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faster_sooner_now. 2003 Ferrari 360 GTC

Mid engined, lightweight and powered by a scream

2003 Ferrari 360 GTC Mid engined, lightweight and powered by a screaming, high-reviving V8? Yes please. • Launched in 2003, and raced from 2004, Ferrari’s updated 460 GTC replaced the outgoing GT model. Building on the strong platform, the GTC upgraded key areas for increased performance. Using a mid-mounted 3.6 litre F131 V8, the GTC produced 471 bhp at 8,750rpm 325 lb⋅ft at 6,500rpm. Due to the N-GT class’ air restrictors, the power was significantly reduced from the 550bhp output the engine was capable of. The naturally aspirated engine featured Magnetti Marelli fuel injection, and 5 valves per cylinder. The power was sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed sequential manual. • Weight was shaved from the already lightweight ‘Challenge’ model, on which all subsequent GT versions were based. 7kg were removed from the wiring loom alone, doors and ‘frunk’ lid were now composed of a single piece carbon fibre. Air conditioning was long gone, along with the brackets that once mounted and distributed air within the cockpit. While these may sound like small and inconsequential modifications, the car weighed more than 90kg less than the Challenge car and came to rest at 1100kg, after 100kg series ballast was added. • The car’s bodywork was also subject to much change. A full aero redesign from extensive wind tunnel testing led to the inclusion of a new front bumper, side skirts, engine cover and rear end. Also new was an improved rear wing, with a notable improvement in downforce. The new changes not only increased performance, but also aero efficiency, and therefore allowed for higher top speeds and less fuel consumption. • The GTC was very successful in GT racing, taking 13 outright wins in very few years of full competition. • I hope you guys enjoyed this article on the 360 GTC! Let me know what you want to see for tomorrow’s final post in the comments! • Be sure to check out @zscarworld, @pinnacleofracing, and @arboboost for more Ferrari week content! • Be sure to follow my partners and friends: * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @cars_of_racing #lemans #lemans24 #modena #ferrari #motorsport #motorsportphotography #turbo #f1 #360 #racecar #racing #jdm #racingcar

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faster_sooner_now. 2011 Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione

Ferrari’s most extreme 599 variant - ex

2011 Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione Ferrari’s most extreme 599 variant - exclusively for Ferrari’s elite customers. • Based on the 599XX, (the extremely hardcore variant of the already hardcore GTO model), the Evoluzione produces 740bhp at 9000rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque at 6500rpm. This power comes from a forged 6.0 litre V12 and sent to the rear wheels via Ferrari’s F1 SuperFast sequential 6-speed. The naturally aspirated DOHC engine features an alloy block and head and 4 valves per cylinder. The motor can power the V12 GT to 60mph in 2.9 seconds. • With an aluminium spaceframe and almost all body panels constructed from carbon fibre, a stripped race interior and no superfluous creature comforts, the track-only grand tourer weighs only 1310kg. Without the need for comfort on the road, the car was optimised for track use with magnetoreological dampers, direct rack and pinion steering, full slick tires and ventilated carbon ceramics on all four corners. Complimenting the upgrades beneath the car’s gorgeous bodywork are a raft of aerodynamic enhancements to maximise performance. A complex, active rear wing above a massive rear diffuser dominate the car’s rear end, while a hugely aggressive front splitter, canards and wide skirts complete the aerodynamic package. Couple the aerokit with a side exit exhaust, tucked just behind the front wheel, and the once elegant 599 looks ready to go to war. • Be sure to check out @zscarworld, @pinnacleofracing, and @arboboost for more Ferrari week content! • Be sure to follow my partners and friends: * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @carsofracing #lemans #lemans24 #599 #ferrari #motorsport #motorsportphotography #turbo #f1 #fxxk #racecar #racing #jdm #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #gt1

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faster_sooner_now. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione S2

Ferrari’s second batch

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione S2 Ferrari’s second batch of Daytona Competiziones, built for privateer teams. • Now featuring steel bodies, as opposed to the S1’s aluminium shell, the S2 rose to hero status among sports car racing fans. Raced by icons such as Derek Bell, the S2 would go on to take a class win Le Mans at the hands of the Charles Pozzi team, as well as the Tour de France of the same year. • Under the S2’s long hood sat Ferrari’s naturally aspirated Tipo 251F V12. The 4.4 litre motor had an aluminium block and head, Weber carbs and produced 430bhp at 7,800rpm and 340 lb-ft of torque at 5,500rpm respectively. This power was sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual. • Weighing only 1200kg, the S2 did not suffer from the steel construction of its body. The Daytona used double wishbone suspension, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, recirculating ball steering. The car utilised ventilated discs in all four corners, coupled with Ferodo pads. Not only could the Ferrari sprint to 60mph in 5.8 seconds, but reach 184mph at full chat. The perfect package for Le Mans. • In my opinion, the Daytona is one of the most beautiful, yet brutish sports cars of all time. It’s stormed to victory at the hands of legendary drivers on countless occasions and the road car wouldn’t look out of place on a Concours d'Elegance lawn. Be sure to check out @zscarworld, @pinnacleofracing, and @arboboost for more Ferrari week content! • Be sure to follow my partners and friends: * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @carsofracing #lemans #lemans24 #jgtc #ferrari #motorsport #motorsportphotography #turbo #f1 #550 #racecar #racing #jdm #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #gt1

