Featuring in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 (GT6) video game, or racing simulator if you prefer, will be this purely digital creation designed by Adrian Newey. Newey is Red Bull’s Formula One chief engineer – the brains behind Sebastian Vettel’s complete domination of this year’s Formula One championship. So to say he knows how to build a racecar is a bit like saying Usain Bolt likes jogging.
The Red Bull X2014 is a fictional futuristic Formula One car, one without limits, built for pure speed and screw any regulations.
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With the introduction of the M235i Racing, BMW Motorsport is expanding its range of cars within the BMW Sports Trophy Customer Racing programme. From 2014, privateer BMW teams and drivers who cough up the asking price of 59,500 Euros will have the opportunity to line up on the grid with the brand-new BMW M235i Racing.
The plan is initially for the car to be used in series and events such as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nürburgring 24 Hours on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE). However in the future, the BMW M235i Racing should also be a contender on international stages for BMW Sports Trophy drivers.
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At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled a matching pair of concept cars. One is a retro-inspired lifestyle vehicle – a bit like a modern day Nissan Figaro – except much, much better. While the other is a retro-futuristic racer. Both are bordering on awesome.
The idea behind the pairing was to create two similar cars but with very different identies, hence the ID (identity) x (unknown) name. Both the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts have been designed to appeal to younger buyers – those born after 1990. Or as Nissan has decided to call them, “digital natives”. In developing the concepts Nissan engaged with potential consumers from this generation to see what features and ideas they would like to see incorporated into their vehicle.
Several unique approaches were made from a structural standpoint so the IDx concepts could take on various appearances. For example, the front and rear bumpers, as well as the side panels and doors can be easily interchanged. This contruction method allows the car to differentiate itself from others through the side and front face, with vast freedom for customisation.
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To help celebrate the 15th anniversary of the iconic Gran Turismo racing game, Mercedes-Benz have developed a concept super sports car which will be included in the new Gran Turismo 6 game through online updates. The physical version of the car, a 1:1 scale model will be unveiled at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California on November 19th.
The origins of the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept come from Kazunori Yamauchi, Producer of the Gran Turismo series and President of Polyphony Digital Inc. He called upon the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and design studios to look forward into the future. Using the theme “Vision Gran Turismo”.
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Magnum Cars, the Canadian race car manufacturer who just recently teased their all-new (and first-ever) road car, have finally spilled the beans on their MK5 sports car.
The Magnum MK5 is fully road legal, but it looks more at home on the track. It’s small, extremely light, and instead of going for a more powerful – but also heavier – V6 or V8 engine, Magnum Cars have elected to go for a high-revving 4-cylinder instead.
Bruno St-Jacques, President and CTO of Magnum said of the car: “The MK5′s amazing power-to-weight ratio delivers mind-blowing acceleration in the low 3-second range, while amazing handling conveys confidence and predictability
which makes it is very easy to drive fast. We built the MK5 to offer the speed and agility of a racecar combined with the stance and refinement of a supercar, without the high cost of neither one.”
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If you’re clued up about independently designed Ferrari concepts, then this might look a little familiar. It’s an update of a 2009 concept called the Ferrari Zobin, created by Iranian designer Siamak Ruhi Dehkordi.
The new Zoubin and the old Zobin differ little – they’re both awesome! – but there are subtle updates. Including the new front spoiler – which is now larger and features an additional wing, the hidden headlights, additional air inlets in the nose, different wing mirrors, a new canopy – which is comprises of two separate sections, and a revised rear panel which features new vents.
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The 1982 Dodge Turbo Charger PPG Pace Car was a fully functional concept car / pace car built by SVI for PPG to act as a pace car for 1982 and early 1983 Indy car races.
The vehicle was designed to be as aerodynamic as possible – to the detriment of its styling. It featured a pointed front end, plexiglass headlight covers , covered rear wheel arches and a large spoiler.
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Magnum Cars, a Canadian racecar manufacturer which has been in existence since 1968, has just provided the first glimpse of an all-new lightweight supercar they’ve been working on. The car will be officially unveiled on October 30.
The Magnum MK5 is both street-legal and track ready. Magnum say the MK5 boasts both racecar performance and supercar build quality, they also state that the Magnum MK5 will be the first creation from Canada to hit the international track-day car market.
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GoPro cameras are everywhere nowadays. Basically if you’re planning on doing something either dumb or adrenaline inducing, the first step is to get a GoPro and film it. This particular GoPro is a pretty good advert for the quality and durability of the camera, because after being thrown roughly 30 feet in the air from a speeding Camaro (said to be doing 100 mph at the time) and landing on an unforgiving drag strip, it still continues to record.
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Ford will use next year’s 24 Hours of Daytona as a test ground for their new 3.5 litre V6 EcoBoost racing engine. Michael Shank Racing has signed up as the first team to put EcoBoost power behind its Daytona Prototype car. The 2014 Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype car features a new look with Ford styling cues created by lead Ford production designer Garen Nicoghosian, with aerodynamic support from Ford Racing chief aerodynamicist Bernie Marcus.
“At Ford Racing, we really put great emphasis on racing production-based vehicles as well as production-based technologies,” says Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “We’re proud to bring a direct-injected, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine to the United SportsCar Championship in a field of competitive V8-powered entries. We want to show Ford EcoBoost’s capabilities as an engine that provides both performance and fuel economy, on and off the track.”
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