We all loved the Toyota GT-One back in the 1998 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Sadly, the Japanese GT1 race car didn't meet the expectations of Toyota and the public. Thirteen years later, Toyota comes back to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Hybrid machine. After the sudden departure of Peugeot from the competition, Toyota will have the German giant Audi (second most successful team in the History of the 24 hours race) to beat. With Porsche (the most successful team in the race's history) joining the race the year after.
Code-named TS030, the race car will be using a 3.4-liter V8 coupled to a two motor electric powertrain. The electric motors will be placed one in the front and one in the rear. However, as the regulations point out, the eletric powertrain is allowed to drive only one set of wheels. Toyota will be entering two TS030's for the 2012 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. More details will emerge in the coming weeks. But for now, enjoy the high res pictures below and tell me your impressions about the retro headlights.
With its 647 Hp and its well balanced body, the Corvette ZR1 is already a beast. It's not only good in the straight line but it also has a very respectable lap time around the Green Hell which is just 5 seconds behind the almighty Nissan GT-R.German tuner TIKT however, thought that there was a way to give it more power and improve its handling. The result is the Corvette ZR1 Triple-X. It has an extra 122 Hp over the original ZR1 which makes a total of 769 Hp. And did i mention the improved aero kit? More high res pictures of the Triple-X in the gallery below!
Watch this Ferrari F40 spitting flames while going through a tunnel in Japan. If you have the adequate equipement, this video is available in HD 1080p and even in 3D. Click past the jump to watch the video. Simply gorgeous.
This 1,000 Kg 700 Hp very rare Jaguar XJ220S of which only six were ever built will be up for auction very soon. So if you want to have this magnificent piece of engineering in your garage you better hurry up an be at the RM auctions event in Arizona next month. It is worth mentioning that this very particular model has an all new carbon fiber bodywork under the beautiful matte grey finish. Enjoy more pictures of the beast in the gallery below.
Great footage from one of the greatest editions of the 24 hours of le Mans. The crown of the 63rd edition was awarded to the #59 McLaren F1 GTR driven by Yannick Dalmas, Masanori Sekiya and JJ Lehto. Click past the jump to see the video.
Sorry but i couldn't find an angle from which the Juke R looks good, so i posted a picture of its interior. But it does have GT-R power, so it deserves its own article. Thanks to the 480 Hp V6 coming from the almighty GT-R, the japanese automaker has officially made the world's fastest Crossover with a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.7 seconds. The Nissan Juke has a top speed of 257 Km/h (160 mph) which is not bad at all especially for car that doesn't have the most aerodynamic body in the first place. You can find an interesting series of videos covering the development process of the car in its own dedicated Youtube channel.
Put one very talented driver in one of the most powerful and best balanced four-door sedans in the world and you'll have the best drifitng video of the week. Enjoy one minute of pure drifting skills from the Netherlands. No four-door sedan in the world drifts like an M5, trust me! Click past the jump if you want to see the complete test.
The Pagani Huayra is outstanding from every point. Whether in terms of design or in terms of performance, the Italian hypercar with a german beating heart is simply a killer. And even if some of you are not big fans of its mouthy front end, i think it had to be like that for a reason. This car is going to be an eternal classic, just like the Zonda already is. For more breath taking pictures of this U.S. spec Huayra, go to Autogespot.
This is the latest picture released by Lexus of its LF-LC concept, just a week ahead of the NAIAS (North American International Autoshow). It makes us want to see the real deal! Stay tuned for more details. In the meanwhile, you can contemplate these high res teasers..
Sareni United is a new company specialized in preparing race cars. I was founded by Hans Reiter, the same man behind Reiter Engineering, the company that prepares very successful Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 Race Cars. Their very first project is this gorgeous silver Camaro GT3 powered by a 7.9-Liter V8 producing 650 Hp. The car is still under testing but the first results are very promising as it is said that it has already matched the Lambo's pace. Expect to see it in the VLN series. The race car has already been homologated by the FIA and its price starts at €195,000.