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Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 Preview

On: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 5:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid test 2

It was just over a year ago that Porsche introduced the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. The innovative track hybrid features a combination of rear-mounted 480-hp V6, two front-mounted electric motors and a flywheel generator in place of a battery pack. The generator pulls power from regenerative braking and distributes it to the front motors when needed for short bursts of acceleration.

Apparently the original R Hybrid has grown long in the tooth in that short year span. Porsche has previewed a revised version which will officially debut at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in late June.

Pictures Galore: Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 6:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition test 2

The Lexus LFA Nurburgring edition has been somewhat of a strange case. Lexus announced the car last March, and made several follow-up announcements about it. But they waited nearly a year to debut the package, something that they will finally get around to this week. And despite the follow-up announcements about the package, we've been working with the same handful of pictures since last March.

But, last week, Lexus finally got around to updating the pictures. And it didn't hold back, offering a full album of exterior, interior, and engine shots. Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the matte black LFA, but we do get plenty of the orange model.

Bentley Continental GT Sets World Speed Record on Ice

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 1:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bentley Continental GT Sets World Speed Record on Ice test 1-1

Well, here's a world record that I didn't even know they counted: world speed record on ice. And here's a car that I really wouldn't expect to own that record: a convertible Bentley Continental Supersports. But it does. Bentley announced a world record of 205.48 mph earlier this week. The Finland Traffic Police were on-hand to certify the speed and Guiness World Record officials ratified it. 205.5 mph on sheer ice sounds pretty terrifying, but makes for pretty nice bragging rights for Bentley.

Snortin' Norton Returns To Keen US Market

On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Chris Salamone

Norton Commando 961 SE  test 2

 In 1902 the first Norton motorcycle, aka ‘the Engerette’, was unleashed out of a Birmingham, England factory and sport motorcycling changed forever. Nortons dominated world road racing for decades to come. After generations of UK ownership, the brand changed guard to a US company based in Oregon. Recently, however, after fifteen years of US ownership, Norton is once again secured under the British flag by CEO Stuart Garner. For the last two years orders for the newly produced 961 Commandos have vastly exceeded the company’s expectations. Perhaps more interesting, buyer interest is equally robust for the US market. As of February 15th only three of the fifty US allotted 961 SEs were still available for purchase.


Fiesta Debut At Arctic Rally Cancelled

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 5:43PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Fiesta Debut  At Arctic Rally Cancelled test 1-1

Many people are not aware that Ford has an Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, and that Ford intended to race the all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car in the upcoming Arctic Lapland Rally. As it turns out, it doesn’t matter because Ford has recently changed its plans.

Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila were all hopped up and ready to roll in the upcoming two-day snow and ice rally based in Rovaniemi, Finland. They were each going to get a shot at driving the Fiesta for a leg or two around the course. All of this is in anticipation of the big FIA World Rally Championship in Sweden next month. Unfortunately, a bit of a smash up on the second day of testing drove the team straight into the garage and forced them to bail out of the Arctic Rally. The good news is that despite the 150kph (93 mph) smack up, Latvala and Anttila weren’t hurt. The bad news is the Fiesta is a goner. They can fix it before Sweden, but not before the Arctic.

The Sebring Weekend: Vettes, Vipers And Of Course, The Odd Porsche

On: Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 2:45PM | By: John Welch

The Sebring Weekend: Vettes, Vipers And Of Course, The Odd Porsche test 1-1

Along with the litany of Porsche and BMW models present at Sebring International Raceway had some company, some big, mean, fire-breathing American company. Besides our favorite Germans, an excellent track car can be had from Chrysler and General Motors. We saw a ton of SCCA-prepared Chevy Corvettes and Dodge Vipers in the paddock and they were all very glorious. The PBOC welcomes all comers, and it is evident that our own American muscle is viewed fondly by amatuer racers from around Central Florida, the Carolinas, and Georgia.

Inside the post you will find great photos of the meanest pushrod-pounding track stars littering the SIR paddock, with an odd Porsche thrown in. It must be said that the drag racing that took place on Sebring's famous front stretch was dominated by turbocharged, all-wheel drive Porsches, but that these Yankee beauties were the cars to beat during the hot lap sessions earlier in the day.

The Sebring Weekend: Porsche And BMW In The SIR Paddock

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 1:40PM | By: John Welch

The Sebring Weekend: Porsche And BMW In The SIR Paddock test 1-1

Some people spend their weekends camping, playing video games, going to the beach, seeing a movie, etcetera, etcetera. I spend my weekends schleping around Sebring International Raceway annoying racers with my camera and my ceaseless questions. I'm serious; Sebring is a track that tends to chew up race cars and spit them out, leaving little time for anything other than suspension repairs for earnest participants.

So they weren't real chatty. No problem, their cars can do all the talking for them. Here we have a gallery of some of the nicest/fastest street and race cars in Florida. True to my shameless predjudices, these cars are all Porsche and BMW models, in various states of tune. I have a whole mess of Viper and Corvette images; look for that post tomorrow. For now, enjoy the best of Bavaria, Sunshine State-style . . .

