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The Abarth 695 Assetto Corse takes Fiat’s Abarth performance brand to the next level, representing the ultimate, race-ready incarnation of the pint-size Fiat 500.

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Jaguar unveils first Lightweight E-Type in 50 years
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Jaguar unveils first Lightweight E-Type in 50 years

Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations has unveiled the first of six 'new' hand-built Lightweight E-Type racers, completing a planned production run started over 50 years ago. Originally intended to be built and raced in 1963 as part of an 18-car 'Special GT E-Type' project, the newly-created Lightweight E-Types mark the first recreations to come out of Jaguar Heritage’s new Browns Lane facility – a plant that will now also look after warrantied servicing and restoration of classic Jaguars...


Melbourne secures Australian Formula One Grand Prix until 2020
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Melbourne secures Australian Formula One Grand Prix until 2020

Melbourne has secured the Australian Formula One Grand Prix for another five years. The deal was signed in London last week, ending a year of negotiations and months of speculation that the contract would not be renewed. It will see Australia’s sporting capital host the global motorsport event until 2020, which will mark the 25th running of the Melbourne GP since it succeeded Adelaide in 1996...


Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes Special Edition tipped for October
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Holden Commodore Craig Lowndes Special Edition tipped for October

A special edition Holden Commodore celebrating 20 years since three-time V8 Supercars champion Craig Lowndes first drove for the local lion is expected to launch just in time for this year's Bathurst 1000. Publicised early on a Holden dealer's Facebook page, the Special Edition Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore is yet to be officially announced by Holden, but we understand it will be based on the existing SS V Redline...


Ferrari standing behind recovering Schumacher, ailing F1 team
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Ferrari standing behind recovering Schumacher, ailing F1 team

The head of Ferrari Australasia has expressed support for both the recovering seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher and the manufacturer's own ailing Formula One team. Speaking to CarAdvice at the local premiere of the new Ferrari California T, Herbert Appleroth said there had been a groundswell of support and well-wishes from fans all over the world following news that former Ferrari F1 driver Michael Schumacher has emerged from an induced coma almost six months after a skiing accident in the French Alps...


Renault Sport Trophy : Teased concept previews 368kW-plus Nismo-powered racer
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Renault Sport Trophy : Teased concept previews 368kW-plus Nismo-powered racer

The first image and details of the Renault Sport Trophy concept have been teased ahead of the future Nismo-powered race car's unveiling at the Moscow motor show in August and 2015 competitive race start...


Mercedes-Benz planning road car projects for F1 powertrain facility - report
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Mercedes-Benz planning road car projects for F1 powertrain facility - report

Mercedes-Benz will take advantage of a technical development freeze in Formula One to work on new projects for its future road cars. Mercedes-Benz head of development Thomas Weber told Autocar the Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains facility in Brixworth, UK, has the ability to focus on new sports car programs now that work on its 1...


Sir Jack Brabham dies, aged 88: Tributes flow for three-time Formula One World Champion
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Sir Jack Brabham dies, aged 88: Tributes flow for three-time Formula One World Champion

Tributes are flowing in for three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, AO, OBE, who passed away at his home on the Gold Coast early this morning aged 88. Brabham was a champion and a pioneer. He won the Formula One world championship in 1959, 1960 and 1966 – the third in a car built with his own hands, becoming the first man to achieve that feat...


Jaguar to recreate 1960s racing glory with new Lightweight E-Types
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Jaguar to recreate 1960s racing glory with new Lightweight E-Types

Six lightweight Jaguar E-Type models, originally intended to be built and raced in 1963, will be newly created in-house by the iconic British marque ahead of a public unveiling later this year. Part of an 18-car Lightweight E-Type project initiated by Jaguar’s competition department back in February 1963 targeting GT racing, the six brand new ‘missing’ Jaguar Lightweight GT E-Types are to be built to the exact specifications of the original 12 cars...


New manufacturer to join V8 Supercars?
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New manufacturer to join V8 Supercars?

Could we see a 6th manufacturer added to V8 Supercars as early as next season? With Volvo, Mercedes-AMG and Nissan all getting a taste of success early in the 2014 season, V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton told Speedcafe the interest of other marques may have been piqued...


Peugeot 308 R production model to lead motorsport-inspired performance charge
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Peugeot 308 R production model to lead motorsport-inspired performance charge

A production car based on the 200kW-plus Peugeot 308 R concept will reportedly lead a motorsport-inspired charge by the French car maker, aimed at boosting its image and potentially seeing it break a 31-year-old Nurburgring lap record. UK publication Autocar reports a production version of the Peugeot 308 R - the go-fast hatchback concept that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show -  is already well under development and earmarked for a 2015 launch...


High-performance driver training : a day on track with Driver Dynamics
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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. Started in 1990 by director and chief instructor Kevin Flynn, Driver Dynamics runs courses in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide for drivers of all skill levels...


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...


Hyundai's Chris Atkinson confirmed for Rally Mexico
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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...