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Lexus unveils new RC F GT3 racer that will take part in GT3 events in the US and Japan

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.

After almost three years of design revisions, development and testing, Lexus Gazoo Racing is now ready to bring its new Lexus RC F GT3 to the track and prove that it is capable to competing with the best. Two race cars will compete in the 47th season of International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GT Championship, also known as 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, in the GTD category under the helm of 3GT Racing. At the same time, another two Lexus RC F GT3 units will compete in the GT300 class – as Lexus RC F GT300 – of the Super GT series under the LM Corsa team. To note, the GT3 and the Japanese GT300 share specs.

This new car will be immediately put to its paces by the end of the month at the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race (January 26-29). Two Lexus RC F GT3 race cars will be driven by the 3GT Racing team. The #14 Lexus RC F GT3 will be driven by Gustavo Menezes and Ian James and by Sage Karam and Scott Pruett. On the other hand, the #15 Lexus RC F GT3 will be piloted by Austin Cindric and Dominik Farnbacher and by Robert Alon and James Hawksworth.

Nonetheless, the new Lexus RC F GT3 doesn’t intend to be limited with GT3 races in the US and Japan. Koei Saga, Chief Officer and Technical Director at Toyota Gazoo Racing Factory remarked that four Lexus RC F GT3 fielded for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the US and the Super GT Series in Japan represent just the first step. He remarked that they intended to transform the Lexus RC F GT3 into a model that appeals to customer teams around the world.

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.

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BMW released official photos of its M4 GT4 race car

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.

According BMW Motorsport, the M4 GT4 will take its cues from the M6 GT3 for its pedal box, brakes and seat design. Several automakers have their own versions of the GT4 racer. Aside from BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG GT, there’s a track ready Porsche Cayman, McLaren 570S, Ford Mustang and Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

BMW also said that the new racecar has been designed to comply with various GT4 competitions held in North America, Asia and Europe. To make it more cost efficient, BMW has retained the production version’s 3.0-litre twin turbo engine.

In fact, the specs of the production model are almost similar to the GT4. The race-ready M4 GT4 will use the same carbon fibre hood as those of BMW’s M4 GTS special edition model.

BMW’s latest racer will be fitted with high performance rear wing, splitter and exhaust to deliver optimum downforce. Carbon fibre will also be used to build its doors to reduce more weight. Since its first year, the M6 GT3 has brought BMW many reasons to celebrate. Jens Marquardt, BMW’s Motorsport Director looks forward in placing its newest model in the upcoming competitions.

He added that the car would take part in two races that will go along with the Motorsport’s comprehensive test program. By next year, the prototype model will be developed and tested to ensure that the new BMW M4 GT4 delivers optimum performance and driveability.

This will include many hours of test in Dubai’s racetracks, which will commence its 24-hour race this January. But since its still in the early stages of its development, we won’t see it compete until 2018. Nevertheless, BMW’s expert team of developers will ensure it is ready to perform when that day arrives.

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.

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Porsche unveils 911 (991) GT3 Cup 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.

This in turn improves the naturally aspirated engine’s durability under racing mode and even lowers the cost of maintenance. For the first time in Porsche’s history, this new version will have a central oil feed and even a valve drive that has been rigidly mounted on the rocker arms. Additionally, by having the oil centrifuge integrated, the oil defoaming in the engine is optimized. Meanwhile to help ensure that the rigidity is increased, a crankshaft has been fitted in.

As expected from Porsche, the engineering team also made sure to put attention during development driver safety. On the inside, one can see the racing seat comes in a bucket-style and clearly has heavy moulding on the shoulder region and head area. In terms of driver protection, there is a sold safety cage that makes sure of this. In order to comply with the most current FIA standards, the engineers made sure to make the rescue hatch located in the roof larger. Doing this meant that it would be easier to deliver the initial treatment and manage its recovery should an accident occur.

