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Motorsport Network launching new Ferrari channel

Motorsport.tv will carry a full lineup of Ferrari-related content.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari

Is there such a thing as too much Ferrari? Motorsport Network has announced the launch of the new Ferrari channel. Aimed squarely at Ferrari, Italian muscle car, and racing enthusiasts, the channel will host a variety of content.

"In a world where content is king, the agreement with Motorsport Network arrives at an ideal time allowing us to significantly amplify our story living," said Jane Reeve, Chief Communications Officer, Ferrari. "Story living as opposed to story telling because, without doubt, any Ferrari event involves the whole range of emotions and senses in a truly empathic experience. We are extremely pleased to be able to work together with Motorsport Network to share what it means to be Ferrari to an even larger global audience"

Ferrari PortofinoRoad-going vehicles, like the Ferrari Portofino, will be showcased alongside racing content.Photo courtesy of Ferrari

The integrated digital Motorsport.tv platform will feature race and sporting coverage that includes Ferrari Challenge, F1 Clienti, XX Programmes, and the Ferrari Challenge (Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and UK). Road cars will also be featured in a wide range of video content. Plans call for Ferrari's participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the GT World Challenge Europe (formerly the Blacpain GT) series will be highlighted.

Coverage will include livestreams, full race replays, highlights, official model presentations, and other types of content.

Each year, Motorsport.tv showcases over 1,000 livestreams, race highlights, original shows, and documentaries dedicated to racing and cars. There are over 125 international and national race series covered as well as an exclusive full archive of 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The channel enters as the Motorsports Network's newest Ferrari asset, but it's not alone. The company owns the Colombo archive, the largest private collection of Ferrari images, Canossa and Amalgam, both Ferrari license holders, and Ferrari Chat, the largest Ferrari online chat community.

Motorsport.tv can be enjoyed on a broad range of streaming devices including, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast, among others.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

Porsche

Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

Toyota

After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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