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PostHeaderIcon NASCAR Mustang Ready for Cup Series in 2019

As promised, Ford revealed a new NASCAR racing version of its best-selling sports car, the Mustang. The 2019 NASCAR Mustang will see official action in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019, but we will probably get to see it in action before that in promotional campaigns. 

And we would want to see the NASCAR Mustang because unlike most other NASCAR machines this one maintains a good resemblance to the production model it is based on, and that enables the fans to connect with it on a deeper level. In fact, more and more NASCAR racers are shifting toward a more recognizable look. There is the Toyota Camry NASCAR, this Mustang, and the recently announced Toyota Supra NASCAR.

The Mustang already has a long and glorious racing career, starting with the 4,000 mile Tour de France Automobile rally when it was fresh off the production line in 1964, and continuing with events such as SCCA Trans-Am, IMSA, NHRA, Formula Drift and NASCAR Xfinity. Now the 2019 NASCAR Mustang adds the Cup Series to the list of events the pony car has under its belt, an event that it will hopefully do well at.



“Ever since we announced in April that Mustang would be going to the Cup level in 2019, we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “Our Ford Performance team has worked hard with the Ford Design team to create a Mustang that will be competitive on the track while remaining true to its proud heritage. We can’t wait to see it winning races in the NASCAR Cup Series next year.”

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PostHeaderIcon New Toyota Supra NASCAR Unveiled for 2019 Xfinity Series

If one were asked to associate the Toyota Supra with a field of motorsport it is best suited for, one would almost certainly go for drifting. The Japanese character of the car lends itself verily to that kind of activities. But with the new 2019 Supra Toyota is taking the car to a wildly different route. They’re taking it NASCAR racing. 

Of course, Toyota is no stranger to NASCAR. We all remember their Tundras and Camrys dominating the sport for years. But still, the idea of a Toyota Supra NASCAR sounds kind of weird. And the car looks weird, too, as you can see in this promotional video and also the unveiling ceremony where they got former Top Gear America host and American South poster boy Rutledge Wood as the hype man.

The 2019 Toyota Supra NASCAR is built for the Xfinity Series and will make its track debut  in the NXS race at Daytona February next year. Given the success of Toyota’s previous NASCAR campaigns, a lot is riding on this car, which is why the company enlisted the services of all its subsidiaries, including TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) in Costa Mesa, California, and Calty Design Research, Inc. (Calty) in Newport Beach, California, to make sure they have built a competitive machine.

“When you talk Toyota and cool cars, Supra is the first thing that comes to mind for many auto enthusiasts,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president of Toyota Division Marketing. “Supra’s return in production form is huge news, but now we’re also going to see this iconic sports car return to American motorsport. From a marketing perspective, it’s important to have a race car that evokes the dynamism and character of its showroom counterpart. We’re confident we’ve accomplished that with Supra, and we hope racing fans the world over will proudly cheer its success on track.”

 



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PostHeaderIcon CUPRA e-Racer Pops its Tarmac Cherry

Ever since it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, SEAT’s CUPRA e-Racer has been teasing us with how awesome it is to look and how superb it is to drive. But we hadn’t actually seen the thing in action, until now. The e-Racer made it track debut recently in Zagreb (Croatia).

To be honest, it wasn’t a full track outing for the CUPRA e-Racer. The purpose of this test was to test the integration of the electric battery pack with the rest of the vehicle, meaning SEAT engineers wanted to make sure whether it worked at all or not. It did, we’re glad to report, and “tests yielded very positive conclusions” as well.

Not that it was particularly surprising. Each individual component was tested and evaluated, and since the whole construction of machines like this is kind of modular, if every building block does what it’s supposed to, then the whole should work flawlessly. The tests showed the the electrical, battery, cooling and propulsion systems have no issues working together and with the mechanical parts of the CUPRA e-Racer.

