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Lotus gearing up for return to international sportscar racing

Lotus is gearing up for a return to international sportscar racing with a new GT car based on a top-of-the-range model due for launch in the summer.

The winning debut of Jaguar’s most famous car

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type made its first racing appearance. Here’s the report on how it caused a sensation at Oulton Park, from the 21 April 1961 issue of Autosport magazine.

Williams F1 reserve Aitken making GT switch to broaden skillset

Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken's 2021 GT World Challenge Europe campaign with the Emil Frey Lamborghini squad was motivated by a desire to broaden his skillset as a driver.

Webb returns to WEC with ARC Bratislava LMP2 team

British driver Oliver Webb will headline ARC Bratislava’s entry in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021.

Two-time Le Mans winner Stuck to make racing comeback aged 70

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and Hans-Joachim Stuck will make his comeback at the age of 70 in this weekend's first round of the new GT2 European Series.

Glickenhaus to skip first round of WEC at Spa

Glickenhaus Racing will skip the opening round of the 2021 World Endurance Championship at Spa in May with its new Le Mans Hypercar.

Bentley to contest Pikes Peak with extreme Continental GT3

Bentley will mount a factory assault on this year's Pikes Peak hillclimb with the most extreme version of its Continental GT3 racer ever built.

Ferrari and Porsche commit to WEC GTE future through to 2022

Ferrari and Porsche have committed to continue racing in the GTE Pro class of the World Endurance Championship until the end of 2022.

Why IMSA glory for Mazda would be a bittersweet ending Plus

Why IMSA glory for Mazda would be a bittersweet ending

Mazda believes it has never had a better chance of clinching the title in IMSA's Prototype division. Achieving this goal would be the bittersweet culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit

How a sportscar ace is speeding to save trees in 2021

During his racing career, Ferdinand Habsburg's eyes have been opened to the waste humanity produces and leaves behind. He explains what he's doing to counteract that through his new Drive Fast, Act Faster initiative that aims to protect one of the world's most biodiverse forests

Farfus to contest full WEC season in Prodrive-run Aston Martin

BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus will contest the World Endurance Championship in Paul Dalla Lana's Prodrive-run GTE Am class Aston Martin.

Peugeot WEC racer di Resta "fell in love" with sportscar racing in 2018

New Peugeot World Endurance Championship driver Paul di Resta has revealed that he fell in love with sportscar racing during his early exploits in the discipline during 2018.

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Plus

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs – and he’s very happy with his life

Porsche reveals full line-ups for Le Mans 24 Hours

Porsche has revealed its full driver line-ups for its two-car GTE Pro assault in the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Watkins Glen gains extra IMSA race as Canadian round is cancelled

The IMSA SportsCar Championship will race twice at Watkins Glen in the space of six days, following the cancellation of the round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Lynn joins United Autosports for Le Mans 24 Hours

Former Aston Martin factory driver Alex Lynn will team up with Paul di Resta for the rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours in August at the United Autosports squad.

ByKolles names test drivers for Le Mans Hypercar programme

ByKolles has named Tom Dillmann and Esteban Guerrieri as the test and development drivers for its PMC Project LMH, developing the team's Le Mans Hypercar for 2022.

LMP2 cars receive performance cut for 2021 WEC season

LMP2 machinery has been slowed for a second time to ensure a performance differential to the cars racing in the new Hypercar division of the World Endurance Championship this season.

Legge steps up to WEC with Iron Lynx Ferrari squad

Katherine Legge will make her debut in the World Endurance Championship in 2021 with the Iron Lynx squad in the GTE Am class.

Have a go hero: How a GT1 cameo launched a professional career

When Superleague Formula exile Yelmer Buurman was drafted into the Selleslagh Corvette for the final round of the 2011 FIA GT1 world championship, he could not have expected that it would launch his career

Heavy snow disrupts Nurburgring 24 Hours prep

The cancellation of the first round of the Nurburgring Endurance Series (NLS) last weekend has disrupted the preparations of Robert Kubica and three British drivers for the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

Rahal “can’t blame anybody” for BMW Sebring 12H clash with Corvette

BMW IMSA boss Bobby Rahal has defended Connor De Phillippi's attempted pass on the leading #3 Corvette in the Sebring 12 Hours that resulted in contact between the two.

The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault Plus

The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault

After taking over Corvette Racing from long-time custodian Doug Fehan, 34-year-old Laura Wontrop Klauser is leading General Motors through a transitional phase in sportscar racing. Here’s how she got into her dream role and what she plans to do with it

Sebring 12H: Bourdais, Duval, Vautier win in JDC-Miller Cadillac

Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval and Sebastien Bourdais clinched an amazing Sebring 12 Hours victory for the JDC-Miller team, coming from a lap down to beat defending race-winner Mazda.

Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac leads Sebring 12H after six hours

Chip Ganassi Racing led the Sebring 12 Hours at the halfway stage, with Renger van der Zande behind the wheel of the Cadillac DPi-V.R being pursued by Oliver Jarvis' Mazda.

Van der Zande slams "too wild" Derani after Sebring 12H clash

Renger van der Zande has criticised IMSA SportsCar Championship rival Pipo Derani for being "too wild" following their early clash in the Sebring 12 Hours.

What to expect from the LMP1 era's last survivor

While Alpine considers a Le Mans Hypercar entry to complement the brand's newly re-named F1 team, its partner team Signatech is testing the waters with the last remaining car from the outgoing LMP1 era. How will it fare against Toyota's new challenger?

Sebring 12H: Derani takes pole, team-mate Johnson crashes

Three-time Sebring 12 Hours winner Pipo Derani took pole for Action Express Racing for the 2021 race, but the session ended early when Jimmie Johnson crashed the second AXR Cadillac.

Glickenhaus not certain to contest Spa WEC season opener

Glickenhaus Racing is refusing to commit to giving its new Le Mans Hypercar a race debut in the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Spa in May.

Tandy: New Corvette C8.R "tough", good on Sebring bumps

Nick Tandy is positive that the natural traits of Corvette Racing’s C8.Rs make them strong GT Le Mans class contenders in this weekend’s Sebring 12 Hours.

'Queen of the Nurburgring' Sabine Schmitz dies aged 51

Sabine Schmitz, affectionally known as the ‘Queen of the Nurburgring’, has died at the age of 51 following a long battle with cancer.

Middle Eastern IGTC event to replace cancelled Suzuka 10 Hours

The Suzuka 10 Hours round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge has been cancelled for the second season in a row as a result of the COVID pandemic.

Alpine reveals LMP1 contender for WEC top class graduation

Alpine has taken the covers off its grandfathered LMP1 car for its move to the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Reviewing Tom Kristensen's memoir: Mr Le Mans

He's best known for his record-breaking success at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but the new memoir from endurance racing legend Tom Kristensen goes much, much deeper, says JAMES NEWBOLD

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Plus

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

Corvette enters Spa WEC 2021 season-opener

Corvette Racing has hinted at an increased involvement in the World Endurance Championship after confirming its participation in the new opening round of the 2021 series at Spa in May.

LEGO® Technic™ teams up with Ferrari to capture the element of the 488 GTE
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LEGO® Technic™ teams up with Ferrari to capture the element of the 488 GTE

LEGO® TECHNIC™ has created a spectacular range of realistic sportscar models, with the Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” a true highlight in the collection.

Keith Greene obituary: F1 racer turned team manager dies aged 83

Keith Greene, who has died aged 83, contested a handful of grands prix as a driver, but enjoyed his biggest successes as a team manager over a 45-year motorsport career.

Top 10 moments of an underrated British great Plus

Top 10 moments of an underrated British great

Brian Redman was one of the best sportscar drivers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a three-time champion on the fearsome American Formula 5000 scene. To celebrate his 84th birthday Autosport contacted him about his best races – and he decided to write the piece himself…

How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams Plus

How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams

The G-Drive squad has been a mainstay of endurance racing in recent years, and has linked up with Russian manufacturer Aurus in recent years to promote its brand. With a change of rules in endurance racing's top tables, the team could be well-placed to take advantage of a potential boom...

