Mercedes-AMG GT

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT

One of the most anticipated supercar reveals of the year has just taken place at a private event hosted by Mercedes-Benz. The all-new Mercedes-AMG GT might have to wait until the Paris Motor Show for its official public debut, but all the details of the car are now out in the open.

The Mercedes-AMG GT and the hotter GT S model are both based around a lightweight aluminium chassis into which a 4.0 litre V8 has been shoehorned. It’s a great looking car, well balanced with a classic long hood and a cab-rearward layout. Many will see a good deal of Porsche 911 in the rump of the car, but as there are so many makes and models out there now it’s getting increasingly difficult to create a car which doesn’t look in some way or another like a different vehicle from certain angles. Overall the new GT ranks up there with some of the finest looking automobiles Mercedes-Benz has ever created.

Mercedes say the new GT and GT S have both been developed to be capable on the track and civilized enough for every day use. Both cars feature numerous motorsport inspired elements and benefit from things like double wishbone front and rear suspension systems, a 47/53 front/rear weight distribution, active and passive safety features as well as a well equipped and luxurious cabin. The GT S, aside from receiving a more powerful version of the 4.0 litre V8 turbocharged engine, also receives larger brakes as standard, electronically controlled suspension damping, an electronic rear-axle locking differential, a sound-variable sports exhaust, larger wheels and tires and an optional AMG dynamic Plus package which features dynamic engine and transmission mounts, tighter suspension a recalibrated speed-sensitive steering system.
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Renaultsport R.S. 01 race car for one-make championship

Renaultsport R.S. 01 racecar

Rewind one month and Renault published a few shady images showing the all-new Renaultsport R.S. 01 race car. They also mentioned a few details regarding the car. Now they’ve let the cat out of the bag and revealed everything.

The Renaultsport R.S. 01 is a race car developed for a new one-make Renaultsport Trophy Championship in the World Series by Renault. The series will start next year, and the R.S. 01 will be on the grid. The Renaultsport Trophy Championship has been designed to act as a feeder for professional GT and Endurance championships, and therefore the carbon fiber monocoque chassis of the car has been designed to meet current FIA LMP1 safety standards.

Although it’s an out-and-out racecar, the Renaultsport R.S. 01 was styled under the guidance of Renault’s top designer Laurens van den Acker. The styling was partially inspired by the DeZir concept from 2010, as well as mid-engined GT racers, and strangely the Renault Etoile Filante (shooting star) record-breaking vehicle that topped 300 km/h at Bonneville Salt Flats in 1956.
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McLaren P1 GTR

McLaren P1 GTR

After a couple of months of teasing and speculation, McLaren have finally unveiled the McLaren P1 GTR in the flesh. The car was originally announced back in June, with more information following in July, and at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is was debuted.

The P1 GTR arrives 20 years after the legendary F1 GTR appeared ahead of its 1995 GT season debut. Like the F1 GTR, McLaren are hoping to dominate the track with the new P1 racer. And with no need to make the car road legal, the P1 GTR is a track-focused, high-performance rocket which is the most powerful model produced by McLaren Special Operations ever.

While the McLaren P1 GTR is based on the P1 road car, there are numerous modifications and upgrades to the vehicle. Aerodynamic improvements include a new front clip with a splitter and redesigned radiator ducts, revised lateral air intakes, repositioned exterior mirrors, underfloor air management, a large rear diffuser and a huge rear spoiler mounted on carbon fiber pylons.
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McLaren 650S Sprint – track toy for the well-heeled

McLaren 650S Sprint

McLaren’s new 650S model now comes in three flavors, the standard road going 650S, the competition-spec 650S GT3 for serious racers, and now there’s the 650S Sprint which is aimed at track enthusiasts who still want a little bit of comfort. The 650S Sprint also replaces the MP4-12C-based 12C Sprint as McLaren’s track toy for the super-rich.

Compared to the road model, the 650S Sprint features increased downforce and better cooling airflow to the 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8. It also features a competition-spec fuel tank and quick-fill cap, a larger radiator borrowed from the GT3 car, a new hood with additional cooling ducts for the radiator, front wing louvres for improved airflow, reduced ride height and recalibrated damping and spring rates, 19-inch center-locking race wheels with either Pirelli slicks or wet tires, onboard air jack system, and an upgraded braking system.
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Ginetta-Juno LMP3 – all-new car for an all-new series

Ginetta-Juno LMP3

The all-new LMP3 class has only just been introduced less than a month ago, but already Ginetta have unveiled their vehicle for the new endurance racing category. The British sports car firm Ginetta recently bought Juno, a specialist racing car builder setup by ex-Williams F1 design engineer Ewan Baldry. The Ginetta-Juno LMP3 race car, which has resulted from the merging of the two companies, is targeted at younger racers and gentleman drivers who want to compete in the LMP3 class in the European and Asian Le Mans Series starting next year.

The Ginetta-Juno LMP3 is powered by a mid-mounted V8 engine producing around 420 horsepower. It complies with all the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) regulations regarding the LMP3 class, which includes strict limits on costs of both the car and its spare parts. The rules allow freedom in terms of design, aerodynamics and chassis development, so Ginetta-Juno are concentrating on making the car as capable as possible, while also being relatively affordable, reliable and easy to work on.
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Renaultsport R.S. 01 race car

RenaultSport R.S. 01

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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McLaren P1 GTR, more details and debut date announced

McLaren P1 GTR rear view

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 IM01 Hybrid Racecar aims for Nurburgring record

InMotion IM01 hybrid race car

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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Aston Martin DP-100 vision Gran Turismo concept

Aston Martin DP-100 vision Gran Turismo concept

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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McLaren P1 GTR announced

McLaren P1 GTR

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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