Michael Fira
Associate Editor and Motorsport Expert - fira@topspeed.com
Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.

Mihai has even branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer from time to time, however, his heart is still close to anything car-related. He’s most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing or talking about the latest developments in racing technology. Mihai has a strong love for motorsport, but he’s also very interested in classic cars and will spend hours telling you the cars of the ’60s and ’70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.

As TopSpeed’s Motorsport expert, Mihai is often away from the office attending various racing events and taking some of the best motorsport photos on the internet. Since he joined TopSpeed, Mihai has now taken on full-time reporting and was even offered an Assistant Team Manager position but ultimately turned it down as he felt his skills were better used doing on-the-spot reporting at motorsport events.

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Touring Aero 3 - The Car With A Huge Fin That Has No Other Purpose Other Than Look Cool

Touring Aero 3 - The Car With A Huge Fin That Has No Other Purpose Other Than Look Cool

Inspired by mid-century Alfa Romeos and the Jaguar D-Type, Carrozzeria Touring’s latest creation is here to make your jaw drop

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.

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Le Mans 2020 News Roundup: Peugeot and ByKolles Set To Build Hypercars, IMSA Releases Final LMDH Rules

Le Mans 2020 News Roundup: Peugeot and ByKolles Set To Build Hypercars, IMSA Releases Final LMDH Rules

A look at the news coming in throughout the Le Mans Week

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.

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Let's Remember The Time A British Pop Band Went Racing

Let’s Remember The Time A British Pop Band Went Racing

Atomic Kitten may not ring many bells nowadays but 20-odd years ago the three-piece girl band was big in the UK and thought racing would bring extra publicity

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.

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The Nissan 400Z NISMO Could Be a Hybrid

The Nissan 400Z NISMO Could Be a Hybrid

A hybrid drivetrain could help the Z to poke the base model GT-R in its backside

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.

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The Nissan 400Z Won't Be Heading to Europe

The Nissan 400Z Won’t Be Heading to Europe

A global car the new Z Car is not

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.

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A 200-MPH Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Really Exists!

A 200-MPH Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Really Exists!

With a wagon like this, your kid will never be late for school ever again

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.

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Did You Know You Needed A DTM-Inspired Mercedes-Benz G-Class? Neither DId We, Until Now

Did You Know You Needed A DTM-Inspired Mercedes-Benz G-Class? Neither DId We, Until Now

With its fat tires, side exhausts, and window nets ’Project Gelandewagen’ is as unlikely a racer as it gets

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.

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This Classic, Mid-Engined Mustang Is the Muscle Car We've Always Deserved

This Classic, Mid-Engined Mustang Is the Muscle Car We’ve Always Deserved

We’re fans of a car that hides its true form

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.

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The Maserati MC20 May Be Cool But It's No MC12 Follow-Up

The Maserati MC20 May Be Cool But It’s No MC12 Follow-Up

Lacking in almost all areas including price, exclusivity, and performance, the MC20 is just another supercar

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.

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Ferrari Is Set To Race In Burgundy For Its 1000th Grand Prix This Weekend

Ferrari Is Set To Race In Burgundy For Its 1000th Grand Prix This Weekend

The Scuderia’s two SF1000s will feature unique burgundy red liveries during the Tuscan Grand Prix

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.

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Maserati Wants The MC20 To Go Racing, Does It Stand a Chance?

Maserati Wants The MC20 To Go Racing, Does It Stand a Chance?

Analyzing Maserati’s latest bid at racing glory by looking back at its predecessors

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.

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2021 Brabham BT62R

2021 Brabham BT62R

You know what’s better than the Brabham BT62? The BT62R because you can drive it on the road

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?

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Learn More About the Fastest Gamer Turned Real-Life Racer

Learn More About the Fastest Gamer Turned Real-Life Racer

James Baldwin Is Taking The British GT By Storm In His First Season Of Car Racing

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.

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The Story Of 'The Muncher', Aston Martin Victor's Grandad

The Story Of ’The Muncher’, Aston Martin Victor’s Grandad

There would be no Victor without Robin Hamilton’s insane DBS V8 that brought Aston Martin back at Le Mans in the ’70s

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.

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The Only Chevrolet Corvette C4 To Race At Le Mans Can Be Yours

The Only Chevrolet Corvette C4 To Race At Le Mans Can Be Yours

This Corvette racer pre-dated the factory-backed machines by five years

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.

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A Deep Look Into Aston Martin's Mid-Engined History

A Deep Look Into Aston Martin’s Mid-Engined History

The 2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie might’ve been the spark that ignited a revolution but it wasn’t the first of its kind

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.

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Murray Automotive Isn't Done Rocking The Supercar Establishment, Unveils Track-Only T.50s

Murray Automotive Isn’t Done Rocking The Supercar Establishment, Unveils Track-Only T.50s

The Murray T.50s may preview a future Le Mans-ready version

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.

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The Sound Of This Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Will Make You Miss The V-12 Engine

The Sound Of This Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Will Make You Miss The V-12 Engine

With no mufflers to worry about, this retired race car is louder than loud

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!

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Is This Lifted, LS-Swapped Mazda MX-5 Miata Cool or a Travesty?

Is This Lifted, LS-Swapped Mazda MX-5 Miata Cool or a Travesty?

The Miata is a shapeshifter, it can take just about any form

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.

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Accelerating in the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Will Make You Giggle Like a Little Girl

Accelerating in the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Will Make You Giggle Like a Little Girl

Yes, we’d love to have a go as much as you do!

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.

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Throwback: 1994 Lotus Esprit S4 Video Review

Throwback: 1994 Lotus Esprit S4 Video Review

It’s the ’90s all over again so prepare to drool at the original MSRP of the Esprit S4

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.

