Gordon Shedden gave Honda its third consecutive British Touring Car pole position by topping Thruxton qualifying this afternoon. Eurotech Racing’s Andrew Jordan had been quickest in the first part of the session, with aggressive kerb attacking in his Vauxhall Vectra resulting in a 1m17.066s
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The open-top sports car segment has seen a lot of pretenders recently, cars that attempt to hang with the big boys only to be reminded that it takes another level of power and fast to be able to belong in elite group of open top sports cars. While other brands have had a problem designating which car belongs in what group, Lamborghini has had no problem doing so.
The Sant?Agata Bolognese-based automaker has finally released their latest exotic, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante. Based on the Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder, the Gallardo Spyder Performante is what happens when Lamborghini engineers go the extra mile in further reducing the weight of an already lightweight supercar. While some may shun at the attempt, thinking that chopping off more weight would be next to impossible, the folks at Lamborghini set out to prove the naysayers wrong, reducing the car?s weight by 143 lbs, leaving it with a dry weight of just 3,274 lbs, which, in case you?re keeping score, makes this the lightest Lamborghini to be released in the open-top sports car segment.
This is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante.
UPDATE 04/29/2011: Noted photographer, Jordan Shiraki, is sharing his amazing talent with us once again with some snapshots of the Performante taken during a two day stint with the super car as part of the vehicle’s first private photoshoot in the US. Check out the beautiful photographs in the gallery provided! Shiraki also shared a video of his encounter which you can check out after the jump!
Details on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante after the jump.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 29 April 2011 19:00 EST.
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CROWN ROYAL PAYS TRIBUTE TO U.S. MARINE HERO AND FALLEN TWIN BROTHER AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY NASCAR Champion Matt Kenseth and Country Music Star Rodney Atkins Among Star Studded Lineup Set to Honor Matthew and Daniel Hansen RICHMOND, Va. ? April 27, 2011 ? From Bobby and Donnie Allison to Ward and Jeff Burton, NASCAR [...]
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SPEED has learned that Buddy Rice will partner at Indianapolis with JR Hildebrand next month for Panther Racing.
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In the tenth and final video in Streetfilms’ “Moving Beyond the Automobile” series, we are talking about parking reform. From doing away with mandatory parking minimums, to charging the right price for curbside parking, to converting on-street parking spots into parklets and bike corrals, cities are latching on to exciting new ideas to make more room [...]
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Traffic deaths are at an all-time low?our timeline shows how they got there. For drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians, 2009 was a very good year: Motor-vehicle-related fatalities fell to an all-time low in America, with only 1.13 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). In total, deaths fell to 33,808, the lowest number since [...]
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Kyle Busch has won the last two spring races at Richmond International Raceway, making him the favorite in the Crown Royal 400.
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Fernando Alonso is the new favourite to win the Formula One drivers? title, said David Coulthard in his column for The Telegraph.
?He is the man with the momentum and, on the same basis that I backed Mark Webber to win the title before Korea, is now my favourite to claim the world title in Abu Dhabi on Nov 14. ?When the cars are so evenly-matched you have to back the man in possession. Especially when that man is a two-time world champion and arguably the finest driver of his generation.?
The Mirror?s Byron Young drew comparisons between Alonso and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher as the Spaniard bids to become the sport?s youngest ever triple world champion.
?Like Schumacher, Alonso accepts no opposition within his team. Ultimately he fell out with McLaren over their refusal in 2007 to bring Lewis Hamilton to heel. ?He returned to Renault on condition he was No.1, only to be at the centre of the Singapore cheat scandal – engineered to hand him victory. ?The Spaniard has always denied involvement but at the German GP in July he was brazen enough to radio Ferrari to rein in team-mate Felipe Massa so he could start the winning streak that has taken him to the brink of history.?
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Sebastien Buemi says he is far from worried about the pressure situation he has found himself in at Scuderia Toro Rosso this year – with the outfit looking for an opportunity to slot tester Daniel Ricciardo into a race seat later in the season. Toro Rosso chiefs have made no secret of the fact that both Buemi and team-mate Jaime Alguersuari need to lift their game this year if they are to keep their seats ? with Ricciardo ready to step in if the outfit feels there is a good opportunity for him. But despite the stress that Ricciardo’s presence brings, Buemi insists that he feels his situation is firmly under control
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Casey Stoner is confident that Honda has fixed the clutch problem that blighted his Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez three weeks ago. After being taken down by Valentino Rossi’s Ducati while the pair battled for second place, Stoner was unable to get his machine re-started as he attempted to engage the clutch while he and a marshal pushed it up the incline between turns one and two
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Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Chevrolet, Racing
Corvette Racing went into the ALMS round in Long Beach, California ready for a fight. Coming off of the long grind that is 12 Hours of Sebring, the two-hour slam around a concrete-lined street course promised a new challenge for the team and drivers. As promised, the race was a hard fight, demanding the drivers stay vicious and focused from beginning to end.
Despite a lackluster last-place qualifying effort for the number 3 machine, car number 4 managed a second-place grid spot. Ten minutes in, Corvette Racing had first place, though they were only able to hang on until around minute 40. Despite its less-than-desirable start, car 3 managed to work its way up the ranks to a respectable finish.
Both cars came away with the scars of an all-out street race, but managed to finish near the top of the heap. Corvette Racing now heads into LeMans with a renewed focus and the momentum of two positive results in California. Click past the break to see the team’s results and get a closer look at the action.
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See the streets of Long Beach through the eyes of Corvette Racing originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Apr 2011 18:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Team Lotus confirmed on Wednesday the purchase of sports cars manufacturer Caterham, in a move that could lead to the rebranding of the outfit.
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JASON LEFFLER QUICK FACTS No. 38 Great Clips Impala Talladega Superspeedway Aaron’s 312 April 16, 2011 No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet News and Notes Jason Leffler 2011 Season Starts Poles Wins Top-fives Top-10′s DNFs 6 0 0 0 3 0 Jason Leffler – Photo Credit: John Harrelson / Getty Images for NASCAR Jason Leffler 2011…more»
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Tomorrow’s opening day of the Jordan Rally has been cancelled following further delays in the arrival of the boat containing the kit required to run the fourth round of the World Rally Championship.
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Brazil?s F1 fever may have overstepped the mark after a local prosecutor threatened Felipe Massa with a six-year jail term if he ?defrauds? the sporting public by letting Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso past at Sunday?s grand prix. The story, reported by a local paper and picked up by the Daily Telegraph, is the latest of several anti-Massa reports to emerge from his home country since the team orders controversy at the German Grand Prix earlier this year. The Daily Telegraph’s Tom Cary reckons that Massa simply isn’t living up to his home crowd’s high expectations.
?A public raised on a diet of Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna were simply appalled and saddened in equal measure by Massa?s apparent lack of ambition.?
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Formula One should look at abolishing the controversial ban on team orders after Ferrari escaped further punishment for their manipulation of the German Grand Prix result. That is the view of the Daily Telegraph?s Tom Cary, who is of the opinion that the team orders rule now needs to be seriously looked at because of its obvious shortcomings.
?Whether you are for or against team orders, if the FIA could not back up its own rules and nail a competitor in a blatant case such as this the rule really does need reviewing. Perhaps Ferrari?s thinly-veiled threat to take the matter to the civil courts if they were punished too harshly scared the governing body, who as much as admitted the flimsiness of its rule.”
Paul Weaver, reporting for the Guardian in Monza, was in favour of the ruling which keeps alive Ferrari?s slim chances in an enthralling championship.
?The World Motor Sport Council was right not to ruin a compelling Formula One season by taking away the 25 points Alonso collected in Germany. That would have put him out of the five-man title race. But the council was widely expected to increase the fine and possibly deduct points from the team, as opposed to the individual. In the end, it could be argued that common sense prevailed. But the decision will dismay those who were upset by the way Ferrari handled the situation as much as anything else.?
The Daily Mail’s Jonathan McEvoy expressed outrage at the FIA tearing up its own rule book by allowing Ferrari to escape unpunished.
“Although the race stewards fined them £65,000 for giving team orders in July, the FIA World Motor Sport Council, to whom the matter was referred, decided not to impose any further punishment. It leaves the sport’s rulers open to derision. It was, after all, their rule they undermined. In a statement, the WMSC said the regulation banning team orders ‘should be reviewed’.”
