French automaker Peugeot has been a staple in the rally scene for as long as we can remember. So when word leaks out that they’re planning to reveal their next generation rally car, people tend to take notice.
At the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month, Peugeot is bringing the all-new 208 Type R5, the car that’s slated to become their new prized steed at the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
Needless to say, the 208 Type R5 has some pretty big shoes to fill in large part because its successor, the 207 Super 2000, rang up championships - three IRC drivers and manufacturers titles - during its time at the IRC.
The racer will have to adhere to regulations set by S2000 category. What that means is that the 208 Type R5 has been fitted with a number of racing components, including widened tracks, a spoiler, an increase in the wheel arches to accommodate a new set of 18" wheels. All these were done while keeping attention on the series’ minimum weight set of 1,200kg for the gravel and asphalt versions.
"Based on an optimisation of costs", explains Bertrand Vallat, the Type R5’s project leader, "the regulations impose, among other things, a maximum price for certain parts and technical limitations such as a minimum weight of components of the chassis and engine. In addition, a certain number of components of the vehicle must be similar. The hub carrier is a perfect example. All four must be identical. This makes operation considerably easier and limits costs and stocking."
The 208 Type R5 is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo engine that produces 280 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 295 lb/ft of torque at 2,500 rpm. The four-wheel drive system sends power to all four wheels thanks to a 5-speed sequential gearbox and two self-locking differentials.
As far as expectations are concerned, Peugeot is shooting for the stars, Vallat said: “The regulations impose, among other things, a maximum price for certain parts and technical limitations such as a minimum weight of components of the chassis and engine.”
“We are aiming for performance which is slightly higher than S2000,” he adds.
UPDATE 1/25/2013: The 208 Type R5 has just completed its second round of testing and it is all set to be delivered. According the Peugeot, it will open its order book in March 2013, so race teams mark your calenders!
UPDATE 05/01/13: The 208 Type R5 has been re-christened as the 208 T16 and Peugeot has released a new video of the rally car in action. Check it out by clicking on the photo above.
After what ended up becoming one of the most dramatic and controversial Formula One seasons in recent history, Ferrari is already gearing up for the 2014 season and they’re set to drum up the hype with the debut of their 2013 Formula One race car.
Set to be unveiled on February 1, Scuderia Ferrari has prepared a countdown teaser ahead of the race car’s live online debut.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of changes Ferrari has up its sleeves after star driver Fernando Alonso came so close to dethroning reigning and defending champion, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. At the same time, Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo, acknowledged the need for the team to cost cut in line with the FIA’s objective to remain financially and economically viable in the long run.
Be that as it may, we’re still very interested to see what’s lying under that red sheet. If Alonso came within a controversial non-penalty by Vettel of winning the title last year, we’d be surprised if Ferrari doesn’t have a car that puts the Spaniard over the hump.
Carlsson will unveil a one-off race car based on the new generation Mercedes SLK-Class at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The new race car will be used in national and international hill climb races in the E1 category, starting 2013 racing season.
The racecar has been developed from scratch on a body shell in an attempt to keep the weight down to only 1,719 pounds. Under the hood, you will find a 3.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers an impressive 610 horsepower and a peak torque of 317 pound-feet. The engine is mated to a Hewland transmission with a paddle shift.
Carlsson also installed an ultra-lightweight body kit made of carbon fiber and a set of BBS racing wheels sized 10-by-18 inches up front and 13-by-18 inches on the rear. A three-way adjustable KW competition suspension keeps the racecar on the tarmac and a high-performance brake system made of ultra-light material to drag it to a halt.
For the interior, the tuner installed a pair of racing seats from Fibreworks and a complex safety cage.
Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Geneva.
Add McLaren to the growing list of automakers that are celebrating their anniversary this year.
The British automaker has been mum about their plans, but now that every other automaker has unfurled their respective anniversary plans, McLaren has finally announced their own anniversary plans 50 years after founder Bruce McLaren started a company that has since reinvented the supercar genre.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, McLaren will use a 50th anniversary logo on everything from their merchandise all the way to the new MP4-28 Formula 1 race car.
It’s certainly worth noting that McLaren has a lot to celebrate about, considering the trail they’ve blazed in the supercar world. Whether it’s through exotics or even the world of motorsports, the British automaker has made the kind of emphatic stamp in the industry only a few can claim to have matched.
And as Ron Dennis, McLaren’s executive chairman, eloquently puts it, "This is a book that’s still being written...and that, perhaps, is the greatest legacy of McLaren."
The MP4-12C GT3 scored some impressive results during the 2012 racing season: 19 victories and an additional 19 podium finishes from a total of 98 race events it competed in. So it’s no wonder why McLaren decided to offer an updated version of the GT3 for the 2013 racing season. For the first time ever, the 2013 MP4-12C GT3 will be available for global competition. Teams interested can have it for a total of £325,000 - about $520,000 at the current exchange rates.
