Acura Battles To The Finish In Thrilling Title Fight At Petit Le Mans

Acura Battles To The Finish In Thrilling Title Fight At Petit Le Mans 2021

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  • 2021-11-14

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor fights to the final turns, but comes up short in IMSA championship contest
Acura secures Michelin Endurance Cup for long-distance events; Wayne Taylor Racing takes drivers’ and teams’ endurance titles
Magnus with Archangel finishes sixth in GTD with their Acura NSX GT3 Evo
After 10 months of racing across the country, the battle for the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship came down to the final three corners of today’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans endurance race, when a passing attempt by Ricky Taylor in his Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 came up less than a half-second short; with Taylor finishing third to Felipe Nasr.

Taylor’s last lap lunge on Nasr in Turn 10 of the 12-turn Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta originally appeared successful, but Taylor briefly ran off-course after executing the pass and Nasr was able to regain the advantage, securing the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ championships for the Action Express duo of Nasr and co-driver Pipo Derani.

Earlier, the Meyer Shank Racing Acura of Dane Cameron, Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya took control of the middle portion of today’s season finale race. But damage from debris struck by Castroneves in the darkness with one hour remaining sent the #60 ARX-05 behind the wall for repairs, before returning to finish sixth.

Acura NSX GT3 Evo

In the production-based GTD category, the Magnus with Archangel trio of Andy Lally, John Potter and Spencer Pumpelly finished the season in their Acura NSX GT3 Evo on a strong note, successfully avoiding a mid-race restart crash that caught out several other GTD competitors, then running as high as third before finishing sixth.

Petit Le Mans Race Results

3rd – #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
Drivers Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, Alexander Rossi
6th – #60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
Drivers Dane Cameron, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya
6th GTD – Magnus with Archangel Acura NSX GT3 Evo
Drivers Andy Lally, John Potter, Spencer Pumpelly
DPi Manufacturers’ Championship

Drivers’ Championship (unofficial, after 10 of 10 rounds)

  1. Cadillac 3,666 1. Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr 3,407
  2. Acura 3,553 2. Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor 3,395
  3. Mazda 3,421 3. Harry Tincknell, Oliver Jarvis 3,264
    Michelin Endurance Cup

Drivers (unofficial, after 4 of 4 endurance races)

  1. Cadillac 51 1. Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor, Alexander Rossi 46
  2. Acura 47 2. Oliver Jarvis, Harry Tincknell, Jonathan Bomarito 40
  3. Mazda 44 3. Dan Cameron 34
    Quotes

David Salters (President and Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race and the 2021 season: “Ten months of racing this season, and 10 hours of endurance racing tonight, and it all came down to the final 10 seconds. We’re massively proud of all of our Acura Motorsports teams. We began the season with an historic win for Acura at the Rolex 24 at Daytona; and we finished it at the penultimate corner of the final race of the season here at Petit Le Mans. Thank you to our awesome teams, brilliant drivers and magnificent HPD associates.”

Helio Castroneves (#60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05): Finished sixth with co-drivers Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya: “It’s such a shame. The MSR AutoNation / SiriusXM Acura was doing well, I think we could have battled for the win. I was running the normal line on the back straightaway, but it was pitch black, you couldn’t see anything. I ran over something and it destroyed the floor of the car: I lost all downforce and couldn’t turn the car. We had to come to the garage and fix the floor. The team did an amazing job to fix it, and the car was back on rails. It’s just very frustrating, we could have finished with a bang. But I have to thank Mike and the team for allowing me to come onboard this weekend and race, I definitely missed the Acura!”

Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing ARX-05) finished third with co-drivers Filipe Albuquerque and Alexander Rossi: “I mean, we’re racing really hard. The championship literally came down to the last corner. After last year, I’m happy for those guys [Action Express]. They deserve it; they had a great year. I hate it for Filipe [Albuquerque]; he drove such a great stint to pass them. I made a little mistake on my out lap [exiting pit lane following his final stop]. But I’m so thankful to have HPD, Konica Minolta and Acura behind us. I will do everything I can to pay them back in California and at the shop in Indy. I’m really bummed, but Daytona is close. This is a short offseason, and we’re a great team.”

Fast Facts

In four seasons of Daytona Prototype Competition, Acura has won two overall IMSA Manufacturers’ Championships; two Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships, and one sweep of the Michelin Endurance Cup titles for Manufacturers, Drivers and Teams.
Acura will return in 2022 for a final season of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi competition before debuting in the new premier LMDh prototype category in 2023.

Acura has an impressive motorsport pedigree.
Testing new technologies in a racing environment is a great way to ensure their reliability and help spread awareness for the brand’s credibility. If a car can drive at full throttle on a racetrack for 24 hours straight, it will certainly last much longer in the hands of customers. Acura gets this.

Since the brand’s inception, they have been involved in SCCA and IMSA GT Championship, two prominent series in the US. They won the SCCA World Championship in 1997 using the NSX and Integra, proving the cars’ performance chops. In the 2000s, the brand even developed its own LMP1 car, which raced admirably in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. More recently, an ILX raced in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, won in its class, and came in 8th place overall.

And the NSX was the world’s first supercar you could use daily.
The first car to be classified as a supercar was the Lamborghini Miura, in 1966. From that point, there have been many supercars, and most of them Italian. While they were all undoubtedly very fast, beautiful and exotic, you couldn’t really use them as a daily-driver. They had poor reliability, running costs were exorbitant and they weren’t practical.

