Back in 2007, Dutch exotic car builder turned Formula 1 racing team manufacturer Spyker debuted its pre-production C8 Aileron to Geneva show-goers (shown below). After some development delaysÂ brought as a result of a lackluster F1 seasonÂ and poor roadcar sales, Spyker has a final production model ready for release and has teased the long-wheelbase, aviation-inspired coupe ahead of its Geneva Motor Show world premiere. It’s poised as a true performance car, and if all goes as planned, will help boost the brand’s dwindling image and profits.
True to tradition, the C8 Aileron is a mid-engine sports car built upon an all-aluminum frame that utilizes aluminum body panels. Aeronautics and motorsport are two major inspirations, and the new car wears numerous jet-like turbine bits, scoops, louvers and spoilers. LED lights are positioned fore and aft, while “Rotorblade” 19-in. wheels set before AP Racing carbon ceramic stoppers culminate the exterior theme.
In the belly of the Dutch car resides an Audi-sourced 400-hp 4.2L V-8…Â More info
Acura and Mazda will compete against the likes of Audi, Peugeot, Lola and others for overall honors at Sebring.
The second decade of the American Le Mans Series will be off to a roaring start with one of the most exciting and diverse fields ever seen for the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, America’s greatest sports car race. Thirteen manufacturers are present with the initial entry list release, already more than any other motorsport series. The 57th Sebring 12 Hours also will see the debut of the MICHELINÂ® Green XÂ® Challenge that awards teams each race for overall performance, best fuel efficiency and smallest environmental impact.
There is no shortage of world-class entries on any part of the Sebring International Raceway grid with multiple potential class winners throughout….Â More info
Almost six months before filming was set to begin on Fast and Furious 4, the movie’s picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy was already running out of space to hold all the cars, trucks, semis and trailers being built for the production. This was way back in October 2007 and it was McCarthy’s job to bring together every vehicle that would be seen on-screen in the fourth in The Fast and the Furious series. Sound easy? It wasn’t; there were going to be more than 200 of them.
“Reading the script, it was obvious this was going to be bigger than Tokyo Drift,” said McCarthy…Â More info
Ask the average fan what a Corvette race car looks like, and chances are he’ll describe the Pratt & Miller-built C6.R entries that have dominated ALMS GT1 competition since 2005. But on any given weekend, from the end of January through December, it’s possible to find scores of Vettes competing in vintage-class races all over the United States. Have you ever wanted to see a big-block Sting Ray go head-to-head against a 427 Cobra, or a ’63 Z06 battle it out with a Shelby GT350 Mustang? Thanks to vintage racing, legendary match-ups like these are still very much alive.
There are currently around 50 different sanctioning organizations that hold races throughout the country. One of the larger groups is the Sports Car Club of America, or SCCA, which runs vintage races …Â More info