Friday, 29 July 2011
In case you missed it... here's just one of the many cool images and incredible cars in the latest issue of www.roadmagazine.co.uk, live now, FREE! This issue, we organised a load of crazy UK cars for German TV star and race ace, Tim Schrick to test and hoon about it – including a Z Cars Hayabusa Mini, a 1066bhp drag Mitsubishi Evo at Santa Pod, the incredible new BAC Mono (pictured), the rapid, giant killing Chevron GR8 race car and gorgeous historic B19, a perfect Motec 911 964 from Sean Lockyear, the latest Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ-330 and a ballistic, 982bhp Time Attack winning Evo from Car Planet racing, at Donington Park. It's a cracking issue, even if we say so ourselves, full of behind-the-scenes action and Tim's thoughts on the cars. Read it here free via the blog, by clicking on the cover image, in the top right of the tool bar, or via this link: http://issuu.com/roadonlinemagazine/docs/road_17
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Ken Block is out in LA this weekend, ready to tear up downtown LA in his all-new Ford Fiesta Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle (H.F.H.V) at the X-Games. Sweet. Then it's time to release the next Gymkhana – No.4 – which is sure to set the internet alight again. Ken's viral videos, subtly advertising his DC Shoes brand, are perhaps the best there are. He's the king of social media in the auto world, and expectations are sky high for the next one – bearing in mind over 110 million folk have viewed the last three and the last one hit the top 10 You Tube videos for 2010, getting sicker and slicker as they go. No.4 is sure to be amazing, promoting the new monster machine. To celebrate this, have a look at this re-edited video of his outgoing Subaru WRX STi Gymkhana car in action...
Welcome to the second generation BMW 1 Series – with its all-new TwinPower turbocharged engines, revised top end interior and still with its unique rear-wheel-drive layout. The range, on sale in the UK on 17 September 2011, with a choice of three diesel and two petrol engines includes:
For further information please visit: www.bmw.tv
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Following the massive success of the last issue of www.roadmagazine.co.uk, we've got a cracker again this month – a Tim Schrick Turbo TV special. Road buddy, Tim rang us earlier this Summer and asked us to line up some "crazy British cars" to film for his fab TV show, Turbo Automagazin on Sport 1 (www.mediencenter.sport1.de). Naturally, we were chuffed, and tried to line up an eclectic, eccentric, ballistic mix of mad British engineering for Tim to enjoy over the course of a week filming here in the UK. The cars were all amazing, all 10,000bhp of them! There was a crazy Z Cars classic Mini, with a Hayabusa engine and rear-wheel-drive, the incredibly engineered new selfish (single seater!) track day tool, the 575Kg, 280bhp BAC Mono and Andy Robinson's mental Mitsubishi Evo drag car with 1,066bhp at Santa Pod (Tim's first ever drag race!). We also had a great day out with the RMA at Donington Park – with the amazing new speedy racer from pedigree-rich Chevron, the GR8 and their stunning re-built historic classic, the B19, Car Planet Racing's mind-blowing 982bhp Time Attack Evo, Sean Lockyear's awesome Motec 964 Porsche 911 and the latest Lancer Evo X FQ-330 TC-SST. It was an incredible week... and you can read all about it FREE, see unseen behind-the-scenes images, and hear what Tim had to say about each crazy car in this month's Road magazine. Read it here FREE on the blog, by clicking on the cover image in the right hand tool bar or on this link below:
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The McLaren MP4-12C GT3 will race at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, 30-31 July, in the Total 24-Hour – three of them in fact, with 10 lucky drivers, racing in Pro-Cup and Pro-Am Cup categories. The 12C GT3 is the first race car converted from a McLaren road car to make a 24 hour race debut since the McLaren F1 GTR at Le Mans in 1995. The endurance race will be the first time out endurance racing at the classic Belgian circuit, since its successful race debut there in the British GT Championship early in July. The McLaren GT driver line-up for the Total 24 Hours of Spa includes CRS Racing Team Principal, Andrew Kirkaldy and McLaren Automotive Chief Test driver, Chris Goodwin. Both are Directors of the new McLaren GT company, which is led by McLaren Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh and includes McLaren Racing Head of Vehicle Engineering Mark Williams. McLaren GT is using the 2011 race season to develop the 12C GT3, with 20 cars due for delivery to privateer teams for GT3 series racing in 2012. Chris Goodwin said: “I was very happy with the performance of the 12C GT3 in its debut race at Spa. We secured an amazing pole position at the first attempt and importantly for future customers; the 12C GT3 was reliable, fast and easy to drive. I’m delighted with the quality of the drivers we have enlisted as we take the 12C GT3 to its first 24 hour race. This level of endurance racing is a crucial test for the car technically, and we need the best possible team working with us to ensure we receive intelligent, objective feedback on the 12C GT3 driving experience. We will use this feedback as we continue to develop the car in readiness for customers to go racing next year. We will be taking the opportunity at Spa to work with a future McLaren GT customer, VonRyan Racing. We want to develop close relationships with all our customer race teams and this experience will be valuable in developing our customer support programme for 2012 and beyond.” Looking forward to seeing them out in action. Sure they will do well, assuming the gremlins don't strike...
Welcome to the new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series – all 6.3-litre AMG V8 of it, with 517bhp and 620Nm torque to enjoy. Mercedes-Benz say: "Spectacular design and technology transfer from the world of motorsport and offer driving dynamics at the highest level: The new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series embodies the new AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG model." It's the most powerful C-Class of all time, with the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine offering "hefty torque, tremendous pulling power and responsiveness, and ensuring high-calibre performance." The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and comes with adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension, the AMG high-performance compound braking system and the advanced standard equipment. The AMG Track Package is available as an option to enhance driving dynamics even further – boasting sports tyres and active rear-axle transmission cooling, plus the AMG Aerodynamics package including flics, a functionally tuned front splitter and an adjustable carbon-fibre rear aerofoil. Mercedes wax on: "Broad, low, brawny and ready to pounce even at a standstill – the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series makes a mighty impression. It’s clear right from the first time you set eyes on it that the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is made for ambitious laps on a closed-off race track. In visual terms the new high-performance vehicle is reminiscent of the SLS AMG GT3 customer sports car and symbolises the transfer of technology from the sphere of motorsport, which has been part of the corporate philosophy of Mercedes-AMG GmbH for 44 years now. With its new C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series, AMG is presenting an exciting sports car for enthusiasts who are passionate about sports cars which are big on horsepower, and this marks the impressive continuation of the Black Series strategy, which began back in 2006. AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz Cars, is once again demonstrating its expertise when it comes to designing and developing emotionally appealing high-performance cars." Ola Källenius, the CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH adds: "AMG has its roots in international motorsport. The new C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is the best proof there is for the permanent transfer of technology from the race track to the road. The numerous successes in the DTM, the customer sports range featuring the SLS AMG GT3 and our commitment to Formula 1, where we have been providing the Official F1TM Safety Car and the Official F1TM Medical Car for the past 15 years, continuously spur on our engineers and technicians. The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series embodies the new AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG model." Looking good. Cost TBC... and that'll be the only negative we guess!
