On Friday, RM Sotheby's will stage the no reserve Guikas Collection auction at the Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France. Perhaps the most fascinating and significant car consigned from the stable of the French specialist dealer and collector is this Renault-Alpine A442. Originally conceived in 1976, this V6 turbo engined machine was raced at Le Mans in 1977 and 1978. The second year, it was part of the team that beat the Porsche 936s to the outright victory in what was a very fierce battle. The consigned example is the only A442 currently in private hands and recent research may suggest it is the actual 1978 Le Mans winning car. This is disputed by Renault, who own the sister car to which the victory has always been attributed in the official documents. Regardless, the sale presents a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of racing history, which is reflected by the 4-5 million pre-sale estimate.
At this weekend's Petit Le Mans, the IMSA season finale, BMW confirmed the development of the all-new M LMDh sports prototype due to debut in 2023. To be run by long-time partner BMW Team RLL, it will be built to the revised IMSA regulations, which will allow it to race both in North America and the FIA WEC. Other than a rendering, actual details on the car itself have yet to be released.
Ahead of the launch of the production model in 2023, Acura have offered a first glimpse by creating the Integra Prototype. Due to be powered by Honda's turbo-charged, 1.5-litre VTEC straight four, it will be the first Integra fitted with a forced induction engine. Another break with tradition is that the new Integra has a five-door design. The good news is that it will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

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1976 Renault-Alpine A442 (442/2)

2021 Acura Integra Prototype

2023 BMW M LMDh