Day 3 of RMMR 2019 is finally up!

It took a while, but the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2019: Day 3 gallery is finally live!

Lately, I hadn’t had much time to work on editing the photos and making regular posts on my blog. Life kinda got a bit busy the last couple of weeks! Still, I’m glad to finally have this gallery uploaded, as it features my best shots of the year! Race day during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was full of thrills as I had decided to camp out by Turn 11. This turn is notorious for being very tight with a gravel trap on the outside. And since everyone was pushing it during the final day of racing, there was going to be some sideways action!

Imagine my surprise when several race cars went sideways offroading in the gravel trap right in front of me! These ARE my best shots of the year!

Check out the new gallery in the portfolio!

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Monterey Car Week Galleries published!

Monterey Car Week Galleries
Come see the 2019 Monterey Car Week Galleries!

Monterey Car Week was a once again an incredible experience, and now I’ve added the Monterey Car Week Galleries! Last week, I again had the chance to stay at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and shoot behind the fences! I was close to all of the action for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion! Also, I managed to get into the Concorso Italiano again and come face to face with the awesome DeTomaso P72! I even had time for the Annual Morgan Club Dinner and the new Exotics on Broadway!

This past week I’ve been processing THOUSANDS of photos. I just finished going through the first day of photos from the Reunion Practice Sessions, but I’ll be adding the qualifying and race session photos very soon!

In the meantime, check out the list of galleries below!


The Volkswagen ID R is a monster!

The Volkswagen ID R tackles the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
The Volkswagen ID R tackles the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Photo © 2019 BILDAGENTUR KR√§LING

The ID R isn’t your Dad’s golf kart.

I just learned that the Volkswagen ID R electric concept/race car just broke another record. It’s not surprising since the car looks like a cross between a Group C race car and something Daniel Simon could have designed. Truthfully, the car was designed to take the electric car record at the world-world famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb. However, this latest record proves that electric cars are the ultimate evolution of motorsports: The ID R just broke the Nürburgring Nordschleife record for electric cars at 6:05!

To understand exactly how fast that is, first, you have to understand how big the Nordschleife is, and how fast a racecar can go around it. The original “Nordschleife” or “North Loop” was built in the 1920s around the town of Nürburg, in the Eifel mountains. Also nicknamed “The Green Hell”, the Nordschleife is almost 13 miles long, with 73 turns and massive elevation changes. Sports car manufacturers often use the Nordschleife to develop their cars, and it’s not uncommon for a car maker to boast about its cars’ lap times.

The Volkswagen ID R successfully makes a run. Photo © 2019 Volkswagen Motorsport

How fast is six minutes and 5 seconds?

A “fast” car can make the loop at around 8 minutes. The Alfa Romeo 4C did 8:04 back in 2013. A “very fast” car like the Ferrari 458 Italia can do it by roughly 7:30. An “extremely fast” car like the Lamborghini Aventador 770-4 SVJ can do it in under seven minutes. These are just production cars though, and the Volkswagen ID R is clearly not a production car.

The previous record holder for the fastest electric car was the Nio EP9, which made 1000 kilowatts or 1,361 horsepower equivalent. The EP9 was only a shade slower than the Lamborghini Aventador 770-4 SVJ at 6:45, which we already knew was “extremely fast.”

The Volkswagen ID R did it 40 seconds faster than a 1,300 horsepower electric car. That is insanely fast!

What’s more surprising is the fact that the ID R makes less power than the previous record holder. It “only” makes around 700 horsepower, but the car has an incredibly lightweight body weighing only 1,100 kilograms or 2,500 pounds. In addition, the ID R sports a very low-drag and high-downforce body, meaning that the car could take the Nordschleife’s 73 turns at a much higher speed.

Just imagine; in a few years, electric race cars like the ID R will be making insane lap times at our favorite tracks like the Circuit de la Sarthe, or even WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca!