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After impressive success during the 2013 season, Honda prepares to return to the 2014 WTCC season with an updated Civic WTCC . The company offered the initial details and image of the car today, but full specifications will be announced closer to the racing season.

The 2013 Civic WTCC gets a revised aerodynamic package, with subtle styling change to the wheel arch extensions, larger diameter wheels, a sleeker aero package and an extended rear spoiler. Under its hood, the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine was also tricked to deliver a little bit more power.

Honda is currently preparing two cars that JAS Motorsport will enter in the competition with Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro behind the wheel, and a few additional units for private outfits Zengo Motorsport and Proteam Racing for Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani, respectively.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all the TopSpeed readers, we hope that your Turkey Day is off to a great start. We all know the importance of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but this day is also a very special one for the automobile racing industry.

On this day, 118 years ago — in 1895 for those that don’t have a calculator handy — America’s first ever automotive race , the Chicago Times-Herald Race, took place. It was a 54-mile journey from Jackson Park in Chicago to Evanston, IL and back, and it included just six cars at the starting line — two electric cars and three gasoline-powered cars.

Only four of the cars actually finished, and the highest top speed during the race was a sluggish 7.5 mph. The winner, Frank Duryea, managed to complete the icy course in nine hours, netting a $5,000 prize in the process (about $140,000 by today’s dollar value), and the second-place finisher took another two hours to reach the start-finish marker, which was a boulder near the Museum of Science and Industry.

This rock is now legendary in the automotive racing industry, as it marks the beginning of one of the biggest industries in America. Each and every year, a group of 100, or so, exotic cars and motorcycles make their way to "The Rock" on Thanksgiving day to celebrate the race (weather permitting). And this year is no different. The celebration typically kicks off around 9 a.m.

So, if you have some extra time between cooking and stuffing your face with Turkey, you should swing by and check out some of the cars and see the most famous rock in racing history! For those that don’t know, "The Rock" is southwest of the Museum of Science and Industry. Simply take the Museum exit on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and look for the line cars; you can’t miss it.

Check out a map of the original race after the jump.

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If it’s a classic from Maranello that is rare and has won races in the past, you can’t expect it to come cheap. That fact that was proved once again at a car auction in New York, where a gorgeous 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, along with other more collectible items from the history of the automobile, were on sale.

Noted auction houses, Sotheby’s and RM Auctions , brought 32 trophy vehicles that fetched a total of $62.8 million in sales. Of that $62.8 million, the Ferrari 250 LM was contributed a whopping $14.3 million, more than double that of the previous 250 LM sold and a new record for the model.

The sale of the 1964 250 LM also got its name in the costliest Ferrari’s ever sold list. Ferrari never produced more than 32 examples of the 250LM.

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Chris Harris was at this year’s Goodwood Revival RAC TT 2013 where he seemed to have lots of fun. Harris and teammate, Anthony Reid, came to within a few laps of winning the Goodwood Revival, while driving the one-off Lister-Jaguar Coupe, but a rain-slicked track and a minor hiccup in the last few laps cost the race for the Jag.

Even though his team did not bring home first place, Harris described the experience as the best one ever. Check out the video to see why he found the RAC TT, the Lister-Jaguar and all of the other racecars so cool.

The Lister-Jaguar Coupe is powered by a Jaguar D-type in-line-six engine combined with an aerodynamic aluminum body that ensured the best driving dynamics. For a car launched in the 1950s, the Lister Jaguar Coupe delivered incredible performance figures for its era, including a 0-to-60 mph time of 11.2 seconds.

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With 570 horses under its hood, the Ferrari 458 Italia is ready to tackle just about any racetrack in the world. But, why not make it even more racetrack-ready with some updates specially developed for the track, just like the ones announced today by Racing One.

Racing One started off by tinkering around under the hood, where it tricked out the 4.5 liter, V-8 engine to deliver a total of 620 horsepower — a nice bump over the stock 562 ponies. The updated engine combines with variable traction control and a seven-speed racing gearbox with Getrag rocker switch that ensures the a stunning driving experience. The best part is that the new 458 Competition has a total weight of just 2,689 pounds, which is an unbelievable 1,246-pound drop from the stock model.

The new Ferrari 458 Competition is ready to take on any race in VLN or DMV competitions, or on a track day just for fun.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Competition by Racing One.

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We all know that Chris Harris often is one of the first to get his hands on the latest and greatest road-going cars in the world. However, he does occasionally get a crack at a racecar. And in the latest episode of Drive he got the chance to drive one of the best race cars in the world, at least according to him: the new McLaren 12C GT3 .

The MP4-12C GT3 is powered by a race-prepped 3.8-liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine featuring McLaren Electronics ECU interfacing with Bosch ABS and Shiftec transmission control units. When compared to the road-going version, the GT3 version received a revised aerodynamics package that includes a new front splitter, front and rear diffuser and a huge, fully adjustable rear wing.