The e-Racer features a battery pack consisting of 6,072 round cell batteries, which is equivalent 9,000 mobile phone batteries. This car is built for E TCR series, the first ever electric, multi-brand touring car championship. And although in theory the electric motor fitted to it can be immensely powerful – in excess of 600 horsepower – it’ll probably be capped by regulation in the final competition version.

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PostHeaderIcon SEAT Apprentice School Students Build a Dope Electric Kart

Well, looks like karting is the next field of motorsport to go electric, at least if the students from the SEAT Apprentice School have their way. These youngsters have built a fully functioning electric kart and it has already seen competitive action where it finished a very respectable second place. 

The team entered their electric kart in the Kart Academy at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit in Montmeló and performed extremely well for a prototype, beating almost all of the petrol-powered competition. This is a feather in cap not just for the students, but also for their professors and SEAT Apprentice School in general. They have recognized the genius of these kids and provided them with testing facilities prior to the Barcelona race.

The student-built electric kart features a 5.5 kW engine and is equipped with a 48V battery. Apart from the electric power, the 1.74 metres long and 1.36 metres wide go kart performs like a regular kart, having gone through braking, accelerating, endurance and slalom trails with flying colors. The students also scooped the ‘Industry’ award for mid-degree students presented by FP Emprèn, an organisation which rewards vocational training schools in and around Barcelona.

According to Laura Carnicero, the head of training at SEAT and director of the Apprentice School “the success of this electric kart project shows that the School teaches the necessary technological skills for the automotive industry of the future, enabling the students to become entrepreneurial, competitive professionals.”

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Shatters Nurburgring’s Lap Record

Yesterday a group of Porsche racing drivers and engineers congregated with a Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, causally trying to set a lap record. They went on to break the all-time lap record for the Green Hell with a time of 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds. 

That is near as makes no difference a full minute (okay, 51.58 seconds) faster than the previous record of 6:11.13 minutes set by Stefan Bellof 35 years ago. That makes the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo the new king of the Hell. The record was set by Timo Bernhard, five-time overall winner of the Nürburgring 24-hours, two-time outright winner of the Le Mans 24-hours and reigning World Endurance Champion with the Porsche 919 Hybrid. I think it is fair to say he was the right man for the job!

Bernhard’s driving skills aside, a big part of this success is down to the technical brilliance of the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo. The racing machine boasts a hybrid powertrain with a system output of 1160 hp, and it weighs only 849 kilograms. No wonder then that during the record-breaking lap it hit a top speed of 369.4 km/h (229.5 mph). The good news is that the hybrid technology from this car is trickling down to Porsche road cars as well.

LMP Team Principal Andreas Seidl commented: “As a race team we constantly search for challenges that push a car, driver and team to operate on the limit. Conquering the “Green Hell” definitely provided such a challenge. Since last winter we were preparing for that task together with our tyre partner Michelin – painstakingly and with a great deal of respect for this track. Today we have shown the full potential of the 919 Evo. Congratulations to Timo for his sensational drive. Being a record winner at the Nürburgring, Timo was the logical choice for the job. Balancing attack and caution at all times was mandatory on this circuit. Safety is the highest priority. In this regard, I also like to thank the Nürburgring team. Porsche cultivates a long and deep relationship with the ‘Ring. Record attempts wouldn’t be possible without the highly professional track support.“

 

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PostHeaderIcon Bentley Bentayga Sets Production SUV Record at Pikes Peak

This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event witnessed the smashing of a bunch of important records. Two of them were for the electric cars and overall course record, both broken by the VW I.D. R, and the third the fastest time set by a production SUV, claimed by the super deluxe Bentley Bentayga.

The big, luxurious SUV showed off its dynamic capabilities in the hands of Rhys Millen who guided the car up the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak course in 10:49.9. That is nearly two minutes faster than the previous record for an SUV. The amazing feat was accomplished by a range-topping W12 version of the Bentley Bentayga boasting 600 bhp, 900 Nm of torque, adaptive air suspension, active electric 48V anti-roll control and carbon ceramic brakes. The SUV also averaged 66.5 mph throughout the course which is impressive unto its own.

