Auto Trawling

Our friends at Motor, Wheels and Street Machine have been playing with all sorts of weird and wonderful gear – here's a sample.

Unashamedly, this is just under two minutes of Ken Block frying tyres. He’s very good at this. What’s even better is that he does it in a MkI Escort.

There’s very little original Escort left, but it’s a 245kW maniac with a 9000rpm redline making it interesting in itself. There’s a scaffold-like roll cage and the 2.5-litre donk is bolted up to a six-speed sequential ’box. Plus all the usual refinements: flared rear guards, Recaros with six-point harnesses and the star-spangled banner painted in detail on the ‘hood’.

This pocket rocket was Ken Block’s old rally car. Ya know, before he was famous. If you like your tyres in gaseous form, powerslide your smart phone over the QR code and prepare for some, as the kids say, ‘fully sick’ action.

While most Aussies, and ex-patriates like UC’s dep-ed, are glued to Bathurst on the second weekend of October, Andy Enright was not. He had some more exotic wheels to devote his attention to. Locale: Portugal. Weapon of choice: McLaren 570S.

The 570S is the new supercar from Woking to fit in the marques range, between the 650S pipsqueak and the measurably superior MP4-12C tech-titan. It’s not very often a supercar is described as having ‘tendons’, but Andy reckons it’s what sets this genius, numbers-driven track-weapon apart from the nerdy tradition at McLaren of late. He’s even used the S-word – Soul.

Clock 260km/h with Andy around gorgeous Portugal’s Portimao circuit at thanks to 419kWa and 600Nm of torque. Bathurst? Pfft!

See some artisan brilliance in sheetmetal work, with Scott Taylor’s video of the Kustom Garage experts Jamie Downie and Nate Browne – young people who know their way around an English wheel and planishing hammer.

These talented lads show a level of skill that has to be seen to be believed and the vid just might give you some inspiration to get into that shed.

You get to see some fascinating detail – look for the clever wooden buck they used to make reversible patterns. Scan the QR code below.