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Someone Recreated The Entire GTE Pro Field From Le Mans 2018 As Lego Cars

Someone Recreated The Entire GTE Pro Field From Le Mans 2018 As Lego Cars

Every model that took part in the 2018 24-hour race is here

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.

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Track Weapon Showdown: Audi R8 LMS GT2 Vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport

Track Weapon Showdown: Audi R8 LMS GT2 Vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport

Two of the wildest track-only supercars going head-to-head at Spa-Francorchamps

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.

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The JP Zero GT2 Is The Most Exciting Lotus That Isn't A Lotus

The JP Zero GT2 Is The Most Exciting Lotus That Isn’t A Lotus

Jubu Performance unveils Exige-based track beast ready to do battle with Porsche and Audi

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.

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Classic Italian Sports Cars That Time Forgot

Classic Italian Sports Cars That Time Forgot

Time isn’t kind with everybody, so here’s a bunch of cars you might’ve forgotten about

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.

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If The Golf GTI Is Both A Bit Too Tame And Too Cruel With The Environment, Have A Look At the Golf GTE HyRacer

If The Golf GTI Is Both A Bit Too Tame And Too Cruel With The Environment, Have A Look At the Golf GTE HyRacer

A one-off hybrid Golf GTI? We’d sign up for a production version!

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.

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This Modern Porsche 911 Is The Spitting Image of Its Ancestor From 1965

This Modern Porsche 911 Is The Spitting Image of Its Ancestor From 1965

The first Porsche 911 in Australia with its matching grandchildren

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.

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Ferrari Could Be Preparing to Reveal Its One-Off, F40-Inspired Supercar

Ferrari Could Be Preparing to Reveal Its One-Off, F40-Inspired Supercar

This one-off could end up being the most special creation to come out of Ferrari’s Special Projects division

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.

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Project 107 is a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC AMG On Steroids With A Racing Heart

Project 107 is a Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC AMG On Steroids With A Racing Heart

This restomod is so special, it broke cover wearing a camo livery

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.

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This Spa-Winning Ferrari 550 GT1 Is The Most Expensive Car Sold At An Online Auction Ever

This Spa-Winning Ferrari 550 GT1 Is The Most Expensive Car Sold At An Online Auction Ever

The RM/Sotheby’s Shift/Monterey sale remained within the bounds of the virtual world but the eye-watering price of this Ferrari is very real

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.

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This McLaren Senna Electric Car Is the Best Way To Introduce Your Little One to the World of Cars

This McLaren Senna Electric Car Is the Best Way To Introduce Your Little One to the World of Cars

Every detail on this watered-down version of the Senna is faithful to the original, minus the price tag

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.

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How to Squeeze An Extra 279 HP Out Of A 600 HP V-12 Engine

How to Squeeze An Extra 279 HP Out Of A 600 HP V-12 Engine

Go to Bottrop, Germany, and knock at Brabus’ door to find out first-hand

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.

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Here's What a 2,300-Horsepower Lamborghini V-12 Sounds Like

Here’s What a 2,300-Horsepower Lamborghini V-12 Sounds Like

Thanks to This Engine, You Might Be Able to Own a 2,300-Horsepower Lamborghini Sometime Soon

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.

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Check Out This 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 As It Rocks Past the 200 MPH Mark

Check Out This 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 As It Rocks Past the 200 MPH Mark

The Corvette C7 ZR1 is still a very potent machine

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.

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Car For Sale: Unique 1959 Maserati 3500 GT By Frua

Car For Sale: Unique 1959 Maserati 3500 GT By Frua

This was Frua’s take at the 3500 GT and Maserati didn’t like it but we do

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.

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The T.50 Fixes Everything That Gordon Murray Didn't Like About the McLaren F1

The T.50 Fixes Everything That Gordon Murray Didn’t Like About the McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 is, for some, the supercar to end all supercars but its creator thinks it’s nowhere near perfect

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.

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The World's Fastest Gamer Is Now A Race Winner, In Real Life

The World’s Fastest Gamer Is Now A Race Winner, In Real Life

James Baldwin won a race in his first weekend of British GT competition

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.

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A RWD Mini Cooper and 502-Horsepower Honda Engine Create the Power-To-Weight Ratio of a Bugatti Veyron

A RWD Mini Cooper and 502-Horsepower Honda Engine Create the Power-To-Weight Ratio of a Bugatti Veyron

Is there anything that a Mini can’t do?

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.

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You Have to Check Out This 1934 Chrysler Airflow That Pulled Into Jay Leno's Garage

You Have to Check Out This 1934 Chrysler Airflow That Pulled Into Jay Leno’s Garage

This is one of only three of its kind left in the world

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.

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This Lightweight, 1200-Horsepower, 2JZ-Powered Lexus RC F Drift Car Is Downright Mad

This Lightweight, 1200-Horsepower, 2JZ-Powered Lexus RC F Drift Car Is Downright Mad

This Lexus RC-F Drift Car Takes Madness to a Whole New Level

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.

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We Need A Racing Series Open To All The Track Day Specials

We Need A Racing Series Open To All The Track Day Specials

Just picture it: the run down to Eau Rouge filled with Paganis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and everything in between

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.

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Rimac Wants You To Know That the C Two Hypercar is More Than Capable of Drifting

Rimac Wants You To Know That the C Two Hypercar is More Than Capable of Drifting

If You Turn Off The Electric Aids, the Rimac C_Two Can Do All Kinds of Tricks

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.

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McLaren Star Lando Norris WIll Rock A Helmet Designed By A Six-Year-Old At Silverstone

McLaren Star Lando Norris WIll Rock A Helmet Designed By A Six-Year-Old At Silverstone

The F1 driver organized an online competition to pick his next one-off helmet design

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.

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This Exquisite 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Just Sold on BaT for $175,000

This Exquisite 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Just Sold on BaT for $175,000

The Batmobile is fetching some bat-crazy money nowadays

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.

