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  Car Racing in any way shape or form: F1, WRC, Nascar, NHRA, drag racing, monster trucks and more

The Ferrari F40 is known for three major feats: It was the company’s final turbocharged car until the California T was introduced in 2014, it’s the last Ferrari approved by Mr. Enzo himself, and it’s an important piece in Maranello’s line of range-topping supercars , a car the Enzo and LaFerrari pay homage to. But there is more to the F40 story, especially as far as development goes. Although Ferrari never intended to race the F40, the supercar eventually made its track debut in 1989 at Laguna Seca. It was a natural fit as the F40 was actually based on a race car. More specifically, on the Group B rally evolution of its predecessor, the 288 GTO .

In 1984, as soon as Porsche started racing 959-spec version of the 911 — soon to become a road-legal supercar — Ferrari had begun development of a Group B version of the 288 GTO. Dubbed Evoluzione, this extreme iteration of the GTO arrived a bit late to the party, as the FIA axed the Group B category for the 1986 season. The Italians were left with five Evoluzione prototype and no series to put them to good use in. Unlike other manufacturers, who modified their Group B cars to compete in other racing series, Ferrari used the Evoluzione development cars to build the F40. The end result was the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car that Ferrari sold to the public up to 1987, and the spectacular supercar we all know today.

Although it’s been 24 years since the F40 was discontinued, the F50’s predecessor continues to enjoy the massive attention it gets from automotive outlets. The folks over at EVO drove one in the Swiss Alps earlier in 2014, while XCAR showcased it with help from John Pogson, one of the very few people to race the F40. Now, XCAR is back to pay yet another tribute to Ferrari’s brilliant machine with the same driver in the spotlight. Hit the play button for 17 minutes of F40 goodness.

Chris Harris is one of those guys that everyone wants to meet and everyone wants to be; a true petrolhead with a passion for speed and performance. In this video we have here, Chris is lucky enough to get to drive a Lightweight Jaguar E-Type at the Goodwood Revival race.

The story gets even better for Chris Harris. Not only is this his first time driving the Lightweight E-Type , it is his first drive in any E-Type . Blasting around a racetrack in the best version of one of the best cars every made seems like a great way to get acquainted with said machine. Sadly, there isn’t any video of Chris actually driving the car, all the on-track footage comes from the qualifying where his co-driver Gary Pearson was behind the wheel. Still we get a good interview with Chris about the experience before he gets to race and we get some nice insight into how an auto journalist thinks and feels before an exciting experience like this.

Chris Harris, I envy you, and I hope you enjoyed yourself. Now hit that play button and turn that volume up. You may not get to see Chris drifting the Jag Lightweight around the track like a hooligan, but the last half of this video is crammed full of nothing but loud and angry exotic motors at full chat. It is awesome.

Every now and again we run across some crazy footage of people doing crazy or amazing things with their cars. In this case, it’s both. What you’re about to witness is a rolling start drag race between what looks like a stock McLaren MP4-12C and a modified, second-generation Cadillac CTS-V .

While we don’t have any information on the race nor its participants, the Caddy’s supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 is obviously massaged into making a touch more than its stock 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. Aftermarket wheels and tires further tip off the Caddy’s hidden potential.

The drag race starts off innocently enough with both cars rolling to the start line. At that point, it’s all gas. The GM small-block’s supercharger whines like a baby at midnight as the Caddy crosses the line ahead of the 616-horsepower, $239,400-McLaren supercar .

This race just goes to show you; a little know-how, some good aftermarket parts, and a solid project car can become something unbelievable.

We’ve seen a lot BMW -badged safety cars recently, including the M4 Coupe DTM safety car and the BMW i8 that paces the newly founded Formula E series . Needless to say, Munich’s vehicles are quite common with racing events, but IMSA is among the very few sanctioning bodies that prefer other marques. For this year’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, IMSA opted for the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo . The coupe, as you may remember, received an extensive facelift in 2014.

Seeing the 370Z make its debut as a safety car in North America isn’t surprising at all. Nissan is an official partner of IMSA, the sanctioning body for both the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championships, and has fielded multiple race cars throughout the 2014 season. In addition, the Japanese automaker also provides powerplants to various independent companies. The Circuit of the Americas race, scheduled for September 19th, will also include Nissan racers. Two 370Z Nismos and a couple of Altima-based race cars will battle for victory in Texas.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo.

The Formula E Championship kicked off in spectacular style over the weekend, featuring a last-lap crash between the race leaders Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld that gift-wrapped the historic win to Lucas di Grassi. That’s what everybody’s talking about and rightfully so. But the inaugural Formula E race also saw the BMW i8 take center stage as the series’ official safety car.

Isn’t it fitting that a championship among electric-powered race cars would have a low-emission, hybrid sports car like the i8 serving as its safety car?

The BMW Qualcomm i8 Safety Car, as it’s officially known, was joined by its little brother, the BMW i3 , which also performed duties as the series’ official medical car and extraction car. Might as well keep it in the family!

True to form, the i8 Safety Car ended up taking part in a busy and action-packed race, none more dramatic than the hellacious crash in the last lap of the race. While jockeying for the lead, Prost’s Renault made contact with Heidfeld’s Venturi, sending the latter into the barricades in one of the most spectacular crashes we’ve seen this year. Fortunately, both Prost and Venturi escaped the accident in relatively unscathed.

At the very least, it gave us a good preview of how exciting the new FIA Formula E Championship can be. The BMW i8 Safety Car already knows that after only one race manning the track.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 Safety Car.

