Do you know what is harder than drifting? Drifting in the freakin rain! While typically a crowd pleasing occurrence, drifting in the rain without spinning out is extremely difficult. Throw in the pressure of having judges watch your performance while competing for a championship and the difficulty is increased exponentially. Yet, that is exactly what many drivers had to deal with over the weekend at Round 4 of Formula Drift in New Jersey at Wall Speedway. It was definitely a battle of attrition but it was Fredric Aasbo who came out on top after defeating Dean Kearny in the final battle. This is the second year in a row that Aasbo has earned victory in New Jersey. Tuerck earned third place thanks to his 9th qualifying spot. This podium definitely tightens up the points race, especially with defending champ Chris Forsberg bowing out early with a defeat to Odi Bakchis in the Top 16. Below is your official Formula Drift New Jersey Podium and current top 5 pro championship points standings.
Formula Drift Round 4 “The Gauntlet” New Jersey Results:
1st: Fredric Aasbo
2nd: Dean Kearney
3rd: Ryan Tuerck
Formula Drift 2015 Pro Championship Standings:
1st: Ryan Tuerck – 275pts
2nd: Odi Bakchis – 274pts
3rd: Fredric Aasbo – 268pts
4th: Ken Gushi – 228pts
5th: Chris Forsberg – 225pts
Miss out on some of the racing this weekend? No worries we got you covered! We’ll start off with the results from the Indy Car race this weekend at Auto Club Speedway here in sunny California. There was a surprise win at the MAVTV 500 this year. Who was it? Scroll below to find out!
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!
Indy Car MAVTV 500 Official Results:
1st: Graham Rahal
2nd: Tony Kanaan
3rd: Marco Andretti
I bet that wasn’t the podium you were expecting was it?! If you think that’s crazy check out the highlights below.
When most people think about NASCAR they think about oval tracks. NASCARs are very, very good at going around in circles. In fact NASCAR loves ovals so much that there are only two “road courses” in their season calendar (Watkin’s Glen and Sonoma). What really helps out the series is that they also own about half the tracks they race on with their International Speedway Corporation (ISC) arm and nearly all the tracks they own are ovals. However, according to recent reports it looks like ISC is looking to add another road course to their stable of race tracks.
In a recent story by the Monterey Herald it was reported that the ISC is in talks with Monterey County officials about a possible take over of “operations” at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Currently Mazda Raceway has been operated by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) non-profit organization. Actually, SCRAMP has been operating the race course since its creation. If the ISC were to take over it could possibly mean that SCRAMP would no longer be involved in track operations.
So, why would Monterey County be interested in working with the ISC and NASCAR? Well, it could have something to do with the rumors that the race track has not been doing as well financially due to losing a few big events over the last decade or so, one being a CHAMP car race event and then losing the Moto GP race back in 2013. ISC taking the helm would likely infuse some capital into the race track and with the ISC connections possibly also bring in more high visibility events. Can you imagine NASCARs coming down the famous “cork screw” turn?
Although, this possibility also begs the questions of what will happen to SCRAMP? What of Mazda? Mazda has been a strong supporter of the track and SCRAMP for nearly 16 years, demonstrated by the venue taking on Mazda as its name sake.
I reached out to Mazda for comment on the situation and here is their response:
Mazda has been a partner with SCRAMP since 2000 and we look forward to joining the discussions as to how Mazda Raceway can best serve the needs of both Monterey County and visiting race fans from around the world in 2016 and beyond. We have worked hand-in-hand with the SCRAMP staff and volunteers, and the local community, for 15 years now, and are optimistic about the future of this iconic racetrack.
Looks like Mazda definitely wants to have its say as this all gets hashed out at the negotiation table. What say you? Do you think the ISC taking over Mazda Raceway is a good thing? Or would you rather SCRAMP continue to manage the venue? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
What happens when you combine Lexus’ IS-F CCS-R Pikes Peak car with a RC-F GT3 car? You get the RC-F GT concept. An RC-F coupe built and bred specifically to take on the 156 perilous corners of Pike’s Peak. Lexus has tapped automotive media darling and hot shoe Justin Bell to pilot their RC-F GT up the peak this year and Bell will have a full arsenal of weapons to use in his hill climb attack. The RC-F GT has just shy of 470HP, weighs 800lbs less than the street going model thanks to a diet of carbon fiber, and will stick to the road thanks to some Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD tires.
