2017-04-28: 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 in full detail ...
2017-04-26: The stars of the 2017 Tour Auto ...
Having focused on building, racing and selling Group C cars for over a decade, Porsche finally returned to what was the German company's bread and butter during the days before Group C; GT racing. For Porsche's revived GT effort, an old type name was also brought back; the 911 Carrera RSR
but now with 3.8 added, referring to the size of the engine. Like before, the RSR was based on a Carrera RS road car built for homologation purposes. In good Porsche tradition, the new-for-1993 RSR was a success in more than one way as the German manufacturer managed to sell over 50 examples in just a single year and it scored class wins at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, while also winning the Spa 24 Hours outright. Not quite as well known as other Porsche competition cars, they have more recently been recognised for what they are. Among the examples featured today are the 1994 Le Mans class winning chassis
, which was raced in period by Larbre Competition and has survived in highly original condition. Not quite as original as chassis '496107'
, which still has its delivery mileage after spending the last 25 years in a private museum. Never driven or even cleaned, it has now been consigned in time-warp condition to RM Sotheby's Villa Erba
sale. A truly unique opportunity, this as-new 911 racer is estimated to sell for over two million Euros.
2017-04-24: McLaren P1 GTR, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder all headed for auction ...
This week, the annual Tour Auto snakes through France, finishing on Saturday in Biarritz. Unfortunately, we could not make it out this year but in honour of this great event, we today look at three of the star car of this year's edition.
The most modern of these is the third and final competition Ligier JS2
built. It was raced in the Tour de France and at Le Mans in period and again starred there yesterday when its French owner drove it to victory in the race at the Bugatti circuit. This JS2
is pictured during earlier editions of the Tour Auto and also during the Le Mans Classic.
Racing in an earlier class is this German owned Ford GT40
. A period racing car, it was raced during the late 1960s on the British Isles with limited success. Chassis GT40P/1023
has been more successful in historic racing and should be one of the favourites for the Tour Auto win this year.
Among the most historically significant machines entered is this Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione
. Built in the summer of 1960, this very car
was driven to the outright victory in that year's Tour de France by Willy Mairesse. Its current, British owner is a regular in the Tour Auto.
2017-04-21: High performance BMW M4, Callaway Corvette shooting brake and new Exige version ...
In a world first, RM Sotheby's have managed to consign an example of each of the three most recent hypercars for their upcoming Villa Erba sale
. Rarest of the trio is this McLaren P1 GTR
. One of just 58 examples built, the consigned car has only been used for one track-day session and has more recently been entrusted to Lanzante Motorsport for a conversion that makes the P1 GTR
fully road legal. It is the first P1 GTR that has been consigned for a major auction and is estimated to sell for well over Euro 3 million.
Not quite as rare but boasting similar performance is the Ferrari LaFerrari
. An early example, the consigned example has had just two owners from new and covered just 200 km since 2013. Chassis 201167
is estimated to sell for over Euro 2.6 million.
Completing the hypercar triad is this Porsche 918 Spyder
. Finished in a striking paint-to-sample blue, this 918 comes complete with the high-performance Weissach package. A single owner car, the 918 Spyder
was actually used and has 11,000 recorded kilometres on the odometer.
2017-04-19: Mighty Lister Chevrolet and the latest concepts from Auto Shanghai ...
While the Auto Shanghai was dominated by concept cars, BMW used the opportunity to reveal the M4 CS
. That is short for Club Sport and offers both performance and cosmetic upgrades compared to the 'base' M4. The output of the twin-turbo, straight-six engine has been raised by 29hp to 454hp. The M4 CS
will be available in limited numbers later this year.
American 'enhancer' Callaway have released one of the coolest improvements for the Corvette in the form of the C7 AeroWagen
. This $14,990 option turns a standard Corvette in a very striking shooting brake. The top-of-the-range AeroWagen
features Callaway's supercharged V8, which produces 757hp.
Lotus have introduced yet another version of an existing model in the form of this Exige Cup 380
. It is based on the Sport 380 with which it shares the 380hp supercharged V6 engine. Where the Cup 380
is the reduced weight thanks to the exotic materials used. As a result, the new Exige version tips the scale at just 1,057kg.
2017-04-18: A renewed look at the legendary Porsche 917 K ...
Of Brian Lister's many great creations none quite combine sheer elegance and brute force better than the Lister Costin Chevrolet
built in 1959. As the name suggests, this fabulous machine combines the flowing lines of the new-for-1959 Lister body styled by Frank Costing with a mighty Chevrolet small-block V8. These cars were mainly raced in the United States and gave far more exotic machinery a proper run for their money. Today we feature three different examples
that are still regularly raced, which include the very first Costin-bodied Lister and one that had originally been earmarked for a Maserati 450S V8 engine.
At this week's Auto Shanghai, concept cars take centre stage and all offer a glimpse into the future. The furthest look ahead is provided by the Renault R.S. 2027 Vision
, which has been created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Renault's involvement in Formula 1 and to give an idea what a Grand Prix car could look like in a decade.
Far less outlandish are the Audi e-tron Sportback
, Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan
and the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz
, all three of which should form the basis of production models in the near future.
After a difficult debut season for the original 917 in 1969, the Porsche 917 K
brought the German manufacturer to the absolute forefront of international sports car racing. Key to turning the 917 into a winner was the adoption of a the Kurzheck
or short-tail that cured the handling issues. Raced for Porsche by several satellite teams and privateers, the 917 K
won almost every major race in 1970 and 1971, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Today, we have taken a closer look at four interesting examples of this legendary racer. Seen in action more recently was 917-037
, which was raced in the Jarama Classic
earlier this month. This car started life as a spare chassis and was more recently restored to the striking Martini livery it wears today. Certainly boasting a strong racing pedigree is 917-016
, which is understood to be the only car campaigned by Team Gulf that has survived with its original chassis. Raced predominantly during the 1970 season, it scored three outright wins that year. Also wearing Gulf colours and one of the stars of the movie Le Mans is 917-022
, which is now part of comedian Jerry Seinfeld's fabulous Porsche collection. Certainly unique is 917-030
; the only road-legal 917. Raced in period, it was later sold to the Rossi family of the Martini & Rossi company. Count Rossi had the car modified and registered for road use. It has survived in this guise and is today still part of the Rossi family.