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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car

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It would have been a shame if a car as potent and as capable as the 2018 Camaro ZL1 didn’t have some sort of motorsport career. But that’s a problem you no longer have to worry about because Chevy has just announced the ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car, set to make its competition debut next February during Daytona Speedweeks. 

Joining the Camaro SS, which has been Chevrolet’s entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series since 2013, to bolster Chevrolet’s presence in this field of racing the 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup has been carefully engineered to ensure success. The car benefits from a 90-degree V8 motor which is closely related to 650 horsepower unit in the production model, and it has been fine-tuned with computational fluid dynamics analysis and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing to optimize aerodynamic performance.

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“Chevrolet, Camaro and ZL1 are all synonymous with winning, both on and off the track,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, who was joined by seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson — driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports — to reveal the car. “We are thrilled to run Camaro in NASCAR next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we’re just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans and customers.”

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PostHeaderIcon Acura ARX-05 Prototype Set for Quail Debut

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Acura expands its motorsport activities further by returning to prototype racing with a new sports car to be introduced at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering later this month. The 2018 Acura ARX-05 Prototype race car will be fielded next season by Team Penske in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Following its debut at the Quail, Acura ARX-05 will then make guest appearances at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The first outing of the ARX as an official competition car will take place in January 2018 at Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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The ARX in Acura ARX-05 Prototype’s name stands for Acura Racing eXperimental, and the 5 refers to the fact that its the fifth generation of these car to hit the track. The return to prototype racing for Acura is on the line with the company’s plans for introducing new and increasingly sportier production car, which is probably why they trusted the design of the new ARX to the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, Calif. under the auspices of Dave Marek, Acura global creative director. The whole program is being conducted by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura ARX-05 Prototype Set for Quail Debut

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Acura expands its motorsport activities further by returning to prototype racing with a new sports car to be introduced at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering later this month. The 2018 Acura ARX-05 Prototype race car will be fielded next season by Team Penske in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Following its debut at the Quail, Acura ARX-05 will then make guest appearances at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The first outing of the ARX as an official competition car will take place in January 2018 at Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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The ARX in Acura ARX-05 Prototype’s name stands for Acura Racing eXperimental, and the 5 refers to the fact that its the fifth generation of these car to hit the track. The return to prototype racing for Acura is on the line with the company’s plans for introducing new and increasingly sportier production car, which is probably why they trusted the design of the new ARX to the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, Calif. under the auspices of Dave Marek, Acura global creative director. The whole program is being conducted by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i30 N TCR Customer Racing Car

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This past weekend during the ADAC TCR Germany Hyundai had brought along the new i30 N TCR, a customer race car, a new competition model from Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing division, which attracted a lot of attention. The race car is based on the i30 N hot hatch which is already being praised as hit. 

While details and specs of the Hyundai i30 N TCR are yet to be revealed, the race car will be pretty close to the road-going model both visually and in terms of mechanical underpinnings. Of course, the TCR version boasts a competition-grade aero kit, suspension, wheels and tires as well as upgraded engine. One of the purposes of this car, after all, is to give the i30 N some motorsport prestige and make it even more irresistible to the hot hatch buyers.

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Hyundai i30 N TCR evne features a livery that is inspired by a production color featured on the road-going version. The Sky Blue, with highlights of Active Red and darker ‘Hyundai’ Blue, is a signature of high-performance models from the Korean car maker and is even used on their WRC models. The TCR is still being tested by Hyundai Motorpsort and BRC Racing, but it will be ready to be handed over to the customers and teams in early December.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i30 N TCR Customer Racing Car

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This past weekend during the ADAC TCR Germany Hyundai had brought along the new i30 N TCR, a customer race car, a new competition model from Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing division, which attracted a lot of attention. The race car is based on the i30 N hot hatch which is already being praised as hit. 

While details and specs of the Hyundai i30 N TCR are yet to be revealed, the race car will be pretty close to the road-going model both visually and in terms of mechanical underpinnings. Of course, the TCR version boasts a competition-grade aero kit, suspension, wheels and tires as well as upgraded engine. One of the purposes of this car, after all, is to give the i30 N some motorsport prestige and make it even more irresistible to the hot hatch buyers.

