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BMW Z4 GTE

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

The Toyota hybrid TS030 team pushed the Audi Sport Team Joest teams off the top step of th...

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

Evanta Motor Co. has breathed new life into the Aston Martin classic DBR1 with a stunning ...

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

The Juke Box car audio system puts the average bass thumper to shame

The Nissan Juke may be one of the fugliest cars on the market today, but the growing number of funky special editions is making it pretty interesting. We've seen the 480-hp Juke R and the kitted out Juke Nismo, and now we have the Juke Box, a Juke that's outfitted in 19,000 watts of speakers.  Read More

Audi takes Le Mans 1-2 with R18 e-tron quattro hybrids

Audi achieved another near perfect race result at the Le Mans 24 Hour today with the first victory of a hybrid vehicle and a stunning 1-2 for the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Both Toyota hybrids didn't finish and neither did the Nissan Delta.  Read More

The Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer took pole with a time of 3m 23.78...

Audi has taken pole position for the Le Man 24 Hour race with its new R18 e-tron quattro, with André Lotterer beating last year’s best time by nearly two seconds. Audi qualified second and sixth with the Audi R18 ultra and first and fourth with the two R18 e-tron quattros. Toyota's TS030 hybrids managed third and fifth to set up an interesting battle of with hybrids filling four of the top five grid placings. The race runs for 24 hours this weekend and you can monitor the tussle in a variety of ways.  Read More

The Juke Nismo gets a body kit and performance upgrades

If you don't happen to have upwards of half a million dollars burning a hole in your investment portfolio, Nissan has another high performance Juke besides the Juke-R. The Juke Nismo isn't nearly as extreme as its big brother, but it does have a variety of enhancements over the stock Juke. And with its red mirror caps and aggressive body kit, it doesn't look half bad either. Nissan is revealing the production version of the hot-hatch crossover for the first time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Read More

The TMG EV P002

Toyota Motorsport is hoping for a spectacular few months in the middle of 2012, most notably with the race debut for the TS030 HYBRID in the Le Mans 24 hour and now for an EV assault on Pikes Peak. Not content with challenging the all-conquering Audi Team Joest with its hybrid 3400 cc V8 and supercapacitor energy storage system, the company has unveiled a new development of its TMG EV P001 car (which set a very respectable EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2011) dubbed the P002 with which it will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on July 8.  Read More

A new addition to the dominant Audi R18 cars for this year's Le Mans 24 Hour will be an AM...

The fascinating lead-up to the Le Mans 24 Hour race in three week's time is a technological smorgasbord as usual, with new technologies being used to gain infinitesimal increments of seconds per lap in the hope that it will lead to a winning margin over 350+ laps and 24 hours. A new addition to the dominant Audi R18 cars for this year's race will be an AMOLED digital rear view mirror - how can a better rear view mirror make you go faster?  Read More

Take the automotive investment challenge - how much did these vehicles sell for at auction...

So you think you have an eye for value in assessing investment-quality cars and motorcycles? Here are a dozen cars and motorcycles that went to auction last week. We've included the official description, several images and the official estimates on price from the auctioneer. Can you guess how much each sold for? Answers at the bottom of the story.  Read More

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