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After setting a new Nurburgring lap record last year, the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo is set to make a return to the iconic German track in racing guise for the 24 Hours endurance event scheduled later this summer.

Dubbed GT-R Nismo GT3, the racing version of the ultra-fast supercar that lapped the "Green Hell" in 7:08.679 will sport an array of aerodynamic upgrades, including a wide-body kit with revised fenders and side sills, a race-spec rear diffuser and a large wing mounted atop its trunk.

Although the automaker declined to reveal any details in regards to the vehicle’s powertrain and chassis upgrades, the GT3 is obviously fitted with a stiffer suspension and benefits from several engine and transmission tweaks of the usual Nismo recipe.

Three Nissan GT-R GT3 vehicles will be entered in this year’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring - two will be raced by Nissan GT Academy Team RJN in cooperation with Nismo engineers brought straight from Japan, while the other one will compete under the Schulze Motorsport banner.

The factory teams will get four drivers each. The No.80 car will be manhandled by former Formula One racer Nick Heidfeld, who will be joined by GT Academy graduates Florian Strauss, Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe. The No.30 car, on the other hand, will be driven by Nissan Super GT pilots Michael Krumm and Kazuki Hoshino, joined by Katsumasa Chiyo and Tetsuya Tanaka.

Lastly, the Nissan GT-R ran by Schulze Motorsport will benefit from the skills of Gran Turismo creator Kazanori Yamauchi and 2009 GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

On one of our recent TopSpeed Podcast episodes, we were asked what cars we thought made the best noises. My choice was the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter, AMG V-8 found in cars like the C63 Black and the SLS . No matter what machine AMG crams this engine into it always sounds the same. It has this deep and snappy gargle that sounds more like a machine gun than a V8. If Ferrari engines sound like an opera singer, the Mercedes AMG V8 sounds like repeatedly hitting that singer in the face with a big hammer.

If you don’t believe me, hit play on that video up above. This is a three-minute collection of SLS AMG GT3 race cars tearing around a track. There is no music, no talking, just pure V-8 noise. It is like my dreams have come to life. From pit row revving to high speed flybys this video has everything you would want.

If you think there are better sounding cars on sale today, you have every right to your (wrong) opinion, but for my tastes the angry burble of the mighty AMG 6.2 is nearly perfect.

Ken Block’s Gymkhana series has given us a lot of incredible hooning memories over the past years. None of them, though, have been able to incorporate the sport of football into the mix. Well, there’s always a time for firsts and recently, the curiousity of seeing football and Gymkhana together in one video has finally been answered.

As expected, Block and his trusty Ford Fiesta RXC are part of the stunt. Joining them for this particular video, though, is no other than FC Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar Jr.

To be honest, we were left scratching our heads on the entire purpose of the video, other than to highlight the things Block and Neymar do best. First, Neymar tries to score goals with Block’s Fiesta serving as the goalkeeper. After that, it was Block’s turn to do the kicking, or at least a variation of it with his Fiesta RXC.

From there, it was just Block doing a whole lot tire smoking and Neymar performing his impressionable football skills. In the end, the two settled for a 3-3 tie in the "try-to-score-a-goal" competition, but like a lot of people who’ve seen the video, we were left more confused as to the point of the whole thing.

The stunts were definitely cool, but it hardly painted the right picture to make the story interesting.

Although Jon Olsson made a name for himself as a professional freeskier and alpine ski racer, the Swedish sportsman is currently known for his Gumball 3000 rally runs in the Ultima GTR -based Rebellion R2K sports car .

Borrowing its name from Rebellion Racing, a Swiss team that currently competes in endurance racing with two Toyota -powered cars and acts as main sponsor for Olsson, the bespoke vehicle resembles a LMP1 prototype, while retaining its street legal status.

It resembles the almighty, Le Mans -winning Audi R18 , hides a 600-horsepower Lamborghini engine under the hood and weighs only 2,205 pounds. It’s not only capable and ready to hit the track, but also unique in appearance.

But what makes the Rebellion R2K even more special is its owner and his passion for skiing. What’s one got to do with the other? Well, with no Winter X-Games in sight, Olsson decided to race the car up a snowy ski slope in his native country of Sweden. That’s right, no asphalt and no slick tires, just plenty of snow and a set of studded tires for better traction.

We know some of you had a terrible winter, but this is a feat you can’t miss. Just think about Olsson as the Ken Block of snow drifting.

While Peugeot is showcasing the "crude steel" Exalt concept car at the Beijing Auto Show , its motorsport division is releasing the details on the 2008 DKR, the company’s first vehicle to take on the grueling Dakar Rally in 25 years.

The French manufacturer retired from the said rally in 1990, after winning it four times in a row with desert-prepped versions of the 205 supermini and 405 sedan . Now, nearly a year after Sebastien Loeb crushed the Pikes Peak record in an all-carbon version of the 208 , Peugeot is announcing its return to Dakar with a vehicle based on the 2008 crossover .

Actually, we need to rephrase that to "loosely based on" the road-going vehicle, as the 2008 DKR has very little in common with the said crossover, save for the numeric name and a few design cues.

To be fielded under the colors of Team Peugeot Total in the 2015 Dakar, which is scheduled to begin next January, the 2008 DKR buggy will be driven by Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres. Both have already won the rally, but while Sainz did it while driving a Volkswagen Touareg -based racer, Despres won the even riding KTM motorcycles.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Peugeot 2008 DKR.

Remember that odd Subaru teaser image that we showed you just before the 2014 New York Auto Show? Well, as predicted, this teaser was of the RedBull Global Rallycross car that is set to run in the 2014 season. Too bad though, we were really hoping for a special-edition 2015 Subaru WRX STI , but this is still pretty darn cool.

