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 |  Feb 17 2014, 12:02 PM

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K-Pax Racing, a team known for fielding Volvos just announced it will campaign a pair of McLaren 12C GT3 cars in the Pirelli World Challenge sports car series this year.

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 |  Jan 23 2014, 1:57 PM

Racecar Driver James Hunt Motor Sport Hall of Fame

Later this month British racing legend James Hunt will be one of four drivers getting inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame.

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 |  Jan 23 2014, 12:41 PM

FIA Formula E RacecarFormula E is the FIA’s electric racing series and the global organization just announced that its new headquarters will be located at Donington Park Racing Circuit in the United Kingdom.

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 |  Jan 14 2014, 4:45 PM

Acura-TLX-GT-Race-Car-First-Look-Main-ArtAuto shows typically focus on new production models and forward-looking concept cars; racing usually takes a back seat. But check this out all you motorsports fans, Acura just revealed its TLX GT right here in Motown.
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 |  Dec 05 2013, 4:02 PM

Sebastian-Vettel-Main-ArtMany automotive journalists think they can drive. Sure, some of them are able to deliver respectable lap times but quite a few believe they’re far more capable behind the wheel of a motor vehicle than they actually are.

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 |  Nov 09 2013, 10:00 AM

2014-Pirelli-World-Challenge-Main-Art2Race fans, start your engines. WC Vision just announced the complete schedule of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge series.

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 |  Oct 25 2013, 10:37 AM

New-Mini-Main-ArtOn November 18 Mini is set to reveal its next-generation hatchback. Ahead of the big bash this iconic British brand is intensifying its promotional push.

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 |  Oct 24 2013, 3:33 PM

RIP-ALMS-Main-ArtThe American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is fading into the sunset after a decade and a half of high-octane competition. Starting next year it will cease to exist as it does today; it’s merging with the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. But it’s not too late to stock up commemorative ALMS memorabilia.

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 |  Sep 04 2013, 11:10 AM

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Mercedes-Benz will reveal a high-performance racecar concept at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The CLA 45 AMG Racing Series provides a preview of upcoming vehicles built specifically for competition.

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 |  Jun 10 2013, 1:05 PM

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What’s the first company that comes to mind when you think of car seats? If it’s Grayco or Britax you really need to get out more. In the realm of performance automotive seating Recaro is a leader in the industry, whether it’s at the OEM or aftermarket level.

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 |  Oct 30 2012, 4:31 PM

Ford Racing is revving things up by introducing a brand-new livery. The color scheme will be a prominent addition to all cars supported by the company and powered by its engines.

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 |  Oct 29 2012, 9:45 AM

The Nissan GT Academy is back for a second season on television, and once again the Japanese automaker is challenging some of America’s top video gamers to see if they have what it takes to be professional racing drivers.

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 |  Oct 22 2012, 3:32 PM

Nissan's radical DeltaWing racecar

Nissan’s DeltaWing racecar and the victory that almost wasn’t.

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 |  Sep 11 2012, 11:31 AM

Back in late August, Toyota announced its custom vehicle build-off featuring four of its drivers: Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Antron Brown, and Alexis Dejoria. Each driver has now selected their Toyota vehicle and the shop at which it’ll be built, and the customization has begun. 

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 |  Aug 30 2012, 5:15 PM

Toyota’s racing division (TRD) is hosting a custom vehicle build-off to raise money for charity. Continue Reading…

 |  Mar 16 2012, 7:31 PM

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It seems like the Ford F-150 is going to keep its current look, despite a Chevrolet Silverado update slated for the next couple years. 

“Segments like the midsize car, where we need to make a big noise against Honda and Toyota, are much better places for Ford to make strong gains, but where we already have a strong presence and people are holding onto their trucks longer than ever before, we’re likely to continue giving customers what they want,” Eric Merkle said at the Motor Press Guild monthly meeting at the Ford Design studio in Irvine, Calif.

That doesn’t mean Ford fans will have to deal with dated drivetrain tech. Merkle was clear in telling the Chicago Tribune that updates will still happen, though cosmetic changes will be minimal. Instead, major changes will be focused on powertrain updates.

Those updates will probably include smaller, more efficient engines given that the company is talking about doing the same with the Mustang, which probably comes the closest to rivaling the pickup truck community’s V8 fanaticism.

There’s another budding branch in the Ford family tree of pickup trucks, one that we reported in August of last year.

“You know we announced the partnership with Toyota,” Merkle said, “to explore the idea of a hybrid pickup truck. … I think it would be kind of cool to use whatever electric generator that might include to run a bunch of power tools or set up a well-stocked campsite,” Merkle said.

Despite what the hardcore truck community might think, there are changes on the horizon for all gas-thirsty vehicles, pickups included. For now, the loyal old school can take comfort in Merkle’s prediction that the F-150 will stay true for the coming years.

GALLERY: 2012 Ford F-150

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[Source: Chicago Tribune]

 |  Jan 06 2012, 9:45 AM

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The battle axes are sharpened and starting to swing in Germany between the three largest luxury car makers, as Audi admits for the first time that they plan to sell their compact Q3 SUV in America.

The Volkswagen-based luxury brand has been hinting and teasing the notion that we might get the Q3 on North American soil, but until now there wasn’t any way to be sure. Now Audi has confirmed it will reveal a Q3 “Vail” Concept at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday, using the vehicle as part of a larger strategy to overtake BMW as the top-selling luxury brand by 2015.

“The next pillar of the market that we have to conquer is the United States,” Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said in London on Thursday. “We see opportunities in the SUV and sedan segments.”

Audi has been growing as a brand outside the U.S. but making a more solid footprint in the American market is essential for them to meet their goal. Here in the States BMW and Mercedes still have a strong grip on luxury sales, but by introducing smaller cars, Audi may be able to change that. Along with the Q3, Audi is expected to deliver several versions of its next generation A3, including a sedan.

Another key point in their strategy will be manufacturing cars domestically rather than shipping and therefore significantly limiting availability to consumers, something BMW and Mercedes have already figured out.

It isn’t as easy as flipping a switch, though, according to Stadler, Audi is finally profitable in America, giving them the confidence to go from wading into full swim.

“In the next decade, we will have to think about the next icon in the Audi brand,” Stadler said. Given the strong trend toward smaller, more economy-minded cars, we’re eager to see what he has up his sleeve.

GALLERY: Audi A3 Concept

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[Source: Automotive News]