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  Sports Cars are engineered to go around corners and straight lines as fast as possible. They are usually expensive, dangerous and so much fun that everybody wants one. Owning a sports car is a gratifying experience but it will cost you money and back pain as they are usually expensive to maintain and not very comfortable. But who cares as they look like supermodels at the beach.

Records are always meant to be broken. It’s just that some take longer than others. That’s a nice tenet to hold on to when talking about a recent record-breaking lap time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed involving the Nissan GT-R Nismo Time Attack. The Japanese supercar not only made an incredible impression at Goodwood, but it also stamped its authority on the event’s existing supercar record lap time by completely obliterating it.

The record-setting lap time was set at the event’s Michelin Supercar run. 2011 GT Academy winner, Jann Mardenborough, was behind the wheel of the GT-R Time Attack when it set the blistering lap time of 49.27 seconds, beating out the Noble M600 for the record lap.That’s an incredible achievement for a young man whose only racing experience came in the form of video games.

Making Mardenborough’s lap time all the more impressive was how he was able to navigate the GT-R Time Attack to a faster lap time than some pretty incredible supercars driven by the likes of former F1 drivers Bruno Senna and Rupert Keegan.

Think the Ferrari LaFerrari , the Pagani Huayra , and the McLaren P1 posted faster lap times than the GT-R ’Time Attack’?

None of them did.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan GT-R Nismo ‘Time Attack’.

Source: TopCar

The BMW M4 arrived in time for the 2015 model year, just a year after the 4 Series took the place of the 3 Series coupe. Based on a chassis that is lower and wide than the outgoing M3 Coupe, the M4 is one mean machine that pumps an almost unfathomable amount of power form its 3.0-liter, I-6 powerplant. Heading into the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , our friends over at Pistonheads made quite an impression at the with their own BMW Individual-dressed M4 Coupe .

The car looks undeniably sexy, the product of months of work and preparation that resulted in a true one-of-a-kind Bavarian sports coupe .

Readers of the auto news site had a big hand in helping Pistonheads design the M4 Coupe. To their credit, PH readers did an impressive job on the model, giving it a unique finish you normally don’t see in a BMW M4 Coupe. The Tanzanite Blue metallic paint finish is a particularly impressive color for the M4. It’s not too flashy, but it’s one that may make you do a double-take.

But here’s the best part about the entire build. Pistonheads’ BMW M4 Individual was built specifically for Goodwood and two readers of the site were given a chance to drive the sports coupe up the famous. In addition to that, both readers also got the opportunity to drive around the circuit in other BMW models, ensuring that the experience left an indelible mark in their minds.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual M4 Coupe Pistonheads Edition.

You surely remember Subaru’s record-breaking run at the Isle of Man TT we covered on June 21st. The seven minutes of video evidence is pure driving nirvana as we watch Mark Higgins battle his way around the open road course and around the turns along the hilly British island. Well, Subaru has released two more videos surrounding the event, with one being the full, uncut point-of-view shot seen above, and an in-depth look into the changes made to the 2015 WRX STI (below the jump).

The video above is nearly entrancing as you watch the quaint British countryside fly past at 160 mph through the STI’s windshield. Adding to the fun is a voiceover of Higgins walking us through his techniques and inside info on his run. Graphic readouts of his heart rate, temperature, breaths per minute, G forces, speed, and position around the course.

Below the jump, Subaru’s National Manager Dominick Infante runs through the many updates the team did to the otherwise stock 2015 Subaru WRX STI . Among other things, the team added new tires, brake pads, coilover shocks, a straight-pipe exhaust system, GPS trackers, and removed the electronic top speed limiter. For safety, the car gets a roll cage, fire suppression system, a racing seat, and a five-point safety harness.

Be sure to check out both videos for the complete story; the second video is after the jump.

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When Mercedes released the latest generation of the SL-Class , some people thought that the designers may have erred a little bit too much on the side of making it look like the rest of the Benz lineup. Instead of fitting in with the legendary history of the SL nameplate, the latest version didn’t seem to excite buyers in quite the same way. Buyers worried that the recently-redesigned SLK-Class looked a little bit too much like its bigger brother, and while the SLK certainly benefited greatly from its most recent redesign, perhaps buyers of the over-$100,000 SL weren’t too excited about their car looking so much like a sub-$50,000 SLK.

Marcus Piecha was one of those people, and perceiving a reluctance to purchase the latest SL, he set about coming up with a solution. The Mercedes-Benz SL "Avalange GT-R" is exactly that, an aerodynamics and appearance package that he believes will make the Mercedes-Benz SL much more desirable.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SL "Avalange GT-R" By Piecha Design.

Creating Vision Gran Turismo concept cars has become quite the habit among automakers, as they rushed to showcase their design skills and advanced powertrains in the latest iteration of the franchise. This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed brought yet another futuristic supercar to the game, this time from British-based company Aston Martin .

Dubbed DP-100 and developed in-house by a team led by Design Director Marek Reichman, the concept car highlights a brand-new approach for the company, as its engine is mounted behind the seats. The Brits have yet to build sports cars in this configuration, except for the B09/60 Le Mans prototype co-developed with Lola, and the DP-100 comes to put an end to that. At least in the virtual world.

The DP-100 joins a large batch of virtual supercars created for Gran Turismo 6 this year, and will be available for gamers to download starting July 2014. There are no production plans waiting to turn this virtual racer into a vehicle for the real world, but the DP-100 is a concept worth looking into from a design and technological point of view.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo.

