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1954 Jaguar D-Type Le Mans Racer Is Expected To Fetch More Than $12 Million 1
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Jaguar, Le Mans on 12 1st, 2017


Major collector-car auctions take place around the world and throughout the year. Scottsdale is surely one of (if not the) highlight of the year, though – and this car is bound to be the toast of next year’s events.

This Jaguar D-Type was the lead car in the British automaker’s effort at Le Mans in 1954, driven by the legendary Sir Stirling Moss.

Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to the finish line, retiring in the middle of the night with brake trouble – but before it did, it set a new record when it reached 172.97 miles per hour down the Mulsanne Straight.

Pictured here by Patrick Ernzen for RM Sotheby’s, OKV 2 went on to compete in numerous other events, but arguably even more important was the role it played in developing Jaguar’s future Le Mans winners. For the next three years, subsequent D-Types would go on to complete a hat-trick of victories in the famous endurance race, cementing Jaguar’s place in the history of motor racing.

With so much history behind it, RM Sotheby’s projects this D-Type will sell for more than $12 million when the gavel drops at the Arizona Biltmore on January 18-19. And the auction house should know, having sold another of its kind just last year for over $20 million.

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1954 Jaguar D-Type Le Mans Racer Is Expected To Fetch More Than $12 Million 1
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Jaguar, Le Mans on 12 1st, 2017


Major collector-car auctions take place around the world and throughout the year. Scottsdale is surely one of (if not the) highlight of the year, though – and this car is bound to be the toast of next year’s events.

This Jaguar D-Type was the lead car in the British automaker’s effort at Le Mans in 1954, driven by the legendary Sir Stirling Moss.

Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to the finish line, retiring in the middle of the night with brake trouble – but before it did, it set a new record when it reached 172.97 miles per hour down the Mulsanne Straight.

Pictured here by Patrick Ernzen for RM Sotheby’s, OKV 2 went on to compete in numerous other events, but arguably even more important was the role it played in developing Jaguar’s future Le Mans winners. For the next three years, subsequent D-Types would go on to complete a hat-trick of victories in the famous endurance race, cementing Jaguar’s place in the history of motor racing.

With so much history behind it, RM Sotheby’s projects this D-Type will sell for more than $12 million when the gavel drops at the Arizona Biltmore on January 18-19. And the auction house should know, having sold another of its kind just last year for over $20 million.

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1954 Jaguar D-Type Le Mans Racer Is Expected To Fetch More Than $12 Million 1
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Jaguar, Le Mans on 12 1st, 2017


Major collector-car auctions take place around the world and throughout the year. Scottsdale is surely one of (if not the) highlight of the year, though – and this car is bound to be the toast of next year’s events.

This Jaguar D-Type was the lead car in the British automaker’s effort at Le Mans in 1954, driven by the legendary Sir Stirling Moss.

Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to the finish line, retiring in the middle of the night with brake trouble – but before it did, it set a new record when it reached 172.97 miles per hour down the Mulsanne Straight.

Pictured here by Patrick Ernzen for RM Sotheby’s, OKV 2 went on to compete in numerous other events, but arguably even more important was the role it played in developing Jaguar’s future Le Mans winners. For the next three years, subsequent D-Types would go on to complete a hat-trick of victories in the famous endurance race, cementing Jaguar’s place in the history of motor racing.

With so much history behind it, RM Sotheby’s projects this D-Type will sell for more than $12 million when the gavel drops at the Arizona Biltmore on January 18-19. And the auction house should know, having sold another of its kind just last year for over $20 million.

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Aston Martin Unveils 9-Minute Doc Celebrating The Vantage GTE 24
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin Videos, Le Mans, Motorsport, racing, video on 11 24th, 2017


If you were curious to know what it took for Aston Martin to build a road car and a race car at the same time, the British automaker has just put it on film for you.

