Motorsports

  • 2018 Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak race car

    The Volkswagen ID R electric time attack special has a new mission on its hands: Obliterate the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The current record is the 6:45.9 set by Nio and its EP9 track car back in 2017. VW will attempt to break the record this summer and insiders have suggested the lap time could go as low as 5:30. That's close to the overall record for the 12.9-mile track claimed last June by Porsche with its 919 Evo time attack special based on the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car. The car, with race driver Timo Bernhard behind the wheel, set a 5:19.55 lap, or enough to...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    Rumored 2019 Corvette special edition could be last with engine up front

    Chevrolet is set to introduce its highly anticipated mid-engine Corvette later this year. The new car represents the eighth generation of the Corvette line and its arrival will likely mark the end of the nameplate's front-engine era. This means a special-edition Corvette that Chevy is rumored to be...

  • Toyota Hilux at the 2019 Dakar rally
    Toyota Hilux driven to 2019 Dakar Rally victory

    A specially prepped Toyota Hilux pickup truck was driven to victory in the premier Car category of the 2019 Dakar Rally, the first for the Japanese automaker. Doing the driving was Nasser Al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel, who finished the final stage of the grueling trek on Thursday with a...

  • 2020 Toyota Supra
    2020 Toyota Supra's fake vents can be made functional

    Despite numerous air vents on its body, the 2020 Toyota Supra does not actually make use of them for any sort of cooling or aero functions. However, they can be made functional. The Supra's lead engineer, Tetsuya Tada, told Road & Track in a Wednesday report that the blocked off plastic vents...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
    Crank up the volume: VW reveals 286-horsepower Golf GTI TCR

    Volkswagen on Wednesday unveiled a tuned version of its Golf GTI inspired by the TCR race version of the car. It's called the Golf GTI TCR, and it was previewed by a concept at the 2018 Wörthersee Tour tuning fest held last May in Austria. The production version matches the concept car's...

  • 2018 Ferrari 488 GTE race car with livery depicting all stages of Club Competizioni GT
    Ferrari's Club Competizioni GT will see F40s and F50s on the track with the 488

    Ferrari used the 2019 Autosport International motorsport meet in the United Kingdom last week to announce the launch of the new Club Competizioni GT program. Similar to the existing Corse Clienti program, which organizes track days for owners of Ferrari's historic Formula 1 race cars, Club...

  • 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line, 2019 Detroit auto show

    The assimilation of the N performance sub-brand into the Hyundai borg didn't take long. On Monday, the automaker introduced the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Elantra GT N Line is a rebadged Elantra GT Sport from last year that marks the first N Line entry into the U.S. Although it shares the "N" badges with the Veloster N and i30 N (the latter not available in the U.S.), the Elantra GT N Line is mostly an appearance package without significant hardware upgrades such as a new engine. It is on sale now and costs $24,185...

  • Acura ARX-05 prototype race car with heritage livery, IMSA 2019 season
    Acura WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racers to sport heritage livery in 2019

    As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Acura plans to race its Acura Team Penske ARX-05 prototype race cars with a heritage-inspired livery. The Japanese luxury brand showed the new livery off on Thursday, revealing a design that traces its roots back to the1991-1993 Comptech Racing...

  • Toyota GR Supra Racing concept
    Toyota GR Supra Racing concept previews 2020 Super GT entry

    Toyota's reborn Supra is scheduled for its world debut on January 14 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. However, a version of the car was shown Friday in Japan at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon. The version is a concept previewing the new Supra-based race car that will...

  • Throwback liveries for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GTs
    Ford GT to wear historic liveries for Rolex 24 at Daytona

    Fans will be treated to historic liveries on a pair of Ford GTs set to do battle in the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month. Ford Performance and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled two throwback liveries for the numbers 66 and 67 GT race cars on Thursday. It's the first time the GT will sport...

  • Andreas Seidl
    New McLaren F1 boss previously ran Porsche LMP1 program

    It's no secret that McLaren's once great Formula 1 team has been struggling in recent years, with the team having failed to secure a single win since as far back as 2012. The good news is that McLaren has no intention of leaving F1. In fact, the team has a recovery plan, and the latest move is the...

  • Artist's impression of a Brabham BT62 GTE race car
    Brabham BT62 to go racing in WEC, 24 Hours of Le Mans

    Brabham will use this week's 2019 Autosport International show starting Thursday in the United Kingdom to formally announce plans to take the BT62 supercar racing in the World Endurance Championship, whose highlight is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Australian race team and nascent car manufacturer...

