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    Official: Bauer Catfish is a Miata-based trackstar in the making [w/videos]
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    We're not trying to make a joke here. The creation you see above really is called the Bauer Catfish, and while the name is about as attractive as your average bottom feeder, the car itself is built on a sexy notion. Take the mechanical bits of one 1990-2005 Mazda MX-5 Miata, add in a tube chassis ...

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    Official: ATS Sport 1000 is ready to be your trackday Italian
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    Late last year, Italian sports car automaker Automobili Turismo e Sport, better known as ATS, announced that it was getting back in the car-making game after a 50-year hiatus, with a two-car lineup consisting of the 2500GT and the track-ready Sport 1000. Designed to take the world's ultra-focused ...

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    Official: Spartan V trackday racer finally ready for prime time [w/video]
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    A few things have changed since the Spartan V track car was announced almost three years ago. Back in 2010, the red open-top sportscar from Australia was slated to be a 661-pound apex-hugger with 170 horsepower coming from a 1,200-cc Ducati engine. The slinky red bodywork remains, but the engine ...

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    Report: Ariel developing titanium Atom chassis
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    Just last week, we heard reports that the KTM X-Bow would be getting a substantial power increase thanks to a new model using the excellent engine from the Audi TT-RS, but now its rival, the Ariel Atom, could be going in another direction for improved track performance. AutoCar is reporting that ...

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    Geneva: KTM X-Bow GT allows the freedom of going helmetless [w/video]
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    We've never quite understood exactly how air manages to negotiate the KTM X-Bow's unusually contoured carbon monocoque form, but nature's stiff breeze ought to have a clearer path over the trackday hero now that this new GT model includes a windshield and side windows. The added foul weather ...

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    Official: Radical introduces new entry-level SR1
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    Their models may not be for everyone, but at the end of the day, Radical has a winning formula: make an LMP race car for consumers. In fact, the formula is so successful that Caterham and Lola essentially replicated it with the SP/300.R. Radical aims to further its model with a new closed-roof ...

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    Video: Dragging a knee on a Honda... Gold Wing?
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    Dragging a knee on a Honda Gold Wing – Click above to watch the video after the jump
    It's not at all uncommon to see Honda two-wheelers at a local track day event. After all, the Japanese company is the world's largest manufacturer of motorcycles, and its VFR, CB and CBR line of sport ...

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    Hyper Pro Racer: Because the Ariel Atom really is a bit lardy, isn't it? [w/video]
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    The Hyper PRO Racer – Click above to view the video after the jump
    Ah, those Aussies, they never quit, do they? Ten years in the making, a fellow by the name of Jon Crooke has developed the Hyper PRO Racer, a so-called "Superkart" delivering massive power and minimum weight. Using a Yamaha ...

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    First Drive: 2011 BMW 335is - Munich finally builds a special one for U.S.
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    2011 BMW 335is - Click above for high-res image gallery
    It's fair to say that few automobiles have ridden atop their segment for as long as the BMW 3 Series has managed. Admittedly, there have been occasional frights from other German automakers or the odd Asian upstart, but it's as if Munich's ...

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    Donkervoort tweaks the D8 GT for 24-hour race debut in Dubai
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    2010 Donkervoort D8 GT(4) endurance racer – Click above for high-res image gallery
    While fanatics around the world debate the supremacy of one sportscar over another based on numbers alone, here at Autoblog we postulate that such exotic machinery is only as good as its capacity to ...

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    Spanish supercar company working on infinitely adjustable vehicle settings?
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    IFR Automotive Aspid - Click above for high-res gallery
    Luddites, time to break out the coffee – this will be keeping you up nights. Now, we just reviewed the 2010 Nissan GT-R, which has lots and lots of driver selectable modes. You can control how quickly the transmission shifts, the ...

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    Tame That Bull: Lamborghini Academy opens
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of a winter session of the Lamborghini Academy
    Lamborghini has opened its Lamborghini Academy, and the only words we have for it are "crazy steal." For the practically Wal-Mart price of €3,900 (just under $5,000 USD) you get accommodations, two days on the ...

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    VIDEO: Reynard talks about his bike-engined Inverter racer
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    Click above to watch video after the jump
    Earlier this month, we told you how the motorsports gurus over at Reynard are preparing to market a bike-engined trackday special called the Inverter. The tube-frame racer promises lightweight thrills and face-contorting lateral Gs to take on the Radicals ...

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    LusoMotors LM23 rolling prototype ready for its closeup
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    Click image for huge high-res gallery of the LusoMotors LM 23
    Last July, we told you about the latest rolling homage introduced by Portuguese car design and development house LusoMotors. While our previous post featured a gallery of naked chassis and finished product renderings, we now have pics ...

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    Short Circuit: Farbio releases GT350 Track Day Car
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    With increasing restrictions and constricting traffic hampering driver's good times, many are looking to organized track days as an outlet for speedy thrills. This is especially true in the UK, where independent supercar manufacturer Farbio is based. And with that growing niche market in mind, ...

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    GT-R Done: A gaggle of Nissan supercars take Buttonwillow
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    Drop the needle on that old Blue Oyster Cult record, because Godzilla has come to Buttonwillow. More to the point, a a group of Nissan GT-R owners, enthusiasts, and tuners held a track day at the popular California road course on December 29th. The fastest lap of the day was 1:57, which is darned ...

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    Fuoss 01 track car coming in 2009
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    Click above for high-res shots of the Fuoss 01
    Europeans track junkies have one more option vying for their hard-earned cash. Using the same philosophy as vehicles from Lotus, Caterham and KTM, the Fuoss 01 relies on its light weight for acceptable performance. But with only a 40-hp, 400cc Suzuki ...

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    Insurance companies close track day and advanced training loopholes
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    If you've taken your car to the track for either an open lapping session or an advanced driver education course, you're undoubtedly aware of the potential risks. While most insurance policies say that the car isn't covered if it's participating in a "timed event," ...

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    Nissan GT-R can't take aftermarket wheels, unapproved race tracks are out
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    Motor Trend's Scott Kanemura sat down with Michizio Niikura, the president of MINE'S Motor Sports, the first aftermarket firm to get its hands on the new Nissan GT-R. The conversation centered on the roadblocks Nissan has put in place to stymie high speeds and limit modifications to the GT-R.We've ...

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    Real pics of GTM 40TR - the Ariel Atom slayer
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    Earlier this month we showed you a rendering of the GTM 40TR, a bare-framed racer with two seats strapped to a Honda Type R engine (reports have power ranging from 197 bhp to 220). It looked just as minimalist if not more than the Ariel Atom, a car to which the GTM has been constantly compared. ...

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