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  • 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

    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 original Mustang drag racer debuted 50 years ago, Ford has cranked out a handful more across a number of decades. In 2008, a factory built Cobra Jet appeared and the car was capable of 8.0-second blasts down the quarter-mile. Just a year later, Ford built another Cobra Jet and has continued to do so...

  • 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
    Pirelli makes it easier to understand F1 tire choices

    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...

  • 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

    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 driving. Mark Webber, who won nine Formula 1 races and took the 2015 World Endurance Championship in the 919 Hybrid, was behind the wheel of the 919 Evo. Marc Lieb, who won the 2016 WEC title and that year's 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 919 Hybrid, piloted the 919 Hybrid as it appeared in its most...

  • 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
    New Toyota Supra races in final round of 2018 VLN series

    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...

  • 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

    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 made a name for itself as a track capable of showing off F1 cars at their best, primarily as it has been designed specifically with F1 in mind. In particular, the 3.43-mile track has an eclectic mix of 20 corners, some of them reminiscent of corners from past and present F1 circuits. In addition...

  • 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...

  • 2019 Acura NSX GT3 Evo race car
    2019 Acura NSX GT3 made faster with new bodywork

    Acura's sinister NSX GT3 race car has come in for some updates and is now even faster and better handling than before. The NSX GT3, as the name suggests, is designed for GT3-spec competition. It made its debut in the 2017 motorsport season and in a short time has proven to be a formidable weapon on...

  • The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing US road trip continues from Colorado to Miami
    The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing US road trip continues from Colorado to Miami

    First we saw Daniel Ricciardo setting off an epic road trip across the States. He was sidetracked by the bright lights of Las Vegas, so his teammate Max Verstappen stepped in to take over. Max jumped into the cockpit of an Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1 race car to drive from the heights of...

  • FIA logo
    2019 Formula 1 calendar confirmed

    At the most recent meeting of its World Motor Sport Council on Friday, the FIA, Formula 1's governing body, confirmed the calendar for the sport's 2019 season. There will be a record 21 grands prix, which will be only the third time in F1 history that such a high number has been held, the previous...

  • George Russell

    Williams confirmed Friday that George Russell will drive for the team in the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship. Russell will fill the seat of Lance Stroll who is expected to replace Esteban Ocon at Force India next season. Stroll's father, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, heads a consortium of investors that took over the team earlier this year. As for Russell, the British youngster is currently a reserve driver for Mercedes-AMG, which has been keen to find him a seat following an impressive Formula 2 season this year—he's currently leading the season. He also won the BRDC Formula...

  • Aston Martin Vantage GT3 customer race car
    Aston Martin Vantage to race in DTM

    The German touring car series known as DTM has welcomed Aston Martin as the newest manufacturer to join. DTM organizers announced Thursday that Aston Martin will be represented by Team R-Motorsport which will field race cars based on the Vantage sports car perhaps as early as the 2019 season. The...

  • Scene from Ken Block’s ‘Gymkhana Nine: Raw Industrial Playground’
    New Amazon Prime show "The Gymkhana Files" goes behind the scenes with Ken Block's viral video series

    Rallycross racer Ken Block ignited the internet with Gymkhana 1 in 2011. It has become a series with nine installations of intense stunts and high-horsepower machines. The series continues to draw millions of viewers and has given rise to Block's fame as a world-class driver. Next month, we'll be...

  • W Series race car
    All-female race series coming in 2019

    An all-female race championship series will launch next year, organizers announced Wednesday. The W Series will race 18-20 cars in 2019 with an all-female field. The series is meant to offer a platform for female drivers who’ve been largely overlooked by other race series, organizers said...

  • Jacky Ickx at Rennsport Reunion VI
    The time Jacky Ickx almost drove in NASCAR for Junior Johnson

    Jacky Ickx had a storied racing career racing almost every type of car—except the most popular competition in the U.S. His resume includes six 24 Hours of Le Mans wins, eight Formula One victories, a Can-Am championship, the grueling Dakar Rally, and he even raced motorcycles for a time. The...

  • Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton at the 2018 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix
    Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton wins eventful 2018 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

    There was plenty of action on Sunday at the 2018 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix though not at the front of the pack were Mercedes-AMG cemented another one-two finish, with star driver Lewis Hamilton claiming the win and teammate Valtteri Bottas crossing the line 12.919 seconds later. Hamilton...

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