Discover the latest rally car news!


Search for: ""

Audi provides best DTM team as well in 2013

Audi provides best DTM team as well in 2013 Three champion’s titles for Audi on a single day: After the early win of the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the team Championship in the DTM goes to the brand with the four rings as...
Read more

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.


Source, please read more.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Renault Sport F1 & Renault’s F1 titles

Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Renault Sport F1: Quadruple Champions! Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Renault Sport F1 today secured their fourth consecutive Constructors’ World Championship title. In 2013 the hugely successful partnership has scored 10 wins, 8 pole positions, 10 fastest laps and 470 points to date. It is...
Read more

ŠKODA teams in the big APRC final in China

ŠKODA teams in the big APRC final in China The factory-backed team ŠKODA MRF is optimistic ahead of the grand final of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). The final race of the APRC season will take place around Longyou in eastern China. The current overall leaders Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall...
Read more

The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition—New High-performance Models of the Off-roaders We Love

The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition—New High-performance Models of the Off-roaders We Love The Trailhawk Jeep has recently raised its Jeep Cherokee from the dead, and brought forth a specialty all-terrain model affectionately named Trailhawk. Like the new and improved version of the best-selling Cherokee, Trailhawk comes...
Read more

Riley Technologies Continues Preparation of Viper GT3-R for 2014 Debut

Riley Technologies Continues Preparation of Viper GT3-R for 2014 Debut With the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona only four months away, Riley Technologies and veteran racer Ben Keating remain on schedule to debut the Viper GT3-R when the United SportsCar Racing (USCR) season opens in January. Built...
Read more

Audi scores points at Oschersleben with all eight cars

All eight Audi RS 5 DTM cars in the top ten 70,500 spectators (throughout the weekend) witnessed another flawless race of the leader of the standings and an impressive showing of the entire Audi squad at the venue near Magdeburg. All eight Audi RS 5 DTM cars finished in the...
Read more