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Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Wins the 2018 12 Hours of Sebring

Plus Jeep's disappearing Wrangler half-doors and more<p>Welcome to The Grid, <i>R&T</i>'s quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.<p><b>The 66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring</b><p>It was a wild racing weekend for the Tequila Patrón ESM team. Their No. 2 Nissan, driven …

Sports Cars

The Crazy Engineering That Made Volkswagen's V5 Engine Work

A narrow-angle five-cylinder engine sounds like it would tear itself apart with imbalance. Here's how VW made it work.<p>For a piston engine to run smoothly, it has to be balanced. That's why most engines have an even number of cylinders, either arranged straight in a line or split down the middle, …

Engineering

This Is the Electric Car VW Will Run at Pikes Peak

The I.D. R Pikes Peak will be the company's first return to the hillclimb event in 30 years.<p>Back in October of 2017, Volkswagen revealed that it would return to Pikes Peak with an all-new electric race car, aiming to set a new EV record up the 12.4-mile course. Now, we're able to get our first look …

Pikes Peak

Audi Might Not Build a Successor to the Current R8

Peter Mertens, head of R&D at Audi, says there might not be a third-gen R8. But we don't think you should worry about the next entry-level Lambo.<p>Speaking to our colleagues at <i>Car and Driver</i> during the Geneva Motor Show, Audi R&D head Peter Mertens said that the company had no plans for a direct …

Auto Shows

Porsche Knows its Electric Cars Have to Perform Like They Burn Gasoline

We sat down with the head of Porsche's EV lineup to find out how the automaker will fit electric cars in its performance lineup.<p>Porsche's first modern electric car, the Mission E, is coming soon, and if the feedback is positive, it will be closely followed by the Cross Turismo variant. Both are …

Electric SUV

The End of This Stadium Super Trucks Race Is Excellent, Great, Wonderful

Now that's racing.<p>Every motorsports event has support races. Most of the time these are feeder series with slower cars and/or younger drivers. They're rarely as exciting as the main event but let you see the future of the sport in action before they make it to the big time.<p>And then there are …

Trucks

What You Learn After Autocrossing a BMW i3

The new BMW i3S is a formidable autocrosser disguised as an economical EV.<p>During my visit to Palm Springs to test the new M5 at the Thermal Club race track, BMW gave me, along with a bunch of other journalists, the chance to compete against each other on an autocross course using the company’s new …

Palm Springs

These Are the Last Morgans With Naturally-Aspirated BMW V8s

The ultra-limited edition Aero GT and the Plus 8 50th Anniversary are the last Morgans to feature BMW's delightful N62 V8. They are, of course, gorgeous.<p>BMW launched its N62 V8 in 2002. The 3.6-liter engine came with double overhead camshafts with variable valve lift and timing on both cams. It was …

Sports Cars

Thirteen Legitimately Fun Cars You Can Buy for Less Than $10,000

Because when it comes to affordable sporty cars, you don't just have to settle for a Miata.<p>These 13 used performance cars may not be legends of zero-maintenance reliability, but they're far more engaging than any economy commuter, and buying one won't break the bank.

Luxury Lifestyle

This Pristine 906 Could Be the Perfect Addition to Your Porsche Collection

The 906 Carrera 6 is one of the most desirable vintage Porsche race cars out there. This one's for sale.<p>Vintage Porsche race cars are all kinds of cool, but this beautifully restored 906 Carrera 6 stands out. Raced from new throughout Europe and South Africa, we think it would be the perfect …

Great Britain

Here's Why McLaren's CEO has Three Lotus Elans

Thanks to Colin Chapman, Mike Flewitt has a pretty clear idea of what good handling is all about.<p>It's no secret that the creator of the McLaren F1, Gordon Murray is a huge fan or Lotus Elans, as well as Colin Chapman's work in general. In fact, the F1 was supposed to steer roughly like Lotus' …

Lotus Cars

Which New Slow Cars Are Fun to Drive Fast?

Just because a car is slow, doesn't always mean it's boring to drive.<p>"It's more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow." That's the saying, right? Well, most of the time, that cliché ends up being true—the Mazda Miata is a perfect example. But there are others out there, and we'd like to …

Mazda

The Toyota Supra Is Back

This is yet another concept, but the famous name is back and a production car is on the way.<p>The long-awaited, fifth-generation Toyota Supra is finally official. But this isn't the production car—that'll come later. Instead, this is the GR Supra Racing Concept, a preview of a racing version of the …

Sports Cars

Rimac C_Two: 1914 HP and a 1.85-Second 0-60 Time

A top speed of 258mph, 403 miles of range, loads of semi-autonomous tech: Rimac's latest electric car boasts insane performance, and it's ready for production<p>As a specialist technology company with the ambition to become a major OEM supplier in the EV era, Rimac is already a 300-person-strong …

Carbon Fiber

Everything You Need to Know About the Geneva Motor Show, Day One

Geneva is our favorite show of the year. Here's what you need to know about so far.<p>Today is the first day of the Geneva Motor Show. If you didn't know, a lot of amazing cars have already made their debut. Here's our roundup of what you need to see this morning.