The 911 GT3 Cup is manufactured at the brand’s main facility located in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, the same production line where the 911 road car is also made. However the standard race tuning is done at the Weissach motorsport center. This is where the models are tested comprehensively through a professional race driver and if it meets the requirements, they’re later delivered to the customers. Since 1998, a total of 3,031 units have been made under the 996, 997, and the 991 range. Porsche said that the 911 GT3 Cup will be participating in the 2017 race season first under the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, typically conducted together with the Formula 1 races. It will then race in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and will even make an appearance in the North American circuits. By 2018, Porsche projects that the 911 GT3 Cup will participate in other brand cups. Overall, a total of 20 race series is being organized by Porsche for its worldwide customer teams.

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.

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Gorgeous Mercedes-AMG GT4 will soon arrive amid ever-growing competition

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.

According to Mercedes AMG’s statement, their newest “top athlete” will be designed with the highest level of “user friendliness” and safety in mind as with any AMG products they have developed.

The regular GT-R as we know uses a 577hp 4.0litre V8 biturbo engine and weighs a total of 1554kg. Though no words are given out on the exact figures, the GT4 racer will be a lot more different. In fact, most of the details are still hanging, as it wasn’t stated in the press whether it would be using the GT3’s 6.2 litre V8 or the road car’s engine.

From what we know, the track-ready 4.0 litre with twin turbochargers can produce 700Nm of torque output and can speed off from 0-100km/hour in as short as 3.6 seconds. Plus, it boasts a top speed of up to 318 kilometres per hour.

Whatever the case may be, Mercedes did the right thing to boost its global presence in motorsports. The new AMG GT3 is expected to launch in the US next year and will be taking part in the IMSA WeatherTech series. In partnership with Riley Motorsports, AMG will compete for the two-car team after successfully competing in endurance racing in Europe.

Of course, the GT4 “competition” also heats up after McLaren, BMW and Ford came up with their own GT4-spec racers. Its rivals include McLaren’s 570S, BMW’s M4 and the Ford Mustang among many others.

Tobias Moers, Mercedes AMG chairman explained how the development of the GT4 is considered a significant step for them to carry on with the expansion of their motorsport program. The overwhelming feedback that they had been receiving from the Customer teams on the AMG GT3 not to mention their growing interest on GT4 racing have helped them arrive to this decision.

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.

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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?

The Ferrari 488’s engine is paired with F1 DCT transmission with the latest racing shift strategy that allows the driver to shift to 4th gear in as short as 6 seconds. For the first time, Ferrari uses its newly patented SSC (Slip Slip Control Software) on the new Challenge. The SSC is integrated along the car’s electronic dynamic controls. Together with the vehicle’s E-Diff3, the SSC is also adjusted for better cornering and acceleration. In addition, the 488 Challenge is designed with improved braking and traction controls that work independently. The performance-oriented features become more useful considering the different road conditions encountered by the driver while racing.

By collaborating with the designers at the Ferrari Style Centre, the engineers have significantly improved the car’s aerodynamics efficiency. This perhaps is one of the most remarkable features on the 488 Challenge. The revised layout on the front radiator delivers better airflow, lesser drag and improved downforce as compared with the former 458 Challenge.

Unlike the Ferrari 488’s production model, the 488 Challenge’s powertrain is equipped with shorter gear ratios and engine mapping specifically designed for racing. The modified variable torque management reminds the driver to change shifts for better performance during acceleration.

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?

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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.

According to the brand, it has been testing Prototypes since September in various courses like the North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway, New York’s Watkins Glen, and Kentucky’s NCM Motorsport Park. The brand has even conducted testing on Putnam Park out in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cadillac’s racers will be driven by Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express racing. Racing fans are familiar with the latter as it is the same team that managed to get the top three positions during the 2016 season.

Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen shared that its V-Performance production models, specifically the CTS-V and the ATS-V, have not only managed to change the substance of the products but also secured a place in many of the high-performance brands of the world. He added that with the DPi-V.R, the brand has managed to reinforce its range ensuring that the Cadillac has a sport in the highest sports car racing series in the U.S.

