Audi R8C Le Mans Prototype
Unlike the R8R, which performed the bulk of the testing due to being completed first, the R8C had very little time to test prior to the initial group test for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in May. At this group test, the cars unfortunately suffered numerous setbacks and lacked the pace of the open-cockpit brothers. Although they were capable of hitting speeds upwards of 350 km/h (217 mph) on the Mulsanne straight, they lacked the handling ability and overall speed for a full lap.
While the R8Rs managed the 8th and 11th fastest times, the R8Cs could only muster 22nd and 28th fastest. The R8Cs mostly suffered from aerodynamic problems, especially in the build-up of air underneath the engine cover. This caused the R8Cs to lose their rear engine covers while at speed on several occasions.
For the race itself, the R8Cs were unable to find much improvement over the month off. Qualifying was more of the same, as the R8Cs managed a mere 20th and 23rd places, while the R8Rs were still 9th and 11th. Unfortunately during the race, both the R8R and R8C suffered numerous gearbox difficulties. One R8C was forced to drop out of the race after just 55 laps, while the second R8C would succumb to gearbox failure after the midpoint of the race. Even though the R8Rs suffered gearbox difficulties, both cars managed to finish the race, taking an impressive third and fourth place.
Following Le Mans, Audi decided that they would concentrate on only one of the two types of cars for the future of their program. The dismal performance of the R8C, along with the exodus from the LMGTP class by most major manufacturers, lead to Audi to develop an open-cockpit car - the R8.
Audi returned to the LMGTP class in 2001 in the form of the Bentley EXP Speed 8. Although similar to the R8C, the EXP Speed 8 shared nothing with the previous LMGTP except for its Audi turbocharged V8. Aerodynamic lessons from the R8C would however be carried over for the Bentley.
McLaren GTR Longtail
The McLaren F1 is a sports car designed and manufactured by Gordon Murray and McLaren Automotive. On 31 March 1998, it set the record for the fastest production car in the world, 240 mph (391 km/h). As of April 2009, the F1 is surpassed by only four other production cars in sheer top speed, but is still the fastest naturally aspirated production car.
The car features numerous proprietary designs and technologies. It is lighter and has a more streamlined structure than even most of its modern rivals and competitors despite having one seat more than most similar sports cars, with the driver's seat located in the middle.
It features a powerful engine and is somewhat track oriented, but not to the degree that it compromises everyday usability and comfort. It was conceived as an exercise in creating what its designers hoped would be considered the ultimate road car. Despite not having been designed as a track machine, a modified race car edition of the vehicle won several races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, where it faced purpose-built prototype race cars. Production began in 1992 and ended in 1998. In all, 106 cars were manufactured, with some variations in the design
Nissan GT-R R35
Nismo, the motorsport arm of Nissan, will be entering the Nissan GT-R in the Super GT race series in the GT500 class for the 2008 season, replacing the Nissan 350Z. The GT500 version of the car has a completely different drivetrain. Unlike the production car, the race car has a 4.5 litre naturally-aspirated V8 instead of the twinturbo V6. It came with a 6 speed sequential manual gearbox and a RWD layout from its predecessor, the 350Z race car.
A prototype was spotted testing around the Suzuka Circuit as well as Fuji Speedway in Japan.
In race two, the GT-R repeated their 1-2 result in Suzuka despite the race winning car of team Nismo carrying a 100 kg weight penalty making it only the 3rd team in JGTC/Super GT history to do so. The last time this feat was achieved was 10 years ago by Nismo Skyline GT-R racing under the same number 23. Despite the weight handicap, it did in fact become the champion in this 2008 season through the Xanavi Nismo GT-R driven by Satoshi Motoyama and Benoit Treluyer, as well as winning 8 out of 9 races driven by 4 different teams using GT-Rs.
Nissan R390 - GT1
The R390 followed in the footsteps of the R380 - R383 racers built in the second half of the 1960s. One homologation special road car was constructed as well as three racing cars for the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Liveried in a striking red and black paint-scheme, the new Nissan faced off against the likes of Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren.
The R390 was quick straight out of the box with the fastest example clinching fourth on the grid. During the race mechanical problems prevented the three Nissans to live up to their potential and only one managed to reach the finish, considerably delayed in 12th overall and 5th in class.
Even though the R390 was eligible to run in the FIA GT championship, Nissan decided to focus all their efforts on the 1998 Le Mans. Much of the development time available was spent on fine-tuning the machine's aerodynamics.
The biggest difference between the 1997 and 1998 spec R390s was the longer rear end on the later cars. In order to homologate these changes a second road car was constructed. These two were by far the most expensive street cars ever built by Nissan, especially considering the company had absolutely no intention of actually selling them to a customer.
Porsche 993 - GT1
Mercedes CLK GTR
Mercedes-Benz would use the CLK GTR for the first two rounds of the 1998 season before upgrading to the CLK LM. However privateer team Persson Motorsport would campaign two CLK GTRs throughout the entire season, taking a best finish of second at Oschersleben before finishing the year third in the teams championship.
First and foremost, Mercedes-AMG decided that the M120 V12 would not be up to the task of running for 24 hours. It was decided instead that Mercedes would actually return to an engine they had used in Group C in the late 1980s, the M119 V8. Abandoning the turbochargers that the M119 had used in Group C and enlarging the displacement, Mercedes-AMG felt that the M119 would have better reliability at speeds while still performing the same amount of power as the M120 due to air restrictor regulations.
For the 1999 season, no competitor attempted to enter the GT1 class in FIA GT except for Mercedes-Benz, forcing the FIA to cancel the class, similar to the DTM/ITC two years earlier. Mercedes-Benz thus turned to constructing an all-new car to overcome their failure at Le Mans. No longer forced to build a racing car that could also be a road car, Mercedes-AMG set about creating the Mercedes-Benz CLR.
Chevrolet Corvette C6R
After a difficult start, the Pratt & Miller run Corvette Racing have become one of the most successful racing teams of recent years. It all started with in 1999 with the C5-R GT racer based on the fifth generation Corvette. Facing strong competition from the Oreca prepared Vipers, the first victory did not come until halfway through the 2000 season. It was the start of a very strong period, which saw the Corvettes win their class at Le Mans in 2001, 2002 and 2004. In January of 2004, General Motors had taken the wraps off the sixth generation Corvette and we all knew it was only a matter of time before Pratt & Miller would unleash a racing car based on the C6. Exactly one year later, Ron Fellows rumbled the C6.R onto the stage at the Detroit show, alongside the brand new Corvette Z06 it was based on.
When developing the new road going Corvette, the General Motors engineers tried to incorporate as many of Pratt & Miller's requests as possible. As a result, the C6 Corvette features a slightly longer wheelbase and conventional headlights. The pop-up headlights had been a prominent feature on the Corvette for over forty years, but they proved to disturb the airflow too much. They were also discarded from the road car as they were too destructive for pedestrians in case of an accident. In any case, it gave Pratt & Miller a much cleaner shape to begin with, which would certainly help the Corvette to match the higher top speeds of the competition. Under the body, the C6.R was fairly similar to the all-conquering C5-R with an all aluminium seven litre V8 providing the power.
In 2006 the SC 430 was entered in the (Super GT) race series in the GT500 class (cars with approximately 500 horsepower). Extensively modified from the factory car, the engine used is a modified version of the SC 430's 3UZ-FE V8 that was also used in the Toyota Supra race car from previous years.
The new SC 430 based race cars were immediately competitive with former GT500 champion Juichi Wakisaka and no. 2 driver Andre Lotterer driving the Open Interface TOM's SC to victory at the opening round at Suzuka giving the SC 430 its first victory on its debut race.
Juichi Wakisaka and Andre Lotterer also won the GT500 class championship during the same year. In 2007, Lexus SC fully replaces Supras in the Toyota side, a Zent Cerumo SC 430 driven by Yuji Tachikawa was victorious in the GT500 opening round race.
