The World Endurance Championship (WEC) season opener on 14th April will be a great day out for motorsport fans. Not only will Silverstone circuit…
Toyota Motorsport GmbH will be showcasing both high-performance road-car concepts as well as ready-to-race models at the forthcoming Essen Motor Show. The TS030 Hybrid, GT86 CS-V3 and Yaris R1A will be on display, while the Lexus LS-based TMG TS-650 road car will be making its public debut.
If you’d asked me two years ago what was the best motorsport film ever made, the chances are I’d have answered ‘Le Mans’ – the Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch film of a Le Mans 24 Hours race in the 1970s, featuring the epic battles between Michael Delaney in a Porsche 917K and Erich Stahler in a Ferrari 512LM.
The interweb is ablaze this morning with talk of yesterday’s crash between Nissan DeltaWing driver, Gunnar Jeannette, and the GTC Porsche 911 driver, Peter LeSaffre.
Just in case you haven’t yet fallen in love with McLaren’s 12C Spider, the following new gallery might just push you over the edge. The colour is Supernova Silver and it joins Azure Blue, Volcano Yellow and Volcano Red, which the Spider has thus far been shown in.
Based on Bentley’s fastest ever road car – the new GT Speed – the Continental GT3 concept reaffirms Bentley’s philosophy to develop racing cars from their road-going counterparts.
The GT3 is currently being developed by a dedicated motorsport team at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, targeting a return to motorsport towards the end of 2013.
Here’s a piece of no-news, if ever there was, perhaps because Audi’s presence at this month’s Paris Motor Show will lack their usual flourish of concept cars and new models. There’ll be the recently launched RS 5 Cabriolet of course, plus the new A3 and R8 e-tron, but we’re not expecting any surprises – which is something of a paradoxical statement in itself.
For a nation endowed with the DNA of such maverick automotive legends as Chapman, Cooper and Brown, it seems ironic that the marque which now leads the plethora of niche British sports car manufacturers is one that was only founded in the latter part of the 20th century.
With most of the focus and expectation on Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima’s first ever electric powered run at Pikes Peak, his competitors were left in peace to concentrate on breaking Tajima’s 2011 record time of 9:51.278.
Picture the race livery of a factory Porsche from the ’70s or 80’s and chances are you’ll either think of the blue and orange colours of Gulf Oil, or the red and blue stripes of Martini Racing. So it makes an evocative statement to see those Martini colours on Porsche’s 918 Spyder prototype, a road car which might just make an appearance in competition during the next few years.
In the build up to this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race, Michelin has interviewed various members of the Audi Motorsport team to get an insight on what it takes to win at the world’s most prestigious endurance race, which takes place this weekend (16-17 June).
It’s one of the most prestigious motor race events in the world, whilst the ‘Grande Parade des Pilotes’ is one of the most visible automotive catwalks with thousands of fans and enthusiasts lining up to catch a glimpse of their favourite drivers.