Volkswagen’s I.D. R Pikes Peak Racer is Not For the Weak of Heart
The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak racer is no joke. The German automaker finally unveiled its all-electric time attack racer and, judging by the technical specifications; it looks like it’s ready to conquer the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The I.D. R Pikes Peak has a serious amount of power at its disposal. More importantly, all that power translates to performance abilities that make it quicker than a Formula E race car and a Formula One racer.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to pace 102nd Indianapolis 500
For the 15th time since 1978, the Chevrolet Corvette will serve as the pace car for one of the world’s most prestigious races, the Indy 500. In keeping with the occasion, we’re not going to be seeing just an ordinary Corvette in Indy; we’re seeing a 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1 with all the cosmetic bells and whistles of a fully functioning pace car.
Ford Mustang to Enter NASCAR Cup Series for the first time in 2019
It’s finally happening! After competing for eight years in the Xfinity Series, the Ford Mustang is finally joining the Cup Series, the top tier of NASCAR. The Mustang will replace the Fusion, which the company has been racing in the premier series since 2006.
"We’re combining America’s favorite sports car with America’s top stock car racing series," said Mark Rushbrook, global director at Ford Performance Motorsports. "Mustang always has been about affordable performance, which can be traced to innovations we’ve made competing in racing, like NASCAR. Mustang is a perfect fit for our racing heritage today and tomorrow."
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Ken Block and His 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth Are Officially Returning to American Stage Rally
It looks like the Hoon Master General is returning to the twists and turns of slideways driving for speed, rather than for show. Yep - Ken Block, purveyor of all things tire smoke and energy drinks, will once again try his hand in American Stage Rally, and he’s bringing his race-prepped and freshly painted ’93 Ford Escort Cosworth with him to do the job.
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2018 IMSA GP at Long Beach - Race Report
When you think about a 100-minute-long race along the scenic Long Beach street circuit, you assume it’s all going to be about that one fast lap in qualifying with the shortness of the event and the tight nature of a street circuit, but IMSA’s annual visits to Long Beach have proved that you can have an exciting sports car race on a street course. The 2018 running of the race was no exception with a healthy prototype field backed up by an equally strong GTLM pack that did battle in 80°F heat.
Only 22 cars gathered on Shoreline Drive to take the start as IMSA decided the race will be a GTLM and Prototype-only event due to limited paddock space, with IndyCar, Pirelli World Challenge, Formula Drift, and Stadium Super Trucks also racing this past weekend. GTD will be coming back to fight at Mid-Ohio. With Vautier’s crash at Sebring, Spirit Of Daytona Racing’s Cadillac did not show up in California so the eight works GTLM machines were joined by 14 Prototype-class models. DPI dominated the proceedings at the sharp end of the field with the ORECA and Ligier prototypes acting as second-class citizens, and the status quo remained unchanged in qualifying.
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2018 Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo
Launched in 2013, the Vision Gran Turismo program gave mainstream automakers to develop wild concept cars for the Gran Turismo 6 and Gran Turismo Sport video games. No fewer than 26 virtual vehicles were created by more than 20 carmakers until 2018, with the likes of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Aston Martin, Toyota, Chevrolet, Lexus, and Bugatti having joined the ranks. Come 2018 and Audi launched its first concept car for the Gran Turismo Sport video game. But unlike the competition, the Audi e-Tron Vision Gran Turismo is a fully functional vehicle.
While most Vision Gran Turismo concepts were developed exclusively for the pixelated world of Gran Turismo, some were built as full-scale models, and only a small fraction had an actual drivetrain. But none of them were able to function as actual race cars outside the video game. Audi is the first to deploy its Vision Gran Turismo car to real-world racetracks, as the fully-electric vehicle will be used as a taxi during Formula E events.
One of the first manufacturers to enter Formula E with a factory-backed team, Audi is now the first carmaker to offer its customers and guests the opportunity to experience Formula E’s city circuits as passengers in the e-Tron Vision Gran Turismo. This will happen starting April 14, when Formula E goes to Rome, Italy, for the seventh race of the 2017-2018 season. There’s no specific information as to how you can sign up for a ride, but a Vision Gran Turismo concept that actually works in the real world is a might big accomplishment.
