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Porsche announced a series of upgrades for the 911 GT3 R that will be used during the 2013 racing season. The model receives an improved aerodynamic kit, upgraded suspension and an array of updated electronic driver assistance systems.

The aerodynamic kit includes new front bumper panels, fenders, sill covers, rear panel and a new rear diffuser. The 2013 GT3 R also received an enlarged and repositioned rear wing. The wheelbase grows by 10 millimeters (0.39 inches), and both front and rear axles are increased by 50 millimeters (1.96 inches). The model will be offered with new wheels, now sized 12 inches wide, instead of 10.9 inches.

Under the hood, the model retains the usual 4-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed sequential dog-type gearbox with pneumatic shift system and operated via shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Customers interested can upgrade their older model to the 2013-spec for a price of €45,500 - around $59,000 at the current exchange rates.

Nissan has dropped from the DeltaWing program, but this doesn’t spell the end of the racecar. Rather, DeltaWing Racing Cars announced the first details of its new DeltaWing Coupe that will compete in the American Le Mans Series later this year, possibly as early as at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May.

The new DeltaWing Coupe has been specially designed to comply with the new 2014 LMP1 regulations and will include a new tub and wider driver greenhouse, and, of course, its new hardtop configuration. On the coupe version, the driver will sit in the middle of the cockpit, rather than on the left- or right-hand side.

Under the hood, the coupe will receive a new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine developed by Elan Motorsports Technologies. No official specifications have been released just yet, but we are hoping to see at least the same numbers as in the previous version: 300 horsepower, a sprint from 0 to 60 mph made in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph.

Of all the one-make racing series in the world, one that has really caught our attention is the Maserati Trofeo MC World Series. We like this series because it’s pretty competitive and because it features a race version of one of the supercars we love the most: the GranTurismo.

Maserati recently lifted the covers off of the GranTurismo MC Trofeo and just as it was last year, the 2013 version is all sorts of awesome.

Some modifications have been made to the 2013 GranTurismo MC Trofeo, including the widening of the track and the reduction of the weight, dropping it down to just 1,380 kg (3,042 pounds). But for the most part, the 2013 model is still pretty similar to its predecessor, including the it carrying the same 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces roughly 490 horsepower.

The Maserati Trofeo MC World Series season is set to kick off in France this coming April 28th. Fifteen teams have already signed up for the series and with the aim of getting twenty teams on board, organizers are poised to have a pretty stout field that could rival the 84 drivers from 24 countries who competed during the 2012 season.

When you’re trying to promote a racing series that isn’t as popular as Formula One, you need to think of something creative to get people’s attention.

Organizers of the AtomCup decided to do just that, taking to the busy streets of downtown London to perform, of all things, a pit stop. To be fair, the pit stop only came with a change of tires, which they did successfully before the red light turned green.

But what made this publicity stunt really successful was the throng of folks that seemingly stopped whatever it is they were doing to watch the Atom pit stop. And for the 30, or so, seconds it took to replace the tires, you could see everybody just transfixed on the AtomCup pit crew do their magic.

Since the AtomCup is the only race series built around the now-legendary Atom race cars, the series knows that getting exposure and drumming up some buzz is a sure way to catch peoples’ attention.

Well, judging by the looks on the faces of those bystanders, we’d say that it was a job well done.

Announced back in 2011, the R8 LMS Ultra is preparing for the 2013 racing season with a series of upgrades that make it even more aerodynamic. The new R8 LMS Ultra made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and can now be ordered at a price of €339,000 (about $440,000 at the current exchange rates).

When viewed from the front, you will need to look very careful to notice all the updates the model received. Audi installed a new under-floor element that channels the air even more precisely into the two wheel arches, while the new form of the exterior mirrors will help improve the drag coefficient. At the rear, the diffuser received a new design: it is divided into a center section and two channels running to both the left and right in order to achieve optimum diffusion of the air. Also, on the exhaust system the tailpipes are relocated to exit upwards.

The car’s front suspensions also received a new geometry that helps reduce the tendency to dive excessively under braking. As no surprise, Audi also installed new wheels made in forged aluminum, each weighting 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less than the previous versions. As a weight reduction strategy, the racecar has also been equipped with a Makrolon windshield which weighs 3 kg (6.6 lbs) less than a glass element, plus a three-plate sinter metal race clutch that also helps reduce weight.

With all these updates, the R8 LMS Ultra is now ready to score another 18 championship titles!