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Party Like It's 1997 With This Review Of A Ferrari 355 F1 Spider

Party Like It’s 1997 With This Review Of A Ferrari 355 F1 Spider

You never knew you wanted to see a 2020 review made to look like it was 23 years older... until now

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.

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Go Out And Buy The Off-Road NIssan GT-R Because A Pathfinder Is Boring

Go Out And Buy The Off-Road NIssan GT-R Because A Pathfinder Is Boring

The GT-R earned its nickname by squashing its rivals on the track but can it do the same on the trails?

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.

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Here's One Good Way to Dress Up the New Porsche 935

Here’s One Good Way to Dress Up the New Porsche 935

A throwback livery always works, especially if it’s on a throwback car

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.

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This Video Review of the 2003 BMW E46 M3 Will Take You Back to Simpler and Better Times

This Video Review of the 2003 BMW E46 M3 Will Take You Back to Simpler and Better Times

The E46 M3 is a banner car for that time in recent history when the past really shook hands with the future

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.

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You'll See Some Great Classic Cars In this Video, But the Datsun Fairlady SR20DET Is Definitely The Highlight

You’ll See Some Great Classic Cars In this Video, But the Datsun Fairlady SR20DET Is Definitely The Highlight

Small car + plucky engine = epic thrills

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.

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Invaluable McLaren Senna LM Gets Trashed By Former F1 Driver

Invaluable McLaren Senna LM Gets Trashed By Former F1 Driver

Monaco is the scene of yet another saddening supercar wreck

The McLaren Senna is without a shadow of a doubt among the single craziest road cars we’ve ever seen. Boasting active aerodynamics, the sort of stuff that isn’t even allowed in racing, the Senna is more than just a 720S on steroids. With 790 horsepower on tap coming from an upgraded version of the 720S’ V-8, it’s menacing to drive, and that’s still the case even if you’re a former Formula 1 driver as Adrian Sutil apparently found out over the weekend when he rammed a lamp post with his Senna. What gets us to tears is that the car isn’t even a normal Senna, instead, it’s a Senna LM of which only 20 exist.

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Amazing Car for Sale: 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

Amazing Car for Sale: 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

Surely one of the more insane automotive creations to come from the stoic Germans at Mercedes-Benz

Nostalgia is a strong tool in marketing and when you’re Mercedes-Benz you’ve got a huge bank of memories to fall back on, a seemingly endless catalog of legendary models and memorable milestones and otherwise remarkable achievements, some of the more incredible having been achieved in the world of racing.

Among Mercedes’ finest days in the sun on the circuits of the world is the day when a journalist accompanied a then-up-and-coming driver to win a road race in Italy. The men were Denis Jenkinson and Stirling Moss and the car was the 300 SLR. 45 years after that victory for the ages in the Mille Miglia, Mercedes-Benz paid tribute to Moss, to Jenks, and to the SLR by building this, the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss.

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Hold Onto Your Jaws: A Sauber Mercedes C9 Has Hit The Market

Hold Onto Your Jaws: A Sauber Mercedes C9 Has Hit The Market

This Group C monster comes from a time when doing 210 mph on the Mulsanne Straight was commonplace

Throughout the years, the world of racing has given us plenty of iconic liveries to fawn over, from the gold-and-black beauty of the JPS Lotuses run by Colin Chapman’s team to the iconic light blue threads of the stock cars raced by Richard Petty in NASCAR. An equally famous single-color comes from Germany and it adorned not one but multiple teams, namely the ’Silver Arrow’ livery. The Sauber-Mercedes C9 stands as the first ’Silver Arrow’ of the modern era, a car so dominant at one point that it drew justifiable parallels with the original silver bullets from the ’30s.

Those silver cars, be it the rear-mid-engined Auto Unions or the prodigious Mercedes-Benz machines of Rudi Uhlenhaut, were the pride of Germany in between the two World Wars and were painted silver as that was the country’s national racing color, the same as green was the national racing color of Britain and red was that of Italy. With the advent of sponsorship in the ’60s, national colors took a step back but, when Mercedes returned to top-level racing in the late ’80s, it sought to bring back some of that old-timey appeal. This is one of the cars that carried those famous colors in 1989.

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We'd Like to Nominate this 1939 Ford Ragtop Restomod as the Car of the Year

We’d Like to Nominate this 1939 Ford Ragtop Restomod as the Car of the Year

The transformation this classic Ford went through is more radical than you’d think

Call it a restomod, call it a hot rod, this 1939 Ford Convertible is certainly a head-turner that packs a variety of cutting-edge mechanical solutions including an independent rear suspension and a huge, meaty engine crammed under that classic "alligator" hood.

You can tell this no longer is a stock ’39 Ford as it rolls on new, chromed wheels hugged by low-profile tires that completely change the stance of the vehicle and then there’s the lower-than-usual windshield. In short, this is a modified car that covers all the bases.

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Awesome Car for Sale: Ultra-Rare 1985 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

Awesome Car for Sale: Ultra-Rare 1985 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

This pre-production example is a genuine time capsule to the ’80s

The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth has been rising in popularity over these last few years to the point that some ultra-clean examples have traded hands for over $120,000 and this may become one of the most expensive examples ever sold.

That’s because this blue Cossie is the last remaining road-legal survivor of a batch of 10 pre-production cars made by Ford to test and tune what would become one of the most legendary cars ever to be adorned by the FoMoCo badge. Those 204 horses may not seem like much today but we’ll assure you the towering rear wing is bound to turn more heads today than many modern sports cars.

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Need Reasons To Weep? Look At This Ferrari F40 That Someone Crashed

Need Reasons To Weep? Look At This Ferrari F40 That Someone Crashed

Good thing Ferrari made over 1,000 of these

For many, the Ferrari F40 is still representative of Maranello’s finest hour, a 471-horsepower winged monster designed to squash its opposition at every corner while completely disregarding the needs of the driver and passenger.

