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Toyota GT-86 sports coupe

After teasing for many years, Toyota’s finally given us the production version of its long-awaited GT 86…
Toyota's finally given us some pictures of the GT 86 - its jazzy new coupe that'll debut at this week's Tokyo Motor. And how long have we been waiting? Since 2009. 2009.

And what's with the new name? Firstly, and for no obvious reason, Toyota's ditched the F and hyphen. Secondly, they've added RULES. Europeans get the GT 86, in Japan it'll be the 86  and America gets the Scion FR-S.

Power for the GT 86 sits at 197bhp (at 7,000rpm) and 151lb ft of torque, which, Toyota claims, gives it "brisk, engaging performance", while the weight-distribution is near perfect at 53:47 front-to-rear.
Underneath, both the GT 86 and BRZ have limited-slip differentials and independent suspension all round, though the GT 86 is a little more drift-boy focused - its stability control allows some tail-wagging before it tells you off.

Bentley Continental GT V8

Audi unleashes 252bhp A1 Quattro

This is faster than a JCW Mini. It's faster than the Corsa VXR Nürburgring. It's also faster than a Ford Focus ST and nudges the VW Golf R for pace. This is the turbocharged, four-wheel-drive Audi A1 Quattro.
Like a mini Walter Rohrl-shaped gift to the world, Audi has announced plans to produce 333 left-hand-drive models of this, the fastest production A1 ever built.
It's destined for mainland Europe for now, but Audi expects positive customer reaction to this bonkers little thing could see it reach our potholed shores. And that's an intriguing prospect, because it packs 252bhp from a turbocharged, 2.0-litre TFSI unit and 258lb ft of torque from between 2,500rpm and 4,500rpm. All the Audi's horses and torques help propel it from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 152mph. That's really quick.
It's also the first production A1 to get the Quattro system. As in that car, traction comes from an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch rotating in an oil bath.
Which basically means its front wheel drive for normal driving, but sends power to the rear "in just a few milliseconds" if you start to Stiggify it. And there's an electronic diff that brakes whichever wheel is losing grip, helping to keep you out of the nearest hedge/tree/sofa warehouse.
The 333 cars are slightly longer than the standard A1, and get the full complement of Audi equipment: S sports seats, quattro badges, dashes of aluminium, Infotainment gubbins, a 465-watt speaker system... No word on price, but if it does ever reach the UK, expect it to be significantly more expensive than the current range topper, the £21,270 1.4 TFSI S Line.

Viper back for 2013

Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer - SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, confirmed that the iconic Viper will return to the lineup in late 2012 as a 2013 model. However, it won't be a Dodge.
The automaker also announced that it will reopen its Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, which was put on idle when production of the Dodge Viper ended in July 2010.

Around 150 employees, many of whom used to work at Conner, began reporting for training and orientation this fall. They will be in charge of assembling the all-new 2013 SRT Viper.

The car itself is still wrapped under a shroud of mystery as no technical specs have yet been officially released.

Ralph Gilles stated back in December 2010 that "there won't be a part of the car that's untouched." As well, the new Viper will reportedly be a more forgiving car to drive and accessible to more people, so expect new electronic control systems.

Latvala and Solberg with Ford in 2012

Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg will contest the World Rally Championship for the Ford factory team in 2012. Ford has extended its association with M-Sport in the WRC for a further two years.
Ford has confirmed that its presence in rallying will continue for two more years in association with Malcolm Wilson’s M-Sport. It is almost certain that Abu Dhabi will no longer be a partner of the team, however.

The 2012 world championship will see two Ford Fiesta RS WRCs contest the series in the hands of Finn Jari-Matti Latvala and Norway’s Petter Solberg. The latter got his first drive in the car this morning in France’s Ardèche Mountains.
“The WRC is motorsport’s toughest competition for production-based cars,” says Gerard Quinn, Ford Europe’s Manager Motorsport. “Through WRC, we can convey the attributes of our road vehicles and send a clear message to our customers and fans about Ford’s passion and expertise.
“We feel that the timing for our announcement is right.  We had to be confident about the stability of the championship and to ensure it continues to provide great value and increased exposure globally.  We discussed it with our stakeholders and after receiving such assurances we look forward to focusing on competition once again.
“We have a great team with M-Sport and its leader, Malcolm Wilson. And in Jari-Matti Latvala we have one of motorsport’s rising stars. We believe he will flourish in his new role as Ford’s team leader. Petter Solberg will bring real added value to the squad thanks to his record which includes a world title and 13 world class wins.”