The record breaking Bentley Bentayga Pikes Peak was completely standard except for having its rear seats were removed, and a roll cage and fire suppression system put in. The DOT-marked Pirelli tires and Akrapovic sports exhaust are available to order for the production car.

To celebrate the record run at Pikes Peak, Bentley confirmed that they will be making a special limited edition of the Bentayga with deep Beluga black paint or striking Radium, with 22” wheels in a bespoke two-tone finish,Black Specification pack as standard, carbon fibre splitter, side skirts, diffuser and rear spoiler, and of course subtle Pikes Peka Motifs. Inside, the limited edition will feature Mulliner Design Colour Split marries Key Lime accents with Beluga leather, with Alcantara inserts to the seats and doors as well steering wheel and gear knob. There will also be Pikes Peak logo decorates the carbon fibre fascias, and numbered Pikes Peak treadplates.



 

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PostHeaderIcon It’s Done it! VW I.D. R Sets New Pikes Peak Record

It tool a lot of effort and God knows how much money, but they’ve done it. Volkswagen has broken the record for the Pikes Peak international hill climb with the fully-electric VW I.D. R, setting an astonishing time of 7m 57.148s minutes which is a full 16 seconds faster than the previous record. 

And that is the overall records we’re talking about, not just the time for electric cars. The 500 kW (680 PS) VW I.D. R is now the king of Pikes Peak in every category, and it will probably remain so for the foreseeable future. After all, it took five years for the previous record,set by Sebastian Loeb in 2013, to be bested. But then again, that was the age internal combustion. In the electric age things move at a much faster pace. So yeah, let’s not make any predictions.

The VW I.D. R Pikes Peak record also turned its driver, the French man Romain Dumas,into a legend. His name is now forever mentioned in the same breath as the giants such as Sebastian Loeb, Walter Röhrl (D), Michèle Mouton (F), Stig Blomqvist (S), Nobuhiro Tajima (J) and also Rod Millen and his son Rhys (both NZ). It was, in short, the perfect game.

“The I.D. R Pikes Peak is the sporty forerunner of Volkswagen’s I.D. family. Today, we saw what this technology is capable of,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for “Technical Development”. “Every Volkswagen employee can be extremely proud of today’s result. I congratulate the team from the bottom of my heart. With a combination of outstanding engineering skills, passion and commitment, the team has managed to create a fantastic racing car in just eight months. The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak has now set the fastest time in the history of this hill climb, which spans more than 100 years – that speaks volumes for electric mobility.”

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PostHeaderIcon VW I.D. R Pikes Peak Sets Fastest Qualifying Time

This year’s Pikes Peak race to the clouds will be headed by the VW I.D. R Pikes Peak electric race car. The I.D. earned this honor by setting the fastest time during the qualifying session in which Romain Dumas climbed the first 8 kilometer section of the course in 3:16.083.

That was more than 11 seconds faster than the second fastest time, which will kind of make the race itself pointless, and VW I.D. R’s win a forgone conclusion. After all, it had a huge gap in qualifying over the second quickest car. Mind you, Pikes Peak is a hill climb and qualifying times are only used to determine the starting order for the race. They are not really important. The race could still hold surprises.

On Sunday 24 June VW will pursue its goal of setting a new record for the famous Pikes Peak course in Colorado-an occasion that will not only be a great achievement for VW and their driver, but for electric cars everywhere.

“That was a very good day for us,” said Dumas. “The I.D. R Pikes Peak is incredible. I have never experienced acceleration and power like that in a racing car. I am noticing how the car and I are becoming more and more of a unit with every kilometer,” said the Frenchman.

Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director, was also happy with the way qualifying panned out: “A big compliment to the entire team. We completed an important test yesterday, the findings from which have helped us to further optimize the set-up of the I.D. R Pikes Peak. The result is that the car was superbly prepared today, and the time speaks for itself. However, that was only qualifying. We are optimistic about the race, but must always bear in mind that we only have one single attempt.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 – Specs and Details

Nissan’s tuning and motorsport arm Nismo announced the release of the new 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 race car. Though they call is a 2018 model, the deliveries won’t begin until January 2019 and for a price of ¥60,000,000, which is about $550,000 USD at the current exchange rate. 

