In mid-June, BMW will race the shapely M8 GTE at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and continues to put the final touches on the car. Filmed here during recent tests at Italy’s Monza circuit, the M8 GTE shares a plethora of similar components with the road-going 8-Series. Power comes courtesy of a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine delivering between 500 hp and 600 hp depending on the specification and the series which the car is racing in. The M5’s engine was used as the base. This powertrain creates an intoxicating soundtrack that sounds very different than other V8-powered race cars of this kind. You can thank the flat crankshaft for the addictive sound. BMW says the engine is the most efficient race engine it has ever designed. The automaker has also customized the combustion chambers for racing and implemented no less than 985 unique parts over the M5 engine. What is perhaps even more exciting than the fact that the M8 GTE will race at Le Mans is that the road-going 8-Series Coupe will … [Read more...] about New BMW M8 GTE Shows Its Composure At Monza
Porsche motorsport engineers headed to Italy's Monza circuit in late April to conduct early tests of several race cars coming for 2019. Among them was the racing version of the upcoming 718 Cayman GT4 road car, which is expected to carry the Clubsport name of its predecessor (shown below). There aren't any solid details on the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport but we can expect a naturally aspirated flat-6 behind the cabin, possibly displacing 4.0 liters this time around. The engine should be the same unit fitted to the 718 Cayman GT4 road car. A video showing some testing of the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport reveals a much larger wing compared to the car's predecessor and a more aggressive rear diffuser with exhaust tips mounted at the sides instead of at the center. Another key change with the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport will be increased availability. Porsche built roughly 400 examples of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport but this is expected to be increased for the 718 version to meet growing demand … [Read more...] about 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car storms Monza
Porsche has been spied testing a mysterious 911 prototype at Italy’s famed Monza circuit – and it just might be very different from any 911 so far. On first appearances, the car appears to be 911 GT2 RS based and it’d be easy to jump to the conclusion of it being an even more hardcore model for the road. However, we’re confident that’s not the case. What we believe we’re looking at here is a 911 GT2 RSR race car that could adopt the same mid-engine layout as the ‘ordinary’ 911 RSR. If that’s the case, it will be restricted to use on the track and potentially only sold to privateer racing teams and customers. Compared to the road-going GT2 RS, this prototype features NACA ducts on the hood like the new GT2 RS and GT3 RS, an extraordinarily large rear wing, a lowered ride height, front canards, blocked off rear side windows and an overhauled rear fascia and diffuser. The interior has also been completely stripped out and a roll cage … [Read more...] about Is This The 911 GT2 RSR Racer Porsche Is Testing In Monza?
40 years ago, Pirelli assembled a bunch of cars in a giant P logo on the straight at Monza. The photoshoot yielded a television commercial. And it was the first to spawn a “making of” video to follow. Now four decades later, Pirelli’s done it again. Only now they didn’t use run-of-the-mill road cars like they did in 1978. This time the Italian rubber company did it with GT3 racing cars. That’s 22,000 Horsepower Right There Pirelli brought out a total of 41 cars for the recreation. Together they stretched some 80 meters (over 260 feet) long and 18 meters (nearly 60 feet) tall. Among them were racers from Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Nissan and Porsche. And between them, they had some 22,000 horsepower. The event took place this past weekend at the end of a long day of competition at Monza. Each car was pushed into place by hand at sunset, and they all assembled on the legendary straight, where … [Read more...] about Pirelli Recreates Its Logo With 41 GT3 Racers At Monza Circuit
PUBLISHED: 06:02 26 April 2018 Lewis Beales Alex Brundle in action at the Italian Monza Circuit with the works blessed Aston Martin V12 Vantage in which the Kings Lynn racer finished in ninth place. Picture: Dirk Bogaerts Photography Archant Alex Brundle started his first Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup assault with an impressive mid race performance which saw the R Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage up to fourth place at one point at the historic Monza Circuit. Brundle was sharing the driving duties with Marvin Kirchhöfer and works Aston Martin driver Maxime Martin in the Italian race in which the team qualified in a combined 12th place in a field of 53. The King’s Lynn racer took the middle stint in the three-hour event and at the two-hour mark was up to fourth place, with the #62 car, having been in seventh place after the first 60 minutes. “Just over an hour left, great stint by Alex Brundle up to P4 in the #62 as we approach final round of driver … [Read more...] about Brundle produces fine performance at Monza in GT Series Endurance Cup