Formula One might cultivate a reputation as the pinnacle of motorsports, the most technically advanced series out there. But it still makes remarkably dumb errors, which gave us this wonderful little not-a-cheat about tiny vents in the floor.
I spent a great deal of last week reading about wonderful, er, liberal interpretations of the rules in motorsports, but by chance I happened upon one of my favorites that I’d completely forgotten about. And it involves parts getting shoved in the trunk.
I will never tire of hearing about ingenious ways that car racing teams bend the rules for what they can and can’t do for engineering speed. I thought I knew them all, but there are always more.
I can’t think of a sport where rules are molested with as much glee and abandon as they are in motorsports. That’s part of what makes racing so great: the devious and clever ways that teams will attempt to squeeze out some kind of advantage are a fascinating part of the sport.
We know that asking NASCAR not to cheat is like asking an old Volkswagen not to drop oil, but a new ruling means that the series (and this comes as a shock) may now actually strip the benefits of winning from rule-breaking cars. You know what this means? Teams will just have to cheat harder.
If I had to list cars whose owners are most likely to cheat on their partners, I’d probably put a modified Range Rover right up at the top. Check out this one in London with “Hope She Was Worth It” now spray painted over its expensive white hood and I believe I’ve made my case.
This MotoGP season has been one for the record books. It’s had insanely close races, tons of passing, and the overall points standing has been close all year. The only thing it’s been missing is drama - at least until now.
After Volkswagen was caught cheating its emissions tests with trick software, another rumor of Volkswagen cheatery popped up in motorsports. Could the Volkswagen team be using traction control to win at Global Rallycross, where driver aids such as traction control are expressly banned?
By now the full gravity of Volkswagen’s cheating the EPA’s emissions testing systems is out in the open, and while, sure, I’m appalled and disappointed, a perverse part of me is also kind of impressed. It’s a pretty clever cheat! But like all cheaters, VW got caught because they got lazy. I think I know how they could…
Bad news for NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and Richard Childress Racing: while their penalties for tampering with their tires has been reduced slightly, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld those penalties today. Newman's #31 car was caught with a slow leak in its tires at Auto Club Speedway.
There's a rumor floating around the NASCAR paddock that teams are drilling tiny holes in their tires to maintain a more even tire pressure throughout the race, according to USA Today. I'm not sure how that would work without exploding into a horrifying tire-ball, but then again, I'm not a master of clever cheatin'.
Mercedes-Benz is the official victor of the Formula One Constructor's championship, but for me, it doesn't matter who won officially. The way I see it, Red Bull Racing keeps winning everything. Because they keep cheating in the cleverest of ways, which is what F1 is all about.
If you've been so busy making tender love to your fake girlfriend and you've been unable to catch the news let me fill you in: Lance Armstrong admitted to cheating. Many of us did know that Lance Armstrong doped throughout his career, and a few nights back, he finally fessed up.
Cheating in sports is unfortunately…
Oh my goodness, the National Association Of Stock Car Auto Racing (as opposed to the national association of stock car boat racing) is full of cheaters! Stone-cold cheatin' to victory in every race, ever. America expects better from former moonshiners.
Oh Formula One... just when we think you're about racing and not regulations, Malaysian GP winner Sebastian Vettel gets 18 seconds of champagne-spraying before everyone decides Team Red Bull was clearly cheating. "They've got wings (and an adjustable suspension)!"
The most cars ever in a 24 Hours Of LeMons race (130), three former LeMons winners, and a cold rainy Ohio day all made for a very long day of Cheat Detection.