Audi has revealed that it is currently testing the successor to the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans winning R18 e-tron quattro. Tests of the new LMP1 sports car, which has been kept under wraps up to now, begin at Sebring in Florida today.
Audi say they have developed a fundamentally new Le Mans prototype that corresponds to the new technical regulations for 2014 onwards. The development started in 2012, with the roll-out taking place this autumn. Starting today, the next-generation Audi R18 e-tron quattro is being tested on the race track where many new Audi Le Mans prototypes have been extensively tested and made their race debuts, Sebring.
“We’ve reached a crucial stage in this project,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. Read the rest of this entry »
Honda have been at the drawing board and released this first visual impression of its 2014 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) challenger. The car reflects all the new technical regulations for the WTCC which will come into force for 2014.
The Honda Civic WTCC render shows aggressive wheel arch extensions, larger diameter wheels, improved aero package and an extended rear spoiler. Add all this to increased engine power and Honda has high hopes that the 2014 WTCC racer will be able to retain Honda’s Manufacturer World Championship crown and enable the drivers to challenge for the WTCC title.
Two works cars will be run by JAS Motorsport for Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro, with further Civics to be entered by private outfits Zengo Motorsport and Proteam Racing for Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani respectively.
The announcement follows the recent unveiling of the new 2014 British Touring Car Championship Civic Tourer (estate car) racer, can’t help but feel BTCC fans are getting the rough end of the stick on this deal.
LMP1 competitors, Strakka Racing, have announced a new long-term sportscar partnership with race car manufacturer Dome. The two parties will work together to develop, bring to market and race a brand new ‘cost-capped’ LMP2 coupe prototype endurance car called the Strakka Dome S103.
The first Strakka Dome S103, which will be powered by a Nissan VK45 4.5-litre V8 LMP2 petrol engine, will contest the entire FIA World Endurance Championship next year, pending approval.
Utilising Dome’s 50% wind tunnel, CFD expertise and lightweight technology, the Strakka DOME S103 aims to be one of the most aerodynamically and technologically advanced LMP2 cars on the grid. Read the rest of this entry »
Formula E’s new fully-electric race car, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, has completed a successful test debut at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi, France.
Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the new single-seater was driven by Lucas di Grassi, who will be doing all the early test and development work. The electric car completed around 40 laps over two days, with the initial task being to check all systems were functioning correctly. For the test the car was fitted with a 50kw battery, which is a quarter of the maximum 200kw power (270bhp equivalent) the final car will produce.
“It is a great feeling to be driving the Formula E car for the first time,” said Di Grassi. “I can assure all the drivers will have a lot of fun with this car – even with just a quarter of the power it has quite a lot of grip and the electric motor produces huge torque.” Read the rest of this entry »
Nissan’s ZEOD RC electric prototype racer had its on track debut in Japan last weekend with Michael Krumm at the wheel of the car that will race at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
The car was unveiled at Nismo headquarters in Yokohama on Thursday and performed three demonstration runs at Fuji Speedway in conjunction with the Japanese round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Nissan ZEOD RC will complete an entire 8.5 mile lap of Le Mans next year on pure electric power at speeds in excess of 186 mph. When running on its internal combustion engine, the ZEOD RC will recharge its battery using regenerative braking.
The car now heads back to the UK this week to continue its testing and development program. The Nissan ZEOD RC will occupy ‘Garage 56’ at Le Mans next year – an entry reserved for cars showcasing new and innovative technology previously not seen at the French endurance classic. Nissan will use the ZEOD RC programme to develop technologies for its planned future LMP1 campaign.
“This has been a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved to bring the Nissan ZEOD RC to Japan to present the car at Nismo and then show the car at Fuji Speedway for the fans,” said Nissan Motorsports Director, Darren Cox Read the rest of this entry »
After an intense eight months of development, Nissan’s new ZEOD RC electric race car has been unveiled at the headquarters of Nissan’s performance arm, Nismo, in Yokohama, Japan.
The Zero Emissions on Demand (ZEOD) racer has gone from concept to unveiling in just 33 weeks after Nissan Chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, announced in February Nissan’s goal of returning to the Le Mans 24 Hours next year with electric power.
The ZEOD RC will race next year at Le Mans after being invited by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest to occupy the “Garage 56” entry for vehicles showcasing new and innovative technology.
Nissan is using the ZEOD RC as a test bed to develop new electric vehicle technologies for Nissan’s planned future LMP1 program. The initial prototype showcar of the revolutionary electric racer was revealed at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, but the unveiling at the Nismo headquarters showcased the dramatic evolution of the design, featuring revamped styling, new cooling inlets and aerodynamic updates.
The Nissan ZEOD RC was unveiled by Nismo President, Shoichi Miyatani; Nissan Global Motorsport Director, Darren Cox; and Nissan Director of Motorsport Innovation, Ben Bowlby. Read the rest of this entry »
Following its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren GT has now revealed more details and confirmed the price of its new 12C GT Sprint, £195,000* for those of you interested. This latest model from the GT racing arm of the McLaren Group has been developed and optimised exclusively for the track.
The 12C GT Sprint has been designed and built by McLaren GT, in close consultation with the team at McLaren Automotive, and retains many of the systems from the 12C road car including brake steer and the airbrake, while a recalibrated Proactive Chassis Control (PCC) system can be set to individual driver preferences.
Power comes from the M838T 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 power plant found in the 12C and 12C Spider road cars, and generates 625ps. The seven speed twin clutch gearbox from the 12C is also retained. Optimised oil and cooling systems are unique to this track-focused car.
The 12C GT Sprint is built around the 12C’s 75kg carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, with any unnecessary systems or creature comforts removed to keep weight to a minimum. The car features a number of components carried over from the 12C GT3 race car, including the FIA-approved safety roll cage, central cooling radiator and digital dash display. Read the rest of this entry »
Bentley’s new Continental GT3 racer will make its race debut at the 2013 Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi on December 13th. The race at Yas Marina circuit marks Bentley’s return to motorsport, ten years after its win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003. Since then Bentley has been resting on its laurels, so fans are eager to finally see the return of the marque to the race track.
Bentley’s new GT3 car has already begun an intensive programme of performance, setup and durability testing at tracks across Europe. Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, noted: “The car has performed extremely well so far, and has matched or exceeded our simulations in every respect. With 3000 km of testing completed already, the team is very pleased with progress and we’re gaining confidence in our package. We’re all looking forward to the Gulf 12 Hours in December and can’t wait to run the car against the competition for the first time in its first test race.”
Testing and development is being run by a specialist team comprising of engineers from both Bentley and M-Sport Read the rest of this entry »