Nissan GT-R ‘Track Pack’ revealed

Allow us to regale you with scientifically proven facts concerning the Nissan GT-R. It can demolish a Jaguar XKR-S in a straight line drag race. It doesn't use internal combustion in the traditional sense of having an engine, because it has a BOMB underneath the bonnet. And its phenomenal grip is entirely capable of tearing off a man's face.
And now, Nissan has made it even harder. Welcome, Internet, to the GT-R ‘Track Pack'.
Simply put, it gets additional brake cooling ducts, said to reduce brake temperature by up to 100 degrees during track abuse, revised suspension spring rates, lightweight forged RAYS alloys, Recaro front seats trimmed in blue with a ‘high-grip' material and a track pack badge. Oh, and the rear seat has been deleted.
That bomb remains the same, though. Which means 542bhp and a 0-62mph time of 2.7 seconds. Prices start at £84,450, £10k over the standard GT-R.

Koenigsegg Agera R sets world record

It’s official: Guinness ratifies 0-300-0kmh record set by 1,115bhp hypercar

A few months ago, Mr Koenigsegg dispatched one of his Agera R hypercars, a driver with a lead foot and a tracking box to a proving ground in Sweden. Said driver performed some lightly astonishing feats of acceleration. Six, to be precise.
He then wrapped these up into a little package and sent them off to the Guinness Book of World Records. If you have forgotten these times, they are as follows:

0-200 mph - 17.68 sec
0-300 km/h - 14.53 sec
200-0 mph - 7.28 sec
300-0 km/h - 6.66 sec
0-200-0 mph - 24.96 sec
0-300-0 km/h - 21.19 sec

That last one is significant. Yesterday, Mr Koenigsegg got the call from Guinness: "The fastest time for a two-seater production car to travel from 0-300-0 km/h is 21.19 sec, achieved by a Koenigsegg Agera R, driven by Robert Serwanski, at Angelholm airfield, Sweden."
There you have it. It is officially a speed demon. With magnificent brakes.

F1 2011 crash compilation

Best of Rally 2011

TVR is back!

Blackpool’s finest returns with 6.2-litre V8, but you’ll never guess how much one costs…

There was more good news for fans of overpriced, hairy-chested, rear-wheel-drive sportscars this week as TVR emerged from the wastelands and revealed a new price list.
The tumultuous days of the company appear to have been set aside as current owner, Russian millionaire Nikolai Smolensky, announced plans to restart production in the UK. And (deep breath), it'll cost ya'.

Prices for the brand new TVR Sagaris, Tuscan Convertible, Tuscan Mk II, Cerbera, Chimaera and Griffith all start at £99,600, and are built "on order to the individual specification of the customer".
That does however, include a 6.2-litre Chevy V8 putting out 426bhp and 420lb ft of torque, a limited slip diff, some air conditioning, central locking, leather, a stainless steel exhaust system and a Radio CD with USB. USB! In a TVR! It'll be fitting ABS and traction control next.
TVR will also upgrade your existing TVR - if it still works, that is - to the new 6.2-litre V8 for up to £36,000, including new dampers, a reinforced gearbox/diff/driveshaft, ECU and re-trim. They'll also source you a used TVR if you really want to pay less than £100,000.
Says TVR:" Everybody here is very busy making this the success that TVR deserves after some years of not having produced any cars."

So, don't miss this  opportunity...

Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG

Jaguar XKR-S Convertible (2011)

Jaguar has announced the smallest surprise of the year - a convertible version of the rabid XKR-S. We all knew it was coming, but it shouldn't take the sheen off the fastest and most powerful Jaguar open-top road car ever.
It's essentially the cabrio bodyshell mated to the XKR-S mechanical spec. That means the AJ-V8 Gen3 V8, tuned to produce a startling 543bhp and 502lb ft of torque.
So how quick is the new Jaguar XKR-S Convertible?
Very rapid indeed. The supercharged cabrio has a claimed top speed of 186mph and will pass the benchmark 60mph in 4.2sec.
If you're a speed freak, you may not be as interested in the 292g/km of CO2 rating.
Looks good though...
The XKR-S follows the bad-boy attitude of the coupe: there's a new bumper design, a whopping air intake design, carbonfibre splitters and a 10mm drop in ride height. Any lower and it'd be billed by Chelsea and Westminster Council for scraping away the King's Road.
Naturally, the roof of the XKR-S is automatically powered from nought to posing in just 18 seconds. And the most expensive Jag sports car is dripping with equipment, including 16-way adjustable leather seats and a choice of piano black or dark aluminium trim for the cabin.
CAR is driving the XKR-S Convertible this autumn; stay tuned for our first drive review.

