Volkswagen said they wanted to make the new generation of Beetle more manly. Well I think they’ve fully achieved that with the Rallycross Beetle. A 560 horsepower, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive bug which will be fielded by the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team – the result of a partnership between VW and Andretti Autosport.
The team will be running two cars in the Rallycross series, driven by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed. The team will initially compete this season with modified Polo rally cars, built on the chassis that won the 2013 World Rally Championship for drivers and manufacturers, and will switch mid-season to the Rallycross Beetle.
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The Felnio corporation is a Canadian company which has been involved in motorsports for about 10 years. In 2010 they made the decision to develop a bespoke, two-seat sports car which was purpose-built for the track. However at the same time would be possible to make the car street legal.
Felnio is headed up by Antoine Bessette, a career racing driver who in 2005 was crowned Canadian champion driver by ASN-Canada FIA, the motorsports sanctioning body in the country. The Felnio cB7 is the result of four years of development, and although the car is still in the final stages of testing, it’s more or less ready to go on sale. Felnio will conduct pre-production testing on both the race track and public roads throughout 2014.
The Felnio cB7 is a mid-front engined, RWD car based around a tubular spaceframe chassis with composite and carbon fiber body panels. It weighs in at roughly 1,000 kgs (2,200 lbs) depending on specification. It can be fitted with a 4, 6, or 8 cylinder engine depending on the buyer’s requirements. An electric-powered version is also being considered.
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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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