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Mercedes Boss Says He Wants More Competition In F1 19
Posted by Brad Anderson in Daimler, F1, mercedes, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 01 19th, 2018

Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche has admitted that he wants to see greater competition in Formula One.
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Are Any American Drivers Ready For F1? Haas Chief Doesn’t Think So 17
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 01 17th, 2018

Formula One is now owned by an American company, has an American team on the grid, and an American race on the calendar – and it's eager to add more. So will an American driver be next?
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IndyCar Reveals Its Sleek New Racer In Detroit 17
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, Indy, Motorsport, racing, video on 01 17th, 2018

The IndyCar Series is embarking on a new era, leaving behind the manufacturer-supplied aero kits and introducing a new common shape for the season ahead – and it unveiled the updated car at the Detroit Auto Show this week.
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Williams Signs Sergey Sirotkin For 2018, Robert Kubica As Test Driver 17
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Motorsport, racing, Williams on 01 17th, 2018

With every other team having confirmed their driver rosters for next season, Williams Martini Racing was the last piece of the puzzle. But it's now announced its lineup as well, ending the game of musical chairs that precedes every new racing season.
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Racing Icon Dan Gurney Leaves Behind A Remarkable Legacy 15
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Eagle, Motorsport, racing on 01 15th, 2018

America and indeed the greater motorsport community worldwide lost one of its most accomplished racing drivers this week when Dan Gurney left for the big racetrack in the sky.

A multi-talented driver, constructor, and team leader, Gurney won races in Formula One, Indy, NASCAR, Le Mans, Can-Am, and Trans-Am.

He was the first driver to spray champagne on the podium, starting a grand tradition that lives on to this day. He was also the first driver to wear a full-face helmet in F1, and will surely be remembered for the Gurney Flap, an aerodynamic device he pioneered on the Indy circuit.

The California native won four F1 grands prix over the course of his career, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans (together with fellow American racing legend AJ Foyt). He was one of the only drivers ever to win an F1 race in his own machine, which he constructed under the Eagle name, and founded All American Racers – a team which went on to win 78 races, including the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona, and most recently lead the development of the innovative DeltaWing racer.

His wife Evi is a former motorsport journalist who served as secretary to the head of Porsche‘s racing division, for which he won its first F1 race – the 1962 French Grand Prix – and lead another 1-2 finish for the German team the next week at its home race.

Gurney died from complications related to pneumonia on Sunday at age 86. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.

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Jaguar Developed This F-Type SVR GT4 For Wounded Warriors 14
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Jaguar, Jaguar F-Type, Motorsport, racing, SVO on 01 14th, 2018

Proud as its racing record stands, it’s been a while since we’ve seen production-based Jaguars competing on track. That’s all about to change, though, with the car you see here and a unique partnership.

What you’re looking at is the first customer-racing version of the Jaguar F-Type SVR, specially catered by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division to meet GT4 regulations.

The brakes, wheels, tires, suspension, transmission, and engine have all been refitted specifically for competition use. The all-wheel drive system was ditched in favor of rear-drive only, and the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 will likely have been detuned to comply with the rulebook.

Perhaps even more intriguing, however, is the team that will field the first of these competition-spec Jags in the British GT Championship this season.

The F-Type GT4 was commissioned by Invictus Games Racing, an offshoot of the wounded-warrior athletic competition, and as such will put a roster of injured military servicemen behind the wheel. The initial lineup includes JLR engineer and former paratrooper Basil Rawlinson, former RAF sergeant Ben Norfolk, and former marine-commando Paul Vice, a partial amputee who won seven medals (including two golds) in the 2016 Invictus Games.

They’ll be paired with (and mentored by) experienced racers Jason Wolfe and Matthew George, in a team started by Superdry clothing designer James Holder (who drove in the same series in 2016). They’ll hit the track for the first race of the season on March 31 at Oulton Park, where they’ll be first and foremost racing against each other, but also hoping to challenge for race wins.

