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In racing, driving a quicker and lighter car doesn’t always result in a win. However, such a car definitely has some advantages over other competitors. This could be the reason why the Electric GT Championship is changing the base car from the Tesla Model S P85+ to Tesla Model S P100.
When the Electric GT World Series was announced in March 2016, organizer Electric GT Holding Inc. also disclosed that it has chosen the Tesla Motors S P85+ as a base model for the 10 teams bound to enter the event in its 2017 inaugural season.
Agustin Paya, Technical Director for Electric GT Holdings, remarked back then that the Tesla model S was chosen because of its impressive circuit racing potential with its power, acceleration, weight distribution and low center of gravity as well as superb cornering speed. The race-bound Model S P85+ would race with the same powertrain, battery and programming as the one available for the market, although it has received modifications with regards to braking, aerodynamics, suspension and cooling, as well as steering and overall weight.Read the entire article Tesla’s Electric GT Championship turns into a much faster race with shift to P100D
It just keeps getting hotter. McLaren, Porsche and Ford Motors have heated up the GT4 racing runways. In no time, BMW and Mercedes-AMG will be joining in. Not to be left out of the game, Chevrolet has raised the temperature even higher with a new GT4 race car.
Pratt & Miller has reformulated the 6th generation Chevrolet Camaro to take on any dare --- whether it be with a Cayman or a Mustang on the loose. Simply put, the track-ready Chevy GT4.R is now suitable for a spin at the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge. These are just the top two GT racing championships in North America by the way. Apparently, there are many other GT4 racing series around the world just like the GT4 European Series, the British GT Championship, the Hankook 24Hour Series and the Nurburgring Endurance Series.
Going back to the subject, the new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is using the same engine platform as that of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 28.R. Yes, it’s the same type of engine on a Chevy that won at the Continental Tire SportsCar event in 2015.Read the entire article Chevrolet gets ready to unleash the Camaro GT4.R race car for this year’s competition
Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo has its own proud history of classic wins in the world of motorsports. In the 1990s, the Italian carmaker fielded its Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI racer, which in turn grabbed race victories and even championships in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car Championship, or DTM). Thus, Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI racer has been considered as one of the racing icons, even though DTM already folded in 1996.
Now, Rc-workchop -- a visual artist specializing in automotive rendering – has recently posted a rendered image of a modern Alfa Romeo Giulia wrapped in the classic Martini Racing livery that draped the 1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI racer. Of course, Rc-workchop implemented a number of visual modifications on the Alfa Romeo Giulia to make it graphically suitable for the DTM. To note, the 155 V6 TI only started donning the sponsorship livery from Martini Racing in the 1995 season of the DTM.
Covered in white finish, the rendering – dubbed as Alfa Romeo Giulia DTM Concept by Rc-workchop – features similar graphics and colors as the 1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI DTM. The Alfa Romeo Giulia DTM Concept features the red and blue visual scheme -- with heavy purple line – that starts from the inner edges of the headlamps and partly flows on the bonnet, continues to the sides and ends on the rear lights. The red-blue-purple scheme is also found on the lower section of the Giulia’s sides.Read the entire article Rc-workchop imagines a DTM version of Alfa Romeo Giulia with classic Martini Racing livery
The final version of Lexus’ GT3 racer is now here at last and it looks meaner and more menacing than the namesake concept it was derived from. Welcome the new Lexus RC F GT3 that will be competing in several GT3 events not only in the United States, but also in Japan.
It took nearly three years before Lexus was able to unveil the final version of the Lexus RC F GT3. The Japanese premium carmaker introduced the RC F GT3 Racing Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
It was derived from the Lexus RC F Coupe that was introduced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The development of the concept car was focused on meeting Group GT3 international racing standards. Furthermore, testing commenced in 2014. Serving as the core of the Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept was a higher-tuned version of the 5.0-liter V8 engine that powers Lexus RC F Coupe. This engine delivers over 540 hp of output to power the 2,755.8-pound RC F GT3 Racing Concept.Read the entire article Lexus unveils new RC F GT3 racer that will take part in GT3 events in the US and Japan
BMW recently held its year-end celebration in Munich, Germany. The same motorsport event had on display the upcoming BMW M4 GT4. It was then wrapped in camouflage to conceal its design but an official image was also released afterwards.