The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is based mainly in the U.S. and Canada and was due to the Rolex Sports Car Series combining with the American Le Mans Series. This series has 4 different classes with two for grand tourer models while the other two are sports prototypes. Specifically these are the Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans, and the GT Daytona. The inaugural season was in 2014 which began with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January and finished with the Petit Le Mans by October.

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.

Since this is something unusual, designing the RSR has brought them back to square one. The 911 RSR only weighs 1,243 kg, which basically means the body; powertrain and the suspension have undergone significant changes. Porsche’s racer boasts 510 hp from the naturally aspirated engine and is paired to a 6-speed sequential transmission with differential lock.

Aside from the larger diffuser, the improved downforce, according to Porsche, is actually due to the “919 Hybrid racer-inspired” roof-mounted spoilers. Porsche has also equipped the 911 RSR with the latest Collision Avoid System. This unit works like a radar that delivers a warning whenever there are vehicles up ahead.

This will be very useful especially in the Grand Touring Endurance competitions. Perhaps all the components of the 911 RSR are enhanced for racing. The carbon fibre bodywork for instance now comes with fasteners that quickly unlocks for faster servicing. The same goes for its braking system with 6-piston calipers and 12.2 inches rear tyres for the centre lock wheels.

Instead of the standard cabin, the new Porsche 911 RSR’s interior is decked with racing specific features such as harnesses, bucket seat and steering wheel. While the seat is permanent, the pedals can be adjusted forward or backward to adapt to the driver’s size.

The 24 Hours Le Mans is probably the most celebrated racing event of the season. This explains why Porsche went beyond the traditional placement of the engine and installed the engine ahead of the rear axle. Although they still managed to keep the 911’s original design, the necessary changes were made in order for them to remain in the lead.

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.

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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.

Given these, we can expect the vehicle to deliver optimum aerodynamics efficiency and downward force. Multimatic is a Canadian-based company that has worked with Mazda in the last two years. The new chassis they had developed along with Riley will be tested for the first time this November.

Riley is well-known for its chassis designs, earning about 99 wins including 9 North American prototype racing season championships. Working with Multimatic’s engineers and aerodynamicists helped Mazda create the “purposeful-looking” and “aerodynamically efficient” masterpiece.

Ken Saward, Mazda Americas senior manager for design recounted how they were able to apply the Kodo design philosophy into the car’s body. Kodo, as we know embodies energy and motion. The “silhouette” and “surfaces” of the RT24-P very much explains it. Mazda will send the RT24-P at next year’s IMSA and Rolex 24 races.

The 600 hp 2.0 litre turbo engine used on its latest concept is similar to the previous year’s prototype model. The Daytona International Speedway will serve as the venue for the races happening this January 26 to January 29, 2017. Drivers Joel Miller, Tom Long, Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito are expected to represent Mazda’s two-car racing event.

Mazda Motorsports owns about 55% market share in independent racing category. Their company’s “Road to 24 development programme” supports scholarships for the drivers to help them advance into professional sports car racing. Mazda’s Road to Indy carries the same objective and has provided around 53 scholarships to the winning drivers since 2007. It was in 1970 when the strong bond between Mazda and IMSA have started to flourish. This 2017, the two are surely headed for more wins.

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.

Actually, Nissan is the last of the carmakers that unveiled their race cars for the 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT series. Honda and Lexus have already provided a glimpse into their GT500 race races. Honda has shown its new NSX-GT, which aimed to compensate for the 25-percent reduction in downforce through aerodynamic gains below its “design line” along its front and rear bumper as well as on the side panels. Meanwhile, the Lexus LC500 now sports a smaller rear diffuser, a shorter front splitter and a “low downforce” rear spoiler.

As for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500, it features less aerodynamic elements that have been a signature of GT500 cars. For instance, Nissan was able to largely reduce the downforce on the GT-R Nismo GT500 per Super GT rules by employing smaller rear diffusers. However, it is still laden with a number of aerodynamic aids like its massive rear wing, front splitter and flared wheel arches, as well as and four new front canards.

