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« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2010, 10:01:03 AM »

Shame there were no Audi smokers in the race. Maybe it would have actually been interesting to watch.
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« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2010, 12:27:47 PM »

Shame there were no Audi smokers in the race. Maybe it would have actually been interesting to watch.

X2 there buddy - as they said, kind of a hollow victory for the Pugs
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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2010, 12:45:53 PM »

Audi R15+ livery
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Audi has just dropped a bunch of photos of the new livery that its R15+ TDI race cars will wear for 2010 beginning with their competition debut this weekend in France. The heavily revised R15+ features a completely new aerodynamic treatment up front and along the sides, a change which Audi hopes will allow the car to have both better grip and lower drag than than last year's model. In fact, it looks like almost nothing but the cockpit area has been carried over, with the racer's side-pods and even the rear wing being heavily re-worked.

The 2009 car was something of a disappointment and for the first time in a decade (aside from 2003 when Audi stepped aside in favor of sister brand Bentley) was handily beaten at Le Mans. Audi opted to skip last month's American Le Mans Series opener at Sebring to spend the time testing. Only one R15+ will run at Le Castellet this weekend for the opener of the Le Mans Series, and we don't expect to see the R15+ racing in North America until the Petit Le Mans in September.
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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2010, 10:10:58 PM »

any tv coverage of that debut race aaron?
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« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2010, 10:26:35 PM »

Speed or anybody else doesn't usually cover LMS for some stupid reason.
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« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2010, 03:57:24 AM »

BMW Motorsport teases 17th Art Car
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The 17th BMW art car is slated to follow in its ancestors footsteps by competing in this year's running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car, an M3 GT2, has been worked over by artist Jeff Koons. Though critics first cried foul at the notion of putting Koons in the same league as Warhol, Calder and the like, the guy's preliminary sketches sound top notch.

Koons photographed multiple race cars at speed, then stretched the images and incorporated them into a massive digital collage. That collage is what's getting spread all over the M3 GT2's sexy flanks. Once finished, the car will get its debut at the Paris Center Pompidou before heading off to Le Mans to go fender to fender with the rest of the racing world.

The Paris Center Pompidou has hosted the BMW art car unveil since the center opened in 1977, where Roy Lichtenstein first showed off his fluid 320i. This year, the collage M3 GT2 will take the stage on June 1, and the car will boast the number 79 in tribute to Andy Warhol's 1979 M1.
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« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2010, 07:13:53 PM »

Live streaming of long beach qualifying begins soon.

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http://www.speedtv.com/
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« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2010, 07:50:22 PM »

another live stream - both  currently live  with the SPEED broadcast higher quality

http://www.americanlemans.com/primary1.php?cat=news|14687
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« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2010, 05:42:28 PM »

BMW Art Car
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« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2010, 08:30:32 AM »

First serious accident of the race. It seems Nigel Mansell is badly injured after a tire blew and he made contact with a barrier. They carried him from the car to the amber lamps doing a 4 man carry. He was concious and fully aware of what's going on.
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« Reply #25 on: August 20, 2010, 09:29:22 PM »

ALMS at road america this weekend. Full coverage provided by yours truly.
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« Reply #26 on: December 10, 2010, 09:20:44 PM »

Audi gets back into the closed-cockpit competition with new R18 LMP1
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Right on schedule, Audi has pulled the sheets off its next-generation Le Mans prototype. As had been rumored before the unveil, the R18 has abandoned the open-top design of its forefathers – the R8, R10 and R15 Plus – for a closed canopy to improve aerodynamics and reduce driver fatigue. The company hasn't worked with a clamshell since 1999, and we're guessing is has more than a little to do with Peugeot's 2009 Le Mans win. That victory is the only wrinkle in the Audi's domination of the world's most difficult motorsports race, and it's no small coincidence that work on the R18 began in mid 2009.

The R18 gets its grunt from a 3.7-liter TDI V6 engine, and while Audi isn't saying exactly how much horsepower or torque the oil-burner produces, we have to guess that the figures are nothing to sneeze at. Behind the engine is a new six-speed transmission, though the innovations aren't simply chained to the drivetrain. Audi used a single-piece construction carbon fiber monocoque to keep weight down and increase stiffness, and those epic all-LED headlights are the first make their way to Le Mans.

While Audi is planning to campaign a total of three R18 racers at the 2011 Le Mans race this summer, the vehicle's first appearance will be at the six hours of Spa on April 24.




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« Reply #27 on: December 11, 2010, 11:46:04 AM »

put put put put put put Grin
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« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2010, 02:55:27 AM »

First look at the Ferrari 458 GT2
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« Reply #29 on: December 13, 2010, 10:53:39 AM »

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
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The Porsche 911 is many things to many people. The quintessential sportscar. The embodiment of German precision. A terrible design tweaked to perfection over the course of decades. And the most successful racing sports car ever devised.

What you're looking at is the latest iteration of the latter: the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The differences as compared to the 2010 model aren't extensive, but a slight edge could be enough to pull ahead of the rest of the field on the world's racing circuits. Rather than switching to the new direct-injection powerplant as employed on the streetable 911, the RSR sticks with a 4.0-liter version of the old boxer six, but with an re-optimized ECU, intake and exhaust, now producing 455 horsepower – five more than the 2010 model.

The bodywork has also been revised, with the rear end taking cues from the latest roadgoing 911 to include new LED rear lights while the front wheels are wider than its predecessors. It'll set you back a good half-million to get one new, but if you've got the outgoing model, Porsche will gladly upgrade it to the 2011 spec as well.




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