The MP4-12C GT3 is priced at $500,000, and according to Chris, it is the best toy to play with. Check him out testing the new GT3 on a race track in Woking, UK.

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Bentley unveiled the GT3 Concept car at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and now the production version made its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, England.

The model continues from where the concept left, but it looks a little bit more aggressive and more track-ready. When compared to a base Continental GT , the new GT3 racer is about 2,200 pounds lighter and combined with the powerful engine found under the hood, you will get a real monster on the race track.

The new Continental GT3 will enter its first development races before starting full competition in the FIA Blancpain Series in 2014. Until then it will run the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb, piloted twice a day by Bentley Boy and 2003 Le Mans champion, Guy Smith.

Updated 07/12/2013: The production version Continental GT3 made its world debut today at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Updated 11/15/2013: Bentley unveiled a new video showing the development process behind the new Continental GT3 racer. The video comes just a few days before the car’s debut at Yas Marina circuit in December 2013.

Updated 01/07/2014: Bentley unveiled a new video showing the new Continental GT3 Race Car in action at the Gulf 12 Hours, held at the famous Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

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For those of you who enjoy off-road racing — and who doesn’t like to see overpowered 4x4s getting thrashed around in the desert — the 2013 Baja 1000 is set to start today at approximately 9:00 a.m. PST. After that, the cars and trucks competing have 36 hours to complete the 883-mile, loop-style race through some of the most treacherous terrain in Mexico, which starts and ends in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

Over the years, the Baja 1000 has become rather high-tech, and now you can track the vehicles as they make the big loop by checking out the race’s Live Tracking page. There will also be plenty of news, videos and photos going up at the Baja 1000 Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. According to the Score International website, the Baja 1000 will also be streamed online, so if you are sitting at home and want to have a look, you can check out the live feed here.

This year’s Baja 1000 has a total of 254 entries this year between the ATVs, which started last night, and the cars and trucks, so there should be plenty of dirt- and sand-slinging action to see. We expect to start seeing the first vehicles cross the finish line about 17 hours after starting, which would be approximately 4:00 p.m. on Today for ATVs and 2:00 a.m. on Saturday for cars and trucks . The course will remain open until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday to allow slower drivers and late starters to complete the race.

Enjoy the race, and we’ll bring you any important updates as they roll in.

With Formula One moving toward making its cars more Eco-friendly, by limiting the number of engine and transmission swaps and eliminating in-race refueling, teams are having to find creative ways to get an advantage. Fortunately for Jenson Button, he doesn’t look much further than the sponsor who has a decal on the nose of his racecar .

That’s right, Button has found that an oil that you can pick up at your local parts store, Mobil 1, gives him the ability to overcome these new regulations and get the slight advantage he needs to take home first place. And this isn’t just hyperbole either, as he became the first F1 racer to ever win three Grand Prix races with the same engine with Mobil 1 providing the lubrication. In fact, 14 of his 15 GP wins have come with Mobil 1 products in his racecar.

According to Mobil 1, research shows that its products can extend fuel economy, and Button experienced this first hand in 2011. Button explains just how Mobil 1 oil helped him barely win the Japanese Grand Prix despite his critical fuel situation.

The video provides a little more detail on what Mobil 1 offers. And heck, if it’s good enough for an F1 car, why not use it in your road-going rig?

An auto show as big as SEMA is bound to have some cars that fall through our cracks. But hey, better late than never, right?

At its core, this is a 2014 Ford Mustang , but once you add in all the layers, including the work put in by Mustang tuner extraordinaire Roush Performance, this Mustang is turned into a pretty ridiculous racecar that’s been dubbed the 2014 Roush Performance Mustang RS3 for Road Racing World Challenge.

Beginning next year, this fantastic racer will be part of the grid at the Pirelli World Challenge series’ GTS class and Roush Performance really went to town to ensure that it has the performance credentials to be a serious contender in the racing series.

The most noticeable upgrade is definitely the aesthetic work, which includes a new livery that was created as an homage to Jack Roush Jr.’s personal track car. A slew of aerodynamic enhancements were also given to the Mustang, highlighted by the massive rear wing and a colorful set of wheels that really add to the explosive color of the muscular racer.

But the real highlight of this Mustang racecar is the extensive engine upgrade Roush Performance put into it. Using its Stage 3 Mustang package, which includes an R2300 supercharger with Eaton Twin Vortices Series (TVS) technology and Roush’s High-Efficiency Intercooler, and an OE-level PCM Calibration, the tuner was able to increase the car’s output to an impressive 575 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque.

Add a Ford Racing "Aluminator" Engine and a Phase 2 program and the output increases to 625 horsepower. A similar addition, but this time with a Phase 3 program and you’re looking at an output of 675 horsepower, more than enough, we reckon, to be a serious competitor.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Mustang Roush Performance Pirelli World Challenge Racecar


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