How F1 Compares to Le Mans Prototypes, In the Words of the Drivers
Kevin Magnussen, son of F1 prodigy and former Corvette Racing stalwart Jan Magnussen, is now a former F1 driver himself. As the Dane embarks on a new adventure together with Chip Ganassi Racing, we look at how F1 drivers have gauged their experiences away from the haloed world of Grand Prix racing and into top-level sports prototypes. Alonso, Button, Hulkenberg, and more have their say.
Watch the Volvo P1800 Cyan Get Sideways the Scandinavian Way
Cyan Racing’s Volvo P1800 is a stunning resto-mod that’s capable of turning snow-covered roads into its personal playground. The Swedish racing outfit brought the P1800 to Åre, a small town north of Volvo’s headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden for some fun runs in sub-zero temperatures.
Sending a car that weighs under 2,200 but packs 420 horsepower on less-than-stellar roads might sound dangerous for some, but it also could be a fun experience for those who know how to drive the P1800 in these conditions.
Ken Block’s 2002 Subaru WRX STi Is For Sale, And You Know You Want It
This Alpine A110 Almost Sounds Like an F1 Car
2021 Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy
The previous-gen Defender is one of the most sought-after vehicles in the market. Aftermarket companies acquire it and give it its own unique twists, each one a lot different than the other. Land Rover has jumped on the wagon, too, and come up with a limited-production Defender Works V8 Trophy. The SUV will come with classic looks and a V-8 engine under the hood. The automaker will build just 25 examples, but none of them are earmarked for the U.S. market. The price? A little over quarter-million dollars!
The 862-Horsepower Subaru WRX STI From Gymkhana Was a Masterpiece of Modern Engineering
We can safely say that each and every Gymkhana car used so far in the installment was downright bonkers. No exception. However, as Ken Block traded places with Travis Pastrana for Gymkhana 2020, Subaru responded by dialing up the WRX STI to eleven… thousand.
Nothing to See Here, Just a Lamborghini Diablo SV-R Race Car on the Road
The 1990s were a difficult time for Lamborghini. The Italian company offered only two vehicles and one of them was the weird LM002 SUV, which was eventually discontinued in 1993. The other one was the Diablo, which went on to become one of the brand’s most iconic models. The supercar that made the transition between the legendary Countach and the Murcielago, the Diablo was the first Lambo to spawn an official factory-built race car. It’s called the SV-R, Lamborghini made only 31 of them, and you can buy one until February 21, 2021.
A Look at Who Will Drive The Fastest Prototypes In The World In 2021 and Beyond
Each year, only about 20 drivers get to do battle in Formula 1, often referred to as racing’s peak discipline, a series that remains only a distant dream for the vast majority of drivers. But, as a driver of a top-flight prototype in the FIA World Endurance Championship, you’re actually part of an even more exclusive club than that of Grand Prix motor racing participants.
You see, only five cars have been entered ahead of the 2021 season and each of these five machines can be driven by no more than three drivers giving us a rough total of about 15 (really) lucky people that will feature at the sharp end in places like Le Mans. We’re here to discuss who Toyota, Glickenhaus, and Alpine chose to fill these seats.
2021 Audi RS3 LMS
The 2021 Audi RS3 LMS is an upgraded version of the company’s customer race car for the TCR racing series. Based on the fourth-generation Audi A3, which went into production in 2020, the 2021 RS3 LMS is the brand’s first all-new design for the racing series since the LMS debuted in 2016. On top of the updated exterior design that borrows from the road car, the 2021 RS3 LMS also features a more ergonomic cockpit with improved safety, a revised four-cylinder engine, and a new transmission. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
Take A Ride in the Insanely Fast Porsche 917K at Laguna Seca
Porsche has built some of the world’s finest sports cars and continues to do so, but the company’s lineup of race-spec vehicles is even more impressive. The German carmaker has dominated the racing scene for many decades with race cars like the 917, 935, 936, and 956, winning hundreds of races and championships with them.
All these race cars are impressive in their own right, but the 917 holds a special place among them. Not only it was the most extreme race car of its era, but also because it was the first Porsche to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Most of us won’t get to see a 917 in the flesh, but this ride-along video from Canepa Motorsport will give you a taste of the car’s outstanding track capability.
The HGK Supra Eurofighter Is A Prime Example of What Drift Cars Are Meant To Be
Latvia-based HGK has a long repertoire of drift car projects, most of which BMWs (think E92s and E46s). Every now and then, however, HGK likes to switch it up and massage Japanese sports car as well. Case in point: this rad looking Supra.
PS: It has a 2JZ engine.
Bugatti and the Bolide - Stepping Outside the Box
With the Bolide, Bugatti virtually took the W-16, 8-liter engine and developed an ultra-light body around it. And while modern Bugattis and the term ‘ultra-light’ do not go hand in hand, the Bolide fits the description, as it tips the scales at just 1,240 kilos (2,734 pounds).
Sure, it is so easy to take things for granted these days, and simply expect such contraptions to simply happen from a brand like Bugatti. However, the truth is that, in developing the Bolide, Bugatti had to give its absolute best.