Le Mans 2014 – First Qualifying Audi and Porsche Gallery

The 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours is already turning into a dramatic event; and that was only on the first day of practice!   Loïc Duval’s terrifying crash in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro caused substantial delays, and a lot of worried faces. Luckily he walked away from the 170 mph crash with just minor…

Porsche 911 Martini Racing Edition – Details and Photos

Porsche and Martini sponsorship go together in the world of racing cars much like, well, Lancia and Martini sponsorship come to think of it. But anyway, the German manufacturer has produced a special edition 911 to celebrate the Porsche’s return to the Le Mans big time.  As we saw last week, some of the most famous Le…

Audi welcomes Porsche back to Le Mans – Video

Earlier we shared a couple of images to celebrate Porsche competing in the top category of the Le Mans 24 Hours, for the first time in 16 years. Rival Volkswagen Group member Audi decided to make a little video to personally salute the return of the Zuffenhausen company to Le Mans: It’s not the first time we’ve…

Friday Photo – Porsche 24 Hours of Le Mans Heritage

We’re just over a week away from 82nd 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will feature a three-way battle for the headline LMP1-H title between Porsche, Audi and Toyota. Porsche hasn’t competed in the top category for 16 years, so the pressure is on the new 919 Hybrid to see if it can live up to the…

Audi R8 LMX Limited Edition – Lasers Fitted as Standard!

We’ve mentioned Audi’s recent fascination with laser lights before, seeing them fitted to its R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans racer and also the Sport quattro concept. Finally, after all that teasing, you can now have the chance to use a car on the road with actual frickin’ laser beams for headlights. Based on the already rather special R8…

Friday Photo – Audi R18 e-tron quattro loose on the streets

EngageSportMode might be all about BTCC this week, but then it’s not everyday you see a prototype race car driving through the city streets. However, residents of Le Mans in France are probably more familiar with it than anyone else in the world.  To mark the launch of its latest LMP1 challenger, this week Audi Sport…

Friday Photo from the Archive #13

Audi UK would like us all to know that tomorrow is the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year. To celebrate this occasion, it took cars from its model range out in the dark to create some rather fancy looking pictures. Audi hasn’t just used December 21st as an excuse to make pretty pictures – it’s…

Why the Volkswagen XL1 is better than a Le Mans racer

Volkswagen is currently making a lot of noise about this: If you didn’t already know, that’s the Volkswagen XL1, currently the world’s most fuel-efficient hybrid car in regular production. EngageSportMode isn’t usually a fan of eco-cars, but the design details of the XL1 mean that it feels less hair shirt and more Nomex overalls than…

The Nissan ZEOD RC – Is it all new?

As a break from discussing Formula 1 tyres, instead EngageSportMode examines Nissan’s new electric Le Mans challenger, and the craziest car you’ve never heard of. Is the Nissan ZEOD RC really from the 1970s? A couple of weeks ago, Nissan unveiled its new electric racing car – the ZEOD RC. Following on from 2012’s DeltaWing…

ESM – 2012 Goodwood FoS Photo Blog #1 Thursday

Whilst the Festival of Speed “proper” doesn’t begin until Friday, Thursday plays host to the Moving Motor Show event. Designed to let the public get up close and personal with a range of new cars from Skoda and SEAT to Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari. Of note were the BMW M5’s which seemed to rev and crackle…