Mercedes SLS Black Series

Vettel Stumbles, Hamilton Wins Abu Dhabi GP

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Sebastian Vettel failed to make it past the second turn in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, so Lewis Hamilton took his place — as leader and eventual winner, pulling away from the field in Vettel-like fashion.
Vettel spun out of control while leading as the first lap began. The right rear tire on his Red Bull Racing machine deflated abruptly, and after he limped to the pit area, mechanics determined that damage to the car's suspension relegated Vettel to his first DNF (did not finish) of the season.
Meanwhile, Hamilton, who was outpaced in pole qualifying, immediately sped past the spinning Vettel and pulled away from Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.
Hamilton finished more than 8 seconds in front of Alonso, with Hamilton's McLaren-Mercedes teammate Jenson Button 3rd.
Vettel clinched his second straight Formula 1 driving championship four races ago with a 3rd-place finish behind Button and Alonso in the Japanese Grand Prix. However, he did not lose any motivation to win, and had strung two more victories — his 10th and 11th of the season — since clinching.
He was bidding to tie Michael Schumacher's record for number of victories in a season by winning the last two races of the year, but his retirement Sunday means Schumacher's record is safe for now.
Hamilton won for the third time this season, scoring only his sixth podium finish in a problem-plagued season. Several times in recent races, he has had on-track run-ins with Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.
Red Bull's Mark Webber was 3rd until the final lap, but had to pit at the last minute because he had not used the alternate tire. Drivers are required to use both sets of tires in each race. The late pit stop enabled Button to move up to 3rd.

Jari-Matti Latvala takes Wales Rally GB win

Jari-Matti Latvala battled all weekend to take his 5th career WRC triumph.

When Mikko Hirvonen retired from the final round of the season on day 2, Ford team mate Latvala was free to race Sébastien Loeb for the win. The Finn was on top form and defeated the eight-time world champion on merit. The drama came to an end when Loeb was involved in a road accident with a Spanish spectator who panicked when he came face to face with the Frenchman and turned the wrong direction, damaging the Citroen DS3 WRC beyond repair.

After playing ideal team mate to Hirvonen on the final rounds of the year, Latvala, fourth in points, but clearly the stronger of the Ford duo this season picked up his first victory since Sardinia in 2009.  “This is a great feeling, it has been a long time since I won a rally”, said an overjoyed Latvala. “It has been a very difficult season and it is great to win the last round of the year. We are going to go for the title next year, in a Ford!”.

Mads Ostberg held his ailing Focus RS WRC together to come runner-up in a spirited drive that does his future plenty of good. The promising Norwegian bookend his year with a second place in the opener in Sweden and of course here in Wales in the finale. The only real battle on Sunday was between Kris Meeke and Henning Solberg for the final spot on the podium with the Norwegian getting nod, his first top three result since Poland 2009.

Matthew Wilson ran a discreet but steady rally on his home event to end the year with a top five result. Following Wilson was the mightily impressive Estonian, Ott Tanak on the DMACK shod Ford. Evgeny Novikov nursed his Ford home and managed to get past Dennis Kuipers late in the running for seventh place. American internet sensation brought his season to a conclusion with a clean run and ninth place ahead of Armindo Araujo in a privateer Mini JCW.

1 Latvala
2 Ostberg+3:42.9s
3 H. Solberg+7:05.1s
4 Meeke +7:12.3s
5 Wilson+8:57.3s
6 Tanak+9:27.1s
7 Novikov+9:47.7s
8 Kuipers+10:12.7s
9 Block+16:01.2s
10 Araujo+17:01.6s

1 Ogier 3pts
2 Sordo 1
3 Latvala 1

1 Loeb 222 points
2 Hirvonen 214
3 Ogier 196
4 Latvala 172
5 P. Solberg 110
6 Ostberg 88
7 Wilson 63
8 Sordo 59
9 H. Solberg 56
10 Raikkonen 34

