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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Just moments ago Turn 10 Studios announced that Forza Motorsport 6 is on its way to Xbox One and that the new Ford GT (which just debuted at NAIAS 2015) will be the official cover car! It seems like just yesterday Forza Motorsport 5 launched with the Xbox One and now Turn 10 Studios is already talking about the next! Nothing else has been announced other than the fact that the game is in fact coming and that the new Ford GT will be on the cover. Oh, one more thing Turn 10 Studios mentioned that for the first time in the series players will be able to see/virtually drive cars in the game before they make their real life debuts. Which half-way states that its likely we will see Forza Motorsport 6 in stores before the Ford GT hits dealerships.
This also means it is very likely that the world will get its first look at Forza Motorsport 6 at E3 this year! Hopefully, we will get a chance to preview it! For now you can click the thumbnail below for the official box art and you can read the official press release down there as well.
Microsoft and Ford Unveil Ford GT as the Cover Car for “Forza Motorsport 6” Debuting Exclusively on Xbox One
Ford’s new line of performance vehicles will star in Microsoft’s newest and most advanced racing game
DETROIT – Jan. 12, 2015 – Microsoft, Turn 10 Studios and Ford unveiled their new collaboration today at the North American International Auto Show, announcing the all-new Ford GT ultra-high performance supercar as the featured cover car in the next iteration of the acclaimed racing simulation franchise for Xbox, “Forza Motorsport 6,” launching exclusively on Xbox One.
The GT serves as a technology showcase for Ford with its ultra-efficient EcoBoost engine performance, advanced aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction. It begins arriving in dealerships in select markets globally late next year.
In addition, the companies revealed that Ford’s performance vehicle line-up will appear in “Forza Motorsport 6”. This includes the GT, Shelby® GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor debuted by Ford earlier today at the auto show. As “First in Forza” vehicles, global fans will have the opportunity to virtually experience the cars when they debut in “Forza Motorsport 6,” available exclusively for Xbox One.
“It is an honor to share this historic moment with Ford and celebrate the legacy of the GT by making it the featured cover car of ‘Forza Motorsport 6,’” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. “We’re thrilled to have the unique opportunity to announce ‘Forza Motorsport 6’ the day the car debuts – on one of the biggest stages in the automotive industry, and we can’t wait to share more details on the game later this year.”
“Forza Motorsport,” developed exclusively for Xbox, is the highest-rated racing series of the past decade, according to Metacritic. Developed by Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios, the series combines the industry’s leading next-gen graphics and simulation engines and has become the most played next generation racing simulation on Xbox One.
“The Ford GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar, delivering ultra-efficient EcoBoost performance, driver-centric technology and lightweight carbon fiber construction,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Working with Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios allows us to share our all-new GT supercar with an unprecedented global audience, giving fans an opportunity to virtually experience the beauty, thrill and innovation of Ford’s performance line-up.”
A pioneer of the global automotive industry, Ford is a leader in innovation. GT showcases material and technology innovations to help better serve drivers, such as active aerodynamics, lightweighting with a carbon-fiber passenger cell and carbon-ceramic brake discs and a next-generation EcoBoost engine that produces more than 600 horsepower.
“Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, ‘Forza Motorsport 6’ will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date, offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios. “We’re excited to unveil gameplay at E3 in June.”
More details on “Forza Motorsport 6” and Ford GT news can be found at news.xbox.com and media.ford.com, respectively. Media assets for “Forza Motorsport 6” can be found at news.xbox.com/media.
Remember that awesome 80s pastel colored game Drift Stage I showed you a while back? Well they are one step closer to finishing it but they are turning to crowd-funding via Kickstarter to get them across the finish line (pun activate!). Along with the Kickstarter the team behind Drift Stage, Super Systems Softworks has released a bunch of new information about their game including its real inspiration, game modes, car types, and more.
For them, Drift Stage was inspired by old school racing games that used the drift mechanic such as Outrun 2, Ridge Racer, and Daytona USA. This explains their choice to blend pixel art with 3D models for their art style. As far as what you can do in the game, Super Systems Softworks announced that they plan to include the following game modes: Single Race, Time Trial, Infinite Drift, Daily Challenges, Career Mode, Workshop, and Local/Online Multiplayer. While most of those modes are self-explanatory, the two that are really grabbing my interest are the Infinite Drift, and Workshop modes.
Infinite Drift is a checkpoint style racing mode that continues on forever on a randomly generated track which sounds awesome. Workshop mode goes beyond just modifying cars but actually includes a track editor as well. That’s right, players can create their own drift courses! How cool is that?!
In addition to the game modes the team also announced 6 of the cars that will be playable (although they say there are more unannounced cars). Though the cars are technically fictional, a close look at them shows that they are inspired by 80s cars like the Toyota Corolla, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 308, etc.
Their Kickstarter goal to finish the game is $30,000. Even though the campaign just launched today, the team as already received 239 backers to the tune of $8,565 as of the writing of this post. That’s almost a third of the way there and there is still 29 days left to back the game. For a pledge of $10 backers will receive a DRM free digital copy of the game, access to backer forums, and their name in the credits. Pledge more and rewards include extras such as early access, digital download of the game sound track, vinyl stickers, and shirts. There was a special reward of getting a customized billboard in the game for anyone who pledged $500 or more but those are all gone!
