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Geneva Motor Show: Part One, Racers & Track Weapons

The most significant Motor Show in the world saw some very significant debuts in 2015.

We’ll be taking a short look, in two parts, at some of the most significant debuts.

First up its the turn of the Race Cars, Track Only Specials and crossovers between the two!

AMG Mercedes

The GT3 version of AMG’s new GT, dubbed, rather neatly the AMG GT3 debuted this morning.

It’s a much more compact looking package compared ti the highly effective but bulky Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3 which it replaces. There are certainly shades of Benz racers from the ‘50s in the frontal aspect but the powerplant is a very 21st century 4 litre V8.

It’s very clear that this car is going to feature heavily in Mercedes Benz efforts to activate its investment in motorsport

Audi

As we’ve already covered earlier today Audi took the wraps off its new 2015 spec R8 LMS, the immediate successor to one of the most successful GT3 racers since the formula took a bow in the latter part of the last decade.

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More than 130 of the earlier spec Audi R8 LMS (plus the later ultra) were built and this year will see the new car out and racing at both the Nurburgring and Spa 24 Hours.

Nissan NISMO

Nissan gave the FIA WEC bound GT-R LM its European public debut with Darren Cox on hand to help soak up the mess from the f=dropped jaws amongst onlookers.

Glickenhaus

The new for road and race Glickenhaus SCG003 has proven to be a firm favourite with the showers, apparently looking even better in the carbon than it does in photographs (which takes some doing in this case!

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Both road and race versions are being shown.

Aston Martin

There are two track focused Aston Martins at the show, both products of the new super secret AML ‘Skunk works’ where Marek Reichman and co. are fed raw meat until they produce something extraordinary.

They’ve clearly been keeping the local butcher busy of late as the Aston debutants here are extraordinary.

The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 version is a fairly extreme upgrade on the roadgoing V12 Vantage, with enhanced aero and mechanical upgrades.

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The track only Aston Martin Vulcan though, limited to just 24 examples, is on an entirely different level – It’s 7 litre V12 pokes out 700+ bhp in a package that weighs 1350 kg.

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Why is it called the Vulcan?

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Because it sounds like the Avro Vulcan bomber apparently!

McLaren

McLaren’s well trailed hybrid powered P1 GTR, track only hypercar was another showstopper, it’s 1995 Harrods style livery is an excellent reminder that an iconic livery lives forever!

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Remember just a few years ago when ‘experts were talking amour the end of the road for the hyper car. They could barely have been more wrong!

Porsche

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS, announced at the show today, is a very track focused, but still road legal, weapon.

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The RS has already set a lap time around the Nordschleife of 7 min 20 secs; an achievement which also trumps the historic record value of the V10 engined Carrera GT (just under 7 min and 29 secs).

The 911 GT3 RS is powered by a 500 bhp 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine with 460 Newton metres of torque, combined with a specially developed PDK transmission.

The car sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 3.3 seconds and on to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 10.9 seconds in a package that is c.10kg lighter than the already extreme 911 GT3.

Radical

Radical’s RXC 500 Turbo refers to a 530 bhp power output that the Peterborough based company hope will help tighten their grip on the road legal Nurburgring lap record later this year.