JAN: Stéphane Peterhansel wins the Dakar Rally for X-Raid Mini
JAN: Now a WRC bit part player, Sébastien Loeb wins in Monte Carlo
FEB: Jimmie Johnson triumphs in the Daytona 500 Nascar showpiece
FEB: Sébastien Ogier gets his WRC title bid underway with victory in Sweden
MAR: Kimi Räikkönen claims the season-opening Australian Grand Prix
MAR: Audi starts its sports car campaign with victory in the Sebring 12 Hours
APR: The BTCC enjoyed bumper grids throughout the 2013 season
APR: Mikko Hirvonen guides his Citroën to second place in Rally de Portugal
MAY: Tony Kanann crosses the yard of bricks for a famous Indy 500 win
MAY: Mercedes claims its first win of the season at Monaco courtesy of Nico Rosberg
JUN: Audi beats Toyota to first place in the Le Mans 24 Hours
JUN: Sébastien Loeb storms to the fastest time in the Pikes Peak hillclimb
JUL: Now-traditional Goodwood Festival of Speed provides a mid-summer highlight
JUL: Lewis Hamilton grabs his only success of the year in the Hungarian GP
AUG: Dario Franchitti speeds to the final podium finish of his illustrious Indycar career
AUG: Sebastien Vettel wins in Belgian, starting an unbeaten nine-race streak
SEP: Fancy footwear aids Yvan Muller's push to the World Touring Car crown with Chevrolet
SEP: Thierry Neuville kicks up the dust on his way to second place in Rally Australia
OCT: Andrew Jordan's attacking style yields his first outright BTCC title
OCT: That man Vettel wins in India and secures his fourth successive F1 crown
NOV: Super GT drivers don't have time to admire the beauty of Mount Fuji in Japan
NOV: Dani Sordo sweeps around the striking Great Orme stage on Rally GB
DEC: Bentley's Continental GT3 makes a strong sports car debut in Abu Dhabi
DEC: Toyota ends its season by beating Audi in the Bahrain endurance contest
From the bucolic charm of West Sussex to the barren hostility of the Atacama desert, top-level motorsport plies its trade in some of the most challenging locations on the planet.
The tests, it must be said, are rarely the same, and it is difficult to decide which is more barmy: Formula 1 drivers threading their 700bhp single-seaters through the Monaco crash barriers or rally stars steering their cars at 90mph with judicious use of the snowbanks along Swedish roads.
As well as the spectacle, there are the heart-warming stories; Brazilian veteran Tony Kanaan wiping away the tears after securing his first Indianapolis 500 win at the 12th time of asking, or rally legend Sébastien Loeb stunning the world with his scintillating pace up the Pikes Peak hillclimb in Colorado.
Here’s Autocar’s selection of some of the best motorsport images of another action-packed year on the race circuits and special stages.