Words by Christopher Kho
 
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Soichiro Honda was once quoted saying: “If Honda does not race, there is no Honda.” And one of their biggest undertaking was Formula 1.
 
It started as early as the 60's where they enjoyed success as a full-fledged team. They then returned in the 80's as an engine supplier for McLaren and won the driver's and constructor's championship from '88 to '92 with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Honda even had a short stint as a constructor a few years ago, until the company pulled the plug in 2008 due to limited success.
 
Sadly, Honda's motorsports program has been dormant for the past few years, which made us wonder wether Honda has lost their way. Well, I'm glad to let everyone know that their dry spell is almost over. That's because Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has just announced their return to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from the 2015 season onwards as an engine supplier for McLaren once again.
Words by Leo Lim | Photos courtesy of SEAT S.A.
 
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With no existing Philippine dealer, I always had to follow SEAT's progress over the web and TV via the Wold Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Impressed, yes. Excited, well not really, that is until I saw their latest racing design concept. Enter the badass Leon destined to duke it out on the WTCC and other racing series in Europe: the SEAT Leon Cup Racer.
Words by Christopher Kho
 
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Bummer. We just received an announcement from the organizers of the GT3 Race Manila, which was scheduled on June 2013, that the race has been postponed to 2014. It was expected to bring around 15 GT3 race cars such as Aston Martin DBRS9s, Porsche 911s, Ferrari 458s, McLaren MP4-12Cs, and Lamborghini Gallardos to race around a 2.7 km street circuit in Luneta Park. But as it stands now, we'll have to wait another year to see these glorious machines race in the Philippines.
 
The official press release from GT Race Global Inc. (GTRGI) reads:
Words by Carl Trocio | Photos courtesy of Peugeot Sport
 
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Let it be known that the French have declared war to reclaim their title on American soil and sends their message through a rally. What iz zis you say? Ze Fronch are edded to Amyerica? Sacre bleu! But before you le click the le share boot-ton, there’s time to read the rest of this article.
 
French carmaker, Peugeot (pronounced as 'pyu-joe') is coming to America to join the country’s second oldest auto race - the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The battle shall take place in Colorado this June 30, 2013 where those who dare shall climb a 20 kilometer mountain track with more twists and turns than a local telenovela (156 turns to be exact). With a speedy ascent of 2,862 meters to the 4,300 meter summit, the altitudes’ thinning air adds to the perils to be faced by the racers, aside from the more threatening and more obvious danger of falling off the peak.
Words by Ferman Lao | Photos courtesy of Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG)
 
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In case you haven't noticed, it's an open secret that the Toyota 86 was made for far greater things than just being a fun little sports coupe. It's not just for someone suffering from a midlife crisis or some yuppie who think that he's got it made. No sir! The Toyota 86 is so much more than that. Its mission in life is to remind all of us that we drive not just to get from point A to point B. Instead, driving is a skill that needs to be nurtured and the drive should be as much fun as the destination itself.
 
With that in mind, Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) created a “cost-effective” motorsport version of the 86. After an auspicious development period, wherein it finished 1st in its class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the car dubbed the TMG GT86 CS-V3 is now available on sale as an entry-level race car that offers low maintenance and running costs at a price that won't break the bank - €38,500 excluding tax to be exact or P2.071 million. This makes it the perfect choice for anyone who wants to get into motorsports.
 
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The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), the country's motorsports authority, publishes the complete 2013 Philippine Motorsports Calendar that covers circuit racing, slalom, and karting.
 
This year's main championships include the Philippine GT, Philippine Touring Car Championship (PTCC), RMSC's National Slalom Series, National Karting Series, and Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC). However, we noticed that the Hillclimb Series and RallyEKross - both organized by Edgen Dy-Liacco - are missing from this year's calendar. Also, do care to note that two- and three-wheeled motorsport disciplines are not sanctioned by the AAP, as well as independently-run series' such as the Lateral Drift Championship and Circuit Showdown.
 
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Starting this 2013 season, there'll be a new sticker added to Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa's F138 race car. That's because UPS just signed a multi-year contract to be Scuderia Ferrari's new official logistics and shipping sponsor.
 
As part of the deal, UPS will become fully integrated into Ferrari's daily operations on and off the Formula 1 grid by providing critical delivery and transportation services. In other words, they'll have the full responsibility of shipping all of the team's equipment, tools, and Formula 1 race cars to all 19 races in the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship season.
Words and photos by Christopher Kho
 
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The first-ever Manila Grand Prix was held more than 40 years ago on July 1970 that raced on a street circuit based on roads that surrounded Luneta Park. It was heralded as the golden age of Philippine motorsports, and for the longest time, was thought to be one of the last times that an international street race of its caliber would ever grace the Philippines. But on June 2013, we're finally back on the global racing scene as the nation's capital hosts the very first GT3 Race Manila.
 
2010 Asia GT3 Champion Dilantha Malagamuwa and Price of Malaysia Khairul Zaim even flew to Manila just to make the announcement official. They were joined by none-other-than Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim and Executive Director for National Parks Development Committee Juliet Horfilla Villegas.
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