I’m not sure what the team’s target time is for the hill climb or exactly what class the RC-F GT will enter but the one thing that is certain is that Justin Bell is likely to have buckets full of fun piloting this thing to the peak. Hopefully, we’ll get some tasty video of this thing in action at which I will share with you all! In the meantime click the thumbnail below for pictures and for official specs see the press release below as well.
TORRANCE, Calif. (June 22, 2015) – On June 28th, Lexus will compete in the Time Attack class of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The luxury automaker will be campaigning the all-new RC F GT Concept, a vehicle that builds upon the legacy of the IS F CCS-R vehicles that last competed at Pikes Peak in 2013. This historic event, now in its 93rd running, is a race against the clock that tests man and machine with the changing elements, altitude, and a treacherous 12.42 mile, 156 turn course that winds up the peak from 9,390 feet up to the 14,115 foot summit.
The new Lexus will be piloted up the mountain by British driving ace, 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, and automotive media personality Justin Bell. “With very little time behind the wheel, the RC F GT Concept has already proven fast and easy to drive, very much like the production models, actually. We expect the race car will only pick up pace as we engage more testing, tuning, and data acquisition on the mountain”, said Bell. A seasoned driver in a wide range of vehicles, Bell will bring his vast experience and knowledge to bear on the development side of the RC F GT Concept.
Serving as much more than a mere competition vehicle, the new RC F GT Concept represents a pivotal piece of the Lexus F brand motorsports effort along with the forthcoming global GT3 program. Much like the IS F CCS-R vehicles whose efforts in motorsports helped develop key components such as the engine and transmission for the 2015 RC F, the new GT Concept program will continue to elaborate on the F brand’s performance mission, allowing Lexus engineers to experiment with prototype components, tuning ideas, settings, and software development.
A focused race car involving a high level of composite materials, the RCF GT Concept weighs about 800 lbs. less (3130 lbs.) than the street version, while retaining the same engine and transmission as the production RC F, though states of tune are adjusted for the competition environment. With RC F GT Concept, engineers can test the engine, transmission and chassis components in various conditions, experimenting with different tuning ideas, settings and software.
“The continued evolution of the F brand remains a top priority for Lexus, and motorsports provide us an outstanding opportunity to develop more than concepts and components for F brand products. Our niche line of high performance products are geared toward enthusiast drivers, and also make a very strong statement about Lexus’ engineering capabilities. Competition efforts like Pikes Peak help nurture a performance engineering culture and ideology that will have the greatest influence of future F brand products”, said Jeff Bracken group Vice President and General Manager Lexus division.
RC F GT Concept
3130 lbs. (1420 kgs.)
467+ Hp at 7100 rpm/ 390+ lbs.-ft at 4800 rpm
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
107.4 inches (2730 mm)
189.2 inches (4805 mm)
77.8 inches (1915 mm)
53.4 (1357 mm)
Carbon fiber construction of: hood, roof, trunk lid, door panels, front and rear over fenders, front canards, rear spoiler, interior trim and dashboard. Polycarbonate window.
Did you miss the F1 race while you were hanging out with your dad for Father’s Day? No worries, we got you covered. Simply scroll below for the official results of the Austrian Grand Prix along with a two part-race re-cap by Will Buxton.
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!
2015 Austrian GP Results:
1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Felipe Massa
2015 Formula One Top 5 Points Standings:
1st: Lewis Hamilton 169 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg 159 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel 120 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 72 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 62 points
It looks like its all been made official today as Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games have announced that the Porsche expansion pack for Forza Horizon 2 is real and is available now! For 10 bucks some of the best Porsches from three different decades can be made available for hoonage within the open world of Forza Horizon 2. Also since this is not merely just a DLC pack, there is more beyond the cars. The expansion pack also grants buyers 10 new Porsche themed “bucket list” events, 10 Porsche themed Rivals events, and 15 new achievements that are worth a total of 500 “Gamerscore” points on Xbox Live.
