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The Autodromo Stradale is a thing of beauty

Burgundy and black, please.<p>I have a hard time with big, gaudy watches. Maybe it's the flash or the clunkiness. There's just no grace in them. Not so with Autodromo's goodies. The Stradale takes its inspiration from the lithe Italian sports cars that defined mechanical perfection in the '50s and …

Beauty

2015 Formula One Calendar Revealed, Lists 20 Races

The FIA has revealed the calendar for the 2015 Formula One World Championship, and as expected there are 20 races planned, which is one more than the …

Motor Racing

Watch Sebastian Vettel become first driver to lap Sochi GP circuit

In April of last year, Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard drove the unpaved Sochi Formula One circuit in a pair of Infiniti M sedans, getting both muddy and airborne in the process. Now with tarmac laid down and fences put up, Vettel and Coulthard have gone back to the Black Sea vacation spot for …

Ecclestone vows revenge after F1 trial settlement

At times, it seems all too easy to imagine Formula One bigwig Bernie Ecclestone holding a cat and laughing maniacally like a James Bond villain. He just seems like a horrible person to be on the wrong side of. Now that Ecclestone has put his bribery trial in Germany behind him, his enemies had …

America won't get a driver's seat in F1 this weekend after all

Americans are the Rodney Dangerfields of the modern Formula One driving ranks; they don't get any respect. We recently reported on 22-year-old Alexander Rossi being tapped by Marussia as a replacement for Brit Max Chilton for this weekend's upcoming Belgian Grand Prix. He would have been the first …

Honda CR-Z Supercharger Available from Honda Dealers

For those wanting a more powerful Honda CR-Z, a new supercharger is available from Honda Performance Development (HPD). Available for model-year 2013-2014 Honda CR-Z hybrid’s with the six-speed manual, the new HPD supercharger boosts power from 130 hp to 197 hp.<p>Initially shown at the 2013 SEMA …

Superchargers

Toyota and BMW sports car collaboration detailed in new leak

In late 2013, Toyota and BMW teamed up to create a joint sports car platform, something that was later tipped to kick off with a BMW Z4 replacement …

Audi Welcomes Porsche Back to Le Mans With Burnout

Siblings don’t always get along, but at the end of the day, they’re still family. That’s exactly the kind of relationship Audi has with Porsche, especially when it comes to racing. As you may have heard, Porsche is returning to Le Mans this year, competing in the same class as VW Group sibling and …

Sports Cars

Formula E Draws Closer, Teams Receive Their Electric Race Cars

There are now just four months to go before a new, global all-electric race series gets underway in Beijing, China.<p>Formula E has been in the works …

Toyota Shows Off Its Rally Heritage

Earlier this year it was revealed that Toyota and its motorsport partner TMG had started testing a new Yaris rally car designed to tackle the World …

Mercedes's clever Formula 1 turbo setup, explained

Halving a snail to go like stink.<p>Mark Donohue's <i>The Unfair Advantage</i> may be the finest book even written on racing. It's framed around the life of a shy Can-Am and Indy 500 winner, but this 325-page motorsport tome is really a glimpse into competitive engineering's never-ending quest to exploit an …

Motor Racing

The Endorsement: Why F1 racing rules

If you saw what I saw, and you still like NASCAR, there's something wrong with you.<p>It may have been because I was very drunk on G.H. Mumm, but when Fernando Alonso's Ferrari came screaming around the bend and my one-year-old daughter's head almost exploded, I fell deeply in love with Formula 1.<p>I …

Valtteri Bottas

How Ayrton Senna made the Acura NSX exceptional

It took the touch of a master to create Honda's masterpiece.<p>You'd hesitate to use phrases like "half-baked" about an automotive legend, but when the Acura NSX bowed at the Chicago Auto Show 25 years ago, it wasn't quite done yet. Had the cherry-red machine that sat proudly spinning on the turntable …

Motor Racing

Freightliner goes all Gymkhana drifty on us, finishes with big jump

So, it's a safe bet that the following video is the craziest thing you'll see all day. Maybe this week, and quite possibly, this month. It stars, in no particular order, a drifting Freightliner semi driven by Pikes Peak champ Mike Ryan, a dock worker/stuntman being pulled behind said semi, a Ford …

