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 |  May 20 2012, 12:08 PM

Arguably the world’s toughest endurance race, the 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hours ended with the Audi Sport Team Phoenix R8 LMS ultra capturing the victory after 155 grueling laps on the ‘Green Hell’.

It’s the first victory for the German automaker at the famous Nürburgring 24 race with drivers Marc Basseng, Christopher Haase, Frank Stippler, and Markus Winkelhock at the wheel. Second place also went to Audi with Chris Mamerow, Christian Abt, Michael Ammermüller, and Armin Hahne finishing behind their fellow Audi teammates while representing Mamerow racing.

Third place went to the Hankook-Team Heico Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 driven by Christian Frankenhout, Andreas Simonsen, Pierre Kaffer, and Lance David Arnold who barely edged out the Wochenspiegel-Porsche 911 GT3 R with Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas, Lucas Luhr, and Richard Lietz behind the wheel.

As expected, the race was not without any drama with less than one-third of the 31 GT3-spec race cars having trouble-free races. Team Schubert’s BMW Z4 GT3 held the pole and the race early on but lost six laps from a driveshaft failure. Its sister car experienced gearbox issues after leading, leaving the race down to fellow German automakers Audi and Mercedes-Benz to face off.

Audi’s top entry, the number-2 Phoenix car, crashed in the early morning after rain fell in the 15th hour. The ROWE Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 took over the lead before it found trouble with a suspension failure that ultimately took it out of the race with six hours to go.

This is the fourth Nürburgring 24 Hour attempt for the Audi R8 LMS race car and marks a historic 1-2 sweep along with Audi’s first win. As for Team Phoenix, it’s enjoying its second win after capturing the title in 2003 with an Opel Astra V8 Coupe.

“It was a great weekend for us, for the whole team,” Winkelhock said. “We had a perfect car that had no problems. It’s just amazing to stand on the podium. It was a really tough race and is really competitive.”

 |  Jun 26 2011, 10:31 AM

After seeing the top spot on the podium go to BMW in 2010, Porsche has back on top at the Nurburgring 24 Hour Race with the Manthey Racing Porsche 997 GT3 RSR claiming the victory at what might be the world’s most grueling endurance race. The Manthey racing car has placed first five out of the six past years.

The cockpit was shared by Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Lucas Luhr, all of whom have won in the past in a Manthey Racing Porsche.

Just 30 seconds later the BMW Motorsport M3 GT driven by Jorg Muller, Augusto Farfus, Alzen Uwe and Pedro Lamy crossed the finish line, placing second. In third place, rounding out the podium in a Germanic fashion was the Audi R8 LMS driven by Marc Basseng, Frank Stippler, Marcel Fassler and Andrea Piccini sitting in for Mike Rockenfeller, who was injured in a dramatic crash at the 24 Hour of Le Mans.

Audi also took fourth and fifth spots with the first Mercedes team placing sixth.

After a successful run in the fourth round of the Nurburgring Long Distance Championship just a few weeks back, Porsche’s GT3 Hybrid R had a less than impressive result at this, its biggest test. First the car was penalized by race officials, and was forced to use an air intake restrictor, bringing power down to 448-hp (compared to 480-hp). Then, near the end of the race, driver Patrick Long was forced to pit after a spin resulting from contact with a slower car. The GT3 R Hybrid finished just 28th.

 |  Jun 23 2011, 7:21 AM

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Having just unveiled the new Cooper Coupe, MINI is looking to drive home the car’s performance message by competing with a race-prepped version of the two-door at this weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hour race.

Prepped for race duty the John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance race car gets all the usual equipment like a serious roll cage and a stripped out interior with just one big Recaro race seat. In all, the weight savings totals over 500 lbs compared to the street-going machine, weighing under 2,200 lbs, compared to 2,735 lbs for the road-going version.

The weight reduction will help the Coupe perform better in all areas, while a bump in horsepower will help pull the MINI out of the apexes and down the straights. In total, the turbocharged 1.6-liter now makes 247-hp and 243 lb-ft of torque, compared to 208-hp and 207 lb-ft in the stock JCW model.

