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    Breaking: Hyundai pulls out of all motorsports in North America [UPDATE]
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    Following word from Rhys Millen Racing that its main sponsor, Hyundai, is withdrawing support from its Formula Drift and Global RallyCross Championship campaigns, the Korean automaker has confirmed to Autoblog that it is ceasing all motorsports support programs in North America. With Hyundai ...

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    Kubica back behind the wheel after horrendous crash
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    It has been the trend for drivers departing F1 to enter some other road-racing series, with endurance racing, DTM, IndyCar and NASCAR the popular destinations. Kimi Räikkönen went the other direction, leaving Ferrari for a stint with the development class of the Citroën rally team, ...

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    Report: Red Bull set to be announced as the new promoter of the World Rally Championship
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    Red Bull is becoming the Marlboro of motorsport; it hasn't been since the cigarette makers were banished from public promotion that we expect to see such familiar colors in just about any series. Earlier this year, CSI, the parent company of former World Rally Championship promoter North One ...

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    Is Toyota working on a Lexus-influenced extreme Yaris?
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    This could be something or it could be nothing, but it's got us curious and we have no idea what it is. A site in China found what appear to be renderings of a three-door Toyota Yaris wearing an as-yet-unseen body kit and a Lexus-shaped grille. The changes are thorough, and alterations like the ...

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    Video: Watch 10 years of WRC trials, tribulations and triumphs
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    Sebastien Loeb has won the World Rally Championship – with the same team – for eight consecutive years, and this year, he's so far ahead more than halfway through the season that he'd have to sit out two rallies to let the second-placed drive overtake him. Yet few complain about the ...

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    Video: Volkswagen Polo R WRC takes to the air during tests
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    There should be a production version of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC that's simply called the Polo RC, as in "RC car." Watching the diminutive VW being tested in Finland in preparation for next year's World Rally Championship makes us think "Wow, that's awesome!" and "Who's got the remote?" The ...

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    Report: TMG emerging as Toyota's version of AMG?
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    Toyota is getting serious about building performance versions of its current models. The manufacturer hopes to turn Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the crew behind the Toyota Le Mans effort and the automaker's now defunct Formula One team, into a factory-backed tuner. TMG currently handles almost ...

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    Report: Lotus-Renault won't let Kimi Raikkonen contest Rally Finland
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    The Formula One team formerly known as Renault and currently racing under the Lotus banner is still feeling the absence of its star driver Robert Kubica. The Polish driver, as you may recall, was severely injured when he crashed his Skoda Fabia S2000 in a rally in Italy two years ago. And now the ...

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    Official: Volkswagen previews 220-hp Polo WRC Street special ahead of Wörthersee debut
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    The annual GTI festival at Lake Wörthersee in Austria has exploded over the years into a celebration of all things hot-hatch in the Volkswagen Group – including concept cars and new debuts from Audi, Seat and Skoda – but the event has always been about VWs at heart. And the brand ...

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    Video: Watch Carlos Sainz flog this Audi R8 LMS around an 80-year-old GP track
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    Certain videos, when the protagonists speak a foreign language, don't need subtitles: Mexican telenovelas, dolphins in love and auto racing are but three. Although the narration is in Spanish and there isn't any racing in this video of former WRC Champion Carlos Sainz and current DTM driver ...

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    Motorsports: SPEED inks multi-year deal to keep 24 Hours of Le Mans broadcast
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    SpeedTV has piped Le Mans racing action to American television sets since 1995, and with the signing of a new multi-year television deal, the annual Frankish displays of 24-hour madness will continue to have a home on the cable network. The length of the deal wasn't disclosed, but it does include ...

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    Official: Toyota to field GT 86 pair at the Nürburgring 24 - could WRC be far behind? [w/video]
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    You don't build a chassis as superbly balanced and capable as that which underpins the Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT 86 and Scion FR-S without taking it racing. Fortunately the Japanese auto marques involved have plenty of competition spirit coursing through their veins, and are already gearing up to ...

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    Official: Jost Capito leaving Ford SVT for Volkswagen Motorsport
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    Few know performance and racing like Jost Capito. The speed-obsessed auto exec started out developing high-performance engines for BMW, then headed the motorsport department at Porsche before taking up senior management positions with the Sauber Formula One team. He also won the Dakar rally as a ...

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    Video: Watch Evgeny Novikov crash spectacularly out of the 2012 Rally Mexico
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    Rally racing, like virtually every other form of motorsport in the world, is a dangerous activity. As much as we love watching a talented driver negotiate a tricky off-road race course with skill and luck, crashing is no doubt part of the experience as well. And crashes happen rather often in the ...

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    Quick Spin: 1984 Audi Sport Quattro S1 [w/video]
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    Tearing It Up In The Deep White With The Original Stig There are lots of fine race driver names in the history of motorsports. Sterling Moss, Alfonso Antonio Vicente Eduardo Angel Blas Francisco de Borja Cabeza de Vaca y Leighton (a.k.a. Marquis de Portago), and the ever popular Dick Trickle ...

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    Video: Latest Ken Block video is drift-free, full of laughs
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    Ken Block might not be the world's best World Rally Championship driver, but he might be the sport's best entertainer. The Gymkhana superstar knows how to rack up YouTube views with jaw-dropping stunts and a panache that most of us can only dream of. Beyond the jump is the latest Ken Block ...

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    Official: Mini changes tracks with Prodrive WRC team
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    The road taken by Mini to the World Rally Championship has been anything but smooth. After contesting a handful of rallies last season, Mini and Prodrive (the outfit running the team on the manufacturer's behalf) was set to contest the full calendar this year. But then the team failed to register ...

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    Official: Ford gears up with new Fiesta RS WRC livery
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    Teams come and teams go from the World Rally Championship. But while this season will see the arrival of Volkswagen and Mini on the WRC stage as newcomers, one perennial challenger that will return is Ford. Having replaced the long-serving Focus RS last season, Ford will carry on with the new ...

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    Report: Was Mini's late registration in WRC just an attempt to play hardball?
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    Mini has reportedly confirmed its 2012 World Rally Championship entry after initially missing the December 19 entry deadline. According to Autosport, the delay may have had something to do with concerns Mini parent company BMW had over television coverage of the sport in Germany. Now it would ...

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    Video: Polish team develops own Volkswagen Polo rally car
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    News doesn't travel fast in Poland. In fact, very few things travel all that fast in Poland. Sure, the emergence of Robert Kubica on the Formula One scene has shown well for the Eastern European country, but when he tried his hand at rallying, well... he almost lost it. (His hand, we mean.) So ...

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