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faster_sooner_now. 1996 Ferrari F50 GT

The greatest race car that never raced? I think s

1996 Ferrari F50 GT The greatest race car that never raced? I think so... • After their resurgence in sports car racing thanks to the 333 SP, Ferrari sought to beat their contemporary F1 rivals, Mclaren in GT1. • With their current halo car, the F50, Ferrari had a perfect candidate to take on the mighty Mclaren F1 GTR. Ferrari’s 4.7 litre Tipo F130B V12 powered challenger was built around a carbon tub and was aerodynamically sound from the factory. With help from Dallara, the car was transformed into a GT1 ready race car. • Stripping the car down for a full rebuild, the engineers repurposed the bodywork, changing the targa top to a full hardtop, incorporating an air intake to the monstrous central V12. The car featured advanced aerodynamics in the form of a tall, central-strut rear wing and extended front lip. The F50 was also fitted with a full width rear diffuser and skirts. A carbon fibre clutch, sequential 6-speed transmission, and carbon-ceramic brakes joined the party, aiding the GT’s ability to lap at terrifying speed. In fact, the F50 GT was stated to have lapped Fiorano faster than the non-roadcar based 333 SP prototype. With the engine tuned to produce 740bhp at 10,500rpm and 390 lb-ft of torque at 7,500, the car was capable of hitting 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds. It would go on to hit 233.6 mph. • Sadly, GT1 was in trouble. Thanks to Porsche’s 911 GT1, (a purpose built prototype with 911 headlights) and Toyota’s LMP style GT-One, the series was no longer in keeping with its original aim of utilising modified versions of top tier road cars. Ferrari contested the decision to let the 911 GT1 run, threatening to remove its cars from competition. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on where you call on the Porsche v Ferrari spectrum. The FIA/ACO sided with Porsche and Ferrari pulled out. • I hope you guys enjoyed this one! Be sure to check out @arboboost, @pinnacleofracing and @zscarworld for more Ferrari week posts. • Be sure to follow my partners and friends: * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #jgtc #gt1 #racecar #sport #motorsport #racing #ferrari #carculture

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faster_sooner_now. 1996 Ferrai F355 Challenge - Sportgarage Ruch

Built to carve its way

1996 Ferrai F355 Challenge - Sportgarage Ruch Built to carve its way up some of Europe’s most treacherous mountain roads, René Ruch’s F355 is a unique take on Ferrari’s modern-classic mid-engined V8 sports car. • Ditching the stock 3.5 litre V8 after maxing out its potential, Ruch opted for a Zytek ZJ458. The new fuel-injected V8 made 500bhp, 387 lb-ft of torque and was mated to a Hewland NMT transaxle sequential gearbox and Geartronic paddle shifter setup. While the engine is normally a 4.5-litre, Rene had his particular motor sized down to 4000cc to fit within class regulations. • Being a genuine F355 Challenge, the car came in lightweight trim from the factory, yet Ruch still found ways to reduce its mass. The body now features carbon fibre fenders, hood, boot and doors, while internally, the endurance-spec fuel setup (from a past life racing in the VLN) was switched to a small sprint race sized fuel cell. Further weight was removed from the breaks, with a switch to giant ceramic discs and Girling/AP Racing calipers. The car rides on KW Competition dampers and centrelock 18x10 & 18x11 inch BBS E28 wheels. The interior has been updated to modern safety standards, and is stripped bare, save for a suede-lined dash and Stack ST800 instrument cluster. The total wet weight is a mere 975kg - thats down from 1350kg stock. The car has a simple, yet comprehensive aero package of a lip splitter, canards, tall GT wing and tiny aftermarket GT wing-mirrors. Up the St. Ursanne hillclimb, this F355 is as quick as a 991 911 Cup Car! That’s madness! • I hope you guys find this car as interesting as I do! I know some people may think the engine swap is sacrilege, but I love that this car gets properly used. I’m loving Ferrari Week! • Be sure to follow my partners and friends: * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @pinnacleofracing #lemans #lemans24 #ppihc #ferrari #motorsport #motorsportphotography #turbo #f1 #hillclimb #racecar #racing #jdm #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #supergt #ferrariweek

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faster_sooner_now. 2004-2005 Ferrari-Prodrive 550 Maranello - Hitotsuyama Racing JGTC

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2004-2005 Ferrari-Prodrive 550 Maranello - Hitotsuyama Racing JGTC While the rest of the 550s were battling against Saleen, Corvette and Maserati on European race tracks, one car took a trip to Japan to face off against Honda, Toyota and Nissan... • I have got a post up about the Prodrive 550 already so I won’t be going into full technical detail like I normally do, but I recently discovered this version and wanted to share it with you guys! • Taking on rivals, Honda, Toyota and Nissan, the 550 would be one of the first V12 JGTC competitors (McLaren F1 got there first). The Care Racing 07/2003 (Chassis 105849) car would have to be modified for Japanese competition. Changes to the car’s trim included a new rear wing pillar to allow for a lower rear wing and steel brakes. The big Euro GT also had to be fitted with a smaller restrictor plate. In just about every other aspect, the car is was essentially the same spec that was so successfully campaigned in GT racing across the world during 2003. • Up against the more prototype style Super GT cars, the big Ferrari struggled. Despite aerodynamic changes, such as wider rear spats and changes to the front end, the car still lacked sheer pace. Unfortunately, without factory support and good results, the car was pulled from Super GT competition for 2006. • I absolutely love this car, and just wish there were more photos of it. I hope you guys enjoyed this one! • Be sure to follow my partners and friends: * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #jgtc #ferrari #motorsport #motorsportphotography #turbo #f1 #550 #racecar #racing #jdm #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #ferrariweek #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #supergt

