This Week in Motoring: May 18, 2015

The next-gen Camaro is unveiled, the BMW M6 gets more power, Porsche unleashes a track-only 911 GT3 R and more.



Yamaha takes a 1-2 Victory at Le Mans
After starting from third, Jorge Lorenzo fought his way through first-lap calamities to lead his teammate Rossi home in a Yamaha one-two finish. Further back Marc Marquez and Ducati’s Andrea Iannone put on such a dramatic battle that it nearly upstaged Yamaha’s victory.

Scott Dixon Makes Grabbing Indy 500 Pole Look Easy
After a dizzying number of high-speed crashes during Indy 500 qualifying, Scott Dixon came out on top after completing just four laps. The troubling crash count prompted a quick regulations change in the name of safety.

Next-Gen Camaro Unveiled
Even before the leaked photos, the 2016 Chevy Camaro was one of the more hotly anticipated cars to come from US soil. The top-of-the-range (as of now) SS uses the same LT1 V8 from the C7 Corvette and is down 200 pounds from the last gen. The Camaro looks to be following its Dearborn counterpart away from the muscle car stigmas and into the sports car ring.

The Track-Only Porsche GT3 R
The Porsche GT3 RS is barely street legal as is. But what Porsche have done is fully devote the RS to track duty with the new 911 GT R. It’s designed with serious customer racing teams in mind: an FIA roll cage, a 500+ horsepower 4.0-liter boxer-six engine, a 120-liter FIA fuel tank and a 6.5-foot rear wing. And even though it costs just under $500,000 dollars, Porsche says it’s more economical to run in the long term.

New Competition Pack for the BMW M6
The BMW M6 options list just grew with the new “Competition Package”. Tick the box and you’ll get 592 horsepower (up from 552 horsepower) and 516 lb-ft (up from 501 lb-ft), which will help you get from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and top out at 189 mph. Stiffer suspension systems and a more refined diff gives the M6 more “focused handling” as well.

F1’s Secret Payout Sums Revealed.
Formula 1’s payout pecking order has come under fire in recent months. In the wake of the revealing of how yearly payouts are distributed, the scrutiny is well justified. Through a convoluted payout system, in 2014, 4th-placed team Ferrari received the most at $164 million, while 2014 world champions Mercedes-AMG received the 3rd most with $126 million, $30 million less than 2014 runner-up Red Bull Racing.

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