BMW’s new racecar will take part in the “24 Hours of Dubai “ slated on January 2018. It will be tested extensively starting next month in preparation for its official racing debut. Deliveries are expected to begin around third or fourth quarter next year.
The M4 GT4 Coupe would be the next in line to BMW’s M235i Racing model. The entry-level racecar was first introduced in 2014 and has at least 170 examples built.Read the entire article BMW released official photos of its M4 GT4 race car
Porsche revealed that starting 2017, it will offer the 911 (991) GT3 Cup with an improved drive. Already considered as the most produced GT racing vehicle in the world, this model made use of a purebred motorsport technology that allowed it to be fitted with a compact engine that comes with direct fuel injection allowing for an output of 485 hp (357 kW). In addition, this 6-cylinder 4-liter flat engine has been placed on the rear.
In terms of design, both the apron in the front and the rear section have been redesigned in order to enhance downforce. As a result, this allowed the 911 GT3 Cup to offer better performance and traction. Some features seen in the previous model however have been retained in this version like the wide wing in the rear that measures 184 centimeters. It has the same wheels in terms of dimensions. It remains equipped with the 18-inch one-piece racing wheels that have a central locking mechanism. The 270 mm. Michelin racing tires are fitted on the front axle while the 310 mm. tires are on the rear axle.
What is new is that the 911 GT3 Cup weighs 1,200 kilograms. This is all due to the use of an aluminum and steel composite which gave it a body that is both lightweight and rigid. Porsche also disclosed that a number of innovative features have been put in to ensure that engine performance and efficiency are enhanced.Read the entire article Porsche unveils 911 (991) GT3 Cup race car
Mercedes-AMG finally races along with other car manufacturers in the GT4 category. Since there’s an increasing trend for this segment, we think they’ve made it just in time along with Ford, Porsche, McLaren and also BMW.
Even if it comes a little late, the new GT4 racer will be based on the Mercedes-AMG GT-R that was revealed earlier this year. Mercedes-AMG’s GT4 racecar is currently in the works and is expected to apply the road-going GTR’s engineering and design standards.
The picture already looks impressive. With its large wing, wheels out stance, big vents along the hood and highly distinctive aerodynamics design, the AMG GTR definitely looks menacing the first time we saw it. Even so, AMG revealed that they have designed the GT4 to be safe and easy to use.Read the entire article Gorgeous Mercedes-AMG GT4 will soon arrive amid ever-growing competition
The recently held Finali Mondiali weekend event has uncovered the Ferrari 488 Challenge. The 488 Challenge now boasts a new level of performance as a result of its newly enhanced chassis, aerodynamics and engine. Powered by a 3.9 litre V8 that won this year’s International Engine of the Year Award, the car is also said to replace the track-ready Ferrari 458 EVO. The new 488 is the 6th model to take part in the Ferrari Challenge in time for its 25th anniversary this 2017.
Ferrari’s weekend long event held at the Daytona International Speedway was organized to provide drivers an opportunity to take part and win in International GT and prototype championship races. If you have been following their forums and social media fan page, then the Ferrari Finali Mondiali is no stranger to you. Not only are these events used as stepping stones, it also serves as exposure to help drivers go through much greater challenges in the future.
