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The current Ford Focus RS really took the notion of a hot hatch and blew it out of the water. Sadly, it will soon see the end of its lifecycle. Until then though, at least in France, it will have a proper sendoff, thanks to a series of unique models.

The five Focus RS versions you see above are all decked out in special liveries, which were showcased by historic Ford race cars at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race over the years.

While the light blue and orange Gulf livery sported by the Le Mans-winning GT40 in 1968 and 1969 is easy to spot for any racing fan, the other editions are also worth explaining. The black and silver stripe livery was showcased by the Ford Mk II which won the 1966 race. The red and white stripe came from the Mk IV which won in 1967. The White and thin blue center stripe was used on the Mk IIB France special edition in the 1967 race. Last but not least, the two-tone white and blue livery was made famous by the Capri RS 2600 which won the Touring category at Le Mans in 1972.

Only these five cars will be available for purchase, but you’ll also get special Recaro racing seats set to match the exterior livery, plus a personalized numbered plate.

Outrageous? Yes, but so is the 305 HP Ford Focus RS as a whole.


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Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, our own feature where we talk about the best motorsport events in the last three days.

This week, we were treated to one of the most prestigious endurance events in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, that took place in France. Besides that, Formula 1 held its Canadian GP this weekend, while Nascar saw two races take place, one in Kentucky, for the Nationwide Series, and one in Michigan, for the Sprint Cup.

So, it seems there was something for everyone. Curious to see how Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Denny Hamlin or Brad Keselowski did in their respective events? Hit the jump to find out.

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It’s been a long time coming, but BMW has finally unveiled its 17th Art Car project, based on the BMW M3 GT2 race car and led by artist Jeff Koons.

For those who don’t know, BMW has started back in the 1970s a special initiative where it invited artists to design the livery for its 24 Hours of Le Mans race cars. Since then, people like Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg or Andy Warhol decorated the Bavarian race cars.

Now, Jeff Koons has joined this privileged group with his own project. The artist combined various images of cars racing and vibrant colors to produce the illusion of movement, even though the car is standing still.

The #79 (in honor of the 1979 Andy Warhol Art Car) race car is a BMW M3 GT2, capable of outputting 500 HP from its 4.0-liter V8 engine. It will be piloted by a crew of Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk Müller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE), while the #78 model, decked out in traditional racing livery, will be driven by Jörg Müller (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Uwe Alzen (DE).

The car is currently on exhibit at the Forum of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and will be racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance competition between June 12 and 13. In case you’re not visiting France anytime soon, check out the 17th BMW M3 GT2 Art Car by Jeff Koons in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: BMW M3 GT2 Art Car by Jeff Koons


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The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette has just started rolling off the assembly line. In honor of the product and because it celebrates 50 years since a Corvette took a class win at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans competition, GM decided to make the first 2011 ‘Vette a bit more special.

As such, it has created a customized American supercar, decked out in the same livery as the first 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette racer from back in the day. As you can see, the racing blue stripes capture the attention, but a few other decals were also added. It’s not all show and no go, as the company also added the Z06 and CFZ performance packages.

The Z06 means 505 HP will be squeezed out of the 7.0-liter V8 engine, while the CFZ brings a lot of exclusive features. Among them are things like a set of bespoke wheels, custom finish on the exterior mirrors plus a new carbon fiber body work.

The price for this retro-inspired brand new 2011 Corvette? Well, GM is offering it for a tax deductible $300,000 donation, plus the actual cost of manufacturing the car. According to estimates, the final figure might be very close to $400,000. Is the ‘Vette worth it? You decide in the comments section below.


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BMW is quite serious about its art endeavors and has just revealed that the 17th model, based on a BMW M3 GT2 track car, will race in the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance competition.

The car, which you can see in draft form above, has been decorated by artist Jeff Koons, using a novel collage of stretched racing cars and colors, in order to portray the soul (apparently a rainbow-flavored one) of the M3 GT2 race car.

Following tradition, the car is going to be displayed at the Paris Centre Pompidou, on June 1, before it will head off to the race, held between June 12 and 13. The car is going to bear the number 79, commemorating the Andy Warhol BMW M1 art car, revealed in 1979 at the same Centre Pompidou.


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Jaguar is one of the most successful British brands when it comes to motorsport, establishing itself in such competitions for 75 years. Now, the company has just announced that it will be entering this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans competition with a factory-sponsored XKR GT2 model, run by the JaguarRSR team.

The company is seeking once again to become the best of the best, albeit in the GT2 category and not the full-pledge one. It has also emphasized its success in the competition, managing to win at Le Mans in its first year of participation in 1951 with the C-Type, and continue with models like the D-Type or the XJR prototypes, which ran in the early 1990s (all pictured above).

US Jaguar fans will also be able to enjoy this special XKR GT2 model in the American Le Mans Series, in which it will also participate.


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If things go smoothly, it would seem that a battle which many would want to happen, between the Nissan GT-R and Maserati MC-12 and all of the other GT cars at Le Mans might happen. But first, a brief history lesson as to why this didn’t happen yet. There are two racing bodies governing motorsport, FIA, which deals with Formula 1 and many other competitions, and ACO, which deals with Le Mans in particular.

Up until now, cars like the Nissan GT-R or Maserati MC-12 weren’t accepted in the prestigious race because of the rules that ACO followed. But the racing body is preparing to adopt the FIA GT1 regulations, which will allow things like the Maserati’s carbon fiber chassis in the race.

This means that Gigawave Motorsport, the team which has been running a customized version of the Nissan GT-R in FIA GT, and Vitaphone, which represents Maserati in the same competition will enter the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans race and take on models from Audi, Ferrari or other competitors.

Are you excited about such a possibility? Leave a comment with your thoughts.


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