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This July 4 to 7, 2012, 134 student teams from 18 countries all over Asia and the Middle East will line up on the grid at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia to see who can travel the farthest on a single liter of fuel. This is the 2012 Shell Eco-marathon Asia
 
Six university teams from the Philippines will be participating in this year's competition. The roster includes De La Salle University - Manila, Technological Institute of the Philippines, University of the Philippines - Diliman, and University of San Carlos. Last year, the University of the Philippines’ Team Kidlat won the Diesel Fuel Award under the Urban Concept category by achieving 60 km/L with their car. Meanwhile, the Mapua Institute of Technology won second place for the Safety Award under the Prototype Category and ran 186 km/L of gasoline. The Philippine contingent surely hopes to do one better this year.
 
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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.
Words by Jopet Tocino
 
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Although it's true that electric-powered cars have been around for quite some time now, the common misconception about them is that they aren't as good as their gas-powered counterparts. Well, at least in terms of performance. Enter the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution
 
The i-MiEV Evolution is the latest Frankenstein to come out from the workshop of Mitsubishi Motors Company (MMC).  Set to compete in the upcoming 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this July, this is surely one electric car that's made to give petrol-power a run for their money.
Words by Niky Tamayo
 
shelby_ripThe first inkling that British lawmakers had that speed limits might be a good idea was a day back in 1963 when a small British sportscar with a big American engine did 185 mph on the fabled M1... or so the story goes. In 1965, Ford produced a limited run of high-performance Mustangs, co-built with the small racing shop that built that 185 mph monster. They leased a number of these to Hertz Rent-A-Car, calling them the GT350H. These rental racers were so good that some came back from customers with the engines swapped out. When Hertz returned the whole consignment, even more of the cars had had those upgrades... borrowed.
 
In the early 60’s, the Ford GT40 racing program, borne of Henry Ford's hate for Enzo Ferrari, was faltering. But in 1966, that same small racing shop straightened out the racing program, and the GT40 came in first, second, and third at LeMans.  
 
Such is the legend of Carroll Hall Shelby. Responsible for some of the most iconic cars in history. Sadly, the great man passed away last May 11, 2012 at the age of 89.
 
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Tuason Racing School (TRS), the longest-running and only professional racing school in the country, is making the grassroots of racing even more accessible by setting up their very own go kart track in the south. Welcome to Global Karting Westgate (GKW), the first and only race track to feature a bridge and tunnel in the country.
 
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Castrol and Tuason Racing School (TRS) is once again on the hunt for next racing star at the second Castrol Champions of the Future (COF). As the Philippines' premier grassroots karting program, this is the chance for kids ages 7 to 13 years old to live up their racing dreams and be discovered as a future racing champion. Enroll now as the COF Karting Clinic is all set on April 1 and 15, 2012
 
The COF Karting Clinics will provide these young aspiring racers the basics of go kart racing under the tutelage of multi-titled champions JP and Mike Tuason, where 20 talented students will be given the a scholarship to compete at the three-leg COF Race Series starting on April 22, 2012.  
Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Nissan Europe
 
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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.
Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos courtesy of Honda Racing
 
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With Honda sweeping the 2010 and 2011 driver’s, manufacturer’s, and team’s titles at the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), they aren’t resting their laurels for the 2012 Dunlop MSA BTCC season. Their latest assault comes in the form of the the jaw-dropping Civic New Generation Touring Car (NGTC) based on the new 2012 European Civic hatchback. We also expect that the Civic NGTC would be the basis for Honda’s entry to the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) later this year, tweaked to maximize the S2000 specification.
 
And what better way to unveil your latest racer than to put it through its paces at Brands Hatch and Donington Park. Matt Neal, triple BTCC and 2011 defending champion, reported that the car is ready to race after they fixed some minor problems during the shakedown. His Honda Racing teammate and last season’s runner-up, Gordon Shedden, was also very very impressed with the car and hoped that it will be ready soon for the season opener on the 31st of March.
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