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Rhys Millen Racing’s Mid-Engine V8 RM460 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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SEMA cars tend to be one-and-done kind of exhibitions of excess. Often, the cars will leave Vegas and head straight for the scrap yard, or to go on a press tour before being relegated to the dark and dusty corner of a shop somewhere. This one, though, seems to have survived to hoon another day. We spotted this one-of-one custom at last weekend’s Shift-S3ctor half-mile drag racing event in middle-of-nowhere Coalinga, Ca. RMR’s 2009 SEMA entrant was parked up with both hoods open, showing off the amazing engineering underneath. Take one part Genesis Coupe, add eight cylinders of 500 horsepower Genesis-Sedan-sourced 4.6 liter Tau, blend liberally with a pinch of Mendeola sequential gearbox, and a dash of Rhys Millen insanity, and this is what you get.

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Enthusiast’s Guide: The FIA World Endurance Championship

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This weekend, the FIA will be launching their 2014 season of the World Endurance Championship in Jolly Old at the historic and heralded Silverstone circuit. The 2014 season has a lot of changes in store for the series, including new engine regs, the retirement of a legend in the form of Allan McNish, the return of Porsche to top-tier of international motor racing, and a bit of shuffling in the lower ranks. As the season opener is coming up in just a few day’s time, we will continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. Previously we have covered The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, the 12 hours of Sebring, the Bathurst 12 hourFormula 1, the Pirelli World Challenge, and IndyCar. This time, we’re here to discuss my personal favorite form of international racing, the FIA WEC!

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V.I.S.I.T. – Asian Invasion

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Last Saturday, we decided to take a trip out to a little Porsche gathering in the SF Bay area, both to put some miles on our new Boxster and to meet and greet with some fellow P-car enthusiasts. It was a good time, and we were thoroughly enjoyed the vintage 911 fare. What we didn’t foresee, however, was that a group of Japanese car fanatics would arrive to take in the sights of our little gathering as well. This crew obviously rolls deep, as they arrived in a gloriously complimentary array of vintage and contemporary Japanese iron. A Hakosuka, an S2000, an NSX, and a Kenmeri Skyline showed up, and were dressed to the nines. 

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Enthusiast’s Guide To The Verizon IndyCar Series

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Headlining this weekend’s festivities at St. Petersburg, the Verizon IndyCar Series are starting their season. 2014 signals a lot of changes for the series, including a new title sponsor, the retirement of a legend in the form of Dario Franchitti, the return of a previous Indy winner in the form of Juan Pablo Montoya, a lot of drivers shuffling teams, and some teams switching powertrain providers. As the season opener is coming up in just two days time, we continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. Previously we covered The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, the 12 hours of Sebring, the Bathurst 12 hourFormula 1, and the Pirelli World Challenge. This time, it’s all about Indy!

IndyCar stands small in the giant shadow cast by Formula 1 within the international open-wheel collective conscious. Effectively a national championship series, IndyCar punches well above its weightclass in terms of excitement per season, and deserves your interest. Be careful, though, because the whole season will pass you by in a flash. This year, IndyCar has realized that they cannot compete with the National Football League for ratings, and when their season ends after the NLF has begun, viewers jump ship faster than most linemen can run 40 meters. Having realized that, they are starting their season at the end of March, and finishing up at the end of August. That’s right, these crazies are running 18 races in 5 months. 

Click the jump, and we’ll give you the rundown on what to care about, why you should, and how you can watch the action unfold.

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Enthusiast’s Guide To The SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge

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The 2014 Pirelli World Challenge season is here, opening with the first two rounds in St. Petersburg this weekend. With it, we continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. Previously we covered The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, the 12 hours of Sebring, the Bathurst 12 hour, and Formula 1, while this round is all about the PWC.

While the U.S. racing season started back in January at the Daytona 24 hour, there is still plenty of racing here that has not even begun yet. With standing starts, a multi-tiered classing structure, a sprint race length, and a lack of anything resembling a pit stop, the World Challenge series brings nothing but pure racing to the masses.  It is a balls-to-the-wall race with absolutely no filler. There are several great drivers in this series, some with CVs as long as my arm, and some who are just cutting their teeth in pro level racing.  It seems as though the Sports Car Club of America has gotten the formula right with this series, bringing plenty of excitement, beautiful cars, and an impressive broadcast package.

The World Challenge series is calling 2014 it’s 25th anniversary season, and by the looks of things, it should be a great one.

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12 Hours of Sebring: It’s All Over

Bradley Brownell March 15, 2014 Motorsports

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After our last update, things looked pretty bleak with half of the race running under full-course yellow flag conditions. After the six hour mark, however, things started to settle into a rhythm and laps started ticking down.

Once the racing started, things began to get pretty exciting. There are great class battles, and the overall lead was in jeopardy for the entirety of the next stint. Click through to read how the rest of the race progressed.

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12 Hours of Sebring: 6 Hours In, 6 Hours To Go

Bradley Brownell March 15, 2014 Motorsports

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I’ve been to Sebring twice so far, and it is a truly magical place. As some who have seen the spectacle have been known to say “I went to a Spring Break party, and Audi won”. Well, for the first time in a long time, Audi’s LMP isn’t even there, due to the rule changes that make up the United Sports Car Championship. For this year, the battle will be between the LMP2 cars and the Daytona prototypes.

The track at Sebring is just one of those places that has history, like Daytona, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, Le Mans, Spa, or Monza, you can feel the weight of the past bearing down on your shoulders as soon as you drive into the track.

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Opinion: 2014 Formula 1 Predictions

Bradley Brownell March 13, 2014 Formula 1

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We already discussed the facts about the 2014 Formula 1 season, so now we will discuss some opinions. We’ve already determined that our predictions don’t count for much, and making them before any of the teams turn a wheel in anger is always a fool’s errand, but we’ll give it a shot. Here are some possible outcomes this year.

1. I predict that Red Bull will have an abysmal start to the year, but will pick up the ball and start running toward the front around the time they get to Spain (mid-season updates are usually figured out by then, and Newey is a smart cookie).

2. Reliability will come into play in the first part of the season, but won’t be much of a concern after a half-dozen races. Australia this weekend should prove to be in Mercedes’ wheelhouse, as they have the most testing mileage on their engines. Ferrari have proven relatively reliable as well. Only the teams running with Renault power have been having real struggles with power and reliability.

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Enthusiast’s Guide To The 2014 Formula 1 Season

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The 2014 Formula 1 season is upon us, with the opening round this weekend in Australia. With it, we continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. Previously we covered The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, the 12 hours of Sebring, and the Bathurst 12 hour and this round is all about Formula 1.

While the U.S. racing season started back in January at the Daytona 24 hour, the true start of the international racing season comes when Formula 1 gets back at it. Agree or disagree, F1 has always been the absolute pinnacle of motorsport; it absorbs the best of drivers, the best of teams, and the most money. Huge budgets do not always equal great racing, and the last couple of years have been dominated by Red Bull. Leading into this season, indications are that the new regulations will throw a wrench in the works, and it just might be anybody’s game.

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Enthusiast’s Guide To The 12 Hours Of Sebring

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The 12 hours of Sebring has been run in Sebring, Florida since 1950, and is among the crown jewels of the North American racing calendar. The 24 hours of Daytona is the official start to the racing season, but it feels like an outlier more than a month removed from any other major motorsport action on this continent. In that way, Sebring is something of a spiritual first race of the season for many drivers and enthusiasts.

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