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Lucas Oil KSR prepared an FR-S for the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge, but the guys over TAngelo Racing decided the sports coupe is good enough for the Formula Drift series. Moreover, the model they updated is not an ordinary FR-S, but one salvaged from the Superstorm Sandy.

This particular FR-S was torn apart, gutted and built back up with a 2.4-liter 2AZ-FE Toyota engine - the same found in a 2012 Toyota Corolla XRS - that Papadakis Racing strapped a Garrett turbocharger to and tuned to racing specs.

Straight out of the Corolla, this engine puts down just 158 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and The FR-S’ base boxer-four engine develops a total of 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Neither figure was good enough for TAngelo Racing, as tuned 2AZ engine peaks at an incredible 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque.

The standard six-speed manual could never handle this power, so TAngelo Racing replaced it with a new G-Force GSR unit. With the extra power and new gearbox in tow, the FR-S hits 60 mph in just 3 seconds and the clears the 1/4-mile in just 10 seconds.

Along with the new engine, the FR-S by TAngelo Racing also received a GReddy X Rocket Bunny body kit for a little extra style. Additionally, TAngelo Racing added in a set of Rays Gram Lights 57D wheels wrapped in Hankook RS-3 rubber, some Wilwood performance brakes and Stance suspensions to keep the 750 ponies in check.

For the 2013 racing season the FR-S will be driven by Tony Angelo.

Click past the jump to see the Scion FR-S by TAngelo Racing in action at Driven 2 Drift 2013.

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Lucas Oil KSR announced its racing version of the Scion FR-S at the 2012 SEMA Show and since then the model underwent extreme testing with the final challenge being the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge. The competition started on March 22nd with the GT/GTS Rounds 1 and 2 and will end on October 4th with GT/GTS Round 14.

Lucas Oil equipped the FR-S with the world’s first TRD supercharger built specifically for the sports car. It was enough to pump the 2.0-liter boxer-four engine’s output up to a total of 325 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 125 horsepower and 174 pound feet of torque. By our count, that’s a 62.5-percent increase in horsepower and a 115.2-percent increase in torque.

This hopped-up four-banger hooks up to a six-speed manual gearbox, but there is no mention to whether this is the stock transmission or not. Though Lucas Oil chose not to divulge the performance stats of its beast, we would venture to say it hits 60 mph in the mid-4-second range.

Lucas oil engineers also fitted the FR-S with an aerodynamic kit specially designed for the racing and sat it atop a set of 18-inch Rays TE37 SL Black Edition wheels. The Rays rollers are wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P-Zero tires sized 275/45R18. Also added in is a TRD braking system and a suspension system from Cusco/Vertex.

During the competition, this Scion FR-S by Lucas Oil KSR will be driven by Robert Stout, who was previously a champion in a Scion tC .

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Scion FR-S.

Though it doesn’t have the same racing history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as other automakers, Scion is bent on making a mark at this year’s race.

For the occasion, the Japanese automaker has introduced the car that will compete against the heavyweights of the Unlimited Class: an Evasive Motorsports-prepared Scion FR-S that, if for nothing else, looks the part of a giant killer.

Prepared and developed to the unique racing specifications needed to compete at Pikes Peak, the FR-S comes with a bevy of aerodynamic components, highlighted by that enormous rear wing that should come in handy when the FR-S is trying to keep its wheels on the ground.

A large front wing was also installed on the car, as well as what looks like an equally large rear diffuser, both serving the same aerodynamic purpose of eliminating aerodynamic lift to allow the FR-S to maintain its speed as it attempts to give all the other competitors of the Unlimited Class a run for their money.

No power details were given but considering the kind of cars that are competing in this class, we wouldn’t be surprised if this high-powered FR-S has over 650 horsepower under its hood. That is quite a healthy increase over the stock 200 horsepower, but still very much attainable.

Click past the jump to read about the Scion FR-S

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While the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro scored an overall victory at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race, the 911 RSR finished first and second in GTE-Pro class. This result was a pretty successful one for Porsche , especially when you consider that this marks the company’s first run in Le Mans since 1998.

The 911 RSR that took first place in the GTE-Pro class was entered by the Porsche AG Team Manthey and was driven by Porsche factory drivers Romain Dumas (France), Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria). The second 911 RSR was driven by Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France). The Porsche team had strong opposition from Aston Martin , Chevrolet , Ferrari and SRT .

There was a third 911 RSR entered by Porsche customer team, IMSA Performance Matmut, and driven by Frenchmen Raymond Narac, Jean-Karl-Vernay and Christophe Bourret.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 RSR.

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Nissan announced its plans to enter the Le Mans Series earlier this year, but the company has been toying with the idea ever since it left the DeltaWing program.