2012 Nissan GT-R

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder: RWD LP550-2 here in 2012

Sant'Agata plans a two-wheel drive version of the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder – reflecting 2009's limited-series rear-wheel drive Balboni edition of the Gallardo coupe.
Sales of the new rear-drive LP550-2 Spyder will start in early 2012, Lambo has confirmed to CAR. It will look the same as any other Gallardo convertible; the only changes will be to the hardware under the skin.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder RWD: the lowdown

Like the rear-wheel drive Gallardo tin-top, the Spyder will have a slightly detuned V10 driving just the rear axle.
As the name suggests, the LP550-2 will develop 550 horsepower, instead of the regular 560. That's the metric pony, meaning the 550-2 will muster some 543bhp.

Lighter, nimbler…

Although the Balboni edition was a limited-series run of just 250 copies, Lamborghini has in fact continued to offer a rear-wheel drive Gallardo as a basic 'entry-level' model (if anything hailing from Sant'Agata can ever be said to be entry-level).
That LP 550-2 loses the front driveshafts, saving a few kilograms here and there, giving road testers a more slidey, pointy Gallardo experience.

Chevrolet Celebrates 100th Birthday by Selling 1 Millionth Cruze

Chevrolet is celebrating its 100th birthday this month. One of the highlights of the centennial celebration is hitting the 1 million global sales mark with its popular affordable small car, the Chevrolet Cruze.
The Cruze “is the fourth best-selling nameplate in its segment and the seventh best-selling nameplate overall,” Chevy says in a statment . The Cruze is sold in many global markets besides the U.S., including China, Russia, Canada, Spain and India.
The Detroit Free Press says the Cruze has been one of the major reasons for GM’s turnaround since receiving taxpayer-funded government bailouts.

“In its first 12 months of sales, the Chevrolet Cruze compact ranked 10th among all U.S. vehicle purchases,” the Detroit Free Press reports. “The car’s Lordstown, Ohio plant has been running three shifts plus overtime Saturdays since late spring and has still had difficulty meeting racing consumer demand.”
The Chevrolet Cruze is the successor to the Cobalt, which reviewers mostly disliked. The 2012 Chevy Cruze starts at $16,720. The popular Cruze ECO, which boasts engineering enhancements to slightly increase fuel economy over non-ECO models, starts at $19,245.
The Associated Press recently reported that in early 2013, GM will be adding a diesel to the Cruze’s engine lineup, and says that the diesel variant is expected to get about 50 mpg. Pricing for the diesel Cruze has not yet been announced, but it will also be built at the Lordstown, Ohio factory.

Vettel Wins Indian Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix on Sunday, staying on track to equal the record for the number of wins in a season.

Vettel led from start to finish, maintaining a comfortable buffer throughout to finish 8.4 seconds ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso a distant third.
The race saw yet another collision between McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Felipe Massa to intensify their rivalry, with Massa in the wrong and given a pit drive-through penalty before later breaking his front suspension and retiring from the race.
Red Bull's Mark Webber was fourth, ahead of the Mercedes pair of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.

