Beware of April Fool's Day

Posted by Iannucci | 4/01/2009 | 3 comments »
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You never know what kind of hoax may appear when the calendar flips to the first day in April, so we all have to be on the lookout so as not to be duped by deliberately fraudulent reports today. Be on the lookout for stuff like this article uncovered by Chris Estrada.

Volkswagen Indycar Engine revealed

The Indianapolis 500 will exclusively use VW power in 2011 Racecar can exclusivley reveal. VAG's new engines will be based on a revolutionary quad turbo W16 design. The two litre powerplants are said to be highly efficient and only use three quarters of the fuel used in the current IRL spec engines.

Whilst all the engine blocks will be identical a number of different cylinder head and bottom end layouts are available, each is to be badged by a different part of the VAG company, most notably Porsche. The most interesting variant is the triple crankshaft Bugatti branded unit, which trades off incredile efficiency and marginally higher power against increased weight and a higher centre of gravity.

A full study on the new engines will appear in next months magazine.

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Holy flux capacitors, I certainly hope that's a hoax.


  1. AZZO45 // April 01, 2009 8:05 AM  

    That one was an easy one to spot... The rumored 2011 4 banger -turbo grows to an engine with 12 MORE cylinders ???

    W16 in a "green" era... NAHHH. :) :)

  2. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // April 01, 2009 2:59 PM  

    My Name is Champ Car. Good one.

  3. Jeff-O // April 01, 2009 7:15 PM  

    PlanetIRL wins the "Fool's" post of the day:

    Danica to replace Mark Martin @ Hendrick in 2010