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Video: Onboard Rick Knoop’s McLaren M8F At Sonoma

Bradley Brownell February 14, 2017 Quick Shifts 7 Comments

Okay, so everyone knows by now that we’re not the best when it comes to navigating Sonoma scot-free (sort of not our fault?), but when Rick Knoop does it in his vintage McLaren, it’s like the world stands still. Just listen to that big Chevy engine, and watch his smooth inputs as he runs a quick lap of Sears Point Infineon Sonoma. It’s glorious. Crank up the volume, you’ll love it. 

[Source: SVRA on YouTube]

  • It always amazes me how these tracks look so much different at speed than when I’m on them.

    • Try piping in big-block noise.

      • There’s already constant noise from the other cars as they pass. Doesn’t help.

      • outback_ute

        I was in the local historic racing pits when a team fired up their CanAm car for a tuneup – standing six feet behind the car the exhaust was hitting my legs with quite a bit of force! Plus I had my fingers in my ears nearly up to the elbows for the noise.

        And the guys were saying “we’re running the back-up 8-litre engine because the usual 9-litre engine is being rebuilt at the moment”.

        • Wow, a dedicated engine for backing up – beats the dumpster truck’s “feep-feep-feep” for sure!
          (Edit: ahem, I’m sorry, I’ll show myself out..)

          • Dean Bigglesworth

            You should hear the engine they use for going sideways!

            • outback_ute

              To be fair that is the same one as going forwards, it just depends on the amount of traction

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