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With Mazda and Nissan back into top-level U.S. racing with its own TUDOR United SportsCar Championship prototypes, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda’s North American racing company, has created a brand new Daytona Prototype race car .

Powered by a twin-turbocharged, race-spec version of the 3.5-liter, V-6 engine found in numerous Honda and Acura road cars and pickup trucks, the Daytona Prototype LMP1 machine will be run by Starworks Motorsport in this year’s TUDOR USCC series.

Honda declined to unveil the amount of power this new engine generates, but said that the unit utilizes numerous production-based components, including block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valvetrain components and alternator. Additionally, HPD also made use of Honda’s stock oil filter.

This is not the first time the Japanese manufacturer dusts off the J35 engine for motorsport use. Variations of the mill have been previously seen motivating race cars in Japan’s SuperGT Championship, the One Lap of America rally (created by Brock Yates) and the iconic Pikes Peak International Hillclimb .

The new LMP1 one entry will join Honda’s efforts in the LMP2 category, where Extreme Speed Motorsports will continue to race two Honda ARX-03b vehicles this season.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda-Riley TUDOR Prototype.

Although its domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans already spans over 14 years, Audi has been struggling to win the manufacturers’ title in the German-based DTM racing series for a couple of seasons now.

Audi clinched the drivers’ championship five times the past seven seasons, but since BMW returned to DTM in 2012, Ingolstadt has yet to triumph in the constructor’s category. With the 2014 season opener just a month away, the Germans have unleashed the updated RS5 DTM racer that will take on both BMW and Mercedes-Benz .

Improving an already-successful track car is not an easy task, especially given DTM’s strict regulations, so Audi had to focus on redesigning the vehicle’s aerodynamic package. In other words, it’s all in the little details, especially those that are basically invisible from the outside.

But aside from these performance-enhancing updates, Audi also opted to add some production parts from the road-going 2014 RS5 , such as the honeycomb front grille and air ducts for the engine and the braking system, to its DTM race car .

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS5 DTM.

Well this is some pretty sad news. After sitting out for more than a decade, the Viper returned to Endurance racing last year and participated in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans . It seems that triumphant return was short lived as SRT and Chrysler have announced that they are pulling out of the historic race.

While it is not being claimed as the official cause, and the production and motorsport programs are separately funded, the recent closure of the Viper production plant in Detroit due to low sales is likely playing some part in this decision. Racing is expensive; it’s a simple but saddening fact.

Thankfully you can still hear the V-10 wail of a Viper GTS-R on track as the SRT Racing team is still competing in the US TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for the remainder of the season. Current plans are to continue with the series next year, but the Le Mans run was supposed to be a multi-year initiative as well.

If you have the means, and you enjoy the Viper, maybe you should put one in your garage and help these guys out.

Click past the jump to read more about the SRT Viper GTS-R.

Source: sportscar365

With Gymkhana Six already online for a few months now, drift king Ken Block is gearing up for a full racing season.

His 2014 schedule will include events from the Global RallyCross, World RallyCross and the World Rally Championship and, since a new season requires a new car, the Long Beach-born driver got an updated Ford Fiesta to hoon around the globe.

Although Hoonigan Racing dropped the skateboard- and powerboat-inspired graphics for 2014, the blue and black color scheme that was introduced last year continues to adorn the souped-up Fiesta ST . However, the new livery is as original as it gets, now blending a zebra-like animal pattern and retro 8-bit computer graphics.

Granted, it’s an awkward recipe, but it’s Ken Block we’re talking about here. You won’t see him drifting a dull-liveried car — the 2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC comes to mind — anytime soon.

"Every year I’m challenged with outdoing my livery from the season before," Block said while taking the wraps off the new race car, and we must admit he succeeded.

Block’s first Global RallyCross Championship appearance in 2014 will take place during the Barbados season opener on May 18th.

Click past the jump to read more about Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta.

Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo made a good showing for himself in his home race over the weekend, even if his second place finish was eventually thrown out by a irregularities with the fuel flow into his Renault engine. But all isn’t lost for Ricciardo because Renault’s appealing the decision, and on a completely different take that isn’t remotely related to his Formula One career, Ricciardo also got the treat of a lifetime when he participated in a true one-of-a-kind "race" against, of all things, an F-18 Hornet.

Ok, it wasn’t so much as an actual race, as it was a demonstration of the sheer uniqueness of the RB10 and the F-18 in their respective environments. Ricciardo and F/A-18 Hornet pilot, Michael Keightley, each take turns describing the roads they took to get to where they are now and the similarities between both guys are pretty striking.

Although different in description as far as their day jobs are concerned, both Ricciardo and Keightley seem to appreciate the fact that they’re in control of two of the fastest vehicles in the world.

But here’s the most impressive part: both are pretty darn good at what they do.

Toyota ’s history with the 24 Hours of Le Mans goes way back to 1985, but, to the automaker’s dismay, the Japanese have yet to clinch an overall win. It was close though, scoring second-place finishes on four occasions.

Toyota’s earlier efforts ceased after the 1999 race, right before Audi rose to power to become the fierce "oppressor" that won 13 out of the last 14 events. Yes, we’ve included Bentley ’s success from 2003 as well, because the Speed 8 was nothing but an Audi R8 underneath.

With the Germans sweeping just about anything in their way, Toyota returned to Circuit de la Sarthe in 2012. Itsweapon of choice, the TS030 Hybrid , failed to finish, sending team engineers back to the drawing board. The 2013 evolution of the race car was more competitive, but Toyota Racing had to settle with second place once again.

Fortunately, Toyota’s not willing to give up just yet, and the Audi - Toyota prototype class war will see another battle this year. In fact, it’s going to be a three-way, because Porsche will be returning to France, after 16 years, with their latest hybrid machine - the 919.

Anyway, Toyota won’t be fielding an updated TS030, but a brand-new vehicle. Dubbed TS040 Hybrid (no surprises here), the new TMG-developed LMP1 car will be quite different. And we’re not talking about the fact that it’ll be narrower, as required by new FIA regulations, it will also benefit from all-wheel drive.

It appears the Japanese are keeping the gasoline-electric drivertrain, with the naturally-aspirated V-8 motivating the rear wheels. For 2014, however, an Aisin electric motor will be spinning the front axle, while a DENSO inverter will be in charge of sending energy to a super-capacitor during braking. Nothing too fancy to today’s standards, but competitive enough for endurance racing .

Toyota will field two TS040 Hybrids in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Endurance Championship. The driver lineup will remain unchanged, with Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin sharing duties.

The new race cars will make their first public appearances at FIA’s official test session at the Paul Ricard Circuit on March 28, so make sure you stick around for additional details.

Updated 03/27/2014: The new Toyota TS040 Hybrid made its world debut today at Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France. Check out the new specs and images revealed at the event!

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid.

Having already introduced the Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car and the Dodge Challenger Sportsman for the 2014 season earlier this year, Mopar has just unveiled its brand new 2014 Dodge Dart Pro Stock race car .

Slated to replace the Dodge Avenger Pro Stock, the brand’s most successful Pro Stock class vehicle ever with 24 NHRA titles and consecutive championships in 2012 and 2013, the 2014 Dodge Dart Pro Stock benefits from a similar carbureted Hemi V-8 heart as its predecessor.

Naturally, the Pro Stock car has very little in common with the road car, being developed on a virtual platform and wearing a body that has been put through aerodynamic wind tunnel testing at Chrysler’s facility in Auburn Auburn Hills. Aside from some "production-based technology and tools" and its name, the Dart Pro Stock is a long way from embodying the compact sedan you might encounter on your daily route.

As expected, driving duties were handed over to Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Allen Johnson. The former is none other than the defending title holder and five-time Pro Stock champion, while the latter won the class in the Dodge Avenger the year before. A third Dart driven by NHRA veteran Vieri Gaines will join the pack in a few weeks.

