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Le Mans

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
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
Nissan's ZEOD RC hybrid electric racer has set a new record at Le Mans, hitting 300 km/h (186 mph) while running on electric power only down Mulsanne Straight in qualifying this week. Read More
Nissan has announced that four of its GT Academy gaming graduates will compete in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours race. These include the first "virtual-to-real" race driver Lucas Ordoñez and GT Academy Russia 2012 winner Mark Shulzhitsky, who has recently worked with Onroak Automotive on the development of the new Ligier JS P2 he'll be driving. Read More
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
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
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
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
The world record price for a car at auction was smashed this month when Juan Manuel Fangio's 1954 Mercedes W196 F1 Silver Arrow sold for US$30 million, doubling the previous auction record. The only W196 outside of Daimler Benz or an internationally-recognized museum, this car won its first two starts – the 1954 German GP at Nürburgring and the Swiss GP at the uber-frightening, tree-lined Bremgarten circuit – and sealed the 1954 World Drivers Title for Juan Manuel Fangio, statistically the best racing driver in history. The following year, it was released in roadgoing form to become the world's fastest road car: the legendary Mercedes 300 SLR (aka W196S). Read More
First there was the 2013 SRT Viper. That Viper attacked time. Then SRT attacked the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Viper GTS-R. Now it's opening the races up to private teams and drivers with Viper GT3-R. Read More
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