Updated 06/28/2013: Audi dropped a new video explaining the success story behind the R8 LMS Ultra. Enjoy!

Aston Martin , and the damping and suspension specialist, Bilstein, have been partners for a long time and now, the British automaker is paying homage to its long-standing partners with the unveiling of a special Bilstein-liveried V12 Vantage GT3.

It’s safe to say that Bilstein’s iconic blue and yellow colors fit the V12 Vantage GT3 to a tee the same way its dampers do on all of Aston’s road cars. It’s a tie-up that seems natural too, considering the history between the two companies.

And let’s not forget; the V12 Vantage GT3 is a pretty fantastic race car, too, one that is a direct line to Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage road car , sharing the same chassis and a modified version of the 6-liter V-12 engine. This is capable to deliver more than 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, but due to race regulations the output has been restricted to to approximately 550 horsepower.

With the Bilstein and Aston Martin tie-up, we can only expect big things to come for this car in 2013.

The Bilstein-liveried V12 Vantage GT3 will first be seen in action at the ADAC Westfalenfahrt four-hour race (VLN1) on March 23rd before proceeding to the ADAC ACAS H&R Cup (VLN3) on April 27th in preparation for the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour race on May 19th and 20th.

UPDATE 05/15/13: The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 is ready to rumble out on the track after the British brand officially announced plans to compete in this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hour race. Best of luck, fellas!

Falken Motorsports announced the first details on its upgraded Porsche 997 GT3 R that will be raced in this year’s VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours events. The driver lineup will remain unchanged and will include: Sebastian Asch, Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger.

The 2013 GT3 R has been upgraded with a new aerodynamic package that includes wider wings, new splitter and double canards, plus a larger rear wing that helps increase downforce. Falken Motorsports also installed enlarged cooling vents around the front, while the wheel arches have also been enlarged to allow the car to ride on larger wheels and tires when compared to last year.

Under the hood, the car will keep the usual 4-liter, flat-six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower.

First tests of the car will be made at the March, 16th at the annual VLN setup day.

Stay tune for more information.

The 69 COPO Camaro units that Chevy built in 2012 sold like hot cakes, so the company decided to expand production by another 69 units. For the 2013 model year, the COPO Camaro receives a series of updates, like two all-new engines and a new manual transmission, plus a series of updates made to the exterior and the interior.

Thanks to these changes, the 2013 COPO Camaro will be become even more competitive as it is now eligible for a broader range of NHRA Stock Eliminator classes.

The 2013 COPO Camaro is priced at $86,000 - $3,000 less than the 2012 model year . On March 11, 2013 Chevrolet will start selecting its customers for the 2013 COPO Camaro factory drag-racing cars. As a reminder, more than 3,000 people showed interest in this special version, but only 69 have been selected.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Chevrolet COPO Camaro.

Audi unveiled its DTM race car for the 2013 racing season — the new RS 5 DTM — at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. There will be eight different RS 5 DTMs entering the 2013 DTM and the driver lineup will include Jamie Green (Great Britain) and two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekström (Sweden).

The new DTM racecar was developed in accordance with the regulations announced by DTM officials for the 2013 racing season. Still, the DTM version offers pretty much the same performance data as the current RS5 : a 4.2 liter V8 engine delivering a total of 450 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 317.15 pound-feet available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm.

Unlike the production version, however, the DTM version will feature a pretty aggressive aerodynamic kit, updated front and rear suspension with double wishbones, and a hydraulic dual-circuit brake system.

The new Audi RS5 DTM will make its racing debut between April 26th and 29th at Barcelona, Spain and from April 9th to 12th at Hockenheim.

Hyundai has unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show an updated version of its i20 WRC racecar set to be used in the FIA World Rally Championship in the 2014 racing season. The new racecar is the result of a cooperation between Hyundai’s R&D facility in Namyang, Korea and the newly formed Hyundai Motorsport GmbH in Alzenau, Germany.

Unlike the model unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the new i20 WRC features numerous updates to the aerodynamics, thanks to the addition of a new rear wing and front spoiler. Also updated were the chassis and suspension to improve cooling, enhance suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness. The model also received a redesigned livery that combines Hyundai’s corporate blue with innovative characters from the native Korean script, Hunminjeongeum.

The model will soon begin a more intensive test program at various locations in Europe and depending on the results, the car will be updated to be ready for the 2014 racing season.

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