Top Speed http://pictures.topspeed.com/images/iMenu/ts_logo.gifhttp://www.topspeed.com/ en Copyright TopSpeed. The contents of this feed are available for non-commercial use only. Top Speedhttp://www.topspeed.com <![CDATA[Starting 2015, Le Mans Will Get New LMP3 Class]]>http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/starting-2015-le-mans-will-get-new-lmp3-class-ar164509.html http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/starting-2015-le-mans-will-get-new-lmp3-class-ar164509.html


Getting into Le Mans prototype racing will be a bit easier starting 2015, as the Automobile Club de l’Ouest — the sanctioning body that governs worldwide Le Mans series — has just announced the LMP3 category. As the name suggests, the new class will slot right below the LMP2 category and above the LM GTE Pro.

The new LMP3 class is set to run in both the European Le Mans Series and the Asian Le Mans Series, two competitions that already include the LMP2 prototypes. Since the LMP1 category is only reserved for the World Endurance Championship, the top tier and LMP3 vehicle will only clash during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"From the base to the summit we want to make it easy for drivers, teams and constructors to enter for endurance," explained Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. "This LMP3 is the base of our pyramid devoted to the different LMPs," he added.

Needless to say, adding a lower prototype category can only benefit the sport. But, as with any other racing class, the LMP3 comes with its own set of rules regarding body configuration, engine, and building and running costs.

Click past the jump to learn more about Le Mans’ new LMP3 Class.

Starting 2015, Le Mans Will Get New LMP3 Class originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 21 July 2014 19:00 EST.

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race carscar racingindustry news Ciprian Florea@topspeed.com(Ciprian Florea) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Troller T4]]>http://www.topspeed.com/cars/others/2014-troller-t4-ar164475.html http://www.topspeed.com/cars/others/2014-troller-t4-ar164475.html


Meet the Troller T4, a rough-and-tumble SUV Ford is building in Brazil. We hope it’s not love at first sight though, as this puppy isn’t destined for the States anytime soon. The story starts back with Ford’s 2007 purchase of the South American automaker Troller. The T4 was already in development at the time of acquisition, and Ford let the project continue. News of the T4 first broke in June of 2014, and from what Troller has revealed, the T4 will be a competent competitor to vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover Defender, and even perhaps the Mercedes G-Wagen — though not offering the level of posh or refinement as the Benz.

So why is this not the next Ford Bronco? Well, that’s thanks largely to the T4 not being developed by Ford for use in the States. That means it wouldn’t pass the U.S.’ rigorous crash tests. The T4 would, however, likely pass the U.S.’ emissions tests as it’s powered by the same 3.2-liter, I-5, Power Stroke turbodiesel that is offered in the 2015 Ford Transit Van.

The T4 is also fully equipped to handle the challenges found off road. Four-wheel drive; front D-Ring shackle points; high approach, break-over, and departure angles; and an interior that’s said to have easy-to-clean surfaces all aide the Troller in tackling Mother Nature. Even the engine’s air filter is mounted high and to the side, ready for an aftermarket snorkel kit.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Troller T4.

Troller T4 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 21 July 2014 18:00 EST.

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<![CDATA[Jaguar F-Type Coupe Tour de France Special Edition]]>http://www.topspeed.com/cars/jaguar/2015-jaguar-f-type-coupe-tour-de-france-special-edition-ar164503.html http://www.topspeed.com/cars/jaguar/2015-jaguar-f-type-coupe-tour-de-france-special-edition-ar164503.html


Having introduced the F-Type Project 7 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2014, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division is already off to a great start. Now, only one month since its first creation debuted as the most powerful Jaguar ever built, SVO is back in the spotlight with yet another bespoke interpretation of the F-Type, the Tour de France Special Edition.

Although the name suggests this sports car is a limited-edition model inspired by the multiple-stage bicycle race held annually in France and nearby countries, the F-Type Tour de France is not intended to reach dealerships. The vehicle, because only one was built, will serve as a high-performance support vehicle for British cycling crew Team Sky during Stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France. Before you start asking yourselves what’s the deal with Jaguar joining a cycling competition, we should mention the company is the official supplier to Team Sky since 2010.

So are we dealing with a repainted F-Type for marketing purposes? Not quite. This Jag is as bespoke as it gets and can carry two bicycles where its rear window should normally be. Check out all the details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe Tour de France Special Edition.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe Tour de France Special Edition originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 21 July 2014 17:00 EST.

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<![CDATA[Video: First Look at the Koenigsegg One:1]]>http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/video-first-look-at-the-koenigsegg-one-1-ar164488.html http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/video-first-look-at-the-koenigsegg-one-1-ar164488.html


How many times can one really wax poetic about the Koenigsegg One:1? The short answer, of course, is not enough. That’s not to say that we’re never going to grow tired of it because everything, no matter how awesome, has a shelf life. But who are we kidding, really? We can’t have enough of the One:1 and thankfully, there are people like Shmee whose sole purpose in this world is to make us jealous.