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Ducati declared itself very satisfied with a trouble-free first test of the GP12 bike it is developing for MotoGP’s new 1000cc rules era next year. The new machine made its testing debut at Jerez over the last three days, with race riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden joining team boss Vito Guareschi and test rider Franco Battaini to conduct the initial evaluation. The team’s technical chief Filippo Preziosi said Ducati had achieved everything it could have hoped for at this stage.
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Stefano Domenicali insists that the DRS failure on Fernando Alonso?s car cost a potential podium in the Malaysian GP. Alonso was without the use of the moveable wing from an early stage of the race, which made it harder for … Continue reading
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There are a couple of reasons why I have not written about the penalties in Sepang, as yet. The major problem is that no-one had much information to go on at the time – and there were more important things to be considered. The decisions were made just before 8pm, more than two hours after [...]
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Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher said they both encountered problems with Mercedes’ DRS wing during Malaysian Grand Prix, as they struggled to ninth and 11th on the grid. The team had looked strong in practice, but both drivers had the wing issue at crucial moments – hampering Schumacher’s final Q2 lap and Rosberg’s Q3 effort. “We had some issues with the rear wing activation today and unfortunately that’s what compromised my last run in Q2,” said Schumacher.
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Sebastian Vettel grabbed pole position by a tenth of the second in the Q3 session in Kuala Lumpur, edging out McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. Third place went to Red Bull Racing’s second driver Mark Webber, while McLaren’s Jenson Button will line up behind Hamilton in fourth place on the grid. Fernando Alonso was fifth for Ferrari, [...]
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All the F1 Fanatic Malaysian Grand Prix coverage in one place.
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UPDATE ON KUBICA’s CONDITION: http://wp.me/p3uiu-11K Renault Lotus F1 driver Robert Kubica has been airlifted to hospital following a car accident while competing on a rally. The incident, described as a high speed accident, left the Pole injured and he had to be airlifted to hospital. His co-driver Jakub Gerber was uninjured in the incident. While [...]
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Volkswagen will reveal its next-gen Beetle on April 18, amidst the bicontinental splendor of the New York and Shanghai auto shows, and, like the new Chevy Malibu, online. VeeDub is seemingly determined to hammer home its view that the Beetle isn’t just for Social-Security-eligible former hippies. To that end, the company will be partnering with [...]
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It’s tempting, following a political standoff like the one that took place last week in Washington, to tally up some rough approximation of “points scored,” and declare one party the winner. After the federal government narrowly avoided shutdown, observers were doing just that.
The Obama administration's call for renewed investment in the nation's infrastructure might become [...]
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Filed under: SUV, China, Recalls, Chrysler, Jeep
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China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has suspended the importation of the Jeep Wrangler due to a series of car fires. Car News China reports that the Agency’s investigation showed the fires resulted from issues with the automatic transmission and systems tied to the transmission.
The AQSIQ reportedly asked Chrysler to find the cause of the issue and solve it, adding, “Manufacturer and importers should take precautionary measures for the vehicles involved to ensure consumers’ safety.” The imported Wranglers likely come from our shores, but a quick check of NHTSA’s recall database shows there are no active recalls for Wrangler fires in the U.S. See any irony here?
In an unrelated (though somehow still related…) issue, Chrysler has also recalled 464 Wranglers in China for improperly torqued bolts that lead to loud noises and even potential steering problems. The vehicles in question were built between July 7, 2010 and September 10, 2010. The Chrysler China Sales Company will check affected vehicles for free and fix bolts where necessary. That very same recall is happening here in the U.S. as well.
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Report: China suspends Jeep Wrangler importation over safety concerns originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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So I finished this one a while back, but never posted it here. I opened the doors and used the kit rims that were painted charcoal color to stand out better. Lots of work went into this, so let me know what you all think, thanks.
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As far from the Nissan Leaf as electric motoring has ventured. A battery-powered Rolls-Royce is the answer to a question no one asked. When a car Rolls code-named 102EX surfaced at last month?s Geneva auto show, skepticism reigned. Offered an opportunity to experience this radical alternative to V-12 propulsion, we took the bait in spite [...]
