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Acura NSX To Drive At Mid-Ohio Track

By   July 25, 2013

Acura NSX will Drive at the Mid-Ohio Track

Acura NSX will Drive at the Mid-Ohio Track

The Acura NSX is one of the most anticipated supercars to come out of Japan in quite a while. The car has been in the works for sometime and even made an appearance in the last Avengers movie. That car was actually a ’90s NSX with a new body kit on it (and apparently you couldn’t drive it over 10 mph or body panels would come apart).

Well, Acura has announced that an NSX prototype will be driving on the track before the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar race that will be held on August 4th. The race will be run at the Mid-Ohio race track in Lexington, Ohio.

The new V6 all-wheel drive hybrid super car is scheduled to launch in 2015. Although it is being produced by a Japanese company, the engineers for the project are based in Raymond, Ohio. Because of this it is no surprise that the prototype will drive on the Mid-Ohio track.

Coverage of the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar race is scheduled to begin at 3 pm EDT on the NBC Sports Network. Be sure to tune it at the very beginning to see if they show some footage of the new NSX.

Let us know what you think of the new Acura NSX in the comments below.

Press Release

Acura today released an image of a prototype NSX supercar, announcing that the running prototype will take to the racetrack just prior to the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The NSX prototype with custom graphics will lap the road course in advance of the race on August 4, 2013. The race will be broadcast live by NBC Sports Network starting at 3 p.m. EDT.

Global development of the NSX, slated for launch in 2015, is being led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio. Additionally, it was announced in May that the next-generation Acura supercar will be produced at the newly established Performance Manufacturing Center in nearby Marysville, Ohio.

The prototype model maintains the styling and proportions of the NSX Concept that debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, while packaging the production vehicle’s mid-mounted V-6 engine mated to Acura’s innovative new three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system.

Callaway Will Build Corvette C7 GT3 Race Cars

By   July 24, 2013

Callaway Corvette C7 GT3 Race Car

Callaway Corvette C7 GT3 Race Car

Callaway has received permission from GM to build Corvette C7 GT3 Race Cars. The racing variant of the new American sports car will be submitted for homologation from the FIA. The cars will be sold to customer race teams that want to race the new Corvette in GT races.

Callaway will not be building the factory run race cars, but will only be selling cars to other customer race teams. No price has yet been released for the cars, but it probably will cost a bit more than the street car. Performance estimates are also pending, but given the performance of the street car it should be very fast.

Let us know what you think of the Callaway C7 Corvette GT3 Race Car in the comments below.

Press Release

Callaway Competition GmbH, Leingarten Germany, will embark on a development program for making the new Corvette C7 into a GT3-class race car and submit for homologation from the FIA.

Specialists, like Callaway, require authorization from original equipment manufacturers, like Chevrolet, to submit the homologation forms necessary to allow their version of the car to be the version allowed in FIA competition. As Callaway has just received the required letter of authorization from Chevrolet, Callaway has become the appointed specialist representative for building and holding the homologation of the Corvette C7 FIA GT3 race cars.

Callaway has also been the homologation holder for the Corvette C6 version of the GT3 car with the FIA. The Callaway team is currently the most successful in GT3, based on numerous Drivers and Team Championships from 2007 to present.

600 Children Energize Fernando Alonso Before Hungarian Grand Prix

By   July 24, 2013

Six Hundred Children Meet Fernando Alonso Before Hungarian Grand Prixg

Six Hundred Children Meet Fernando Alonso Before Hungarian Grand Prix

Six hundred children got a treat when they met their Formula One hero, Fernando Alonso. The children were at the 2013 Junior Summer Formula summer camp that is open to children of employees of Ferrari.

The children weren’t the only ones excited about the event. Fernando was energized by the warm welcome and hopes that it will carry over to a good performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He describes the rush of the event like that he gets when using the KERS system in his F1 car.

