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Forza Street Mobile Game is Out and You Can Get it for Free

Forza Street Mobile Game is Out and You Can Get it for Free

But even for a free game, some say the new mobile Forza title should best be avoided

Hype around a possible mobile Forza game was extremely high, even though some people in the know warned that the upcoming title wasn’t what people were expecting. In fact, as it turns out, the new Forza Street game is not even a new game, but rather a rebranding of an older game that Microsoft launched last year, one that never really saw much success, called Miami Street.

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The 2020 Lotus Evora GT4 Concept Previews The Official 2020 Race Car

The 2020 Lotus Evora GT4 Concept Previews The Official 2020 Race Car

The Evora returns to the GT4 ranks nine years after debut

The Lotus Evora has been around for a fair few years, hasn’t it? It was introduced a decade ago and, since then, not much has changed about what was Evo Magazine’s Car of the Year in 2009. Now, however, Lotus tries to remind us that the Evora is yet to kick the bucket by introducing a revised GT4-spec racing version. The Evora GT4 Concept is also a way for Lotus to announce that it’s launching the Lotus Driving Academy in China and will go on a tour with its new Chinese works drivers to showcase the car’s prowess.

For starters, let me tell you this isn’t really a concept - not like, say, the Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz is a concept. I mean just look at it, for all intents and purposes it looks ready to race. It doesn’t have cartoonishly large wheels or anything that could be considered out of order on a racing car. What it is, is the updated version of the Evora Cup GT4. The Cup GT4 model was based on the 2009 Lotus Evora Type 124 Prototype that previewed Lotus’ambitions to return to GT-based endurance racing. Now, the Evora looks meaner than ever, and we may see it race Stateside too, as well as in Europe.

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Best Autocross Car

Best Autocross Car

Our picks for the top-tier cone-dodgers, both new and old

Motorsport can be both ludicrously expensive and extremely dangerous. Luckily, autocross (alternatively known as auto-x or solo) remedies both those issues without skimping on the adrenaline rush. The premise is simple - race against the clock on a cone-lined course without hitting any of the orange things and post the fastest time. The courses are typically tight and tricky, emphasizing driving skill and vehicle setup over raw horsepower, and as a result, you don’t need to drop half a fortune to run at the front. Given just how accessible and inexpensive autocross is compared to most other motorsports, it makes sense that the vehicles which compete in it are equally accessible and inexpensive. With that in mind, we’ve put together the following list to help you find the best autocross car out there.

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The Legacy of Jim Russell

The Legacy of Jim Russell

The founder of the eponymous racing school has died at the age of 98 but his legacy will live on for generations

Jim Russell, the founder of the Jim Russell Racing School, can be considered the man behind the careers of many of motorsport’s top drivers including F1 World Champions Emerson Fittipaldi, Derek Bell, and Jenson Button, Le Mans winner Andy Wallace, Indycar aces Johnny Rutherford and Danny Sullivan and many, many more. Russell was also a keen racer himself and earned three British F3 titles in succession in the ’50s.

If you want to kick-off a career in motorsport, you need some deep pockets, an appetite for success, and the right teachers. The teaching can come naturally, through your own hands-on experience, but guidance is sometimes needed. That’s why racing schools have thrived over the years, and that’s why the best in the business can lay claim to some of the success of a bunch of top athletes that have become legends in motor racing. You may have heard of the newly-reborn Skip Barber Racing School or Bob Bondurant’s School for Performance Driving that was recently sold to private investors.

Both of these have hit some rather big hurdles in the past few years, but there’s no denying that taking part in the program of a top racing school can improve your chances of success in your motorsport career as well as making you a better, more aware driver throughout. Jim Russell’s racing school that he established back in 1956 - making it the oldest of the three - is also one of the world’s top organizations of this kind and is, currently, the racing school of the Mont Tremblant circuit in Canada. In the past, Jim Russell’s school also organized programs at Sonoma Raceway and in Russell’s native United Kingdom.

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Car for sale: 2001 Cadillac Northstar LMP01 Raced At Le Mans And Now It Could Be Yours

Car for sale: 2001 Cadillac Northstar LMP01 Raced At Le Mans And Now It Could Be Yours

The Northstar V-8-powered prototype built by Riley & Scott is in 2001 specification

Remember the Cadillac Northstar engines? They were a bunch of highly-advanced, DOHC V-6 and V-8 engines built by Cadillac from the ’90s all the way to 2011. In the early days of the Third Millenium, the Northstar made its way into prototype racing in the middle of the Riley & Scott-developed Cadillac LMP that raced for just three years. This is the fourth chassis ever made, and it was raced by the factory in the American Le Mans Series and at Le Mans in 2000 and 2001. Sadly, unlike the current Cadillac DPi-V.R, the LMP project was ambitious, but the money flow stopped just as the car was getting good and GM ditched its plans of replicating Ford’s Le Mans glory.