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faster_sooner_now. 2009-2011 Monster Sport Suzuki SX4 Pikes Peak

While Monster Tajima’s

2009-2011 Monster Sport Suzuki SX4 Pikes Peak While Monster Tajima’s Pikes Peak assailant was technically a Suzuki, the similarities to the road car are only skin deep. • Bear in mind that when this car raced at Pikes Peak, the run was half tarmac, half dirt. The following specs and numbers are even more impressive when a car runs on both. • Tajima’s centre-seat SX4 was powered by an aluminium block 3.1 litre twin turbo Monster Sport V6 producing a terrifying 898bhp and 656 lb-ft of torque. This power was sent to all four wheels via a Hewland 6-speed sequential gearbox. The dry sumped engine, now featuring an aluminium block and head, was mid mounted within the steel space-frame. • Weight is the enemy of a hillclimb car, and as such Monster Sport constructed all of the car’s faux-production bodywork out of carbon fibre. Suspending the chassis was double-wishbone suspension, with KING coil springs and Reiger dampers. In order to avoid plummeting off one of Pikes Peak’s 156 corners, the SX4 used 8 piston brakes on each corner, fitted with Winmax Pikes Peak Special pads. The car had a bespoke aero package with a splitter that took up 60% of the front fascia, a huge diffuser and giant single element rear wing. Due to the mix of surfaces, the car used 295-section Falken Ziex tires. The car weighed only 1090kg. • Tajima managed to break the 10 minute barrier throwing down the gauntlet to Rhys Millen and his Hyundai Special. A time of 9:51.278 was enough to take his 6th win at the PPIHC. I hope you all enjoy this car as much as I do! • Be sure to follow my partners and friends: * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @pinnacleofracing #lemans #lemans24 #ppihc #suzuki #motorsport #motorsportphotography #turbo #f1 #hillclimb #racecar #racing #jdm #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #supergt

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faster_sooner_now. 2010-2015 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3

A true Grand Tourer turned podium and

2010-2015 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 A true Grand Tourer turned podium and top step regular. • Powered by a race-tuned 6.3 litre V8 nestled beneath its enormous hood, the SLS was the only one of its German contemporaries to race exclusively in GT3 unlike Audi’s R8 and BMW’s Z4 which raced in GTD, GTE and GTLM guises. This didn’t stop Merc’s SLS from collecting first place trophies from: 2012 Dubai 24 Hours 2013 Dubai 24 Hours, 2012’s ADAC GT Masters 2013’s Bathurst 12 Hours 2013 Nurburgring 24 Hours 2013 Spa 4 Hours 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series 2014 Macau GT Cup 2015 Dubai 24 Hours 2015 24 Hour Series A6 2015 Barcelona 24 Hours 2015 FIA GT Cup 2015 ADAC GT Masters Championship 2015 Paul Ricard 24 Hours 2015 12 Hours of Zandvoort • Balance of Performance (BoP) seemed favourable for the SLS, sitting at around 1350kg and 545bhp. In fact, the versatility of the SLS lent itself to Japan’s Super GT championship, finishing 5th in the GT300 class for the 2013 season. • Sitting an inch lower and two inches wider than the road car, the SLS is heavily modified to meet racing requirements. Forged centre-lock aluminium racing wheels, onboard air jacks, adjustable dampers, steel endurance long-life brake discs (lasting longer than a carbon-ceramic alternative which was illegal in GT3 at time of launch) with six-piston callipers up front and four-piston units out back. A six speed automated manual puts the healthy amount of horsepower to the slick-shod rear wheels. • In 2016, Mercedes-AMG launched the AMG GT, replacing the trusty SLS. While a similarly-styled successor, I’m sure it’s not just me that misses the 6.3 beast out on track. • This is also my favourite GT3 car from the era, as I’d argue it’s the best looking and sounding among the field. Let me know what you think! • Be sure to follow my partners and friends: * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #jgtc #mercedes #motorsport #motorsportphotography #turbo #f1 #sls #racecar #racing #jdm #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #gt3 #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #supergt

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faster_sooner_now. 2007 Pontiac G6 GXP-R Grand Am

A hell of a transformation from a soft

2007 Pontiac G6 GXP-R Grand Am A hell of a transformation from a soft FWD V6 coupe to a V8 powered GT racer. • Built to Grand An GT spec, the GXP.R is powered by a racing version of GM’s 5.9 litre LS2 V8 producing 450bhp. This power is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed sequential manual. The choice to move to the V8 was an easy one - the production car is powered by a 3.6L V6 that only produced around 250 horsepower. • While the bodywork resembles the road-going GXP, the racecar features carbon-fiver panels that merely mimic the road car’s shape. The front splitter and large GT wing are indicators that there’s a lot more going on. Under the lightweight skin, the car uses the outgoing GTO.R’s custom steel spaceframe chassis. The car’s windows were relaxed with lexan polycarbonate screens. The bodywork, while aesthetically faithful to the standard car, features slightly exaggerated arches encasing 18” Hoosier slicks. It weighs 1273kg. The car rides on double wishbone suspension and stops with the help of discs all round. • In its debut season, the GXP.R finished second and fourth in class, continuing its predecessor’s success. Wins were taken at Lime Rock, Barber and Miller for a solid first year. In Pontiac’s final years in existence, I’m glad they could still fight at the sharp end of American Motorsport. If Pontiac came back, what would you want to see them build and race? • Be sure to follow my partners and friends: * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #daytona #pontiac #motorsport #motorsportphotography #turbo #f1 #dpi #racecar #racing #jdm #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #transam

