Audi Ditches Formula E, Chooses LMDh and the Dakar Rally Instead
German luxury brand Audi will, in a couple of years’ time, be back doing two things that it does really well: go fast on dirt and go fast in really long circuit races. In other words, Audi announced that the 2020-2021 season of Formula E will be the last for Audi as a factory team, the money spent keeping the Audi Sport Team Abt Schaeffler operation at the sharp end of the world’s best-well-known EV racing series being redirected to a couple of new and very interesting projects.
Thus, Audi is already developing an electric SUV that it will race in the Dakar Rally as early as 2022 and, then, a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and, presumably, the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) is scheduled for 2023 or 2024 when Audi Sport will show up with an LMDh (Le Mans Daytona-Hybrid) prototype on the grid.
Jenson Button’s GT Racing Debut Explained
Jenson Button was on the top of the world some 11 years ago when he became the first British racing driver since Damon Hill in 1996 to become Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion but there was no sign of elation on the now-former F1 star’s face on November 8, 2020 as he climbed out of his McLaren 720S GT3.
A lackluster race around the legendary Silverstone Grand Prix loop ended similarly inconspicuous for Button and team-mate Chris Buncombe, as the duo was classified 14th overall out of 16 GT3 cars that were still running at the end of the three-hour event proving that even someone with 306 F1 races under his belt can struggle when thrown at the deep end in a new discipline.
It’s not yet been 20 years since Y2K, and we’re already reaching for the rose-colored glasses when talking about the 2000s. It was a decade of rapid technological advancements, one where flip phones turned into smartphones and laptops were finally making some gains on desktop computers. It was, arguably, the decade of the Fast And Furious franchise, for the movie-going car guys, that went from glamorizing the tuner culture to being just another action franchise that happened to feature some exotics.
Above all, though, it was the decade of the electronic uprising in our sporty cars. The first flappy paddles found their way into up-market supercars, and even the more mundane machinery came with a host of electronic aids to keep them level and straight on the road. Some enjoyed having their skills behind the wheel complimented by the electronic suspension, self-leveling dampers, four-wheeled steering, and other clever robotics that made driving fast a bit easier. The purists, however, did not like the rise of electronic aids and kept searching for those cars that kept true to the old school setup of three pedals, a stick, and no help other than that given by your senses.
We’ve put together a list of 8 sports cars from the 2000s that you should still consider today. They offer the perfect blend between rawness and electronic advancement from a time when we didn’t hear doomsday preachers announcing the end of the manual transmission.
A Top Secret Supra Mk. 4 Isn’t The Sort Of Car You Expect To See On The Nordschleife
Kazuhiko ’Smokey’ Nagata is one of the most infamous car tuners to come out of Japan which is quite a bold statement when you consider that, well, the entire tuning scene of the late ’90s and early-to-mid-’00s that even took the US by storm, in part thanks to the Fast & Furious franchise, can trace at least some of its roots back to Japan.
But, then again, ’Smokey’ Nagata is the man behind Top Secret, the Japanese tuning shop that, among many others, gave us the world-renowned V-8-engined Skyline GT-R and the twin-turbo, V-12 Supra. This Supra looks identical to that one but there’s no V-12 under the hood. Still, it makes for quite a unique ride.
The Ferrari Breadvan Hommage Is Almost Ready And It’s Gorgeous
The Ferrari 250 GT ’Breadvan’ is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating Ferraris ever and the thing that makes us love it isn’t even that it’s one-of-a-kind, it’s simply that Enzo Ferrari himself hated the fact that it got built.
Now, nearly 60 years later, famed Dutch designer Niels Van Roij, the same guy that brought us the Tesla Model S Shooting Brake, decided to pay tribute to the ’Breadvan’ by creating a modern version of Count Volpi’s most prized possession. The fact that he used a Ferrari 550 Maranello as the base for this mad throw-back creation only makes it that much more awesome.
There’s Something So Mesmerizing About Watching This Wooden Ford Range Raptor Come to Life
The Ford Ranger Raptor is the badass brother of the log-crawling mid-size pickup truck that is the Ranger. The deal with each one of Ford’s Raptors is that they can still successfully face rough terrains but do so with an added dose of cool. Big tires, a wider body, and more ground clearance complete the image of a truck that few will mess with, even if it’s all been rendered in wood which is the material of choice in the case of this scaled-down replica of the Ranger Raptor.
This Lamborghini Countach is Marlboro Red and Has a Lexus Twin-Turbo V-8
The Lamborghini Countach is one of the most famous out of all of the supercars to have come out of the 20th century. With its Gandini-penned wedge-shape design that became the standard for what a supercar should look like, the Countach really was one of those cars that looked better than they went. As such, Lamborghini tried to make it even more dramatic as the years rolled by but failed miserably at the job. Could this tobacco-liveried replica succeed where Lamborghini failed?
The Dodge Viper Has Returned to Racing
Dodge’s Viper, arguably Lee Iaccoca’s biggest gift to gearheads ever, has been seen racing on the world’s race tracks for almost three decades and, although the last road-legal Viper rolled off the production line in 2017, its race-bred namesake is still homologated for racing in the GT3 category which is why famed German tuner and race entrant Zakspeed decided to give the Viper one more shot of proving itself in a 24-hour race next January as it will contest the annual 24 Hours of Dubai.
Road Cars Help Improve Track Surface Grip Ahead of F1 Race in Turkey
Lockdowns the world over have re-shaped the calendar of the 2020 Formula 1 season thus bringing to the fore tracks that either had never featured in the championship before or had been absent for a number of years. We’ve had races at Imola, Mugello, and Portimao and the F1 circus simply couldn’t leave Europe without staging a race at arguably one of the best Tilke-era tracks, Turkey’s Istanbul Park. However, track conditions have caused a myriad of problems for teams and drivers in the days leading up to the first Turkish GP in nearly a decade and one of the solutions found was ingenious to say the least.
It’s Harder Than You Realize To Get Cool, Real-Life Cars Into Racing Games
Nowadays, thanks to the awesome possibilities that are within reach for most next-gen racing titles, our list of demands is continuously expanding and, almost always, a large selection of cars is at the top of the list with the prerequisite that the cars have to look good and sound amazing. But the job of getting a car, any car, into a modern video game isn’t easy because, well, stuff like 3D-scanning and an ultra-realistic physics engine are both complicated to do and expensive.
An Ex-Sebring 12-Hour Jaguar D-Type Is for Sale, But You May Need to Sell a Kidney to afford It
Has there ever been a more famous sports car than the Jaguar D-Type? Following in the footsteps of the C-Type, Jaguar’s first purpose-built racer, the D-Type defined an entire era of sports car racing and did so with a combination of charm and power that has arguably never been matched.
From its howling inline-six engine, its emblematic curves culminating with that tail-fin, to the myriad of race wins it achieved throughout the ’50s, the D-Type stands tall across the ages as perhaps the embodiment of Jaguar’s finest hour. And you can now own an example made during the original production run some 64 years ago.
