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IMSA Gives 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 720PS To Play With 19
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, IMSA, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes S63 AMG, tuning on 01 19th, 2018


Looking for a discreet makeover and more power coming from an already potent 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine? Just take your facelifted Mercedes-AMG S63 to IMSA.
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IMSA Gives 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 720PS To Play With 19
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, IMSA, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes S63 AMG, tuning on 01 19th, 2018


Looking for a discreet makeover and more power coming from an already potent 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine? Just take your facelifted Mercedes-AMG S63 to IMSA.
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Cadillac’s Racing Prototypes Have Changed A Bit In 67 Years 13
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Cadillac, Classics, IMSA, Le Mans, Motorsport, racing on 12 13th, 2017


Cadillac has been around for a long time. 115 years, to be precise. In that time, it has raced extensively, and as you might expect, its racers have changed a lot over the decades.

Jordan Taylor got to find that out for himself first-hand this week at Daytona, where he drove the 1950 Cadillac Series 61 Le Mans racer known as “Le Monstre.”

French (as you might have guessed) for “the monster,” the one-of-a-kind racing prototype was rebodied in aluminum with a streamliner shape to take on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1950 (alongside a production-bodied version of the same). It ultimately finished eleventh, but its jet-age shape made an impression or two.

Nearly seven decades later, Taylor found it to be a radically different driving experience to the Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype he drove to victory in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The two endurance-racing prototypes are both powered by Cadillac V8 engines, but that’s about where the similarities end.

Le Monstre‘s engine displaced 5.4 liters and produced just 160 horsepower, where the DPi-V.R dispatches 6.2 liters to the effect of 580 hp (in accordance with series regulations). Where the new one uses Brembo disc brakes to keep its 2,050 pounds of curb weight in check, the old one used drum brakes to anchor its 3,700 pounds.

“On the first lap going into the Bus Stop, I went for the brake, and I am not sure I’ve ever driven anything with full drum brakes before,” said Jordan. “When I got up high onto the banking, I looked left at the DPi-V.R on the inside and felt like I was going to fall out of the car. The relative lack of safety back then, and lack of support around the driver were crazy feelings.”

“You don’t get the sensation of how steep the Daytona banking is in the Cadillac DPi-V.R at over 170 mph,” continued the new IMSA champ. “I couldn’t imagine what it was like doing over 130mph down Mulsanne lap-after-lap for 24 hours. It was a great experience to be able to drive a car with such a great Cadillac history.”

Le Monstre is currently part of the Collier Collection at the Revs Institute in Naples, Florida, about four and a half hours south of the Daytona Motor Speedway where Jordan got to drive it for four laps at the end of the last IMSA test session of the year.

“Getting the chance to drive a car that raced in the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours was super-exciting,” he said of the experience. “Besides trying to learn a three-speed column shift, I had to turn the steering wheel past 90 degrees to get it turn. Combine that with the car weighing 3,700 lbs. on skinny tires – it was a handful.”

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RXR One Super GT Is An IMSA-Tuned Mercedes-AMG GT S With 860hp 20
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, IMSA, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG GT, tuning on 10 20th, 2017


This Mercedes-AMG GT S has moved deeper into the supercar territory, thanks to IMSA and their latest bundle of upgrades.
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Cadillac Positively Dominated IMSA Prototype Racing In 2017 10
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Cadillac, Dallara, IMSA, racing on 10 10th, 2017


Certain manufacturers we've come to expect to dominate endurance prototype racing: Audi, Porsche, even Toyota or Peugeot. But Cadillac?
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This Transformers Car Doesn’t Actually Transform, Just Races 13
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in IMSA, Motorsport, racing, Transformers on 09 13th, 2017


The Transformers movie franchise holds plenty of eye-candy for car fans, what with all those Camaros and big-rig trucks turning into giant robots from outer space. This one doesn't turn into anything, though, except – maybe – into a winner.
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This Transformers Car Doesn’t Actually Transform, Just Races 13
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in IMSA, Motorsport, racing, Transformers on 09 13th, 2017


The Transformers movie franchise holds plenty of eye-candy for car fans, what with all those Camaros and big-rig trucks turning into giant robots from outer space. This one doesn't turn into anything, though, except – maybe – into a winner.
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BMW’s Already Out Testing Its New M8 GTE 20
Jul
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, IMSA, Le Mans, Motorsport, racing on 07 20th, 2017


The promise of a new 8 Series has Bimmer fans salivating – and BMW being BMW, you can bet that there'll be numerous variants as well: coupe, convertible, M8 performance version, and yes – even a racing version.
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Mazda Launches New Racing Team With Audi’s Team Joest 19
Jul
Posted by Carscoops Staff in IMSA, Mazda, Motorsport, racing on 07 19th, 2017


One of the most accomplished manufacturers in sports prototype racing has announced a renewed assault on the American circuit, and it's partnered with one of the winningest teams in endurance racing to make it happen.
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Penske’s Returning To Prototype Racing With New Acura ARX-05 12
Jul
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Acura, honda, IMSA, Motorsport, racing on 07 12th, 2017


One of the biggest names in American motorsports is returning to sports prototype racing, and it's bringing a major automaker back into the fold to do it, too.
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Lamborghini Considering Le Mans Racing Program After Urus Launch 27
Jun
Posted by Carscoops Staff in IMSA, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, Le Mans, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 06 27th, 2017


Ferruccio Lamborghini was never much into racing. In contrast to his famous rival, for him it was all about the road cars. But Lamborghini today is a very different company.
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Lexus RC F GT3 Reporting For Racing Duty In Japan And In USA 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in IMSA, LEXUS, Lexus RC F, new cars, racing on 01 13th, 2017


Lexus revealed the GT3 racing version of the RC F which will make its debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 26.
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Lexus RC F GT3 Reporting For Racing Duty In Japan And In USA 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in IMSA, LEXUS, Lexus RC F, new cars, racing on 01 13th, 2017


Lexus revealed the GT3 racing version of the RC F which will make its debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 26.
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Acura NSX Looks Even Hotter In GT3 Racing Spec 23
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Acura NSX, Honda / Acura NSX, IMSA, Motorsport, racing on 12 23rd, 2016


Though the original design may better endure the test of time, the new Acura NSX is hardly lacking in the visual excitement department. But we dare say that the new GT3 racing-spec model looks even hotter – even if it's less extreme than its Super GT counterpart.
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Jeep Gordon Coming Out Of Retirement To Race Cadillac Prototype 2
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Cadillac, IMSA, Motorsport, racing on 12 2nd, 2016


Jeff Gordon has announced that he will race Cadillac’s bold new DPi-V.R prototype during next season’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
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