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faster_sooner_now. 1981-84 Nissan Silvia Super Silhouette (KS110)

Featuring what were es

1981-84 Nissan Silvia Super Silhouette (KS110) Featuring what were essentially GTP cars with road car bodies, Super Silhouettes would be a tremendously exciting - yet short lived spectacle. • Built to compete in Japan’s Super Silhouette series, the Silvia used Nissan’s LZ20B inline 4 cylinder, (also found in the Skyline Super Sil.). The turbocharged motor produced 562bhp and 398 lb-ft of torque and power was sent to the rear wheels via a Doug Nash 5-speed transmission. Handling all that power was a set of 350-section slicks at the rear and 270-section up front. That’s a huge amount of rubber for a touring-gt style car. The car stopped with the help of Lockheed 4-pot brakes, and the fact that it only weighed 1050kg. You can really tell that it’s more prototype than touring car. • Group 5’s relaxed regulations around bodywork allowed for a hugely aggressive setup on the Silvia. The car featured an aero package resembling the Pikes Peak trim version of the Audi Quattro S1 (I promise it’s not just the colour scheme leading me to think that!). A huge wedge-shaped front splitter and tall single-element rear wing compliment cartoonishly exaggerated arches. The car took 2 wins in its tenure in Super Silhouettes, against steep competition from Mazda, and Nissan’s other Skyline competitor. Datsun also ran a Bluebird in the series, which performed well also. • It’s a shame that Super Silhouettes only ran for 3 full seasons. The 1984 running was only 3 races (compared to the normal 4), and all were non-championship rounds. I’d love to see what manufacturers could come up with if Silhouettes was to make a like-for-like return today. I’ve always loved the way this car looked and really enjoyed learning about it. I hope you’ve enjoyed this one! • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @pinnacleofracing #lemans #lemans24 #nissan #silvia #motorsport #motorsportphotography #turbo #f1 #supershouette #racecar #racing #jdm #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #JGTC #skyline

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faster_sooner_now. 1977-79 Toyota Celica LB Turbo

From DRM to Super Silhouette, Toyota’s

1977-79 Toyota Celica LB Turbo From DRM to Super Silhouette, Toyota’s Group 5 compliant Celica certainly looked dramatic, but could it perform too? • Built to compete in Germany’s DRM championship by BMW motorsports unit, Schnitzer, the Celica was plagued with technical issues, mechanical failures and bad luck. • Modifying Toyota’s turbocharged 2.0 litre 18R-G inline four cylinder engine, Schnitzer employed a specially designed 16-valve cylinder head, Kugelfischer fuel injection system and KKK turbocharger to increase the power level up to a competitive 560bhp. This power was sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual. Further increasing the car’s ferocity was the incredibly low weight. In full race trim, the Celica only weighed 860kg. • The extreme bodywork is a keen point of interest for fans. A full restyle in fibreglass, the only retained panels retained from the road car were the roof, doors, hood and rails. The LB Turbo has extremely exaggerated design features, such as the wide sills aside the doors, the sloping nose and encased double headlamps. Unlike some of its contemporaries the extreme body redesign actually takes cues from the road car, rather than making things up as they went along. • Unfortunately, the LB Turbo only won 2 of its 21 race entries. At its debut at Hockenheim, the Celica was 25 seconds off the pace of the Porsche 935, qualifying 13th. It retired after only four laps on race day. The following round, the car was only 7 seconds off the pace, qualifying 7th. While a serious improvement, it wasn’t enough, retiring again after just four laps. With some improvements in following rounds (a 4th position finish, the Celica finally got a win at Zolder, although unfortunately it was a non-championship ADAC round. The previous year was much of the same. For 1979, the Celica was taken to Japan by TOM’s to compete in the Fuji Super Silhouette Series with similar levels of success. • I hope you enjoyed this brief episode on the LB Turbo! Be sure to follow my partners and friends: * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #toyota #celica #motorsport #motorsportphotography #turbo #f1 #turbo #racecar #racing #jdm

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faster_sooner_now. 2008 Koenigsegg CCGT