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Hyundai i30 N TCR evne features a livery that is inspired by a production color featured on the road-going version. The Sky Blue, with highlights of Active Red and darker ‘Hyundai’ Blue, is a signature of high-performance models from the Korean car maker and is even used on their WRC models. The TCR is still being tested by Hyundai Motorpsort and BRC Racing, but it will be ready to be handed over to the customers and teams in early December.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Mercedes-AMG GT4 Customer Racing Car

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They may have become businessmen in recent years, the masters of the luxury segment and the makers of some of the most lavishly equipped super saloons, but AMG engineers are still racing guys at heart. That’s why they just went ahead and made a new customer racing car in form of Mercedes-AMG GT4, even though no one really asked for it!

AMG basically saw the success of the GT3 model and decided what the hell, let’s make a GT4 version too for those who are into this category. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is based on the production GT R and uses the same basic engine, but it’s been lightened and tuned and fitted with racing paraphernalia to meet the requirements and regulations of the international GT4 racing series.

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And it’s because of those regulations that the R-based GT4 makes the same kind of power as a GT S, 375 kW (510 hp) and a maximum torque of over 600 Nm. The motor is mated to a sequential six-speed competition gearbox (transaxle) from the GT3 version, and a differential that is adjustable from the outside is employed for competition. Safety features include rollcage of high-strength steel, screwed onto the aluminium spaceframe, carbon driver safety cell compatible with the HANS (Head And Neck Support), extrication hatch in the roof and a powerful fire extinguishing system.

Mercedes-AMG GT4 customer racing car will be handed over to the buyers at the end of 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Alpine A110 Cup Race Car Officially Announced

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While we are waiting with bated breath for the release of the new Alpine sports car, the French company revealed they are making a racing version of the car and it’s going to be ready for competition this fall. The Alpine A110 Cup race car will get its own dedicated Alpine European Cup series in 2018.

That is truly exciting since Alpine Cup could be the first racing series we’d be looking forward to follow in a long time. The racing itself aside, we’d love to watch a whole bunch of Alpine A110s slug it out on the race track, especially as the cars will be identical and the battle will be really close. Another reason we’re excited about this is due to the teaser image they have released for Alpine A110 Cup, showing a wide-bodied A110 with a racing kit and it looks absolutely awesome.

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Having its own racing series benefits the Alpine sports car in more ways than one. Not only will it enhance the reputation of the brand and its prestige, motorsport has always been the best place to test out new ideas and technologies which will invariably affect the production models. What’s more, the Alpine A110 Cup could inspire a few special edition of the A110 road car or even result in creation of some really cool aftermarket body kits that mimic the look.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda/Acura NSX GT3 Race Car Now on Sale

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Honda/Acura announced the highly anticipated 2018 NSX GT3 customer race car is now available to order by qualified customers for the 2018 Motorsport season. Sold through JAS Motorsport in Europe, HPD in North America and by Mugen in Japan at a base price of €465,000, the GT3 may not be the best car on the grid next year, but it’ll certainly be the best looking. 

Racing with the Honda/Acura NSX GT3, eligible to race in more than two dozen FIA-sanctioned race events around the world, will cost you around half a million Euro just to begin with. Then there is the parts and sales, training and engineering services you’ll have to pay for. But the good new is Honda supplies all of that so you don’t have to shop around.

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As for the technical specs, Honda/Acura NSX GT3 boasts a production-based 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 racing engine with the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system changed for competition and mated to a six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox and backed by racing chassis and aerodynamic package. The car’s development has been undertaken as a collaborative project over the past three years that has also included HPD since the end of 2015 with over 85,000km of race and test mileage completed. An initial batch of 12 cars will be produced in time for the start of the 2018 race season.

