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2019-06-21: 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans report and 230-shot gallery ...
2019 24 Hours of Le Mans report and 230-shot gallery In front of a 252,000 strong crowd, the 87th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans was run last weekend. The race served as the Super Finale of the FIA WEC Super Season that started back in May of 2018 and also included last year's Le Mans race. As a result, there were many of the same cars on the grid, which with 62 entries was larger than ever before. Fortunately, there was some additional colour added to field thanks to several art car and retro liveries. While the fight overall victory had few surprises, the racing in LMP2 and LM GTE Pro was top level and both classes were very closely disputed.
Our man on the ground was Bob van der Wolf, who shot this 230-shot gallery that serves to illustrate our concise report.
On the eve of this weekend's Nurburgring 24 Hours, Mercedes-AMG revealed an evolution of the hugely successful GT3. The modifications focus on making the car easier and cheaper to run. The GT3 Evo is available as a new car but current owners can also upgrade their existing cars.

2019-06-19: Porsche 718 Cayman GT and Spyder and further news ...
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 The fine people at Porsche Motorsport have worked their magic on the mid-engined 718 model to create the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder. The tantalising machines share the same four-litre, six cylinder engine that, crucially, is naturally aspirated. It is good for 412bhp and this power is fed to the rear wheels by a manual six-speed gearbox. Both the Spyder and Cayman GT4 are priced at under 100,000 in Germany and we reckon they will sell like hot cakes.
BMW have added a third model to the 8-series line-up with the launch of the M850i xDrive Gran Turismo. Compared to the coupe introduced earlier, it features a slightly longer wheelbase to accommodate bigger rear seats and two additional doors. What is carried over is the 523bhp twin-turbo V8 engine that is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive system.
Earlier this week, Aston Martin revealed that their upcoming mid-engined sports car will be called the Valhalla after the warrior's paradise from the Norse mythology. Formerly known as the AM-RB 003, it has been developed together with Red Bull Racing and will be powered by a turbocharged V6 combined with a hybrid-electric system.
Shortly ahead of the market launch, Ford have released the power figures of the new Shelby Mustang GT500. The supercharged V8 will produce 760bhp, which will make the GT500 the most powerful Ford production car ever.

2019-06-17: New Alpine A110S and the latest news from Le Mans ...
Alpine A110S Over the weekend, Alpine announced the A110S. As the name suggests, this is a more poised version of the highly acclaimed A110. Compared to the 'base' model, it is slightly heavier but has 40 additional horses on tap courtesy of an increased turbo boost. Due to arrive in showrooms in October, the A110S will be available for customer deliveries before the end of the year.
At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, all eyes were on the governing body as the new regulations for the top level class were announced. This will cater to either full prototypes or production based hypercars. Shortly after the press conference both Aston Martin and Toyota confirmed their participation with competition versions of the Valkyrie and GR Super Sport respectively. The new class is set to make its debut after the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020 which will conclude the upcoming FIA WEC.
Although there was no track action, it was a busy Friday at Le Mans as the track also hosted the launch of the evolution versions of the existing LMP3 cars. In addition to the Ligier JS P320 previewed earlier, these new updated models also included the Adess 03 Evo and the Ginetta G61-LT-P3. In each case, the revisions are a combination of improved driver safety and increased performance.

2019-06-13: 2019 Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or report and 200-shot gallery ...
2019 Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or report and 200-shot gallery This weekend, we were at the Circuit de Dijon-Prenois for the 55th annual Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or. Quite literally, celebrating the golden age of motor racing, the event has been part of the Peter Auto racing calendar for the last couple of years. Accordingly, this year's edition featured all the familiar grids like Classic Endurance Racing and Sixties' Endurance with the exception of the Group C field. Among the many highlights of the action packed event was a fight between a Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512 for victory in CER1 and a surprising winner in the two-hour Sixties' Endurance race. It was also great to see a pair of the very rare mid-engined Maserati Tipo 63 Birdcages.
We were on hand throughout the weekend and have captured the event in full detail. The result is this 200-shot gallery that serves to illustrate a concise report.