Let us know if you think the extra energy from the event might give Ferrari extra incentive to win this weekend in the comments below.

Press Release

What could be more energising than the enthusiasm of six hundred children? Not much, as Luca di Montezemolo and Fernando Alonso could affirm when, this morning, along with the Managing Director Amedeo Felisa and the Director of Human Resources Mario Mairano, they went to visit those taking part in the 2013 Junior Summer Formula, the summer camp for the children of the company’s employees, organised by Ferrari and the Maranello local council.
Everyone received a very warm welcome from the kids and not just metaphorically, given the high temperatures we are seeing at the end of July, at the “Chiaffredo Cassiani” infants school, one of four- three in Maranello and one in Modena – that are involved in the project. There were two special gifts to mark the occasion: from the mothers of some of the children, Montezemolo was given a leather emblem made in the Selleria department as a thank you for making this programme possible, while Fernando was given a parcel containing a large number of letters written to him by the children, obviously singing the praises of their hero in red.

“This is a really great initiative that demonstrates the close links between the company and the area,” said Montezemolo,turning to Lucia Bursi, the Mayor of Maranello. “I wish to thank the local council of Maranello for its support in this project, which is growing ever more popular, year after year.” Indeed, the number of participants is increasing all the time: in the four camps held so far, the numbers have grown from 200 to 600,divided into two groups, the 3 to 6 year olds and 7 to 14. Over fifty teachers are on hand, all involved in the planning and organisation of the event which runs every day from 7.30 to 20.30, to cover all three factory shifts.

“A good energy boost, almost the same as the one you get from KERS at the start,” said Fernando. “Just what was needed before heading off to Budapest!”

Porsche Takes Top Honor In J.D. Power APEAL

By   July 24, 2013

Porsche Rated Highest in J.D. Power APEAL

Porsche Rated Highest in J.D. Power APEAL

For nine straight years Porsche has ranked highest in J.D. Power APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Study. The German performance car maker took home 884 of the possible 1,000 points. The industry average was 795 points.

Beyond winning the top honor the Boxster and Cayenne were awarded the top honors in their categories. Earlier this year Porsche was also ranked highest in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. The study shows how people that purchased new cars think of their purchase and this just shows the quality of Porsche.

Let us know what you think of Porsche taking the J.D. power award in the comments below.

Press Release

For the ninth year in a row, U.S. customers have rated Porsche highest among all nameplates in the industry in the J.D. Power ‘APEAL’ (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Study. In addition to the brand taking overall honors, the Porsche Cayenne and Boxster models rank highest in their respective vehicle segments (Midsize Premium CUV, Compact Premium Sporty Car). This is the second time this year Porsche led a J.D. Power study – Porsche also ranked highest among all nameplates in the 2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.

The J.D. Power ‘APEAL’ study measures the attitudes of more than 80,000 U.S. customers who purchased or leased a new 2013 model-year vehicle between November 2012 and February 2013. Questions are designed to evaluate ten categories of vehicle performance and design: exterior and interior styling, storage and space, audio/communication/entertainment/navigation (ACEN), seats, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), driving dynamics, engine/transmission, visibility and safety, and fuel economy.

Porsche earned 884 points on the 1,000-point scale, compared to the premium industry average of 844. The overall industry average was 795.

Big Endurance Racing Weekend For Ferrari Racing Teams

By   July 19, 2013

Ferrari Racing Teams get ready for big racing weekend

This weekend is a big endurance racing weekend for Ferrari. The Prancing Horse will have teams competing in the Ferrari Challenge Europe and North America, the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), Italian GT Series and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Each race will provided different challenges for the teams and they should all have some great racing action.

For the Ferrari Challenge Europe they will be racing at Portimao in Portugal and their North American counterparts will be driving at Lime Rock. Both races should be good races to watch if you are a Ferrari racing fan in the area.

The European Le Mans Series will make a stop in Austria. The race will be the third round of the season for the young series and is in the back yard of many of the Italian auto maker’s German rivals.

