Currently for the 2014 Carrera 911 model range only two have the turbo flat-sixes, that would be the Turbo and Turbo S. Autoblog is speculating that come 2015, all rear-engine porsche models (911's) will come with a turbo. These new force inducted base 911's could be putting down upwards of 400 horsepower. Bumping the current 911S model to 530 hp and 520 lb/ft of torque. That would essentially make the outgoing 911 Turbo the new 911S. Plus, expect to see significant increases in power among the rumored GT2 and GT3 models.
Last weekend, with Mercedes taking 1st and 2nd place at the Russian Grand Prix, Mercedes has officially won the Formula 1 Constructors Championship with enough points so no other team can possibly come close. The team's ninth one-two of the season, one shy of McLaren's 1988 record. Spearheaded by Hamilton's ninth win this campaign, ensured Mercedes became champions in style for the first time in F1 history.
Host of the popular YouTube channel and brand new show on NBC Sports Network Chris Harris, just announced his departure from the company. Just two months after he heavily advocated for a paid YouTube subscription service he will be leaving /Drive and will be starting his own YouTube channel which will likely be just like his Chris Harris On Cars show. Mr. Harris is quickly becoming the UK's most widely recognized auto journalist and was becoming very popular on the /Drive channel. Curious to see what will become of his new channel launching mid-November.
The new Acura NSX has been in its development stages for quite a long time now. Recently though, more invasive testing has been going on at the Nurburgring in what looks to be the closest iteration to the production model we've seen yet. Unfortunately on Thursday the car caught fire and burnt to the ground, thankfully, the driver managed to escape without any injuries. What exactly does this mean for Acura and their new NSX? Well for one, not much is known about the cause of the fire but this is the most demanding track in the world and puts massive amounts of strain on the powertrain. Doubled with the fact that this car is a hybrid and has a petrol along with an electric motor, overheating is a common issue. Secondly, it's going to hard to sway anyone's mind from ordering the new NSX after this little debacle considering the reputation the outgoing NSX had (remember the 2014 Porsche GT3 fires?). All in all this doesn't say much for the production car, it is still in development stages. Let's wait and see if Acura comes out with a statement regarding Thursday's little bonfire...
We have known for quite some time now that Aston Martin is due for a major overhaul. With their recent partnership with AMG for new engines and some talks with Lotus' design department, expect a new, reborn AM to be just on the horizon. The first Aston to get the AMG treatment will the DB9 most likely in 2016 featuring all new styling, then the V8 and V12 Vantage and so on through the product lineup. AutoCar reports that the new DB9 will be built on a completely new platform created specifically for the new AMG power plant and will feature design inputs from Lotus as well. Aston Martin will also attempt to create drastic styling differences between models, as a common complaint is the lineup looks all to similar. This new and re-branded AM should finally be able to set itself up against the likes of Ferrari to become a new contender in the supercar world.
This video comes to us from the Viru Rally in Estonia where this maniac in his BMW M3 literally redefines how one 'Flies Around A Corner.' The driver behind the wheel takes a jump with a little too much speed and happens to land with a perfect setup for the oncoming corner. Unfortunately, the car did suffer massive damage and was forced to withdraw from the race... Crazy Estonians.
A month ago we had some rumors circulating about McLaren working on a track only P1. Now we can tell you more about it. It’ll be called the P1 GTR, it’ll produce more power, more downforce, more grip and will cost more than double the price of a standard P1. Lets start with the name. GTR was the tag McLaren attached to racing versions of the F1 road car (pictured above). A car, let’s not forget, that won Le Mans back in 1995. The timing of this announcement, with the famous 24 hour race taking place this weekend – is surely no coincidence. At the moment, all McLaren is saying about the GTR is that this is a track-only version of the P1, but McLaren is fond of an anniversary – could it be possible that a P1 GTR will debut at Le Mans 20 years on from the F1’s famous victory?
Audi is now just three Le Mans victories away from tying Porsche in the record books at Circuit de la Sarthe. For the 13th time in the last 15 years, Audi claimed overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was a one-two finish for the R18 e-tron racers, with Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer’s No.2 car leading the sister No. 1 ride of Tom Kristensen, Lucas di Grassi and Marc Gene. The race’s early going was marred by rain, chaos, and shunts—most notably an incident involving the No. 8 Toyota TS040 of Nicolas Lapierre, which spun, collecting both Marco Bonanomi’s No. 3 Audi R18 and Sam Bird’s No. 81 AF Corse Ferrari 458.
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