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Though we likely won’t see this race car on our shores, the Renaultsport R.S. 01 is definitely worth checking out thanks to its impressive stats and gorgeous design.
American-owned, UK-based United Autosports will contest the prestigious Spa 24 Hour race later this month (July 31-August 1) with an all-star lineup of drivers including former Grand Prix pilots Mark Blundell and Stefan Johansson along with Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever.
In preparation for the race, United Autosports will be testing its fleet of Audi R8 LMS racecars at the world famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit (Belgium) on Wednesday (July 7). Just three days earlier the UA Audi R8s were at another of Europe’s most eye-catching circuits for the latest round of the FIA GT3 Championship, the Paul Ricard high speed track near Marseille, France and its blue, black and red painted run-off areas (which make for some pretty amazing photographs, like the one above).
Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine (series limited to approximately 500-hp), the Audi R8 LMS is rear-wheel-drive and is equipped with a sophisticated traction control system, sequential 6-speed gearbox, carbon fiber composite/aluminum bodywork, and Michelin racing slicks. Developed by Audi Sport with cooperation from quattro GmbH, the R8 LMS won the FIA GT3 European Championship, ADAC-GT Masters and Belgian GT Championship plus Nürburgring 24 Hours and Spa 24 Hours class victories in its debut season last year, scoring a total 23 victories.
It should be interesting to see if the United Autosports team can make it back-to-back Spa 24 Hours class victories for Audi or if the balance of power within GT3 has shifted in favor of the Chevrolet Corvettes, Porsches, BMWs, Lamborghinis or Ferraris.
[Source: United Autosports]
As reported on Marc VDS Racing, a Belgian-Canadian joint effort is preparing to take on the competition in the FIA GT3 European Championship with a pair of freshly built Ford Mustangs. Canada’s Multimatic Motorsports has prepared the Mustangs for Belgium-based Marc VDS Racing, an experienced racing outfit that runs a pair of Ford GTs in the FIA GT1 World Championship.
Weighing in at just 1,350kg (2,976 lbs) and featuring a 5.3-liter V8 engine that pumps out an impressive 560-hp, these Multimatic masterpieces have been undergoing testing at Ford’s Bedfordshire test facility in the UK. The team’s #98 car will be piloted by Belgian Eric De Doncker and Canadian Scott Maxwell but the #99 car does not have an official driving duo as of yet. We’re assuming there’s also a healthy exchange program of Belgian chocolate for Canadian maple syrup.
It’s still too early to say just how competitive the VDS Mustang GT3 will be, but we don’t recommend betting against Multimatic, who led the factory Ford Mustang FR500C assault on the 2005 Grand Am Cup Championship and won the driver’s, manufacturer’s and team’s championship. VDS Racing has a solid track record, having run successful racing programs in GT1, Moto2, GT3 and RallyRaid.
If you’re jonesin’ for a GT3 Mustang of your own, Marc VDS Racing together with Multimatic will build additional cars to order, though the sticker price has yet to be confirmed.
[Source: Marc VDS Racing]
Take a closer look at this wild looking Mustang after the jump: