2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Racing

Lorenzo takes his second world title (Photo: Olivier Bochsler)

After his closest rival and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa crashed in lap two of the Australian round of the MotoGP 2012 at Phillip Island it was automatic that Jorge Lorenzo on his Yamaha Factory Racing M1 would become world champion for the second time – unless of course he DNF’d, too, which he managed to avoid. In doing so he became the first Spaniard ever to win two premier class motorcycle world titles.  Read More

The Nissan DeltaWing

Over two years ago, a group of IndyCar team owners revealed a prototype called the DeltaWing that was aimed at changing the IndyCar racing scene forever. Some people scoffed at its design and wrote the car off as an experiment that would never pay off. Jump ahead to now, and the Nissan-backed DeltaWing has actually managed to complete its first race, and with respectable placement too.  Read More

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013

Lamborghini has unveiled the latest in its Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo racers at the final round of the six races in the European series of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in Los Arcos, Navarra, Spain. Under a new aerodynamic skin, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013 is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 street version and is aimed at providing what Head of Lamborghini Motorsport, Maurizio Reggiani calls “an efficient and cost-effective platform for customer racing.”  Read More

The Caterham Superlight R600

Caterham has released the first official photos of the fastest of the company’s Series 7 cars, the Superlight R600. This racing variant of the Seven line will, according to the British lightweight sportscar maker, “represent the top echelon of the Caterham racing spectrum” in the Superlight R600 Championship from 2013.  Read More

The Conley Stinger 609 supercharged four-cycle V8 gasoline engine - 6.09 cubic inches and ...

Giant-scale model cars (and airplanes) powered by small gasoline engines have been popular with adult racers for quite a few years now. The largest scale models available through conventional RC hobby outlets are one-fifth or one-sixth scale, but the serious racers go quarter-scale. Now the smallest (quarter-scale) blown V8 gasoline engine in commercial production is being turned out by Conley Precision Engines to power.  Read More

 Picture courtesy of World Wingsuit League

From javelin throwing, archery and chariot racing in ancient times, through bicycle, motorcycle and automobile racing in recent times, as new forms of human endeavor develop around a new technology, there's always a competition to be found. Wingsuit flying is little more than a decade old, but the spectacular nature of the endeavour has been brought together in a new competitive sport which will have its first outing with the formation of the World Wingsuit League, which will hold its first Grand Prix on October 13-14 in Hunan Province, China when the 16 best wingsuit pilots in the world will race against the clock.  Read More

The McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept that will be shown at Pebble Beach Concours ...

McLaren’s new race manufacturing arm, McLaren GT, is set to make its presence felt at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance by rolling out its 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept. Based on the 12C GT3 race car, the one-off design study is finished in McLaren Orange and satin black, with its U.S. appearance marking the first time a 12C racing variant has ventured outside Europe.  Read More

Charles Wagner's bold concept for a figure eight velodrome (Image: Philipp Ohnesorge)

With his Luxodrome concept, architect Charles Wagner has put forward a novel take on the cycling velodrome, with two tracks side by side with adjoining lanes that form one long figure eight track.  Read More

The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV has set a speed record for electric cars, at the Goodwood Festiv...

This past January, the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV was unveiled to the public. Created by Drayson Racing Technologies and the Lola Cars group, it promised to be the fastest electric-powered racing car in the world. Well, it looks like it’s on its way to fulfilling that promise, as it set a speed record this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.  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

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