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Pure guess work, but it may be due to the car being turbocharged, as opposed to the standard N/A engine. Seem to remember Porsche doing something similar with the first gen 919 in terms of exhaust placement/single outlets.
It’s surprising how much better the 07 looks with the way Acura has hidden the stepped-window, and extended the DLO with a fake section behind the door opening, like Porsche has done with the 919.
The cockpit section is cleaner looking, and the consistent shape of the DLO makes it look sleeker. And in profile, it dovetails with the height of the rear fenders.
It’s obvious a designer who also handles production cars had an influence.
Whether it will be fast, and not be form over function, is yet to be determined.
Audi’s Jaxon Evans and Tim Miles have sealed a record breaking win in the Sydney Motorsport Park 501 on Saturday morning, shattering the record for the longest in Australian GT history in the process.
The pair completed 128 laps, a distance of 503.04 km (312.57 miles), breaking the record set in 2007 by Tim Leahey and the late Allan Simonsen.
John Martin pushed Evans hard in the closing stages, the Mega Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R relentlessly pursuing the leading Audi to set up a nail-biting finale.
The Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing duo rose through the field after a strong opening stint from Miles left the No. 75 car in strong contention before Evans raced his way into the race lead in the final stanza.
Behind Martin and co-driver Liam Talbot in second, Geoff Emery piloted the second Jamec Pem Audi to third, having inherited the second Valvoline Jamec Pem racing entry from Kelvin van der Linde in a strong position.
A safety car on lap three for Scott Taylor. who crashed at Turn 1, saw the Jamec Pem crew switch pit Emery early, installing van der Linde and prompting a stunning drive through the field.
The Audi crew’s hand was forced when Emery found himself off the circuit at the first corner of the race, dropping half a lap behind the pack as he recovered the Audi R8 LMS.
Once behind the wheel and released from behind the Safety Car, van der Linde carved his way through the field to take the lead by lap 20, going on to open a sizeable advantage.
Liam Talbot put in a strong opening stint in the Mega Racing Porsche before handing it over to Martin on lap 59, driving to a fuel number in an effort to avoid the need for a splash and dash stop in the race’s closing stages.
Serving their second stop under green flag conditions, Martin then found himself fighting his way back through the field, relentlessly pursuing Evans to trail the Audi by less than three seconds as the checkered flag fell.
Daniel Gaunt and Dylan O’Keeffe put in a strong drive to record fourth place (Kentucky Fried Chicken Audi) while Peter Edwards and Graeme Smyth combined to record and impressive fifth for Maranello Motorsport in the sole Ferrari in the field.
Heading the Lamborghini charge at the flag was the Timken Zagame Autosport entry, the team electing to stop early to put Cam McConville in the car before Adrian Deitz raced it home in ninth place.
Mercedes ace Dominik Baumann proved a standout in his Australian GT debut, rising through the field to sit second for much of the race.
The Hog’s Breath Cafe Racing team was another to take advantage of the early safety car, with team boss Mark Griffith racing his way home to seventh.
Peter Hackett found himself embroiled in a nail-biting multi-car battle in the opening stages of the race before handing the Autex Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 to Dominic Story.
Having stopped early in the pit window, and again to change drivers, Storey was then forced to stop again late in the race for a splash and dash to make the finish.
A mechanical problem saw Roger Lago and David Russell unable to start the race in the JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX, while pit lane infringements ruled the GT Motorsports and WM Waste Management entries out of contention.
The victory sees Miles and Evans extend their advantage at the top of the championship as the campaign reaches its halfway mark, the pair enjoying a near perfect score after claiming victory in the opening round at Phillip Island.
The only way I could like it more would be if the front “wing” between the headlights wasn’t there. But then I guess it would be an Oreca 07 then.
Still, I’d rather have the front of my cars be low and sleek. Even with the front ‘wing’, the Acura is miles better than ESM’s Nissan that employs the same “wing” element combined with that ghastly gaping hole in the front.
On the Mazdas not winning races.
Couldnt they somehow enclose the top part to make it look like one single front end piece ?
Im sure there is a way to make it aerodynamically work. Considering the heavyweight players involved, the design is a bit underwhelming.
CD, I don’t recall ever mentioning whether I liked it or not.
I just know that with the unique choice of engine and custom bodywork, the Acura DPi is definitely not like every other Gibson 07 currently racing in IMSA, the ELMS and the WEC.
Can we see Katherine Legge’s return to Prototype class next year?
That’s some funny stuff there, Jake.
The Cadillac bodywork is no better than this car and “neutered down compared to the rest”………what a joke.
You fellas have read over the DPi rules, I’m sure. The part defining what you can and can’t change about the body?
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