Aerodynamic upgrades are also a part of the package with that unmistakably massive adjustable rear wing and huge rear diffuser, while the windshield has been angled 13 percent downward to reduce drag. As for the suspension, it’s been donated by the MINI Challenge race.

MINI will field two JCW Endurance race cars during this weekend’s 39th running of the Nurburgring 24, with both models competing in the SP 3T class.

GALLERY: MINI John Cooper Works Endurance Race Car

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 |  Mar 25 2011, 3:44 PM

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Subaru will be represented by Subaru Tecnica International (STI) at this year’s 24-hour of Nurburgring race. Rolling in their new and improved 2011 WRX STI “ts”, the STI team has been very busy testing and tuning in order to compete in the SP3t class. Most recently the STI NBR Challenge 2011, the nickname for the race car, did some testing out at Fuji Speedway.

The car will be powered by a 2.0 Boxer DOHC with a twin scroll turbo pushing out 335-hp and 340 ft-lbs of torque. It’ll be mated to a 6-speed transmission with a front, center and rear LSD. Suspension will be handled by Bilstein while it’ll race on Dunlop tires wrapped around BBS wheels.

Obviously a huge collection of STI products will be on the race car, from clutch and flywheel to trunk spoiler and drive shaft.

Official press release available after the break.

GALLERY: STI NBR Challenge 2011

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 |  Feb 17 2011, 8:32 AM

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After announcing the widebody Golf24 race car for competition in this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hour race, Volkswagen has just released video of the car undergoing testing in preparation for its debut.

With the wild DTM-style aerodynamics, the Golf24 makes use of a modified version of the turbocharged 5-cylinder powerplant from the Golf R, making 434-hp and 398 lb-ft of torque.

“With the new Golf24 we are continuing our successful commitment at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. [The race] represents a very big technical challenge…[and] we want to provide an additional highlight in front of a large audience – right in time for the 35th anniversary of the GTI,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen.

The Nurburgring 24 Hour race takes place June 25-26th.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf24

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 |  Feb 10 2011, 3:08 PM

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Volkswagen just made the famed Nurburgring 24 hour race even more exciting by announcing their Golf24 touring car will compete at the historic endurance event this year.

Along with some seriously aggressive aerodynamics and a much wider track, the Golf24 touring car is powered by a modified 2.5L five-cylinder turbocharged engine that pushes out 398 ft-lbs of torque in addition to its 434-hp. The power plant is combined with a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters.

“With the new Golf24 we are continuing our successful commitment at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. [The race] represents a very big technical challenge…[and] we want to provide an additional highlight in front of a large audience – right in time for the 35th anniversary of the GTI,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen.

The Nurburgring 24 Hour race takes place June 25-26th.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf24 Touring Car

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 |  Oct 27 2010, 8:24 AM

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Movie producer turned investor and serious car nut James Glickenhaus has just revealed the final renderings of what his P4/5 Competizione race car will look like. Set to compete at next year’s Nurburgring 24 Hour race, the car is a followup to his Ferrari Enzo-based P4/5 supercar that was designed by Pininfarina.

Based on the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, the car uses the suspension and V8 engine from the Ferrari F430 GT2 ALMS race car, suggesting that while track-capable, this car could potentially be driven on the street afterward.

There’s no word indication what class the car will compete in, but considering what it is, we expect it to challenge some other creative vehicles in an experimental class.

GALLERY: James Glickenhaus Ferrari P4/5 Race Car

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 |  Aug 15 2010, 12:31 AM

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Shown for the first time on U.S. soil, Aston Martin had on display a racing version of its new Rapide four-door at The Quail. One of the lead-up events to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, The Quail puts the emphasis on motorsports, and what better way to do so than with this four-door race car straight from its inaugural session at the grueling Nürburgring 24 Hour race.

Powered by a 5.9-liter V12, this Aston placed second in the SP8 class for mostly stock vehicles, besting even the V12 Vantage! The Rapide would likely have won, were it not for the Lexus LFA, which took top spot in that class.

Aston hasn’t announced any additional plans to race the car, but here’s hoping we’ll see one some time in the future, trading paint in the World Challenge, Grand Am or ALMS series.

GALLERY: Aston Martin Rapide Race Car

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 |  Jun 15 2010, 11:41 AM


Porsche Works driver Timo Bernhard has just earned his place in the history books, becoming the first driver to ever win all four major endurance races. Bernhard completed the “motorsports grand slam” this past weekend, racing not for Porsche, but for Audi in one of the new R15 race cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2008 Bernhard won the 12 Hours of Sebring and back in 2003 he topped the podium at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Possibly even more impressive is that Bernhard has won the final race, the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, a four consecutive times from 2006-09.

“Even as a child I dreamt of one day admiring the overall winner trophies of all four long-distance classics in my display cabinet at home,” said Bernhard. “Now, bringing home overall victory in Le Mans, I have made this dream come true.”

Check out the gallery of Bernhards cars and victory celebrations below.

GALLERY: Timo Bernhard’s Motorsports Grand Slam

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 |  Jun 09 2010, 1:23 PM

Endurance racing fans are no doubt getting geared up for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, but German videographers Tim and Nick Hahne have just released this stunning HD video from this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hour race. Rather than focusing on the racing action out on the track, the Hahne’s instead provide an intriguing and artistic viewpoint from pit lane.

All 19500 frames of HD video were captured using Canon’s amazing 5D Mark II, a DSLR camera designed primarily for capturing still images but is also a growingly popular choice amongst amateur and professional videographers. With extremely high quality HD video capabilities and a wide range of high quality zoom and fixed lenses, it’s easy to see why automotive journalists (including some of us at AutoGuide) are partial to the 5D Mark II.

’24 Hours in 19500 Frames’ isn’t your typical 3-minute fast-paced internet motorsports video. There’s no tire smoke, no dudes wearing crooked baseball caps flashing the bull horns hand symbol, and no heavy metal sound track. Instead, the Hahne’s have taken a far more artistic approach that provides a real sense of atmosphere at this legendary endurance race, all 13-minutes and 19500 frames of it feeling strangely hypnotic, like a night out at a German motorsports rave. It’s certainly not designed for the Attention Deficit Disorder generation, but regardless of your age we highly recommend you sit back and soak in the ambience and style of the Hahne’s creation, available after the jump.

[Source: Autoblog]

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 |  May 26 2010, 5:53 PM

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The Porsche 918 Spyder is hot. Really hot. With looks that will stop anyone, gearhead or not, dead in their tracks, and huge numbers like 718 horsepower and 90 miles per gallon, what’s not to love? TeamSpeed.com forum member “PorscheCarreraGTMay6″ is 13 years old, and decided that Porsche could use some renderings, some inspiration, for turning the 918 Spyder into a GTI racing car for the LeMans series. After all, it’s one number higher than the world’s most famous racing Porsche, the 917, and Porsche has already confirmed they will be entering a 918 in the 2011 24 Hours of Nurburgring, where their 911 GT3R Hybrid competed successfully this year.

“PorscheCarreraGTMay6″ provides us with a naked look at the 918 RSR in classic Porsche silver, but also provides concepts for several well known Porsche racing liveries. Check them all out at TeamSpeed.com, and remember, this kid is 13.

[Source: TeamSpeed]

 |  May 21 2010, 5:15 PM

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Clash Productions just posted this highly entertaining in-car video on YouTube, featuring world-class Touring and GT racing driver Tom Coronel in the Lammertink Racing Toyo Tires Porsche GT3 Cup car at the start of this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race. We particularly enjoyed the start, where Coronel mixes it up with one of the Gazoo Racing Lexus LFA’s as well as a few other Porsches.

Coronel then shows some amazing pace through the higher speed sections of the Ring before being passed by a Ferrari on the impossibly long main straight. But like the crafty veteran he is, Coronel (whose name you may recognize as the driver from the record-setting lap he did around the Ring last year in a Dodge Viper ACR) ducks in behind the Ferrari and slipsteams it down the straight, slingshotting past just before the insanely quick lefthander that leads down the hill towards the GP portion of the circuit.

Back on the GP track near the end of the lap, the Ferrari and the LFA make another appearance as they pass Coronel’s Porsche. The fact that the SP8 class Lexus was able to hang with the quicker SP7 class Porsche GT3 Cup and Ferrari F430 GTC machines says a lot about just how good the LFA really is.