How was all this awesomeness possible? Well just as we hoped they would, the guys from Turn 10 Studios went to the bargaining table with EA Games (who holds the rights to Porsche in video games), and Porsche directly to work out a deal so that Forza can bring the iconic brand back to their series. Which brings me to the next bit of news. This agreement isn’t just for Forza Horizon 2; it expands to Forza Motorsport 6 as well! Yes, Porsche will definitely have a part in the next Forza Motorsport game! We will likely learn more about that during the E3 event next week so stay tuned!
In the meantime check out the official car list of the Porsche Expansion, video trailer, and press release below!
Porsche Returns to Forza with “Forza Horizon 2” Porsche Expansion
Racing fans rejoice – Porsche is coming to “Forza Horizon 2!” Arriving on June 9 for Xbox One, the “Forza Horizon 2” Porsche Expansion will bring ten amazing Porsche models for the first time to an Xbox One Forza game. With Porsche models like the 1989 944 Turbo, the 2003 Carrera GT, and, perhaps the most exciting Porsche in recent memory, the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, the Porsche Expansion Pack will give fans the chance to explore southern Europe in some of the legendary German manufacturer’s most beloved cars.
In addition to an amazing lineup of cars, the “Forza Horizon 2” Porsche Expansion will include 10 new Porsche-themed Bucket List events in “Forza Horizon 2,” 10 exclusive Porsche Rivals events, and 15 achievements worth a total of 500 Gamerscore points on Xbox Live.
Bringing Porsche to “Forza Horizon 2” is fantastic news for Xbox fans and, even better, it’s just the start! We’re excited to share that we are working together with Porsche and EA to deliver the Porsche experience to Forza Motorsport 6 players in 2016. We’ll have more details to share in the future on the integration.
The “Forza Horizon 2” Porsche Expansion now available on Xbox One for $10 in the Xbox Store or through the Forza Hub app for Xbox One. Check out the trailer and here’s the list of cars included in the expansion:
2003 Porsche Carrera GT
Unveiled at the 2003 Geneva Auto Show, the 2003 Carrera GT was Porsche’s first concept car since the last 959 rolled off the line in 1988. With the Carrera GT, Porsche has taken the use of lightweight materials to a new level with its carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, magnesium wheels and titanium pushrods. The result is a motor with almost zero rotational inertia, and a chassis that has nearly zero flex. And yes, it’s light. The 5.7-liter V10 creates 605 horsepower and throttle response likened to an F1 racing car. The Carrera GT will hit 124 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph. This is a driver’s supercar that is superbly engineered and puts the responsibility of reaching its performance potential firmly with the pilot. Unlike faster cars in its class, handling in corners was not compromised for top speed potential. These factors spell one thing – Porsche!
1989 Porsche 944 Turbo
The 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo represents the highest level of performance the 944 model line ever reached. For 1989, the 944 Turbo retained all the features of the 944 Turbo S, except the “S.” This includes 30 more horsepower, larger brakes, larger sway bars, a limited-slip differential and ABS. Many will attest to the 944 Turbo’s performance being that of a supercar, but at a sports car’s price. Delivering almost 250 horsepower from its four-cylinder 8-valve 2.5-liter engine, it will do a quarter mile in about 14 seconds, 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 162 mph. Even though quite affordable today and readily available, the experience you get in “Forza Horizon 2” will give you a taste, without having to sign any paperwork.
1987 Porsche 959
Porsche’s deep pockets and never-ending desire to explore possibilities drove the near-endless list of innovations that make up the Porsche 959. Some call the 959 Porsche’s supercar. Technologically speaking, the car is worlds away from any car of the era and, with only 230 built, the term “exotic” is fitting. The estimated build cost of each 959 was more than $500,000 but the cars sold for $225,000 at the time. Porsche called it an investment, hoping components could be used in future models. However, the only technology ever used was the four-wheel drive system that was part of the Carrera 4. The 959 derives its power from the 962 Group C racecar and puts out 450 horsepower, the highest on record at the time for a road car. The car uses a sequential twin-turbo which aids responsiveness and efficiency in power delivery. The 959’s race history is both on and off-road; it even won its class in the Paris-Dakar Rally.
