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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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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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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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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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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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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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BMW Motorrad Motorsport Corser and Xaus test new S 1000RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport Corser and Xaus test new S 1000RR

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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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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Audi Tradition To Feature Six Historic Vehicles At The Mille Miglia - (Italy) Audi Tradition To Feature Six Historic Vehicles At The Mille Miglia - (Italy)

From 15 to 17 May, Audi Tradition will take six historic automobiles to Brescia (IT) where the 1,000-mile race across half of Italy starts and finishes. Taking part for the first time this year will be Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. He will be piloting a Wanderer W 25. Three Wanderer W 25 vehicles in total will take part, each one representing a different year from the 1930’s. These 55 hp vehicles have previously taken part in the world’s most famous vintage...

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Evo Trumps Targa Evo Trumps Targa

In a command performance, the all conquering Mitsubishi Evolution IX Lancers dominated last weekend’s Targa Tasmania.

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Mazda Wins Targa Tasmania – 2WD Showroom Mazda Wins Targa Tasmania – 2WD Showroom

After 2,000km and 40 arduous competition stages Mazda Australia has taken honours in Targa Tasmania’s 2WD Showroom category.

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Mazda3 MPS Takes 4WD Scalps at Targa Mazda3 MPS Takes 4WD Scalps at Targa

After three days and 1,200km of intense competition, the storming Mazda3 MPS of Targa pro Rick Bates is officially the fastest showroom spec car in Targa, and team-mate Alister McRae is hot on his heels.

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Mazda Tightens Grip On Targa Title Mazda Tightens Grip On Targa Title

The penultimate day of competition saw Team Mazda Motorsport move further up the leaderboard of the 2008 Targa Tasmania, and continue its dominance of the 2WD Showroom Competition.

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Mazda’s Targa Team Moves Up the Leaderboard Mazda’s Targa Team Moves Up the Leaderboard

Day Two and Mazda's two-pronged Targa Tasmania attack picked up momentum as star drivers Rick Bates and Alister McRae homed in on a top ten prize.

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Mazda’s Targa Attack Off to a Flying Start Mazda’s Targa Attack Off to a Flying Start

It was a cracking day one of Targa Tasmania for Mazda with both Mazda3 MPS hot hatches charging up the field to finish in the top 30.

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Class 1-2 for Mazda in Targa Prologue Class 1-2 for Mazda in Targa Prologue

Mazda has made a promising start to this year’s Targa Tasmania. The twin Mazda3 MPS hot hatches secured first and second position in the 2WD Showroom Competition in today’s Prologue.

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Fiat 500 Bids to Repeat Historic Rally Win Fiat 500 Bids to Repeat Historic Rally Win

One of the largest groups of race and rally versions of the original Fiat 500 will gather in Belgium in July in a bid to repeat one of the great motorsport victories when the diminutive Fiat took part in one of the classic endurance rallies, the Liege-Brescia-Liege Rally, and not only won after 3300 gruelling km, but also filled six of the top ten places. Exactly fifty years after the historic rally win, the Liege-Brescia-Liege Rally is now a historic event and the team of classic 500s will bid...

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Mazda Unveils Targa Tassie Devils Mazda Unveils Targa Tassie Devils

Mazda Australia today whipped the covers off its brand new Mazda3 MPS rally car ahead of its motorsport debut at next week's Targa Tasmania.

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Mazda’s Star Co-Drivers Complete Targa Tussle Mazda’s Star Co-Drivers Complete Targa Tussle

Next month one half of Mazda’s Australian Rally Championship (ARC) winning duo will reunite with the company for its two-pronged attack on the 2008 Targa Tasmania.

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McRae and Mazda Combine for Targa Attack McRae and Mazda Combine for Targa Attack

Mazda Australia today confirmed famed World Rally Championship (WRC) competitor Alister McRae and Mazda resident driver Rick Bates will spearhead the company’s 2008 Targa Tasmania campaign.

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VACC Hosts Historic Australian Grand Prix. VACC Hosts Historic Australian Grand Prix.

Many people may not realise that Victoria is hosting not one, but two Grand Prix this March. One is the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne. The other is a re-run of the very first Grand Prix held in Australia.

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Review: Level 1 of Superbike School at Phillip Island Review: Level 1 of Superbike School at Phillip Island

The California Superbike School, and no it’s not in the USA - well actually they’re all over the world – is operated by Steve Brouggy down here in Oz. The school was founded in the USA in 1980 by Keith Code, former motorcycle racer and author of numerous books on motorcycle riding. Code is regarded as one of the best on-track motorcycle instructors in the world and its no wonder with an alumnus that includes the likes of Chris Vermeulen. These guys had all the right credentials so a couple of...

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Lotus 2-Eleven Joins Mt Buller Sprint 8-Minute Club Lotus 2-Eleven Joins Mt Buller Sprint 8-Minute Club

The Lotus 2-Eleven has shown its speed by joining the exclusive eight-minute club at the 2007 Mt Buller Sprint. Only 17 cars have recorded a sub-nine minute run in the event's five year history, and the Lotus 2-Eleven cracked an 8m:59s on only its second dry run.

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Mt Buller Sprint Turns Up 2-Eleven Mt Buller Sprint Turns Up 2-Eleven

Lotus Cars Australia announces the brand new 2-Eleven will make its Australian competition debut at the Mt Buller Sprint hillclimb in early November. And if superstition is a guide, the numbers are looking good.

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Lotus Proves Light Is Right With Dutton Rally Stage Win Lotus Proves Light Is Right With Dutton Rally Stage Win

A factory standard Lotus Exige S has earned a stage victory and finished 8th outright in the 2007 Dutton Rally Victoria.

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Lotus Exige S To Race In Dutton Rally Victoria Lotus Exige S To Race In Dutton Rally Victoria

Lotus Exige S will tackle this weekend's final round of the 2007 Alphera Dutton Rally in Victoria.

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