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Buy This NASCAR Racing Truck, Drive It On Public Streets 14
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Chevrolet Silverado, Motorsport, Nascar, racing, Trucks on 01 14th, 2018

See this truck? Looks like something you might have seen a dozen years ago in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now title-sponsored by Camping World), right?

Well your eyes do not deceive you. Only this one isn’t limited to the super-speedway. It’s been converted to run on public streets, and it can be yours – if you place the winning bid.

The Chevrolet Silverado racing truck was converted by Magic Customs of Brook Park, Ohio, which fitted it with equipment like a glass windshield, wipers, mirrors, horn, brake lights, and a passenger seat.

Most everything else is pretty much as you’d find it on the version that Darrell Waltrip fielded in 2005, right down to the #17 Tide/Downy racing livery. (Or at least it would be if Waltrip hadn’t switched to Toyota for the previous season.)

Since its conversion, the truck’s been driven all of 550 miles in show events. But if you’re brave (and lucky) enough, you could take it home from Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this Friday and drive it as much as you like… or dare.

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Once Driven By Rally Gods, This Subaru Legacy RS Is Now Up For Grabs 13
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Prodrive, racing, Rally Cars, Subaru, Subaru Legacy, UK, WRC on 01 13th, 2018

This might not be an Impreza but being a real Prodrive-raced Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car driven by none other than Ari Vatanen.

This is the same car that Vatanen was driving when he was leading the 1993 Acropolis Rally, ahead of Tommi Makinen, Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae and Juha Kankkunen before crashing.

After the race, the car returned to Prodrive and was re-shelled in-house before it was sold to an Italian rally team. In 1995, the same car was driven by Richard Burns at the Bettega Memorial Rallysprint, finishing second overall.

The car then was re-shelled again but this time it was converted to a new Safari-spec Impreza shell, which is not uncommon for Legacy rally cars. In 2008, the car was bought by the Richard Burns Collection in order to completely rebuild it and bring it back to its original specs.

The task was overseen by ex-Prodrive man Ian Richardson, who created an authentic Prodrive-spec Legacy shell for the car which now comes with the famous K555 BAT number plate. The rather special Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car is presented in the correct gravel specification and livery it wore at the 1993 Acropolis Rally.

The blue-gold Subaru is powered by the period-correct works turbo 2.0-liter flat-four engine with 290hp, paired to an X-trac manual gearbox. It has covered around 60 miles (100km) since the rebuild and is currently heading to Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Competition Car Sale on February 23 with a price estimate between £120,000 and £140,000 ($162,000 to $190,000).


McLaren Exec Says 2018 F1 Car Will Undergo Biggest Changes On The Grid 13
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, mclaren, racing, Reports on 01 13th, 2018

McLaren Racing executive director Zak Brown revealed to Autosport that the British outfit’s 2018 challenger will feature the most changes out of all the teams.

“The car’s not going to look the same as last year. Our whole brand, the visibility of McLaren, is going to go to the next level and it’s going to be exciting”, Brown said. “We know what a lot of the other teams are going to look like, but hopefully people will see the biggest change on and off the track at McLaren going into Australia.”

He added that McLaren has signed three additional sponsors for 2018 and that there’s still some work to be done on the papaya orange livery. He also mentioned that the team’s fresh new look will carry over to the garage as well, helping them stand out from the rest of the field.

“Going through that exercise developed a plan that doesn’t require a ‘title partner'”, he commented. “It still requires a ‘principal partner’, just not a ‘title partner’. I know that’s semantics there but it’s really about protecting the McLaren name. That’s all I’m trying to do is ringfence that and keep us as McLaren.”

Apparently, Brown also believes that when a sponsor’s name becomes part of the team’s name, it “slightly diminishes the value of the name of the team.”


Mercedes’ 2018 F1 Engine To Be Largely “All New” 12
Posted by Brad Anderson in F1, mercedes, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 01 12th, 2018

The Mercedes team has largely dominated Formula One for the previous four seasons but the squad isn’t going to rest on its laurels in 2018.