Believe it or not, Cadillac first raced at Le Mans in the year 1950 when Briggs S. Cunningham brought two Series 61 models, the first Americans to race at Le Mans in two decades. One of the two Caddies featured an aerodynamic bodywork designed in the Grumman Aircraft wind tunnel with the aim being to achieve a low drag coefficient. Half a century later, Cadillac returned at Le Mans with an angular-looking prototype that, while looking quite a bit like Cadillac’s products at the time, was underpinned by a proven chassis. The problem, though, was the engine. It was always about the Northstar, and it took Cadillac two years to make it reliable and then, in year number three, they finally started working on performance, and the results started to come. The fourth year was supposed to be the one when everything came together, and the target was locked on the laurels everyone was after - but it never happened.

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Video: Check Out This Honda Integra DC2 Type R Screaming Up a Hillclimb

Video: Check Out This Honda Integra DC2 Type R Screaming Up a Hillclimb

An H-badge icon in its element

There’s something special about a tuned Honda going flat out on a race course. The sound of the four-cylinder’s soaring rpm’s is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, and when properly sorted, the speed these machines can achieve is undeniable. Such is the case with the lightened ‘Teggy Type R featured in this 3-minute, 15-second video from Hillclimb Monsters.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01

2019 Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01

Mercedes-Benz will join the Formula E band of brothers along with Porsche in the 2019/2020 season

After years of speculation, Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed its Formula E contender. Well, sort of. The German manufacturer presented in the eve of the 89th Geneva Auto Show the EQ Silver Arrow 01 wearing a ’concept livery’ that is, as you can see, lacking an important element: silver. Rest assured, though, the final livery that "will be presented at a later stage ahead of the [2019/20] season opener" will undoubtedly feature some silver.

Here’s an odd one: Mercedes taking the wraps off its first electric silver arrow racer that ominously lacks any trace of silver. That’s like Ferrari debuting next year with a blue car in Formula 1. What’s more important, though, than an interim livery is what Mercedes is conveying by officializing this move. The automaker from Stuttgart left, to the dismay of many, the DTM at the end of the 2018 season after a 30-year-long involvement in the series to focus on showcasing its electric prowess on track in the world’s top arena: the Formula E. The works Merc team will debut next season, which will be the sixth in the history of the championship, and the program will be run by HWA who ran the DTM cars in the last few years and, intriguingly, will operate the new Aston Martin DTM cars this season as well from behind the scenes.

Update 04/03/109: Mercedes has taken the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow Formula E racer to the track to perform some in-depth testing. Check out everything we know in our special testing section below!

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Audi's New Four-Cylinder Race Engine is a 610-Horsepower Beast

Audi’s New Four-Cylinder Race Engine is a 610-Horsepower Beast

If Bugatti Chiron engine had a specific output of Audi’s new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder race engine, the Chiron’s engine would develop 2,440 horsepower, not 1,479

Audi just unveiled an incredibly powerful 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine for its Audi RS5 DTM racing car. With a power output of 610 horsepower and half the weight of the 4.0-liter, V-8 it replaces, the new engine does not only provide 110 horsepower more than before, but it also slashed the weight of the DTM racer to 2,200 pounds. However, DTM practically summoned it with the change of rules in the DTM championship.

With the new DTM championship season warming up to start in May, the manufacturers are getting ready to compete following the new set of rules. The most significant change is the decision to dismiss the 4.0-liter, V-8, naturally aspirated engines in favor of the new, 2.0-liter, turbocharged fours. All in a move to close the gap between the road cars and its racing avatars in the DTM. What is more, DTM capped the power output for engines used in racing cars to 620 horsepower (plus 30 horsepower more for the push-to-pass maneuvers). That means that Audi did what the regulations allowed. If regulations allowed that this turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine could have up to 1,000 horsepower, Audi would make it like that. It happened already.

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Watch and Listen as this Insane Triple-Rotor Mazda RX-7 Demolishes a Hill Climb: Video

Watch and Listen as this Insane Triple-Rotor Mazda RX-7 Demolishes a Hill Climb: Video

Wankel power and more wing than an airport make for a sweet combination

The third-generation FD Mazda RX-7 is unquestionably one of the greatest Japanese sports cars ever built. Not only is it an exceptionally pretty thing to look at, but thanks to its low weight, faultless chassis tuning, and compact dimensions, it’s epic to drive as well. And of course, you can’t forget to mention the RX-7’s wild rotary engine package either, which, properly tuned, sounds unlike anything else out there. The particular example featured in this video comes with all that and more, with as much as 520 horsepower produced from a triplet of triangles spinning up to an incredible 10,500 rpm.

