BMW announces 600 hp M5

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BMW has just revealed the latest version of its M5 super-saloon, boasting an insane output of 600 horsepower. READ MORE »

 

Porsche-engined VW split-screen bus hits Monza

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We’ve been fans of Fred Bernhard’s heavily modified Volkswagen split-screen bus for almost a decade, so it’s great to see that it’s still going strong – and giving those pesky Ferraris a hard time at Monza circuit.
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Volkswagen to cease WRC involvement after 2016

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Sadly, after dominating the sport for four successive years, Volkswagen has announced that it is withdrawing from the WRC Championship at the end of 2016.
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For those people who’ve contacted me to ask why I stopped updating GermanCarScene – a business opportunity came my way and I simply don’t have the time to keep updating the blog. That’s not to say that it won’t return at some point, but clearly it’ll need refreshing before then. I’ll probably continue to post photos and news snippets on the Facebook page whenever I have a few spare minutes.

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Opel Astra OPC EXTREME announced

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Opel has released initial details of the Astra OPC EXTREME ahead of its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show (March 6 – 16).

A street legal derivative of the Astra OPC Cup racecar seen competing in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship, the Astra OPC EXTREME features weight-saving carbon fibre components along with an integrated rollcage, racing seats and six-point seatbelts. We can also expect the 2.0-litre turbocharged powerplant to produce more than the 206 kW (280 hp) that currently propels the Astra OPC road car.

Finished in the company’s motorsport colours, Opel has confirmed that there will be a low-volume production run of the car, making it the fastest street-legal Astra ever.

[Source: Opel]

 

Porsche gets dewy-eyed over a pit stop

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As Porsche continues with its preparations for a return to Le Mans with the new 919 Spyder, here we see the company putting a romantic twist on the obligatory pit stop.

The car uses a direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine to drive the rear wheels and features a pair of energy recuperation systems that harvest power for an electric motor located on the front axle. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid also utilized a similar set-up that harnessed kinetic energy via an electric flywheel accumulator.
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