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 |  May 21 2010, 3:40 PM

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“A racecar for the street” is one of auto journalism’s most wretched cliches, but the moniker might be fit for one car in the world; the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

The most hardcore 911 features things like ceramic brakes, one piece bucket seats, adjustable aerodynamics and a rollcage, making it suitable for racing right off the showroom floor. Porsche decided to enter a GT3 RS into the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, and ended up starting 42nd and  finishing a very respectable 13th. The car was driven to and from the track under its own power, and competed with its license plates still on the car, the only car in the entire field to do so.

Porsche also had the benefit of having hot shoes like British auto journalist Chris Harris and pro drivers Patrick Simon and Horst von Saurma to help bring the 911 home, not to mention better than average fuel economy (the car could go 11 laps before needing a refuel, a significant distance compared to its rivals) meant that the GT3 RS was able to overcome the odds and show that Porsche’s baddest street car really is an everyday racer.

GALLERY: Porsche GT3 RS Nurburgring 30 Hour

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 |  May 20 2010, 2:51 PM

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Porsche‘s 918 Spyder is set to contest the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in 2011, making it the second  hybrid Porsche to compete in the grueling endurance race, with the 911 GT3R Hybrid being the first. The 918 Spyder made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March, and boasts (theoretical) numbers like 718 horsepower, 90 miles per gallon and a 7 minute 30 second Nurburgring time.

We can’t verify the accuracy of Porsche’s figures, but we do know that the hybrid system in the GT3R is enough to extend fuel efficiency to the point where the Porsche can go one extra lap before it has to refuel, giving it a huge advantage relative to conventionally powered cars.

Porsche is rumored to be putting the 918 Spyder intro production, and it’s hard to imagine a better way to build buzz than to enter it into a well-known endurance race. It seemed to work for Lexus.

Gallery: Porsche 918 Spyder

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 |  May 18 2010, 2:00 PM

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In a truly heroic display of automotive badassery, Roger Green, a writer for England’s own Evo magazine, jumped from his burning Lotus Exige race car during the 24 Hour race at the Nurburgring, Germany’s famed race course affectionately known as “The Green Hell.”

If the inferno wasn’t enough, Green’s brakes also failed, forcing him to find a way to slow the car. He was able to do so, brining the car to a crawl near a barrier, at which point he lept from the vehicle and let the marshals handle the rest. If you’ve ever driven a car with a fixed bucket seat, a five-point racing harness and a quick release steering wheel, you’ll know that getting in and out while stationary is a task for Cirque De Soliel acrobats, and doing it while you’re high on adrenalin, rolling down a Nurburgring and on fire is no easy feat. Fortunately, Green walked away from the accident unharmed, and while he didn’t finish the race, his legendary bail will be enshrined in the hallowed halls of Youtube for all eternity.

Video after the jump

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 |  May 17 2010, 8:04 AM

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With a field stacked full of Porsches and Audis, it was BMW that took the top spot at the legendary Nürburgring 24 Hour race in the No. 25 BMW M3 GT2. Drivers Jörg Müller, Augusto Farfus, Uwe Alzen and Pedro Lamy managed 154 laps on the Green Hell to claim BMW’s 19th victory at the grueling endurance competition.

“That was a fantastic return for us at the 24-hour race here on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. This win reminds me of the triumph in Le Mans in 1999. I have never known excitement like I experienced today,” said BMW Director of Motorsport Mario Theissen. “After some of our direct rivals fell by the wayside, our victory was also hanging by a thread. At about 12.00 the winning car developed a gearbox problem, resulting in the loss of one gear. Shortly after 13.00 other gears gradually gave up. It was a masterful performance how Jörg Müller and Uwe Alzen brought the car home in first place in this crucial phase. The tension was enormous for all of us, so the relief was all the greater when the car crossed the finish line. I must say a big thank you to every single member of the team. Everyone worked perfectly together. Thanks also to our loyal fans, who have taken us to their hearts after a five-year break and given us such great support.”

Joining BMW on the podium was the Team Farnbacher Ferrari F430 GTC piloted by Dominik Farnbacher, Allan Simonsen and Leh Keen. And after dominating the first two rows of the grid in qualifying, Audi managed third place in the R8 LMS driven by Dennis Rostek, Luca Ludwig, Marc Bronzel and Markus Winkelhock.