Mazda has released a cracking looking MX-5 – the 160PS MX-5 Sport Black – "inspired by this year’s highly successful MX-5 GT race car," which Road buddy Mike Wilds has piloted. And there's also a Mazda2 Black introducing a black vinyl roof, privacy glass and matt black alloy wheels, released at the same time. Only 500 and 618, respectively of these Limited Edition Mazdas available for the UK market. Mazda say: "Inspired by the highly successful 275bhp Mazda MX-5 GT Britcar race car, the Mazda MX-5 Sport Black is distinguished by unique paint finishes and an enhanced specification." Externally, the car is highlighted by a Brilliant Black powered retractable hard-top (down in 12-seconds), with a choice of bodywork colours – Spirited Green metallic, Crystal White Pearlescent and Velocity Red mica. And there's dark ‘gun metal’ 17-inch alloy wheels. The special also comes with black leather interior with contrasting ‘sand’ colour stitching, Piano Black steering wheel and deco panel, and unique ‘Black Limited Edition’ exterior badging, uniquely numbered interior plaque and Limited Edition floor mats. The MX-5 Sport Black also has a good spec, offering climate control air-conditioning, a premium Bose® audio system, an integrated hands-free Bluetooth® system, cruise control and front fog lights. The Mazda MX-5 Sport Black will cost £22,995 (OTR), just £360 more than the 160PS, 2.0-litre, six-speed transmission Sport Tech model on which it is based. “Special Edition models of the Mazda MX-5 have always been eagerly received by UK consumers, and the new Sport Black model takes inspiration from the MX-5 GT race car that embodies Mazda’s Defy Convention brand strategy,” comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda Motors UK. “Both the race car and road-going sportscar remain true to their roots, those of driving entertainment, great handling and fun to drive. The Sport Black model delivers a distinctive and sharper edge to our long-running star performer.”
Meanwhile, the new Limited Edition Mazda2 Black five-door is also available in Spirited Green metallic, Crystal White Pearlescent and True Red. It is based on the 84ps, 1.3-litre Tamura model, adding a black vinyl roof, matt black 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, privacy glass and a rear bumper sports trim. Inside, there is the Sports interior with climate control air-conditioning, a Parrot Bluetooth® hands-free system, electric rear windows, plus unique ‘Black Edition’ exterior badging, uniquely numbered interior plaque and Limited Edition floor mats. It will cost £12,395 (OTR) for the True Red version and £12,815 for the other metallic and pearlescent colours.
The next Britcar race takes place at the Snetterton race circuit from 13-14 August 2011, where you can see the ace MX-5 GT giant killing. Shame Mazda didn't let rip and release a superlight, super powerful Sport Black special, to really mirror the GT car eh? Still, it looks good!
Monday, 25 July 2011
Welcome to Ken Block's latest idea: The H.F.H.V or "Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle." The base is a new Ford Fiesta WRC, with bigger turbo and up to 600bhp capability. But the real trick is its adaptability, changing specs to transform it from stage rally car, to rallycross car and Gymkhana weapon. Ken says: "The H.F.H.V is awesome. It's like a modern day Group B rally car, and the perfect Gymkhana and rallycross car all in one." I reckon Ken and Road old buddy Colin McRae would have liked it! Go Ken!
Friday, 22 July 2011
There are just 50 days to go until the Forge Motorsport Summer Performance Car Action Day at Castle Combe Circuit, on Saturday September 10th. And it’s all geared up to be a massive packed paddock and track action event – with almost 1,000 performance cars already booked in from over 60 car clubs and a raft of new big name sponsors signed up. The largest car club booking to date is from Briskoda, with over 60 high performance Skodas confirmed. The Mercedes Owners Club will be there in force, to celebrate their 125th year. And there will be a huge display of Subarus, for a second Castle Combe “Subaru Saturday” event run along with the Forge Motorsport Action Day. The range, quality and quantity of performance cars on display in the historic Castle Combe paddock and out on the high-speed, testing 1.85-mile classic circuit will take some beating. And now, main event sponsors, Forge Motorsport, have been joined by more top names – including Tarox brakes, Pipercross air filters, Eibach Suspension and Scorpion exhausts, who will be bringing their performance car products to display in the paddock and demo cars to demonstrate their wares on the Wiltshire circuit. Track time for the event is incredible value – costing just £30 a session (booked in advance, £35 on the day). And entry fees are similarly affordable, priced at just £8 in advance (plus 50p P&P/credit card charge) or £10 on the gate on the day. And under 16s go FREE, so it’s a fabulous family affair! There are also big discounts available for track time and admission for car club exhibitors. For more information on the Forge Motorsport Summer Performance Car Action Day, please email Maria Fisher at email@example.com, call on 01249 782417 or visit www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk and http://www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk/events/Action_Days/3.htm.
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Pikes Peaks videos always do it for us. 'That' Walter Rohrl Peugeot run will be burned in my mind forever. As will this modern classic... a super wild ride in the mega power, aero-kitted, lightweight Monster Tajima GoPro sponsored Suzuki Sx4 – setting and breaking the world record, with the first ever sub-10-minute run up the world's maddest hill climb, on Falken tyres. 9:51s. Jeeees! Hang on tight! It's all totally insane, but check out the action high up the hills, at the 8:00 minute mark. He sooooo nearly made history for all the wrong reasons. Phenomenal balls of steel!
Reckon you can drive? Reckon you can race? What about the Nurburgring 24-Hour? Maybe you've done a few laps of the Green Hell? Maybe you think you could handle the best endurance race in the world on the world's toughest track? Well, strap yourself in for a lap with the aptly-named Wolf Henzler in the Falken Motorsports 997 GT3 R, in the dead of night. Then see if you reckon you could do it! The view from the hot seat says it all... the guys who pilot these front-running cars, like the Falken Motorsports GT3 R, are truly the best racers on the planet. Check out the overtaking action, the shunt avoidance at the Karussell, and listen to the Porsche struggling to go slowly past safety cars. It's a mega video... one not to be missed. Thanks Falken Motorsport and Nick Bailey.
Recalling their 2011 race, Falken said: "Team chief Sven Schnabel’s crew had to spring into action as early as the first lap, checking tyres and rims in the pit for safety reasons following a minor collision with another vehicle. Wolf Henzler and Peter Dumbreck fought their way up from position 85 to reach 14th place. Shortly after Dumbreck handed over the wheel to Martin Ragginger at around 7:15 p.m, disaster struck: Distinct noises from the drive train accompanied the transmission’s complete failure. Breaking down in the ‘Schwalbenschwanz’ section of the track, the Porsche lost 30 valuable minutes before being towed to the pit. There, the mechanics team worked at an almost super-human pace, planting a new engine and transmission into the 911 in approximately two hours. Now truly running like clockwork, the Falken Porsche re-entered the race at 10 p.m. in 176th and proceeded to persistently attack. Thanks to fairly constant lap times it clawed its way back to 48th!!" Quite a dramatic race for them. And anyone can see it's a top 15 car based on pace, without these sort of Green Hell dramas... amazing stuff. There's nothign on earth like the Green Hell at night in the 24-Hour eh?
We've shown you Tim Schrick cringing from the awesome might of Andy Robinson's Car Planet Racing, 1000PS Mitsubishi Evo drag car ripping up the dyno (scroll down the blog or search in menu bar to view). And now Turbo Automagazin on Sport 1 have aired Tim's run in the beast from the East at Santa Pod Raceway (www.santapod.com). It was Tim's first ever drag run... with 1000PS on tap, and was quite a baptism of fire. You can see the funny film here: http://mediencenter.sport1.de/de/video/auto_motor/video_auto_motor_turbo/#/0_93mw531k .
And, mid-week next week, the www.roadmagazine.co.uk article on this feature, and all of the mental cars we lined up for Tim to test and film will be live, for all the behind the scenes gossip, Tim's views on all the amazing cars on test and lots of nice unseen images. As ever... it's all FREE, so enjoy it and spread the word! Thanks, or should I say, danke!