Perhaps the best part of this news is that Super Systems Softworks has also released a free demo of the game to everyone who wants to try it out right now! The downside is it looks like the developers are only targeting PCs (Windows, Mac, Linux, Steam) as their release platform. It would be really awesome if there was a stretch goal to get this game on consoles via Xbox Live Arcade and/or PlayStation Network but as of now it looks like there are no such plans. Those who strictly game on their PCs are in luck though provided that Drift Stage meets its goal. While I can’t see into the future (yet) I would feel pretty safe on betting that Drift Stage will hit its goal and thensome based on its early results.
Oh, they also released a new trailer for the game which you can view below. If you want to check out the official Kickstarter page hit the source link below the video.
The latest DLC pack for Forza Horizon 2 dubbed the “G-Shock Car Pack” includes a pretty eclectic mix of rides. Most notably the Nissan IDx concept AKA “the Datusn 510 rebirth” is now available to slide and race around Europe! The car pack also features a few old school rides and a pretty awesome truck! Its available right now on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 5 bucks and to me it seems like it would be 5 bucks well spent! Check out the full car list and official trailer below.
G-Shock Car Pack List:
2015 Nissan IDx NISMO
1980 Subaru BRAT GL
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Shelby
1975 Ford Bronco
1953 Ferrari 500 Mondial
Ever want to know what its like to suddenly come across a drift car in the middle of the city and then have the owner of said drift car take you on the ride of your life through public streets? Papadakis Racing just dropped a new flick that illustrates just such a daydream. In “Dream Ride LA” Fredric Aasbo takes a young kid drifting through the streets of LA in many iconic locations. Is it a bit of a rip off of what Ken Block did? Sure. But, its still pretty entertaining to watch! Scroll down and check out the five minute film below as well as the official press release.
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (January 6, 2015) — Papadakis Racing and driver Fredric Aasbo today launch #DreamrideLA, a short video showcasing the precision driving of top drift competitor Aasbo and presented by Scion Racing, Motegi Racing and Hankook Tire.
The five-minute video, available on the Papadakis Racing YouTube channel, features Dillon Bryant Akers as a boy who makes an astonishing discovery on the bank of the LA River and is rewarded with the experience of a lifetime in the 800-plus horsepower Papadakis Racing Scion tC Formula Drift competition car.
“A lot of kids grow up dreaming about being in a real racecar,” said Aasbo. “In Dreamride LA I had the chance to make one of those dreams come true.”
Team boss Stephan Papadakis said that once he and Aasbo decided to make a video, it was important to innovate and push the genre forward. The narrative approach offered by director Michael Tiddes was a perfect fit.
“So many of the drifting videos out there focus on the technique of the stunts and the technical aspects of the car,” said Papadakis. “In Dreamride LA the driving is amazing and the Scion tC is definitely front-and-center, but we also wanted to spotlight the experience. This video is personal and we hope that resonates with the fans.”
Tiddes, a feature film director whose big screen credits include box office hits A Haunted House and A Haunted House 2, merged Hollywood techniques with a fast-paced videogame aesthetic to create a short film that captures the emotional intensity of the drifting experience.
Aasbo is one of the world’s leading drift competitors. He won the 2014 Formula Drift Asia title and finished runner-up in the 2014 Formula Drift championship. Originally from Ski, Norway, Aasbo splits his time between his native country and Redondo Beach, California. This is his first feature project.
Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S. A respected innovator, Papadakis moved to drifting in 2005 and has led his team to two Formula Drift championship titles (2007, 2008) and runner-up in the 2014 and 2010 championship seasons.
New Jersey native Tiddes is a comedy specialist who has worked with legends Keenen Ivory Wayans and brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans for over a decade. His viral videos featuring talents including Damon Wayans Jr., Affion Crockett, Omar Epps and FRED have become internet phenomena reaching more than 50 million views.
Young star Dillon Bryant Akers is the son of Veronica Valdes and actor Howard Alonzo (Akers) and the godson of Damon Wayans Jr. He made his acting debut in the Wayans family pilot Growing Up Wayans, and works with the Wayans family and Producer Will.i.Am on various projects. Outside of acting, Dillon is an AAU-ranked basketball player and an honor roll student.
#DreamrideLA is available on the Papadakis Racing YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/papadakisracing). Follow #DreamrideLA on social media for more.
THANKS TO OUR VIDEO PARTNERS:
Hankook Tire (www.hankooktireusa.com); Scion Racing (www.scion.com); Motegi Racing (www.motegiracing.com)
Have you ever looked at the front end of a car and felt like you could see its “face”. Eyes in the headlights? A mouth in the grill? You aren’t alone! Many people (including myself) tend to see facial shapes when they look at cars, especially if those people are car enthusiasts. Before today I just chalked up that experience to the connection that enthusiasts like me have with automobiles. Although, it looks like science has discovered some kind of neurological reason that explains it all and takes the mystery out of it. A bit depressing but still interesting to know. To learn how it all works watch the video below.