2011

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Subaru confirms more BRZ awesomeness on its way

If you’re one of those people who believes Subaru’s BRZ (nee Toyota GT 86) needs more power, then fear not, it’s already in the pipeline – turbocharging, all-wheel drive and even bigger capacity engines are all on the product team’s to-do list.

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Finally! Subaru announces pricing for the BRZ

If you’ve been waiting to make a decision about your next sports car, then you don’t need me to tell you how frustrating it’s been whilst Subaru decide what price to sell their new BRZ for. You see, whilst the BRZ/GT86 is a joint Subaru/Toyota programme, Toyota are very much wearing the trousers in the relationship and came out first with details of the GT86 pricing.

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Subaru confirms BRZ’s UK specification and new ‘track day’ version

There has been a tremendous amount of interest in Subaru’s new BRZ – sister car to Toyota’s GT 86 – but whilst Toyota announced the price and specification of it’s 2+2 coupe several months ago, we’re still waiting for the like-for-like comparison that will enable customers to decide whether they opt for a Subyota or Toybaru.

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Toyota GT 86 will cost from £24,995 in the UK

Pricing of Toyota’s new rear-wheel drive GT 86 coupe will, in some ways, be the most important determinant of the car’s success. If it was priced too close to lifestyle sports coupes such as Audi’s TT or BMW’s Z4, then customers would naturally expect the same level of creature comforts – which would defeat the very purpose of Toyota’s light-weight sports car.

Honda Racing produces 4-part BTCC documentary (w/VIDEOS)

Honda Racing produces 4-part BTCC documentary (w/VIDEOS)

Honda Racing Team has produced four short documentary films on its participation in the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Each film will focus on what drives the Honda Racing Team to achieve success in one of Britain’s biggest and most exciting race series. The first documentary, produced by leading short film label, Future Shorts, will be released in late August, ahead of Rounds 19-21 of the BTCC at Knockhill.

Nissan makes the 2011 GT-R just a 'little' more affordable

Nissan makes the 2011 GT-R just a ‘little’ more affordable

It seems a little frivolous to be offering free servicing on a £69,950 supercar, but Nissan seem to think it will make all the difference in convincing would-be 911 buyers to choose its top-range model instead. Whilst affordability and peace of mind are key attributes of the rest of Nissan’s range, we think it sits a little uneasily alongside a car which can lap the Nurburgring in less than 7 minutes and 30 seconds, but hey, let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth.

Peugeot reveals its 2011 Le Mans Contender: the 908

Peugeot reveals its 2011 Le Mans Contender: the 908

Following in the wake of the 905 and the 908 HDi FAP, the 908 is the third car to have been developed by Peugeot Sport for endurance racing. And, like its forebears, its mission will be to extend Peugeot’s winning record at Le Mans which already features three wins, in 1992, 1993 and 2009.

Lotus Renault confirm Petrov and show their new F1 livery

Lotus Renault confirm Petrov and show their new F1 livery

Now that Group Lotus and Genii Capital have gazumped 1 Malaysia Racing with their black/gold livery, they’ve now clothed Renault F1′s 2010 car in the new design to show us just what to expect in 2011.

Complemented by its new-for-2011 Pirelli slick tyres, it will make a stunning contribution to the F1 grid and should be a front-runner now that drivers Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov have had their race seats confirmed. The Russian has signed a new two-year deal with the recently rebranded squad, which was announced this morning.

Renault announces the creation of Renault Sport F1

Renault announces the creation of Renault Sport F1

Bear with us on this one, since it may at first glance seem a little confusing. Renault who used to own and run the F1 team called Renault F1, pulled out of the sport at the end of the 2009 season at the peak of the economic downturn. Shortly after it was announced that Genii Capital, led by Gerard Lopez, had bought a majority stake in Renault F1 and it was this team which competed in the 2010 F1 season with drivers Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov.

This morning with the announcement of the partnership between Group Lotus and Genii Capital, Renault finally step back from being an F1 team owner into being purely a supplier of engines and technology. This new supply company will be called Renault Sport F1.