As for the Porsches, the favored Manthey Racing car driven by Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Marcel Tiemann retired early when another car spun into them, while the GT3 R Hybrid put on an impressive performance using its fuel economy advantage to pit less often. Unfortunately the hybrid race car broke while in the lead with just under two hours to go.

[Source: BMW Motorsport]

 |  May 14 2010, 3:56 PM

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Audi‘s new R8 supercar has taken the top four grid spots at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, with the Porsche 911 GT3 R taking fifth through seventh. Porsche’s GT3 R Hybrid placed an impressive ninth, followed by yet another R8 in 10th.

The R8 represents a new challenger to the traditionally dominant 911, however the GT3 R Hybrid is expected to have a significant edge in fuel consumption. Also competing are two Lexus LFAs, which have managed to qualify first and second in their respective classes and 25th and 28th overall.

The race starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday. We’ll be sure to provide updates on the result.

 |  May 14 2010, 3:01 PM

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Gazoo Racing is fielding a pair of Lexus LFAs this weekend at the famed 24 Hours of Nürburgring race. These V10 racecars are out to prove a point; the Lexus LFA is a true contender on and off the track and a genuine entry in the supercar world.

Despite unsuccessful entries in the past with the LFA at Nürburgring, Gazoo Racing is paving the way during the qualifying sessions. The two cars, #50 and #51, are heading their class after the second round of qualifying. The #50 car set a time of 8:50.034 and will be driven in the race by Kinoshita, Iida, Wakisaka and Ohshima. The #51 car, set to be driven by Hahne, Krumbach and Lotterer, is in second with an 8:53.156. Third place came in fashionably late with a 9:11.909 effort from the Aston Martin V12 Vantage driven by Porritt, Meaden, Mathai and Cate.

It looks like all the testing sessions has really paid off for the Gazoo Racing team. We’ll be keeping our eyes out this weekend on how well the LFAs will maintain their status at one of the most famous race in the entire world.

[Source: Gazoo Racing]

GALLERY: Gazoo Racing Lexus LFAs

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 |  May 07 2010, 5:39 PM

audi-r8-lms-2When most people think of professional motorsports, they assume all the drivers are seasoned professionals, being paid huge amounts of money to be there. That may be true if you’re Emanuele Pirro, Patrick Long, or Jorg Bergmeister, but the fact remains that many “professional” racing series’ are made up of equal parts professionals and wealthy amateurs who either ‘”buy a seat” in a car, or campaign their own cars for a season through a racing management team such as TRG, Flying Lizard, GMG, or in this case, Team Joest. The costs of campaigning a competitive car for a season are astronomical, and even a single seat for a race weekend can be more than some people’s annual salary (a seat for a 4-hour stint at the 24 Hours of Daytona costs $40,000). Now, Audi has found a way to get wealthy owners on track with their 6-time LeMans winning Factory Team, Team Joest, in the new Audi R8 LMS, and at the Nürburgring, no less. Hit the jump to find out how: Continue Reading…

 |  Apr 16 2010, 2:35 PM

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Every time we set our eyes on the new VW Scirocco (like at the Nitto Tires booth at the Tokyo Auto Salon), we were jealous to say the least that North America will never get this beauty. This decision was made in 2008 by Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen’s CEO, stating that the Scirocco would negatively affect GTI sales. The sad thing is, we feel that not bringing the Scirocco to America negatively affects overall VW sales. We believe there are plenty of enthusiasts out there that would purchase a Scirocco that wouldn’t even look at any other VW chassis.

Nonetheless, the Scirocco is making splashes worldwide as Volkswagen just announced that they’ll be fielding three Scirocco race car concepts at the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race starting on May 12. Much like Porsche is working with campaigning their hybrids on the track, VW will be campaigning these race cars with a modified engine to run compressed natural gas (CNG). These CNG engines are 2.0L TSI motors and by running on natural gas they reduce CO2 output by 80-percent over a traditional gasoline-powered motor. Amazingly it still produces 330-hp.

The fastest test time that one of these Sciroccos has achieved is 8:47:335, which is very promising for VW. Overall there is a lot of new technology embedded in this vehicle, showing that times are changing – even on the race track.

