McLaren 675LT Carbon, Subaru Breaks Record, NSX Pikes Peak Debut, Return of the Supra?

McLaren Special Operations Carbon Series LT

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) unveiled their Carbon Series LT this week.  Based on the 675LT Spider, the limited production supercar has 40% more carbon fiber components and displays them all proudly in an exposed carbon gloss finish.  The aggressive aero of the 675LT combined with the carbon fiber body panels really takes the looks of the car to a whole different level.McLaren MSO Carbon Series LTPhoto Credit: McLaren

Mark Higgins has Smashed His Own Isle of Man TT Record Again, This Time with a 600hp Subaru WRX STI

Mark Higgins returned to Isle of Man TT this year determined to break his own record again, this time in a 600hp Subaru WRX STI prepped by Prodrive, the same blokes responsible for the Subaru Impreza WRC rally cars that took home 3 driver championships.

The modified STI is making 600hp out of a 2.0L boxer engine, presumably the EJ207 found on the JDM variants.  It’s a fully stripped out racecar weighing in at a mere 1,175kg (2,590lbs).

Subaru WRX STI Breaks Records at the 2016 Isle of Man TTPhoto Credit: Subaru

The new lap record is set at 17 minutes and 35 seconds with an average speed of 128.73mph.  Mark thinks with lower temperatures the car can average 130mph and shave off more than 10 seconds from the current lap time.

Raw video of the lightning fast lap below:


Video Credit: Prodrive

The new Acura NSX to Make its North American Motorsports Debut at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Acura NSX Time Attack 1 and 2 VehiclesPhoto Credit: Acura

Acura will enter 3 cars in the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26.  The Time Attack 2 class entry will be a stock production model with safety equipment and the Time Attack 1 car is lightly tuned with weight reduction and high flow racing exhaust.

This year’s Electric Modified car will be the 4-Motor NSX EV Concept – an evolution from last year’s class winning CR-Z prototype featuring an updated and more powerful version of the Electric SH-AWD system in a NSX body.  The advanced powertrain is a 4-motor system that enables independent torque allocation at each wheel.4 Motor NSX EV ConceptPhoto Credit: Acura Connected

The GT3 spec car has already been teased earlier this year in New York, hopefully they will be ready in time so we can see them battle with the other GT3 machines in the IMSA and SCCA series next year!  It was spotted last week at Road America doing some testing so things are looking good.

Acura NSX GT3 Race CarPhoto Credit: Acura

One More Step Towards the Return of the Toyota Supra

Toyota Supra MKIVPhoto Credit: Mitch Hemming/The-Lowdown.com

Earlier this month Toyota filed a trademark patent for the Supra in Europe.  Could this be a sign that we are one step closer to seeing a successor to the iconic MKIV Supra?

Toyota FT-1 ConceptPhoto Credit: Toyota

Long rumored to be a joint development project with BMW, the new Toyota sports car will likely be powered by a hybrid powertrain much like the new Acura NSX and it can potentially take styling cues from the stunning FT-1 Concept that was unveiled in 2014.

Now we just need Mazda to revive the RX7 and we’ll basically have enough to have a Best Motoring style JDM Battle Royale once again!

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