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Ken Block's New Ford Escort RS Cosworth Didn't Even Survive its First Race

Ken Block’s New Ford Escort RS Cosworth Didn’t Even Survive its First Race

It’s the second Ford Escort RS Cosworth that has conked out on Block in the middle of a race

Ken Block’s Ford Escort RS Cosworth rally car must be cursed. A little over a year his first Escort RS Cosworth rally, which after he affectionately calls “Cossie,” caught fire and burned down, the second Escort RS Cosworth, called “Cossie V2,” once again came up short at the most inopportune time, conking out in the middle of the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood race. In a span of 20 months, Block has raced in two Escort RS Cosworth rally cars. Neither made it to the finish line. There must be a pattern there.

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Trail Blazer - An Interview With Stephan Papadakis

Trail Blazer - An Interview With Stephan Papadakis

TopSpeed gets an exclusive Q and A with the sport compact legend

From street racer, to record-breaking drag racer, to winning professional drift team owner, Stephan Papadakis is hands down one of the most important figures in import performance culture. We got a chance to pick his brain.

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2019 Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Hatch Formula Drift Car

2019 Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Hatch Formula Drift Car

A four-figure five-door bringing the heat

The Toyota Corolla nameplate has deep roots in drifting, most notably with the AE86 “Hachi-Roku” produced during the ‘80s. However, in the 30-plus years since the demise of the original 86, the Corolla has been a bit of a pariah when it comes to the business of getting sideways and smoky. Nevertheless, Papadakis Racing has transformed the modern front-wheel drive twelfth-generation 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback into a winning entry in the cutthroat Formula Drift Championship.

Of course, breaking away from the pack has been a staple of team owner Stephan Papadakis’ career, and it shows everywhere in this latest build. Beyond the extensive rear-wheel drive conversion and complementary bespoke suspension, the Toyota also arrives to the party with half as many cylinders as most of its competitors, while still producing four-figures on the dyno thanks to mind-blowing levels of boost and a hearty shot of nitrous. Then there’s the unique five-door body style, which is enhanced by a custom carbon-fiber widebody kit.

Read on for all the nitty gritty details on what makes this machine so incredible.

Updated 03/19/2019: When this article was originally written, the author assumed Ryan Tuerck would drive the featured Corolla race car in the 2019 Formula Drift season. This is incorrect. Papadakis Racing built the featured Corolla race car for Toyota for demonstration purposes, and Ryan Tuerck is not a regular driver for the Papadakis Racing team. The author apologizes for the error.

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Watch a Dog Drive an F1 Car in The Chemical Brothers "We've Got to Try" Music Video

Watch a Dog Drive an F1 Car in The Chemical Brothers "We’ve Got to Try" Music Video

We need more of such ’inspiring’ videos

Dogs have this magical aura and charm of sorts that instantly attracts us to them. They’re cute, lovable, and supremely talented - well, most of them, anyway. In this new video for the song, “We’ve Got To Try” by The Chemical Brothers, a dog named ’Girl’ actually learns how to drive an F1 car! A dog and an F1 car in the same video? *Inserts a ’Shut up and take all my money’ meme*

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Porsche Unveils a Stunning Concept To Mark The 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Porsche 917

Porsche Unveils a Stunning Concept To Mark The 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Porsche 917

The 1969 Porsche 917 was an unruly beast but it evolved into one of the best sports cars ever

It’s the centerpiece of a 1971 motion picture starring Steve McQueen. It brought Porsche its first two overall victories in the fabled 24 Hours of Le Mans race. In 1973, it became the fastest car to lap a closed course at 221.12 mph. It all but annihilated the competition in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup and pushed McLaren to quit the series altogether. It’s the Porsche 917 and, in 2019, Porsche celebrates its 50th anniversary with an outlandish prototype.

Few race cars have an aura surrounding them like the 917 does. That’s because it is Porsche’s first truly great sports car, one that raised the bar higher in both endurance racing and the unlimited Group 7 Can-Am series. But, in 1969, when Porsche first unveiled the 917, nobody wanted to drive it. All of Wiessach’s works drivers tried to seem busy when Porsche called them asking to test or race the 917, and there’s a reason for that, a reason that sits at the foundation of the 917’s legend and its incredible story of evolution.

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2019 Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept

2019 Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept

The Japanese manufacturer tries to sell this racer as merely a concept but it looks ready to hit the track to us

The Supra name has been in a close-knit relationship with racing for decades, and this tradition is bound to continue with the fifth-generation model. After announcing that the Supra will replace the Camry in NASCAR, Toyota now gives us a preview of what could be a very popular customer racing car: the Supra GT4, the company’s first factory-developed GT4 racer.