1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3
The early 1980s were a challenging time for performance cars in the U.S. due to ever-increasing EPA regulations. Things were so challenging, in fact, that the 911 Turbo – known as the 930 in America – was withheld from U.S. and Japanese markets until 1986. The flared wheel arches and whale-tail are definitive characteristics of the 911 Turbo. Despite its evident turbo-lag, the 296 horsepower, air-cooled, flat-six delivers aggressive performance and strong acceleration. Power was delivered through a four-speed, though a five-speed was available in the non-turbo Carrera. While 911’s have always been blessed with oversteer, when coupled with the turbo-lag, the car can be more than a handful when accelerating through a corner. It’s hard to believe that at the time, some at Porsche considered letting the 928 replace the 911. Thanks to Peter W. Schultz, then CEO of Porsche, the 911’s future was ensured and thus the continued success of the iconic 911 line and the company maintained.
1970 Porsche 914/6
Conceived in collaboration with Volkswagen, the 914 was to be an economical sports car replacing the VW Karman Ghia and giving Porsche something to call entry-level. Most were produced with VW flat-four-cylinder motors and, in Europe, these were VW badged as well. The 2.0-liter flat-six makes significantly more horsepower than the largest VW flat-four available in the other models of its era. All had a five-speed transaxle. Porsche entered a 914/6 GT in the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and it took its class and sixth overall – not too shabby for an entry-level sports car. The 914’s mid-engine, rear-wheel drive and near perfect weight balance make it a confidence-inspiring driver through corners. It’s also an endearing starting point for those wishing to own a Porsche, with a combination of fine performance and elegant aesthetics.
2015 Porsche Cayman GTS
There is nothing entry-level about the Cayman GTS. Performance numbers put the Cayman GTS right alongside a base 911 Carrera. When you look at it from the perspective of what car you are getting for your money, it really just comes down to where you want the engine. The Cayman is, of course, a mid-engine design that eliminates the back seat while providing improved weight balance. In car that is meant to take the twist out of every turn, who needs a back seat anyway?
2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (997)
The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 takes the 997 out with a bang. It was so late in the coming that Porsche had to restart production on the model. The result was something special. All 600 RS 4.0 models sold like hot cakes thanks to the car’s amazing performance. The fact is, most GT3 owners take their rides to the track regularly, and the RS 4.0 is the king of GT3s. The 4.0 in the moniker stands for the displacement, which is 0.2 liters larger than the GT3. That displacement comes from a longer stroke and, coupled with enhanced air-flow, titanium connecting rods, and a single-mass flywheel, the RS 4.0 brings 50 more horsepower to the track. The roar of the flat-six is more than enough to encourage hitting the 8,500 rpm redline, but this race-bred brute just loves to scream throughout the powerband. Sure you can drive the GT3 RS 4.0 on the road, but just make sure that road leads to the nearest race circuit just in case.
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S
If you have a problem accepting progress, or if technology frustrates you, the 2014 911 Turbo S is here to help. The car’s amazing healing powers come in the form of 560 horsepower emanating from the 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six. Those compressors offer further therapeutic benefits from variable vane technology that helps them spin up even faster. To keep the tires from spinning, the Turbo S is all-wheel-drive. Thanks to a new liquid-cooled Haldex hydraulic device, the front wheels can handle even more torque. When you put this kind of uncanny acceleration together with world-class top speeds, the 911 Turbo S could be considered a supercar in touring car clothing. New four-wheel steering technology enables tighter and more stable turns at slow or high speed, ensuring that any questions about the value of progress are completely validated.
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
The 918 Spyder is the starting point of a new era of performance and has raised the bar of what can be expected of a hypercar. With nearly 900 combined horsepower from its 4.6-liter naturally-aspirated flat crank V8 and its hybrid electrical system, and built almost completely of carbon fiber, the 918 is a technological marvel. Consider its accomplishments: the 918 Spyder already set a production car lap record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and shattered the production car record at the Nürburgring by 14 seconds. It is also visually stunning in all regards and distinctly Porsche, despite looking like nothing else the company has ever produced. In short, with the 918, convention was left by the wayside and innovation can be found at every angle. The result is nothing less than the spark of a new generation of the highest performing vehicles the world has ever seen.
2015 Porsche Macan Turbo
When Porsche entered the SUV market years ago with the Cayenne, some were skeptical. What should have come as no surprise is that Porsche created something amazing. Like the tiger from which it gets its name, the Macan is at once beautiful and powerful. It barrels its way to highway speed, delivers its occupants to their destination in stately comfort, and has looks that draw the eye. With the Macan, Porsche has created one of the most exciting vehicles in a class where excitement isn’t usually the rule of law. But, then again, it’s Porsche – shouldn’t we have expected this?
We were a bit late on this one but it appears that Microsoft may have accidently spilled the beans on an upcoming Forza Horizon 2 announcement. Last week the official trailer for the Duracell Car Pack was released, but if a few images are to be believed, the Duracell Car Pack trailer was accidently uploaded with the title and description for a Porsche Expansion. According to the screenshotallegedly captured by users who noticed the mistake the Porsche Expansion will give players 500 gamer points, new events, and several Porsches including the 918 Spyder.
If this is true it would make Forza Horizon 2 the first current console racing game to include LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder AKA “the trifecta of hypercars”. According to the rumors this YouTube mistake was quickly fixed and this expansion will be announced in a more official manner at E3 coming up in less than 10 days.
Could this rumor be true? The evidence does look legit but at the same time amazing things can be done in Photoshop these days. If this rumor is true are you excited to see Porsche come to Forza Horizon 2? If you were a hold out on Forza Horizon 2 because of the lack of Porsche, would this change your mind about trying the game out? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype!
This weekend Formula Drift returned to Florida at a brand new venue in Orlando Speedworld. Many didn’t know what to expect from this new track and this weekend we got the answer: rain and fire. In the days leading up to the event the skies over the track opened up and poured onto the venue which cut practice short for some drivers who weren’t lucky enough to get out while the skies were clear. Once the event hit on Saturday the theme was fire and lots of it as several cars burst into flames including reigning champion Chris Forsberg. Forsberg’s car caught on fire during his final four battle against Ken Gushi. Forsberg won the battle but the fire was so bad that he had to use the cockpit fire suppression system which caused technical problems with his cars electronics forcing him to bow out of the final battle against Ryan Tuerck, handing Tuerck the win. Gushi’s number one qualifying spot guaranteed him third place and his second podium of the year. The official event results and top 5 standings are below. If you want to see all the craziness that happened this round check out FormulaDrift.com/Live and hit the “on demand” button to watch the event!
Formula Drift Round 3 Uncharted Territory Results:
1st: Ryan Tuerck
2nd: Chris Forsberg
3rd: Ken Gushi
Current Top 5 Points Standings:
1st: Odi Bakchis (223 points)
2nd: Ryan Tuerck (208 points)
3rd: Chris Forsberg (189 points)
4th: Ken Gushi (173 points)
5th: Fredric Aasbo (162 points)
Did you miss you the Firestone 600 over the weekend? For shame! OK, I’m kidding but seriously you need to quit missing these things! Anyhow, if you didn’t DVR the race then I have the results for you below as well as a highlights clip to get you caught up. Check it out
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!
Firestone 600 Results:
1st: Scott Dixon
2nd: Tony Kanaan
3rd: Helio Castroneves
Formula One returned to the foodie capital of the world, Canada over the weekend for their annual visit. Did you miss out? If so that’s a shame because it was a great race with a bit of drama! If you need the results you can find them below along with a quick post-race report video from NBC Sports that will get you caught up.
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!
Grand Prix Of Canada 2015 results:
1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Valtteri Bottas
Formula 1 World Championship driver standings (top 5):
1st: Lewis Hamilton (151 points)
2nd: Nico Rosberg (134 points)
3rd: Sebastian Vettel (108 points)
4th: Kimi Raikkonen (72 points)
5th: Valtteri Bottas (57 points)