What’s new in the world of European motoring and motor sport
Porsche have let journalists loose on it’s new 991 GT3 and one of Sehr Gute’s favourite journos, Chris Harris, posted his views on the car with a video on the drive YouTube channel. Despite all the hyperbole about the gearbox, the car looks immense.
While we’re on the subject of Porsche the 991 GT2 has been spied testing at the ‘ring. We’ll reserve judgement until the official images land.
Jaguar have confirmed the XF Sportbrake (wagon) will be available in Australia from 2014.
Only the 2.2 & 3.0 Turbo Diesel engines will be offered but they’re great engines and when a car looks this good, who cares, right?
No word on pricing yet but expect them to compare to BMW 5 series/Mercedes E-Class price points.
If the Jaguar is a bit too low slung for your tastes the new Range Rover Sport arrives in November priced from, a not unreasonable, $102,800 for the base TDV6.
As with the regular Range Rover, it’s lighter and more powerful than it’s predecessor and there’s a raft of engine and trim options available (more than we have room for here).
It’s a good looking car and reeks of quality, so expect to see plenty outside your local inner city coffee house from November.
It’s been a big fortnight in motor sport with the annual running of Le Mans, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and the announcement by Mark Webber that he’s leaving F1 to join Porsche for their new endurance racing program.
Last weekend saw the 90th running of the Le Mans 24 hour race. Audi were once again victorious with the No.2 R18 e-Tron of Tom Kristensen, Alan McNish & Loic Duval.
But race was marred by the tragic death of Allan Simonsen in the early stages of the race. Simonsen will be remembered as a very talented driver who campaigned successfully both on an international level and in Australia. He won the 2007 GT Championship and finished third in the 2011 Bathurst 1000. His death has shocked the motor sport community and Porsche have paid tribute with this video.
A few months ago we brought you news that rally legend Sebastian Loeb will contest the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a specially built Peugeot 208 T16.
Well the event has been run and Loeb absolutely dominated. He was fastest in all practice sessions by a considerable margin. On the actual timed run he obliterated the existing record by 90 seconds and beat the next fastest time of veteran Rhys Millen by 49 seconds. Quite a performance by the 9 time WRC champion. The car may have been a factor too, it clocked an 0-100kph in 1.8 seconds…
In case you missed the announcement, Mark Webber has decided that this will be his last season in F1. Has has signed with Porsche for 2014 to run in their newly announced return to the top level of endurance racing.
To be honest the announcement was not a total shock, as rumours of the Porsche deal have been flying around for few months. And it’s no secret that Webber has also become increasingly frustrated with his No.2 standing at Red Bull.
It marks the end of a 12 year career in the top level of motor sport. While a world championship title has eluded him, 9 race wins and two 3rd place finishes in the championship are a sizeable achievement. While he will be missed from F1, we’ll be eagerly following his progress at Le Mans. Lets hope he stays out of the trees this time.
One of our favourite magazines evo, has been brought to our shores in the shape of the newly launched evo Australia. Basically it’s an domesticated version of the UK magazine with added features more relevant to our market.