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Gaming Hype: Fast And Furious Themed Forza Horizon 2 Expansion Coming In March (Video)

Posted on 02.25.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Despite “finishing” the main “story” in Forza Horizon 2 I still love playing it because there is so much more to do beyond said story.  There are tons of races, events, and online multiplayer modes to keep me occupied for ages and that’s not counting the recently released Storm Island expansion.  Today, Microsoft and Universal Pictures announced that another expansion would be coming to Forza Horizon 2 based off the Fast & Furious movies.  In this story driven expansion “Tej Parker”  (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges’ character from the film) to source cars for the crew’s next mission.  Players will obtain the cars by completing several challenges that will take place in Forza Horizon 2’s open world setting.  All the cars that are unlocked will be available in free roam gameplay.

Here is a list of some of the cars that will be included in the expansion:

- 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
– 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
– 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
– 2014 Maserati Ghibli Fast & Furious Edition
– 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Fast & Furious Edition
– 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
– 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
– 2013 Jeep Wrangler Fast & Furious Edition

The expansion will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace on March 27th and will be free for two weeks.  After that it can be purchased for $10.  Even though this is likely all part of the promotion for the upcoming Furious 7 film its not clear if there will be any direct tie-ins between the expansion and the next film’s plot or any of the previous films.  Either way it sounds like it could be a good time!  I’ll be sure to give you guys my impressions of the expansion once I get a chance to play it.  I am holding out hope for a challenge involving the world’s longest runway and exploding planes!  For a quick teaser and the official press release scroll below.

Press Release:

Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing Partner to Create

 Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious

Stand-alone Expansion Includes New Cars from Universal Pictures’ Furious 7,

in theaters April 3, 2015

Today, Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced an unprecedented partnership to bring a unique, stand-alone expansion to millions of Xbox fans worldwide.

For the first time, the thrilling driving and amazing cars of Forza, the highest-rated racing series of the past 10 years, are combining with the blockbuster Fast & Furious film franchise to create an original adventure filled with high-speed automotive action in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.

Launching on March 27, 2015, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is a stand-alone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Xbox 360.  The all-new expansion will put players behind the wheel of iconic vehicles from the Fast & Furious film series, including exciting new cars appearing in Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, in theaters April 3.  Players do not need to have purchased or played Forza Horizon 2 in order to download and enjoy the open-world adventure.

“Forza is synonymous with racing and fun, so it’s only natural for us to work with one of the most celebrated automotive entertainment franchises in the world,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox.  “This is a great way to bring Forza players into the world of Fast & Furious, and in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, every fan will get a chance to go wheels-first into the exciting action of the Fast & Furious franchise.”

To celebrate the launch of Furious 7, this stand-alone expansion will be available at no charge for a limited two-week period.  Beginning on March 27 and continuing through April 10, 2015, players can download the expansion on Xbox One or Xbox 360 at no charge.  After April 10, the expansion will cost $10, but players who downloaded it for free during the two-week window can continue to play without restriction.

Furious 7 is the latest installment in our enormously successful franchise, and partnering with the world-class team at Turn 10 Studios offered an exceptional opportunity to thank our fans in an exciting way,” said Bill Kispert, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing.  “In this adventure, fans will experience the thrill of the Fast & Furious series’ most iconic cars through the amazing gameplay of Forza.  We can’t think of a better combination for gamers and movie fans alike.”

In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, players will be recruited by Fast & Furious expert mechanic Tej Parker, voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, to source cars for the Fast & Furious crew’s next big mission.  Players will take part in a series of thrilling car challenges set in the idyllic south of France, challenges inspired by both the Fast & Furious films and Forza’s legendary gameplay.

As players complete game challenges, they will unlock new cars that can be added to their collection and can be driven throughout the open world in free roam play.  Players will also be able to take photos of their favorite cars in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and share them with fellow Forza players via the official Forza Web site and the Forza Hub app on Xbox One.

