- ALMS: [like] a 9,000 RPM, 700 horsepower, 200 MPH Swiss watch.
- America's breathtaking, world class professional racing series.
- From production-based Corvettes to Aston Martins to Le Mans Prototypes, there's no other American racing series to compare.
- The world's greatest sports cars prove themselves in the American Le Mans Series.
- At 200 MPH, you barely have time to think. That's why we serve drinks.
- The most sophisticated, well-run race teams in the world sometimes make it to the starting line. That doesn’t mean they’re good enough to win.
- The world’s greatest racers, in the world’s greatest cars, come to compete in front of America’s most passionate fans.
- Le Mans in France thinks American Le Mans is too competitive. We tend to disagree.
- When the world’s prestige automakers think they have something to prove, they come to ALMS to do it.
- The evolutionary pinnacle of American racing--everything else is a dead end.
- We think the other guys should be known as “French Le Mans” / If the world were a fair place, the other guys would have to call themselves “French Le Mans”.
- When racers talk about racing, they talk about ALMS.
- You don’t have to be a smart, sophisticated race fan to like ALMS--it just worked out that way.
- When races are run on Mars, our teams and fans will be there.
- If you want to know which teams are likely to win at Le Mans in France next year, look at ALMS this year.
- Where passionate fans enjoy unprecedented access to the highest-quality racing in America.
- Top brands, teams, tracks and passionate fans come together only in ALMS.
- For ALMS teams and fans, world-class racing isn’t a lifestyle--it’s their life.
- ALMS drivers don’t go to Formula 1--they don’t want to.
- Everything else is just going around in circles.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Apparently, I didn't grasp the seriousness and weight with which they regarded themselves. Also I wasn't being paid enough for what was essentially a complete rebranding, so I really didn't feel motivated to try that hard. It didn't help that the agency I was freelancing for was owned by an ALMS driver. Not at all.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
I have bought a new vehicle, a Persian Ivory 1980 Peugeot 103 LVS U3 moped. Top of the line, baby! It could use new seat padding and I think a reed valve; I'll probably save up for a 15mm carburetor. Although as it took two years for me to buy this, don't expect that any time soon. I am considering hand-porting the engine, which should yield some notable gains.
In the meantime: Specs!
1980 Peugeot 103 LVS U3
Type Two-stroke aircooled piston port single, chromed aluminum cylinder
Displacement 49 CC (2.991-cu.in.)
Bore x stroke 40 x 39 mm
Compression ratio 8.4:1
Horsepower @ RPM 1.5 @ 5,000 (rated)
Torque @ RPM NA-lbs.ft. @ 3,600
Main bearings 2
Fuel system 12mm Gartner side-draught reed valve carburetor
Ignition system 6-volt/26 watt Peugeot high-voltage flywheel magneto
Lubrication system Two-stroke/total loss
Exhaust system Single steel, long baffle muffler
Type Variator six-weight automatic extensible pulley centrifugal clutch; Vee belt primary
transmission; chain to rear sprocket
Ratio 11T front x 8-inch, 52T rear sprocket
Type Manual; cable operated
Front 3.5-inch internal expanding drum
Rear 3.5-inch internal expanding drum
CHASSIS & BODY
Construction Steel tubing and pressed steel frame
Body style 1+1 passenger moped
Layout Mid engine, rear-wheel drive
Front Telescopic forks
Rear Shock absorbers and telescopic supports
Wheels Lelue chromed wire
Front/rear 17 x 1.35 inches
Front/rear 17 x 2.5 inches
WEIGHTS & MEASURES
Wheelbase 44.09 inches
Overall length 69.29 inches
Overall width 25.20 inches
Overall height 40.5 inches
Front track Single
Rear track Single
Curb weight 109.8 pounds
Cooling system Aircooled
Fuel tank 1.05 gallons
Rear axle Grease
BHP per CC 32.66
Weight per BHP 70 pounds
Weight per CID 6.71 pounds
0-60 MPH NA seconds
¼ mile ET NA seconds @ 35 MPH
Top speed 31 MPH* (35 MPH indicated)
Base price $NA