As a matter of fact, some have gone all the way to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA and the Grand-AM Road Racing through their participation in the Ferrari Challenge series. But the main goal of this challenge is perhaps to show-off what Ferrari has up on its sleeve, don’t you think?Read the entire article Ferrari unleashes turbocharged 488 Challenge
Car enthusiasts will be happy to know that after 14 years of not being seen in the tracks, Cadillac is slated to make a comeback to endurance racing. Cadillac has confirmed that starting 2017, its Daytona Prototype, the DPi-V.R, will be part of the DPi class under the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship organized by International Motor Sports Association, or IMSA. Officially, the brand will be fielding its racers again on January 28, 2017, during the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Powering it is the 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine developed by Earnhardt Childress Racing which can deliver an output of 600 hp (447 kW). This is the very same engine that was fitted in the Dayton Prototypes of Chevrolet. It has the same displacement as those seen in the Escalade SUV and even the supercharged CTS-V sedan.
In addition, it has been fitted with the Dallara LMP2 chassis, the same component in models that race in the FIA World Endurance Championship and even the 24 Hours of Le Mans. There is one difference in that due to changes implemented to the IMSA rules, Cadillac, as well as the other brands, is now allowed to put in small improvements parts like the wheel arches in the rear, side pods, and the nose. The objective was that it would help differentiate the various racers from each other. With this, automakers can also give fans an idea of what the production versions may have.Read the entire article Cadillac returns to endurance racing with entry of DPi-V.R prototype in 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series
The rear engine layout is considerably Porsche 911’s ultimate selling point. Over the years, the arrangement of the engine has proven to be more capable for racing. But then, Porsche apparently gave its 911 a rather unusual overhaul. The latest Porsche 911 RSR (yes, the same car that would take part in the “24 Hours of Le Mans”) now has a new mid-engine.
But that’s not all. There are 19 other racing events in the GTE category where the 2017 Porsche 911 RSR will be part of. So this must be something really big.
According to Porsche, the much larger diffuser at the rear was in place after they positioned the 4.0 Litre horizontally arranged 6-cylinder engine at the middle. Porsche realised this new layout significantly improves handling and provides better balance as compared with the rear engine layout.Read the entire article 2016 LA Auto Show: Porsche gets ready for Le Mans with mid-engine 911 RSR
An intense breed of race car combined with highly extreme aerodynamics, this very much defines the concept behind Mazda RT24-P seen at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The super hot prototype model was labelled RT24-P in reference to Mazda’s “Road to 24” driver scholarship programme.
John Doonan, Mazda Sports Director expressed his gratitude about having a racecar that features their design philosophy. The strong spoilers and immense wings represent the company’s Kodo design language. Doonan added how this opportunity is very significant for all of them as a team. He believes there is so much more to reveal and we can finally learn about these things during the race.
Riley Technologies teamed up with Multimatic to develop the RT24-P’s chassis design. The American-Canadian tandem’s own take on the concept machine has resulted on the highly exceptional front-end and bodyworks. These two were also responsible for the prototype’s large horizontal rear wing, vertical fin and curved splitter.Read the entire article Mazda RT24-P: an extremely gorgeous 2017 Daytona Prototype at the LA Auto Show
Nissan has finally unveiled its racer for the upcoming 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT Series – the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500. Apparently, Nissan has made a number of design changes on its Super GT racer, seeking to repeat its feat in 2014 and 2015 when it won the championship. While Nissan failed to capture its third championship this year, it developed and designed the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 to enable it to recapture the crown while still abiding by the rules and regulations of the Japanese Super GT series.
The Japanese Super GT racing series has always been enjoyable and fun to watch not just because of speed and dynamics involved, but also because this competition features some of the hottest looking cars in the planet. Looking forward, the 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT is really something to look forward to because of some changes in the aero rules.
Apparently, the race cars competing in the Super GT have become too fast and too stable, and that has rendered the racing action seemingly boring. So, organizers decided to make the action more thrilling and more enjoyable -- by tweaking the regulations to compel manufacturers to reduce the downforce on their GT500 cars by 25 percent, thereby theoretically reducing cornering speeds. While this obliged carmakers to revise the looks of their racers, the apparent visual changes have resulted to better- and hotter-looking race vehicles.Read the entire article 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 unveiled for upcoming Japanese Super GT Series
You will likely see two new models for the NSX going around the racing circuits this 2017. One of which is the Acura NSX-GT, which will be joining the Supercar GT Series in Japan. The other variant, which is the NSX GT3 will probably take part in the Pirelli World Challenge or the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship. But there is something about the monstrous NSX-GT that will scare the hell out of any car in the series. Yes, including Nissan’s GT-R and Lexus’ latest LC500.