The Italian GT Series will be racing at the circuit of Enzo d Dino Ferrari and this home town race will be a big one for the Italian sports car maker. Anytime you race at home you want to walk away with a win even more than usual.

The biggest race of the weekend for those of us in the United States will the the American Le Mans Series race. The race will take place at Mosport Park in Canada and is the fifth round of the season. Thanks to an accident at Lime Rock that put out the Risi Competitzione team for the race (they are having to repair the car and it won’t be ready for Mosport) the only Ferrari racing car will be the Team West/AJR/Boardwalk Ferrari driven by Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell.

Coverage for the ALMS race will begin Sunday at 1:00pm EDT on ESPN2.

With all the endurance racing action happening this weekend, let us know what race you are most looking forward to in the comments below.

Press Release

It is a busy weekend ahead for Ferrari GT cars racing around the world; The Ferrari Challenge Europe visits Portimao in Portugal and the North American Ferrari Challenge is at Lime Rock. The European Le Mans Series (ELMS) returns to action in Austria for the third round of the season. At the circuit of Enzo d Dino Ferrari, Imola the Prancing Horses will be looking to uphold home honour as the Italian GT series takes part in two races for round four of its championship. Across the pond the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) arrives at Mosport Park in Canada for the fifth round of its season.

It will be a depleted appearance by Ferrari in Canada, sadly after a serious accident at Lime Rock park the Risi Competizione team have announced that it is unable to reapir the car in time and must miss the round. Instead of travelling directly from Connecticut to Canada, the team were forced to return home to repair the car. “It is extremely unfortunate that we have found ourselves in this position,” said Team Principal Giuseppe Risi. “We will return ready to compete at Road America in August, and we wish all our fellow ALMS entrants a safe event in Canada.”

The remaining Ferrari of Team West / AJR / Boardwalk Ferrari will be driven by Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell. The race in Canada starts on Sunday at 12:00 and runs for 2 hours and 45mins and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

The ELMS championship will field a grid of 8 Ferrari in the GTE and GTC categories this weekend in Austria – the first time an endurance race has visited this circuit. The Ram Racing cars currently hold first and third place in the championship and it will be a difficult race for one of their drivers in particular. The #53 car has its regular drivers, American pairing Gunnar Jeanette and Frankie Montecalvo will be looking to clinch victory from their team mates Johnny Mowlem and Matt Griffin – Jeannette will be doing this just two months after breaking his leg. An experienced Sky Diver Jeannette fractured his tibia after a freak accident when both his main canopy and back up failed.

“Normally the time frame for this would be much longer, but I have very good orthopaedic surgeons in Utah who worked with the US Olympic team,” explains Jeanette. “The only change I foresee is that in recent years I have been a left-foot braker, but now I am going back to my roots and using my right foot. I have been told the Ferrari pedal positions favour this so I am going to put it to the test.”

AF Corse field three cars – two in the GTE category for Mallegol, Bachelier, Blank and Perazzini, Cioci and Leo; they also have one car in the GTC class in the hands of Gai, Casé and Rizzoli. JMW Motorsport completes the GTE class with the #66 car shared by Andrea Bertolini and Joël Camathias. Russian team SMP field 2 cars completing the Ferrari line up for GTC. The race will be flagged off just after 16:30 on Saturday and will run for three hours.

The Italian GT championship arrives at Imola just two weeks after its last round at Mugello – the round which witnessed a Ferrari fight back against Porsche. The Ferrari pairing of Gabriele Lancieri and Giuseppe Cirò of MP1 Corse stand just 4 points adrift of the championship leaders and will be looking to wipe out that lead this weekend. Completing the lineup will be The Easy Race car of Mancini and Dromedari and the Black Bull Swisse Racing car driven by Venturi and Maino.

The drivers will compete in two races both of 48mintes + one lap the first on Saturday at 10:40 and the second on Sunday at 16:30.