And then in 1990, the Acura NSX arrived.

Just like the Italian stallions, it was mid-engined and aerodynamic. It could reach speeds greater than 300 km per hour and rev to 8,300 rpm. However, unlike its Italian competitors, it was reliable, easy to use, had good visibility and didn’t require a second mortgage to maintain.

This brand’s entry into the market was earth-shaking. So profound was the entry of Honda’s luxury division that it shook the automobile market like few other innovations had done earlier; more than anything else, it showed that a Japanese brand too, was capable of competing with European and American brands when it came to luxury automobiles. It permanently altered the image of Japanese cars being models that were economical and targeted at the lower middle income consumer. Acura’s history was now firmly in place.

The story of how Acura was created, launched and then grew into a major force in a competitive marketplace is a compelling testament not just to the company’s products, but to the people who had the foresight to establish the first premium Japanese luxury car brand. History shows that Acura not only redefined the luxury car, it permanently changed the luxury marketplace from a slow evolution among a handful of brands to fierce competition between many. While today Japanese luxury brands are taken for granted, this was not the case in the early 1980s, when the groundbreaking Legend sedan was still on the drawing board.

Acura is the luxury vehicle division of Honda, launched in March of 1986. While Honda was already a successful auto manufacturer in the 1980s, the Acura brand was an opportunity to show they could make luxurious and high-tech vehicles to appeal to the American market. Acura was and continues to be at the leading edge of Honda innovation. Acura was the first Japanese luxury manufacturer in the US, and its history is full of firsts.

The Acura Plan
The early 1980s were a tumultuous time for the U.S. car market. Gas shortages, economic malaise and new government regulations from the 1970s caused an upheaval in the public’s buying habits and the products available to the public changed dramatically. Small was big and Japanese manufacturers such as Honda had forged reputations of reliability, economical operation and low price that were the envy of many competitors. Even the least expensive Honda offered a unique and fun driving experience, and the company’s reputation for reliability was second to none. Honda had also established a record of technological innovation (such as the CVCC engine) that consumers embraced‚ÄĒ and that sent competitors back to the drawing boards.

The success Honda had enjoyed was emblematic of these changes. With the right product (the groundbreaking Civic) at the right time (the gas crisis of the early 70s), Honda sales growth had been phenomenal. Subsequent models such as the Accord and Prelude proved Honda had more than just good timing going for it. Following its philosophy of assembling cars where it sells them, Honda embarked on an ambitious plan to begin assembling cars in the United States and broke ground on a new plant in Ohio in 1980.

As work began on the Marysville, Ohio manufacturing plant, there were signs of change in the car market. The economy was improving, and luxury cars were starting to increase in sales volume. Manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi captured the public’s eye with aerodynamic designs that eschewed the chrome and excess of American luxury cars of the 1960s and 1970s. With a blend of luxury and performance, European manufacturers began to chip away at the high end of the market as America’s middle class expanded and found themselves with more discretionary income than they could have dreamed of a few years earlier.

Since Acura’s arrival in the United States in 1986, and a year later in Canada, Canadians have purchased around 500,000 vehicles of the brand. This number is impressive and shows that two characteristics are behind this bold ascension, namely the performance and the luxury that are at the rendezvous since the beginning of the adventure. At Acura Canada, all our vehicles are certified and rigorously inspected before being put on the market. Certified Acura means that the Japanese manufacturer does not skimp on anything and offers you what is best in terms of luxury and high performance vehicle.

Since 1986, Acura has come a long way. Initially launched on the North American market, the first Acura models were soon found on other continents and countries, especially China, Russia, Kuwait and also Mexico. We could ask ourselves this question: why not in Japan in the first place? The answer resides in the financial crisis of 2008, which shook this country and led the Japanese manufacturer to bet on other markets before launching its car in its own. This initiative has paid off, since Acura is now largely regarded as the leading brand of Japanese luxury cars out of the Japanese market.

Over the years, Acura has become a leader, easily competing in the North American market with local brands such as Cadillac and Lincoln, but also German ones such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes. But there is another characteristic that has marked the rise of this premium brand: Acura was able to foresee the potential in the US and Canadian markets.

In the 1990s, the Legend was the first model of this manufacturer, and it immediately conquered the market. Then, the NSX was a hit celebrated by thousands of consumers. The designers of the Acura NSX have done a fantastic job and nowadays, no one can doubt the many talents of the Japanese manufacturers’ personnel.

In the 2000s, innovations multiplied, showing the Japanese ingenuity at its best. Among the models we know and see every day on our roads, we can mention the Acura MDX, the Acura TSX, the Acura RDX and the TL and CL versions, which marked the entry on the market Honda’s first all-wheel drive and turbocharged engine.

But the story does not end with these models. Indeed, more recently we can see that the RLX, ILX and TLX models bring even more innovations in terms of design (LED headlights, more aerodynamic models, etc.) and mechanical engineering (with its twin turbo engines, 9-speed transmission with double gear, etc.)

If the past is any indication of the future, the Acura brand is there for many years, because Acura, has managed to stand out at every occasion for over thirty years. By its simple but yet avant-garde mechanics, the Acura brand is reliable, efficient and powerful. In addition, it produces beautiful and very luxurious cars.

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Perth 2018 Powercruise Automotive Entertainment.

The Perth 2018 Powercruise countdown is ON!