SC 430 Petronas GT500 racer. In 2008, a Zent Cerumo SC 430 driven by Yuji Tachikawa and Richard Lyons won the Fuji 500 race, round 3 of the Autobacs Super GT at Fuji Speedway.
In 2009, five SC 430s were entered in Super GT racing in the GT500 class, including the Petronas TOM's SC 430 driven by Juichi Wakisaka and Andre Lotterer, along with the Eneos SC 430, Kraft SC 430, Dunlop Sard SC 430, and Zent Cerumo SC 430.
In 2009, the Lexus Team Petronas TOM's SC 430 driven by Andre Lotterer and Juichi Wakisaka was the championship winner in the GT500 series, also the SC 430 was victorious in early rounds at the Suzuka Circuit. In 2010, the SC 430 continued in Super GT competition, where the MJ Kraft SC 430 and other Lexus Team Kraft SC 430s won victories at the 2010 Autobacs Super GT at Fuji Speedway.
Honda HSV - 010 GT
On October 23, 2009, Honda officially announced the end of the mid-engine NSX Super GT's participation in Super GT racing due to new Super GT regulations that allowed the use of only front engine,rear drive cars.
On November 15, 2009, Honda announced that, despite withdrawing the NSX from Super GT competition, it would campaign a car for the 2010 season. Honda revealed that the car it would be based on the cancelled 'New NSX' production vehicle.
Honda's decision to campaign a non-production vehicle required it to obtain special permission from Super GT organizer to be exempt from the production homologation requirements for the series. They were allowed to use it on the basis that it was based on a production-ready car, even though said car had been cancelled.
Then, on December 22, 2009, Honda announced the HSV-010 GT as the successor to the NSX Super GT in the Super GT series. Unlike typical Super GT cars, the vehicle is not based on any production vehicle that is made available to purchase by the general public.
Honda NSX-R GT
For use in the Super GT (formerly the JGTC), the NSX has been highly modified (as allowed by series technical regulations) with chassis development by Dome, engine development by Mugen, for Honda.
Externally the NSX shape has developed race by race, season to season to the demands of increasing aerodynamic downforce within the regulations. The most notable change is the position of the V6 engine, which is mounted longitudinally instead of transversely as per the roadcar. Similar to the setup used in modern Lamborghinis, the gearbox is located in the center tunnel under the cockpit and is connected to the rear differential by a driveshaft. Engines can either be turbocharged or naturally aspirated, depending on the class and on the rules.
Prior to rule changes beginning in the 2003 season, the Super GT/GT500 NSX was powered by a specially modified version of the C32B V6 engine. Using a stroker crankshaft from Toda Racing, the naturally-aspirated engine displaced 3.5 liters and produced nearly 500 bhp. Beginning in 2003, Honda substituted a highly-modified C30A, augmented by a turbocharger, which also produces up to 500 bhp. The NSX continued to be used as the works Honda car in the GT500 class, even though it is no longer in production, until it was replaced in 2010 with the HSV-010
Toyota TS020 - GT One
Following the end of the Group C era around 1994, Toyota decided to alter its plans in sports car racing by moving to the production-based GT classes for 1995. Toyota decided to approach this in two ways by using two different styles of car for competition. The first was a heavily modified Toyota Supra, referred to as the Supra LM, which would use a turbocharged inline-4.
The second entry was a custom built car designed specifically to be a racing car, yet required a small number of production cars for sale in order to meet homologation regulations. This car was modified heavily from the Toyota MR2, and became known as the SARD MC8-R. The MC8-R would use a custom built Toyota turbocharged V8. While the Supra performed admirably in 1995, the MC8-R would appear superior for 1996. With development of high powered supercars for the GT classes at the time, Toyota decided that a car similar to the MC8-R, which was intended as a race car first, would be better suited to continuing Toyota's development of a GT car. Thus Toyota announced they would skip the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans to be able to develop their new GT car for 1998.
Nissan Skyline R33 LM
The GT-R's history of racetrack dominance began with its 50 victories scored from 1968–1972, including 49 consecutive wins in the Japanese race circuit. Nissan pulled out of racing shortly after the release of the KPGC110.
