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    Motorsports: 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb: Practice Day 3
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    Greg Tracy's MiEV Evolution III topped the time sheets almost 14 seconds ahead of third-place Monster Tajima. On Thursday, qualifying times for six categories were set on the bottom-section switchbacks of Pikes Peak: Electric Modified - near-unlimited showcases of electric-vehicle ...

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    Motorsports: McLaren rolls out new competition-spec 650S GT3
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    When McLaren rolled out its new 650S, we knew it would only be a matter of time before it would completely replace the 12C altogether. And that would include the racing version – not least because McLaren officials told us as much. And with the Goodwood Festival of Speed now getting ...

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    Exclusive: Mike Ryan crashes Freightliner racer in Pikes Peak practice [UPDATE]
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    Autoblog director of photography Drew Phillips is reporting that Unlimited Exhibition Class driver Mike Ryan has suffered a significant crash during the end of today's practice session for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driving his impressive No. 777 Freightliner racing truck, Phillips ...

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    Motorsports: 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Practice Day 2
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    At the time of writing in the wee hours Thursday morning, Pikes Peak officials still hadn't published Wednesday's official practice times, so we can't tell you how the day went. We do know that Romain Dumas still led the Unlimited Division ahead of Robert Walker by about 42 seconds, but Vincent ...

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    Official: 280-bhp Elemental RP1 revealed, now with bike-engine option
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    The Elemental RP1 might be Britain's next big boutique roadster success story. Designed by a team with Formula One experience, it aims to mix road car drivability with racecar performance in a single, adaptable package weighing less than 1,000 pounds. It was first previewed a few weeks ago, but ...

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    Motorsports: Nissan's Ghosn called out by Deltawing's Panoz in print ad
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    When the Nissan ZEOD RC limped to the side of the Circuit de la Sarthe a mere five laps into this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, we imagine that a certain American motorsports figure at least smirked a little. Don Panoz's ongoing feud with Nissan probably means he wasn't sorry to see the ...

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    Motorsports: 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Practice Day 1
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    This year the big news about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is about who isn't showing up. Sebastien Loeb, fresh off his record setting run last year, hasn't bothered coming back (and probably won't unless someone breaks his record). The Millen family is also noticeably absent. Rhys and ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2014 Austrian Grand Prix is old-school front row, new-school racing
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    The last time Formula One raced in Spielberg, Austria the track was called the A1 Ring, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher were the pilots for Williams, the field contained other not-so-venerable names like Ralph Firman and Justin Wilson and V10 engines were bolted to the bulkheads – ...

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    Auctions: McQueen's Porsche 917 from Le Mans races to the auction block
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    Steve McQueen may have been the headline actor of the motorsport cult classic film Le Mans, but we all know who the real star was. Or rather, what: the Porsche 917. More specifically, it was the Gulf-liveried #22 – not McQueen's #21 – that won the race, making it one of the most ...

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    Motorsports: F1 teams to test titanium skid plates to reignite spark in series
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    The 2014 Formula One season opened with one overwhelming complaint – the cars didn't sound right. It sapped the excitement, despite the fact that this season has seen a number of truly thrilling races (Bahrain, Spain and Montreal all come to mind). Attempts have been made to restore some of ...

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    Video: Bloodhound SSC pilot shows off his '1,000-mph office'
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    Building a vehicle capable of going 1,000 miles per hour on land isn't something you do overnight. The folks behind the Bloodhound SSC project have been working toward reaching that insane speed since 2008 with the first record attempt still a year away. The goal is to go to the Hakskeen Pan in ...

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    Video: Autocar pits Porsche 911 Turbo S against Formula 4 racer
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    There is a long-running argument among performance car fans: power vs. weight. In one corner you get cars generally with small engines making modest numbers but able to corner like they are telepathic, and in the other there are big thumping mills that are rocketships in a straight line but ...

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    Motorsports: Dodge Viper GTS-R goes back to old-school livery
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    The Dodge Viper may have been around now for over 20 years, but as far as racing achievements go, 2000 was its finest season. That's when it won the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the GTS class trophy at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and its second consecutive title in the American Le Mans Series. Since then, ...

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    Teased: Renault developing new Sport Trophy with 500 hp
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    If you're ever in Europe and have the chance to stop by a World Series by Renault event, you'll be in for a treat. For one thing, the tickets are free. For another, they take place at some of the best circuits Europe has to offer, like Monza, Monaco, Spa and the Nürburgring. It's produced ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Beetle GRC is lean and mean
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    Earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen showed us its latest foray into motorsports, the Beetle GRC global rallycross machine. Now, the Beetle is officially making its public debut, and while it looks a little different, it's still packing one heck of a punch. Now, when the ...

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    Official: McLaren to unveil 'latest competition car' at Goodwood Festival of Speed
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    One of the very best automotive events of the year kicks off next week in England – the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Manufacturers from around the globe will descend on the Earl of March's estate in West Sussex to display their wares, while some of the world's greatest cars will streak ...

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    Video: The Stig breaks into Lotus F1 HQ
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    As Top Gear's mysterious test driver, The Stig has driven just about everything on wheels – and more than a few things without. But an F1 car? That still remains a rarity, even on Top Gear. That all changes in this latest promo clip, though. The video shows what happened when his Royal ...

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    Motorsports: Aston Martin to race with solar power
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    Aston Martin may be more about luxury GTs than performance-obsessed supercars, but when it comes to racing, it's no holds barred. Aston Martin Racing has developed competition-spec versions of the Vantage and DB9, and even done a few LMP1 prototypes. But while some have been powered by V8s and ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans defines 'endurance'
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    Commenting on the rush of events that rocked beginning and end of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Paul Truswell of Radio Le Mans said "the race is about the ability to endure, not just the ability of drivers to do what they do for a long time." The entire race machine, all the way down to the pit boards ...

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    Motorsports: Audi outlasts rivals to win 13th Le Mans title
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    As is so often the case, the 2014 Le Mans was a war of attrition, and Audi managed to prevail once again after all 24 hours had been recorded in the history books, with its Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro claiming first and second places, followed by Toyota in third. Drivers Marcel Fassler, Andre ...

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