2014-10-17: Two world championship winning Williams F1 cars and turbine Lotus Indy racer ...
2014-10-15: A comprehensive look at the all-conquering Toyota Eagle GTP Mk III ...
After a difficult couple of seasons, Williams has bounced back to its form of old this year with consistent strong result. This has prompted us to take a look at two earlier cars produced by the British team that actually clinched the World Championship. The most recent is the FW18 Renault
as used by Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve during the 1996 season. Designed by Adrian Newey, the car won an impressive 12 races out of 16 starts and the drivers placed first and second in the championship with Hill eventually grabbing the title. Over the years we have captured three of the six examples produced in our 42-shot gallery
, including the car in which Hill won the title, scoring four victories. He was reunited with the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014 and 2009. We have also added a pair of videos
showing Hill and more recently Valteri Bottas behind the wheel of FW18-04.
Just over a decade earlier, in 1982, Williams did not dominate the championship but instead Keijo Rosberg won the title with the FW08 Cosworth
by very consistent finishes. He famously scored only one victory in what was a difficult season for the sport. We have added four different chassis to our 57-shot gallery
, which includes the very car Rosberg used to win the Swiss Grand Prix.
Later that same year, Williams also created a six-wheel version of the World Championship winning machine known as the FW08B
. It featured four rear wheels, which allowed for ever longer ground-effect tunnels. It was blisteringly quick in testing but never raced as for 1983, six-wheel F1 cars were banned.
An innovative machine that did make it to the track was the STP-liveried Lotus 56
, which was powered by a Pratt & Whitney turbine engine. Also equipped with four-wheel drive, it was the fastest car in qualifying for the 1968 Indy 500. Sadly a crash and two turbine failures put all three examples out of the race. Today we have added pictures of the recently restored example, originally raced by Graham Hill, to our 51-shot gallery
2014-10-13: McLaren MP4/6 Honda, new limited edition Ferrari and classic Arrows ...
The culmination of a decade-long partnership between Toyota and Dan Gurney's All American Racers (AAR), the Toyota Eagle GTP Mk III
has gone into history as one of the most successful sports racers ever produced. Introduced towards the end of the 1991 season, it featured a new carbon-fibre composite monocoque chassis and hugely sophisticated aerodynamics that provided spectacular levels of downforce. In the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio II, it was virtually unstoppable. The four-cylinder engined machine won 17 races in a row and a total of 21, including the Sebring 12 Hours twice and Daytona 24 Hours. Perhaps even more impressive is that the lap records set during this period, including on the Daytona International Speedway, still stand to this day. For the full story on this fantastic machine, we have compiled a detailed history
of the car and the six chassis produced by AAR. Our 43-shot gallery
features each of the five surviving examples.
An earlier product of the Toyota and AAR collaboration was the Toyota Celica Turbo GTO
campaigned during the mid-1980s. Built around a spaceframe chassis, the silhouette racer proved hugely successful as well, clinching the 1987 driver's and manufacturer's championship in IMSA's highly competitive GTO class. We have today expanded our gallery
to include action photos of the privately owned example, which recently raced at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion
alongside the GTP car.
2014-10-10: High performance Nissans and new Porsche 911 GTS ...
One of Formula 1's great partnerships, McLaren and Honda, will start its second act in 2015. The previous collaboration ran between 1988 and 1993, resulting in four driver's and constructor's titles. The final championship winning season was in 1991 when the team fielded the MP4/6
, powered by an all-new Honda V12 engine and raced by Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger. Although, it was not quite as dominant as its predecessors, the MP4/6 did get the job done. In recent years we caught up with one of the 11 examples built and captured every detail in this 20-shot gallery
At the official celebration of 60 years of Ferrari in North America this weekend, the Italian manufacturer launched the limited production F60America
. Based on the F12berlinetta, the new Roadster is a tribute to some of Ferrari's most legendary models, like the 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder
we featured some weeks ago. Ferrari will produce only 10 examples of the F60America
and all have been spoken for.
After an overly ambitious and ultimately unsuccessful Formula 1 car for 1979, British team Arrows fielded the altogether more conservative A3 Cosworth
. Raced by Riccardo Patrese and Jochen Mass, it was competitive early in its life but gradually lost the edge. Due to a limited budget, the A3 was also raced in 1981. Our new 27-shot gallery
features three different examples pictured in action on both sides of the Atlantic.
2014-10-08: 2014 Dix Mille Tours Report and 260-Shot Gallery ...
During the early 1990s, Nissan had an extensive motorsports program in the United States, supporting both a GTP team running a bespoke prototype and a GTO effort fielding a 300ZX Turbo inspired silhouette racer. Built by Clayton Cunningham Racing, the 300ZX IMSA
was effectively a purpose-built racing car. While the production car's silhouette was retained, the only interchangeable parts used were the taillights. It was powered by a twin-turbo V6, which was good for as much as 750 bhp. Following several difficult seasons, the 300ZX IMSA
became hugely successful. The best year was 1994 when the Nissan won Sebring and Daytona outright and finished fifth overall and first in class at Le Mans. Reunited with original driver Steve Millen, we captured the 1994 Sebring and Le Mans winning example
at this year's Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Another high performance Nissan making waves this month is the Pulsar Nismo Concept
, which was launched in Paris last week. While no actual specifications were released, the show car offers a first glimpse of what will be a brand new hot hatch from the Japanese manufacturer.
Porsche have released the 911 Carrera GTS
, which fills the 'void' in the 911 line-up between the Carrera S and the hard-core GT3. Powered by a 423 bhp version of the Porsche flat-six, the GTS will be available as a Coupe
or a Cabriolet
, while four-wheel drive versions of both body-styles will also be available.
2014-10-06: Andrea de Cesaris tribute with the first F1 he raced ...
This weekend, the unique Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France hosted the fifth annual Dix Mille Tours
. The event serves as the season finale of the events staged by Peter Auto. Accordingly, the 2014 Dix Mille Tours featured familiar grids like Classic Endurance Racing, Trofeo Nastro Rosso and Sixties' Endurance, complemented by the historic Group C championship. Among the many spectacular machines out on track included numerous Cobras, a pair of Ferrari 512s and the ever impressive Sauber-Mercedes C11. The sights and sounds were enjoyed by over 10,000 spectators, who were treated to the last bits of summer with the rain predicted for Sunday afternoon fortunately holding off.
Our reporters ventured south to capture the 2014 Dix Mille Tours in full detail. The result is a concise report
, illustrated by a class-by-class, 260-shot gallery
For Formula 1, this was a particularly sad weekend with the life-threatening crash of Jules Bianchi in the Japanese Grand Prix and the fatal motorcycle accident of former Grand Prix racer Andrea de Cesaris. Much better than his reputation suggests, the Italian's Formula 1 career spanned the better part of fourteen seasons, racing for the likes of Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Jordan and Sauber. To pay tribute to De Cesaris, we have today highlighted the very first Grand Prix car he raced; the Alfa Romeo 179
. Introduced in late in 1979, this V12-engined machine was campaigned by the Italian manufacturer well into the 1982 season. Success was limited as Alfa Romeo never quite managed to grasp the intricacies of the ground effect aerodynamics. De Cesaris debuted with one of the featured examples
late in 1980 during the Canadian Grand Prix. His race lasted only eight laps after the V12 engine in his Alfa Romeo failed. He nevertheless impressed and was signed by McLaren for the 1981 season.
We saw the ex-De Cesaris and ex-Giacomelli Alfa Romeo 179 in action at the recent Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort
and have captured every angle in this 33-shot gallery