Red Bull Racing Goes Over 2014 F1 Rule Changes

Formula 1 is a complicated sport. Not only are the rules numerous and all-encompassing, but they change every year. Here to break down the rule changes for the 2014 season is Infiniti-Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel in a new video with cool CG cutaways that show how all the …

Red Bull Racing

Honda getting in on the Daytona Prototype racing action

Racing fans at Sebring are plenty used to seeing Honda powering into the winner's circle, the Japanese motor company having claimed class victories at the endurance race in Florida in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Those were all in the LMP2 category, but with the Twelve Hours of Sebring now part …

Simon Pagenaud must be superhuman to race this much

What have you done in the last 30 days?<p>Before sponsorships and pay seats and soda endorsements, being a racing driver was a very different occupation. In 1968, Mario Andretti contested NASCAR Sprint, USAC Gold Crown, <i>and</i> Formula 1; Tiff Needell likes to talk about how Stirling Moss would do touring …

Motorsport

GT-R takes on Altima V8 Supercar and Leaf Nismo in Nissan time attack special

One of the support races for the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar race in Australia was a Nissan showcase in the form of a time attack challenge: at the starting line were the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC, a GT-R and an Altima V8 Supercar. The 80-kilowatt Leaf Nismo RC was given a seven-second head start on the …

Get acquainted with Mercedes' F1 'Power Unit'

The first lights-out of the 2014 Formula One season can be measured in hours, not months. If you've heard anything about pre-season testing you know that even the teams are expecting carnage - Fernando Alonso at Ferrari, who's had a comparatively good pre-season, said "the first priority is to …

How you can be part of an open-source Le Mans racer

Open-source software isn't a new thing, even in the world of racing. Just take a look at the gorgeous <i>Project Cars</i> video game to see what we mean. What is, unusual, though, is an open-source car. And we aren't just talking about any car - we're talking about an open-source Le Mans prototype. Oh …

Felix Baumgartner To Race Audi R8 In Nürburgring 24 Hours

Austrian Daredevil Felix Baumgartner, the man who famously jumped from a height of 24 miles in 2012’s Red Bull Stratos mission, has been confirmed to …

How to Buy Auto Parts Without Getting Screwed

If you don't know how to shop for auto parts, you're going to wind up overspending, buying the wrong stuff, or both. These 10 tricks of the trade will help you score the parts you need at the lowest possible cost. Originally published at Road & Track.<p>If you don't know how to shop for auto parts, …

Automotive Industry

2014 Koenigsegg One:1 Revealed: A Magic Ratio That Puts Bugatti to Shame

1341 horsepower and 273 mph, standard.<p>Smelling blood in the water surrounding the go-to hypercar of our day, the Bugatti Veyron, Koenigsegg is using the 2014 Geneva motor show to take a bite out of the Bug’s glory. The teeth? The One:1, a highly modified Agera R. So named for its (more or less) 1:1 …

Maserati Reportedly Bringing F-Type Rival to Geneva

To compete with the F-type, Maser’s new GT would likely slot in below the current GranTurismo Sport.<p>Regarding the power of gossip, swashbuckling golden-era actor and unabashed Hollywood self-promoter Errol Flynn is quoted as saying, “It’s not what they say about you, it’s what they whisper.” And …

Automotive Design

We Have Ignition: Hyundai's Experimental Gas Engine Runs without Spark Plugs

A gasoline engine with diesel-like thermal efficiency.<p>Combustion engineers mounting a last stand against electric propulsion harbor bizarre fantasies. The gasoline guys dream of the diesel’s potent torque curves and exemplary thermal efficiency. Diesel devotees yearn for cheaper fuel and relief …

Engines

Honda unveils new 3.5-liter racing engine

Honda is following Ford's lead and debuting the second twin-turbocharged V6 to be used by Daytona Prototypes in the United Sports Car Championship. The wait won't be long to see it on track because the new engine will debut with the Starworks Motorsport team in a Riley Gen3 prototype chassis at the …

Photos: Lotus C-01 Motorcycle

Motorcycles

11 things I learned from Jeff Gordon's pit crew

The real race is in the pits, and every fraction of a second matters.<p>While visiting Hendrick Motorsports in Concord, North Carolina, I spoke with some of the guys who belong to the pit crews of Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. Here are 11 things I learned.<p>Athletes run these walls<p>Hendrick scouts its pit …

Motorsport