Ferrari only wanted to make a handful of them to mark its 40th year in the business but the orders poured in and, in the end, over 1,300 cars were made. Looking at this F40 that ended up in a ditch somewhere in Australia that’s a good thing.

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The Eagle E-Type Is Considered One of the World's Most Beautiful Cars - This is How It's Built

The Eagle E-Type Is Considered One of the World’s Most Beautiful Cars - This is How It’s Built

People have had their jaws drop at the sight of an Eagle E-Type for a decade now and here’s why

Eagle is a small company located in the South of England that’s focused itself on improving what Enzo Ferrari once named ’the most beautiful car ever made’. That car, of course, is Jaguar’s E-Type, a car so amazing that Jaguar itself still cashes in on its image and fame. Eagle, however, does that and a bit more as it strives to build an E-Type that’s as gorgeous as the original without lacking all the niggly little issues you’d expect from a machine from the early ’60s. The latest effort in that direction is called the Lightweight GT and it pays tribute to the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Coupe that Jaguar built in just 12 copies in the ’60s to do battle against Ferrari and Aston Martin.

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10 Cars With the Best Power Output Per Liter

10 Cars With the Best Power Output Per Liter

There’s no replacement for displacement... or is there?

Back in the day, if you wanted more power, you had to have an engine with a big volumetric capacity. Take, for instance, Malcolm Campbell’s Campbell-Napier-Railton Blue Bird record-breaking car of 1931 that was a 25-foot-long behemoth powered by a 23.9-liter airplane engine developing 1,450 horsepower.

Nowadays, however, with the advent of turbocharging as well as other clever mechanical solutions, we no longer need engines the size of a bedroom to get the oomph we want. Point in case? Each and every car on this list.

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The Story Behind the Ford GT40 Concept Shows How Far Ford Had to Go To Get It Right

The Story Behind the Ford GT40 Concept Shows How Far Ford Had to Go To Get It Right

You thought making a concept car is easy? Think again!

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.

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Breaking the Laws of Physics in a Hayabusa-Powered Radical SR3

Breaking the Laws of Physics in a Hayabusa-Powered Radical SR3

You need strong neck muscles to enjoy this one!

Spa-Francorchamps is one of the world’s most famous tracks and the Radical SR3 is one of the world’s most successful open-top sport-prototypes. Pair the two together and what you get is some seriously intense action especially since what’s at stake here is taking the Eau Rouge-Raidillon sequence of uphill bends flat out. It’s even scarier than it sounds.

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Car for Sale: Amazingly Rare, RHD, 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

Car for Sale: Amazingly Rare, RHD, 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

It may, occasionally, catch fire but, otherwise, it’s amazing

Lamborghini is known for making some of the world’s most outlandish cars. The Aventador is arguably the last of the old-school greats, a big, heavy supercar with a naturally aspirated V-12 engine positioned behind the seats and its tiny brother, the Huracan, has been a steady seller for years.

But Lamborghini wasn’t always hell-bent on making supercars with its first cars being laid-back grand tourers. It all changed, however, when the Miura arrived. And then, while everyone was still wiping off their drool, Lamborghini struck again with this, the Miura SV.

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Someone Is Seriously Ballsy Enough to Race a New Porsche 935 At Pikes Peak

Someone Is Seriously Ballsy Enough to Race a New Porsche 935 At Pikes Peak

The 935 was made for the track so it’s a good thing that all of Pikes Peak is paved now

Jeff Zwart is a man of many talents: he’s an eight-time Pikes Peak champion who broke quite a few records on the fabled Colorado hill climb course over the years mainly driving Porsches and he’s also a world-renown director having masterminded some famous automotive commercials that you probably were amazed by.

The next thing Zwart plans to do - which will amaze us and surely entertain him - is returning to the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb on August 30th. As ever, his weapon of choice is a Porsche but not just any product of Zuffenhausen. Think special, think very special, think 935-19.

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An R32 Nissan Skyline Just Became the Worlds Fastest AWD Vehicle With a Sub-7-Second Quarter Mile!

An R32 Nissan Skyline Just Became the Worlds Fastest AWD Vehicle With a Sub-7-Second Quarter Mile!

You’re also looking at the fastest Nissan GT-R

The Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is one of the most revered Japanese cars of the past few decades and there’s a good reason why: packed with technology quite like no other sports car back in its day, the R32 GT-R is the jack of all trades that also manages to master each and every one of them.

Recently, one became the fastest AWD car in the world and the fastest GT-R in the world, beating all the fancy new R35s.

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You Can Own A Lamborghini-powered Formula 1 Car

You Can Own A Lamborghini-powered Formula 1 Car

Does it really matter that the Larrousse team was never succesful?

The year is 1992 and the struggling Larrousse squad is at the bottom of the pecking order. With 16 teams vying to make the grid, Larrousse drivers Bertrand Gachot and Ukyo Katayama often realize there’s no way their Robin Herd-designed car will make the cut and the days of Aguri Suzuki finishing on the podium for the team at Suzuka seem like a distant memory.

The only constant is the screaming 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated Lamborghini V-12 engine that revved to almost 20,000 rpm. You want a Lamborghini-engined car that can rev that high, don’t you?

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Need An E-Type Engine? Jaguar Makes The 3.8-Liter XK Mill Again

Need An E-Type Engine? Jaguar Makes The 3.8-Liter XK Mill Again

The classic engine powered some of the greatest Jags of the ’60s and ’70s

Jaguar cares about its long and storied past and wants to take care of the people that keep its history on the road. To that end, the British automaker created its very own Classic division that does everything from restoring old models to building, from scratch, legendary ’Continuation’ models such as the Jaguar XKSS.

