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High-performance driver training : a day on track with Driver Dynamics

Ripple strips, braking zones, apexes and speeds close to 200km/h. How can a high-performance driver training day improve your road driving? CarAdvice spent the day at Sandown Raceway with the team from Driver Dynamics to find out...

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Nurburgring sold to German auto parts maker for $155m-plus
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Nurburgring sold to German auto parts maker for $155m-plus

The famous Nurburgring race track in Germany has been purchased by Dusseldorf-based auto parts manufacturer Capricorn Group. The lawyers managing the insolvency of former owner Nurburgring GmbH said the transaction valued the 379-hectare property – located roughly 120km northwest of Frankfurt in Germany’s west – at more than 100 million euro ($155 million)...


Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Super Trofeo confirmed
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Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Super Trofeo confirmed

A hardcore racing version of the new Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 has been confirmed by the Italian supercar maker. Speaking at a pre-Geneva motor show event in Italy, Lamborghini R&D chief Murizio Reggiani said a Super Trofeo variant of the 448kW/560Nm 5.2-litre V10-powered all-wheel-drive Huracan was already under development...


Volvo S60: 478kW V8 Supercars contender revealed
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Volvo S60: 478kW V8 Supercars contender revealed

The Volvo S60 V8 Supercar has debuted in Sydney, revealing a 478kW 5.0-litre V8-powered racer that will take to the grid later this month for the start of the 2014 V8 Supercars season. Making its mark early this morning by driving across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Valvoline-liveried Volvo S60 V8 Supercar has been designed and built to V8 Supercars' 'Car of the Future' regulations and features a six-speed sequential transaxle gearbox, independent rear suspension and 18-inch wheels...


Volkswagen Beetle : 417kW Global Rally Cross car revealed
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Volkswagen Beetle : 417kW Global Rally Cross car revealed

Volkswagen of America and Andretti Autosport have joined forces to create a modern-day Superbug – a high-performance Volkswagen Beetle prepared to take on the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. Powered by a 417kW-plus direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine and underpinned by an all-wheel-drive system, the GRC Beetle will hit the road and dirt for the first time at the X Games in Austin, Texas in June...


Nissan ZEOD RC : 294kW/380Nm turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine revealed
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Nissan ZEOD RC : 294kW/380Nm turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine revealed

The combustion engine of the hybrid-powered Nissan ZEOD RC will weigh 40kg and produce 294kW and 380Nm when the racer hits the Circuit de la Sarthe in June at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Measuring 500mm tall, 400mm long and 200mm wide in base form, the new turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit develops (for comparison's sake) 24kW more than the 4...


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Hyundai's Chris Atkinson confirmed for Rally Mexico

Australian World Rally Championship driver Chris Atkinson has been confirmed as the second Hyundai Motorsport factory driver for the Rally of Mexico in March. The former Subaru WRC driver has been part of the Hyundai Motorsport team since July last year and the Mexico round will mark his first entry into a WRC event with the i20 rally car...


Hyundai WRC program : to bring more sports cars, better driving dynamics to the masses
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Hyundai WRC program : to bring more sports cars, better driving dynamics to the masses

Hyundai's World Rally Champion (WRC) program will accelerate the Korean brand's roll-out of high-performance variants of its cars and improve dynamic ability across the range, according to Australian WRC driver Chris Atkinson. Atkinson, who drove for the Subaru WRC team from 2004-2008, joined the Australian media at last week's Monte Carlo rally in Monaco, where he is part of Hyundai's rally program and a Hyundai Australia ambassador...


Subaru WRX STI racer previews production sports car
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Subaru WRX STI racer previews production sports car

A racing version of the all-new Subaru WRX STI has been revealed, giving us our first official look at the highly anticipated sports sedan. The computer-generated image of the livery-splashed racecar comes a day after shots of the new Subaru WRX STI production car leaked online, uncovering its exterior styling days ahead of its planned unveiling in Detroit on Tuesday...


Melbourne thieves steal $320k vintage Rennmax racing car
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Melbourne thieves steal $320k vintage Rennmax racing car

A one-of-a-kind vintage racing car valued at around $320,000, has been stolen from a shed in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. Powered by an engine identical to that raced by Australian Formula One champion Jack Brabham, the Australian-made 1970 Rennmax racecar was stolen after thieves broke into the Rowville premises just days before Christmas...


