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Eli's New Honda Civic Type R Arrives in OZ (Australia) Eli's New Honda Civic Type R Arrives in OZ (Australia)

To most people, December 25 is when they receive that long awaited present, but for Melbourne rally driver Eli Evans, a bleak rainy January day in Melbourne was like Christmas Day. Inside a dull red shipping container at Honda Australia HQ was his new toy, an Italian J.A.S Motorsport-built Honda Civic Type R for his assault on the 2010 Australian Rally Championship. On seeing the car Eli remarked, “It looks fast even sitting still!” Slipping behind the wheel, he said it fitted like a...

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Michael Schumacher Joins Mercedes GP PETRONAS F1 Michael Schumacher Joins Mercedes GP PETRONAS F1

The MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One Team have confirmed that seven-times Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher will make his racing return in 2010 with the Silver Arrows team. With seven Drivers’ World Championships, 248 Grand Prix starts, 91 victories, 154 podium finishes and 68 pole positions, the 40-year old German needs no introduction following an illustrious and record-breaking Formula One career from 1991 to 2006 at the Jordan, Benetton and Ferrari teams.

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Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racecar

The Type 124 (pronounced One Twenty Four) Endurance Racecar is the next step in the evolution of the Evora. The car will make its 24 hour racing debut at the ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hours which provides a great test for the Evora’s performance, efficiency and durability under tough and demanding endurance race conditions.

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Mazda-Powered PAC Performance Mazda6 is the World’s Fastest Rotary Mazda-Powered PAC Performance Mazda6 is the World’s Fastest Rotary

The Pac Performance Mazda6 has officially become the world’s fastest rotary-powered vehicle over 400 metres. Running in qualifying at the Fuchs Australian Nationals at Western Sydney International Dragway last Saturday, driver Rocky Rehayem pushed his Mazda6 over the quarter-mile in just 6.752 seconds at a terminal speed of 201mph.

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BMW to Exit Formula One at End of 2009 Season BMW to Exit Formula One at End of 2009 Season

The BMW Group will not continue its Formula One campaign after the end of the 2009 season. Resources freed up as a result are to be dedicated to the development of new drive technologies and projects in the field of sustainability. BMW will continue to be actively involved in other motor sports series. The landmark decision to restructure BMW Motorsport’s activities was made at the Board of Management’s meeting yesterday. “Of course, this was a difficult decision for us. But it’s a resolute...

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Michael Schumacher on the Track with the 599 GTB HGTE Michael Schumacher on the Track with the 599 GTB HGTE

Michael Schumacher covered around 20 laps of Fiorano today at the wheel of the 599 GTB equipped with the Handling GT Evoluzione package that was recently introduced at the Geneva Show. The seven-times World F1 Champion took to the track to try out the improved handling offered by the new set-up which emphasises the performance of this, Ferrari's most powerful berlinetta. The Handling GT Evoluzione package includes a lower, stiffer ride, a new tyre compound offering even better levels of...

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2010 Formula One Entry List 2010 Formula One Entry List

The 2010 Formula One entry list is...

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Lotus 12th Cracks the Dozen at Targa Debut Lotus 12th Cracks the Dozen at Targa Debut

The Lotus Cars Australia Exige Cup 260 has finished 12th outright at Targa Tasmania’s gruelling six day event, set a third fastest stage time and finished as the highest placed showroom spec car in the Modern category. Over 2000km and 39 stages, the Cup 260 showed its potential by running in arduous conditions, with nothing more than refilling with fuel. In showroom specification, the Cup 260 set some times that established it as a sports car able to compete with the very best supercars...

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David Brabham to Make Peugeot Debut at Spa David Brabham to Make Peugeot Debut at Spa

Australia’s David Brabham will make his debut for Peugeot Sport at this weekend’s Spa-Francorchamps 1000km. The event at the famed Belgian circuit is the traditional lead-in event to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Brabham will join former Formula One stars Marc Gene and Alexander Wurz in the No.9 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP at Spa. It will be Brabham’s first competitive outing at the wheel of one of the Peugeot diesel V12 powered sportscars that produce more than 515kW (700hp) of power.

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage at Nurburgring 24 hour Aston Martin V12 Vantage at Nurburgring 24 hour

Aston Martin will return to the starting grid of the legendary Nordschleife for the fourth consecutive year at the 37th ADAC Nürburgring 24-hour race on 23/24 May 2009 with the new V12 Vantage. Joining the marque’s latest model will be ‘Rose’, the yellow V8 Vantage that was first entered into the race in 2006. Headlining this year’s factory effort and aiming to repeat Aston Martin’s untarnished record of finishing the 24-hour race, will be the marque’s new V12 Vantage in near-standard...

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Lola Considers to Start 2010 F1 Team Lola Considers to Start 2010 F1 Team

Lola Group has commenced a major project comprising a full technical, operational and financial evaluation aimed at developing a car to compete in the FIA Formula One World ChampionshipTM. This follows the decisions announced by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on March 17th 2009 regarding the introduction of a ‘cost capping' option to Formula OneTM in 2010. Lola, which has a rich heritage in international motor sport since its inception in 1958, has commenced work on the project and,...

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Lexus LF A at Nurburgring 24 hour Lexus LF A at Nurburgring 24 hour

Lexus will enter two LF-A sportscar prototypes in the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race on 23-24 May, 2009. The entry of the two-seater sportscar, which is powered by a 5.0-litre, V10 producing more than 500PS, forms part of an on-going R&D process. As in 2008, Lexus engineers will use the grueling race at the infamous German track to gather technical data that will be applied to future mass-production of vehicles. The company will also use the event as an opportunity to develop human...

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Audi R8 LMS at Nurburgring 24 Hours Audi R8 LMS at Nurburgring 24 Hours

In the course of the further development of the Audi R8 LMS, an ultimate endurance test is on the agenda for the new GT3 sports car of AUDI AG at the end of May: On May 23/24, Teams ABT Sportsline and Phoenix Racing, with "factory" support by Audi, will field a total of four vehicles in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. "The 24 Hours is not only one of the biggest motorsport events in Germany," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "The...

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Swansong for Proven Mazda3 MPS Swansong for Proven Mazda3 MPS

Mazda Australia has confirmed next week’s Targa Tasmania tarmac rally will be the final factory competition outing for the acclaimed, original-model Mazda3 MPS hot-hatch. The much-anticipated New Generation Mazda3 MPS will hit Australian shores around September with a host of mechanical upgrades and a stunning new look that will raise the bar on an already winning formula. But Mazda’s next flagship high-performance hatch will have to wait patiently on the sidelines as its predecessor gets...

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Subaru Impreza STI to Contest Nurburgring 24-hour Race Subaru Impreza STI to Contest Nurburgring 24-hour Race

This May, SUBARU Tecnica International (STI) heads to the Nurburgring circuit for the "37th ADAC Zurich 24 Hour Race" (24 Hours of the Nurburgring) with an originally tuned version of the Impreza WRX STI aiming for a class victory. The ADAC Zurich 24-hour race takes place at the course of 25.378km in total, and is the largest endurance event in the world, with more than 200 cars participating, familiarized by European manufacturers who enter every year. STI particularly and...

