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Inside Porsche's 919 hybrid LMP1, and a closer look at the competition

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

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

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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Fangio's 1954 Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow becomes world's most expensive car

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

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BMW Z4 GTE takes over American Le Mans duties

With the American Le Mans season drawing near, BMW announced that it will be shifting ALMS duties to a new car. With four years under its belt, the M3 GT is stepping aside to make room for the new Z4 GTE. The car is more svelte than its predecessor, and while BMW expects to have some wrinkle ironing to do during its debut season, it is optimistic about what it can do. Read More

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Toyota takes first World Endurance win with TS030 supercapacitor hybrid

The battle of the hybrid racing cars in World Endurance Racing took an interesting turn this weekend when Toyota's TS030 Hybrid won the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The TS030 Hybrid uses a THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System - Racing) comprising a gasoline-burning 3.4 liter V8 engine and a 500 kJ Nisshinbo supercapacitor energy recovery unit which supplies power to the rear wheels. The Audi uses a turbocharged 3.7 liter V6 diesel engine with a 500 kJ electric flywheel accumulator to store recovered energy and feed it to the front wheels to create four-wheel-drive. It seems Audi has a worthy adversary in Toyota and the remainder of the season will be worth watching.Read More

1:1 mega-model of Aston Martin DBR1 up for auction

Britain's Evanta Motor Co. has paid tribute to the iconic Aston Martin DBR1 with a unique replica of the 1959 Le Mans winning vehicle. This isn't your average replica though - the parts are laid out on a gigantic AirFix-style frame that measures 6.35 meters (20.8 ft) wide and 3.30 meters (10.8 ft) tall. Read More

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