This specially-commissioned video documents the birth of the Vantage GTE, Aston Martin’s track focused weapon aimed at the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“We decided to replace the current Vantage road car and – since it’s really necessary to take race technology from the track to the road and from the road to the track – it’s really important that we design both simultaneously,” said company boss, Dr Andy Palmer.

The video will take you through the 18 months it took in order to turn a concept into a racer able to challenge the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Ford, Corvette and BMW at Le Mans next summer.

Thus far, the Aston Martin GTE has completed over 14,000 km (8,700 miles) of testing, in the UK, Spain (at Navarra) and at Sebring in the U.S.

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Alonso Successfully Completes Test With Toyota’s LMP1 Prototype 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Le Mans, Motorsport, racing, Reports, TOYOTA on 11 23rd, 2017


Fernando Alonso has inched closer to his dream of competing at the Le Mans 24 Hours, completing a day of testing with Toyota in Bahrain.

Throughout the day, the Spaniard did over 100 laps, setting a best lap time of 1 min 43.013 seconds, six tenths shy of the best time achieved by Toyota LMP1 driver Mike Conway in the same conditions.

Speaking to Motorsport, Toyota advisor Alex Wurz said he was very impressed with Alonso’s performance.

“I am a sports car fan, so I am proud when professional drivers come to feel the excitement of these prototype cars. Fernando is one of the best race drivers out there so, as you would expect, he did very well in the test.

“He adapted quickly to a rather unique driving style and gave some very good and structured feedback during the day,” Wurz said.

Alonso is currently pursuing motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’ and recently reached a new deal with the McLaren F1 team that will allow him to race in other series’ during the 2018 Formula One World Championship. He is widely expected to compete with Toyota during the famed endurance race and his successful test outing will only improve his chances of landing a one-race contract.

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Alonso Successfully Completes Test With Toyota’s LMP1 Prototype 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Le Mans, Motorsport, racing, Reports, TOYOTA on 11 23rd, 2017


Fernando Alonso has inched closer to his dream of competing at the Le Mans 24 Hours, completing a day of testing with Toyota in Bahrain.

Throughout the day, the Spaniard did over 100 laps, setting a best lap time of 1 min 43.013 seconds, six tenths shy of the best time achieved by Toyota LMP1 driver Mike Conway in the same conditions.

Speaking to Motorsport, Toyota advisor Alex Wurz said he was very impressed with Alonso’s performance.

“I am a sports car fan, so I am proud when professional drivers come to feel the excitement of these prototype cars. Fernando is one of the best race drivers out there so, as you would expect, he did very well in the test.

“He adapted quickly to a rather unique driving style and gave some very good and structured feedback during the day,” Wurz said.

Alonso is currently pursuing motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’ and recently reached a new deal with the McLaren F1 team that will allow him to race in other series’ during the 2018 Formula One World Championship. He is widely expected to compete with Toyota during the famed endurance race and his successful test outing will only improve his chances of landing a one-race contract.

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Russia’s Gunning For Toyota With New BR1 LMP1 Prototype 21
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Le Mans, Motorsport, racing on 11 21st, 2017


With most of the hybrid prototypes having now left the series, the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship and its headline event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is now wide open to privateer teams eager to take on Toyota for outright victory. And they’re starting to line up for their chance at the top prize.

The latest comes from Russian firm BR Engineering, which has unveiled its own conventionally powered LMP1 prototype at the season finale in Bahrain this weekend.

Called the BR1, it’s based on a Dallara chassis with power from either an AER twin-turbo V6 rated at 720 horsepower, or a Mecachrome-based Gibson V8 good for about 700 hp. Whatever engine is fitted will drive the rear wheels through a six-speed paddle-shift Xtrac gearbox with a Tilton clutch and limited-slip differential.

Brembo provides the brakes, Kayaba the electric power steering, OZ the 18-inch magnesium wheels, and Michelin the tires – all fitted to a package weighing approximately 930 kilograms (or about 2,050 pounds).