The Turbo TV footage from Sport 1 of Tim Schrick's trip to visit mad engineering experts, Z-Cars, has gone live. We will have the video up on the blog soon, but, for those who can not wait to see Tim let loose in the Hyabusa-engined, rear wheel drive monster Mini capable of 0-100mph in 5.7s, check out the link below and watch Tim get a Z-Cars factory tour, and go wild, sideways of course, at the wide expanses of the ace driver training centre, Manby Motorplex (www.manbymotorplex.com). You can find the video here: http://mediencenter.sport1.de/de/video/auto_motor/video_auto_motor_turbo/#/0_czdoj88x.
And, next week, mid-week, tune into the Road Magazine Blog here to see the next monthly issue of www.roadmagazine.co.uk – a dedicated Tim Schrick special, featuring all of the awesome cars we lined up for this UK filming mission, with unseen images and behind the scenes tales. One not to miss... so stay tuned!
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Caterham’s iconic Seven will be sold in China for the first time – after Caterham Cars signed an exclusive deal with new importer, Courtenay Trading International (CTI). CTI is looking to appoint six retailers in key provinces of China over the next year and is targeting initial sales of between 30 and 50 Sevens in its first year of operation. All of Caterham’s current EU5-compliant cars will be sold – Roadsport 120, Superlight 120, Roadsport 175, Superlight R300 and CSR 175 – with the first Sevens scheduled to arrive in China in January 2012. Although Caterham has had a long-standing presence in the Far East, notably in Japan, this will be the first time the iconic Seven has been sold in China and represents Caterham’s continuing expansion into new growth markets. Caterham Cars’ International Business Manager, David Ridley, said: “We are engaged in one of the most exciting new chapters in the Caterham Cars story and our entry into the Chinese market is another tangible sign of how Caterham is striving to become a truly global brand.” The relationship with CTI could also offer Caterham a platform from which to launch new models such as its stunning sports prototype launched in January this year, the Caterham-Lola SP/300.R. Caterham will also seek to further expand internationally the successful motorsport ‘ladder’ model that has made the Seven one of the most raced cars in Europe. Alongside its new partnership and as a sponsor of the Team Lotus Formula One team, Caterham’s global motorsport outreach will mirror that of F1, which continues to break new ground in emerging Asian markets, with Singapore and Korea recently joining China and Japan on the F1 calendar. See http://www.caterham.co.uk or call 01883 333 700 for more information.
Mitsubishi Motors UK has launched its own Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MitsubishiUK. And, fear not, it is not just the usual boring "on-message" yawnsville gathering of releases, news, videos and waffle either. There's a fascinating amount of Japanese culture up there already, and lots more stuff on Japanese history, fashion and technology to come – to help us all understand the Mitsubishi brand better, via Japan. Nice! And you can also follow the latest Mitsubishi UK instant news via Twitter on @Mitsubishipress. Yokoso!
Top Gear Live is developing an indoor track extravaganza – in partnership with Group Lotus Motorsport, designers of the original Top Gear test-track. The track will be the central feature of its all-new Top Gear Live event running from 11-13 November at NEC Birmingham and 24-27 November at ExCeL London. Top Gear favourites including German race sensation and Road buddy, Sabine Schmitz and Tiff Needell will join five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell, and an extensive list of other celebrity guests, drivers and presenters on track at the two events. The all-new track element will feature power laps by Top Gear’s very own tame racing driver The Stig as well as challenges for presenters Clarkson, Hammond and May. And, of course, there will be a host of celebrities vying for the top spot in Top Gear Live’s very own Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. The tracks have been configured to enable all manner of driving disciplines during a full programme of incredible action. These will include head-to-head challenges, power testing and time trials, ensuring there’s plenty of live action throughout the event. The tracks have been named ‘Docklands GP’ (ExCeL track) and ‘B20 Raceway’ (NEC track), and visitors can get a preview of what is waiting for them at the show with both track layouts available to see at www.topgearlive.co.uk. In the tradition of the Top Gear track’s ‘Hammerhead’ and ‘Gambon’ corners, these custom-built indoor tracks will also have named corners and Top Gear Live fans will have the opportunity to name one of the corners at each track in a competition launching next week via facebook.com/TopGearLiveUK. Gavan Kershaw, Engineering Manager at Group Lotus Motorsport said: “We’re enjoying the challenge of working with the Top Gear Live team to design two tracks that are both exciting and credible for this event. We believe the end result will ensure an awesome experience for both the drivers and spectators with plenty of noise and burning rubber!" In addition to the interactive on-track activity, there will be supercar parades featuring iconic models such as the new McLaren MP4-12C, Lamborghini Aventador and Ferrari 599 GTO, as well as legendary group B rally cars and a celebration of F1 past and present, all live on the track. All this will be supported by fantastic challenges and cars modified beyond recognition – synonymous with Top Gear! Sounds like a lot of big boy's fun.
Chevron Racing Cars made a stunning race debut in the GT Cup Championship (www.gtcup.co.uk) this weekend – with an inaugural victory in the ballistic Chevron GR8 GT at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. Rising star, Jordan Witt, just 20 years old, took a huge victory – by over 11 seconds – in the second of two sprint races in the Chevron GR8 GT Car, blitzing Ferrari 430’s and Porsche 911 GT3 racers to take the chequred flag in style, in the pouring rain. The GT Cup Championship Sprint (25 minutes) and GT Trophy Endurance Series races are designed for GT Cars with both up-and-coming racers, like Jordan, and “gentleman drivers,” like his father, David Witt – who was racing alongside his son at Brands Hatch in the Chevron Challenge Car. The Challenge Car runs mainly the same high specification as Jordan’s Chevron GR8 GT Car, with a re-worked version of the GT version’s full aero pack. Jordan has only been racing competitively for twelve months, in the Dunlop Sport MAXX Cup, Chevron GR8 Challenge and in the epic British GT Championship, in the Chevron GR8 GT. And the Cheshire race ace had just recovered from a dose of the mumps and a serious bout of conjunctivitis prior to the Brands races. But that didn’t stop him taking the c260 bhp, 750 Kg Chevron GR8 GT to a historic inaugural victory in the second of the two sprint races. Jordan said: “It was a really good race weekend and went really, really well. I couldn’t ask for much more from our first race in the GT Cup. It was great fun to race in, the car was fantastic and we got a brilliant result.” He talks through the weekend: “It had been raining in free practice and we knew the car was quick against the leading Porsches and Ferraris, so I’d been praying for rain, and we got it. The first race was dry and a bit mad. I was expecting a steady start, and no contact for my first time out on the Pirelli slicks. However I was hit up the back on the first corner of the first race by a Ferrari, who went up and over my back end, damaging the car badly, which slowed me down a fair bit. But I still managed to bring the GR8 home in 7th place.” Jordan’s father, David, racing in the Chevron GR8 Challenge Car added: “Jordan was hit straight away in race one, but he’s used to it, after the Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup, and he used his race craft to bring the car home safely.” Race two was a different story from the first race. The Chevron GR8’s were both using a dry set-up, with a slight rise in ride height and were running Pirelli full wets – for the first time. Jordan started in third place (based on qualifying laps, in the dry), but was up to P1 by turn three in the Chevron. Jordan recalls: “After the chaos of race one, I knew I had to be ahead to do well. I let a Porsche go up the inside line for Paddock Hill Bend off the start line, and took the faster wet line around the outside, and went straight past three cars. Then I took the outside line at Druids Bend again, to pass the lead Ferrari and take P1. I was leading going into the Graham Hill Bend, where I had a huge moment, with full opposite lock on the brakes, but caught it and carried on, to first place, by over 11 seconds. I was very pleased.”His proud father, David said: “Jordan did fantastically and we are delighted with the result – he didn’t just win, he hammered everyone! And the wetter it got, the better the GR8’s got. After the first race damage, Andy and the Chevron team did really well to get Jordan’s car repaired and out for race two, with just 10 minutes to spare and Jordan won using his race craft. Both cars were superb, out for the first time on wets. They didn’t miss a beat. They’ve proved what they can do in all conditions, up against Ferrari, Porsche, TVR and BMW. We couldn’t ask for any more. It couldn’t be a better result for the Chevron brand, the cars and the team. We are really pleased with both cars and the result, for our first time out in the GT Cup." David didn’t even mind being passed – twice – by his speedy son and the GR8 GT, saying of his seventh ever race: “He’d told me before the race; ‘dad, I’m going to pass you, just stick to your line.’ I’d been watching him doing really well while racing my own race, then he went out of sight, and I though ‘oh-no.’ The next thing I know, he’s up behind me flashing his lights and zipping passed me. After the race, one of the Ferrari drivers said Jordan did the same thing to him, and all he saw was his Helmet going past the window as he overtook him on the outside. Jordan did the Chevron brand proud. It was a great race, and really good fun.” Jordan summed up the Chevron’s success: “It was our first race in the wet in the GT and Challenge Cars and they both worked really well – it just goes to show what a great car it is, quick in all conditions. The GR8 handled so well in the slippery conditions. It seems to go even quicker in the wet, which suits me too. I used to race motorcross when I was younger and I have a good feeing for racing in the wet. The GR8 feels so natural and neutral, a bit like a racing motorbike. You can feel the back moving about, but it’s predictable, with a bit of oversteer and nothing nasty or snappy about it. Having seen off Ferraris and Porsches, there’s no doubt that the GR8 is a real giant killer.” The Chevron GR8’s will be racing again in the GT Cup at Donington Park on August 12th. And you can see the race report from Brands Hatch on Motors TV (www.motorstv.com) on Friday July 29th, 19:25, on Sky Channel 413 or Virgin Media Channel 545, with interviews with race winner, Jordan Witt. The Chevron GR8 is available in Challenge Car and GT specification, from just £55,000 (+ VAT in EU) and £70,000 (+ VAT) respectively. And, for retro racers, the Chevron B19 Works Car is available from £80,000 (+ VAT), plus engine and gearbox costs (there are several specifications available). For more information on the Chevron brand and race cars available, please visit the Chevron Racing website at www.chevronracing.com or call the team on the numbers below.
