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Today, Infiniti and Red Bull unveiled the fourth and final video of their web series that helps us understand how a Formula 1 car is built. After learning about the design, the composites and the manufacturing process, the fourth episode shows us how the build of the car itself takes place in the assembly bays of Milton Keynes HQ.

As usual, the video features a series of interviews from Christian Horner — team principal — about the hard work required to develop a F1 car. Him and his team help you understand the process required to get a F1 car from the drawing board to the racetrack and keep it competitive through an entire season. Of course, this process includes a few secrets, some of which, the video reveals.

If you fell behind on the series, the links to episodes 1, 2 and 3 are here:

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Germany was actually a very humble place in all the interwar and post-war periods of the twentieth century. These hard-working people loved industry from the clang of first steel horseshoe on stone streets.

In 1934, a Mercedes Silver Arrow W25 won the famous Klausenpass hill-climb event, plus four other important races.

The SIlver Arrow’s sleek styling and high-speed mission was the Pagani Zonda R of its time. Or perhaps the Bloodhound SSC .

The Klausenpass hill climb is 14 miles long and in 1934 the Silver Arrow managed to run it in 15 minutes and 22.2 seconds.

Now, Mercedes in and IWC Watches have teamed up to recreate the famous run on the Swiss Alpine course.

IWC, sharp-eyed readers may recall, makes the elegant new boxed timepiece in the center of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model driven earlier this week.

The video begins with Mercedes-Benz’s resident F1 hero. Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrow are just about the epitome of modern, thriving and also deeply humble Germany.

The W25 prepared for the 1934 season weighted only 750 kilos (1653 pounds) and was powered by a supercharged Straight-8 M25 engine with an output of 300 horsepower. The W25 remained into the racing world until 1937, during which period it was updated with a more powerful 4.3 liter supercharged inline-eight engine with an output of 490 horsepower.

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The Ferrari F12berlinetta and its predecessor, the 599 , are some of the baddest front-engine, V-12 supercars in the world. Poke each with a sharp stick, and they will easily hit 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, and deliver lap times ahead of anything else with the engine out front.

But the Ferrari pricing and positioning strategy seems backwards to some outsiders. The 458 is the entry-level car, then the FF wagon , then the F12 and ultimately, the million-dollar LaFerrari .

As the flagship production car line, the F12 is absolutely one of the best cars ever made. Period. Its high-dollar clients like it so much that the previous 599XX program of special, owners-only racing events has become a major profit center for the Prancing Horse.

A bit like renting a car for about $50,000 a day for a few days a year, the Corsa Clienti and XX evolution programs have some rich history with Ferrari. Worth recalling that the 288 GTO Evoluzione both directly spawned the F40 and a whole generation of turbocharged sports cars from Japan.

So to really get buyers to open the checkbook wider than ever, the F12XX program must whet their appetite for the front-engine exotic, but also leave them wanting even more. A buyer of one car suddenly owns two red stallions. It does not take an accountant to know how lucrative this double-down selling strategy is.

Of course, spending time on Yas Marina circuit or Imola with hundreds of racing-overalls-wearing Ferrari engineers does bring a bit more street cred when wearing a red baseball hat back home in the standard F12 .

So what do these double-rich buyers want from the XX program of the latest F12 supercar? Will it be a lightness and stripped-out racing program, a test-bed for new tires and manettino settings?

Or just a fun way to set the brakes on fire while keeping the wide-eyed racing stare of F1 heroes?

This exclusive TopSpeed rendering shows a speculative preview of the next Ferrari F12, which we have dubbed the F12berlinetta XX - or just F12XX for short.

Ford Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype

The Daytona International Raceway is one of the most hallowed racetracks in the U.S. so its top speed record is pretty special in its own right.

Before Wednesday, the record has stood since 1987 when Bill Elliot hit 210.364 mph in a NASCAR cup car during one of the qualifying sessions leading up to the Daytona 500.

When the click hit Thursday, Elliot’s record went by the wayside, unseated by Ford Racing and its incredible Daytona Prototype Race Car .

Built and developed with the help of Riley Technologies and Roush Yates Engines, the Daytona Prototype Racecar and driver, Colin Braun, managed to accomplish what nobody in the past 26 years was able to do. It not only broke Elliot’s top speed record; it downright demolished it with a 222.971 mph top speed.

It’s an incredible achievement that was aided in large part by the racecar’s 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine. The output for the prototype has yet to be disclosed, but if it’s capable of hitting 222 mph without breaking a sweat, there’s no denying that there are a whole lot of horses churning under its hood.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype

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Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

We already are well aware that the next-generation Ford Mustang will drop some of the current variants and will adopt new ones. There likwly won’t be a Shelby model, but instead the new Mustang could add a new "SVO" trim level and a few new "Cobra" variations.

