Santa Delivers new GT3 cars

If you’ve been paying attention to social media, you’ve seen that some teams have been posting pictures of their brand new race cars as they’re being delivered.  The past week or so has seen a lot of new hardware delivered to waiting race teams and more deliveries are coming soon.  Some cars are only shown by their teams after they’ve received their new colors, but there is something about the bare carbon presence of a brand new race car.  We’ll also be watching for delivery of new customer AMG GT3 cars as deliveries are set to begin in the coming week.

Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan (via Bryan Sellers Twitter)

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Team Seattle Porsche 997 GT3 R in the shop and at Sebring (via Ian James Twitter)

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Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS at Sebring (via Magnus Rracing Twitter)

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Turner Motorsport BMW M6 in Munich (via Turner Motorsport Facebook)

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Frikadelli Porsche 997 GT3 R (via Sabine Schmitz Facebook)

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Another day, more IMSA GT3 and GTLM news

The pieces of the 2016 IMSA GT3 puzzle continue to fall into place.  Fan favorite Bryan Sellers was announced today as driver along with young hot-shoe Madison Snow at Paul Miller Racing in a Lamborghini Huracan.  Bryce Miller will join the team for the endurance races.  The team leaves its 2015 IMSA customer Audi program and former drivers, so it is changing both car platform and pilots.   Paul Miller Racing hasn’t taken delivery of its new Lamborghini yet, but got track time at Road Atlanta in the factory test car (albiet in mixed conditions) and will get more time at the IMSA test at Daytona coming up on Nov 17-18.

In other Lamborghini news, O’Gara Motorsport formally confirmed its new drivers of Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler who will run in the IMSA GTD class in 2016.   Bell and Sweedler won the GTD championship in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari and visibly gained momentum and strength through the season.

20150626-261656281Meanwhile, the Risi Ferrari team is getting a closer look at the new 488 turbo which is getting testing miles in Italy.  Marshall Pruett reports that the team will skip the IMSA test in order to send staff to Italy.  The team is looking forward to getting a new 488 and would like to run the car in the 2016 IMSA season, but it doesn’t know yet whether they will take delivery in time for the Rolex 24. 20150626-261658432
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Watkins Glen IMSA 6 hours, pre-race warm-up

1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400 at Car Classic

Some cars just need their own post.  At the Art Center College of Design Car Classic on October 25, 2015, the theme was futuristic design.  The staff assembled an impressive assortment of automobiles from many decades, but it would be difficult to think of a car that had the impact of the Lamborghini Countach.  The wedge shape was striking, the scissor doors were dramatic, and it had a 12 cylinder engine. Any model of Countach still turns heads.

This example was a 1974 LP400 – the first production Countach model.  40+ years later, it still has a presence.  The LP400 didn’t have some of the additional wings and flares of later models but it has a very pure shape and the distinctive “Periscopo” rooftop tunnel feature (originally designed to provide vision from a rear view mirror inside the cockpit).  Only 150 or so were built and values have been appreciating.

At Art Center, the car was positioned in nose-to-tail fashion behind a Ferrari La Ferrari.  Decades separate them, but the comparison was compelling.  Thanks much to the owner and Art Center for the look at a special car.

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