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YouTuber Adam LZ sets his Nissan 350Z on fire while drifting

Published: 4/Aug/2020 11:26

by Kieran Bicknell

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Florida is well-known for many reasons: Sunshine, alligators, and being the home of famed car YouTuber Adam LZ. In his latest video, Adam took us along to a local skid pan for a day of ‘drift games’, though things didn’t quite go according to plan.

Sometimes the simple things are what matter most in life. In Adam LZ’s case, those simple things often involve throwing any number of his cars around sideways and hoping that they come out unscathed at the other end.

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Taking his 350Z down to a local skid pan to have a day of “good old Florida redneck fun” is therefore a perfect day for Adam. It also gives him a chance to test out the upgraded Brembo brakes after ruining his stock Nissan brake setup.

For the uninitiated, drifting is the art of throwing your vehicle sideways, breaking traction with the rear wheels and skidding the car in a controlled manner. Points are often awarded at events for style, proximity to markers or other drivers, and overall speed.

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Having had such a successful day at the track, Adam decided to celebrate with a few solo runs and burnouts, but this is where things took a turn for the worst.

After messing up a drift run, Adam ends up driving into a wall and initiating a huge burnout, filling the arena with tire smoke and the smell of burning rubber. It is important to note that the car is under immense mechanical pressure at this point, especially the transmission and engine block since they are held at such high RPMs for so long.

Eventually the inevitable happens, and the 350z becomes engulfed in huge flames and smoke. It seems that Adam notices this and begins to move away from his burnout zone, with the marshals flagging him down and gesturing to him to move.

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Adam LZ drifting his 350Z

Thankfully it seems that the fire was in fact the rubber on the tires reaching such a high temperature they actually ignited under the pressure and friction caused by the burnout. The temperatures got so high that the discarded rubber from the tires is seen still burning on the track after Adam moved the 350Z out of harm’s way.

In typical Adam style, he was remarkably calm about the whole thing, saying that his cars catching on fire is “like a trend nowadays” – while he’s certainly not wrong, most other YouTubers wouldn’t be so calm at the sight of their cars going up in flames.

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Supercar Blondie mindblown by “insane” amphibious truck

Published: 9/Oct/2020 11:33

by Kieran Bicknell

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As one of YouTube’s leading car content creators, Supercar Blondie gets to experience some of the craziest vehicles on the planet. Sometimes, a vehicle is just too much for her, though; as was the case with this incredible Russian Amphibious 8×8 truck.

With everything going on in the world at the moment, doomsday preppers are in full-on panic mode. Thankfully, YouTuber Supercar Blondie has found them the perfect go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle.

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Dubbed the Avtoros ‘Shaman’ this gigantic truck is completely amphibious, so you can drive it on land or in water, and is custom-built by a team of Russian engineers. All eight wheels are driven, and can be controlled via the incredibly complex instrument panel in the cabin.

The Shaman has the capacity to carry up to eight people, and features a central driving position akin to that of the McLaren F1. Performance doesn’t quite match the aforementioned supercar though, being powered by a 4-cylinder diesel engine.

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Shaman 8x8 truck Supercar Blondie
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The Shaman is fully amphibious, and can float thanks to its oversized tires.

Supercar Blondie drives the Avtoros Shaman 8×8

Blondie is quick to use her trademark “that’s crazy” statement, but in this case, it was definitely worthy of the phrase. The Shaman is unlike anything ever seen before on her channel, and she is clearly smitten with it.

Despite its exaggerated appearance making it look like it came straight from a Fast & Furious movie, she said the Shaman was “very normal” to drive.

One of the unique abilities of the Shaman is its ability to ‘crab’ steer, and traverse surfaces sideways. SB tried out this feature first with her whole team in the truck, and it seemed to go down a storm. With plenty of laughter, the team all agreed that it was truly “crazy.”

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Despite prices starting at $200,000 for a basic Shaman, given its incredible abilities, its “money well spent” according to Blondie. The team clearly enjoyed their time in the truck, with Supercar Kate (Blondie’s sister) asking “shall we combine all our salaries and get one?”

On the water, the Shaman floats thanks to its giant tires acting as a buoyancy aid. They can then propel the truck by ‘driving’ in the water. Alternatively, it can be fitted with an outboard propeller unit, as demonstrated in the video.

Blondie clearly enjoyed her time behind the wheel of this behemoth. However, with only a handful in existence, it’s unlikely we’ll see a Shaman 8×8 join the channel any time soon.

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