V8 Supercars signs six-year, $241m deal with Foxtel, Fox Sports, Ten Network
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V8 Supercars signs six-year, $241m deal with Foxtel, Fox Sports, Ten Network

V8 Supercars has announced a six-year, $241 million media deal with Foxtel, Fox Sports and the Ten Network that will shift coverage away from its current home on the Seven Network from 2015. Comprising $196 million cash and $45 million of advertising, the deal - the sport's biggest ever - covers all media rights, including digital, from 2015 to 2020...


Porsche 919 hybrid: LMP1 racer, complete driver line-up named
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Porsche 919 hybrid: LMP1 racer, complete driver line-up named

Porsche has officially named its LMP1 racer that will compete in the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) series, along with its complete driver line-up, including Australia's Mark Webber. Coming just days after Webber helped complete the LMP1 race car’s 2013 testing program in Portugal, Porsche has announced its hybrid racing car will be called the Porsche 919 hybrid...


Mark Webber: first drive of Porsche LMP1 ahead of 2014 team switch
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Mark Webber: first drive of Porsche LMP1 ahead of 2014 team switch

Mark Webber has helped complete the Porsche LMP1 race car's 2013 testing program, banking his first laps in the car he will pilot in next year's World Endurance Championship (WEC) series. Despite still being under contract with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team, until officially switching to Porsche from January 1, 2014, Webber tested the Porsche LMP1 on the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal...


Hyundai to launch
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Hyundai to launch 'N' range of motorsport-inspired road cars

Hyundai has announced its future high-performance sports cars will be badged under a new motorsport-bred 'N' sub-division. Similar to Nissan's Nismo tuning division and Volvo's Polestar, the Hyundai N brand will be linked directly to the company’s renewed involvement in WRC, taking the learnings from its motorsport program to its production cars...


BMW M235i Racing: track-ready coupe hits tarmac for first time
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BMW M235i Racing: track-ready coupe hits tarmac for first time

The BMW M235i Racing has been revealed in the metal for the first time, shown on track in an official video designed to showcase the entry-level racing car. Following the reveal of a range of performance accessories for the new BMW 2 series Coupe range, the M235i Racing takes things to another level, as a production-based coupe eligible for competition in entry-level racing series...


Volvo reveals V8 Supercar engine
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Volvo reveals V8 Supercar engine

Volvo has unveiled the engine that will power its Volvo Polestar Racing S60s in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship. Announced in June, the racing engine has been modified and built by Volvo's performance partner, Polestar, in collaboration with the engineering team that developed the Swedish car maker's upcoming ‘Drive-E’ family of four-cylinder engines...


Honda Civic: 2014 World Touring Car Championship challenger previewed
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Honda Civic: 2014 World Touring Car Championship challenger previewed

The first image of the new Honda Civic World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) racer has been released, previewing the competition hatchback set to defend its 2013 crown. Reflecting the new technical regulations introduced for the 2014 WTCC season, the low-slung Honda Civic rendering exudes aggression with pumped wheel arches, larger 18-inch wheels, a sleeker aero package and an extended rear spoiler...


Bathurst local road renamed after Gran Turismo video game
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Bathurst local road renamed after Gran Turismo video game

The City of Bathurst unveiled the newly crowned ‘Gran Turismo Drive’ at Mount Panorama today, in acknowledgment of the circuit's inclusion in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 video game. 'Gran Turismo Drive' is intended to pay tribute to the Gran Turismo franchise’s detailed recreation of the Mount Panorama motor racing circuit in the game's latest edition...


Ferrari 458: Niki Lauda special revealed
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Ferrari 458: Niki Lauda special revealed

A unique Ferrari 458 Italia celebrating Austrian Formula One legend Niki Lauda has been revealed by the Italian car maker. Personalised by Ferrari for an owner, the red 458 Italia harks back to the Prancing Horse's mid-1970s racecars with an Italian flag emblazoned on its white roof. White accents on the front bumper, side skirts and rear spoiler compliment the theme along with gold alloy wheels...


Fiat Abarth 695 to tackle Mount Panorama at Bathurst 12-Hour
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Fiat Abarth 695 to tackle Mount Panorama at Bathurst 12-Hour

Two factory-backed Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corse racecars will take on Mount Panorama at next year's Bathurst 12-Hour. Aimed at showcasing the brand's Italian heritage and Abarth's racing pedigree, the Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corses will be finished in a specially designed Fiat Abarth Motorsport livery that will be unveiled before Christmas...