Former British Rally Champion, Mark Higgins is on a roll. First he sets a new production car lap record on the mental Isle of Man TT Course in a Subaru. And now, he blitzes last weekend’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (www.cpop.co.uk) in Subaru’s limited-edition Cosworth Impreza STI CS400. The All-Wheel Drive 400PS Subaru outpaced a host of high-performance road cars and supercars, including the Nissan GTR, Ariel V8 Atom, Lexus LFA and Ford Focus RS500, and in the final standings was beaten only by the £186,000 Lamborghini LP570-4 Performante on the 1.2-mile sprint circuit! Giant killer! Subaru said: "Significantly, on the final day of the event (Sunday 17 July) when the circuit was consistently soaked with rain, the Subaru comfortably outpaced every other participating vehicle. With a quickest time of 68.18 seconds, it was over four seconds quicker than the second placed Lancia Delta Intergrale WRC and six seconds quicker than the second placed car in the Supercar category." How amazing is that? Subaru added: "Higgins’ high-speed run dramatically showcased the all-conditions attributes of the Cosworth-fettled Subaru, establishing it as the fastest hot-hatch in the ‘supercar’ class. Mark recorded a best time of 66.08 seconds, at an average speed of 65.45 mph on the twisty Cholmondeley circuit." And Mark Higgins said: "The Pageant’s track is incredibly narrow and asks a surprising amount of both car and driver. If you want to set a decent time, good traction, strong brakes and stability at speed are all essential. The Subaru delivered on all those scores. We were only bettered by a Lamborghini LP570-4 Performante in the dry runs and we were the quickest by far in the wet."
Marketing Director of Subaru UK, Kenyon Neads, commented: "We’re delighted that the CS400 in Mark’s talented hands took the fight so strongly to the supercar elite. Finishing ahead of cars like the Ariel Atom V8 is a real testament to the engineering and development work by both Cosworth and Subaru. Ours was not only the fastest hatchback, but also the quickest vehicle in any class when the circuit was wet, which speaks volumes for its capabilities. It was no surprise the Subaru stand in the paddock was a hive of activity throughout the weekend." The limited-edition Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 is currently available from Subaru UK priced £49,995 with a number of competitive and flexible finance offers available. For more information please visit www.subaru.co.uk. If you like 4WD turbo nutter barges, they don't get much better than this one eh?
Monday, 18 July 2011
Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr led from start to finish in this weekend's GT1 Championship Race at Paul Ricard. The German duo followed up Saturday's GT1 Qualifying Race victory in the no.23 JRM Racing Nissan GT-R with more of the same in the Championship Race at Paul Ricard, making it a double win and putting themselves back on top of the GT1 Drivers' Championship standings in the process. The no.21 Sumo Power GT of David Brabham and Jamie Campbell-Walter clinched an excellent fourth place after making up seven grid positions during the course of the race, whilst there were also good drives from Enrique Bernoldi and Nick Catsburg in the no.20 car. The only sour note of the afternoon for Nissan came with the retirement of the luckless no.22 JRM, which encountered suspension problems late on in the race when challenging for third place. Speaking afterwards, Michael Krumm said: "It's a brilliant feeling to get a double victory here at Paul Ricard and jump back into the lead in the Drivers' Championship - the GT-R felt really great out there, and it handled very comfortably throughout my stint behind the wheel. Overall it really has been a perfect weekend - now it's on to the great unknown of China, which we'll obviously be approaching with a lot of confidence." Michael's team-mate in the no.23 JRM, Lucas Luhr, added: "When I left the pits I had quite a good gap but evidently the no.8 Aston pushed quite hard on his out lap, because I soon saw him coming up behind me in my mirrors and I thought ‘this is going to be close!' After a few laps the tyre pressure came up and then I could control the pace more, but I still didn't want to risk pushing too much, as we saw what can happen with tyre degradation on this track yesterday: I didn't overstretch. Once again, Michael and I need to thank the whole team for their hard work, and for giving us the wonderful tools with which we can win races. Two wins is a great feeling!" Round eight of the GT1 World Championship, in Ordos, China will take place on the weekend of the 3rd - 4th September, 2011.
