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Sport Car GT

Every WRX sports sedan in the lineup is packed with state-of-the-art technology. Next-generation available features include a STARLINK Multimedia 11.6-inch touchscreen and the active protection of EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

Sport Car GT

The drive unit of the new 911 GT3 models was developed in the same place that we build our race cars: Flacht. It is modelled on the basic engine of the 911 GT3 Cup, and is particularly robust and high-performing. The oil supply principle, which uses a separate engine oil tank, and the concept of four valves per cylinder with cam followers and rigid valve control have been derived directly from motorsport.

Lightweight construction always goes into detail: every gram is filed down so as to fight for every weight saving. The proportion of lightweight components made of aluminum and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) has been increased once again, while maintaining the same stability. For even greater agility, typical of motorsport.

Ride height, camber and the stiffness of the anti-roll bars can be individually adjusted on both axles. Stiffer springs, together with the helper springs typical of motorsport, are used both front and rear. A new shock-absorber technology also allows more powerful driving characteristics, with simultaneously increased driving comfort.

PSM is an automatic control system for helping to maintain stability at the limits of dynamic driving performance. The systems can be completely switched off in two stages. For intentionally sporty handling on the race track.

At the sporting limit, it is always about being direct. Especially on the racetrack but also with ergonomics in the cockpit. In this sense, the interior of the new 911 GT3 models is leading the way. It reflects on classic 911 virtues and extends them to new technological possibilities. The principle: analog fascination meets digital integration.

Nissan is reportedly going to launch a bespoke electric sports car under its Nismo performance division by the end of the decade. Details are few and far between right now, but this was confirmed by a company official who did drop a few hints that can help us get a general idea of what the company is going for and what to expect.

Earlier this year Nissan revealed the Max-Out concept (pictured), which is its idea of an electric two-door vehicle, a roadster in this case, but it shows that the automaker is already producing design studies for sporty EVs. It looks nothing like a GT-R, though, so if Nissan chose to make an electric replacement for Godzilla, it would probably look more like the current vehicle than the concept, which in turn possibly previews another less extreme two-door EV from Nissan.

On track, the Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by the Cayman Islands will headline the racing action while multiple aspects of the Porsche automotive and motorsport culture will entertain and educate Porsche fans and casual attendees alike at the three-day end of summer event. In addition to the golden anniversary celebration of the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7, Sports Car Together Fest will play host to multiple activities off the track as well including:

Icons of Porsche is not just the theme for Rennsport Reunion 7, but represents the talented people who have pushed the limits, taken risks and bravely driven Porsche to success over the past 75 years as a sports car marque.

The next electric Audi is being launched, following in the footsteps of the Audi e-tron SUV and the Audi e-tron Sportback slated for 2019. This time with a flat-floor architecture that provides for exciting proportions and a low center of gravity. 434 kW (590 hp) ensure performance fit for a sports car. The torque is transferred to the wheels via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, as you would expect for such a dynamic Audi. The performance subsidiary Audi Sport GmbH is responsible for subsequently transforming the car into a volume-production model.

The 2024 GT-R is expected to start arriving in dealers this spring and will take the mantle of senior sports car next year as the Challenger is set to be discontinued and replaced by the all-new electric Charger Daytona SRT.

VIP CAR CORRAL: Have a sports car? The NOLA Car Corral offers an exclusive experience to join fellow car enthusiasts in an all-make environment with premium parking with your sports car. Includes a Saturday or Sunday parade lap, exclusive pavement parking area close to the paddock, and more. Includes one weekend General Admission.

VARIETY WITH GT AND TC RACING: NOLA Motorsports Park will be sports car heaven. Learn more about the SRO Motorsports America championships in action, plus our special guest Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. Each has its own website with additional information.

FOLLOW ALONG: All races are streamed live and archived for on-demand viewing at or SRO America championships also feature broadcasts on CBS Sports.

This is the Nezha GT, an all-electric sports car heralding from China and set to launch later this month. It comes from the Nezha brand under the Hozon Auto banner and will go on sale alongside the Nezha S sedan, Nezha U-II SUV, and Nezha V crossover.

