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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Video of the Day: BAC Mono Ice Driving Experience 2018 In Sweden
What do you get when you take a lightweight, track-focused, carbon fiber performance machine, add in a set of studded tires, and throw it onto a frozen lake? That, my friends, would be the BAC Mono Ice Driving Experience, which just enjoyed its second running in Switzerland recently, with a select group of clients and enthusiasts invited to participate in some ass-out counter-steering fun on impromptu tracks in the frigid north.
The adrenaline-fueled lifestyle event included instruction on how to properly drive quickly on the ice, as well as plenty of opportunities to wine and dine with fellow Mono lovers.
“BAC came away from the Mono Ice Driving Experience having achieved its primary goal: giving its clients and friends the raw Mono experience and having plenty of fun along the way,” the brand says. You can watch highlights from the event in the video below.
While we think the Mono’s open top might make the drive a bit chilly, the rest of the package is perfectly suited to an event like this. The composite construction keeps it stiff and nimble, while the 305-horsepower 2.5-liter powerplant gives it more than enough motivation to take advantage of the open lapping opportunities.
Up next, the brand heads to the Isle of Man in May, the same venue that’s known for its insane annual Tourist Trophy race.
Geely Had Eyes For BMW Before Buying Daimler Stock
Geely’s purchase of $9 billion in Daimler shares made it the biggest shareholder in the German automaker. But before Geely chairman and founder Li Shufu rose to become the largest single shareholder at Mercedes-Benz, he apparently had his eyes on the German automaker’s biggest rival, BMW. A report from German news outlet Spiegel revealed that Geely was actually in talks with Bimmer executives. According to the report, Geely promised BMW better access to the Chinese market in exchange for co-operative sharing of electric car technology between the two brands.
Breaking: Uber-Branded, Self-Driving Car Strikes and Kills a Pedestrian
A pedestrian was struck and killed in Tempe, Arizona, by a self-driving car over the weekend, according to a report from the The New York Times. The incident occurred this past Sunday at 10 pm local time and involved an Uber-branded vehicle traveling in autonomous mode with a human safety pilot in the driver’s seat. Neither the system nor the human driver were unable to avoid the collision. The pedestrian involved was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk when she was struck by the vehicle.
This is the first known case of a pedestrian killed by a self-driving vehicle.
In response, Uber has suspended its public self-driving testing, including programs in Tempe, San Francisco, Toronto, and Pittsburgh. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident,” Uber said in a statement.
The incident follows a high-profile fatality back in 2016, when Joshua Brown was killed in a collision while operating his Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode. The system failed to recognize an 18-wheeler crossing the highway when the sedan passed under the trailer at highway speeds.
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Report: Cadillac Could Take on the BMW 8 Series, Audi A8, and Porsche Panamera with a Production Version of Escala Concept
The Cadillac Escala was one of the stars of the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It was unveiled primarily to showcase Caddy’s future design language, which the company planned to use on some of its production models. A little over a year later, the Escala is back in the headlines for an entirely different reason. According to reports, it’s now headed to production.
Flying past the traffic might be a reality soon. We all living in the urban metropolitan cities and g getting stuck in traffic might as well be a birth-right. We are always in shock and denial, and even though we knew it was coming, we always find ourselves amazed at the hour-long standstill line. You feel so helpless, and the worst thing of all is that you will not see the end of it, and when it does, you pray this will never happen to you again. But as you know, it always comes back to haunt you. Luckily for us, there is someone out there looking for our problems and finding the right solutions.
British inventor Colin Furze has posted a series of new video explaining how to build yourself a flying motorcycle (err.. also known as a hoverboard).
BMW Will Help Build The World’s Fastest Drone
BMW has set its fair share of automotive records, but the German automaker is now setting its sights on a different kind of world record. In partnership with the Drone Racing League, Bimmer is going to help build the world’s fastest drone with the goal of breaking the current speed record of 163.5 mph. The extent of the collaboration wasn’t made specific, but a big part of it involves BMW lending its technical know-how and wind tunnel at its Aerodynamic Test Center to help the DRL break its own record.
Cadillac Claims its Upcoming CT3 Will Be Faster Than both the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and Audi RS3 Around the Nurburgring
Cadillac is one automaker that’s making a dramatic and aggressive push in beefing up its lineup. That pursuit includes a small sedan, called the CT3, that will compete against German rivals like the Mercedes CLA-Class and Audi A3. Cadillac chief, Johan de Nysschen, dropped a few tidbits about the compact sedan, including the fact that it will come standard with rear-wheel drive. More importantly, its range-topping version will be faster than its competitors around the Nurburgring.
BMW preps the R 1200 GS Rallye for the GS Trophy
Once every two years, BMW organizes the International GS Trophy where teams from all around the world battle it out in intensive daily stages and numerous special challenges and experience the tour of their lives. This year, the GS Trophy is going to Mongolia from 3 to 10 June 2018, and the teams will ride on 114 units of the BMW R 1200 GS Rallye motorcycles prepped by the folks at BMW.
The R 1200 GS Rallye will get adventure kitted with equipment from the Original BMW Motorrad Accessories catalog allowing the adventure-thirsty riders to take on the challenge without having to worry about the capabilities of the already primed R 1200 GS.
