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Le Mans

When Nissan took the wraps off its GT-R LM NISMO, many questioned why it would make a front engine, front-wheel-drive racecar when the established benchmarks in the endurance game were all using all-wheel drive hybrid setups. With Nissan's release of the full specifications have come some answers about how the company hopes to make its extraordinary creation succeed on endurance racing's biggest stage.

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Unveiled earlier this week, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LM P1 is, to put it bluntly, one of the craziest ideas to pull out onto a race track in decades. The twin-turbo, V6, kinetic-hybrid, front engined, front-wheel-drive car puts out over 1,200 horsepower (895 kW). Yes, you read that correctly: A front engined, front-wheel-drive racecar. Obviously, we need to take a look under the hood. Read More
The Paris/Retromobile round of collectible car and bike auctions gets underway this week with sales by Artcurial, Bonhams and RM. Though dozens of cars will sell for more than a million dollars, the world's most important barnfind, the Baillon Collection, will be the star of the show. We've designed this article and the hi-res image gallery to highlight all of the important cars, motorcycles and selected automobilia on offer this week in Paris. If you flick through the image gallery, you can click directly through from the high resolution image to the auction description for any items that may interest you. Read More
Nissan has unveiled a new car that will compete in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours race. The GT-R LM Nismo is a racing version of Nissan's flagship car, the GT-R. Like the production GT-R, the LM Nismo has set tongues wagging, although more for its configuration than anything else. Read More
Ford has redefined its sportiest ever model (the GT) for a second time, vastly improving aerodynamics, stripping weight through the use of lightweight composites, and delivering a mid-mounted, next-generation, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower. The car will be on sale next year. Read More
Three motorcycles owned by actor Steve McQueen go to auction on January 8 and records will be broken. This article chronicles how former McQueen cars and bikes send enthusiasts into a bidding frenzy at auction. Read More
This synopsis of the 100 most expensive cars ever sold at auction includes detailed images of all the cars, prices and links to the catalog descriptions, plus analysis of the marques and models which make up the top 100, which auctioneers sold them, when and where they sold ... a full snapshot of the hype-rare car marketplace. Read More
Once a year, the world's most monied automotive enthusiasts converge on California's Monterey Peninsula for a week-long festival of automotive celebration, culminating in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This year, the accompanying rare car auctions look set to provide some major entertainment. We look at the main cars slated to cross the auctioneers block and the state of the collectible car market with analysis of the top 100 most valuable cars sold at auction. Read More
The collector car market has been anything but boring in recent times. The price for collectible Ferrari's has consistently been on the rise, culminating in last year's world record price of US$27.5 million for a 1967 Ferrari 275 NART Spider. Now another impressive bidding scenario is shaping up as one of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s goes up for auction next month. Read More
In 1983, racing car driver Stefan Bellof set a Nürburgring lap time of 6 mins 11 secs in his Porsche 956. This record remains unbroken, despite many attempts to do so by some of the biggest names in the automotive industry using the most stratospherically powerful and technologically advanced cars in the world. Despite all of this, a team of ambitious engineering students from the Netherlands plans not only to beat this record with a hybrid racing prototype of their own design, but to go on to race and win at Le Mans in the very same vehicle. Read More
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