McLaren MP4-12C GT (Concept study by Arnold Carter Wong)
The MP4-12C was designed over a five year period almost exclusively on McLaren's world class computers, which are also used for the manufacturer's Formula 1 cars.
This enabled the engineers to completely develop and even test each element of the car before a single part was constructed. The key word in the MP4-12C's design is packaging. The designers achieved a fine balance between performance, functionality and driver comfort through superb packaging.
The radiators are for example mounted longitudinally alongside the engine to free up space in the nose for luggage and yet also keep the car narrow enough to remain practical. The tight packaging also required every component of the MP4-12C to be bespoke; from the engine and gearbox to the knobs in the interior.
Tommykaira ZZ2 AW-R (Concept study by Arnold Carter Wong)
Tommy Kaira is a tuner of Japanese cars such as the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Skyline. In 2001, they showed the world a truly exotic and beautiful car: the Tommy Kaira ZZII. Although powered by the same RB26 6 cylinder engine as in the Skyline R34, the ZZII was a true supercar that made even a V-Spec II Nür Skyline look tame.
The engine was switched to the middle, and the power was cranked up to 542 horsepower. The ZZII had supercar performance to match that of the Lamborghini Diablo and other European exotics, with a top speed of 210 mph and a 0-60 time of only 3.3 seconds. Not to mention, it was one of the best looking supercars of the early 2000's.
Audi RS5 Safety Car
Aston Martin One-77 GT500 Silhouette Concept
The Aston Martin One-77 is a two-door coupé built by Aston Martin. It first appeared at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, although the car remained mostly covered by a "Savile Row tailored skirt" throughout the show, before being fully revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. There was a limited run of 77 cars. as delivery started in October 2010.
Prior to the One-77's Paris Motor Show debut, various details about the car had been leaked, but official specifications were not fully revealed until the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The One-77 will feature a full carbon fibre monocoque chassis, a handcrafted aluminium body, and a naturally aspirated 7.3 litre V12 engine with 750 hp (560 kW).
Aston Martin claims that this will be the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine in the world when the car is delivered.
It will feature Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres (255/35 ZR20 front, 335/30 ZR20 rear) and Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes. The top speed was estimated to be 200 mph (320 km/h) but actual tests in December 2009 showed a figure of 220.007 mph (354.067 km/h), with a 0–60 mph time of approximately 3.5 seconds. The engineering and build source of the carbon chassis and suspension system is contracted to Multimatic of Canada. The projected weight is 1,500 kg (3,307 lb)
Lotus 2 Eleven
It is based on the Lotus Exige S, and thus has the same supercharged Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine. Weighing 670 kg (1,477 lb) and with 252 bhp (188 kW; 255 PS), the 2-Eleven can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h).
Intended as a track day car, it costs £39,995 though for an additional £1,100 Lotus will make the car fully road legal.
Slight differences exist between the track and road versions, where the track car is slightly longer, at 3,872 mm (152.4 in) and lighter at 666 kg (1,468 lb).
The WR LM94 was the successor of the WR LM93 . Like its predecessors, the LM94 has been following the rule element of the LMP2 Le Mans prototypes designed and built. The car had a Spyder chassis and drive than the 2-liter V6 - Turbo engine from Peugeot .
The connection between Welter Racing and the French carmaker was already to be the 1970s. Team boss Gérard Welter had best as Peugeot designers relations with the corporate board. The car was for a LMP prototypes extremely flat. The rear wing was pulled over the entire width of the vehicle and mounted very low.
When 24-hour race at Le Mans 1994 was placed parallel to one LM94 LM93. The car was driven by Hervé Regout , Jean-François Yvon and Jean-Paul Libert . In qualifying, the trio reached the tenth-fastest time and was going slower by almost 8 seconds as Alain Ferte that his Courage C32 on the pole position presented.