PERTH. 4 Р7 OCTOBER 2018 Powercruise Automotive Entertainment.

Powercruise will rock Barbagallo Raceway from the 4th until the 7th of October 2018,

Stay tuned for event updates >¬†Powercruise #73 Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway

Have you entered yet?

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Some say it is Oz’s Wildest Cruisin Car Show, now expanded to NZ & USA

Wildest Cruisin Car Show….while others say

IT’S ADDICTIVE!!!

Held at motor racing circuits throughout states of Australia in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania as well as the Taupo Motorsports Park in Taupo, New Zealand, Powercruise offers its customers the opportunity to push their cars performance levels to the limits in a number of driving events that are conducted in a controlled and safe alcohol free environment.

Spectators and entrants of Powercruise are also given the option to camp at some of these venues which no other form of motorsport offers promoting fun where families can play and stay for the whole weekend.

Powercruise automotive entertainment is the brainchild of Michael ‚ÄėGup‚Äô Gilbert from Brisbane, Australia and he created the¬†Powercruise Automotive Entertainment concept so car enthusiasts could drive their cars the way they were built to be driven without breaking the law. Together with a select team of staff, volunteers and officials, Powercruise entertains over a quarter of a million spectators annually and attracts over 3500 entrants which proved his theory that there was a necessity for an event of this calibre‚Ķ

AN EVENT WHERE YOU CAN DO ALL THE THINGS YOUR NOT ALLOWED TO DO ANYWHERE ELSE

THATS Powercruise Automotive Entertainment.!!
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Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3

Newly evolved Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 development car to participate in VLN round 7 (SP-X class) at N√ľrburgring as part of its test program

? September 22, 2017
? Development driver, Michael Krumm and N√ľrburgring veteran, Tom Coronel to take the wheel

YOKOHAMA, Japan (September 22, 2017)¬†– Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO) today announced that it will be participating in round 7 of the VLN, to be held at N√ľrburgring, Germany, as part of its test program for the newly evolved Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 that is currently under development.
Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
The newly evolved Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 development car, built in accordance with FIA GT3 regulations, has undergone tests in Japan and this VLN participation is to act as an opportunity to further develop the car and collect real race data. Due to competing with a vehicle that is still currently under development, the entry will be into the ‚ÄúSP-X‚ÄĚ class (for modified cars) and it will be driven by development driver, Michael Krumm (Germany) and Tom Coronel (Netherlands), who competed in last year’s 24 Hours of N√ľrburgring in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
Yuzo Ishikawa (NISMO Corporate Vice President in charge of Development) comment
‚ÄúThis time our goal for participation in the VLN is to advance the development program of the car one step further and collect data in actual race conditions. In addition to the valuable data that we can attain from racing at a circuit like N√ľrburgring, that takes such a heavy toll on a race car, we will also be able to use the feedback from Michael, who is well acquainted with the GT-R and Tom, who has a wealth of experience at this circuit, and continue to improve and build up a GT-R that will remain the car of choice for discerning customers.‚ÄĚ
September 22, 2017
For more details, please refer to http://www.nismo.co.jp/en/products/GT3/index.html

 

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2016 PowerCruise #59 Tasmania Australia

2016 Powercruise #59 Tasmania Australia

Launceston’s Symmons Plains Raceway

22nd, 23rd & 24th January 2016

POWERCRUISE #59 ONLINE ENTRY NOW OPEN!! 

For those who know what Powercruise is all about, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you it’s just the wildest cruisin car show you’ve ever been to. For everyone else, I guess all I can say is get yourself out to the racetrack to check out what all the fuss is about. Powercruise to the average punter is a car show but to the thousands who have participated over the 6 years that we have been bringing you the fun, will tell you its more than a car show. Powercruise is one of the reasons we build our street machine, hot rods, hi tech imports or what ever your preferred style of car is. This page is designed to answer any questions that you have in regards to being a spectator.

More Information & ENTER YOUR CAR ONLINE HERE at PowerCruise.com

Symmons Plains Raceway is located along the Midland Highway around 30km / 15 minutes south of Launceston.


Symmons Plains Raceway will have all your needs covered from places to grab something to eat and drink to showers and toilets. Refer to the venue map for the location of your need.

Over the event there will be hours of cruising, so spectators can jump in their mates car, and cruise the track alongside hundreds of like-minded petrolheads…. that’s what Powercruise is about afterall… doing all the things you’re not allowed to do anywhere else!¬† However there are a few special requirements all passengers should be aware of…

All passengers who want to get on track in the cruising sessions MUST be at least 13 years of age and each passenger must have an Official Powercruise Passenger Wristband.  Official Powercruise Passenger Wristbands are available at The Powercruise Merchandise Stand at the event, All passenger must complete the Powercruise Passenger Waiver Form and pay the $5 fee, once this is done Powercruise Staff will issue you with a Powercruise Passenger Wristband.   Please read carefully below below to ensure you meet the requirements:

All Persons 18yrs of age and older MUST provide Photo ID and fill out and sign the indemnity form, and pay the $5 fee and a Passenger Wristband will be provided.   No matter your age, No Photo ID = No passenger wristband.

