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2018-11-29: Track-day only Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Mercedes-AMG, electric Audi GT and new one-off Ferrari ...
Porsche 911 GT RS Clubsport Alongside the all-new 911, Porsche also debuted the last hurrah of the 991 generation with the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Based on the GT2 RS road car, this is a track-only racing car that will be limited to just 200 examples. In addition to track-day events, the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport will also be eligible for the SRO's new GT2 racing series due to be launched next year.
Another track-day special revealed in LA was this Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro. Based on the latest version of the GT R road car, it features components from the GT3 and GT4 competition cars. As with the Clubsport Porsche, the GT R Pro will be produced in limited numbers.
Audi, meanwhile, showcased the all-electric e-tron GT Concept. The show car offers a preview of Audi's new range-topping electric GT that shares the underpinnings with Porsche's Taycan. The e-tron GT features two electric motors; one on each axle with a combined system output of 590hp.
With the SP3JC, Ferrari rolled out yet another one-off. Built for a notable Pop Art collector, the F12tdf based machine is a tribute to the 1950s and 1960s Ferrari Spiders and is finished in a striking livery of white and blue with yellow details. The mighty 780hp V12 of the SP3JC is clearly visible through two glass panes in the engine cover.
  2018-11-28: Eighth generation Porsche 911 and new Bentley Continental GT Convertible ...
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S On the eve of this week's Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche have taken the wraps off the eighth generation 911. It features a completely redesigned body with significantly wider wheel arches. The launch version is the 911 Carrera 4S, which boasts all-wheel drive and a higher performance version of the three-litre, six-cylinder engine. Compared to the outgoing model, the new 'S' engine is 30hp more powerful at 450hp. This power is fed to all four wheels through Porsche's PDK eight-speed automatic gearbox. The eighth generation 911 is available to order right away.
Another new car due to debut in LA is the Bentley Continental GT Convertible. Compared to the previous generation Continental GTC, it is lighter, more rigid and quieter. In fact, Bentley boasts that the car is virtually as quiet with the roof up as the Coupe. Like its fixed head counterpart, it is powered by a version of the venerable W12 engine that produces a hefty 635hp. Quintessentially British among the options for the Continental GT Convertible is a tweed roof.
2018-11-26: Giant slaying Porsche 911 racers and more McLaren 720S GT3 images ...
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 This week, Porsche will launch the eighth generation of the venerable 911. Introduced in the early 1960s, the 911 has not only been a huge commercial success but also starred on the race tracks during the last 50 years. Traditionally, 911s have fought for class victories but there have been some spectacular exceptions to this rule and today we take a look at three of these. The first is this 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 that was driven to outright victory in the 1973 Sebring 12 Hours by owner Dr Dave Helmick and Brumos team-mates Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood. At this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Sebring-winning 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 was reunited with the great Hurley Haywood as part of Porsche's 70th anniversary celebrations.
GT racing was out of vogue during much of the 1980s and early 1990s but when that changed Porsche immediately jumped to the fore with the 911 Carrera RSR 3.8. One of the most successful of these was the featured example, which won the 1993 Spa 24 Hours outright and was also driven to the ADAC GT Cup in 1994.
Another Spa 24 Hours winner is this 911 GT3 RS that claimed an upset victory in 2003 against intrinsically much faster competition. The winning car has been restored to its Spa winning configuration and is regularly campaigned in the popular Global Endurance Legends series.
Before deliveries to customers start in 2019, McLaren will give the 720S GT3 its public debut later this week at the Bahrain GT Festival. For the occasion, McLaren have released additional images of the new racer.
  2018-11-21: Bonhams Bond Street sale preview and first glimpses of new McLaren and Mercedes-AMG ...