The famous YouTube car guy has uploaded this spectacular video of the One:1. It’s called the “Exclusive First Look” at the mighty Koenigsegg and who are we to really argue with him.

Shmee’s video caught the One:1 in ways no other video has ever done. He even gets to ride shotgun, as the One:1 is put through the paces in the real happiest place on Earth: the Koenigsegg headquarters in Sweden.

Sorry, Disneyland.

Shmee’s level of access is unparalleled, and he proved it once again, thanks to this up-close look at one of the most powerful cars in the world today.

Video: First Look at the Koenigsegg One:1 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 21 July 2014 16:00 EST.

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KoenigseggKoenigsegg One:1Supercars / Exotic carscoupevideo Kirby Garlitos@topspeed.com(Kirby Garlitos) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Chasing Cherries: 1,000 Miles, a Mazda Miata, and Fresh Pie]]>http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/chasing-cherries-1-000-miles-a-mazda-miata-and-fresh-pie-ar164376.html http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/chasing-cherries-1-000-miles-a-mazda-miata-and-fresh-pie-ar164376.html


The list of things that bring me joy in this world is a long one. I enjoy tire smoke, nice scotch, sunny days, road trips and so much more. Way up near the top of this list is fresh cherry pie. It just so happens that the woman I married is one of the greatest pie chefs the world has ever seen. The big issue is the best place to get fresh cherries is in Door County, Wisconsin; about 1,000 miles from home. As fate would have it, Mazda gave me a buzz to ask if I would be interested in taking a road trip in a 2014 Miata.

I couldn’t think of anything else that sounded better than 1,000 miles of topless fun on the way to a fresh and tasty pie.

The trip wouldn’t be all fun and games. Thanks to conflicting work schedules I only had a four-day window to make the trip happen, and most of the trip to Wisconsin would be in an overnight blast. It was late Wednesday evening as I packed the trunk full of clothing, camera equipment and an empty cooler for my cherries. The wife slid into the passenger seat, I lowered the top, and we set off into the night. 1,000 miles is a long distance, but the Miata is a willing dance partner and my desire for pie gives me strength.

Hit the jump to read about my epic search for pie with a Japanese roadster

Chasing Cherries: 1,000 Miles, a Mazda Miata, and Fresh Pie originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 21 July 2014 15:00 EST.

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<![CDATA[Factor Aurelio Prototype]]>http://www.topspeed.com/cars/others/2014-factor-aurelio-prototype-ar164426.html http://www.topspeed.com/cars/others/2014-factor-aurelio-prototype-ar164426.html


Who doesn’t love supercars? They come from all over the world. Ferrari and Lamborghini come from Italy, Germany has Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, and Aston Martin and Lotus hail from England. We here in America have the Viper and Corvette Z06. In 2014, we now receive a new supercar from the Philippines, sort of. The company is known as Factor Aurelio Automobile and its latest prototype — still unnamed — shows just what two creative minds can come up with.

The Philippines is known for its lush, tropical beauty, gorgeous beaches, and amazing culture. However, when you think of supercar origins the Philippines probably isn’t the first country that pops into your mind.

This relatively sleek and sexy supercar is still very much in development, and there is news of grumblings between its two founders, Kevin Factor and Brendan Aurelio, so this may be a short-lived dream. Regardless, it is cool enough to pass onto our faithful readers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Factor Aurelio Automobile Aurelio.

Factor Aurelio Prototype originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 21 July 2014 14:00 EST.

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<![CDATA[Spy Shots: BMW 5 Series Touring Reveals its Interior]]>http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/spy-shots-bmw-5-series-touring-reveals-its-interior-ar164499.html http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/spy-shots-bmw-5-series-touring-reveals-its-interior-ar164499.html


Although it received a much-anticipated facelift for the 2014 model year, the current-generation BMW 5 Series won’t be around for more than a couple of years. A completely redesigned version is being tested as we speak, and the Germans are readying for a 2016 launch. Much like every new generation, the upcoming 5 Series sedan will debut alongside a Touring brother, or as we call it here in the States, a station wagon. Both vehicles have been spotted in the past wearing swirly camouflage and prototype lights.

It’s been a few months since we’ve last seen a 5 Series and our spy photographers have stumbled upon the 5 Series Touring this time. Nothing has changed camouflage-wise, but this time the vehicle was riding on its own wheels and not on a truck. Actually, the photos show the wagon is already stretching its legs on the Nurburgring track, which suggests the Germans have reached a new development stage.

What’s more, our paparazzi also managed to snap some shots of the interior, a premiere in the case of the next-gen 5 Series. Read on to find out more about the newest details surrounding BMW’s upcoming midsize luxury car.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 5 Series Touring.

Spy Shots: BMW 5 Series Touring Reveals its Interior originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 21 July 2014 13:00 EST.

