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1988 Team Joest Porsche 962C

This Blaupunkt Team Joest Racing Porsche 962C finished in 3rd place in the 1988 24 Hours of LeMans. The car is famous world-wide and well recognised for its achievements with Swede Stanley Dickens, Germans Frank Jelinski and Louis Krages. This car is powered by the 2.8 litre twin turbo flat 6 with part water and part air cooling.

The 1988 LeMans race was significant for Porsche as their 7 years of successive wins ended. The well-sorted 7.0 litre V12 Jaguar XJR-9 of Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace broke Porsche's rein. Aussie Larry Perkins, along with Irishman Derek Daly and American Kevin Cogan, drove the second Jaguar to 4th place behind this Blaupunkt Porsche.

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Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3. A detailed look

The beast that recently conquered Mt Panorama in the Bathusrt 12 hour race is an obvious result of hard work by the team during the event. Though this successful result is attributed to the hard work in developing this car in regions across the world in GT3 ruling. The factory Nissan team running in Super Taikyu, Japan's headline endurance championship, has played a big part in the development of this car available to anyone who wants one. As long as you qualify for the list price of ¥49,800,000 which is around AUD$540,000 one of these beasts will be built to your order.

Modded fairly significantly into rear wheel drive GT3 race spec the GT-R Nismo has many interesting points that have been added for pure performance, though I also see these points as artwork. I had some time to photograph the #24 ThreeBond Nissan Technical College GT-R close up on track at the Super Taikyu round in Okayama. It finished third, on the podium with another GT-R that took the outright win. As the name of the team suggests this team has a great involvement of students doing the work. You think the concept of the Nissan GT Academy for drivers is super cool? Well this technical college that maintains the GT-R GT3 program is just out of this world!

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Endurance Car Racing in Japan - 2014 Super Taikyu Round 4 Okayama

The variety of motor sports in Japan is exciting for any car fan. As far as endurance racing goes the championship of Super Taikyu is pretty amazing. Six classes of competition run together for hundreds of kilometres. The races vary in length, the shortest round at two and a half hours and the longest at seven hours.

  • The fastest class is ST-X consisting of current spec FIA GT3 BMW Z4's, Audi R8 LMS Ultra's and Nissan GT-R Nismo.
  • The next level is ST-1 with a BMW Z4 and I.P.S. Kuruma.
  • The numbers of cars increase with ST-2 turbo all-wheel-drives consisting of Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX and X's and Subaru Impreza STi.
  • Naturally aspirated 2WD from 2001cc to 3500cc makes up the ST-3 class with Nissan Fairlady Z's and Lexus IS350's.
  • The biggest class in Super Taikyu is ST-4 with great diversity in the 1501cc to 2000cc cars consisting of Toyota 86's and Vitz, Honda S2000, Civic Type-R and Integra Type-R, Mazda Roadster, Fiat Abarth 695 and G-Tech Sportster GT/R.
  • Then the buzzing class of ST-5 under 1500cc consisting of Honda Fit, Mazda Demio and Toyota Vitz.

It really is amazing to see all these cars on the circuit at once. Their variation in speed is exciting. Nissan GT-RG Nismo GT3s with big power, aero and brakes carve the corners with Honda Civic Type-Rs. I can't imaging any driver getting a clean lap, either passing a slow class car or moving aside to allow the faster class cars through. This is a remarkable racing formula. Watch the video below and experience some pure engine sounds. 

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Inessa Tushkanova - Car Racer & Playboy Model

Inessa Tushkanova is a professional model and an absolute rev-head! She is perhaps more enthusiastic about cars than she is about high heels and hand bags. She's a real action lover; motorcycles, rally cars, time attack and road cars. In 2013 she was invited to compete in the Yokohama Work Time Attack Challenge. At her disposal was Nissan Skyline GT-R and a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

 

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