2019-06-11: One-off Porsche Boxster Bergspyder and all-new Bentley Flying Spur ...
Porsche Boxster Bergspyder As a tribute to one of the most extreme racing cars ever built, Porsche created this one-off Boxster Bergspyder. The model that inspired it is the 909 Bergspyder that was built for the 1968 European Hill Climb Championship. Saving weight was such an issue that chief engineer Ferdinand Piech went over the car with a magnet to ensure that not a single steel bolt or washer was fitted. The 909 had no conventional fuel pump but instead featured a fuel bladder that had to be pressurised by hand before the start. Also fitted were very light beryllium disc brakes, which had to be chrome plated as beryllium dust is toxic. Two were built and the featured example has recently been restored to full running order. The new Bergspyder is not quite so extreme. It is a lighter, single seater version of the 981 generation Boxster, fitted with a Cayman GT4 derived engine. Both Bergspyders are now part of the Porsche Museum collection.
Of a completely different order and quite a bit heavier is the new Bentley Flying Spur revealed today. Powered by a 626bhp version of the twin-turbo W12, Bentley claims it is the most advanced luxury Grand Touring sports saloon. The Flying Spur is available to order this autumn and deliveries will start early in 2020.

2019-06-05: McLaren F1 spiritual successor, BMW M8 Competition and more news ...
Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 South African designer Gordon Murray has created a spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1. Dubbed the Gordon Murray Automotive T.50, the high performance machine is just about everything modern supercars are not; lightweight, fitted with a high revving naturally aspirated engine and equipped with a manual gearbox. It is built around a carbon-fibre composite monocoque, which uses the Cosworth-developed V12 engine as a partly stressed member. This V12 engine has a startling redline of 12,100 and produces 650 bhp from less than four litres of displacement. Like the McLaren F1, the T.50 is a three seater with a central driving position. Production of the £2+ million machine will start in 2022 and is limited to just 100 examples.
An absolute behemoth compared to Gordon Murray's latest creation is the all-new BMW M8 Competition that was just announced in both Coupe and Convertible versions. The Competition is a slightly faster version of the M8 with a slightly more powerful version of the twin-turbo V8, a more hardcore suspension and larger wheels.
One of the more unusual machines announced in recent weeks is the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato Concept. Sterrato is Italian for gravel roads and this wild version of the Huracan is indeed intended as an off-road version of the high performance coupe. It seems there are no intentions to make the off-road Huracan available to customers.
At next week's 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ligier will reveal the JS P320, which is the second generation of the company's LMP3 car. It has already been tested and will be made available to customers at the start of the next season. The JS P320 is not a completely new design and existing JS P3s can be upgraded to the latest specifications.

2019-06-04: Three 1970s sports racers that starred at Spa ...
Chevron B19 Cosworth Having followed the Classic Endurance Racing field since its inception in 2004, we have seen a startling number of historic racing cars. Fortunately, each year we are treated to different cars that join the fray after having not been regularly campaigned for many years. One of the newcomers to the CER1 field this year is this well documented Chevron B19. Originally sold to South Africa, it has been raced in historic events for most of its life but only just joined the stable of the current custodian. He decided to finally returned B19-71-30 to its period 'Rays' livery.
Among the more fascinating cars to return to the track in 2019 was this Lola T280. The period racing career of this Cosworth DFV engined machine was cut short due to an accident after just two races. The wrecked car was used for spares when a honeycomb chassis'ed facsimile was built up for historic racing during the 1980s. What remained of chassis HU5 has now finally been rebuilt into fully running machine again.
One of five built, this March 75S has appeared in CER events but some years ago and with a different owner. A circuit racer now, it was hugely successful with French hill-climb champion Michel Pignard in period. He won a startling 21 national and European championship hill-climbs in 75S/3 during the mid-1970s.