As a not-frequent-enough contributing author, I’m always pleasantly surprised when the team extends along an invitation to one of the illustrious industry events they attend. While five days in January in Detroit doesn’t scream “dream vacation” to most rational people, between me and you, it’s as good as a beach in Tahiti. That’s because the Detroit auto show, more formally known as the North American International Auto Show, prompts automakers to lavish undue amounts of attention on auto-journos in order to promote their wares. Shameless? Sure, sign me up….and hand me another cushy press kit, please!
As I sit here at home typing this while trying to recover from massive sleep deprivation, I’m still in disbelief that just four days ago I was standing less than five feet from the legendary Mulsanne straight. I’m still in disbelief that a hybrid race car not only ran at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but also won the race. Most of all, I’m still in disbelief that I attended the 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. No more “Maybe next year.”
By now you probably already know the results of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans and you may have even kept up with our live news stream here at S:S:L. Rather than rewriting the news that you already know, I present to you the 80th running of the world’s greatest racing event as seen through my eyes and my camera. These photos were taken at various points during the week; some are from qualifying sessions, some from the pre-race pageantry, and others from the race itself. I hope that you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed producing them, and I hope that every one of you gets to experience the amazement and wonder of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in person as I just did. Cheers.
Photos: Andrew Trahan/Andrew Trahan Photography/Speed:Sport:Life
Andrew Trahan provided us with some great social media coverage from Sebring all weekend and now brings us this great set of photos from the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring. Enjoy!
Mercedes-Benz will be pulling the wraps off the all-new 2013 SL550 at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show next month. This next-generation SL now features a structure made almost entirely of aluminum, making it considerably lighter than the outgoing model. MB says that the 2013 SL550 weighs about 275 pounds less than the car would if built of a traditional steel structure. Considering that the SL name stands for “sporty, lightweight”, this is a major improvement over the rather portly outgoing model. Combine that with more horsepower and better efficiency and the 2013 SL550 is certainly starting to live up to its original name. Read More
Rounding out the Toyobaru trio of GT86 variants is the new Scion FR-S. Like the Subaru BRZ shown yesterday, the Scion has subtle differences to set it apart from the GT86 and BRZ. The headlamps appear to be toned down a bit and the front fascia is a little cleaner than the others. Also gone is the gaudy fender vents that are found on the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ versions. Scion has said that the first number in the price of the car will start with a 2. We’re going to guess somewhere in the $24,000 range but we will find out for sure soon.
We’ve got the full press release and photo gallery after the jump. We’ve thrown the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 galleries in there as well so you can compare all three. Let us know which one is your favorite!