2017-04-21: High performance BMW M4, Callaway Corvette shooting brake and new Exige version ...
2017-04-19: Mighty Lister Chevrolet and the latest concepts from Auto Shanghai ...
While the Auto Shanghai was dominated by concept cars, BMW used the opportunity to reveal the M4 CS
. That is short for Club Sport and offers both performance and cosmetic upgrades compared to the 'base' M4. The output of the twin-turbo, straight-six engine has been raised by 29hp to 454hp. The M4 CS
will be available in limited numbers later this year.
American 'enhancer' Callaway have released one of the coolest improvements for the Corvette in the form of the C7 AeroWagen
. This $14,990 option turns a standard Corvette in a very striking shooting brake. The top-of-the-range AeroWagen
features Callaway's supercharged V8, which produces 757hp.
Lotus have introduced yet another version of an existing model in the form of this Exige Cup 380
. It is based on the Sport 380 with which it shares the 380hp supercharged V6 engine. Where the Cup 380
is the reduced weight thanks to the exotic materials used. As a result, the new Exige version tips the scale at just 1,057kg.
2017-04-18: A renewed look at the legendary Porsche 917 K ...
Of Brian Lister's many great creations none quite combine sheer elegance and brute force better than the Lister Costin Chevrolet
built in 1959. As the name suggests, this fabulous machine combines the flowing lines of the new-for-1959 Lister body styled by Frank Costing with a mighty Chevrolet small-block V8. These cars were mainly raced in the United States and gave far more exotic machinery a proper run for their money. Today we feature three different examples
that are still regularly raced, which include the very first Costin-bodied Lister and one that had originally been earmarked for a Maserati 450S V8 engine.
At this week's Auto Shanghai, concept cars take centre stage and all offer a glimpse into the future. The furthest look ahead is provided by the Renault R.S. 2027 Vision
, which has been created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Renault's involvement in Formula 1 and to give an idea what a Grand Prix car could look like in a decade.
Far less outlandish are the Audi e-tron Sportback
, Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan
and the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz
, all three of which should form the basis of production models in the near future.
2017-04-13: The stars from the Techno Classica and the most SUV yet ...
After a difficult debut season for the original 917 in 1969, the Porsche 917 K
brought the German manufacturer to the absolute forefront of international sports car racing. Key to turning the 917 into a winner was the adoption of a the Kurzheck
or short-tail that cured the handling issues. Raced for Porsche by several satellite teams and privateers, the 917 K
won almost every major race in 1970 and 1971, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Today, we have taken a closer look at four interesting examples of this legendary racer. Seen in action more recently was 917-037
, which was raced in the Jarama Classic
earlier this month. This car started life as a spare chassis and was more recently restored to the striking Martini livery it wears today. Certainly boasting a strong racing pedigree is 917-016
, which is understood to be the only car campaigned by Team Gulf that has survived with its original chassis. Raced predominantly during the 1970 season, it scored three outright wins that year. Also wearing Gulf colours and one of the stars of the movie Le Mans is 917-022
, which is now part of comedian Jerry Seinfeld's fabulous Porsche collection. Certainly unique is 917-030
; the only road-legal 917. Raced in period, it was later sold to the Rossi family of the Martini & Rossi company. Count Rossi had the car modified and registered for road use. It has survived in this guise and is today still part of the Rossi family.
2017-04-12: The latest from the New York Auto Show ...
At last week's Techno Classica
there were literally thousands of cars on display but today we take a detailed look at the two of the most interesting.
Taking centre stage on organiser SIHA's stand was the very Maserati 250F Lightweight
that Juan Manuel Fangio drove to victory in the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix. One of just three 250Fs built to Lightweight specification, this car
has survived in remarkable original condition. Owned by the same collector for over 40 years, it has not been seen in public for around two decades.
Equally rare was this Kremer K8 Porsche
, which represents the ultimate development of the Porsche 956/962 design. It was brought into the LMP1 era from Group C by adding a flat floor and removing the roof. The featured example
was the second of three all-new cars built by Kremer and features a carbon-fibre composite monocoque. It was raced at Le Mans four times and its second in class in 1998 ranks as the final result of note for the venerably Porsche design, sixteen years after its debut. Boasting Repsol colours most of its life, chassis WSC02
has more recently been returned to the Motul colours of its 1995 Le Mans debut.
Jeep launched the perfect companion to the Challenger Demon we featured earlier this week in the form of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
. It combines the familiar Grand Cherokee shape and all-wheel drive underpinnings with the 707 horsepower engine from the Hellcat models. As such, it is the most powerful regular production SUV in the world.
2017-04-10: 2017 Techno Classica Report and 190-Shot Gallery ...
Today, the New York International Auto Show
has kicked off with a special press-preview day. One of the most talked about cars on show is the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
. True to its name, it is powered by a fire-breathing 840 bhp version of the American company's familiar supercharged HEMI engine. This helps the car to be the fastest regular production drag car with a quarter mile time of under 10 seconds. Ready for delivery later this year as a 2018 model, this limited production, single year Demon
will be available to just 3,000 enthusiasts in the United States and 300 in Canada.
Audi used the show in the Big Apple to reveal the R8 LMS GT4
. The latest edition to the German company's customer racing program is very close to the stock car, sharing around 60% of the regular production components. Among the first outings for the R8 LMS GT4
will be at the Nurburgring 24 Hours next month.
Following a small preview last week, Lexus have now taken the wraps off the LS 500 F Sport
. The performance oriented version of the luxury sedan features the same twin turbo V6 as the 'base' version.
The big news today was of McLaren's plan to return to the Indy 500 with two-time World Champion Fernando slated to drive an Andretti run and Honda-engined Dallara. The car will be liveried in the same classic colours of the McLaren M16
that was driven to victory by Johnny Rutherford at Indy back in 1974.
This weekend, the larger than ever Messe Essen hosted the 29th Techno Classica
. Unrivalled in size, the annual classic car show attracts over 200,000 visitors during just five days. They are treated to 2,500 exhibitors that range from dealers and manufacturers to parts and supplies vendors. This year's edition did not have a problem to fill the expanded grounds of the vast exhibition centre and exploring all halls required proper exercise. As always, there was a lot to see and amidst the dozen of Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs, we found some true gems. Among them was the very Maserati 250F that Juan Manuel Fangio drove to victory in the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix and a unique all-electric Porsche 910 replica.
Our photographers got a week's worth of exercise to pick out all the highlights. The result is this 190-shot gallery
that serves to illustrate a concise report