Honda’s NSX-GT is probably the most over-the-top version of the regular coupe’s design. While the NSX GT3 racecar looks insanely gorgeous, the NSX-GT we think, is “dressed to kill”. However, we know it’s too early to tell if it will win the race. Still, the Acura NSX-GT is destined to get most of the attention. Well, that’s because the larger than life front splitter, wide fenders, side sills and rear diffuser are just too hard to overlook.
This monster comes with a huge 2L turbo-charged 4 cylinder with direct injection capable of producing as much as 590hp. This will be mated with a paddle shifted constant mesh gearbox that keeps on revolving. Instead of the usual mid-mounted V6 biturbo hybrid, the NSX powerplant was redesigned to comply with the Super GT specifications.Read the entire article Honda gets ready for 2017 season with furious-looking NSX-GT race car
Cars being displayed at different auto shows are usually displayed on the floor just by themselves. However, since the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show or 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts the unusual, we can expect some carmakers or tuners to make use of bizarre methods display their show cars. And that is just what Acura is doing at the 2016 SEMA Show for its highly anticipated Acura NSX GT3.
Instead of sitting by itself ever lonely, Acura NSX GT3 sits on a custom trailer seemingly towed by a 2017 Acura MDX. Both are customized works and so is the trailer. Initially developed by Acura’s Japanese race engineering team, the NSX GT3 has been developed to prove that the NSX – while serving as the pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance – could perform basically as well as in GT3 racing.
The new Acura NSX GT3 and the NSX actually have a number of similarities, although the race car has been made distinct enough to enable it to compete in the GT3 class. For instance, both have the same overall design with similar fascias. Both have the same headlights as well as the same precision crafted front grille.Read the entire article 2017 Acura MDX tows new Acura NSX GT3 at 2016 SEMA Show [Live Photos]
Auto shows are hosted every year to showcase various products from automakers and aftermarket specialists alike. These events are the best outlets to market creations ranging from concept cars, to production models, and even to upgraded version of previous models. One particular event is the SEMA Show, an aftermarket trade show that has been annually held in Las Vegas.
For those who do not know, SEMA is an acronym for Specialty Equipment Market Association which consists of more than 6,000 companies worldwide including aftermarket specialists, original equipment manufacturers (OEM), media, car dealers, specialty equipment distributors, installers, retailers and restoration specialists.
An annual SEMA Show is held during the first week of November, in line with the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. This is where automotive aftermarket trade groups display their newest creations along with educational seminars, networking opportunities and product demonstrations.Read the entire article 2017 Acura MDX arrives as with custom NSX GT3 Trailer at the 2016 SEMA Show
The Ford Mustang is well-known to have a long history of having what may be the most versatile of performance platforms there is. Whether making a mark at a racing circuit or participating at drag racing, the use of the right modifications can lead to victory.
For those who want to get the opportunity to start competing immediately at the tracks, Ford is offering the new Mustang GT4. Officially unveiled during the 2016 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show in Las Vegas, the new Mustang GT4 delivers a complete package that customers will surely love.
With this, customers will be able to participate in a number of race series like the GT4 European Series, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.Read the entire article 2016 SEMA: Ford Mustang GT4 is your global race car
Camaro has been a staple of drag racing events for around 50 years, grabbing numerous wins in the process. Chevrolet is now furthering this winning legacy by unveiling its new Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program and the 2017 COPO Camaro show car at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
By launching the Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program, Chevrolet aims to determine the quarter-mile capability of the Gen Six Camaro by designing concept parts that could support 10-second elapsed times in a production-based model.