  • Mattia Binotto

    Ferrari on Monday named Mattia Binotto as the new head of its Formula 1 team. Binotto, who was previously the team's chief technical officer, replaces Maurizio Arrivabene in the team principal role. "The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long-term personal interests as well as those of the team itself,” Ferrari said in a statement. Arrivabene, a former Philip Morris executive, has been running the F1 team since late 2014. He managed to increase performance during that time but failed to capitalize on...

  • 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car
    New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 revealed in race car guise

    Porsche is preparing a successor to the awesome Cayman GT4, based on its updated 718 Cayman, but prior to the car's arrival in the coming months the German firm has shown the racing variant: the 2019 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The race car provides plenty of clues for the upcoming road car, namely...

  • Official Michael Schumacher app
    Michael Schumacher turns 50, official Schumacher app released

    On Thursday, Michael Schumacher turned 50, and his family honored his decorated Formula 1 career with a smartphone app. The official Schumacher app encompasses a "digital grand prix of memories," according to a statement from the official Michael Schumacher Facebook page. The app includes a virtual...

  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Baja Boot illustration
    SCG Boot to tackle 2019 Baja 1000

    It appears off-road racing is also on the agenda for Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. The American race team and sports car manufacturer confirmed this week that it will tackle the 2019 Baja 1000 with its Boot off-roader. Five examples will be entered in the November race, competing in a class for...

  • Michael 50 - Michael Schumacher exhibition at the Ferrari Museum
    Ferrari special exhibition marks Michael Schumacher's 50th birthday

    The Ferrari Museum has honored Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher with a special exhibition to mark his 50th birthday. Opening Thursday, the day of Schumacher's birthday, the exhibition is filled with memorable events and artifacts from the seven-time world champion's tenure as a Ferrari driver...

  • Second-generation Ford Escort rally racer
    Ford's legendary rally racer, the Escort, turns 50

    There are only a handful of cars that have reached legendary status thanks to their participation in rally racing, but perhaps chief among them is the Ford Escort. And this year marks the nameplate's 50th anniversary as the original made its debut in 1968. Immediately, the car found success in...

  • Sebastian Vettel overtakes Valtteri Bottas in British Grand Prix, 2018

    As we wave goodbye to 2018, we can look back on the year in motorsport and see plenty of incredible pieces of action. But today, it's all about Formula 1. The motorsport compiled the top 10 overtaking maneuvers from this past year in a recap video released earlier this month, which features dramatic moves from the series' all-star drivers. The highlight reel includes action from the championship winner, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, and Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing. Number 10 throws viewers back to the Chinese Grand Prix with...

  • Aston Martin AM-RB 001
    Red Bull hints at Aston Martin-linked Le Mans program

    Red Bull's motorsport advisor, Helmut Marko, has dropped hints the energy drinks company is considering a future in endurance racing, namely the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the highlight of the World Endurance Championship. In an interview with Autosport published Wednesday, Marko indicated that...

  • Kyle DeLuc Christmas tree run
    Kyle LeDuc gets a Christmas tree in typical off-road fashion

    'Tis the season to deck the halls, and Kyle LeDuc picked up his Christmas tree in the only way imaginable for the off-road racer: with high-flying jumps, pedal-to-the-metal action, and dirt-spraying slides. The five-time champion of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series released this video of the familiar...

  • This is what the center differential does for a WRC race car
    Here's how a World Rally Car's center differential works

    One of the great bits of tech that remains from the glorious era that was Group B rally racing is the center differential. With it, race beasts from the likes of Audi, Peugeot, Ford, and Lancia all battled for all-wheel-drive supremacy on the greatest rally stages the world over. The need for...

  • Team O'Neil talks about racing drive shafts versus street car drive shafts
    What's the difference between street and rally car driveshafts and CV joints?

    Driveshafts, or propshafts, and constant velocity (CV) joints are crucial to the proper and safe operation of a vehicle. They are necessary to move a car forward and make it turn. But what sort of equipment is needed for a race car? In this video, Wyatt Knox and Tim O'Neil himself from Team O'Neil...

  • António Félix da Costa wins first Formula E race for BMW
    BMW clinches perfect start in debut Formula E race

    BMW made its debut as one of many manufacturers in the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E championship on Saturday, and it went very well. The German marque took the pole position and first place in its first race in the motorsport at the Ad Diriyah Championship in Saudi Arabia. Driver António...

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