BMW Motorsport Recognizes M4 GT4 Success Story With Raft Of New Color Schemes
BMW’s Motorsport division has been building race cars for nearly five decades and the current M4 GT4 is undoubtedly one of the all-time stars. Bagging titles all over the world including in Europe, North-America, and Asia, the M4 GT4 is now approaching the end of its third full season of active competition and BMW has decided to mark the occasion by creating a raft of new liveries for the 450-horsepower race car based on the F82-generation M4 Coupe.
Let Your Senses Be Shocked By The Brutal 6.2-liter V-8 Of The Mercedes-AMG GT3
If you’re fed up with the bore-fest that is Formula 1 and are looking for another racing series to devote your attention to, may we suggest an entire formula that sees action across the globe in a variety of championships? That formula is known as GT3 and now, 14 years since its launch, is the most popular GT category in the world with as many as 70 cars lining up in its marquee events. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is one of the most popular GT3 cars and we think its soundtrack plays a part ints massive appeal as well.
The Totem Electric GT Is A Guilt-Free Alternative To the Alfa Romeo GTA
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is an all-time classic. Based on the Giulia Berlina of the mid-’60s, this sporty two-door model racked up countless wins for Alfa Romeo on the tracks where the GTA built its giant-killer reputation.
Now, some 55 years later, Totem Automobili is finally ready to reveal to us the Electric GT, a hand-built, modern take on the GTA that packs 518 electric horsepower and 518 and 692 pound-feet of torque. Detractors, however, argue this is nothing more but an exercise in automotive sacrilege. Read on to find out why.
The Difference Between $20,000 and $50,000 Custom Nissan 350Zs Will Surprise You
The Nissan 350Z is still one of the most popular choices for people out there looking to go all out on a project car. Thanks to a rather solid base, at least for its time, and one that’s easy to modify in, effectively, all areas, the 350Z has been the star of countless tuning shows for over 15 years already and people are still customizing, racing, drifting, and showing the Z33 off to this day.
In this context, it’s worth asking one of the toughest questions out there: is spending a lot of money on your ride really worth it or can you genuinely shine on a budget?
Is the Mercedes-AMG GT53 Really Without a Soul?
Mercedes-Benz was, arguably, the first premium brand to come up with the coupe-sedan niche when it introduced the first-generation CLS Class some 15 years ago and now you can get what is effectively an enlarged AMG-GT that follows the ethos of the CLS but is a lot more sporty. That’s a tasty proposition but how much of the Mercedes-AMG GT53 can you really fall in love with, beyond all the figures?
The 1980 Ferrari F1 Car Was Gilles Villeneuve’s To Tame But It Can Now Be Yours
The 1977 F1 World Championship wasn’t even over when news came that Ferrari’s top man and new World Drivers’ Champion Niki Lauda would leave the Scuderia. In the Austrian Ferrari had found a leader it had lacked since the days of John Surtees but now the team was seemingly back in the doldrums.
The rescuer was like fire to Lauda’s ice in every way conceivable and, arguably, there has never been another one quite like him since. He was the ’Piccolo Canadese’ and he should’ve been the 1980 F1 World Champion but 14th in the standings is all he got. This car is the reason.
SSC Says It Will Re-Run Its Record Attempt with The Tuatara Amid Controversy
The dust has barely settled on Nevada’s Route 160 where SSC’s latest hypercar, the Tuatara, reportedly broke the world speed record for a production car after reaching 331 mph on October 10th and the American automaker is set to return to the highway or a different stretch of road to do it all over again. As doubts mounted over the credibility of SSC’s claims, CEO and Founder Jerod Shelby himself vowed to give it another go in a bid to clear his and the company’s name following the "stained" record attempt.
Hollywood’s Hottest Precision Driver Has a Love Affair With Porsche
Years ago, Lara’s days were busy as she was doing all the high-paced driving for top-rank female Hollywood movie stars such as Julia Roberts, Mary Louise Parker, and Jennifer Connelly. They all looked tough on the big screen, but she was toughing it out for real, during takes. Now, Lara’s still as busy as ever, although now she’s gained a different kind of notoriety, as a female Porsche lover in a world where most people who buy Porsches and adore the brand from Stuttgart are men. That’s why you’ll find her on Instagram as @thatporschegirl.
Someone Is Cramming An LMP1 V-10 Into a 2020 Toyota Supra A90
Formula D ace Ryan Tuerck is one of those people with a vision that seem to have erased the word impossible from their dictionaries. His main drift car is a 1,000 horsepower Toyota Corolla Hatch that’s been carrying him to constant top-10 finishes in Formula D competition, but Tuerck’s first big shocker was another car, the Ferrari-engined Toyota GT86 he unveiled at SEMA four years ago. This latest project that involves an A90 Toyota Supra and a Le Mans V-10 engine will top that one. His words, not ours.
A Slammed, Turboed, 1964 Cadillac Limo, a Trailer, and a Burnout - Nothing Goes According to Plan
The Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 comes from a time when Caddy was still the epitome of luxury in the automotive world, At over $80,000 in today’s money, it was the car of choice for the upper 1% but, nowadays, you can find one for cheap which is why Brian from Turnin Rust wants to turn one of these sedated mile-chuggers into an LS-swapped, turbo monstrosity that is able to tow a camper while doing burnouts. If that sounds quite random to you, it’s because, well, it is quite random, frankly.
Immerse Yourself In the Amazing Soundtrack That Is a 1JZ V-12
It’s been over nine years since Don Groff began the unlikely task of building from scratch an open-wheel car that would be powered by a mid-mounted, 12-cylinder version of the famous Toyota 1JZ engine. Now, finally, the project is approaching the final stretch, and Groff has managed to dyno his baby with impressive results that put his single-seater in the vicinity of actual F1 cars in terms of torque and power output.
Bugatti Prepares The Antidote To All Other Track-Only Hypercars
Just as we’re coming to terms - yes, it does take a while - with the idea that Rimac owns Bugatti, news came of a mysterious, low-slung beast that’s making the ground shake around Circuit Paul Ricard in France. To our amazement, said beast featured a horseshoe at the tip of its fascia and then it all came together: Bugatti is really preparing something hot for us and we’ve got to see it a few days ahead of the official debut on October 28th.
UPDATE!! Bugatti has revealed the 1,800-Horsepower Bolide - be sure to check out our latest coverage here!
Can You Believe That This Porsche 996 911 GT3 Has Been Driven Almost 300,000 KM?
Too often car fans ’mourn’ the day when a member of the richest 1% purchases an ultra-rare or ultra-expensive car with the thinking being that the car in question will never see the light of day again being tucked away in a garage where the temperature is strictly controlled. Such cars are meant to be driven, is the argument that’s being made again and again, so here we have a story that’s ought to bring a smile to the faces of many car fans. Behold a 911 with over 180,000 miles on the odometer.
The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Shooting Brake Is The Most Practical Prancing Horse Ever
Ferrari’s current lineup is largely made up of poised mid-engined supercars although, if you’re a lover of the grand tourer, there’s always the 812 Superfast and also the GTC4Lusso for those needing a GT that can actually seat four adults.
With the Purosangue SUV coming as both Ferrari’s first four-door offering and the first high-riding model to feature the Prancing Horse on its bodywork, Ferrari will soon have the issue of practicality covered in its entirety. Until then, however, have a look at this $244,000 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Shooting Brake. It’s unique and it’s cheaper than a GTC4Lusso, making us sad Ferrari has never braved the waters to mass-produce a 612 Scaglietti Shooting Brake model.