Saxon Brands have released a new easy-use tyre sealant – Slime 'Quick Spair.' They say: "It fixes flat tyres quickly and easily, so you can continue your journey without having to wait around for breakdown assistance, or changing the tyre roadside yourself. It's great for people out on the road a lot, especially with the amount of potholes on the roads now and is its ideal for keeping in the boot to ensure you and your family are safe on long journeys." Quick Spair retails at £9.99 for 12oz and £11.99 for 16oz and works by injecting a water-based sealant into the damaged tyre (which can be washed out later, when being repaired), which seals the puncture temporarily, and re-inflates the tyre, so you can make a speedy roadside repair and carry on driving. It's also sold with an air compressor, in the Slime Smart Spair Kit, for £29.99. See more at www.slime.com
Road has been asked by the Targa Newfoundland Auction to appeal for automotive companies to donate items that are car/rally/racing orientated for their forthcoming auction in September, as part of the Targa NL Gala. The charity will raise money for autism from the donated gifts and are looking for about 20 quality items. Please contract Tom via firstname.lastname@example.org to give generously for this great cause folks.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Renault are trying to re-kindle the sub-brand magic of the iconic, gorgeous Renault 5 Turbo Gordini – with their new top-of-the-range (not quite so iconic or gorgeous!) Gordini version of the Wind Roadster, priced from £15,195, in 1.2 TCE 100 and 1.6 VVT 133 forms. Renault say: "The third Gordini to join the fold, in Wind Roadster guise, it welcomes the trademark Malta Blue metallic paint with twin white Gordini stripes (Pearl Black and Glacier White are no cost options. White versions come with chrome effect bodywork detailing), plus the usual Gordini badges on the side pillars. Adding to the exterior style with the ‘French Touch’, both the 1.2 and 1.6 versions benefit from white door mirrors, grille trim and cowls, 17-inch alloy wheels with a polished face and gloss black inserts. The upmarket theme continues in the cockpit-style cabin with Gordini blue and dark grey leather seats with embossed Gordini logo, numbered Gordini plaque (1-200), satin chrome effect gearknob with blue Gordini badge and blue gearstick surround. Complementing the Gordini touches is a high standard specification, including Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, multi-functional TunePoint for USB connections and Thatcham category 1 alarm. The latest version can also be upgraded with three key options. The most eye-catching is a Renaultsport exhaust for £450 (1.6 only), joined by 17-inch Gordini alloy wheels with polished face and blue inserts, plus a wind deflector for £200." The new Gordini versions and rest of the revised Wind Roadster range are available to order now. More information on the Renault range is available at www.renault.co.uk, with the latest Renault news on Renault TV on Sky Guide 883 and Freesat 651, or by following on twitter @renault_uk. Is it just me who misses the late 1980s?
The 2011 Silverstone Classic (22-24 July) can justify its proud claim to being the "the world's biggest classic racing festival," with the final numbers for the event amply demonstrating the vast scale of this world famous festival. Some of the key numbers are:
* 1010 drivers in 22 races: Bigger than any other racing festival, the 2011 Silverstone Classic has attracted massive competitor support across 15 categories and 22 races. In total 1010 drivers are entered. * 1030 total entries: With many of the race grids heavily over-subscribed and at least half of the grids featuring more than 50 cars, a mammoth total of 1030 entries have been received. Some of the biggest grids in British motor racing.
* £300 million of race cars: Period racing, sports, GT, and saloon cars with an overall value conservatively estimated at £300 million. Some cars alone worth in excess of £5 million.
* 124 F1 Cars: With cars spanning 55 years, ranging from 1928 to 1983, there is an incredible array of Grand Prix cars in action within a total entry of 124 cars. The earlier cars race in the Pre-1961 Front Engine Grand Prix Car races, with the oldest car being the 1928 Bugatti T35B of Geraint Owen. The early 1960s are re-created in the Pre-1966 Rear Engine Grand Prix Cars races, while the Grand Prix Masters races will re-live the 1970s and early 1980s era of the Cosworth DFV engine.
* 50 racing E-type Jaguars: The E-type Challenge, an exciting new series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-type. Fifty E-type Jaguars in one race will set a new world record and will make an unforgettable sight.
* 1000 E-type Jaguars for official 50th birthday party: Up to 1000 E-types on show and on parade in the models’ biggest ever gathering.
* 120 car clubs and 7000 classic cars: More than 7000 classic cars of all shapes and sizes, with a record number of over 120 Car Clubs on show.
* Record crowds: The response from fans for the 2011 Silverstone Classic has been superb and points to a bumper crowd for the weekend. Advance ticket sales are 90 per cent higher than in 2010.
* 30 Group C prototypes: One of the star races will be for the Le Mans-type cars of the 1980s in the Group C category. Cars from Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes, Nissan, Lancia and Spice will make a memorable spectacle amongst a superb 30-car grid.
* Celebrity race with Morgans: A gaggle of famous names will be tackling the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on Saturday afternoon in a special Celebrity Challenge in Morgan sport cars raising funds for the Bobby Moore Cancer Fund. Heston Blumenthal, Jo Wood and Brendan Cole are among those who will be racing, as well as Road regular, Neil Primrose, of Travis (go Neil!).
* Live music: Friday will be given over to some of the best tribute bands around, while Saturday’s concert is topped by Suzi Quattro, 10CC and Wishbone Ash. Sunday switches to a classical focus.
* Massive off-track entertainment: Funfairs, shopping malls, an assault course, the Village Green, traction engines, hot-air balloon fly-outs, air displays, festival catering by Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feast and even a lawn mower race are all part of the most remarkable show of the year.
"The Silverstone Classic is simply the biggest and best classic racing festival in the World and the numbers involved in the 2011 event are incredible," said event director Nick Wigley. "It is going to be a sensational weekend!” Get tickets and info via www.SilverstoneClassic.com.
Road's American correspondent, Ashley Van Dyke had to hold on tight to her dollars the other day – as she attended a huge, amazing car auction with www.barrett-jackson.com, at the Orange County Fair Grounds, in front of over 100,000 punters. Here's what Ashley had to say: "When you first think of Barrett Jackson, you know it’s going to be a high dollar showdown of big car collectors dueling it out for their favorite rare and unique automobiles. Some are one of a kind and some not found anywhere else in the world. What you may not know, if you’ve never been to Barrett Jackson before, is that there is so much else to see and do while you’re there on top of the eye-watering auction.
"The range of vehicles the show brings together is quite amazing and truly has something for everyone –with pavilion halls lined up with classics like a pristine ‘69 Caramo and ’67 Mustang to new car models like the Chevrolet Volt found at the GM booth. Of course, there is no shortage of exotic cars like the Bugatti Veyron and Ford GT as well. You could literally spend hours in just one hall gazing over the craftsmanship and detail in your favorite foreign and domestic USA beauties. You will find interesting looks and designs in automobiles made and customized from all parts of the world that has everyone holding a camera to get snaps of their favorite rides."
Outside the auction, Ashley got some high speed action: "The biggest kick of the weekend for me was getting my hands behind the wheel on the autoX track with the GM ride and drive experience. The instructors were there from the Ron Fellow’s Corvette School, located at Spring Mountain Raceway, which always makes a little drive time better when you have guys there that know what they’re doing! I was impressed with the line-up of test vehicles GM had brought out for anyone to drive. Anyone who bought a ticket to Barrett Jackson was welcomed at the driving experience.
She adds: "The Cadillac CTS V is a car I’ve had my eyes on for a while and this was my first chance at getting to drive one. The instructor was wondering where my hand was going when I leaned over from the driver’s side to reach between his legs…guess what!...the traction control button on the V is no longer located inside the glove box but rather on the steering wheel. Talk about more convenient! Needless to say this baby has way to much horse power for a parking lot, but I did enjoy the jump off the line and the smooth ride as I over-steered the corners!
"I always have a soft spot for charity and thought one of the coolest auctions of the weekend was a Chevrolet Camaro that was donated by GM to support Cell Phones for Soldiers. This cause helps place cellular phones with our troops and aids in covering their services charges while serving our country overseas. The car was won with a bid of $100k and brought tears to the eyes of many who where there just to support this effort.
"For the first time, in person, I was able to check out the newest hot rod to the Chevrolet family, the Sonic. A fun small car that comes as a hatchback or sedan with a 1.4L turbo engine. Many are hopeful this car maker in on to something with this new small car product. I’m looking forward to learning more about the Sonic and what role it will take up against its competitors in the near future... more here and in www.roadmagazine.co.uk soon. Ashley... out!"
