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Month: January 2009

1970 Yenko Nova At Barrett-Jackson

1970 Yenko Nova At Barrett-Jackson

1970 Yenko Nova
1970 Yenko Nova

Up for sale this weekend at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona is this 1970 Chevrolet Yenko Nova. I used to own a 1970 Nova, so this particular car brings back some fond memories. Don Yenko built 175 of these cars, only 25 of which appeared in the silver color shown here. This particular car is powered by the infamous Chevrolet 350 V-8. Yenko also built a 427 Nova, but only for 1969, as insurance on the big block cars became too outrageous in 1970. The last time a Yenko Nova changed hands, it commanded $285,000. It will be interesting to see what this “underpowered” but still beautiful car will bring on the block.



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Ferrari Debuts F60 Formula Car

Ferrari Debuts F60 Formula Car

2009 Ferrari F60 Formula 1 car
2009 Ferrari F60 Formula 1 car

For 60 years, Scuderia Ferrari has never missed a season of F1 racing. To commemorate this 60 year anniversary, Ferrari has christened the newest Formula 1 entry the “F60”. Ferrariworld.com has an excellent preview of the car, and some video of it traversing the Mugello Track.

Some notable changes have been made compared with the outgoing F2008. Immediately visible in the image below is the much narrower rear wing. Also notice the front splitter is a single airfoil that is much wider than before and the nose that appears to have been lengthened at least 6 inches compared to the previous car. The new wing can also be adjusted by the driver in small increments, a development that has been a long time coming.

Front view of Ferrari F60 Formula 1 Car
Front view of Ferrari F60 Formula 1 Car

Additionally, you can see that the shape of the engine air inlet has changed somewhat from the previous edition,  and the side mirrors have been moved further to the side of the car.  Not readily apparent is the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that was jointly developed by Ferrari and Magneti Marelli. One of the biggest new features comes with tire choice, as you can see, this car is wearing Bridgestone racing slicks that no longer have thick longitudinal grooves. These new developments are mostly a result of the changes in FIA regulations governing Formula 1, and are intended to enable much more passing than ever before. Now all Ferrari needs is people to pass 🙂



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