Archived Features For June 2013
Today Jaguar released details of their C-X75 Prototype which was developed by Williams as a possible production car.
The aborted project uses a turbocharged 1.6 liter engine in conjunction with two inline electric engines to produce over 850 bhp.
Jaguar first revealed the C-X75 at the 2010 Paris Motor Show as a prototype that could be produced to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jaguar.
That means the C-X75 could have been a logical successor to the XJ220 which was the fastest production car in the world for a short time.
Mixed emotions made it an unforgettable Le Mans this year.
Just 10 minutes into the race, Allan Simonsen was avoiding a spinning Ferrari when he lost control of this own Aston Martin and fatally hit the wall at Tertre Rouge.
Overall winner Tom Kristensen didn't dedicate the race to his late father, but he said “This victory today I dedicate to Allan Simonsen, a great fellow Dane.”
The Audi victory was hard fought. After the leading #1 car suffered from over 40 minutes in the garage, and the #3 car had simiar problems, this left only the #2 car of Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish to hold onto victory from the chasing Toyotas. And they did so in front of 245,000 spectators.
IN LMGTE Pro, Porsche Team Manthey took their 991 RSR to victory for the 50th anniversary of the 911. The #91 car of Jörg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard and Patrick Pilet was one lap ahead of their sister #91 car which placed 2nd.
Our gallery of Le Mans separates the LMP1, LMP2, LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am racing classes. It is dedicated to Allan Simonsen.
In a little over 24 hours, the 90th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place in France.
In preparation for what lies ahead, we have prepared our gallery with a different page for each category of racing.
LMP1 will provide the outright winner with Audi and Toyota squaring off face to face.
The LMP2 grid is larger than any other with many converted Oreca 03s filling out the field.
LM GTE is reserved for top-level factory GT cars which Aston Martin hopes to win with their arsenal of 3 Prodrive Vantage GTEs against the Ferraris, Vipers and Porsches.
The slowest class is LM GTE AM which has similar GT cars with only one pro driver per team. Patrick Dempsey is entering a Porsche RSR in this class with factory driver Patrick Long.
Today Aston released the Vanquish Volante as the ultimate roadster. This new car is the first Volante in Aston's history to use an all carbon fiber body.
This release comes as Aston Martin is preparing their 5-car assault on Le Mans with the 2013 Aston Martin Vantage GTE against the factory Vipers, Porsches and Ferraris this weekend.
Not too long ago Aston Martin also revealed the V12 Vantage S which replaces the previous model. The updated model has 565 bhp and a new 7-speed transaxle.
Today Porsche are releasing the first tidbits on their LMP1 program which should be in full swing next season.
The new car will face off directly with Toyota and Audi for top honors. “We are well on schedule” says Porsche. Test drivers Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas seem pleased too.
Le Mans officially starts on June 22nd and you can expect an epic gallery here on Supercars.net shortly thereafter.
10 years ago Bentley won the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright with the gorgeous 2003 Bentley Speed 8.
This marked the comeback of closed-cockpit prototypes which are currently dominating the sport. It also happens to be one of the most striking cars to win the race outright.
The last couple days Audi has been testing their R18 e-tron quattro Langheck at the Le Mans test days in anticipation of the real event which begins on June 22nd.
Today Pagani is releasing the Revolucion. It's a final version of the Zonda supercar that takes the track-day Zonda R to the absolute extreme.
The new model uses a lighter chassis and more powerful engine as well as active aerodynamics.
The car will be revealed during the 9th International Pagani Gathering also known as Vanishing Point 2013. Price is €2,200,000.
Last weekend, RM Auctions sold this 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta for a record $12,812,800 USD.
It was among a select group of cars which RM offered at their Villa Erba sale alongside the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
15 Ferraris were offered that spanned the breadth of Ferrari's history. To see all the cars, prices realized and desiptions we refer you to our feature gallery by Nicolas Jeannier of arthomobiles.fr.