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BMW And Tate Modern Unveil Major New Work by Anne Imhof

The commission is both an exhibition by day and a series of six live performances by night. “Sex”, the work deals with fluidity between binaries – female and male, top and bottom, night and day – and the blurred line where two opposing zones meet. Continue reading

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Sebring Twelve Hours – Half the Daytona Race, 25% of the Rain

The No. 911 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR of Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki won at Sebring for the second straight year by just 1.951 seconds over the hard-luck No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais in GTLM. Continue reading

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Sebring This Weekend – Endurance Test for Sports Cars, Fans

Two Porsche 911 RSR cars* on Friday will race more than 1,000 miles at round six of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (aka WEC), with another two identical Porsche models on Saturday undertaking the twelve-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the so-called Super Sebring race this weekend. Continue reading

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Supercomputers, 3D Printing Used for Mustang Shelby GT500

“We created and studied designs among the engineering teams and proved out different strategies long before we built our first prototype cars,” said Matt Titus, Ford Performance vehicle engineer. “Not only did this improve the effectiveness of the designs, it  reduced the time it took to develop the GT500 – and the costs associated with that.” Continue reading

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Saleen Cup Debuts in June as part of Blancpain GT Series

The Saleen Cup – first touted during a press conference on Friday, March 1 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas – is being held via a partnership with SRO Motorsports Group and will run concurrently with the Blancpain GT World Challenge America. Continue reading

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Chevrolet Grand Sport Corvette Drivers Series

Like the Corvette Racing C7.R race cars, the Grand Sport-based Drivers Series models have a naturally aspirated V8 engine. The 6.2L LT1 engine is rated at 460 horsepower (343 kW)- this is sub 4 seconds zero-60 mph ETs. Also like the race cars they have a dry-sump oiling system designed to support high-performance track driving. Continue reading

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Cabrera Rides in Corvette at NAIAS after Disastrous 2018

“I want to be dangerous,” Cabrera said during a pre-season press conference. Cabrera his been enmeshed in a messy and very expensive legal tangle between his wife and mistress, both of whom have children by him. Continue reading

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Bobby Rahal wins RRDC’s 2019 Phil Hill Award

Robert “Bobby” Woodward Rahal was born in Medina, Ohio, in 1953, and started in SCCA’s Formula Atlantic Series and then European Formula Two. In an 18-year career spanning F1, Can-Am, Le Mans/IMSA, and CART, Rahal won three CART championships, including the 1986 Indy 500 win, and wins at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1987 12 Hours of Sebring. Continue reading

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First 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Sells for $2.5 Million

The breathtaking return for a production car followed the auction on Friday of the first 2020 VIN 001 of the Mustang Shelby GT500 for $1.1 million. Ford will donate in total $3.6 million to two long-time charity partners – $1.1 million to JDRF, for funding type 1 diabetes research and $2.5 million to support United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Continue reading

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VW Plans Electric Record Run on Nürburgring-Nordschleife

The ID. R is the marketing amperage behind an entire range of electric vehicles that Volkswagen plans to launch from 2020 onwards. The ID. R’s motorsport ventures – arguably – show the huge potential power that e-drive can deliver on prosaic, possibly gridlocked roads in the future. Continue reading

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700 Horse Shelby GT500 Strongest Street-Legal Ford Ever

Arriving this fall to join its Shelby GT350 stablemate, Shelby GT500 on the drag stripruns a mid-three-second 0-60 mph and sub-11-second quarter-mile it’s claimed. On a track, performance with its race-bred chassis, custom Michelin tires and the largest front brake rotors ever available on an American sports coupe should make it on pace with the best. Continue reading

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Japanese Pony Car – 2020 Toyota Supra NAIAS World Debut

Toyota President Akio Toyoda tested the Supra on the Nürburgring and other racing venues to give his personal feedback, but Toyota didn’t reveal his lap times. Continue reading

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Milk Run – McLaren 720s Spa 68 – a Three Car Set

The McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection car is available from McLaren Brussels – two of the three are sold. Maybe more should have been built? Continue reading

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Aston Martin Valkyrie Cosworth V12 Rated at 1000 Horsepower

The program it’s claimed called for a normally aspirated engine. Aston notes, correctly, that while turbocharging has absolutely come of age and offers significant and widespread benefits, especially in road applications, what is arguably the greatest driver’s car of today needed an internal combustion engine that is the “pinnacle for performance, excitement and emotion.” Rationalization or reality here? Ultimately a peck of buyers will decide. Continue reading

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Chevrolet to Power Fernando Alonso’s 2019 Indy 500 McLaren

Chevrolet and McLaren have a racing history dating back to the mid-1960s. In 1966, Chevrolet and McLaren partnered in the Can-Am Series – one that makes the current Indy spec cars and their limited aero packages laughable given what was then an all-out racing series. Their teams won more than 70% of the races during the next seven years, including 23 in a row from 1968-1970. Continue reading

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