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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

Subaru is preparing to make a statement at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring , and to help it do so, the Japanese automaker has unveiled the WRX STI NBR Challenge.

The race car is scheduled to compete in the SP3T class, which is a sub-category that only allows cars carrying turbocharged engines with displacements of 2.0 liters or less.

That’s all fine and dandy for Subaru and its new WRX STI NBR Challenge, which is a full-fledged race car complete with all the bells and whistles required to compete in the series. With this being a race-tuned rig, you won’t find the usual WRX goodies; instead, it comes with modified bumpers, a prominent rear wing, a ventilated hood, lightweight windows and a track-tuned suspension, all put in specifically for racing purposes.

The WRX STI NBR Challenge also received a set of 18-inch, BBS wheels wrapped in Dunlop tires, as well as a reworked 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine that’s now capable of hitting 340 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque. That’s a tidy 35 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque more than the stock 2015 WRX STI.

Subaru has high hopes for the WRX STI NBR Challenge as it prepares to tackle the Nurburgring. Tackling the `Ring is easier said than done, but with drivers Toshihiro Yoshida, Kota Sasaki, Carlo van Dam and Marcel Lasée all ready to take their turn racing this blue rocket, Subaru’s got as good a chance as any other team.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Subaru WRX STI

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About a month ago, Ferrari asked its fans to help it name its new Formula 1 car. With a total of 369,711 votes, fans have chosen the name F14T. This name was preferred to names like F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo and F616. Broken down, the F14T name means: F - Ferrari, 14 - 2014 racing season and T turbocharged engine.

Ferrari received a total of 1,123,741 votes from all over the globe — 208 countries in total — with most of the votes coming from Italy followed by Spain and the United States. The difference between the winner and the second place — F166 Turbo — was of just 19,104 votes or 1.7 percent. The other names were voted as follow: third F14 Scuderia (18.8 percent), followed by F14 Maranello (12.3 percent) and F616 (4.8 percent).

Ferrari announced that the new F14T will be officially unveiled on January 25th, 2014. The car will be driven at this year’s Formula 1 World Championship by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen where it will race cars from Mercedes AMG and Renault .

Click past the jump to read more about the future 2014 Formula 1 Season.

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As previously announced the 2014 Formula 1 racing season comes with a series of important changes , including the replacement of the old V-8 with a new, turbocharged V-6 engine. One of the first companies to comply with these requirements is McLaren with its new MP4-29 — the car that will be raced during the 2014 Formula 1 season.

The MP4-29 race car is powered by a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, V-6 engine paired with an advanced Energy Recovery System (ERS) that includes two electric motor-generators. The V-6 engine delivers a total of 600 horsepower, while the ERS system adds another 161 horsepower.

Other changes announced by McLaren include new front wings that were narrowed by 150 mm (5.90 inches) and an updated lower beam-wing that will improve downforce.

The new MP4-29 be driven through the entire racing season by Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen. McLaren will being testing in Jerez, Spain on January 28th, before the official racing debut later in March.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 McLaren MP4-29.

For a lot of us, trying to understand the inner workings of a race car and comprehend all the engineering details that come with it is an exercise in futility.

But for those who spend their lives in pursuit of building the fastest and most powerful race car they can develop, it’s a rush like no other.

In this promotional video, we’re taken for an behind-the-scenes look at the development of construction of the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R , the new Corvette race car that recently made its worldwide debut. Far be it for us to wax about how the racer was built, we’re instead leaving it to Pratt & Miller, the people who were actually behind the development of the Corvette C7.R to take us on a four-minute documentary showing exactly the science that was used in building a race car that’s already being touted as 40 percent stronger than the model it’s replacing, the C6.R.

The video stops short in giving the race car’s actual performance numbers, although we do know that a naturally-aspirated 5.5-liter, V-8 engine with direct injection is going to be used. That’s the extent of it, but as far as seeing the race car in action is concerned, we won’t have to wait too long because the Corvette C7.R is scheduled to compete in the Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway this weekend.

We’re going to have our eyes and ears on full alert to observe how Chevrolet’s new endurance race car is going to handle now that it’s ready to smell the air of real competition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R

Gran Turismo’s Vision Gran Turismo Concepts allow engineers from a lot of these participating automakers to have free reign of their designs.

Ford really took that to heart with its design with an open-wheel race car . Now that’s what’s up, Ford .

