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BMW Intensive Driving Experience

Though I've been to Sydney Motorsport Park quite a few times, I'd never driven on the track until I took part in the BMW Intensive Driving Experience. Heading out to the former Eastern Creek racetrack, the sun was shining and I was excited to be able to finally get my chance to see what it's all about – and in BMWs no less...

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Subaru Australia confirms motorsport involvement with limited WRX STI imports
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Subaru Australia confirms motorsport involvement with limited WRX STI imports

Subaru Australia has addressed recent rumours surrounding a possible return to rallying, confirming it is importing a limited number of competition-spec WRX STI motorsport cars for use by "enthusiasts and professional teams". Unable to be road registered, the Subaru WRX STI models are FIA-homologated and designed to suit the newest NR4 regulations – which replace the previous N4 and R4 classes...


2015 Ford Fiesta ST Review: Sandown Raceway weekender
Rating: 910 /10
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2015 Ford Fiesta ST Review: Sandown Raceway weekender

Dave returns to Sandown Raceway for another weekend warrior track test, but this time in the most affordable car yet...

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$25,990

Subaru Australia eyeing potential rally return
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Subaru Australia eyeing potential rally return

After exiting the world of Australian rallying at the end of 2005, Subaru Australia could be eyeing a return to the sport, with four-wheel-drive cars set to be reintroduced into the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) for the 2016 season...


Volkswagen Golf TCR racing prototype revealed, 2016 launch planned
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Volkswagen Golf TCR racing prototype revealed, 2016 launch planned

While we wait for the promised and hotly anticipated production version of Volkswagen’s Golf R 400 concept, here’s something else to drool over: the Golf TCR racing prototype. Let’s cover some basics: 243kW and 410Nm of torque, front-wheel-drive (yes, front-wheel-drive), an enhanced six-speed DSG transmission and… look, loads of other track-specific tweaks...


V8 Supercars Gen2 'First Draft' Guidelines Released
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V8 Supercars Gen2 'First Draft' Guidelines Released

V8 Supercars has handed down first draft details of its evolving new racecar requirements, developed as part of a major overhaul planned for the 2017 season. The guidelines released today detail further the new ‘Gen2’ program first revealed in December, introducing a number of key changes that will allow a wider field of carmakers to participate...


2015 Holden Commodore SS V Review : Craig Lowndes Special Edition
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Holden Commodore SS V Review : Craig Lowndes Special Edition

Craig Lowndes has notched up his 100th V8 Supercars victory, but the latest special edition Holden Commodore to wear his name isn't quite as sweet...

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Tommi Makinen to lead Toyota Yaris WRC team in 2017
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Tommi Makinen to lead Toyota Yaris WRC team in 2017

Rally legend Tommi Makinen will lead Toyota Gazoo Racing’s charge into the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2017, the outfit has confirmed today. Makinen will be joined by Toyota president Akio Toyoda, noted motoring enthusiast and the driving force behind the launch of the 86 sports car, as team chairman...


Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz said to be in talks with Red Bull for new F1 partnership
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Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz said to be in talks with Red Bull for new F1 partnership

The Renault and Infiniti logos on Red Bull F1 cars could soon be replaced with Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin branding, if new reports out of the UK are to be believed. According to Autosport, a souring of the relationship between Red Bull and current engine supplier Renault is believed to have the team considering new options...


Sounds of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015
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Sounds of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015

Listen to a collection of the amazing engine notes at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, from hot hatches right up to Formula 1 cars...


Dodge Challenger Mopar 'Drag Pak' set to supercharge straight-line fans
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Dodge Challenger Mopar 'Drag Pak' set to supercharge straight-line fans

Ok, the Dodge Challenger isn't sold in Australia but when US tuning icon Mopar unveils its first-ever factory-prepped supercharged package specifically designed for drag racers, we can't help but take notice. Based on the not-so-humble Dodge Challenger, the Mopar 'Dodge Challenger Drag Pak' is offered with your choice of a naturally aspirated 7...