See below for a list of some of the special edition vehicles that will be featured in the game:

 

  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition

Also, don’t forget to check out the exciting Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious teaser trailer out today.

For more information on Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and the Forza Motorsport franchise, see www.forzamotorsport.net and download the Forza Hub app, exclusively on Xbox One. For assets related to this announcement, please visit this post on Xbox Wire.

About Furious 7

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7.  James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black.  They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.  Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.  www.thefastandthefurious.com

About Universal Partnerships & Licensing

Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L) oversees NBCUniversal’s consumer product and digital licensing for Universal Pictures, NBC Television, Focus Features and Sprout Channel.  This dedicated division is also responsible for film, home entertainment and television promotions.  UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Hype News: Tanner Foust Returning To Formula Drift This Season (Video)

Posted on 02.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Tanner Foust is easily one the most popular personalities in motorsports today.  Between hosing Top Gear USA and contending in Rally Cross in both America and in Europe the man has a pretty full plate, which is a big part of the reason why he stepped away from drifting a few years ago to focus on those things.  Well, it looks like Tanner has missed drifting so much (winning two Formula Drift championships tends to do that) that he is making a return to the sport this season.  He will still continue his Rally Cross and Top Gear hosting duties so for now he will only run a partial season with the rumors suggesting he will drive at the Long Beach, Road Atlanta, and Irwindale rounds of Formula Drift this year.

As far as what he is driving, Wrecked Magazine says it will be a 900hp Volkswagen Passat.  Yes, a Passat!  While it would be expected that Tanner would campaign a VW since they are a major sponsor and platform provider of his Rally Cross program, but a Passat?  Well, for those confused I offer a few theories for this choice.  First, to those drift purists who may be asking “Isn’t the Passat front wheel drive?” the answer is “yes and no”.  In America, the Passat is currently only offered in front wheel drive.  However, in Europe the Passat can be had with all wheel drive, making it legal for RWD conversion and competition in Formula Drift.  For those asking “Why not the Golf R then? That car is AWD”.  Again you would be correct bur the AWD Golf R is a 2016 model car so chances are VW may not be ready to put marketing dollars behind it and lets be honest, marketing dollars are what drive motorsport programs such as these.

Either way I am glad to see Tanner return to drifting and now we all have one more big reason to look forward to Formula Drift this year!  For the official video announcement of Tanner Foust’s return scroll below.

[Source: Formula Drift, Wrecked Magazine]

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Hype News: NHRA Threatens To Pull Race Licenses From Participants Of Discovery Channel’s Street Outlaws Reality Show

Posted on 02.18.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Street racing has been a part of American car culture since the invention of the automobile.  Over the decades many steps have been taken to try and put a stop or at least reduce street racing as it grew in popularity.  Law enforcement tried a heavy handed approach but that just seemed to make rebellious young drivers want to do it more.  It seemed over time that the solution that the drivers wanted were more tracks and places to race in a legit fashion since over the last 20 years or so many local tracks and drag strips where racers used to go were shut down.  To their credit official sanctioning bodies such as the NHRA worked with local tracks all over the country to organize weekly events that provide a safe place for people to race.  However, even that isn’t enough to lure everyone away from racing on the streets.  This fact inspired a new show on the Discovery Channel called “Street Outlaws.”

Street Outlaws focuses on the illegal street racing scene in Oaklahoma City and features the drivers, cars, and shops who regularly participate in races, sometimes for money but mostly bragging rights. Many of the shows racers aspire to get on “the list” as in an unofficial list of the top 10 fastest street racers in the area.  In just four seasons the show has gained a sizable audience and the Street Outlaws official Facebook page has reached over a million likes.  Some of the show regulars even make celebrity appearances at events like car shows and conventions.

Now, the NHRA is threatening to take away official racing privileges from any officially licensed driver who is on the show and participates in a street race.