F1 Champion Jenson Button Will Make His British GT Debut at Silverstone Finale
Jenson Button has started 306 Formula 1 Grand Prix races and won 15 of them while also bagging the 2009 Drivers’ World Title driving for Ross Brawn’s team but he’s never raced a GT3 race car. All that is about to change with Button set to compete in the Silverstone 500 in November behind the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3 entered by the squad he co-owns, Jenson Team Rocket RJN.
Video: SSC Tuatara Hits 331 MPH; Is Now The World’s Fastest Production Car
We’ve been waiting on SSC (Shelby Supercars) for over seven years as the American manufacturer kept upping the hype on its upcoming Tuatara hypercar that was meant to pick up where the SSC Ultimate Aero left off as the fastest car in the world. With 304 mph the target set by Bugatti, SSC hit the Nevada desert and more than made up for the wait by exceeding 330 mph in what was considered as tough conditions.
Ferrari Dino Designer Aldo Brovarone Has Died
For over three decades, Ferrari maintained a really special relationship with one particular coachbuilding and design house, Pininfarina. Many famous models bearing the Prancing Horse on their trunk lids and engine covers were born as a result of this partnership and Aldo Brovarone, from his position as Head of Styling at Pininfarina, has been credited with many of these designs including the Ferrari Dino 206 GT and the Ferrari 365 2+2. While a career spanning five decades can hardly be put into words well enough, we thought it’s worthwhile to look back on Brovarone’s legacy as a designer since the Italian passed away at age 94.
Is This Lifted, LS-Swapped Mazda MX-5 Miata Cool or a Travesty?
This Mazda MX-5 Miata isn’t just any Miata. Hillcimb racing fans amongst you may recognize this as one of Flying Miata’s most insane projects, a lifted NB Miata built for dirt racing that hides a 455 horsepower LS3 V-8. As you can see here, the car, nicknamed ’Zombie Elvis’, is alive and well and continues to bring many smiles per gallon.
Saab Never Raced In IMSA But These Renders Envision A Parallel Universe Where It Did
Saab, the now-defunct Swedish automaker known for its quirky models and its original parent company, also known as Saab, that made fighter jets among other things was never big on racing. While the company took pride in the myriad of technical innovations that saw the light of day in Saab’s cars, the track was never Saab’s main development lab. That’s why this brutal-looking Saab 900 Turbo is the stuff of dreams as it takes us to an alternate reality where Saab not only had a proper presence in the U.S. in the ’80s but also decided to spend money developing a race car for the popular GTO/Trans-Am rules that brought together American sedans and coupes as well as Porsches, Ferraris, and Audis.
This Time Lapse of a Homemade Bugatti Is Mind Boggling
The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is as much a car as it is a mirage. Born to be raced by gamers in the smash Playstation title Gran Turismo 6, joining many other ’Vision Gran Turismo’ creations from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, BMW, Nissan, or Citroen, the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo somehow transcended the world of gaming when Bugatti actually decided to build a running and driving example of it.
With there only being one of these ludicrous-looking,
inspired hypercars out there, crafty mechanic Jack Lee and his team had to make one from scratch and, amazingly, that’s exactly what went down.
Trump Sign Off the 405 Torn Down by Officials
Mere weeks separate us from the 2020 Presidential Election that sees Democrat candidate, and former Vice President, Joe Biden try to end President Donald Trump’s tenure at the White House. The battle has proven to be fierce, to say the least, but the most recent chapter doesn’t even involve the two candidates directly.
A Trump supporter’s decision to erect a sign that says ’TRUMP’ in big, white letters had local authorities knock on his door within hours due to the sign’s size, location, and proximity to the 405 highway. Trump supporters say it’s a clear case of ’socialism in action’ but there’s little more than meets the eye in this story.
Turn Up The Volume and Immerse Yourself in The Sound of an 11,000 RPM Opel
Hillclimb racing is a discipline that can be easily described as ’rapid-fire motorsport’. You’re the kind who doesn’t have the patience to watch an entire Formula 1 Grand Prix or even a shorter MotoGP round? Hillclimb racing is for you since here you have the recipe for instant excitement packed in bite-sized chunks: there are ultra-fast cars looking like they come from the World Time Attack Challenge only here they have to tackle ultra-narrow mountain roads with no margin for error.
The surfaces are often bumpy and you basically only have two shots at getting it right each time around. Alexander Hin surely gets it right more often than not from behind the wheel of his low-slung Opel Kadett.
Remember When The BMW M5 Stared In the Best Commercial Ever Made?
It may no longer be true that a TV commercial or, indeed, any sort of ad can actually coax a consumer to at least try if not purchase the product it showcases but, once in a while, there are ads that become instant classics and BMW can pride itself with some of the finest ads amongst all automakers. This classic commercial from the dawn of the 21st century may just be the cream of the crop and that’s in no small part due to its ingenuity, although its star is also important: the E39-generation M5.
Eddie van Halen Once Owned The Coolest Lamborghini Miura In The World
The Lamborghini Miura was Lamborghini’s brash, unlawful, in-your-face statement that Ferrari is no longer cool. As the first modern supercar and the first mid-engined production car, the Miura set the tone for everything that came after it. Similarly, Californian hard rock and heavy metal group Van Halen revolutionized the genre with its brash, unlawful, in-your-face debut album that came out in 1978. It signaled the change of the guards as the new boys walked in with steps as loud as Eddie Van Halen’s guitar licks. A few years later, these two worlds collided.
VIDEO: Oldsmobile’s Rolling Lab From The ’80s Was A 300 MPH Beast
It’s been 16 years since the last Oldsmobile Alero rolled off the Lansing, Michigan plant’s production line thus ending the 106-year-old history of Oldsmobile. 20 years prior, nobody could predict the end was quite so near as the company was trying really hard to re-establish itself among buyers that weren’t the age of your grandfather and it was doing that through technology.
A new, compact DOHC, 16-valve four-banger named the Quad 4 was supposed to lead the offense, and Oldsmobile went to great lengths to showcase just how amazing that powerplant really was. How great? Well, they built the car that still holds to this day the world speed record on a closed course.
CD Projekt Has Brought Cyberpunk 2077’s ’70s Ford Mustang to Life
CD Projekt, the developer and publisher behind such all-out hits as the Witcher series gears up for another action-packed video game that just so happens to be set in a post-apocalyptic future. The game, announced a mere eight years ago, is now little over one month away from its release date and CD Projekt is trying to increase the hype all the way and beyond the boundaries of our solar system by taking a page out of Rockstar Games’ book of tricks. So, here’s the latest ploy: recreating the star car from the game, ’The Quadra’.
The Suzuka Circuit Could’ve Been A Whole Lot Different As This Video Reveals
Suzuka is one of Japan’s most famous tracks and one that Honda calls home. It measures 3.8 miles in length and has 18 turns including an undulating uphill first sector that gives way to a technical, yet fast middle sector before the track ends on a high with the mythical 130R fast left-hander taking you back towards the finish.