Mopar Pro Shop is Selling A Hellcat Engine for Less Than $15,000!
Are you in the market for a 6.2-liter, V-8, crate engine that packs over 700 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque? If the answer is “yes,” then you might be interested in a Mopar 6.2-liter Hellcat SC EFI factory crate engine for sale on moparproshop.com. It’s the real deal, and more importantly, you can buy it for just $14,998! That’s $4,532 less than Mopar’s original asking price!
Pininfarina Wants To Take On Rolls-Royce and Bentley by Finally Becoming Its Own Car Brand
Pininfarina is finally stepping out of the shadows. After years of serving as the go-to design house by some of the biggest automakers in the world, the Italian company has announced plans to become a full-fledged luxury electric car maker. The announcement was made by Pininfarina CEO Paulo Pininfarina, who hinted at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that the company may finally have the capacity to bring to life founder Battista Farina’s dream of turning the company he started into a stand-alone car company.
BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100
BMW is not some run of the mill company. It has one of the most prestigious history books, and for nearly a century, they have been making impeccable products that beam innovation and technological acumen. Started as an aircraft engine manufacturer, BMW started manufacturing two-wheelers in 1923 with the R32 that made use of the iconic flat-twin boxer configuration engine.
100 years down the line, BMW Motorrad still uses this boxer engine to power the finest of the finest motorcycles. To commemorate this heritage, BMW has offered us a sneak at how its next 100 years is going to be by showcasing the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 at the “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience” exhibition in Los Angeles.
After giving us saliva bubbles with its vision of the future through the MINI, Rolls-Royce and the BMW concepts, BMW now gives us the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, a motorcycle that is an entirely radical concept of the traditional machine on two wheels today. Almost like being officiated at the altar of Utopia, this is “the essence of motorcycling and a symbol of the ultimate riding experience of the future” according to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
Confirmed: Jaguar SVO Will Get its Hands on Jaguar’s EVs; an I-Pace SVR Could be in the Cards
The I-Pace is Jaguar’s first EV and, despite the fact that it’s barely been released from the incubator, the folks over Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations are itching like crackheads to get their hands on it. SVO boss, John Edwards told Motoring that a high-performance version of an EV wouldn’t be easy but not that it’s impossible. And, that it’s not all about performance, it could extend to luxury and comfort as well. And, to add the icing to the cake, it’s quite possible that the could wear SVR badges.
2018 Mazda6 Prices announced
We’re big fans of the Mazda6 here at TopSpeed, even awarding the new wagon Tourer model a spot on our Best In Show list for the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Now, Mazda just released full pricing info on the latest 6 sedan headed to these shores, and we’ve got all the vital info right here.
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BMW Showed off the 8 Series in Secret and Reports Say It’s about 90-Percent Identical to the Concept
The next few years are going to be huge for BMW and, outside of the new Z4 Roadster hitting the streets, all eyes are set on the BMW 8 Series. After being let down that it wasn’t shown off in Geneva this year, you might be surprised to know that it was, in fact, in Geneva – it was just hidden away from all of us, in a secret room, where only the cool people were allowed to go check it out. Certain sources, whom of which were allegedly in the cool people room, have told BMW Blog that the production version of the 8 series is about 90-percent of the concept.
Donut Media Gives The Lowdown On The Toyota Supra
Hey! Did you hear? Toyota is bringing back the Supra, officially giving fanboys all over the world a reason to cry tears of joy, as opposed to the tears of frustration we’re so used to (I’m looking at you, turbo BRZ fans). Indeed, it’s been a long time coming for this iconic import sports car - 16 years and counting to be exact, as the final Mk. IV A80 officially bit the dust back in 2002. To get you in the mood, we’re featuring this “Everything You Need To Know” video courtesy of Donut Media, which offers a complete rundown on the Supra and why it’s considered one of the greatest Japanese performance machines of all time.
Over the course of the 7-minute, 40-second vid, we get a full briefing on the history of the nameplate, leading up to the latest rumors for the new model. We also get a look at the legendary 2JZ turbo engine that helped catapult the Supra to superstardom.
Give it a watch and let us know what you think - on a scale from 1 to MOAR BOOST how excited are you for the return of the Supra?
VW Teases a New Global SUV and It’s basically a T-Roc That’s Not for Europe
The world is crazy over SUVs, so automakers are rushing to fill every possible little niche they can to secure their piece of the pie. Over in Europe, Volkswagen has done just that by introducing the T-Roc as a model that slots below the Tiguan. But, the U.S. and the rest of the world needs a compact SUV as well, and that’s why Volkswagen has teased what it’s calling the Volks-SUV or “Peoples SUV.” It will slot below the Tiguan in in most other markets outside of Europe, including the United States. It will hit dealers in China first and will eventually be imported from Mexico into the U.S.
Think VW Killing the Beetle Was Bad? Wait Until You Realize the Audi R8 Is Discontinued too!
The Audi R8 doesn’t appear to have a bright future beyond its current version. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Audi’s R&D boss, Peter Mertens, admitted that the German automaker has made no plans for a direct replacement for the range-topping supercar. The lack of commitment from Audi, coupled with investments the company is making in diversifying its own portfolio, points to an uncertain future for the ground-breaking R8 that put the company on the supercar map.