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2024-04-10: 81st Goodwood Members' Meeting preview with Shadow, Ferrari and Porsche ...
Shadow DN4 Chevrolet This weekend we will make the first of three visits to Goodwood of the year for the 81st Members' Meeting. Among the highlights this year will be the high-speed demonstration. Taking a very loud centre stage will be legendary Can-Am racers. Central part of the line-up will be a collection of Shadow racers that have been shipped over especially from the United States. Among them is the very DN4 driven to four victories and the title in the final Can-Am season. The mighty racer is powered by a big block V8 good for at least 800 bhp. DN4-1A was retained for many years by Shadow founder Don Nichols and was only restored to full running order in the mid-2010s.
The other demonstration run will see Gerhard Berger reunite with the Ferrari 640 F1 that he raced during the 1989 Formula 1 World Championship. The Austrian campaigned the car during five Grands Prix but with little luck. In recent years, chassis 110 has already seen action at Goodwood, during the Festival of Speed in 2019 and again in 2022.
At last year's Members' Meeting the 60th anniversary of the Porsche 911 was celebrated with a demonstration of 911-based competition cars. The Porsche Museum brought out the spectacular 911 Carrera Turbo RSR, which is 50 years old this year. The ex-works racer served to develop the 911 Turbo road car and was subsequently developed into the 934 and 935.

2024-04-04: Mugello Classic preview with Maserati MC12 and Dallara SP1 ...
Maserati MC12 Corse This weekend we are in the flowing Tuscan hills for the Mugello Classic. Organised by Peter Auto, the event features a capacity grid for the Endurance Racing Legends. The field of 1990s and 2000s sports racers is not just Porsche 911 derivatives but boasts a breadth and depth that is quite spectacular. To get you in the mood we have taken a closer look at two cars that are exemplary for the field. First up is this Maserati MC12 Corse, which is one of three entered this weekend. It was originally raced by the JMB team and finished second in the 2005 Spa 24 Hours. It was subsequently raced in the Citation Cup for gentleman drivers. Restored to its original configuration, chassis 008 will now be raced by another gentleman racer, who competed with a sister car in period.
The MC12s will be joined by this Judd V10-engined Dallara SP1. The sixth and final chassis built, it was originally fielded by the Playstation Team Oreca at Le Mans in 2002. Starting fourth, it eventually finished sixth. It then sat for two years, before it was campaigned by Martin Short's Rollcentre Team. Retained for many years by Short, DO-006 still sports Rollcentre colours but is now under new ownership.

2024-04-02: Further Maserati MCXtrema details and Hyundai Ioniq 5 Cup racer ...
Maserati MCXtrema Following a first glimpse last August, Maserati revealed further details of the MCXtrema track car. The wild MC20-based machine features a 724 bhp version of the twin-turbo V6 and a comprehensive aero package. The prototype is undergoing final testing until the end of the month with the hugely successful GT-racer Andrea Bertolini entrusted with the driving. The first production cars are due to be delivered in the summer. The MCXtrema will be used for track-days only and production is limited to just 62 examples.
Hyundai have unveiled the Ioniq 5 eN1 Cup, which is the first one-make, all-electric Cup racer. It is based on the Ioniq 5 N production car and boasts an uprated drivetrain and improved battery package. The powertrain consists of a pair of electric motors, which produces a combined peak power of 642 bhp. The quoted weight for the cup car is 1,970 kg. The Ioniq 5 N eN1 Cup is due to debut at the Hyundai N Festival motorsport event.

2024-03-29: Porsche 917, 356 Carrera Speedster and McLaren headed for auction ...
Porsche 917 K/81 Anglo-Canadian auctioneers RM Sotheby's have announced further interesting consignments for the upcoming Monaco Auction. One of the absolute headliners is the unique Porsche 917 K/81. The very last 917, this car was built by Kremer Racing to compete at Le Mans in 1981. Based on the original 917 drawings, it featured revised aerodynamics to meet the latest requirements. The 917 K/81 was ultimately raced only twice before it was retired. In full running order, the one-off 917 K/81 has a pre-sale estimate of €3.5 - €5 million.
Another very rare Porsche consigned to the two-day sale is this 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster. Believed to be one of just 18 'Pre-A' Carrera Speedsters, this car was sold to the United States where it was extensively raced in period by its first owner. Beautifully restored by marque experts, 81079 should find a new owner for around €850,000 - €950,000.
The latest delivery mileage hypercar due to cross the auction block is this McLaren Elva. Acquired by a German enthusiast with the coveted 001 serial number, it was finished in a unique shade of grey with a black semi-aniline leather interior. Originally sold for €1.5 million, it now is estimated to sell for €1.1 - €1.5 million.

2024-03-26: New Peugeot 9X8 Evo and unraced Peugeot 908 ...
Peugeot 9X8 Evo One of the most remarkable cars of the current FIA World Endurance Championship Le Mans Hypercar era has been the Peugeot 9X8. It relied almost exclusively on ground-effect aerodynamics and did not sport a rear wing. Ultimately the original configuration did not prove ideal, partly due to regulation changes during the car's development. All this has now been addressed by the newly introduced 9X8 Evo that will debut at Imola next month. While it shares the chassis with the original 9X8 Hypercar, the changes have been substantial. The most obvious is the addition of a rear wing but the revisions of the aerodynamics package also lead the Peugeot engineers to using narrower front wheels. The Imola 6 Hours marks Peugeot's return to the legendary Italian circuit since scoring a one-two victory back in 2011 so the French manufacturer has high hopes for the 9X8 Evo.
That one-two victory was scored with the second generation Peugeot 908. This program was aborted after just a single season rather drastically ahead of the 2012 Sebring 12 Hours. The Peugeot Sport team was already on the ground when the Peugeot board decided to cease its FIA WEC effort. One of the cars that was in Sebring was 908-06. This was a brand new car readied for the 2012 season but ultimately was never raced. It was eventually sold by Peugeot and has made its competition debut in historic racing. We captured the 908 at last year's Spa Six Hours.

2024-03-21: Two BMW-powered racing cars and the BMW vision for the future ...
BMW M1 Procar With the Vision Neue Klasse X, BMW have offered another glimpse of the road ahead for the German manufacturer. The sports activity vehicle is due to enter production in 2025. Designed as a battery-electric vehicle from the ground up, it benefits from a long wheelbase with short overhangs. The Vision Neue Klasse X shares its two-box styling with the Neue Klasse also due in 2025 and 300 km in range can be added by charging for just ten minutes.
To mark the occasion of a new BMW show car, we have also taken a look back at two BMW-engined competition cars. First up is the M1 Procar that was raced by Franz Konrad in the Procar series. It was then extensively raced in national and international sports car races through to the end of the 1982 season. Stored for the next two decades, chassis 4301066 has been raced in historic events from the late 2000s and will be back in action next month during the Mugello Classic.
During the 1970s, BMW engines also powered hugely successful Formula 2 racers like this March 782. This particular was raced by an Austrian privateer and also gave a young Jo Gartner a start to his successful racing career. Chassis 782-24 was prepared for historic racing during the 2010s and raced by its Canadian owner in a select number of historic F2 events.