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New hypercar class announced for 2021 LeMans

Come 2021, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will look very different. The FIA announced on Friday new regulations for the motorsport to include a "hypercar" class in the World Endurance Championship for the years 2020-2024. "The new regulations for the FIA World Endurance Championship, which come into effect for the 2020/2021 season, are the result of hard work...

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Meet the crazy twin-engine Golf that VW used for its last Pikes Peak attempt

It might look like nothing more than a Golf that's been prepped for motorsport duty, but this VW packs a twin-engined, high-altitude secret. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a torturous test of man and machine. Today, the route to the top is fully paved but it wasn't always that way. Drivers raced up a treacherous dirt course before they summited...

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FIA considering automated checkered flag to reduce mishaps

The checkered flag is a near-universal symbol. It denotes the finish of a race and victory for one driver. But, the physical checkered flag's days could be numbered, based on comments from the FIA. Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting told Motorsport.com in a Wednesday report that the FIA is pondering an automated and digital checkered flag to reduce...

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What are the differences between LMP1 and GTE race car brakes at Le Mans?

The 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will kick off Saturday with 60 cars competing in four different categories. Although motorsport is often characterized by speed, a race car won't get far without a proper set of brakes to handle corners. And different racers, obviously, require very different braking systems. Between the LMP and GTE classes, 55...

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Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and GT4 customer race cars revealed

Aston Martin has sprung a surprise on those attending the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend. On Thursday, the British performance and luxury brand revealed the 2019 Vantage GT4 and GT3 customer race cars. The GT3 will ultimately replace the highly successful V-12 Vantage GT3 racer, which most recently took home wins in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance...

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2018 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix preview

This weekend is round seven of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship, which takes us to Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, home of the Canadian Grand Prix. The 2.71-mile track layout almost always delivers an action-packed race. Overtaking is relatively straightforward, speeds are high and the cars are pushed to their limits; likewise, the concrete walls...

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Right for left: New Toyota Supra headed to NASCAR, reports say

Toyota is no stranger to motorsports. Both on-road and off, Toyota serves up racing products that compete strongly all over the globe. Here in America, the premier road-racing series has a somewhat unconventional, conventional Toyota entry: the Camry. Toyota has raced a Camry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup Series (including previously...

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Redemption for Ricciardo at 2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo came out on top on Sunday at the 2018 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. The Australian led from pole but a powertrain issue midway in the race kept everyone on their toes, while bringing back memories of 2016's race where a pit stop error cost him the win. Fortunately Ricciardo managed to fend off multiple challenges from...

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Volkswagen goes lightweight with the I.D. R Pikes Peak electric race car

Aerodynamics and power are two very important focus points for any race car. Another is dropping as much weight as possible. If you have a vehicle that doesn't weigh much, offers substantial power, and grips the road, then you have a recipe for success come race day. Volkswagen is hoping it's worked that recipe well with its I.D. R Pikes Peak race car. A...

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Mercedes-AMG dominates 2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes-AMG enjoyed a return to dominant form over the weekend at the 2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix and as a result secured a one-two victory, its first of the season. Star driver Lewis Hamilton after starting on pole crossed the finish line first on Sunday at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, with teammate Valtteri Bottas crossing just over 20 seconds...

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