But it could’ve been different. While it did go through a number of changes over the years, the track has always had one overpass although its creator, as Rhys Gardiner explains, envisioned two other places where the track would have gone over itself.
What Could This Mysterious Roofless Lamborghini Be?
Lamborghini is, by and large, the inventor of the modern supercar and, over the years, the subjects of some of our most-loved posters have rolled out of Sant’Agata Bolognese. However, the world is changing and the mid-engined V-12 supercar, the thing Lamborghini knows how to do best, might be on its last legs which is why the Italians are celebrating it with yet another special car. It’s basically similar to the Essenza SCV12 although it is lacking in one key area: there’s no roof over your head.
Someone Created the Love Child Between the Ferrari F40 and the Lamborghini Countach And It’s Not That Shocking
In the late ’80s, you most likely had either a Ferrari F40 or a Lamborghini Countach poster hanging on your wall. The likelihood of someone having both of these supercars hanging on his or her walls is slim simply because these were such different cars.
While the F40 was all about form following function, the Countach was the polar opposite as the over-the-top styling was not matched by either the driving experience or the performance. So, how do you feel about Abimelec Arellano’s attempt to blend the two into one?
Take a Bow To The Golden Age of Racing With Some Remastered Old Footage
What are your feelings towards the Isle of Man TT? A handful of early summer days that see dozens of bike racers thread the needle hundreds of times as they travel at incomprehensible speeds on the narrow roads of the island.
The course is 30 miles long and, believe it or not, there was something similar to the Isle of Man TT but opened to cars. It was called the Targa Florio, it took place in Sicily and it was too dangerous to survive.
These Renders Prove That The Nissan Proto Z Would Look Amazing As A Race Car
Nissan is busy reviving one of its oldest legends, the Z car, and in doing so the Japanese automaker will bring a new sports car to the market at a time when the days of the light, small, affordable sports car seem to numbered.
That’s why the success of the upcoming 400Z, coming in to replace the 370Z that’s been around for over a decade, may actually depend on the car’s success on the track as per the old ’Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday’ adage. Here’s how a potential track-only Z may end up looking like.
If You Think Making a Koenigsegg Road Legal Is Easy, Think Again!
Koenigsegg, the Swedish motley crew responsible for some of the world’s fastest road-legal hypercars, is at the forefront of automotive development with its Regera plug-in hybrid and the 240+ mph Jesko that features a nine-speed, seven-clutch transmission. While all this tech took time and a lot of money to develop, the bulk of Koenigsegg’s resources are actually spent during the homologation process and here’s why.
This Video Will Make You Love Rallying In Under Five Minutes
Motor racing, Ernest Hemingway said over half a century ago, is among a very select number of activities that he qualifies as real sports. Mountaineering and bullfighting are Hemingway’s other two picks. All three share, above all, the ever-present element of danger that’s in the back of the minds of each athlete doing it.
Nowadays, racing has become a lot safer but bike racing and rallying, in particular, have remained particularly dangerous and this here is a small tribute to those brave men and women who go through mud, dust, hail, and worse on the rally stages all around the world.
The Story Behind the Ford GT40 Concept Shows How Far Ford Had to Go To Get It Right
Ford was all about revisiting its illustrious past two decades ago when the Ford GT40 Concept was conceived. However, unlike other throw-back prototypes such as the Forty-Nine, the GT40 Concept actually spawned a production model in the 2005 GT that retained many of the exterior design features of the concept car.
As always, though, the road from the sketchbook of a designer to a finished, full-size prototype, and then to production is long and arduous and, this time, it all started with a look over in the yard of an old nemesis of Ford’s.
1966 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger was Chrysler Corporation’s more luxurious response to the Mustang, billed as a mid-size fastback coupe similar in size and shape to the AMC Marlin. It was based on the Coronet but shared none of its visuals and spawned a number of super quick versions that tortured just about any early Mustangs.
The year was 1966 when Dodge finally joined the fastback muscle car party with the Charger. It was based on the B-body platform and was previewed in an ad that ran during that year’s Rose Bowl which talked about the new "Leader of the Dodge Rebellion."
The original Charger was a more refined coupe sitting just under the personal luxury category dominated by Ford’s T-Bird. That’s why performance wasn’t paramount from the get-go although the 426 Hemi engine was duly available. Also, Dodge quickly put the Charger on the track in the Nascar series, the car winning the 1966 NASCAR Grand National championship with driver David Pearson.
One of France’s Most Famous Drivers Blasts The Sale Of One Of His Former Cars
Henri Pescarolo has been there and done it all. After a three-decade-long career as a driver, that yielded a plethora of sports car victories including four at Le Mans in the overall classification, he turned to team management and his Pescarolos were tantalizingly, better yet, painfully close to winning Le Mans in both 2005 and 2006 and ending Audi’s stranglehold on the legendary French race. It is, then, easy to see why when Pescarolo speaks, people listen and the 78-year-old was particularly dismayed at the Lagardere Group’s decision to put the car he drove to victory in the 1972 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a Matra MS670, up for public auction.
Watch the Koenigsegg Regera Twist Its Wheels Up to 186 MPH With Ease
Koenigsegg’s Regera is a hybrid. A 1,480-horsepower hybrid that’s torturing its tires with over 1,475 pound-feet of torque. Hiding a 5.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 as well as three electric motors, the Regera is a car so mind-numbingly fast we’d wish Christian von Koenigsegg was tasked with conceiving all of the world’s hybrids.
A New BMW Art Car Will Turn Heads In This Year’s 24 Hours of Spa
This week kicked-off with the official Test Days ahead of this year’s 24 Hours of Spa, the world’s most famous race dedicated to GT3-spec racing cars. While a field of 50+ cars is expected to take on the mythical Spa-Francorchamps track in the Ardennes forest, one car, in particular, will stand out among all others, namely Boutsen Ginion Racing’s BMW M6 GT3.
That’s because the team’s otherwise dull black livery with some orange accents has been ditched on this occasion for a rainbow-esque paint job designed by American artist Peter D. Halley. It’s surely a case of love-it-or-hate-it.
You Have to Check Out The Ninebot Electric Gokart on Indiegogo
Go-karts seem to have remained unchanged for years and the same applies to those so-called leisure karts you can rent and turn a few laps in at your local kart-o-drome. That’s why the Ninebot Gokart PRO developed by Segway feels like a breath of fresh air.
With a range of 15.5 miles on one battery charge, an output of up to 4,800 W (6.43 horsepower) and 70.8 pound-feet of torque, and a top speed of up to 23 mph with drift mode included the Gokart PRO is a massive evolution over the company’s Go-Kart Kit with Mini PRO that we’ve seen before. The good news is that enough people have backed this project for it to make it into production but no more than about 1,000 units will be made.
The Best Corvettes Ever Made
Unveiled on January 17th at the Autorama in New York City a whopping 67 years ago, the Corvette grew from an underpowered answer to Europe’s sports car-making powerhouses to become one of the most famous cars ever manufactured in the United States. Often referred to as ’America’s Sports Car’, it now broke into the supercar arena with the release of the eighth generation. It’s, thus, a good moment to take a look back at the finest Corvettes ever made including Callaway’s finest moment.
