Supercar teams considering avoiding the brand new twin-turbocharged V6 of the incoming ZB Commodore and sticking with the proven V8 in 2019 might have their hand forced. Holden’s new V6 is a version of the one used in the Cadillac ATS GT3 racer. It has been adapted for Supercars’ Gen2 rules by Triple Eight and GM Racing, and was due to be introduced next year, along with the racing version of the incoming ZB Commodore. But development delays and homologation difficulties with the ZB led to Triple Eight entering the new Commodore with the 5.0-litre V8 for next season, meaning 2019 will be the first full season for the TT V6. Holden wants the V6 to be the only engine available to teams once it is approved, while Supercars has yet to make a decision on whether or not to allow the older V8 unit to continue running. This is so all Holden racing teams are using a racing version of the road-spec ZB Commodore’s V6. The company may even go to the extent of forcing … [Read more...] about Holden to promote V6 for Supercars?
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Stop. Collaborate and LISTEN. As the soundscape of motorsport is changing at a rate our ears can barely keep up. Especially now it’s hit the Land Down Under. Specifically, the V8 Supercar series. Gulp. This year saw the introduction of ‘Gen 2’ regulations into the brilliantly brash and old-school Aussie V8 Supercar series. It’s a set of rules that shakes up what’s allowed on the grid: two-door coupé body styles and turbocharged four- or six-cylinder engines are now in play. The cars are still required to be based on front-engined, rear-wheel drive, four-seater production cars that are sold in Australia, but as yet, no one has started racing them. But they’re coming next year, and teams have already started testing the new twin-turbo V6 engines. Something that will have the purists crying themselves to sleep. Last week, Holden took the first step into the brave new world as The Red Bull Holden Racing Team tested a … [Read more...] about Listen to Australia’s controversial new Supercar V6
Vauxhall has revealed its plans to unleash a V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive muscle car for the UK. The Monaro will pack a 5.7-litre V8 churning out 328bhp and 347lb ft, reaching 60mph in just over six seconds and running to over 160mph. The full four seater coupe, already sold in Australia as a Holden, is being pitched as an honest sports car designed to appeal to the purist. This is reflected in its lack of electronic driver aids; there is only one traction control system that can be easily overridden. UK cars will receive a generous spec including eight-way electric seats, 18in alloys, electronic climate control, six-disc changer, and driver, passenger and side airbags. Vauxhall’s newest sports car will receive bargain basement pricing when it goes on sale next spring. Prices start at £28,500, making this one of the best performance to pound deals around. The downside is that just 300 examples will be shipped from Oz every year. … [Read more...] about Vauxhall thunders from down under
Welcome to Autocar's coverage of the 2016 Paris motor show. Scroll down to recap on all the goings-on at the show this year. Read all the latest news from the Paris motor show This show will always be remembered as the event where electric vehicles stopped being niche and moved into the mainstream. There were simply too many battery electric models, launched or forecast, for anyone present to imagine that their life isn't going to be affected, and in the near term, by the presence of electric vehicles. The supporting theme, continued from all recent shows, was SUVs. Land Rover weighed in heavily on the conventional side of the technical argument with a loud launch of its impressive all-new fifth-generation Discovery. Audi had a new Q5, Ssangyong's LIV2 prototype was actually its new Rexton production model in show clothing, and Skoda gave the Kodiaq its first public outing. Given that these heavily contrasting vehicle types were around in such numbers, said one wit, the … [Read more...] about Paris motor show 2016 – report and gallery
Having been to Goodwood three times as a regular punter before I landed my current job at CAR, it's a real privilege to be invited to drive up Goodwood's hill. This year I was lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the Alpina B5 and the Vauxhall VXR8. Here's what happened...First was up Alpina’s new B5, and in a first for the Buchloe-based BMW master, it was not only unveiling an all-new car at Goodwood, but in right-hand drive form too. All the better for me to feel more comfortable behind the wheel as I negotiate my way up Lord March’s tight and twisty front drive; as we queue up at the start line, I notice a map of the hill climb, with Danger! triangles on almost every corner. Brilliant.And, as ever, there’s a bit of a wait for our run, even though we’re the first group of cars on the hill that day. I go for a little wander up and down the assembled crowd of cars to calm my nerves, though it doesn’t help as everything around pretty much has more … [Read more...] about Up the hill at Goodwood in two supersaloons
The Los Angeles auto show 2009 is underway! CAR's staff writer Ben Pulman and CAR Online reader reporter Car4mh are blogging from the LA Convention Center – and you can follow their live feeds below for all CAR's LA motor show news, analysis, photos and opinion in the CAR live blog. NB Newest updates added at the top, so scroll to the bottom to start on day one; all times below are local LA o'clock (eight hours behind GMT); BP is Ben Pulman, MH is Mark Hamilton 4.00pm: Stopped at the South HallNever mind, it's shut. Probably a good thing, any more Zoom-Zoom juice and Tim would be staging an intervention, but it did mean missing out on a close look at the LF-A and production Cadillac CTS coupé I missed earlier in the show. Oh dear, how sad, time to get back to the press center and finish this up before they close as well. That concludes the LA show blog. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as Ben and I enjoyed covering this most media-friendly of motor shows.3.50pm: … [Read more...] about Los Angeles auto show 2009: news, blogs, reviews
Have you always wanted a Ford Mustang? If you're European, the only option was a grey import, but under the streamlined 'One Ford' policy the Blue Oval will officially sell you a right-hand drive 'Stang on this side of the Pond in 2014.Sources say the design approach to the new Mustang is evolutionary, as our computer generated image suggests. Plus, we've got details on the downsized engines and specs for the coupe. Still want that BMW M3?Initially, the rumours suggested the retro Mustang design that's served the latest iteration so well since 2005 would die along with the current car. There was even talk of the Mustang replicating the look of the Ford Evos concept, whose slim grille and headlights influenced the snout of the new Mondeo and facelifted Fiesta.Instead, there's been a change of heart at Ford. The Mustang will keep its retro cues, but make slight tweaks to the design. The grille and headlights will indeed shrink, and the rear arches will be sharply … [Read more...] about Ford Mustang (2014) more news and pictures