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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


With the recent unveiling of the Honda NSX Concept-GT and the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 , the 2013 Super GT Series GT500 is already shaping up to a barn burner.

And we said that not knowing that Lexus is also planning on joining in on the fun.

The Japanese automaker also took the time a few days ago to present its Super GT racecar . Based on the LF-CC Concept, this racecar has been tentatively named the GT500 LF-CC Prototype. The arrival of this new racer comes at an appropriate time for Lexus, especially with its incumbent racer, the SC430 , already on its last legs.

As for the car itself, the rendering seems to suggest that the bare version is going to be orange, although the actual color could vary depending on the team that uses it. Plus, it has all the bells and whistles on what you’d come to expect from a fully prepared racecar, including a modified front splitter, a new rear diffuser and an obscenely large rear wing that should go hand-in-hand with tuned suspension dynamics.

There is no word yet on the car’s official engine classification, much less the engine’s performance numbers. But we expect something akin to a hybrid for this racecar, that much we can surmise without having to second-guess ourselves.

Click past the jump to read about the Lexus LF-CC Concept

The reborn Acura NSX has deservedly gotten a lot of attention. Acura and Honda definitely hit one out of the ballpark with the sports car so much so that the latter wasted little time tweaking the sportster, giving it a full-on racing treatment.

Thus, the Honda NSX Concept-GT race car was born and it looks every bit as awesome as the soon-to-be-in-production supercar.

The NSX Concept-GT has been penciled in to compete in the GT500 class of the Super GT Series fifth round this weekend at Suzuka and ahead of its racing debut, the Japanese auto brand took the task to ensure that the racecar is ready to throw down once the race gets underway.

As you can see, the visage of the NSX is clearly visible in the racecar. What makes the Concept-GT different though is the plethora of racing components that have been added to it. Honda didn’t dive into the specifics but it looks like the racer has been fitted with an odd, if not menacing-looking carbon-fiber front spoiler lip, an enormous rear wing, side vents, and a set of multi-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in race-ready Bridgestone Potenza tires.

The racecar’s powertrain comes in the form of a 2.0-liter mid-mounted inline direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine working together with a hybrid setup and while no specific output was disclosed, we imagine it to be close to the 400 horsepower output we assume the road car is going to carry.

Click past the jump to read about the 2016 Acura NSX

RM Auctions - Monterey 2013 Preview

Auction season is now in full swing and if your bank accounts haven’t taken too much of a hit yet, you might need to brace yourselves for the financial beating you might take when RM Auctions holds its annual event at Monterey this weekend.

Scheduled to take place on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17, RM Auctions will feature a whole lot of classics and exotics that will undoubtedly catch the attention of attending car collectors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.

That’s the allure of all the events that make up this week-long classic-car festival. No matter what kind of name it has, the third week of August has turned into a calendar fixture for auto enthusiasts of all generations.

RM Auctions will be there and you’ll get to see a what’s what list of classic vehicles, some even dating back to the early part of the previous century. So fill up those checkbooks, folks. There’s a good chance that you’re going to be writing a whole lot of checks this weekend if you fancy any of the classics that will be auctioned off by RM Auctions.

Click past the jump to read about three classic cars that could fetch millions at RM Auctions this weekend.

Source: RM Auctions
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The biggest challenge for the SRT Viper GTS-R this year was, of course, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, where the two cars entering the race finished eighth and ninth. Those results weren’t quite what SRT SRT and Chrysler were expecting and they knew that the GTS-R needed more practice, so the team entered it in this weekend’s Road America race where Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens piloted the beast. We think this practice was a success, as it claimed first place in the GT Class.

From 1999 to 2000 the Viper scored a total of 16 victories in the ALMS competition, with the last one being on December 31st, 2000 in Adelaide, Australia. This weekend’s win is the 17th factory-backed victory for SRT Viper in the famed ALMS.

Goossens took the lead in the last 33 minutes of the race and held that position for the remainder of the race. He had to work pretty hard for the win though, the Viper was low on fuel in the final eight minutes of the race with the green flag flying. Fortunately, the race went into caution just before he hit the pits, causing the entire field to slow down. He skipped the pits, option to take advantage of the reduced speed to milk the last few drops of fuel from his tank.

The Viper not only took the GT Class, but it also totally dominated the entire weekend, as the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R claimed the pole, while the GT Class winner was fifth on the starting grid.

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

With the United Sports Car Racing series GT Daytona class set to make its debut next year, another of automakers are busy preparing their respective race cars that will compete in the new racing series.

One of them is Porsche , and recently, Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc. announced that its official race car for the series, 2014 Porsche 911 GT America, is already set for production in Stuttgart, Germany.

The car, which is based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup , will be used exclusively in the new racing series and will come with a host of modifications to make it fit and right for racing duties.

A slew of specific components have been added to the 911 GT America, including a handful of aerodynamic components, highlighted by a new front spoiler with its own diffuser. A USCR-spec rear wing was also installed, as was a new design rear cover and a carbon fiber undertray that aids in maximizing the race car’s aerodynamic balance.

Power for the new race car comes in the form of a rear-mounted, 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that produces 470 horsepower that mates to a six-speed sequential dog-type transmission with a pneumatic paddle shift system.

Porsche also outfitted the series-specific race car with an Endurance Package, which consists of quick-release couplings for all brake calipers, as well as a fast-fill refueling system for oil, and an oil-level display. Also included are 380 mm (14.96-inch) ventilated rotors with six-pot calipers up front and four-pot calipers on the rear.

