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Porsche readies new GT3

Speculation surrounding the possibility of a new 997 GT3 reached new levels late last year when numerous websites published spyshots of almost completely undisguised cars tooling around Germany.

That the car existed wasn’t the issue – what people couldn’t decide on was whether the car would be launched in 2009, whether it would offer a PDK transmission and if the old GT1 block would be retired in favour of a DFI unit.

Now DR has some speculative but well-informed answers to those questions.

Long-termer shootout at Curborough Sprint Track – New Feature

We deliberated long into the night. The tender for DR’s end-of-term bash had already been vexing the directors’ of the major international raceways for a few months when the deadline approached. Despite strong pitches from Fuji and Laguna Seca and an impassioned appeal from B. Ecclestone Esq to consider his little place at Paul Ricard, we fell for the charms of the 900 yard Curborough Sprint Course. Nothing else came close.

Video of Petter Solberg's embarassing moment

The place – last week’s Bettega Memorial Rallysprint in Bologna, Italy. The driver – Petter Solberg, 2003 WRC champion as he performed a parade lap for the crowd. But it looks like he got a little carried away with the moment and decided to demonstrate his stunt driving skills too..

We’re glad he came away from this incident unhurt, so let’s hope we see Petter back ‘inside’ a WRC car in the near future.

BMW X5 M official video released

BMW have released a promotional video of the X5 M providing official confirmation of the next models to be launched by M GmbH.

We’ve already seen spy-pictures of a pre-production X6 M and German magazine AutoBild were invited last week to drive the X6 M at the Nurburgring, so production isn’t far away.

Extreme SLR breaks cover

This remarkable car is the SLR Stirling Moss. Inspired by the Mercedes 300SLR that the legendary British racer drove to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia road race, the SLR Stirling Moss is a spectacular swansong for the McLaren-built Mercedes supercar.

KTM makes the X-Bow winter-proof

We’ve enjoyed many miles in the X-Bow this year – in the popular feature One Vision we explored five different ways of delivering driving thrills and of course our Silverstone Track Test where it set one of the quickest times of the year around the GP circuit. Its virtues are many, from its lightness of touch to the precision of its controls, but one thing we’ve never felt compelled to praise the X-Bow for is its comfort in cold weather.

V10 power for Audi R8

The Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro has many numbers to whet the appetite, but one of them jumps from the spec sheet more forcefully…

Honda to withdraw from F1

It was bound to happen sooner or later, but the catastrophic collapse in global car sales looks to have claimed its first high-profile scalp…