THE ILLEGAL HUB OF UNDERGROUND STREET RACING
“Go hard or go home”
At 160 mph, those cars become missiles. These street racers live their lives a quarter-mile at a time and nothing else matters. Cities like Los Angeles, London and Tokyo have witnessed these cars turning into missiles most often. The Underground street racers are often considered as the local thugs racing their lives with the purpose of betting or sometimes the car.
Street racing is illegal in public streets and involves multiple cars participating in exhibitions of speed. They race against a clock or other timing device. These races are also known as “speed race,’ or “drag race,” and threaten the safety of not only those behind the wheel but the public as a whole. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 14,495 injuries and fatalities in 2014 as a result of collisions related to speeding. In 2016 a crash as a result of a drag race on the 5 freeway left three dead. This crash was just one case of many as street race accidents are on the rise in recent years. Additionally, in April of 2016, there were nearly 50 people arrested, and dozens of cars impounded in an attempt to crackdown on illegal street racing in Los Angeles County, by the CHP and LAPD.
The Underground Drag Racing Culture
This may come as a surprise to you, but the classification of cars within the underground street racing community usually rests on the type and size of the tires your car wears. It has become a place for men with fast cars to gather. They compare engines and tires, revving and squealing them, respectively, before pulling back onto US-27 to race. Drag racing along this stretch of highway is so brazen, racers employ multiple cameras, specially designed microphones, and even drones so they can post videos of themselves breaking the law.
Lamborghinis. Teslas. McLarens. Ferraris. They all make their way to “The Spot” as some of the dragsters call it. And their illegal races, on public roads, hit speeds of 140 mph or better.
Although there are no statistics on street racing incidents, local police say they appear to be on the rise, with some racers using social media to coordinate matches. Speeding and social media made the news in late 2016 when a Snapchat video showed a driver going 115 mph moments before losing control and crashing.
A distracted driver is just as dangerous as speeding or other forms of reckless driving. A car is a deadly weapon if used recklessly. As a result, you could be jailed, fatally injured, or take someone’s life.
THE UNSPOKEN RULES OF STREET RACING
Unspoken rules of racing include a simple, yet effective way of communication between two parties. They communicate with lights. The theory goes that if you want to race the other driver, you flash your lights five or six times. If he or she flashes too, the race is on. Apart from organized early morning illegal street racing, you are far more likely to have a go with the random street racer from lights to lights, or on the highway. You can start when the lights change or give a signal for a start by honking your horn three times.
Well, this is an excellent title, isn’t it? The thing is that the police will probably come your way more than once if you participate in illegal street racing events. That is why every “member” of that outlaw community has to have an escape plan before they even start a race. This goes for drivers who race late at night with other avid street racers, not necessarily for drivers who occasionally race between lights when they get chance midday. That escape plan means that you have to know the surrounding streets really well. Plus, it helps to know where one police jurisdiction ends, and other begins.
Interestingly enough, illegal race organizers have some etiquette that actually minimizes the risks involved with street racing. They usually do research, pick an abandoned or remote spot, and organize races in the small hours of the morning. They can be pretty thorough in following these unwritten rules to the letter.
Street racing is Illegal. Like, “you could go to jail” illegal. So, everything I have just said you have to take with a massive grain of salt. Heck, even writing this, I felt like I was doing a bad thing. If you must do this sort of thing than you’ll better know these unspoken rules of street racing. As this is an entirely illegal activity, I have to tell you – don’t do it! Go to the track or to the drag strip. Or whatever. It is not as exciting, granted, but it may cost you less.
TOP STREET RACING CARS
There are certain cars that have emerged as the most popular choices as far as street racing is concerned. These cars usually possess one or more factors that make them ideal for the harsh treatment that street racing entails. Such reasons include the ability to easily tune the car at minimal cost in order to get a boost in performance over the stock form. Others include ease of maintenance, affordability, and superior handling characteristics.
1, CHEVROLET CAMARO
It’s not focused solely on being loud and going fast, however—even though it does both of those tasks very well. Chevy’s two-door pony car comes as a coupe or convertible, and it offers copious features and countless personalization options. While the 650-hp Camaro ZL1 is the most raucous version—and reviewed separately—every model from the base four-cylinder to the V-6 to the V-8 can be enhanced for track duty with the transformational 1LE package. The Camaro LT1 and SS feature Chevy’s iconic small-block V-8, with 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. Its tremendous low-end torque, linear power delivery, and chest-compressing acceleration are enhanced by the optional dual-mode exhaust, which erupts with a sharp bark at startup and thunderous sounds during wide-open-throttle blasts. The standard six-speed manual transmission maintains the enthusiast spirit. An eight-speed automatic is optional with the four-cylinder engine, and the 10-speed automatic can be paired with the V-6 and V-8.
2. LAMBORGHINI HURACAN
The Lamborghini Huracán is the perfect fusion of technology and design. With its crisp, streamlined lines, designed to cut through the air and tame the road. The LP 610-4 designation comes from the car having a 610 metric horsepower and 4 wheel drive, while LP stands for “Longitudinale Posteriore”, which refers to the longitudinal mid-rear engine position. The Huracán maintains the 5.2-litre naturally aspirated Audi/Lamborghini V10 engine from the Gallardo, tuned to generate a maximum power output of 449 kW (602 hp; 610 PS). To ensure its balance and performance, the car is mid-engined. The engine has both direct fuel injection and multi-point fuel injection. With a curb weight of 1,553 kg (3,424 lb), the Huracán LP610-4 has a power-to-weight ratio of 2.55 kg (5.62 lb) per horsepower. 0 -97 kph in just 2.7 seconds.
3. NISSAN GT-R
At the heart of the GT-R is an ideally sized, twin-turbocharged 3.8-L V6 that produces a prodigious 570 ps and equally immense 637 nm of torque. Hand-assembled by one of only five master craftsmen in the world allowed to create such a masterpiece. But it’s more than just exceptional skill that goes into the process that makes the GT-R so special. As one of the craftsmen says, “We put our souls into each engine, hoping to deliver that excitement to customers.” Relentless tuning of the GT-R’s aerodynamics provides an incredibly clean Coefficient of Drag of 0.26 Cd. While you see a substantial, powerful supercar, to the wind, it punches through the air like a low-slung, mid-engine supercar. Pure aerodynamic alchemy. he Nissan GT-R is powered by the VR38DETT V6 engine, a 3,799 cc (3.8 L; 231.8 cu in) DOHC V6 with plasma transferred wire arc sprayed cylinder bores. Two parallel Ishikawajima-Harima (IHI) turbochargers provide forced induction.
Nissan states the GT-R can attain a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph) and Motor Trend recorded a top speed of 313.8 km/h (195.0 mph). In tests the original production model was shown to be capable of achieving 0-97 km/h (60 mph) times as low as 3.2 seconds using “launch control”.
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