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We first heard rumors about a possible return to Le Mans racing by Ferrari back in July. Now, just a few months later, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo decided to finally comment these rumors.

In his recent Christmas address to the factory, Montezemolo said that Ferrari is proud of all the results obtained by the 458 GTE , but also liked "the idea of racing at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the highest category."

According to Montezemolo , this idea needs "some serious consideration," but no final decision has been made as of yet. Though we do not know yet when or if the return will happen, we can say that it would add a little more excitement to the legendary race.

Ferrari needs to be very careful with this decision and take the time to prepare cars that can actually be competitive. The last thing the famed supercar builder wants is to end its long absence — since 1973 — with a string of undesirable results. Simply put, Ferrari wants to "return and win, say thanks and come home."

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s participation at Le Mans.

Source: Autosport
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The Jaguar E-Type was unveiled in 1961 and between 1963 and 1964, Jaguar offered a Lightweight version, specially developed for racing. The model was limited to only 12 units, plus two spare bodies.

It was not very successful as the C-Type and D-Type racing cars, as it did not won any Le Mans or Sebring competitions, but it enjoyed plenty of success in private hands and in smaller races.

Jason Len decided it was time for his 1964 E-Type to went through a recreation process, so it spent lots of hours and used tons of materials to rebuild it. Of course lots of money were also required, but apparently that was irrelevant for Jason. All he wanted was to chase his dream.

Apparently, Jason devoted his life to Jaguar , so when deciding to rebuild this car, the decision was very easy to make. He started to work and the result is quite impressive.

Jason and his car were the subject of Petrolicious’ latest video, which you can see above.

You know a video game is awesome when it deems itself as still subject to further improvements even after it’s already being played in households all over the world.

That’s what we think of Gran Turismo 6 because, for all the incredible and realistic gameplay it offers, Polyphony Digital still cranks out updates and downloadable contents like the game depends on it. Even more impressive is the fact that developers can do it barely two weeks after the game hit shelves.

You know where we’re going here. Gran Turismo 6 has a new content gamers can download, and like most of what it’s produced for its predecessors, this one comes with a whole load of new cars and new features, including in-game mentoring coming from four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel.

As for the cars, there’s a list that runs the gamut of Red Bull race cars, ranging from a racing kart all the way to the Red Bull X2014 Junior race car.

There’s a lot to like about this new content but the best thing about it is that it’s free, which means you won’t have to spend an iota to acquire it.

That’s about as good a holiday present as you can get from GT6 at this stage of the game.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Red Bull X2014

We knew that Gran Turismo 6 was going to be awesome, a true testament to the tireless work put in by Polyphony Digital to live up the game’s tagline as "the real driving simulator".

What we didn’t know, or didn’t come to expect, was that Polyphony Digital could also tug our heartstrings. But that’s exactly what it did when its producers managed to reunite Mario Andretti with his 1948 Hudson , the very first race car the iconic racer drove in his illustrious career.

More important than just reuniting Andretti with his first racecar, Polyphony also took the task of not only restoring the Hudson as part of its "First Love" video and live-streaming series of the same name, but also creating a digital representation that will be included in the game as a free download.

The studio booked a December 16th reunion of the rebuilt Hudson and Andretti, and you can see the video of this reunion above.

Don’t be too worried if your eyes start welling up. Something tells us that’s what Polyphony wanted all along.

Click past the jump to watch a preview of Gran Turismo’s "First Love" Series feat. Mario Andretti


Just in time for the holidays, Mercedes tuner extraordinaire, Carlsson , is offering a select few customers a chance to own a limited-edition timepiece. Called the SLK 340 chronograph, the same name of the one-off competition car built by Carlsson and presented at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the 99-piece chronograph features a decadent of luxurious pieces befitting its exclusive label.

The watch comes with an ionized matte-black stainless-steel bracelet that features two contrasting gloss-black link highlights. One look at the face and you’ll instantly be reminded of its motorsports inspiration, further emphasized by a red second hand, subsidiary dials, and luminous points and hands, making for an ideal watch to have in your wrist when in the dark.

The tachymeter scale on the bezel and the date display enhance the versatile appeal of the watch while the 45 mm diameter case was machined from stainless steel and treated with the same durable ionized matte-black finish of the stainless steel bracelet.

As was mentioned, the Carlsson SLK 340 chronograph is limited to only 99 units at &euro299 a pop, which is a little over $400 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Carlsson SLK 340

Source: Carlsson

When Venturi , the company that brought us the VBB-3 , announced its plans to enter the 2014 Formula E Championship with Hollywood A-lister, Leonardo DiCaprio, by its side, it not only added some much needed star power to the young racing series, but it also brought in another team that will compete in the series’ inaugural season next year.

The addition of the Venturi-DiCaprio team meant that a total of five constructors have now signed up for the series, which is scheduled to have its first ever race in Beijing, China on September 13, 2014.

Having DiCaprio as part of the Venturi team is important on a lot of facets. For one, his involvement will undoubtedly give the series a household name that it can attach itself to in order to attract mainstream fans and media alike.

