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The constant back and forth between Sony and Turn 10 Studios figures to have no let-up now until the release of their respective video game franchises, Gran Turismo 6 and Forza 5.

Sony scored a huge coup with the recent announcement that it had tied up with numerous automakers for its Vision Turismo feature for GT6. In response, Turn 10 announced that it had added Laguna Seca and Spa Francorchamps as part of its new content.

Ok, it’s not exactly going to blow up interest for the game the way Vision Turismo did but it shouldn’t also be underestimated given the rash of new technology and gameplay features that the Xbox One is expected to come in.

So don’t sleep on this announcement because we all know that the two of the toughest race tracks to play in any video game are Laguna Seca and Spa. Now that both tracks have been confirmed to be a part of Forza 5, anybody who plays the franchise will understand the challenges that come in winning races on those two venues.

Click past the jump to watch the latest trailer for Forza 5

A few weeks ago, word came out of the Goodwood Festival of Speed that Toyota was considering setting up a one-make race car series for the GT 86 .

What it probably didn’t know was that the car already has one, or at least, is set to have one.

Over in New Zealand, the Toyota TR 86, a racecar built using the online-only 86 RC model as its basis, was first introduced to the public at last weekend’s CRC Speedshow in Auckland.

More than just being a show car, the TR 86 is actually a turn-key competition race car that was designed and developed for use in a variety of racing competitions, including its on one-make racing series in New Zealand as granted by MotorSport New Zealand, the country’s FIA-appointed national sanctioning body.

As for the TR 86 itself, the car was built with the idea of using it as a tried-and-true race car. That entailed stripping it of all its amenities and fitting the full breadth of racing equipment, including: Sparco competition seats and race harnesses; an FIA-approved roll cage installed by Neil Allport Motorsports; racing brake rotors and calipers; and a set of 18-inch Speedline alloy wheels.

It’ll also use Motec’s new C125 color data screen and logger, a data system that provides access to a wide range of information about the car’s performance in any given practice, qualifying or race session.

Similarly, work was also done on the car’s engine using the standard Toyota management system with its proprietary software package. The racecar’s sump was also strengthened to ensure that no oil spills occur and it doesn’t surge under high cornering forces. No specific performance numbers were given but using the 86 Griffon Concept as a peg, we expect the TR 86 to have close to 300 horsepower under its hood, a number that is more than enough, considering that the TR 86, even with a full fuel load, only weighs 1,195 kg (2,634 pounds).

Click past the jump to read about the TR 86’s one-make racing series in New Zealand

Toyota GT 86 Griffon by TRD

If you asked us, we’ve always believed that it was only a matter of time before the Toyota GT 86 would have its own racing series.

That apparently is coming closer to fruition after a Toyota spokesman told Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that the brand’s resident sports coupe could make its racing debut in its own one-make racing series sooner rather than later.

Should discussions turn into reality, it should pave the way for the Toyota GT 86 TRD Griffon , which is in attendance at Goodwood, to go into production.

It’s still a one-off concept at the moment, a car Toyota and TRD developed to proudly highlight the racing credentials of the GT 86. It’s undergone extensive testing in Japan to make it fit for racing competition. It’s been reported that the Japanese automaker is trying to break a Ferrari lap time record with the Griffon Concept at an unnamed racing circuit in Japan.

Whether it breaks the record or not isn’t the important thing here. It’s the reported interest from Toyota to give the GT 86 its own racing series, something that we definitely would want to see.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota GT 86 Griffon by TRD

Source: Autocar UK
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1,750 horsepower vs. 510 horsepower doesn’t sound like a good competition, right? But Land Rover did it, as the SUV manufacturer put a new Range Rover Sport head-to-head against a 1945 Spitfire TR9 V12 Merlin. Car vs. plane all over again!

The Range Rover Sport was driven by Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Vehicle Integrity Engineer, while the Spitfire was piloted by Matt Jones from the Boultbee Flight Academy. So, which one won the race?

To help you see just how one-sided this competition is on paper, we remind you that the Range Rover Sport is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine with 510 horsepower on tap, while the Spitfire TR9 V12 Merlin gets a 1,750-horsepower V-12 Merlin engine and it has a maximum airspeed of 400 mph.

Both the car and the plane are considered British legends of land and sky, so picking a winner can be pretty difficult. All we can say is watch the video to see which one won the race.

You’d think that with the upcoming release of Gran Turismo 6 and Forza 5 on both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, a new era of car racing games is about to be born.

On some level, that’s accurate. But there might be another developer that’s looking to stake that ’next generation racing game’ title all to itself.

We may not know of Anki at this point, but the start-up company is determined to make the kind of waves that’ll get everybody’s attention. How is it going to do that?

Well, the company is developing a new racing game experience that blends radio-controlled cars and artificial intelligence, all wrapped up in an iPhone app. There’s also a mat, smart cars with sensors, and Bluetooth accessories, which pretty much goes to show the detail and sophistication of this game.

