Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of The Morgan Motor Company
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KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) is a Hong Kong-based motorsport services group that competes in top-tier championships such as Formula Nippon, Super GT300, Formula 3, Formula Masters China, Formula Pilota, Chinese Touring Car Championships (CTCC), and Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia. But in 2013, they're about to embark in a new endeavor as they take on the challenge of Le Mans
For their new campaign in sports car endurance racing, they've recently acquired a Morgan LMP2 chassis from OAK Racing's constructor department, Onroak Automotive. The chassis is constructed from a carbon fiber monocoque and weights as little as 925 kg. No details have been mentioned about its powertrain, but current LMP2 regulations allow for naturally aspirated 5.0L eight-cylinder engines or turbocharged 3.2L six-cylinders.
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On the 80th running of the most prestigious endurance race in the world, a hybrid qualified on pole for the very first time in history. Bearing car number “1”, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by André Lotterer achieved the fastest lap of 3m 23.787s in the final qualifying session of the 24 Heures du Mans 2012 last Thursday. Lotterer will share driving duties with Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer - the same group who won the race last year.
"The car was running like it was on rails, simply incredible," said the 31-year-old German, which allowed him to improve on last year's best time by nearly two seconds.
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Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Nissan Europe
The gruelling 24 Hours of LeMans endurance race has traditionally been the venue for manufacturers to try out wild and innovative new technologies in motorsports. The rigors of racing flat-out at over 300 km/h for 24 hours non-stop are an excellent test bed of engineering prowess. As such, LeMans has seen some interesting technologies and innovations, such as rotary engines, gas turbines, turbo diesels, and most recently, hybrids. Yet despite the "Prototype" classification, today's LMP (LeMans Prototype) cars follow strict regulations in terms of size, shape and engine load-out.
At this year's race, however, Nissan and Highcroft Racing are doing something different. They're running an actual, honest-to-goodness... prototype. Developed in conjunction with Panoz Motorsports, who are no strangers to unusual designs, the DeltaWing promises to be a truly revolutionary race car.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Toyota Motorsport GmbH
Succeeding the iconic TS010 and TS020 race cars that competed in the 90's, Toyota is finally marking its return to the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2012 with the TS030 Hybrid. Developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), the same people behind the Panasonic Toyota Formula 1 team, the TS030 will be the first hybrid entry into the FIA World Endurance Championship after Peugeot announced their immediate withdrawal from competition last week. This means that it will all be up to the Japanese team to challenge Audi's dominance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 19:59

Toyota marks return to Le Mans in 2012

Words by Christopher Kho
After a 13 year absence, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have announced that they will finally make a return to the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2012. Competing with a gasoline-electric hybrid LMP1, Toyota is entering their prototype in the inaugural season of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) World Endurance Championship. Although Toyota might not have intentions to contest in all of the series' rounds, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours is certainly on the top of their priority list. 
The LMP project will most likely be headed by Cologne-based Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the same people behind the Panasonic Formula 1 team and the Toyota GT-One (codenamed TS020) - the Japanese giant's last attempt at Le Mans in 1999. With over four decades of experience, eight of which were spent in Formula 1, they should have no trouble taking on Peugeot and the unstoppable Audi's. It'll be quite interesting though how the petrol-electric hybrid will fair up against the more popular turbo-diesels.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos and video courtesy of Mazda Motor Corporation
787b_lemans01After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the No. 55 Mazda 787B returned to the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time after 20 years. Piloted by the very man who drove the 787B to victory in 1991, Johnny Herbert relived the past by putting down two laps of pure emotion around the track before the start of the 2011 24 Heures du Mans last June 10. The fully-restored Group C sports prototype made history by being the first Japanese-built machine to win the race, and the first and only rotary-powered race car to achieve the feat. 
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