Nezha has gone to town crafting a bold interior for the GT. The most striking feature is the huge, portrait-oriented 17.6-inch infotainment display and the large digital instrument cluster. There is also a very sporty three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom and trimmed in plush leather. The car has four seats but we suspect the rear seats are probably quite cramped.

When it comes to sports cars wearing a Nissan badge, the GT-R reigns king. Despite only one generation actually reaching U.S. shores from the factory, the venerable platform proved to be one of the most successful performance car programs in history, sporting some of the most well-known motors to have ever graced an engine bay. But in the age of electrification, Nissan is looking towards a natural successor powered, at least in part, by batteries.

Hiroshi Tamura has been dancing with the GT-R since he was 18 years old, so for him to eventually become head of the product line (and eventually retire) was natural. However, even Tamura was unsure of how the Nissan GT-R and Z would eventually end up in the face of electrification when faced with the question earlier this year. But one thing is now apparent: Nissan will be launching an electrified version of a sports car in the future.

It's unclear how exactly Nissan plans to strategize the launch of its new sports car, but based on Katagiri's use of the singular word "model," it would appear that Nissan may have plans for a single performance-oriented vehicle at this time. Historically, Nissan has broken out its performance vehicles across two models built on two different underpinning architectures. The Z, for example, is built on Nissan's Front Midship (FM) platform, whereas the GT-R is built on a sports-enhanced version of the FM platform known as Premium Midship (PM). Whether or not the standalone vehicle will even sport the GT-R or Z badge is unknown.

One thing is apparent, however: Nissan is planning to launch the vehicle with a combination of powertrains. Katagiri confirmed to Autocar that Nissan planned to launch a "combination" of hybrid and EV models of its new sports car, though it's hazy as to whether or not Nissan will launch both at the same time, or if it will need time to grow its battery tech into a full BEV-sports-car-ready powertrain.

Nissan also hasn't portrayed a thorough timeline of when it plans to launch the vehicle, though previously ushered clues from other company executives point towards the top of the decade. The most damning evidence comes from Nissan's push for any of its performance EVs to utilize solid-state batteries, which are still nearly 10 years away from market, according to Richard Moore, the former auto exec in charge of strategizing the creation of the Nissan-backed West Midlands Gigafactory. The automaker has previously said that it aims to launch its first EV with solid-state batteries in 2028. However, that doesn't mean that Nissan's EV sports car will launch at the same time. François Bailly, Nissan's Chief Planning Officer for Africa, the Middle East, India, and Europe, has said that while he would love an EV-based sports car, more mainstream models would come first.

Generally, GT denotes a level of sportiness ranging from slightly average to a proper race car. While GT became synonymous with sports cars, it is simply indicative of a mildly sporty trim for some. Sometimes it may refer to some well-known supercars.

If we narrow down characteristics, you could say that sports cars offer less in terms of engineering and features. Something like a Ford Mustang would be more about the race track than cruising around. The bottom line is that it will depend on the manufacturer.

Look at the car, its characteristics, and the options it offers, and decide what kind of car you buy yourself. Keep in mind - definitions are blurred whenever you see something classified as a sports car or GT vehicle. There are no apparent differences, and the words come attached for marketing purposes.

Many of the sports cars built in Brazil over this timeframe where based on the VW Beetle platform, or the VW-based Karmann Ghia, as there was a major Volkswagen factory in the country producing vast quantities of cars for the local market.

It was at this point in history that the Lumimari marque nearly collapsed, they had sold 135 examples of their new sports car and were enjoying their remarkable racing successes when news broke that DKW would be ceasing local operations in Brazil. This swept the legs out from under the still-new company as it removed the platform they used for the Puma GT.

Essentially, the GT has a simple mantra: to transport at least four people in comfort, speed and style, while remaining capable when the roads get twisty. Simple though it might seem, this is a hard balance to find, and while many might skew in one direction or another, all must be able to achieve both of these key roles. 041b061a72


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