One of the car’s I’m most looking forward to seeing at the Paris Motor Show is the latest rallycar to come from the French lion: the 208 Type R5. After a long break, the 208 will succeed the 307 WRC Peugeot’s off-road weapon, starting off in the Group A and S2000 categories. Highlighting the classic Peugeot Sport stripes in this teaser image is definitely the way to stir up emotions…
Peugeot have also announced a limited edition variant of the 208 GTi: just 29 exclusive and individually-numbered models will be built for the UK market, one for each year since the UK launch of the original 205 GTi in 1984. Worldwide, just 54 will be sold.
Another roar comes from under the hood of the Maserati Grancabrio MC. Maserati engine notes are another thing to send a tingle down the spine, and the new drop-top version of the Stradale is no exception.
The car is slightly longer than the coupé, and has increased aero efficiency at the rear with its pronounced spoiler and strakes. A bare carbon body is available as an option.
The same high performance, aggressive styling from the Stradale features on the Grancabrio, with cues taken from the Maserati racing programme.
The Maserati Trofeo MC World Series supported the WTCC races out in the US last weekend after its last race at Paul Ricard (shown here): 23 Grand Turismo MCs could be seen blasting around the twists and turns of Sonoma.
Over on the #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER Tumblr feed, Pierre_jean spotted another Italian beauty whilst in Monaco: this beautiful Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was parked up with an ideal Riviera backdrop.
This great shot of a Ferrari 250 GTO powering out of Madgwick Corner at the recent Goodwood Revival came in courtesy of James Gibson.
The 2012 Revival not only broke attendance records, but also saw £36.6-million of cars sold at the Bonham’s auction. This totally original, unrestored 1928 Mercedes-Benz 36/220 6.8-litre, owned by the same family since new, fetched £2.8 million.
Tom Howard caught this Skyline/Nissan battle at the recent Snetterton round of the EDC.
Next up a couple of classic racers at the Coronado Speed Festival in San Diego.
In the UK, Toyota GB had a strong result in the Britcar 24 Hours. The team behind the effort are looking to use their experience to develop a tuned performance GT86 for the road.
Their ’80s-liveried GT86 finished a fine eighth overall after the round-the-clock race, third in class. The driver line-up included Toyota GB’s double-champion driver from the 1980s BTCC, Chris Hodgetts, his son Stefan and Travis drummer Neil Primrose.
Chris Roberts took this shot of the shiny #16 MB Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage which was also competing at Silverstone – they finished second overall, winning Class 1.
Over in Singapore, Sebastian Vettel took a win under the floodlights in Formula 1, his second successive win around Singapore’s streets.
Whilst Larry Chen has been soaking up the Sonoma sun for the WTCC’s US round, in the UK the BTCC round at the Rockingham roval track was held in absolutely torrential conditions.
Heavy rain affected the the second two races of the weekend: the horrible conditions and high speed oval section of the track created some hairy moments…
Ron Zaras from Monster World Rally Team sent us this shot of their Ford Fiesta throwing up clouds of dust whilst testing in Washington ahead of Rally Olympus, the final Rally America race of the season.
Also kicking up the dirt is this gorgeous Porsche 550, pushing to the limit on the roads of the Mille Miglia. Thanks Jelle!
From automotive joy to the joy of swag: a big thanks to all of you who have been uploading pictures of your new Speedhunters gear that’s been dropping through letterboxes around the world.
The first Speedhunters collection is going down well, and we hope to see lots of you out there proudly wearing your Speedhunters gear. We can’t wait for the Volume One art book to hit the Speedhunters store early next week.
Mazda are showing off images of their new Mazda6 next to the Takeri concept to show their common DNA.
The 6 follows Mazda’s ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ principle, where they use concepts in a much more practical and literal fashion than a lot of their competitors.
Ford are celebrating 50 years since the first Cortina rolled off the production lines: a convoy of Cortinas was assembled for a British TV documentary.
Another classic: a Nissan 280Z after the Ebern Klassik Rallye 2012.
Stefano Micallef from Malta emailed in images of this Toyota Celica SS-II.
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