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Volvo's motorsport future in doubt : Australian division uncommitted to V8 Supercars beyond 2016

Volvo’s future in motorsport, including its participation in Australia’s V8 Supercars championship, has been thrown into doubt after the Swedish company’s global marketing boss said it doesn’t fit with the brand’s core philosophies...

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Honda's Formula One return an opportunity for the brand locally
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Honda's Formula One return an opportunity for the brand locally

Honda Australia says the brand’s return to Formula One for the 2015 season will be an opportunity to remind locals of its motorsport heritage. Honda Australia’s announcement comes amid McLaren-Honda’s confirmation yesterday, after weeks of delays, that former Ferrari driver and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso (second from the right above), and existing McLaren driver Jensen Button (one-time world champion and second from the left) will team up next season...


Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes edition : Racing legend takes delivery of personally created sports car
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Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes edition : Racing legend takes delivery of personally created sports car

Australian motorsport legend Craig Lowndes has taken delivery of his personal Holden Commodore SS V Redline Craig Lowndes special edition. The three-time V8 Supercars champion and five-time Bathurst 1000 victor collected Craig Lowndes special edition Commodore build number 001 at his local dealership, Eager’s Holden, in Brisbane...


Daniel Ricciardo proves motorsport cooler than cricket, golf
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Daniel Ricciardo proves motorsport cooler than cricket, golf

Daniel Ricciardo has outdone Aussie cricket, golf, tennis and AFL stars to be named the world's most talked about Australian sports star for 2014. Based on global online news media data gathered by Meltwater News between January 1 and December 5, 2014, West Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo pipped the likes of cricketer Michael Clark, golfer Adam Scott, tennis ace Nick Kyrgios and AFL heavyweight Lance "Buddy" Franklin, accruing 208,687 online media mentions...


V8 Supercars series continues to race towards relevancy
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V8 Supercars series continues to race towards relevancy

It’s 22 years since a certain twin-turbocharged I6 Nissan dubbed ‘Godzilla’ monstered Ford and Holden rivals for the last time. The local manufacturers weren’t happy, and neither were most of the fans (though of course Jim Richards notoriously let them know his thoughts on their views)...


Supercars 2017: Who's in, who's out, and who's a chance?
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Supercars 2017: Who's in, who's out, and who's a chance?

The confirmation that the V8 Supercars racing series will be overhauled for the 2017 season to allow vehicles of various body styles and those powered by turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines to compete with traditional V8 sedans has opened the door to a host of new brands...


V8 Supercars overhaul to allow turbo fours, V6s and coupes from 2017
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V8 Supercars overhaul to allow turbo fours, V6s and coupes from 2017

Australia’s premiere touring car championship, V8 Supercars, will undergo a major overhaul ahead of the 2017 season that will see vehicles of different body styles powered by turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines go head to head with the sport’s traditional V8 sedans...


Nissan wants downsized turbos for V8 Supercars championship
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Nissan wants downsized turbos for V8 Supercars championship

Nissan says the next-iteration of the V8 Supercars Championship would be better suited with small-capacity turbos rather than V8 engines. The V8 Supercar Championship will run for another two years in its current technical format before it gets a complete overhaul in 2017, with manufacturers such as Hyundai and Lexus showing a great deal of interest in joining the new “Supercars” Championship...


Ford Australia to quit V8 Supercars in 2015
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Ford Australia to quit V8 Supercars in 2015

Ford Australia will leave V8 Supercars at the end of next year following confirmation today that it will stop supporting the last remaining factory-backed team Ford Performance Racing (FPR). Speaking with CarAdvice today, Ford Australia communications and public affairs director Wes Sherwood confirmed the decision to withdraw its funding of FPR was a result of its increased focus on investing in the range of performance cars in its showroom...


Nissan's V8 Supercars Championship woes down to circumstance
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Nissan's V8 Supercars Championship woes down to circumstance

Nissan’s lack of solidified success in the V8 Supercars championship is down to circumstance rather than effort or skill, the boss of Nismo says. Asked if Nismo (Nissan’s performance arm in charge of its V8 supercars effort) is disappointed by its lack of success in the local championship, the company’s global head of brand marketing and sales, Darren Cox, said the whole process of entering the V8 supercars series was marred with difficulty for the team...


