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Feature: DM Motorsport’s Mid-Engined V8 Volkswagen Golf GTI

posted by on 7 May 2015 in Feature Cars

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[photos: Si Gray] If you’ve attended a Volkswagen enthusiast event, you can attest to the fact that so many Mk1s currently feature VR6, 1.8T or 16 valve power that, if you didn’t know better, you’d swear they came that way from the factory.  Luckily there are those among us who are against going with the […] More…

Porsche Opens $100 Million Experience Center and Headquarters in Atlanta

posted by on 7 May 2015 in Porsche News

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Porsche has officially opened their new North American headquarters today, a $100 million facility located on 27 acres just outside of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.  Home to a 1.6mi driver development circuit, 13,000 square feet of conference and event space, a restoration center and roughly 450 Porsche employees, the Experience Center expects to see an estimated […] More…

Wörthersee 2015: ŠKODA Fabia Combi R5 Concept Promises to Pack ’Em In

posted by on 7 May 2015 in 2015 Worthersee Treffen Coverage

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ŠKODA previewed the second of their Wörthersee concept vehicles earlier today, and this one is sure to make a big impact at the event.  Starting off with their new Fabia Combi, and adding a healthy amount of pieces from their motorsport parts bin, the R5 is the all-wheel-drive, sequential shifting wagon of our dreams. Read the full […] More…

Wörthersee 2015: Day 6 and 7 Gallery Now Live

posted by on 7 May 2015 in 2015 Worthersee Treffen Coverage

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[photos: Si Gray] Si Gray remains a busy man on the streets around Lake Wörthersee, knocking out no less than four feature car photoshoots in addition to covering the action in Faak and at the world’s most famous Eni station.  As a result, today’s addition to our Wörthersee coverage is a bit light on quantity, […] More…

SEAT Launches New Ibiza with State-Of-The-Art Technology

posted by on 7 May 2015 in Seat News

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SEAT has unveiled their new Ibiza ahead of it’s debut at the Barcelona Motor Show, which is packed with technology, making it “part of the connected world.”  The exterior of the new Ibiza has received a minor update as well in the way of LED DRLs, new wheels and Moonstone Silver and Chilli Red paint […] More…

DriverGear Releases Spring/Summer Collection

posted by on 6 May 2015 in Choice Gear

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We’re just about a week away from Southern Worthersee and the temperatures are creeping back towards what we’d describe as ‘tolerable’, which can mean only one thing- Summer is almost here.  To celebrate, Volkswagen DriverGear has released their new Spring/Summer collection, chalked full of stylish T-shirts, hats and gear.  This year’s collection is heavily influenced […] More…

Strong Weekend for Tanner Foust in Europe

posted by on 6 May 2015 in Motorsport News

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Tanner Foust was quite busy last weekend, pulling double duty by participating in both the FIA World RX and Audi Sport TT Cup, and earning a pair of podium finishes.  Tanner was one of six guest drivers to be invited to participate in the inaugural TT Cup races, which replaced the Scirocco R-Cup this year […] More…

ECS Tuning® Becomes a Master Distributor of Milltek Sport Exhaust Systems for the Americas

posted by on 6 May 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

When an internationally-known and respected business like ECS Tuning partners with a performance exhaust company with 32 years of continuous product development and technical expertise, the benefit to the end consumer is immeasurable. From their presence in the Volkswagen Racing Cup and British Touring Car Championship, to their close cooperation with the car manufacturers themselves, […] More…

Volkswagen Shareholders Approve Substantial Dividend Increase

posted by on 6 May 2015 in Volkswagen News

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Dr. Hussain Ali Al-Abdulla and Akbar Al Baker elected to the Supervisory Board The shareholders of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft are to receive a dividend of 4.80 (previous year: 4.00) EUR per ordinary share and 4.86 (4.06) EUR per preferred share for fiscal year 2014. The shareholders present and represented at the 55thAnnual General Meeting held in Hanover on […] More…

Worthersee 2015: Day 4 and 5 Galleries Now Live

posted by on 5 May 2015 in 2015 Worthersee Treffen Coverage

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[photos: Si Gray] Coming out of the first unofficial weekend of Worthersee Treffen, the crowd has actually dissipated a bit, a change welcomed by our own Si Gray and the dedicated few who enjoy the relative calm before thousands upon thousands descend on the town.  With less congestion clogging the streets, Si took the opportunity to head outside […] More…

Super Trofeo: Sbirrazzuoli Gets First Win in Exciting Conclusion at Laguna Seca

posted by on 5 May 2015 in Motorsport News

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The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo’s North American series rolled through Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this past weekend, with Cedric Sbirrazzuoli earning his first victory by less than half a second in just his second outing, and first time ever at the circuit.  North American Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo action picks back up on June 25th at […] More…

Find of the Day: 1982 Volkswagen Golf GTI Oettinger 16S

posted by on 5 May 2015 in Find Of the Day

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To those in the know, the Oettinger 16S GTI is easily considered the ‘holy grail’ when it comes to first generation cars.  Equipped with an in-house developed 16 valve engine producing more than 130hp, Oettinger 16S converted GTIs were fast enough to outrun many BMWs of the day, and easily outpaced other hot hatches on the market.  So […] More…