Another thing the Jaguar Classic division does is provide customers with period-correct parts for their cars and now the list of parts has been enriched by the addition of one of Jag’s truly emblematic powerplants, the 3.8-liter XK engine that’s powered anything from the XK150 to the S-Type.

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The Blue Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Is Real, Although It Doesn't Seem Like It

The Blue Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Is Real, Although It Doesn’t Seem Like It

The Tipo 33 Stradale is one of the rarest cars in existence and not all are red

Trying to pin down the most beautiful road car ever made is an impossible task. There are those that would give an arm and a leg to at least lay eyes on a 250 GTO and others that have altars in their homes dedicated to the Jaguar E-Type or the Lamborghini Miura.

However, among the cars tossed around in this discussion none is probably more exclusive than Alfa Romeo’s Tipo 33 Stradale. While Ferrari built over 30 250 GTOs in the mid-’60s, fewer than 10 Tipo 33s are believed to exist so to come to the realization that one of them is blue, not red, is akin to realizing that the Sun revolves around the Earth and not the other way around.

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Sim Racing vs. Real Racing - Costs Compared

Sim Racing vs. Real Racing - Costs Compared

We compare how much it costs you to go racing in the real world versus just racing from your living room

Every crisis presents itself with a number of hidden opportunities ready to be found by those keen enough to look for them. Sim racing was, and still is, one of those opportunities and every major racing series indulged in virtual racing as everything in the real world had to take a break.

You too can do it and do it at a respectable level without breaking the bank and here we’ll show you how much cheaper it really is than doing it for real.

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24-hour Racing - Is It As Incredible In Sim Racing As It Is In The Real World?

24-hour Racing - Is It As Incredible In Sim Racing As It Is In The Real World?

Round-the-clock races in the virtual realm are nothing new but they can’t be as tough as a real race, right?

"Racing is life," said Steve McQueen’s character Michael Delaney in the 1971 movie Le Mans. "Everything before or after is just waiting."

So what do you do when you can no longer go out and race? You keep on racing, virtually, from the comfort of your home, of course. That’s what most pro drivers did during the lockdown period but how does a real race compare to one you do in a simulator?

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From the '50s to the '00s, Here Are Some Legendary Le Mans Moments

From the ’50s to the ’00s, Here Are Some Legendary Le Mans Moments

This year we celebrate many Le Mans anniversaries including Porsche’s first win and Jaguar’s last

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most grueling tests for both man and machine in the whole of the racing world.

Organized each year around the scenic country roads near Le Mans, the race’s long history is an undying resource of amazing stories and today we’re looking back at some of the most amazing moments we celebrate this year such as the 30th anniversary of Jaguar’s last outright win or the 50th anniversary of Porsche’s first. 2020 also marks the 40th anniversary of Rondeau’s one and only win by a man driving a car bearing his own name.

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If the Bugatti EB110 Was Front-Engined, It Would Look Like a Corvette

If the Bugatti EB110 Was Front-Engined, It Would Look Like a Corvette

We’re still waiting for GM to make a quad-turbo Corvette

The Bugatti EB110 was one of the wildest supercars to come out of the ’90s. The use of not one, not, two, but four turbochargers never made any sense but, under the leadership of Romano Artioli, it got made anyway to mark the 110th birthday of Ettore Bugatti.

It was luxurious on the inside and, just like in the case of its peers from McLaren or Ferrari, that ludicrous engine sat behind the driver. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if Don Panoz had revived Bugatti instead? Yasid Design writes alternative history.

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The Holy Grail Garage Is Literally Automotive Heaven on Earth In a Church

The Holy Grail Garage Is Literally Automotive Heaven on Earth In a Church

We’d attend Mass every day if it meant going there

Owning a car, especially if it’s a sports car or something that you simply wouldn’t leave parked out on the curb, often involves finding the best storage space if you don’t have your very own garage.

There are many companies that are more than happy to take in your car during the cold months or simply when you’re away but only the Holy Grail Garage will park your car inside a former church.

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Own A Piece Of British Le Mans History With This TVR T400R

Own A Piece Of British Le Mans History With This TVR T400R

You can’t help but love the weirdness of TVRs

TVR is known as one of those wacky British manufacturers that, bolstered by a feverish can-do attitude, has been putting out stupendous sports cars for decades. Most of the TVRs that’ve come out since the ’90s are weird, somewhat unreliable, impractical, and that’s why we love them. We love the Tuscan, the Cerbera, the T350, the Chimaera, and the Sagaris all the same and today we’re focusing on the one that last raced at Le Mans, the Tuscan or, as it was called in its latter years, the T440.

As a small manufacturer, TVR never could hope to pump out dozens and dozens of race cars like Porsche and, as such, only six Tuscan-based GT cars were ever made and the first chassis, number 1227, debuted way back in 2001 and had a long and storied career with a final appearance at Le Mans in ’05 followed by a full European Le Mans Series season in ’06. And now you can buy it from the man who’s had it since it was brand-spanking-new.

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Driving a Porsche 917 Is Exiciting, Especially If You Can Do It On Public Roads

Driving a Porsche 917 Is Exiciting, Especially If You Can Do It On Public Roads

Low enough to drive underneath a semi, for real

The Porsche 917 marked Porsche’s breakthrough in sports car endurance racing. While well accustomed to victory in some of the world’s most famous races, it wasn’t until the 917 took to the track that Porsche was truly able to have a say in the battle at the front at Le Mans.

The car you see here is almost identical to those that won at La Sarthe and it even wears the legendary Martini & Rossi war paint but, unlike most other 917s, this one can be driven on the open road. If you dare.

