2013-12-12: All-new BMW M3 and M4, more on the 2014 Audi R18 and new Rinspeed concept ...
2013-12-11: Unique Aston Martin DP212, more Porsche LMP1 and Toyota TS30 images and more news ...
Ahead of the official launch at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January, BMW have released the first details of the M3 Sedan
and the M4 Coupe
. Both cars share the same underpinnings and drivetrain, which includes a 425 bhp version of the familiar twin-turbo straight six. It comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while a seven-speed, dual clutch gearbox is available as an option.
Hot on the heels of the first glimpse, Audi have now published more details and pictures of the new upcoming R18 e-tron quattro
. It uses an evolution of the hybrid drivetrain that consists of a mid-mounted TDI V6 and a front mounted electronic motor connected to the front wheels. What is new is that the flywheel is not only fed by the electric motor under braking but also by a generator mounted in the exhaust system, which uses heat to generate energy. This is a similar technology as will be used in Formula 1 next year. So it is with reason that Audi considers the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro
the most sophisticated racing car they have ever produced.
Rinspeed are a set fixture at the Geneva Motor Show, often showcasing the most spectacular concept car of the event. Their 2014 debut will be the XchangE
, which can drive autonomously. Thanks to swivelling front seats, the occupants can have a face-to-face meeting at high speed.
2013-12-09: Audi R18 e-tron quattro old and new, and McLaren P1 at the 'Ring more news..
In what is Aston Martin's centenary year, one of the most memorable moments was the victory in the blue ribband TT Celebration race at the Goodwood Revival
of the unique Aston Martin DP212
. Piloted by owner Wolfgang Friedrichs and Simon Hadfield, it fittingly scored the first ever victory for the marque in the Revival TT Celebration. Particularly Hadfield's drive in the soaked second half of the one-hour race was something very special and actually earned him a test with a current Aston Martin works Le Mans racer. To celebrate this great victory, we have taken a closer look at the one-off DP212
. Its detailed history is illustrated by a 57-shot gallery
showing the Aston Martin in action at the Goodwood Revival and Le Mans Classic during the last couple of years.
Released early from his tenure with Red Bull Racing, Mark Webber has already had his first test with the Porsche LMP1
. Although no further details about the car have been published, which we believe will be dubbed the 919 R Hybrid, Porsche did release additional images
Following our look back at the Audi R18 e-tron quattro earlier this week, we have also expanded the galleries of two of its rivals; the 2013-spec Toyota TS030 Hybrid
and the HPD ARX-03c
Hyundai meanwhile have officially launched their WRC campaign one month ahead of the competition debut at the Rally Monte Carlo. Signed to drive the new i20 WRC
will be top-line drivers like Chris Atkinson, Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville.
One of the latest addition to the quickly growing list of Detroit / NAIAS releases will be this Volvo XC Coupe
. This is the second of what will be a set of three concepts on which the next generation Volvo production cars will be based.
2013-12-05: All-new Ford Mustang and first glimpse of Z06 Corvette ...
Ahead of a major test at Sebring, Audi have released the first picture of their new-for-2014 Le Mans racer. Confusingly, the new car will nevertheless be dubbed the R18 e-tron quattro
just like the existing car used in 2012 and 2013. Due to substantial rule changes, the 2014 car will be fundamentally different with a narrower width and a more potent hybrid drivetrain. Unfortunately, no technical details have been released but we will of course keep our eyes and ears open.
To mark the end of its historic racing career, we have today also taken a final look at the original Audi R18 e-tron quattro
. In 2012, it became the first hybrid racer to win a major endurance race and little than a year later, it is a two-time Le Mans winner and World Champion as well as a Sebring winner. We have expanded our article and also added over 50 shots to our exclusive gallery
, which now features over 200 shots of this great Audi racer.
Late last week, McLaren revealed a video
of their P1 in action at the Nurburgring. In the hands of test-driver Chris Goodwin, it completed a sub seven-minute lap, although McLaren have not been inclined to release the exact time. In addition to the video, we have also added more images
to the article.
Volvo meanwhile have published the first details of the V8 to be used in the S60 V8 Supercar
, which is due to make its competition debut next year.
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.
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