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Volkswagen Returns to the Nurburgring with the Scirocco GT24-CNG Volkswagen Returns to the Nurburgring with the Scirocco GT24-CNG

At the 24-Hour Race on the Nürburgring on 23/24 May, Volkswagen will field two Scirocco cars with innovative natural gas engines. Following the historic one-two victory at the Dakar Rally in January, which Volkswagen won as the first automobile manufacturer using diesel technology in the event, the Wolfsburg brand is now taking on another technical challenge - the use of EcoFuel engines in the endurance test twice around the clock on the world's most demanding race track. The two Scirocco...

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Vauxhall to Depart BTCC at End of 2009 Season Vauxhall to Depart BTCC at End of 2009 Season

Vauxhall announced today that VX Racing will not return to the British Touring Car Championship in 2010. The Luton-based manufacturer, the most successful in modern touring cars history, will continue to campaign three cars this year, driven by Fabrizio Giovanardi, Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan. The decision to withdraw from the BTCC in 2010 was influenced by the absence of other manufacturer-backed teams and financial prudence in the current global economic downturn. While the company regrets...

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Video: 2009 Maserati GranTurismo MC Revealed Video: 2009 Maserati GranTurismo MC Revealed

The new Maserati GranTurismo MC will be officially unveiled during the FIA GT "Media Days" at the Paul Ricard circuit. The new model is an offshoot of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept introduced last September in Monza and based on the Maserati GranTurismo S road version, with electro-actuated gearbox system. On 17 and 18 March the car participated in the "Balance of performance", two days of practices organized by SRO at the Paul Ricard circuit in order to analyze and...

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2009 Maserati Quattroporte Race Car 2009 Maserati Quattroporte Race Car

A prestige new entry joins the list of Superstars Series 2009 championship contestants. It is the Swiss Team, ready to bring to its outright debut the Maserati Quattroporte, entrusting it to a very skilful driver, with a noteworthy past in F1 and in Sport and GT categories, whose name is Andrea Chiesa who, except for a few fleeting appearances, for the fist time in his career will be at the wheel of a Touring car. A challenge entirely original for the team set up at the end of 2008 but with...

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Video: 2009 Audi R15 TDI Promo Video: 2009 Audi R15 TDI Promo

A Promo of the 2009 Audi R15 TDI on the track. This is the car that Audi engineers say will bring victory at this year's Le Mans race just like it did on the debut race in the 12 hour of Sebring.

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BMW M to Debut X6 M as Qatar Safety Car BMW M to Debut X6 M as Qatar Safety Car

MotoGP 2009 is to kick off this weekend with the opening race of the eagerly awaited season, once more being held under the spectacular floodlights of the Losail circuit in Qatar. BMW M is continuing to be a partner of MotoGP for the eleventh season, supplying a mouth watering array of Safety Cars to one of motorsport's most exciting championships with world first at Qatar in the shape of a BMW X6 M.

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2009 BMW M3 GT4 Debut 2009 BMW M3 GT4 Debut

The BMW works drivers Augusto Farfus (BR), Jörg Müller (DE) and Andy Priaulx (GB) will line up at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife on 23rd/24th May 2009. This will also mark the debut of the BMW M3 GT4 at this legendary endurance race. Müller and Priaulx will be behind the wheel of the BMW M3 GT4 when they race for Schubert Motorsport in the Eifel region. The two drivers, who are normally involved in a battle for glory for BMW in the FIA World Touring Car Championship...

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Lotus to Race the Cup 260 at Targa Lotus to Race the Cup 260 at Targa

Lotus Cars Australia will enter Targa Tasmania 2009 with its most focussed performance road car ever produced, the Exige Cup 260. With 192kW and just 890kg from extensive use of carbon fibre and weight saving parts, the Cup 260 is a road legal racecar that Lotus is entering to showcase its supercar performance, without the supercar pricetag. The Cup 260 uses advanced lightweight components and carbon fibre elements to reduce overall weight from an Exige S by 45kg, bring the total down to...

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Chris Wootton Battles to Second in FBMW Pacific Round 1 Chris Wootton Battles to Second in FBMW Pacific Round 1

Chris Wootton has shown some true Aussie determination this afternoon in Round 1 of Formula BMW Pacific, overcoming an aerodynamic deficiency to finish second at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. After yesterday qualifying second – missing pole position by an agonising six one-hundredths of a second (0.06), Chris was determined to make amends today, however, being swamped off the line, he dropped to sixth at the first turn. Fighting his way back through the field, the Australian Formula...

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2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Superb Line-Up 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship Superb Line-Up

A superb line-up of teams and drivers are raring to go for the first of 20 races of the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship which starts this weekend (April 4/5) at Brands Hatch, Kent. An impressive total of 25 registered competitors have signed up to compete in the stunning 420bhp ‘Type 997’ 911 GT3 Cup, in what is the UK’s fastest single marque Championship, supporting the British Touring Car Championship over ten weekends at circuits up and down the country. The Porsche Carrera...

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Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG 2009 F1 Safety Car Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG 2009 F1 Safety Car

The SL63 AMG, as the Official F1 Safety Car, and the C63 AMG Estate, as the Official F1 Medical Car, are to continue to help ensure maximum safety, this time for the 2009 Formula 1 season. AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz, will be on duty with the two specially prepared high-performance vehicles at all 17 of the new season's Formula 1 races, starting with a first appearance at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne (27 to 29 March 2009). The specialists from the AMG PERFORMANCE...

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Nissan GT-R Wins Wet Super GT Opening Round Nissan GT-R Wins Wet Super GT Opening Round

While the Nissan GT-R Safety Car graced Australian television screens for the first time, courtesy V8 Supercars in Adelaide, a race prepared GT-R blitzed the opener to the 2009 SUPER GT series in Japan on Sunday at the 3.703km Okayama Circuit. The No. 24 HIS ADVAN KONDO Nissan GT-R driven by Joao Paolo de Oliveira and Seiji Ara started in third place on the grid but easily overpowered rivals to build a commanding 21-second lead and take the chequered flag in a powerful display. The...

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Timo Glock gets Toyota Hilux on Two Wheels Timo Glock gets Toyota Hilux on Two Wheels

Panasonic Toyota Racing driver Timo Glock has experienced a unique view of Melbourne in the lead-up to this Sunday's Australian Grand Prix by driving a Toyota Hilux on two wheels. Glock spent the day at Calder Park Raceway north of Melbourne where he learnt the secrets of stunt driving from the renowned Toyota V6 Hilux Heroes stunt driving team. The team, which performs nationally at leading metro, regional and rural shows in slightly modified versions of the 4x2 V6-powered Toyota Hilux,...

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Perfect Debut for the Audi R15 TDI Perfect Debut for the Audi R15 TDI

The Audi R15 TDI has defeated its competition in its debut race: Dindo Capello (Italy), Tom Kristensen (Denmark) and Allan McNish (Scotland) achieved a historic victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring (USA) with the new diesel-powered sports car of AUDI AG. The Audi drivers completed 383 laps – beating the previous distance record by an impressive 13 laps. In the fastest ever Sebring race, Audi Sport Team Joest’s pair of Audi R15 TDI prototypes ran the entire distance without technical problems...

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ALMS – 12 Hours of Sebring ALMS – 12 Hours of Sebring

Team Peugeot Total announced before the start that its objective at Sebring was to validate the evolutions introduced for 2009 and to see how it compared with its rivals as part of its build-up to this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. The 12 Hours of Sebring enabled the French squad to learn a number of lessons after a busy race which saw a Peugeot finish in second place. The Bourdais/Montagny/Sarrazin car crossed the line 22.279s after the N°2 Audi, which is equivalent to the time lost as a result of...

