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    Motorsports: Lotus reveals new LMP1 at Le Mans
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    Lotus is at Le Mans this week where it has unveiled its new LMP1. Only it's not racing at Le Mans. And it's not really a Lotus, either. The prototype belongs to an independent German team that ran a Lotus chassis in the LMP2 category last year, but was granted license by the FIA and ACO to step ...

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    ETC: How you can be part of an open-source Le Mans racer
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    Open-source software isn't a new thing, even in the world of racing. Just take a look at the gorgeous Project Cars video game to see what we mean. What is, unusual, though, is an open-source car. And we aren't just talking about any car - we're talking about an open-source Le Mans prototype. Oh ...

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    Motorsports: Lotus stepping up to LMP1 in World Endurance Championship
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    Only a couple of years ago, it looked like the top tier of prototype endurance racing was in trouble. Peugeot shut down its program, leaving the LMP1 category all to Audi to dominate. Only six cars entered the Petit Le Mans in 2012, and the season was cut short. But the top class in the FIA World ...

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    Spy Shots: LaFerrari racing prototype spotted in Southern Europe
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    Rumors have been circulating for a few months now that Ferrari could be gearing up to challenge for outright victory at Le Mans once again with an LMP1 racer of its own. First the head of the sports racing division hinted at the prospect, then the head of the Formula One team lent it more ...

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    Motorsports: Alonso and Rossi to field Ferrari at Le Mans?
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    The plot thickens and just keeps thickening when it comes to Ferrari's potential return to Le Mans. Antonello Coletta, the head of Ferrari's sports car racing program, first suggested that the new regulations being implemented by the ACO could potentially see the Prancing Horse marque compete in ...

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    Followup: Ferrari return to Le Mans looking more likely?
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    Statements made by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo may indicate that the Italian brand could return to a form of racing it's been absent from for 40 years - prototype racing. That's right, LMP1 could see a factory Ferrari team for the first time since 1973, if a report from ESPN F1 is to be ...

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    Motorsports: Nissan working on something radical for Le Mans
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    With Porsche joining Audi and Toyota at the front of the LMP1 grid at Le Mans next year, Nissan is the next to be throwing its hat (and considerable R&D budget) into the proverbial ring. But only if it's allowed to do something radically different, according to the latest report in Car ...

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    Official: Porsche rolls out new 919 Hybrid at racing gala
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    That Porsche is returning to Le Mans next year with a top-tier LMP1 entry is no news – we've known that for some time. We've even seen pictures of the car in question undergoing testing at various racetracks across Europe, been told who'll be driving it and given some basic parameters of ...

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    Motorsports: Audi debuts all-new R18 E-Tron Quattro with novel secondary hybrid system
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    This is the new Audi R18. It looks like the Bond villain of race cars (it has red running lamps), and if Audi's past is any indication, it'll prove difficult to beat in the LMP1 class of the 2014 World Endurance Championship. The car's full name is the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro, just like last ...

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    Motorsports: Porsche LMP1 to use 4-cyl hybrid powertrain [w/poll]
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    With the Formula One season – and indeed his entire F1 career – now behind him, Mark Webber took advantage of his early release from Red Bull Racing to try out the new LMP1 which Porsche is developing, undertaking the final test session of 2013 before Porsche throws it head first into ...

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    Motorsports: Mark Webber gets early clearance for Porsche departure
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    If there's no rest for the wicked, there's surely even less rest for the wickedly fast. And make no mistake about it, Mark Webber is wickedly fast. He may not have proven able (or given the opportunity, depending on who you ask) to emerge from Sebastian Vettel's shadow after six seasons partnered ...

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    Video: Forza 5 documents bringing Audi R18 E-Tron and Le Mans to game
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    Forza Motorsport 5 is set to come out on November 22 alongside the all-new Xbox One. As part of the launch lineup for a big new system, it shouldn't be a shock that Turn 10 Studios, the maker of the Forza series is going all out in promoting its new game. That's meant making interesting ...

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    Report: Ferrari considering return to Le Mans racing in 2015
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    Rumors are swirling that Ferrari may be contemplating a return to Le Mans racing as soon as 2015. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports the Italian automaker may apply the development of a new 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine for Formula One to an LMP1 car for Le Mans, and have it ready for the ...

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    Motorsports: The pre-race and first in-race report from Le Mans
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    The 2013, 90th anniversary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has begun, tragedy marking the opening laps with the death of Allan Simonsen. We're at the track now as a guest of Audi and plan to stay through the evening, and even we haven't been able to find out what caused the accident – ...

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    Motorsports: Porsche reveals new LMP1 racecar testing ahead of 2014 Le Mans debut [UPDATE]
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    Getting ready for its triumphant return to the premier racing class of Le Mans, Porsche has released a handful of images showing its new LMP1 racecar testing. Porsche hasn't run a car in the Prototype class at 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2009, but this racecar – still veiled in secrecy ...

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    Official: DeltaWing coupe to debut at Sebring [UPDATE]
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    Just when we thought the DeltaWing couldn't get any weirder, DeltaWing Racing Cars unveils a new enclosed version of the experimental racer. The coupe is set to bow at Sebring International Raceway this week, complete with an all-new tub to help it comply with 2014 LMP1 regulations. The new ...

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    Motorsports: ALMS, Grand-Am announce combined class structure, LMP1 is out
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    Other than the announcement back in September that the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series were merging, there have been precious few details as to how the newly combined series would shake out. Today, both entities helped clear things up a bit by announcing some of ...

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    Official: Update on Porsche's upcoming LMP1 Le Mans entry: Weissach team hard at work [w/video]
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    Porsche still hasn't showed the LMP1 contender it is building for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 – in fact, there won't be any public eyeballs on it until the middle of 2013. But the Stuttgart manufacturer sure wants to make sure everyone knows it is coming, giving us another update ...

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    Motorsports: 2012 ALMS champions crowned at Petit Le Mans
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    The American Le Mans Series headed to Braselton, GA this past weekend for the 15th annual Petit Le Mans and the conclusion of its 2012 season. While some of the championships had already been decided earlier in the season – the Corvette team had already captured the manufacturer, team and ...

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    Motorsports: Le Mans rule changes for 2014 announced, engine restrictions eased
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    The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has announced a number of rule changes for the 2014 race that open up the options for LMP1 racers and guide their technology closer to that of road cars, and that should also give fans even better racing than we're used to ...

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