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2021-07-23: New Audi Dakar and GT3 racers for the 2022 season ...
Audi RS Q e-tron Ahead of the competition debut in January of 2022, Audi have revealed further details of their new Dakar racer, which is dubbed the RS Q e-tron. It features an all-electric drive train with separate motors for the front and rear axles. The combined maximum output of the two motors is 670 bhp. Due to the relatively long stages and absence of charging stations in the desert, the RS Q e-tron is also equipped with a TFSI petrol engine, which serves as a generator. Based on the competition engine previously used in Audi's DTM cars, it will run at its optimal rev-band to optimise its performance and limit its emissions. According to Audi, the RS Q e-tron is not only intended as a means of winning the Dakar Rally but also serves as a technology platform.
Another new Audi due to hit the track in 2022 is the second evolution of the R8 LMS GT3 racer. It is a subtle refinement of the highly successful competition car. It features upgrades to the aerodynamics, engine characteristics, air condition, suspension and traction control. The R8 LMS Evo II can be acquired as a complete car but Audi will also offer upgrade kits for existing customers.

2021-07-20: Bonhams Quail auction preview and new Audi RS 3 ...
Ford Mk IV During the upcoming Monterey car week in August, the three major international auction houses will stage a flagship sale. First up is Bonhams, whose auction is traditionally part of The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. As part of today's preview of the 139-lot sale, we take a look at two headliners. The most evocative is no doubt this Ford Mk IV. It is the ninth of ten chassis built in period and was originally completed as a Can-Am car after the Le Mans program had been curtailed. In more recent years, it was restored to represent the Le Mans winning Mk IV configuration.
Also expected to sell for in excess of $3 million is this lovely Mercedes-Benz 680 S. Among the first in the line of legendary supercharged road and competition cars produced by the German manufacturer, chassis 35920 is offered from a single family ownership of 57 years. It has been cherished throughout its life and has recently been re-painted in a single-hue black that complements the understated lines of the Glaser bodywork.
Audi have revealed the latest RS 3 model in Sedan and Sportback versions. While it uses only a slightly massaged version of the familiar 394 bhp turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the latest incarnation of the high performance machine features a drift mode and can be specified with carbon-ceramic brakes.
Inspired by the successful Abarth engined Formula 4 cars, the Italian manufacturer conceived this limited production F595. The very hot hatch features a 165 bhp version of the familiar T-Jet engine that also powers the Tatuus F4 machines. Abarth also offers the F595 with the Cabriolet bodystyle.

2021-07-15: McLaren, Porsche and Lamborghini and the latest news ...
McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes During this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, RM Sotheby's will offer this McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes in a dedicated auction. Raced both by Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button during the 2010 season, it was driven to victory by the former at the Turkish Grand Prix. According to RM Sotheby's, chassis MP4-25A-01 is the first Lewis Hamilton Grand Prix winner driven offered in a public sale. The pre-sale estimate is GBP 3.6 - 5 million.
On Monday, Artcurial will stage their annual Monaco sale. Among the headliners is this Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8. This rare competition car is one of just two that were originally finished in black. It was raced in period by Peter Revson and after many years was sold to France. Chassis 911 360 0940 is now estimated to sell for €1.5 - €1.8 million. Another highlight in Monday's sale is this Lamborghini Miura. Many of the current supercar buyers should take note as this Miura actually covered 8,000 km during its first year alone. Since 1969, 3333 has had just three owners and still retains its original interior.
Aston Martin have released further details of the upcoming mid-engined Valhalla sports car. Gone is the bespoke V6 engine, and instead it will be powered by a Mercedes-AMG sourced twin turbo V8, which is combined with two electric motors. The drivetrain is good for a combined 937 bhp and can propel the Valhalla to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds.
Last week, Ford and M-Sport revealed the development prototype of the Puma that is due to be raced in the 2022 World Rally Championship. Built to the new Rally1 regulations, it will feature a hybrid drivetrain.

2021-07-12: Historic Racing by Peter Auto at Le Mans Bugatti report and 220-shot gallery ...
Historic Racing by Peter Auto at Le Mans Bugatti report and 220-shot gallery Already postponed from last year, the Le Mans Classic was once again cancelled this year. Organiser Peter Auto made the most of the dates available and staged the Historic Racing by Peter Auto meeting instead. This was run on the permanent Le Mans Bugatti circuit, which made it a more viable event regardless of the travel restrictions and other health issues the world currently faces. It proved a great idea as over 200 competition cars, spread over nine grids were out on track during the weekend. They faced changeable conditions that pushed many drivers to the maximum of their abilities but fortunately, there were no serious incidents. Among the highlights was the two-hour Sixties' Endurance race with a capacity grid and the two Endurance Racing Legends heats that featured an eclectic mix of 1990s and 2000s sports prototypes and GT racers.
Our photographers were on hand to capture the event from start to finish. The results is this race-by-race 220-shot gallery, which serves to illustrate our concise report.

2021-07-08: Ultimate Aventador, new M240i and DB5 Convertible headed for auction ...
Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae Italian sports car manufacturer Lamborghini will bid farewell to the Aventador with the LP780-4 Ultimae that is available in limited numbers as both a Coupe and a Roadster. Specifically for the final edition, the naturally aspirated V12 has been further tuned to produce 780 hp, which is transferred to all four wheels. Only 350 examples of the Coupe and 250 examples of the Roadster will be built before the replacement comes along.
BMW have taken the camouflage off the new G42-generation of the 2-Series Coupe. The range will be topped by this M240i xDrive, which is powered by a 382 hp version of the now familiar turbocharged straight-six engine. Compared to the outgoing model, the new M240i is slightly longer and wider, and also marginally lower.
At this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, this Aston Martin DB5 Convertible will be one of the star lots of the Bonhams auction. Rare in its own right, this example was originally owned by actor Peter Sellers and then spent many decades in the ownership of the Earl of Snowdon. The striking DB5 Convertible is estimated to sell for GBP 1.3 - 1.7 million.

2021-07-06: All-new Lotus Emira revealed and radical Peugeot Le Mans Hypercar ...
Lotus Emia Ahead of the official launch later this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus have taken the wraps off the highly anticipated Emira. Replacing the Elise and Exige, it represents the first all-new regular Lotus production car since the original Elise was introduced back in the 1990s. The compact sports car has a bonded aluminium monocoque and will be powered by either the familiar Toyota supercharged V6 or a four-cylinder Mercedes-AMG engine that has been tuned for this purpose in-house by Lotus engineers. Available with a manual, dual-clutch or conventional automatic, the lightest version tips the scales at just 1,405 kg. The launch edition will feature the Toyota engine and the AMG-engined version of the Emira will be available in the summer of 2022.
Another major unveiling was that of the new Peugeot Le Mans racer, which will be dubbed the 9X8 Hypercar. It is powered by a sophisticated petrol-hybrid drivetrain that includes a twin-turbo V6 internal combustion engine. Much more interesting is the radical aerodynamics package, which is a fascinating interpretation of the relatively liberal regulations. A flat floor is no longer mandatory, which allows for ground effect aerodynamics to the extent that Peugeot Sport engineers did not feel the need to fit the car with a conventional rear wing. This fact alone makes the 9X8 Hypercar the most interesting sports racer on the grid in 2022. The new Peugeot will be tested for the first time before the end of the year and should make its competition debut some time in 2022, which may or not be at Le Mans.