Having already passed all the FIA’s homologation procedures and undergone extensive track, wind-tunnel, and simulator testing, the chassis is ready for privateer teams. Among them will be DragonSpeed and Russia’s SMP Racing, which has an all-star Russian driver roster lined up including former F1 pilots Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin, IndyCar veteran Mikhail Aleshin, and Le Mans endurance racers Kirill Ladygin and Victor Shaytar.

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Revised Rules Might Lure McLaren In Entering The LMP1 Series 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Le Mans, mclaren, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 11 18th, 2017


McLaren says it is intrigued by new regulations, which could make prototypes in the World Endurance Championship more relevant to road cars.

According to Motorsport, McLaren boss Zak Brown was involved in the second roundtable meeting of potential manufacturers, and while he did not say whether the British carmaker will get into prototype racing, his presence does give hope to the struggling series.

“We like lots of what they are saying: with the budgets and the level of technology they are talking, it’s heading in a direction that means there is a strong interest on our part,” Brown said.

Back in August, Brown had commented that McLaren would build an LMP1 prototype if rules were changed to make the sport more cost-effective.

At the time, the executive said: “I believe the WEC has an opportunity to hit the reset button. I’d love them to get back to the Porsche 956 or 962 days, where factory and privateer teams can race together knowing they each have chances of winning. Right now, with the current rules, that’s just not possible. But look at the success of the LMP2 category, where costs are controlled for the benefit of everyone, so I’d like to see that kind of thinking transferred to LMP1.”

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Next-Gen LMP1 Prototypes Could Be Closer To Road Cars 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Le Mans, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


Future LMP1 vehicles could more closely resemble road cars in an attempt to make the racing series’ more relevant.

During roundtable discussions between the FIA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, it has been revealed that rules similar to the GTP prototypes from the late 1990s and early 2000s are being considered.

“At the moment an LMP1 is a kind of generic prototype and you have to paint it to put your mark on it. The idea could be to go towards bodywork that is clearly closer to real cars — it could interest manufacturers who at the moment who are not interested in a generic LMP,” Toyota Motorsport GmbH technical director Pascal Vasselon told Motorsport.

If such rules were approved, manufacturers in the LMP1 championship would have to ensure the aerodynamic performance of their vehicles sits in a specific window, helping to ensure a level playing field.

New regulations are set to come into force for the 2020/21 World Endurance Championship.

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Fernando Alonso Primed To Race With Toyota At Le Mans 9
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Le Mans, Motorsport, racing, TOYOTA on 11 9th, 2017


Barely a week after it was confirmed that Fernando Alonso will race at January’s Daytona 24 Hours, it has been revealed the Spaniard could drive for Toyota at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Motorsport reports that Alonso recently had a seat fitting at Toyota Motorsport’s factory in Cologne and will first secure a drive of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s rookie test in Bahrain on November 19.

Alonso has made no secret of his desire to win motorsport’s Triple Crown – the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans and Indy 500.

As soon as Alonso announced he will stay with the McLaren Formula One team throughout the 2018 F1 season, Toyota has expressed interest in acquiring his skills for June’s famous endurance race.

“We are always interested in talking to top drivers and Pascal [Vasselon, TMG technical director] has a good relationship with Fernando going back to his days with Michelin in F1,” said Toyota team director Rob Leupen.

If Alonso is serious about winning Le Mans, landing a drive with Toyota is essentially his only option. The Japanese automaker will be the only factory team running an LMP1 car at the race, following Porsche’s dramatic departure from the sport at the end of the current season.

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Porsche Dominates FIA World Endurance Championship For Third (And Last) Year Running 6
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Le Mans, Motorsport, porsche, racing on 11 6th, 2017


Porsche will be leaving the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship on a high note after securing both the drivers‘ and manufacturers’ titles once again.

The feat was accomplished in Shanghai today at the penultimate round of the championship, with one round still left to go in Bahrain later this month.

