Toyota this week revealed its TS040 Hybrid Le Mans prototype, the Japanese automaker’s race car rival to Audi’s R18 e-tron quattro and Porsche’s 919 Hybrid in the 2014 World Endurance Championship. The TS040 produces a staggering 986 horsepower and is Toyota’s first prototype racer to feature an all-wheel-drive system.
A tuning firm by the name of Unplugged Performance is attempting to position itself as the semi-official tuner of electric car company Tesla. This week the company revealed its first upgrades for Tesla’s Model S, a range of cool-looking body kits.
Tesla Model S by Unplugged Performance
Hennessey this week took the covers of a special edition version of its Venom GT. The car doesn’t offer any performance upgrades over the standard 1,244 horsepower Venom GT, but it will set you back $1.25 million. Only three are destined to be built, and all are said to be accounted for.
Hennessey Venom GT World's Fastest Edition
A new British sports car made its debut this week. It’s from a startup bearing the name David Brown Automotive (no relation to David Brown of Aston Martin fame), and it’s called the Speedback GT. The styling of the car shows obvious links to the Aston Martin DB5, but under the hood is a supercharged V-8 good for 510 horsepower.
David Brown Speedback
Volkswagen started testing a hardcore GTI prototype this week. It’s not clear what vehicle is in the planning, but some possibilities include a special edition track model for this year’s Wörthersee Tour tuning fest or an uprated Golf R variant tipped to be previewed at next month’s Beijing Auto Show.
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI 'Club Sport' spy shots
While the Speedback GT is a modern British sports car that hints at the past, here is one that is looking straight at the future. It’s called the Arash AF8, and this week we were treated with a behind-the-scenes video of Arash’s headquarters in the U.K. The video is almost half an hour in length and features Arash CEO and founder Arash Farboud.
SRT boss Ralph Gilles has confirmed that the Viper GTS-R race car won’t be competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. No reason has been given though it’s likely due to SRT wanting to focus on races back home. That's a shame, because this photo of the car taken during last year's race is absolutely stunning.
SRT Viper GTS-R at the 2013 24 Hour of Le Mans
Land Rover is set to launch a high-performance version of its Range Rover Sport for the first time, and we have a new set of spy shots of a prototype. The vehicle is expected to adopt R-S badging and will likely have around 550 horsepower on tap.
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport R-S
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