For those of you who enjoy off-road racing — and who doesn’t like to see overpowered 4x4s getting thrashed around in the desert — the 2013 Baja 1000 is set to start today at approximately 9:00 a.m. PST. After that, the cars and trucks competing have 36 hours to complete the 883-mile, loop-style race through some of the most treacherous terrain in Mexico, which starts and ends in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Over the years, the Baja 1000 has become rather high-tech, and now you can track the vehicles as they make the big loop by checking out the race’s Live Tracking page. There will also be plenty of news, videos and photos going up at the Baja 1000 Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. According to the Score International website, the Baja 1000 will also be streamed online, so if you are sitting at home and want to have a look, you can check out the live feed here.
This year’s Baja 1000 has a total of 254 entries this year between the ATVs, which started last night, and the cars and trucks, so there should be plenty of dirt- and sand-slinging action to see. We expect to start seeing the first vehicles cross the finish line about 17 hours after starting, which would be approximately 4:00 p.m. on Today for ATVs and 2:00 a.m. on Saturday for cars and trucks . The course will remain open until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday to allow slower drivers and late starters to complete the race.
Enjoy the race, and we’ll bring you any important updates as they roll in.
Now, new details suggest that the 550 will instead be built as a new Speedster version of the new-generation 911. Reports suggest that it will be built as a tribute to the classic 550 Spyder built from 1953 to 1957. The new model is rumored to be unveiled sometime in 2015, and will be limited to only 550 units.
According to AutoBild, the new 550 will feature hidden door handles — just like the classic 550 — a chopped-down windshield and a fabric top that will reside under a rear cover made from carbon fiber. This makes it possible for the fabric top to be used only when it is absolutely necessary.
Click past the jump to read more about the previous 911 Speedster model.
In a historic finale to the 2013 MotoGP season, Marc Marquez was crowned world champion who also became the youngest ever to win the title. He managed to beat the reigning world champion in his rookie season, becoming the second rider to achieve this feat since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
Each year, BMW sponsors the racing series and the rider with the most number of pole positions is awarded a special "BMW M Award " in the form of a latest BMW M-Series . This year, the 20 year old Marquez was awarded a truly menacing BMW M6 Coupe in Frozen Black. What a rookie season it has been for Marc with the M6 being the icing on the cake.
Hopefully, Marc can handle this powerful four wheeler as well as he does powerful two-wheels sport bikes.
Back in October, SRT requested some help from fans of the new Viper to come up with a name for its newly developed blue paint . After 11,000 entries, the winner was finally announced today. The new paint will be called "Competition Blue," which was contributed by Patryk Skarzynski from Chicago.
For his winning contribution, Patryk gets a trip to the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway where he will experience the race with the SRT Viper design team.
An SRT Viper coated in this new Competition Blue was displayed at SRT’s booth at the 2013 SEMA Show . Along with this cool, new hue, the Viper at SEMA also featured a Mopar carbon-fiber X-brace in the engine compartment and a silver Stryker logo on the X-brace. On the inside, this Viper had a Mopar stainless-steel pedal kit with rubber grip inserts and a Mopar carbon-fiber satchel between the driver and passenger seat.
Click past the jump to read more about the SRT Viper and to see the SEMA-stationed Competition Blue Viper up close.
According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, ADAC — one of Europe’s largest automobile clubs — is one step closer to acquiring the ’Ring after submitting non-binding offer to purchase the famous racetrack. As part of the deal between the auto club and the Rhineland state government, the former would be granted ownership of the circuit, which could include both the ’Ring and the Nordschleife, but not the other veritable neighboring attractions, including the shopping mall and the amusement park.
Should this transaction push through, it’s safe to say that the Nurburgring — if it were alive that is — could rest easy knowing that it’s in good hands. Besides, this isn’t the first time an auto club has owned a race track. Silverstone, for one, is controlled by the British Racing Drivers’ Club and last we checked, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, France’s biggest auto club, still owns the Circuit de la Sarthe where Le Mans is staged.
Here’s to hoping that the Nurburgring’s bankruptcy saga can now be laid to rest for good.
Click past the jump for a quick history lesson on the Nurburgring.
With Formula One moving toward making its cars more Eco-friendly, by limiting the number of engine and transmission swaps and eliminating in-race refueling, teams are having to find creative ways to get an advantage. Fortunately for Jenson Button, he doesn’t look much further than the sponsor who has a decal on the nose of his racecar .