Porsche chases Porsche at Laguna Seca

Chrysler 300C

The latest in the long line of refreshed and generally much better cars pouring out of Chrysler after its recent bankruptcy and rebirth, the new 300 is, more than ever before, one of the most significant cars the company makes. Not just because it keeps the company rolling in the full-size segment of the US market, but also because the car is going to appear all across Europe this year badged as the new Lancia Thema (other than in the UK, where it keeps the Chrysler name).
 Using the same upgraded platform that sits under the new, improved Dodge Charger, Chrysler has catapulted the 300C from being a pretend, poor man's Bentley into a real, poor man's Bentley. While the current car has little more than the right bone structure to pull it off, this new one has plenty of sinew to back up the promise.
Quieter than a submarine with its engines off, and with a ride quality that would make a magic carpet seem harsh, the new 300 now does luxury-car waft better than cars 10 times its price. It gets the all-new 3.6-litre 291bhp Pentastar V6 engines, retains a retuned version of the stalwart 5.7-litre 363bhp Hemi V8, and there will be a new V6 diesel option by the time it hits the UK market. Later there will be muscle-popping SRT8 versions - and perhaps even a return of the Magnum, if estate-loving Italy gets its wish - but the current engine line-up is more than adequate for now.
Likewise the interior, which is hugely - hugely - improved. A large, 8.4-inch central touchscreen acts as the main driver interface, and it's a masterclass in functionality. No sub-menus and thousands of options, just clear, big buttons and a couple of knobs for the volume and heat. Add that to a thoughtful, considered and high-quality cabin layout and colour scheme, plus huge let's-cross-a-continent-now seats, and you have a cool, relaxing place to watch the miles pass by.
Where it all fell apart on these US-spec models was in the steering department. Zero feel meant keeping the car moving in a straight line was a challenge, and hustling it through corners was like trying to thread a needle from 10 yards away. But that's how they like it over there. The good news is that European versions of the 300/Thema will have completely different suspension and steering settings, more akin - and probably even tighter than - the more precise Charger, with which it shares its electro-mechanical steering system.
The other big change is to the styling. It might look broadly similar to the current car, but up close the new 300 is way sexier. There are more subtle curves, tighter shutlines, more elaborate LED lights front and back. It shares the same general look and feel, but the overall impression is of a much more premium, luxurious car.
Which it is. 
Pat Devereux
Good: Superb ride quality and seclusion
Not Good: Vague steering of US models
Performance: 0–62mph in 6.0secs (est),  max 116 mph (est), 18mpg 
Tech: 3604cc, V6, RWD, 291bhp, 260lb ft, 1797kg, n/a g/km CO2
Tick this on the options list: Choose from one of the six grilles...
And avoid this:...just avoid the Bentley one

Marco Simoncelli dies after MotoGP crash in Sepang

Bad news, it seems, does come in threes, as we're grieved to report the passing of Marco Simoncelli. The MotoGP rider succumbed to injuries sustained this weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix, his death coming barely a week after those of Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon and Baja racer Rick Huseman. 

A promising Italian rider, Simoncelli advanced just last year to the top-tier MotoGP series after making a name for himself in the feeder classes. He was a force to be reckoned with in the Italian Minimoto Championship in the late 90s, won the European championship (as well as several World Championship races) in the 125cc class for Aprilia and took the 250cc World Championship for Gilera in 2008. He advanced to the MotoGP series last season, riding for the Gresini Honda team, for whom he took a second-place finish just last week in Australia. 

Disaster struck, however, on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix today where he lost control of his Honda racing bike and was hit by fellow riders Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi as he slid across the track. He laid there motionless, his helmet having come off in the incident, until an ambulance brought him to the trackside infirmary where he was subsequently pronounced dead. He was 24.  

The tragedy marks the first death in MotoGP since the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix where Daijiro Kato, also of the Gresini team, was killed. However Shoya Tomizawa was killed a little over a year ago in the Moto2 race at San Marino.

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Korea - Petrov crashes into Schumacher

Vettel wins F1 Korean Grand Prix

Double world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix in crushing fashion today to help his Red Bull team retain the Formula One constructors' title after a dominant season.
Just a week after cruising to third place in Japan, where Vettel confirmed himself as the 2011 drivers' world champion, the 24-year-old German was uncatchable as he drove to his 10th win this year, and 20th of his career.
“This is special for us all, for the whole team,” he said.
“It was not such an easy race, but we did it. After the drivers, the constructors' -- it's fantastic.”
Vettel started second on the grid, but took the lead from Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren on the opening lap to pull clear and produce a flawless drive to the chequered flag.
He came home in a winning time of one hour, 38 minutes and 1.994 seconds, 12.019 ahead of Hamilton, who drove a splendidly controlled defensive race to stay ahead of Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber.

Entry-level Audi TT revealed

The Audi TT just got cheaper, with a new entry-level 1.8-litre petrol version starting from $38,000

One of the best coupes on the market - the Audi TT - just got a little cheaper, with the news that the brand has launched a new entry-level petrol version that costs just $38,000.
Powered by the turbocharged 1.8-litre TFSI petrol engine from the Roadster, the newcomer produces 158bhp and 250Nm of torque, and is available with either a six-speed manual or Audi's optional seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch automatic.
Despite being the cheapest TT in the range, the new coupe isn't short of pace, as manual versions cover the benchmark 0-62mph sprint in just 7.2 seconds, going on hit a 140mph top speed. Yet it's also surprisingly economical, managing to return a combined 44.1mpg and emitting just 147g/km.

Japanese Grand Prix review: welcome to the Vettel era

Jenson Button took his third win of the season at this morning’s Japanese Grand Prix, leading home Fernando Alonso and – as if it was ever in doubt – record-breaking double world champion Sebastian Vettel. Though he did well to cover a move from Button off the line, Vettel was eventually leap-frogged after the second round of pit stops, with his Red Bull failing to cope as well as the McLarens and Ferraris with the tyre-punishing twists of Suzuka. Mark Webber finished fourth, just ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who brought out the safety car on lap 25 following yet another tangle with Felipe Massa, which took a chunk out of the Brazilian’s front wing. Michael Schumacher enjoyed another strong race to finish a solid sixth, while Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez, Vitaly Petrov and Nico Rosberg also picked up some points.
So that’s that – Sebastian Vettel is Formula One’s youngest ever double world champion, and the first man to pick up the title with four races to spare since Michael Schumacher in 2004.
Feels sort of anti-climactic, doesn’t it? Given that most of his rivals had given up on the season by the half-way point, they really should’ve handed Vettel the trophy back in Germany. That’s not to say that a dominant, one-sided season can’t be a spectacle – they’ll be talking about that four-hour epic in Canada, if nothing else, for decades to come – it’s just hard to get excited about something that’s looked inevitable for months.
Still, what is exciting is that we now know the identity of this era’s first legendary driver. And, as sick as we are about the fact that he doesn’t have a Union Jack on his helmet, thinking about the lad’s potential is seriously dizzying. Since his debut in 2007, he’s won 19 races, been on pole 27 times and amassed a fortune that doesn’t even bear thinking about – all before his 25th birthday. At Vettel’s age, Ayrton Senna was in his rookie year, and we were still living with our mum.
So, how long can Sebastian Vettel keep on winning? Assuming he’s got another decade of his career left to run, we’d happily put money on another three world titles. It’s unlikely any of them will be as easy as the infamous cakewalk of 2011 but still, we’re going to stick our neck out and say that this young guy from Heppenheim has just put himself in the position to become one of the all-time greats of his sport.
Of course, there’s always the chance he’ll do a Fernando Alonso and spend the next five years getting shown up by the latest rookies. But it’s been a long time since Formula One has had a hero so consistent, so level-headed and so damn fast as Sebastian Vettel, and something tells us that the domination is only just beginning.
What do you reckon? How many more titles can Vettel win? Here’s how they finished:
1. Jenson Button
2. Fernando Alonso
3. Sebastian Vettel
4. Mark Webber
5. Lewis Hamilton
6. Michael Schumacher
7. Felipe Massa
8. Sergio Perez
9. Vitaly Petrov
10. Nico Rosberg
11. Adrian Sutil
12. Paul Di Resta
13. Kamui Kobayashi
14. Pastor Maldonado
15. Jaime Alguersuari
16. Bruno Senna
17. Rubens Barrichello
18. Heikki Kovalainen
19. Jarno Trulli
20. Timo Glock
21. Jerome d’Ambrosio
22. Daniel Ricciardo
23. Vitantonio Liuzzi
24. Sebastien Buemi (DNF)

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New Ginetta G60 sportscar revealed

The ongoing saga of the Farboud GTS is like the evolution of a beard. First, the original GTS could be likened to a deep, five o'clock shadow. The Farbio GTS that came next was akin to whiskers, some substance. Then, Ginetta came in and rebadged it the F400, making it a Tom Selleck-inspired super-‘tache. Now we have the final, fully-grown Chuck Norris beard: the Ginetta G60.
Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson loved the old F400 dearly, but wanted something a bit more consistent. He halted production of that car and set to work on the G60 you see above. It houses a 3.7-litre Ford ‘Cyclone' V6 engine - the same engine used in the 185mph GT3 racing Ginetta - mounted in the middle, sending 310 horses and 288 torques to the rear wheels. 0-60mph is quoted as 4.9 seconds, while top speed if somewhere north of 165mph.

