Martini Racing is set to make a return to international motorsport this weekend, with the famous logo of the Italian distillery set to appear on a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car competing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race preceding the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona’s Circuito de Catalunya.
There will be two 911 GT3 Cup racers donning the Martini livery, which, as this photo confirms, looks particularly inviting.
One of the cars will be driven by racing legend Sébastien Loeb, while the driver for the second car is yet to be announced.
Though the Martini logo has featured in top motorsport categories such as F1 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the past, for its return the company is taking baby steps.
It’s entirely appropriate that Martini’s return to motorsport is together with Porsche, however. Martini's first motorsport sponsorship program was for two Porsche 906 race cars that competed in various sports car formats back in 1968.
And, just as Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic 911 sports car this year, Martini is celebrating its own 150th anniversary. It was formed in 1963 by businessman Alessandro Martini, winemaker Luigi Rossi and accountant Teofilo Sola.
This beauty is an A. Kahn Design-enhanced Ferrari 458 Spider, which is finished in Ferrari’s own Grigio Alloy hue but wears some unique elements added by the popular British tuner. The blacked-out section of the rear bar is our favorite feature, as it reminds us a little of the 360 Modena.
This menacing beast is the insane Nissan Juke-R, of which there are only four examples in the world and one of them we’ve just driven. It was only a short drive, as the cars cost a staggering 500,000 euros (approximately $653,000) each, but check it out in our video.
Nissan JUKE-R track drive, first U.S. appearance, Nashville Superspeedway
Here’s another car we recently took for a spin: a 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV, just like the one Magnum PI drove. So what's it like to drive a Ferrari 308? The best way to describe it is that it's an unforgettable experience.
1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV
No, flying car startup Terrafugia is yet to deliver any copies of its first model, the Transition, but the company is already dropping hints about another, much more advanced flying car it’s working on. This model is called the TF-X, and unlike the Transition, which requires a runway for takeoff and landing, it has been designed with a vertical takeoff and landing system.
The wait for Alfa Romeo’s official return to the U.S. is getting shorter and shorter, with now only several months separating us from the arrival of the stunning 4C sports car and future Alfas like the Giulia mid-size sedan and a yet-to-be announced crossover and flagship sedan. In the lead up to Alfa’s return, the automaker has released these new images of its 4C.
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
Mercedes-Benz announced this week that it is now the official automotive sponsor of the Mille Miglia Storica, the modern version of the Mille Miglia. That means we have plenty of photos of some of the legendary Mercedes race cars that drove the 1,000 miles from Brescia to Rome and back up until the last race in 1957.
Mercedes-Benz at the Mille Miglia
A prototype for Subaru’s next-generation WRX was spotted at the Nürburgring recently, and this time our photographer managed to put together a video of the car. Sadly, the exterior resembles that of the latest Impreza, despite Subaru’s promises for greater differentiation between it and its new WRX.
2014 Subaru WRX STI spy shots
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