Archive for the ‘Motorsports’ Category

John Barnard talks about the McLaren MP4/1

What’s so special about the 1981 British Grand Prix? It was the first race won by a car with a carbon fibre composite chassis. That car was the McLaren MP4/1, on that day it was driven by John Watson. In the video below you can hear the car’s designer John Barnard talk about his creation […]

McLaren dares to praise Alain Prost

As custodians of The greatest F1 rivalry of all time™ McLaren is in the unique position of having the luxury of curating the legacies of not one, but two of its most iconic drivers. For reasons too controverisal to dissect now Ayrton Senna is the beneficiary of “the good guy” status, which unwittingly leaves his […]

Speed 7 retro rocket set for reality

This seriously cool looking Speed 7 is little more than a sexy rendering at this stage. But if Afzal Kahn gets his way his Kahn Design business will be making these retro racers for real. Finished with an aluminium or carbon composite body the Speed 7 is designed for track day racers. It’s very much […]

Mark Webber wins at the Nürburgring again!

Mark Webber must love the Nürburgring. Back in 2009 he cracked his maiden Formula 1 victory in the Eifel mountains and early this morning he, along with his Porsche teammates, won the 6 Hours of Nürburgring. It was Mark’s first WEC race win. It was a huge day for Porsche too, who dominated with 1–2 […]

Porsche extends LMP1 program until 2018

Success breeds success and Porsche is hoping to live that mantra after extending its LMP1 program until at least the end of the 2018 season. The news follows the company’s 17th Le Mans victory in June and ahead of this weekend 6 Hours of Nürburgring. “Motorsport is an important part of Porsche’s brand identity—but not […]

Matthew Simmons wins 2015 GT Academy

Matthew Simmons is Australia’s latest high-achiever in the international motorsport arena. The 26-year-old has just topped a field of 30 finalists to win the 2015 GT Academy, which will land him a race seat with Nissan in the Dubai 24 Hour race in January next year. Simmons’ started the final race of the International Camp […]

Nissan puts GT-R LM wacky racer on hold

After its disastrous Le Mans campaign Nissan has officially put the competition return of its GT-R LM Nismo on hold. The WEC returns in just over two weeks for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring (30 August). Shoichi Miyatani, President of NISMO, explains: “We are racers and we want to compete but we also want to […]

Porsche 956 for sale, only driven on Sundays

This Porsche 956 is up for sale at the forthcoming Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction (15–16 August). It’s chassis 956.003, the car that spectacularly won the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans. Astute readers will know there’s a strong Australian connection with this car as 1983 was the year Vern Schuppan won Le Mans, […]

I am Daniel Ricciardo

No, I’m not Daniel Ricciardo, but he is. Infiniti Red Bull Racing has put together a short clip with Daniel. Check it out below and hear what the three-time Formula 1 Grand Prix winner has to say about the beginnings of his career. There’s also a few words after the video taking us through Daniel’s […]

BMW Motorsport icons never die

BMW USA will be participating in the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion later this month and has come up trumps with a few photos of its past motorsport icons. We liked the pics of the 3.0 CSL aka the Batmobile and the mid-engined M1. And because we’re nice folks here at AUSmotive we sharing these […]

Very cool 1968 Honda RA302 illustration

British company Stuart Taylor Motorsport has recreated a replica of the 1968 Honda RA302 Formula 1 car. If you know about the car’s history this may seem an unusual choice, as the Stuart Taylor website explains: The RA302 of 1968 is something of an oddity, introduced with a magnesium skinned monocoque and an air cooled […]

V8 Supercars takes over Bathurst 12 Hour

It’s happened. V8 Supercars will take over the promotional rights to the Bathurst 12 Hour race. Here’s the first few paragraphs of the announcement: In a landmark agreement for GT Racing in Australia, Supercars Events, in partnership with Bathurst Regional Council, has acquired the rights to manage the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Event at Mount […]