a skilled driver. With automatic cars basically all you do it put the peddle to the metal and hold on. Racing around a track is where it gets interesting and separates the men from the boys. When picking a car you want to race around a track you won’t want to go with the most horsepower, but rather the best power to weight ratio. Power to weight ratio is how much horsepower you have to the weight of your vehicle. An ideal track car would be any kind of Lotus. Most of them weigh less than 2400 lbs and have between 200 to 700 horsepower. Not only do they have a great power to weight ratio but they handle like nothing else. The steering is so stiff that when I drove one I couldn’t even make a right turn with one hand. These are the most popular types of car races and whichever you decide to do would drastically depend on the type of car you have.
When people buy the exotic high-end super cars, they are mainly buying them for the performance aspect. People spend up to one million dollars on one single car like the Bugatti Veyron, a 1001 horsepower(hp) street legal car from the factory. What people don’t realize is that you can achieve goals of that kind of power in almost any kind of car. Lets use the Honda S2000 for example because i have a lot of experience driving it and have done more research on that car than any other. Brand new the car cost about $30,000 and that gets you a two-seater convertible with 240 hp at the crank. Basically the only way to get more than 40 hp out of the motor is to use forced induction with a turbocharger, supercharger, or nitrous oxide. The safest and most reliable one of these would be a supercharger because it deals only with the belts on the motor and is always in use. For smaller engines, like the s2000, it is best to use a turbo kit. A new turbo kit can cost between $4,000 and $10,000, depending on how much power you are trying to achieve. The best kit for the car in my opinion is the Mase Engineering turbo kit that retails for $8,000. The cost of installing and tuning the kit will be around $1,000. Of course you can’t have such a powerful car with the rest of the parts being stock. You would also need to lower the car on some coilovers, which lets you adjust the height of the car and costs $1,000. Next, you would want to install a hardtop and racing wing for better aerodynamics, which will set you back another $4,000. With about $15,000 you can turn that stock S2000 into a track animal pushing 800 hp to the rear wheels and basically beating any car you can see on the road all the way up to a lamborghini. Next time you have a need for speed pay someone to build you a super car, rather than spending $200,000 plus on a new one from the factory.