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Jul 8

Test drive: How a sports car should evolve – the 2014 Porsche 911

(Photo courtesy Porsche)

Seven generations later and the 2014 Porsche 911 still retains its same iconic look that it had in the 1960s. (Photo courtesy Porsche)

For a full half century now, the Porsche 911 has defined what a pure, no compromises sports car can, and more importantly, should be.

And during the last 50 years, the 911 has stayed laser-focused and true to Porsche’s vision of a sports car through countless automotive trends, market changes and fads.

If you bought a 911 new in 1964 and a 2014 model today, you would instantly understand the connection, how what the German automaker created way back when has evolved into what it is today. The new 911, now in its seventh generation, is every bit as targeted today as it was in ’64. And that’s a very good thing indeed.

Jul 8

MotoGP: Sachsenring layout expected to challenge Ducati in Germany

Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Team heads down a straight during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Qualifying at TT circuit on June 27, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Team heads down a straight during the MotoGP of Netherlands – Qualifying on June 27, 2014. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

After the satisfaction of Assen, where Andrea Dovizioso finished second, the Ducati Team now arrives in Germany for the ninth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the Sachsenring circuit.

The Sachsenring is one of the shortest and slowest circuits on the calendar, but it is by no means an easy track. Its counter-clockwise layout contains several truly difficult curves, as well as a number of ups and downs.

Jul 8

F1: Massa fastest as Silverstone test kicks off

Felipe Massa paced the opening day of testing at Silverstone just two days after being caught up in an opening-lap collision during the race. (Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT Photographic)

Felipe Massa paced the opening day of testing at Silverstone just two days after being caught up in an opening-lap collision during the race. (Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT Photographic)

Felipe Massa was fastest for Williams at Silverstone on Tuesday as the teams stayed on for two days of running after the British GP.

It was a largely uneventful day, with three teams represented by test drivers: Ferrari (Pedro de la Rosa), McLaren (Stoffel Vandoorne) and Caterham (Will Stevens).

Jul 8

Le Mans cars from 1923-79 race out onto circuit again

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Since 2002, the Le Mans Classic has been held every other year on the Circuit de la Sarthe. (Photo courtesy Ultimatecarpage.com)

Introduction:

First held in 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one the greatest annual sports events. However, unlike most other events, Le Mans’ rich heritage can actually be celebrated by bringing the protagonists, the cars, back to the track.

Since 2002, this is done biennially with the Le Mans Classic. This twice-around-the-clock event features cars from the 1920s all the way through the early 1980s, spread over six grids.

Jul 8

F1: New FIA ban on ‘FRIC’ suspensions could hurt front-running teams

2014 F1 Pre Season Test 1 - Preview Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain. Monday 27 January 2014. The front suspension on the new Toro Rosso. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _R6T8110

A ban on ‘FRIC’ suspension systems will be most detrimental to the teams that have had the most success via the system. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

The FIA is planning a clampdown on ‘FRIC’ or front-to-rear interconnected suspension systems, which have been in widespread use in recent seasons as a tool for controlling constant ride height.

In essence, Charlie Whiting has decided that teams have been pushing the limits – and feels that systems planned for 2015, and systems that the FIA is already well aware of, will be a step too far.