|McLaren GT Confirms Details of Enhanced 12C GT3 To Compete Globally in 2013|
|•Additional production run of the 12C GT3 confirmed to compete globally •Revisions designed to improve overall efficiency and reliability •12C GT3 competitive debut season summary available to view at the official McLaren Automotive YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/72jgg4BqYsY As was confirmed at the close of last year, McLaren GT will produce further examples of the 12C GT3 available to compete in the 2013 season. These new models are eligible for all GT3 championships and, for the first time, see the 12C GT3 available for global competition. The 2012 season saw the 12C GT3 take part in 98 separate race events, and this was converted into 19 victories and a further 19 podium finishes for the 13 McLaren GT customer teams – a remarkable achievement for the car making its competitive debut. During the season, the 12C GT3 was only made available to European-based GT teams and, aside from a handful of standalone race events in Abu Dhabi, Azerbaijan and Macau, raced in championships across Europe. The 12C GT3 is now available to all GT teams globally and, for the first time, also collectors and non-race users. The 12C GT3 will continue to be raced by all active GT teams who competed in 2012. In addition to this, several new teams have now taken delivery of the 2013 model year 12C GT3 and are confirmed for the forthcoming season. Clearwater Racing join McLaren GT as a customer team and, as reigning back-to-back champions in the Asia GT Championship, the striking chrome, red and green livery of the 12C GT3 will wear the number 1. In addition to this, nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb has confirmed he will contest the FIA GT Series, and his team Sébastien Loeb Racing will run two examples of the 12C GT3. Loeb will be joined in the cockpit by McLaren GT factory driver Alvaro Parente for the six-date season. The 2013-specification 12C GT3 features a number of changes, all of which are available as a package to existing car owners, and which are designed to offer enhanced drivability, reliability and efficiency, coupled with reduced complexity. The changes include a revised aerodynamics package, an upgraded ECU with a revised electrical system and alternative dampers. The 2013 12C GT3 also benefits from an updated cooling system designed to optimise performance of the car in the more varied conditions found in global championships. These enhancements are evident through the updated bonnet and ducting, designed to ensure that the 12C GT3 can run competitively in higher temperatures than those experienced during 2012. The revised aerodynamic package will further improve the balance and tyre management of the 12C GT3. The enhanced 2013 McLaren 12C GT3 costs £325,000, and is eligible for all FIA GT3-based race series. 2013 McLaren 12C GT3 technical specification Chassis/Body - McLaren carbon fibre MonoCell with aluminium front and rear sub-frames - Bespoke lightweight carbon fibre body panels - Left hand drive - FIA approved safety roll cage Aerodynamics - Front splitter - Rear wing, fully adjustable with gurney - Front and rear diffusers Engine/Management - Race prepared 3.8L V8 twin turbo McLaren M838T - McLaren Electronics ECU interfacing with Bosch ABS and Shiftec transmission control units Transmission - Six-speed sequential motorsport transmission pneumatically actuated via steering wheel mounted paddles Electrical System - Lightweight motorsport specification wiring and connectors - Electronic power management system - Membrane type switch panel Data System - McLaren Electronics 'ATLAS' data system - Digital dash display Front/Rear Suspension - Double wishbone adjustable for ride height, camber and toe - Four-way adjustable dampers with coil over springs - Motorsport axles with single wheel retaining nut - Adjustable anti-roll bars - Forged aluminium wheels: Front 12' x 18', Rear 13' x 18' Steering - Electro-hydraulic power assisted steering - Unique McLaren GT steering wheel developed from MP4-24 Formula 1 steering wheel Fuel System - Motorsport 'bag tank' system with 120L capacity - Motorsport 'quick-fill' system Lubrication - Mobil engine and transmission lubrication Brake System - Akebono monoblock calipers with ventilated discs: Front – 6 piston caliper, 378Ø x 36mm disc Rear – 4 piston caliper, 355Ø x 32mm disc - Bosch motorsport ABS|
| DANIEL SET FOR SYDNEY SHOWDOWNMELBOURNE, Australia – To say that for Daniel Ricciardo the next couple of weeks are going to be massive is something of an understatement. Not only will Dan be making his first race weekend appearance for Infiniti Red Bull Racing on March 14, but he'll be doing it on home soil in Melbourne, where he'll undoubtedly be the center of attention.|
It won't be Dan's first appearance in one of our cars ahead of the opening race of the season. However, also this weekend, Daniel will be in Sydn....
