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Although many Aston Martin enthusiasts would rather have a DB9 or a Vanquish in their garage, sports car racing aficionados are more likely to go for the Vantage GT4.

Built to FIA GT regulations, which makes it eligible for the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge, the Vantage GT4 just got a racing series of its own in North America.

Open to just about anyone who can afford to purchase the sports car and pay the entry fees, the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America will run its inaugural season over seven weekends. The gentleman racers will get a chance to prove their driving skills on famous U.S. track such as Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca , Road America and Sebring, but will also travel to Canada to hoon the GT4 on Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

2014 entrants will include IndyCar and prototype sports car driver Eliseo Salazar, who had driven for TRG-Aston Martin Racing in the past, as well as drivers that have less or no racing experience at all, such as Montreal Aston Martin dealer Joel Segal.

The inaugural Aston Martin GT Challenge of North America will commence on May 16th through 18th at Watkins Glen and will end on November 21st through 23rd at Sebring International Raceway.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

For all of the cute little descriptions attributed to the Ford Fiesta, it’s important to remember that the hatchback has a racing soul hiding underneath its compact appearance. It’s not an accident that guys like Ken Block use the Fiesta for their racing exploits, and now, ahead of the Global Rallycross season, the Fiesta is once again taking center stage as the car-of-choice of Barracuda Racing.

Barracuda Networks, Inc, a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, will be making its maiden foray into the world of rallying and it couldn’t have picked a worthier car to compete with than the Fiesta. If anything, it should serve veteran Bryan Herta and rookie driver Austin Dyne as they compete under the Barracuda Racing banner.

In order to compete in Global Rallycross, the team reconfigured the Fiesta to be an all-out powerhouse, tweaking the car’s engine to produce a staggering 600 horsepower, enough to hit 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds. In addition, Barracuda Racing also gave the Fiesta an impressive new livery that features a predominantly black finish with blue and orange trims spread throughout the race car . A huge rear wing spoiler and what looks like a roof exhaust have also been installed, largely attributed to improve the Fiesta’s performance and handling.

Click past the jump to read more about Ford Fiesta.

The competitiveness of the Audi R8 LMS ultra in GT world championships lends itself to the widely known belief that the car is as good a racer you can get. That competitiveness is expected to continue in the 2014 season, specifically at the Nurburgring 24 Hours where as many as eight R8 LMS ultra cars are tipped to compete.

Ahead of the actual 24-hour race this coming June, the R8 LMS ultra was put through the paces over the weekend in qualification for the endurance race. While it failed to upend the BMW Z4’s dominance, don’t expect for one second that the R8 LMS ultra won’t be a contender when the real race at the "Green Hell" commences this coming June.

All in all, five teams will be fielding the R8 LMS ultra at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, with some notable drivers in the mix, including Le Mans winners Frank Biela, Marcel Fässler, Stéphane Ortelli, and Marco Werner. These four drivers have accounted for 11 wins at the ’Ring, and will be complemented by former GT1 World Champions Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock, defending FIA GT Champion Laurens Vanthoo, and three-time Porsche Supercup Champion René Rast.

That’s as good a lineup to drive the R8 LMS ultra at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. It’s going to face some stiff challenges, especially with the BMW Z4 and the defending-champion Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in the fold. But don’t expect the R8 LMS ultra to just sit idle and let the rest get the spoils. The racer is tipped and ready to make some waves when the endurance race kicks off this coming June.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi R8 LMS ultra.


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The tires are just getting warmed up on the Streets of Long Beach at Round One of the 2014 Formula DRIFT taking place today and tomorrow (April 4-5) in sunny southern California. Marking the start to the 11th season for one of America’s fastest growing motor sport, Formula D can be viewed LIVE right here on TopSpeed via DailyMotion.

As the season progresses through the summer, the championships will be hosted all over the country before the final round is concluded October 11th in Irwindale, California at the unofficial “House of Drift” and birthplace of American drifting motorsports, the Irwindale Speedway.

Formula DRIFT seasons consists of two-day meets or “Rounds” where drivers compete against a set of criteria before a panel of judges who look for the best used techniques, skills, and control. Three major areas of each driver’s run are scored: line, angle, and style — with each worth a certain number of points as follows.

Line judge can award up to 25 points + 10 points for Style
Angle judge can award up to 25 points + 10 points for Style
Style judge can award up to 30 points
Total maximum points is 100

For more information on Formula DRIFT, check out their website here. But be sure to give the live stream a watch. It’s an unbelievably exciting motorsport with tons of tire smoke, revving engines, and sideways shenanigans.

Source: DailyMotion

As spring kicks in each year, Jeep and Mopar are gearing up for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, by creating some of the greatest off-roaders which, unfortunately, we can’t buy.

Last year, for instance, the Chrysler -owned brands have come up with the extreme Wrangler Sand Trooper II perched on 40-inch bead-lock wheels, the lightweight Wrangler Stitch , and the production-friendly Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II Concept .

For 2014, Jeep and Mopar are storming Utah highly-anticipated event with another half-dozen of unique climbing-capable machines. Among them, visitors will be able to get up close and personal with a more extreme take on the redesigned 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

Dubbed Cherokee Dakar, the crossover concept pays tribute to the grueling African (err, South American) safari rally with its off-road-spec suspension, massive sand-digging tires and flared wheel arches. From the teaser, it appears that the dark-grey body is complemented by a red window trim, while the two-tone rims benefit from the same contrasting hues. Additionally, the concept will get to keep the Cherokee’s standard red tow hooks.

