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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.

This is the moment every Forza Motorsports 5 owner and fan has been waiting for. The Nurburgring has been completely recreated for Forza 5. Best yet, it is 100-percent free and it is available RIGHT NOW!

When Forza Motorsports 5 was first announced, fans around the globe lamented the fact that the most iconic slab of asphalt in the world was not going to be included . Turn 10 claimed it was a simple omission due to time constraints. Every track in Forza 5 was laser scanned for incredible accuracy and remade from, and doing the immense length of the Nurburgring just was not possible.

Now they have apparently had the time they needed, and the entire track has been recreated from the ground up using the most advanced scanning and modeling techniques that Turn 10 has access to. Every bump, surface and piece of graffiti looks to be represented in incredible detail. More than 13,000 man hours went in to creating this racing masterpiece.

While bringing the Green Hell to Forza 5 is a great thing, a lack of tracks was one my biggest complaints in my original review . Turn 10 is taking things a step further by allowing players to drive the entire 16-mile course. This is the first time the full course has been available to players of the Forza Franchise. Looks like fans of Gran Turismo have one less feather in their caps when it comes to comparisons between these storied franchises.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go waste the rest of my work day flogging a car around a digital representation of Germany.

Audi Sport has dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans in recent years. The team is vying for its fifth-straight title and its seventh in eight years. But even with this string of recent dominance, Audi still isn’t the most-awarded automaker to compete in the famed endurance race. Porsche has that distinction, and after 15 years of skipping Le Mans, the German automaker is making a comeback in 2014.

Porsche will certainly have its hands full. It’s going to deal with a plethora of competitive vehicles, not the least of which is Audi Sport.

Ahead of the start of the 2014 Le Mans, Audi Sport released a video directed at Porsche. The team didn’t outwardly call out Porsche for returning to Le Mans. Instead, it used the new video to officially welcome back its Le Mans rival, doing it in typical Audi burnout fashion.

Having Porsche and Audi competing in Le Mans is great for the race. Here you have the old guard going up against the new king. It’s a fitting spectacle ahead and during the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday, June 14.

It’s been less than two days since Subaru smashed its own lap record on the Isle of Man TT road course, and the Japanese automaker improved its benchmark once again. This time, three-time British rally champion Mark Higgins and his modified 2015 WRX STI completed the 37-mile course in 19 minutes and 15 seconds.

The new record represents an 11-second improvement over the previous achievement, which in turn bettered Subaru’s first encounter with the Isle of Man TT course by no less than 30 seconds. What’s more, Higgins completed his second lap with an average speed of 117.51 mph, which translates into a 1.04-mph improvement. Kudos to Mark!

So what’s with Subaru breaking its own record for the second time in just two days you ask? Well, it appears that Higgins was unhappy about several errors he committed during his previous attempt and wanted to give it another go knowing he can get more out for the WRX STI. Turned out he was right and Subaru of America has a brand-new record to brag about.

As previously mentioned, Subaru’s vehicle of choice for this run wasn’t exactly a bone-stock STI. The nippy sedan gained a FIA-approved roll cage, racing seats, improved springs and dampers, a fire-suppression system, and had its wheels wrapped in Dunlop Direzza tires before taking the course. Additionally, the engineers removed the STI’s speed limiter to allow Higgins to charge speed past the 155-mph limit.

Click past the jump to read more about Subaru’s new Isle of Man record.

When it comes to bragging rights attached to production cars, most automakers quote the electrifying Nurburgring lap times achieved by their hatchbacks or supercars. Subaru , however, is taking pride in a benchmark set on course that’s more familiar to motorcycle riders than sharp-witted, fast drivers - the Isle of Man TT road course.

Three years have passed since a 2010 Subaru WRX STI driven by three-time British rally champion Mark Higgins set the car lap record at 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, and the same team returned to the Isle of Man to improve the benchmark. And Higgins did so by hooning a 2015 WRX STI around the track and past the finish line in only 19 minutes and 26 seconds, smashing his previous record by no less than 30 seconds.

Durring his attempt, the British driver managed to reach an average speed of 116.47 mph and a top speed of 162.9 mph, two figures that are also superior to the ones he touched back in 2011. According to Subaru, the WRX STI used for the record-breaking course is a stock, U.S.-spec model that received some updates, including a FIA-approved roll-cage, racing seats, improved springs and dampers, and a fire suppression system. Additionally, the sedan was fitted with Dunlop Derezza at all four corners and had its speed limiter - normally set at 155 mph - removed.

Click past the jump to read more about Subaru’s Isle of Man record.

McLaren Automotive has announced its financial results for 2013, posting record revenues of $477.90 million (£285.4 million) for the year. While this is great news for the company, the Brits unveiled something even more exciting for its customers: the rumored track-focused P1 supercar will hit race courses in 2015.

There is some bad new though, as the race-ready P1 will be available only to clients who have ordered one of the 375 standard and road-legal P1s. So unless you either have one parked in your garage or on its way, no soup for you! However, owning a street-spec P1 doesn’t necessarily mean you’re entitled to buy and hoon such a track beast. McLaren says this purposed vehicle will be its rarest yet, meaning only a handful of them will be built. Production figures have yet to be released, but don’t expect them to be assembled by the hundreds.

Although details about the track-prepped P1 are still under wraps, we have a hunch the Brits are working on an extreme aerodynamic body, and an upgraded suspension specifically tuned for the race course. An output update is also on the table, but we’re not betting on massive improvements in the horsepower and torque departments.

In addition to confirming the new track toy, McLaren also announced that the P13 sports car will become available in more than one version. No actual details were given, but the entry-level vehicle is likely to roll out in coupe and convertible guises, and, later in its life, with a GT suit as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.


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