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2019-04-18: New York and Shanghai auto show round-up ...
Porsche 911 Speedster At this week's New York Auto Show, Porsche finally revealed the production version of the highly anticipated 911 Speedster. Limited to just 1948 examples, in reference to Porsche's year of establishment, this car represents the final incarnation of the 991 generation 911. Engineered by the Porsche Motorsport department, the spectacular Speedster uses the same 500bhp engine as the GT3 and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.
Among the other releases in the 'Big Apple' were a pair of Korean show cars. The first of the pair is this Genesis Mint, which is Hyundai's luxury arm's vision of an all-electric, luxury city car. Kia, meanwhile, showcased the Habaniro Concept. Just like the Genesis concept, the Habaniro provides a look at an all electric future.
In Shanghai, Karma Automotive offered a first look at the company's 'new dawn'. Among the cars showcased at the Chinese show were the Pininfarina GT; a coupe designed by the Italian carrozzeria, and the altogether more radical SC1 Vision Concept.

2019-04-16: The latest from the Auto Shanghai and more news ...
Lotus Type 130 This morning, at the Auto Shanghai motor show, Lotus revealed a glimpse of the company's first all-new car in over a decade. Dubbed the Type 130, it will be an all electric hypercar. Full details and the final design are due to be revealed later in the year in London. A Lotus that was very much on display in Shanghai was the Evora GT4 Concept. As the name suggests, this is an Evora built to GT4 specifications and signals Lotus' intention to return to international racing. The Evora GT4 features the familiar supercharged Toyota V6 engine that produces 450bhp in GT4 specification.
Another car that debuted at the important Chinese show is the Audi AI:ME. This compact machine is slated by Audi as a 'visionary mobility concept'. It is powered by a single 125kW electric motor that drives the rear wheels.
At the New York Auto Show later this week, this all-electric Qiantu K50 will break cover. Developed by Mullen Automotive, the compact sports car is equipped with electric motors on both axles that produce a combined peak output of 429bhp.
Ahead of the planned introduction at the start of the 2020 rally season, Peugeot have started testing the 208 R2. This entry-level rally car is based on the 208 production car introduced in Geneva last month. It is equipped with a PureTech three-cylinder engine with a modest 1.2-litre displacement.

2019-04-12: First glimpse of a mid-engined Corvette and Bentley Flying Spur, and TDI-engined S6 and S7 ...
Chevrolet Corvette Last night, Chevrolet offered the first official glimpse of the eighth generation Corvette. It was briefly driven around New York with a camouflage livery that also featured the clear date of July 18th when the 'C8' will be revealed properly. What is very obvious is that the all-new Corvette will be mid-engined.
Another manufacturer offering a teaser this week is Bentley, who showed an outline and the mascot of the upcoming Flying Spur.
Audi, meanwhile, have introduced the TDI version of the S6 Avant, S6 Sedan and S7 Sportback. The trio is powered by the latest generation, 3-litre V6 engine that features an auxiliary electric turbocharger that provides boost low in the rev band to eliminate the lag that turbocharged engines usually suffer from. The TDI V6 produces 344 bhp and a staggering 700 Nm of torque. All three models feature Audi's 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox and the familiar quattro all-wheel drive.

2019-04-09: 2019 Espiritu de Montjuic report and 220-shot gallery ...
2019 Espiritu de Montjuic report and 220-shot gallery Our racing season kicked off this weekend with the Espiritu de Montjuic, held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. A celebration of the rich heritage of the street circuit on the nearby Montjuic hill, this event also served as the season opener for organiser Peter Auto. The first of six events on the calendar, it featured all the familiar grids, which now also includes the Endurance Racing Legends for 1990s and 2000s machinery as a set fixture. This meant that sports cars, GTs and touring cars from the last seven decades were represented during the action packed weekend. Among the many highlights were victories for evocative machinery like a Gulf-liveried Porsche 917 K and a Bentley Speed 8. Another star car was a very rare Sauber C8 Mercedes, which was driven in anger for the first time in many years.
Although spring was clearly in the air, there was also some rain during the weekend and on Sunday some of the nearby mountains received a fresh sprinkling of snow. This did not dampen the spirits at all as can be seen in our 220-shot gallery that serves to illustrate a concise report about the 2019 Espiritu de Montjuic.