Second place was enough for Porsche’s trio of Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard, and Brendon Hartley to seal the trophies in the 919 Hybrid, edging out the Toyota team of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Anthony Davidson, who won this weekend’s race.

This marks the third year running that Porsche has won both titles. Hartley and Bamber won the title with Mark Webber in 2015, while Marc Leib, Romain Dumas, and Neel Jami took top honors last year. As if that weren’t enough, Porsche has also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans each of the past three years as well.

Unfortunately they won’t be out to defend their titles next year as Porsche is withdrawing from the class, leaving Toyota to dice it with the privateers for victory next season.

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Can Manor Take Porsche’s Place In WEC LMP1? 5
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ginetta, Le Mans, Motorsport, racing on 11 5th, 2017


Porsche and Audi may be gone from the next season of the FIA World Endurance Championship, but there’s at least one other team stepping up to take their place.

That team is Manor, a name which you may recognize from Formula One. What started out as Virgin Racing in 2010 and left the grid after last season has been competing in the LMP2 category, but is now advancing to the top tier.

Starting with the forthcoming 2018/19 “super season,” Manor will run a single Ginetta prototype in the LMP1 category, with an engine package still to be confirmed. That’ll put it up against Toyota (assuming it stays in the race) as well as the privateer ByKolles and Dallara/BR Engineering entries.

“We have been learning this championship for the last two years and we are confident that the time is now right for us to step-up to the LMP1 category,” said Manor team principal John Booth. “We have known the people at Ginetta for many years and we believe that, working together, we will be able to develop a competitive LMP1 package.”

“To take on endurance racing at this level is one of the toughest technical challenges in the world,” added Ginetta chief Lawrence Tomlinson. “It’s great to have a racing partner who relishes those challenges just as much as we do.”

The series moves to a “winter schedule” for its upcoming seventh season, encompassing Spa and Le Mans in both 2018 and 2019, hitting Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai, and Sebring in between.

With so many manufacturer-backed LMP1 hybrid entries withdrawn, privateer teams like Manor/Ginetta stand a real chance of winning – more than they ever did in the LMP2 class in which Manor has been campaigning Oreca machinery for the past two years.

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All-Electric Tesla Prototype Imagined For Le Mans In 2030 4
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Galleries, Le Mans, Renderings, Tesla on 11 4th, 2017


Tesla has infamously shunned traditional marketing techniques and odds are that it will likely continue to do so well into the future.

However, if the electric automaker ever feels the need to promote its technologies and vehicles, there’s one avenue we’d love to see it pursue; prototype racing.

Yes, it is extremely unlikely to happen, but artists Jeroen Claus and Fabian Brees have decided to render a potential Tesla Le Mans prototype for the year 2030.

The project was submitted as part of the Michelin Design Challenge 2017 and provides a glimpse of a totally bespoke racer that looks unlike anything currently competing in LMP1 racing. In fact, from some angles, the racer more closely resembles a spaceship than a car. It’s therefore fitting that it has a number of SpaceX stickers.

Beyond the intriguing exterior design, the concept has been imagined with a complex electric powertrain capable of accelerating the prototype to over 450 km/h (280mph) down the famed Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans.

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Porsche LMP1 Drivers Top List For Formula E 31
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Formula E, Le Mans, Motorsport, porsche, racing on 10 31st, 2017


Porsche's racing division is gearing up for a major shift from Le Mans to Formula E. That'll bring with it a lot of changes for the German outfit – and not the least of all for its drivers.
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Buy A V10 And Go Hunting For Hybrid Toyotas At Le Mans 17
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Le Mans, Motorsport, racing on 10 17th, 2017


The hybrid era in LMP1 endurance prototype racing appears to be coming to an end. So what's next for the top tier at Le Mans? A return to naturally aspirated V10s, if you ask one veteran racing engine manufacturer.
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