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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.

As with most iterations of the Audi R18 race car , this year’s e-tron quattro machine has just received a number of updates ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans . The endurance event is scheduled to take place in mid-June in France.

Unlike the version used throughout the 2014 World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans racer’s body has been optimized for minimal aerodynamic drag, an essential property on Circuit de la Sarthe — an unusual track that consists of several long straights and high-speed turns.

The Le Mans body might not differ much at a first glance, but a closer look reveals the Germans have altered the fenders, which now have opening on the inside instead of at the top, and elongated the body at the rear, with the wing no longer hanging above the diffuser. Lastly, the exhaust configuration has also been changed and the tail pipes are now located above the diffuser, instead of exiting to the right and left of the huge central fin.

Through these updates, the R18 e-tron quattro will be capable of higher speeds, and aim for faster laps and average race speed. Last year, factory driver Andre Lotterer achieved an average speed of 150.37 mph on his fastest lap.

Audi will field three teams in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race with the goal of winning its fifth consecutive even and the 12th title since 2000.

The powertrain of the R18 e-tron quattro in Le Mans configuration remains unchanged, with a revised, V-6, diesel engine motivating the rear wheels and with an e-tron quattro hybrid system spinning the front axle.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans.

There aren’t a lot of things about this industry that can drive us to tears, but we there will be at least some flowing down when we see former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt get behind the wheel of a specially prepared Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the Indy 500. If you don’t know, Schmidt was paralyzed in a racing accident 15 years ago. But thanks to the SAM (semi-autonomous motorcar) Project, Schmidt will once again find himself doing what he used to do best.

The SAM Project is a collaborative venture to use technology to get disabled drivers driving again and at the Indy 500, the group plans to unveil a specially designed Corvette Stingray race car that has been customized to include integrated advanced electronics and a human-to-machine interface, allowing the driver to essentially drive the car through head movement and brake by biting down on a pressure sensor.

It’s an incredible setup that will be shown in full focus once Sam Schmidt gets inside the car. The paralyzed driver will be wearing a unique hat that’s been dotted with reflective infrared markers, allowing Schmidt to steer the car using his head alone, tilting left or right to steer and backward to accelerate. The Corvette will come with a series of infrared cameras that will capture Schmidt’s head movements. From there, a CPU translates these movements and turns them into commands, relaying the information to actuators found on the Corvette’s steering wheel, accelerator, and brakes.

Incredibly, the car is safe to drive around the race track, an incredible feat that came from a collaboration of a number of tech companies, including Arrow, a supplier of industrial electronics components, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the non-profit Falci Adaptive Motorsports.

For all of the incredible work put in by these companies to develop this equally amazing Corvette, the attention will deservedly belong to Sam Schmidt. It’s been 14 years since that horrific crash Florida’s Walt Disney World Speedway that resulted in him being paralyzed so it’s absolutely amazing that he’s in this position now where he can, at least for one day, find comfort in his racing element.

He’s only driving four laps at the Indy 500 festivities, but make no mistake, it’s going to be the most emotional four laps the Brickyard has had in recent memory.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray.

Source: Cnet

Nearly two months after releasing the Alpinestars Car Pack , Turn 10 Studios has announced the introduction of a new downloadable bundle for the Forza Motorsport 5 racing game.

The new package includes ten diverse vehicles that will take users through different automobile eras. Those who fancy vintage American cars will get to drive the 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe, while muscle car enthusiasts will be able to hoon the gorgeous 1957 Chevy Bel Air and the power-packing Chevelle SS-396 and Dodge Dart HEMI Super Stock.

The motorsports section is also well covered, with a 1958 Aston Martin DBR1 and a 2013 BMW M3 race car included. The second Aston Martin gamers will get their hands on is the 2011 V12 Zagato , with more British heritage coming with the 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina.

Lastly, the 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV-6 will give you a taste of pure Italian performance, while the 1973 Mazda RX-3 will be the only Japanese vehicle waiting to be hooned via the game controller.

The Meguiar’s Car Pack is available for $9.99 in the Xbox Live Marketplace and at no cost to users that already own the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass.

We cover a lot of high-speed shenanigans here at TopSpeed, but this bit of news might take the cake for the fastest quarter-mile run we’ve seen in a long time. Then again, drag racing legend Don “Big Daddy” Garlits did set the world speed record for the fastest quarter mile time for an electric vehicle . Take a gander at the video above to see that ‘lectric sled complete the run in 7.258 seconds at 184.01 mph.

Through the shaky camera work, you’ll watch Garlits’ 2,000-horsepower electric dragster shoot from the starting line almost silently. With no exhaust noise, only the massive tires gripping the pavement is audible.

Making this possible is an array of lithium-polymer batteries comprised of four packs. The packs are divided up with two on each side of the car, with each pack containing 300 cells. The batteries produce 420 volts and 3,600 amps that feed six 7.5-inch series-wound DC motors. In total, the car produces 1,500 kilowatts, or roughly 2,000 horsepower.

Excluding those Top Fuel dragsters that rock massive hand-built V-8 engines snarling incomprehensible amounts of horsepower, this electric dragster might be the fastest thing on the planet. However, Garlits told Wired that he wouldn’t be satisfied till the car breaks the 200 mph barrier and drops the time into the six-second range.

Source: Wired

This Formula One season is looking more and more like a lost cause for every team on the grid not named Mercedes GP. Defending champion Red Bull will likely lose out on the title this year, so in order to pass the time – or at least make it interesting for the four-time champs – the team and its partner Infiniti have taken to launching a new video series called the "A to Z of Formula One."

