The debut of the new Tudor United Sports Car Championship begins today at 2:10 pm ET with the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona. You can follow the action on various TV channels throughout the 24 hour event or watch online. This year’s 24 Hours of Daytona begins a new era in sports car racing as the Grand Am Series and American Le Mans Series combined to form one united series. With 65 entries, this will be one of the largest 24 Hours of Daytona ever.
The new series is comprised is four classes of cars:
Prototype (P): The prototypes are the top tier teams from both the Grand Am and American LeMans Series. Some of the cars in this class include the Nissan DeltaWing, Ford EcoBoost, and the Corvette Daytona Prototype.
Prototype Challenge (PC): PC is a spec class that is a carry over from the American Le Mans Series. The series features cars built by Oreca with engines supplied by Chevrolet and tires from Continental.
GT Le Mans (GTLM): This GT LeMans class is a direct carry over from the American Le Mans Series. Cars in this class include the Corvette C7.R, Ferrari 458, SRT Viper, Porsche 911, and BMW Z4. All cars in this class must follow the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s GTE specification.
GT Daytona (GTD): The GTD class combines the Grand-Am GT & GX classes with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars from the American Le Mans GTC class. GTD is by far the largest class and features 29 cars.
I am looking forward to the new series as it allows the best teams of both series to compete against each other for the same championship. For a full run down of all 65 entries, I highly recommend the article posted by RennSport which describes the new series and includes images of each car. You can also follow live scoring here.
If the Detroit Auto Show is not enough to get your car fix in for the week, then the Fox family of networks should complete your week with the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Barrett-Jackson is the first auto auction of 2014 and is sure to set the pace for all auto auctions this year. Highlights of this year’s show include a Mercedes SLS Gullwing, countless muscle cars, the first 2015 Mustang, and, of course, the prestigious Salon Collection of cars Saturday night. Be sure to tune in throughout the week and do not miss the action on Friday and Saturday when the featured cars go across the auction block. For the full television schedule, see the chart below:
In this week’s episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay welcomed legendary auto executive Lee Iacocca and the 2015 Mustang GT. Iacocca was responsible for the development of the Mustang 50 years ago. Leno and Iacocca discuss the car’s development and look at the original Mustang 1 concept and the first Mustang ever produced.
Leno then invites in Dave Perick, chief engineer of the 2015 Mustang. Leno and Perick discuss the prototype of the new Mustang. I love the 2015 Mustang and Iacocca is sharp as ever at 89. With Leno’s videos and connections in the auto industry, I hope Leno spends more time developing the site after he leaves the Tonight Show in February.
Watch the full 25 minute episode below:
No words, just pictures. Enjoy! (Check out Ford’s 2015 Mustang page)
There has been a lot of speculation about the 2015 Ford Mustang. What will it look like? Will it have independent rear suspension? Will it have a 4 cylinder option? Will it be smaller? Will it weigh less? This Thursday, December 5, we may finally get some answers. To build suspense, Ford has released the teaser image above, and hopefully we will get some answers at 12:01 AM on Thursday.
I do not expect much from Ford on Thursday, however. I believe Ford will only release images of the new Mustang and withhold all the details. Ford has been masterful at keeping the 2015 Mustang in the press, and they are certainly not going to release all the information at once. I suspect we will find out all the technical details at the Detroit Auto Show in in January, and we will likely see other Mustang models (convertible, GT 350, Mach 1, etc.) at the New York Auto Show in April.
I am looking forward to seeing the 2015 Mustang. I am tired of the countless renderings and endless speculation, and this Thursday we can put some of the speculation to rest.
The 2015 Mustang mule that was captured on camera last week is certainly making its rounds. Those images offered the first glimpse of a full bodied Mustang prototype. This week, a stealthy driver was able to capture what appears to be the same prototype on video. While it is impossible to make out any of the body lines due to amount of camouflage and padding, the V8 in this mule sounds great! With this video it is possible to compare the prototype along side to other vehicles (there is a current generation Mustang following it in part of the video), and its smaller size is unmistakable. Check out the video posted on YouTube above.
In other Mustang news, Road & Track is reporting that the SVT version of the new Mustang will arrive as a 2016 model and will be called the Shelby GT350 instead of the GT500. The original Shelby GT350 was a successful race car in the 1960s, and I think the name will fit better with the car’s updated dimensions. There are also rumors that a Mach 1 is possible for 2016, but nothing is definitive.
The 2015 Mustang is going to be in the news a lot over the coming months as the car continues to be put through its paces. Hopefully some keen spy photographer will get a shot of it with less camouflage before it is unveiled to the public.
Last week, spy photographers captured a full bodied 2015 Mustang mule. Until now, we have only seen pieces of the new Mustang being tested. Finally, Ford is testing the full bodied car, and it is interesting.
Despite the heavy camouflage and padding, the new Mustang it is clearly smaller. Rumors had suggested that Ford is planning to cut the weight and dimensions of the car. Many have criticized the modern muscle cars for being too heavy, and a smaller Mustang would certainly be welcomed.
In addition to the new dimensions, the 2015 Mustang is expected to (finally) have independent suspension and an available Eco-Boost 4-cylinder engine. The 5.0 V8 is expected to stay in the GT model. Rumors have also suggested the top Mustang will drop the Shelby name and will no longer be turbo-charged. This comes following rumors that the engine in the current GT500 would not fit in the Mustangs new engine bay.
The 2015 is expected to be unveiled by the end of 2013, possibly at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. It is likely the Mustang will be available in early 2014, just in time for the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary.