Gulf 12 hour will be final test stage for McLaren 650S GT3

McLaren GT will enter two 650S GT3 cars at the 2014 Gulf 12 Hour taking place in the coming weekend. This will mark the final stage of the development programme, ahead of customer deliveries for the 2015 season.

The McLaren GT works drivers Rob Bell, Kevin Estre and Alvaro Parente will man the 650S GT3 sporting the iconic #59, made famous by the McLaren F1 GTR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995. The #60 car will be driven by Pro-Am pairing of Peter Kox and Nico Pronk, While the works driver car will be dressed in orange, white and black livery which debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Pro-Am car will appear in a livery of silver and white with striking red detailing.

The Gulf 12 Hour activity is the first McLaren GT works entry since the 12C GT3 completed a similar test at the 2011 Total 24 Hours of Spa ahead of 2012 competitive season.

Al Futtaim Motors on mission to clean up counterfeits

True to their campaigns advocating safe and original spares, Al Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Hino have led a crack down on counterfeit parts in the UAE. Over 97 raids in the first nine months of 2014, executed in partnership with several law firms and the UAE Economic & Development Departments led to the confiscation of over AED 34.2 million worth of counterfeit car parts.

Nissan Leaf crosses a billion green kilometres

It is almost four years since Nissan sprouted leaves. The reference is to its 100% electric car, of course. Now the cars have together recorded one billion kilometres on the CarWings telematics system worldwide; saving over 180 million kilograms of CO₂ emissions* in the process.

The leaf is now the best-selling electric vehicle with over 147,000 LEAF vehicles sold globally to date, 31,000 in Europe alone. And how did Nissan track the miles gone by? The innovative CarWings telemetry used in the LEAF helps Nissan keep an accurate log of the total distance covered by every LEAF registered with CarWings, on an online counter.

DriveME NewsTrack Mid December 2014 was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 by Sudeep Koshy

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