Video: Watch an Acura NSX prototype lap the track at Mid-Ohio

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Acura NSX prototype at Mid-Ohio

As promised, Acura trotted its NSX prototype out to the mass of waiting fans ahead of today’s Honda Indy 200 IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio. The hybrid supercar took to the track for a fast lap, and Acura was kind enough to attach a score of cameras to the car in order to share the event with the rest of the world.

The blue-wrapped NSX looks pretty darn good on a race track, if we do say so ourselves, and its V6 engine, coupled with its three electric motors and lithium-ion battery pack, sounds awfully sweet at full song. The automaker is promising to release its new NSX in 2015, which is still quite a ways away, so we don’t expect this exhibition lap to be the last time we see a prototype in action ahead of a production debut.

Want to see the video? Of course you do. Scroll down to see the NSX take to the track like a fish takes to water.

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Video: Hot lap the Hungaroring with Codemasters’ F1 2013 and Anthony Davidson

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Au courant with the Hungarian Grand Prix running this weekend, Codemasters has released in-game footage from F1 2013 of a hot lap video of the Hungaroring driven by Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo and narrated by ex-Formula One driver and current Sky F1 commentator and sportscar racer Anthony Davidson. The graphics have improved over F1 2012, Davidson’s commentary is just as good as it was last year, and the rear-view mirrors are still huge.

There are also hot lap vids of the Nürburgring driven by Kimi Räikkönen in his Lotus and Silverstone piloted by Jenson Button in his McLaren. The game hits shelves October 8, but you can watch the hot lap videos below right now.

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Motorsports: Allan Simonsen dies after crashing in fourth lap at Le Mans

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Allen Simonsen Aston Martin at Le Mans

Allan Simonsen - Le Mans driver killed in 2013 raceDanish racing driver Allan Simonsen has died as a result of injuries sustained during a crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. According to race officials, the 34-year-old was in serious condition after the accident and was immediately rushed to a hospital, where he died shortly thereafter.

The incident took place on the fourth lap of the race. Simonsen, a seven-year veteran of Le Mans racing, spun about 10-minutes into the race, hitting safety barriers at the Tertre Rouge bend.

The No. 95 Aston Martin that Simonsen co-drove along with teammates Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen has officially retired from the race. Our condolences to all those close to Simonsen.

A video showing the first 10 minutes of the race can be found below, though be advised that it ends with the Simonsen’s accident, along with an official statement from race’s governing authority, Automobile Club de l’Ouest.

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Video: We lap Laguna Seca in BMW’s autonomous Track Trainer

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BMW Track Trainer at Laguna Seca

BMW 330i Track Trainer at Laguna Seca – Click above for high-res image gallery

You know what’s scary? Autonomous cars. What’s scarier? An autonomous car that can lap Laguna Seca at eight-tenths and post sub-two minute lap times all day long. BMW’s 330i Track Trainer can do just that. And we have the video to prove it.

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Bruno Senna records a lap of Spa one-handed

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bruno senna spa lap shot on a cell phone

Bruno Senna laps Spa one-handed – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Formula One driver Bruno Senna possesses some serious driving skills. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be driving the Lotus Renault R30 on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. But is Senna good enough at his craft to hammer out a lap at Spa using only one hand?

The brash Brazillian wanted to give his YouTube followers a first-hand account of what it’s like to drive the R30 at Spa, so he recorded the lap with his cell phone. Actually, it’s not exactly a lap of the classic circuit, it’s more like a stunt session. If you’re worried about distracted driving, don’t, because Senna says in the video description: “Please note I drove within safe limits and not flat-out,” then proceeds to tell others not to drive and shoot video at the same time.

That sounded nice and safe, at least until we saw the video. While we’re sure Senna wasn’t going all out, he was still moving faster than most humans ever should with both hands on the wheel. “Safe limits” clearly means different things to different people, no? Amazingly, Senna turns out to be as good a videographer as he is a driver, as the finished product is amazingly steady and well-composed.

Hit the jump to watch the amazing video for yourself, especially if you’ve always wanted a first-hand account of what a donut in an F1 car would look like. Nicely done, Mr. Senna, but probably not all that safe.

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One Lap winners live-streaming this year’s event

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Topspeed Motorsports Porsche 911 GT2

Live stream of this year’s One Lap of America – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Doug Wilks and Leh Keen swept to victory in last year’s Tire Rack One Lap of America at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT2. This year, Keen and Wilks have partnered up again, only this time they’ll be piloting a Nissan GT-R prepared by Wilks’ Topspeed Motorsports. Better than that, the pair will be live-streaming the eight-day event, thanks to an in-car webcam.

