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IMSA: Titles on the line at Petit Le Mans

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Heading into the season finale of the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, there’s several titles to sort out at Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, the 10-hour enduro on Saturday at Road Atlanta.

In Prototype, Action Express Racing’s pair of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi holds a 22-point lead over Jordan and Ricky Taylor. It would take something short of a miracle, or the No. 5 AXR Corvette DP falling out before either driver hits their minimum drive time, for them to fail to take the title.

Prototype Challenge saw Colin Braun and Jon Bennett clinch in the No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca FLM09 at Circuit of the Americas. The pair seeks a sweep of all four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races, and will complete that with a win this weekend.

The GT Le Mans battle is fairly tight with Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer up seven points…

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Typhoon set to hit Japan on Sunday, putting GP schedule at risk

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The Japanese Grand Prix could be subject to a schedule change due to the threat of typhoon Phanfone, which is currently working its way through the Pacific.

The category four typhoon is set to hit Japan on race day, posing a challenge to the Formula 1 paddock to ensure that the full complement of weekend running can take place in spite of the weather.

In a statement issued by the FIA’s weather supplier, UBIMET, the severity of the storm was made clear, and it is understood that team managers and F1 leaders will hold discussions about amending the schedule to avoid the worst of the weather.

“On Thursday morning satellite images showed the eye of category-4-Typhoon PHANFONE, approximately 340 nautical miles (630 km) south of Iwo To in the Bonin Islands on Friday,” the statement reads. “It is expected to move northwestward, reaching a maximum mean wind intensity of 130 knots…

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Track Toys

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Evo picks their favorite track toy from a list of cars that will never make it to the US…

Skip driving in traffic and just go to the track.

With such an heavy emphasis on outright performance, modern sports cars are better suited for the track than the street. They are just too fast for most public roads. So why buy a car that is compromised with the rules and regulations of the street when the only place you can really enjoy it is at the track? Go all out. Get something that doesn’t have to meet pedestrian impact rules or get 25 mpg.

Who cares about lap times?

Even at the track, comparing lap times between cars insanely pointless. Evo rightfully picked the car that was the most fun to drive, not the fastest. The notion of being fastest only applies to club or series racing. Head to head racing…

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1964 Pontiac Banshee Prototype

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 The Prototype cars built as design exercise’s or as show cars were a way to gauge public appeal for upcoming models and ideas for all auto manufacturers.  One of the 1964 models was the Pontiac Banshee. There were to be an ongoing series of cars for the Banshee design, but the start was this vehicle.  Pontiac envisioned this as a Mustang Fighter and two versions were built.  The first had a straight 6 cylinder motor and the second had a V8.

Because of the success of the Pontiac GTO, General Motors execs at the time were worried that the Banshee would not only beat the Mustang, but also their beloved Corvette.  Judging from John DeLorean’s success with the GTO, they were probably right in their assumption.  After all the steel body Banshee weighed 500 pounds less than the Corvette.

The model was cancelled from further developement in 1966 and Pontiac was…

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Microsoft, West Coast Customs Create the Ultimate 400-hp ‘Device’

How do you remake an automotive icon? If you’re West Coast Customs, it starts with some oversized dubs and copious quantities of neon lighting. If you’re the Microsoft skunkworks development team, it means incorporating the company’s entire suite of mobile and gaming services into one of Motown’s greatest pony cars.

Despite what you see above, this isn’t a 1967 Ford Mustang. The fastback body is a replica produced by Dynacorn, but underneath are the modern components of a 2012 Mustang chassis. But like momma always said, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and that’s where the West Coast Customs crew and their compatriots at Microsoft went wild.

Please click here to continue reading the original article by Damon Lavrinc at Wired.
Photo: Courtesy of Microsoft

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Launch Video

Here’s the video for the fastest production Ferrari ever— the F12 Berlinetta — straight from its launch today at the Geneva Motor Show. And like every Ferrari launch video, it’s absolutely epic.

The best thing about Ferrari is that they understand the importance of inclusion of the engine note. So that means we don’t just get a hard rock soundtrack, we also get a few moments to hear all 730 of those horses galloping simultaneously.

Please click here for the original article by Ray Wert at Jalopnik