We know that all of you are bored of all these BMW i8 spy shots and want to see the production version, but today we bring you another set of images. These ones certainly carry some importance, as they reveal the BMW i8 testing at the Nürburgring race track for the very first time.
As usual, the prototype caught testing is heavily camouflaged and reveals pretty much nothing, but most of you already know how and what the new i8 will bring to the market.
For those of you who still need a refresher, we remind you that the production version of the i8 has been previewed in many times, starting with the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and up to thei8 Concept Spyder unveiled back in 2012.
The production version of the i8 will combine a three-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor for a total output of about 400 horsepower. Rumors suggest the supercar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.
The movie is still months away from hitting theaters, but the anticipation surrounding the Niki Lauda-inspired movie "Rush" is becoming more and more palpable by the day.
Last week, we saw the first trailer of the movie starring Spanish-born German actor, Daniel Brühl, playing the role of Niki Lauda and Chris Hemsworth playing the part of rival James Hunt. It was, in a word, riveting.
This week, the second trailer for "Rush" was released and if you loved the first one, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be equally in love with the second trailer. It’s longer, for one, and it gives us a better idea regarding the story of the movie and how it turned both Lauda and Hunt into far more than just fierce rivals.
Let’s face it; the greatest F1 rivalry will always be Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, but if there was a 1A, it would be Niki Lauda and James Hunt.
Rush, which was directed by Ron Howard, tells the story of the duo’s interlinked history.
Click past the jump to see the first trailer of Rush
If you want to make a great movie that will attract tons of automotive enthusiasts, Formula 1 is, no doubt, one of the best topics. The latest one was inspired by three-time F1 champ, Niki Lauda, and will be released on September 20, 2013.
The movie, which is named "Rush," tells the story of Lauda, talks about his rivalry with McLaren driver, James Hunt, and presents the horrific Nürburgring crash from 1976 that cost him his face. As no surprise, most of the plot is centered on the 1976 F1 season.
The movie is directed by Ron Howard and stars Barcelona Spain-born German actor, Daniel Brühl, playing the role of Niki Lauda and Chris Hemsworth, playing the part of James Hunt.
We don’t know about you, but it looks like "Rush" is going to be a can’t-miss movie of 2013 for all automotive and racing enthusiasts.
When McLaren was testing the P1 prototypes, it announced that the company will focus on obtaining the best street and track performance, while top speed was left in second place. In an interview at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Ron Dennis announced the P1 will smash world records on both the Nürburgring and the Top Gear lap record at Dunsfold.
He claimed that the P1 will lap Nürburgring in under 7 seconds - a very ambitious plan considering the only two models that have managed to obtain this result were the Radical SR8 (6:55) and SR8 LM (6:48). Considering the MP4-12C lapped the famous ring in just 7:28, we presume that all the updates the P1 received are enough to considerably improve the supercar’s lap time.
When it comes about the Top Gear lap record, Dennis announced the lap time will be improved by 10 seconds when compared to the time obtained by the Pagani Huayra.
We are not too sure if these results will really be obtained, but for sure it was an attempt to steal the show back from the LaFerrari.
As promised, the 2013 model year Nissan GT-R (2014 for the American market) will be further improved when compared with the 2012 model year. Nissan Europe announced that the 2013 GT-R has scored an impressive 7 minute 18 seconds Nürburgring lap time — a 3 seconds improvement when compared to the 2012 GT-R .
During a lap test around Nürburgring, the 2013 GT-R scored a time of 7 minutes and 19.1 seconds, but the car’s creator Kazutoshi Mizuno says that 0.5 seconds were lost to traffic on that hot lap leading us to a time of 7 minutes 18.6 seconds.
Along with being faster around Nürburgring, the 2013 GT-R will run from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds – 0.1 seconds quicker than in the 2012 car. The GT-R is offered with a tweaked V-6, 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower.
In the European market, the 2013 GT-R is now available for order.
Like it or not, everyone that has ever raced a car eventually has the unpleasant experience of crashing. But what happens when such an accident occurs during a test drive on a famous race track like the Nürburgring Nordschleife?