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<![CDATA[Bentley Mulsanne Speed]]>http://www.topspeed.com/cars/bentley/2015-bentley-mulsanne-speed-ar164490.html http://www.topspeed.com/cars/bentley/2015-bentley-mulsanne-speed-ar164490.html


The Bentley Mulsanne’s market launch in 2011 ushered in a new era for the British marque as a direct answer to the Rolls-Royce Ghost. The luxury limousine didn’t exactly set the world on fire when it was released, but a facelift to the 2015 model helped alleviate some of the Mulsanne’s design concerns. But a facelifted Mulsanne isn’t the only version in the works here. Turns out, a performance variant of the model is also in the pipeline.

Auto Express received word from Bentley insiders that the company is in the middle of preparing a high-performance Mulsanne that the automaker will likely name the Mulsanne Speed.

We don’t estimate the Mulsanne Speed to look drastically different from the limousine version. Maybe it’ll come with some tweaks here and there to make it a little lighter and give it a sportier look, but the overall design should be consistent with the facelifted 2015 Mulsanne.

That being said, the Mulsanne Speed is still being prepared as a performance model, so we expect some modifications done to the car’s chassis and suspension in order to improve its handling and driveability.

The Mulsanne’s 6.75-liter, twin-turbo V-8 will be used in the Mulsanne Speed; that much appears to be certain. The output, though, is being tipped to increase from 505 horsepower to 550 horsepower to give it a little more oomph to go with its sporty nature. The higher output will also translate to better performance numbers, including a 0 to 62 mph time under five seconds and a top speed of close to 200 mph.

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer didn’t specifically say when the Mulsanne Speed is going to make its debut, opting only to say that it’s arriving at an auto show later this year. Well, Frankfurt is on hiatus this year so the biggest one in Europe that’s still on the calendar is the Paris Motor Show in October 2014.

Note: Standard Bentley Mulsanne pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Mulsanne Speed.

Bentley Mulsanne Speed originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 21 July 2014 12:00 EST.

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<![CDATA[Lexus Considering New Crossover Placed Under the NX]]>http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/lexus-considering-new-crossover-placed-under-the-nx-ar164483.html http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/lexus-considering-new-crossover-placed-under-the-nx-ar164483.html


We haven’t been shy about the vehicles we admire here on Topspeed. The Lexus NX midsize SUV falls into that list. The arrival of the NX has given Lexus a model to compete against the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. But if the company really wants to make a statement, a smaller version of the NX should be on the horizon, right?

Lexus Europe Vice President Alain Uyttenhoven spoke with Autocar about the possibility of a smaller Lexus SUV. He wasn’t totally open but he also didn’t shoot it down, leaving us hanging with nail-biting phrases like “not impossible” and “makes sense”.

The man clearly knows how to evade leading questions, even if it comes at our unfortunate expense. But if you read between the lines, there is reason to be optimistic. For one, Uyttenhoven didn’t completely deny the possibility of a smaller, NX-based SUV. We’re going to take that as a sign that Lexus could be considering such a model in the future. For now, that’s a "win" in our book

Lexus does have a real gem in the NX SUV, and If it can use that as a basis for a smaller version, there will be no shortage of competitors sweating out the model’s arrival. Models like the BMW X1, the Audi Q3, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA should all be worried if Lexus does release a competing model.

The ball, it seems, is in Lexus’ court. What it does with it could change the landscape of the luxury, compact SUV segment.

Note: Lexus NX pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Lexus NX.

Lexus Considering New Crossover Placed Under the NX originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 21 July 2014 11:00 EST.

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<![CDATA[Aston Martin Drops Lagonda SUV Plans]]>http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/aston-martin-drops-lagonda-suv-plans-ar164489.html http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/aston-martin-drops-lagonda-suv-plans-ar164489.html


We’ve always thought of the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV as being former CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez’s pet project. But now that Bez is out of the management picture over at Aston, it looks like the Lagonda SUV is heading out with him.

Aston Martin Director of Design Marek Reichman recently talked to Pistonheads about the state of the company in the post-Bez era and the discussion brought about an update on the state of the long-awaited SUV.

If you’ve been waiting for the release of the model, maybe now’s the best time to turn away. With Bez out as CEO, the Lagonda SUV is no more.

“That was a different time,” Reichmann told Pistonheads. “It was Ulrich’s time. And now we’re in a very, very different time, with a different plan and with a different projection of what that brand should become.”

Part of that plan is retaining the Lagonda brand. But instead of building it as an SUV, Aston is now setting its sights on turning the Lagonda into its own exclusive marque.

That means more attention to exclusivity and less on the idea of mass production, which was something that Aston initially planned for the Lagonda SUV.

Click past the jump to read more about Aston Martin Lagonda SUV.

Aston Martin Drops Lagonda SUV Plans originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:00 EST.

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Aston-MartinAston-Martin Lagondaluxury carssuvfuture carsindustry news Kirby Garlitos@topspeed.com(Kirby Garlitos) Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMT