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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is always big news. It has been like that ever since Bentleys and Alfa Romeos started sweeping their French opponents off the podiums back in the 1930s. But this year’s edition is truly special. Porsche is coming back to reclaim its crown, Toyota is more reliable than ever and, to top it off, Audi is still struggling to find its rhythm.

This can only mean one thing: the LMP1-H is finally a three-way battle, something that hasn’t happened since 1999, when BMW was still racing at Le Mans and right before Audi became frustratingly dominant. It’s also the first race to gather three top automakers relying on hybrid technology. We’re talking about different powertrains and different approaches, ranging from Toyota’s 3.7-liter V-8 to Porsche’s puny, 2.0-liter V-4.

Of course, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is no longer about displacement. Gone are the days of 1976 when John Greenwood got a $55,000 check just to bring his nasty, 7.0-liter, V-8-powered C3 Corvette to France. It’s all about fuel efficiency and about squeezing extra power from braking nowadays. Le Mans was never lacked cutting-edge technology, but no other edition seemed so packed with state-of-the-art mechanics and electronics as the one we’re about to enjoy.

Click past the jump to read more about Le Mans.

Audi Sport has dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans in recent years. The team is vying for its fifth-straight title and its seventh in eight years. But even with this string of recent dominance, Audi still isn’t the most-awarded automaker to compete in the famed endurance race. Porsche has that distinction, and after 15 years of skipping Le Mans, the German automaker is making a comeback in 2014.

Porsche will certainly have its hands full. It’s going to deal with a plethora of competitive vehicles, not the least of which is Audi Sport.

Ahead of the start of the 2014 Le Mans, Audi Sport released a video directed at Porsche. The team didn’t outwardly call out Porsche for returning to Le Mans. Instead, it used the new video to officially welcome back its Le Mans rival, doing it in typical Audi burnout fashion.

Having Porsche and Audi competing in Le Mans is great for the race. Here you have the old guard going up against the new king. It’s a fitting spectacle ahead and during the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday, June 14.

We’ve taken our cars to car wash stations countless of times and yet something like this has never happened to us. But some folks are just lucky, especially if they find themselves as unwitting participants in a new Mobil One stunt ad.

A handful of British drivers decided to have their cars washed on a rather innocuous day. Nothing too special, right?

But that’s when things took a strange turn. Instead of being greeted by the usual mechanical car wash equipment, these drivers found McLaren’s pit crew, armed and ready to give their rides the spic-and-span treatment.

But the real highlight was McLaren driver Jenson Button pulling up from behind and acting like he was waiting for his turn to get his MP-29 race car washed. If this happened in the U.S. with Button, it likely wouldn’t have gotten the same kind of reaction.

But seeing as this was the UK where Button’s a pretty big deal, you can understand why people were taken aback seeing him while his pit crew washed their cars. We’d be surprised too, and we probably would’ve asked him for a selfie as well.

Often regarded as the benchmark for every sports car , the Porsche 911 classic — built between 1963 and 1989 — is arguably one of the most popular vehicles among enthusiasts, which is why these iconic models continue to gain value in today’s vintage car market.

None of them are actually affordable to the average Joe, but certain models can fetch hundreds of thousand of dollars, if not beyond a full million in the case of Le Mans-winning racers such as the 917 or the 956/962 , and a couple of 1,000+ horsepower Can-Am machines. Another track-conquering Porsche found on every wealthy collector’s list is the RSR, a heavily modified 911 developed for Group 4 motorsport purposes in the mid-1970s.

Each of the 54 units produced in Stuttgart have their own spectacular stories to tell, but there’s one specific model that can top them all: the Carrera RSR previously owned by Giorgio Schon, son of renowned fashion designed Mila Schon. Acquired in 1974 for the World Manufacturers’ Championship and wrapped in one of the most intriguing liveries to hit the race tracks , this fast and nimble race car tackled the famed Monza 1000km, Giro d’Italia, Targa Florio and the Mugello Ronde Rallye events between 1974 and 1976.

Sold to Patrick Pierron of Monaco in 1976, the Giorgio Schon RSR took part in various track competitions, before being restored a repainted in its original lime green color in 2009. Now, following yet another restoration, the race car gained its historic 1974 Monza 1000 km livery back.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche RSR Mila Schon racer.

Mitsubishi is returning to this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an improved iteration of its MiEV electric race car . After coming second and third in the Electric Modified class last year, Mitsubishi will be looking to cross the finish line in first position with an aerodynamically optimized and more powerful vehicle.

Specifically developed for the grueling Pikes Peak course, The MiEV Evolution III benefits from a redesigned tube-frame chassis and reshaped bodywork, the latter modeled after extensive wind tunnel testing. The resulting single-seater is lighter that its predecessor and provides more downforce thanks to its huge front spoiler and massive rear wing.

Fitted with electric motors at all corners, the Evolution III is also a lot more powerful than last year’s model, as the units now deliver a total output of 611 horsepower (450 kW). That’s a 68-horsepower increase over the Evolution II, which had 543 electrified ponies (400 kW) on tap. Enabling the vehicle to handle all that additional power is Mitsubishi’s redesigned Super All-Wheel Crontrol (S-AWC) system, one that returns better handling and improved traction control.

