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Peugeot 905e Concept is something we do want to see for real

Those familiar with the auto industry know that when it comes to having the fastest vehicle on the market, Peugeot is likely not going to be at the top of that list. However, when it comes to motorsports, it is where the brand excels. The brand for instance has managed to rack up a number of wins in various races, particularly in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With reports coming in that Peugeot is set for a comeback, fans are more than excited.

It does not mean though that fans get nothing while waiting as Behance designers Yung Presciutti and Monholo Oumar revealed how they thought a futuristic race car of Peugeot would look like. Looking at the design alone, one can clearly say it is exceptional. Nicknamed as the 905_e, the designers show different versions, all of which appear to be apt for racing. Their 905_e version is so remarkable than when compared to the Vision Gran Turismo that Peugeot is actually releasing, the latter becomes dull in comparison.

That being said, it will be a different story when Peugeot does make a return to the celebrated endurance race. It was in late March of this year when the brand said it was looking into the possibility of joining the Le Mans 24 Hours. Peugeot however added that it will only do so if the costs of joining the race decrease. In an interview held during this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot Jean-Philippe Imparato said that the brand set three conditions it needed to meet in order to make a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Read the entire article Peugeot 905e Concept is something we do want to see for real

Porsche to defend racing titles with new 919 Hybrid

Porsche has officially revealed its LMP1 contender -- the 919 Hybrid. Through this model, Porsche hopes to defend not just its title in the FIA World Endurance Championship but that of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well. Though this model only unveiled during Friday’s WEC Prologue test at Monza, it did not come as a surprise to many as photos of the 919 Hybrid came out at Paul Ricard race track.

Like the other vehicles that will be part of this competition, it will be displaying low-downforce specifications for the two-day test at Monza. The brand however continues to keep under wraps what aero kit the 9191 Hybrid will be utilizing.

Though it will continue to make use of the same chassis, its third year in a row, Andrea Seidl, which is the team principal, assures that performance will not be impacted negatively. He adds that around 60% to 70% of the vehicle is in fact new.

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Toyota reveals new LMP1: the 2017 TS050 Hybrid

When it comes to hybrid propulsion, the first name that comes to people’s mind will always be Toyota. That being said, the brand has recently revealed its latest model to have this technology and it is not something that you get to see running beside you on the highway.

Dubbed as 2017 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, this LMP1 is based on last year’s TS050 Hybrid but has been redesigned completely that the only similarity is the basic carbon-monocoque chassis. Powering this endurance racing prototype is the twin-turbo 2.4-liter V6 engine, which when coupled to the electric motor, is capable of 8-megajoules (2.2 kWh). While it may initially appear to be the same engine as last year, this one has been redesigned from the ground up.

The engine is not the only one that experienced a modification as the entire vehicle itself has been reshaped in order to comply with the different changes on the regulations. In particular, vehicles are required to be designed to run a bit slower compared to the previous year’s model in order to improve safety. The design delivers low downforce when running at higher speeds on the circuit with the expectation of offering a higher downforce for the more technical tracks.

Read the entire article Toyota reveals new LMP1: the 2017 TS050 Hybrid

Refreshed Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR ready to hit the tracks this 2017

Building upon its highly successful racing stint in 2016, Volkswagen gives the Golf GTI TCR a new update. For this year, get ready to see Volkswagen’s Golf GTI touring car with better aerodynamics and upgraded performance.

According to Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets, the Golf GTI TCR’s first full season was “a great success”. During its first year, Liqui Moly Team Engstler and Leopard Racing won in the Asian TCR and international championships.

The hatchback now comes with bigger wheel arches, wider fenders and distinct air intakes while the redesigned diffusers provide the race car with optimum air flow. Eduard Weidi, TRC project leader said that the performance of the car has been further optimized with the new aerodynamics – this is done by increasing its overall downforce and by reducing aerodynamic drag.

Read the entire article Refreshed Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR ready to hit the tracks this 2017

The recently unveiled road-going Chevrolet Camaro – the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE track-capable sports car – is simply amazing in terms of performance. Already boasting an array of aerodynamic technologies, the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE is powered by the LT4 supercharged engine that could offer up to 650 hp of output as mated to a manual six-speed transmission.

But it seems General Motors isn’t finished yet with the Chevrolet Camaro. While we were getting amazed on how dynamically incredible the new Camaro car would be, GM jumped the gun and fired another surprise – a more powerful Camaro that is built to race on the track. GM is announcing the arrival of the new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R and as its name indicates it is a racer with GT4 specifications.

The new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is actually the brand’s first turn-key racecar – a complete GT4 vehicle straight from the factory – built to comply with global sporting regulations. It is engineered by Pratt & Miller, the same outfit that built the Corvette C7.R and the Cadillac ATS-V.R. Chevrolet has also designated Pratt & Miller to be in charge of production of the new Camaro GT4.R.

Read the entire article New Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is the brand’s first turnkey GT4 racer

To the delight of many premium customers wanting to squeeze more performance from their Audi models, the German luxury carmaker recently took the wraps off the new Audi RS 5 Coupe at the 2017 International Geneva Motor Show. Sitting beside the new coupe is the premium brand’s latest Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters challenger – the new Audi RS 5 DTM – and it is ready to rumble for the 2017 season.

Created by Audi Sport, the Audi RS 5 DTM is derived from the Audi RS 5 Coupé that was unveiled simultaneously at the Geneva Motor Show. Audi Motorsport chief Dieter Gass remarked that this marks the first time that a new DTM car was created in parallel with the production model, thereby highlighting the link between production and motorsport at Audi. He added that in developing the new RS 5 DTM, Audi used the previous-generation model as benchmark considering that it was the most successful DTM car in the past two seasons.

Aside from donning the new RS design language, the third-generation Audi RS 5 DTM has received various tweaks to make it compliant with DTM regulations. Several of these tweaks can be seen from the outside, as the new Audi RS 5 DTM is visually distinct from its predecessors. Aside from featuring a more progressive design, the new Audi RS 5 DTM offers more aerodynamic innovations.

Read the entire article Audi RS 5 DTM takes on 2017 season with more power, less downforce and softer tires

It is interesting to recall how it was at the same event that took place in Geneva three years ago when Lexus first unwrapped the RC F GT3 Concept. Before it hits the motorsport arena in US, Japan and Europe, Lexus is going back once again to Switzerland for the premiere of the RC F GT3 racer.

Donning an all-black getup with a sinister body to boot, the 2017 Lexus RC F GT3 is unmistakably a tough race car to defeat in the racing circuits. To some, it does look like a winner already although the race hasn’t started yet. One thing’s for sure, we know it’s going to be a very busy year for Lexus.

In the US, there will be two RC F GT3s that will be joining the 3GT racing team. It will take part in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series under the GTD class. This is just for the US competition. Also this year, two more Lexus RC F GT3 will be arriving in Japan to join the LM Corsa team. It will be racing among the GT300 class of Japan’s Super GT Series.

Read the entire article Lexus RC F GT3 prepares for 2017 Geneva Motor Show debut

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
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