One of the regulars on the show Justin Shearer AKA “Murder Nova” posted a warning letter he got from the NHRA on his Facebook page stating that his participation on the show violates the sanctioning body’s rules of conduct and if he continues his competition license will be “suspended indefinitely”.  One would think that Mr. “Murder Nova” would be none too pleased over this action but it seems that he is actually happy about it as this issue is helping gain even more attention for the already popular show in which he is a part of.

So far, we haven’t heard about anyone officially losing their NHRA competition license yet but we plan to reach out to both the NHRA, the Discovery Channel, and Pilgrim Studios (the production team behind the show) for any further comment and we will update this story as it develops.  In the meantime let us know what you think.  Is the NHRA right to make a stand against their licensees participating in illegal street racing? Do you think the NHRA is over stepping their bounds and making a mountain out of a mole hill?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

To see the picture of the NHRA letter that Justin posted just click the thumbnail below.  You can also watch a short clip below to get a taste of what the show is like.

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[Source: Facebook via Justin Shearer]

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Hype Bowl 2015: The Worst Car Commercials Of Super Bowl XLIX AKA “The Whack Three” (Video)

Posted on 02.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There is a saying that in life we must take the good with the bad.  I guess the same goes with things as trivial as television commercials!  We already showed you our favorite three car spots from last night’s Super Bowl, now we want to talk about our least favorite.  We have put them in a group that we have dubbed “The Whack Three.”  Now, before I continue I should let you know that our three worst commercials for this year aren’t the worst car commercials we’ve ever seen.  Heck, they weren’t even the worst commercials of the Super Bowl this year.  There were more than a few spots which were far worse and/or depressing (we’re looking at you Nationwide Insurance) but, for the Hype Bowl we narrow our focus strictly on car commercials.

Thus, we present the Whack Three (now with comical word play for place positions!)

Turd Place (see what we mean?): “Fable” – Mercedes Benz

One of the worst things a brand can do is build up truck loads of pre-hype for their Super Bowl spot and then fail to meet the expectations they set.  The “Fable” spot is a perfect example of this.  For nearly a month before the Super Bowl, Mercedes Benz has teased their “big race” between the tortoise and the hare.  Even using NFL legend Jerry Rice to aid in pushing this spot.  Granted that “The Tortoise and the Hare” is an age old tale and we’ve all heard the story, We were looking forward to this spot anxious to see what kind of twist Mercedes would throw in to the classic tale.  SPOILER ALERT: There’s no twist at all! Unless you count the tortoise predictably using a Mercedes AMG GT to win the race.  You had a chance to do something really cool and different Mercedes Benz.  Instead, you played it safe.  As a result things just ended up boring and uninspired.  At least Jerry Rice made a decent paycheck.

Blech-ond Place: “The Blue Pill” – Fiat

So, an older gentleman sees himself on the cusp of… well, lets just say “amore'” with an attractive woman.  In a bit of bad luck, the man drops his much needed “blue pill” out the window and after a tired Rube Goldberg machine bit the pill falls into the fuel take of a Fiat 500.  The Fiat 500 then transforms into the bigger Fiat 500X crossover.  The message? Buy a Fiat 500X if you want to drive a drug assisted erection with wheels.  No, thank you.

Worst Place: “Make Some Noise” – Lexus

We aren’t really a fan of “abstract” commercials so Lexus was already going into this with the odds stacked against them with us.  Unfortunately, things didn’t get any better as the commercial went on.  “Make Some Noise” is Lexus’ way to introduce the world to their new NX turbo SUV.  The NX actually looks pretty cool and the commercial features an all black cast (the only Super Bowl car commercial to do so).  That is where the good ends though.  Rather than convey a message, use humor, or action, this commercial is literally just a bunch of people dancing and banging on things to a beat in a dark room lit with some fluorescent light rods.  Why is it that a commercial with an all black cast has to have everyone dancing to a tribal beat?  So, not only is it slightly offensive, but the way the commercial is lit makes it difficult for viewers to even see the car they are attempting to sell.  However, the absolute worst part of this, is that Lexus actually made a pretty good commercial for the RC 350 using nothing but an open asphalt lot, one stunt driver, and a remote control car.  Yet, they didn’t lead with that spot and instead this ad got the brunt of the promotion.  You’re doing it wrong Lexus!  Although I have faith they will learn from this and do a lot better next year.