While unveiling the new race car, Mopar also announced it has extended its partnership with high-tech component manufacturer Magneti Marelli. Known for their involvement with Formula One, the Italians will act as Mopar’s primary sponsor and will adorn Allen Johnson’s car throughout the 2014 season.

Looking back at what the Avenger Pro Stock dragster has achieved over the past couple of years, the Dart has some pretty big shoes to fill. Will it succeed? It remains to be seen as the 2014 NHRA season has only started a month ago. All we know is the Dart Pro Stock made a successful debut at the Gatornationals in Florida this weekend, where Allen Johnson took the top spot with a lightning-fast 6.566-second quarter mile time at 211.73 miles per hour.

Now if only road-going Darts would be that fast...

Click past the jump to read more about Dodge Dart.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is set to become the official safety car of the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the entirety of the 2014 season, earning a distinction that only a handful of models have been given.

The announcement comes a week after Alfa previewed the 4C Spider at the Geneva Motor Show , and if there’s anything to take away from all of this, it certainly looks like the 4C has gained a tremendous following recently.

Eurosport Events made the choice to go with the 4C as the official safety car of the WTCC largely because of its popularity , which was evident when the 4C won the grand prize as the Most Beautiful Car of 2013 at the 29th International Automobile Festival of Paris. So with the growing demand and admiration for the sports car , it was a slam dunk for race organizers to pick the 4C for this rather important role.

As for the car itself, the 4C WTCC Safety Car looks impressive, at least compared to other safety cars we’ve seen in recent years. The largely dark-red exterior color makes way for some nice touches of black and the 4C graphic plastered on the roof gives it that racing vibe befitting of the WTCC. The black stripes running down the length of the vehicle are also nice touches, as are the new wheels that really make the the model pop.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship really got a good one to serve as its safety car for the entire season. At the very least, it’s a refreshing break from all BMW s and Mercedes models we’ve seen in the past.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo 4C.

The 2014 Pirelli World Challenge season is set to open later this month, and at least one team (that’s you, K-PAX Racing) is heading to the season with a supercar contender in the form of the McLaren 12C GT3.

For a team that has established a reputation as one of the series’ most accomplished outfits, K-PAX Racing couldn’t have found a more suitable race car to have in in its garage when the 16-race season begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 28th through 30th.

The blue-and-gold livery used on the 12C GT3s is all about identifying the cars to K-PAX Racing, and to be honest, they look really good in those colors.

More importantly, this year marks the return of McLaren to North American sports car racing — the first time, the company has a car in a North American race in the past 30 years.

“Ever since our 2007 debut in the World Challenge, we’ve run K-PAX Racing like a business. We expect to go fast and we expect to look sharp — from our cars and pit crew to our tents and trailers,” K-PAX team owner Jim Haughey said.

Evidently, they have the race cars to be serious contenders this season. So get ready; K-PAX Racing’s 12C GT3 is coming to take some names at the Pirelli World Challenge.

Click past the jump to read more about the K-Pax Racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

BMW has a storied history of taking the M3 racing. For decades, the pumped up Bimmer has dominated race tracks in the hands of privateers and factory-backed guises. Of course, the race-prepped M3 has always been based on the Coupe and the M3 Coupe no longer exists. What is BMW to do? They turn their new M4 into a race car, of course.

Meet the BMW M4 DTM.

Based on BMW’s new high-performance coupe, the M4 DTM will be the tool the Bavarian use to challenge for the world championship in the German Touring Car Championships. The new machine is powered by a high-revving V-8 that produces 480 horsepower. The actual engine is capable of producing much more power, but the DTM adds air-restrictor regulations to help keep the performance envelope of the cars close.

Like the previous M3 DTM, the new M4 is fitted with an extreme body kit with flared fenders and plenty of downforce. BMW had a great season when they returned to racing with the M3 two years ago. Now with that experience under their belt, the new car should be nearly unstoppable on the track.

Updated 03/14/2014: BMW revealed today four of its four eight design concepts prepared for the M4 DTM for the 2014 racing reason.

Updated 04/25/2014: BMW unveiled a new promo video for its new M4 DTM. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M4 DTM.


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