Chevrolet revealed a video of the all-new, 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 lapping Nürburgring in 7:37.40. The Z/28’s lap is four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1. The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28’s lap was completed on less-than-ideal conditions, with damp pavement and pouring rain near the end of the run.
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The Porsche 918 Spyder has lapped the 20.6-kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. Achieving a time of exactly six minutes and 57 seconds, the super sportscar equipped with a hybrid drive shaved 14 seconds off the previous record. The record, which was previously held for four years, was even broken during the first attempt in the test drive on the morning of September 4. All three drivers – Former European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb – were quicker than the existing record with each lap driving the two 918 Spyder models used, and posted lap times of less than seven minutes on numerous occasions.
Official Mountune upgrades for Ford Fiesta ST and Ford Focus ST will be available in selected European markets from September 2013. The Mountune developed packages boost output from the Focus ST’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine to 275 hp. Even the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 would be left with a rear view of the Mountune-upgraded Focus ST, which can sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 6 seconds – more than half second faster than the standard Focus ST. Ford is also offering an official Mountune upgrade for the Fiesta ST, which will increase the maximum power available to 215 hp, enabling acceleration of 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.7 seconds, compared with 6.9 seconds on the factory model.
Nissan unveiled innovative electric racing car ZEOD RC that will reach speeds of more than 300km/h at the Le Mans 24 Hours. The ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) will make its race debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour. Nissan’s invitation from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to compete in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours was announced by Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn in Japan in February. The car will compete under the ACO’s “Garage 56” entry – an additional spot on the grid for vehicles that showcase new and innovative technology.
Volvo Car Group announced it will have an official Volvo Polestar Racing team on the grid in the V8 Supercars Championship in 2014 and race the Volvo S60. Volvo Car Australia will join forces with Volvo Car Group’s global motorsport partner Polestar to create a partnership with the well-renowned V8 Supercars team Garry Rogers Motorsport, and form Volvo Polestar Racing Australia to compete in the championship.
The 125 hp Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost proved its surprising performance by setting 16 FIA speed world records over distances ranging from 1 km (0.6 miles) to 4,104.7 km (2,550.5 miles). Drivers including World Rally Championships star Jari-Matti Latvala set the records at the CERAM test circuit in Mortefontaine, France, over a two-day period. Latvala and eight journalists from France and the U.S. drove three Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost cars identical to those sold in Ford dealerships throughout Europe.
Kia Motors America (KMA) is tapping into the idea of dreams revealing true desires in a new 60-second commercial set to air during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI. In the spot, titled “Drive the Dream,” the new 2012 Optima Limited races through a Gen X couple’s wildest thoughts as they sleep, including: Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima waving the checkered flag at a speedway; an in-your-face Mötley Crüe concert; mixed martial arts legend Chuck Liddell battling in the ring; a heroine and hunk on horseback in a romance novel setting; champion bull rider Judd Leffew taming a bucking rhinoceros; and a fairy tale ending.
Global RallyCross Champion and founding member of the Octane Academy, Tanner Foust, spent a day at Homestead-Miami Speedway last week testing the latest turnkey race car from Ford Racing, the Focus ST-R. The Focus ST-R is slated to make its competition debut January 26-27 during the Grand-Am weekend at Daytona in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
RENNtech announced new exhaust components for the CL63 ( C216). RENNtech T-304 stainless headers are purge welded and feature top of the line big tube 2″ diameter tubing. The headers and high quality 200 cell tri-metal sport cats are then ceramic coated to reduce latent heat in the engine compartment as well as combat against […]
The Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team made history on Sept. 14, 2011, at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife as their ultimate, street-legal, track-ready car; the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR recaptured the production car lap record with a 7:12.13 elapsed time. With no 2011 model-year Dodge Viper cars being produced, SRT joined forces with […]