By the way, the “Meh” award goes to  “Newfangled Idea” from BMW.  In this spot for the i3 BMW relies on a call back to when famous morning news anchors Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbell first discovered the internet and then creates a parallel to the pair discovering the “Newfangled” wonder of the electric car.  Although when you consider the fact that electric cars have been around for years and that Katie already publicly admitted she personally prefers Audi to BMW this commercial kind of falls flat.

There you have it.  Our worst picks of 2014 Super Bowl car commercials.  We will be the first to admit we are pretty shocked to see the likes of Mercedes Benz and Lexus in this lot as they are usually pretty good or at least on par.  But, as the Seahawks showed the world last night, sometimes even the best teams can make a really bad play call…

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Hype Bowl 2015: The Best Car Commercials Of Super Bowl XLIX AKA “The Fresh Three” (Video)

Posted on 02.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its that time of the year again!  The big came has come and gone and the internet is buzzing with the usual post-superbowl stories: the game (what the flipping pancakes were you thinkin’ Pete Carroll!?!?!) , the half time show (how ’bout that gold lion and dancing sharks?), and of course the commercials.  Now, there was obviously a ton of commercials but here we only care about ads of the automotive variety.  With that filter in place it narrows things down to 11 ads this year which is about two more than last year.  What does that mean?  Not much really as some of the contenders had more than one spot.  For example Toyota ran two different spots for the new Camry while Lexus ran a spot for their new NX SUV and for the new RC 350 coupe.  As you may or may not remember it was the Chevrolet spot “Life” which won first place last year because of its powerful emotional message.  All the other OEMs must’ve taken notes because many of this year’s spots were attempts to pull at the heart strings.  Some worked some didn’t.

So, which spots made it to our fresh three this year?  Let’s find out!

Third Place: “How Great I Am” – Toyota

Its hard to argue with a commercial with its main theme being the spirit of human perseverance.  This spot gives the audience a glimpse at the life of world class snowboarder Amy Purdy, a double amputee who refuses to let something like losing her legs stop her from doing what she wants to do while being completely awesome at it.  All of this is shown over the famous Muhammad Ali speech “How Great I Am”.  Its hard to go wrong with butt kicking women and Muhammad Ali so with that Toyota makes it into the Fresh Three.

Second Place: “Wisdom” – Dodge

Some of the best car commercials actually don’t seem to be car-centric at first and then they find a way to tie their theme together with the brand message and it turns out awesome.  That is exactly what happened in Dodge’s “Wisdom” spot.  It starts with Centenarians (people who are 100 years old or older) imparting gentle words of well, wisdom.  At first things are sweet and heart felt with suggestions like “live for now” and “always tell the truth”.  Then things get edgy as Dorothy Titleman (Born 1914) recommends to “keep your eyes open and sometimes your mouth shut!” Que the guitar riffs, Dodge Challenger burn outs, and it only gets better from there!

First Place: “With Dad” – Nissan

Congratulations Nissan! Your “With Dad” spot is officially our pick for the best car commercial of Super Bowl XLIX and the winner of Hype Bowl 2015!  “With Dad” tells the story of a father who works as a journeyman racer for Nissan.  He works his way up the motorsports ladder and has success, but the constant time away from his young son takes its toll on him and his family but he pushes on to continue supporting his wife and son.  It’s a bit cheesy and a bit unrealistic but it still manages to hit all the right emotional buttons while showcasing excellently filmed cinematic racing with cars like the 370Z and GT-R.  Then it earned a ton of bonus points by debuting Nissan’s new GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 race car AND the next Nissan Maxima.  All in all its an emotional commercial that is still manages to add action, and Easter eggs for enthusiasts.  More than enough to be worthy of the title!