For that you get a race car that is an absolute nerd fest in terms of attention to little details and tiny upgrades designed to make the car 0.0001 of a second faster around certain corners. One of the main highlights of the 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 is the lowered center of gravity combined with a dry sump lubrication system and optimized weight distribution which should result in better handling. There is also newly designed suspension and revised aero package, as well as enhanced rigidity, both flexural and torsional. The 2018 model also gets an optional air conditioning system plus improved brakes. The maintenance cycles are also farther apart now. So all in all, a pretty excellent racing car, though a very expensive one.

“To develop the 2018 model NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3, NISMO, as the official sporting arm of NISSAN, has made full use of the advanced technology and expertise we have gained through our vast experience in racing, and this car is built to be competitive in GT3 racing around the world, ” said Takao Katagiri, CEO of NISMO. “Whilst this is its first year of actual competition, it is already demonstrating its competitiveness, having attained achievements such as a 3rd place podium finish in the Japan ‘s SUPER GT (GT300 class) and a 3rd place overall finish in the Blancpain GT Series Asia. I would like to greatly thank our official partner teams for being the first to choose and demonstrate the full potential of the car and we have high hopes that a number of teams will be competing with the 2018 model NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3.”

 






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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 R Race Car Revealed for 2019 Season

There is a new customer race car for those gentleman drivers who are serious about their expensive hobby and, of course, private teams looking to make a name for themselves in GT racing. The new Porsche 911 GT3 R i the racing version of the GT3 RS road car, and it has some very nice specs. 

Available to order now for the princely sum of 459,000 Euro (before tax) and set to be delivered in December 2018, Porsche 911 GT3 R is powered by the same four-litre flat-six you find in the RS road car. Here it makes over 550 horsepower, with the actual output to be determined by the rules of the class it will race in. The R is a different animal than the RS though, thanks to a range of racing parts and a lightweight construction.

The GT3 R race car features a aluminium-steel composite construction with roof, front hood and fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections as well as the rear lid and interior trim made from extra light carbon composites. What’s more, all windows consist of polycarbonate. Add to that a Porsche sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox, race exhaust system and six electronically operated throttle valves,and you end up with a serious performance machine.

There have been some major improvements in the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 R over the previous generation, with the main highlights including an upgraded braking system, enhanced pit capability where the 120-litre FT3 safety fuel cell can now be refilled from the left or the right depending on the circuit layout, seats are now bolted at six points, adjustable pedal box, and re-designed, more ergonomic cabin which now features air conditioning for the first time.









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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Racer Officially Unveiled

VW today took the wraps off their awesome new race car designed for 2018 Pikes Peak hill climb. The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak is an all-electric, high-performance machine with high hopes to smash the course’s 8:57.118 minutes record for electric cars. 

Weighing less than 2,500 lbs and boasting 680 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak has performance numbers to match its spaceship-like appearance. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.25 seconds. And because it doesn’t have an internal combustion engine there altitude, which is as high as 4,720 feet at Pike Peak, will have no negative effect on its oomph.

We had seen sketches of Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak before, but in the metal the car looks even more amazing. As VW says, the aim in designing the I.D. R was not maximum performance, but rather the perfect balance between energy capacity and weight. The technologies used in this racing car, such as the battery pack, energy storage, and regenerative brakes, will be utilized in VW’s production cars in the near future.

The I.D. R will take part in the Race to the Clouds on June 24 with world-class driver and defending Pikes Peak champion Romain Dumas at the wheel.








“Volkswagen’s goal is to reach the pinnacle of electromobility with the I.D. family,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development. “The hill climb on Pikes Peak will definitely be a real acid test for the electric drive. Customers have always benefitted from the findings made in motorsport, and we expect to take these findings and use them as a valuable impetus for the development of future I.D. models.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Corvette ZR1 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Unveiled

No car in history has had more Indy 500 pace car gigs as the Corvette. So naturally when it came to choosing a version for the 102nd edition of the big race, Chevy picked the top dog – the 2019 Corvette ZR1. The 755 horsepower super car will be the fastest pace car Indianapolis 500 has ever seen. 