Koenigsegg’s CCGT was built for GT1, but missed

2008 Koenigsegg CCGT Koenigsegg’s CCGT was built for GT1, but missed sadly the golden window of competition. • In what I will always think of as the one of motorsport’s great shames, Koenigsegg’s gorgeous CCGT’s failure to meet homologation regulations will stick with me forever. • Designed by Christian Von Koenigsegg to meet GT1’s technical regulations, the CCR-based GT was worked on as a side project by engineers from the small Swedish hypercar firm. Due to the side project nature of the build, the car took several years to complete. • The only existing car used a naturally aspirated DOHC 5.0 litre V8, firing 600bhp to the rear wheels via a magnesium Cima 6-speed sequential manual transaxle. The car weighed a mere 1100 kilograms thanks to its lightweight carbon fibre monocoque and body panels. Using a unique aerodynamic package featuring venturi tunnels and large GT wing, double wishbone suspension, adjustable push-rod actuated gas-hydraulic shock absorbers, carbon-ceramic discs and 6 piston magnesium calipers tucked behind magnesium Dumas 5-spoke wheels, the CCGT was built to crush corners. • Unfortunately, the FIA and ACO changed their homologation rules. Seemingly overnight, carbon monocoques were outlawed and minimum production numbers soared from a total of 20 cars over several years to 350 cars per year. For a small-numbers manufacturer such as Koenigsegg, that level of production and sale is an impossibility. • This is among my favourite cars of all time. Compared to the finicky and small top tier racecars of today, 2007’s CCGT looks like a sporty brick in comparison. I love its more simplistic aero package. I hope you all enjoy this car as much as I do! • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #nissan #v8 #motorsport #motorsportphotography #gt1 #f1 #koenigsegg #racecar #racing #hypercar #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #GTracing

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faster_sooner_now. 2013 Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D GX Race Car

The first diesel-powered car to t

2013 Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D GX Race Car The first diesel-powered car to take a class win at Indianapolis. • Packing a 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D twin-turbo inline-4 producing 380bhp and 450 lb-ft of torque, Mazda’s replacement for their successful RX-8 would be a unique take on the GT car formula. Mazda’s 6 was an odd choice for GT racing, but the season start coincided with the launch of the then-new 2014 road car. The torquey diesel was sent to the rear wheels via a EMCO 46P1 6-speed sequential. the car was completely stripped inside, and fitted with a full roll cage and door bars. The car itself weighs only 1111kg. • While the engine is modified, the base is sourced from the road-going model - as per GX regulations. The same can’t be said for the chassis. Using a setup similar to the outgoing RX-8, the 6 features a spaceframe chassis developed by SpeedSource. The 6 features all-round independent suspension and is fitted with carbon-fibre composite body panels that closely resemble its road-going counterpart. This lightweight construction allows for an ideal front/rear weight balance of 50:50. • SpeedSource, the chassis builders, ran cars in the GX class. Unfortunately, due to its experimental diesel power-plant, the 6 was hard to classify, leaving it fighting a sole Porsche Cayman (fitted with a direct-injection engine). • Despite this, the Mazda was extremely successful, with 5 class wins in the 2013 season. This car is something of a strange one, as it was classified into a thin field. This is a shame as I think it really had the legs to compete against petrol burning rivals. SpeedSource were more than capable of running the cars after seeing their performance with the RX-8. • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #mazda #diesel #motorsport #motorsportphotography #rotary #f1 #787B #racecar #racing #gt #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #miata

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faster_sooner_now. 1996 Skyline Nissan GT-R NISMO 400R & 1992 Nissan GT-R - Best Motorspo

1996 Skyline Nissan GT-R NISMO 400R & 1992 Nissan GT-R - Best Motorsport - Pikes Peak 1993 + 1998 When Akira Kameyama piloted a 400R at ‘The Race to The Clouds’ in the Open Division in ‘98, the modified R33 was charging up the mountain on dirt. The AWD Skyline had proven itself in almost every racing discipline, but never off-road. • The mountain was known then for its banked curves, tight hairpins and perilous loose surfaces - a far cry from the immaculate tarmac and guardrails that we have today. • Kameyama’s GT-R wasn’t any old Skyline, however - it was a 400R. Built to celebrate the Nismo GT-R LM’s impressive showing at Le Mans in 1995, the 400R was the GT-R to have. Iconic, utterly unobtainable and unbelievably rare, the yellow beast was more of a full rebuild than a modified production V-Spec. Packing a modified version of the stock RB26 2.8 litre straight six, named the RB-X GT2, producing 395bhp and 347lb-ft of torque. Every component on the car was fettled by NISMO, fitting a an active torque-vectoring LSD, carbon bonnet, titanium strut brace, carbon rear wing, carbon driveshaft, lightweight RAYS 3-piece wheels and new, stiffer Bilstein dampers giving a significant drop in ride height and increasing stability. There are too many changes to list here. Kameyama’s 400R was fully stripped out with a roll cage and distinctly ‘homebrew’ instrument panel replacing the factory dash. • I found these images while researching Rod Millen’s escapades on the mountain, and instantly fell in love. I know that MotoRex ran an R33 with Rhys Millen at the wheel in ‘99, but I had no idea that a 400R graced the dirt. Just imagine this thing throwing rooster-tails of red dirt, screaming at 8200rpm. Kameyama also ran a slightly more reserved R32 Skyline up the mountain in ‘93, and while the photos are stunning (I’m sure you’ll agree), the 400R is what we are all here for! I hope you all enjoyed this rare find! • 📸 - Ryan Schnell, Katsu Time’s SHA Co, Artemis Images. • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #nissan #nismo #motorsport #motorsportphotography #gtr #f1 #400R #racecar #racing #pikespeak #racingcar

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faster_sooner_now. 2011 Maserati Quattroporte EVO V8 Superstars