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TVR Returns To Racing After More than a Decade
Revived by British businessman Les Edgar after decades of struggle, TVR launched in 2017 its first brand-new vehicle in 13 years. Given the company’s current condition, the second-generation Griffith will remain its sole model for a while, but TVR isn’t wasting time and is expanding its presence by returning to endurance motorsport. In an announcement made earlier this week, TVR revealed that it has teamed up with Rebellion Racing for the 2018-2019 super season of the FIA World Endurance Championship. TVR will compete in the LMP1 category, alongside five other teams, including Toyota Gazoo Racing. Rebellion Racing TVR will make its track debut during the WEC Prologue event at Circuit Paul Ricard on 6 April, marking the company’s return to motorsport for the first time in more than a decade.
TVR Teases New Le Mans Challenger; Debut On April 5
British sports car maker TVR is gearing up to offer a brand-new lineup of street machines by next year, and to coincide with the release, the company is also looking to step back into the world of motorsport with some fresh competition at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The brand teased its new endurance challenger in a recent social media post depicting a heavily pixelated image of the forthcoming racer.
TVR head honcho Les Edgar has said in the past that the company will view Le Mans as “front and center” in terms of priorities, and given the company’s return to the limelight, a venue like the Circuit de la Sarthe seems like a fantastic choice for TVR to make its grand reentrance.
TVR last ran at Le Mans 13 years ago in 2005, represented by the Tuscan R. The company is currently in the process of creating a new Griffith street car, which is due out by the end of the year.
There are currently no official details on the new Le Mans racer as of yet, but it looks as though TVR will compete in the LMP1 class running a Rebellion R13. What’s more, there’s speculation that Gordon Murray, a British designer best known for his work in Formula One and the legendary McLaren F1 road machine, will have a hand in the creation of the new TVR racer. Murray also had a hand in the new Griffith.
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Lamborghini Seeks to Enter the Urus in an "All-Roads Competition" to Demonstrate it’s Capability
Lamborghini introduced the Urus just last December, ushering in a hot new competitor for the high-end performance SUV segment that matched a tall-riding, opulent body style with the traditional Raging Bull qualities of head-turning style and neck-snapping performance. Naturally, as the first-ever SUV from Lamborghini, we wanna know what it can do - both on the road, and off it. Thankfully, it’s looking like the brand is gearing up to show us exactly what the Urus is capable of.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R Formula 1 Safety Car
Developed as a replacement for the iconic SLS AMG, the Mercedes-AMG GT has been around since 2014 and has already made a name for itself on the sports car market. Already available in a variety of versions and body styles, the AMG GT also made its debut on the race track, being offered in both GT3 and GT4 specifications. Starting in 2015, it also became the official Safety Car of the Formula One championship, being used in AMG GT S guise for three seasons. Come 2018, and the FIA upgraded its safety vehicle to AMG GT R specs, thus employing the range-topping model to lead the pack.
The 11th Mercedes-Benz vehicle to pace Formula One since 1996, the AMG GT R is also the most powerful safety car in Formula One history. The AMG GT R takes over from the AMG GT S, which was used since 2015, and joins a long list of AMG vehicles that were used over the last 23 years, including the SLS AMG, SL63 AMG, SLK55 AMG, CL55 AMG, and the C63 AMG. The AMG GT R Safety Car made its debut at the Australian Grand Prix on March 25 and will be used throughout the 2018 season, which ends on November 25.
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2018 12 Hours of Sebring - Race Report
With over a dozen Prototypes lined up on the grid, this year’s Sebring 12 Hours was bound to be epic, and after some very unpredictable round-the-clock action, through which nobody in either of the three classes marked themselves as a favorite, we can attest that IMSA competition has delivered yet again.
The break between Daytona and Sebring always seems longer than it really is and the same was the case this year, especially since we have such an amazing field in each of the three categories. Then, finally, race week was upon us, and we got to see some exciting practice sessions that saw Cadillac, Acura, and even Mazda top the timing sheets before everyone got themselves in line for qualifying. There was also the matter of refueling times that was addressed for Sebring with IMSA mandating a minimum refueling time for each class that varies between 30 to 40 seconds.
