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  Race cars have all the safety equipment and power required to win races and protect their driver at the same time. Some of them are street legal but most of them are not

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Ferrari unveiled the first details on the 458 Challenge Evoluzione at the end of 2013, but all we got then were some images of the car. Now, YouTube user NM2255 managed to spot the car in action on the Monza race track. You will not only see the car cruising around the track, but you will also be able to enjoy its beautiful exhaust note!

For the 2014 model year, the 458 Challenge Evoluzione was improved with a more aggressive aerodynamic kit that includes a new rear wing for increased downforce and a new front splitter. Ferrari also focused on making the car lighter to help it accelerate more quickly and handle better.

The only thing that remained untouched from the base 458 Italia was the 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that delivers the same 562 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.

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Nissan is planning to compete in the 2014 TUDOR series with a race car developed in cooperation with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing. In fact, the new Oreca 03 was designed by Muscle Milk and Nissan will only provide the engine and the drivers: GT1 FIA World Champion Lucas Luhr, Klaus Graf and Alex Brundle.

This new car and the 2014 TUDOR competition represents Nissan’s attempt to return to its glory days of sports car success from 1988 to 1991 when it won four consecutive driver’s championships, three manufacturer’s titles and 33 IMSA races.

The new Oreca 03 will hit the track this weekend at the "Roar before the Rolex 24" - the traditional test before the Rolex 24 at Daytona and will also be raced at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.

Click past the jump to read more about the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Oreca 03.

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Le Mans prototype are not - and we repeat: are not - homologated for road use, but it looks like in Japan everything is possible. Motorhead magazine and Maiham-Media.com invited three guys that own three Le Mans prototype that actually raced the famous competition to show us how does it feel to drive such powerful cars.

The cars you’ll see driven in this video are: Mazda 767B , a Jaguar XJ220LM and the Porsche 962C . Apparently, two of these cars received some kind of approval to be driven on the streets - just occasionally - so the video is not a complete brake of the law.

All we can say is that we’re very happy to see the three cars aren’t just kept on a garage or museum for safe keeping, but will have been nicer to see the three cars raced on their natural environment.

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Every year, Santa has a very difficult job, as he needs to go around the globe and deliver toys to all the good kids. Typically, Rudolph and his other reindeer friends do a great job hauling jolly old Saint Nick around. This year, however, it looks like Santa is looking for an alternative to his usual ride. Maybe Rudolph is sick or it needs a vacation.

It looks like Santa asked for help from Ferrari , which is now testing a 2013 Ferrari F1 F138 . And the race car ’s latest job is to pull a sled full of gifts while being driven by Ferrari ’s F1 test driver Marc Genè.

Of course, he got himself into the holiday spirit and tossed on a Christmas hat obviously. We are not sure if the test succeeded or if Santa will indeed drive the F1 race car this year, but we’re sure to get the answer soon.

We’re just hoping we will still hear: "Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!"

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We first heard rumors about a possible return to Le Mans racing by Ferrari back in July. Now, just a few months later, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo decided to finally comment these rumors.

In his recent Christmas address to the factory, Montezemolo said that Ferrari is proud of all the results obtained by the 458 GTE , but also liked "the idea of racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the highest category."

According to Montezemolo , this idea needs "some serious consideration," but no final decision has been made as of yet. Though we do not know yet when or if the return will happen, we can say that it would add a little more excitement to the legendary race.

Ferrari needs to be very careful with this decision and take the time to prepare cars that can actually be competitive. The last thing the famed supercar builder wants is to end its long absence — since 1973 — with a string of undesirable results. Simply put, Ferrari wants to "return and win, say thanks and come home."

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s participation at Le Mans.

Source: Autosport
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The Jaguar E-Type was unveiled in 1961 and between 1963 and 1964, Jaguar offered a Lightweight version, specially developed for racing. The model was limited to only 12 units, plus two spare bodies.

It was not very successful as the C-Type and D-Type racing cars, as it did not won any Le Mans or Sebring competitions, but it enjoyed plenty of success in private hands and in smaller races.

Jason Len decided it was time for his 1964 E-Type to went through a recreation process, so it spent lots of hours and used tons of materials to rebuild it. Of course lots of money were also required, but apparently that was irrelevant for Jason. All he wanted was to chase his dream.

