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Motorsports: Volkswagen clinches second consecutive World Rally Championship

Filed under: Motorsports, Volkswagen Not unlike some other motor racing disciplines, the World Rally Championship tends to be ruled by dynasties. The late 1980s were dominated by Lancia, Toyota won a succession of titles in the early 90s, Mitsubishi and Subaru traded top spots in the late 90s and Citroën dominated from 2003 through 2012. [...]

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Motorsports: Marussia F1 team also declares bankruptcy

Filed under: Motorsports, Earnings/Financials, Ownership It looks like the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship will wrap up with two fewer teams than it started. First the Caterham F1 team declared bankruptcy amidst an ownership dispute, and now the Marussia team has gone into bankruptcy administration as well. Alongside Caterham (then flying the Lotus banner) [...]

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Followup: Caterham F1 management threatens to walk over ownership dispute

Filed under: Motorsports, Ownership You might have thought that the Caterham F1 team, currently sitting dead last in the standings without a single championship point to its name, had already hit rock bottom and couldn’t sink any lower. But apparently it has. As we reported just recently, Caterham Sports Limited – the factory that produces [...]

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Caterham F1 manufacturer files for bankruptcy

Filed under: Motorsports, Earnings/Financials Caterham is hardly the most stable and successful team on the Formula One grid, but things are looking even more troubling for the embattled outfit, as the company that makes its racecars has reportedly filed for bankruptcy protection. The company in question, Caterham Sports Limited, is separate from both the team [...]

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Audi reveals new TT spec racer

Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Europe, Audi, Racing We’ve seen the coupe. We’ve seen the convertible. We’re still waiting on word of the next variant, but before it arrives, Audi has revealed the racing version of the new TT. Set to form the backbone of the inaugural Audi Sport TT Cup, the competition-spec sports coupe is [...]

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Formula 1 racing back to Las Vegas?

Filed under: Motorsports “There’s a million countries that would like to have an F1 race,” said the sport’s commercial director Bernie Ecclestone to The Independent recently, “but they can’t afford it.” Las Vegas wouldn’t fall into the latter category, but while not exactly a country unto itself, it is apparently at the top of the [...]

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Watch this BMW take flight at Viru Rally

Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Performance, Videos, BMW, Racing, Autoblog Black An E36 BMW 3 Series might be a good choice for a lot of purposes – a long road trip, a track day, rallycross, impressing your friends… but a full-on rally? It’s rear-drive when the best rally machines are front- or all-wheel drive. But that [...]

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How to turn a Pontiac Fiero into a trackday car

Filed under: Motorsports, Classics, Coupe, Videos, Pontiac, Racing Imagine hitting the track in a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports coupe that’s affordable and has pretty good parts availability. It might sound like a pipe dream, but it’s actually quite possible, if you’re willing to think a little outside the box. The Pontiac Fiero is out there [...]

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Nissan Canada offers box-fresh racecar for $19,998 [w/video]

Filed under: Motorsports, Budget, Videos, Hatchback, Nissan, Canada, Racing Nissan is seriously emphasizing its commitment to motorsports with projects like next year’s GT-R LM endurance racer at Le Mans and the company’s participation with GT Academy. At least in Canada, the automaker is adding another opportunity to get people onto the track with the new [...]

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Former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year turned drug trafficker getting early release from prison

Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal Racing drivers live the fast life, but it’s not all glory and fame. That’s especially true of Randy Lanier – the former professional racing driver was sentenced in 1988 to life without parole on drug trafficking charges. But now he’s being released. Born in Virginia and raised in South Florida, Lanier [...]

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What you missed on 10.13.14

Filed under: Motorsports, Government/Legal, Crossover, BMW, Luxury First Drive: 2015 BMW X6 The sweptback roofline with an SUV footprint has befuddled some observers and bewitched some buyers, ever since BMW added its X6 Sports Activity Coupe to the lineup. For the 2015 model year, the X6 enters a new generation of technology, luxurious insides and [...]

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