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This Review of a 1997 Mazda 626 Will Take You Back to Much Simpler Times With A Few Laughs Included

This Review of a 1997 Mazda 626 Will Take You Back to Much Simpler Times With A Few Laughs Included

A car said to be "so generic it might as well have been in GTA 3"

The Mazda Capella, or 626 as it became known outside of Japan, was a mainstay in Mazda’s lineup for some 30 years before being replaced by the Mazda6 in the early ’00s. Growing throughout the years to battle the likes of Honda’s Accord, the 626 dropped everything that made it unique and became bland, really bland as Mr. Regular explains in this video from Regular Car Reviews.

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Here's What It's Like to Drive a 500-Horsepower AMG E63 With Hand Controls

Here’s What It’s Like to Drive a 500-Horsepower AMG E63 With Hand Controls

Would you try this out on your own?

The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is one of those cars that combine the seriousness of a top-line executive with the boyish silliness of a 14-year-old. The former comes virtue of the somewhat reserved appearance (massive mint-colored calipers notwithstanding) while the latter is in droves thanks to the 5.5-liter, turbo V-8 that cranks over 500 horsepower. That’s enough power to keep you on your toes or, rather, on the edge of your fingers because the AMG E63 you see here is entirely controllable with your hands.

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People Are Missing The Point of This Race Between a Hennessey-Modded C8 Corvette and a Bone Stock C7 Corvette

People Are Missing The Point of This Race Between a Hennessey-Modded C8 Corvette and a Bone Stock C7 Corvette

It’s more for fun than anything else, really

It’s almost every day that we stumble upon a new drag racing video. The usual suspects are supercars that, barely tuned, can do insane quarter-mile times or multi-car races attempting to show viewers which car from a certain segment is the best at going really quickly and at stopping.

Then there’s the sort of video we have here today for you where someone pits a stock car against a modified one and then, mouths wide open, we watch as the one that should win duly wins. But there’s more to it than just that.

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Meet the Guntherwerks 400R - a 25-Year-Old Porsche 911 That's Faster Than Today's GT3!

Meet the Guntherwerks 400R - a 25-Year-Old Porsche 911 That’s Faster Than Today’s GT3!

This is the best of all the worlds!

Are you bored of resto-modded Porsches? Good, because neither are we and since we’re talking old Porsches that are made to beat whatever Stuttgart’s got on its production lines right now, let’s take a look at the Guntherwerks 400R, namely the production version of a car we first heard about back in 2018.

It’s been improved in many areas since then and now Guntherwerks is ready to begin making this half-a-million-dollar 993 on steroids. You can still probably get one but you gotta act quick - they’ll only be making 25 400Rs.

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The Upcoming Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans Will Have a Star-Studded Lineup

The Upcoming Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans Will Have a Star-Studded Lineup

Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Juan Pablo Montoya among the heavyweights bound to race

Each year for the past nine decades, a laid-back town in the south of France becomes the world capital of speed and endurance. It all happens over the length of one weekend in June but, due to the ongoing pandemic, 2020 will see a different sort of race take place around Circuit de la Sarthe. While the real 24 Hours of Le Mans is bound to take place come autumn, a virtual twice-around-the-clock event will fill the gap on June 14-15 and basically everyone that matters in modern sports car racing is readying to take part.

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This Miami Vice Tribute Will Remind You How Awesome Cars Were in the 1980s

This Miami Vice Tribute Will Remind You How Awesome Cars Were in the 1980s

The TV show where a fake Ferrari gets blown to smithereens and many other things in between

Do you remember Miami Vice? It’s that show which epitomized an entire decade, acted as a trendsetter for those watching it and which dictated who mattered and who did not.

If you were on the show, you were someone in the ’80s and this also trickled down to the cars that appeared in the show: Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, they all starred, driven down Miami’s palm-tree-lined boulevards and we loved it.

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This E85 BMW Z4 With a V-10 Is Clearly From a Different Dimension or Alternate Reality

This E85 BMW Z4 With a V-10 Is Clearly From a Different Dimension or Alternate Reality

A hairdresser’s car this Z4 surely is not!

What to do when you’ve got a 600 horsepower BMW Z4 that loves to smoke its back tires on your hands? The only logical answer is to take it to Germany’s limitless Autobahn network and allow it to run free. That’s exactly what the AutoTopNL did and, boy, is it a joy to watch. Just to refresh your memory before we delve deeper into this crazy build: never did the E85-generation Z4 come with anything bigger than the 3.2-liter S54 inline-six from the factory. Yep, we don’t quite know how the E60/E63-era V-10 fit in there either but here it goes.

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Check Out This Porsche 356 Outlaw - The First of Its Kind

Check Out This Porsche 356 Outlaw - The First of Its Kind

A Porsche with Mercedes cues, all done by Dean Jeffries

Once upon a time, it was frowned upon within the Porsche community to even own an ’Outlaw’ Porsche. Purists hated these modified examples that had strayed far from the beaten path but that all changed with people such as Magnus Walker breathing new life into the movement and showing the world just how awesome an Outlaw Porsche could be.

The movement, however, dates back decades and this is probably where it all started: Dean Jeffries’ 356A Carrera, which he thoroughly modified taking design cues from the Mercedes 300 SL. Happily, it doesn’t have butterfly doors!

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Will This Abandoned 1970 Cadillac Deville Actually Start and Drive Home?

Will This Abandoned 1970 Cadillac Deville Actually Start and Drive Home?

A Cadillac from the days Cadillac still built proper land barges

Most people would tell you not to buy a car with visible rust that’s been sitting in a field since the Y2K but that’s not what Vice Grip Garage is all about. No, Vice Grip’s mission is to save as many cars as possible and the fact that this Caddy’s been sunk in a valley bottom all the way to the chassis isn’t a good enough reason to not rescue it.

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Would You Drive a Rainbow-Colored Bentley Bacalar?

Would You Drive a Rainbow-Colored Bentley Bacalar?