This program is exemplified by the 2017 COPO Camaro. According to Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, the new Camaro concepts at the 2016 SEMA Show represent the carmaker’s commitment to the drag racing sport.Read the entire article 2016 SEMA: Camaro SS Drag Race Development concept, 2017 COPO Camaro
We are faced with the sad truth that by the end of this season, Audi will no longer be racing in the FIA WEC, including at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Audi has recently announced its termination in the said sports car racing program to shift its focus primarily on the Formula E championship and its partnership with Abt Schaeffler team. At the same time, the German automaker will also maintain its DTM program. As for the World Rallycross, a decision is yet to be made but it looks like Audi will still support the EKS team which is headed by DTM’s long-time driver Mattias Ekstrom.
In an official statement by Audi’s Chairman of the Board of Management Rupert Stadler, Audi will be upgrading its motorsport segment to become at par with its increasingly electric production cars. In short, Audi will be venturing to electric powered motorsport in the near future.Read the entire article Audi officially pulls out of FIA WEC, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans
One of these track-only cars is McLaren’s P1 GTR. McLaren decided it be best that the P1 GTR be a limited-edition vehicle and built only 45 examples of this monstrous machine. The road-legal P1 is a member of the Hypercar Holy Trinity alongside the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918. Now imagine the power of that street-legal car and the monstrosity that is the P1 GTR – the latter being the most chosen one for performance enthusiasts.
Now, in a way, it won’t be a waste if the P1 GTR was constantly found on various circuits in the world, but it would be a lost opportunity for an enthusiast not to be able to witness the power hidden in this vicious track beast. So, what better way to witness the splendor of the P1 GTR than to submit it to a conversion specialist. It’s a tough task, but it’s what their engineers are trained to do.
Over time, the number of converted P1 GTR’s has increased. Although there hasn’t been any confirmed ratio of track-only versus converted P1 GTR’s, it seems like more and more owners are sending their goodies out to conversion specialists. For whatever reason these conversions are for, we wouldn’t know, but what we’re pretty sure is that it will cost more than it originally did.Read the entire article A road-legal McLaren P1 GTR up for grabs online for only $4.3 million
Carbon fiber has become a trend for cars nowadays. It is like the “diet pill” for cars. The car’s weight can be reduced greatly when certain parts or even entire bodies are made of carbon fiber. Other than that, it just simply makes cars look stunning and enhances those that already boast a stunning physique. Sprinkling a little bit of raw carbon on road cars adds an extra bit of kick. This dash of magic has been seen on the door sills of the BMW i3 as well as the entirety of a Ferrari Enzo. Even Honda’s luxury line Acura is following this trend on their all new Acura NSX GT3.
Earlier this year, the most awaited Acura NSX went on sale and we thought it couldn’t get any better than that. But Acura still had a powerful card up its sleeve that even when the NSX was still good as new they just had to release an even better and faster version. Lo and behold, the Acura NSX GT3 made its first appearance at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
The NSX GT3 will be Acura’s entry to the FIA GT3 class this year. It was tested in several race circuits in Europe as well as Japan and was recently tested in California under the supervision of Honda Performance Development race engineering group. The NSX GT3 has a lot in common with the road-legal NSX in terms of overall design, the fascia and headlights as well as its “ultra rigid” and lightweight body. It is slightly different from the standard NSX in terms of features, i.e. new hood with larger vent and taller air dam to assist engine cooling, and larger spoilers are a few of those, while sporting an extensive roll cage and a carbon fiber racing seat. It uses the same engine design as the standard NSX and is powered by the same twin-turbo 3.5-liter DOHC V6. Unlike the standard NSX, power will be sent on the rear wheels of the NSX GT3 using a six-speed, sequential-shift racing transmission. Expect the performance figures to change for the NSX GT3 and for the prices to be significantly higher than the standard NSX, somewhere near the $479,216 base price for the Porsche 911 GT3 R.Read the entire article Acura NSX GT3 is pure madness in bare carbon fiber
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