1999 Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar
Mercedes is certainly no stranger to motorsports. The German brand has been at it for the better part of the last 100 years. The company was involved in Grand Prix as early as 1923, with their teardrop-shaped Benz Tropfenwagen and then there was LeMans incident from 1955 where a 300 SLR crash-landed into the stands. Mercedes dominated the FIA GT1 class in the 1990s, but that was followed by some interesting developments with their Mercedes CLR, which apparently acted more like an airplane rather than a car. As a result, it managed to flip, and not just once.
2021 Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak Is A 750 HP Monster
Bentley has revealed its new Pikes Peak Continental race car, and it is the epitome of purpose-built performance. This Continental has been thoroughly reworked, and is being billed as the most extreme road-going Bentley ever built. To prepare for the Pikes Peak challenge, Bentley’s engineers built a special aerodynamics kit, reworked the chassis, and pushed the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 to an all-new level. Here’s what you really need to know.
2022 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2
Lamborghini launched the first ever Huracan Super Trofeo back in 2014. It was essentially a hardcore track machine built to enter the world of GT3 racing. Fast forward to 2017, the company revealed the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO that benefitted from an aerodynamics package. Fast forward to the present day, the Italian automaker has rolled out its successor, the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2 that will take part in the Super Trofeo in 2022.
The Bugatti Bolide is a Lightweight, Ludicrous, 1,800+ Horsepower Track Weapon
We’ve been hearing all sorts of rumors about Bugatti recently, including that it’s working on a new supercar and that it could be sold to Rimac. News about the new hypercar was also unclear. Some claimed it will be all-electric, while others forwarded the idea that it will be just another Chiron-based thing. Well, the new supercar is here, and it’s neither of them. It’s called Bolide, and it’s actually a brand-new idea. It’s a track-only vehicle with a new carbon monocoque and a brand-new design, but how extreme is it? Let’s find out!
Toyota TS010 Was a Group C Car That Could Break Your Ribs
Throughout the years, automotive history has recorded many worthy achievements. Some of them praise the car, others praise the driver, and sometimes both. This was exactly the case with British racing driver Andy Wallace and the Toyota TS010, both of which literally share blood…or cracked bones. The most fanatic of car enthusiasts find some romantic aspect about a car that can hurt you, but was it really the car, the racetrack, or a combination of both that resulted in the incident?
2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Sports Cup Edition
Porsche’s a big fan of letting the world know about its motorsport roots. After all, the brand’s success on the race track is something that deserves to be put out there, and the same applies to any sort of motorsport-related Porsche anniversary.
Meet the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Sports Cup Edition, a limited special-edition model that features a motorsport-inspired design and an interior that’s been luxed-up by Porsche’s very own Exclusive Manufaktur to mark the 15th anniversary of the customer and club sport series “Porsche Sports Cup Germany.”
The Story of the Darien Breakthrough - The Best Overlanding Experience Ever
Everybody knows that Range Rovers are unreliable, right? Well, I’m here to tell you a story that might just change your perspective a little bit. And it involves two, first-generation Range Rovers, 12-hours a day mud trekking, snakes, bats, a lot of sweat, about 80,000 cigarettes, and a long-lost Chevrolet Corvair.
Keep reading to find out the story of the British Trans-Americas Expedition, the first-ever successful vehicle-based traverse of the Pan-American Highway through the Darien Gap. It’s a story of grit, determination and ultimately, a lesson in PR that would be impossible to replicate today.
Yes, The BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile Really Was That Significant
BMW Group Classis is a YouTube series where the good people from BMW Classic acquaint us with some of the brand’s most iconic models. As most BMW enthusiasts would point out, there were plenty of epic BMW cars made throughout the brand’s history. Today Benny and Mark are on screen so they can talk about one of the most iconic cars ever made – the BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile.
The Hydrogen-Powered Toyota Corolla Endurance Racer Sounds Pretty Good
The internal combustion engines are on the verge of getting knocked off into oblivion, but that doesn’t mean electrification is the only way to go. A lot of automakers are fighting to keep them alive for as long as possible before euthanizing them. Toyota is one of them, and it recently gave us a preview of the hydrogen-powered version of the GR Yaris’ engine. The automaker plonked it into a Corolla hatch and released a video of how it sounds. If this doesn’t give you the chills, we don’t know what will.
2021 Audi R8 LMS GT2 Exclusive Color Edition
You don’t really see Audi come up with such stuff, but the automaker has revealed a ‘Color Edition’ of its most powerful product - the R8 LMS GT2. But, in all fairness, it deserves to be pampered with such appearance editions, considering it is the German automaker’s flagship race car. Audi is offering it in six different exterior shades, each one looking better than the other. There are no changes made to the cabin or the drivetrain, but you can’t expect much with a premium price increase of just $13,000.
The Monaco Historique Is a Snapshot Into Racing’s Heydays
The Monaco Historique, like the Le Mans Classic, is one of those rare transcendental events. It takes you back in time to what many argue was the ’Golden Age’ of motor racing. Over one weekend every couple or so years, some of the world’s most revered F1 and sports cars gather to once again race in anger. In 2021, the gang got back together for more battling on the streets of Monte-Carlo and it all got a little bit too hot, multi-million-dollar metal being bent in the process.
Something Big Is Coming From Lamborghini Squadra Corse!
Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the division that handles Lamborghini’s motorsport efforts is teasing what looks to be a new hardcore race car via a short video that leaves us wanting for more. Especially since it’s hard to pinpoint what this car is and where and if it will race.
2021 Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak
Two years after breaking and making a record at the 2019 Pikes Peak, Bentley is looking forward to another fruitful year this time at the event. The British automaker’s entry this year is also based on the Continental GT and goes by the name Continental GT3 Pikes Peak. This year, Bentley wants to go for the Time Attack 1 record, and for that, it has created a car that runs on renewable fuel. How about that?
Is Pagani Afraid to Go Racing?
Pagani’s latest track-only weapon, the $3.7 million Huayra R, is still warm having been taken out of Horacio’s oven only recently. With 840 horsepower that has to move around just 2,314 pounds of weight, this V-12-powered beauty is a worthy sequel to the Zonda R but it leaves us with one big question: why doesn’t Pagani go racing? We know the people working there love racing, it’s noticeable at every step when you look at a Pagani yet Horacio never spent much to see the Pagani name in competition.
This 1985 Peugeot 205 Could Have Helped Turbocharge Peugeot’s Future
After having launched the 205 hatchback in 1983, Peugeot wanted to boost its image even further by competing in the rally madness that was the Group B. To homologate the necessary rally car, it needed to churn out 200 street-legal versions that had to be based on a current production vehicle. That vehicle was the 205 supermini and the result was the bonkers Peugeot 205 T16, aka Turbo 16 in France.
Watch the Toyota GR Yaris Get Beat On in First Real Test
Ever since its debut, the GR Yaris has been putting a lot of smiles on a lot of faces, mostly those of the car journos that had the chance to sample the feisty hot hatch. But the time has come for Toyota’s pocket-rocket to go rallying and looking at this video, it really seems up to the challenge.
2021 CUPRA Leon Competición
The Leon Competicion might be based on the five-door Cupra Leon hatchback, but in designing it, Cupra had to rethink a lot of areas, including the body kit which was developed using 3D-printing technology.
Race cars must abide by a particular set of rules depending on the competition they are enlisted. Cupra developed the Leon Competicion with TCR-racing customers in mind, so to deliver the finite product, a lot of tweaks were in order.