Tag Archives: Motorsports

Nissan thinks its failed LMP1 program will help strengthen its Formula E campaign

Nissan is set to return to top-level motorsports as it prepares to replace Renault as the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's brand of choice in Formula E. It will be the first time Nissan takes center stage since its embarrassing LMP1 program in 2015, when the brand developed an underperforming front-wheel drive racer. Nissan canned the program the same...

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Group B rally racing was too dangerous to live on

When someone mentions Group B, enthusiasts' minds immediately recall thoughts of monstrous racers with insane amounts of horsepower, wild body kits, and incredible danger. Danger. That's the one reason why Group B was not long for this world. Donut Media dedicated a whole episode to the history of Group B rally racing, tracing its rise, and quick fall from...

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Mazda ends relationship with Laguna Seca

Back in 2001 Mazda teamed up with a wonderful sliver of tarmac located in Monterey, California called Laguna Seca. The result of this sponsorship became Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. That's still the name, but only for another few months. Why? Because Mazda has decided not to renew its naming rights deal with the famed racing circuit. The official last day for...

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Toyota boss hints at Le Mans-inspired hybrid sports car

In announcing on Tuesday Toyota's commitment to future seasons of the World Endurance Championship, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, company president Akio Toyoda dropped a major hint that Toyota might be working on a hybrid sports car utilizing technology derived from the company's Le Mans prototype race cars. “This year, I went to Le...

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Class-winning Le Mans racer rolls into Jay Leno’s Garage

If someone ever utters the phrase, "Do you want to see my class-winning Le Mans race car?" to you, the answer is always yes. It's unlikely that you'll hear such a phrase, however, unless your first name is Jay and your last one Leno. Such a phrase was said to Jay, and thankfully he answered correctly. That's why we get to watch him and his pal Bruce Meyer...

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Toyota to remain in World Endurance Championship, Le Mans

With Porsche's July announcement of an exit from the World Endurance Championship, both Toyota and organizers of the series were left with the dilemma of there going to be just one manufacturer in the premier LMP1 class next season. The organizers, which include the ACO and FIA, have responded by changing the rules for the LMP1 class. The new rules...

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Here’s how a race car pit stop works

A pit stop can be a work of art or an exercise in tragedy. In Formula 1, they can be completed in mere seconds, while some racing series have mandated minimum times before a car can leave the pit lane. The folks at FCP Euro hung out at the edge of the pit to document the dance that is a racing pit stop, and the resulting video provides some wonderful...

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Toyota readies Le Mans prototype-inspired GR supercar concept

Toyota will use next month's 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon to present a supercar concept with a design influenced by the hugely successful TS050 Hybrid Le Mans prototype that competes in the World Endurance Championship. The concept is called the GR Super Sport, and Toyota says it was built to show how the latest technologies developed for motorsports, namely...

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The sky’s the limit: flying car racing series under development

Australia bid goodbye to local automobile manufacturing this past October as the final Holden Commodore rolled off the assembly line, but perhaps the country will be at the forefront of another transportation sector: flying cars. One Aussie's idea isn't an unmanned transportation pod, however. Entrepreneur Matt Pearson wants flying cars to race. Pearson has...

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BMW M8 GTE seen testing at Daytona

BMW unveiled the racing version of its yet-to-be-revealed 8-Series coupe during September's 2017 Frankfurt auto show. The version shown was the M8 GTE, BMW's entry for the World Endurance Championship which includes the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. That's right, folks. BMW is returning to Le Mans. An M8 GT Le Mans (GTLM) race car is also in...

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