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The 2018 NSX GT3 will be eligible for:

  • The Blancpain GT Series, Nurburgring 24 Hour race in Europe;
  • The Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA SportsCar series in North America;
  • The Blancpain GT Asia Series and GT Asia championship
  • Super GT’s GT300 class in Japan
  • The Australian GT Championship
  • Intercontinental GT Challenge

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PostHeaderIcon Rosemary Smith, 79, Test Drives Renault Formula One Car!

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If you count yourself as a car guy and a driving guru prepare to be greatly humbled. This is Rosemary Smith, a sweet old lady of 79, and she’s just become the oldest person to successfully drive an 800bhp Renault Formula One car.

And it wasn’t nonsense, either. She wasn’t being assisted while handling the F1 monster or sent just around the pit for a potter with the engine set to 10 percent output. As you can see in the video below, Rosemary Smith drove that F1 car like a boss, accelerating and cornering far better than… well, than Richard Hammond for instance who tried this thing on the old Top Gear a few times, each time making a hash of it.

The event was organized by Renault Uk as part of Renault Sport Formula One Team’s 40th Anniversary celebrations:

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In fairness, Rosemary Smith used to be a professional rally driver with awards from many big international events. She got her start working as a navigator for a rally driver and then switched to the driver seat with great success. A particularly poignant victory was the famous Tulip Rally, which she won in 1965, an achievement which made not only the motorsport world take notice but also Hollywood, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sending her a huge bouquet and congratulatory letter. After years competing and winning at the highest level in world rallying, Rosemary set up her own driving school using Renault Clios and for the past two decades has campaigned for young driver education to be introduced in schools across the country.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi

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It is always hard to follow a successful act with something that is even better and more impressive, but with the new Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi rally car Peugeot Sport seems to have pulled it off. The competition machine is a racing version of the 3008 SUV and a heir to two consecutive Dakar Rally victories. 

The Maxi in Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi’s name is a hint at the size of the vehicle which is 20 centimetres wider than its predecessor. Now that is not because of looks or space, but due to the fact that suspension tracks on each side have been increased by 10 centimetres. The result of this, combined with new front and rear track rod ends and driveshafts, is enhanced stability and dynamics at high speed.

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The handsome Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi is currently in the final stages on testing and will celebrate its debut at the on the 2017 Silk Way Rally that goes from Russia to China next month in the hands of nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb, who finished second on the Dakar this year and is contesting the Silk Way Rally for the second time. He will be joined on the adventure, which runs from July 7-22, by team mates Stephane Peterhansel and last year’s Silk Way Rally winner Cyril Despres: but they will be driving the current specification of Peugeot 3008DKR, as seen locking out the Dakar Rally podium earlier this season. Next Year this illustrious company will be joined by Carlos Sainz and they will set off to tackle the next Dakar Rally.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Victorious at 2017 Le Mans 24h

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It’s always been like this with motorsport. One team gets on a roll and they keep winning and winning and winning. So after years of witnessing Audi dominating the LMP1 class at Le Mans 24 hours we are now in a new Porsche era where the 919 Hybrid is the king. The car just snatched the title for the 2017 edition of the race, bringing Porsche’s total wins up to 19.

The Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 that brought home the latest victory was piloted by Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) and it do so shedding copious amounts of blood and sweat. This victory was well deserved, nothing like those big Audis few years back that just cruised along and won with a big margin. This 919 got through by the skin of its teeth. The car had no front axle drive anymore, was repaired for 1.05 hours and rejoined the race 18 laps behind, turning a 56th position into overall victory.

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Michael Steiner, Board Member Research and Development, Porsche AG: “The ‘triple’ in Le Mans is a dream come true for Porsche and the way this third consecutive win happened is very special. I’m proud of the Porsche Team that kept fighting despite the long stop for repairs. This success also came about thanks to strong E performance and innovative hybrid technology.”

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1: “One of our ambitious targets for the 2017 season was to achieve a hat-trick at Le Mans. But what we have gone through over the past 24 hours, you could not imagine in your wildest dreams. This 24-hour race just pushed everything and everyone to the limit. It is unbelievable what you can achieve in a focussed team effort. Sometimes it is not the fastest car but the best team performance that makes the difference. This team is the best of all and made today’s success possible. The reaction from everywhere is overwhelming – from Porsche employees and also around the world. Personally I can only say thank you to Porsche for putting me in the position to set up such a great programme and thanks to every single team member for the total support and the great team spirit.”