Honorable mentions (just click the titles in the red text to be taken to the commercials)

My Bold Dad” – Toyota. Another father-themed commercial, this Camry spot by Toyota is more of a tear-jerker than Nissan’s spot but without being sappy.  This one will get you, especially if you have a daughter!

Lets Play” – Lexus.  This is one of the first official commercials for the new Lexus RC 350 coupe.  Its very simple but does a great job of getting its point across in a fun and creative way featuring some stunt driving in an RC car (as in Radio Control) and in a “RC” car as in Lexus RC thanks to Sam Hubinette.  The odd thing is this commercial isn’t listed as a “Super Bowl” commercial even though it aired during the game while the other Lexus commercial (for the NX SUV) is.  We think that was a big mistake on Lexus’ part.  They definitely should have led with this!

The Perfect Getaway” – Kia.  This spot for the Kia Sorrento starts off a bit slow but builds up to some decent laughs as ex-James Bond Pierce Brosnan gets pitched to star in a Kia commercial that seems mundane at first but ends in “fireworks.”  Watch it and you’ll see what we mean.

Well, that does it! Those are our favorite commercials of the Super Bowl.  You may notice that none of the European brands made it to the list.  Unfortunately, didn’t really bring it as well as they have in the past.  Some were no-shows all together like crowd favorites Audi and VW.  Mercedes and BMW showed up to the party, but unfortunately they ended up being the weird guy at the party that you wish you didn’t start a conversation with.  You will see what we mean when you see our post for the worst ads!  Stay tuned!

 

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F1 Hype: McLaren Honda Reveals New MP4-30 Race Car (Video)

Posted on 01.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Early in the A.M. (4am for me to be exact) right after Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso went to the future (see previous post), McLaren Honda finally revealed their 2015 chassis dubbed MP4-30.  This was significant for two reasons.  The first is that this officially launches the rebirth of one of F1’s storied partnerships in McLaren and Honda.  It also marks one of the first times that a car reveal was done exclusively over social media.  That’s right, there was no press conference gala at the McLaren HQ.  The reveal was done by live posting by McLaren via their social media channels (twitter, facebook, instagram), and their website.  I think it was a pretty neat concept to do it this way but I am not so sure other teams will follow suit.

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Anyhow you can finally see the new McLaren Honda in all its glory by clicking on any of the thumbnails or watching the intro video below.  What do you think of it?  I was kind of hoping they would go back to a white and red color scheme like the MP46.  I think the colors they chose look great but since they aren’t associated with Mercedes anymore, why hang on to the silver?  Oh well, either way it still looks pretty fresh.  Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments or tweet us at @MotorworldHype

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Hype Video: Jenson Button And Fernando Alonso Star In “Back To The Race Track”

Posted on 01.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If the classic movie Back To The Future has taught us anything, its that the “future” officially happens in a little under 10 months away on October 21st 2015 at 7:28pm.  However, that fact didn’t stop McLaren Automotive, Jenson Button, and Fernando Alonso to gloriously recreate one of the most iconic scenes in BTTF but naturally, a McLaren 650S plays the part of the time machine rather than a Delorean.  Where will Jenson and Fernando go?  To an epic F1 race of the past?  A hovercraft race in the future?  Watch the flick below to find out.  Trust me, its worth it!

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Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 6 Goes Behind The Scenes Of The New Ford GT’s Development

Posted on 01.26.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) just ended and by now I think it is safe to say that the new Ford GT easily stole the show with its striking looks and the debut of its new “Ecoboost” V6 engine.  Further increasing its momentum was the announcement that Forza Motorsport 6 was coming and that the new Ford GT would be the cover car.  Today, thanks to Forza, we get to see a behind the scenes look at how the new Ford GT was created and some insight into the design choices made by the Ford team.  Its a pretty awesome way to spend five and a half minutes!  Check it out below.