In the race, the team from the start, problems with the turbocharger, which led to failure after 86 laps due to engine failure. 1995 were the Group C cars in Le Mans history final. In a starting field that consisted almost exclusively of GT cars, the LM94 were the fastest cars. Welter was known for building fast cars with low downforce for the fast sections of the Circuit des 24 Heures . However, these cars were always delicate and prone defective; finishes in the 24-hour race were the exception. LM94 1995, both were in the front row.
Ferrari F40 GTE
The Ferrari factory never intended to race the F40, but the car saw competition as early as 1989 when it debuted in the Laguna Seca round of the IMSA, appearing in the GTO category, with a LM evolution model driven by Jean Alesi, finishing third to the two faster spaceframed four wheel drive Audi 90 and beating a host of other factory backed spaceframe specials that dominated the races.
Despite lack of factory backing, the car would soon have another successful season there under a host of guest drivers such as Jean-Pierre Jabouille, Jacques Laffite and Hurley Haywood taking a total of three second places and one third.
Although the F40 would not return to IMSA for the following season, it would later be a popular choice by privateers to compete in numerous domestic GT series including JGTC.
In 1994, the car made its debut in international competitions, with one cars campaigned in the BPR Global GT Series by Strandell, winning at the 4 Hours of Vallelunga. In 1995, the number of F40s climbed to four, developed independently by Pilot-Aldix Racing (F40 LM) and Strandell (F40 GTE, racing under the Ferrari Club Italia banner), winning the 4 Hours of Anderstorp. No longer competitive against the McLaren F1 GTR, the Ferrari F40 returned for another year in 1996, managing to repeat the previous year's Anderstorp win, and from then on it was no longer seen in GT racing.
The 1 Series was launched globally in Autumn 2004 and shares many structural, chassis, powertrain, hardware and electronic elements with the larger 3 Series. The model was launched to provide a lower priced BMW range as the 3 Series moved up-market. Initially launched as a 5-door hatchback, a 2-door coupe version was introduced in July 2007, followed by a convertible, 3-door hatchback, as well as a facelifted 5-door hatchback.
The 1 Series is priced between the MINI and the E90 3 Series. The hatchback is the only rear wheel drive vehicle in its class, so it is often considered the successor to the BMW 2002. The 1 Series line is produced in two BMW factories in Germany based in Leipzig and Regensburg.
The 1 Series coupe (E82) and convertible (E88) went on sale in the United States and Canada in model year 2008 (30 June 2007) as the 128i and the 135i. Other countries received the 120i, 125i, 130i, and the 135i in both platforms. The convertible, unlike the 3 Series convertible, uses a soft-top instead of a folding hardtop. This is lighter and preserves more boot space than the folding hardtop would allow.
The North American introduction of the coupe and cabriolet took place during the second quarter of 2008, which was credited for helping BMW overtake Lexus as the top luxury brand.
BMW M Boss Dr. Kay Segler officially announced the making of the M variant of the BMW 1-Series Coupe on July 9, 2010, via an official YouTube video and press release
Nissan 300ZX IMSA
The Clayton Cunningham Racing 300ZX which won the 1994 24 Hours of Daytona.
Millen would rank as the #1 Factory Driver for Nissan for 7 years and earn two IMSA GTS Driving Championships and two IMSA GTS Manufacturer's Championships. Among enthusiasts and the team themselves, the biggest triumph for the race Z32 was the victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona. In the same year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 300ZX ranked first in the GTS-1 class and 5th overall.
In an attempt to level the playing field in the GTS-1 class by reducing the allowable horsepower, the IMSA declared the twin turbo VG engine ineligible. The 1995 GTS 300ZX car would debut with the V8 Nissan VH engine at Daytona and would place first in the GTS-1 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Mosehead Grand Prix in Halifax.
Mazda 3 20B Van Herck Racing
The Mazda 3 was OWNED by Belgian Mazda dealer, Garage van Herck, has been fitted with a 3-rotor 20B engine and converted to front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration by Netherlands based VA Engineering.
Van Herck has raced rotary-engined cars for a long time, and competed with an RX-7.
FERRARI 458 GT/E
Ferrari unveiled their new GTE class racer for the 2011 races sanctioned by the ACO.