Seen in Detroit – Race Cars!

Proof that you can take a car girl off the racetrack, but you can’t take the racetrack out of her heart: hundreds of cars to see in Detroit, and my favorites were still the race cars.

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Like the new Corvette C7.R.

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Hot, no? It drives the regular Corvette Stingray up the wall.

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Mazda’s 2014 prototype IMSA race car. It has already raced at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the first race of the 2014 season! Here’s a video about this diesel-powered beast:

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Mazda prototype

Mazda also brought a race car that had seen a little wear. I love it when they do that!

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Nothing a little spit and chewing gum won’t fix!

 

Kudos to Scion for bringing a banged-up FR-S.

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Infiniti brought a Formula 1 car along, wisely riding Sebastian Vettel’s coattails.

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If you ever see the above view on the track, that is a Very. Bad. Sign.

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Acura gets points for 1) bringing a race car, at all; 2) bringing TWO race cars; and 3) sticking one to the wall. I found it delightful.

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Chuckle.

How about a Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost Baja Truck? Don’t mess.

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THIS is what you take to the Baja 1000.

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Pretty sure that is real dirt.

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Aww, look. They borrowed a design cue from the MINI – driving lamps. Oh, wait…

Look, there’s the Acura race car again, flying around the Acura display like one of the Wicked Witch of the West’s flying monkeys.

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By far the most interesting car on Honda’s stand, an IndyCar!

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Chevy’s IndyCar promoting the Detroit GP at Belle Isle (I have tickets!) got relegated to the basement.

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But it’s ok. It had the DeltaWing for company.

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Last, and most fabulously, check out this little doozy from the Ford stand.

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This vehicle, the Ford Mustang I Concept, was the first to feature the “Mustang” name and galloping pony badge. Its first appearance was at the 1962 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, with Dan Gurney behind the wheel. It ultimately resulted in the first-generation Mustang. How cool is that?

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Best I could do for an interior shot. I needed a few more inches…

All of that to say, the production cars are cool. But the race cars will always have my heart!

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