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Robotic car set for more testing at Thunderhill Raceway near Willows

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Reverse Direction At Thunderhill

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This video was filmed on 7-14-12 at Thunderhill during a Golden Gate Porsche Club event. If you ever wondered what it was like to run the track in reverse (clockwise) direction, here is a great video to watch!

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Autonomous Car At Thunderhill Raceway

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Forget the DeLorean... the real car of the future hit the road today in Willows as a team of mechanical engineers from Stanford tested their self driving car at Thunderhill Raceway.

Thousands of race cars take to the track at Thunderhill Raceway every year... but they usually have a driver at the wheel. That wasn't the case Thursday, as a team from Stanford University tested their autonomous self-driving car on the road course.

Lead researcher Dr. Chris Gerdes says, "we're trying to develop a car which can race around a track at the same level as the best human drivers." The Mechanical Engineering team has been working on the technology inside the Audi for several years. It has hit speeds of over 150 miles and hour at the Salt Flats... and topped 100 miles an hour Thursday at Thunderhill. Dr. Lene Harbott says, "our main goal of course is to make driving safer, but I have to say the reason people love cars so much is not because they're totally safe, they're really fun...people are really passionate about their cars."

In addition to testing the robot car, the Stanford team also put Thunderhill President David Vodden behind the wheel to see how real drivers react under the same driving conditions. Vodden says, "they're using me as a baseline in some ways for the data, so it's a real opportunity to drive this Audi TT and have all this technology involved with it."

While full self-driving cars are still decades away, a lot of the technology being tested in Willows could end up making your commute safer in the near future!

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Full-Slick Proxes RS1 to United States

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CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announces the full-slick Toyo® Proxes® RS1™ is now available in the United States.  The Proxes RS1 is a full-slick competition tire that provides consistent performance throughout the life of the tire.

Already a winner in Europe and the Middle East, this racing tire is excellent in dry braking and capable of enduring closed course road racing, time attack, track days and high performance driving schools. It features an advanced casing for durability and stability at high speed, plus the steel wire reinforced sidewall provides responsive handling to maximize performance while minimizing lap times in dry weather conditions.

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Silicon Valley Ferrari At Thunderhill Raceway

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Teen Car Clinic February 20, 2012

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Thunderhill will be hosting our next Teen Car Control Clinic on February 20, 2012 presented in partnership with NASA.

You can sign up for this exciting event now at: www.nasacarcontrol.org


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The NASA 25 Hour From Another Point of View

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Much is written about the incredible effort and adventures of those who race in America’s newest race- rage, the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. All of it is enjoyable and most of it is amazing. Here is another story about the “25”.

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Awesome 25 hour video from Nitto Tire and Bullet Performance

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Farewell To A Friend...

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It is with great sadness that we must inform you that Jim Brian our friend and co-worker has passed away.

Jim had been our front gate guard and fuel attendant for several years. If you have visited Thunderhill in recent times, it was most likely Jim who greeted you upon your arrival to the track with a smile and his friendly, gentle nature.

Our condolences go out to Jim's family and friends at this most dificult time, and our thoughts are with you. Jim, please rest in peace and know that you will be missed!

 ~ The Team At Thunderhill~

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For the four days leading up to Saturday December 3rd, race teams from all over the world will be converging on Willows, California for the 9th running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the longest automobile endurance race in the western hemisphere. The grueling test of man and machine will take the green flag at 11 am on Saturday December 3rd and proceed non-stop until noon on Sunday December 4th. Eighty six [86] teams composed of as many as six drivers per team will battle fender to fender, rain or shine, on the three-mile, fifteen turn road racing course located just west of Interstate 5 on highway 162 in Willows California. The overall winning team will have never stopped except for fuel, tires and driver changes and will have completed more laps than any other car on the track in the 25 hours that have elapsed. Other drivers will have done the same in their respective classes resulting in one overall race winner and five class winners representing different sizes and styles of cars.
“This is the most grueling race anywhere in the world,” noted event organizer Jerry Kunzman. “At tracks like Daytona, Sebring and even LeMans in France the  endurance races held there are the result of years of practice and adjustment.” “Even though we have done this event on eight previous occasions, the look and feel of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill is a throw back to a time when racing was not about big-business and the competitors were a combination of driving talents and back-yard mechanics.” “This is a race that everyone knows about and talks about but no one wants to change.” “No one wants it to become a big publicity deal,” Kunzman said.



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