Nissan deltaWing History Motor City

Nissan DeltaWing History

Nissan deltaWing History Motor City

The Nissan DeltaWing has grabbed headlines, turned heads, and divided opinions wherever it has gone. For Nissan, a company known for delivering innovation that excites, this project has gathered great momentum throughout the season, providing excitement for fans of motorsport but has also caught the eye of non-motorsport fans intrigued by the car’s unique design.

Here we look back at how it all started – a timeline of DeltaWing development. (more…)

Count Giannino Marzotto Ferrari 195S Race Car Driver 1950s

The Last Of The Gentlemen Race Car Drivers

Count Giannino Marzotto Ferrari 195S Race Car Driver 1950s

Ferrari mourns the passing of one of the most celebrated gentleman drivers of the 1950s, Count Giannino Marzotto, who died on Saturday the 14th of July aged 84.

Son of an industrialist, Marzotto was the epitome of the well-dressed racer becoming famous in 1950 for driving a Ferrari 195 S to victory in the epic Mille Miglia road race in a double-breasted suit, complete with tie. He won the Mille Miglia a second time in 1953 in a 340 MM spider bodied by Vignale, with which he established the record average speed (over 142 km/h) since the race began in 1927, and also came fifth overall at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans in a 340 MM berlinetta. (more…)

eBay Motors SEMA 2011 Peoples Pick Survey Awards

eBay Motors Announces 2011 People’s Pick Awards

eBay Motors SEMA 2011 Peoples Pick Survey Awards

 

eBay Motors has announced the winners of the 2011 People’s Picks survey—the annual poll inviting enthusiasts to weigh in on all things automotive, including best camshaft, favorite ignition and favorite muscle car—even the best movie car of all time. More than 3.4 million votes were cast in this year’s competition, 10 times the 2010 tally. New this year, entrants had the opportunity to vote via mobile through the eBay Motors iPhone app.

“This year’s massive voter turnout reflects the incredible passion of the auto community, something we fuel every day on eBay Motors, where people are buying auto parts literally every second,” said Famous Rhodes, senior director, eBay Motors. “The automotive community has strong opinions not just on their favorite cars and trucks, but also on the brands that help them modify and customize those vehicles. People’s Picks ultimately shows that brands matter when it comes to enthusiasts.”The annual eBay Motors People’s Picks survey offered 10 different voting categories: American Muscle Cars, Motorsports, Import Tuner, Super Cars, Trucks, Four Wheeler/Off-Road, Classic European, Motorcycles, Cars in Culture, and Modern Foreign and Domestic.

Winners in multiple categories this year include BFGoodrich, Edelbrock, Garret, Hooker Headers and K&N. For movie buffs, Best Movie Car went to “Eleanor,” Nicolas Cage’s ’67 Shelby Mustang from the Gone in 60 Seconds remake. See the full list of winners and our thoughts below:

eBay Motors People’s Picks 2011 Select Winners:

Muscle Car

  • Favorite Muscle Car of All Time: Ford Mustang (followed by the Camaro and GTO) (Did I mention my son is named GT?)
  • Favorite Bolt-On Brand: Edelbrock
  • Favorite Super Charger: Roush

Tuner

  • Most Tunable Brand: Honda
  • Favorite Performance Tire: Pirelli
  • Favorite Turbo Charger: Garrett

Trucks

  • Favorite Exhaust Header: Hooker Headers
  • Favorite Tire Brand: BFGoodrich

4X4/Off Road

  • Best Brand: Jeep (The toughest four letter word on wheels.)
  • $1,000 to Spend on Aftermarket: Lift Kit/Suspension
  • Favorite Tire: BFGoodrich (All Terrain: KO, to be exact.)

Project Corner

  • Best Foundation for Late-Model Street Rod: Ford Mustang (Fox Body Mustangs have become the VW Bug of muscle cars.)
  • Toughest Part of a Project: Body/Paint (+1)
  • Favorite Professional Tool Manufacturer: Snap-On

Cars in Culture

  • Best Movie Car: ’67 Shelby Mustang (Eleanor) from Gone in 60 Seconds remake (Really? Sigh, I hate that car.)

