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Bragging rights are a funny thing when it comes to setting records in the auto industry. Everyone shoots for it and once they achieve it, they try to break their own records in an attempt to become better than...themselves. So excuse Subaru for trying to show that it’s better than what it was in 2011 when it set the four-wheeled lap record on the world-famous Isle of Man TT course. That’s because the Japanese automaker is shooting to break the 19 minutes and 56.7 second lap time it set three years ago with British rally champion Mark Higgins.

Later this month, Subaru will once again go to the Isle of Man, only this time it’s bringing the 2015 WRX STI performance saloon to the record attempt. Common sense suggests that since the old record was set by the WRX STI’s predecessor , the 2015 model should have little problem blowing that lap time record away, right?

Well, it’s still easier said than done, especially when you take into consideration how tricky it is to run through a lap without damaging the car. On that end, Subaru did its part by giving the WRX STI some sturdier safety equipment, including adjusting the springs and dampers, as well as fitting the car with a roll-cage, race harness and fire suppression system.

Preparation’s the easy part, but actually achieving what you set out for is the tough part. Hopefully, Higgins and Subaru get to toast to another year of having the fastest time around the Isle of Man TT course.

Pictured Above is Subaru’s 2011 record-setting run at the Isle of Man.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru WRX STi.

This Formula One season is looking more and more like a lost cause for every team on the grid not named Mercedes GP. Defending champion Red Bull will likely lose out on the title this year, so in order to pass the time – or at least make it interesting for the four-time champs – the team and its partner Infiniti have taken to launching a new video series called the "A to Z of Formula One."

As the title of the series implies, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastien Buemi, Christian Horner, and Adrian Newey all take turns highlighting key aspects of Formula One tied to each letter of the alphabet.

Some are pretty self-explanatory like (A)erodynamics, (H)elmet, (F)ly-aways, and (I)nterlagos, but other letters represented some pretty interesting aspects of Formula One that are a little more obscure. Items like (C)omputational Fluid Dynamics, (D)rag Reduction System, and (K)inetic Energy Recovery System (or as it’s come to be known now, ERS) are interesting to listen to. What’s more is the excellent way the Red Bull guys explain the complex systems on a level that we all can understand.

The series runs in six different episodes, with the second to sixth episodes after the jump.

More videos after the jump.

There are literally a handful of cars in the history of the industry that’s revered more than the Ferrari 250 GTO . Really, you can probably count in one hand those models and we’re guessing you’re even going to have a hard time doing it. Such is the level of respect people have of this true classic. Consider how much a 250 GTO fetches in auctions these days. Last November, a variation of the 250 GTO - the 250 LM - sold for $14.3 million . But even that pales in comparison to the incredible $52 million price Connecticut-based collector Paul Pappalardo paid for a 1963 250 GTO. So yeah, unless there’s a DeLorean out there that actually flies, no car today - classic or modern - will even come close to sniffing that record purchase.

So imagine what it must have felt for Petrolicious to get its hands on a 250 GTO. In this video, Derek Hill, the son of former Formula One champion and Ferrari factory driver Phil HIll, managed to acquire a 1964 250 GTO. We can only wonder what it must have felt like to be entrusted with a car that probably has a higher value that the GDP of some countries. But if anybody understood the value of this car, it’s Hill. After all, his father actually raced this exact 250 GTO at the Daytona Continental, which the older Hill ended up winning.

You really can’t understate the rarity of this particular GTO, chassis #5571. It’s actually one of the last GTOs ever built and was also the first of the Series II bodies and it came with a 3.0-liter V-12 engine that produces 300 horsepower.

Not that we’re pining for it to hit any kind of auction in the future, but can you imagine how much it would fetch in a setting like that? It’s not just a 250 GTO; it’s a 250 GTO with a real racing history attached to it.

North of $50 million? We’d be fools not to at least consider it.

BMW has a rich history of building safety cars for some of the world’s biggest racing series. This year, the M4 Coupe has joined Beamer’s safety car family when it made its debut at the start of the 2014 DTM season.