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: “It’s hard to find words for what happened. The drivers and the entire team have done an amazing job. We can put two tough weeks behind us that provided some highs and lows but we fought with typical Porsche spirit. It will take some time for what we have achieved today to sink in. We’ve now won Le Mans three times in a row which is just sensational. The team worked relentlessly for this over the past twelve months. Toyota was a very strong competitor. They pushed us to the limits and beyond and we both paid the price. It is a sad that Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy retired from the race because they controlled it for a long time. But Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley and especially Timo Bernhard deserved to take the race win. Timo was the development driver right from the beginning of the programme. After the long repairs, the three of them kept fighting and were ultimately rewarded.”

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PostHeaderIcon Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept

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Car makers with a Formula One team are always trying to come up with new ideas for the sport and become a pioneer in it. So here’s Renault’s idea of a future Formula One car, presented in from Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept which, as the name suggests, is what they think F1 cars should look like in 2027. 

We have to say, it does look good. But the extra features pitched by Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept as feasible may prove very difficult to implement in the real world. Here’s a taste of what they have in mind:

The pillars of Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept philosophy are simple and elegant ideas: greater focus on the drivers, more spectacular, more electric, safer racing. In order to achieve those goals the RS Vision introduces active LED lighting incorporated into the wheels and moves aerodynamic parts such as the car’s active wings for a more spectacular display, adds transparent cockpit and a transparent helmet so spectators can see the driver in action (human element), and wants extensive interaction between the cars and greater connection with spectators by giving the fans access to the telemetry of their favorite car.

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In terms of safety they have the vision of an autonomous system that would take over in the case of an accident, along with an ultra-resistant polycarbonate cockpit canopy to protect against impact. Performance-wise, they want four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and very high-energy density batteries, and environmentally, they propose the fuel tank capacity gets halved in the space of 10 years, plus a full-electric mode for use along the pit lane.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept

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Car makers with a Formula One team are always trying to come up with new ideas for the sport and become a pioneer in it. So here’s Renault’s idea of a future Formula One car, presented in from Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept which, as the name suggests, is what they think F1 cars should look like in 2027. 

We have to say, it does look good. But the extra features pitched by Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept as feasible may prove very difficult to implement in the real world. Here’s a taste of what they have in mind:

The pillars of Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept philosophy are simple and elegant ideas: greater focus on the drivers, more spectacular, more electric, safer racing. In order to achieve those goals the RS Vision introduces active LED lighting incorporated into the wheels and moves aerodynamic parts such as the car’s active wings for a more spectacular display, adds transparent cockpit and a transparent helmet so spectators can see the driver in action (human element), and wants extensive interaction between the cars and greater connection with spectators by giving the fans access to the telemetry of their favorite car.

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In terms of safety they have the vision of an autonomous system that would take over in the case of an accident, along with an ultra-resistant polycarbonate cockpit canopy to protect against impact. Performance-wise, they want four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and very high-energy density batteries, and environmentally, they propose the fuel tank capacity gets halved in the space of 10 years, plus a full-electric mode for use along the pit lane.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept

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Car makers with a Formula One team are always trying to come up with new ideas for the sport and become a pioneer in it. So here’s Renault’s idea of a future Formula One car, presented in from Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept which, as the name suggests, is what they think F1 cars should look like in 2027. 

We have to say, it does look good. But the extra features pitched by Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept as feasible may prove very difficult to implement in the real world. Here’s a taste of what they have in mind:

The pillars of Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept philosophy are simple and elegant ideas: greater focus on the drivers, more spectacular, more electric, safer racing. In order to achieve those goals the RS Vision introduces active LED lighting incorporated into the wheels and moves aerodynamic parts such as the car’s active wings for a more spectacular display, adds transparent cockpit and a transparent helmet so spectators can see the driver in action (human element), and wants extensive interaction between the cars and greater connection with spectators by giving the fans access to the telemetry of their favorite car.