BMW 507 On December 1st, Bonhams will hold their flagship sale at the company's Bond Street headquarters. The lot list features just 30 hand-picked cars and today we highlight three of these. The earliest of these is the BMW 507, which for many years was owned by the car's original designer Graf Albrecht von Goertz. Offered from two decades of single ownership, chassis 70100 is estimated to sell for GBP 2.1 - 2.2 million. Due to sell for even more is this Jaguar XJR-6. It is the second Group C Jaguar built by TWR and still features the British Racing Green livery of these early cars. During the early 2000s, J12-C-285 was regularly raced in historic events but we have not seen it in action for over a decade. Hopefully that will change soon. Also consigned is this Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante. One of just three dozen built, it combines the shorter chassis of the DB5 with the styling of the subsequent DB6.
Ahead of the official launch on December 8th, McLaren have offered the first glimpse of what we assume is the all-new 720S Spider. Another teaser image that hit our desks this week was of the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro that will officially break cover at next weeks Los Angeles Auto Show. The limited-edition model is a track-day special that incorporates the best bits of the GT3 and GT4 racing cars.
2018-11-19: New Lamborghini track cars and Miura SV headed for auction ...
Lamborghini SC18 Alston Over the weekend, Italian manufacturer Lamborghini finished the company's motorsport year off with the World Finals at Vallelunga. At this occasion, the Lamborghini Corse competition department revealed the one-off SC18 Alston. Based on the Aventador and built specifically for a customer, the SC18 is a track-day only machine. It boasts a striking carbon-fibre composite body, further lightweight components and a rear-wheel drive only powertrain that produces 770hp. According to Lamborghini Corse, the SC18 is the first of a series of one-offs due be built in the coming years.
In a separate announcement, Lamborghini launched the first-ever one-make racing series for SUVs that will feature races both on and off the track due to kick off in 2020. As a preview of the car that will be used, Lamborghini produced the Urus ST-X Concept. It features a 650hp and 770Nm version of the twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Urus road car. It is also a full 25% lighter than the production version. Lamborghini will give the competition car its track debut at next year's World Finals.
For the purists among you that might not enjoy Lamborghini's current direction, we have also taken a detailed look at this formidable Miura SV that will be offered at auction by RM Sotheby's in their December 8th Petersen Automotive Museum sale. Estimated to sell for a hefty $2.1-2.5 million, '4912' was delivered new to the United States and is the only one finished in the lovealy metallic blue. It has benefitted from a recent restoration and we saw the car in the metal at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
  2018-11-15: New generation BMW and Audi DTM racers, and Aston Martin SUV spotted in the wild ...
BMW M4 DTM One of the most interesting developments in racing is the unification in regulations of the DTM and Japanese GT Championship with two combined races planned for the 2019 season. The two series already had virtually identical chassis rules, and now DTM will also replace the naturally aspirated V8 with the two-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engines used in Japan. To prepare for the new season both BMW and Audi have started testing their 2019-specification M4 DTM and RS 5 DTM respectively. While they run smaller engines, power is up to 600 bhp, which should make for a very potent racing car.
British manufacturer Aston Martin have revealed the first details of their upcoming SUV, due to make its official debut late in 2019. What is confirmed, is that the car will be the dubbed DBX just like the concept car shown in Geneva back in 2015. The pictures that have been released show a camouflaged car put through its paces that is unmistakably an Aston Martin. As such, it could very well be the best looking of all the ultra-luxury SUVs, which is not too difficult considering the current crop.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, BMW will reveal the high-performance M340i xDrive Sedan. Until the actual M3 will hit the streets, this is the range-topping model of the all-new 3-Series. It is powered by a 369bhp version of the twin-turbo, straight-six engine that drives all four wheels.
2018-11-12: BMW M8 caught testing and two Jaguar F-Type racers ...
BMW M8 Coupe Ahead of the official launch, BMW have revealed some teaser images and details of the new M8 Coupe. The range-topping machine will be powered by a twin-turbo V8 that is good for at least 600 bhp. Like the M5, the new M8 will feature an all-wheel drive system that has a rearward bias but can also be run with rear-wheel drive only. In addition to the Coupe version, the M8 will also be available as a Cabriolet and a four-door Gran Coupe.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the introduction of the XK120, Jaguar have produced a pair of F-Type Convertible Rally Cars. They were built to celebrate the success of the XK120 in the Alpine, Tulip and RAC rallies. Based on the entry-level, 296 bhp four-cylinder model, the F-Type Rally Car complies with the FIA regulations. There are no details yet on when or even if these rally racers will be campaigned in anger but as the gallery shows, they have already been given some airtime.