(Picture: John Grahman)
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Festival of Speed, done and another huge success, now Goodwood turns its attention its even-more awesome Revival meet, 16-18 September, promising "mouth-watering grids, scintillating on-track action, and a number of significant anniversaries to celebrate." A record-breaking 134,000 people attended over the weekend in 2010, and plans are afoot to replicate/better this in 2011. As ever, the Revival offers visitors of all ages a chance to revel in the romance and glamour of motor racing "as it used to be." It is the only sporting event in the world set entirely to a period theme and, every year, spectators and competitors take "a magical step back in time" by getting into the effervescent Goodwood spirit. The majority of visitors enter into the spirit of the event, dressing in appropriate clothing from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. This September’s event will offer an action-packed weekend of historic motor racing and period theatre for all the family, as always – with much more besides. There is a huge array of races taking place on the historic, fast Goodwood Circuit, including: Celebrity Two-driver Races with Ferrari 250 GTO, GT SWB and 330 LMB; Aston Martin DB4GT, Zagato and Project cars; plus AC Cobra and the rare Shelby Daytona. The classic Fordwater Trophy, for Jaguar E-Types of a type that raced up to 1966 and a mixture of lightweights, roadsters, fixed head coupés and low drag coupés. St Mary’s Trophy, with cars from the 1960s like Jaguar MkII, Ford Galaxie, Mini Cooper S, Lotus Cortina, Saab 93, Alfa Romeo GTA and BMW 1800 TiSA. The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy; a two-part, two-rider challenge, this year featuring bikes from the 1960s and there's various sports car races. It's going to be another belting Goodwood event, for sure. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of arguably the most famous fighter plane of all time – the Supermarine Spitfire, which first flew in 1936, and went on to become a true icon, credited with helping the RAF win the Battle of Britain. Having served as a Spitfire base during World War II, Goodwood is a particularly fitting venue to celebrate this anniversary, with an incredible gathering of aircraft, and a spectacular mass scramble where all the planes will take off in close formation. To order advance tickets for 2011 Goodwood Revival, please contact the Ticket Hotline: Telephone: +44 (0)1243 755055 or Email: email@example.com
or book on-line: www.goodwood.com/motorsport. You will have an amazing time, period (geddit?)!
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Nicely edited, if a tad Porsche-pretentious, video from Porsche – celebrating their involvement in the Manthey Racing victory this year, including some rare footage of Ring legend, and Manthey boss, Olaf Manthey actually smiling!
This is our kind of Road trip – done by seven-time Pikes Peak class winner and Porsche nut, Jeff Zwart. He picks up a stock Porsche 911 GT2 RS in Santa Ana, California, make a few safety modifications (and ups power to 620bhp), drives it through Vegas and Utah to Colorado – over 1,132 miles – sticks a livery and the right rubber on, and blasts up the best hill climb route on Planet Earth with its 12.5-miles, 156 corners and sheer drops... and beats his own production car record. Last year, Jeff set the record of 11mins 31.10s in a GT3. This year, he came with turbo-power and knocked 24 seconds off that time in the GT2 RS, doing 11mins 07.869s... sat-nav, air con and all. Credit where credit is due... legend! See more at www.ppihc.com
Check out star car hack and road tester, Car Magazine's, Jethro Bovingdon, "testing the outer performance envelope" (car hack speak), in the new £227,026, 651bhp V12 4WD Ferrari FF, and some seriously jushi sunglasses. Jethro says: "OK, So I'm going to go a bit quicker... and see how committed to the throttle you can be on very twisty narrow roads that shouldn't really suit this car... but it seems to suit this car really, really well..." Now watch the video... and see what happens. Doh!!! Talk about setting yourself up for a fall! Sorry to have to do this to you Jethro... but nothing has made me laugh harder in the past week! And you did publish it yourself. Both RHS wheels and tyres and no doubt some of the bodywork were fubar'd, but it's Jethro's ego that surely suffered the most damage... poor little lamb! And anyway Jethro, think of the old adage – "any publicity is good publicity" – as the video has had over 500,000 hits, so it's not all bad pal!
Prodrive will be taking a John Cooper MINI WRC, in works tarmac spec, to compete in the annual Richard Burns Memorial Rally at RAF Marham, Lincolnshire, August 13th and 14th – just one-week before they tackle the fiercesome tarmac of Rallye Deutschland. MINI WRC ace, Kris Meek will drive the car on day one, with team mate, Dani Sordo taking over on day two, on the asphalt of RAF Marham, which means the car will not be in the running for the event, but should wow the crowds and give competitors a benchmark none the less. “Anything to do with Colin McRae Vision or the Richard Burns Foundation [charitities], two guys who inspired myself, and we are there. To be in a position those guys were in by being with Prodrive and thinking you might have the opportunity in years to come to fight for the world title means it’s important you remember those guys,” said Meeke. “Richard wasn’t much older than me when he [became ill] and that’s a bit scary to think. For sure doing the event would be good, will make you sharp and I’m sure Prodrive will put on a nice show out of respect for Richard.” Prodrive has supported the Richard Burns Memorial Rally from the outset having entered a Subaru Impreza WRC2008 on the inaugural event in September 2008, which was driven to victory by Markko Martin and Robert Reid, Burns’s former navigator. “It’s a week before Germany so it will be very useful... and fantastic for the event as well,” said Prodrive’s technical head David Lapworth. Meanwhile, MINI completed a successful test on asphalt in Italy last week as part of its current focus on building knowledge of its John Cooper Works WRC on sealed-surface stages. We wish the RB Memorial event and MINI WRC the best of luck.
Preparations are underway for the drag event of the year, at "the home of European drag racing" – Santa Pod's F.I.A European Finals. More than 300 incredible drag racing weapons, in 16 different classes will take part in the close-fought European Drag Racing Championship Finals, Thursday 8th-Sunday 11th September. Highlights include US drag hero, Tommy Johnson Jr. aiming for a European record and cars and bikes capable of more than 300mph in well under five seconds! Then there's Santa Pod's amazing Fireforce Jet car, naturally, 10-sec 1/4-mile diesel trucks, helicopter rides, the Royal Artillery Parachute Team (The Black Knights) dropping in Sunday, a Battle of Britain Spitfire fly-past on Friday and The Blades aerobatic display team (with ex-Red Arrow pilots) also on Sunday. And there's free camping on site and U16s get in free. If you have never been to witness this stella event firsthand, you need to! Tickets range from £20 for Friday to £32 for Saturday or Sunday, or £57 for both days, or £70 for all four. Corporate tickets are also available from £99 + VAT per head. See www.santapod.com or call +44 (0)1234-782828 for details or to book.
Monday, 11 July 2011
Motorsport and hill climb fans all over the world are paying their respects to a legend today, Georg Plasa – who tragically died this weekend, whilst competing in the European Hill Climb Championships in Reiti in Italy, aged just 51. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and many, many friends. He was a lovely, well respected and popular man and a huge hill climbing success in his self-built BMW 134 Judd V8, admired by all. He will be much missed. To celebrate his life, here he is in action in Portugal earlier this year. R.I.P Georg.
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Here's the first of the Turbo films on Sport 1 www.roadmagazine.co.uk helped organise and produce, on Tim's first experience with a drag car – a 1000bhp Mitsubishi Evo! "Das is ein monster!" You can read all about this in next month's Road Magazine, out July 25th... and see Tim's first ever drag run very soon, here on the Road blog, and all the rest of the crazy cars Tim tested and events we did. Enjoy!!!
Friday, 8 July 2011
Before we put up all the videos from our recent, crazy UK car www.roadmagazine.co.uk filming with Tim Schrick for Turbo Automagazin (Sport 1), here is one of our recent favourite Turbo films... with Tim doing what he does best – going sideways, big-power-oversteer-style – this time in the £164,000, 571PS, 650Nm 6.2-litre Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Good job Tim!
