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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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If you needed more proof of what an amazing car the new Alfa Romeo 4C is, you will get it this weekend when the car serves as the Safety Car at the Silverstone round of the FIM World Superbike Championship.

This will be the second time that British customers have the chance to see the 240-horsepower sports car in action, after its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed .

While we usually saw the base version in either red or white exterior paint, the new Safety Car features a white exterior paint combined with the red, white and green colors of the Italian flag that will run the length of the body.

This is the seventh year in a row that Alfa Romeo is the proud sponsor of the FIM World Superbike Championship and this year’s championship will help it to prepare the 4C for launch in the UK.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo 4C.

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Citroen revealed today the first details on the C-Elysee WTCC that will race in the World Touring Car Championship starting in the 2014 racing season. The model has now begun an intensive testing regimen and will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . During the WTCC series the model will be driven by Sébastien Loeb.

The model is based on the 2013 C-Elysee and has been is the first vehicle designed in accordance with new FIA regulations. The model is powered by the same 1.6-liter direct-injected, turbocharged engine found in the the DS3 WRC. It delivers a total of approximately 380 horsepower and will send its power to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.

When compared to the standard version, the WTCC model is distinguished by a more aggressive aerodynamic kit that includes a new splitter, a redesigned front bumper with a prominent double chevron, new front and rear wings, and a set of 18-inch wheels.

Updated 08/07/2013: Citroen unveiled a new video featuring its upcoming C-Elysee WTCC driven to the extremes. Behind the wheel was Sébastien Loeb and WTCC champion Yvan Muller. You will also have the chance to see the two drivers at the upcoming World Touring Car Championship.

Read more about the C-Elysee WTCC after the jump.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray already has a lot of people from all over the world mesmerized. It’s the kind of once-in-a-lifetimesports car that can thrill anyone and if you’re a fan of GT3 racing, you might be in for a treat because the Corvette Stingray GT3 could will soon be on its way.

There’s still that issue of actually building the car, which is no small feat. But if there’s anybody up to that task, it’s the European distributor for expert Corvette tuning, Callaway .

The company is formally known as Callaway Competition of Germany and it’s going to put its considerable expertise to good use after receiving the green light from Chevrolet to build the Corvette Stingray GT3 race car.

Is this a sign of things to come from Chevy regarding the 2014 GT3 season?

It sure sounds like it because preparing a completely new racecar takes up some time and the timing of this announcement lends credence to the belief that we might actually see the racecar packed and ready for GT3 racing by the time the 2014 season comes around.

Before the car actually hits the track, Callaway is expected to send its design proposal to the FIA for homolgation. As soon as that hurdle’s cleared, then it’s all about the build and the time frame the German aftermarket company has to finish the job.

For now, all we have are Callaway’s renderings of the upcoming racecar, and we can say is that it’s looking mean with its super-low ride height, aggressive front and rear spoilers, the monstrous rear diffuser, and the side-exit exhaust. Stay tuned for more updates as Callaway heads toward building this Stingray racer.

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

A few weeks ago, word came out of the Goodwood Festival of Speed that Toyota was considering setting up a one-make race car series for the GT 86 .

What it probably didn’t know was that the car already has one, or at least, is set to have one.

Over in New Zealand, the Toyota TR 86, a racecar built using the online-only 86 RC model as its basis, was first introduced to the public at last weekend’s CRC Speedshow in Auckland.

More than just being a show car, the TR 86 is actually a turn-key competition race car that was designed and developed for use in a variety of racing competitions, including its on one-make racing series in New Zealand as granted by MotorSport New Zealand, the country’s FIA-appointed national sanctioning body.

As for the TR 86 itself, the car was built with the idea of using it as a tried-and-true race car. That entailed stripping it of all its amenities and fitting the full breadth of racing equipment, including: Sparco competition seats and race harnesses; an FIA-approved roll cage installed by Neil Allport Motorsports; racing brake rotors and calipers; and a set of 18-inch Speedline alloy wheels.

It’ll also use Motec’s new C125 color data screen and logger, a data system that provides access to a wide range of information about the car’s performance in any given practice, qualifying or race session.

Similarly, work was also done on the car’s engine using the standard Toyota management system with its proprietary software package. The racecar’s sump was also strengthened to ensure that no oil spills occur and it doesn’t surge under high cornering forces. No specific performance numbers were given but using the 86 Griffon Concept as a peg, we expect the TR 86 to have close to 300 horsepower under its hood, a number that is more than enough, considering that the TR 86, even with a full fuel load, only weighs 1,195 kg (2,634 pounds).

Click past the jump to read about the TR 86’s one-make racing series in New Zealand

Like we said a little over a month ago, don’t look at "Rush" as this season’s
only epic racing movie.

The upcoming movie, "Snake and Mongoose" , which tells the story of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, is set to give "Rush" a run for its box office money.

Whether it’s on the strip or in the board room, Snake and Mongoose gave drag racing the kind of mainstream cache that nobody had ever done before. So the next time you watch a funny car race on SPEED TV, you can tip your hat to Prudhomme and McEwen for making all of it possible.

The movie is scheduled to make its theatrical debut on September 6th. In the meantime, you can enjoy the new two-and-a-half minute that producers have just released.

You can also click past the jump to watch the 60-second trailer that was shown a little more than a month ago.

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If you had any doubts on what an amazing car the newPeugeot 208 T16 racecar is, you’ll need to take a look at its latest achievement. The 208 T16 was specially designed to smash the world record at the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and it did almost two weeks ago. With Sebastien Loeb behind the wheel, it managed to climb the famous hill in 8:13.878.

Last weekend, the Peugeot changed continents and smashed a different record at a completely different race: the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. In England, the 208 T16, with Peugeot Sport test-driver Grégory Guilvert brhind the wheel, the powerful racer managed to run the Goodwood hill climb in just 45.86 seconds, making it the fastest car of the weekend.

This time is as a coincidence the same time posted by Nick Heidfeld in the Group C prototype Lola B12/60 racecar .

Click past the jump for the video.

A Formula One racecar belonging to arguably the greatest F1 driver in history is apparently such a collector’s item that people will deep pockets are willing to pay a moon’s price for it.

That much was made very clear at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed after Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 sold for a staggering $29.6 million, making it the most expensive car to be sold at a public auction, the most expensive F1 race car ever and, as a cherry on top of the proverbial sundae, the most expensive Mercedes in history.

Lots of "expensive" there, huh?

The racecar, which was sold at a Bonhams auction late last week, is the same one Fangio used to win his second Formula One title in what became an illustrious and now legendary career. It’s noted for being the racecar that introduced a bevy of new technologies into F1, including the use of a fuel-injected engine, an all-independent suspension from Mercedes, a multi-tubular ’spaceframe’ lightweight chassis design, all-round inboard-mounted brakes, and the ’straight-8’ engine ’laydown’ configuration that reduces the car’s overall height.

Suffice to say, this Mercedes racecar is that rare gem in automotive history that commands a price depending on how deep the pockets of the bidders are.

And apparently, "deep" meant to the tune of $29.6 million.

Click past the jump to read about Juan Manuel Fangio

Source: Bonhams

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