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In terms of safety they have the vision of an autonomous system that would take over in the case of an accident, along with an ultra-resistant polycarbonate cockpit canopy to protect against impact. Performance-wise, they want four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and very high-energy density batteries, and environmentally, they propose the fuel tank capacity gets halved in the space of 10 years, plus a full-electric mode for use along the pit lane.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept

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Car makers with a Formula One team are always trying to come up with new ideas for the sport and become a pioneer in it. So here’s Renault’s idea of a future Formula One car, presented in from Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept which, as the name suggests, is what they think F1 cars should look like in 2027. 

We have to say, it does look good. But the extra features pitched by Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept as feasible may prove very difficult to implement in the real world. Here’s a taste of what they have in mind:

The pillars of Renault RS 2027 Vision Concept philosophy are simple and elegant ideas: greater focus on the drivers, more spectacular, more electric, safer racing. In order to achieve those goals the RS Vision introduces active LED lighting incorporated into the wheels and moves aerodynamic parts such as the car’s active wings for a more spectacular display, adds transparent cockpit and a transparent helmet so spectators can see the driver in action (human element), and wants extensive interaction between the cars and greater connection with spectators by giving the fans access to the telemetry of their favorite car.

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In terms of safety they have the vision of an autonomous system that would take over in the case of an accident, along with an ultra-resistant polycarbonate cockpit canopy to protect against impact. Performance-wise, they want four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and very high-energy density batteries, and environmentally, they propose the fuel tank capacity gets halved in the space of 10 years, plus a full-electric mode for use along the pit lane.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: McLaren 570S GT4 and Sprint

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McLaren puts the ‘Sport’ in their ‘Sport Series’ by announcing two new racing versions of the 570S. Called McLaren 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint, these track machines will undergo a series a rigorous developmental tests this year in the British GT championship in the hands of customer team Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse.

Developed jointly by McLaren Automotive, McLaren GT, and CRS GT Limited, the two baby racers are designed with different purposes in mind. The McLaren 570S GT4 is a full-on racer fully compatible with the rules and regulations of the GT series. The Sprint, however, is built as a track toy, something to have fun with private track days. You can upgrade the Sprint to GT4 specification, though.

Both McLaren 570S GT4 and Sprint are based on the production model and share their carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis architecture with that car. But being track cars, they come with a number of exclusive stuff, such as FIA-approved rollcage and fire extinguisher system, centre-locking lightweight cast magnesium alloy wheels, slick Pirelli racing tires, two-way adjustable motorsport dampers, and onboard air jack. The engine is the same 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 M838TE unit we know and love, but its output is restricted for GT racing. The GT4 will cost from £159,900 when it launches in 2017.

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Along with these cars, McLaren Automotive has also confirmed the appointment of Ansar Ali – the former Caterham director – to the role of Motorsport Director. He commented: ‘I am extremely proud and honoured to be joining McLaren Automotive at such a pivotal time. Activities on track have played such a significant part in the history of making McLaren globally recognised. The opportunity to play a major part in shaping its future motorsport strategy is extremely exciting, and the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint models are an important initial step.’

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PostHeaderIcon VW Golf GTI TCR Race Car Announced

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Volkswagen continues celebrating the 40th anniversary of Golf GTI with a new customer racing car. Built by Volkswagen Motorsport in cooperation with SEAT, the new Golf GTI TCR is limited to only 20 units for the 2016 season.

Designed to compete in the international TCR championship series, VW Golf GTI TCR boasts a 2.0-liter turbo engine with direct fuel injection from Golf R with 330 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque. Being a racing car, the car features a massive aero kit complete with wide fenders housing 18-inch racing rims, front splitter and a big rear wing, in addition to  racing seat with head protectors, racing safety cage, and an FIA-approved safety tank.