That’s right, Button has found that an oil that you can pick up at your local parts store, Mobil 1, gives him the ability to overcome these new regulations and get the slight advantage he needs to take home first place. And this isn’t just hyperbole either, as he became the first F1 racer to ever win three Grand Prix races with the same engine with Mobil 1 providing the lubrication. In fact, 14 of his 15 GP wins have come with Mobil 1 products in his racecar.
According to Mobil 1, research shows that its products can extend fuel economy, and Button experienced this first hand in 2011. Button explains just how Mobil 1 oil helped him barely win the Japanese Grand Prix despite his critical fuel situation.
The video provides a little more detail on what Mobil 1 offers. And heck, if it’s good enough for an F1 car, why not use it in your road-going rig?
The McLaren P1 went into production in October, and it is now officially sold out. Earlier this year McLaren announced that all of the units destined for the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East were spoken for, but a smattering of units remained available in Europe. Well, those last few units are now spoken for, and McLaren is officially closing up the order books.
In the U.S., sales spiked when a McLaren F1 sold at auction in Pebble Beach for a stunning $8.47 million. European sales had their own spike following McLaren’s confirmation that the P1 lapped the Nurburgring in under seven minutes earlier this month.
So now, the only chance for you to get the P1 is if a buyer happens to change his mind before taking delivery. McLaren is actually already prepping for this potential situation, as it has asked potential customers to register their interest in the P1, just in case a buyer decides this amazing supercar is not for them.
Up to this point only 12 P1s are complete, and 75 percent of P1 buyer have opted for some level of unique design from McLaren Special Operations.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.
With just a few days before the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show opens its gates, Mercedes has posted a teaser image for a new AMG model, which will debut in LA, on its Facebook page. Mercedes didn’t reveal any other details on this image, so let the speculations begin!
The description next to the teaser image was as follows: "Want to take a glimpse into the future? Over the next few days we will uncover a new member of the AMG family, bit by bit. This first picture shows a front splitter made of visible carbon. Any idea what is coming?"
No, we have no idea, but we can take a crack at guessing. If you remember, Mercedes is expected to arrive in Los Angeles Auto Show with a special SLS Final Edition — the last model to be built before the new Mercedes GT/SLC takes its slot. Additionally, if you take a look at the current SLS and the teaser picture, you will notice some similar elements, like the carbon fiber lip and the design of the air intakes.
We will find out whether we are right or wrong soon enough, so stay tuned.
Click past the jump to read more about the current Mercedes SLS AMG.
Three-time platinum-selling blues musician and muscle car aficionado, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, had his 1972 Dodge Charger stolen. It disappeared from a Los Angeles Warehouse where it was stored among a fleet of other vehicles from the film industry.
The 1972 custom-built Dodge Charger was about to leave the Picture Car Warehouse in San Fernando Valley for an early morning shoot when it was stolen. According to reports, the carjackers also managed to steal four other cars from the warehouse, one of which was owned by a staff member. A 2005 Mini Cooper , Ford Econoline E-350 van and a BMW M3 were among the others stolen.
Police were able to trace three of the cars but sadly, the Charger is yet to be found. If you have any information about the car, you contact Los Angeles Police Dept. West Valley Division at 818-374-7611.
Click past the jump for more Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s amazing car collection
If you’re not antsy to get behind the wheel of any version of the Jaguar F-Type, we ask you to please hand your "Car Nut" card over to the gentleman at the front desk, and go check out TMZ for a bit. It is particularly hard to fathom any car junkie not being enthralled by the V8 S version of Jag ’s latest sports car .
Well, in the latest episode of "Ignition," Carlos Lago got his chance behind the wheel of the mighty Jaguar F-Type V8 S and pushed it to its limits on the roads of Malibu, California, on the dyno and every other way we can think of testing it.
As expected, Lago had a blast behind the wheel of the V8 S, but he did say that he thinks the supercharged V-6 models are better sports cars, but that the V8 S was more of a mixture of sport and muscle. We think that’s a fair assessment, but we’ll take raw muscle over grace any day of the week.
Check out the video to see exactly what Carlos thinks the F-Type V8 S and whether it is suited to pick up where the legendary E-Type left off.