Persons 13 years of age and over, but younger than 18 years of age must have a PARENT present to sign the indemnity form on their behalf. ¬†Powercruise staff need to sight both the parent‚Äôs and the child‚Äôs photo ID which must also show the child‚Äôs date of birth.¬† ¬†Powercruise staff will also request to sight the Medicare Card listing both the Parents and Childs Names as proof of relationship. ¬†Powercruise reserve the right to request further identification or documentation if the requirements are not satisfied. Powercruise staff will only accept the legal parent to sign on behalf of a minor to be a passenger ‚Äď we will NOT accept other family members, day carers/guardians, neighbours, family friends etc.¬† Passenger wristbands can only be issued on the day at Powercruise.¬† We do not accept notes, letters or permission via phone from parents if they cannot attend – Both the Parent and the Minor must be present at the event at the same time to complete the paperwork under the instruction of a Powercruise Staff Member.

Persons 12 years of age and younger are unfortunately too young and cannot be a passenger in a vehicle at Powercruise.  Admission is Free for Kids 12& Under

Powercruise is an alcohol free event.

Alcohol will not be for sale, and you cannot bring your own.

And of course if you have any questions please call us on¬†¬† 0407 172 413 or email us at¬†[email protected]

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Australia PowerCruise 2016 Events Calendar

Queensland Raceway, 14th February 2016

Sydney Motorsport Park 25th to 28th February 2016

Hampton Downs, 15th to 17th April 2016

 

USA 2016 PowerCruise Events Calendar

Brainerd International Raceway and Resort August 5 to August 7 2016.


 

Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) 2014 Global RallyCross Championship (GRC)

[26.03.14]    

Hyundai and Rhys Millen forge formidable new force to complete in 2014 Global RallyCross Championship in Veloster Turbo Rallycross making 450kW of power

  • New two-driver team includes the first female driver in Global RallyCross: top-ranked Emma Gilmour of New Zealand
  • Rhys Millen to be full-season driver with 2014 GRC title sponsor Red Bull
  • Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo Rallycross generates over 450kW of power

24th March 2014 – Hyundai and Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) are again joining forces to create a groundbreaking new team for the 2014 Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) series. For 2014, Hyundai and RMR continue their assault on dirt- and tarmac-based circuits throughout North America with highly-tuned Veloster Turbo rallycross cars. The new two-car team will feature Pikes Peak champion and veteran racer Rhys Millen, with New Zealand rally champion Emma Gilmour behind the wheel of the second Veloster racecar.

We can’t wait for the 2014 Global RallyCross season to get started with our new team and freshly-tuned Veloster Turbo racers,” said Steve Shannon, vice president of marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “Global RallyCross is the perfect racing series for the compact, fun-to-drive Veloster, and the RMR Velosters are sure to be pushed to the limit every race this season with rally veterans like Rhys and Emma at the helm. We’re proud to team up with two drivers known for their precision and consistency, and we are especially excited to give Emma the opportunity to be the first female driver in Global Rallycross.

HYUNDAI/RMR VELOSTER TURBO
Hyundai Veloster Turbo employs a unique third-door design and an efficient, direct-injected, lightweight aluminum powertrain. The Turbo model boasts a hefty 63 horsepower advantage over the normally-aspirated model, generating an impressive 201 horsepower from only 1.6 liters of displacement. The fully race-prepared RMR Veloster Rallycross turbo engine generates more than 600 peak horsepower from its four-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled powerplant, for explosive acceleration out of corners.

2014 RMR Veloster Turbo Rallycross Enhancements
Upsized turbocharger, wastegate control, ECU tuning, and Wiggins turbo clamps
XTRAC center differential, handbrake hydraulic coupler and handbrake lever
Reiger Racing internal bumpstop struts with roller bearings and roll control
New Veloster Turbo rallycross front and rear fascia with new rear wing design

Read more at http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwfitness/article/Hyundai-And-Rhys-Millen-Compete-In-2014-Global-Rallycross-Championship-Series-20140325#pKamQYcFTjUTzXTs.99

RHYS MILLEN
The Global Rallycross series holds even more promise for the Hyundai/RMR team in the 2014 season, with great opportunities to leverage valuable racing and technical experience earned by the team in recent years,” said Millen. “The RMR Veloster is perfect for GRC by giving enthusiasts a glimpse of affordable, fun-to-drive production cars exploited to their full race potential in an action-packed rallycross series. Even more, I’m especially proud to have Emma as a teammate; with many top rally drivers hailing from New Zealand, her consistent top performance is sure to impress at every stage of the series.

World Champion driver Rhys Millen set an overall world record at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, earning “King of the Mountain” status in the RMR Genesis Coupe. In the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship Series, the Hyundai/RMR team finished second in manufacturer’s points and third in driver’s points. Millen’s driving credentials further include extensive movie and advertising stunts, 2008 Formula Drift World Champion, 2005 USA Drifting Champion, seven Pikes Peak world records and the 2008 New Year’s Eve Las Vegas truck flip at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Behind Millen’s success in the driver’s seat is an experienced team of engineers and expert fabricators in race preparation and tuning.

NEW RMR DRIVER: EMMA GILMOUR
I couldn’t be more honoured to join the Hyundai/RMR Global Rallycross team for the 2014 season,” said Emma Gilmour, New Zealand rally veteran. “Rhys is known worldwide for his precise and consistent rally skills, and my years of successful rally experience are a perfect fit for the RMR team effort. It’s a true privilege to be the first female driver in the GRC series, and I’m confident my performance will open up more opportunities for a number of great female rally drivers in the future.