The ‘Vette should also appeal to the typical Indy 500 fan aesthetically, what with its ginormous wing and large intakes. The car is an engineering marvel though, boasting a 6.2L supercharged V-8 (LT5) with 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. Though rear-wheel-drive and featuring a 8-speed single-clutch automatic, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reaching a top track speed of 212 mph.


The muscle/super car handles well too, thanks mainly to the ZTK Performance Package with its stanchion-mounted adjustable carbon-fiber high rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and performance suspension, but also Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Brembo brakes, and large wheels and super wide tires, not to mention Traction Management and Electronic Limited-Slip Differential. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Indy 500 pace car is standard save for the graphics package.

“Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “The ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever made. It’s the perfect choice to pace ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet Announced with Coyote V8

Ford, it turns out, has a lot of racing plans for the latest Mustang. After confirming that they are sending the pony to NASCAR tracks next year, they have now announced the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet Race which is a turnkey dragster. The car marks the 50th anniversary of the legend. 

The production of 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is limited to 68 units, powered by a a supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8 tuned by Ford Performance experts. They haven’t revealed the power figures, but the quarter-mile is said to be in the mid-8-second range at 150 mph, meaning that figure is pretty huge. Other performance highlights include unique four-link rear suspension, 9-inch solid rear axle from Strange Engineering,  NHRA-certified roll cage, Racetech FIA seats, and a drag race-specific coil-over suspension with specially designed Weld Racing wheels with 50th anniversary badging.

Being the 50th anniversary edition, 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet comes with commemorative graphics package and anniversary badging. Available colors include Race Red and Oxford White.

“From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day Cobra Jet racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build the Cobra Jet brand based on its success at the track over five decades,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Performance Parts. “That, in turn, has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”

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PostHeaderIcon Margot Robbie Launches Nissan Formula E Car in L.A.

What better city for Nissan to launch their Formula E racing car than the polluted but environmentally-conscious Los Angeles? And what better personality to headline the event than excruciatingly beautiful Margot Robbie? 

While it might seem like a bit of a shame to some people that an actress of Robbie’s stature should promote a brand like Nissan with its image as an economy-class car maker, this has been a good partnership that has resulted in many a good projects. Margot is actually Nissan’s electric vehicle and sustainability ambassador, lending her face and voice only to those programs that have environmental benefits. The launch of the new Nissan Formula E machine certainly fits the bill as it promotes cleaner motorsport and research in electric propulsion.

“I’ve already seen many of Nissan’s initiatives, designed to bring cleaner air to roads and fairer access to power across the globe. And now, we have this – a fantastic new Formula E car,” she said. “I’m excited to see how it will help Nissan develop its EV offering further and bring new and exciting technologies to communities across the world.”

Following its world tour, Nissan’s FE racing car will gear up for season five of the Formula E series is expected to begin in December 2018. As before, the event will be held in major cities around the world including New York, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Zurich and Hong Kong. The new generation of Formula E cars features striking design and new battery technology to attract more fans and prove the viability of electric motoring.

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Confirmed for the Big Race

VW today named and revealed the first pictures of its contender for the 2018 Pikes Peak hill climb event. The alien spaceship-looking Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak is, as that I.D. in its name suggests, an electric prototype racing car, and it’s built to make some hype for VW’s I.D. family of all-electric vehicles which arrive in 2020. 

That is, of course, if it finishes the race to the clouds with dignity. It doesn’t have to win it, but in order for people to take notice of VW’s new rage of electric cars, the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak has to be at least in the top three when it crosses the line. The car certainly looks the part, it’s four-wheel-drive, and it certainly has a superb powertrain, the specs of which are yet to be revealed. But how well it can handle the 12.4-mile route up the  Colorado Springs in the Rocky Mountains remains to be seen.

Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Sales, Marketing and After Sales, adds: “Pikes Peak is without question the most iconic hillclimb in the world. The I.D. R project represents a fantastic opportunity for Volkswagen to change the conversation about e-mobility, both emotionally and from a sporting perspective.”

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PostHeaderIcon DS E-TENSE FE 19 Formula E – Batman’s Track Car?

Citroen’s subsidiary DS Automobiles see themselves as an avant-garde brand, Lately, it has been hard to see that in their production cars. But with the unveiling of the new DS E-TENSE FE 19 Formula E car they prove they are at the forefront of automotive art. If Batman went to track days on his spare time, this is what he’d drive. 

It is not just that DS E-TENSE FE 19 looks cool with its sharp angles and black paint job. It is a bit of unicorn, in that it doesn’t have a rear wing. That goes a long way in giving the FE 19 its super cool appearance. The new model features extensively revised chassis and a new aerodynamic package designed to generate extra aero-downforce and less drag. It also features a new battery, new tyres and ‘halo’ cockpit head protection.

Meanwhile the powertrain, DS E-MOTOR 19, incorporates an optimised energy recovery system. Other technical highlights include a new rear suspension arrangement, a new cooling system, a new fully active braking system and new electronics engineered to optimise energy management. DS E-TENSE FE 19 is a racing car, but DS could potentially create a supercar that looks sort of like this and features the same sort of technical specs. It’d be awesome if they did.

Formula E is set to undergo a revolution next season,” says DS Performance Director Xavier Mestelan Pinon. “The progress achieved recently by all the constructors involved in Formula E has spurred us to surpass ourselves and be even more resourceful. The new-generation cars will have a power output of 250kW and a 54kWh battery. DS E-TENSE FE 19’s drivers will consequently benefit from both twice the range and higher performance, and these gains mirror the phenomenal progress that has been seen in the world of electric vehicle technology made possible by Formula E. It is due to this level of technology that we are able to offer our customers ever more innovative cars and even higher performance, which is the real driving force behind our involvement in this avant-garde championship.”






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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Senna GTR Head Into Production with $1.4 million Price Tag

Now that all of the 500 regular Sennas have been sold, McLaren  reveals the next big thing. It’s a track-only version of that car, simply called McLaren Senna GTR, and it is wilder, rougher and obviously more expensive. Limited to just 75 units, each Senna GTR starts at $1.4 million at the factory before taxes and stuff. 

That sound like a helluva lot of money, but actually as far as these hyper track toys go, McLaren Senna GTR is kind of well-priced! What we would like to know though, is if the GTR really a match for stuff like the Ferrari FXX K, or even its own sister, the P1 GTR. On paper it doesn’t seem so. Senna GTR has only 814bhp from a 4.0 liter V8, and it weighs 1,198kg which isn’t exactly feather-like. But since a standard road-going 720S is almost as fast as a P1, this car could beat all of its 1000+ horsepower rivals around any race track.

We can already see most of the 75 people who will buy the McLaren Senna GTR try to make it road legal. The reason for that is the looks. This car is a lot more aggressive than the road-going Senna and has even larger aero parts. It is a race car, of course, and has racing aero parts. But the kit on the GTRis designed to be modular and therefore easily modifiable. That should make the job of homologating it for the road easier. There also seems to be interesting paint schemes available for the track car, which will make regular Senna owners very jealous.









“Excelling on the track underpins the heritage of the McLaren brand and is as important and relevant today as it has ever been,” explained Mike Flewitt. “The track-only McLaren Senna GTR will have more power, more grip and more downforce – up to 1,000kg – than the McLaren Senna and post even faster lap times; the very limited number of customers who secure this car will be buying the closest experience you can get to a race car without actually lining up on a circuit grid.”