| FELIX BAUMGARTNER TO DRIVE AUDI R8 AT NÜRBURGRING 24 HOURS• Austrian extreme athlete starts racing career|
• Audi race experience as seasoned campaign team
• Le Mans winners as prominent team-mates
Ingolstadt, March 7, 2014 – Following his stratosphere jump in 2012, extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner is tackling his next big challenge on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The Austrian will obtain a racing license and become a race driver with the Audi race experience team on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
The Audi race experience....
|AUDI IN MOTORSPORT 2014• A year full of challenges|
FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), DTM, GT racing: The motorsport commitment of AUDI AG in the 2014 season again rests on three pillars - and in all three segments the brand with the four rings is facing special challenges.
In the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and at Le Mans, the season's pinnacle event, Audi will not only be meeting with Porsche as a new, strong opponent from the Volkswagen Group. The season also marks the beginning of a ne....
| GT Academy winner Reip joins Ordóñez in Nissan ZEOD RC driver line-up•Nissan selects second GT Academy graduate for ZEOD RC program|
•2012 European GT Academy winner to make Le Mans debut
•Former gamers to reach speeds of 300km/h on electric power
•ZEOD RC on display at International Geneva Motor Show
GENEVA, Switzerland – The driver line-up for Nissan's revolutionary ZEOD RC prototype will feature two past winners of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy program with Belgian driver Wolfgang Reip signed to join Lucas Ordóñez at this year's Le Mans 24 Hou....
| NISSAN ANNOUNCES U.S. PRICING FOR 2015 GT-R NISMONASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced a $149,990 USD starting price* for the limited production 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO**, the fastest Nissan GT-R ever built and holder of the volume production car lap record (7:08.679) at the famed Nurburgring racetrack in Germany. The GT-R NISMO is scheduled to go on sale at select Nissan dealers in the U.S. beginning July 31, 2014.|
The new Nissan GT-R NISMO features an advanced 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine rated at 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft ....
| ASTON MARTIN CELEBRATES TEN YEARS OF ASTON MARTIN RACING WITH LARGEST PROGRAMME TO DATEGaydon, 28 February 2014 - Aston Martin is running its largest motorsport programme to-date this year as it enters the most challenging and demanding endurance races in the world with a full range of Vantage-based race cars.|
2014 marks ten years of Aston Martin Racing - the luxury sportcar maker's most extensive motorsport campaign in its 101-year history - and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will once again be the highlight of the calendar, as the team fields four V8 Vantag....
| LEXUS AT THE 2014 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW• European premiere of the RC F - the most powerful V8 performance car yet developed by Lexus|
• First appearance of the new RC coupe in a F SPORT version featuring exclusive design features and dynamic upgrades
• World premiere of the Lexus RC F GT3 concept to signal Lexus' intention to enter GT3 sports car racing arenas
Brussels, Belgium - The new Lexus RC coupe and the high-performance RC F will make their European debuts at the 2014 Geneva motor show, which will also mark the Wor....
| NISSAN SET TO ELECTRIFY CLIPSAL 500 IN AUSTRALIA WITH LEAF NISMO RC◾Clipsal 500 in Adelaide to see first Australian appearance of Nissan LEAF NISMO RC – state-of-the-art all-electric, zero emission racing car|
◾'Nissan Time Attack' sees LEAF NISMO RC on Adelaide street circuit against Nissan GT-R and Nissan Altima V8 Supercar
MELBOURNE, Australia – Nissan is set to electrify this weekend's Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia with the on-track appearance of its spectacular, all-electric racing car, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC.
Nissan LEAF NISMO RC....