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While a bunch of cars will take over 24 Hours Le Mans this racing season, there’s a glow-in-the dark Chevrolet Corvette that is destined to steal the spotlight. Coming to Le Man’s for this year’s GTE Am category is the bright and colorful Corvette C7.R art car that will be driven by Christian Philippon, Romain Brandela and Fernando Reese.
Designed by street artist Ramzi Adek, the glow in the dark livery will be featuring a graffiti-inspired paintwork in different shades of neon colors. Now we can be sure it won’t go unseen in the dead of the night.
The #50 Corvette was first seen last weekend at the Circuit de la Sarthe while undergoing official tests. As opposed to the traditional yellow body paint, Adek’s product looks totally different from the many Corvettes that took part in this competition.Read the entire article Watch out for this Corvette with glow-in-the-dark livery at Le Mans
Fifty years ago, engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher left Mercedes-Benz and decided to rent a barn in Burgstall an der Murr just by Stuttgart where they created the “AMG Motorenbau und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH”. To keep you enlightened, “AMG” comes from the initials of their surnames, while the “G” comes from the initial of Grossapach, that was Aufrecht’s hometown back then.
A decade after AMG has been established by the two, the headquarters was moved to Affalterbach, but development of race car engines remained in Burgstall. In 1993, AMG became popular when people knew that they were the ones upgrading Mercedes models. This was the beginning of a new collaboration between both companies, and the C36 was the first mass-market car launched to compete against the BMW M3 (E36).
On January 1, 1999, Daimler-Chrysler bought 51 percent of AMG shares, then renaming it Mercedes-AMG GmbH. And by January 2005, Mercedes-AMG has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.Read the entire article 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Edition 50 celebrates five decades of AMG
German automaker BMW has recently announced that its most hardcore 4 Series, the 2018 BMW M4 GT4, can now be acquired, for a corresponding fee of course. The German automotive company primarily revealed plans for a GT4-spec M4 Coupe last year and recently after testing the vehicle over 12,00 miles, BMW confirmed that the hardcore M4 GT4 is ready.
A year has passed since BMW Motorsport revealed its specific plan in doing a GT4-spec M4 Coupe race car, and now the factory-built vehicle is being unveiled in full following the 20,000 km (12,472 miles) of gruelling tests.
Positioned between the M235i Racing and the M6 GT3 flagship vehicle, the upcoming M4 GT4 is considered as a mishmash of the regular road savvy M4 Coupe and the bulkier sold-out GTS version, all combined in a lighter vehicle. The inline 3.0 L turbocharged engine that can produce around 431hp and 7 speed dual-clutch automatic transmission have been solely based on the road version car and accustomed for the new track made application.Read the entire article Track-ready 2018 BMW M4 GT4 has a starting price of 169,000 euros
Korea-based automaker Hyundai seems pretty excited to take their new concept out for a ride. Two prototypes that are set to make their debut this coming September at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show have already been taken to the Nurburgring. Both examples of the Hyundai i30 N entered the Nurburgring 24-Hour race – a move that’s seen to be quite a bold move for the automaker. To put it into perspective, these cars will be joining a competition in one of the toughest race tracks around. And what makes it more amazing is that it marks the first time they’ll be hitting the track.
The examples will be entered in the SP3T class - that is for cars with 1.6- to 2.0-liter turbocharged engines. Both cars will be equipped with the engine and transmission that the production model will be built with. That is a 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engine that will be partnered with a six-speed manual gearbox. And these will be the exact same configuration people can soon buy from dealerships, with only minimal (and regulatory) fixes to prepare it for the 24-hour race. The company says that both models are “close to series production”.
Of course, for any car to enter the competition, certain things will need to be added to make sure the driver stays safe. In this case, that includes an FIA-homologated roll cage, a fire extinguisher, and a single race seat. Racing brakes and tires also replace the original parts for the event. As for the exterior, the Hyundai i30 N gets a new front splitter and rear spoiler for extra aerodynamic downforce.Read the entire article Hyundai i30 N Prototypes enter the 2017 Nurburgring 24-Hour race
French multinational automobile manufacturer Renault has revealed its eDams team racer in preparation for the Formula E Paris ePrix along with the dashingly quick Zoe e-Sport Concept and a whole lot of production Zoe 40 units for retail purposes. Now we would like to wholly witness a race between the two high-powered electric vehicles.