The M4 Coupe joins the 1 Series M Coupe , the M3 , the M5 , and the M6 Gran Coupe in that list of BMWs that have been commissioned for safety car duties. That’s an impressive list, and to help celebrate the occasion, the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car was given all the bells and whistles to successfully serve its purpose.

Obviously, the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car is based on the road-going model. That being said, a lot of the usual components of the road version have been taken out in favor of installing the necessary safety equipment as required by FIA regulations.

It’s a comprehensive modification that clearly was done for a specific purpose, just like the past BMW models that have been lucky enough to see duty as safety cars at one time or another.

The development of the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car was also a case of good timing for BMW. There’s no better way to usher in the era of the M4 Coupe DTM Race Car than having one of its own in front of the pack – one that’s responsible for a lot more than just winning races and making podiums.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car

This year is shaping up to be a phenomenal time for fans of racing video games. Not only is Forza 5 going strong, but we have rumors of a new Gran Turismo floating around, there is the upcoming Grid Autosport and we even get a new Mario Kart this year. Beyond all these games, there is one new title that has me drooling more than any other, Project CARS.

If you have yet to hear of this game, then crawl out from under your freaking rock and listen up! Project CARS is being developed by Slightly Mad Studios, the crazy team that was responsible for bringing us games like Need For Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed. This new game is one of the largest and most ambitious racing games ever created. Not only in terms of track and car number, but in terms of visual quality and simulation accuracy. Think of it as a mix of Gran Turismo’s massive quantity of cars and tracks mixed with Forza’s painstaking attention to detail.

With every new screenshot and video that arrives the game looks better and bigger and I get even more excited. If you don’t believe me about the quality, hit the jump and check out this astonishing new trailer. It features open wheel racers, track-day toys, GT3 cars and more, all tearing it up around tracks and city streets the world over from the Nurburgring to London.

Look for this new game to hit PC, Xbox One, PS4 and WiiU later this year.

Seen on various race tracks all over the world since 2012, in both LMP1 and LMP2 specifications, Honda ’s ARX-03 prototype will retire at the end of the 2014 season. The news comes straight from Honda Performance Development (HPD), who has announced that a new iteration will be introduced for 2015.

To roll out under the ARX-04b name, the LMP2 racer is built on the same successful HPD recipe, and comes with the HR28TT engine under its lightweight hood. The 2.8-liter, V6 unit is based on the J35 engine found in many Acura road vehicles and relies on a pair of turbochargers for extra oomph.

As with many motorsport updates, the new racer features a lighter body, improved aerodynamics and a gearbox that can be tweaked to support many track configurations. The fuel tank, which benefits from Honda’s innovative refueling safety interlock system, now has a capacity of 75 liters (19.8 gallons).

Naturally, the race car was built with the latest ACO LMP2 and IMSA regulations in mind, including a cost-capped chassis, and will be eligible for all competitions governed by the said bodies. Just like its predecessor, the ARX-04b was co-developed by HPD and U.K.-based Wirth Research, a technical joint-venture that has spawned numerous IndyCar , American Le Mans and World Endurance Championship achievements.

Customers that will rely on the ARX-04b LMP2 starting next season will also benefit from HPD’s technical assistance, simulator sessions and data-logging options, along with other additional features that will be available for purchase.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Performance Development ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe.

Today is both a day of somber remembrance and a day of historical celebration. It was on this day, 20 years ago in 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix that Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna lost his life.

McLaren , the F1 team Senna spent most of his career with, has posted up this short video celebrating one of his most incredible driving experiences at Monte Carlo . The words are Senna’s own, and his description of the moment is a spine-tingling demonstration of why many believe him to be one of the best to ever get in the car.

If you are eager to learn more about Senna after watching this short clip, I wholeheartedly recommend checking out the documentary film, Senna. You can find it on Netflix, and watch it for free. Even if you are not a fan of Formula One racing, the Senna documentary is still and exciting piece of film making that most will find enjoyable.

While it was sad to see Senna go, the deadly weekend at San Marino that took the lives of both Senna and Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger was the final straw that broke the camel’s back on racing safety. An immediate and far-sweeping reform of safety in F1 took place, and since then not a single F1 driver has lost his life on the track.

