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A violent accident occurred in Harelbek, Belgium today. Michael Cornette, a journalist of the Belgian newspaper Krant van West-Vlaanderen, was instantly killed while riding as a passenger in an Ariel Atom 3 when it careened off the road and struck a grain silo.
The super lightweight sports car was piloted by 30 year-old Mattieu Desmet, who is currently placed in an induced coma and suffering severe damages to his kidney. The Ariel belonged to Matthew Harris and was loaned for a road test feature to be prepared in anticipation of the upcoming Brussels Motor Show later this month.
Sources have said that excessive speed is the cause of the accident and that the force of the impact was so strong that the silo shifted 10 inches.
Michael Cornette has been a part of Krant van West-Vlaanderen since 1999, and wrote lifestyle articles for the paper. Cornette is survived by his wife and son.
[Source: GTSpirit and Autoblog.nl]
While our most popular sedan-based racing series involves only left turns, Europe has a long, storied history of touring car racing, where pumped up sedans go head to head on some of the world’s most famous tracks. British automaker Jaguar is hoping to get into the action with a new touring car of its own.
Belgium, home of the hallowed Spa-Francorchamps race circuit, is getting a new competitor in its touring car series, as Jaguar prepares to enter an awesome, British Racing Green liveried XF sedan in the series. Details are scant, but some kind of 3.5L V6 making oodles of power will propel the car around the track, as it does battle with the likes of the Volvo S60 Touring Car.
The season f the Belgian Touring Car Series is already underway but we can’t wait to see what Jaguar’s new entrant is capable of doing.
This past weekend the Lamborghini Super Trofeo racing series was in Belgium, running during the same weekend a the famous 24 Hours of Spa. Lamborghini race car manufacturer Reiter Engineering used this opportunity to debut its full carbon-bodied version of the new LP670-4 SV.
Dubbed the LP670 R-SV, the racing version is powered by the same 6.5-liter V12 engine as the street car with 670hp and 487 ft-lbs. Incredibly, as the SV is already a lighter version of the LP640, this race-ready version weighs even less, tipping the scales at just 2,535 lbs.
The LP670 R-SV is the followup the carbon-fiber Murciélago R-GT by Reiter and features a new suspension setup and improved steering thanks to an even wider track. The braking system has also been upgraded with carbon discs and pads and better air ducting to keep the brakes cool over long periods of time.
Reiter Engineering has built the car to meet FIA regulations so that it can qualify to race in the GT World Championship
GALLEY: Reiter Engineering LP67- R-SV
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