Auto Shows

McLaren Senna GTR: Just When You Thought McLaren's Latest Hypercar Couldn't Get Any More Hyper

McLaren is building 75 Senna GTRs with 825 horsepower and more than a ton of downforce. Only their F1 cars are faster than this.<p>The team at McLaren clearly wishes to go back to Le Mans, but before such ambitions can flourish, Woking had to come up with an even faster Senna, one that isn't …

Sports Cars

The 2019 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder Takes Open-Top Track Days to The Extreme

The drop-top version of Lamborghini's Nurburgring-conquering supercar is here.<p>Lamborghini has taken the wraps off its newest car at the Geneva Motor Show today, the 2019 Huracan Performante Spyder. It's a trop-top version of the Huracan Performante, the track-ready mid-engine V10 supercar that set …

Sports Cars

Koenigsegg Brings a Pair of Wild Regeras To Geneva

Plus a CCX, because this year is Koenigsegg's 25th in the business, and factory certified used Swedish supercars are a thing now.<p>Officially, Koenigsegg has no new products for sale right now. The 80 Regeras sold out last summer, and the world's fastest car, the Agera RS came to a 1360 horsepower …

Sports Cars

Range Rover SV Coupe Is the Pinnacle of Two-Door Land Rovers

Finally, an automaker that understands "coupe" means two doors, no exceptions.<p>Somewhere along the way, the word "coupe" lost all meaning. Once reserved for sporty two-door fixed-roof vehicles, today the term is applied to all kinds of atrocious non-coupes, from four-door sedans with …

Land Rover

BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe: The Abuse of the Word "Coupe" Continues

This is what your next fancy-topped 8-series variant will probably look like.<p>BMW is not alone in its dedication to plastering the word "coupe" across all manner of four-door vehicles. It's a plague on the industry, an abdication of the values we once held dear—chiefly, that coupes have two …

Auto Shows

A V12 Toyota Century Is the Definition of True Luxury

Other car brands have come close. But Toyota nailed it back in 1997 with its ultimate luxury JDM cruiser.<p>Normal luxury cars are nice, but there's no beating the pure comfort and relaxation that comes along with spending time in a last-gen Toyota Century. Mr. Regular of Regular Car Reviews got a …

Car Reviews

The Tech Behind IndyCar's Experimental New Windscreen

It might look like a simple piece of plexiglass, but IndyCar's windscreen is the same stuff used in fighter planes.<p>Last month, IndyCar champ Scott Dixon headed to ISM Raceway outside Phoenix to test IndyCar's new experimental driver-protecting windscreen. While there, the series filmed a video with …

Motorsport

Nothing Sounds Like a Flat-12

Ferrari's 312 T4 was the last Ferrari to win a driver's championship until 2000.<p>Way back when, Formula One allowed for a lot of creativity in its engine designs. For example, this Ferrari, which had a flat-12. It also won the 1979 F1 driver's championship with Jody Scheckter at the wheel. Not too …

Ferrari

Ricciardo and Red Bull Top the First Day of F1 Testing

Plus driverless in California and IndyCar's power boost.<p>Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.<p><b>Ricciardo On Top</b><p>Yesterday was the first day of testing for the 2018 F1 season, and it ended with Red Bull and Daniel Ricciardo on …

Daniel Ricciardo

If You Miss the Sound of Race Cars, Listen to This

You need a sports car fix.<p>With the long wait between IMSA’s Rolex 24 at Daytona in January and the March 18 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, sometimes the sounds of wailing engines, throttle applications, paddle shifting, and various braking techniques are needed to pass the time.<p>Let the …

Sports Cars

Here's Your First Look at Lister's Upcoming Hypercar

Lister revives the Storm name to face off against the likes of McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche.<p>Back in the mid-1990s, British racing firm Lister designed a car called the Storm, a 7.0-liter V12-powered homologated race car, of which only four were produced. The Storm had some success in racing, but …

Sports Cars

This Tesla-Powered '81 Honda Accord Is a Silent Acceleration Rocket

Zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, going where no first-gen Accord has gone before.<p>The instant torque of an electric motor can make for break-neck acceleration. We've seen this time and time again in Tesla's quickest cars, and it's been demonstrated to particularly dramatic effect in the new Aspark Owl …

Honda Accord

Here Are the Sketches That Evolved Into the Dodge Demon Logo

Only one could make the final cut. Here are the ones that didn't.<p>The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is cool for a lot of reasons, one of which is its badge. It's a mean, scary looking demon head with sharp horns, fangs, and an evil smile. It turns out there were dozens of alternate designs that …

Sports Cars

The Classic Car World Needs to Pay More Attention to the Alfa Romeo Montreal

You only have to hear that V8 exhaust note once to confirm the Montreal is a truly special Alfa.<p>The Alfa Romeo Montreal has always sat in an awkward place in the classic car world. With stunning looks and a fantastic-sounding 2.6-liter V8, you'd think it would be at the top of any collector's wish …

Classic Cars

When Walter Röhrl Beat Michael Schumacher at the Nurburgring

In a chance encounter a decade ago, the rally legend and the F1 champ ended up on the Nurburgring at the same time. Naturally, a race ensued.<p>Racers, even when they're not racing, are <i>always</i> competitive. Nothing exemplifies this better than the time rally legend Walter Röhrl encountered Michael …

Motor Racing