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      06-19-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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Now this is a fast lap...

Muscle Milk ALMS car testing at VIR last week - 1.36.6 on full course. 0.3 shy of the course record set by a Bennetton F1 car. Enjoy!

We could just tell you that the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón will set speed records at Virginia International Raceway later this year. Then you could choose to believe it or not... that's fine with us.

But since we feel that seeing really is believing, have a look at this on-board footage of Muscle Milk Pickett Racing's HPD ARX-03a prototype during a recent test session at VIR. The lap time is approximately 1:36.6 - just 0.3 seconds off the lap record around the 3.27-mile Full Course set in a Benetton ex-F1 car in 2004.
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* Track personnel and several corner marshals working the test said they had never seen a car go through the turns with as much speed and stability as the HPD.
* Top speed was reported at 175 mph and the average speed was 121.863 mph.
* The car was on full throttle for 17 seconds from the exit of Turn 6a to the entry of Turn 10. That means wide-open runs through the Climbing Esses - past the Lodge and the Villas at South Bend.
* It was full throttle for another 15 seconds from the exit of the Oak Tree Turn (T11) to the entry of Roller Coaster (T14).

* Counting those two sectors plus the run from T17 to T1, prototypes should run nearly half the circuit at full throttle on a clear lap.


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      06-19-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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Yeah, I watched that video earlier today. Amazing!
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      06-19-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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      06-19-2012, 08:39 PM   #4
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WTF!!! That was insane! It was like he wasn't braking just downshifting This video has compelled me to go see one of these races in person. Looks to be some pretty impressive machines
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Wait.....

What???
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      06-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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Holy grip in T10! He hardly braked coming off the esses. I wonder where the camera is located on the (seems like) 10' wide car. Looks like the line could be more precise...but does it really matter that much with that much power, downforce, grip, etc?
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WTF!!! That was insane! It was like he wasn't braking just downshifting This video has compelled me to go see one of these races in person. Looks to be some pretty impressive machines
They're running Grand config for this race I understand. This makes it even better to go spectate at because there is so much you can see from that part of the infield.
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      06-20-2012, 10:22 AM   #8
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Absolutely nuts! I thought that video was on fast forward or something.....
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Absolutely nuts! I thought that video was on fast forward or something.....
My thoughts exactly--it looks like the playback is sped up by 50%. I can't imagine the concentration it takes to do that for a couple of hours at a time, in mixed traffic of other LMP cars and slower GT cars.

The relationship of our cars to an LMP car is akin to the relationship of a bicycle to a 1000cc superbike.

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I don't even watch ALMS anymore since it switched to ESPN3 (my cable doesn't carry it) and they turned up at Lime Rock last year, charged $75 and had three prototypes running from two teams...meh

Awesome driving though.
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