While the Nissan racer remains powered by a two-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder NR20A engine, the carmaker has increased its power output to offset the regulated decrease in downforce. In addition, Nissan improved the dynamics of the 2017 GT-R Nismo GT500 by lowering its center of gravity and optimizing its weight distribution. Styling changes include tweaks seen on the front end of the latest production version of the Nissan GT-R – with the signature “V-Motion” grille pattern now incorporated seamlessly into the car’s design lines.

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.

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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.

The 2017 GT500 racing specifications is intended for Japan’s much-awaited sports car racing event. This series eliminates the street version’s conventional hybrid system. There is also less downforce as compared with the existing Super GT models. Sans the fuel, the NSX-GT is expected to weigh around 1,409kg including the driver.

Meanwhile, the NSX GT3 is more akin to the production version of the regular coupe model. This one comes with the usual 3.5L biturbo V6 engine along with the same dry sump lubrication, valve trains, head, piston, blocks and crankshaft. Sending power to the rear wheels is of course, the 6-speed sequential gearbox. Perhaps the only thing missing here is the hybrid assistance.

Honda has thought about putting the NSX in the Super GT series for quite a while. We can only be too happy that this latest NSX version has finally made it to next year’s racing event. The Lexus’ LC 500 GT500 and Nissan’s updated GT-3 will also be joining the Super GT Series. These three don’t just look astounding but are also ready to fight off the beasts. By all means, we couldn’t help but be extremely excited about how things would turn out in the actual race.

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.

However, the new Acura NSX GT3 features a new hood with larger vent as well as a fascia with a taller air dam. Below the air dam is a large front spoiler extending inches away from the fascia that helps provide downforce on the front axle while adding depth to the overall design of the fascia. A large Acura emblem is found on the nose of the NSX GT3.

At the rear, both the NSX GT3 and the NSX feature a similar rear fascia, although the racing model comes with smaller corner vents. However, the rear end of the Acura features a functional rear diffuser and large deck wing that provide a lot of downforce on the rear axle.

The new Acura NSX GT3 comes with an aluminum-intensive space frame wrapped in an ultra-rigid and lightweight body. The body of the new Acura NSX GT3 is finished in white with some black accents around the grille, around the rear air intakes and the hood vent. In addition, an orange stripe defines the front spoiler and center hub of each wheel. The “GT” of the “NSX GT3” lettering is also painted in orange. A splashed gray color can be found on the on the fenders and doors.

Serving as the core of the new Acura NSX GT3 is a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine using the same specs as the engine in the 2017 Acura NSX. This engine sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox. The new Acura NSX GT3 and its engine will be built by the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, which also produces the new 2017 Acura NSX.

On the other hand, the 2017 Acura MDX features an exterior theme similar to that of the Acura NSX GT3. It still features the white paint scheme with black accents, orange stripes on its massive front spoiler and wheel hub. It also features a lowered suspension, black-out suspension components, tinted windows, as well as a fin-like protrusion on the roof.

Meanwhile, the custom trailer is similarly styled as the Acura NSX GT3 – overall white finish, black accents and orange stripes. Just like the Acura NSX GT3, the custom trailer also features a massive wing on the rear. This custom trailer -- created in collaboration between Acura Design and the Jimmy Shine Workshop – dons a perimeter chassis as inspired by the roll cage of the Acura NSX GT3 as well as two hydraulic pumps that could raise and lower the bed.

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.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the SEMA Show and Honda’s luxury vehicle marque, Acura, is surely getting a lot of exposure with the Acura NSX GT3.

Acura will be celebrating its North American racing debut next year and as part of its preparation for that milestone, the Japanese automaker showcased the Acura NSX GT3. And instead of strutting its stuff on the red carpet, the NSX GT3 sits majestically on a customized trailer and towed by the 2017 MDX. That’s hitting two birds with one stone.

This NSX GT3 comes with a custom body work and aerodynamic components consisting of larger hood vents (perfect for engine cooling), an underbody diffuser and a large rear wing. It features the same design and architecture as that of the standard street-legal variant. It comes with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine as the standard variant. Instead of a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and hybrid all-wheel drive system, the NSX GT3 will feature a six-speed sequential transmission and rear-wheel drive. Overall, this race car screams of its competitive legacy in the art of racing.

