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Hyper-rare 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale heads to auction in California

By - July 20, 2014 13 Pictures
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
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Students aim to break Nurburgring Nordschleife record with hybrid electric car

By - July 8, 2014 9 Pictures
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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Audi wins the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour war

By - June 16, 2014 24 Pictures
For the last decade and a half, Audi has dominated the World Endurance Championship racing. It would be easy to dismiss yesterday's 13th Le Mans 24 Hour Race win for the company in 16 years as "same stuff, different year." In that time, it has significantly changed the world's perception of both diesel engines and hybrid power trains. Yet yesterday's win is probably its finest achievement. Read More
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Track-only Mclaren P1 to get iconic GTR badge and nearly 1000 hp

By - June 14, 2014 8 Pictures
McLaren Automotive is set to release a track-only version of its high-powered P1 supercar. By cranking up the horsepower to 986 hp (735 kw) and bestowing it with the iconic badge made famous by the F1 GTR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans almost two decades ago, McLaren says the new P1 GTR will be "designed and developed as the best drivers’ car in the world on the track." Read More
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Audi's R18 e-tron Quattro receives a dual-hybrid makeover for 2014

By - March 11, 2014 9 Pictures
First introduced into rally racing in 1980, Audi’s AWD Quattro system has become synonymous with all wheel drive performance. Its AWD activities have since shifted from that of a rally-only diet to the arena endurance racing in the form of the championship winning R18 e-tron Quattro. For 2014, the Le Mans champion is back to defend its title packing more than just new laser headlights – it has a completely redesigned dual-hybrid system in hand. Read More
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Inside Porsche's 919 hybrid LMP1, and a closer look at the competition

By - March 5, 2014 81 Pictures
For motorsport enthusiasts, 2014 is shaping as one of the most exciting years ever because Porsche is returning to World Championship Endurance Racing after a 16 year absence, and thanks to some intelligent reframing of the regulations, the battleground is now not just one of outright performance, but of technological excellence. Read on for Gizmag's comprehensive rundown on the new Porsche 919 Hybrid, and the new hybrids from Audi and Toyota it will face. It's a technophile's delight, with a script written in motorsport heaven. Read More
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Nissan readies smart rear vision combining mirror, LCD and image processing

By - March 1, 2014 18 Pictures
Nissan has announced a new rear vision system that integrates a wide-aspect, hi-res LCD monitor with image processing into the traditional rearview mirror. The "smart" mirror provides clearer rearward visibility under adverse conditions, and enables the driver to switch between LCD and traditional mirror modes. Nissan plans to introduce the Smart rearview mirror to the Japanese market as an option over the next few months and globally in 2015. Read More
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Nissan's new 400 bhp engine fits in carry-on luggage

By - January 30, 2014 7 Pictures
It’s a common problem: You’re off to Le Mans with your new 400 bhp engine and you discover that it won’t fit in the airplane's overhead compartment. This week, Nissan showed off the answer to this traveler’s nightmare with its ultralight DIG-T R 1.5 liter, three-cylinder petrol engine that is small enough to fit in carry-on luggage and boasts a power-to-weight ratio better than the engine of a Formula 1 racer. Read More
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