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Toyota teases 2017 TS050 Hybrid LMP1 endurance racer

A new season of the World Endurance Championship is nearly upon us and Toyota will be back to chase the title. The automaker has provided a glimpse at the 2017 TS050 Hybrid that it will field in the premier LMP1 class, ahead of the reveal and team presentation on March 31. This is the car that Toyota hopes will finally earn it victory in the 24...

2018 Jaguar XE, XF and F-Pace receive 247-hp inline-4 engine

Jaguar on Wednesday announced 2018 model year updates for its core XE, XF and F-Pace models. Key among the updates is a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 delivering 247 horsepower. The engine, part of Jaguar’s Ingenium modular engine family, replaces the 240-hp 2.0-liter mill currently offered in the XE 25t and is a new entry-level option...

Aston Martin hypercar coming with Cosworth V-12, 175-unit production run

A year ago Aston Martin came out with the surprise announcement that it was developing a hypercar in partnership with the Red Bull Racing Formula One team. Last summer we received a preview in the form of a concept car and since then numerous details have emerged. On Wednesday, Aston Martin added more details to the pile by listing a number of key...

Ford investing $200M in new wind tunnel facility

Ford has announced a $200 million investment in a new wind tunnel complex. Construction of the facility will begin later this year. The goal is to improve the aerodynamics of the brand's road and race car,s for speed in the case of race cars and for both fuel economy performance for street cars. The complex will have a new rolling road aerodynamic...

Driving an off-road V-8 truck on a tarmac road course looks like fun

The Monza Rally Show brings together all manner of racing machine eager to get down on a mixture of the circuit's racing surfaces. There was an entry this year that may have seemed a bit foreign to the Italian crowd watching and listening to the action. Wearing a Jeep badge and seven-slotted grille up front, a Pro 2 racing truck piloted by Cassie...

Auto companies look for federal exemptions for self-driving tests

A tangled web of state laws could make it more difficult to test self-driving cars soon, representatives from automotive companies told a congressional committee Tuesday. Spokespeople from automakers such as General Motors, Toyota, and Volvo, and representatives from ride-sharing company Lyft and a leading think tank told a House committee that...

Lightweight Pagani Huayra Roadster arrives to warp your brain

Pagani has decided that Valentine's Day would be the perfect time to reveal its latest Huayra to the world. (Smart move considering that it's one of the most beautiful cars ever created.) This is the Pagani Huayra Roadster, and it's taken seven years to get here. While the coupe was launched in 2011, it seems that development of the Roadster...

Here's your chance to buy the worlds only road-legal Ferrari FXX

Do you like your cars rough, ready, and exceedingly rare? Of course you do. This is a 2008 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione. It's rough, in the sense that it's a stiff-riding machine built to devour racing circuits. It's ready by way of sitting pretty with just 1,300 miles on its odometer. Finally, it's exceedingly rare because this is one of just 30 FXX...

2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet spy shots

The S-Class range is approaching the midpoint in its life cycle and will soon receive an update. The first to be updated will be the S-Class sedan, followed shortly by the S-Class Coupe. Around the same time that the updated coupe arrives, we should also see the updated S-Class Cabriolet, a prototype for which has just been spotted. Visual tweaks...

New season of ‘Top Gear’ starts March 5, coming to BBC America March 13

Is there any hope for a “Top Gear” revival now that the show’s former hosts are causing up a storm on Amazon’s “The Grand Tour” rival? With Chris Evans out and Chris Harris in, we say there’s a good chance. And the first trailer out for the new season with Harris, who will star alongside the returning Matt...

2018 Lexus LS 500h confirmed for 2017 Geneva auto show

Lexus has released the first photo of the hybrid version of its newest LS sedan ahead of a debut at next month’s 2017 Geneva auto show. The fifth generation of the Lexus flagship made its debut in January at the 2017 Detroit auto show was only shown as an LS 500, which comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 delivering 415 horsepower...

BMW M4 CS, next-gen Ford Focus, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Car News Headlines

BMW is about to launch a more potent version of its M4. The car was just spotted at an official photo shoot and is thought to be the first of a new generation of “CS” cars developed by the M division. The first prototypes for Ford’s next-generation Focus have been spotted. Our shots show a hatchback but the new Focus should still...

GM in talks with PSA Group over sale of Opel

General Motors has confirmed it’s in talks with PSA Group over a number of strategic issues, one of which is the sale of its European subsidiary Opel. PSA controls French brands Citroën, DS and Peugeot and is partially owned by the French government and state-owned Chinese automaker Dongfeng. GM and PSA have collaborated on a number of...

Fittipaldi EF7 supercar coming with V-8, 2,200-lb weight

Set to star at next month’s 2017 Geneva auto show is a new supercar developed in partnership by Brazilian racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi, Italian design house Pininfarina and German motorsport and engineering firm HWA. The car is called the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina and earlier this month we received a glimpse in...

Mitsubishi revives Eclipse name for new SUV

By now we’ve pretty much given up on Mitsubishi introducing anything genuinely sporty. But for anyone in the market for a sporty-looking SUV, the brand may still be of some interest. Mitsubishi will use next month’s 2017 Geneva auto show to introduce a new SUV labeled an Eclipse Cross. The vehicle, previewed by the series of XR-PHEV...

Hardcore BMW M4 ‘CS’ spotted during photo shoot

When BMW in January announced its round of mid-cycle updates for the M4, many, including us, were disappointed to learn there were no real changes apart from some tweaks to the lights and new colors. That’s because BMW is saving the M4’s more substantial updates for a new model tipped to feature the automaker’s “CS”...

2017 Bugatti Chiron preview

In the supercar world, a V-8 will cut it, a V-10 is better, and a V-12 is the most desired engine. Then there's Bugatti, the French brand that laughs are your measly V-12 and ups the ante to 16 cylinders. Bugatti started its 16-cylinder, ungodly power onslaught in 2005 with the Veyron. The car's W-16 engine put out 987 horsepower initially and...

Driver, instructor die in crash at Las Vegas performance driving experience

A driver and an instructor died Sunday afternoon in a Lamborghini at the SpeedVegas performance driving experience. According to a report on LasVegasNow.com, the driver, in his 30s, lost control and hit a wall. The car erupted into flames and both the driver and the instructor, a man only described as being in his late 50s or early 60s, were...

How the Tesla Model S hits 60 mph in 2.28 seconds

The 0-60 mph times for the Tesla Model S keep getting lower and lower. The new P100D package really helps put all of the horsepower to the ground efficiently, and makes the electric sedan rocket away from a standstill. Recently, we saw a drag racer in a stock P100D record a time of 2.38 seconds. Soon thereafter, Motor Trend pushed the car even...

Ford GT passes the Water and Splash Test

The Ford GT has 647 horsepower and can reach a top speed of 216 mph. Beneath its skin sits a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 550 pound-feet of torque from as low as 3,500 rpm. It will cost you somewhere north of $450,000 to buy one, if you were lucky enough to be chosen by Ford as one of the few with the chance to do so. Also...

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