We’ll be sure to keep an eye these Sciroccos (and the rest of the field) at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race and report back.

[Source: MotorAuthority]

 |  Apr 06 2010, 2:08 PM

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For the fifth year in a row Aston Martin will take part in the annual Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race, but for 2010 the team’s entry will have four-doors. That’s right, the all-new Rapide sedan will be stripped down to its bare essentials to compete in a class for mostly stock vehicles. Aston says more details on the car will be released in the coming weeks, but that major modifications are to be limited to a re-turned suspension, safety gear and racing slick tires.

The past two years, Aston has competed in the SP8 class for and won the past two years, running a V12 Vantage last year.

“The Rapide has the capability to carry four people in comfort but first and foremost it is a sports car and we will subject it to the same tests we would our other sports cars,” said CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez, who will once again get behind the wheel to compete, along with a tea of factory drivers.

The Nürburgring 24 Hour Race takes place from May 15th to 16th and we’ll be sure to keep an eye on the action.

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 |  Mar 16 2010, 8:48 AM

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For the third straight year in a row Lexus will compete at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, once again using one of its LFA supercars. And much like the past two years, the team will be operated by Gazoo Racing, which fields Lexus race cars in Japan’s Super GT series.

There’s no word from Lexus yet on what class the LFA will run in but judging from the pictures it seems like a more track-focused model than the past pre-production models. Lexus also isn’t messing around when it comes to racing talent, fielding a team of six Japanese and German drivers with some very impressive resumes. Included among them are six-time Super Taikyu Endurance Series champion Takayuki Kinoshita, 2002 JGTC GT500 winner Akira Iida and 2008 Nürburgring 24 Hour second place finisher Jochen Krumbach.

This year’s Nürburgring 24 Hour races takes place from May 13 to 16th and we’ll be sure to keep an eye on Lexus’ efforts.

News of this new Nürburgring racer comes just a day after rumors of a Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition surfaced.

GALLERY: Lexus LFA Nürburgring Racer

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 |  Nov 23 2009, 12:45 PM

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We recently reported that his uber-richness, James Glickenhaus, had confirmed that he and several partners were going to build P4/5 Competizione race car to enter in endurance racing events.

The P4/5 name comes from the P4/5 vehicle that was custom built for Glickenhaus by Ferrari design house Pininfarina, based on an Enzo and inspired by the Ferrari P 3/4 race car.

Initially it was reported that this race car would be built on a Ferrari 612 chassis and then the obvious connection was made with an Enzo underpinning the race car. Glickenhaus has, however, confirmed that the race car will be based Ferrari chassis, but use a V8 – leading us to speculate that a 458 Italia would be a nice place to start.

The plan is to enter the car at the Nürburging 24 hour race next year, in a class that allows one-off vehicles. This would not be a homolgated race car, however, and wouldn’t be able to run in other series, whether FIA GT3 or the American Le Mans Series.

[Source: FerrariChat via Autoblog]

Breaking: Ferrari P4/5 Competizione Confirmed

Billionaire James Glickenhaus says coachbuilt Enzo race car project is a go

 |  Nov 19 2009, 12:16 PM

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James Glickenhaus, the man behind the coachbuilt Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5, has confirmed that he will build a race version of the car to compete in endurance racing.

The P4/5, which debuted at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is a one-off rebodied Ferrari Enzo, built by the Pininfarina design house to look like the famous 1967 Ferrari P4 race car. It is reported to have cost Glickenhaus $4 million.

The P4/5 Competizione would be a race-ready sibling to that car and will likely cost even more.

Several months back when Glickenhaus first proposed the idea he admitted it was a long shot, saying that, “There are a LOT of stars that would have to align for this to happen but it’s not impossible.”

Glickenhaus recently posted on FerrariChat under his screen name of Napoli that, “Things are starting to come together. It will take time but there is excitement and real interest. Thanks to my Partners in this adventure! This will be some trip and it has begun. P 4/5 took on a life of her own. May P 4/5 Competizione follow her example.”

It is expected that the Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5 would be entered at an upcoming Nürburgring 24 hour race.

GALLERY: Ferrari P4/5 Competizione

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[Source: FerrariChat]