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Jeff Westphal won pole position at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, he’s the 1st American in the race’s 45-year history to win pole position and…

Jeff Westphal won pole position at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, he’s the 1st American in the race’s 45-year history to win pole position and…

Westphal raced the No. 704 Traum Motorsport SCG 003C at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours. The SCG 003 is American racing enthusiast Jim Glickenhaus’ idea of the perfect track and street car, and the SCG 003C is its racing-only version.This year was the SCG 003C’s third attempt at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, and while they didn’t finish, they certainly proved that an outsider to the European racing scene can break in and be the fastest.The team quickly learned that there’s nowhere they could test that could come close to simulating laps on the Nürburgring with the same mix of harsh bumps, hills, fast sweepers and tight corners. Replicating the ‘Ring’s over 8-minute laps anywhere else…Read entire story

Throwback Thursday: Servicing Cosworth DFV Formula 1 engines, 1975

Throwback Thursday: Servicing Cosworth DFV Formula 1 engines, 1975

Kiwi racing driver and engine preparer John Nicholson worked with McLaren to service and rebuild DFVs The then-ubiquitous DFV was a brilliantly effective design, finding success over nearly two decades. We found out how often it needed attention Never before had there been, and in all likelihood never again will there be, an engine like the DFV. Designed in 1965 by the youthful Cosworth company, its birth was down to Lotus’s Colin Chapman, who both commissioned the project and brought in the crucial backing from Ford. The DFV made a winning debut at the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix and, continually evolving, took 12 Formula 1 drivers’ championships and 10 constructors’ championships, taking…Read entire story

Lexus Shows Off SKYJET Spacecraft for This Summer’s Valerian

Lexus looks ahead 700 years into the future with the SKYJET spacecraft featured in the upcoming Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets sci-fi movie hitting theaters on July 21. The company released two ads and a featurette that offers fans an in-depth look into the SKYJET. The SKYJET, a single-seat pursuit craft, was created in partnership with the EuropaCorp, a leading European film studio, and will be driven by the film’s main character Valerian, played by Dane DeHaan. The ad demonstrates how Lexus envisions personal mobility 700 years from now (when the movie takes place) and the featurette shows the creation process of the SKYJET, including behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Dane DeHann, producer Virginie Besson-Sillas, and Valerian …Read entire story

Insight: where luxury cars go to die

Insight: where luxury cars go to die

A large chunk of Flying Spares’ business used to come from supplying old Rollers for banger racing, when this was fashionable. When Rolls-Royces and Bentleys come to their natural ends, their parts can keep other models running. We explored the UK’s poshest breaker’s yard You will know, of course, about elephant graveyards: the sites on the Savannah to which these great beasts are instinctively drawn in their final hours, a place to lie down, die and decompose. There is but one problem with these graveyards: they don’t exist. The automotive equivalent, however, does. On an industrial estate outside Nuneaton you will find Flying Spares, where for the past 22 years…Read entire story

Styling Size-Up: Hyundai Kona vs. The Competition

Hyundai has revealed its first subcompact crossover, the 2018 Kona, and like a number of entries in that segment, it’s brimming with character thanks to its attention-grabbing exterior design. However, it won’t be the only funky-looking crossover when it enters the market. Let’s take a look at how the newest entry from South Korea compares to its rivals in the styling department. From the front, the 2018 Hyundai Kona distinguishes itself with a three-tier lighting layout that features LED daytime running light strips up top, the main headlight cluster in the middle, and fog lights at the very bottom that are positioned inward more toward the center of the front fascia. Hyundai’s new cascading …Read entire story

Volkswagen Debuts Sixth-Generation Polo for Europe

Volkswagen has announced the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo, offering a bigger and more spacious car with enough permutations to boggle the mind. Exterior styling matches the crisp lines and sharp creases of the current-generation Golf. Volkswagen offers 14 body and 13 dash colors for personalization. Three packages, R-Line, Black, and Style, offer further interior and exterior customization across the range. At 159 inches in length, the 2018 Polo grew 3.7 inches longer over the previous generation, offering more interior volume for both passengers and cargo. There’s 25 percent more trunk space, with a total of 12.4 cubic feet over the last generation’s 9.9 cubic feet. “The new …Read entire story

