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The Dodge Viper debuted in 1991 and arrived in showrooms for the 1992 model year. It was Chrysler ’s first venture into the semi-supercar world and it featured an 8.0-liter, V-10 powerplant developed with input from Lamborghini and based on Dodge’s V-10 truck engine. The first-generation model was sold through 1995 and was only offered as a roadster. It wasn’t until 1996 when Dodge created the coupe body, known as the GTS. This second-gen Viper also saw a power increase from 400 horsepower to 450 ponies. The Viper was completely redesigned for 2003. The convertible was joined by a coupe model four years later and output reached into 500-horsepower territory for the first time. Engine displacement was also increased to 8.3 liters. Dodge discontinued the sports car for the 2007 model year, but it brought it back a year later. The fourth-generation Viper only lasted until 2010, and it took Chrysler another two years to introduce a fifth-gen version .

Unlike previous models, the new Viper debuted as a coupe only and had its V-10 engine rebuilt into a 8.4-liter. The current output resides at 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful production Chrysler.

Throughout its short-lived career, the Dodge Viper was also a successful race car , winning numerous events and series championships. To honor its racing heritage, Street and Racing Technology (SRT) launched a brand new iteration of the GTS-R race car for the 2014 IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R.

Bentley is planning to field a factory team at the Nurburgring 24 Hours next year. The British automaker will tackle the famed endurance event using its Continental GT3 race car. The announcement comes ahead of the 2014 race this weekend.

Bentley revealed that it is also considering other endurance races in 2015, but the automaker declined to get too deep in the detail. The Brits did, however, confirm that the Bentley Continental GT3 will take part in the Blancplain Endurance Series in 2015, most likely with a two-car lineup. What’s more, Bentley Motorsport will extend the Continental GT3 program to include several customer teams.

In the meantime, the Continental GT3 will face its first official 24-hour test in the upcoming 24 Hours of Spa on July 27th. The race will take place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and is the fourth event of the 2014 Blancplain Endurance Series.

Click past the jump to read more about Bentley Continental GT3.

Audi prevailed at Le Mans once again this weekend, after a tough race against its main LMP1 class competitors — event returnee Porsche , and polesitter and favorite Toyota . Audi took the checkered flag in first and second, with the No. 2 car driven by Fassler, Lotterer and Treluyer having completed 379 laps. This is Audi’s 13th success in Le Mans history, all of which were obtained the past 15 years.

The winning crew took the lead for the first time Sunday morning, shorty after 5 a.m. The No. 2 R18 e-tron quattro had been chasing the leading Toyota TS040 Hybrid throughout the night, with Porsche charging in for some captivating duels. The three-way fight went on to provide one of the most fascinating races in recent Le Mans history until the 22nd hour, when technical difficulties forced Mark Webber ’s Porsche 919 Hybrid to spend nearly an hour and a half in the pits.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi’s triumph at 2014 Le Mans.

Last year’s FIA World Endurance Championship was a disappointing venture for the German racing team Kodewa and its Lotus race cars, as both of its LMP2 cars were seized following financial issues. Even after that embarrassing moment, they aren’t willing to give up just yet. In fact, Colin Kolles and his crew were brave enough to step up to the LMP1 class after spending two seasons in the lower LMP2 tier.

Things didn’t go as planned so far, with a late engine switch resulting in delays that caused the team to miss the first two rounds of the season and withdraw from the 24 Hours of Le Mans race that’s set to start on June 14th, 2014. Thankfully, Kodewa solved its issues and the Lotus T129 traveled to the Circuit de la Sarthe to meet its fans, but it will not participate in the race.

Since we’re talking about a race car, the full details are under wraps, but we do know that the Lotus T129 will fight its way through the LMP1-L class, which is reserved to prototypes not using hybrid technology, with help from a twin-turbo, V-6 engine developed by AER. The new unit replaces an Audi -sourced, naturally aspirated V-8.

The new race car will begin testing shortly after this weekend’s race and debut at the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on September 20, 2014. Opposition in the LMP1-L class will come from two Toyota -powered racers operated by Rebellion Racing. The Lotus T129 will be driven by Christijan Albers, Pierre Kaffer and Christophe Bouchut.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lotus T129 LMP1.

The 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans , probably the most anticipated race since Audi established its dominance more than 10 years ago, is just around corner, with the lights set to go green Saturday, June 14th, at 9 a.m. ET. And we have a way for you to watch it live online for free in the above video feed.

Marking Porsche’s comeback to Le Mans after a 15-year hiatus, this year’s race promises to offer an exciting three-way battle for the overall win, with Audi and Toyota sharing the same LMP1-H grid with the 919 Hybrid . Having already secured pole-position, Toyota is considered by many the favorite for the win, but the Japanese manufacturer will have both Porsche and Audi breathing down its neck.

This year’s race will also see the brand-new Corvette C7.R make its debut on the Circuit de la Sarthe. The Corvette Racing-prepped sports car will battle its way toward the finish line in the LM GTE Pro class, amongst Ferraris , Porsches and Aston Martins . The Corvette C7.R is off to represent the U.S. at Le Mans for the 15th consecutive race and aims to score its eighth class win since 2000.

All told, there’s plenty of action coming from Le Mans this year, with more than 50 competitors looking for a shot at track glory, so make sure you give the live stream a watch. For more information on this year’s race, check out our Le Mans review . Let the racing begin!

It’s been 50 years since the first-generation Ford Mustang , the vehicle that basically created the pony car class, debuted at the New York World’s Fair. This year, after five generations and even more stylistic changes, a new chapter beings for America’s iconic muscle car . One that comes with many new features, including an independent rear suspension, a new platform, and a brand-new design that still echoes its primordial ancestor.