Today its experimental car - the ZEOD RC - was finally unveiled and, according to Nissan, it will be the world’s fastest electric racecar. The new electric racecar will start testing later this summer and will make its racing debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour. As usual, the car will race under the ACO’s "Garage 56" entry.

While very official specifications have been released on the new ZEOD RC, we do know it will take advantage of the electric technology used in the road-going Nissan Leaf . However, Nissan will somehow take this technology to extreme level, as the ZEOD RC will hit a top speed of 186 mph.

Nissan will run Le Mans with aG-Driving Racing No 26 Oreca this year and hopes to score victory in the P2 class.

Updated 05/21/2014: Nissan unveiled a new video showing the ZEOD RC crash test in slow motion. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read about some of the competition the ZEOD RC may face at at next year’s Le Mans.

A few months ago, Aston Martin and Gulf decided to hold a competition, encouraging aspiring auto designers to design one of the cars that the British automaker will be enter in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.

It took some time for a winner to be announced, but now the British marque has one after naming Jonathan Wesley from Kettering, UK, as the ultimate winner.

The Gulf livery designed by Wesley on the #97 Vantage GTE will be used to compete at Le Mans this weekend. As part of design triumph, Wesley will be invited by Aston Martin to be a VIP guest during the famed race.

If it isn’t enough for Wesley to have front row seats to watch Le Mans, he gets to do so while watching the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, whose livery he himself designed, compete in race’s 90th installment.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Vantage GTE

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The SRT Viper is preparing to prove what it is capable of this weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The GTS-R version underwent intense testing over the past few weeks and we are pretty certain it will do great. It looks that while testing the GTS-R, SRT also put some time in working on a GT3-R version that will be raced in upcoming GT competitions.

The new GT3-R was developed by Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT ) Motorsports team and will borrow most of its technology from the GTS-R version , including the engine, chassis, suspension, electronics and aerodynamics.

The model is powered by a V-10 engine mated to a sequential transmission with a multi-disc race clutch and paddle shifters. The GT3-R will race on a set of lightweight wheels combined. Dragging this racing serpent to a halt are six-piston front brake calipers.

The new SRT Viper GT3-R is priced at $459,000. Customers can now place their orders and first deliveries will be made in late 2013.

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

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Last year, aCaterham SP/300.R became the fastest car at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power with a lap time of 61.89 seconds. The Caterham did all it could to defend its title this year, but a Radical SR8 RX turned out to be the fastest car this year.

With professional racecar driver, Robbie Kerr, behind the wheel, the British-built Radical completed a lap of the 1.2-mile circuit in just 55.29 second, smashing the previous record by 6.6 seconds. The SP/300.R was the second fastest car with a lap time of 56.53 seconds. The Radical didn’t end its supremacy there, as it also hit the fastest speed on the track: 129 mph.

The SR8 RX was entered in the "Racing Saloons & Track Day Cars" class, which helped it break the record, due to the track-focused nature of the cars competing in that class. The competition saw a total entry of 139 cars and bikes.

Click past the jump to read more about the Radical SR8 RX.

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When Nissan announced plans to drop the DeltaWing program, it also announced plans to return to 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014. The company plans to enter the race as a "Garage 56" with an "innovative project that promises to continue the pioneering spirit of last year’s award-winning Nissan DeltaWing experimental entry."

Today, the company released the first teaser video and image of the vehicle that will make its world debut on Friday, June 21st. At the 2013 Le Mans , Nissan will also open a "Nismo FanZone" experience that will offer the fans a chance to see the drivers of the No. 42 Greaves Motorsport and No. 26 G-Drive Racing cars.

Also, visitors will have the possibility to enter competitions to win helicopter rides, garage tours, circuit tours and numerous other giveaways throughout the event. Nissan is also offering the possibility to watch the groundbreaking Juke Ride biometrics system.

Click past the jump to read more about Nissan’s competitors in Le Mans.

We knew Porsche had been flirting with the idea of returning to Le Mans for a while now, but the debut of the 919 Hybrid Le Mans racer at the Geneva Motor Show put final stamp of assurance on the proposal. What you see here is Porsche’s LMP1 race car with loads of new technologies helping the car compete in some of the toughest endurance racing out there.

Competing in the 2014 World Endurance Championship, against the current stalwarts Audi and Toyota , the 919 Hybrid uses three separate modes of propulsion to help it achieve the best fuel efficiency. In the words of Matthias Müller, Porsche’s Chairman of the Executive Board, “It will not be the fastest car that wins the World Endurance Championship series and the 24 hours of Le Mans, rather it will be the car that goes the furthest with a defined amount of energy.”

Updated 06/11/2014: With days before the official start of the 2014 Le Mans race Porsche unveiled a series of new details on the 919 Hybrid which will enter the race. Check the new details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the company’s history at Le Mans.


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