Emma Gilmour: Recent Racing Results
2012 2nd Overall, New Zealand Rally Championship
2nd Overall, Group N Rally New Zealand
2011 2nd Overall, New Zealand Rally Championship
2010 2nd Overall, New Zealand Rally Championship
2nd Overall, PWRC Rally New Zealand
2nd Overall, Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, Whangarei

GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
The 2014 Global RallyCross Championship season features 10 race events, including the ESPN Summer X-Games√ā¬ģ. The X-Games were one of the first public venues introducing the concept of rallycross to U.S. racing enthusiasts. The GRC circuit at each venue features a series of tight turns and a large jump where the cars become airborne, with most of the circuit visible to GRC fans for the duration of the heat. The 2014 GRC season will kick-off at the Caribbean island of Barbados at the BBC Top Gear√ā¬ģ Festival, Saturday, 17 May, where fans are invited to get up-close with both drivers and technicians in the GRC paddock area. RMR fans will be able to view both RMR rallycross and production versions of the Veloster.

2014 GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

  • 17-18 May: Barbados, Top Gear√ā¬ģ Festival
  • 7 June: Austin, X-Games√ā¬ģ, ESPN
  • 21-22 June: Washington, DC
  • 19-20 July: New York, NY
  • 25-26 July: Charlotte, NC
  • 2-3 August: Detroit, MI (Riverfront)
  • 22-23 August: Daytona, FL
  • 19-20 September: San Pedro, CA
  • 26-27 September: Seattle, WA (DirtFish)
  • 5 November: Las Vegas, NV (SEMA)

About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor — which has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. — sold 4.4 million vehicles globally in 2012. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 90,000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at www.hyundai.com.

Hyundai Motor Company Australia Pty Ltd (HMCA) was established on October 1st, 2003 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company. The award-winning range of Hyundai vehicles continues to set segment and industry benchmarks in value, quality, and safety, with innovations such as Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, and Australia’s first five-year warranty with unlimited kilometres.

Hyundai Motor Company is the fastest growing automotive brand since 2005, according to the 2012 Interbrand ‚ÄėBest Global Brand’ survey, with an increase of 115%. The growth rate of the Hyundai Motor Company brand in the last year alone has been calculated at 24.4%, against an industry average of 11.2%. Its current brand value of US$7.5 billion ranks it seventh among global automotive companies.

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2014 May-Hockenheim: Marco Wittmann guides the BMW M4 DTM Turbo to its maiden victory

Historic victory in Hockenheim: Marco Wittmann guides the BMW M4 DTM to its maiden victory at the DTM season-opener.

  • 04.05.2014

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Hockenheim (DE) 04th May 2014. BMW Motorsport, Winner Marco Wittmann (DE) Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM. This image is copyright free …

Hockenheim (DE), 4th May 2014. First race, first win: the new BMW M4 DTM opened its career with a dream result in Hockenheim (DE). After 42 laps of the 4.574-kilometre circuit, Marco Wittmann (DE) crossed the finish line first in the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, as the DTM opened its anniversary season with an eventful race. Not only was it the 24-year-old’s first triumph in only his 11th DTM race, but also the maiden victory for BMW Team RMG and BMW’s 60th win in the series.

On 11th March 1984, over 30 years ago, it was Harald Grohs (DE) at the wheel of the BMW 635 CSi who won the very first race in the history of the DTM for BMW in Zolder. Three years later, Grohs also won when the new BMW M3 made its debut in Hockenheim. Wittmann’s success saw the BMW M4 DTM continue this tradition of new cars winning on their debut.

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Six of the eight BMW M4 DTMs finished the race in the points. Timo Glock (DE) came home fifth in the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, followed by Bruno Spengler (CA) in the BMW Bank M4 DTM, Martin Tomczyk (DE) in the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM and Augusto Farfus (BR) at the wheel of the Castrol EDGE BMW M4 DTM in places six through to eight. Joey Hand (US) also picked up a point, crossing the finish line in tenth in the Crowne Plaza Hotels BMW M4 DTM.

The two rookies, Maxime Martin (BE) and António Félix da Costa (PT), remain yet to score their first points, having ended their DTM debuts in 20th and 21st respectively. Félix da Costa was enjoying an outstanding race in his Red Bull BMW M4 DTM, and was in reach for a podium position for long periods. However, a collision with Timo Scheider (DE, Audi) and the subsequent drive-through penalty saw the Portuguese driver drop well back. Problems with a loose wheel after his pit top, coupled with the ensuing drive-through penalty, cost Martin any chance of a better result.

 

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Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
‚ÄúWhat a dream debut weekend for the BMW M4 DTM. To return to Hockenheim with the brand-new BMW M4 DTM and win the first race, half a year after the last victory with the BMW M3 DTM ‚Äď it doesn‚Äôt get much better. At the same time, it is also a great maiden win for BMW Team RMG and Marco Wittmann, who drove an absolutely incredible race and was in a league of his own today. He controlled the entire race magnificently. It was a joy to watch him. However, there is also a lot of work behind this win. On the one hand, our team at BMW Motorsport has been working hard on the BMW M4 DTM for over a year. You never know exactly how good you are compared to the opposition until the first race. Therefore, we are very happy today. Also particularly worthy of mention is the fact that Stefan Reinhold‚Äôs entire team did a lot of testing and made some changes on the test bench over the winter ‚Äď with great success, as you can see. They deserve a big compliment. We are also pleased to see a further five BMWs in the top ten, and with the 60th victory for BMW in the history of the DTM ‚Äď in bright sunshine and in front of a big crowd in the grandstands. I feel sorry for Ant√≥nio F√©lix da Costa who, up until the incident, had produced a very impressive DTM debut.‚ÄĚ