Cadillac Back On Track: The CTS-V Coupe SCCA

On: Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 12:37PM | By: John Welch

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe SCCA test 2

Cadillac has been here before. In 2000 General Motor's luxury arm commissioned Riley Technologies to build a chassis for Le Mans. Utilizing the then-popular World Sports Car prototype platform, Riley (named 'Riley and Scott' at the time) produced the Cadillac Northstar LMP. Modified by Nigel Stroud in 2001 and completely replaced by the purpose-built Cadillac LMP02 in 2002, the Northstar featured a very Audiesque 4.0 liter V8, complete with twin turbos and 90 liters of race gas.

None of these cars did very well in competition, failing to win anything, ever. Cadillac cut its losses at the end of 2002 and sat on their blemished laurels until 2004 when they decided to give GT racing a shot. Having just released the CTS-V, Cadillac saw an opportunity to use racing success as a marketing tool. What a novel idea.

No two ways about it, the CTS-V has always been a Badass. The street car was a breath of fresh air from Detroit. It had everything recent American cars were lacking: rear drive, third pedal, four doors, and slick styling. Love it or hate it, the styling turned heads. There were still plenty of old-Detroit issues such as flimsy-built quality, cheesy buttons, weird seating position, and that curve-free styling, but it was the coolest thing to come out of Michigan since Tim Allen. Who isn't all that cool.

Again employing Riley Technologies, Cadillac had a 73% stock-derived GT chassis built, slammed its 5.7 liter small block right against the firewall, and went racing. In 2005 they took the SCCA World Challenge title with ease; driver Andy Pilgrim never finishing lower than 10th in any race. He also didn't win any races, but that's neither here nor there; the CTS-V won two in 2004 and continued to win until the last customer cars was re-bodied in 2008.

Long story short: Cadillac has the thirst again. If their racing ventures get more serious with each attempt, and the last go at it was pretty serious, then this new CTS-V Coupe must be dead serious. Just look at it; the sheetmetal draped over the chassis and visually melting into the tarmac, the elegant endplates on the rear wing, the impossibly low front clip. This thing means business; pop inside the post to uncover its sporting credentials . . .

Video Crack: Codemaster's Formula1 2010

On: Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 1:01PM | By: John Welch

Video Crack: Codemaster's Formula1 2010 test 1-1

My Christmas was, how shall I put this, uhm, interesting. Time was spent with family and friends, but it was a very small amount of visiting when viewed next to my other Yule-tide preoccupations. Namely: mouth surgery and Formula1 2010. The former began on Friday, the 24th, with a follow-up wisdom tooth removal on Monday, the 26th. I have never had so much surgery at once and am understandably incoherent because of it. That being said, this review may be clouded by my love of top-tier motorsport and my drooling, mostly invalid condition.

Christmas came between the multiple trips to the dentist's chair, and with it came the best present of the season. Not socks, (though i did get some awesome socks) not jackets or candy or Legos or a new bike; not even the all-conquering Gran Turismo 5. No, I received Codemaster's Formula1 2010, originally released way back in September, and it has replaced every other racing game, or game, period, in my tiny mind. This is F1-Dork Nirvana.

Daytona Ready To Race! Brumos And SoD Turn First Laps On New Surface

On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 3:54PM | By: John Welch

Daytona Ready To Race! Brumos And SoD Turn First Laps On New Surface test 1-1

Three hours after the conclusion of the NASCAR race last July, Daytona International Speedway went under the knife. The asphalt was cracking, the water drainage insufficient, so The Frances set about repaving and modernizing the track during its elongated off-season. According to veteran of everything on wheels Hurley Haywood, they dun good. Real good.

Having scaled back their operations in the last few months, Brumos Porsche is returning to the GT ranks this year with a familiar red white and blue Porsche GT3. Having lent their typical Daytona Prototype drivers to the ActionExpress team, Brumos leader Hurley Haywood is coming out of retirement to pilot the new Brumos GT3 with Andrew Davis. On the 17th the pair opened up their gleaming Porsche on the high banks of Daytona, along with the Chevrolet/Coyote DP of Spirit of Daytona racing. Hurley is pleased, and the rest of the Grand-Am field is now anxiously awaiting their respective turns on the famed 3.57 mile course.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: Off-Season Road Race News

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 4:59PM | By: John Welch

GRRRRRRrrrugly test 2

The advancement of electronic locomotion knows no bounds apparently, as several sports car teams and companies pledge to include some form of energy recovery system on their 2011 racing machines. This includes all of Formula 1, which will see the return of KERS after a one-year hiatus. Two new GT2 cars coming in 2011, the Ferrari 458 GT2 and the reinvention of the Porsche 911 RSR. Though similar to its 2010 sibling, the RSR is fresh as a daisy under the skin.

Finally, what do you consider ugly? Does pure function override decidedly homely appearance for you? Would you prefer your LEDs with or without pontoon fenders? Audi has released images and important data regarding their new R18; we just aren't sure we wanted them to.