The two rally cars are not the first F-Type based competition. Earlier this year, the Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department had already prepared a pair of GT4 specification machines for a British GT Championship campaign. Based on the SVR, the GT4s were built specifically for the Invictus Games Racing team.
  2018-11-09: Upcoming SCG hypercar and Bonhams Bond Street sale preview ...
SCG 007 LMP1 In the near future a new class of 'hypercar' races looks set to headline the FIA World Endurance Championship. The regulations have yet to be finalised but specialist manufacturer Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) have already announced their intention to build and race the 007 hypercar. In addition to the competition version, SCG will also build 25 road going versions.
On December 1st, Bonhams will stage their marquee Bond Street Sale at the company's headquarters. While the lot list is not yet complete, the cars already announced are very impressive. One of the headliners will be the controversial Jaguar XJ220C. Raced at Le Mans in 1993 by John Nielsen, David Brabham and David Coulthard, this car crossed the line first in the GT1 class only to be disqualified after the race. Chassis 002 was not raced again and is now set to sell for GBP 2.2 - 2.8 million. Tagged with the same estimate is this well known Lister Knobbly Jaguar. It was both raced extensively in period and more recently in historic events. Accordingly, BHL 103 is pictured in our 21-shot gallery at events like the Goodwood Revival and Le Mans Classic. Also consigned is this rare second series, right-hand drive Ferrari 500 Superfast. It was delivered new to a stock broker, who would later also sponsor the Rob Walker Formula 1 team. Sold to the current owner at a 2007 Bonhams auction, 8459SF is estimated to sell for in excess of GBP 1.3 million.
2018-11-06: Latest news from Porsche, BMW, Toyota and Ford ...
Porsche 911 Carrera Porsche is due to release the eighth generation 911 shortly and is now in the final phase of testing. To wet our appetites, the German manufacturer has released these teaser images of the camouflaged cars during test around the world. Although the design is somewhat masked, the car is still unmistakably a Porsche 911.
Porsche's Manthey Racing team, meanwhile, have reworked the fastest version of the seventh generation 911 to create the 911 GT2 RS MR. Fitted with a performance kit developed by the team, it promptly recorded the fastest ever time for a road legal car around the Nürburgring at 6:40.3 minutes.
Also tailored to use on the racing track is the Ford GT Carbon Series. It features many lightweight components like carbon-fibre composite wheels and a titanium wheel nuts, while luxury items like cup-holders have been removed. This helps bring the weight down by 18kg for the limited edition GT Carbon Series.
Ahead of the official launch in Detroit, Toyota revealed a first glimpse of information about the all-new Supra. The first example built is due to be auctioned for charity. To the single teaser images, we have added images of the camouflaged car that was seen out on the hill at Goodwood back in July.
Hot on the heels of the coupe version, BMW have revealed the new M850i xDrive Cabriolet. Although the drop-top version was expected to join the line-up, it is actually the first open 8-Series to hit series production. Like the coupe, the 8-Series Cabriolet will be headlined for now by a the M850i version that features a 523bhp version of the familiar twin-turbo V8.
  2018-11-01: 2018 Imola Classic report and 210-shot gallery ...
2018 Imola Classic report and 210-shot gallery This weekend we were at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari for the fourth Imola Classic. The undulating and largely unspoilt track served as the perfect backdrop for the 2018 season finale. All of the familiar grids were present, which meant that the three-day schedule featured anything from early 1950s GT and sports cars through to early 1990s Group C prototypes. Even though we have been following these events for quite a few years, no event goes by without a new-for-us car gets wheeled out. At the Imola Classic this included a very rare fibreglass bodied Alfa Romeo TZ and an ex-factory and Gulf Racing Porsche 917.
After two beautiful fall days, Sunday was quite wet but that by no means dampened the spirits. We were trackside all weekend have captured the highlights in this concise report, which is illustrated by a class-by-class 210-shot gallery.