That crazy picture is a teaser for a new race car coming from Acura. The ARX-05 prototype will be fielded by Team Penske this year and marks Acura’s anticipated return to prototype racing.
That wild child racer will be revealed during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, beginning at a Motorsports Gathering August 18. It will also appear at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance concept lawn August 20. The ARX-05 makes its competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2018. Performance specs to come.
Also coming to the Pebble Beach event will be a very rare Jaguar, perhaps the rarest of all. Restoration of the only XK120 Pininfarina ever produced has been completed by Classic Motor Cars Ltd. in Bridgnorth Shropshire, England after two years of work.
Manufactured in 1954, the chassis was completed in April of that year and “dispatched on the 25th of May to the order of Max Hoffman of New York.” You might remember Hoffman as an early importer of luxury European automobiles.
Classic bought the car from a German gentleman who bought it here in the U.S. in 1978 with the intention of restoring it. He never got around to it and eventually sold the Jag to Classic. Until the Pebble Beach event, the best we can give you is a picture of this most rare of rare cars completely covered up.
Jeep said today its most powerful and quickest SUV ever, the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, will carry a starting price of $85,900. Dealers will start taking orders Thursday.
The Trackhawk will come with a 6.2-liter V8 with 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. Look for a 0-60 of just 3.5 seconds, Jeep said, with an 11.6 second quarter mile and top speed of 180 mph.
Equipment includes a Selec-Trak system with five drive modes, Bilstein adaptive damping suspension plus an eight-speed automatic tranny. Look for the Trackhawk to go on sale in the fourth quarter. Just imagine losing a drag race to a Jeep Grand Cherokee!
In two years, Mazda will introduce the first compression-ignition gasoline engine to be known as SkyActiv-X.
Compression Ignition is the way diesel engines work using air and compression to ignite the injected gasoline instead of the spark plugs used in gasoline powered engines. Automakers have been toying with the idea in gas powered cars for some time, but Mazda said this morning it is ready to move forward with one.
“This new proprietary combustion engine combines the advantages of gasoline and diesel engines to achieve outstanding environmental performance, power and acceleration performance,” the company said.
“Compression ignition makes possible a super lean burn that improves engine efficiency up to 20–30 percent over the current SKYACTIV-G, and from 35–45 percent over Mazda’s 2008 gasoline engine of the same displacement. SKYACTIV-X even equals or exceeds the latest SKYACTIV-D diesel engine in fuel efficiency.”
“With high efficiency across a wide range of rpms and engine loads, the engine allows much more latitude in the selection of gear ratios, providing both superior fuel economy and driving performance.”
Mazda said its future goals include perfecting the internal combustion engine, “which will help power the majority of cars worldwide for many years.” But it will also start introducing electric vehicles and related technology from 2019.