We’re very sad that we aren’t going to be at Road Atlanta this year for Petit Le Mans, but that isn’t keeping us from paying close attention to the on-track events going on during the week. Yesterday was a test session for all the ALMS cars and unfortunately the Nissan DeltaWing was hit by a GTC car while coming down into turn 12, causing it to roll over. Nissan has released the footage of the incident and really shows the dangers of multi-class racing. We’re hearing that the DeltaWing team has pulled an all-nighter and is expected to have the car back on track later today.
If you read TTAC (and chances are if you’re a fan of this site, you do), you’re probably aware that Jack Baruth and his merry band of tag-alongs recently published a multi-part track comparison pitting the Scion FR-S against a Mazda X-5 PRHT and a Genesis 2.0T. You can read the crucial details here if you like (if you don’t, be warned that I’m going to spoil the results after the jump), but what you should really take away from this isn’t their analysis, but the absolutely ridiculous reaction from the online community.
We just can’t get enough of the 2013 Viper and get a little too excited when Drive SRT publishes videos like the one above. The video is 39 seconds of raw American awesomeness featuring the 2013 Viper GTS-R testing at Virginia International Raceway. The Viper GTS-R is expected to make its début at one of the remaining 2012 American Le Mans Series races but SRT hasn’t announced exactly which race it will début at. Our money is on Road America in August.
Nissan’s 2013 Altima replacement has leaked ahead of the 2012 New York International Auto Show. Their bread-and-butter replacement boasts what they claim is a segment-beating 38mpg highway rating from a warmed-over 2.5L 4-cylinder engine (the 3.5L VQ V6 returns unchanged). Most importantly, the interior is thoroughly refreshed. Take a gander at the full release below, along with a couple more photos.
Porsche will be bringing their second-generation Cayenne diesel to the U.S. for the first time for 2013. It will debut at New York alongside the already-revealed 2013 Boxster. Why does it matter? 240hp and 406 lb-ft, that’s why. No EPA figures yet. Full release below. Read More
Whether you’re a Forza 4 diehard or just a casual racing game fan, you’re probably familiar with the turmoil surrounding Porsche licensing in Microsoft’s Gran Turismo rival. After several iconic P-cars were featured in the third iteration of the franchise, Stuttgart’s absence in the latest game was conspicuous. No more. Turn 10 announced today a full, 30-car Porsche pack as DLC with a release day of May 22. Seven of the 30 cars will be new to Forza, and T10 says they’re adding twenty Porsche-centric events and ten new achievements to give completionists something to chew on. What’s not to like? Well, it isn’t free. At 1600 Microsoft Points ($19.99), it’s pricey, but it’s also three times the size of a normal car pack.