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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

Aston Martin and TRG (The Racers Group) have just signed a partnership that will bring the famous British sports car to a North American racing series starting next season. TRG will receive a total of 10 race cars that will be seen in competitions like the Twelve Hours of Sebring, Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, The Grand American Rolex Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series.

The first model we will see on the race track is the Vantage GTE. It will be unveiled at the Sebring winter test session on February 7th and then raced in the Twelve Hours of Sebring in March. The TRG-AMR Vantage GT3 will be raced in competitions like The Grand American Rolex Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series, while the V8 Vantage GT4 will be raced in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The GTE version and the GT4 are based on the production version Vantage V8 and are powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine producing 420 horsepower, while the GT3 is based on the V12 Vantage and will be offered with a 6.0-liter V-12 engine.

"We are delighted to form this innovative new partnership with TRG which presents great potential across a variety of racing competitions. In TRG we have a proven race partner who clearly knows how to be competitive and win races, helping us achieve new levels of success in North American motorsport for Aston Martin," said John Gaw, Managing Director of Aston Martin Racing.

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With every NASCAR season, the excitement and thrill rises. To keep up with that, the cars have to be exciting as well. Chevrolet decided to unveil its racecar at a press conference in Las Vegas, so that the Chevy fans that have been eagerly waiting can finally get their fix..

Known as the Chevrolet SS NASCAR, the rear-wheel drive performance racecar will be Chevrolet’s newest entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2013 SpeedWeek in Daytona.

Based on the upcoming, limited edition Chevrolet SS performance sedan, the design gives us some insight on what to expect from the performance sedan visually, when it will debut early next year.

The NASCAR Chevrolet SS is the next in a long line of famed nameplates that Chevrolet has brought to NASCAR. It replaces the sturdy Impala, which scored a total 151 wins from 1959-64 and 2007-12.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS.

The 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show was the location for two Mazda6 reveals. First was the North American debut of the new-generation Mazda6, which we all knew was coming. The second was a little less expected, as Mazda also made the official announcement that a racing version of the new Mazda6 will make its motorsports debut at the Rolex 24 endurance race on January 26 and 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The racing version of the Mazda6 will feature a Mazda SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine that will deliver more than 400 horsepower. This will mark the first time a diesel-powered vehicle raced at the Rolex 24.

John Doonan, Motorsports Director at Mazda North American Operations, noted that: "We have been eager to announce this car for months, but had to wait until the production car was revealed. The SpeedSource engineering team, working with the Mazda engineers, have been flat out for months on engine development. We’re happy to report that the engine is meeting the performance targets for both power and endurance. That means 400+ hp for over 50 hours, with an engine that includes a very long list of production Mazda parts. This is not a pure race engine; it is a production block SKYACTIV-D. We’re excited about having our newest engine powering our newest car."

We’re sure this will bring much-needed attention to not just the Mazd6, but the entire Mazda brand. We hope the Mazda6 racecar performs well.

Ferrari’s reputation as one of the finest automakers in the world is unquestioned. However, creating some of the best exotics isn’t the only thing the Italian automaker is good at. It also fits the bill as an adept cross promoter.

Recently, Ferrari celebrated 100 years of history in Italy by tying up with Shell and Lego to build a 1-to-1 scale model of the automaker’s Ferrari F150° Formula One race car . No, it doesn’t come with an actual engine, but make no mistake, it’s pretty freaking awesome by itself.

It’s safe to say that work done on building a life-sized Formula 1 race car is a task in itself, but what’s really impressive about this whole build it that the final product looks almost lifelike from a distance.

Shell even has a time-lapse of video on how to entire build went down from bare bones to the final product. It’s definitely something that’s worth spending less than two minutes of your time watching.

X-raid Team’s Mini ALL4 Racing cars are preparing to defend their crown at the upcoming Dakar Rally set to begin on January 5, 2013. However, these are not the cars set to enter the competition, but the cars that will assist the team through the 5,000 miles of desert through Peru, Argentina and Chile.

These very special Countryman have been equipped with a full range of original Mini Accessories, including: 18-inch light-alloy wheels with run-flat tires, mud flaps for the front and rear wheel arches, auxiliary headlights, and all-weather floor mats plus a protective load compartment cover made from hard-wearing PVC.

They will feature matte black paint combined with red roofs and racing stripes, and, of course, those Monster Energy logos. The black paint has been combined with silver-colored add-on parts for the front and rear apron, and side skirts.

Each car will also feature an off-road package that will help it deliver the best driving experience on any kind of road, be it gravel, desert tracks or mountain passes.