Besides live footage of every inch of the 3,000-plus-mile event, the pair will have Google Maps tracking their location, a blog and live interactive chat with viewers. All the interactive goodness is available on Topspeed as you read this.

With the power of the GT-R, already a proven One Lap winner, the Grand Am and ALMS driving skills of Keen and Wilks’ mechanical expertise, Topspeed Motorsports looks poised to make another run at the top spot. Click past the jump to see Topspeed’s live feed, or head over to their website for the full interactive experience. Thanks for the tip, Nathan!

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Peugeot EX1 sets fastest electric car lap at the ‘Ring

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2010 Peugeot EX1 Concept

2010 Peugeot EX1 Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Peugeot EX1 has whirred its way into the record books by lapping the 12-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife with a 9:01.338-minute run. According to Peugeot, that shatters the previous electric vehicle record at the track by an impressive 50 seconds.

The fully-electric Pug, which debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, averaged 85 mph on its record-setting run. Peugeot has promised to release photos and video of the EX1 at the Nordschleife, but for now we’ll have to wait.

The lightweight, four-wheel drive EX1 was created to celebrate Peugeot’s 200th birthday, and packs a pair of electric motors (one on each axle) totaling 340 horsepower. As for production, don’t hold your breath, though the technologies on display in the EX1 and lessons learned during its development will likely influence future models.

Gallery: Peugeot EX1 concept

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Autoblog Podcast #227: with Brock Yates, Jr. of One Lap of America, New York recap and more!

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Brock Yates, Jr. joins Chris Shunk, Dan Roth and Chris Paukert for Autoblog Podcast #227 to talk about the 2011 Tire Rack One Lap of America, which starts this weekend. The crew also recaps the New York International Auto Show, Mitsubishi pulling the plug on the Eclipse and Endeavor, the push for standardizing push-button starting systems and your feedback and questions with the Q&A module. We’ve re-posted the Q&A at the bottom of this post so you can play along at home, too. Thanks for listening, we’ll see you next week!

Autoblog Podcast #227: with Brock Yates, Jr. of One Lap of America, New York recap and more!

  • New York Auto Show Wrap-up
  • Mitsubishi to kill off Eclipse, Endeavor
  • Fed mulling regulating push-button start
  • Scion iQ delayed due to parts shortages
  • Hyundai launches Assurance trade-in value guarantee

In the Autoblog Garage:

2012 Acura TL SH-AWD
2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo
2011 Infiniti M35h
2012 Mazda CX-7

Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Shunk, Chris Paukert
Guest: Brock Yates, Jr.
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Dodge Viper ACR breaks Miller Motorsports Park production car lap record [w/video]

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Dodge Viper ACR at Miller Motorsports Park

Dodge Viper ACR at Miller Motorsports Park – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Dodge Viper ACR is no longer in production, but it remains one of the most impressive sports cars ever built as evidenced by a recent trip to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Dodge Motorsports brought a 2010 Viper ACR to the track along with road racer Kuno Wittmer, and the result was a record-smashing lap time of 1:59.995 – nearly four seconds faster than the previous record of 2:03.86 held by a Corvette ZR1 driven by Jan Magnussen.

This isn’t the first time the Viper ACR has broken a track record for a production car. In 2008, Dutch driver Tom Coronel piloted a Viper ACR to a record 7:22.1 lap time around the Nürburgring, and one year later, an SRT vehicle dynamics engineer broke the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca lap record with a time of 1:33.92.

You can read more about the Dodge Viper ACR’s lap record at Miller Motorsports Park as well as watch video footage of the car on track after the jump.

Gallery: Dodge Viper ACR at Miller Motorsports Park

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Video: 125cc shifter karts lap Laguna Seca

Shifter Cart at Laguna Seca

Shifter karts at Laguna Seca – Click above to watch video after the jump

Few forms of motorsport offer up a more pure driving experience than going tire to tire in a shifter kart. Likewise, of the many storied and excellent tracks of the world, Laguna Seca holds a special place in the the hearts and minds of racers of all stripes. Combine the two for the first time and you’ve got a recipe for unbridled awesome. Laguna Seca had been off limits to 125cc shifters for some time due to pesky noise regulations, but with a new air box and a larger exhaust silencer, the pint-sized racers have only just managed to squeeze under the 92 dB rule.

To celebrate the occasion, one racer was kind enough to strap a camera to his machine before taking to the course. As a result, we can all tag along for the ride. If you’re short on time and just want to see the shifters dance down the infamous Corkscrew, jump ahead to about 1:30 in. Hit the jump to see the full flick for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Jason!

[Source: YouTube]

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