Ferrari's Molina tips GT3s to replace GTE in WEC

Factory Ferrari driver Miguel Molina believes the World Endurance Championship should eventually switch to GT3 cars following the recent manufacturer exodus from GTE Pro

Spa opens revised WEC calendar, Algarve round moved to June

The 2021 World Endurance Championship will begin at Spa in May after the postponement of next month's scheduled series opener at the Algarve circuit was pushed back to June.

How Ferrari’s Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc’s legacy Plus

How Ferrari’s Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc’s legacy

OPINION: Ferrari's planned return to the top category at the Le Mans 24 Hours has further heightened anticipation for the 2023 race. Few concrete details are currently known, but already it has a high-profile superstar angling for involvement, which would make a refreshing change

Cadillac: IMSA LMDh rules have “caught our attention”

General Motors’ new sportscar racing programme manager Laura Wontrop Klauser says that the IMSA SportsCar Championship's new LMDh era has "caught our attention" as it evaluates Cadillac's future in motorsport

Le Mans 24 Hours pushed back to August in bid to allow fans

The Le Mans 24 Hours has been pushed back to August from its traditional mid-June slot in the hope that spectators will be able to attend the race.

Glickenhaus satisfied by first Le Mans Hypercar test

The new Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercar completed more than 100 laps on its maiden test over two days at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy this week

Corvette to contest 2021 WEC opener at Algarve, Glickenhaus absent

Chevrolet will contest the opening round of the 2021 World Endurance Championship at the Algarve circuit in April with its Corvette C8.R, while Glickenhaus is set to skip the event

Ferrari F1 test driver Ilott to race in GT World Challenge Europe in 2021

New Ferrari Formula 1 test driver Callum Ilott will race for the Italian manufacturer in this year's GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup with the Iron Lynx squad

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar exile Plus

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

Ferrari to contest Le Mans outright with 2023 Hypercar programme

Ferrari will make a return to the pinnacle of sportscar racing in World Endurance Championship with a new Le Mans Hypercar in 2023

Vergne: Peugeot WEC opportunity repays "investment" of LMP2

Jean-Eric Vergne says the "investment" of several years racing in LMP2 has paid off after being selected as one of Peugeot's drivers for the 2022 World Endurance Championship

ASP reveals GT World Challenge line-up for 2021

New Mercedes drivers Daniel Juncadella and Jules Gounon will join Raffaelo Marciello for the French Auto Sport Promotion team's defence of its GT World Challenge Europe crown in 2021

Team Parker Racing switches to Porsche in British GT

Championship-winning British GT outfit Team Parker Racing will switch from Bentley to Porsche for its assault on this year's GT3 class title

Fletcher and Plowman enter new McLaren team in GT Cup

The Paddock Motorsport team co-founded by British GT racers Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman will enter a team of McLaren 570S GT4s in the GT Cup this season

Menezes: 2020 Le Mans qualifying lap key to Peugeot WEC deal

Gustavo Menezes believes that his Le Mans 24 Hours qualifying effort last year was key to him being chosen for Peugeot's 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship driver line-up

Mazda to end IMSA DPi programme after 2021, Le Mans return unlikely

Mazda will not continue its participation in the IMSA SportsCar Championship beyond this season and appears unlikely to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours for the new LMDh era

Dumbreck steps down from Falken Nurburgring 24 roster after 14 years

DTM race winner Peter Dumbreck is standing down from the Falken Motorsports team's Nurburgring 24 Hours line-up after 14 consecutive appearances in the German enduro

Alex Lynn drops out of Aston Martin factory roster

Alex Lynn will not be a part of Aston Martin's factory roster following the British manufacturer's exit from the GTE Pro class of the World Endurance Championship

Ferrari F1 tester Ilott set for GT programme in 2021

Ferrari Formula 1 test driver Callum Ilott is set to embark on a GT racing programme in 2021 that will see him appear in a number of undisclosed sportscar races

Toyota "back on track" with test plan for Hypercar ahead of 2021 WEC season

Toyota is "back on track" to achieve the target test mileage with its new Le Mans Hypercar ahead of the start of the 2021 World Endurance Championship