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The BMW M1 will be one of the most exclusive cars that will be showcased at the upcoming 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, alongside many other extravagant models. Firstly, there are only 40 units of this model that was ever built, but what makes this one unique is that it is the only road-legal BMW M1 Procar. Thanks to the Thermal Club, this example will be heading to Monterey this weekend, and it will be displayed by a virtual reality track experience. The Thermal Club is a private motorsports club that will also offer a virtual tour of their 344-acre facility for Pebble Beach guests.
The BMW M1 Procar Championship was made in accordance with the Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) standards. In 1971, the said model was produced by the company in a limited one-year run. And just after two years, it had already been dismantled.
What makes it the one and only street-legal model? Well, the first owner of this race-ready M1 Procar had its racing parts removed before selling it to as a second hand car. After the M1 had been produced, there was no series to race the cars in so BMW was left with the 40 track-focused examples. Each was a stripped out version of the road model where they were based. Luckily for number 31 of 40, it was the only M1 Procar that had been converted into a street legal model. The M1 came with a 3.5 liter straight-six engine that produced as much as 470 horsepower (350 kilowatts). It was capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 4.3 seconds, before it continues to a top speed of 190 mph (305 kmh).Read the entire article The only street-legal BMW M1 Procar goes to Pebble Beach
Back in the 1980s, Ferrari was not able to come up with a proper 288 GTO Group B racer that could go against the Audi Sport Quattro, as well as the BMW M1 and Porsche 959. This is why the racing series has been discontinued after four years in 1986. Decades later, there are still those who dream of a Ferrari Group B racer, and here is a rendering based on the 288.
This artist calls his work a 288 GTO R. Zoki Nanco imagined a modern version of the racer, complete with wings, louvers, and diffusers - and it is looking quite solid. We are pretty sure that the “R” in its name stands for race. Looking at it, it comes with a bit more aggression compared to the standard 288 GTO Group B, but less than the 288 Evoluzione that we saw in 1987.
By looking at the photos, it’s obvious that it is meant to stand out, with its beautiful orange paint combined with a strutted front splitter, side skirts, and a massive diffuser. Altogether, they complement the 288’s overall look. The rear comes with a wing that adds aerodynamic properties when it is on the track. It comes equipped with a set of HRE wheels that are wearing Yokohama tires. We can tell that this would stick out if it has been added to the Group B lineup.Read the entire article Zoki Nanco shows off rendering of Ferrari 288 GTO R
Chevrolet has been pretty lucky in races they have participated in. From the Chevrolet SS, the Impala, to the Camaro. Recently, the company introduced the Camaro ZL1, which will be the race car they will use for the 2018 season.
To give you a little bit of a back story, the Chevrolet SS has won around 70 MENCS races for the company since it replaced the Impala in 2013. Besides that, the company has also used a Camaro in the Xfinity Series in the same year.
In the past four years, Chevrolet has been running the SS performance sedan, but since it is going out of production this year, they needed a replacement, and this is how the 2018 Camaro ZL1 enters the picture. The ZL1 is powered by a supercharged 650 horsepower V8 so the manufacturer is pretty confident to race this model.Read the entire article 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car prepares for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Not everybody can get their hands on a race car, most especially if they are not a licensed race car driver. But there is one race car out there that anyone can buy: the Peugeot 308 Cup.
Peugeot is notorious for building insane race cars, and they have gained championships in almost every field of motorsport - from Dakar to Le Mans, and many more in between. Group B may be somewhat hard to reach, but if you can give some extra cash to Peugeot, they can give you something that might interest you.
You can have the Peugeot 308 Cup that I was telling you about earlier, as part of your collection, a track toy, or you can even use it to join racing events all over the world. And there are hundreds of tracks you can choose from including the VLN at the Nordschleife and the TCR series.Read the entire article You can now race with your very own Peugeot 308 Cup
French automaker Alpine was founded in 1955 by Jean Rédélé, and was bought by Renault in the 1970s. Subsequently, Alpine production ceased in 1995. This year, the company was reborn as they introduced the new Alpine A110. The company is hoping to continue its success with this model. They also have plans to develop a small SUV to put in the same segment as the Porsche Macan.
It didn’t take long as the A110 is scheduled to make a debut soon. The A110 will come out in two variants, a racing version and a road legal version. And recently, the company revealed a sketch of what looks like the race car variant. The image does not say a lot because only the top part of the front fascia can be seen. But looking at the image, it seems like the road going version will have a more aggressive look, with its pronounced diffuser, a tow hook, and some more details to the hood - all of which helps improve airflow.
Under the hood of the road-going model will be a 1.8 liter turbocharged engine that can produce 252 horsepower (188 kilowatts) and 236 pound feet (320 Newton-metres) of torque. Overall, it weighs about 2,380 pounds (1,080 kilograms), which is considerably pretty lightweight.Read the entire article Sketch of the Alpine A110 Cup Racer gives us chills
It would be nice to see “Cars 3” protagonist Lightning McQueen and antagonist Jackson Storm engage in a real race in a real-world competition. But wait, McQueen and Storm – or their real-world representations – are actually set to duke it out on the race track at least for a limited period of time.
It turned out that Disney-Pixar has partnered with Craft-Bamboo Racing team to bring two of Cars’ main characters to life. The partnership – lasting for the first two rounds of the new FRD LMP3 Series in China – entails having two of Craft-Bamboo Racing team’s Ligier JS P3 racing units to be wrapped in Cars liveries. One of these Ligier JS P3s, the #95 prototype – is wrapped in Lightning McQueen’s special yellow and red livery.
The other race car, the #20 prototype, is covered in grey, blue, and black decorations representing Jackson Storm. Interestingly, while not being driven on the track, these two prototype racing cars feature eye decals on their windshield, which of course would be removed once McQueen and Storm get into the tracks.Read the entire article LMP3 cars are wrapped in Lightning McQueen and Jackson Storm liveries
The already wild Aston Martin Vulcan just got wilder. This is all thanks to the performance upgrade package that was developed by AMR, which is the carmaker’s new performance brand. Introducing new Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro, an upgrade package that includes tweaks in aerodynamic and gearing.
When Aston Martin introduced the Aston Martin Vulcan at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we already knew that this track-only supercar wasn’t an ordinary one. After all, Aston Martin conceived and engineered the Vulcan to deliver the much-desired driving excitement as well as surpass the performance of the carmaker’s Le Mans-winning race cars.
Aston Martin has already done a number of things to make sure that the owners of the only 24 examples of the Vulcan are able to enjoy a dynamic and intense driving experience. For instance, for the past two years, Vulcan owners have received step-by-step driver training from Aston Martin’s team of instructors like Darren Turner, an Aston Martin Racing works driver and three-time Le Mans winner. Owners also took part in exclusive driving events in Circuit of the Americas in the United States, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone in the United Kingdom.Read the entire article AMR Pro upgrade package on Aston Martin Vulcan intensifies both downforce and acceleration
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
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