Twenty-five brake horse power doesn’t sound like much of an improvement, and at first glance it makes little or no difference to the McLaren MP4-12C’s performance figures, but there’s one increment that tells the story about where that extra performance has been tucked away – 0-186 mph, which is now 1 second faster than before.
Exotic, delicious, full of eastern promise.. That was the tag line used in the 1960’s advert for Fry’s Turkish Delight, and perhaps that’s what McLaren’s new Regional Director for Middle East and Africa – Mark Harrison – had in mind when commissioning the car maker’s latest short film.
How many race drivers have you heard describe their stint in a ‘road car’ as, “..quite possibly the most fun I’ve ever had driving”? Well that’s precisely what 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Of The Year, Alexander Sims, said after climbing out of a MP4-12C road car at the Dunsfold Park track.
When Simraceway announced their landmark agreement with McLaren earlier this month, we decided to delve a little deeper behind the story before sharing our thoughts.
The RSR has long been ‘The Daddy’ of all Porsche’s racing models and at one time was the GT sportscar to have for any self-respecting race team, but in recent years the competition has become tougher with the Corvette ZR1, Ferrari F458 Italia and BMW M3 GT all taking their share of the winner’s garlands.
What would you do with 48 of the most exclusive high-performance sports cars, 1,150 fresh Michelin performance tyres and an empty race track at your disposal? Is there really any question to answer? No, of course not.
“How do you solve a problem like Maria?” … A question that may not instantly be burning on the lips of every motorsport enthusiast, but one, all the same, that requires consideration.
Ever get the feeling Audi really enjoy poking fun at BMW? You’ll remember back in 2008 when BMW launched their Expression of JOY campaign to mark the arrival of the new Z4, then followed this with ‘The Story Of JOY’ covering the rest of its range and now ‘JOY is BMW’ which encompasses BMW innovations.
I must admit I’ve never been a fan of the gullwing doors on the SLS AMG, they add complexity where it really wasn’t needed and distract from the SLS AMG’s virtues as a driving machine. The New SLS AMG Roadster, that Mercedes officially revealed this morning, returns to a more purist design with the added bonus of releasing more of the AMG 6.3-litre V8’s wonderful sound for the enjoyment of its driver and passenger.
Like me, it probably hadn’t occurred to you that in order for Mercedes to create a roadster version of its popular SLS AMG, it would need to lose the gullwing doors. Okay, it sounds obvious now that I’ve said it, but it still seemed something of a surprise to hear Mercedes announcing as a revelation that the SLS AMG Roadster had proven to be stable even without the gullwings.
BMW Motorsport claimed victory in today’s season opening VLN race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, finishing first and second overall. Jörg Müller, Augusto Farfus and Uwe Alzen drove the winning no.42 BMW M3 GT, whilst Dirk Müller, Dirk Werner and Andy Priaulx brought the no.43 car home second, 51 seconds behind its sister car after four hours of running.
The SLS AMG GT3 will embark on its first race of the season next Saturday (2 April 2011), when the new VLN season (Nürburgring Endurance Championships) begins.