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The most anticipated new cars from GT6
A new installment of Sony’s legendary Gran Turismo franchise is set to hit retail shelves in under a month. Gran Turismo 6, or GT6 as it is known by gamers, will be the second Gran Turismo title available for the Playstation 3 and builds off of the foundation laid out in Gran Turismo 5. Over 1,000 vehicles will carry over from the GT5 title, with the majorty of them dating back to Gran Turismo 4.
The popular Gran Turismo gaming franchise will be heading to the big screen in a big way.
Battle of American supercars
This week’s installment of ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’ includes three iconic American sports cars – one from each of the Big Three.
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.
The Gran Turismo series almost seems like an afterthought these days, with an onslaught of new and improved Forza titles hitting the Xbox on a regular basis.
Last week at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Kia unveiled its new Cee’d and Pro_cee’d GT models, showing its focus on sportier, performance-focused models. That appears to just be the beginning, as the Korean automaker looks to bring new coupe models to market based on its GT and Provo concepts.
It might sound strange, but a two-car effort aimed at the British GT Championship has been refused for being too fast.
All sorts of exciting news is breaking with the upcoming Ferrari 620 GT debut, with a leaked photo coming out earlier in the week, and now specifications that have supposedly come directly from the Italian exotic automaker.
It appears that the F620 GT will be powered by a 6.3L V12 powerplant with 740-hp and 690 lb-ft of torque. If those specs hold true, it will be the most powerful 12-cylinder engine Ferrari has ever produced – FXX notwithstanding. Paired to a 8,700-rpm redline, it appears the 620 GT will propel to 60-mph in just 3.1 seconds, while its
100-mph sprint will be done in 8.3 seconds. Overall, the 620 GT will also be lighter and shorter than the outgoing 599 model.
The official unveiling of the Ferrari will happen on February 29th, looking as if Ferrari will take advantage of the Leap Year to do something special for their new model. Plus, look for live photos from the Geneva Motor Show, starting March 6th.
Revision: The Ferrari 620 GT will run 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in 8.5 seconds.
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Lotus Motorsport and Alex Job Racing (AJR) will partner to compete for the GT championship in the American Le Mans Series, starting with the race at Long Beach on the weekend of April 14.
The factory-backed Lotus Evora GTE will feature a black-and-gold painted car reminiscent of JPS Lotus F1 cars. The team will also be be backed by Battery Tender, William Rast and Yokohama in 2012.
“We are focused on winning,” said Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus. “Alex Job has one of the best records in sports car racing. We look forward to working together and developing a top-tier team over the coming years. Racing is a core component of the Lotus brand, and we are thrilled to have this new partnership to further enhance our winning racing heritage.”
Alex Job, the team principal, confirmed that IndyCar driver Townsend Bell will partner with two-time ALMS Founders Cup winner Bill Sweedler for the entire season.
“Lotus has made a lot of racing news lately with significant programs announced in multiple categories of motorsport,” said Scott Atherton, ALMS President and CEO. “After a full evaluation of all options we are proud they selected the ALMS for their factory-backed GT racing platform. This represents the best possible opportunity for Lotus to race what they sell and to showcase the technology and performance of their cars against the benchmark examples of the industry.”
The team of racers assembled from the Nissan Playstation GT Academy earned themselves a remarkable honor at the Dubai 24 Hour race this weekend, finishing third in their class and 26th overall. All four drivers, Lucas Ordoñez, Jordan Tresson, Bryan Heitkotter and Jann Mardenborough, are GT Academy grads, having started out behind the wheel of virtual race cars to win the opportunity to attend the GT Academy racing program.
The team qualified the #100 car fourth in their class and despite some mechanical issues the four drivers endured all 24 hours of the race without any damage to the Nissan 370Z while earning a podium finish.
This is truly an unprecedented achievement in the world of motorsports. As we all know, it’s tough enough to earn a podium finish as a professional racer with a complete team backing you up. So to take four virtual gamers from Gran Turismo, train them – with Heikotter and Mardenborough having less than a year to go from gamer to racer – and to finish third in the class, the GT Academy should be extremely proud.
Who said video games are a waste of time?
With the passing of the Volvo V70 and VW Passat in North America, European wagons are becoming harder to come by. But BMW is considering bringing the 5-Series Touring back to our shores to make up for disappointing 5-Series Gran Turismo sales figures.
Nothing has been confirmed, however some sources have learned that the comeback may be a strong possibility. Sales of the 5-Series GT haven’t been particularly exceptional, but the model outsold the previous 5-Series Touring since its arrival last year, even with its controversial appearance and mundane reception.
GALLERY: BMW 5-Series Touring