As the title of the series implies, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastien Buemi, Christian Horner, and Adrian Newey all take turns highlighting key aspects of Formula One tied to each letter of the alphabet.

Some are pretty self-explanatory like (A)erodynamics, (H)elmet, (F)ly-aways, and (I)nterlagos, but other letters represented some pretty interesting aspects of Formula One that are a little more obscure. Items like (C)omputational Fluid Dynamics, (D)rag Reduction System, and (K)inetic Energy Recovery System (or as it’s come to be known now, ERS) are interesting to listen to. What’s more is the excellent way the Red Bull guys explain the complex systems on a level that we all can understand.

The series runs in six different episodes, with the second to sixth episodes after the jump.

More videos after the jump.

Since Ferrari admitted that there was a race-prepped version of the LaFerrari on the way — as if you couldn’t already toss "The Ferrari" on the track as is — the details have started rolling out a little more regularly. Now we have a new juicy bit that comes from the folks over at Top Gear. And this tidbit of info happens to deal with the LaFerrari XX featuring half the cylinders of the road-going version.

This makes perfect sense to us, because in December 2013, we dug up a video of a LaFerrari out testing with what was obviously an F1-derived, turbocharged V-6. Check out the video for yourself and listen to that exhaust note. If you close your eyes while listening, you would think you were hearing a new F1 racer out testing.

Given the fact that Ferrari will not confirm what engine the XX model will use, this can only mean that the engine is still in development or that Ferrari is still testing a few different setups. And according to a "high up" official in Ferrari, the V-6 engine is very much in the running as the powerplant of choice. This engine becomes even more logical when you consider that the XX program is all about lightening the car and making it more precise, rather than raw power and speed, and swapping a small-displacement V-6 in place of that hulking V-12 would likely shed some serious weight.

For now, this all remains speculation and hearsay, but it remains a novel concept that may well become a reality.

Stay tuned for more.

Click past the jump to read more about the LaFerrari XX.

Source: Top Gear

Seen on various race tracks all over the world since 2012, in both LMP1 and LMP2 specifications, Honda ’s ARX-03 prototype will retire at the end of the 2014 season. The news comes straight from Honda Performance Development (HPD), who has announced that a new iteration will be introduced for 2015.

To roll out under the ARX-04b name, the LMP2 racer is built on the same successful HPD recipe, and comes with the HR28TT engine under its lightweight hood. The 2.8-liter, V6 unit is based on the J35 engine found in many Acura road vehicles and relies on a pair of turbochargers for extra oomph.

As with many motorsport updates, the new racer features a lighter body, improved aerodynamics and a gearbox that can be tweaked to support many track configurations. The fuel tank, which benefits from Honda’s innovative refueling safety interlock system, now has a capacity of 75 liters (19.8 gallons).

Naturally, the race car was built with the latest ACO LMP2 and IMSA regulations in mind, including a cost-capped chassis, and will be eligible for all competitions governed by the said bodies. Just like its predecessor, the ARX-04b was co-developed by HPD and U.K.-based Wirth Research, a technical joint-venture that has spawned numerous IndyCar , American Le Mans and World Endurance Championship achievements.

Customers that will rely on the ARX-04b LMP2 starting next season will also benefit from HPD’s technical assistance, simulator sessions and data-logging options, along with other additional features that will be available for purchase.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Performance Development ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe.

Today is both a day of somber remembrance and a day of historical celebration. It was on this day, 20 years ago in 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix that Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna lost his life.

McLaren , the F1 team Senna spent most of his career with, has posted up this short video celebrating one of his most incredible driving experiences at Monte Carlo . The words are Senna’s own, and his description of the moment is a spine-tingling demonstration of why many believe him to be one of the best to ever get in the car.

If you are eager to learn more about Senna after watching this short clip, I wholeheartedly recommend checking out the documentary film, Senna. You can find it on Netflix, and watch it for free. Even if you are not a fan of Formula One racing, the Senna documentary is still and exciting piece of film making that most will find enjoyable.

While it was sad to see Senna go, the deadly weekend at San Marino that took the lives of both Senna and Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger was the final straw that broke the camel’s back on racing safety. An immediate and far-sweeping reform of safety in F1 took place, and since then not a single F1 driver has lost his life on the track.

It seems that in both life, and after, Senna changed the way the world saw Formula One racing forever.

Honda is bringing some awesome hardware to run up the mountain in this year’s Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb . Honda has a storied history on the mountain including records for EV racers in ’94 and ’99 and last year Honda set the record for fielding the most O.E.M-sponsored vehicles in the most classes. They ran 11 cars in 10 separate classes.

This year Honda is returning to Pike’s Peak and it is bringing one of my favorite sports cars of all time, the first-gen Acura NSX . As one of the few Japanese supercars , it already deserves praise, but when you consider Honda used F1 racing legend Ayrton Senna to help design and sort the chassis, you have a true driver’s car for the ages.

It would have been amazing to see Honda field a new NSX prototype, but with the constant back and forth regarding that vehicles production, I doubt Honda even has enough parts together to create racing mule if they wanted to.

Apart from the NSX, Honda has planes to run a Fit EV, a B-Spec class Fit racer, a CBR600RR motorcycle and a TRX450 ATV in the event. Honda is also quick to point out that much of their ATV equipment is also being used by race officials to travel around the mountain.

While I am most interested in the NSX, Honda is also helping to power a Norma M20FC entrant in the Unlimited class. It looks like Honda is going all-in on Pike’s Peak, and that makes us super happy.

Click past the jump to read more about some of Honda’s Pike Peak entrants.


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