Winner of 2011’s V8 Supe

2011 Maserati Quattroporte EVO V8 Superstars Winner of 2011’s V8 Superstars championship, building the Quattroporte was a bold choice of base car in a competitive and varied field. • In racing trim, the Maserati packed a 4.2 litre V8 making over 450bhp, sending power to the rear wheels via a rear mounted Sadev 6-speed sequential. The GT weighs around 1430kg. The Maserati ran on Pirelli slicks, as per series regs. Regulations also required all cars to run naturally aspirated V8 engines, with displacement from 3800 to 7000cc. The cars had to use sequential or H-gate manual transmissions and weigh between 1300 and 1450kg. While some entrants ran coupe body styles and some ran sedans, the regs stated that cars must seat four passengers (stock). • Regulations also allowed for the massaging of the proportions of the bodywork. Most entrants had wider arches to house a more aggressive wheel-tyre setup. The 2011 Quattroporte, however, has extremely exaggerated arches, and massively increased trackwidth. When the car debuted in the series, the visual alterations were considerably more subtle. I think I prefer it this way. The series permits the use of minor aerodynamic devices such as small front splitters and a near universal style single-element rear wing. • Unlike most racing series, Superstars actually benefitted from the lack of manufacturer entries. We saw great variation in cars built by performance shops and smaller race teams who took risks on choosing a unique base from which to build on. We saw Panameras, M3s, M5s, Camaros, VXR8s, S4 and RS4s, C63s, 300Cs, CTSVs, XFRs, ISFs and more. For motorsport nerds like you and me, seeing that many different models in one series is utterly awesome. • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #mercedes #v8 #motorsport #motorsportphotography #maserati #f1 #mercedes #racecar #racing #impreza #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #supercars

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faster_sooner_now. 1997 Toyota Tacoma ‘Pikes Peak Special’ - Millen

Rod Millen’s follow-

1997 Toyota Tacoma ‘Pikes Peak Special’ - Millen Rod Millen’s follow-up to the his mountain-bashing Celica had all the makings of a record-setter, but couldn’t quite eclipse its predecessor. That wouldn’t stop it scaring the hell out of anyone that saw or heard it though... • Describing the technical detail of the Tacoma is strangely similar to describing a high-performance GT racecar. The Tacoma uses a mid-mounted turbocharged 3S-GTE 2.1L 4-cylinder producing 1000bhp. That power is sent to all four wheels via a 5-speed manual. The car uses huge Brembo callipers and discs at all four corners. Handling duties were managed by double wishbone pushrod suspension over Öhlins dampers. The carbon body panels that vaguely mimic the production Toyota Tacoma pickup truck are draped over the tube-frame chassis. The thing only weighs 835kg. • Such lightweight construction and monstrous power allows for a 0-60mph time of 1.6 seconds, and 0-125mph in 4.9 seconds. That’s ridiculously quick. Hillclimb is about acceleration, and the truck was geared to top out at 132mph. That’s quick enough, in fact, to take Rod Millen to Pikes Peak Unlimited Class wins in 1998 and 1999. This wasn’t quite as fast up the mountain as the Celica some years beforehand as the Tacoma did not have the prime conditions on race day. It’s worth noting that the hillclimb was on dirt at this point. • This is one of my favourite hillclimb cars ever. It’s a centre-seat fire-breathing monster pretending to be a Toyota pickup truck, even shod in rally tires, could embarrass most hypercars on a short track. Please take the time to swipe through the mini gallery - there are some stunners in there. I hope you enjoyed! • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm * @cars_of_racing #lemans #lemans24 #trd #toyota #motorsport #motorsportphotography #pikespeak #f1 #hillclimb #racecar #racing #tacoma #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #truck

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faster_sooner_now. 2007 Mercedes-McLaren SLR 722 GT

After SLR owners pushed for a more h

2007 Mercedes-McLaren SLR 722 GT After SLR owners pushed for a more hardcore variant of the McLaren fettled super-grand-tourer, British firm Ray Mallock Limited developed the 722 GT. • The car received more than just a widebody, rear wing and slicks, with RML re-engineering 400 components for the car. The GT used a modified version of the supercharged M155 V8, upping the power output to 670bhp and 612 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. The car weighed 398kg less than the roadcar, coming in at 1390kg. The ultra-advanced carbon ceramic brakes of the road car were replaced with FIA approved steel discs and a modified cooling system. Other changes included wider body panels to accommodate larger centre-lock 18” OZ multispokes. Pneumatic jacks were fitted to the car’s floor, along with an enormous diffuser, rear wing, front splitter and the removal of the front grills for better cooling. Recaro buckets, carbon fibre door panels, full roll cage, stripped interior and plexiglass windows complete the racecar transformation. • All this performance added up to a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds and a blistering top speed of 196mph. The standard gearbox was retained, albeit tuned for the more sporting application. The SLR is one of my favourite road cars of all time, and I wish we had seen a fully series-legal version of it on track. In any case, I’m still glad that we got the 722 GT. I hope you guys enjoyed this one! • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #mercedes #mclaren #motorsport #motorsportphotography #slr #f1 #toyota #racecar #racing #impreza #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting #supercar #hypercar

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faster_sooner_now. 1998 Subaru SYMS Impreza Sport Wagon JTCC