The Corvette is such a household name in the automotive industry that few people would picture the vessel that lent its name to Chevrolet’s first foray into the world of sports cars when you say the word ’Corvette’. All but a sub-brand, the Corvette built its reputation both on the road, as a friendly grand tourer engineered to cope with the hardships of everyday driving, and on the track where it raced against and beat the Europeans and everyone else in between. Sure, there were some duds along the way including, should we say, the original Corvette C1 with that uninspiring inline-six engine but there were also many brilliant ones and here are our top 10 picks in no particular order.
Nissan’s Z Platform Evolved to Underpin the Z Proto and 400Z
For many years we thought Nissan may never revive the Z as the aging 370Z was left lingering in production for what seemed like an eternity with the Japanese automaker showing no interest in developing its replacement.
Happily, though, Nissan did finally call time on the 370Z’s long production run and previewed the next Z with the retro-looking Z Proto. While many things are new on the model, that will probably be named 400Z when it reaches production, its underpinnings are linked to Nissan’s long-standing FM platform that hides underneath both the 370Z and the 350Z, as well as many other Nissan and Infiniti products.
Touring Aero 3 - The Car With A Huge Fin That Has No Other Purpose Other Than Look Cool
Automakers nowadays try to make the equivalent of a Swiss knife on wheels, cars that defy the age-old class structure by mashing together the features of an all-terrain vehicle, a people-carrier, and a sedan to create a brand-new niche.
There are plenty of such purposeful models on sale, models that claim to be both practical and sporty and big while driving as if they were half their size, and the list goes on. But then there’s Touring’s Aero 3, a long-nosed, red ode to not being practical. To not trying to tick a spreadsheet-worth of targets at the same time. A car made to turn heads as it drives down the road and nothing more.
Le Mans 2020 News Roundup: Peugeot and ByKolles Set To Build Hypercars, IMSA Releases Final LMDH Rules
The 88th running of the mythical 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most famous endurance race, may not have been the most exciting of the lot. The much-anticipated rain failed to make an appearance and the classes we expected to put on a show for us hardly did.
So, while the race itself can be considered a letdown, the news that dropped on the build-up to Saturday’s and Sunday’s showdown have been particularly interesting. We now know more about Peugeot’s LM Hypercar program, as well as ByKolles’, and more details have emerged about the upcoming LM Daytona Hybrid ruleset. Read on to also find out whether or not a hydrogen-fueled future is still on the cards at Le Mans and also to find out more about Toyota’s upcoming halo hypercar.
Let’s Remember The Time A British Pop Band Went Racing
We’re in the early noughties. Everyone’s got Walkmans or iPod Nanos, everyone wears slightly oversized pants and shirts, and everyone blends colors that, really, shouldn’t be blended. Then there’s the music people are listening to as hard-edged stuff like metal, alternative, and grunge take a step back allowing electro-pop to take over with all its glitzy overtones. Riding the wave are numerous boy bands and girl bands that end up everywhere on the walls of kids and teens and among the myriad of groups there’s one called ’Atomic Kitten’.
The name is dubious but behind it lay a number of UK and European chart-topping hits that can still be found lurking through many compilations of ’00s British pop. At one time hailed as the "biggest girl group in Europe," Atomic Kitten sold eight million records in less than a decade and traveled the continent jumping from arena to arena. We aren’t interested in all that but what we are interested in is what Atomic Kitten endorsed at one point in the band’s lifespan and that is, oddly enough, motorsports.
The Nissan 400Z NISMO Could Be a Hybrid
Strange as it may seem, two of the anachronic figures in the world of sports cars, albeit at different ends of the pricing spectrum, Nissan’s 370Z and Maserati’s GranTurismo have finally been replaced one way or another after over a decade on the market. While Maserati chose to pick a fight with Ferrari & Co. with its next two-door model, Nissan more or less sticks with the classic formula with the retro-looking 400Z. More or less because, apparently, the upcoming 400Z NISMO could be a hybrid.
The Nissan 400Z Won’t Be Heading to Europe
The Nissan Z Proto was unveiled this week in Japan and fans from all over the world could chime in and ask questions as the Japanese automaker unveiled the next chapter in the legendary Z car story. However, it was the annual ZCon gathering in the U.S., the largest Nissan Z gathering in the world that was featured extensively during the launch, and that’s not surprising given the Z’s main market is America. What’s surprising, though, is that the two-door sports car won’t be available for sale in Europe.
A 200-MPH Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Really Exists!
Not many good things are happening in the world right now, but we can smile for a moment knowing that there’s someone out there owning a supercharged and turbocharged Cadillac CTS-V Wagon capable of going 200 mph on the drag strip. Making triple the amount of power that a stock CTS-V Wagon develops, this beast comes complete with a parachute for obvious reasons.
Did You Know You Needed A DTM-Inspired Mercedes-Benz G-Class? Neither DId We, Until Now
What do you get when you throw Mercedes’ Chief Design Officer, Gorden Wagener, and Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Artistic Director, Virgil Abloh, in a room and task them with redesigning the legendary Mercedes-Benz G-Class? Our first instinct would be something like the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Laundaulet complete with a lavish, Vuitton inspired cabin fit for a movie star, but that instinct is completely off the mark as the result of this unlikely collaboration is something called ’Project Gelandewagen,’ and it’s more German Touring Car Championship than Hollywood Boulevard.
This Classic, Mid-Engined Mustang Is the Muscle Car We’ve Always Deserved
The 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 arguably marked the end of an era, as the GT500 began to be built in-house by Ford. Carroll Shelby’s actual involvement in the design of the car was reduced, somewhat telling of the colder relationship between the two sides that was further underlined by the fact that Ford raced the Boss 302 at the same time - not a Shelby model. But all that gets put aside when you look at the renders of Rostislav Prokop that has envisioned an unusual mid-engined Mustang: one that keeps the proportions of the front-engined original.
The Maserati MC20 May Be Cool But It’s No MC12 Follow-Up
The Maserati MC20 is the first supercar to come from the legendary Modenese automaker since the mid-’00s and, right as it arrived, the MC20 has sprung comparison after comparison with Maserati’s last mid-engined creation, the MC12. Many have already labeled the MC20 as the ’spiritual successor of the MC12,’ but we beg to differ.
Ferrari Is Set To Race In Burgundy For Its 1000th Grand Prix This Weekend
Ferrari is one of the world’s most recognizable brands and, as a carmaker, the Prancing Horse is synonymous with some of the world’s finest super sports cars, supercars, and hypercars. The heritage, built over the past seven decades, is intimately linked to the world of racing and, more importantly, with Formula 1. This weekend, the Tuscan hills surrounding the popular Mugello Circuit will be filled by the roar of Formula 1, and as it happens, this will be the Scuderia’s 1,000th World Championship round they will partake in. The Italians had to mark the special moment somehow and chose to do so by unveiling a new livery that’s reminiscent of the first Ferraris to race in F1 back in 1950.
Maserati Wants The MC20 To Go Racing, Does It Stand a Chance?
Maserati unveiled the MC20, its first supercar in 15 years, and claimed this 621-horsepower, mid-engined model is the sign of rejuvenation for the brand and, also, the perfect way for the Trident to go back to its roots.