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Acura Creates History at Sebring 12 Hour Acura Creates History at Sebring 12 Hour

Scott Dixon put Acura into the Sebring record books Thursday with a stunning final-lap dash to win the overall pole position for Saturday’s 57th annual 12 Hours of Sebring. Dixon, the defending Indy 500 and IndyCar Series champion, made his first Sebring race appearance quite notable by driving the all-new No. 66 de Ferran XM Radio Acura ARX-02a prototype sports car to the top position in Saturday’s grid over expected favorites Audi and Peugeot. It is the first time since 2005 that a...

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BMW 135i Coupe at Australian Grand Prix BMW 135i Coupe at Australian Grand Prix

The heralded BMW 135i Coupé is set to take on the muscle of Albert Park at this year’s 2009 Australian Grand Prix. A specially equipped 135i Coupé, bearing the famed tii livery and featuring BMW Performance gear, will take part in the Ultimate Speed Comparison. A race between a V8 Supercar, fully prepared BMW Sauber Formula 1 car and road going BMW 135i Coupé, the Ultimate Speed Comparison is a crowd favourite which pits three high performance forms of motoring against each other in a one...

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Centenary Celebration of Audi's Origins at Goodwood Centenary Celebration of Audi's Origins at Goodwood

Audi is the "featured marque" at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July - the spectacular annual event that is to be staged just days before the German manufacturer celebrates its Centenary. Taking "centre stage" with the main display in front of Goodwood House, Audi will use Lord March's World class motorsport extravaganza to commemorate that its origins were laid 100 years ago on 16 July 1909. The Festival is far more than just a hillclimb and can justifiably...

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Volkswagen to Take on “Dakar” Challenge Again in 2010 Volkswagen to Take on “Dakar” Challenge Again in 2010

Volkswagen will again participate in the legendary Dakar Rally in 2010. After the one-two victory and the historic first “Dakar” triumph of a diesel-powered car this year, the automobile manufacturer from Wolfsburg will yet again take on one of the major challenges of international motorsport. “No doubt, the 2009 Dakar Rally contributed to the fact that the Volkswagen brand is now shining even brighter around the world,” said Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Executive Board of the...

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Honda Announces the Sale of Honda Racing F1 Team Honda Announces the Sale of Honda Racing F1 Team

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the sale of the Honda Racing F1 Team (HRF1) to Ross Brawn, the former Team Principal of Honda Racing F1 Team. The entire shares of the HRF1, held by Honda GP Holdings Ltd., the UK-based holding company for HRF1 that managed all operations of Honda's Formula One racing, were sold to Ross Brawn. As a result of this sale, the team ownership has transferred to Mr. Brawn, who plans to have the new team compete for this year's FIA Formula One World Championship.

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2009 Aston Martin Racing LMP1 Car Debut 2009 Aston Martin Racing LMP1 Car Debut

Following weeks of intense preparation Aston Martin Racing ran its new LMP1 cars for the first time at the Le Mans Series test held at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France on 8/9 March. Car numbers 007 and 009 resplendent in their Gulf Oil International orange and blue livery took to the French circuit on Sunday morning. All six of the team's drivers, Jan Charouz (CZ), Tomas Enge (CZ), Stefan Mücke (DE), Harold Primat (CH), Miguel Ramos (PT) and Darren Turner (GB) got an opportunity to test the...

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2009 Audi R15 TDI Race Car 2009 Audi R15 TDI Race Car

AUDI AG is the world’s first automobile manufacturer to develop a “second” generation diesel racing sports car. Audi aims to underline its supremacy and consolidate its expertise in car technology once more at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans with the all-new Audi R15 TDI. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is particularly suited for this: Efficient and economical cars are especially required for the French endurance classic. Lightweight construction, environmentally friendly drive concepts and...

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2009 Mazda RX8 SP Rally Debut 2009 Mazda RX8 SP Rally Debut

Targa Tasmania 2009 will see the return to competition of Mazda's famed SP moniker. A production Mazda RX-8 GT - the only rotary-powered performance car in Australia - has been turbocharged, given a roll cage and readied for the toughest test in Australian endurance racing. The Mazda RX-8 SP will enter the hotly-contested Modern Competition, piloted by a man used to racing at the highest level: 2008 Targa champion Steve Glenney. South Australian horse trainer Glenney and his...

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Nissan Brings GT-R to V8 Supercar Challenge Nissan Brings GT-R to V8 Supercar Challenge

Nissan Australia today released photographs of its blistering GT-R sports coupe which will appear as the official Safety Car during the upcoming 2009 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. Specially fitted with high visibility safety lights inside the cabin the Nissan GT-R makes its first appearance among the V8 touring cars in Adelaide on March 14. The GT-R goes on sale in Australia in April and has already found approximately 150 owners. The promotional venture into Australia’s...

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Lamborghini Announces Academy programme for 2009 Lamborghini Announces Academy programme for 2009

Lamborghini has announced its new Lamborghini Academy dates for 2009. With courses open to all sports car enthusiasts as well as Lamborghini owners, the track driving schools provide an extraordinary opportunity to experience the full potential of Lamborghini cars, alongside the Italian super sports car manufacturer's professional instructors.

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Two new Audi R15 TDI at Sebring opener Two new Audi R15 TDI at Sebring opener

The eagerly awaited first race of the new diesel sports car from AUDI AG draws ever closer: Audi Sport Team Joest contests the notorious 12-hour race at Sebring, Florida on 21 March with two Audi R15 TDI. The US endurance classic will act as stern test and dress rehearsal for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 13 /14 June 2009. The new Audi R15 TDI is packed with numerous technically innovative detail solutions and differs significantly from its predecessor model the R10 TDI which was undefeated at...

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Drivers Dominate In The Snow Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Drivers Dominate In The Snow

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions filled 7 of the top 10 Group N positions on the opening round of the Production Car World Rally Championship, Rally Norway, which finished in Hamar this afternoon. Local hero, Eyvind Brynildsen (Norway) was the fastest of the Lancer Evolution drivers and fastest of the showroom-type Group N cars. Brynildsen, classified second in the PWRC, lost his chance of winning the category outright when he went off the road avoiding another driver on the opening day of the...

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Peugeot Objective: Le Mans Peugeot Objective: Le Mans

Despite today's difficult economic context, Peugeot has chosen to pursue its different motor sport activities in 2009. These range from its high profile endurance racing programme to the promotion of its products through its various single-make series. The current crisis has led Peugeot's management to seek synergies within Groupe PSA Peugeot Citroën with the appointment of Olivier Quesnel at the helm of Peugeot Sport. Peugeot Sport suffered a huge disappointment in 2008 after coming so...

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Ralf Schumacher to star in the 2009 AMG Mercedes C-Class Ralf Schumacher to star in the 2009 AMG Mercedes C-Class

Ralf Schumacher (33) has extended his contract and will start in the DTM (German Touring Car Championship) in 2009 with Mercedes-Benz. After his learning year with a 2007 car, he will now race the new 2009 Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport announced today. The season will start in Hockenheim on 17th May 2009.

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Hyundai Sponsor Rhys Millen Genesis Coupe Drift Car Hyundai Sponsor Rhys Millen Genesis Coupe Drift Car

With enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the upcoming launch of the 2010 Genesis Coupe, Hyundai is adding to the excitement by teaming with Rhys Millen Racing and Red Bull Energy Drink to campaign the car in the high-energy sport of drift racing this year. At the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled its motorsports program in the U.S. with the help of drift champion Rhys Millen, who will fabricate and race a 550-horsepower Genesis Coupe in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the Formula Drift...

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Two New Audi R15 TDI at Sebring Opener Two New Audi R15 TDI at Sebring Opener

The eagerly awaited first race of the new diesel sports car from AUDI AG is drawing closer. Audi Sport Team Joest will contest the notorious 12-hour race at Sebring, Florida on 21 March with two new Audi R15 TDI sportscars. The US endurance classic will act as stern test and dress rehearsal for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 13 /14 June 2009. The new Audi R15 TDI is packed with numerous technically innovative solutions and differs significantly from its predecessor model, the R10 TDI, which...

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Auto Union type C at Goodwood Festival of Speed Auto Union type C at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Audi Tradition’s annual program for 2009 is centered on the Audi centenary. More than 50 events have been planned. Two dates are especially significant: on 16 July 2009, exactly 100 years after the company was established, Audi is inviting guests to a commemorative ceremony in Ingolstadt; Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has already agreed to attend. Not to be missed by every enthusiast and friend of the Audi brand: the largest historic motor sport event in the world – the Goodwood Festival...

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Toyota Hilux's at the South Pole Toyota Hilux's at the South Pole

Is there no driving challenge beyond the scope of Toyota’s mighty Hilux? The legendary pick-up has completed a journey across Antarctica to the South Pole, further proving the go-anywhere qualities that helped it become the first car to be driven to the Magnetic North Pole in the 2007 Top Gear Polar Challenge. The expedition also demonstrated that Hilux has advantages over snowcats when it comes to being a sensible transport choice. It can travel much faster, uses significantly less fuel and...

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Mitsubishi Pulls Out of Dakar Rally Mitsubishi Pulls Out of Dakar Rally

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today their decision to withdraw from the Dakar Rally, the Dakar Series and all cross-country rallies. In its twenty-six entries in the event, Mitsubishi Motors won the rally a total of twelve times, including seven consecutive victories. In addition to this unparalleled record the company also gained 4WD technology that informs its production vehicles, most visible in their durability and off road performance.

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2009 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on Track 2009 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on Track

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR has passed its premiere on the race track with flying colours. At the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) winter tests in Sebring, the long distance racer, which received modifications in many areas, immediately proved exceptional in its reliability and handling. The Porsche teams Flying Lizard Motorsports and Farnbacher Loles Racing conducted an intensive three-day test schedule and worked on a basis set-up for the Sebring 12 hour race in March. "Right from the...

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Toyota Not to Enter Rally Championship Toyota Not to Enter Rally Championship

Toyota has decided not to place a manufacturer's entry in this year's Australian Rally Championship. The three times manufacturers' title-holder has left the door open for its rally team principal, National Drivers' Champion Neal Bates, and other team members to enter the drivers' championship without works support. Toyota has appointed Bates as a company ambassador with a range of opportunities to represent it in the community.

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2009 Aston Martin 24 Hour Le Mans Challenger Details 2009 Aston Martin 24 Hour Le Mans Challenger Details

On the 50th anniversary of its outright win at Le Mans, Aston Martin will return to La Sarthe with two Works LMP1 cars bearing the iconic blue and orange livery of Gulf Oil. In an ambitious attempt to emulate the legendary achievements of the 1959 DBR1 driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori, Aston Martin will endeavour to bring the Le Mans title back to Britain. "2009 is a hugely significant year for Aston Martin at Le Mans and the challenge of reclaiming victory in this famous...

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2009 BMW Sauber F1.09 2009 BMW Sauber F1.09

The BMW Sauber F1 Team raised the curtain on its 2009 season in Formula One in Valencia this morning. Robert Kubica (24) and Nick Heidfeld (31) unveiled the new BMW Sauber F1.09 shortly after nine o’clock. Kubica then took the car for its first lap of the southern Spanish circuit. The team goes into its fourth season with the ambitious aim of fighting for the World Championship title. BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen reinforces the point: “We have set ourselves the task of further...

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2009 Renault F1 R29 2009 Renault F1 R29

Following the ING Renault F1 Team’s improving performance in 2008, the new R29 is a development in design philosophy aimed at extracting maximum performance from the new aero regulations, slick Bridgestone tires, and KERS system, whilst further developing the strong features of the R28. With such radical rules coming into force, particularly with respect to aerodynamics, the team placed great emphasis on maximizing the R29’s time in the wind tunnel, with aero development already underway by...

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Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Launches the MP4-24 Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Launches the MP4-24

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team has launched the car it will campaign in the 2009 FIA Formula 1 World Championship at its headquarters in Woking, England. Unveiled by world champion Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, the new MP4-24 bears little resemblance to its world championship-winning predecessor due to the introduction of a raft of new rules that have reshaped Formula 1 ahead of the 2009 season. Now featuring heavily revised bodywork, re-sculpted front...

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Toyota Aims for Grand Prix Glory with New TF109 Toyota Aims for Grand Prix Glory with New TF109

Leaner, meaner and focused on winning, Toyota’s contender for the 2009 Formula 1 World Championship broke cover today. Panasonic Toyota Racing unveiled its new TF109 racer at its Cologne headquarters in a ceremony broadcast on-line around the globe. Designed and engineered in line with new FIA regulations, it carries Toyota’s hopes of securing its elusive first grand prix victory. Team president John Howitt said: “After eight years in Formula 1 we have gained a huge amount of knowledge...

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Maserati 250F is Voted the Greatest Racing Car Ever Maserati 250F is Voted the Greatest Racing Car Ever

Traffic in London’s Pall Mall came to a halt today (Thursday January 15th) when the “world’s greatest racing car” driven by rock legend Nick Mason from Pink Floyd called into the Royal Automobile Club. The club welcomed the car after thousands of readers from Octane, one of Britain’s top motoring magazines, had voted for the car which had been nominated by Sir Stirling Moss. Nick Mason said: “The accolade is well deserved. To many the 250F is the archetypal Grand Prix car and, apart from...

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Ferrari Unveils its 2009 Formula 1 Contender Ferrari Unveils its 2009 Formula 1 Contender

Ferrari has taken the wraps off its 2009 Formula 1 contender at the Mugello race track in Italy with which Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen will defend Ferrari’s 2008 Formula One World Championship Manufacturers’ title. The F60 is the fifty fifth single-seater built by Ferrari specifically to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship. The name of the car was chosen to celebrate the Scuderia's participation in all 60 of the Formula 1 World Championship from 1950 to date.

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Breakthrough Temperature Infra Red Sensor for F1 Breakthrough Temperature Infra Red Sensor for F1

High accuracy and high resolution IR sensor critical for optimising vehicle set up and tyre performance in the wake of restricted testing. For the first time, a sensor that provides accurate tyre temperature and pressure data unaffected by heat soak has been produced by BERU f1systems. A dramatic reduction in testing and new slick tyres set to be introduced in 2009 are also driving demand for trusted tyre data. “Tyre temperature sensors are normally fitted to the rim as part of the...

