The Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seater racer for the controversial new FIA Formula E Championship has been unveiled. The new series for electric powered cars will see ten teams with two drivers each and four cars, yes four cars, that’s two per driver as one won’t last a race distance. The series hopes to compete across the globe at the centre of some of the world’s major cities, including London, Berlin, Rome, Beijing, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
The new Spark-Renault SRT_01E is a culmination of work from a variety of engineering sources, with Italian race car manufacturer Dallara designing and building the actual monocoque, McLaren constructing the electronic systems, Williams the battery design, Renault the electric drivetrain and Spark responsible for the suspension, aerodynamics and assembly.
The Spark-Renault SRT_01E weighs in at a minimum 800 kg with the driver on board. Performance simulations put the car’s 0 to 62 mph time at three seconds, while top speed is limited to just 124mph. Read the rest of this entry »
Mercedes-Benz is previewing its new CLA 45 AMG Racing Series concept car the German manufacturer is hoping to take to the track next season.
“The CLA 45 AMG Racing Series demonstrates our desire to further increase our commitment to customer motorsport. We are also seeking to offer interested customer teams a competitive, near-standard racing car with an excellent level of safety in the popular four-cylinder segment,” says Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “The tremendous success of the SLS AMG GT3, which is now being raced by customer teams across five different continents, makes us highly confident.”
In addition to a string of individual race wins, the SLS AMG GT3 also racked up a number of championship titles, including the FIA GT3 European Championship (2012), the FIA GT1 World Championship (2012), as well as the ADAC GT Masters title (2012). In 2013 the SLS AMG GT3 even managed to take the grand slam of GT3 endurance classics with four victories in succession. Read the rest of this entry »
Following its launch in June on the company’s test track in Weissach, near Stuttgart, Porsche’s new LMP1 sports prototype racer is now working its way through a series of functional tests.
For the most recent tests, Neel Jani took the wheel for the very first time. The former F1 test driver is supporting Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas with the testing duties. The fourth driver is Australian F1 star Mark Webber, who will join the Porsche LMP1 team from 2014.
Next year Porsche’s LMP1 machine will join the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) grid, and compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“The current test drives are enabling us to collect huge amounts of vital data; every single kilometre driven is important. However, in order to develop the highly complex LMP1 racing car so that it is fit to compete by the start of next year’s season, many more kilometres of testing are required,” said Fritz Enzinger, vice president of Porsche’s LMP1 programme. “We are pleased with the progress being made with each test Read the rest of this entry »
Nissan’s inaugural “gamer-to-racer”, Lucas Ordóñez, has been appointed as the official test and development driver of Nissan’s new ZEOD RC programme – the electric race car that will debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Launched at Le Mans in June this year, the Nissan ZEOD RC will make its race debut at the 2014 event. It will hit the track for the first time next month for testing with Spaniard Ordóñez entrusted with the development duties for the car.
The 28-year-old won the inaugural Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition in ‘08, and has gone on to become one of the star Nismo racers with Le Mans 24 Hours podiums, a championship win in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and a third place recently at the Spa 24 Hours for Nissan with an all-gamer line-up of GT Academy graduates.
In addition to racing in this year’s FIA GT Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series, Ordóñez has also made appearances in the World Challenge Series in the US, the Japanese SUPER GT championship and recently tested a V8 Supercar for the Nissan factory squad in Australia. The appointment of Ordóñez was announced at the Nissan 360 global media event in California. Read the rest of this entry »
Not one to let Honda get all the Super GT press coverage today, Lexus has announced their new LF-CC racer, which is also due to compete in Japan’s Super GT 500 series next year.
Lexus’ new two-door coupe, which was revealed at the Paris motor show last year, forms the basis for the new competition car. It will take up the baton from the long-serving SC 430, which has delivered two Super GT championship titles for the driver pairing of André Lotterer and Juichi Wakisaka in 2006 (its debut year) and 2009.
The competition version will take to the track for its first shakedown test at the Suzuka circuit this afternoon.
Honda has today unveiled its new NSX Concept-GT. Designed to enter into the GT500 class of the 2014 Japanese Super GT Series, the car may make its race debut at round five of this year’s GT500 calendar, the Autobacs Super GT at the Suzuka Circuit.
The NSX Concept-GT is ground up racer based on the NSX Concept, Honda’s next-generation super sports car that made its world debut in January 2012 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Along with a mid-mounted 2.0 litre inline direct-injection 4-cylinder turbo engine, the vehicle is also equipped with a racing hybrid system. Read the rest of this entry »
Honda is currently putting all their experience gained in the British Touring Car Championship to good use, building fast lawn mowers. Both Honda UK and their BTCC partner, Team Dynamics, have again partnered up, but this time to create what they believe is the world’s fastest lawn mower, Project Mean Mower!
The plan for Project Mean Mower was to build a super-fast mower which retained its original look but could still cut grass. The result is a machine capable of reaching an estimated 130mph, and 0-60 in just four seconds.
Team Dynamics re-engineered a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor from the ground-up, adding an all-new fabricated chromoly chassis to provide a strong, safe but very light platform. A 1000cc engine from a Honda VTR Firestorm was used, along with a bespoke suspension and wheels from an ATV.
Honda have tried to retain as much of the look of the original mower as possible. The cutter deck was custom-made in fibre-glass, to reduce weight, while the grass bag provides a home for the fuel tank, a high capacity oil cooler and a secondary water cooling radiator. I guess this means you’ve got to rake the grass up afterwards. Read the rest of this entry »
Bentley has revealed the final version of its new Continental GT3 race car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today.
The final configuration sees the Continental GT3 powered by a race-prepared, dry-sump version of Bentley’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, with many components carried over from the road-going engine. Developing up to 600 bhp in unrestricted race configuration via a motorsport engine management system, the V8 provides the GT3 with highly competitive power in a compact and lightweight package. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a carbon fibre propshaft to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox with a limited slip differential, mounted as a transaxle for optimised weight distribution. Gear actuations are completed via a pneumatic shift system, controlled by paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
A double wishbone suspension configuration front and rear, fitted with four-way adjustable racing dampers, replaces the standard road-car air springs. The steering system features hydraulic power-assistance, while braking is via ventilated iron discs combined with six-piston calipers on the front and four-piston calipers on the rear. Read the rest of this entry »