The ultimate anti-Hippie car

If you’re part of the richest 0.1% and want to show off your enormous wealth, you’ll probably resort to buying a really expensive car. As luck would have it, there are many, many multi-million-dollar cars on the market these days and Bentley peppered up that list not too long ago with the Mulliner Bacalar, a $2 million version of the Continental GT Convertible with a speedster-like tonneau cover.

12 were made and all were sold before the rest of the world even got to see the car but Bentley reckoned the Bacalar could sprain even more necks and that’s how the car you see here came to be.

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Here's What Randy Pobst Has to Say After Test Driving the Pagani Huayra

Here’s What Randy Pobst Has to Say After Test Driving the Pagani Huayra

A seasoned race car driver faces a brutal hypercar, what could go wrong?

The BC is powered by the Huayra’s 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine but the power is up by 25 horsepower and there’s more torque too, all kept in check by a more aggressive aerodynamic package. Now it’s time for road racing veteran Randy Pobst to tell everyone about the time when he got to try out a member of the supercar world’s upper echelons with all the others also in attendance.

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Behold the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Giving the Bilster Berg The Business

Behold the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Giving the Bilster Berg The Business

Witness the Chiron’s split personality as it leaves behind that Trailer Queen persona

Bugatti, the maker of the fastest road-legal car, has just about had it with people yammering on about how its multi-million-dollar products are merely trailer queens good only for the occasional highway blast that otherwise only sit pretty in front of a Michelin-starred restaurant or high-end hotel. To prove the Chiron is also at home on a track, Bugatti rented the entire 2.6-mile-long Bilster Berg track and this is what went down.

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This Rendering Has Us Convinced That Genesis Needs to Build a Sports Coupe ASAP

This Rendering Has Us Convinced That Genesis Needs to Build a Sports Coupe ASAP

Genesis needs to get its priorities and start building a proper sports car

Genesis is on a roll these days, introducing the new 2021 G80 and its high-riding counterpart, the GV80 SUV but the Korean upmarket brand’s plans for the future seem poised to include some rather sportier models.

It’s been half a decade since Genesis trademarked a bevy of nameplates that led us to think that a two-door coupe is in the making and while we’re still waiting for a formal confirmation on the subject, we’re heating our collective appetite by looking at this gorgeous coupe that KKS Studio came up with based around Genesis’ latest design language.

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Is This The Most Expensive 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette?

Is This The Most Expensive 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette?

Even a Chevy allows you to brag with some expensive & silly options

GM pledged to keep the price of the Corvette C8 down and kept its promise with the announcement that the first mid-engined ’Vette will start from just $59,995. It is, then, only natural that we should take a peek at the other end of the scale and try to find some really expensive Corvette C8s. With neither the Z06 or the ZR1 out yet, this fully loaded C8 may just be one of the most expensive out there. For now, at least.

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We Really Want This Lego Fast and Furious Supra, So Please Help Make It Happen

We Really Want This Lego Fast and Furious Supra, So Please Help Make It Happen

All the orange bricks are genuine registered Lego bricks

Next year, the first installment of the Fast & Furious saga will celebrate its 20th birthday and you can begin the celebrations right now by helping to bring a Lego version of Brian O’Conner’s 1994 Toyota Supra Mk. IV into production. Better yet, you don’t have just 10 seconds to act, there are still over 400 days left for this product idea to make it to the desks of Lego’s decision-makers and, with a bit of luck, become a licensed set.

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If This Porsche Cyber 677 Concept Is the Future Porsche 911, We Need a Time Machine

If This Porsche Cyber 677 Concept Is the Future Porsche 911, We Need a Time Machine

Bored of the Porsche 911? Not anymore!

Porsche 911 fans are always given a hard time. Be it because they love a "glorified Beetle" or because "that thing’s been looking the same since the days my grandma was in kindergarten", 911 fans rarely catch a break and it’s all simply because they love a car as anachronic as Stuttgart’s most famous automotive export (sorry Mercedes). But Paul Breshke took it upon himself to change all that and, in doing so, he made the 911 feel novel again. Behold the Porsche Cyber 677 Concept.

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Hate the Nanny State? Buy This Head-Chopping 1998 Ultima Spyder

Hate the Nanny State? Buy This Head-Chopping 1998 Ultima Spyder

In this pandemic-struck world, bidding will only take place online

Covered in Red Bull Racing’s colors and sporting a sizeable wing in the back, it’s hard to fathom that this, the 1998 Ultima Spyder, is Ultima’s maiden effort at making a "car designed with pure road use in mind."

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An Electric Dragster Has Finally Broken the 200-MPH Barrier

An Electric Dragster Has Finally Broken the 200-MPH Barrier

Steve Huff is the new speed king of electric dragsters

Electric cars are the future or, at the very least, part of the future, whether we like it or not, so all of us at TopSpeed get properly excited when we hear of an EV that managed to break any sort of speed or acceleration record because, let’s face it, that’s way cooler than hearing about which EV can boast with a 400-mile range.

Now, the talk of the town is Current Technology’s insane 1,950 horsepower electric dragster, the first of its kind to surpass the 200 mph barrier.

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Immerse Yourself in the Heaven That Is the Porsche 919 Hybrid Testing at Spa

Immerse Yourself in the Heaven That Is the Porsche 919 Hybrid Testing at Spa

If you think testing a multiple Le Mans winner in the wet at Belgium’s GP track is scary you’d be bang on the money

Porsche came back to top-level sports car endurance racing in 2014 with the 919 Hybrid, a 900 horsepower beast powered by the combination between a V-4, turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine and an electric generator unit sending power to the front axle. Basically, when the batteries were fully loaded and giving all the power to the front axle, with the traditional engine powering the back axle, the 919 was AWD car but not just any AWD car - one that managed to win Le Mans three times on the trot, doubling that with a trifecta of World Endurance Championship titles.