Facts and figures from Hockenheim:  

Circuit / Date Hockenheimring, 4th May 2014
Laps / Distance 42 laps, 4.574 km
2014 Pole Position Adrien Tambay (FR), 1:32.272 min
2014 Winner Marco Wittmann (DE, BMW)
2014 Fastest Lap Martin Tomczyk (DE, BMW), 1:32.532 minutes

 

Driver FAR HAN SPE TOM GLO DAC WIT MAR
Country BR US CA DE DE PT DE BE
Number 3 4 9 10 17 18 23 24
Team BMW Team RBM BMW Team RBM BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team Schnitzer BMW Team MTEK BMW Team MTEK BMW Team RMG BMW Team RMG
Free practice 5th 10th 16th 15th 14th 7th 1st 17th
Qualifying 12th 17th 3rd 8th 9th 4th 2nd 14th
Race 8th 10th 6th 7th 5th 21st 1st 20th
2014 points 4 1 8 6 10 25
Current position 8th 10th 6th 7th 5th 1st

 

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Hockenheim (DE) 04th May 2014. BMW Motorsport, Jens Marquardt (DE) BMW Motorsport Director and Winner Marco Wittmann (DE) BMW Works Driver. This image is copyright free for editorial use © BMW AG (05/2014).

 

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Standings after 1 of 10 races.  

Drivers’ standings.
1. Marco Wittmann (25 points), 2. Mattias Ekström (18), 3. Adrien Tambay (15), 4. Mike Rockenfeller (12), 5. Timo Glock (10), 6. Bruno Spengler (8), 7. Martin Tomczyk (6), 8. Augusto Farfus (4), 9. Timo Scheider (2), 10. Joey Hand (1). 

Team standings.
1. BMW Team RMG (25 points), 2. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (18), 3. Audi Sport Team Abt (15), 4. Audi Sport Team Phoenix (14), 5. BMW Team Schnitzer (14), 6. BMW Team MTEK (10), 7. BMW Team RBM (5). 

Manufacturers’ standings.
1. BMW (54 points), 2. Audi (47). 

2014 calendar:

4th May ‚Äď Hockenheim (DE), 18th May ‚Äď Oschersleben (DE), 1st June ‚Äď Budapest (HU), 29th June ‚Äď Norisring (DE), 13th July ‚Äď Moscow (RU), 3rd August ‚Äď Spielberg (AT), 17th August ‚Äď N√ľrburgring (DE), 14th September ‚Äď Lausitzring (DE), 28th September ‚Äď Guangzhou (CN), 19th October ‚Äď Hockenheim (DE).¬†

About the DTM.
The German Touring Car Masters ‚Äď DTM for short ‚Äď is the most popular touring car series in the world. Last season, over 700,000 spectators flocked to renowned racetracks in Germany and around Europe to watch the ten races live. The series pits the three premium automobile manufacturers BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz against each other in a sporting contest. BMW fielded its first works teams from 1984 to 1992, during which time it claimed 49 race victories and won the Drivers‚Äô Championship on three occasions (1984, 1987 and 1989). In 2012, the manufacturer returned to the DTM with the BMW M3 DTM, three teams and six drivers. BMW promptly won five races and topped the driver, team and manufacturer standings at the end of the season. In 2013, BMW Motorsport managed to defend the Manufacturer‚Äôs title with four teams and eight drivers. The 2014 DTM calendar once again consists of ten races. The schedule includes four trips abroad, to Budapest (HU), Spielberg (AT), Moscow (RU) and Guangzhou (CN). The season traditionally ends in Hockenheim (DE) on 19th October. TV station ARD is broadcasting each qualifying and every race live. Tickets for all the DTM races are available here:¬†http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/fan-area/dtm-tickets.html

 

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Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rallycross and Rhys Millen to complete in 2014 Global RallyCross Championship

[26.03.14]    

Hyundai and Rhys Millen forge formidable new force to complete in 2014 Global RallyCross Championship in Veloster Turbo Rallycross making 450kW of power

  • New two-driver team includes the first female driver in Global RallyCross: top-ranked Emma Gilmour of New Zealand
  • Rhys Millen to be full-season driver with 2014 GRC title sponsor Red Bull
  • Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo Rallycross generates over 450kW of power

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24th March 2014 –¬†Hyundai and Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) are again joining forces to create a groundbreaking new team for the 2014 Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) series. For 2014, Hyundai and RMR continue their assault on dirt- and tarmac-based circuits throughout North America with highly-tuned Veloster Turbo rallycross cars. The new two-car team will feature Pikes Peak champion and veteran racer Rhys Millen, with New Zealand rally champion Emma Gilmour behind the wheel of the second Veloster racecar. “We can’t wait for the 2014 Global RallyCross season to get started with our new team and freshly-tuned Veloster Turbo racers,” said Steve Shannon, vice president of marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “Global RallyCross is the perfect racing series for the compact, fun-to-drive Veloster, and the RMR Velosters are sure to be pushed to the limit every race this season with rally veterans like Rhys and Emma at the helm. We’re proud to team up with two drivers known for their precision and consistency, and we are especially excited to give Emma the opportunity to be the first female driver in Global Rallycross.