It also validates DiCaprio’s commitment and reputation as one of the foremost proponents of eco friendliness. "The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles," the Gatsby star said.

"Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort.”

But the most important aspect of Venturi’s entry to Formula E means that the roster of constructors that are joining the series is growing and it has some pretty highly regarded teams. More are expected to announce their plans of joining Formula E in the coming months, and judging by the teams that have already confirmed their participation, we’re confident that more auto brands will join in sooner than later.

Click past the jump to read a primer for the 2014 Formula E season

Lightweight, track-ready sports cars have turned into its own market these days, so much so that more and more companies are coming out with their own versions. We’ve seen a number of them in recent years, including the Ariel Atom , the KTM X-Bow, and heck, even the Flip Car from Fast & Furious 6.

Recently, two companies are joining in on the fun, and they’re preparing a car that will pack a chest-caving punch.

The companies are Palatov Motorsport and Sector 111 and their mission is to build an 1,800-pound sports car that will not only make use of an emissions-compliant, V-8 engine, but do so while also producing 430 horsepower. Using Palatov Motorsport’s D2 racer as the base car, the vehicle, which has been coined "Project Dragon," is being developed with the purpose of turning it into a full-fledged pocket rocket that can give its more esteemed competitors a serious run for their money.

Other than their ambitious plans and stated goals, both Palatov and Sector 111 are keeping tight-lipped on the progress of Project Dragon. Rest assured, though, the two are serious are about this project, and with Sector 111 having some experience in building the US-market BAC Monos, this project figures to gain more traction in the coming months.

Someday, we’ll probably see Project Dragon get an official name and someday, we might even see it go toe-to-toe with the Atoms and X-Bows of the world. Like everybody else, that’s a day we can’t wait to see.

Click past the jump to read about the Palatov D2 Race Car

Audi ’s dominance of endurance racing has become the stuff of legend and just when it appeared that the company had earned a slack off in preparations, think again.

The 2014 R-18 e-tron quattro LMP1 racer will make you believe otherwise.

Fresh off of another dominant showing at the 2013 World Endurance Championship, Audi is taking to heart the saying "the early bird gets the worm" with the early development of the R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 race car . Testing is set to begin this week with particular emphasis being put on achieving high fuel efficiency, using its sophisticated hybrid drive systems.

That’s the kind of thing you’d expect from a champion that wants to win more and not sit on its laurels and bask in all the glory it has earned.

As for the car itself, the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 racer is expected to feature a flywheel-based, electric-drive system paired with a powerful TDI engine. Exact specifications have yet to be revealed, but preparations are already underway to build a race car that can take advantage of the company’s expertise in endurance racing, while also fitting in new rules in the WEC with particular focus being paid to efficiency, and the use of advanced fuel-saving technology, like hybrid drive systems and diesel engines, to ensure that the race car is more than just competitive, but one that can live up to Audi’s sustained excellence in endurance racing.

Judging by its looks, the race car retains all the shapes and lines of the current R-18 e-tron quattro that the company used to win the 2013 WEC title. The full-blown, cockpit-style look is going to be kept, as are those vertical LED lights, the swooping flat nose, the enormous rear wing, and those bulging wheel arches that helps in keeping the race car low to the ground.

With Porsche , Toyota , and a host of other brands determined to push Audi off of its pedestal, the company is preparing a revised version of the R18 to ensure that things of those sort never happen.

Updated 03/26/2014: The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro made its first miles during the 2014 WEC season, not on the legendary race track in Western France but in public traffic. And these new cool pictures come to prove it. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro’s predecessor


While the rest of the auto world is transfixed on the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show , BMW Motorsport is taking the under-the-radar approach in introducing its latest race car: the M235i Racing.

Based on the new 2 Series , the M235i Racing was built to be a competitive and ultimately successful entry-level racecar .

On the surface, the M235i Racing looks like a conservatively modified 2 Series that just came with M Performance billing. But the lack of substantial modifications didn’t come by accident, something BMW Motors W Motors port Director Jens Marquardt said was born out of the impressive components that already come out of the BMW M Performance program.

"The range is already incredibly sporty," Marquardt said. "Because of this, we did not have to make many modifications in order to get the BMW M235i Coupe up and running as a racing car."

Updated 01/20/2014: BMW unveiled a new series of images of the upcoming M235i Racing car before the car’s official debut at the 2014 DTM racing series.

Updated 02/10/2014: BMW unveiled a new video revealing how the M235i Racing is built. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 BMW 2 Series

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In the latest episode of Drive, Cris Harris receives a little surprise, as he was invited to drive BMW’s M3 DTM racecar . Now that’s a real surprise, as this is about as close to hitting the automotive lottery as one can get.

Harris tries to understand what makes the M3 DTM so special and how Bruno Spengler could score such impressive results with the racecar . After a short overview of the car, he got behind the wheel and the fun began. Harris seemed too have no trouble controlling a car that develops 480 horsepower, goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph, but then again, he is used to cars like that.

As usual. Harris had all the fun in the world behind the wheel, so his review is a must see. We assure you that this one video that will make you envy him in the end.


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