Fast forward over a century to the latest racing cars to hit the track. One of these is the all-new and particularly impressive looking Bentley Continental GT3. It is based on the new road car launched at Frankfurt earlier this year, and will be available to customers from June of 2018. The new Continental GT3 is powered by a further modified twin-turbo V8 that produces around 550 bhp in restricted form. Also intended for customers to run is the Citroen C3 R5 designed for the WRC2 series. It is effectively a slightly de-tuned version of the latest Citroen World Rally Car and will debut later this month.
BMW have applied the fabled ClubSport or CS badge to the four-door M3 for the first time. Available halfway through 2018, the new M3 CS features a more powerful engine and a more aggressive aero package. Lotus, meanwhile, have crammed the most powerful version of the supercharged Toyota engine into the Exige to create the Exige Cup 430. With 430 bhp available in a vehicle that barely weighs over a ton, this should make for a particularly potent package.
2017-11-07: Lamborghini’s look at the future, mighty Hennessey Venom F5 and new BMW and VW racers .
At last week’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Hennessey finally revealed the highly anticipated Venom F5. Designed by Hennessey from the ground up, it features a bespoke carbon-fibre chassis and body. It is powered by a highly tuned, twin-turbo V8 that produces a staggering 1,600 bhp, which is driven to the rear wheels through a paddle-actuated seven-speed gearbox. Thanks to the extensive use of lightweight materials, the Venom F5 tips the scales at just 1,338 kg. Production of the very quick machine will be limited to just 24 examples.
One of the great new racing cars due to take to the track in 2018 will be this BMW M8 GTE. Based on the upcoming M8 road car, it features the familiar twin-turbo V8, which is limited to around 500 bhp to meet the regulations. The M8 GTE will compete at both sides of the Atlantic in all the major endurance races.
Later that same year, Volkswagen will make the all-new Polo GTI R5 available to customer teams. Built to the R5 regulations, this new rally car features a 270 bhp version of the familiar and highly successful four-cylinder engine.
2017-11-03: Bugatti and Bentley headed for Paris auction and Porsche 550A due for Scottsdale .
Also consigned to this sale is this Bentley R-Type Continental. It is one of just 42 built in left hand drive and fitted with the legendary Mulliner Fastback Coupe body. It was sold new to the United States and remained in Californian ownership until 2010. Recently refreshed by PA Wood, this Mulliner Fastback has a pre-sale estimate of Euro 800,000 – 1,000,000.
The 2018 auction season will kick off in Scottsdale and among the very first cars consigned is this 550A RS Spyder. Originally a works car, it scored class wins at Goodwood and the Nurburgring. It also holds the distinction of being the only 550A that raced in a Grand Prix. Right now, there is no estimate but we expect 550A-0145 to sell for over $5 million.
2017-10-30: Updated Ferrari FXX-K, new A110 Cup and Tokyo round-up .
As part of the roll-out of the all new A110, Alpine have announced the Cup version of the highly anticipated machine. Available for sale today, it is due to compete during the 2018 in the Alpine Europa Cup. Accordingly, it is the spiritual successor of the GTA V6 Turbo that competed in the Europa Cup during the 1980s.
Last week, the Tokyo Motor Show kicked off and the biennial show featured an eclectic selection of brand new show cars. Mazda offered a glimpse of the future with the compact Kai and Vision concepts. Compact coupe show cars also starred in the Japanese capital with the lovely retro Honda Sports EV Concept and the Toyota GR HV Sports Concept. The latter features an interesting automatic gearbox that can also be used as a regular stick shifter.
2017-10-26: 2017 Dix Mille Tours report and 290-shot gallery .
We were at the track throughout the event with a detailed report and an action-packed 290-shot gallery as the result.
2017-10-23: New Porsche performance models and intriguing Polestar 1 .
Also new in the line-up is the GTS version of the 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman. The two range-topping models are powered by a further refined version of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In GTS trim, it is good for a hefty 365 hp.
Volvo’s high performance department, Polestar will branch out to producing bespoke models, which will all feature hybrid or fully electric drivetrains. The first of these will be the spectacular Polestar 1. The striking coupe is constructed from lightweight carbon-fibre composite materials, and combines a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors on the rear axle. Customers can acquire the car outright but Volvo also offers a lease options where customers have the option to temporary use larger Volvo models when needed. The Polestar 1 will be produced in a brand new factory in China due for completion sometime in 2018.