This rally machine is a unique-looking car that comes with all the bells and whistles of a tried-and-true dirt and gravel tosser. From the custom wide-body to the carbon-fiber, modified STI spoiler to the rally-car-standard roof scoop, Subaru Rally Team USA and Vermont SportsCar spared no expense to make the car as competition-ready as possible.

The interior of the WRX STI has been reconfigured for exclusive rallying purposes, so whatever luxury amenities the car had when it first came to life have been taken out and replaced with a host of racing equipment.So don’t go looking around for an audio system, navigation or a soft-touch dash; this thing is all racer.

Rounding out the rally makeover of the WRX STI is a new set of Method Race Wheels that have been wrapped in the series’ official Yokohama race-spec tires.

The 2014 RedBull Global Rally Championships holds its season-opening race on May 18th. Subaru Rally Team USA is expected to field a strong team with drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen, as well as Travis Pastrana and David Haggins, behind the wheel of the WRX STI GRC this fall.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Subaru WRX STI.

Although many Aston Martin enthusiasts would rather have a DB9 or a Vanquish in their garage, sports car racing aficionados are more likely to go for the Vantage GT4.

Built to FIA GT regulations, which makes it eligible for the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge, the Vantage GT4 just got a racing series of its own in North America.

Open to just about anyone who can afford to purchase the sports car and pay the entry fees, the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America will run its inaugural season over seven weekends. The gentleman racers will get a chance to prove their driving skills on famous U.S. track such as Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca , Road America and Sebring, but will also travel to Canada to hoon the GT4 on Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

2014 entrants will include IndyCar and prototype sports car driver Eliseo Salazar, who had driven for TRG-Aston Martin Racing in the past, as well as drivers that have less or no racing experience at all, such as Montreal Aston Martin dealer Joel Segal.

The inaugural Aston Martin GT Challenge of North America will commence on May 16th through 18th at Watkins Glen and will end on November 21st through 23rd at Sebring International Raceway.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

For all of the cute little descriptions attributed to the Ford Fiesta, it’s important to remember that the hatchback has a racing soul hiding underneath its compact appearance. It’s not an accident that guys like Ken Block use the Fiesta for their racing exploits, and now, ahead of the Global Rallycross season, the Fiesta is once again taking center stage as the car-of-choice of Barracuda Racing.

Barracuda Networks, Inc, a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, will be making its maiden foray into the world of rallying and it couldn’t have picked a worthier car to compete with than the Fiesta. If anything, it should serve veteran Bryan Herta and rookie driver Austin Dyne as they compete under the Barracuda Racing banner.

In order to compete in Global Rallycross, the team reconfigured the Fiesta to be an all-out powerhouse, tweaking the car’s engine to produce a staggering 600 horsepower, enough to hit 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds. In addition, Barracuda Racing also gave the Fiesta an impressive new livery that features a predominantly black finish with blue and orange trims spread throughout the race car . A huge rear wing spoiler and what looks like a roof exhaust have also been installed, largely attributed to improve the Fiesta’s performance and handling.

Click past the jump to read more about Ford Fiesta.

The competitiveness of the Audi R8 LMS ultra in GT world championships lends itself to the widely known belief that the car is as good a racer you can get. That competitiveness is expected to continue in the 2014 season, specifically at the Nurburgring 24 Hours where as many as eight R8 LMS ultra cars are tipped to compete.

Ahead of the actual 24-hour race this coming June, the R8 LMS ultra was put through the paces over the weekend in qualification for the endurance race. While it failed to upend the BMW Z4’s dominance, don’t expect for one second that the R8 LMS ultra won’t be a contender when the real race at the "Green Hell" commences this coming June.

All in all, five teams will be fielding the R8 LMS ultra at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, with some notable drivers in the mix, including Le Mans winners Frank Biela, Marcel Fässler, Stéphane Ortelli, and Marco Werner. These four drivers have accounted for 11 wins at the ’Ring, and will be complemented by former GT1 World Champions Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock, defending FIA GT Champion Laurens Vanthoo, and three-time Porsche Supercup Champion René Rast.

That’s as good a lineup to drive the R8 LMS ultra at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. It’s going to face some stiff challenges, especially with the BMW Z4 and the defending-champion Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in the fold. But don’t expect the R8 LMS ultra to just sit idle and let the rest get the spoils. The racer is tipped and ready to make some waves when the endurance race kicks off this coming June.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi R8 LMS ultra.


Formula DRIFT Long Beach bydriftstream

The tires are just getting warmed up on the Streets of Long Beach at Round One of the 2014 Formula DRIFT taking place today and tomorrow (April 4-5) in sunny southern California. Marking the start to the 11th season for one of America’s fastest growing motor sport, Formula D can be viewed LIVE right here on TopSpeed via DailyMotion.

As the season progresses through the summer, the championships will be hosted all over the country before the final round is concluded October 11th in Irwindale, California at the unofficial “House of Drift” and birthplace of American drifting motorsports, the Irwindale Speedway.

Formula DRIFT seasons consists of two-day meets or “Rounds” where drivers compete against a set of criteria before a panel of judges who look for the best used techniques, skills, and control. Three major areas of each driver’s run are scored: line, angle, and style — with each worth a certain number of points as follows.

Line judge can award up to 25 points + 10 points for Style
Angle judge can award up to 25 points + 10 points for Style
Style judge can award up to 30 points
Total maximum points is 100

For more information on Formula DRIFT, check out their website here. But be sure to give the live stream a watch. It’s an unbelievably exciting motorsport with tons of tire smoke, revving engines, and sideways shenanigans.

Source: DailyMotion

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