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McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition

Remember the Mclaren MP4-12C Can-Am that was premiered at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ? If not, here’s what it is: Engineers and designers at Mclaren had indulged in some experimenting on how to make the MP4-12C an even more exciting track car whilst not being too scary to drive. That experiment turned out to be the orange car you see above. It was given the name Can-Am to pay tribute to Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme who successfully raced a series of McLaren models in the Can-Am series. It was a one-off design study that Mclaren wanted to show the people at the Concours d’Elegance so that it could get the public approval of producing it. Apparently, McLaren got public approval…

After being successful at stirring the public into approval, Mclaren announced the production of the special edition MP4-12C at a private event held before the 2012 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. For those who want to get their hands on one of these beauties, it’s going to be a bit of a challenge. McLaren’s racing department, Mclaren GT, has clearly stated that it’s going to build only 30 examples of the car, with options for bespoke additions.

Priced at roughly $600,000, it’s significantly pricier than the standard car. Being a special edition that not only pays tribute to one of Mclaren’s milestones but also an opportunity for 30 normal people to experience true racing in cars that were designed for them, it’s a fun toy, provided you have more than half million dollars lying somewhere.

It’s no secret that German automaker Audi has had a longstanding relationship with soccer giants Real Madrid. Over the years, the two have celebrated a successful partnership with a variety of joint appearances, brand promotions, and even going so far as Audi supplying the entire team with their chosen set of models.

Recently, another one of these Audi giveaways took place, but the real highlight of the festivities wasn’t so much the photo-ops or the test runs on the race track. Heck, it wasn’t even the cursory "handing over the keys" to the Real Madrid players.

The real star of the show was the unique Audi R8 LMS that was dressed in Real Madrid livery and dubbed the "R8 LMS Real Madrid Edition." The changes on the car’s body is what will immediately catch your attention, in large part because it’s been dressed to show the colors, logos, and even markings of Real Madrid.

The team’s iconic crest is prominently displayed on the hood of the R8 LMS as well as on both sides of the car — just above the side skirts. The team name is also spread across the top portion of the windshield and on both doors. Apparently, as soon as you open the doors of this racecar, Real Madrid’s own club anthem will play in full blast until you start the engine.

The 2012 Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3 , which Nissan launched at the beginning of the year, scored some amazing results during this year’s racing season. Now Nismo is getting even more powerful for the 2013 racing season with the unveiling of its new 2013 GT-R GT3-Spec - a model that adds improvements to the engine, suspensions and aerodynamics. Orders will be accepted beginning on November 13, 2012. Each unit will be developed on demand.

Under the hood, the 3.8-liter V-6 twin-turbo engine has received new camshaft timing and reinforced moving parts. The engine delivers a total of 550 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 439 pound-feet at 5,000rpm.

In order to improve the car’s aerodynamics, Nismo adds canards to the front and the front fender louvers are enlarged. The positioning of the rear wing is also optimized. These changes improve aerodynamic balance between front and rear, and increase downforce, which enhances overall aerodynamic performance.

In Europe, the model will be priced at £270,000 - about $430,000 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read the full press release.

Just recently, Caterham confirmed its desire to become more mainstream by producing traditional sports cars, SUVs and even city cars, thanks in part to its new collaboration with Renault . This doesn’t mean that Caterham will give up on its roots of producing lightweight, small-displacement-engine vehicles built specifically for track use. This is made evident, as the British auto firm has just announced an all-new variant to its Seven lineup. This new variant is dubbed the Seven Supersport R.

The Supersport R takes what Caterham has done with the Supersport and straps 25 percent more power to it, making it one of the most impressive models in its lineup. Caterham boss, Graham Macdonald, had glowing compliments about the Supersport R, as he said: “The performance of the car is very impressive but, teamed with the accessibility of the suspension specification that works so effortlessly on the road and track on the base model, it is well-balanced, satisfying and fun in terms of the driving experience it offers.”

While Macdonald’s comments are striking, he does have just a little bit of a bias when it comes to the Supersport R, so let’s have a look at it and see if it is all Macdonald says it is.

Click past the jump to read our full review of the Caterham Seven Supersport R

In the past few months, we have seen three different Lexus LF-A prototypes testing around Nurburgring: the AD-A , the AD-B, and the AD-X . Our hopes were dashed when we realized these prototypes were nothing but special one-off models and that they would not provide any indication of what the future held for an LF-A special edition, but social media has come through for us again.

Lexus race car driver, Akira Iida, has posted a cool teaser video for a future LF-A GTE Race Car on his Twitter account. The first details suggest that this race car will be used in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it is also rumored to be battling the lines at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. One thing is for sure, though, Akira Iida will be behind the wheel no matter which race this vehicle stars in!

Lexus has yet to offer any details on their new race car, but Akira Iida seems to be the second-best source on the matter, so we’ll take his word for it. Stay tuned!

Source: Autoguide

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