That means, of course, that Maserati plans to build a racing version of the MC20 and thus some questions arise right off the bat: On the one hand, where will it race? And, on the other, will it stand a chance against the opposition? Read on to find out our take on Maserati’s official return to racing.
2021 Brabham BT62R
You know how when an automaker adds the letter "R" to the end of a model’s nameplate you feel the urge to yawn because here you have yet another potentially lackluster attempt at a ’sporty’ or, maybe, ’track-focused’ version of said model? Well, with Brabham’s BT62R the whole thing has been turned on its head.
While the BT62 is the track-only, ultra-noisy, not-really-comfy version, the BT62R is the one you can drive on the street. Just about any street, too. Confusing? Maybe, but does it really matter when you consider that, finally, we’re getting a BT62 that’s road legal in more than a couple of countries?
Learn More About the Fastest Gamer Turned Real-Life Racer
The British GT is the UK’s own national grand touring series and it’s been going strong for almost three decades. From McLaren’s F1 to the Lister Storm, the Saleen S7, the Dodge Viper, or the Porsche 911 GT3.R, all of them graced the paddock and the grids of the British GT at one time or another and now it’s all about GT3 and GT4 machinery with one 22-year-old gamer battling to win the GT3 title at his first attempt in a team co-owned by a former F1 World Champion. His name is James Baldwin and he is The World’s Fastest Gamer - only he now wants to become The World’s Fastest Racer.
The Story Of ’The Muncher’, Aston Martin Victor’s Grandad
The Porsche 935 is the poster child of the late ’70s and early ’80s in GT racing. Developed by Stuttgart’s wizards and then modified by countless others the world over, Porsche’s Group 5 weapon crushed its opposition with such force that you needed one if you wanted to win on either side of the Atlantic. Robin Hamilton tried to buck the trend by bringing to the table a car of his own from the brand he grew to love, Aston Martin.
Named ’The Muncher’, this 1970 DBS V8 became a twin-turbocharged pseudo-grand-tourer able to go almost 200 mph down Mulsanne and battle prototypes along the way. A success story? Maybe not in the broader sense but it was the foundation stone to Aston Martin’s much-awaited return to sports car endurance racing.
The Only Chevrolet Corvette C4 To Race At Le Mans Can Be Yours
The Chevrolet Corvette has always been a popular sight at Le Mans but none raced in the world’s most famous endurance race for almost 20 years. Reeves Callaway’s team brought America’s Sportscar back to Circuit de la Sarthe but it is this, a red C4 ZR1 built by Doug Rippie Motorsport that remains as probably the biggest Corvette oddball in Le Mans history as it was supposed to take on the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, Venturi, and Porsche in the GT1 class of 1995 but never amounted to anything. Nonetheless, the car, freshly restored in its Le Mans war paint can be yours for the price of a brand-new Ferrari 812 GTS with some optional extras.
A Deep Look Into Aston Martin’s Mid-Engined History
Aston Martin is known as a maker of exquisite and refined grand tourers, long-legged cars that offer enough panache to satisfy Ian Fleming’s James Bond on many an occasion. You could say Aston Martin knows every trick there is to know when it comes to building a front-engined GT car and that’s why they’re now looking to build more and more cars with the engine behind the seats. But the Valkyrie, the new Vanquish, and the AM-RB 003 aren’t the first of their kind in Aston Martin’s history.
When you think of any DB model from Aston Martin, you imagine an elegant two-door tourer ready for long journeys with a sumptuous and well-appointed interior and a feisty engine in front of the windshield. The company’s one and only Le Mans winner, the DBR1, was also front-engined as was the futuristic brick-like Lagonda luxury sedan from the ’70s. But, then, in the ’80s, when Aston Martin returned to sports car racing, it did so with a mid-engined car. This effectively heralded a new breed of Aston Martins, one that has stayed away from the public highways up until now but one that’s interesting to look into nonetheless.
Murray Automotive Isn’t Done Rocking The Supercar Establishment, Unveils Track-Only T.50s
Legendary automotive designer Gordon Murray promised that his latest supercar, the T.50, will deliver the best driving experience ever. Powered by a bespoke V-12 capable of revving at over 12,000 rpm that sends all the power to the back axle via a manual transmission, the T.50 is a proposition that’s almost impossible to rebuke and that’s before anyone’s got the chance to drive it.
Consider also just how light the car is given it had to go through all the tests modern cars go through to be approved for the road and that’s when the potential of the T.50s shines through. Why? Because the T.50s is a T.50 that lacks all the stuff that makes the latter street-legal and on top, you get more go-fast bits to make the package that more likely to turn your brain into toothpaste.
The Sound Of This Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Will Make You Miss The V-12 Engine
Aston Martin is known for making some of the most sonorous V-12s in the world and, while the Britons are yet to desert the 12-cylinder engine, the current DB11 and DBS Superleggera models are both powered by a 5.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12.
With natural aspiration now completely out of the picture, the last Aston to feature an N/A V-12 was the V12 Vantage that bowed out two years ago. Luckily, racing versions of that car can still be seen on the race tracks of the world and, once in a while, the owners are even allowed to run their 600-horsepower beasts without mufflers. Enjoy the straight-piped goodness of a race-prepped N/A V-12!
Accelerating in the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Will Make You Giggle Like a Little Girl
With the Bugatti Chiron being the replacement of the Veyron, everyone thought its purpose would be to become the world’s fastest road car. Bugatti initially refused to put the Chiron through its paces but then it did and we all witnessed the first +300 mph run from a road car. Now, you too can own a Chiron capable of reaching close to ludicrous speed, as shown by Carwow’s Mat Watson.
Throwback: 1994 Lotus Esprit S4 Video Review
The Lotus Esprit is a landmark car in Lotus’ history for more reason than one. From its Hollywood movie star status as James Bond’s wheels to the fact that it remained in production a scarcely believable 28 years, the Esprit is regarded by many as an automotive cult classic of the 20th century. But that doesn’t mean all Esprits were good and, arguably, it wasn’t until this, the S4, that the model was bestowed with some sort of user-friendliness.
Someone Recreated The Entire GTE Pro Field From Le Mans 2018 As Lego Cars
The 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a historic one for a number of reasons, chief among which being Toyota’s first-ever outright victory in a race the Japanese automaker had been trying to conquer for some three-and-a-half decades.
But, lower down the order, it was the GTE-Pro battle that kept us on the edge of our seats as for the first time in a long time no less than six manufacturers battled for glory in a 17-strong field that featured no weak driver pairing. Now, someone recreated that entire field in small-scale Lego models for all of us to enjoy.
Track Weapon Showdown: Audi R8 LMS GT2 Vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is, unarguably, the wildest 911-based car that Stuttgart can sell you and, similarly, the R8 is Audi’s hottest street-legal proposition yet, if you are willing to step onto a race track, both manufacturers will gladly sell you even hotter versions of either vehicle.
Sam Dejonghe was lucky enough to sample both the Audi R8 LMS GT2 and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport on one of the planet’s best road courses, Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps, and he tells the tale of two different cars that try to breathe life into a brand-new category.