For the 2013 racing season, the Mp4-12C GT3 is updated to improve drivability, reliability and efficiency. Updates include a revised aerodynamics package, an upgraded ECU with a revised electrical system and alternative dampers. Customers interested can also order this package as an update for the 2012 racing version.
Updated 01/17/2013: McLaren has just unveiled the full specifications on the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C GT3. Hit the jump for full details. Full story
Back in 2012, Hyundai scored an impressive world record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a time of 9:46.164. This year, Hyundai and Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) want to defend their record time and have prepared a purpose-built unlimited-class rear-drive racecar.
The 2013 race car will take most of its powertrain components from Hyundai’s production-based Lambda engine family. Of course, the production version’s output will be taken out to a more race-appropriate 900 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. We still have no idea how this output has been obtained, but Hyundai confirmed that the racecar keeps the standard engine block, cylinder heads, bearings and engine accessories.
Along with the powertrain borrowed from the production series model, the racecar chassis will be enveloped by a Genesis Coupe-like silhouette to compete in the unlimited class.
Details on who will be driving the car on June 30th at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be announced at a later date.
A tumultuous 2012 has seen Lotus stumble to the brink of being irrelevant. However, the Malaysian-owned British automaker is determined to make amends in 2013, and to their credit, they’re off to a fast start with the upcoming debut of the Exige V6 CupR — a race-spec sports car that’s ready to ply its craft in numerous racing series this year.
The Exige V6 CupR is set to be unveiled at the 2013 Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England. Lotus is bringing the car to the show in an attempt to attract potential entrants to the newly-announced SRO GT4 European Trophy.
As far as we’re concerned, if we had a racing team and we were looking for new race cars, we’d take a real good look at the Exige V6 CupR and see how it’s going to stack up once you get to know more about it.
Speaking of getting to know more about, you can find out more details about the Exige V6 CupR after the jump. Full story
Matt Farah understands what makes for a sick race car. The host of Tuned has probably even seen and driven it all, yet there’s no mistaking the excitement in his voice when he was afforded the opportunity to check out VCMC Motorsports’ turbo-packed Scion FR-S at the Chukwalla Raceway in California.
As for the car itself, it was made in Canada by VCMC and Shift Auto Challenge as part of the Canadian version of the FR-S Tuner Challenge (the U.S. versions were all on display at SEMA). In achieving the 350-horsepower output on this FR-S, VCMC installed a motorsports-grade turbo kit, added nine pounds of boost and fitted KW Variant 3 coilovers, all while stripping down the interior to get rid of all the unnecessary components that don’t have a place in a full-blown race car, thus reducing the weight to about 2,400 pounds.
As you can imagine, Farah was impressed with the car after taking it out for a few laps at Chukwalla. We’d probably be as impressed too, if we had a chance to sit behind the wheel and go for a few laps, but we trust in Farah’s judgment. If it’s good for him, it’s good for us.
Besides, when you put 350 horses on that boxer-four engine and strip down the weight in the process, you know you have a pretty darn good weekend racer to play with.
One of the really cool things about watching NASCAR races, at least for those who are more into the aesthetic side of the proceedings, is checking out the sponsors for each team.
So, if anybody has ever wondered how these teams dress up their cars, Joe Gibbs Racing is here to provide you with the answer.
The solution is a vinyl wrap, which has been used by a growing number of racing teams to emblazon their respective sponsors’ logos. In the case of Kyle Busch and his No. 18 Toyota Camry NASCAR Sprint Cup race car, the sponsor is M&Ms, and if you didn’t know, the chocolate maker employs colorful branding.
So, the Joe Gibbs Racing Team decided to show us how they were able to turn the Camry from a bland matte black stock car to a certifiably colorful, ready-to-race machine. Check out the time-lapse video and watch how the magic unfolds. A normal procedure takes a little less than two hours. This video lasts for just over three minutes.
Well worth the watch.
Mazda has unveiled the first teaser image for its upcoming Mazda6 race car that will appear at the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona in the new GRAND-AM GX class from January 26 through 27, 2013. The car will make its first appearance at the "Roar Before the 24" test session at the Daytona International Speedway on January 4 through 6, 2013.
The new Mazda6 Daytona 24 Race Car will be powered by Mazda’s all-new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine. In the road-going version, the SKYACTIV-D delivers a total of 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 pound-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm. However, the racing version has been developed in cooperation with SpeedSource, so we expect a much higher output level.
Teams and drivers will be announced at a later date, but Mazda did confirmed there will be both young and veteran drivers.
"We’re thrilled to be starting a new chapter of Mazda Motorsports history with the race debut of our all-new Mazda6 racecar, powered by our all-new production based SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine. Our long-time engineering partner, SpeedSource, has led the technical development of the program in hand with Mazda engineers in Japan and the U.S.," said John Doonan, motorsports director, Mazda North American Operations.