Rally Azores (14-16 July) offers a unique challenge to drivers, as the first gravel event in the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) takes place on the volcanic island of São Miguel. It’s the type of long and challenging event that Andreas Mikkelsen enjoys, and he’ll be aiming for a good finish when he competes on the mid-Atlantic archipelago in his ŠKODA UK Motorsport Fabia S2000. Even in rallying terms, the Azores is a spectacular venue: São Miguel, nicknamed ‘the Green Island’ is a picturesque island located 930 miles (1500kms) west of Portugal and 2400 miles (3900kms) east of North America, with a dramatic coastline, high mountains and an average daytime temperature of 24°C in the driest month of July. The stages are 95% gravel, with a stunning signature stage running around a volcanic crater. There are also cattle on the island, as Andreas discovered last year when he came over a blind crest at almost 100mph and was met by a herd of cows crossing the road in front of him! The challenging loose-surface stages of the Azores suit his driving style well, leaving him and co-driver Ola Fløene confident of scoring a good result. As always on an IRC event, Andreas will be facing tough competition – not least from ŠKODA Motorsport drivers Juho Hänninen and Jan Kopecký and ŠKODA Sweden’s Patrik Sandell, all of whom also drive Fabia S2000s. Andreas said: “I really enjoy rallying in the Azores because the stages are really nice, especially the volcano stage Sete Cidades, which is a beautiful stage with big drops. The rest of the rally has beautiful landscape too, very green, nice and warm and really challenging for a driver, so I’m looking forward to it. For sure we want to be on the podium at the finish – and that’s the aim in the Azores.” Based in Ponta Delgada, this year’s Sata Rallye Açores contains three legs and 17 stages totalling 129.63 mile (208.63kms). The event starts with a shakedown on Thursday 14 July (09.00-13.00) before the official start at 16.00. Three stages follow, one of which is the Grupo Marques super special, before the finish at 19.35. Leg 2 begins at 09.30 the following day and contains nine stages totalling 60.26 miles (96.99kms) before the finish at 18.50. The third and final leg takes place on Saturday 16 July. Starting at 09.00, it contains five stages totalling 54.2 miles (87.24kms), including the Tronqueira test which, at 13.63 miles (21.94kms), is the longest of the event and is attempted once in the morning and repeated as the final stage in the afternoon. The finish ceremony will be in Ponta Delgada at 18.55. Eurosport will broadcast edited highlights of the event, so please check TV listings for details.
This 1100bhp Mitsubishi Evo, owned by Andy Robinson (https://www.facebook.com/pages/UK-Drag-Evo/185113124860809) and set up by Car Planet Racing (http://www.carplanetracing.com/), is one of the exciting cars Road Magazine recently lined up for Tim Schrick to test and film for Sport 1's Turbo Automagazin program. Here it is pulling 1100bhp on the dyno! Tim was already nervous about driving the beast at Santa Pod Raceway – his first ever drag race! – and this scary dyno run didn't settle the nerves much. You can see him and producer, Florian Laucke hiding from it later in the clip! They both said afterwards, "we've never seen anything like this on the dyno before!" CPR's Clive Seddon has though, daily... watch him breathing in the race fumes on the dyno bed! Quality! Check the story out in next month's www.roadmagazine.co.uk, July 25th. And we will link Tim Schrick's TV footage up here soon too...
Thursday, 7 July 2011
After winning the award for Design in the Concepts and Prototypes class at the prestigious Villa D’ Este Concours and following the successful debut of the DB4GT Zagato V12 at the Nürburgring 24 Hour – Aston Martin are to produce 150 V12 road versions of the Zagato in 2012, priced at £330,00 GBP. The cars will be hand assembled at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon. Aston Martin confirms "that there is overwhelmingly encouraging interest from customers to confirm production of the V12 Zagato." Based on the acclaimed V12 Vantage, and sporting a handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre body, the V12 Zagato will be produced in very limited numbers for discerning customers. Orders are now being taken on a strictly first come first served basis and production is expected to commence during summer 2012. Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez, said: “Such style, exclusivity and fastidious craftsmanship ensures it will be one of the most highly coveted models in Aston Martin’s 98-year history. A fabulous celebration of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the V12 Zagato is the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of Aston Martin.” In honour of the performance and racing heritage of previous collaborations, the first two V12 Zagatos were developed as endurance race cars from the start and went into their track debut just a week after being shown to the public for the first time on the shores of Lake Como, Italy at the Villa D’Este Concours. This year went a step further by testing two cars at their prototype stage; combining forces to successfully cover more than 230 laps and over 3,700 miles in the 24 hour race at what Sir Jackie Stewart famously called ‘The Green Hell.’ Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Director of Design said: "The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design which reflects the great balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style. The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful; the new design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato. The muscular organic forms define the thoroughbred nature of the car’s racing credentials." The V12 Zagato road cars will be powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque. What a good looking Aston eh? Although we'd still rather have the DB4GT version!
We are big rally fans at www.roadmagazine.co.uk. As such, we are strong supporters of the excellent Rallyday at Castle Combe Race Circuit – the UK's premier rally car show, getting bigger and better each year. This year's event looks set to be another cracker on Saturday 17th September. Rallyday organiser, Darin Frow of the MLR (www.lancerregister.com) said: "It's a celebration of all things rallying. Rallyday brings together the latest WRC cars, Group B supercars and historic and clubman rally cars – not just on display in the paddock, but flat out in action on the track and in the highlight Feature Special Stage. 1000's of spectators and rally fans will be able to enjoy watching precision driving, track sessions and autotest demos. There will be 1000+ show cars displayed from over 60 different clubs, interviews and autograph sessions with a host of rally celebrities, a myriad of trade stands and much more. You can even get strapped in for an unforgettable white knuckle ride in a full-blown rally car or the fearsome Bowler Wildcat 4x4s in the Rally Raid Zone. It's a real family day out full of adrenaline-pumping action." Advance spectator tickets are only £13 and U16s go free. To book and read more, visit www.rallyday.com. Meantime, here's a cool video of Rallyday regular, Alister McRae (who Road Magazine have been out with in a chopper, tracing the late Colin and legendary Jimmy McRae through the forests of Scotland!) in action in the MML Sports Lancer WRC at Rallyday 2010. Wicked event. Get along and see for yourself... and bring an airhorn, and bobble hat, naturally!
Here's a snap of Tim Schrick wearing Road Magazine Editor, Phil Royle's original 1970s 'Turbo' sunglasses at Santa Pod, prior to his run in a 1,200bhp drag Mitsubishi Evo... just one of many great images you'll be able to see in next month's www.roadmagazine.co.uk. If you want to see more of Tim in action, check out his Your Tube links... http://www.youtube.com/user/TURBO1Channel
http://issuu.com/roadonlinemagazine/docs/road_17. We organised the shoots and crazy UK test cars for Tim, including the incredible new BAC Mono, an amazing Z-Cars Mini with Hyabusa engine and rear-wheel-drive (pictured), a frightening 1,200bhp drag Mitusbishi Evo at Santa Pod Raceway (Tim's first drag race!) and a day on an RMA track day at Donington Park Circuit, with a Motec 964 Porsche 911, 900bhp Tim Attack-winning Car Planet Racing Mitsubishi Evo and the awesome new race ace, Chevron GR8 Challenge Car. The TV programs have already started airing via http://www.sport1.de/de/themen/automotor/tv_turbo/: And we will link You Tube clips of these features here on the blog very soon. Plus, you will be able to read all about the cars Tim tested, in detail, here on the blog and via www.roadmagazine.co.uk in next month's magazine, out July 25th. Meantime, you can check out Road Magazine with Tim at the Nurburgring in a variety of cars in a back issue of Road Magazine at http://issuu.com/roadonlinemagazine/docs/roadnurburgringspecial/1. Good times with a top man!
