D is for Drifting, E is for Engine, F is for Fuel Cell


Guest Post by Alex, protagonist of Dead Heat:

So Lisa wants me to do another blog post for her. Like I ain’t got better things to do with my time. Like I owe her a favor, after what she did to Cole. But hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

So where are we? Oh yeah, “D.” Even a dumbass like me can follow the alphabet that far. “D” is for drifting. That’s when your tires break loose, and you’re sliding, but you ain’t outta control yet. If you remember what I told you the other day about a car being loose, that’s one way of drifting. But you can also drift with all four wheels. Drifting is about as badass as it gets. It looks totally cool, and it feels even better. Unless you’re some uptight old lady in an ice storm, in which case it’s probably gonna scare the hell out of you.

“E” is for engine. Yeah, I know that’s lame, but there ain’t a whole lot of racing words that start with “E.” I know Karen said maybe I should use economy run or end plate, but that ain’t stuff we use at small tracks, so I don’t know much about ’em.

“F” is for fuel cell. I was gonna say firesuit, but that’s too easy. Even if you don’t know what a firesuit is, you can probably figure it out. A fuel cell is this special gas tank that’s full of foam, so the gas can’t slosh around too much. You don’t want the gas going to one side when you’re in a corner, or the engine won’t get no fuel. Fuel cells are built so they can take a lot of abuse without ripping open and causing a fire. You’re gonna want to mount your fuel cell right in the middle of the trunk of your race car. First you get yourself some one-inch square tubing to make a frame for the fuel cell to sit inside. Then you weld that frame to the roll cage. Then you build a sheet metal shell to go around the fuel cell and you bolt the whole thing in place.

All this safety stuff is kind of a pain in the ass, but if it keeps the driver safe it’s worth it. Unless some smart ass writer comes along and kills him off even though he was doing everything right.

I’m just saying.

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8 Responses to D is for Drifting, E is for Engine, F is for Fuel Cell

  1. Alex, please tell me that when you get to M, you’ll write about Lisa’s Mullet.

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  2. Alice Lynn says:

    Alex, you need to give Lisa some slack; after all, she let Cole come back, at least for awhile.
    And you’re doing great with the blogging stuff.

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Somehow I don’t think you’re consoling him, Alice. I can hardly blame him for being angry, though. I think any of us, given a chance to confront our maker, would question such things.

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  3. Roxie says:

    Fuel Cells sound cool. And I love the way you leave us wanting more – you naughty boy!

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  4. Feisty character.

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    • Lisa Nowak says:

      You know, Rose, I’ve never thought of Alex as particularly feisty. Usually he’s pretty reserved and cautious. You can hardly blame him for being upset with me for offing his mentor, though. I’m kind of bummed about it myself, but it was for the good of the story.

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