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 |  Oct 12 2012, 10:37 AM

In a shocking turn of events for MINI, the spunky British automaker, has announced it will cancel its World Rally Championship program at the end of the 2012 season.

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 |  Oct 10 2012, 9:01 AM

Exiting the sport in 2008, Honda has reportedly resumed interest in the pinnacle of motorsports: Formula One.

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 |  Aug 14 2012, 11:31 AM

Evosport and MBBS Racing teamed up to build a Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series race car, set to compete in the SCCA World Challenge GT series. The car will debut at the season finale Cadillac Sonoma Grand Prix on August 25th.

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 |  Aug 03 2012, 8:01 AM

Honda‘s new Civic race car has just undergone its first tests for the FIA World Touring Car Championship, using a new engine that could foreshadow the brand’s future.

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 |  Jul 12 2012, 8:31 AM

Yesterday Acura announced it would field a two car effort at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill race later this year using its new ILX sports sedan. Now Acura has revealed that racing plans for the ILX might not stop there.

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 |  Jul 05 2012, 7:31 AM

With Honda having just announced details of its new CR-Z racing program in partnership with Mugen, video of the car’s first shakedown test has gone public.

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 |  Jul 03 2012, 9:31 AM

Mazda will be the first Japanese automaker to sell a diesel-powered passenger car in America starting next year and the Zoom-Zoom brand will use motorsports to promote the advantages of diesel to an often skeptical consumer base.

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 |  Jun 16 2012, 5:13 PM

For those not catching the 24 Hours of Le Mans online or on television, Toyota‘s hopes of victory, or even a podium spot, at the endurance classic got a lot slimmer thanks to the actions of a Ferrari that wasn’t watching its mirrors.

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 |  Jun 14 2012, 9:01 AM

The highly modified Lexus IS-F CCS-R is set to take on the famous Pikes Peak hill climb race to the clouds, and ahead of the big day the team has been doing some shakedown runs.

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 |  Jun 13 2012, 2:32 PM

With much of Europe mired in recession and seemingly ever widening debt crisis amongst member states, the very notion of spending exorbitant sums of money on activities like motorsport is coming under increasing scrutiny.

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 |  Jun 12 2012, 3:15 PM

Set to take place in Canada, the Scion Tuner Challenge, FR-S Edition, will feature three professional tuning teams with free reign to tweak one of the new sports cars to compete against the other two teams.

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 |  Jun 12 2012, 8:31 AM

Finishing fourth and fifth in practice ahead of qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid race cars are set to mark the brand’s return to what might just be the word’s most famous race.

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 |  Jun 06 2012, 8:01 AM

With its main rival at the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans being none other than Audi, Toyota is taking a page from the German automaker’s playbook by documenting its preparation for the endurance classic.

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 9:15 AM

Ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in two weeks time, Toyota debuted its duo of TS030 Hybrid race cars at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe for the first test day, finishing with solid times, but still short of the Audis that have dominated the sport for a decade.

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 7:29 AM

Ongoing student protests in Montreal, Canada are starting to impinge upon more than just the sleeping habits of the city’s residents, with organizers of the Canadian Grand Prix announcing the cancellation of festivities on the first day of the race weekend.

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 |  May 31 2012, 8:31 AM

Marking the first time an AMG car will complete in a pro racing series in North America in over 20 years, Evosport and MBBS Racing have revealed a purpose-built Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black Series Race Car.

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 |  May 30 2012, 8:31 AM

Audi is once again taking steps to promote its second 24 Hours of Le Mans documentary, releasing the complete Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts doc on its YouTube page.

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 |  May 03 2012, 12:03 PM

As the second most popular sport in America, someone from outside the country might assume that most people understand Nascar. Unfortunately, there are still quite a few of us who happen upon a race while channel surfing and see little more than a lot of left turns and the occasional explosion. 

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 |  Apr 27 2012, 12:11 PM

Iconic racing cars never retire. Having not seen competitive action for a decade, a special 1952 Jaguar C-type returns to racing for the 2012 Royal Automobile Club Woodcote trophy, and the racing Reverend Simon Butler will be behind the wheel. Continue Reading…

 |  Apr 25 2012, 10:31 AM

The fearsome Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe is going to be taking on an arguably tamer role than its used to. Instead of laying rubber on a track, it will be the official safety car of this season’s DTM Season.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe DTM Safety Car


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 |  Apr 24 2012, 6:15 PM

Adoration for Ayrton Senna was rekindled after Asif Kapadia’s film “Senna” came out in 2010, creating a new following among younger racing enthusiasts and inspiring a fresh group of Formula 1 fans.

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 |  Apr 19 2012, 5:02 PM

Last year, civil unrest and rioting caused the Kingdom of Bahrain to withdraw from hosting the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix. One year later, Formula 1 returns to Bahrain despite remaining political instability.

Authorities gave their word to assure the safety of the visiting Formula 1 community, promising to provide an enormous security presence for the event.

Unfortunately, the security measures proved insufficient when four mechanics of the Force India F1 team were caught in the middle of an incident as police clashed with protesters while the team’s hire car was stationary in Bahrain traffic after leaving the circuit yesterday.

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 |  Apr 17 2012, 10:43 AM

To see the latest in car technology, be sure to check out the advancements in Formula 1 cars. They have engines with incredible amounts of power, superb aerodynamics that keep these little things on the ground and safety features that keep their drivers safe in the case of a high-speed crash.

There’s still an untold story in Formula 1 cars however; the brakes. Luckily the folks over at Brembo brakes have released a video explaining the design and function of its brake technology in Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars.

Videos like this are like candy to car-geeks like us, and its our pleasure to share them with you.

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 |  Apr 16 2012, 6:45 PM

Patent applications from Ferrari have revealed some details on a new hybrid system for its performance road cars.

Ever since the FIA motorsport governing body permitted the application of a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) in Formula 1, Ferrari had intended to trickle down its latest racing technology and apply it to its line of sports cars. At the Geneva Auto Show of 2010, Ferrari first introduced its new gas-electric hybrid concept based on the Ferrari 599, dubbed the HY-KERS.

After a duration without much word on HY-KERS development, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa revealed last month of continuing hybrid developments that will allow its V12 engines to become more fuel efficient and meet the demands of future emission regulations as well as the demands from Ferrari’s eco-conscious customers.

Rather than borrowing from team Scuderia Ferrari’s flywheel-based KERS racing technology, the Ferrari patent applications illustrate a more conventional electric motor and battery setup. The patent also states that the battery may be replaced with a supercapacitor as an alternative energy storage device.

In detail, the design features two electric motors, one sending power to the wheels and the other used to generate energy for on-board electronic devices including the air-conditioning and power steering systems. Another patent application features designs where the electric motor is mounted in between the cylinder banks of the V12 engine or mounted directly to the gearbox – the latter similar in setup to the 2010 HY-KERS concept car.

Ferrari’s hybrid patent filings are exclusively designed for front engine vehicles for now, possibly applied for future Ferrari FF and F12 models.


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[Source: Car and Driver]