 

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HYUNDAI/RMR VELOSTER TURBO Hyundai Veloster Turbo employs a unique third-door design and an efficient, direct-injected, lightweight aluminum powertrain. The Turbo model boasts a hefty 63 horsepower advantage over the normally-aspirated model, generating an impressive 201 horsepower from only 1.6 liters of displacement. The fully race-prepared RMR Veloster Rallycross turbo engine generates more than 600 peak horsepower from its four-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled powerplant, for explosive acceleration out of corners.

2014 RMR Veloster Turbo Rallycross Enhancements
Upsized turbocharger, wastegate control, ECU tuning, and Wiggins turbo clamps
XTRAC center differential, handbrake hydraulic coupler and handbrake lever
Reiger Racing internal bumpstop struts with roller bearings and roll control
New Veloster Turbo rallycross front and rear fascia with new rear wing design

Read more at¬†http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwfitness/article/Hyundai-And-Rhys-Millen-Compete-In-2014-Global-Rallycross-Championship-Series-20140325#pKamQYcFTjUTzXTs.99 RHYS MILLENThe Global Rallycross series holds even more promise for the Hyundai/RMR team in the 2014 season, with great opportunities to leverage valuable racing and technical experience earned by the team in recent years,” said Millen. “The RMR Veloster is perfect for GRC by giving enthusiasts a glimpse of affordable, fun-to-drive production cars exploited to their full race potential in an action-packed rallycross series. Even more, I’m especially proud to have Emma as a teammate; with many top rally drivers hailing from New Zealand, her consistent top performance is sure to impress at every stage of the series.” World Champion driver Rhys Millen set an overall world record at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, earning “King of the Mountain” status in the RMR Genesis Coupe. In the 2012 Global Rallycross Championship Series, the Hyundai/RMR team finished second in manufacturer’s points and third in driver’s points. Millen’s driving credentials further include extensive movie and advertising stunts, 2008 Formula Drift World Champion, 2005 USA Drifting Champion, seven Pikes Peak world records and the 2008 New Year’s Eve Las Vegas truck flip at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Behind Millen’s success in the driver’s seat is an experienced team of engineers and expert fabricators in race preparation and tuning. NEW RMR DRIVER: EMMA GILMOURI couldn’t be more honoured to join the Hyundai/RMR Global Rallycross team for the 2014 season,” said Emma Gilmour, New Zealand rally veteran. “Rhys is known worldwide for his precise and consistent rally skills, and my years of successful rally experience are a perfect fit for the RMR team effort. It’s a true privilege to be the first female driver in the GRC series, and I’m confident my performance will open up more opportunities for a number of great female rally drivers in the future.

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Emma Gilmour: Recent Racing Results
2012 2nd Overall, New Zealand Rally Championship
2nd Overall, Group N Rally New Zealand
2011 2nd Overall, New Zealand Rally Championship
2010 2nd Overall, New Zealand Rally Championship
2nd Overall, PWRC Rally New Zealand
2nd Overall, Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, Whangarei

GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES The 2014 Global RallyCross Championship season features 10 race events, including the ESPN Summer X-Games√ā¬ģ. The X-Games were one of the first public venues introducing the concept of rallycross to U.S. racing enthusiasts. The GRC circuit at each venue features a series of tight turns and a large jump where the cars become airborne, with most of the circuit visible to GRC fans for the duration of the heat. The 2014 GRC season will kick-off at the Caribbean island of Barbados at the BBC Top Gear√ā¬ģ Festival, Saturday, 17 May, where fans are invited to get up-close with both drivers and technicians in the GRC paddock area. RMR fans will be able to view both RMR rallycross and production versions of the Veloster. 2014 GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

  • 17-18 May: Barbados, Top Gear√ā¬ģ Festival
  • 7 June: Austin, X-Games√ā¬ģ, ESPN
  • 21-22 June: Washington, DC
  • 19-20 July: New York, NY
  • 25-26 July: Charlotte, NC
  • 2-3 August: Detroit, MI (Riverfront)
  • 22-23 August: Daytona, FL
  • 19-20 September: San Pedro, CA
  • 26-27 September: Seattle, WA (DirtFish)
  • 5 November: Las Vegas, NV (SEMA)

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About Hyundai Motor Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor — which has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. — sold 4.4 million vehicles globally in 2012. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 90,000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at¬†www.hyundai.com. Hyundai Motor Company Australia Pty Ltd (HMCA) was established on October 1st, 2003 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company. The award-winning range of Hyundai vehicles continues to set segment and industry benchmarks in value, quality, and safety, with innovations such as Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, and Australia’s first five-year warranty with unlimited kilometres. Hyundai Motor Company is the fastest growing automotive brand since 2005, according to the 2012 Interbrand ‚ÄėBest Global Brand’ survey, with an increase of 115%. The growth rate of the Hyundai Motor Company brand in the last year alone has been calculated at 24.4%, against an industry average of 11.2%. Its current brand value of US$7.5 billion ranks it seventh among global automotive companies.

