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2022-10-06: Porsche 908/03 and MG Lola EX257 headed for Estoril, and hardcore Audi and Alpine ...
Porsche 908/03 This weekend we are the fabulous Estoril circuit for the last round of this year's Peter Auto series. It has been a long season but among the many cars that made out to Portugal are the sports racers featured today. First up is this Porsche 908/03, which served as a test and development car in period. It was famously also track tested by Belgian journalist Paul Frere. Stripped down in period, it was eventually rebuilt in North America and 908/03-002 is today part of the stable of a Swiss historic racer, who already campaigned the car earlier this year.
Also raced this year is this lovely MG Lola EX257. Sold new to the Dyson Racing team, this giant killer won three ALMS races outright. Following its extensive racing career, it was rebuilt to its Dyson configuration and colours and chassis 006 was particularly successful at Spa earlier this year.
Audi are bidding farewell to the V10 engine and the current R8 sports car with the R8 V10 GT RWD. Limited to just 333 examples worldwide, it has a further refined chassis and it is also the most powerful rear-wheel drive R8 ever.
Although fully road legal, the newly revealed Alpine A110 R is the French specialist manufacturer's most track focused model yet. It is lighter and has a more aggressive chassis but features the same engine as the A110 S.

2022-10-03: 2022 Goodwood Revival report and new Maserati GranTurismo ...
2022 Goodwood Revival report and 180-shot gallery Last month we were at the Goodwood Motor Circuit for the first time in three years to capture the 2022 edition of the Revival Meeting. Back at full capacity this year's edition was was a solemn one due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. As can be expected from the Duke of Richmond and his team, the Revival was nevertheless another great spectacle both on and off the race track. We focused on mainly on the on-track action, which was more than enough to keep us busy for three days. This has resulted in a 180-shot gallery that serves to illustrate our concise report.
The Maserati GranTurismo has been comprehensively reworked. Gone is the V8 engine and its place we find the twin-turbo V6 from the MC20 or a fully electric drivetrain. The entry-level Modena version boasts a 489 bhp version of the compact internal combustion engine, which produces a further 60 bhp in the Trofeo. Both versions feature the latest ZF eight-speed gearbox, which drives the rear wheels. The GranTurismo Folgore comes equipped with three electric motors, good for a maximum system output of 751 bhp.
Lamborghini have replaced the 'entry level' Urus with the new Urus S, which brings the 657 bhp, twin-turbo V8 of the recently announced 'Performante' model to the masses.

2022-09-29: One-off Ferrari, BMW XM, GT4 Nissan Z and Alpine A110 R ...
Ferrari SP51 Based on the 812 GTS, the Ferrari SP51 is the latest one-off created in Maranello. It is a true roadster and the livery is inspired by the mighty 410 S from 1955. The SP51 features a bespoke exterior and interior finish and was commissioned by a customer from Taiwan.
The most tangible part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of BMW Motorsport is the introduction of a brand new, dedicated model. Dubbed the XM, the large SUV is nothing like the only other M-only model, the M1. It features an impressive hybrid drivetrain that combines a twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor with a system output of 643 bhp. This is combined with a very luxuriously appointed interior and well honed chassis that should make the XM one of the very best cars in its segment but also quite a departure from the cars that made the letter M so revered with automotive enthusiasts.
Hot on the heels of the well received road car, Nissan Motorsport have now worked their magic on the new 'Z' to create a GT4 version. It will use the same twin-turbo V6 engine but no further technical details have been released. Eligible to race all around the world, the Z GT4 should hit the tracks during the 2023 season.
French specialist manufacturer Alpine have offered a preview of the track oriented A110 R. Further details will be revealed during next week's Japanese Grand Prix.

2022-09-27: McLaren F1 GTR, Viper GTS-R and GTP Nissan ...
McLaren F1 GTR With events returning to back to normal, we have had the privilege to seeing cars in action that we had never seen before or not for a long time. Among them was this McLaren F1 GTR, which was demonstrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Raced in the iconic Gulf colours, it had a hugely successful 1996 season with four wins. It was also the first GTR that was made road legal and it was driven to Le Mans in 1997 by Ray Bellm for him to compete in a Long Tail. Chassis 12R has been part of a prominent American collection for many years and made a rare appearance at Goodwood this year.
Also out at Goodwood and the Le Mans Classic a year later was this freshly restored Dodge Viper GTS-R. Extensively campaigned in period, it finished second overall in the 2001 Spa 24 Hours and then placed third in class at Le Mans the following year. Chassis C41 was raced through to 2006 and was only recently restored to its iconic 2002 Le Mans Playstation colours.
Although strictly speaking not a Group C car, this Nissan NPT-90 was driven up the hill at Goodwood as part of the popular category's 40th anniversary celebrations. Built on a spare chassis, it does not have period racing history but does boast the ultimate four-valve engine that made these cars quite literally destroy their tyres and get airborne during the period. Chassis 90-08 had also been demonstrated at Goodwood back in 2016.

2022-09-23: BMW 320 Group 5 for sale, mighty hybrid Mercedes-AMG C 63 and Renault 5 Turbo 3 ...
BMW 320 Group 5 The private treaty department of Anglo-Canadian auctioneer, RM Sotheby's has been busy of late and has now consigned this BMW 320 Group 5. This spectacular silhouette racer with iconic J├Ągermeister livery was campaigned by Harald Grohs during the 1977 season. Rare when new, there are only very few survivors and chassis E21 R1-06 has benefited from a complete restoration with the help of the original owner. Sadly, RM Sotheby's do not list a price for giant-killing BMW.
With the C 63 S E Performance Mercedes-AMG has produced one particularly powerful hybrid machine. It features a two-litre engine with Formula 1 derived, electrically assisted turbo and a rear-mounted electric motor. The result is a maximum system output of a staggering 670 bhp. The C 63 S E Performance will be available at the market launch with the Sedan or Estate bodystyles.
At this weekend's Chantilly Arts & Elegance near Paris, Renault will unveil this R5 Turbo 3E as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the original R5. The model name makes crystal clear that it is an electric interpretation of the wild mid-engined Turbo 2 rally cars of the 1980s. Built on a spaceframe chassis, the R5 Turbo 3E is equipped with an electric motor that is mounted amidships and drives the rear wheels.

2022-09-20: New Ferrari Purosangue and Ford Mustang, first Lamborghini LMDh details ...
Ferrari Purosangue While we were at Goodwood for the annual Revival Meeting, Ferrari revealed the full details of the Purosangue. The Italian company's first foray in the lucrative SUV market, it is probably the most controversial all-new model ever launched by Ferrari. What is unmistakably Ferrari is the naturally aspirated V12 found in the engine compartment. It powers a four-door, four-wheel drive machine with sophisticated active suspension. Boasting a new perfect 49/51 weight balance, the Purosangue can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds.
At the Detroit Motor Show, Ford took the wraps of the seventh generation Mustang. Purists will appreciate that the extensively restyled 'pony car' will still come with a naturally aspirated V8 and a six-speed manual gearbox. As always, the Mustang will come as a Coupe or a Convertible.
Ahead of the competition debut in 2024, Lamborghini released more details of the LMDh GTP car. It will be based on a Ligier chassis and powered by a purpose-built twin-turbo V8. This is mated to an XTrac gearbox and spec hybrid system.