In a nutshell, the game works in such a way that an iPhone app is used to control the RC cars, allowing them to perform numerous tricks and functions that belies what a standard RC car is capable of doing.

But the best part about this new game is that it’s still in its infancy, which means that we can expect more developments to arrive in due time.

For now, though, enjoy all the teaser videos Anki has released for the game. If for nothing else, these videos will definitely get your attention.

Click past the jump to watch the videos

Source: Gizmag

Tragedy struck the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the weekend after Aston Martin Racing driver, Allan Simonsen, lost his life following a devastating crash while driving the No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE .

The 34-year-old racer was making a pass at the Tertre Rouge when he lost control of the racecar, crashing into the barricades that ultimately cost him his life. Simonsen was pronounced dead due to sustained injuries at the Circuit Medical Centre.

“On behalf of all of us at Aston Martin Racing, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the individuals, and families whose friends or loved ones were involved in today’s terrible tragedy,” Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw said in a statement.

On behalf of everyone here at TopSpeed, we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Allan Simonsen. Our words may ring hollow, given the shock of losing Allan, but rest assured, our thoughts are with the family as they try to recover from this devastating news.

Click past the jump to read about Allan Simonsen’s racing career and Aston Mastin’s press release of the driver’s tragic passing

Gran Turismo 6 is a big deal to anyone who has ever played the video game racing franchise. It’s been that way since we fell in love with the first one and it’ll be that way until the game’s developers decide to finally hang up its proverbial boots.

That being said, we’re all interested to see the technology behind the development of a game like Gran Turismo 6. Seemingly acquiescing to our needs, Polyphony Digital released a new video behind the development of the game, giving us a never-before-seen look at the preparation and time needed to ensure that we see a game that’s never before seen in the annals of car racing video games.

Don’t be surprised to see the word "new" pop up multiple times during the video. Chances are, Polyphony intended for it to appear there because a whole lot about the game really is new.

Pretty much everything, really, which is to say that we’re expecting, as always, to be blown away once we get our hands on the game when it hits shelves on November 28th.

Click past the jump to watch the original trailer of Gran Turismo 6

The recent E3 games conference held in Los Angeles, California this year gave us a good look at some of the upcoming racing video games that are all in the pipeline.

We’ve already seen previews of Gran Turismo 6, Forza 5, and even Need for Speed: Rivals. But there’s still one more game that’s looking to turn some heads.

This one comes Ubisoft and it’s called "The Crew.” If you watch the dedicated preview trailer of the game, you’d think that you were watching the first Fast & Furious movie again. But instead of the old Honda S2000’s they used in the movie, you get the treat of being behind the wheel of a heavily-modified Chevrolet Camaro .

The Crew has been classified as an open-world car action game, which means that there’s probably a strong reliance on online-play wherein you gather up your own outlaw crew with the objective of doing a multitude of law-breaking jobs.

Combine the detailed car customization program with the chance to play your own Fast and Furious storyline, and you have a game that definitely caught our attention.

Click past the jump to watch the "Commented Walkthrough" of The Crew

You would think that the cast of Fast and Furious would know a little thing about cars and their prices. But as the Strait Times’ RazorTV showed during a recent interview with the cast in Manila, car prices in Singapore tend to throw a lot of people for a loop.

See, Singapore wants to dissuade its citizens from buying cars to keep traffic clean and clear on their roads. That’s why taxes for cars in the country are beyond insane, and that goes for every car, not just the high-powered exotics.

So when afforded the opportunity to sit down with Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, Luke Evans, and Vin Diesel, Razor TV’s John Lui quizzed the four stars of the movie to guess the prices of certain vehicles in Singapore.

Needless to say, all four were completely off on their guesses, eliciting some pretty hilarious reactions from Rodriguez and Diesel.

Let’s put it this way: if you didn’t know, a Toyota Prius in Singapore will buy you a top-of-the-line Audi R8 in other countries.

Click past the jump to watch the final trailer of Fast and Furious 6 after the jump. The movie hits cinemas tomorrow, May 24.

With the upcoming launch of both the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, a new generation of video games is about to follow. Both Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo have already released previews of the next-gen versions of their video game franchises.

Now, it’s Need For Speed’s turn.

Just like its predecessors, Need For Speed: Rivals takes a different approach to the usual hardcore street racing involved in Forza and Gran Turismo. Instead, its gamers will be given the opportunity to either play the game as a the street racer or the cop, ensuring that they can experience the thrills of being the chaser or the runner, depending on what suits their style better.

Even better, the cars available for Need for Speed: Rivals will be some of the finest you can ever drive, including the Ferrari F12berlinetta, which has found its way into the game as part of a new partnership with the Italian automaker.

Need for Speed: Rivals will hit shelves on November 19, 2013 and will be available for the Xbox 360, the Xbox One, and the PlayStation 4.

Click past the jump to watch the teaser trailer of Need For Speed: Rivals


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