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2020-08-13: First M3 Touring, Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo and new S3 ...
BMW M3 Touring In addition to the familiar M3 Sedan, BMW will add a M3 Touring to the line-up for the first time. This may well be the most desirable of the new range of M3 and M4 models that will be launched this September. Like the other four- and two-door models, it will be powered by a straight-six, turbocharged engine that is good for 480hp or 510hp in competition trim. Although a prototype of an earlier generation M3 Touring was produced some 20 years ago, this will be the first to actual go into production.
Maserati, meanwhile, have expanded the Trofeo line-up with Ferrari V8-engined versions of the Ghibli and Quattroporte. Previously only available in the Levante SUV, the twin-turbo engine produces a hefty 580hp, all of which is sent the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. This is enough to give the two four-sedans a top speed of over 200mph.
Following the launch of the new latest generation A3 models, Audi have now unveiled the S3 Sedan and S3 Sportback. The two pocket rockets feature the familiar direct-injection and turbocharged two-litre engine. In its latest iteration, this well honed 'four' is good for 310hp. In good Audi tradition, this power is transferred to all four wheels courtesy of the proprietary 'quattro' all-wheel drive system.

2020-08-11: Group 5 silhouette racers from Porsche and Ferrari ...
Porsche 935 K3 Historic racing resumed at the Dix Mille Tours last month with a field that was impressive in numbers and depth. Among the most interesting cars that were raced for the first time in the Classic Endurance Racing 2 series were two Group 5 silhouette racers featured today.
Using a bare shell supplied by Porsche, the Kremer brothers produced the hugely successful 935 K3. Among the teams that ran the cars in the United States was Ted Field's Interscope Racing and the chassis fielded at Paul Ricard was the first of three ordered by the team. Liveried in the instantly recognisable black colours with white and red stripes, it was usually raced with the numbers 0 or 00. Following its career in IMSA, it was repatriated to Germany where it was campaigned in minor events. It was then in a private collection for many years and chassis 000 0010 was not raced until it reappeared in the Dix Mille Tours.
One of the few rivals for the 935 was Ferrari's 512 BB LM, which was raced predominantly by the Italian manufacturer's North American and French distributors. The latter was Pozzi of Paris, who order two for the 1979 season. The featured example was the second of these and it was raced at Daytona and Le Mans that year. Raced again at Le Mans in 1980, it never actually managed to reach the finish in period. It has had just a handful of owners since and was restored to its 1979 Le Mans colours. Chassis 26685 is now part of the stable of a Swiss historic racer.

2020-08-06: Two V12-engined Ferrari GT racers headed for RM Sotheby's auction ...
Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello In lieu of the annual Monterey sale, RM Sotheby's will stage the online-only Shift/Monterey sale. Among the consignments already announced are a pair of truly spectacular Ferrari GT racers. The most recent of the two is this 550 GTS Maranello, which is one of the ten examples built by Prodrive and ran by Care Racing. Despite being developed with privateer backing only, these V12 engined machines were successful at Le Mans, in the FIA GT Championship and also in the ALMS. The chassis consigned is the second car built and it was raced on both sides of the Atlantic. Its best results came in the FIA GT Championship with an outright victory in the 2004 Spa 24 Hours as the crowning achievement. Currently only three other examples are in private hands and this is the first time a 550 GTS Maranello has been consigned to an auction. This is reflected in the $3.85 - $4.85 million estimate.
Also turned into a racing car without help from the factory is this mighty 365 GTB/4 Daytona. It was built to Group 4 specifications by Holman & Moody for owner Kirk F. White. The V12 was modified by Traco and reportedly was among the most powerful of all Daytona competition engines. Sadly, chassis 14065 was only raced once in period, retiring from the 1972 Sebring 12 Hours. Now meticulously restored to its Sebring colours, this truly menacing machine can be yours for $2.2 - $2.75 million.

2020-08-04: New Gordon Murray Auto T.50 revealed and other news ...
Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 The highly anticipated Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 finally broke cover this evening. Designed by Gordon Murray, the T.50 is the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1. Quite possibly the last of the analog supercars, it is powered by a high-revving, naturally aspirated V12, which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The engine has been developed specifically for the T.50 by Cosworth and produces 663hp from just 3.9 litres of displacement and revs to a staggering 12,100 rpm. The sophisticated aerodynamics package includes a fan to extract the air from the underbody much like the Murray designed Brabham BT46B Grand Prix car did. The three abreast seating position of the T.50 is a clear nod to the McLaren F1. Production will be limited to just 100 examples and the price excluding taxes is a hefty £2.36m.
Also powered by a naturally aspirated V12 is this Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 track-day online machine. The spectacular machine is equipped with the Italian manufacturer's familiar V12 engine that is good for in excess of 830 hp. Only 40 SCV12s will be built and they will be run at specific Lamborghini Squadra Corse events.
Certainly not analog is the new Maserati Ghibli Hybrid. The company's first hybrid model, it is equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that receives some assistance to help boost the power to 330hp. Despite the additional weight of the hybrid system, the Ghibli Hybrid is 80kg lighter than the equivalent diesel engined car.
Ford have pushed the Mustang Mach-E concept to the limit by fitting seven motors to the car and create the Mach-E 1400. The 1400 is a reference to the power available from the all-electric drivetrain. The 1400 is designed to use on the circuit for track-day or drift events.

2020-07-30: 2020 Dix Mille Tours report and 210-shot gallery ...
2020 Dix Mille Tours report and 210-shot gallery After an unprecedented nine months, we were finally back at a racing track last weekend to cover the 2020 Dix Mille Tours. The annual event had originally been scheduled for April but the global COVID-19 pandemic had forced to find new dates. Fortunately, with the the required precautions but without public, the three-day meeting could take place without a hiccup at the Paul Ricard track. Despite these difficult times, organiser Peter Auto managed to attract 360 historic racing cars to the meeting. Spread over ten different grids, they were on track almost non-stop through the weekend. Among the many highlights were the Sixties' Endurance race into the sunset, the bumper Endurance Racing Legends field and seeing Gérard Larrousse back behind the wheel of a Porsche 917.
We were fortunate to be allowed into the track as well and made the most of our time at the Circuit du Castellet. This has resulted in this class-by-class 210-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate our concise report.

2020-07-27: Gooding Geared Online preview with rally Porsche, Ferrari 275 GTB and Gullwing Mercedes ...
Porsche 911 ST Rally California based auctioneer Gooding have released the full lot list of the upcoming Geared Online sale. The 75 lots will open for bidding on August 3rd at 9 am PST and will close again four days later at 9 pm PST. Gooding's first online-only sale offers an eclectic mix of machinery that includes this Porsche 911 ST Rally as one of the highlights. It is one of five STs built for the 1971 East Africa Safari Rally with a stronger shell and increased ride height. The consigned example was one of a pair of trainingwagen, and was not actually used in the rally. This may explain why it has actually survived. Benefitting from a recent restoration, it should sell for around $1 million.
Due to set a new record for a car sold at an online-only auction is this Ferrari 275 GTB. One of the very last two-cam 275 GTBs built, it is fitted a six-carburettor intake system, a torque tube and an external fuel filler cap. Even more importantly, chassis 08921 has survived in a lovely original condition. Gooding estimate, this fabulous Ferrari should sell for $2.75 - $3.25 million.
Very much a California car is this Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, which was delivered new with Rudge wheels and a Fire Engine Red finish. It is believed to be one of the last if not the last unrestored Gullwing with the factory-fitted and highly desirable knock-off wheels. The estimate for the 300 SL is set accordingly at $1.2 - $1.4 million.