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Skoda Motorsport Factory Team to Appear at Rally Monte Carlo Skoda Motorsport Factory Team to Appear at Rally Monte Carlo

The Skoda Fabia Super 2000 is going to have a competition premiere at the upcoming Rally Monte Carlo (21-24 January, 2009) as part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge series (IRC). The Skoda Motorsport factory team will have two crews in action, Czechs Jan Kopecký with Petr Starý (co-driver) and Juho Hänninen with Mikko Markkula, both from Finland. Skoda Auto has successfully completed the vehicle homologation process and received an official homologation certificate from FIA that...

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Lotus Driving Academy Lotus Driving Academy

The all new Lotus Driving Academy has been developed to link Lotus’ adrenaline-fuelled track experiences and it’s hugely successful driver training to create an unrivalled programme that creates better drivers. Mike Kimberley CEO of Group Lotus Plc comments: “Lotus cars have been designed to be fun to drive, exciting and offer phenomenal performance with excellent safety. The Lotus Driving Academy gives participants the skills to extract the best out of their cars, improving the ownership...

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Maserati Launches the Ultimate Driving Course Maserati Launches the Ultimate Driving Course

Maserati has released details of the 2009 programme for the ultimate advanced driving courses, the Master Maserati Driving Course, with tuition provided by drivers from Formula One, World Rally Championship, Indy Car and European and World Touring Cars in latest Maserati models. Open to both aspiring and existing Maserati owners, the Maserati driving courses have been developed and perfected to provide the perfect blend of theory and practice. They ensure that participants may enjoy an...

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Citroen reaffirms its commitment to the World Rally Championship Citroen reaffirms its commitment to the World Rally Championship

Citroen has reaffirmed that it will defend its recently won Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ World Rally Championship titles in the 2009 season and that rallying remains a core activity for the French car maker, building the image of the company and demonstrating its technical competence. “Citroen has entered in the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship as planned with its two crews, Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Dani Sordo/Marc Marti driving the Citroen C4 WRC,” says Olivier Quesnel, Citroen Sport...

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Peugeot 308 HDi Comes First in its Class at 2008 AA Energywise Rally Peugeot 308 HDi Comes First in its Class at 2008 AA Energywise Rally

A Peugeot 308 HDi featuring an EGC gearbox has come top of the Compact Car Class for the lowest CO2 emissions in the 2008 AA Energywise Rally staged in New Zealand, with a total emissions figure of just 106.03 g/km. The 308 has also come first in its class for using the least amount of fuel, with an overall consumption figure of just 4.047 l/100km, which is more than 10% better than the official manufacturers combined cycle economy figure. “At Peugeot we are very proud of this result. The...

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Subaru Withdraws from World Rally Championship Subaru Withdraws from World Rally Championship

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced the withdrawal from the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at the end of the 2008 season. FHI has participated in the WRC together with Prodrive, a motorsports and automotive engineering group in the UK, over the past 19 years to pursue its goal and philosophy in motor sports activities to enhance Subaru brand awareness by showing that Subaru vehicles offer safe, comfortable and pleasurable driving no matter...

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Mosler to Join Australian GT in 2009 with a Viper Mosler to Join Australian GT in 2009 with a Viper

Several new GT3 specification Mosler race cars will join the grid for the start of the 2009 Australian GT Championship at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide (March 19-22). Following approval last week from the Australian Motor Racing Commission (AMRC), the Mosler MT900 GT3 has been added to the eligible vehicles list for the 2009 Australian GT Championship. A leading GT team is currently in the UK and is testing one of the cars today (Monday December 15) with up to four vehicles likely to be...

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Suzuki drops out of 2009 WRC season Suzuki drops out of 2009 WRC season

Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend its FIA World Rally Championship activities from 2009. The company made the 2008 season entry with two SX4 WRCs. In response to the contraction of the automotive sales caused by recent global economic turmoil, Suzuki has been promptly taking possible countermeasures including the reassessment of its global production output. The company, however, foresees the shrinking trend in long-term periods of time rather than a short-term phenomenon. To...

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2009 Dakar Participation with Four Diesel - Turbo Racing Lancers 2009 Dakar Participation with Four Diesel - Turbo Racing Lancers

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and its motor sport unit, the Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart team, in association with its partners Repsol, Valeo and BFGoodrich, has entered four new turbo-diesel 'Racing Lancers' for the 2009 Dakar Rally. The event will start from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on Saturday, January 3, before striking south to the South Atlantic resort of Puerto Madrine. The route will then head west over the dusty trails up and over the Andes Mountains. Competitors will...

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Top Boxers Weigh-In for Abarth Celebrity Bout at Wembley Top Boxers Weigh-In for Abarth Celebrity Bout at Wembley

Four current and former British boxing champions will be warming up for a ‘bout’ with a difference – when they fire-up a Wembley Stadium crowd this weekend with a Race of Champions showdown in new Abarth 500 race cars. Ring legend Frank Bruno, young gun Amir Khan and fight stars David Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli have all signed up to drive 190 bhp Abarth 500 Assetto Corse superminis in a special Race of Champions celebrity event on the London arena’s purpose-built track.

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Chrysler Australia and V8 Supercar Championship Series Chrysler Australia and V8 Supercar Championship Series

Chrysler Australia announced today that they will no longer continue as the official Safety and Course Car provider for the V8 Supercar Championship Series. After four years of leading the pack, the sponsorship came to an end at the conclusion of the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series. "Chrysler has been a wonderful partner in our great sport," V8 Supercars Australia CEO Cameron Levick said. "Their sponsorship has been fantastic for Chrysler and V8 Supercars Australia. We...

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No It's not Summernats or Easternats, would you believe the Maserati factory? No It's not Summernats or Easternats, would you believe the Maserati factory?

Normally screaming engines, burning tyres, wild burn-outs and automotive donuts would be more than frowned on at the Maserati factory in Italy’s super car capital, Modena, and workers would never be expected to carry out major mechanical work in a matter of seconds. But, for one evening, everything changed at the Maserati factory in Viale Ciro Menotti, with the 2008 FIA GT Champions, the Maserati Vitaphone Racing Team, putting on a special demonstration in an area normally reserved for freshly...

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Honda Withdraws from Formula One Honda Withdraws from Formula One

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., have come to the conclusion that we will withdraw from all Formula One activities, making 2008 the last season of participation. This difficult decision has been made in light of the quickly deteriorating operating environment facing the global auto industry, brought on by the sub-prime problem in the United States, the deepening credit crisis and the sudden contraction of the world economies. Honda must protect its core business activities and secure the long term...

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Lewis Hamilton Designs F1 SuperCircuit with Mobil 1 Lewis Hamilton Designs F1 SuperCircuit with Mobil 1

To round-off Lewis Hamilton’s glorious winning season, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Technology Partner, ExxonMobil, presented him a final challenge: to design the ultimate ‘Supercircuit’. This fantasy race track is a combination of the toughest corners, chicanes and straights from Hamilton’s favourite circuits around the world. It is also a fascinating insight into where adrenaline levels are at their highest, and the levels of performance that are required by the car, engine and race...

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Audi Motorsport Based on Three Pillars in the Future Audi Motorsport Based on Three Pillars in the Future

In future, the AUDI AG motorsport programme will be based on three pillars: During the 2009 season, the brand with the four rings will compete once again in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the DTM. Additionally, with the new Audi R8 LMS, Audi Sport offers for the first time a racing sports car specifically developed for customer use. "We know just how important motorsport is for the success of the brand," emphasises Michael Dick, who as Chairman of the Board for Technical...