Driving duties for the 2014 Pikes Peak were handled to Hirochi Masuoka and Greg Tracy, the same aces that took both MiEV Evo IIs to podium finishes last year. While Tracy is a six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion, Masuoka has yet to experience success in the Rocky Mountains. However, the Japanese has two Dakar Rally overall wins to his name.

The 92nd running of the "Race to the Clouds" is set to begin on June 29 near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III.

When DriveClub was announced for the PS4, I almost canceled by reservation for Forza Motorsports 5. Sony was promising a true open-world driving experience that I could share with my friends. They were promising a style of gaming and play that would focus on camaraderie; it would be a virtual version of meeting your friends for a Sunday drive.

For all the promise, the game was delayed and I ended up with the incredible Forza Motorsports 5 instead.

Now after this long delay, DriveClub has made back onto my radar. This new video footage looks incredible, and we finally have a real release date. Come October 7th, all PS4 owners can get their hands on what is promising to the best massively multiplayer racing game ever created.

From scenic vistas, an impressive list of cars that looks to include Aston Martin and Pagani , plus all that promised robust online functionality, DriveClub may have finally given me a reason to go buy a PS4.

What do you guys think? Does DriveClub look like a game you would be interested in playing, or would you prefer to stick the already established games like Gran Turismo , Need for Speed , and Grid ?

Yes, that headline is correct. I have a preview build of the new Grid Autosport game, and I am here to tell you about it. Before I go too much into detail on how the game looks, feels and plays, I need to clarify that this is pre-release code and it is not final. Codemasters has promised that they are still working on making everything crisper, faster and bug-free.

As it is, all things written here are subject to change.

If you have been sleeping under a rock and are unfamiliar with Grid Autosport, it is the new game from the team at Codemasters who among the previous Grid games, is responsible for creating the F1 franchise racing games and the Dirt series of rally games. The Grid franchise itself looks to cut a path between the sometimes brutal realism of Gran Turismo and the laughably fake physics of Need for Speed .

This new game takes the lessons learned from Grid 2’s more approachable gameplay, then tightens things up a bit to be more realistic and adds in a handful of new driving modes and cars. Rather than pure street racing, Grid Autosport adds things like open-wheel racing and drift matches to the mix.

Is it any fun, and should it be on your purchasing radar? Hit the jump to find out.

The world of high-end prototype endurance racers has gotten a lot more interesting in the last year. While Audi has dominated the podium for the last few years at Le Mans, Toyota and Porsche have now returned to challenge the reign of the four rings.

Well Nissan has also announced that starting with the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans , it will also be looking to dethrone the king, and they are using the GT-R badge to lead the charge.

Now one quick look at the photo above will reveal that this is not a GT-R in the traditional sense. That profile looks a lot like every other LMP1 car, but I would expect the car to use a modified version of the GT-R powertrain and AWD system. Remember that 800 horsepower hybrid GT-R rumor ? This may be what sparked it.

As it stands, we have absolutely zero information on what the car looks like, sounds like or any specifications, but needless to say it will be fast.

Keep your eyes here. We will have all the details as soon as we can get them. In the mean time we have included the video of the announcement and some information about Nissan’s other current GT-R cars after the break.

Watch announcement video after the break.

You may be aware that I love my racing games , and that I am super excited about Grid Autosport , but why should you care about this game? Well apart from the fact that it looks amazing , and that it should be a blast to play, the team at Codemasters has been working as hard as humanly possible to make the new Grid game feel amazing.

If you don’t believe me, take a look at this new trailer. It covers the Touring Car racing side of the new Grid Autosport game. With a huge collection of interviews with current professional drivers and a smorgasbord on wheel-to-wheel action in-game, the video is freaking amazing to watch.

It may not be the most technically accurate game with a million physics calculations like what Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsports wants to provide, but I have never seen a game capture the pure essence of speed and aggression that comes with driving on track like Grid Autosport seems to. Now I am not going to say it should be top on your buying list until I get the chance to play it, but it sure looks like one of the most promising candidates.

The game is coming out in just a few weeks, so keep your eyes glued here at TopSpeed.com for my full review when it goes live. Also, make sure to listen to the TopSpeed podcast , as I am likely discuss the game at length there as well.

To this day, a lot of people still remember Ayrton Senna as the greatest Formula One driver in history. That statement is all the more impressive considering that it’s been 20 years since Senna died in a horrific car crash. But even if he isn’t with us anymore, everybody who appreciated and admired his skill behind the wheel of a race car continues to honor his legacy.

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC is one of those giving Senna that kind of respect by launching a new downloadable content that pays homage to the life, achievements, and legacy of the Brazilian great. The Ayrton Senna Tribute pack, which will be made available exclusively for Gran Turismo 6 on the PlayStation 3 , will allow gamers to relive the life of Senna though some of his greatest achievements on the race track.

Among the features of the new in-game content include two race cars Senna drove in his long and illustrious racing career: a DAP go-kart and a Lotus 97T, the same race car the Brazilian drove in just his second season in Formula One . Apart from the two race cars, the content will also include new race courses — Monza 1985 and Brands Hatch 1985 — as well as challenges for gamers to beat some of the legend’s best lap times in those courses.

The pack is arguably one of the most comprehensive video game content attributed to Ayrton Senna. Deservedly so, too, because other than Michael Schumacher, there’s no Formula One driver in history that continues to be universally regarded and admired like the great Ayrton Senna.

Click past the jump to read more about the Gran Turismo 6.


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