Apparently, Jason devoted his life to Jaguar , so when deciding to rebuild this car, the decision was very easy to make. He started to work and the result is quite impressive.

Jason and his car were the subject of Petrolicious’ latest video, which you can see above.

You know a video game is awesome when it deems itself as still subject to further improvements even after it’s already being played in households all over the world.

That’s what we think of Gran Turismo 6 because, for all the incredible and realistic gameplay it offers, Polyphony Digital still cranks out updates and downloadable contents like the game depends on it. Even more impressive is the fact that developers can do it barely two weeks after the game hit shelves.

You know where we’re going here. Gran Turismo 6 has a new content gamers can download, and like most of what it’s produced for its predecessors, this one comes with a whole load of new cars and new features, including in-game mentoring coming from four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel.

As for the cars, there’s a list that runs the gamut of Red Bull race cars, ranging from a racing kart all the way to the Red Bull X2014 Junior race car.

There’s a lot to like about this new content but the best thing about it is that it’s free, which means you won’t have to spend an iota to acquire it.

That’s about as good a holiday present as you can get from GT6 at this stage of the game.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Red Bull X2014

We knew that Gran Turismo 6 was going to be awesome, a true testament to the tireless work put in by Polyphony Digital to live up the game’s tagline as "the real driving simulator".

What we didn’t know, or didn’t come to expect, was that Polyphony Digital could also tug our heartstrings. But that’s exactly what it did when its producers managed to reunite Mario Andretti with his 1948 Hudson , the very first race car the iconic racer drove in his illustrious career.

More important than just reuniting Andretti with his first racecar, Polyphony also took the task of not only restoring the Hudson as part of its "First Love" video and live-streaming series of the same name, but also creating a digital representation that will be included in the game as a free download.

The studio booked a December 16th reunion of the rebuilt Hudson and Andretti, and you can see the video of this reunion above.

Don’t be too worried if your eyes start welling up. Something tells us that’s what Polyphony wanted all along.

Click past the jump to watch a preview of Gran Turismo’s "First Love" Series feat. Mario Andretti

Just in time for the holidays, Mercedes tuner extraordinaire, Carlsson , is offering a select few customers a chance to own a limited-edition timepiece. Called the SLK 340 chronograph, the same name of the one-off competition car built by Carlsson and presented at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the 99-piece chronograph features a decadent of luxurious pieces befitting its exclusive label.

The watch comes with an ionized matte-black stainless-steel bracelet that features two contrasting gloss-black link highlights. One look at the face and you’ll instantly be reminded of its motorsports inspiration, further emphasized by a red second hand, subsidiary dials, and luminous points and hands, making for an ideal watch to have in your wrist when in the dark.

The tachymeter scale on the bezel and the date display enhance the versatile appeal of the watch while the 45 mm diameter case was machined from stainless steel and treated with the same durable ionized matte-black finish of the stainless steel bracelet.

As was mentioned, the Carlsson SLK 340 chronograph is limited to only 99 units at &euro299 a pop, which is a little over $400 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Carlsson SLK 340

Source: Carlsson

When Venturi , the company that brought us the VBB-3 , announced its plans to enter the 2014 Formula E Championship with Hollywood A-lister, Leonardo DiCaprio, by its side, it not only added some much needed star power to the young racing series, but it also brought in another team that will compete in the series’ inaugural season next year.

The addition of the Venturi-DiCaprio team meant that a total of five constructors have now signed up for the series, which is scheduled to have its first ever race in Beijing, China on September 13, 2014.

Having DiCaprio as part of the Venturi team is important on a lot of facets. For one, his involvement will undoubtedly give the series a household name that it can attach itself to in order to attract mainstream fans and media alike.

It also validates DiCaprio’s commitment and reputation as one of the foremost proponents of eco friendliness. "The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles," the Gatsby star said.

"Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort.”

But the most important aspect of Venturi’s entry to Formula E means that the roster of constructors that are joining the series is growing and it has some pretty highly regarded teams. More are expected to announce their plans of joining Formula E in the coming months, and judging by the teams that have already confirmed their participation, we’re confident that more auto brands will join in sooner than later.

Click past the jump to read a primer for the 2014 Formula E season


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