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2009 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Initial Testing 2009 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Initial Testing

Last week saw the Automobili Lamborghini development team and engineers from tire partner Pirelli put the Gallardo Super Trofeo through its paces on the Vallelunga Race Track outside Rome. This marked the first tests under simulated race conditions, with Lamborghini test driver Giorgio Sanna behind the wheel. From the very outset, the lap times achieved were faster than any ever recorded with a single-brand trophy race car on this track. The new Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo delivered...

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Chevrolet unveils new WTCC contender Chevrolet unveils new WTCC contender

With a new global car on the way for 2009, the World Touring Car Championship is the perfect platform for Chevrolet to put its latest model in the public eye. This is the new Cruze WTCC car, which replaces the successful Lacetti as Chevrolet’s contender in the 2009 series. Powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine, the WTCC Cruze has a hard act to follow, as the Lacetti won its final two outings for Chevrolet in Macau. But Chevrolet’s drivers are confident that the new car will be a top...

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Video: Jason Akermanis Rolls Mini on Warm-up Lap Video: Jason Akermanis Rolls Mini on Warm-up Lap

When Jason Akermanis is upside down, it is usually performing one of his celebratory handstands. Today however, it was an altogether different form of "upside down" when he rolled his Motorline MINI Garage machine on the warmup lap of MINI Challenge race one at Symmons Plains, which was won by DecoRug Racing's Paul Stokell. The Western Bulldogs star was caught out by new slick tyres on a damp racetrack and did a complete barrell roll, landing on all four wheels. Thankfully,...

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Baja Volkswagen Touareg TDI Unveiled Baja Volkswagen Touareg TDI Unveiled

The countdown to what is arguably the world's most unusual rally is running: On 21 November 2008, Volkswagen will start to the Baja 1000 in Mexico with a specially designed Touareg TDI for the first time. Today, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board for Technical Development of Volkswagen, unveiled the spectacular prototype for the race at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles. "We're extending our motorsport activities in North America by a pillar in off-road sport this way," says...

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Video: 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Gymkhana Practice Video: 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Gymkhana Practice

Gymkhana - An automotive sport that takes place on an open field or parking lot and requires drivers to skilfully manoeuvre their cars around a series of cones, slaloms, 180 degree turns, 360 degree turns, figure eight turns or other obstacles using extreme acceleration, breaking and drifting. Similar to "autocross", Gymkhana courses are often very complex and the objective is still to obtain a fast lap time.

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Mercedes-Benz to Star at Next Week’s Classic Adelaide Rally Mercedes-Benz to Star at Next Week’s Classic Adelaide Rally

The South Australian capital will ring to the tune of Mercedes-AMG V8-power next week when the 2008 Classic Adelaide rally commences. The four-day tarmac rally is based on special stage driving sections along some of Australia's most technically challenging roads. Leaving their mark on them again this year will be a variety of high-performance models from the three-pointed star’s sports and racing car division, Mercedes-AMG. Leading this year’s packed field will be two special V8-powered...

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2009 Baja Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2009 Baja Volkswagen Touareg TDI

Volkswagen of America, Inc. will unveil its purpose-built Volkswagen-Red Bull Baja Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck, powered by a clean diesel TDI engine, during a news conference at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The news conference is scheduled for 10:45 to 11:10 a.m., Wednesday, November 19, 2008, at the Volkswagen stand. The Race Touareg TDI Trophy Truck that will run the 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race in the SCORE Trophy Truck class is powered by a 5.5 liter V-12 clean...

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The Lotus Sport 2-Eleven GT4 Supersport race car asserts itself at the pinnacle of the 2-Eleven range, combining race winning pedigree with unparalleled handling and balance. Building on the success of the 2-Eleven road and track variants, Lotus Sport has developed this GT4 Supersport race car to compete in the European SRO GT4 Supersports category. The Lotus Sport GT4 Supersport pushes the limits to the extreme: wearing a dramatic composite body, full rollcage and with increased power and...

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The two day test at Valencia was the first time that BMW Motorrad Motorrad Motorsport's new riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus rode the new S 1000 RR and at the end both riders left in a very positive frame of mind. Both Troy and Ruben were immediately able to get right down to business and start working with the bike and start their new challenge. Fortunately the weather was good throughout the two days and the team were able to use the maximum amount of time on the track. Now the technicians...

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Lewis Hamilton is the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton is the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Champion

In one of the most dramatic finishes to a world championship ever, Lewis took the title by a single point after securing fifth position on the final corner of the final lap of the final race of the 2008 season. Lewis finished the year with 98 points, one point ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who won his home race at Interlagos this afternoon. Heikki Kovalainen finished seventh - a result that helped the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team to second in the constructors’ championship with 151...

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New Turbo-Diesel Mitsubishi Lancer to make Competition Debut New Turbo-Diesel Mitsubishi Lancer to make Competition Debut

Mitsubishi Motor Corporation (MMC) and its motor sports subsidiary MMSP have entered an all new turbo-diesel Racing Lancer (FIA Group T1 Super Production Class) for Portugal's Baja Portalegre, round six of the 2008 FIA Cup for Cross Country Bajas. The all-new Racing Lancer will be driven on the Portuguese event by Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart's Stéphane Peterhansel (France) and loyal co-driver Jean Paul Cottret (France), with whom Peterhansel has shared all his cross-country rallying...

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Mazda2 Extreme to Make Australian Rally Debut Mazda2 Extreme to Make Australian Rally Debut

Mazda Australia’s show-stopping Mazda2 Extreme will make its long-awaited rally debut in Canberra this weekend at the penultimate round of the New South Wales rally championship. This Saturday October 25 the rally-ready Mazda2 Extreme will contest the National Capital Rally; a challenging one-day, 12hr gravel endurance race held over 300km of closed forest roads in the ACT’s Brindabella Ranges. The Mazda2 Extreme is the fourth in Mazda Motorsport’s iconic series of extreme makeovers. It...

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Honda Civic Type-R On Show at Coffs Coast Rally Honda Civic Type-R On Show at Coffs Coast Rally

Honda Australia has entered the final round of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) for 2008, the Coffs Coast Rally. To be held on November 14, 15 and 16, this event will be Honda’s second endeavor at rallying in Australia with a view to compete in the full ARC calendar in 2009. British Rally Champion Guy Wilks will again drive for Honda, with Phil Pugh as co-driver in the JAS Motorsport built Group R Civic Type R. Once again, Mugen and JAS will assist Honda in the final ARC...

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Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 Takes Shape for 2009 Dakar Rally Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 Takes Shape for 2009 Dakar Rally

The ‘Dakar’ Rally 2009 promises to be the most demanding test yet for the Volkswagen Motorsport team, as it prepares to take on some of the harshest and most challenging terrain on the planet with four examples of the Race Touareg 2. The four factory-fielded Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 models will be piloted by Spaniard Carlos Sainz and his French navigator Michel Perlin; Giniel de Villiers (South Africa) and Dirk von Zitzewith (Germany); Mark Miller (USA) and Ralph Pitchford (South Africa)...

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Mercedes-Benz Returns to Australian Formula One Grand Prix 2009 Mercedes-Benz Returns to Australian Formula One Grand Prix 2009

Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific today announced that it will be returning to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix next year, and the three-pointed star will certainly be hard to miss. The iconic luxury- and sports-car maker will have a distinct and immediate presence at the opening round of the 2009 Formula One World Championship when it kicks off in March next year. Situated at turn 12 on the Albert Park race course will be a VIP hospitality suite tailored to provide invited guests of...