With the latest game in the Forza universe, Forza Horizon 2 , launching at the end of the month and a brand new demo for the gaming coming next Tuesday, it seemed like a great time to talk about the full car list. Over the last several weeks there have been small releases of cars, but now we have the entire roster, and it is a pretty large one. Microsoft promised more than 200 cars, and we are rolling into the game with 210.

Some of the big names on this list we already knew about like the Lamborghini Huracán , Local Motors Rally Fighter and the McLaren P1 , but the last announcement brought a few special surprises. If you like the off-road scene, you can bomb around in a Land Rover Defender 90 ; for the supercar fans, they have the return of the Ferrari F40 and (my personal favorite) the 1966 Ford GT40 MkII . Oh yeah, they have the Lamborghini Veneno as well.

The entire car list this year is pretty incredible, with five machines from Alfa Romeo , every Corvette ZR1 (and ZR-1) ever created, and no less than 15 Ferraris. They also have seven different Lambos, a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and the Koenigsegg Agera . Seriously, there is something here for everyone. They even have a Honda Civic CRX Mugen from 1984. With a large Italian-style countryside to frolic around, this looks to be shaping up as one of the best games in the series. Oh man, they have the Aston Martin DB5 and Vanquish too!

You can pick up your copy of the new game starting September 30, 2014 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. To see a full list of the cars, check after the break. They are sorted in alphabetical order by brand for your convenience.

Find the entire 210 car roster for Forza Horizon 2 after the break

Renowned Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara is working on a sports car for the road. That’s the word from CAR Magazine, who reports the company that has been building chassis for various motorsport series for more than three decades will sell its very own road-legal vehicle in 2017. The news was reportedly confirmed by Dallara Automobili founder Gian Paolo Dallara.

Details are still being held under wraps, but CAR says Dallara is aiming to build a lightweight sports car that will tip the scales at only 850kg (1,874 pounds). To achieve this, the Italians will use carbon-fiber to build most of the vehicle’s chassis and body. Naturally, the sports car will feature a no-nonsense interior deprived of most convenience amenities found in today’s road-going vehicles. Electronic driving aids will be missing as well.

Expected to take inspiration from the Alfa Romeo 4C , which Dallara helped to develop, the company’s first car will likely be motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine sourced from the Fiat group. Output should sit at around 300 horsepower, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of nearly 320 ponies per metric tonne, similar to that of a Caterham Superlight R300 or a 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 .

To be launched in 2017, Dallara’s sports car is yet unnamed and will only have a production run of 100 units per year, with pricing rumored to begin from €80,000 ($105,000 as of 09/02/2014).

Click past the jump to read more about the Dallara Indy Car Concept

Source: CAR Magazine

Anybody who has ever played Gran Turismo owes a lot of debt of gratitude to creator Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind the game’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution. Now you have a chance to do so by watching the full-length video of the Gran Turismo documentary “Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide”.

Last year, Gran Turismo announced the documentary as an inside look at the evolution of Gran Turismo from the eyes of the man who made it all possible. It traces Yamauchi’s incredible desire to create a car racing game that will put all others before it to shame. 15 years later, we’re still saying the same thing about Gran Turismo and its incredible advancements in video game technology .

Thanks to the support of Sony, Yamauchi was able to realize his objective and in so doing, the man was able to change the landscape of the gaming and automotive industries now and in the future.

The documentary is almost 90 minutes long so prepare to spend a lot of time to watch it. So prepare the popcorn and find yourself a comfortable couch to sit on. Rest assured, it’s worth every minute if you’re a fan of the Gran Turismo franchise.

The Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) has become increasingly difficult for Cadillac and its CTS-V.R race car , which now faces competition from lighter and more powerful GT3-spec machines. Mercedes AMG , McLaren , Lamborghini and Porsche have all joined the PWC series in 2014, preventing the CTS Coupe-based racer from winning more than three events in 2014. Cadillac is in dire need of brand-new vehicle and word has it the manufacturer is already testing a brand-new chassis for 2015.

According to Racer, the next-generation Pirelli World Challenge car was seen lapping the Gingerman road course in Michigan in late-August 2014. While there’s no actual footage or photos of the vehicle, the source claims the new chassis will drop the CTS-V Coupe body in favor of an ATS-V Coupe -based shell. A new body could also mean a new engine, as Cadillac is expected to drop a twin-turbo V-6 in the yet unconfirmed ATS-V.R. The current race car is motivated by a naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8.

As with its predecessor, the ATS-V-based track car is also developed by longtime Cadillac Racing partner Pratt & Miller engineering.

Click past the jump to read about the Cadillac ATS Coupe

Source: Racer

Although it doesn’t benefit from the same recognition surrounding the Ferrari brand, Renault is a big name in the world of motorsports. The French have been involved in top-tier racing for decades and, more recently, their World Series championships have helped numerous talented youngsters grow into professional racers. For 2015, Renault and its Sport Technologies arm have developed yet another racing division, one that comes with its own, exclusive race car.

Make no mistake though, this new racer is not another beefed-up Megane RS . The French have taken things up a notch with a vehicle that’s faster than the entire bunch of race-ready Megane RS and Clio RS hatches. Making things even more interesting is the fact that Renault’s new race car features a unique design, highlighted by a coupe-like shape with a fixed wing on the rear.

Updated 8/27/2014: Renault has revealed the new Renaultsport R.S. 01

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault Sport Trophy.


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