Category Archives: performance

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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Fully electric Audi e-tron and e-tron GT concept at Los Angeles

Audi e-tron is the first all-electric production model from the brand. It’s a five-seater, electric mid-sized crossover SUV that will arrive in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2019. ALA Tesla it’s is available now for U.S. customers to place reservations. Continue reading

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Female Drivers Only W Series Racing Qualifier List Released

“We are thrilled, but perhaps not surprised by the response,” said Catherine Bond Muir, CEO of W Series. “Even today there is a massive gender imbalance in motorsport and W Series is making the first step to correct that. Drivers from all over the world have stepped forward, so it’s clear that with the right framework we can make the changes this sport desperately needs.” Continue reading

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Gen 8 Porsche 911 Debuts in Los Angeles. A look at Gen 4

The 993 was technological tour de force in the sports car segment with its redesigned LSA suspension (long and short arm suspension – to hell with struts), aluminum chassis, which combined lightweight construction, stability and agility. The multi-link rear suspension is still considered to be the ultimate development stage of the “Weissach” rear axle, which made history with its self-steering properties. Better driving dynamics and enhanced suspension comfort – a seeming conundrum solved by brilliant at any cost engineering. Continue reading

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Mercedes GLC 63 S 4Matic+ Fastest SUV on Nürburgring

Mercedes-Benz claims the GLC 63 S 4Matic+ is not only the top performer (really – is that the best you can do against Alfa, under 3 seconds?), but also day-to-day useable: it has space for passengers and luggage, an adaptable interior, extensive safety features and a high level of long-distance comfort. Continue reading

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Aston Martin DBX SUV Prototype Now in Testing

DBX is scheduled to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at Aston Martin Lagonda’s St Athan facility; a manufacturing plant that will ultimately become the ‘Home of Electrification’ when the marque’s fully-EV models enter production. Continue reading

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Chevy Performance Releases Colorado ZR2 Race Parts

“These parts can be purchased individually to suit each customer’s needs, or as a complete package,” said Dickens. “This gives customers the flexibility to build their truck up over time, purchase only the parts they need for their particular interest, or buy the complete set to build their own ‘Hall Racing’ ZR2.” Continue reading

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Win F1 Constructors’ Championship

“When we re-joined Formula One with a works Mercedes team in 2010, it was part of a long-term strategic plan,” said Ola Källenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Continue reading

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Chevy Marks Four Years of Colorado Sales with Sales Editions

November marks the four-year anniversary of the return of the Colorado midsize truck. In a segment that Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford walked away from to the delight of Japanese automakers Toyota and Nissan. Continue reading

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