Aston Martin DB4 GT continuation | PistonHeads

Though still based on the same Gaydon site Aston Martin no longer has access to the Jaguar Land Rover test track the other side of the fence. Perhaps though they still peer over it on occasion and, one imagines, having seen someone shaking down ‘continuation’ E-Type Lightweights or a ‘new original’ XKSS thought ‘we’ll have a piece of that’.

Ogier to drive new WRC Fiesta | PistonHeads

UPDATE: M-Sport’s wild looking Fiesta for the 2017 WRC has already inspired a lot of excitement. Well, expect a whole load more with the confirmation of who’ll be driving it! Yes, 2016 champion Sebastien Ogier, having been made redundant by VW’s exit from the WRC, will be defending his title in the Fiesta. He and co-driver Julien Ingrassia already have four titles to their names; M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson will sincerely hope he’ll be adding to that tally in one of his Cumbrian-built Fiestas. He’ll be joined by up and coming Estonian driver Ott Tanak, partnered by new co-driver Martin Javeoja. Two overall second places and 30 stage wins on gravel in 2016 underscore his pace and with Ogier leading the way he’s got some mentor – and competition – within the team. “The power is insane,” says Tanak of the new 2017 car. “At first I thought the increased power would make it a bit of a handful but the guys have done such a good job. Every component works together to give incredible control – it really is the full package!” We look forward to seeing them all in action at Monte Carlo in the new year! Full press release on M-Sport’s homepage here.

Sierra RS500 celebration at Performance Car Show | PistonHeads

The Sierra RS500 Cosworth is a car that’s held in very high regard on PH, with coverage and response that reflects that: whether it’s an old touring car vid or a car for sale, we love writing about them and it would seem PH loves discussing them.
Next year in fact marks 30 years since the 500-run homologation was introduced, all of course in right-hand drive for the UK. To mark the occasion, January’s Performance Car Show will gather together a selection of super Sierras from road and track. And well, who would want to miss that?

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S to blast in with more power

Lamborghini will grow its Aventador range by one in 2017, with the addition of a more powerful Aventador S model.

We’ve spotted a trademark application for the Aventador S name and badge, confirming the new model is in the pipeline. We’ve also got spy shots of a disguised, aggressive looking new Aventador model testing on the Nurburgring, suggesting a reveal isn’t far away.

The Aventador was introduced in 2011, and given that it’s in for a long life cycle – the Murcielago it replaced was in production for nine years – a facelifted model is now due. The Aventador S model should usher this new look in, alongside an advance on the 690bhp produced by its 6.5-litre V12.

Subaru BRZ MY17 facelift details | PistonHeads

It was more than four years ago now when PistonHeads first compared the BRZ and GT86 Toyobaru coupes, the twin-test eventually drawing 239 comments. The verdict? There were differences between the two, but they could only be separated on personal preferences rather than any ability gap.
Because who cares about less than 5,000rpm?Since then the GT86 has been covered more extensively, the BRZ a much rarer car by the sales stats. Now, following the 2017 model year updates for the Toyota, the Subaru has also received a slight facelift.

Mercedes advertises for Formula 1 driver job to replace Nico Rosberg

Mercedes is advertising a job as a Formula 1 driver, presumably to replace Nico Rosberg.
Bosses are looking for someone with a “proven track record in skills including steering, braking and, in particular, accelerating”.
The listing says applicants with an FIA Super Licence will have an “advantage”.
But with the advert lacking a contact phone number, email address or recruiter, things might not be all they seem.
Autosport magazine published the spoof vacancy.

Lance Stroll’s F1 preparation tests similar to Jacques Villeneuve’s

Lance Stroll’s on-track development programme is similar to the one that Jacques Villeneuve completed before his Formula 1 debut with Williams in 1996, says technical chief Pat Symonds.

Stroll is carrying out a seven-month test programme with a 2014-specification Williams as part of preparations for his F1 debut next year alongside Valtteri Bottas.

Before signing for Williams for the 1996 season, fellow Canadian Villeneuve completed a series of tests on a variety of circuits to acclimatise himself with F1 machinery.

WEC 2017: Porsche’s new 919 Hybrid LMP1 due to run this week

The car with which Porsche will defend its World Endurance Championship titles next season is due to run for the first time this week.

The latest upgrade of the 919 Hybrid LMP1 car is scheduled to be shaken down on the Weissach test track at Porsche’s research and development facility.

That roll-out will be followed by the first proper test at the Spanish Aragon circuit next week.

French Grand Prix returns for 2018 after 10-year absence

The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2018 after an absence of 10 years.

The race will be held in the south of France at the Circuit Paul Ricard – also known as Le Castellet – which last staged the event in 1990.

The deal was announced by Christian Estrosi, the president of the regional authority of Provence and the Cote d’Azur, in Paris on Monday.

The French Grand Prix was last held at Magny-Cours in central France in 2008.

Two worlds meet in Daytona

Daytona – The howl of a Formula 1 engine on the banking (which reaches a maximum incline of 31°) at the World Center of Racing, is something unforgettable. Especially when it’s the first time that these two worlds have come together as part of the Finali Mondiali. For Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, Daytona was a whole new experience.

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