Renault eDams team is a force to reckon with, as they’ve been leading the Formula E standings. The team celebrated the outstanding performance of its homestead by having a parade of their electric vehicles through the City of Light. Last Saturday in Paris, Sebastian Buemi earned his fifth win in six races of the current season of the Formula E. This means that he presently has a lead of 43 points in the electric racing series.
Leading the way of the procession are the Renault eDams R.S. 16 race car and the dapper Zoe e-Sport Concept in a video released by Renault. However, the drivers don’t follow a particular formation in the clip. But this doesn't mean that the Zoe e-Sport can't catch up with the R.S. 16. Renault confidently claimed that its conceptual hot hatch variant of the Zoe can leave you in the dust with its 62 miles per hour (100 km per hour) run, needing only 3.2 seconds to reach that coverage, and according to the French automaker, this performance can outrun the open wheel Formula E racer. That's a solid performance coming from a hatch.Read the entire article Renault Zoe e-Sport and Formula E racer lead EV parade in Paris
The relationship between BMW and art isn’t always this direct. But to give you an idea, it is not limited to the special liveries that are placed on the brand’s race cars. Proof of this is the work done by Adrian Mitu. Hailing from Romania, Mitu used mainly coffee to come out with a total of 101 paintings that showcase the century-long history of the brand. Done in a period of 30 days, Mitu said that with coffee known for boosting energy, it was the perfect complement for the BMW Motorsport theme.
Since coffee has warm shades, Mitu utilized watercolors that had cooler undertones. This not only managed to contrast the shade of the coffee but also helped highlight certain areas of the painting allowing it to catch the eyes of the viewer even more. The results are not only captivating but also exhilarating. One can only imagine the skill and talent needed to come up with these sketches considering that they were live painting sessions.
It should be noted that as ambitious as this project may be, it is not simply about BMW models. The paintings also reveal the legendary races, and even the significant wins that the brand has experienced over the years. Examples include the 1939 Le Mans and the 1940 Mille Miglia. Then there are also the Nürburgring races during the 1970s with well-known Hans-Joachim Stuck behind the wheel of not just the CSL but even the M1.Read the entire article Adrian Mitu uses coffee for 101 BMW paintings
Fernando Alonso, two-time Formula 1 champion and who also represents McLaren in F1, will be skipping the Monaco Grand Prix this month. Jenson Button will substitute for him. But why? To drive the #29 entry McLaren-Honda-Andretti at IndyCar’s flagship event in Indianapolis.
At the IndyCar event, Alonso will be driving a papaya orange car just like the one he drives in Formula 1 2017. The Woking-based team decided they would bring back its iconic former colour this year. Johnny Rutherford won the Indy 500 twice in 1974 and 1976 with the McLaren, painted in papaya orange on both races.
The Spaniard racer had to complete a rookie test and said that it was a “fun” experience for him. All drivers who will race at Indianapolis for the first time are required to take this test, and only those who pass can enter the 500-mile event.Read the entire article Alonso skips Formula 1 to race at IndyCar’s flagship event this May
Jaguar won in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its renowned XJR-12 race car in 1990. After 3 years, the team decided to send 3 XJ220s, but these were not as successful as the previous ones. Truth be told, the British marque has not been a top performer in the track in more than 20 years. Now one designer is adding his personal touch to the race car hoping that his concept will be of help.
The original Jaguar XJ220 is a 2-seater supercar that was produced in joint efforts with specialist automotive and race engineering company Tom Walkinshaw Racing. The classic XJ220 was considered the fastest production car from 1992 to 1993.
Now a new concept has been found, labelled as the Jaguar SS-107. The render is the brainchild of Serdar Soyal, hailing from Turkey. Soyal is the Senior Designer and Industrial Design Team Leader of the transportation design studio Soyal Creative. He came up with the render of the futuristic XJ220 as part of this year's Michelin Design Challenge.Read the entire article Turkish render is of a futuristic Jaguar XJ220 dubbed SS-107 for Le Mans
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 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.Read the entire article Porsche to defend racing titles with new 919 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
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
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