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  • New Zealand man builds drift track around house

    Hamilton, New Zealand resident Takeshi Teruya decided to live out his dream when he moved from Japan in 2007. The 37-year-old drifting enthusiast built a 426-foot-long drift circuit...around his house. Now, Teruya can practice his hobby every single day without the need to travel more than a couple of feet. He told The New Zealand Herald the track makes him the "happiest man" in the country. Although our first thought surrounds what the neighbors think, Teruya said they're supportive of his hobby. It probably helps that he owns a fairly large parcel of land and his neighbors also happen to be...

  • Roborace DevBot 2.0
    Roborace to use both drivers and self-driving Devbot 2.0 for inaugural season

    The inaugural Roborace season won't consist only of autonomous cars racing each other without drivers, after all. According to a Friday report from Motorsport.com, Roborace CEO Lucas di Grassi said the change is necessary for spectators. Thus, Robocar will sit on the sidelines in favor of a new...

  • Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos), home of the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix
    2018 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix preview

    The penultimate round of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship takes us to the legendary Autódromo José Carlos Pace, home of the Brazilian Grand Prix. And even though Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton was already crowned with this year's title at the previous round in Mexico, the...

  • Proposed circuit for Formula 1 Vietnamese Grand Prix
    First Vietnamese Grand Prix confirmed for 2020 F1 season

    Formula 1 organizers together with Hanoi city officials announced Wednesday plans to host the first Vietnamese Grand Prix in 2020. It's the first new location to be announced by F1's latest owner Liberty Media, which has been eying the Southeast Asian nation for a potential race for quite some...

  • Utah Motorsports Campus
    Geely purchases Utah Motorsports Campus

    Geely has bought itself a race track. The Chinese automaker announced Monday it has completed the purchase of the Utah Motorsports Campus, formerly known as the Miller Motorsports Park. The Toole County Commissioners has said it agreed to sell the motorsports park to Mitime Utah Investment LLC for...

  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007
    Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus first to sign on for WEC's new hypercar class

    Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus on Monday announced it signed a deal that will enable it to race in the so-called hypercar class that will replace the premier LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship from the 2020/2021 season on. SCG will compete with a hypercar called the 007, which the company...

  • 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

    Jaguar only build 300 examples of its wild XE SV Project 8, and soon a batch of them will be tapped for a new one-make race series. Top Gear reported in October that a privately run series known as Series Elite will be run with the XE SV Project 8 as the star car. Oh, and it's exclusively for "high net worth individuals" who happen to be over 50 years old. Yes, this race series is only for "the mature driver," it seems. In all, 20 drivers will be handed the keys to lightly modified XE SV Project 8s, which can also be turned back into road cars once the series is finished. Recall, the Jaguar...

  • Ken Block teases new Ford Escort RS rally car
    Ken Block teases new Ford Escort RS, plans for world tour

    After the tragic loss of Ken Block's original Ford Escort RS Group A rally racer, the rally all-star has teased its successor: another Escort RS. Block took to Facebook on Wednesday to tease the upcoming Escort RS build and announced preparations for a world tour in 2019. He plans to take his...

  • 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar during RM Sotheby's auction - Image via Darin Schnabel
    Paris-Dakar Porsche 959 fetches almost $6M at auction

    For those in their 30s and 40s, the Porsche 959 is likely a hero car from their childhoods. Built from 1984 to 1986 for Group B rally racing and homologated as a road car that was built from 1986 to '93, the 959 could approach 200 mph on the street and reach 130 mph off road. The 959 was a truly...

  • 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
    50th anniversary Ford Mustang Cobra Jet rips into SEMA show

    The very first Ford Mustang Cobra Jet was built in 1968. Now, 50 years later, Ford has a special anniversary version and this one packs serious heat under its hood. First shown in August, Ford on Tuesday brought the 50th anniversary Cobra Jet to the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Ever since that...

  • 2019 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
    2019 COPO Camaro marks 50 years of Chevy's dragstrip special

    Chevrolet's COPO Camaro dragstrip hero turns 50 next year, and the Bowtie brand is celebrating with its 2019 COPO Camaro. Unveiled late on Monday ahead of the formal debut Tuesday at the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the 2019 COPO Camaro will be available with special 50th anniversary touches that...

  • Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro concept
    Chevy unveils electric Camaro drag racer, estimates 9-second quarter-mile

    Chevrolet is out to prove that cars like its Camaro have a bright future in the world of electrification, at least as far as the dragstrip is concerned. The automaker late on Monday unveiled the eCOPO Camaro concept ahead of the formal debut Tuesday at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The concept is...

  • Pirelli 2019 F1 tire compound identifier system

    Come the 2019 Formula One season, Pirelli will make it simpler to understand the types of tires used during Grand Prix weekends. The tire company announced last week it will move to a new three-color system. The colors will still represent hard, medium and soft tire choices but each color will now represent more than one compound. White will denote all the hard compounds, yellow all the medium, and red all the soft. Additionally, the colors for the Cinturato intermediate tire and full wet tires will remain green and blue, respectively. In other words, unchanged from the current practice. All...

  • Race of Champions 2019 Mexico City
    2019 Race of Champions heads to Mexico

    The Race of Champions will head to Latin America for the first time. Organizers announced Tuesday that 2019's running will take place in Mexico City after the Mexican capital won the right to host the event. The world's best racers will compete at the Foro Sol which forms part of the...

  • Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton at the 2018 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix
    Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton secures fifth Formula 1 title

    Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton secured the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship title on Sunday at the Mexican Grand Prix. It's the fifth time the Briton has taken the crown of motorsport's top echelon, meaning he's now in a rarefied league of drivers with five or more titles. The others are Juan...

  • The Porsche 919 Evo is driven on public roads on its way to the Porsche Museum
    Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid and record-breaking 919 Evo take final lap on public roads

    Porsche's epic adventure has come to a close, the German luxury brand revealed on Thursday. Escorted by police, Porsche moved the 919 Hybrid LMP1 car and the 919 Evo on public roads to a permanent residence at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, Germany. A couple of storied race car drivers did the...

  • Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, home of the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix
    2018 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix preview

    Round 19 of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship is on this weekend at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, home of the Mexican Grand Prix, and there's a good chance we'll see Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton crowned with his fifth title. The Briton only needs to finish seventh or better...

  • Aussie Invader 5R
    There's a second team aiming to break the world land speed record

    A week ago we learned that the United Kingdom's Bloodhound project aiming to set a new land speed record had come to a halt due to a lack of funding. However, Bloodhound isn't the only team out to break the record speed of 763.035 mph set in 1997. Another is Australia's Aussie Invader which is...

  • 2020 Toyota Supra SP8T VLN race car - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Toyota's new Supra is heading to NASCAR next year but the car has already run its first race. As part of its development program for the fifth-generation Supra, an A90 to all the fans, Toyota fielded a prototype in Saturday's VLN race held at the Nürburgring. The race was the final round of the 2018 VLN season. The Supra race car was classified in the VLN's SP8T class designed for cars with turbocharged engines displacing up to 4.0 liters. The Supra's engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda was present to support the team and even ran some laps under his...

  • Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen at the 2018 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
    Räikkönen returns to top of podium with 2018 United States Grand Prix win

    Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen returned to the top podium spot Sunday by winning the 2018 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Second place went to Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen while third went to Mercedes-AMG's Lewis...

  • 2019 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co. 03 TCR race car
    Lynk & Co. ready to go racing with 03 TCR

    Lynk & Co. will take its recently revealed 03 sedan to the starting grid in the new FIA-sanctioned World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) with an 03-based race car built to TCR specifications. The brand announced Friday that it has signed a joint venture with Cyan Racing to develop the racer. Cyan Racing...

  • Circuit of the Americas, home of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
    2018 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix preview

    Round 18 of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship sees the focus switch from Eastern to Western hemispheres as teams descend upon the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for this weekend's United States Grand Prix. Despite being one of the newer locations on the F1 calendar, COTA has already...

  • FIA Hypercar Class mock image
    Cost of WEC's new hypercar class could be lower than previously thought

    Teams preparing to run in the World Endurance Championship's planned hypercar class will be happy to learn the cost of entry could be lower than previously thought. The new budget reportedly sits at $23 million for a two-car entry, down from from a previous estimate of between $28.7 million and...

  • World's fastest wheel-driven car: Turbinator II
    World's fastest wheel-driven car cracks 503 mph

    Meet the world's fastest wheel-driven car: the Team Vesco Turbinator II. Unlike other cars built only with the goal to go fast in a straight line, the wheels drove this car to a record, not thrust from a jet engine or rockets. Driver Dave Spangler piloted the Turbinator II on October 1 to a record...

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