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Nobel and Green go for 1,000MPH Land Speed World Record Nobel and Green go for 1,000MPH Land Speed World Record

Twelve years since Andy Green OBE and Thrust SSC scythed through the sound barrier on their way to the current World Land Speed Record of 763.053 mph, Green and former record-holder, Richard Noble OBE, are preparing to write the latest chapter in the history of World Land Speed Record attempts, with a 1,000mph bid. As much an engineering adventure as the ultimate speed record challenge, the four-year Bloodhound Project, sponsored by premier fuel additive brand STP, is designed to re-ignite...

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Mercedes-Benz DTM Racing Champion Bernd Schneider to Retire Mercedes-Benz DTM Racing Champion Bernd Schneider to Retire

Bernd Schneider is the only driver in the current DTM line-up who has competed in both the earlier (1984 to 1996) and the new DTM series (since 2000). He is also the only driver to have successfully defended his championship title in the following year (2000/2001). His record-breaking tally of victories, pole positions and fastest racing laps is set to remain unequalled for a very long time, if indeed it is ever equalled or bettered. But this is not the only reason why "Mr....

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Audi Wins Le Mans Series - (Global) Audi Wins Le Mans Series - (Global)

After the triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the early title win in the American Le Mans Series, AUDI AG performed another feat with the Audi R10 TDI diesel sportscar: At the 1000-kilometre race at Silverstone (Great Britain), Audi Sport Team Joest – clinching victory as well as fourth place – secured also the champion’s title in the European Le Mans Series (LMS). In front of a record turnout of 53,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) Dindo Capello (Italy) and Allan McNish (Scotland)...

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A Strong Start On The Pax Rally (Portugal) For Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team (Global) A Strong Start On The Pax Rally (Portugal) For Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team (Global)

Determined runs on the opening day of the 2008 PAX Rally from all three Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart crews have seen Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France) emerge as the early leaders. Team-mates Joan 'Nani' Roma/Lucas Cruz (Spain) and Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) follow in fifth and sixth places.

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Casey Stoner Bad Role Model for Young People - (Australia) Casey Stoner Bad Role Model for Young People - (Australia)

Casey Stoner has been accused of being a bad role model for young people. These accusations come after a sponsorship deal between the Ducati team and tobacco giant Marlboro. Anti-tobacco organizations are labeling Stoner as the Marlboro Man.

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Duval to Partner Hirvonen at Ford for Spain and Corsica Rallies - (Global) Duval to Partner Hirvonen at Ford for Spain and Corsica Rallies - (Global)

Asphalt expert François Duval has been called up to join the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team for the final two sealed surface rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship in Spain (2 -5 October) and Corsica (9 -12 October). The 27-year-old Belgian will be nominated to score points for the reigning manufacturers' world champion in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car alongside season-long nominee and drivers' title challenger Mikko Hirvonen.

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Hirvonen and Latvala Aim to Relight Ford's Gold Medal Bid - (Global) Hirvonen and Latvala Aim to Relight Ford's Gold Medal Bid - (Global)

BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team journeys to New Zealand for the third rally in just five weekends intent on putting its world title challenge back on track. The world champion dropped to second in both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship on Germany's asphalt roads earlier this month and is keen to make amends on the team's more favoured gravel surface.

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Maserati Maintains its World Championship Leads - (Global) Maserati Maintains its World Championship Leads - (Global)

Maserati has maintained its leads in the FIA GT World Championship following two races at the weekend (23-24 August 2008) at the new Bucharest road circuit in Romania, with Vitaphone Maserati team still leading the team title chase and its drivers, Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels, still in front in the drivers’ title battle despite the Maserati crews forced to haul 60 kg of ballast follow previous round wins.

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Citroen Bid for Kiwi Win to Maintain Championship Lead - (Global) Citroen Bid for Kiwi Win to Maintain Championship Lead - (Global)

Citroen Sport arrives on the other side of the Tasman this week for the 2008 Rally of New Zealand (28-31 August 2008) – the nearest the World Rally Championship comes to Australia this year – fresh from wins in Germany and Finland, gifting them the lead in the manufacturers’ title chase and putting four time World Championship winner, Sébastien Loeb at the front in the battle for the 2008 drivers’ title, but New Zealand will be no holiday – the Citroen team is promising maximum attack to keep...

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Citroen Crushes Opposition in Germany - (Global) Citroen Crushes Opposition in Germany - (Global)

For seventh successive Rally of Germany, the French crushed their opposition with Citroen’s Sébastien Loeb leading a Citroen 1-2 after leading the German round of the World Rally Championship at the weekend (15-17 August 2008) from start to finish and providing Loeb with yet more world records, as he has now won all seven Rallies of Germany since it become a WRC event and his seventh win of the season further extends his record as the most successful rally driver of all time.

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Ferrari's Bitter Sweet Spanish Weekend - (Global) Ferrari's Bitter Sweet Spanish Weekend - (Global)

There was good news and bad news for Ferrari from its Spanish weekend (23-24 August 2008) and the 2008 Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia, with Felipe Massa, who dominated the race with a pole start to finish victory, his fourth of the season, but Kimi Raikkonen’s race ended in a cloud of smoke near the end of the race and a Ferrari pit crew member ended up in hospital after a pit lane accident with Raikkonen’s car.

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Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Targets Baja Portalegre for Debut of Turbo-Diesel Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Targets Baja Portalegre for Debut of Turbo-Diesel "Racing...

Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart is targeting November's Baja Portalegre / Portugal for the competition debut of Mitsubishi's latest cross-country rally car, the turbodiesel “Racing Lancer”.

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Le Mans Series – Nurburgring 1,000km – Peugeot Notches Up a One-Two in Germany - (Global) Le Mans Series – Nurburgring 1,000km – Peugeot Notches Up a One-Two in Germany - (Global)

Two months after the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours, Team Peugeot Total was eager to pull off a win in Germany where its two 908 HDi FAPs both qualified on the front row of the grid. The two crews produced a perfect team effort to provide the French carmaker with its first one-two finish of the season, just as they had done at the Nürburgring this time last year. The result also hands Peugeot and its crews the provisional lead in both championships.

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Cutting-Edge F1 Technology for Production Models - (Global) Cutting-Edge F1 Technology for Production Models - (Global)

The main prerequisite for BMW’s comeback to Formula One in 2000 was to generate synergies between F1 and series development.

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Maserati Dominates SPA 24 Hour Race - (Global) Maserati Dominates SPA 24 Hour Race - (Global)

Maserati has scored a dominant win at the Spa 24 Hour Race at the weekend (2-3 August), the latest round of the FIA GT World Championship, with the two Maserati Vitaphone MC12 cars finishing 1-2 and a third Maserati MC 12 finishing one step off the podium.

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Loeb Beats the Finns on their Home Ground! - (Global) Loeb Beats the Finns on their Home Ground! - (Global)

Sébastien Loeb has taken his Citroën C4 WRC to an historic win in Finland at the weekend (1-3 August 2008), becoming just the third driver to beat the Finns on their home ground in the legendarily difficult Rally of Finland, in the latest round of the World Rally Championship.

