2014

2014

Records are always meant to be broken. It’s just that some take longer than others. That’s a nice tenet to hold on to when talking about a recent record-breaking lap time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed involving the Nissan GT-R Nismo Time Attack. The Japanese supercar not only made an incredible impression at Goodwood, but it also stamped its authority on the event’s existing supercar record lap time by completely obliterating it.

The record-setting lap time was set at the event’s Michelin Supercar run. 2011 GT Academy winner, Jann Mardenborough, was behind the wheel of the GT-R Time Attack when it set the blistering lap time of 49.27 seconds, beating out the Noble M600 for the record lap.That’s an incredible achievement for a young man whose only racing experience came in the form of video games.

Making Mardenborough’s lap time all the more impressive was how he was able to navigate the GT-R Time Attack to a faster lap time than some pretty incredible supercars driven by the likes of former F1 drivers Bruno Senna and Rupert Keegan.

Think the Ferrari LaFerrari , the Pagani Huayra , and the McLaren P1 posted faster lap times than the GT-R ’Time Attack’?

None of them did.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan GT-R Nismo ‘Time Attack’.

Source: TopCar

MG needs our love, guys and gals. The British automaker deserves it and it’s on us to give it. With so many automakers having sports hatchbacks available, it’s easy to see why MG can get lost in the mix. So it’s on us to give it some shine, especially when it releases a model like the MG3 Trophy Championship Concept that actually has some very nice qualities and over 100 horsepower more than the standard version.

The model was introduced at the MG90, an event that celebrated the company’s 90th anniversary, that took place from June 20 through 24, 2014. Three concepts were launched during the event and one of them is the MG3 Trophy Championship Concept. It’s based on the current MG3 and was given a comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrade that has given the sports hatch a little more pop.

It’s not going to blow your mind, but it could be appealing enough to get racing teams interested in the vehicle. That’s one of the objectives in launching the concept and for the sake of MG, we’re hoping that interest is high on this modified bad-boy.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 MG MG3 Trophy Championship Concept.

The BMW M4 arrived in time for the 2015 model year, just a year after the 4 Series took the place of the 3 Series coupe. Based on a chassis that is lower and wide than the outgoing M3 Coupe, the M4 is one mean machine that pumps an almost unfathomable amount of power form its 3.0-liter, I-6 powerplant. Heading into the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , our friends over at Pistonheads made quite an impression at the with their own BMW Individual-dressed M4 Coupe .

The car looks undeniably sexy, the product of months of work and preparation that resulted in a true one-of-a-kind Bavarian sports coupe .

Readers of the auto news site had a big hand in helping Pistonheads design the M4 Coupe. To their credit, PH readers did an impressive job on the model, giving it a unique finish you normally don’t see in a BMW M4 Coupe. The Tanzanite Blue metallic paint finish is a particularly impressive color for the M4. It’s not too flashy, but it’s one that may make you do a double-take.

But here’s the best part about the entire build. Pistonheads’ BMW M4 Individual was built specifically for Goodwood and two readers of the site were given a chance to drive the sports coupe up the famous. In addition to that, both readers also got the opportunity to drive around the circuit in other BMW models, ensuring that the experience left an indelible mark in their minds.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual M4 Coupe Pistonheads Edition.

The 2014 running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which took place this weekend, waived its checkered flag over six competitors that completed the course in under 10 minutes and documented four new records. This year’s trophy was taken home by French driver Romain Dumas, who raced up the mountain in 9:5.801 in his Unlimited-class 2013 Norma.

A little more than two seconds behind Dumas came Greg Tracy. The U.S.-born driver needed 9:08.188 minutes to complete 12.42-mile course in the all-electric Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III . Tracy not only won the Electric Modified class, but also became the first competitor in Pikes Peak history to finish under the 10-minute mark on a motorcycle and in a car. Right behind Tracy arrived Hiroshi Masuoka, also driving a MiEV Evolution III. The Japanese driver ran the 156-turn course in 9:12.204 minutes to give Mitsubishi a spectacular 1-2 class and 2-3 overall finish, respectively.

Three more drivers took the checkered flag in less than 10 minutes: Clint Vahsholtz (Ford, 9:54.700), Michael Skeen (Nissan , 9:55.471), and Jeremy Toye (Kawasaki, 9:58.678). They all scored victories in the Open Wheel, PPC Open and Motorcycle Open categories, respectively.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb results.

Tragedy has befallen the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as we lose one of our two-wheeled compatriots. Bobby Goodin, a 54 year old biker from Texas was competing in his second Pikes Peak event when he lost control of his bike shortly after finishing his run yesterday afternoon. The top of Pikes Peak has a large gravel lot, and the Triumph Daytona 675R appeared to be carrying a bit too much speed to make the required stop.

The resulting crash saw Goodin land on an outcropping of rocks after becoming airborne. On site paramedics administered CPR and Goodin was evacuated to the nearby Penrose Main Hospital by Flight for Life. Sadly, Goodin succumbed to his injuries and passed.

