Renault have just published the first images of their future race car, which is set to compete in the World Series by Renault championship by 2015.
The Renaultsport R.S. 01 will be used in a single-model championship, and is designed solely with competition in mind. Interestingly it looks suspiciously like the Renault Alpine / Caterham joint-venture car – a project which was recently abandoned by Caterham. It also has a strong familiarity with the stunning Renault Alpine A 110-50 concept from 2012.
The name R.S. 01 isn’t new to Renault either. It was the same name – albeit minus the full stops – given to the 1977 Renault RS01 Formula 1 race car, which was the first F1 car to feature a turbocharged engine.
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Last month McLaren revealed they were working on an even higher-performance track-focused version of the P1 supercar. Now they’ve revealed a few more details regarding the car, as well as announcing when and where it will make its world debut.
As stated before, the P1 GTR will be offered alongside a fully comprehensive owners program, which includes driving events, training and vehicle support. P1 GTR owners will also have access to some of the resources used to help train up McLaren’s successful F1 drivers.
To accompany the latest announcement, McLaren revealed a sketch showing the car from the rear 3/4 angle. The image shows a car with significantly revised bodywork, including redesigned side air intakes, a much more aggressive rear bumper/diffuser assembly, and an enormous rear spoiler. Using the new sketch as a starting point, we’ve amended our previous photoshop of the P1 GTR to include changes.
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InMotion, a project created by students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences – both in the Netherlands – are aiming to break the Nurburgring lap record with their radical InMotion IM01 racecar.
To take the record – which has stood since 1983 and belongs to Stefan Bellof and a Porsche 956 – the InMotion IM01 needs to get around the demanding and extensive circuit in 6 minutes and 11 seconds.
The car is technically rather complicated. It isn’t just a light chassis and a big engine. It’s a hybrid vehicle which uses a lightweight rotary engine as an electricity generator to power batteries which in turn supply four individual electric motors – one for each wheel. The car will employ regenerative braking, and also recoup the considerable thermal energy created by the engine and electric motors to improve overall efficiency and performance.
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The DP-100 is the concept car Aston Martin has created specifically for the Gran Turismo racing game franchise. It will compete in the digital world against other Gran Turismo Vision concept cars from the likes of Mercedes, Nissan, BMW, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and also a futuristic Formula 1 car from Red Bull.
The Aston Martin DP-100 concept was developed over the space of around six months by the Aston Martin design team led by Marek Reichman. The concept is a futuristic GT racer, and while there are absolutely no plans to put the vehicle into production, Reichman says that some minor elements of the design, for example the tail lights, might find their way into future Aston Martin models.
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The McLaren P1 is one of the most technologically advanced supercars on the planet. And now, 20 years after the game-changing McLaren F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a racing version has been announced. A GTR version of the P1 was always going to happen, McLaren are too proud of their racing history and they’ve put too much into the car to keep it as a show-off thing for the absurdly wealthy. So when the 375th and final P1 road car rolls off the production line, the P1 GTR will go into limited production, exact numbers are yet to be announced.
Costing £1.98M ($3.35M) the McLaren P1 GTR will be a track-only vehicle. This means McLaren don’t need to worry themselves with trying to make it road legal or emissions compliant. It will feature enhanced levels of grip, improved aerodynamics and greater downforce. It will also be more powerful. McLaren are aiming for 986 horsepower. The P1 GTR will also have a wider track and unique styling.
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Mitsubishi have announced that they will return to Colorado to compete in the Electric Modified Division of the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. They will enter a pair of 100-percent electric-powered racecars called the Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III.
According to Don Swearingen, the VP of Mitsubishi Motors North America, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb is the ideal test ground for the company’s latest electric vehicle technology. The grueling and power-sapping increase in elevation, coupled with changing temperatures and weather conditions makes it particularly hard on electric vehicles.
The Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III is based on the same drivetrain used in the production i-MiEV. It features the same four-motor (2 front, 2 rear) layout, but with increased output. It also features Mitsubishi’s trademark Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. Updates for the 2014 racer over last year’s entry include a significant boost in power, up to 603 hp from 536 hp. A new, lighter chassis, new more aerodynamic bodywork, and a revised traction control system.
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The latest vehicle to make its way from the design studio of a major manufacturer into the digital world of Gran Turismo 6 is this; the Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo. Developed by designers at Volkswagen’s Santa Monica, California design center, the GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo will make its real-world debut at the Worthersee Festival in Austria, which kicks off on the 28th May.
The Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo is designed to showcase the ultimate racing version of the iconic Volkswagen Golf GTI. Not that the concept shares much visually with the Golf. If anything it looks more like a Lamborghini. Power for the Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo comes from a 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine which pumps out 503 horsepower and 491 lb-ft of torque. The seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission has been reprogrammed to provide lightning quick shifts, and routes power to all-four wheels via a 4Motion all-wheel drive system.
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Gran Turismo 6, the latest in the arguably greatest racing game series ever, has just got a little bit better thanks to BMW. The company famous for building the ultimate driving machines has just unveiled the BMW Vision Gran Turismo, a virtual race car which can be driven in the game.
The BMW Vision Gran Turismo follows on from the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo which was added to the game last year. Mercedes then went to the trouble of building a life-size model of the car, it’s unclear yet whether BMW will follow suit.
The BMW Vision Gran Turismo was inspired by BMW touring cars from the 1970s, and judging by that massive rear wing, the BMW CSL “Batmobile” is was one of the primary influences. Looking at the headlight design and the overall proportions, the basis for the racing concept looks to be the BMW 2-Series Coupe instead of the larger 4-Series. The paint work in traditional BMW M colors is designed to highlight the airflow around the vehicle.
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Most racing cars follow the same formula. Fit a powerful engine in a lightweight chassis, cover it with some aerodynamic body panels and bolt on four wheels. But every now and then motorsport engineers and designers get a bit creative and try out something new. Unfortunately however, ever-increasing rules and regulations in top-level motorsport nowadays aren’t really conducive with outlandish ideas and experimental designs. This means that most – but not all – of the more unusual race cars ever devised were developed in the past, when the rule book was more of a pamphlet.
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A car mechanic and amateur racing driver from London has just won over £107 million ($177 M). Neil Trotter, 41, won the EuroMillions jackpot on Friday. His win makes him the fourth largest lottery winner the UK has ever seen.
However this being a vehicle related website, the more important news is that this guy is into his cars. Last year he came sixth in the BMW Compact Cup as a newcomer. Next year I have a feeling he might move up a couple of classes.
He’s already hinted that he might get into the British Touring Car Championships and try his hand as a guest (pay) driver. He’s also announced that he’ll be swapping his Ford Focus for a fleet of supercars.
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