For the second consecutive year, McLaren Automotive has been awarded engine of the year, as it joins Ferrari as one of the winners of a 2014 Engine of the Year award. Ferrari won its awards in the "Above 4-Liter" class and as the "Performance Engine of the Year," while McLaren’s masterful 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine took home the award in the "3-Liter to 4-Liter" category, proving yet again that when it comes to engine innovation, the British supercar builder takes a back seat to no one.

The engine, technically named the "M838T," was designed and developed in collaboration with engine builder Ricardo. A big part of the M838T’s appeal is the way McLaren was able to modify its capabilities to produce a class-leading output of 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. More importantly, the engine not only produces supercar-level output numbers, but it’s also a highly efficient engine, capable of returning 24.2 mpg on the EU combined cycle.

McLaren uses the M838T engine in the coupe and spider versions of the McLaren 650S , the company’s newest supercar. If you didn’t know by now, the 650S is a whole lot of awesome. A big reason for its awesomeness is this 3.8-liter, V-8 engine that is described as a "wonderful piece of powertrain engineering."

Winning engine of the year in the "3-Liter to 4-Liter" category at the 2014 Engine of the Year awards is living proof of that.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren M838T.

It may not come as much of a surprise to many of you, but Ferrari has won a pair of awards for the engine its 458 supercar uses. Every year a collection of journalists from more than 30 different countries weigh in on the best and brightest powerplants in the business and hand out multiple accolades to congratulate those that push forward the art of internal combustion.

Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 was chosen for two separate awards, the Performance Engine of the Year and the award for the Above 4-liter class. Ferrari has won these two awards every year since 2011, with the 4.5-liter taking both honors in 2011 and 2012 — the 2013 awards went to the V-12 engine in the F12 Berlinetta .

With an astonishing — and record-setting — specific output of 135 horsepower per liter in the 458 Speciale , this naturally aspirated engine is one of the most advanced units ever created.

Ferrari is not the only winner this year though, and competitors like McLaren are also racking up awards for their engines. Ferrari won’t just sit back on its laurels, and as the four consecutive wins proves, the Italians will keep pushing the art of high-power, high-revving engines.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 engine.

Rumors about Ford ’s planned revival of the Focus RS have been flying around since late 2013, with many sources claiming the hot hatch will return with as much as 330 horsepower on tap. As of 06/26/2014, the Focus RS is no longer a rumor, as our skilled paparazzi caught the upcoming rocket testing disguised as a Focus ST .

Don’t let the "ST" badge around back fool you, this mule is more than that, with plenty of details giving its true identity away. Look closer at the front end’s uncamouflaged area and you’ll notice a lip spoiler and a larger air intake in the lower apron. Of course, that’s not what the front bumper will look like in production form, but the intercooler seen in the spy shots is certainly different from the one fitted on the Focus ST .

The mule’s RS-ness becomes even more obvious around back, where a different exhaust pipe configuration peeks out underneath the bumper. Whereas the ST has a center-mounted, twin-pipe arrangement, the RS mule comes with separate tips placed toward the sides. Lastly, the camouflaged roof-mounted spoiler appears to sport a new design.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Focus RS.

It was in 2014 when the BMW 2 Series Coupe came to replace the outgoing 1 Series Coupe, and shortly following its release, BMW revealed a couple of cool iterations wearing the M235i badge. By time we turn the calendar to 2015, we will have the even more powerful M2 . For the first time in the compact’s career, BMW opted to develop a customer race car under the M235i Racing moniker. Lighter and more powerful than the standard version, the race car is already a common sight in the VLN Endurance Championship and a handful of them managed to run a full 24-hour race at Nurburgring this year.

With the M235i shaping up into a hell of a rival for the compact sports cars such as the Audi TTS or the Nissan 370Z , a brawnier version of the coupe is rolling out in Germany as we speak. This time it’s not BMW that’s responsible for the mighty racer; rather TuningWerk, a small company known for updating any BMW BMW and Mini it can get its hands on, is the mastermind behind this one. Meet the BMW M235i RS, the most powerful 2 Series ever created.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M235i By TuningWerk.

In 25 years, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has become a cult icon and entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling, two-seat, open-top sports car . But that is old news, and we are here to show you just what Mazda plans to do in celebration of the Miata’s 25th year in existence. The automaker is launching a 25th Anniversary Edition at the New York Auto Show to show buyers just how important the roadster is to Mazda.

This special-edition MX-5 Miata is based on the power retractable hard top (PRHT) version of the car, giving this drop-top a nice and quiet cabin when the top is up — I noted this in my recent test drive of the Club version . The 25th Anniversary Edition will be exclusively available in Soul Red Metallic — a proper color for the iconic sports car — with contrasting black mirrors, A-pillars and top. On the inside, the special model gets off-white leather seating and door trim, and a hand-finished decorative panel.

Under the hood, things will remain the same, as it will feature the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder mill that cranks out 167 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque when mated to the standard six-cog manual. You can also opt for the six-speed auto transmission, but that results in 11 fewer ponies under the hood. This special MX-5 also gets the added benefit of Bilstein dampers to keep it glued to the road in the twist.

Unfortunately, there are no real modifications to this car other than the exclusive colors inside and out, the hand-worked decorative panel and badges, but it is still a nice send-off for the NC-generation MX-5.

Updated 6/25/2014: Mazda will show off the 25th Anniversary Edition MX-5 at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it has release nineteen new images leading up to its public showing.

Click past the jump to the MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition up close.


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