2015 Renault Clio RS track day review - Sandown Raceway
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2015 Renault Clio RS track day review - Sandown Raceway

Read the article here. Renault likes to think of its RS cars as having DNA that comes from the racetrack but translates to the road. Well, today, we’re going back the other way, taking the city-dwelling Clio RS to Sandown Raceway for another CarAdvice weekend warrior track test… Now my voice might not be the best today but luckily it’s not about me it’s about this...


Nissan and the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours

Nissan and the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours

Armed with three brand-new GT-R LM Nismo race cars, nine drivers (three Le Mans rookies) and a total of more than 1200kW of power, Nissan this June made its 16-year return to the top-step prototype class of the world's most famous motor race, the Le Mans 24 Hours. For motorsport fans, few names hold as much weight and significance as Le Mans...


Nismo required to shift Nissan from 'rational to emotional' brand, says Australian CEO
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Nismo required to shift Nissan from 'rational to emotional' brand, says Australian CEO

An official announcement on the launch of Nismo Australia is due by the end of this year, but a key driver in its arrival says the move is vital to shifting the brand from being a rational one to an "emotional" one. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at this week’s build up to the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hour, Nissan Australia managing director and CEO Richard Emery said the Nismo brand is largely about trying to get Nissan “back into the emotional space”...


2015 Renault Clio RS200 Review: Sandown Raceway weekender
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Renault Clio RS200 Review: Sandown Raceway weekender

Dave puts the Renault Clio RS's F1-derived DNA to the test in another weekend warrior shakedown at Sandown Raceway...

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Five-door hot-hatch comparison : Volkswagen Golf GTI v Peugeot 308 GT v Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV
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Five-door hot-hatch comparison : Volkswagen Golf GTI v Peugeot 308 GT v Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV

Read the article here. The Volkswagen Golf GTI has long been the preeminent hot-hatch for keen drivers. But what if you’re after a European small car with a little extra spice, that isn’t the Volkswagen? What are some alternatives? And how close can they get to the benchmark GTI? Taking on the Volkswagen Golf GTI today, we have the Peugeot 308 GT and Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV...


Volkswagen Golf GTI v Peugeot 308 GT v Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV : Five-door hot-hatch comparison
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Volkswagen Golf GTI v Peugeot 308 GT v Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV : Five-door hot-hatch comparison

The term ‘hot-hatch’ is commonly used to describe a hatchback that straddles the line between performance and practicality. Some skew closer to performance than practicality, while others veer the other way. What happens when you have Volkswagen Golf GTI money, though, but don’t necessarily want to blend in with the tartan-clad German crowd? That’s where the French Peugeot 308 GT and Italian Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV step in...


Extreme Rallycross: WRC ace Chris Atkinson helps preview new Australian motorsport series
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Extreme Rallycross: WRC ace Chris Atkinson helps preview new Australian motorsport series

Extreme Rallycross is coming to Australia and CarAdvice joined Hyundai and World Rally Champion ace Chris Atkinson at a preview event in Sydney. Popular overseas, the motorsport series is brand-new in Australia and round one will be held in Queensland on August 4, 2015. Mixing traditional-style rallying with the craziness of Supercross and the stadium format of circuit racing, it’s one wild ride...


Extreme Rallycross: WRC ace Chris Atkinson helps preview new Australian motorsport series
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Extreme Rallycross: WRC ace Chris Atkinson helps preview new Australian motorsport series

Extreme Rallycross, a brand-new Australian motorsport series, has been previewed this week with the help of our country's most successful rally driver, Chris Atkinson. Expertly sliding a circa-230kW/300Nm custom-built all-wheel-drive machine around a specific course is a task few can handle with ease, and even fewer while smiling almost the entire time...


2014 Ford Focus ST track day review - Sandown Raceway
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2014 Ford Focus ST track day review - Sandown Raceway

Read the article here. Blasting onto the local hot-hatch seen back in 2012, the Ford Focus ST is soon to be updated, and there’s a hardcore RS version not far behind. So, with that in mind, we’ve come here today to Sandown Raceway, to take part in one of our weekend warrior track tests… Ford’s replacement for the XR5 Turbo, the Focus ST costs a little over $38,000 and comes with a super torquey turbocharged 2...