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Mopar® Sunday- First Run for Team Dodge Drag Racing - (Australia) Mopar® Sunday- First Run for Team Dodge Drag Racing - (Australia)

Willowbank raceway was set alight with the launch of Team Dodge Racing at Mopar Sunday in Queensland. Lee Bekatsh managed to launch his Pro Stock Dodge Avenger down the quarter mile three times in front of a Mopar mad crowd. Following an initial test run to assess the new setup, Lee was able to run a 7.22 second pass.

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Pickering Consolidates Australian Off Road Championship Lead for Mitsubishi at the Sunraysia 500 - (Australia) Pickering Consolidates Australian Off Road Championship Lead for Mitsubishi at the Sunraysia 500 -...

Mitsubishi's Australian off road racing team of Geoff Pickering and Mark Henderson took the fight right down to the wire in the battle of the 4x4 class at the recent Sunraysia 500 held near Mildura but victory wasn't to be for the Queensland based championship team this time around.

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FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas Baja Espana Aragon 08-20 July 2008 Leg 3 - (Global) FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas Baja Espana Aragon 08-20 July 2008 Leg 3 - (Global)

Following his victory for Mitsubishi on the Baja Espana in 2005, and his runner-up finish behind team-mate Stéphane Peterhansel (France) this time last year, this weekend saw Nani Roma (Spain) complete his home event in the medals for the third time in three participations.

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Niki Lauda Drives BMW To Victory At Hockenheim - (Global) Niki Lauda Drives BMW To Victory At Hockenheim - (Global)

Thirty years on from its first race, the BMW M1 Procar Series made a sensational return to racing at the Hockenheim Grand Prix circuit in Germany this weekend, with a host of big names and a host of fun.

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Commanding 1-2 Victory For Audi At Mid-Ohio - (Global) Commanding 1-2 Victory For Audi At Mid-Ohio - (Global)

Audi Sport North America’s two Audi R10 TDI prototypes were in a class of their own in round six of the American Le Mans series at Mid-Ohio (U.S. state of Ohio). Lucas Luhr/Marco Werner and Dindo Capello/Emanuele Pirro achieved a commanding 1-2 victory for Audi – on a track which in the past favoured the lighter LM P2 cars and on which Audi last scored an overall victory in 2004.

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Chrysler Australia Announce New Motorsport Partnership - (Australia) Chrysler Australia Announce New Motorsport Partnership - (Australia)

Chrysler Australia is excited to announce their involvement in the Australian Drag Racing scene with the support of Lee Bektash and his Pro Stock Dodge Avenger drag car.

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Ferrari on the German Podium - Just - (Global) Ferrari on the German Podium - Just - (Global)

Felipe Massa made it to the third step of the podium at the end of the German Grand Prix at the weekend (20 July 2008) and his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen finished where he started - in sixth.

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Volvo’s New C30 Green Racer - (Global) Volvo’s New C30 Green Racer - (Global)

Volvo Car Corporation has decided to enter its new ethanol powered Volvo C30 racer in the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) at Brands Hatch on the 26 - 27th of July. The car, which is in its first year on track, races in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) as the only ethanol E85 powered car in that series. In STCC, the car has so far secured three out of seven pole positions and has led close to half of all laps driven.

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Jaguar XF SV8 competes in 2008 Mountain Rally - (Australia) Jaguar XF SV8 competes in 2008 Mountain Rally - (Australia)

The stunning new XF Jaguar, launched onto the Australian market just last month, competed this past weekend in this year's Mountain Rally organised by the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia.

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Lotus Slays Giants at GT Championships - (Global) Lotus Slays Giants at GT Championships - (Global)

A Lotus Elise defeated the motor racing giants at last weekend’s round of the GT Championship at Eastern Creek Raceway with the marque’s maiden outright race win.

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MINI Challenge Beating the Cold - (Australia) MINI Challenge Beating the Cold - (Australia)

Although the MINI CHALLENGE racecars are rugged up in front of the heater enjoying their hibernation until the L&H 500, Phillip Island – September 12-14, their owners and the category have been far from idle.

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2008 FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas - (Global) 2008 FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas - (Global)

Following the victory of Luc Alphand and Gilles Picard (France) with the petrol-powered Pajero/Montero Evolution MPR13 on May's Rali Transiberico, Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart continues its 2008 cross-country program with a three-car line-up for the Baja Espana, round three of the 2008 FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas.

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Maserati Maintains World Championship Lead - (Global) Maserati Maintains World Championship Lead - (Global)

Maserati has maintained its lead in both the FIA GT World Championship for drivers’ and teams’ after the weekend’s (6 July 2008) German round in Oschersleben despite race victory being snatched away from the Maserati drivers by the safety car.

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Ferrari 430 Crushes Porsche - Again! - (Global) Ferrari 430 Crushes Porsche - Again! - (Global)

The results speak for themselves – all three podium spots taken by Ferrari 430 drivers and eight of the top ten places filled by the Ferrari 430 – as Ferrari delivered another crushing result at the fourth round of the FIA GT Championship at Oschersleben, Germany, at the weekend (6 July 2008) in the GT2 class.

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Dissappointment for Ferrari in the Rain - (Global) Dissappointment for Ferrari in the Rain - (Global)

The first half of the season ended in dramatic style at Silverstone, as the rain played a significant effect on the outcome of the race. The British Grand Prix was won with panache by Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren-Mercedes, but for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro it was not the best of days, with Kimi Raikkonen salvaging fourth place and Felipe Massa down in thirteenth spot, both men suffering lack of grip in the slippery conditions.

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Ford Motor Company Australia dropping V8 Supercar teams Ford Motor Company Australia dropping V8 Supercar teams

Ford's decision to drop sponsorship for 3 teams in 2009 has shocked the V8 supercar world. Team Vodafone, Dick Johnson Racing and Britek are to look for new sponsorship dollars next year.

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Škoda Auto Appears at Rally Bohemia - (Global) Škoda Auto Appears at Rally Bohemia - (Global)

Just as many times in the past, the 35th Rally Bohemia will again, on 4 July, start from the Škoda Auto Museum in Mladá Boleslav. Beginning on Friday, 4 July, the rally will take place under the auspices of the car manufacturer with the winged arrow in its emblem. Surrounded by Škoda’s “automobile town”, the rally promises to offer an attractive show, a vintage car race and, as part of the start-ramp presentation, the first appearance of the prototype of the Škoda Fabia Super 2000, the...

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Ford Takes a More Targeted Approach to Motorsport Sponsorship - (Australia) Ford Takes a More Targeted Approach to Motorsport Sponsorship - (Australia)

Ford Australia today confirmed ongoing significant investment in V8 Supercar racing as part of the company's diversified sponsorship portfolio.

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Audi Maintains DTM Lead - (Global) Audi Maintains DTM Lead - (Global)

In front of 140,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) Audi maintained its lead in the DTM standings in Nuremberg. Finishing the race in third place, Timo Scheider defended his overall lead and gave Audi its first Norisring podium since 2005. With Mattias Ekström in fourth, and Tom Kristensen in seventh place, two other Audi drivers scored points.

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News from the Audi DTM Team - (Global) News from the Audi DTM Team - (Global)

The Norisring is regarded as the "German Monaco" and definitely lived up to its reputation again this year. Numerous celebrities kept their fingers crossed for the Audi squad at its "home race". And Audi came up with several special attractions for the fans as well.

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