This is a most tragic end for a veteran biker. Goodin was able to claim an impressive third place in the 1205 Pro Class last year; his first ever appearance in the event.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb has claimed a few lives over the years, but Goodin is the first biker to lose his life to the mountain since 1982 when Bill Gross perished.

The thoughts and well wishes of everyone at TopSpeed go out to the family and friends of Goodin.

Click past the jump to read more about the Pikes Peak.

Source: NBC Sports

You surely remember Subaru’s record-breaking run at the Isle of Man TT we covered on June 21st. The seven minutes of video evidence is pure driving nirvana as we watch Mark Higgins battle his way around the open road course and around the turns along the hilly British island. Well, Subaru has released two more videos surrounding the event, with one being the full, uncut point-of-view shot seen above, and an in-depth look into the changes made to the 2015 WRX STI (below the jump).

The video above is nearly entrancing as you watch the quaint British countryside fly past at 160 mph through the STI’s windshield. Adding to the fun is a voiceover of Higgins walking us through his techniques and inside info on his run. Graphic readouts of his heart rate, temperature, breaths per minute, G forces, speed, and position around the course.

Below the jump, Subaru’s National Manager Dominick Infante runs through the many updates the team did to the otherwise stock 2015 Subaru WRX STI . Among other things, the team added new tires, brake pads, coilover shocks, a straight-pipe exhaust system, GPS trackers, and removed the electronic top speed limiter. For safety, the car gets a roll cage, fire suppression system, a racing seat, and a five-point safety harness.

Be sure to check out both videos for the complete story; the second video is after the jump.

Most of us watched the Goodwood Festival of Speed to see hundreds of awesome road and race cars storm up the Hill. Others, including many past and present racing drivers, travel to Goodwood to hoon the vehicles we drool upon. But there’s a third category of motoring enthusiasts that take trips to England to pay million for the classic cars sold each year by Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auction house.

This year’s event brought together nearly 100 vehicles and more than 400 automotive-related collectors items, raising a staggering £22.6 million (nearly $39 million as of 06/27/2014). One car alone sold for nearly half that amount, with two more fetching more than $1 million each, rounding up yet another successful event.

Not surprising, the most expensive vehicle sold at Goodwood was a Ferrari . Maranello classics are already a common occurrence at such events, and very few change hands for less than $5 million. On the other hand, how often do you see a 102-year-old vehicle sell for more than $1 million? Head over below to find out more about the most expensive classic cars auctioned at Goodwood.

Click past the jump to read more about Bonhams’ sale at Goodwood

For almost every racing game, there is a great hero car. For the classic Need for Speed: Most Wanted it was the BMW M3 GTR, for Gran Turismo 1 & 2 it was the Nissan GT-R , and now for the upcoming Forza Horizon 2 it will be the all-new Lamborghini Huracan.

Lamborghini ’s newest car replaces the Gallardo , the best-selling car Lamborghini has ever created, and it features an uprated version of the V-10 found in its predecessor. The exact car that players will be chasing after in the new Forza Horizon game is the Huracan LP 610-4 and it will be wearing a shade dubbed Midas Yellow.

If the new Forza Horizon follows the same series of events as the first Horizon game, players will start the game in a low-level car and be tasked with racing your way into ever faster cars by beating rivals and challenges. Your final rival will be driving the new Huracan.

In another milestone occasion for Turn 10 Studios, this will be the first time a digital version of the Huracan is available to drive in any game. Look for Forza Horizon 2 to hit the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles later this fall.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Huracan.

When you spend all your time driving new cars, you get kind of spoiled with features and amenities. From backup cameras and GPS to voice-controlled radio and more, driving a new car is pretty great. All that technology can make driving easier, but it can also be very distracting. A new company called Skully has created an advanced motorcycle helmet that adds all those features into your head protection, but is that setup going to make riders safer, or will it be more distracting and dangerous, especially for new riders?

As a new rider who just bought my first motorcycle, I am excited by the idea of having all my favorite amenities available to me when I’m only using two wheels instead of four, but will having so much visual and aural stimulation cause me to pay less attention than I should?

I am obviously not an expert on the subject, but I have a few thoughts. I was hoping that you, the wonderful readers of TopSpeed could help me out. Is this helmet a good idea or not?

Read on to find out what I like and what worries me about the Skully AR-1

Kazunori Yamauchi is the creative genius and mastermind behind the entire Gran Turismo franchise. For 20 years he has been creating one of the greatest simulation racers of all time. He is currently hanging out at Goodwood with Nissan ’s chief designer Shiro Nakamura to reveal the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo car, and they decided to hop onto Reddit to do an Ask Me Anything (AMA).

While sadly I wasn’t informed in time to get any questions in, I can at least dig through for all the good parts and collect them here for you. They field questions about Gran Turismo as a whole, talk about features they want to add to Gran Turismo 7, and of course they also talk about racing, cars and the experience of Goodwood.

Some of the real highlights include the addition of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge to the Gran Turismo games, the possible inclusion of custom tracks like El Capitan and Nissan even muses about the idea of a Nismo-tuned Titan pickup.

You can find all the big questions and their respective answers collected below.

Read on to find out all the questions and answers from today’s Reddit AMA

Source: Reddit

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