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New Ford GT Set to Make its Debut – on Track

Ford Chip Gasassi Racing aiming to defend Rolex 24 at Daytona title.

by on Jan.26, 2016

The new Ford GT racer in testing.

Potential buyers will have to wait until later this year to get their hands on the $400,000 Ford GT. But for race fans, the wait is almost over, two track versions of the exotic Ford set to take to the field this weekend for the annual Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Carrying the numbers 66 and 67, they’ll be part of a four-car assault being planned by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team as it heads back to the Florida speedway to defend its title.

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If the two GTs deliver during their debut event it would mark Ford’s seventh overall win at Daytona – and it would come a half century after Ford’s upset, 1-2-3 win at Le Mans with the original GT40.

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Ferrari Abandons F150 Nameplate

Yields to Ford in trademark lawsuit.

by on Feb.11, 2011

It's now the "Ferrari F150th Italia."

Ferrari officials may be ready to battle it out on the track, but they’ve apparently decided they’d rather switch than fight in the courtroom.

The Italian supercar maker has announced it will no longer call its new Formula 1 race car the F150, a name the company said was meant to celebrate the 150th year of Italy’s union.  Instead, it will be referred to only as the Ferrari F150th Italia in all forms of communication, the maker announced.

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The move came shortly after Ford’s legal team fired off a salvo at the company it has frequently battled on the track.  Ford filed suit, in U.S. District Court in Detroit, accusing Ferrari of trademark infringement for lifting the name of the well-known Ford F-150 pickup.  The U.S. maker also listed cybersquatting on the complaint, a reference to the FerrariF150.com website.

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First Look: Porsche’s Innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Set to debut in Geneva, replaces batteries with flywheel.

by on Feb.11, 2010

Porsche will begin race-testing its 911 GT3 R Hybrid on the Nurburgring, in May.

Picking up on a concept its company founder first conceived of more than a century ago, Porsche will lift the covers on a hybrid race car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Dubbed the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, the goal of the project is to not just improve performance, but also the efficiency of modern race cars.

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The 911 GT3 R skips the conventional hybrid route, which relies on heavy batteries to temporarily store energy normally lost during braking and coasting, then tap that power when the driver needs an extra boost.  Porsche’s approach is to store energy in a high-tech flywheel.

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