The body is still an F400, albeit with new carbon fibre cooling vents and a revised splitter, but its been bonded to a new tubular steel chassis, housing that V6, a six-speed manual and an ‘ATB' limited slip diff. The suspension is of double wishbone variety with coil springs, there are 355mm grooved brake discs, the wiring has been redone to make it more reliable (handy, that), while even the driver's pedals have been realigned.
Oh, and Mr Tomlinson also thought it wise to rip out the power steering, the brake servos, ABS and traction control. That's right. No assistance for your arms, legs or tiny brain. As a result of this and the use of carbon fibre, the G60 weighs in at just 1,080kg.
There are some creature comforts though, such as sat nav (to see which hedge you're ploughing into), Bluetooth (to alert loved ones of your imminent hedge-ploughing), audio (to drown out your screams) and climate controls (to remove the sweaty-palmed panic) all housed in a 7in centrally-mounted touchscreen.
Ginetta says the G60 "is rare by any standards", and just 50 will be built each year, at a cost of £68,000. Customer deliveries are expected to begin in February 2012.
We'll reserve judgement on this V6-powered carbon fibre go-kart until we drive it, but does the premise appeal? A lightweight, uncompromised mid-engined sportscar?

Ogier wins in France

Sebastien Ogier, in a Citroen DS3 WRC, has won Rallye de France Alsace for the first time following a nail-biting finish to the world championship qualifier near Strasbourg this afternoon.

Ogier fended off the MINI John Cooper Works WRC of Spaniard Dani Sordo on the event-closing Power Stage in Sebastien Loeb’s hometown of Haguenau. The seven time-world champion wasn’t in action following his retirement on Friday morning when his factory Citroen suffered a rare engine failure.
Victory for Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia marked their fifth triumph of 2011 following wins in Portugal, Jordan, Greece and Germany earlier in the campaign. The result also puts Ogier back into contention for the drivers’ world title with two events remaining.
Petter Solberg, in a privateer Citroen, finished third with Mikko Hirvonen the first factory Ford driver home in fourth to maintain his championship bid.

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Vettel wins on Singapore


Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           1h59:06.537
 2.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +     1.737
 3.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    29.279
 4.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    55.449
 5.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +  1:07.766
 6.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +  1:51.067
 7.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +     1 lap
 8.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
 9.  Massa         Ferrari                    +     1 lap
10.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
11.  Maldonado     Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
12.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
13.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +     1 lap
14.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +    2 laps
15.  Senna         Renault                    +    2 laps
16.  Kovalainen    Lotus-Renault              +    2 laps
17.  Petrov        Renault                    +    2 laps
18.  D'Ambrosio    Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
19.  Ricciardo     HRT-Cosworth               +    4 laps
20.  Liuzzi        HRT-Cosworth               +    4 laps
21.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    5 laps

World Championship standings, round 14:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel       309        1.  Red Bull-Renault          491
 2.  Button       185        2.  McLaren-Mercedes          353
 3.  Alonso       184        3.  Ferrari                   268
 4.  Webber       182        4.  Mercedes                  114
 5.  Hamilton     168        5.  Renault                    70
 6.  Massa         84        6.  Force India-Mercedes       48
 7.  Rosberg       62        7.  Sauber-Ferrari             36
 8.  Schumacher    52        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         29
 9.  Heidfeld      34        9.  Williams-Cosworth           5
10.  Petrov        34       
11.  Sutil         28       
12.  Kobayashi     27       
13.  Di Resta      20       
14.  Alguersuari   16       
15.  Buemi         13       
16.  Perez          9       
17.  Barrichello    4       
18.  Senna          2       
19.  Maldonado      1       

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[Review] Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black driven


The irony of ‘special edition' supercars is that you end up with a car less special, statistically at least, than if you'd specced it yourself.
To wit: simply sticking to visual options - wheels, paint, leather, - there are some 31 billion possible combinations (we've done the maths) should you choose to configure your DBS to the last detail. Many do, some with disastrous consequences. For better or worse, you can be fairly sure your magma red DBS with cream-on-purple seats is unique.
The DBS Carbon Black is not unique. It is, however, rather stunning. Maybe it's a ploy by Aston Martin to save taste-challenged DBS owners from themselves.
Though mechanically identical to the, ahem, normal DBS, the Carbon Black gets an enormous amount of very shiny black stuff as standard: a bespoke black paint job with a ‘metallic twist', black gloss wheels, a black-on-black-on-black interior, and side strakes rendered in carbon fibre.
The effect is magnificently sinister. If you find the DBS over-jewelled, with too many bells and whistles ruining the elegance of the DB9's original lines, step this way. It looks like a stealth jet, although this quality is impeded somewhat by the cortex-shattering V12 soundtrack.
Don't trust yourself to do a decent job of speccing your DBS? The Carbon Black provides a vital service. But be prepared for the day you pass an identical DBS on the street. Oh, the shame!

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