We are not very sure about the legal involvements, but we are pretty sure the best crashes will make it online for everyone to see them. Just like this video which features a compilation of the "best" Nürburgring Nordschleife crashes of 2012.
The video presents the drivers and riders that experienced the Nürburgring the hard way during 2012, but, fortunately, it looks like no one was hurt during those incidents. So, we guess that the absence of a speed limit can be attractive and dangerous for people that don’t know their limits.
Check out the video and enjoy this video maker’s favorite crashes. Keep in mind that these are not necessarily TopSpeed’s favorite crashes, as this CR-V is definitely near the top of our list for 2012, but it’s nowhere to be found in this video…
Drive has shot yet another amazing video. A few months ago, Drive got the chance to shoot inside the Pagani factory, and the fellas are ready to try and trump that video with their latest visit. This lastest trip takes the boys the famous Nürburgring race track, which really isn’t a huge deal. What is a huge deal is that they got to spend time at the Jaguar test center.
Jaguar’s test center is hidden on a side road just outside the northern loop of the Nürburgring, more precisely in the Industrial Park — AKA the “Area 51 of cars.” The guys over Drive got a tour of the test facility with Phil Talboys, head of European Test Operations for Jaguar , and took a lap around the Nordshliefe with Sascha Bert, the Jaguar test driver who set the XKR-S lap record.
All we can say is sit back and enjoy! You’re sure to be amazed by the hell that Jag puts its cars through when testing. Then again, with some of the issues the once-great Jaguar has had in recent years, it doesn’t surprise us that the test cars get thrashed to their breaking point.
Back in July, Mini announced that its John Cooper Works GP clocked in an impressive time of 8:23 at Nürburgring, giving due justice to its designation as the fastest production MINI ever.
We’re saying this because a recent video from Sport Auto shows test drive editor Christian Gebhardt getting behind the wheel of a Schirra Motoring MINI Cooper endurance race car, which proceeded to hit the Nurburgring and post a time of 8:58.
It’s an impressive time in its own right, but well short of what the JCW GP accomplished a few months ago. It smashed this time despite the fact that this endurance car comes packed with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that has been equipped with new pistons and high-performance camshafts, netting an output of 300 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque while achieving a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph.
As an endurance race car, the Shirra Motoring MINI Cooper was fitted with a new aerodynamic body kit that comes with a new front bumper, extended wheel arches and a prominent rear wing. The vehicle also carries a track-oriented suspension, high-performance brakes and a set of Michelin racing tires.
Regardless if it failed to sniff the JCW GP’s Nurburgring lap time, 8:58 is still a pretty awesome time any way you slice it.
In the past few months, we have seen three different Lexus LF-A prototypes testing around Nurburgring: the AD-A , the AD-B, and the AD-X . Our hopes were dashed when we realized these prototypes were nothing but special one-off models and that they would not provide any indication of what the future held for an LF-A special edition, but social media has come through for us again.
Lexus race car driver, Akira Iida, has posted a cool teaser video for a future LF-A GTE Race Car on his Twitter account. The first details suggest that this race car will be used in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it is also rumored to be battling the lines at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. One thing is for sure, though, Akira Iida will be behind the wheel no matter which race this vehicle stars in!
Lexus has yet to offer any details on their new race car, but Akira Iida seems to be the second-best source on the matter, so we’ll take his word for it. Stay tuned!
Well, it looks like Lexus thinks it can do better and last week, the Japanese automaker took to the Nurburgring to attempt a single lap with their latest one-off LF-A model, the AD-X .
The video shows us glimpses of the LF-A AD-X’s hot lap around the Nurburgring. It doesn’t say whether the ADX was able to break its namesake’s record, but with all the modifications fitted into this one-off race car - the enormous rear wing, the small winglets, and the carbon fiber diffuser are only a few of the modifications done to this mighty racer - we’d be disappointed if the AD-X wasn’t able to shed off a few seconds off of the LF-A’s Nurbugring lap record.
The video comes courtesy of BridgestoGantry.com and even they don’t know if the LF-A AD-X managed to break the record, but like they said, if the one-off race car was able to do it, you can be sure that Lexus will tell the whole world about it sooner than later.