Posts from ‘Motorsports’

Jun
07
R-Tuned Sienna Minivan

The green flag drops on Toyota’s “R-Tuned” Sienna minivan at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois.

Two Toyota minivans. A 3500-mile whirlwind racing tour across 12 states that includes road-course racing, autocrossing, drag racing, and skidpad competition. Hard to imagine that these, uh, twain should ever meet, but this year they did. Toyota recently fielded a pair of Sienna minivans—a mostly stock “SE+ Concept” and a more seriously race-modified “R-Tuned” van—in the 2016 One Lap of America competition.

Feb
22
Mazda Ice Academy

Running a slalom course … in the snow … in a Miata … with the top down was just one of the enlightening experiences of the first Mazda Ice Academy.

“We encourage you to go over the limit.”

That opening (and potentially career-ending) comment was delivered by Mazda product specialist Ramana Lagemann, and–trust me–it was a phrase none of the assembled auto journalists had ever before heard at a press preview. In fact, most manufacturers spend a great deal of (entirely justified) time imploring us NOT to go over the limit, as things quickly get expensive when we do. Just ask any prematurely grey PR rep.

Sep
14
2016 Ford Shelby GT350

Particularly from the windshield forward, the new Ford Shelby GT350 is far removed from its Mustang origins. Not only is the front-end sheetmetal actually aluminum, but styling is revised and the engine is modified to produce substantially more power than the one used in the Mustang GT. Shown is the race-focused GT350R version, which can be identified by its red (rather than grey) grille badge and taller rear spoiler. This is one serious track car that still manages to be street legal.

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Most people will likely look at the Ford Shelby GT350 and think “Mustang,” but those in the know will recognize it as something far more special than that.

Feb
13
GT-R LM NISMO

GT-R LM NISMO

In addition to revealing the 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan also displayed its innovative GT-R LM NISMO race car. Nissan is shaking things up in the legendary LeMans series—and it’s doing so in the fastest of the series’ four classes.

Sep
04
2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder

The Panoz Esperante 25th Anniversary Edition starts at $179,120. Only 25 copies will be built.

Panoz today revealed the 25th-anniversary edition of the Esperante sports car. Presented here is the unedited press release that accompanied the new model’s introduction.

2015 PANOZ ESPERANTE SPYDER: EXCLUSIVITY EVOLVES
WITH ALL-NEW EDITION OF COMPANY’S SIGNATURE SPORTS CAR
Evolutionary styling and advanced powertrain, chassis, interior and connectivity upgrades create a powerful package that appeals to both Panoz loyalists and those new to the brand
May
28
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Deltawing passenger-car concept rendering

Presented here is an unedited press release issued by Deltawing Technologies today. Images and captions were added by the CG Daily Drive team.

DELTAWING TECHNOLOGIES UNVEILS RENDERING OF FOUR-PASSENGER CAR FEATURING PIONEERING DESIGN ARCHITECTURE Company offers a glimpse of a DeltaWing® for the street that applies the unique, innovative design architecture and lightweight technologies to achieve significantly improved fuel economy
Mar
28

Jim Jeffords, seen here behind the wheel of the “Purple People Eater” died March 6.

Jim Jeffords, who won national sports car championships in 1958 and 1959 while at the wheel of the famous “Purple People Eater” Chevrolet Corvettes, has died.

Feb
06
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Michael Andretti, Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, and VW marketing executive Vinay Shahani present the 2014 GRC Beetle race cars.

CHICAGO — At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen announced its plans to run in the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) racing series for the 2014 racing season. The company is partnering with Michael Andretti’s Andretti Autosport and will field two cars, one piloted by multitalented stunt driver/U.S. Top Gear host/2012 and 2013 GRC Champion Tanner Foust, and the other driven by ex-Formula 1 and NASCAR star Scott Speed.

Feb
06
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The beefy off-road ready TRD Pro Series package can be had on 2015 editions of the 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra.

CHICAGO — Toyota’s new TRD Pro Series  packages combine rugged looks with an impressive array of off-road equipment. The TRD Pro package arrives for 2015 and can be ordered on 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra models.

Jan
03
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

Chevrolet today revealed pricing information for the 2014 Camaro Z/28. Presented here is the unedited press release that accompanied that news.

DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced the 2014 Camaro Z/28 will go on sale this spring with a suggested retail price of $75,000, including a $995 destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees.