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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

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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.

If at some point you decide to take up the wonderful world of building race cars, you might want to take a look at the how Peugeot was able to build the 208 T16 Pikes Peak race car .

Don’t worry; this build didn’t take up weeks. It didn’t take days; heck, it didn’t even take hours.

It only took them 45 seconds.

Ok, it’s a time-lapse video, which means that the whole thing has been edited. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that what Peugeot did was impressive.

It started from scratch right in front of our eyes and then quickly morphed into a bona fide Pikes Peak-conquering race car, complete with a new body, a suspension unit, and its own powertrain.

That’s the power of modern science and engineering, fellas.

Ok, mixed in with nifty editing but that’s not the point.

Click past the jump to read about the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak race car

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This past few days have been pretty crazy for Chris Harris, as we’ve seen him reviewing his personal Ferrari 599 and now he was invited to test the Formula Ford 1.0 Ecoboost (FF1) . He had the chance to drive the car both on German public roads and on the famous Nürburgring track.

The Formula Ford is powered by a 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost direct-injection engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The engine delivers a total of 205 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and up to a top speed of 158 mph.

It’s true Harris was not able to lap the Nürburgring’s famed Nordschleife circuit in just 7:22, but as usual, his reviews are a great watch.

The Formula Ford is a great car and Harris seems to agree with this. There is one little problem; it won’t make it to production.

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It’s time to take a little break from all those supercars launched in the past few years and focus on something a little bit older - a Mormon Meteor III, which was the fastest racecar of the 1930s.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage , he had to chance to drive this one-off racecar built by Ab Jenkins in 1937 when he was only 17. The Meteor III is based on a Dusenberg SJ and is powered by a massive 26-liter Curtiss Conqueror airplane engine that develops a total of 750 horsepower. Say what Lamborghini ?

In 1939, the car managed to break all the world record on the 12-hour endurance-race circuit and was able to hit a top speed of 171 mph. To help put that into perspective, a Ford Model Y offered in during that period was able to hit a top speed of just 60 mph.

Check out the video to see Jay Leno running the Meteor on the Utah salt flats.

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JR Motorsports developed a special Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 for the upcoming GT Tour (French GT). This decision comes after a successful trial of a car in the opening rounds of GT Tour and will be followed by a possible entry in the Blancpain series later in the year. Not a big surprise here, considering JRM previously developed cars for Blancpain, British GT, VLN and FIA GT series.

The car is still under development, but the company hopes to have it done in time for the next round at Spa. This collaboration between Nissan and JRM comes after running the GT-R at Le Mans and Imola, and both companies hope to achieve the awesome results from this long-term commitment.

"Having a prestigious team such as JMB Racing opt for the Nissan, after many years of success Ferrari and Maserati, underlines the competitive package and affordability the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 offers," says James Rumsey, JRM Group executive director.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

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Lexus IS-F CCS-R Race Car

Last year, Lexus unveiled the IS-F CCS-R - the production version of theIS- F Club Circuit Sports Racer Concept - as the company’s special entry at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This year, the race car will return to the race, except that now it will feature a special, fan-based decal developed by Lexus in cooperation with Tony Hawk Foundation.

From June 3rd to June 20th, Lexus fans are invited to enter their names via a response to a Lexus Facebook post, a comment to a Lexus YouTube IS F CCS-R video or through Twitter and Instagram using #Lexus14K. 14,000 lucky fans will see their names posted on this special decal.

Once again, the IS-F CCS-R will be driven by professional driver Ken Gushi, who will attempt to take on the 12.42-mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak.

After the race, Lexus will donate a 2014 IS sedan to the Tony Hawk Foundation.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS-F CCS-R.

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Caterham is preparing to unveil a brand-new model in 2016, but until then, the company is readying itself to enter the Le Mans 24 Hours . Caterham’s official Le Mans debut will be made this year at the end of June when the company plans to enter the race with a Zytek Z11SN-Nissan in the LMP2 category.

The car will wear number No. 41 and Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver and Caterham Racing GP2 driver Alexander Rossi, and double LMP2 class-winner, Tom Kimber-Smith will be at the wheel. They will be joined by a crew of Caterham engineers, technicians and data analysts that will ensure the No. 41 car performs at its peak.

With this move, Caterham hopes to increase its position as a global authority in the sports car market. This move comes after a second season in the F1 series and a 50:50 partnership with Renault to develop and build its first new road model in 20 years.

Click past the jump to read more about Caterham’s competitors at Le Mans.


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