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Distracted Driving Challenge At T-Hill

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WILLOWS -- I didn't see the raccoon, frog or dancing bear while I tried to find a quarter on the floorboard and drive a California Highway Patrol car through a cone-marked course Tuesday.

In the real world, those animals could have been children.

As one of five reporters at a Media Distracted Driving Challenge, I experienced the hazards CHP officers warn of as I tried to text, talk, find and read while driving Tuesday at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows.

"It takes 4.6 seconds to send the average text," officer Tracy Hoover said. "That means at 55 mph, you're driving across a football field blind."

To read the rest of the story click on the link below:

http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_22040018/distracted-driving-is-no-laughing-matter-willows-challenge

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LeMons Wrapup -Thunderhill 2012

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Motor Trend Story On The Autonomous Car At Thunderhill

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Autonomous Audi TTS Laps Thunderhill Raceway, Hits 120 mph!

 

 

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http://wot.motortrend.com/video-find-autonomous-audi-tts-laps-thunderhill-raceway-hits-120-mph-250535.html

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Robotic car set for more testing at Thunderhill Raceway near Willows

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Check out this exciting story here:

http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_21403015/robotic-car-set-more-testing-at-raceway-near

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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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