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
This is an old Road classic video, shot in May 2010, at a damp Spa-Francorchamps on an RMA Track Day. Rally hand and luxury car dealer, Sean Lockyear (www.seanlockyear.co.uk) is at the helm of his 1970s ex-Britcar Ford Capri, fitted with a TVR Cerbera V8, one brake light working, smokin' on the over-run and pedal to the metal, broadside pretty much everywhere. We've lapped the Ring with Sean in this brilliant old classic, and it was one of the best fun – and quickest – big sideways sessions we've ever done there. Good man Sean! Show 'em how its done! Wait for lap two and the fast left hander, Pouhon, which Sean takes on full opposite lock in fifth gear! Ad check his speed and line through Eau Rouge! Go on my son! P.S: The chase car, struggling to keep up is a Porsche 911 GT3! Sweeeet eh?
We've just doing a bit of research for a piece on the legendary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution rally cars, and came across this excellent bit of in-car footage from a personal hero of 1000's of rally fans – Tommi Makinen, driving on a classic "Mak Attack" in 1997, in a Ralliart Lancer Evo IV in the WRC – manual dog box and all. God, am I the only one to miss those late 90s battles between Makinen, Sainz, McRae, Burns and when he was on fire, Auriol? The greatest post Group B era of rallying? Before the Active Centre Diff and tyre and gearbox technology took over, and when you could still walk down a special stage to watch the boys fly past at full chat. Sit back and enjoy the most successful WRC driver before Sebastian Loeb doing his thing. Phenomenal driver. Legendary car. You may still dominate Group N, but we miss you in WRC Mitsubishi... come back!!! Go Tommi!
Monday, 4 July 2011
Subaru has confirmed it will be showcasing the limited-edition Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 at this summer’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power – "the UK’s biggest celebration of power and speed." The 400PS, Cosworth-tuned, turbocharged supercar-slayer will be piloted during the event by former British Rally Champion, Mark Higgins, who recently set the production road car lap record for the Isle of Man TT circuit in a Subaru WRX STI. Go Mark! The All-Wheel Drive Impreza will be competing alongside a wide array of supercar exotica on the 1.2-mile track, including an Ariel Atom V8, Lamborghini LP570-4 Performante, McLaren MP4-12C and a Noble M600. Over the course of the three-day Pageant, more than 50,000 visitors will witness Mark Higgins tackling the technical track, as he attempts to beat the 62.68 second lap record set last year by a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera LP570-4. In addition to seeing the 2.5-litre Boxer-engined Cosworth take on the challenging sprint course, there will also be a display of two Cosworth Impreza STI CS400s within the paddock where show-goers will be able to see the cars up close, and appreciate some of its detailing like the lightweight Pro-Race 18-inch alloy wheels, AP Racing six-pot brake callipers and Cosworth-branded interior. Marketing Director of Subaru UK, Kenyon Neads, commented: “The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power is a perfect platform for us to showcase this collaborative effort from two of the big names in automotive performance – Subaru and Cosworth. The circuit record will be tough to match, but we’re confident that the CS400 will take the fight to the supercar elite.” The 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power will be open to the public from 15 to 17 July at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire. The limited-run Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 is currently available from all Subaru dealers from £49,995.
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The 800bhp Fensport-Milner Toyota Celica was the quickest car of 200 up the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill route this year – clocking a cracker of just just 48.07 seconds to blast up the 1.6 mile driveway of Goodwood House. Well done to Adrian and the boys at Fensport who built the car, and rally ace, Jonny Milner for piloting it so well again (he also had a had in building it). It sported a brand new, bold orange aero kit for 2011 and saw off runs from even F1 cars to win. Based on the sixth generation Celica, Milner’s car is super-lightweight, tipping the scales at just 1,050kg. For better weight distribution, the driver’s position has moved back 12 inches, and the car’s centre of gravity has been lowered by raising the wheel arches and upper suspension mounts. A flat floor and rear diffuser add a degree of ground effect. The engine is from a World Rally Championship winning Corolla, newly fitted with a Rotrex supercharger that will help raise maximum output to more than 800bhp. A nitrous oxide injection system helped reduce turbo-lag for quicker acceleration off the line. Super soft rallycross specification Michelin slick tyres also played an important role in getting all that horsepower to the ground. Mean machine!
SPRINT SERIES TOYOTA CELICA GT4 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
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Corolla WRC four-cylinder, 16-valve
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|Max. power (DIN hp @ rpm)|| |
700 @ 5,700 at 2bar boost
>800 with nitrous oxide boost
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Mactrack 5-speed manual with Fensport triple-plate clutch
|Suspension (front & rear)|| |
Reiger Corolla WRC 3-way adjustable dampers,
Front 343mm and rear 295mm Corolla WRC ventilated discs with Alcon callipers
Has Citroën gone nuts? They make a great car, which everyone loves and it wins awards... the DS3, then they call in a 'designer,' and look! If you dare! The French manufacturer has taken over 100,000 orders for its multi-award winning DS3 – and must have decided to try and slow this progress down, with "a bold new range of colour schemes and roof designs." They say: "A vibrant Fuchsia Pink roof colour is at the heart of the new DS3 options list – available with matching pink door mirrors, wheel centre caps, dashboard fascia and gearlever knob. This new Fuchsia Pink ‘Touch’ is just one of a number of new personalisation options available on DS3 from July 2011. Customers can also choose a striking new Hickory Brown pearlescent body colour and two additional ‘Spirit’ roof designs – ‘Flower’ and ‘Flavio’ – to ensure they stand out from the crowd." They certainly do that all right! Hickory Brown? Fuchsia Pink? Sacre bleu! Mon dieu! Sack the stylist!
Sunshine, heat and another amazing collection of cars racing up the famous Goodwood Hill and through the forest gravel rally stage – another memorable Goodwood Festival of Speed. An estimated 180,000 car nuts and their families attended came to the 19th ace festival at Goodwood Estate, this year celebrating 50 years of the iconic Jaguar E-type. Familiar faces from the world of athletics, motorsport and television joined Jaguar in its celebrations. Friday saw former F1 driver and current BBC commentator Martin Brundle take to the Goodwood Hill in the XJR-9. On Saturday, American talk show host, avid car enthusiast and collector, Jay Leno, drove the new, 550PS XKR-S as well as the thundering Group 44 E-type race car while on Sunday, British Olympic hopeful and Jaguar Academy of Sport Ambassador Jessica Ennis took on the Hill as she rode in the XKR-S. The 28-metre E-type sculpture infront of Goodwood House continued to wow the crowds at the Festival along with the spectacular range of vehicles both in action and on static display. Jaguar said: "The event allows spectators incredible access to vehicles and exhibits on display, with enthusiasts of all ages being able to get up close to priceless cars from the past including the beautiful XJ13 as well as from the future, in the form of the C-X75. It was a brilliant event to celebrate 50 years of the E-Type." Bravo Goodwood – again!
Road works very closely with the Mitsubishi Lancer Register (MLR), and there will be lots more to come from the giant Evo club with over 57,500 registered forum users in coming magazine issues, and here on the blog – including a track day report soon, from Cadwell Park. But here now for you to enjoy is their latest cool event video, from a sprint challenge at Kent's classic circuit, Lydden Hill. Check it out!
And, if that floats your boat, and you have a Lancer Evo, why not join the www.lancerregister.com? Founded in 1996, it has over 3,000 paid up members in the UK and across the globe. Benefits of membership include a quarterly 100-page mag, access to a massive calendar of events (track days, 30-130mph drag days, rolling road sessions, shows like the Rallyshow and regional drive and meet events), group buy discounts and access to the excellent MLR website and forum. Well worth it, to get the most out of your Lancer ownership experience... get involved!
Sunday, 3 July 2011
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