2019-04-04: Lamborghini engined F1 car, Zagato Fiat Abarth and Elton John's Ferrari headed for auction ...
Lola LC89 Lamborghini At this weekend's 117-lot Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting sale an eclectic mix of historic road and racing cars will cross the block.
Among the most unusual is the third Lola LC89 Lamborghini built. Fielded by the Larrousse team, this was used in Lamborghini's first Formula 1 season. The example consigned was raced extensively in 1989 and was then pressed back into service for the opening rounds of the 1990 season. It then spent the next 28 years in a museum but can now be yours for in excess of GBP 135,000.
Another prominent machine in the lot list is the very Ferrari 365 GT4 BB that was delivered new to Elton John. Cherished throughout its life, it has survived in a lovely original condition but has benefitted from a recent mechanical overhaul. The 'Berlinetta Boxer' should sell for between GBP 250,000 and 300,000.
One of our favourite cars in the sale is this immaculately restored Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Coupe. After a poor result at Pebble Beach in the early 1990s, the then owner spent many years gathering correct components for a ground-up restoration that ultimately was not completed until the car had changed hands in around 2010. Now consigned with a great selection from the Key Collection, chassis 497034 has a pre-sale estimate of GBP 90,000 - 120,000.

2019-04-02: Espiritu de Monjuic preview with BMW M1, Bentley Speed 8 and Panoz GTR-1 ...
BMW M1 Procar This weekend, our racing season kicks off with the Espiritu de Montjuic, which is staged by Peter Auto on the Circuito de Catalunya in Barcelona. There will be 100s of great racing cars on track ranging from the early 1950s through to the 2010s. To get you in the right mood, we have taken a detailed look at three cars due to star this weekend.
The earliest is this BMW M1, which was the fifth M1 built to Procar specifications. Delivered new to Albrecht Krebs, it was also raced during the 1979 season by Jochen Mass. Now resplendent in its original Warsteiner colours, the M1 will race in the Classic Endurance Racing 1 series.
New for this year is that the Endurance Racing Legends series will not be a demonstration but an actual race at select events, including at Barcelona. Among the great 1990s and 2000s sports and GT cars set to compete is this Panoz Esperante GTR-1. One of seven built, it first competed in the 1997 FIA GT Championship and was later pressed back into service as an LM GTP car in 2003 and 2004. We have captured 003 both in period and at a recent outing during the 2018 Le Mans Classic.
One of the GTR-1's old rivals it will be pitched against is the mighty Bentley Speed 8 also entered in the Endurance Racing Legends series. Raced at Sebring in 2003, it is identical to the car that scored Bentley's most recent Le Mans victory. Only in private hands since the start of 2018, chassis 004/1 was already demonstrated by the current owner at the Le Mans Classic and Spa Classic last year.

2019-03-29: Formula Friday with F1 and F2 cars from the likes of Lotus and Brabham ...
Lotus 77 Cosworth Today, we have taken a closer look at four single seater racers that competed in Formula 1 and Formula 2. The most successful Grand Prix car of the quartet is the Lotus 77 Cosworth. Built for the 1976 season, it was a much belated replacement for the World Championship winning Type 72, which had been first raced during the 1970 season. With the Type 77 Mario Andretti won the first Grand Prix for Team Lotus since 1974. All three chassis have competed in historic racing during the last couple of years and are featured in detail.
Of a slightly later vintage is the Theodore TR1 that was designed by Ron Tauranac for Teddy Yip. A wholly conventional machine, it scored a single victory when Keke Rosberg won the International Trophy at Silverstone in the featured example.
During the 1992 season, the BMS Scuderia team fielded this Ferrari-engined Dallara F192. It was driven by JJ Lehto and Pierluigi Martini. Two six place finishes for the latter were the best results for the final Dallara F1 car raced under the company's own name.
Another Tauranac designed car is the Brabham BT36 that was raced in the 1971 European Formula 2 Championship. It was an evolution of the BT30 and was raced to second in the championship by Carlos Reutemann. The featured example was the third built and it was campaigned in period by a German gentleman racer.