Until now, none of these rumors included any details on the race-going version known as the Cobra Jet . A report from Hot Rod magazine claims that Ford insiders confirmed the 2015 Cobra Jet program is already underway, but what the Ford folks didn’t reveal was if the 2015 Mustang will be the basis for the Cobra Jet program.

This leaves us no choice but to wildly speculate. Could the next-gen Cobra Jet possibly be a rear-wheel-drive version of the Taurus or Fusion ? Those are both unlikely situations, but intriguing nonetheless. Most likely, Ford will continue on with the Mustang being the CJ’s platform, unless it simply can’t handle the stress of quarter-mile launches.

Regardless of the platform, a Ford official confirmed that the 2015 Cobra Jet will continue to offer awesome performance and he was quoted saying "Our goals remain the same for next year as they are every year, produce a competitive product at a price that is a value for the racer."

We’ll keep you updated.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Cobra Jet.

Source: HotRod
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Last year, a Ferrari 250 sold for $32 million . This price certainly sounds like a bargain, when compared to the price paid for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racecar . Numerous reports indicate that an unknown man paid $52 million to get the car. There is no official confirmation on this, but according to Bloomberg, the price was confirmed by three specialist traders.

If this sale price is accurate, this easily trumps the $34,711,200 sale of a Ferrari 250 GTO that was once driven by Stirling Moss.

The car was once owned by the Greenwich, Connecticut-based collector, Paul Pappalardo, then by a Spanish collector. Pappalardo bought the car in 1974, paid a handsome fee to restore it and after that, it saw use in many historic races, including the 2002 Le Mans Classic. After that the car was sold.

When asked about this subject, Pappalardo said he has no comment, but it’s pretty clear that the Ferrari 250 is becoming a great collection.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 250 GTO.

Source: Bloomberg
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Mercedes-Benz models are not necessarily our favorite luxury vehicles, though we do have a special place in our hearts for the 2014 CLA-Class . However, this SL GTR Concept car designed by Mark Hostler is a Mercedes is definitely up there on our all-time favorite Mercedes concepts list, though it is simply a design study.

Designed as a supercar inspired by Le Mans racers, this SL GTR supercar concept features a specially designed grille, a large rear spoiler that improves downforce at high speeds and a classic teardrop shape racecar canopy. The concept sits on five-spoke, magnesium wheels wrapped in racing tires to go along with a race suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes.

As this was a concept car inspired by Le Mans prototype, it offers racecar-inspired chassis technology. Under the hood, you can find a Nismo-designed, 5.5-liter, V-8 engine used that is best known for its use in the Nissan GT-R GT1 racer.

Of course, this is simply a design study that doesn’t actually exist in real life, so there are no performance numbers to rattle off. Regardless of it being real only in the digital sense, this is still a very impressive concept.

Click past the jump for a video of the Mercedes SL GTR Concept by Mark Hostler.

Source: Tuvie
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Infiniti and Red Bull continue its series about how to make an F1 car with the third part of the series that explains the manufacturing process. This new video reveals the process the team uses to construct actual pieces of the car and how each F1 car is hand-build by a team of workers.

The RB9 has more than 6,500 unique parts and over 100,000 different components, so you can imagine that the development process is quite complicated, and that each member of the team needs to know exactly what he has to do. Seventy percent of these parts are developed in-house and there are 20 milling machines that develop nearly much every component.

Check out the video (above) if you want to learn the development process behind this great F1 car.

If you are interested, you can also watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the series after the jump.

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The 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series will be an important part of Ford ’s racing history, as the company plans to introduce a 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost racing engine in a new-look Daytona Prototype racecar . Both the car and engine will make their racing debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 25th and 26th or 2014 and will continue on to run the entire 12-race season.

The new racecar was developed in cooperation with Riley Technologies and designed by lead Ford production designer Garen Nicoghosian, and Ford Racing chief aerodynamicist Bernie Marcus took the reins on tweaking the car’s aerodynamics.

This new engine will get some track time on October 9th when Ford Racing, Continental Tire and Michael Shank Racing try to break the 210.364 mph track record at World Center of Speed established by NASCAR champion Bill Elliott back in 1987.

Click past the jump to learn more about the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

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McLaren currently offers two racing versions of its 12C sports car: the 12C GT3 and the 12C GT Can-Am Edition . McLaren specially designed the 12C GT3 version for competitions like the FIA Group GT3 where it obtained its first victory at the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship season.

McLaren has now decided to expand the 12C lineup even further with the addition of a new 12C GT Sprint edition. The new model will make its world debut during this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and McLaren will limit it to only 20 units. Before you get too excited, we have to let you know that the new 12C Sprint edition is a track-only model.

McLaren GT is developing the model and will base it on the road-going 12C, but it will feature some new systems and an optimized aerodynamic package.

Updated 10/1/2013: McLaren has released some additional information, including the £195,000 (about $316,150 at the current exchange rates) base price for the 12C GT Sprint. The Brittish maker also revealed a few more images of the upcoming supercar.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C GT Sprint.


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