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2015 United SportsCar Championship

2015 United SportsCar Championship Fantastic cars, legendary race tracks, top-class drivers, passionate fans. The debut season of the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) that was held in North America for the first time in 2014 was a resounding success. 2015 sees the popular series continue the long tradition of sports car...
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Le Mans 24 2014 Results: Final Complete Leaderboard, Highlights

Le Mans 24 2014 Results: Final Complete Leaderboard, Highlights

The 2014 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was one of the wildest races motorsports fans will ever witness, and it was the No. 2 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro driven by Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer that stole the show in France with a monumental victory. (Source)

While Team Audi won the LMP1 division, (the No. 1 Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro driven by Lucas di Grassi, Marc Gene and Tom Kristensen also managed to finish second) there were three other divisions that also crowned champions.

For the LMP2 classification, it was the Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan driven by Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Oliver Turvey that took the checkered flag.

As for the other two series, the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 driven by Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella won the GTE-Pro classification and the No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE driven by Kristian Poulsen, David Heinemeier Hansson and Nicki Thiim that won the GTE-Am race.

2014 24 Hours of Le Mans Results
Class FinishTeamDriversLaps
LMP1 Class
1Audi Sport Joest R18 e-tronFassler/Lotterer/Treluyer379
2Audi Sport Joest R18 e-tronKristensen/Gene/di Grassi376
3Toyota TS040 HybridDavidson/Lapierre/Buemi373
4Rebellion R-ONE ToyotaProst/Heidfeld/Beche359
5Porsche 919 HybridDumas/Jani/Lieb348
LMP2 Class
1Jota Zytek Z11SN NissanDolan/Tincknell/Turvey355
2Thiriet by TDS Ligier JS NissanThiriet/Badey/Gommendy355
3Signatech Alpine A450b NissanPanciatici/Webb/Chatin355
4Sebastien Loeb Oreca 03 NissanRast/Charouz/Capillaire354
5OAK Ligier JS NissanBrundle/Mardenborough/Shulzhitskiy354
GTE Pro
1AF Corse Ferrari 458 ItaliaBruni/Vilander/Fisichella339
2Corvette Racing Chevrolet C7 RMagnussen/Garcia/Taylor338
3Porsche Team Manthay 911Holzer/Makowiecki/Lietz337
4Corvette Racing Chevrolet C7 RGavin/Milner/Westbrook333
5Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8Turner/Mucke/Senna310
GTE Am
1Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8Poulsen/Heinemeier/Thiim334
2Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSRRied/Bachler/Al Qubaisi332
3AF Corse Ferrari F458 ItaliaPerez/Cioci/Venturi331
48 Star Ferrari F458 ItaliaMontecalvo/Roda/Ruberti330
5Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSRDempsey/Long/Foster329

Source: 24h-LeMans.com | photo: Remy de la Mauviniere/Associated Press

 

Track-capable Camaro Z/28 Validated at Nürburgring

Track-capable Camaro Z/28 Validated at Nürburgring

Chevrolet today revealed a video of the all-new, 2014 Camaro Z/28 lapping Germany’s challenging Nürburgring road course in 7:37.40, a time comparable with some of the world’s most prestigious sports cars.

The Z/28’s lap is four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1, and beats published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. The Z/28’s lap was completed on less-than-ideal conditions, with damp pavement and pouring rain near the end of the run.

The heart of the Z/28 is the 7.0L LS7 engine. The LS7 uses lightweight, racing-proven, high-performance components, such as titanium intake valves and connecting rods, CNC-ported aluminum cylinder heads and a forged-steel crankshaft to help produce an SAE-certified 505 horsepower (376 kW) and 481 lb-ft of torque (652 Nm). Air-conditioning is available, but only as an option.

A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered and power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs. The new design enables the driver to apply more power and get through corners faster, by making the most of the capability of individual-wheel antilock brake function during corner entry braking, mid-corner speed and corner-exit traction.

The team spent a week at the Nürburgring as part of the Z/28’s performance-validation regimen, accumulating a total of 10 hours and nearly 1,000 miles on the track. Each lap took less than eight minutes to complete, despite having to overtake slower traffic at times. These hours are part of the grueling 24-Hour Test, which simulates a full year’s worth of track use of track days or amateur-level competition at the hands of an owner.

The 24-Hour Test is broken into a number of segments over the course of several days – and even at different tracks – to evaluate performance in precisely measured and carefully monitored increments. Crucially, each valid test lap must be run within 2 percent of a target lap speed to count toward the 24-hour total.

The 24-Hour Test was first used in the early 1990s for the fourth-generation Corvette. Back then, the 300-horsepower Corvette was Chevrolet’s most powerful vehicle, and the 24-Hour Test measured 15 channels of data. Today, the 2014 Camaro LS offers a 323-horsepower V-6, while the Camaro Z/28’s racing-proven LS7 7.0L small-block V-8 delivers 505 horsepower, and the 24-Hour Test measures 130 channels of data.


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