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Gaming Hype: “90s Arcade Racer” Instantly Takes Me Back To High School (Video)

Posted on 01.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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While the game “Drift Stage” is attempting to bring back memories of racing games from the 80s, the new “90s Arcade Racer” from Nicalis is looking to inspire memories from the…well 90s.  With heavy inspiration from the SEGA arcade racing games from the 90s like Daytona USA, SEGA Super GT, SEGA Rally and others.  With a bright colors and elaborate flourishing backgrounds to expansive tracks, visuals of this game instantly takes me back to my high school days, dumping quarters into the latest SEGA racing game after school before heading home.

To get a taste of what I mean, watch the gameplay footage below which debuted today at PAX South.  I am not sure when this game will be released or for what platforms but I will do some digging and get back to you!  Stay tuned!

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Hype News: Lamborghini Reveals Huracan GT3 Race Car And We Need One (Video)

Posted on 01.21.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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In our second motorsports news story of the day Lamborghini has finally revealed the GT3 version of their newest bull, the Huracan.  This widebodied angular beast is over 400lbs lighter than a “normal” Huracan but still retains the same V10 engine.  Despite the Huracan GT3 being mostly developed in-house at Lamborghini, Dallara (who created the current Indy Car chassis) was tapped to aid in design of the GT3’s aerodynamics.  The Huracan GT3 will be rear wheel drive (the stock version is AWD) and come equipped with a six-speed sequential transmission.

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The Huracan GT3 will begin competing this year in the Blancpain Endurance Series in Europe.  Although I would not be surprised if we eventually see the Huracan GT3 competing state side as well.  In fact, Lamborghini’s newest race car is available for sale to any interested parties for about $430,000.  I’d get one but I am a bit short, you know how it goes.  To see HD resolution pics of the Huracan GT3 just click the thumbnails and for a video of the car in action just scroll below.

Press Release:

Sant’Agata Bolognese, 21 January 2015. Automobili Lamborghini has presented the new Lamborghini Huracán GT3, in a world premiere at its headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese. The unveiling ceremony was carried out in the presence of media, customers and partners from around the world.

The GT3 competitor makes its debut following that of the new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, which will be the protagonist of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in Europe, Asia and North America from this year.

Starting in 2015, the Huracán GT3 will line up in the Blancpain Endurance Series that runs over five venues in Europe, among which is included the famous Spa-Francorchamps 24-hours race.

The growth and success of Lamborghini motorsports activities throughout the world has heightened its appeal to partners: the prestigious Indonesian oil and energy petroleum company PERTAMINA will be the official technical partner of Lamborghini Squadra Corse activities in the coming years.

”With the Huracán GT3, Lamborghini Squadra Corse takes a further step forward in the development and production of a race car for this category, which is among the most prestigious and challenging in international motorsport. Lamborghini is thus for the first time directly involved in GT motorsport activities with the in-house development of this new model,” declared Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. ”We are proud and delighted to announce the new partnership with PERTAMINA, which will further support our motorsport activities.”

“We are proud to be the partner of Automobili Lamborghini as one of the world’s most prestigious super sports car marques. This cooperation confirms PERTAMINA’s position as the technology partner of Lamborghini Squadra Corse, connected to our vision of becoming a World Class Energy Company with the mission to expand our market globally,” said Ahmad Bambang, Marketing Director of PERTAMINA.

The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 is equipped with an Alu-Carbon chassis and a fully integrated FIA-compliant roll-cage. The subframe has been modified both at the front and rear to accommodate a high performance water radiator (front), and for a better positioning of the gearbox (rear), improving aerodynamics. The kerb weight is 1239 Kg with a 42/58 front/rear weight distribution. The final weight will be set by the FIA BOP.

The bodywork is in composite materials and, along with the aerodynamics, has been developed in collaboration with Dallara Engineering with the direct involvement of the founder Gian Paolo Dallara. Aerodynamics have been tuned to grant the best possible air flow penetration, and maximum adherence and traction in any condition on any asphalt. Efficiency has been improved thanks to the rear adjustable wing, adjustable front diffuser and louvres. The new aerodynamics also allow improved cooling of the braking system.