The GT4 class is the baby brother of GT3: cheaper and less complicated to operate while also pertaining to closer wheel-to-wheel action due to the limited aerodynamic dependency of the cars in comparison to the GT3s. That’s why GT4 is, nowadays, a booming class just like TCR is in the world of touring car racing. Still, that doesn’t mean they are cheap. A Mercedes-AMG GTG GT4, for instance, will set you back $227,000 while the Multimatic-built Ford Mustang GT4 costs in excess of $260,000 but you can also go for something cheaper like the [$179,000 Porsche Cayman Clubsport GT4-art184037]. By comparison, any GT3 car is well over $400,000 to purchase.

In this context, the Supra GT4 might become a very interesting entry-level GT4 option as it’s based on a not-so-expensive platform - it’s no McLaren or Mercedes-AMG GT. It’s also an official project, and that means it has credibility on its side right out of the box. Until now, if you wanted to go GT4 racing in a Toyota, your only choice was the GPRM-developed GT86 GT4 which never really performed on par with its rivals. Things must change now that the Supra is just around the corner.

Update 3/12/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept that we took at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!

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Ken Block Presents His New Ford Escort Ahead Of His World Tour

Ken Block Presents His New Ford Escort Ahead Of His World Tour

The fiery death of Block’s previous Escort Cosworth pushed the Gymkhana creator to build a better one in its place

Do you love the Group A era in the World Rally Championship? Well, then I’ve got some good news for you! Ken Block rebounded from the horrific accident last year that saw his Escort Cosworth burn to a crisp and successfully built a new one he’ll take around the world, including to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A mighty crash during last July’s American Rally Association (ARA) New England Forest Rally didn’t deter Ken Block. The part-stuntman, part-business man, and part-rally and rallycross driver got out of what was an immaculately prepared 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth RS and, as the car was fully engulfed in flames, started planning on what to do next. If you are familiar with Brock’s non-Gymkhana exploits, you’ll know that he’s no stranger to crashes, so this one wasn’t going to stop him. Indeed, as we wrote back in November, Block and Hoonigan have prepared a new Escort that’s, as expected, bigger and better than the previous one.

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I Took A Ride In The Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Hatch Drift Car And It Melted My Brain

I Took A Ride In The Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Hatch Drift Car And It Melted My Brain

Sideways and smoky in Georgia

Sometimes, this job comes with some pretty cool perks. Last week, during my visit to Savannah, Georgia, where I drove the 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan, Toyota had a little surprise waiting for me - a ride-along with Ryan Tuerck in the mind-altering Papadakis Racing Corolla Hatch drift car. Suffice to say, the experience made quite the impression on me.

Updated 03/19/2019: When this article was originally written, the author assumed Ryan Tuerck would drive the featured Corolla race car in the 2019 Formula Drift season. This is incorrect. Papadakis Racing built the featured Corolla race car for Toyota for demonstration purposes, and Ryan Tuerck is not a regular driver for the Papadakis Racing team. The author apologizes for the error.

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Papadakis Racing's 1,000-Horsepower Toyota Corolla Hatch Is a Reminder That Drifting Is Completely Amazing

Papadakis Racing’s 1,000-Horsepower Toyota Corolla Hatch Is a Reminder That Drifting Is Completely Amazing

There’s no denying it - drifting is still one of the best motorsports in the world

Last week, I was in Savannah, Georgia, driving the new 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan and while I was there, Toyota had a surprise waiting for me - a ride along with Ryan Tuerck in the 1,000-horsepower Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Hatchback drift machine! It was an incredible experience, and it served as a stark reminder of just how amazing drifting really is.

Updated 03/19/2019: When this article was originally written, the author assumed Ryan Tuerck would drive the featured Corolla race car in the 2019 Formula Drift season. This is incorrect. Papadakis Racing built the featured Corolla race car for Toyota for demonstration purposes, and Ryan Tuerck is not a regular driver for the Papadakis Racing team. The author apologizes for the error.

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2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button Will Do The Baja 1000

2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button Will Do The Baja 1000

The British champion will prepare by competing in the Mint 400 in Las Vegas

Jenson Button continues to charter the unknown in his post-F1 career and, after tackling the Japanese Super GT Championship and coming home with the champion’s crown and also taking a stab at Le Mans, the Briton will now race in the legendary Baja 1000 off-road race. To prepare, he and his outfit, Rocket Motorsport, will partake in next month’s Mint 400 aboard an 850 horsepower Brenthel Industries Truck.

This year, Ross Brawn and Jenson Button will celebrate a decade since the small British F1 team built by Brawn, formerly of Ferrari, from the ashes of the Honda F1 project took on the might of Formula 1’s top brass and beat’em all in its first and only full season of racing. Since then, many things have changed. Brawn is now part of the team that holds the reigns of F1’s future while Button, aged 39, left F1 at the end of the 2016 season and has taken on new challenges since. This one might just be the toughest yet for a man known for his participation in multiple triathlons.

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