Ken Block lights up LA in 630kW all-paw Ford Mustang in Gymkhana Seven
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Ken Block lights up LA in 630kW all-paw Ford Mustang in Gymkhana Seven

The latest tyre-frying epic from Ken Block has been released, featuring a 1965 Ford Mustang tearing up the street of Los Angeles. Gymkhana Seven is the latest instalment from Hoonigan Racing's head man, and follows on from his efforts in a 485kW/880Nm four-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta ST in Gymkhana Six...


V8 Supercars and the real world

V8 Supercars and the real world

The end of the 2014 V8 Supercars season is almost upon us, following a cracking (and controversial) Bathurst 1000 that saw Ford win for the second year in a row and Nissan claim its first podium finish in the great race since the Skyline GT-R’s infamous 1992 victory...

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Toyota 86 race series planned for Australia in 2016
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Toyota 86 race series planned for Australia in 2016

Toyota Australia is planning a one-make motorsport series for its top-selling sports car, the Toyota 86. Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the company intended to make a formal announcement of the 86 motorsport competition in the first half of next year before kicking off the series in 2016...


2016 Toyota Prius to inherit hybrid technology from Le Mans racecars - report
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2016 Toyota Prius to inherit hybrid technology from Le Mans racecars - report

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius will feature technology currently being honed in the brand’s endurance racecars. Toyota Motorsport GmbH president Yoshiaki Kinoshita told Automotive News the new Prius – due next year – will be equipped with technology from its TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer. “Our components already have parts from the next-generation Prius,” Kinoshita revealed...


Mazda MX-5 to race in new global one-make series
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Mazda MX-5 to race in new global one-make series

Two months after its multi-nation debut, Mazda has announced the all-new fourth-generation MX-5 will compete in a new one-make Global Cup racing series. Announced at this week's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Mazda says, starting in 2016, the Global MX-5 Cup – a worldwide expansion of the US's existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series – will run across North America, Europe and Asia...


Mazda performance car revival in the works
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Mazda performance car revival in the works

It’s not often we get a chance to drive a sports car from the 1990s at the request of a manufacturer. But that was exactly the case when we found ourselves behind the wheel of a race-winning 13B twin-turbo rotary Mazda RX-7 at Eastern Creek raceway at the recent World Time Attack challenge...


Holden Sandman : Red Bull Racing reveals 525kW V8 Supercar-based classic
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Holden Sandman : Red Bull Racing reveals 525kW V8 Supercar-based classic

Red Bull Racing Australia and GM Holden’s Design Department have joined forces for a one-off creation that is part V8 Supercar and all Aussie icon: the Holden Sandman Tribute Edition. Set to debut at this weekend’s round of the V8 Supercar Championship on the Gold Coast, the silver Sandman special edition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original homegrown Holden panel van...


Ford to quit V8 Supercars at the end of 2015 - report
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Ford to quit V8 Supercars at the end of 2015 - report

Ford will pull out of the local V8 Supercars championship at the end of 2015, according to a report. The story, published by The Daily Telegraph, states that Ford will "officially quit the sport at the end of the year and will not renew a multi-million dollar year deal with reigning Bathurst champions Ford Performance Racing"...


2014 Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept - first look
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2014 Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept - first look

2014 Paris motor show - Tony gets up close and personal to Lamborghini’s stunning hybrid concept car, the Asterion.


Hyundai WRC driver Chris Atkinson confirms potential move to Global Rallycross
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Hyundai WRC driver Chris Atkinson confirms potential move to Global Rallycross

Australian Hyundai Motorsport driver Chris Atkinson has confirmed he is eyeing off a potential move into the action-packed sideways sport of Global Rallycross. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice, the 34-year-old Hyundai World Rally Championship (WRC) driver says while there are no plans currently in place, the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) is of definite interest...