The JP Zero GT2 Is The Most Exciting Lotus That Isn’t A Lotus
Lotus built its reputation on the track by winning six Drivers’ Championships and seven Constructors’ Championships throughout the ’60s and ’70s and it was the road cars that benefitted the most from all that experience.
Nowadays, Lotus is prepping up the Evija, supposedly the most powerful production car ever, but race-going Lotuses are thin on the ground so it’s up to Jubu Performance and other tuners to get it done. The JP Zero is the latest Lotus-based supercar and, luckily, a 600-horsepower, $600,000 GT2 version will be available as well.
Classic Italian Sports Cars That Time Forgot
Italy is the purveyor of the modern supercar and home to some of the world’s most famous and lusted after cars. We all love and know our Ferraris, Lamborghinis, or Maseratis but Italy is also about Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Lancia, all of which have been behind some truly iconic cars as well as some that should’ve broken through but, instead, have remained stuck in the doldrums of automotive history - even recent history. Here’s a list of some less well-know Italian sports cars.
If The Golf GTI Is Both A Bit Too Tame And Too Cruel With The Environment, Have A Look At the Golf GTE HyRacer
While we’re waiting to see how the Golf 8 GTI really is like, let’s take a moment and appreciate this unique, Golf 7 GTE called the GTE HyRacer. Developed by the members of a Volkswagen Retail Group Germany apprenticeship program, this is the latest in a rather long line of interesting one-off builds and it was supposed to take center stage at the annual Worthersee show in Austria. Sadly, the show’s been canceled due to the pandemic but not the project which did get completed and now we can share with you the result, a stunning prototype that one-ups even the Golf 8 GTI in terms of power.
This Modern Porsche 911 Is The Spitting Image of Its Ancestor From 1965
Porsche’s 911 is a true staple among sports cars as well as being a benchmark in terms of both performance and the driving experience. It all started more than five decades ago and merely months after the 911 was put into series production, a Stone Grey example arrived on the shores of Australia. That was the first 911 to drive on the roads Down Under and now, Porsche Center Melbourne and Porsche Center Sydney South have joined forces to build two 992-based tributes some 55 years on.
Ferrari Could Be Preparing to Reveal Its One-Off, F40-Inspired Supercar
Ferrari’s Special Projects division is responsible for some of the most desirable Ferraris ever built. Even better, this new one-off is rumored to be based on one of the most iconic Ferraris of all time: the mighty F40.
Not much is known, but since it is a one of a kind, expect it to end up in the hands of someone with deep pockets that has a garage full of Ferraris.
Project 107 is a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC AMG On Steroids With A Racing Heart
The overflow of Porsche restomods of the last handful of years has us yearning for something different and this ’80s Mercedes-Benz SL with wide, race car-esque arches and seriously fat tires that wrap equally generous rims is the perfect antidote to the Porsche restomod craze. Built by Mechantronik, it’s been seen burning rubber throughout Germany and we think it may just be one of the coolest cars of its kind out there also because, well, we don’t really see resto-modded Mercs all that often.
This Spa-Winning Ferrari 550 GT1 Is The Most Expensive Car Sold At An Online Auction Ever
Pedigree is what sells a racing car and this Ferrari 550 GT1 from the noughties is bathing in pedigree as the last V-12-engined Ferrari to win a high-profile 24-hour race and one of only 12 of its kind to be built by Prodrive in the UK.
No wonder, then, that this car became the most expensive car ever to be sold at an online-only auction after going for just under $4.3 million during the Shift/Monterey RM/Sotheby’s auction that replaced the auction house’s now traditional Monterey Car Week auction.
This McLaren Senna Electric Car Is the Best Way To Introduce Your Little One to the World of Cars
The Senna is McLaren’s latest and, arguably, most extreme hypercar, a 789-horsepower track-focused machine befitting of McLaren’s Ultimate Series of models that includes the P1 and the F1. At almost $1 million a pop, it was also one of McLaren’s most expensive models when introduced two years ago but that didn’t stop the 500-unit production run to sell out within days.
Fear not, however, as we have an alternative for you Senna-lovers out there that doesn’t even cost $1,000, not even $500 and, better yet, is just big enough for your kid to enjoy. Just beware of the day when your kid outgrows this scaled-down Senna and asks for the real thing.
How to Squeeze An Extra 279 HP Out Of A 600 HP V-12 Engine
Brabus is the biggest and most famous independent Mercedes-Benz tuner out there and the Germans have been fettling with products sporting the three-pointed star since the late ’70s which is why we were not surprised to find out that one of their most powerful creations, the $400,000 Rocket 900, puts out almost 280 horsepower more than the Mercedes-Maybach S650 it’s based on. Here’s how Brabus does it.
Here’s What a 2,300-Horsepower Lamborghini V-12 Sounds Like
Lamborghini recently took the wraps off the track-only Essenza SCV12, an insane-looking beast motivated by Lamborghini’s most powerful iteration of its venerable V-12 yet at over 830 horsepower.
While that’s impressive, Lamborghini’s still very much against strapping turbos to its 12-cylinder masterpiece but tuners such as Steve Morris Engines show what these units can be made to do - in this case, deliver almost 2,300 horsepower at an ear-splitting 9,000 rpm.
Check Out This 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 As It Rocks Past the 200 MPH Mark
The Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 is, arguably, an instant classic because it marks the end of an era for the Corvette brand being the last of the front-engined models to sport this famous badge. While we’re waiting impatiently for the go-fast versions of the latest, mid-engined ’Vette, let’s all take a moment to remember just how fast the C7 ZR1 really was.
Car For Sale: Unique 1959 Maserati 3500 GT By Frua
The Maserati 3500 GT is, arguably, Maserati’s first stab at building a mass-market grand tourer that could challenge both Ferrari as well as its British peers. Many coachbuilders submitted designs to Maserati before the 3500 GT was put into series production and Pietro Frua came forth with proposals for both a fixed-head coupe as well as a convertible.
This very car was his idea of a topless 3500 GT and it is unique because, as it happened, Maserati chose Vignale’s design instead. The car is back on the auction block after previously being among the headliners at Monterey in 2017.
The T.50 Fixes Everything That Gordon Murray Didn’t Like About the McLaren F1
The McLaren F1 was, for almost 15 years, the world’s fastest car and it still is the fastest car powered by a naturally aspirated engine. Beyond the impressive performance, though, the F1 is a civilized grand tourer capable of seating three adults and, because of McLaren’s unique maintenance and repair program, it’s virtually indestructible.
But it isn’t perfect and the one man that has kept a record of all of its flaws is Gordon Murray, the F1’s designer. Now, as he prepares to begin testing his latest creation, the T.50, Murray was able to open up on all the niggly bits and pieces that annoyed him on the F1 and that he was able to get absolutely right on the T.50.
The World’s Fastest Gamer Is Now A Race Winner, In Real Life
The enforced stoppage of any and all motorsports-related activities during the global lockdown earlier this year has prompted most high-profile drivers to slide their backsides in sim rigs and duke it out in online racing championships. Now, as real racing has resumed in many places, those drivers get back to work driving real cars and James Baldwin is quick to follow, only he never did this prior to the lockdown.