The post McLaren Senna GTR Head Into Production with $1.4 million Price Tag appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Bentley Bentayga to Tackle Pikes Peak This Year

Pikes Peak hill climb event in Colorado is not exactly a stomping ground for the Bentley type of people. But even so, the British luxury car maker has decided to enter a racing edition of Bentley Bentayga SUV in this year’s edition of the event. And they are sending the top dog version. 

As you know, Bentley Bentayga has a W12, a diesel and a new V8 petrol variants engine-wise. The one being prepared by Bentley’s motorsport arm for the hill climb event is the 600 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque W12 version. It’ll be interesting to see what this engine can do fitted to a lightened, toughened, and stiffened iteration of this car.

The Pikes Peak Bentley Bentayga will retain the production car’s intelligent all-wheel-drive and state-of-the-art air suspension together with Bentley’s pioneering 48-volt active anti-roll system. So even if the car doesn’t manage to set a good time climbing the 12.42-mile Colorado Springs hill with its 156 corners, the even will still buy it a lot of street cred with the offroad crowd… even though most of Pikes Peak course is asphalt these days.

Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, comments: “Since its launch, the Bentayga has set the luxury SUV benchmark with its unique combination of bespoke British craftsmanship, performance and grand touring ability. We hope to set another benchmark at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by conquering the most demanding mountain road course in the world.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Toyota Yaris WRC Rally Car Unveiled

As we get close to the start of 2018 World Rally Championship season more brands unveil their contenders. This time, and at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, we saw the new 2018 Toyota Yaris WRC, looking poised and ready to tackle the rivals. 

The shape of the 2018 Toyota Yaris WRC with its huge aero parts is deliberately designed, one cannot help thinking, to remind an onlooker of the glorious Celicas and Corollas of the yesteryear, when they ruled the tarmac and gravel stages at every rally event around the globe. Yaris WRC’s upgraded aerodynamics package has been developed for the front of the car, including a new front bumper and fenders. Its jobs include providing downforce and help with the cooling.

While detailed specs of the 2018 Toyota Yaris WRC are yet to be revealed, there is not going to be a surprise since all these cars have to comply with the engine and power limitations as set by the FIA. The 1.6 liter turbo they will put into this car, though, could find itself in a future hot model on the production line, especially if the car achieves more success than its predecessor.




Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal): “It’s great to launch the 2018 season at the Autosport International show in front of so many motorsport fans. After a very pleasing first season in 2017 we are excited to build on that in the year ahead. We saw last year that the Toyota Yaris WRC was already capable of winning rallies, which was a great achievement by the team, but the competition also allowed us to discover areas that we can improve. With more time and more learning, we have been able to update the front end of the car to give us better aerodynamic performance, and we also have improvements to the cooling. I’m very excited that we’re going to keep on learning this year, as part of our mission to make ever-better cars.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 VW Polo GTI R5 Revealed, Looks Awesome

Following a very intriguing preview, today Volkswagen revealed the 2018 VW Polo GTI R5 rally car in the flesh. As with the rest of the new generation of street model-based rally cars, the R5 Polo is a superb looking creature. The new WRC season is going to be a delight to watch just because of the cars. 

In fact we probably would not care about the competition itself! But in any case, 2018 VW Polo GTI R5 is locked and loaded to win races, what with sophisticated chassis, suspension and aerodynamics, a 272 hp turbo engine, four-wheel drive and new safety package. The engine is, of course, is the same basic motor used in the road-going Polo GTI according to the new rules, and it has a capacity of 1.6 liters. TheR5 is a totally different beast though, weighing 1,320 kg and boasting close-stepped, sequential, five-speed racing gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive. The little racer rockets from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.



“The Polo GTI R5 came through the initial tests without any problems. The feedback from the test drivers was very positive,” says Technical Director François-Xavier “FX” Demaison. “It is obviously beneficial to be able to call upon an experienced team of engineers and mechanics, who helped to develop the Polo that won the world championship. And it goes without saying that, as we have in the past, we are also taking advantage of the close and excellent cooperation with the colleagues in the technical development department in Wolfsburg, as well as our Škoda colleagues, who have been offering their customers an R5 car since 2015.”

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