What is wrong with this? A honda Civic Type R that goes around Nürburgring in 7.43 minutes, only 0ne second slower than Porsche 997 GT3 RS.
Ignition: Jethro Bovingdon is joined by four-time IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon to test the new Honda Civic Type R. It is the first Civic Type R to make it officially to U.S. soil, is the current front-wheel drive lap record holder at the Nürburgring, and is priced at less than $35,000. Join us on the road and at the Streets of Willow Springs racetrack to find out.
Autocar: Alpine is back, so the hashtag goes. The Alpine A110 is the first product of the reborn French sports car company, and it’s special: it has a new, all-aluminium architecture, with its engine in the middle, driving the rear wheels, and it weighs less than 1100kg.
Those are sensational statistics and they make the Alpine A110 sensational to drive. It’s great fun on road or circuit, but there is a catch: at nearly £50,000, it’s as expensive as a Porsche 718 Cayman. Can it match the Porsche to look at, sit in and, crucially, to drive? Find out in this comprehensive review.
Motor Trend, Ignition: On this episode of Ignition presented by Tire Rack (http://www.tirerack.com), Jethro Bovingdon pushes Pagani’s limited-edition hypercar to its limits on the Autodromo di Franciacorta, and drives it on the evocative Futa Pass in Italy. The standard Huayra is already a formidable supercar, but it’s never quite emerged from the long shadow of the iconic Zonda–the original Pagani carbon-fiber masterpiece with its signature howling 7.3L V12. The wild-looking, new BC model looks to change that. It’s lighter, more powerful, and more track-focused, and features extreme active aerodynamics, suspension, braking, and tire technology. So can it finally lay the Zonda to rest? Watch and find out!
Motor Trend: Wondering if a Miata can beat a Hellcat? Then this Head 2 Head presented by Tire Rack (http://www.tirerack.com) is for you. This is an epic battle between two of the best sports cars on sale today. Yep, you read that correct: the Miata and 86 are real sports cars in the traditional sense, focusing on the driving experience rather than delivering outright speed. MOTOR TREND Senior Features Editors Jason Cammisa and Jonny Lieberman take to the backroads to decide whether the new Targa-topped, retractable hardtop Miata is more fun than the new, updated BRZ, err… FR-S… err… GT-86, err…86. Then, they head to the racetrack where they’re joined by SCCA Hall of Fame race car driver Randy Pobst. After he sets a lap time for each car, we see whether a 707hp Dodge Charger Hellcat can beat either of the two cars—despite having more than double the horsepower of a Miata and 86 combined. You may be surprised by the outcome, but to find out which is the best sports car, you’ll have to watch this episode of Head 2 Head.
Watch an incredible celebration of Aston Martin’s heritage, bringing together 28 very special Aston Martins with a combined value of £65 million in a film produced to celebrate the transfer of ownership of the three super hangars at St Athan.
Enjoy the glorious sights and sounds of Aston Martins from the A3 to the DBR1, the One-77, numerous Vantages, Rapide S and of course the Aston Martin Vulcan, as they spread their wings at St Athan.
Petrolicious:: “If you had told me when I was 16 years old that someone would throw me the keys to their works Lightweight Le Mans Jaguar C-Type, I would have told you that you were absolutely crazy…but that’s exactly what happened,” says David Swig, an RM Sotheby’s car specialist.
This 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works finished fourth overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953, and is the second of only three “Works Lightweight” cars built by Jaguar.
To be offered by RM Sotheby’s at the company’s Monterey sale in August, Swig recently had the opportunity to take the car out to gather some on-road driving impressions.
“No less than five Le Mans-winning drivers of this period have sat behind the wheel of this car,” Swig says, “which almost give you goosebumps.