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Ferrari Is The Latest Indy Hopeful

Ferrari Is The Latest Indy Hopeful

The Italian supercar maker confirmed that it’s evaluating a factory-backed program in the NTT IndyCar Series

Ferrari, the most celebrated manufacturer in the history of the Formula 1 World Championship, a winner of 16 Constructors’ Championships and 15 Drivers’ Championships, hasn’t raced at the Brickyard since the ’50s but this may be about to change as the suits in Maranello are apparently considering to expand the team’s activity across the Atlantic and enter the NTT IndyCar Series sometime after the new rules come into effect in 2022.

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This Modern Review of a 1953 Chevy C1 Corvette Is the Best Thing You'll See This Month

This Modern Review of a 1953 Chevy C1 Corvette Is the Best Thing You’ll See This Month

Have a look at one of the lowest mileage first-gen Corvettes out there

The Corvette is America’s sports car, a legend of the automotive industry that’s been around for almost 70 years. With such a rich heritage behind it, as well as given the move from the classic front-engined layout to the rear-mid-engined layout with the arrival of the eighth-generation model, it’s only right that we take a step back and look at the 1953 Corvette C1, the great-great-great grandad of the current ’Vette, the original fiberglass two-seater from GM made to rival Europe’s finest and we do it courtesy of Regular Car Reviews.

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For $3,000 You Can Have Lambo Doors Installed on your 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette

For $3,000 You Can Have Lambo Doors Installed on your 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette

Add extra rice to your Chevy Corvette C8 with doors that go up and allow you to look silly when getting in and out

Most Lamborghinis have abandoned them, tuners consider them a relic of the ’00s and you’d be hard-pressed to find any modern car they are suited to, yet, for just $3,000, Eikon Motorsports offers to fit scissor doors to your C8 for that obnoxious NFS Underground 2 feel. Sadly, light bars and smoke canons are not included.

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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

The GTI dialed up to 11

The Mk. 8 Golf GTI TCR will build on top of an already amazing package to take things to the next level. As a model that’s more oriented toward the driver, it’ll feature a whopping 300 horsepower, all of which will be shunted through an eight-speed DCT. There’s no definite on-sale date as of yet, but it should launch in late 2020 as a 2021 model.

Update 5/12/2020: The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR was spotted in the wild with almost no camo. Check it out in our special “Spy Shots” section below!

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Marvel at this ludicrous prototype unveiled by an ex-F1 driver

Marvel at this ludicrous prototype unveiled by an ex-F1 driver

Tarso Marques’ radical sports car will compete in Brazil’s own endurance championship

Rulebooks are really thick in modern motor racing. Everywhere you go, you’ve got dozens upon dozens of rules and regulations you’ll have to follow to the letter if you plan to race. Gone are the days of Group 7 sports car racing or the ’Formula Libre’ run-what-you-brung-style of events as the sport is in continuous pursuit of both safety and equity. But, in this arguably robotic world, a wild project appears once in a blue moon and the latest such project is Tarso Marques’ TMC M1, a Batmobile for when Batman decides to do some racing of his own.

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Details emerge on the Hypercar-LMDH convergence plans in North America

Details emerge on the Hypercar-LMDH convergence plans in North America

We’ve finally been given some leads on how IMSA’s prototype class will look from 2022

While racing is still on hiatus all around the world, news reached us of the very first technical details that have been published on the new-for-2022 LMDH category set to replace today’s DPi class in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship and also be eligible to compete at the sharp end in the FIA WEC. The other top-class cars of the WEC, known as LM Hypercars, will also be eligible to race Stateside.

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SCG 007 Will Drop Its Twin-Turbo V-6 In Favor Of A Twin-Turbo V-8

SCG 007 Will Drop Its Twin-Turbo V-6 In Favor Of A Twin-Turbo V-8

WRC engine builder Pipo Moteurs will supply the non-hybrid V-8s

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, so far the only American outfit set to field a prototype built to the new-for-2021 LM Hypercar rules in the FIA World Endurance Championship, has finally settled on its choice of engine for the 007 prototype that will now house a twin-turbocharged V-8 instead of an Alfa Romeo-derived twin-turbocharged V-6 as originally planned.

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This Video Shows Just How Close the Mercedes-AMG A45 S and Porsche 911 Are in a Drag Race

This Video Shows Just How Close the Mercedes-AMG A45 S and Porsche 911 Are in a Drag Race

Is Mercedes’ fastest hot hatch a genuine giant killer?

I’ve been told time and again that I should stop using the "hot hatch" catchphrase. It’s a lazy and stale blanket term for every fast small car to come out since the ’80s and we, journalists, as supposed wordsmiths, should enrich our arsenal of words, not limit it. But, after watching the video below you’ll agree with me that the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 S is a seriously hot little car!

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The Time Aston Martin Threw A Tracksuit On The DB9

The Time Aston Martin Threw A Tracksuit On The DB9

It was a rare and amazing beast

While on the list of Aston Martins eternally forsaken by Britain’s best-loved and most famous spy, Agent 007, the DB9 marked the company’s proper entry in the new millennium with a V-12-engined grand tourer boasting a more resonant public appeal. Three short years after the car’s formal introduction to the world, Aston Martin’s newly-formed racing department was already churning out not one but two racing versions of the DB9 and the DBRS9 was the more popular of the lot.

With a front-mounted, naturally aspirated, 12-cylinder engine, the DB9 is the modern interpretation of an all-British GT car: elegant, fast, comfortable, and luxurious. In production for a staggering 12 years, the car made a lasting impression on the automotive world as the epitome of four-wheeled cool and, apparently, over 16,000 people agreed with that view since they went in and bought a DB9 during its production cycle that ended in 2016 when the DB11 was introduced. By comparison, the race-going DBRS9 was made in under 30 copies including the development prototypes.

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