Volkswagen to limit GTI models to Golf, Polo and Up

Volkswagen to limit GTI models to Golf, Polo and Up

Volkswagen Up GTI VW boss has crushed claims that an SUV GTI model was on the way, stating that the Golf, Polo and Up have completed the range Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess has quelled speculation that the brand’s range of GTI-badged cars is set to grow, including an SUV model in the immediate future, stating that the Golf GTI, recently revealed Up GTI and next Polo GTI have completed the range. “I think with the three [GTI models] we have now, we are set,” Diess said. “GTI for us is ‘the’ hot hatch: a sporty car, classless, with potential for everyday use and accessible …Read entire story

Aston Martin Vantage AMR Limited to 300 Units

Aston Martin is getting ready to introduce its first vehicle under the new AMR sub-brand. The race-inspired Aston Martin Vantage AMR will reach 300 customers around the globe by the end of the year. The model is available in four color schemes: Stratus White with orange graphic, Ultramarine Black with Blue graphic, Zaffre Blue with Red graphic, and Scintilla Silver with Grey graphic. A special “Halo Pack” pays homage to the WEC-winning #95 Vantage GTE with a Stirling Green paint job and Lime Green accents. Just like on last year’s GTE, this model is available with a special Union Jack-enameled wings badge. Both coupe and roadster versions will be available. Inside the …Read entire story

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Owned by Field Marshal Montgomery is the Second of the “Eight Great Phantoms”

In preparation for the reveal of the eight-generation Phantom, Rolls-Royce is dusting off what it considers to be the greatest examples of the Phantom ever built. Following Fred Astaire’s Phantom I, Rolls revealed the second Phantom is a car once owned by one of Britain’s most famous World War II commanders, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. Whereas Astaire’s Roller was used to transport movie stars and famed musicians around Los Angeles, Monty’s Phantom was used to shuttle heads of state, ambassadors, and important military personnel when visiting England. The 1936 Rolls-Royce wears special aerodynamic bodywork commissioned by Alan Samuel …Read entire story

2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus Drops in Germany

Ingolstadt’s all-new 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus is the fastest convertible model from the brand. Like the R8 Plus coupe, the R8 Spyder Plus sports a wailing 5.2-liter V-10 engine that packs 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 70 hp and 15 lb-ft over the regular model. The Quattro all-wheel-drive beast’s powerplant is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’ll get you from 0-62 mph in a blistering 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 203.8 mph, according to Audi. “The Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus completes the R8 model line,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Audi managing director, in …Read entire story

The Honda Civic Type R on Sale Now Priced at $34,775

The 2017 Honda Civic Type R – the most powerful production Honda ever sold in the U.S. – goes on sale today with a starting price of $34,775. This confirms the price we first saw on a leaked Monroney sticker. The Civic Type R, the first Honda to use the Type R badge in the United States, produces 306 hp at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque from 2,500-4500 rpm from its 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 with the automaker’s famous i-VTEC variable valve technology. A short-throw six-speed manual transmission routes power to the front wheels and comes standard with a helical limited-slip differential. The track-spec …Read entire story

We Hear: All-Electric Hyundai Kona in the Works

The Hyundai Kona won’t make its world debut until next week but there’s already rumblings of a new variant for the Korean automaker’s upcoming small crossover. Citing Push EVs and Auto Bild, Inside EVs is reporting that Hyundai will be releasing an all-electric Kona crossover by fall 2018. The report also indicates that the Kona EV will have a range of around 217 miles and a battery packing around 50-kWh. As for pricing, the Kona EV could start at around $39,000, putting it right on the same ballpark as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which is EPA-rated at 238 miles on a single charge. Earlier…Read entire story

Report: Audi Wants More Utility Vehicles in U.S. Lineup

Audi has revealed that it would like to add more utility vehicles to its U.S. lineup. Speaking with Automotive News, Barry Hoch, director of product planning at Audi of America revealed that the automaker still sees segments and niches that it can go into to grow its U.S. sales. Audi is currently in the midst of a major product overhaul and by 2018, nearly all of its models will either be redesigned or refreshed. Crosssovers will be a major part of Audi’s U.S. lineup and Hoch revealed that Audi is pushing to add their own full-size Mercedes-Benz…Read entire story