As the Mustang’s 50th anniversary celebrations continue in Michigan, Ford is sending its brand-new, 2015 model year muscle car to lead the field at the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on June 15th.

Ford’s vehicle of choice is a GT model, which is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that sends at least 420 horsepower and more than 390 pound-feet of torque to the pavement and wears a Race Red suit. A set of special NASCAR decals and the mandatory strobe lights will help change its standard appearance and keep drivers on their toes whenever the yellow flag is out.

Besides the NASCAR logos and the Quicken Loans 400 emblems, the Mustang pace car is also adorned by a couple of "50 Years" decals slapped right above the rear wheels and Shelby -style white stripes. Driving the vehicle around the Michigan International Speedway will be Ford Motor Company president Joe Hinrichs.

The Quicken Loans 400 is the 15th event of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and will commence with veteran Jeff Gordon leading the drivers’ championship.

Interestingly enough, Ford never raced a Mustang-themed car in the Sprint Cup Series, although the 1969 Boss 429 helped homologate the 7.0-liter, Semi-Hemi V-8 for the Torino Talladega , that went on to win the 1969 season with David Pearson behind the wheel.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ford Mustang.

The 2014 Formula One season is jam packed with surprises, returning icons and upsets. Mercedes is dominating the points boards, Sebastian Vettel is struggling to get anywhere close to the front of the pack, and turbocharged engines have returned for the first time in more than two decades. What better season to bring a classic Grand Prix back into the fold?

The Austrian Grand Prix has been held 27 times since 1963, but has been absent from the calendar since 2003. Now more than a decade later, the track is under new ownership by Red Bull, and has been completely refurbished with a new track surface, pits and facilities. Thanks to these enhancements, 2014 will be the first time since the 2003 season that mountains of Austria will hear the wail of a Formula One engine.

Red Bull has decided to celebrate the occasion by making us a new video to show off the track and give us an idea of what to look for on June 22, 2014. The video is an exciting look at the new track, but the real fireworks are going to take place at the actual race.

Of every racer on the grid this year, only three have ever participated in a Formula One race at this track: Kimi Raikkonen , Jenson Button , and Fernando Alonso. Of those, Kimi took second place in 2003. The track is new, the cars are new, and this year’s Formula is the best in recent years.

I’ll get the popcorn.

It’s been 16 years since Porsche last competed at Le Mans , exiting the race in 1998 after winning it with a 911 GT1 -98. This year, the German automaker makes its long-awaited return to the site of some of its greatest racing moments.

Porsche’s return to Le Mans is a pretty big deal, so it’s only fitting that the company has commemorated the occasion by producing a new web documentary called "We are Racers." The web series chronicles all of Porsche’s activities leading up to the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.

We especially liked the short segment dedicated to Mark Webber , the former Formula One driver who is set to compete at Le Mans for the first time since his spectacular practice crash at the 1999 installment of the endurance race.

It’s only appropriate that Webber’s return to Le Mans coincides with Porsche’s own comeback. Both the team and its marque driver haven’t competed in the race since the turn of the millennium. It’ll be interesting to see how they fare when the race kicks off this weekend.

In the meantime, do check out the "We are Racers" web series. One thing we can tell you about the documentary. After watching it, you’re going to be itching to get your Le Mans fix for the next few days.

For those of you who missed it, you can see Episode 1 after the jump.

Our recent crowning of Nissan as the most enthusiast-focused brand continues to hold true as the automaker just released this teaser image of what’s likely to be the Vision Gran Turismo concept — a vehicle that is slated to bridge the gap between the virtual world of Gran Turismo and reality. Nissan says it will “reveal the next chapter in its story” in the press release below, and we can’t think of a better place than the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Backing up that notion is a Tweet from Nissan Vice President Andy Palmer saying, “Think it’s worth coming to Goodwood????” with a link directing followers to a cloth-covered vehicle perched atop a date that reads June 10, 2014. Well, today is that day and Nissan has released the impressive image above accompanied by a press release giving yet another date, this time June 16th.

Also included in the press release is a statement about Nissan revealing the car to “an audience that has always shared our passion for performance.” Perhaps the lucky group of performance-minded folks will include pro gamers from the Nissan GT Academy.

As for the car itself, we could be looking at an early version of the next generation GT-R. Its mean looks and angular design, along with a large rear wing means this car is ready for business. But it looks like we’ll have to wait till the 16th to get the full run-down on the twice-teased car.

Click past the jump for more info on the next generation GT-R

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is always big news. It has been like that ever since Bentleys and Alfa Romeos started sweeping their French opponents off the podiums back in the 1930s. But this year’s edition is truly special. Porsche is coming back to reclaim its crown, Toyota is more reliable than ever and, to top it off, Audi is still struggling to find its rhythm.

This can only mean one thing: the LMP1-H is finally a three-way battle, something that hasn’t happened since 1999, when BMW was still racing at Le Mans and right before Audi became frustratingly dominant. It’s also the first race to gather three top automakers relying on hybrid technology. We’re talking about different powertrains and different approaches, ranging from Toyota’s 3.7-liter V-8 to Porsche’s puny, 2.0-liter V-4.

Of course, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is no longer about displacement. Gone are the days of 1976 when John Greenwood got a $55,000 check just to bring his nasty, 7.0-liter, V-8-powered C3 Corvette to France. It’s all about fuel efficiency and about squeezing extra power from braking nowadays. Le Mans was never lacked cutting-edge technology, but no other edition seemed so packed with state-of-the-art mechanics and electronics as the one we’re about to enjoy.

Click past the jump to read more about Le Mans.


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