Motorsports

  • Favorite Racing Series: NASCAR (Blame Ricky Bobby for this.)
  • Greatest Race in the World: Le Mans (followed by the Daytona 500 and Indy 500) (Le Mans is the correct answer for any racing question)
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Audi R8 LMS Defends Title at Bathurst in LeMans Series

2012-Audi-R8-LMS-defends-title-at-Bathurst-LeMans-Series

Audi remains unbeaten at Bathurst: For the second time in succession, the R8 LMS prevailed in the most important GT endurance race “Down Under” in Australia. Conditions were difficult as varying intensities of rain and dense fog at times caused a number of spins, off road excursions and yellow caution flags. But unlike NASCAR the LeMans Series runs rain or shine. The first four hours of the race alone saw the three different vehicles take turns in leading the race.

From the fourth hour onward, Phoenix Racing prevailed at the front. Both R8 LMS cars of the squad from Meuspath (Germany) fought a thrilling battle for the top position. Even a spin and an excursion into the gravel trap that temporarily relegated the black number “1” R8 LMS to third place could not prevent Jöns/Mies/O’Young from taking victory. On Saturday, the trio had already been the measure of all things by setting the fastest time in qualifying and capturing position one on the grid. Victory on Sunday completed a perfect weekend. The triumph at Bathurst marked as much as the 119th win in the three-year career of Audi’s successful customer race car.

The second Audi R8 LMS from Phoenix Racing was less fortunate. The Australian trio Warren Luff/Craig Lowndes/Mark Eddy had initially shown a strong performance, advancing to the front of the field after having started from fifth place. In the fourth and fifth hour of the race the number “2” R8 LMS was even the leading car. A five-minute time penalty for a severed refuelling hose though caused the white Audi to lose four laps at about the race’s mid-point. Afterward, on lap 157, Mark Eddy lost control of his car in dense fog and heavy rain. He crashed into a concrete wall with the left side of the car on “The Dipper” track section. He was forced to retire with front and rear suspension damage. As early as on lap 60 the Audi R8 LMS of Team United Autosports had become victim to the treacherous conditions as well. Frank Yu from Hong Kong spun and damaged the frame of the vehicle on hitting a wall. Neither of the two drivers sustained any injuries.

Audi has now won four major endurance races within twelve months, having recorded two successes at the Bathurst 12 Hours and one victory each at the 24-hour races on the Belgian circuits at Spa and Zolder, plus GT3 class victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. This year, the 24-hour classics in the Eifel and the Ardennes are again on the R8 LMS’ agenda. The coming weekend will also see the start of the first of numerous GT3 championships in the 2012 season in which Audi customer sport teams are represented. At Adelaide, Australia, Mark Eddy will be competing as the title defender on the first weekend in March. Together with his team-mate Warren Luff he is aiming to make up in the R8 LMS for what he unfortunately was unable to achieve at Bathurst – the leap onto the podium.

GT3 Race results 

1 Jöns/Mies/O’Young (Audi R8 LMS), 270 laps in 12h 03m 31.375s
2 Slade/Bleekemolen/Hackett/Curtis (Mercedes) + 1m 13.284s
3 Sun/Baird/Griffin (Ferrari) – 2 laps
4 Tinkler/Johnson/Richards (Porsche) – 16 laps
5 O’Donnell/Niall/McLennon (Porsche) – 26 laps
6 Alford/Leemhuis/Beechey (Porsche) – 33 laps
7 Pye/Barbour/Pither (Holden) – 39 laps
8 Thomlinson/Dippie/Maddren (Porsche) – 42 laps
9 Thomson/Klien/Harley (Lotus) – 43 laps
10 Newman/Lillie/Atkinson (Holden) – 48 laps