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2019 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Earlier this year, Aston Martin unveiled the Valkyrie, an insane hybrid hypercar rocking four-digit output figures and the combined go-faster know-how of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing, among several others. Designed to take on the best of the best in the world of superlative road-going performance, the Valkyrie hasn’t even hit production yet and Aston is already gearing up for a newer, faster version. Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only variant of the Valkyrie that eliminates any remaining conciliations for street duty, pumping up the speed potential to ever-greater heights. Created as a collaborative effort between Aston and Red Bull, the Valkyrie AMR Pro once again takes direction from English Formula 1 mastermind Adrian Newey, offering more extreme aero, an all-business interior, more power, and less weight. The result is one serious speed machine, with Aston bragging it’ll have what it takes to challenge modern F1 and LMP1 racers in terms of lap times.
That’s a mighty impressive boast, especially for a platform that traces its roots to something you can drive on the road. Indeed, this is Aston’s idea of “ultimate,” the top of the mountain in the land of fast. This is what you get when you give Aston Martin and Red Bull an extreme performance car plus a blank check for track use. We know you wanna know more about it, so read on for the details.
Updated 03/14/2018: We updated our review with the official details and images released at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
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Nissan Shows Off Cool Formula E Nismo Livery in Geneva
A small series that didn’t get too much attention a few years ago, Formula E has become quite the big thing. Larger automakers all over the world are now interested in the series, with Audi, Jaguar, Renault, and Mahindra already competing this season. In addition, Venturi, DS, Nio, and Andretti run their own team. Although the 2017-2018 season is far from over, the FIA is already rounding up the lineup for the next championship and has already introduced the second-generation Formula E car at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Here, three competitors unveiled their liveries for next season, including Nissan, which joins the championship for the very first time.
Think Audi’s e-Tron FE05 Formula E Car is Cool? Check out the DS E-TENSE FE 19!
Of all the cars that showed up at the Geneva Motor Show, few drew as many curious looks as the DS E-TENSE FE 19. The concept race car is DS Automobiles’ interpretation of the second-generation Formula E racer that the racing series also debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. Make no mistake, the new Formula E racer looks radically different from its predecessor. It’s just that DS took that interpretation to another level with the E-TENSE FE 19. If you want the see the race car of the future, this is the version you should have your eyes on.
Audi Raises the Bar to Heights Unseen as it Unveils its New Formula E Car, the e-Tron FE05
A daring idea back in the early 2010s, the Formula E championship for all-electric single-seaters became a reality in 2014 when the first season commenced. Audi is one of the few automakers that battled for the win in all four seasons up until now, and it’s getting ready for the next championship with a second-generation race car. It’s called the E-tron FE05, and it was just unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
2018 Hyundai i30 N TCR
Launched for the 2018 model year, the i30 N is Hyundai first high-performance vehicle for the road. Although the N division is a few years old and responsible for the company’s solid rally campaign, road-going cars wearing this badge are still to come. While the i30 N already available in Europe, a similar version of the brand-new Veloster is coming to the U.S. in 2018. The i30 won’t make it on this side of the pond for road use, but Hyundai wants to use the beefed-up hatchback on the race track. Meet the i30 N TCR, Hyundai’s weapon of choice for the Pirelli World Challenge.
Showcased for the first time at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the i30 N TCR was launched alongside Hyundai’s new partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport. The result of this collaboration is a factory-sponsored race team that uses two versions of Hyundai’s i30 N TCR race cars currently available to customers in Europe. Bryan Herta will also develop all aspects of the team, including technicians, drivers, coaching, and management.
As the name suggests, the i30 N TCR will compete in the Touring Car Racing division of the Pirelli World Championship. The season kicks off in March and ends in September after six events across the U.S. You’ll be able to see the i30 N TCR on March 23-25 in Texas, April 27-29 in Virginia, May 25-28 in Connecticut, July 13-15 in Oregon, August 10-12 in Utah, and August 31 - September 2 in New York.
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NASCAR’s eSports Venture Could Be a Real Thing
Is NASCAR about the jump aboard the digital gaming craze? That looks to be the case after a report from The SportsBusiness Journal revealed the racing series’ plans to finalize an eSports venture. Nothing has been confirmed at the moment, but the report indicated that NASCAR is in the final stages of hammering out a venture that would lay the foundation for NASCAR-themed video game race competitions during race weekends this season.