There are no clues as to what might be hiding under the hood, but we’re not hoping for more than a 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6. Not that we wouldn’t love to see a Hemi V-8 in there, but the Cherokee’s bay is not roomy enough for a 6.4-liter mill

Updated 04/10/2014: Jeep unveiled the official details on the new Cherokee Dakar concept set to be unveiled on April 12 at the Jeep Easter Safari.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Dakar.

We may be all hot and bothered with the new Lamborghini Huracan , but technically the Gallardo is still the Lamborghini to buy today. As a quick reminder of why the Lamborghini Gallardo rose to stardom to become the best-selling model in the Italian automaker’s history, we have a pair of videos that show off what the fastest and most capable Gallardo, the LP750-4 Super Trofeo can do.

The first video is a simple dyno run, but it lets you get a good close-up dose of V-10 wail. Final numbers are 509 horsepower. At the wheels. Just be a bit careful with the audio on this one, it starts mid dyno run, and it’s a little loud.

The next video lets you get a good look at what all that power can do. It is a set of three drag races with the first two being against a new 991-generation Porsche 911 Turbo . After more than 10 years in production, the Gallardo was getting a bit long in the tooth, but as these videos show, it certainly aged well.

Click past the jump for the drag racing video.

Source: Dragtimes

Well this is some pretty sad news. After sitting out for more than a decade, the Viper returned to Endurance racing last year and participated in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans . It seems that triumphant return was short lived as SRT and Chrysler have announced that they are pulling out of the historic race.

While it is not being claimed as the official cause, and the production and motorsport programs are separately funded, the recent closure of the Viper production plant in Detroit due to low sales is likely playing some part in this decision. Racing is expensive; it’s a simple but saddening fact.

Thankfully you can still hear the V-10 wail of a Viper GTS-R on track as the SRT Racing team is still competing in the US TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for the remainder of the season. Current plans are to continue with the series next year, but the Le Mans run was supposed to be a multi-year initiative as well.

If you have the means, and you enjoy the Viper, maybe you should put one in your garage and help these guys out.

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

Source: sportscar365

The Camaro Z/28 is set to pace the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ with recently retired driver Dario Franchitti at the wheel. The three-time Indy 500 winner will be leading the field May 25th, as the 98th running takes place at the famed Brickyard.

Franchitti’s career includes wins in 2007, 2010, and again in 2012, taking rank with a very select number of drivers to achieve such an outstanding IndyCar career. Though Franchitti is retired, he’s not slowing down. He now works in a driver development position with Chip Ganassi Racing, who is of course, powering their race cars with Chevrolet engines for the 2014 Indy season.

The Camaro Z/28 is unmodified for its pace car role, save for the decals affixed to the hood, doors, and rear quarter panels. That’s all well and good though. The Z/28 won’t have any issues getting to speed and holding corners with its 505-horsepower, 481-pound-foot 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8. The massive 305-series Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires grip their 19-inch blacked-out wheels that mount to hubs holding huge carbon ceramic rotors squeezed by six-piston Brembo calipers up front and four-piston units out back.

While this will be Franchitti’s first time pacing the Indy 500, it’s old hat for the Camaro. It first did it in 1967 and 2014 will mark its eighth time. The Chevrolet brand, however, has led the field an impressive 24 times with various cars throughout the years. A 2014 Corvette Stingray did the honors last year .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

With Gymkhana Six already online for a few months now, drift king Ken Block is gearing up for a full racing season.

His 2014 schedule will include events from the Global RallyCross, World RallyCross and the World Rally Championship and, since a new season requires a new car, the Long Beach-born driver got an updated Ford Fiesta to hoon around the globe.

Although Hoonigan Racing dropped the skateboard- and powerboat-inspired graphics for 2014, the blue and black color scheme that was introduced last year continues to adorn the souped-up Fiesta ST . However, the new livery is as original as it gets, now blending a zebra-like animal pattern and retro 8-bit computer graphics.

Granted, it’s an awkward recipe, but it’s Ken Block we’re talking about here. You won’t see him drifting a dull-liveried car — the 2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC comes to mind — anytime soon.

"Every year I’m challenged with outdoing my livery from the season before," Block said while taking the wraps off the new race car, and we must admit he succeeded.

Block’s first Global RallyCross Championship appearance in 2014 will take place during the Barbados season opener on May 18th.

Click past the jump to read more about Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta.

Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo made a good showing for himself in his home race over the weekend, even if his second place finish was eventually thrown out by a irregularities with the fuel flow into his Renault engine. But all isn’t lost for Ricciardo because Renault’s appealing the decision, and on a completely different take that isn’t remotely related to his Formula One career, Ricciardo also got the treat of a lifetime when he participated in a true one-of-a-kind "race" against, of all things, an F-18 Hornet.

Ok, it wasn’t so much as an actual race, as it was a demonstration of the sheer uniqueness of the RB10 and the F-18 in their respective environments. Ricciardo and F/A-18 Hornet pilot, Michael Keightley, each take turns describing the roads they took to get to where they are now and the similarities between both guys are pretty striking.

Although different in description as far as their day jobs are concerned, both Ricciardo and Keightley seem to appreciate the fact that they’re in control of two of the fastest vehicles in the world.

But here’s the most impressive part: both are pretty darn good at what they do.


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