On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Pipo Derani sealed up the second consecutive race win for 2016 in the No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Honda Ligier JS P2, winning the 64th annual 12 Hours of Sebring. The No. 4 Corvette won in the GTLM class after their sister car, the No. 3 Corvette collided with the No. 911 Porsche 911, taking them both out of contention and ending the race for the No. 911. The new Ferrari F88 GT3 claimed its first victory in the GTD class with the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488. (more…)
This morning, we’re waking to the news that Toyota has rung the Scion brand’s death knell, as Toyota is reporting in a press release. But don’t be too worried about seeing the few interesting models, such as the FR-S, die on the vine just yet though. They are also reporting that existing Scion models will be phased into the Toyota lineup. Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America and founding vice president of Scion, put a positive spin on the news when he was quoted as saying “This isn’t a step backward for Scion; it’s a leap forward for Toyota. Scion has allowed us to fast track ideas that would have been challenging to test through the Toyota network.” (more…)
For the past few years, it’s seemed that we’d never again see a rotary-powered sports car, not from Mazda, not from anyone. I hadn’t even seen one in Pirelli World Challenge at the local St Petersburg city course since the 2012 Honda Grand Prix. The days of that wonderful banshee wail and accompanying stinky yet aromatic exhaust, it seemed, were over. But then, at the Tokyo Motor Show on Tuesday, Mazda unveiled this, the RX-VISION Rotary concept. (more…)
Over the weekend, Porsche and Audi fought it out all night in the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans. Porsche would claim victory with the top two spots of the podium going to Porsche teams. I was rooting for them, as I’m admittedly more of a Porsche fan than an Audi fan, and Audi has been the dominant team to beat for the past few years. I had the race streaming on the tablet in the garage on Saturday, while I fought with replacing 20-year old Miata trim, with pieces from a slightly newer example. More on that later. This race marks the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and for Porsche it is the first outright win since 1998, in the 919 Hybrid Le Mans Prototype, a car which was just introduced last year.
In case you missed last weekend’s Indy 500, here is a replay of the last few minutes of it. I was live tweeting while watching it on TV, and the lead changes were happening so fast that I actually could not finish typing a tweet before the lead would change two or three times. It was incredibly exciting. By now it’s probably not a spoiler to mention that Juan Pablo Montoya won the race, this being the second Indy500 win of his career. It was truly a fight to the finish.
Mazda is reporting on Facebook, as well as some folks on Twitter in some tweets found earlier, mentioning that production of the new ND generation Mazda Miata has started today in Hiroshima. The first cars produced will be sent to the home market in Japan with world distribution likely happening later this year. (more…)
The Aventador has slimmed down and bulked up with the use of carbon fiber and additional power, in the form of the new SuperVeloce. Weight reduction and magnetorheological shocks will definitely mean a faster, even more giggle-inducing Lamborghini, but possibly a more precise handler as well.