Hyundai i20 WRC rally car speeds into ‘Real Racing 3’ mobile game

Hyundai-i20WRC-turbo-01 Hyundai i20 WRC rally car speeds into ‘Real Racing 3’ mobile game Popular mobile game ‘Real Racing 3’ has a new addition – Hyundai’s i20 WRC Compete to win a VIP trip to the 2014 WRC season kick-off in Monte Carlo Consumers are invited to compete ‘live’ on the Hyundai billboard in London’s iconic Piccadilly Circus 21 November, 2013 √Ę‚ā¨‚Äú Hyundai Motor Company’s i20 World Rally Championship (WRC) car will be featured in EA’s (Electronic Arts) popular ‘Real Racing 3’, a mobile-based racing game. This vehicle is now available in the roster for all users who download the free-to-play mobile game through Android or iOS applications. To celebrate Hyundai’s return to the WRC in 2014, and the release of ‘Real Racing 3’ featuring the Hyundai i20 WRC, the automaker will launch a competition running from 21 November to 11 December 2013 through the mobile game.

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Historic NURBURGRING track up for sale

Historic N√úRBURGRING track up for sale, listed on CarProperty.com for $161 million

A buyer who wants to preserve the historic nature of this German motorsports track has been identified

October 10, 2013  Los Angeles, CA

Historic N√úRBURGRING track up for sale, listed on CarProperty.com for $161 million¬†¬†¬†¬† When one of the most historic automobile tracks in the world filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, there was cause for concern. Who would buy the historic N√ľrburgring racetrack? What would the potential buyers do with the track and what would the ramifications of the sale be on the automotive community and the auto enthusiast community?

¬†¬†¬†¬† Owners of the track, with quoted debts of more than $450 million,¬†turned to CarProperty.com¬†to help publicize the track’s sale, and find potential suitors.¬†The listing at CarProperty.com¬†has the legendary race circuit listed at a price of $161 million.

Historic N√úRBURGRING track up for sale, listed on CarProperty.com for $161 million¬†¬†¬†¬† One such suitor rumored to be interested is the German automobile club, ADAC. According to several reliable sources, that group is planning on buying the historic N√ľrburgring racetrack. ADAC is the second-biggest auto club in the world. ADAC President Peter Meyer said, “The N√ľrburgring is without a doubt the birthplace of German motorsports. You can call it an automobile artifact. Therefore, we’ve started our effort to preserve this sporting facility for the future.‚ÄĚ

¬†¬†¬†¬† The entire N√ľrburgring facility is up for sale including the Nordschleife racetrack, Grand Prix track, amusement park and hotel. Business analysts estimate the value of the whole N√ľrburgring to be worth around $157 million. However, some are concerned that the N√ľrburgring will be sold off as a complete package or sold piece-by-piece.

     That could leave enthusiasts out if the hugely popular tourists drives, where anyone with any car can turn up and run the fabulous Nordschleife track, are deemed not part of the future financial plans.

¬†¬†¬†¬† The German track also remains a mecca for automakers that test and develop high-performance cars on the Nordschleife. Some have even suggested that a group of manufacturers may get together to buy parts of the track.¬† That’s why it’s being listed on CarProperty.com, to attract the best possible buyer for this historic track. CarProperty’s strategic combination of luxury real estate and car collectors makes this listing ideal and well targeted.

     See the complete story, and listing at CarProperty.com.

About CarProperty.com: This is the #1 place on the internet for the real estate needs for car collectors, automotive business owners, large families and car enthusiasts. This is where car properties can be posted if they are for sale or for rent. CarProperty.com has uncovered a hidden market through the power of disruptive internet technology and plans to increase the efforts going forward. The CarProperty.com home page shows a great mix of niche real estate categories and offers categories to help find classic cars, motorcycles and trucks while also providing a place for sellers to post them. Please contact us for options and details.

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Company:                                              CarProperty.com
Phone:                                                   888-320-GARAGE (4272)
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Mazda Twin Turbo Diesel Wins GRAND-AM GX Manufacturers’ Title

[03.10.13]

Mazda SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Turbo Mazda6 Wins GRAND-AM GX Manufacturers’ Title

Mazda closed out the inaugural season of the GX class, during the final year of the Rolex Sports Car Series GRAND-AM championship, with another race win and another championship title.\

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The #70 SpeedSource Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel scored the final GX race win at Lime Rock Park (Connecticut), delivering Mazda more hardware for the trophy case, including the coveted manufacturers’ crown.

In twelve races, the SpeedSource Mazda team scored five wins for the #00 VISIT FLORIDA Mazda6 and four wins for the #70 SpeedSource Mazda6.

There were many highlights throughout the season:

  • First diesel to compete in GRAND-AM competition
  • First diesel to win in GRAND-AM competition
  • First diesel ever to win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Winner – North American Endurance Championship (GX Class)
  • Winner – GRAND-AM Manufacturers’ Championship (GX Class)

Joel Miller scored the most GX race wins (5) while Tom Long scored the most GX pole positions (7).

Mazda drivers Joel Miller, Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long came equal second in the championship on points while Miller was recognised as the 2013 GRAND-AM Rookie-of-the-Year.

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Quotes from John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations:
“This year has been nothing short of amazing. To start an all-new program during the final year of GRAND-AM competition was an enormous task. We succeeded thanks to incredible efforts by everyone at Mazda and SpeedSource, and our great partners. Everyone from drivers Sylvain Tremblay, Tom Long, Joel Miller, Tristan Nunez, Andrew Carbonell and Yojiro Terada to the engineering and office staff, made sure we had 100% all year long. We’re thrilled to be making history by winning the GX manufacturers’ championship with a production-based Mazda SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel. This is an achievement that we share with all of our Mazda dealers and our fans.”

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