Acura Design and the Jimmy Shine Workshop teamed up to work on the custom trailer, giving emphasis on the perimeter chassis which was inspired by the racer’s roll cage as well as two hydraulic pumps that are useful in lifting and lowering the bed. The whole trailer is powder coated in Pearl White and fitted with 20-inch wheels for final touch. Overall, it blends perfectly with the 2017 Acura MDX.

The SUV also gets special treatment wearing the same racing livery in staid white with silver graphics as that of the NSX GT3, tinted windows, black-out suspension components, orange brake calipers, and some extra touches that are intended to catch some attention at the 2016 SEMA Show. It sits on a lowered suspension and is also fitted with 20-inch wheels. Moreover, the 2017 MDX is also fitted with a carbon fiber front splitter to match with the race car.

Other than to showcase the NSX GT3, Acura will also take advantage of the SEMA Show to announce its driver lineups for the two main sports-car racing venues in North America, that is, 2017 Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Acura will continue its partnership with Real Time Racing for the Pirelli series while it teams up with Michael Shank Racing for IMSA.

Furthermore, Acura will also launch its new TLX GT package at the same event. The package includes sportier styling elements featuring front and rear spoilers, side sill accessories and a special set of 19-inch wheels. However, no performance modifications are included. The said package is inspired by Acura’s TLX GT race cars (which will soon be replaced by the NSX GT3 at the Pirelli World Challenge).

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.

Many of the coupes that participate in these races are, much like the Shelby GT350, powered with the 5.2-liter V8 engine. However, while they utilize a flat-plane design, the Mustang GT4 instead comes with a cross-plane crankshaft. The power generated by the engine is transmitted by Holinger paddle-shift 6-speed transmission. In addition, the suspension of the Mustang GT4 was tuned by Multimatic Motorsports, the same group that created the brand’s GT race cars. What Multimatic Motorsports did was to put in upgraded parts for the stabilizer bars, lower rear control arms, and dampers.

Indeed, a quick look at the Mustang GT4 and one is likely to see that it is truly track ready. By having a front splitter that is that much more aggressive plus a hood that is ventilated, it allows the V8 engine to be cooled. In addition, by having a big wing and a diffuser in the rear, it allows for an additional downforce that is important when on the tracks.

Through the 18x11-inch wheels that come with racing slicks, this allows for a large contact patch to result in improved handling. Additionally, there is the anti-lock brake controller, Motec instruments, and the roll cage that is FIA-compliant.

While this is truly remarkable, Ford has no time to let its guard down as the Mustang GT4 is expected to face some strong competition like the 570S from McLaren or the M4 from BMW which has the same specifications as the GT4 and is slated to be released in 2018.

However it is possible that some customers will not lean towards having a dedicated track car but still want to remain informed on the performance of their vehicles. As such, Blue Oval is unveiling during the 2016 SEMA Show the Ford Performance app. This software can be linked on the Sync 3 infotainment system with customers even able to mount a smartphone where convenient.

It can then be used to record video and log data like virtual gauges, timing statistics, and overlays. After doing a lap, customer can share the video clips online or even the telemetry. After the unveiling at the 2016 SEMA, this app will then make its official debut in 2017 as part of the Ford GT and after which it will be included in the other models.

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.

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.

Prior to the official announcement last Wednesday, reports have already been circulating about the end of Audi’s 18-year involvement with the WEC. It was said that this year’s WEC 6 Hours of Fuji will be the last, and for the reason that the cost of competing in said racing events was too expensive and that diesel-ran road cars are slowly getting outdated. Not everyone believed in this, however, people were expecting that Audi will see the current rules first before quitting by the end of 2017 (by then, the rules would have changed making the diesel-powered Audi R18 e-tron Quattro less competitive than its petrol-powered rivals).

Audi has been quite successful for the past 18 years in prototype racing but leaving the said competition has also been very hard for them, says Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Audi’s Head of Motorsport. Ullrich was able to oversee 13 Le Mans wins ever since. Ullrich is also thankful for the Audi Sport Team Joest, to Reinhold Joest and his team, to the drivers, partners and sponsors who have been with the German automaker in their 18-year journey at the WEC.

