Back in 1988 and 1990, Jaguar took the chequered flag at Le Mans with the XJR-9 and XJR-12 group C race cars. To commemorate the historic victories, and 30 years since Jaguar’s last Le Mans 24hr win, transport designer Mark Hostler has developed a futuristic racer for the year 2020.
The design of the Jaguar XJR-19 LMP1 concept was heavily influenced by the XJR-9 and XJR-12, focusing on cutting a smooth, fluid shape into a primarily rectangular form.This has resulted in a central pod consisting of the passenger cell and drivetrain, suspended between a skeleton of sharp, flat surfaces that echo the slab sided group C racers of the 1980s and ’90s.
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The Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turimo is Mazda’s virtual race car for the driving game Gran Turimo 6. The LM55 concept pays homage to the rotary-engined 787 B race car which Mazda used to win the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1991. But as well as taking a cue from the past, much of the LM55 Vision Gran Turismo concept’s styling is inspired by Mazda’s Kodo design language used on their current range of cars, including the all-new Mazda MX-5.
The Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo features a lightweight construction, with carbon fibre components, including a monocoque chassis clad in an eye-catching “atmospheric-white” paint. The drivetrain, which Mazda hasn’t gone into detail about yet, is said to offer “power, efficiency and durability”.
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Reiter Engineering recently announced that they were working on a KTM X-Bow race car designed to compete in the GT4 class. At the time all they said was that it would be a “completley new X-Bow for use in motorsport”. Now they’ve gone into a little more detail.
The Reiter Engineering KTM X-Bow racer will be a fully-enclosed car, and the modifications made by Reiter to the car are many and drastic. The car has been homologated for SRO and Pirelli World Challenge rules.
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It was anticipated from moment the covers were first pulled back on the Ferrari LaFerrari, speculatively rendered at least once, and now finally here it is. The Ferrari FXX K race car, the super-exclusive, track-only version of the LaFerrari.
The Ferrari FXX K takes the LaFerrari’s styling to the extreme. From some angles it looks more like a fictional whacky racers machine, or something a Hot Wheels designer might come up with. The front of the FXX K gets a larger twin-level front spoiler and a massive air splitter which sits 30 mm lower than on the road car. The front end design was influenced by aerodynamic lessons learnt from Ferrari’s race cars in the GT category. End plates on either side of the splitter channel air down the car’s sides, creating a low pressure vortex which sucks turbulent air away from the wheels to reduce drag.
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The Lamborghini Gallardo may have been replaced by the Huracan, but it’s still a thoroughbred machine, and in racing form it’s a strong contender in the GT3 class. Reiter Engineering is Lamborghini’s technical partner when it comes to turning the Gallardo into a dedicated track machine. They’ve been building GT3-compliant racing versions of the Gallardo for many years, but this is the first major design upgrade of the race car for a while.
Called the Reiter Engineering Gallardo Extenso R-EX, the new racer is lighter, more powerful and wider than the Gallardo FL2 GT3 model on which it is based. The rear track of the car is 13 cm wider, and comes in just under the maximum allowable width for the class. The aluminium rear quarter panels have been replaced with carbon fiber panels. Other visible changes include new headlights, new tail lights and a redesigned rear bumper. Interestingly Reiter Engineering say they’ve actually reduced downforce over the rear axle due to the natural increase in grip created by the wider track and rear wheels. This results in reduced drag and a higher top speed.
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Ferrari supercars are born out of competition machines. They always have been and hopefully always will be. The latest Ferrari hypercar, the idiotically named LaFerrari, is no different. Most of them will spend their lives sitting in humidity controlled garages, screeching around the public streets of London, cruising Hollywood Boulevard or racing around the highways of Dubai. But their natural territory is the track.
Ferrari have made a bit of a habit out of making track-only versions of their most exclusive models, including the LaFerrari’s predecessor, the Enzo. The Enzo FXX was basically a race car, and buyers even got access to dedicated Ferrari technicians who would accompany them and the car to a series of international circuits for Ferrari organized events.
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Chevrolet and Chaparral have a long racing connection, over 45 years in fact, and have created many special and innovative racing cars together. The Chevrolet Chaparral 2X VGT (Vision Gran Turismo) concept is their latest project, and it was created through a collaboration between designers at GM’s Advanced Design Studio, and Jim Hall, one of Chaparral’s founders and racing car designers.
The Chevrolet Chaparral 2X VGT was created for the Gran Turismo 6 racing game, but at the same time a full-size model was also built for display purposes. And just like the Chevrolet Chaparral racers of old, the 2X VGT is highly unusual and forward thinking. Although this time it might be a step too far..
Powering the concept, in the digital world at least, is a 671-kW laser, powered by a pack of lithium-ion batteries, and an air-powered generator to provide 900 horsepower worth of thrust. With this peculiar setup the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X VGT will be capable of 240 mph, and rocket up to 60 mph from a standstill in just 1.5 seconds.
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The latest major automaker to join the ranks of the Gran Turismo 6 concept vision club is Subaru. Following on from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Volkswagen, Nissan and Mitsubishi, Subaru have developed a concept car designed to live in the digital racing world that is Gran Turismo 6.
The Subaru Viziv GT Vision concept is a pretty mean machine, but already there’s a bit of a backlash over the fact it’s clearly more of a road racing machine than a rally car. This betrayal of Subaru’s motorsport heritage isn’t entirely unforgivable, but it is a little disappointing given the long history the company has in the world of rallying.
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Ahead of the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe’s unveiling at the LA Auto Show, Cadillac have revealed the racing version of the car in the form of the ATS-V.R. The Cadillac ATS-V.R. has been designed to comply with international FIA GT3 racing specifications, meaning that right out of the box it’s ready to compete in over 30 different GT racing series around the world.
Modifications to the car include much wider fenders which have been redesigned to fit with FIA-mandated tire sizes. In addition the ATS-V.R. also has an extensive aerodynamic body kit designed to improve downforce and manage airflow around the car. Safety equipment includes a Pratt & Miller-developed side-impact-reducing crash box, custom molded carbon fiber race seat and a Willans six point harness. A two-way radio is also installed, as is a competition-spec driver air conditioning system.
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The German racing team Reiter Engineering has teamed up with the Austrian manufacturer KTM to build a racing car which will be available to buyers USA, Europe and Asia. The joint venture between the two companies is not the first time the two have teamed up. In fact they’ve been in cahoots since 2008, when a Reiter Engineering KTM X-BOW GT4 driven by Christopher Haase won the European GT4 Championship.
Reiter Engineering have a fairly varied portfolio when it comes to the different cars they’ve worked on. They’re primarily known as Lamborghini specialists, having successfully campaigned the Gallardo GT3 and Murcielago GT1 for many years. More recently they’ve been running a GT3 variant of the Chevrolet Camaro.
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