As for the Huracán Super Trofeo, the GT3 is equipped with new bodywork fast- fittings and equipped with a new, enhanced-performing engine and gearbox oil cooler.

Special attention has been given to safety, with the new Lamborghini Huracán GT3 equipped with a carbon frame 8862 specification seat; an OMP fire extinguishing system; and an innovative roof hatch which enables, in case of need, quick assistance by medical personnel through the roof of the car. Seat belts are provided by OMP, the fuel tank is an FT3 type and the pedals are adjustable.

Front and rear lights are LED. The new multifunction steering wheel has been re-engineered along with OMP.

The new rear-wheel drive Huracán GT3 adopts the V10 direct injection engine mounted on the road car, managed by a Bosch Motorsport control unit that also manages traction control, gearbox and the TFT display on the dashboard. All wiring and connectors are designed specifically for racing. The engine is fixed on the chassis by rigid mountings and is coupled with a sequential six-speed gearbox, according to FIA regulations, and a three-disc racing clutch.

The braking system is made up by 380 x 34 mm steel discs at the front (6 pot), and 355 x 32mm steel discs at the back (4 pot), according to FIA regulations, equipped with Bosch ABS. This system features 12 different settings that can be actioned directly from the steering wheel, as can traction control. The tyre sizes are 315/680 at the front and 325/705 at the back. The car is equipped with a pneumatic lifting system.

In Europe, the Huracán GT3 is priced at 369,000 Euro (excluding taxes) ex works.

Lamborghini’s newest raging bull race car has already made its track debut in development tests in recent months, under the supervision of head of motorsport Giorgio Sanna. ”The first GT3 car from Lamborghini will allow talented young drivers the opportunity to contest a Lamborghini in competitions such as the challenging 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series. This season will be an important one for us to gather experience from a category as demanding as GT3, but at the same time we are offering a competitive product to our customers. It will be a busy year, as the Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo will also debut in our Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in Europe, USA and Asia.”

Grasser Racing Team will line up two new Huracán GT3s in the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series. The Austrian team – 2013 Blancpain Sprint Series Pro-Am Champion and third in the 2014 Pro Class – will field the two official test drivers of Lamborghini Squadra Corse: Fabio Babini (ITA) and Adrian Zaugg (RSA) now promoted to factory drivers, and the Italian Mirko Bortolotti who impressed in the 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe.

Working alongside them will be three young talents from Lamborghini’s Young Drivers Program: Giovanni Venturini (ITA), Jeroen Mul (NED) and Andrew Palmer (USA). All three have been promoted to the Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Team. This new program features a step up from the Young Drivers Program, with the aim of selecting the best talents to be involved in testing sessions and GT3 racing.

The Italian Edoardo Piscopo and the Serbian Milos Pavlovic have also been promoted to official test drivers for Lamborghini Squadra Corse. Winners of both the 2014 PRO Class in the European Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo and the World Final, they will be in charge of the GT3 car’s development across the world.

THE 2015 BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES CALENDAR

11-12 April Monza, ITA
23-24 May Silverstone, GBR
19-20 June Paul Ricard, FRA
23-26 July Spa-Francorchamps (24 Ore), BEL
19-20 September Nürburgring, GER

 

Automobili utomobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, in Northeastern Italy. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which has made its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is the successor to the iconic Gallardo and redefines the luxury super sports car driving experience with its innovative technology and outstanding performance. The Aventador LP 700-4, in Coupé and Roadster offerings, represents the reference point in the world of V12-powered, luxury super sports cars. With 129 dealerships worldwide, in little more than half a century Lamborghini has created an uninterrupted series of extraordinary, exclusive cars that include the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, and several limited series like the Reventón, Sesto Elemento and Aventador J. The Veneno Coupé, the Egoista and the Veneno Roadster, have been created to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary year in 2013.

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