Ferrari 488 GT Modificata revealed as 681bhp track day special

Ferrari has launched a number of track-day specials in its time, ranging from the extreme V12-powered XX cars through to last year’s one-off P80/C. The 488 GT Modificata is the latest addition, combining tech from the marque’s all-out racers to create its next track day weapon. 

Built strictly for track days and for use at Ferrari Club Competizioni GT events, the limited-run model combines elements from its highly successful 488 GT3 and GTE racers. Though it appears near-identical to those racers at first glance, Maranello’s engineers have designed the Modificata to produce even more performance, yet also make it more accessible to drive at the limit. 

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At its core is the same 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged flat-plane crank V8 you’ll find in its siblings, but thanks to the lack of restrictions enforced in competitive racing, is

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Taming a ’65 Dodge Coronet Drag Racer for Daily Use

The 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 might not be your average Mopar B-body enthusiast’s first choice, but the Wheeler Dealers, Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, aren’t your average Mopar enthusiasts. Indeed, they’re clued in to something that some Chrysler-philes don’t get: It’s not all about Chargers and GTXs! The Coronet was cool, too, and it was one of Dodge’s annual best sellers year over year and also benefited from Mopar’s performance magic.

Sure, most of the roughly 209,000 Coronets Dodge moved in 1965 were powered by the mundane slant-six, but a respectable 33,000 people ordered the Coronet 500 that same year, and that was no boring grocery-getter.

The 500 package on the Coronet included a base 273-cubic-inch V-8, fancy exterior trim and badging, bucket seats, a padded dashboard, and chrome trim on the center console, and was only available on the two-door sedan and convertible body styles. Plus, any of

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Audi Sport signs up for Dakar in 2022, but drops Formula E campaign

Audi Sport has announced plans to compete in the 2022 Dakar Rally and has also revealed its intention to return to World Endurance Championship circuit racing. This news is accompanied by a restructuring of Audi Sport’s upper management and the closing of Audi’s Formula E campaign. 

For the Dakar, Audi Sport is building a Rally Raid-style car, rather than a WRC-style production car-based machine. It will be designed specifically to survive the Dakar’s famously tough conditions, with drive coming exclusively from electric motors powering all four wheels. The electric powertrain will be supplemented by a small turbocharged petrol engine, which will act as an on-board generator to charge the batteries and enable the car to cover the vast distances required each day during the event.

This will be the first electrified Dakar racer from a large-scale manufacturer, and as with Audi’s past efforts in WEC racing will position the company

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Why MotorTrend’s Top Gear America Stands on Its Own

MotorTrend is the number one automotive media destination in the world for a reason: We know what we’re doing. You already know that, though. You’ve trusted us and other brands in the MotorTrend family—such as HOT ROD, Four Wheeler, and Roadkill—for more than 70 years. You’ve also trusted Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon to thoroughly entertain you in some way for many years. Even during the horrible year that was 2020 (we shudder at our keyboard), did we let you down? Then it’s time to trust us one more time. If you like cars (even if you don’t), you must watch Top Gear America.

We’ll address all the naysaying right away: “It’s just another American remake of a British classic.” “The formula is exactly the same as other shows.” “It’s not the Big Three.” Ouch, that hurts. But we were expecting that, and

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TechArt Porsche 911 Turbo S has more power than a GT2 RS

The Porsche 911 Turbo could rarely be considered short on power, with enough straight-line performance to upset considerably more serious and expensive machinery. Yet despite its already physics-defying performance, TechArt has felt the need to take it one step further, increasing performance and fettling the aero of the latest iteration.

A new aerodynamics kit replaces a number of factory components with TechArt’s own components. The kit includes a brand new front splitter and intake surrounds, new carbonfibre wing mirrors and redesigned side skirts, while the rear features a new high-mounted roof spoiler that directs air towards the enlarged rear wing. There’s also a new diffuser, exhaust surrounds and TechArt badging replacing the factory Porsche logo.

> TechArt reveals 770bhp Porsche 911 Turbo-based GTstreet RS

TechArt’s modifications under the skin include its ‘Techtronic’ ECU module, increasing power from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six to 700bhp and 663lb ft of torque – more

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