The Japanese automaker Toyota will bring a handful of their remarkable racing cars to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 3-5. The three day event is Europe’s answer to Monterey Historic Races that take place every year at Laguna Seca. The event allows racing enthusiasts to get an up close look at everything from classic competition cars to the racecars of tomorrow and allows these machines the opportunity to do what it is that they do best when they race against the clock and the hill.
The sombrero wearing import carmaker will be showing off a Lexus LF-A super car and a TF108 , last year’s unrestricted F1 car complete with the German Timo Glock behind the controls. Making almost as much power as the F1 machine, Toyota will also bring a four wheel drive Celica GT4-X developed by English based tuners Fensport. The Celica makes 700 HP and can make consistent 10 second quarter mile passes all day long.
Rally enthusiasts will be happy to know that their will be a pair of classic Group B Celicas as well as the car that won them the Manufacturer’s Championship in 1999, a WRC Corolla. Alain Prost’s championship ice racing Toyota Auris will also be on hand, the car is built to look like the compact city car, except the racecar is built from carbon fiber and features a tuned 3.0 Liter V6. There will also be a couple of Can-Am and Le Mans racers on hand as well.
However, it will be Gazoo Racing’s V10-powered Lexus LF-A endurance racer , coming straight from competing in the Nurburgring 24, along with an IS-F that competed in the same race twice around the clock, that will be one of the main attractions on the hill climb course, making an appearance at the Earl of March’s annual gathering.
Subaru today revealed full details about the 2008 Impreza World Rally Car. It will be powered by a flat four-cylinder engine with a maximum power of 300bhp @ 5500rpm and a peak torque of 650Nm @ 3000rpm. The engine will be mated to a six-speed electro-hydraulic transmission.
The Impreza WRC also features front and rear MacPherson strut suspensions, Bos fully adjustable shock absorbers, AP Racing 310mm ventilated discs and six-pot calipers front and rear. For asphalt use, front brakes are 378mm ventilated discs with six-pot calipers.
With a weight of only 1230kgs, the car includes a LCD color monitor with eight selectable data screens, Kenwood radio equipment. It sits on 15" diameter for gravel, 18” for tarmac wheels and Pirelli tires.
Sebastien Loeb had no problem winning the Monte Carlo rally for the fifth time in his carrier, a record that is actually quite hard to smash.
But how many of you knew that Loeb was close to a tragedy in Monte Carlo? During some special racings made on Saturday, the world champion was close to smash one of the police officers from the race. The guy crossed the road without checking first and Loeb passed at a very high speed at not even 10 centimeters from him!
Can you imagine what could have happened in there?