A RWD Mini Cooper and 502-Horsepower Honda Engine Create the Power-To-Weight Ratio of a Bugatti Veyron
The Mini was conceived by Alec Issigonis to be the ultimate city car, small in proportions but featuring a groundbreaking platform that made it surprisingly spacious on the inside. It sold in over five million copies and is considered one of the most influential designs ever. So good was BMC’s biggest hit that it even made waves in the racing world, both on the rally stages and on the circuits of the world. It is, then, not that surprising that a latter-day Mini with enough mods is capable of putting 500 horsepower to the ground.
You Have to Check Out This 1934 Chrysler Airflow That Pulled Into Jay Leno’s Garage
The Chrysler Airflow was supposed to be Chrysler’s forward-thinking hit that would re-write the book on automotive styling and, in the process, teach people that an aerodynamic car is the way to go. Only it didn’t. All that the Airflow did do was to buck the trend and almost tanked Chrysler. With its steel body and fountain-esque grille, it shocked customers rather than appeal to them but now, 86 years since its release, it’s universally accepted that the Airflow is among the very first mass-produced aerodynamic cars in the world.
This Lightweight, 1200-Horsepower, 2JZ-Powered Lexus RC F Drift Car Is Downright Mad
There’s a long line of Red Bull-liveried drift cars and, while ’Mad’ Mike Whidett’s insane Mazdas are probably the most prominent of the bunch, this Lexus RC F will surely make a name for itself in international drifting championships once its 1,200 horsepower are finally unleashed on the course.
We Need A Racing Series Open To All The Track Day Specials
Remember all the headlines that were written last week when we first caught glimpse of Lamborghini’s Essenza SCV12? Most had something to do with how this thing, probably the last mid-engined hypercar from Lamborghini to be powered by the venerable N/A V-12, can’t be driven on the road. It is merely the latest in a long line of track-bound hypercars that boutique and not-so-boutique automakers have been churning out in the past decade or so to appease to its wealthy clientele in look for some thrills and spills.
But isn’t that a bid sad? Isn’t it sad that 800-odd-horsepower beasts complete with some of the most outrageous aero kits ever seen that make even a Le Mans-ready grand tourer seem pedestrian are confined to some private track day events? It’s not that we can’t see them in action, but we never really see what they are capable of. They’re never really pushed to their absolute limits because what’s missing is competition. Nobody is really racing these cars although they are race cars, so here’s what we thought: what if there was a racing series dedicated to track-only hypercars? An arena for fire-spitting monsters that don’t fit within the tight cubicles of FIA’s rulebooks.
Rimac Wants You To Know That the C Two Hypercar is More Than Capable of Drifting
Croatia’s very own all-electric hypercar maker Rimac is busy making the C_Two, a semi-autonomous, 1914-horsepower rival to anything the established bunch has to offer.
While we wait to see how a C_Two off the production line really feels like, the company teases us with the car’s myriad of features out of which, obviously, we picked this one because you know as well as we do that 1,696 pound-feet of torque doesn’t mean much unless it can all be translated into clouds of tire smoke.
McLaren Star Lando Norris WIll Rock A Helmet Designed By A Six-Year-Old At Silverstone
Formula 1 is being dominated by Mercedes at the moment but the wealth of young talent in motorsport’s highest echelon makes us hopeful for the future. Ferrari’s got Charles Leclerc, Red Bull is all in on Max Verstappen while Williams’ hopes rest on the shoulders of George Russell.
McLaren too has a young gun up its sleeve in Lando Norris, one of the paddock’s more colorful and playful characters, a side he’s once again showing off with his latest unique helmet design he’ll use during this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Why is it playful and quirky? Because it was designed by a first-grader.
This Exquisite 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Just Sold on BaT for $175,000
One way to make sure that a car is rare is to check if it was built simply as a way for an automaker to race that certain model on the tracks or the rally stages. This applies to BMW’s E9 CSL, the winged warrior that dominated the European touring car racing scene for the better part of a decade taking wins against the likes of Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar in the process. The road-going version is just as flamboyant and, as this latest BaT auction proves, incredibly desirable.
Party Like It’s 1997 With This Review Of A Ferrari 355 F1 Spider
The Ferrari 355 is widely considered to be one of the prettiest Ferraris ever and the car that effectively put the company back on track after the near-miss that was the 348. With the 355, Maranello ticked all the boxes producing a car that was fast, gorgeous to look at, and moderately affordable for a Ferrari.
In 1997, the Italians upped the ante and introduced the 355 F1 which, as the name suggests, features technology that’s trickled down from the world of Grand Prix racing. The innovation remains one of a select few to be brought onto the market by Ferrari and JayEmm On Cars gives us a glimpse of how it must’ve felt to experience this car when it was new with this vintage-looking review.
Go Out And Buy The Off-Road NIssan GT-R Because A Pathfinder Is Boring
The Nissan GT-R is one of the few constants in the landscape of modern supercars. Having been in production for a whopping 13 years, you’d be forgiven if you no longer give a GT-R a second look when spotting one on the street but that’s not the case with this particular R35.
With 4.7 inches of extra ground clearance, huge off-road tires, fog lights, and a roof rack, this Godzilla is one of the craziest road-legal GT-Rs in Europe and one that really puts the car’s AWD system to the test. Yes, this is a GT-R that’s ready to go off the beaten path.
Here’s One Good Way to Dress Up the New Porsche 935
Porsche shocked everyone when, out of nowhere, it decided to revive one of the most insane racing cars from its past, the winged Porsche 935. Based on the already ludicrous 911 GT2 RS ClubSport, a 700-horsepower track day weapon, the new 935, also known as the 935/19, is the sort of car that blends everything we love from the days of yesteryear with everything with love from nowadays.
Only 77 of these were made and Jonsiball decided to do away with the classic Martini livery and, instead, dress the 935/19 in this "X-Ray" scheme that makes the car look like it belongs in Blade Runner.
This Video Review of the 2003 BMW E46 M3 Will Take You Back to Simpler and Better Times
The go-fast version of the E46-generation 3 Series is seen as some sort of a last hurrah since it stands as the final M3 to be powered by a naturally aspirated inline-six engine. With turbocharging being the norm nowadays, an N/A M3 may never return and, as such, we look back fondly to the E46 M3, the first properly fast M3.
Or do we? Many criticized BMW for fitting this M3 with the SMG-II semi-automatic transmission that was lackluster at low revs and oftentimes sluggish when compared to the manual six-speed transmission. Then there was also the crowd that bought M3s that blended in well with the rest of Bimmer owners that give the Munich-based company a bad rep because of the way they behave in traffic. RCR dives in to give its opinion on whether the E46 M3 was a hero or a villain.
You’ll See Some Great Classic Cars In this Video, But the Datsun Fairlady SR20DET Is Definitely The Highlight
Healthy and safety guides tell you that a car missing a full-width windshield should not be driven on public roads yet here we are, looking at a gorgeous open-top Datsun from the late ’60s that, courtesy of the SR20DET inline-four is so fast it literally blows your cap off.
And then there’s the soundtrack and the fact that you’re never fully in the car because the doors are low enough so that most of your upper body is exposed to the elements. Grassroots Garage gets a taste of this automotive guillotine.