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Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director: “The Golf GTI TCR allows customer racing teams to partake in reasonably-priced motorsport with a Volkswagen. Furthermore, the teams can expand their motorsport commitments in numerous TCR championships, both at national and international level. We are providing them with a car that is ideally suited and prepared for this purpose: the Golf has not only made an outstanding impression at tests, but also shown its great potential in competition. We are delighted by the high demand for the car among customer racing teams, which confirms that we are doing a good job.”

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Focus RS at 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship

FIA World Rallycross Championship continues to attract more and more big names, which is bad news for Formula 1 but great for motorsport fans who want something exciting to watch. A few days ago we heard that Sebastian Loeb is making this series a full-time job this year, and now we get this, the awesome Ford Focus RS Rallycross. 2016 season is completely unmissable now!

What’s more, Ford Focus RS Rallycross will be fielded this season by Ken Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division, a partner of Ford Performance, scoring the Blue Oval additional publicity points. The race car is built in a joint operation between Ford Performance, Block’s Hoonigan Racing and U.K.-based M-Sport, and it features all-wheel drive, a new EcoBoost engine producing 600 horsepower, and a 0-60-mph launch time of less than two seconds. Hopefully the car’s success on the battlefield will inspire a road-going version of this little monster someday.

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“I’m really happy to be expanding my relationship with Ford Performance,” said Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block. “To have official factory support for my race season in 2016 and beyond as I enter the FIA World Rallycross Championship full-time is absolutely incredible. It opens up a ton of powerful resources that myself and my team will be able to benefit from in terms of engineering prowess, research, development and racing experience from different fields. Plus, have you seen the car that they’ve created for me to go race in? My mind was blown when they showed it to me in Dearborn a few months ago. I absolutely cannot wait to get behind the wheel and start testing.”

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PostHeaderIcon BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car Unveiled

BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car-0

Continuing their two-decade partnership with MotoGP organization, BMW revealed a new safety car for the upcoming season. Ensuring the safety of the riders this year is the handsome BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car which is based on the new production model.

One would think BMW has to be content with MotoGP because Mercedes has a monopoly over Formula 1 safety cars. But that’s not true, because for one thing BMW is not in F1 anymore. Instead, they’ve been focusing on MotoGP mainly because they do have a flourishing motorcycle business with everything from mountain bikes to super bikes. In fact, they are so happy with the relationship, they’ve extended the contract to 2020.

As with the previous high-performance MotoGP M fleet, BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car is track-oriented production model that is more than capable of handling tactical circuits and keeping up with the ferocious super bikes. The 365 horsepower straight-six-powered sports car is hailed as the M GmbH’s new golden boy. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 155 mph. The safety car is stock in terms of performance, but gets a unique livery as well as a roll bar, radio equipment, M Performance kit, sport seats, and a light bar.

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren 650S GT3 Victorious at Bathurst 12 Hour

McLaren 650S GT3 Bathurst-0

This past weekend the McLaren 650S GT3 experienced what must have been the coolest moment in its short Motorsport life. The race car of customer team Tekno Autosports won the fearsome Bathurst 12 Hour race after a hard fight that it survived by the skin of its teeth!

Tekno’s McLaren 650S GT3 was on a roll at Bathurst as it started the race from Pole Position, having done record-breaking qualifying laps. Four examples of the 650S GT3 actually qualified within the top six spots on the grid. But it wasn’t just excellent starting position that gave the boys of Tekno team – Alvaro Parente, Shane Van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb – the edge, but clever pit stop strategy, and perseverance in the face of unfortunate events such as an electrical systems reset.

Jonathon Webb, Team Owner, Tekno Autosports: ’Winners of the Bathurst 12 Hour – that is something that will take a little while to sink in. It is a great result for McLaren and massive for Tekno, especially as it was our debut outing together. We faced some real challenges over the course of the weekend, but we pulled together and I am really proud of the guys who have worked faultlessly to achieve this result. Any endurance race is a true challenge, and it is not an easy race to win first time out – you just have to look at the quality of the competition and how close the racing was from the first to the last minute.’

Here’s some cool photos of the McLaren 650S GT3 at Bathurst:

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