Teams interested in fielding racers for the upcoming 2014 USCR season can pickup one of these race cars at a price of $269,000, with deliveries scheduled to begin later this year.

Click past the jump to read about the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

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After completing two 24 hours of Nürburgring races and winning an FIA world championship, the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione came home to meet its brother, the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina .

The P4/5 Competizione managed to qualify for the 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hours with a lap of 6:51, which is faster than any other Ferrari Ferrari -powered vehicle that ever ever lapped the famous ’Ring. The P4/5 won the EXP-1 class and finished the race 12th overall in a field of 170 cars.

The Ferrari P4/5 Competizione is powered by a 21-valve, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 483 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, which is less than the output offered in the P4/5 by Pininfarina’s 660-horsepower and 484-pound-feet rating. The P4/5 Competizione is equipped with a sport suspension system with double wishbones in the front and rear, and stabilizers in the front and rear shocks.

"Next year will be a landmark year in the history of motorsports racing."

We’ve heard that sentence uttered far too many times each year and more often than not, we attribute it to nothing more than hyperbole.

But 2014 will be a landmark year in the history of motorsports racing with the introduction of the FIA Formula-E Championship , a one-make, single-seat racing series that will be competed by electrically powered race cars .

In time for its highly anticipated debut, Spark Racing Technology is using the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show to introduce the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E race car.

The race car is expected be one of the most prominent racers in the series. It looks like any modern single-seat race car, but other than its aesthetics, a whole load of features about the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E race car distinguishes itself from the likes of those Formula One racers.

For one, the SRT_01E will be build using a Dallara -designed monocoque chassis made out of carbon fiber and aluminum. But more importantly - and something that will be unique to the race car - the SRT_01E will be powered by a McLaren -sourced electric engine that’s capable of producing up to 270 horsepower, although that output will only be limited to 180 horsepower during races. It’s not as powerful as those F1 cars, but what do you expect with an electric engine.

Despite the lack of horses, the SRT_01E is still expected to be really quick off the block, capable of hitting 60 mph in just 3 seconds to go with an FIA-limited top speed of 140 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about Formula-E

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Two days ago, Acura unveiled the first video showing the NSX prototype in action on the race track on a rainy day. Today, the NSX is back on the track for a short testing session before the Indy 200 Mid-Ohio race and Acura dropped a new teaser video for us.

We don’t know about you, but we cannot wait for Sunday to come so we can finally see the NSX in all its glory on the race track. Not too long after its race-track debut, the production version should be ready for the 2015 model year.

The production NSX will combine a mid-mounted V-6 engine with Acura’s new three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. Rumors suggest that this combination will deliver a total output of about 400 horsepower - quite an improvement over the 1991 NSX , which delivered 270 horsepower.

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Ferrari LMP1 Race Car

After Porsche chose to make its return to Le Mans , it is now Ferrari’s turn to consider the same comeback. According to the German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport Ferrari executives will make a final decision on its possible return to the LMP1 Prototype class of the LeMans Series. If the return is approved, Ferrari could race the 24-hour race as early as 2015.

An official Maranello team entered the LMP1 sports prototype class of Le Mans for the last time back in 1973 and since then, Ferrari has only participated in the GT class.

This is not the first time Rumors have swirled about Ferrari making a comeback to the Le Mans LMP1 class; recently, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said that the new 1.6-liter turbo engine that will be used on the Formula 1 cars next year "would allow some interesting projects." That quote sparked plenty of rumors that these "interesting projects" may include an LMP1 model, as said 1.6-liter engine would be fairly easy to adapt for use in an LMP1 prototype.

The company is already testing the LMP1 Race Car and it could serve as basis for the next Le Mans prototype.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’ history at LeMans.

Source: AMS

Did you know that over 1 billion people tune in to watch the Dakar Rally?

That’s a staggering number for a race that used to run from Paris to Dakar until 2008 and then moved to South America from 2009 until the present time. Next year, the Dakar Rally returns to the spotlight, running from Rosario, Argentina all the way to Valparaiso, Chile.

Ford has always been one of the brands that regularly participates in the rally and for the 2014 installment, the automaker is bringing a pair of Ford Rangers for the 5,281-mile race to Chile.

Mind you, these aren’t your typical T6 Ranger 4×4 Double Cabs that will brave the elements in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile. Built and prepared by Neil Woolridge Motorsport, the Ranger Dakar Rally has been carefully tinkered with to be able to withstand grueling terrain. Both pickups were fitted with 5.0-liter V-8 engines, each producing an impressive 349 horsepower at 4,500 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. These powerful engines mate to a Sadev six-speed sequential transmission that links to a four-wheel-drive setup.

More than just its performance capabilities, the Ranger Dakar Rally pickup racers were also given the full race-spec treatment, complete with modified front and rear suspension, anti-roll bars on both sides of the pickup, and a set of 16-inch Evocorse wheels wrapped in race-spec Michelin tires.

With a grueling race like Dakar, fuel efficiency is very important in ensuring that the racers last the whole 13-day run. Fortunately, these Rangers are more than capable of that task, thanks to a fuel consumption rating that runs between 28 liters/100 km (8.4 mpg) and 90 liters/100 km (2.6 mpg), when driving in sandy racing conditions.

The race begins on January 5, 2014 and runs until the 18th of the same month. It’s still a little ways down the road, but it’s exciting knowing that participating teams are already gearing up for the event in their own way.

Click past the jump to read about the Ford Ranger


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