Of course, this is still just a teaser of the actual concept that we’re going to see in the future. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later, but from the looks of things, the mere fact that the teaser is showing full-on racing tires with an uncovered chassis and suspension suggests that this concept won’t have a whole lot of body panels covering its overall construction.

It also appears to have a Mustang -like sweptback look, which if accurate, offers a nice mix of Ford’s intent to blend its current muscle car ’s identity into the concept. We don’t have any performance details yet, although something about this concept makes us think that it’s going to be really lightweight with a V-6 tucked inside it.

Maybe an open-wheel Mustang racer? Nobody knows until Ford reveals it but we can’t tell you how excited we are to see the rest of this beauty.

Click past the jump to read about the BMW and Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concepts

Source: Gran Turismo
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The 2014 Camaro Z/28 goes on sale this spring at a base price of $75k, but customers who want to see the car in action will have the chance to see the Camaro Z/28.R race car in action this week in a 2.5-hour endurance race ahead of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona that begins Friday, January 24th.

The new Camaro Z/28.R will be built alongside the road-going version Z/28, and it will share the same performance elements from the base Z/28, including the powerful LS7 7.0-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 505 horsepower. Along with this powerful engine, the Z/28.R will be offered with the same helical-gear, limited-slip rear differential found in the production model.

The new Camaro Z/28.R was developed in cooperation with Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport and will enter in the GS class of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.

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

Radical Sportscars , the company behind some of the most outrageous track-day toys on the planet has just released its newest machine: the Radical RXC Turbo. Thanks to a continuing partnership with Ford and a tuned 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the RXC Turbo can make the blitz to 60 mph in under three seconds and will reach a top speed of 185 mph. This far surpasses the performance available with last year’s non-turbo RXC that was powered by a Ford 3.7-liter, V-6 engine.

A born racer, the Radical RXC Turbo comes with FIA approved crash boxes front and rear, and the outrageous body work can produce almost 2,000 pounds of downforce at top speed.

Even though its race ready, and features a host of race specific parts, this Radical is street legal. If you ever dreamed of parading through town in a Le Mans-style racer, this is the car for you.

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Now this is the the type of video we expect to see from Chris Harris, as he went to the Nurburgring Grand Prix Circuit where he put the Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 race car and its road-going brother, the R8 V10 head to head.

When compared to a standard R8 , the LMS GT3 version is equipped with an aggressive aero package with a newly designed rear diffuser, a new exhaust system with the tailpipes relocated to exit upwards. The model also gets new wheels, new suspension system and braking software. Of course, that all these changes raised the price to a total of $440,000, which is quite a lot, even for a race car. But then again, the R8 LMS already scored 18 championship titles, so it’s likely well worth it.

Check out the video to see if Harris finds the R8 LMS Ultra as cool as the street version.

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

While the future of the Corvette ZR1 remains a mystery for now, Corvette product manager Harlan Charles said in a recent interview at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show that the company is considering a track-oriented Z06X version.

If built, this version should take inspiration from the Z06X Track Car Concept unveiled at the 2010 SEMA Show. Of course, the new Z06X version will be based on the 2015 Corvette Z06 , but with some of the elements revealed by the 2010 concept. This means the model would get lots of carbon-fiber elements, a new set of wheels, with carbon-ceramic brakes and a modified suspension. It should also be equipped with a more aggressive aerodynamic kit, a role cage and three-point seat belts — all elements required by a "non-street-legal, factory-built track car."

If built, this will be a very strange move for Chevrolet , considering that the new model may steal the thunder of the optional Z07 package. However, such a model could be a hit, considering the amazing reception the other track-oriented model — the Camaro Z/28 — received.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

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Along with the 2015 TLX Prototype Acura also unveiled the TLX GT Race Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . The new Acura racer will be raced in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship where it will face the likes of the Audi R8 LMS , Cadillac CTS-V , Chevrolet Corvette and many more.

The new Acura TLX GT Race Car was developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD) and is offered with an impressive list of updates over the base TLX, including a new HPD-developed chassis and an aero kit, which includes a front lip spoiler, side skirts, front and rear bumpers and a huge rear wing, to keep the racer glued to the track.

Under its hood, HPD took the base TLX’s direct-injected, V-6 engine and strapped on a pair of turbochargers to bump its power to racing levels. Also included is Acura’s Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system for optimal traction.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car.


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