It seems that in both life, and after, Senna changed the way the world saw Formula One racing forever.

The inaugural FIA World Rallycross Championship is set to open its season this weekend at Montalegre, Portugal, and just ahead of the start of this new series, one team has already dropped teasers on the car it plans to use for the year. EKS is competing in the World RX Championship and its got a driver in Mattias who has won just about everything he’s competed in. More importantly, Ekström and EKS are preparing a hellacious race car in the name of the EKS Audi S1 Supercar.

The car itself is based on the Audi S1, except that this one has been modified and customized for the sole purpose of turning it into a powerful race car. Preparations to turn the EKS S1 Supercar into a full-fledged racer are already underway, and the early returns are nothing short of incredible. One of the details that has been divulged about the S1 is its powertrain, which comes in the form of a 2.0-liter turbo four with 600 horsepower, all-wheel drive and a 0-to-60-mph time of 1.9 seconds.

Ekström will be debuting the S1 Supercar in time for the World RX stage of Great Britain, the second race of the World RX season. The Swedish driver is going to compete against an impressive lineup of drivers that include Tanner Foust, Ken Block, and Jacques Villeneuve. But with a car like the EKS S1 Supercar at his disposal, we’re confident that Ekström and EKS will field a competitive team in the first season of the World RX Championship.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S1 Supercar By EKS.

Source: EKS Facebook

Honda is bringing some awesome hardware to run up the mountain in this year’s Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb . Honda has a storied history on the mountain including records for EV racers in ’94 and ’99 and last year Honda set the record for fielding the most O.E.M-sponsored vehicles in the most classes. They ran 11 cars in 10 separate classes.

This year Honda is returning to Pike’s Peak and it is bringing one of my favorite sports cars of all time, the first-gen Acura NSX . As one of the few Japanese supercars , it already deserves praise, but when you consider Honda used F1 racing legend Ayrton Senna to help design and sort the chassis, you have a true driver’s car for the ages.

It would have been amazing to see Honda field a new NSX prototype, but with the constant back and forth regarding that vehicles production, I doubt Honda even has enough parts together to create racing mule if they wanted to.

Apart from the NSX, Honda has planes to run a Fit EV, a B-Spec class Fit racer, a CBR600RR motorcycle and a TRX450 ATV in the event. Honda is also quick to point out that much of their ATV equipment is also being used by race officials to travel around the mountain.

While I am most interested in the NSX, Honda is also helping to power a Norma M20FC entrant in the Unlimited class. It looks like Honda is going all-in on Pike’s Peak, and that makes us super happy.

Click past the jump to read more about some of Honda’s Pike Peak entrants.

After setting a new Nurburgring lap record last year, the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo is set to make a return to the iconic German track in racing guise for the 24 Hours endurance event scheduled later this summer.

Dubbed GT-R Nismo GT3, the racing version of the ultra-fast supercar that lapped the "Green Hell" in 7:08.679 will sport an array of aerodynamic upgrades, including a wide-body kit with revised fenders and side sills, a race-spec rear diffuser and a large wing mounted atop its trunk.

Although the automaker declined to reveal any details in regards to the vehicle’s powertrain and chassis upgrades, the GT3 is obviously fitted with a stiffer suspension and benefits from several engine and transmission tweaks of the usual Nismo recipe.

Three Nissan GT-R GT3 vehicles will be entered in this year’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring - two will be raced by Nissan GT Academy Team RJN in cooperation with Nismo engineers brought straight from Japan, while the other one will compete under the Schulze Motorsport banner.

The factory teams will get four drivers each. The No.80 car will be manhandled by former Formula One racer Nick Heidfeld, who will be joined by GT Academy graduates Florian Strauss, Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe. The No.30 car, on the other hand, will be driven by Nissan Super GT pilots Michael Krumm and Kazuki Hoshino, joined by Katsumasa Chiyo and Tetsuya Tanaka.

Lastly, the Nissan GT-R ran by Schulze Motorsport will benefit from the skills of Gran Turismo creator Kazanori Yamauchi and 2009 GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.


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