2013-12-05: All-new Ford Mustang and first glimpse of Z06 Corvette ...
2013-12-04: Ferrari's stillborn Group B racers and Alfa's final Le Mans winner ...
This afternoon, Ford have launched the all-new Ford Mustang GT
at a ceremony in Barcelona. Celebrating the iconic model's 50th anniversary, the sixth generation Mustang breaks new ground as it boasts independent rear suspension and will be available in Europe for the first time. Although still unmistakably a Mustang, the retro styling of the previous generation has been abandoned in favour of an altogether more modern design. One of the other key changes is the return of the fastback roofline. The engine line-up has also changed significantly; the V6 of the entry level model has been joined by a turbocharged four cylinder engine good for around 300 bhp. The V8 in the range topping Mustang GT
has been modified in detail and we are promised it produces in excess of 420 bhp. The new Mustang will be available in the summer of 2014 as a 2015-model and a Convertible is expected to follow shortly as well.
Meanwhile, Chevrolet have released a first teaser image of the Corvette Z06
, which will break cover at next month's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. According to the brief press release this will be the most track-capable Corvette ever built.
2013-12-02: 2013 Essen Motor Show report and gallery ...
With the help of Michelotto, Ferrari developed two Group B racing cars during the 1980s. The earliest was the 308 GT/M
, which featured an all-new aerodynamic body and a longitudinally mounted, naturally aspirated V8 engine. Ultimately, it was not raced and only three examples were built. Two of these can be seen in our 29-shot gallery
. Based on the newly introduced 288 GTO, the subsequent 288 GTO Evoluzione
was an altogether more potent machine. It sported a similar design but benefited from a twin-turbo V8, which produced around 650 bhp. Sadly Group B was abandoned before it was properly developed. By that time only six prototypes were constructed. We captured one of these in full detail as can be seen in this 24-shot gallery
After many decades hidden away in private ownership, the 1934 Le Mans winning Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Brianza Spider
has recently been completely restored. It features a unique four-seater Brianza body, which unusually was built on the shorter of the two 8C 2300 chassis.
2013-11-28: A tribute to Embassy Hill Racing ...
Over the weekend, the Messe Essen exhibition centre opened its doors for the 2013 Essen Motor Show
. The annual event once again offered its unique mix of motorsport, tuners and classic cars. Among the highlights this year was a display of modern and classic DTM racers, a line-up of this year's most spectacular show cars and a selection of around a dozen Maserati competition cars to mark the manufacturer's upcoming 100th anniversary. We were in Essen first thing on the opening morning, which has resulted in the following concise report
, illustrated by a 160-shot gallery
One of the most interesting cars on display was the Radical RXC
. Powered by a 380 bhp V6 engine, this is the first Radical with a roof. It can also be specified with a 480 bhp version of Radical's V8 engine.
On the eve of Maserati's 100th anniversary the sad news reached us that on Friday Umberto Panini passed away at the age of 83. He singlehandedly preserved an important part of the manufacturer's heritage by buying the complete factory collection before it was sold at auction. The cars have since been placed in a purpose built museum on the Panini family's beautiful Hombre farm. We visited the museum a few years ago and as a tribute to Umberto Panini, we would like to once again highlight our Panini Maserati Collection article
2013-11-27: Alfa Romeo 33/TT/12, Volvo S60 Polestar and Strakka Dome S103 ...
Graham Hill was one of the most successful racing drivers of the 1960s and early 1970s, and he is still the only one to have won the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Formula 1 World Championship; the Grand Slam of motorsport. When his age caught up with him in the early 1970s, there was not longer a seat available in one of the top teams. This prompted him to set up his own team with the backing of the Embassy tobacco company at the start of the 1973 season. Sadly an airplane crash late in 1975, which claimed the lives of Hill, his chief designer and driver, brought an abrupt end to the team. Today we pay tribute to efforts of Graham Hill and his team with a feature of three cars used during the three seasons.
The first car to wear the lovely Embassy colours was a customer Shadow DN1 Cosworth
. As this was also the first Shadow Formula 1 car, it was not particularly reliable. The works team did manage to score some points. Our 29-shot gallery
includes pictures of both the Embassy Hill car and one of the works examples.
For the 1974 season, Hill commissioned the bespoke Lola T370 Cosworth
. It was more reliable than the Shadow but not quite on the pace yet. Hill did manage to finish sixth in the Swedish Grand Prix, scoring the team's very first points.
Taking matters into their owns hands in 1975, the team developed the Lola into the Hill GH1 Cosworth
, while a brand new car was readied for the 1976 season. It proved to be another difficult season with Hill retiring as driver halfway through the year and second driver Rolf Stommelen suffering injuries after a crash. Their replacements did manage to score three points. Sadly, the subsequent GH2 was never raced as the team suffered the fatal crash after returning from a test with the new car late in 1975.
2013-11-25: The original 911 Carrera RSR and the Le Mans winning 935 K3 ...
Alfa Romeo and its competition subsidiary Autodelta developed and campaigned Tipo 33-dubbed sports racers for the better part of the decade. Although all of them shared the same typename, the various evolutions could be considered separate models in their own right. The most successful of these is the 33/TT/12
, which was introduced halfway through the 1973 season. It combined a tubular chassis with a brand new flat-12 engine. After two difficult seasons, the 33/TT/12 really came into its own in 1975 when it won seven World Championship rounds and also the Targa Florio. At the end of the year, Alfa Romeo was crowned World Sportscar Champion for the first time. Over the years, we captured five different examples as can be seen in our 59-shot gallery
, which serves to illustrate an all-new article
Following the S60 version announced earlier this year, Volvo has also added a Polestar tuned V60
to the line-up. Like the sedan variant, it boasts a 350 hp engine and an all-wheel drive system. Both the S60 Polestar
and V60 Polestar
will be available in select markets from June of 2014.
Very positive news from the world of sports car racing reached us yesterday; Dome and Strakka Racing have teamed to develop and build the new Strakka Dome S103 Nissan
LMP2 racer. Due to race in the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the lovely coupe promises to be a front runner in the highly competitive LMP2 class.
The 50th anniversary of the iconic Porsche 911 has been celebrated throughout the year. One of the main reasons the flat-six engined machine has achieved the legendary status it holds today is the success on the race track, particularly in long distance events. It is hard to imagine a sports car and/or GT race without a 911 variant on the grid. In the first years of the 911 production, Porsche focused on their prototype effort and with the odd exception did not race the 911 until the 1973. That year the 911 Carrera RSR
made its competition debut. In the hands of the works supported Brumos squad the car won the Daytona 24 Hours at its very first outing. Back in Europe, the biggest success for the factory cars was an outright win in the Targa Florio. In total Porsche built eight development and work cars of which two are featured in our 15-shot gallery
, including the Targa Florio winner, which was shown at Pebble Beach this year.
The immediate successor to the development/works RSR was powered by a turbocharged engine and ultimately led to the creation of the 935, which go on to dominate the Group 5 class for many years. Among the most successful of the many 935 derivatives is the Kremer-built 935 K3
. Its single biggest win came in 1979 when one of Kremer's own cars was driven to an outright victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This very car was also shown at Pebble Beach this year and deservedly won the special class for competition 911s. To mark that occasion, we have added more shots to our ever expanding gallery
, which now boasts 115 shots of eight different examples.