Much like the Volvo 850 fou

1998 Subaru SYMS Impreza Sport Wagon JTCC Much like the Volvo 850 found in BTCC, SYMS’ Impreza Wagon is one of Touring Car racing’s oddball legends. • After the switch from Group A to Super Touring, the JTCC lost Honda as a manufacturer due to its commitments in Formula 1 as an engine supplier, and in JGTC with the NSX. Thankfully, SYMS chose to enter, breaking up a previously all Toyota grid. The aftermarket parts manufacturer chose to use the wagon to showcase some of their catalogue, all while gaining exposure. • Their Subie produced around 300HP and 230 lb-ft of torque from their 2.0 naturally aspirated EJ20 Flat 4. While slightly down on the leading Toyotas, the 10bhp deficit, the Subaru was no back-marker. • The 300bhp was sent through a 6-speed sequential to the rear wheels. All wheel drive has been banned in just about every tintop racing series since the Audi S4 in the BTCC. The car has a massive wide-arch conversion, with the wagon roof allowing for a proper rear wing. • Shoutout to @flashback_lm for discovering this gem. If you don’t already follow him be sure to check him out. This was requested by @_ethan_lopez_27. Hope you enjoy man! • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #gt500 #supergt #motorsport #motorsportphotography #subaru #gt300 #toyota #racecar #racing #impreza #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting

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faster_sooner_now. 2019 Toyota Prius GT300

When you think of modern Japanese racing icon

2019 Toyota Prius GT300 When you think of modern Japanese racing icons, you may think of the Supra, Skyline or NSX. Thanks to this car, it’s hard not to also think of the Prius. • Unlike the outgoing mid-engined car built on the famous Mother Chassis, the 2019 Prius GT300 uses a front engine layout. This was due to a GT300 regulation change that required competitors to use the production car engine placement. Curiously, the Prius race car remains a petrol-electric-hybrid, taking the system from Toyota’s Crown Hybrid and an experimental capacitor instead of a traditional battery pack. • GT300 regs allow for the use of almost any engine made by the parent manufacturer. For 2019, they chose to adopt the 500bhp 5.4-litre V8 from the Lexus RC F GT3 car, albeit modified for this application. • While the new car has major mechanical differences to the previous models, it’s important to note just how competitive the Prius was/is. A bizarre candidate for GT racing, the hybrid has finished second in the overall standings twice. • Hope you guys enjoyed this one! I’ll be sharing the earlier cars too at some point, because I find them super interesting. Thanks! • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #gt500 #supergt #motorsport #motorsportphotography #supra #gt300 #toyota #racecar #racing #2JZ #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting

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faster_sooner_now. 2009 Morgan Aero SuperSports GT3

A French-built Morgan, made not of w

2009 Morgan Aero SuperSports GT3 A French-built Morgan, made not of wood, but of fierce GT racing potential instead. • Using BMW’s S50LA V8, Morgan’s first non-wood chassis car would prove a viable threat in 2009’s FIA GT3 championship. Built in France by AutoGt, the car was fitted with a full safety cell roll cage, huge 6-piston AP Racing callipers and discs, featherweight carbon panels, BOS dampers over double wishbone suspension and a 6-speed Hollinger sequential gearbox. The BMW-sourced V8 pumped out 440bhp and 405 lb-ft of torque to the Michelin slick-shod wheels. • With a power to weight ratio of 407bhp per tonne, the Morgan was destined for success. In it’s maiden outing at Silverstone, the SuperSports took pole position, then the win, before backing it up the following day, again at Silverstone. For a debut season, it’s hard to argue that the Morgan didn’t succeed. 2 wins, 3 poles and 1 fastest lap. • This thing is so aggressive and so mean. There’s something oh-so cool about the Morgan fighting in a field of more conventional mid-engine GT machinery. Let me know if you guys want more GT cars! Cheers 🤘🏼 • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #gt3 #morgan #motorsport #motorsportphotography #groupb #f1 #v8 #racecar #racing #bmw #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting

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faster_sooner_now. 1992 Lancia Delta 2JZ ‘LaSupra’

Take one of rallying’s most heroic ca

1992 Lancia Delta 2JZ ‘LaSupra’ Take one of rallying’s most heroic cars, transform it into a time attack monster, and drop in the heart of a JDM icon. • Peter Pentell, the owner and builder, intended to only lightly modify his Lancia Delta Evo 1, (nothing to scoff at), and keep the standard engine and drivetrain for a street build. As it always is, Peter couldn’t stop there... • 10 years and nearly 1000bhp later, Peter was building his own racecar from the ground up. The car was stripped down to just a shell and welded onto a metal frame. The B pillar was moved back for access to the drivers seat, which was also moved back for better weight distribution. Front and rear axles were added, along with the drivetrain from the JZA80 Toyota Supra. A full roll cage was built inside, along with pushrod suspension using 5-way Öhlins dampers. TRD LSD, alongside custom fuel cells, a Tilton hanging pedalbox, slicks and Brembo brakes. • The body looks like Lancia took the Delta racing in the DTM in the early 2000s. (Before anyone comments saying that it’s impossible - I know). And by that, I mean that the level of professionalism and quality something rarely seen in homebuilt track cars. The LaSupra really is special. • If you guys want to see more time attack, drift, hillclimb or Gatebil special builds, let me know in the comments! I’ve followed this build through Speedhunters and always loved it. Hope you did too. Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #timeattack #lancia #motorsport #motorsportphotography #supra #f1 #gatebil #racecar #racing #2JZ #racingcar #racingphotography #car #flashbacklm #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting

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faster_sooner_now. 2002 HKS Mercedes-Benz CLK GT500

Collaborative post with @flashback_l

2002 HKS Mercedes-Benz CLK GT500 Collaborative post with @flashback_lm 🤘🏼 • In a series full of oddball cars, HKS’ choice to take the fight to the full manufacturer entries in a Mercedes was bold, but not destined for success. • Modifying their naturally aspirated DOHC M119 V8 to produce around 500bhp, HKS found a healthy power-weight ratio with the car coming in around 1100kg (the series minimum). The car ran on Enkei 5-spokes and Michelin rubber and stopped with the help of huge AP callipers and discs. Instead of carrying over DTM engine and chassis architecture, HKS built the CLK 500’s stock engine for competition and designed their own original body and chassis structure. • Unfortunately, the CLK only ran in the latter half of the season, and struggled, almost 100bhp down in the Supras. In fact it failed to finish all three of its starts and failed to qualify in the other two. With no chance of full factory support and a significantly reduced budget compared to some of the bigger rival outfits, the CLK never really stood a chance. However, these non-works entries are always fab favourites. • Very little is known surrounding the specs of the car, but it’s a cult favourite nonetheless. HKS’ iconic teal, lilac and hot pink strakes across the black paint is iconic for motorsport fans across the world, plus, the oddball nature of the CLK and the mystique of technical ambiguity sure has me hooked. This page is for sharing everything, so I despite the lack of success I thought you guys would enjoy! • Sorry that this is a short one, but I had to share the car. If you’d like to see more JGTC/Super GT stuff, let me know in the comments! • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #jgtc #supergt #motorsport #motorsportphotography #supertouring #f1 #mercedes #racecar #racing #racingcars #racingcar #racingphotography #car #cars #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting

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faster_sooner_now. 1995-1999 Renault Laguna BTCC Super Touring

Developed in collaboratio

1995-1999 Renault Laguna BTCC Super Touring Developed in collaboration with WilliamsF1, Renault’s foray into the burgeoning Super Touring category would prove to be a success, taking the 1997 championship. • The Williams engineers started with a shell, and fitted production derived McPherson struts suspension at the front and trailing arms with torsion bars at the rear. The engine, based on a Renault production motor, prepared for racing by specialists Sodemo. It produced around 285 bhp at the start of 1995 and ultimately well over 300 bhp by the end of the decade. The engine was mounted as low and far back as possible, thanks to the fairly loose regulations of Super Touring. The four-cylinder was mated to a Williams gearbox, using Hewland internals. • In 1995, it’s drivers, Alain Menu and Will Hoy won 9 races between them, securing 2nd and 3rd place in the driver’s championship. The pair secured the 1995 manufacturer’s championship. Following the breakout success, the team struggled in the 1996 season against the AWD Audi S4, driven by Frank Biela. Using their wealth of experience, the Williams Renault team dominated the 1997 season with Menu winning 12 of 24 races with team-mate Plato securing a further two. Menu was the 1997 British Touring Car Champion and Renault took a second manufacturers championship. In 1998’s savagely competitive season against the TWR Volvos and Prodrive Hondas, Renault struggled, much like 1999’s disappointing followup. • What followed was the disbanding of the Renault - Williams gang. Its almost bizarre to have written some of those names in the same story. Prodrive, TWR, WilliamsF1... touring car. What an era... • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #btcc #touringcar #motorsport #motorsportphotography #supertouring #f1 #renault #racecar #racing #racingcars #racingcar #racingphotography #car #cars #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting

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faster_sooner_now. 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Trans Am

After Roger Penske’s decision to move

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Trans Am After Roger Penske’s decision to move from Chevrolet to AMC for the 1970 season, Chevrolet was left with a new car (the 2nd Gen Camaro) and no team to run it. Currently, the only existing ‘Chaparral Camaro’ known is this - Jim Hall’s #1 car. • Significantly wider than the factory car, the team riveted on flares produced by Fisher Body, before smoothing them over before painting. Other modifications included a front spoiler made from lexan. Out back, they removed the Camaro’s stock trunk lid spoiler, and replaced it with the taller element from the Pontiac Firebird. Like the Penske cars before it, the bodies were acid dipped to remove excess weight (and any semblance of safety). The car’s chassis received plentiful attention, with adjustable Koni dampers and larger diameter ventilated disc brakes. • While maintaining a (modified) factory dash, the Camaro is stripped out inside. Bare inside, the car features only upgraded pedals, a Hurst shifter and a fairly rigorous amount of steel tubing that formed the rollcage and door bars. • The team elected to use a Holley-carbed 5.0 litre V8, sending power to the rear wheels via a Borg Warner 4-speed and 12-bolt rear diff. Despite the seemingly simple setup, the team suffered numerous retirements forced by mechanical failures. Despite this, by the end of the season Chevrolet finished third behind AMC and Ford with Jim Hall placing sixth in the drivers’ championship. Highly impressive given the rushed development. • Be sure to follow my friends! * @timracingblog * @drobinphoto * @flashback_lm #lemans #lemans24 #camaro #transam #motorsport #motorsportphotography #supertouring #f1 #chevrolet #racecar #racing #racingcars #racingcar #racingphotography #car #cars #carlifestyle #carenthusiast #carphotography #carspotting

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