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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

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.

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

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