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The Mazda RX-8 was a strong contender in the Grand-Am road racing series here in the US since its introduction. It was also a fan favorite due to its screaming rotary engine and beautiful display of exhaust flames.
As we enter the 2013 season, the RX-8 is gone and a family car is taking its spot. Meet the all new Mazda6. Pretty to look at, but not a car that you would imagine seeing racing against some exotic machinery.
Here we have the final post on Petit Le Mans weekend. One of the best and most exciting events we have ever covered. We have had some really good feedback on the content from the race this week, it is a pleasure that we can present the event to you.
There was nothing small about this past weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. It was the 50th anniversary for the twenty four hour race and with that brought out a huge field of 59 starters. In those cars were many new entries to the series, possibly the most anticipated being the new Daytona Prototype models. It wasn’t just the field that was big though, as Daytona saw a record breaking number of spectators and in fact sold out infield camping.
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Petit Le Mans may only be fourteen years old but in that time it has grown to become one of the world’s top sports car races.
The 2011 edition was the biggest yet with a massive field of 53 cars allowed to take the start with more having entered but had to qualify to make it into the race. As always, it was a diesel battle up front between the factory giants of Peugeot and Audi.
As it was the final round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series season it was the penultimate round of the ILMC which many teams were taking part in.
Words By: Simon Tibbett
Virginia International Raceway is a track that demands attention and skill. It’s always a popular Grand Am event and with a $25,000 bounty in the air to any team who could take down the dominant Chip Ganassi Racing it was nothing less of a cage match.
It’s that time of the year again when teams from the American Le Mans Series and its supporting IMSA series head down to beautiful Sebring for the annual winter testing.
PHOTOS BY: KABEL : WORDS BY: Simon T
This past Thursday Peugeot released their 2011 Le Mans contender. Although the new 908 looks similar to last years car, according to Peugeot the car has been entirely built ground up only sharing the windshield wiper from last years 908.
In the engine compartment the turbo diesel V12 has been swapped for a 3.7 liter turbo diesel V8 V8 pushing out around 550HP which is over 100HP less than last years car due to new rules. Peugeot claims the new car has better aerodynamics to make up for the loss in HP and they have also gone with the same front size tires as the wheel as Audi has done on their R18 which Acura introduced in 2009 with their LMP1 car.
The new Peugeot 908 will have its race debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida next month which is the first round of the American Le Mans Series and the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
When we think of endurance racing, places like Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, Nurburgring, and historic venues like that usually pop up in our heads. What about Dubai? The 24 Hours of Dubai started off in 2006 and since has been a great start to the new year for teams and drivers. One thing that is so cool about the 24 Hours of Dubai is that it is not a huge event like Le Mans, that may not sound cool to some, but this means many amateur and gentlemen drivers can easily afford to race in the event. Cars range from Integras to fully professionally prepared BMWs, all competing in their own respectable classes, similar to the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring.