|Nissan Takes On Petit Le Mans|
|After last weekend's round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji in Japan, Nissan's attention turns to America this week, specifically to the glorious Road Atlanta road course in Georgia that hosts the 1000 mile/10 hour 'Petit Le Mans'. This is one of the blue riband events of the American sportscar scene and a fitting event for the eagerly anticipated return of a very special racing car. Nissan DeltaWing will make its return to racing in the country it was created after making a headline-grabbing debut at this summer's Le Mans 24 Hours. The car was made in America but the effort is truly international, from the English Ben Bowlby to the Japanese engine, the 'All American' Dan Gurney to the European fans who took the car to their hearts at Le Mans. Nissan's first GT Academy graduate Lucas Ordonez will bring some Spanish style to the driving squad and Gunnar Jeannette will provide some good American knowledge of one of the country's best race tracks. In addition to being the final round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Petit Le Mans replaces the final two rounds of the European Le Mans Series so many of Nissan's LMP2 runners will take on the demands of Road Atlanta in the LMP2 class, not least Greaves Motorsport. With Lucas Ordonez behind the wheel of Nissan DeltaWing, his seat in the Greaves Zytek Nissan has been taken by Alex Buncombe who joins Alex Brundle and Tom Kimber-Smith in the car that will carry its regular No.1 in this race. The British Greaves Motorsport team will compete against seven other LMP2 cars in Atlanta, four of which also run Nissan engines. The Conquest Endurance team will be the first US team to compete head to head with the European 'Powered by Nissan' teams, all of whom will be putting in maximum effort as they will be awarded double European Le Mans Series points for this race. 'Petit Le Mans is a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate the international flavour of Nissan Motorsport,' said Nissan's Darren Cox. 'Our racing activities are growing exponentially with GT Academy competitions in Europe, USA, Russia, the Middle East and now South Africa. We are powering most of the LMP2 runners in the FIA World Endurance Championship and powered a quarter of the entire grid at Le Mans. We're delighted that the US fans will finally get a chance to see Nissan DeltaWing race after it was so well received in Europe. It is a project that has captured the imaginations of so many and it is good to hear that the car will race on in the ALMS next year. This is a very interesting chapter in the story of Nissan in motorsport.' Petit Le Mans gets underway this Saturday at 11:30 local time (-6hrs CET) with qualifying taking place from 14:00 on Friday.|
|BMW TEAM RLL QUALIFIES 4TH AND 7TH FOR 53RD ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA; EDWARDS 4TH, AUBERLEN 7THWoodcliff Lake, N.J. – January 22, 2015… BMW Team RLL will start the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona from the fourth and seventh GTLM class positions following this afternoon's very competitive qualifying session at the Daytona International Speedway road course.|
John Edwards, driving the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, qualified in the fourth starting spot with a lap of 1:43.966 minutes around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn circuit. His time was only 0.478 seconds slower than the pole winner. The top six qualif....
|FORD, LINCOLN DEALERS GIVE COMMUNITIES NEARLY $100 MILLION IN 2014◾Last year, 82 percent of Ford and Lincoln dealers contributed financially and 95 percent volunteered time to local causes, according to annual Ford Survey on Dealer Giving|
◾Ford and Lincoln dealers donated nearly $100 million and volunteered nearly 1 million hours in 2014
◾Six dealers honored with this year's Salute to Dealers awards
Ford and Lincoln dealers gave nearly $100 million to local causes and nonprofits in communities across the United States in 2014, according to Ford Motor Comp....
|HONDA PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT APPOINTS ALLEN MILLER AS RACE TEAM LEADER◾Will be responsible for all Indy car, sports car and GT efforts|
◾HPD veteran with more than two decades of racing experience
◾Most recently served as project leader for HPD sports car program
Jan 20, 2015 - SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Allen Miller, a 21-year veteran with Honda Performance Development, has been named Race Team Leader for the company, heading up all on-track activities for HPD's pinnacle motorsports programs. The appointment was announced today by Art St. Cyr, president ....
|SEASON STARTS FOR AUDI AT DAYTONA• Two Audi customer teams to contest 24-hour race in Florida (USA)|
• Audi R8 LMS competes in numerically strongest class
• Audi driver Markus Winkelhock: Daytona is like a sprint race
Ingolstadt, January 19, 2015 – The 2015 season opens with an endurance classic in the USA for Audi customer racing. Two Audi R8 LMS will start at the 53rd running of the 24 hours of Daytona. Following the first victory for an Audi at Daytona two years ago, and a second place last season, the two cu....
|Lotus sales up 54% world-wide for the first nine months of the financial year• 81% sales increase EU overall|
• 88% increase in UK
• 143% increase in France
• 139% increase in Germany
• 29% up USA; 50% up Canada
• 24% up Asia and Middle East
• 130% sales increases in China; 125% in Japan
• Lotus Motorsport shows 19% increase
• 163 dealers, 25 more than nine months ago, 50 more in pipeline by the end of 2015.
• Exciting reveal in Geneva
Announcing that overall sales are up by 54% in the past nine months provides tangible proof that the forward strategy establi....
|THE FULL 'MONTE': THE NEW POLO R WRC MAKES ITS DEBUT AT A RALLY CLASSIC◾First big test for the second generation Polo R WRC|
◾Volkswagen drivers Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen first onto the 'Monte' route
◾Home race for world champion Ogier – Gap (F) hosts WRC opener
Tough test for the new, second generation of the Polo R WRC: when Volkswagen lines up at the Rally Monte Carlo (22–25 January), it will take on the opposition in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a World Rally Car that has been the subject of sweeping modifications. Double world champions S....
|THE McLAREN P1 GTR TO DEBUT AT GENEVA◾Production-intent model to premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show|
◾In excess of 700 PS per tonne power-to-weight ratio achieved through motorsport-derived weight-saving and powertrain optimisation
◾Testing continues at global circuits in Europe and the Middle East
◾High definition video shows the latest stages in the McLaren P1™GTR development programme at: http://youtu.be/4pDwmMruOtA
The development programme for the most powerful and most exclusive McLaren model to-date has been stepped....
|RECORD YEAR FOR AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI:DELIVERIES INCREASED TO 2,530 UNITS IN 2014◾Lamborghini increases worldwide sales for the fourth year in a row|
◾The new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 has been introduced successfully to the markets worldwide collecting more than 3,300 orders
◾USA confirms its position as largest single market
◾Balanced presence across the three regions EMEA, America and Asia Pacific
Sant'Agata Bolognese, 12.01.2015 -- In the year 2014 Automobili Lamborghini set a new sales record in its history. With 2,530 cars delivered to customers the comp....