Audi has announced its commitment to build a version of its successful R8 LMS race car for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, adding another major manufacturer to its highly competitive production-based GT class.
GRAND-AM has worked with Audi on the project since August 2009, making several visits to Germany to meet with the manufacturer. The car is expected to begin testing in the fall, with its competition debut expected at the 50th anniversary running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, 2012.
In case you missed the roar and rumble of more than 550 historic and authentic race cars participating in last month’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, now’s your chance. Speed TV crews captured the colorful sights and sounds of this automotive museum springing to life and will present it to viewers beginning on Sunday, September 11 at 12:30 PDT.
By the late 1950s it was obvious to Porsche that the 356, which was the company’s sole product line since 1948, needed to be updated. Replacing it was necessary, yet perilous. Who knew that the eventual replacement for the 356, the 911, would surpass its predecessor in sales, longevity and glory? Or that it would be so fanatically cherished by its owners that Porsche hasn’t been allowed to replace it. Or that the Company would be introducing its latest iteration all the way in 2011?
A short video summation of Rennsport Reunion III is available on Porsche’s YouTube Channel showing an incredible gathering of Porsches historic and modern race cars from around the world, many of the famous drivers who piloted them to victory and a taste of what to expect at Rennsport Reunion IV being held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, October 14-16, 2011.