Gallery: Audi e-tron quattro in the snow

Gallery: Audi e-tron quattro in the snow


Gallery: Audi e-tron quattro in the snow

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 01:17 PM PDT

Video: EVOMS EVT1500 Porsche 997TT hits 234mph with EVilness

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 11:59 AM PDT

Utter sickness from the crew over at Evolution MotorSports! The EVT1500 sounds insane both inside and from outside. Click over for second video.

EVOMS Founder and President Todd Zuccone along with Senior Engine Builder John Bray, Service Manager Robert Boreham and European Tuning specialist and EVOMS Tuning partner / driver / great friend driver from Exelixis in Greece, Mike Paridis post a record time of 234.6 MPH at the Texas Mile in March 2011.

Special thanks to the people at Western States Petroleum for providing the fuel for our Texas Mile prep and run.

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$1.4 Million Bugatti Galibier Supercar gets the green light

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 10:21 AM PDT

Bugatti 16C Galibier

Bugatti, the maker of the world’s fastest production car, has won backing from parent Volkswagen AG (VOW) to build the 16C Galibier sedan, adding a four-door model to its lineup, two people familiar with the matter said.

The Galibier, which premiered as a concept vehicle at the 2010 Geneva auto show, has a 1,000-horsepower engine and may cost about 1 million euros ($1.4 million), said the people, who declined to be named as the plans are still private.

“Four-door vehicles open up a whole new market for exotic- car makers,” said Kevin Tynan, an automotive analyst for Bloomberg Industries. “It makes good sense for Bugatti to get in there. Those cars are loyal to design language and brand heritage.”

Ultra-luxury nameplates are expanding their lineups to larger vehicles as the recovery from the financial crisis fuels demand. Ferrari SpA introduced the four-seat FF, the first Ferrari with four-wheel drive, in March. The first year’s production of the 260,000-euro model is already sold out.

Lamborghini SpA, another Volkswagen unit, is considering adding a third model to its portfolio of two-seater vehicles and plans to make a decision by the end of the year, Chief Executive Officer Stephan Winkelmann said at the Geneva show last month. The CEO has called a four-door car “a very feasible approach.”

Wolfgang Duerheimer, the former development chief at Porsche AG who took over as head of Bugatti and Bentley in February, has been pushing VW managers to approve production of the Galibier since taking charge, the two people said.

16-Cylinder Engine

Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen agreed to build the model, which relies on a 16-cylinder engine that can run on biofuel as well as gasoline, they said. Production will require facilities in Molsheim, France, to be refitted, which may push back deliveries until 2013 or 2014, the people said.

Volkswagen purchased the Bugatti brand in 1998 along with Lamborghini and Bentley Motors Ltd. to create a stable of high- end carmakers. Under VW’s reign, the super-luxury brand, which traces its roots back to Italian-born car designer Ettore Bugatti, started production of the two-door Veyron 16.4 in 2005, limiting output to no more than 300 vehicles.

Bugatti, which makes about 50 cars a year, has introduced two derivatives of the Veyron since 2008, the Grand Sport and Super Sport models. The Super Sport is the world’s fastest production car, with a top speed of 268 miles per hour.

The name Galibier stems from one of France’s most difficult Alpine passes featured in the Tour de France bicycle race and also served as name for an earlier four-door variant called Type 57.


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CCTCC: Pfaff Automotive Partners returns to the Canadian racing circuit

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 09:31 AM PDT

CCTCC Pfaff Audi A5

Pfaff Automotive Partners announced the return to the Canadian racing circuit in the 2011 Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship (CCTCC), Canada’s most notable and largest touring car racing series. The Pfaff Motorsport team has expanded this year to include Jeff Pabst, racing the 2011 Pfaff/Castrol Audi A5, and P.J. Groenke who will return for the second consecutive year in the 2010 Pfaff/Castrol VW GTI.

“With such a high-caliber team at the wheel with Pabst and Groenke, I’m confident in the results we’ll achieve this racing season in pushing towards a podium finish,” said Christopher Pfaff, president and CEO, Pfaff Automotive Partners. “As a dealer, there is no better way to demonstrate the capability of our cars than to push them to the limits on the track to test both handling and performance.”

Pabst will race the Audi A5 in the Super Touring car series in the upcoming CCTCC beginning May 21, 2011. Pabst is no stranger to the track with over 20 years of racing experience including series such as the American Le Mans for four consecutive years, the Porsche Super Cup at Indianapolis and the Player’s GM Series.

CCTCC Pfaff Automotive GTI

Groenke will return to the CCTCC series for his 4th consecutive year in the VW GTI. Groenke has over 11 years of racing experience including placing 5th in the 2008 and 2010 CCTCC Touring Car series. With one race season driving the GTI already under his belt, Groenke is expected to be a favourite in this year’s Touring Car series.

Pfaff has formed a partnership with Castrol Canada who will support the Pfaff Motorsport team for the 2011 season as lead sponsor for both the Audi A5 and VW GTI in the 2011 CCTCC.

Pfaff has built a strong heritage in Canadian motorsport, having raced in various series over the years including sponsoring a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car in the Speed World Challenge Series with Scottish driver, Robin Liddell. This year, the Pfaff racing team has high hopes to edge out the competition in the CCTCC and bring home both the Touring and Super Touring Class championships.

- Pfaff Automotive

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VLN: Manthey-Racing well prepared for the start this weekend

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 08:02 AM PDT

VLN Manthey Racing

In sunny spring weather last Saturday, seven Porsche 911 GT3 race cars entered by Manthey-Racing completed their laps at the Nordschleife for the first time in the year 2011.

The first common roll-out of the VLN teams revealed that the season 2011 will be a very special one, both for the fans and for the participants: A sensational mix of top drivers and more makes than ever are promising fascinating racing at the most beautiful race track of the world! Whilst Porsche will remain to be the strongest make and, with Manthey-Racing, has a top team in the fight about the race win, their competitors have not taken a rest during winter and did certainly catch up. The very competitive spearhead of Manthey Racing will certainly be challenged by not less than seven brand-new SLS AMG GT3, entered by four teams. Not to forget last year’s winning team of the 24h Race, Schnitzer Motorsport, who will compete at the Eifel circuit with two completely updated BMW M3 GT. For Olaf Manthey, the Phoenix-Audi R8 prepared at Meuspath, just around the corner of the Manthey team, must also be considered to be one of the favorite teams. “We are well prepared in the team of Manthey-Racing”, says the experienced strategist. “Everything else will remain to be seen in the next rounds.”

Lucas Luhr who has come back to the team will again be part of the “big” race car in the traditional yellow green design and with start number 11 as regular driver. Due to the close cooperation with Porsche Motorsport, the works drivers Marc Lieb, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas will this year again drive the GT3-R. The crew is completed by Arno Klasen. “The competition will definitely be much closer”, said Lieb at the press conference. “We intend to continue just where we have stopped in 2010”. The race driver from Ludwigshafen/ Germany regrets that according to current plans, he will compete in only three of the ten VLN races for Mantey. “I will however definitely participate in the two 6h races!”.

The opening round of the VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring will start this Saturday with the timed practice between 08:30hrs and 10:00hrs. The start of the 58th ADAC Westfalenfahrt over the distance of four hours on the 24.369 kilometres long combination of the Nürburgring short connection and the Nordschleife will then be given at 12 o’clock exactly.

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LMS: 6 Hours of Le Castellet teaser

Posted: 01 Apr 2011 06:55 AM PDT