Thursday, June 16, 2011
Mazda restored the 1991 Le Mans winning 787B race car for a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their historic victory. Part of that celebration was a demonstration prior to this year's running of the 24hrs of Le Mans. Luckily, Mazda documented the whole process including the 787B's lap around the track where it made history all those years ago. In the driver's seat was Johnny Herbert who piloted the car when it crossed the finish line back in 1991, marking the first and only Le Mans victory by a Japanese manufacturer.
Here is the video of the restored car at Le Mans.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
BMW has finally taken the wraps off the upcoming M5 super sedan after some photos leaked onto the web last night. What they have come up with is pretty potent. The new M5 ditches the 500HP V10 of the previous model and makes due with the company's 4.4L direct injected, twin turbo V8 which in the M5 will produce a massive 560HP/502TQ. All that power is routed to the rear wheels via a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission and an electronic Active M limited slip differential.
Performance wise, the M5 will be able to hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds on it's way to an electronically limited 155 mph top speed. Those who opt for the M Driver's Package will have that artificial limit removed and can take the car up to it's actual top speed of 190 mph.
Of course the M5 get special exterior enhancements to differentiate it from the regular "run-of-the-mill" 5 series running around.
No pricing info has been released but I'm going to go out on a limb and say it ain't gonna be cheap.