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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

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.

You’ll have to excuse Hyundai for being a little pumped up about its return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year. After all, it was responsible for the record 9:46.164 lap time record, which it set last year with Rhys Millen.

In preparation for its return to the scene of its conquest, the Korean automaker is in the middle of a 12-part video series that tackles how the company is planning to have a successful encore.

In Parts 3 and 4 of the web series, Rhys Millen discusses the kind of power upgrade and the modified frame and body that will come with the new Genesis Coupe it plans to run up the mountain later this month.

To say that there’s pressure in the Hyundai camp to deliver a more successful run is a pretty big understatement. That’s why the company is sparing no expense to ensure that nobody will be disappointed once the heavily-modified Pikes Peak Genesis Coupe makes its run.

Click past the jump to watch Part 4 of the series

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The 2014 Corvette Stingray was used as the Pace Car at the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - the 12th time for a Corvette – but he newest `Vette isn’t quite done yet. The 2014 Corvette Stingray Pace Car will pace yet another Indy event this weekend when it will lead the pack at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, presented by Quicken Loans.

Behind the wheel is none other than General Motors North America President, Mark Reuss, who was quoted saying: "To be able to drive this car, on this track, in this city, is a huge thrill for me personally, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel to pace this great field."

If you will attend the race, you will be able to get an early look at the production model that goes on sale later this summer. With the Stingray getting plenty of time as a pace car, we certainly expect to see a special Pace Car model this year.

Click past the jump to read more about the Stingray Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

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The 24 Hours of Nurburgring is one of the most challenging races of the year. It brings together more than 200 cars, and over 700 drivers who are all trying to fight the 15.5-mile lap length of the Nordschleife (north loop) of the Nürburgring circuit. Just like the VLN series with its 4 hour races, the 24-hour race is mainly aimed at amateurs, making it even more interesting.

Just like every year, this year’s race brought together some of the most amazing supercars around the world. For those of you who missed the race, the above video offers a perfect overview of the race, as it presents the race, the fans, the teams in the pit lane and the award ceremony - pretty much everything.

The video brings you 12 minutes of sweet internal combustion noise on the famous track, so we are sure you’ll love it!

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If Mini has no official entry for the 2013 Pikes Peak it does not mean there won’t be any Mini at the famous race. French driver Jean-Philippe Dayraut will enter the race in a Mini "No Limit" Pikes Peak race car.

Last year he completed the race in the Dacia Duster and it looks like this year it decided to give it another try. The car he will use this year it is pretty much identical to the model used last year, but for the 2013 race he opted for a Mini skin.

When compared to the model raced last year, the new Mini "No Limit" received a series of improvements. Dayraut and his team worked on making the car about 176 pounds lights, while the engine delivers a total of 900 horsepower.

The 2013 Pikes Peak is still more than one month away and we are hopping to get full details on this car until then.

Click past the jump for two presentation video of the car.

Source: Autoguide

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