With Audi gone, Porsche and Toyota will be the only LMP1 manufacturers in the race and will have to battle it out at the 2017 season. It looks like it’s going to be a one on one battle between these two as no other competitors are slated to join.

Audi first came to the prototype racing scene in 1999 along with the R8R and R8C. It won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for three years in a row starting in 2000 with the R8. Its sister marque, Bentley won the 2003 race but after that, Audi regained its winning streak. In 2006, Audi won the La Sarthe and became the first manufacturer to win with diesel power (using the R10 TDI). In 2009, Peugeot’s very own diesel-powered contender broke VW Group’s winning streak but from 2010 to 2014, Audi once again took over with the R15 plus. The R18 hybrid cars then became the norm in 2012 and onwards.

However, Audi has not been able to step into the winner’s platform at the Le Mans since 2014. Fellow VW Group Porsche took over the last two seasons of Le Mans. Audi’s #8 crew composed of Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis and Loic Duval is currently in third standing, 28.5 points below Porsche’s #2 crew (on its way for two more races in Shanghai and Bahrain).

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

Oftentimes, automakers like to torture their most avid fans by creating awesome and powerful vehicles which are only meant to set its wheels on a race track. Fans call foul when automakers decide to make immaculate creations that are unfortunately track-only vehicles. Come on, whoever started this marketing style must be a very, very naughty person who knows how to make people beg for more.

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.

More street-legal versions have been popping up for sale in various used markets. One of them is an all-black street-legal McLaren P1 GTR. On first glance, the car could be a little intimidating because of its Batmobile-esque look but it is as awesome as it can be.

Up on sale on Automobile.fr, this classy P1 GTR is tagged with a price of $4.36 million (€3.99 million). We know, it’s ridiculously expensive but it’s fast and undisputedly the most good-looking P1 GTR you’ve seen in your entire life. Money is one problem, the other is how to get your hands on it when it is located in a different country and in a different continent – particularly, the Netherlands. Oh bummer.

Even if this P1 GTR was converted, the same powerplant carefully nestled inside the car powers the street-legal version. The same 3.8-liter biturbo V8 hybrid set-up lives under its bonnet producing a powerful 986 horsepower (725 kilowatts) at full tilt. It is 83-horsepower faster than the standard P1. Fitted with a massive rear wing, the P1 GTR is also capable of producing around 1,455 pounds (660 kilograms) of downforce at 150 mph (241 km/h). All this power is what makes this beast a fearsome opponent out on the streets or even inside the race track.

It looks like this particular P1 GTR was converted by British conversion specialist Levante Racing. We’re not even sure how many of these McLarens have been converted or will be converted but the high demand for road-legal versions of the P1 GTR is quickly rising thus the need to double time for those who aim to sell their cars for an extremely high price. If it doesn’t fit your budget, then there’s a cheaper alternative – a new all-electric version of the P1.

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 alread

Read the entire article Acura NSX GT3 is pure madness in bare carbon fiber

The 24 Hours of Le Mans or sometimes called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency” is an annual active sports car race held near the town of Le Mans in France. It is considered as the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing since it started in 1923. The race

Read the entire article Ford GT marks another historical win at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours

If Darth Vader had a car, then he would have looked at the Mercedes-AMG GT RR and considered it the perfect choice. No, scratch that. If EVIL had a car, then THIS would probably be it. And if Mercedes had an evil child, it probably would have come in the form of the AMG GT RR. The Mercedes-AMG GT RR

Read the entire article If Darth Vader had a car, this would have been it: Mercedes-AMG GT RR

The McLaren F1 GTR was the first McLaren that was able to use the GTR moniker and has further brought glory to the British Formula One team after winning the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours. It is one of the most significant cars that have brought the McLaren name its rightful spot as one of the world’s

Read the entire article Practically new McLaren P1 GTR can be yours for a steal at $4.54M
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