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“Top-Finishing Championship Contender Jumps Three Spots In Driver Points” No. 2 One Main Financial Chevrolet (Elliott Sadler) – Photo Credit: Chris Graythen / Getty Images for NASCARFORT WORTH, Texas (April 9, 2011) – Elliott Sadler scored his third consecutive top-five finish of 2011 in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night….more»
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Randy de Puniet had successful surgery on Friday to remove the screw that had been inserted in his left knee following his crash in last year’s German Grand Prix. The Frenchman, then riding for LCR Honda, was caught up in a multi-bike accident in the Sachsenring race last July, during which his leg was run over by Mika Kallio’s Pramac Ducati. De Puniet, who now rides for Pramac himself, only missed one race following the incident
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It may be a front-wheel-drive compact underneath, but the A-class concept is liquid lust. With automakers from St. Petersburg to Seoul presenting show cars heralded as the future of wheeled urban logistics, the Mercedes-Benz A-class concept taking the stand at this year?s New York auto show is a breath of fresh air. (It also will [...]
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Lewis Hamilton has been penalised for making more than one change of direction while defending his position. Hamilton and Alonso were called to see the stewards after the race. Lewis has received a 20 sec penalty – the equivalent of … Continue reading
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Tom Cary says in his column in the Daily Telegraph that the man dubbed ?Baby Schumi? has plenty of time to match or even surpass his compatriot?s record haul of seven world titles after he cinched his first in the Abu Dhabi night.
?Here, after all, is a young man, already dubbed ?Baby Schumi? by Germany?s tabloid press, winning the first of what will presumably be multiple world championships, and all at the tender age of 23. Plenty of time yet to match Schumacher’s incredible haul of seven world titles. And yet, their phenomenal ability to drive racing cars apart, there is little similarity between the two men. ?There are still lingering doubts over his racing ability but with such blistering qualifying pace he is nearly always leading from the front anyway. Vettel is set for multiple world championships. Just don?t call him Baby Schumi.?
Paul Weaver says it was difficult to begrudge Vettel his moment of glory after he won the first of what will be many world titles. He also looks back at some of the season?s highlights.
?An amazing Formula One season produced its final twist here on Sunday when Sebastian Vettel, who had never led the title race, won his first world championship. It is difficult to begrudge him his glory, for he had more poles (10) than any other driver and shared the most wins (five) with Fernando Alonso. There will be red faces as well as red cars and overalls at Ferrari, though, for deciding to bring their man in when they did, only to see him re-emerge into heavy traffic. ?Among the highlights, and every race felt like a highlight after the bore-start in Bahrain, there was that wonderful beginning to his McLaren career by Jenson Button, who won two of his first four races, even though he couldn’t keep up the pace, especially in qualifying. ?Hamilton once again drove his heart out, and outperformed a car that looked a little too ordinary at times. He was superb in Montreal. Then there was Webber, the Anglophile Aussie who was the favourite among most neutrals to win the title. There was that spectacular crash when he ran into the back of Heikki Kovalainen and the most famous of his four wins, at Silverstone, when he said to his team at the end of the race: ‘Not bad for a No2 driver.’ ?But in the end there was only one German who mattered. It was the remarkable Vettel. This will be the first of a clutch of championships for him.? The Independent?s
David Tremayne focuses on the plight of the other title contenders, writing it is easier to feel more sorry for one than the other.
?It was impossible not to feel for both Webber and Alonso. Yet while a frustrated Alonso gestured at Petrov after the race, the Australian, predictably, refused to complain about his pitstop timing. ?A world championship seemed an inevitable part of Sebastian Vettel’s future, but it came a little sooner than most expected, after his recent tribulations. You wouldn’t bet against several more, and if that record-breaking streak continues, perhaps even Schumacher’s achievements will be overshadowed.?
And the Mirror?s
Byron Young elaborates further on the petulant behaviour of Fernando Alonso on his slowing down lap after his title dreams ended behind the Renault of Vitaly Petrov.
?Fernando Alonso was hurled into more controversy last night for a wild gesture at the former Lada racer who cost him the title. But the Spaniard brushed off accusations he gave Russian Vitaly Petrov the finger for ruining his title hopes by blocking him for 40 laps as they duelled over sixth place. “The Ferrari ace was caught on television cruising alongside the Renault driver on the slowing down lap and gesticulating from the cockpit. Petrov was unrepentant: “What was I supposed to do? Just get out of his way, pull to the side? I don’t think that is how we race. It was important for the team for me to get points.”
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Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 2011 Malaysia Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, Saturday April 9 2011 The top two rows of tomorrow’s grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix feature just two teams, Red Bull Racing…
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