Recently discussing the brand’s engine for the 2018 season with Motorsport, Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell said the powertrain will be “pretty much all new.”

“It’s had several phase-ups through the season and we’ve got ideas to improve the power, the indicated power in the engine.

“We’ve got ideas to reduce the friction in pretty much every area of the power unit, or the losses in electrical systems,” Cowell revealed.

According to Cowell, Mercedes knows a selection of areas where it can improve its powertrain to ensure it retains an advantage over the likes of Ferrari, Renault, and Honda-produced engines.

“Every time you do an engine, every time you do a phase update you’ve always learned.

“So you freeze the concept, you do the work, you do the prove-out, you go racing and all the way along that journey it’s intensely frustrating because you’re learning but you cannot incorporate into that phase without corrupting the quality fundamentally.

“So it’s ensuring that we do have a learning culture that observes and learns and reflects and then remembers that so that then when it’s time to put the next concept together we’ve got a whole load of ideas and a lot of it is small, marginal gains on well-trodden areas,” Cowell said.

During the first half of the 2017 season, the Mercedes team was challenged by Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel. However, the Italian marque’s form declined rapidly in the latter half of the championship, allowing Lewis Hamilton to comfortably win the driver’s championship and for Mercedes to secure a fourth consecutive constructors’ championship.


Lexus Suits Up Widebody LC 500 For The 24h Of Nürburgring 12
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Gazoo, LEXUS, Lexus LC, Nurburgring, racing, TOYOTA on 01 12th, 2018

Toyota Gazoo Racing has officially found the vehicle that it will compete with in the ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen (the 24 Hours of Nürburgring) – a highly-customized Lexus LC.

This year’s grueling race is set to commence on Saturday, May 12 and marks the 46th time the race has been run at the iconic racetrack. Toyota Gazoo Racing will be competing in the race for the 12th consecutive year, which it’s usually done in some kind of modified Toyota or Lexus.

The motorsport arm also points out that it usually competes in the event with a car that’s built by Toyota employees and races the vehicle with the help of mechanics and engineers from Toyota.

So, going with the LC was a no-brainer, especially as the coupe is an easily-distinguishable halo car for the automaker. Besides saying that the car has been “refined to race specifications” and that it will be powered by a modified version of the Lexus’ 2UR-GSE 5.0-liter V8, Gazoo Racing didn’t provide any specs on the vehicle.

Previously, Gazoo Racing has competed in the SP-PRO, SP8, and SP3. We expect the customized LC to race against other vehicles in the SP8 class. The four drivers that will be piloting the machine include Takeshi Tsuchiya, as the chief driver, as well as Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo, and Yuichi Nakayama.

Competing in the race, according to the motorsport arm, will allow Toyota to introduce new technology in future vehicles. Things like body technology development, engine development, suspension technology, and aerodynamics development are things that Gazoo Racing will explore by competing in the 24-hour race.

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Goes Racing In British Touring Car Championship 11
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, alfa-romeo, Motorsport, racing on 01 11th, 2018

Remember the Alfa Romeo Giulietta? Don’t blame yourself if you’ve forgotten. It’s been in production for nearly eight years now, and has long since been overshadowed by the newer Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. But it still has some life in it.

Or at least one racing team thinks it does, so it’s taking it to the track to compete in the British Touring Car Championship.

Unveiled this week at the Autosport International show in the UK, the racer stems from a partnership between Duo Motorsport and HMS Racing (previously known as Handy Motorsport), with support not from the manufacturer itself, but from a council of Alfa Romeo dealers.

Exact specifications weren’t revealed, but it’s been built to comply with the championship’s Next Generation Touring Car regulations. That means a 2.0-liter turbo four mated to an Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox, in this case likely driving the front wheels (like the road-going model on which it’s based).

The ECU is furnished by Cosworth, and the clutch, pedal box, and brakes are supplied by AP Racing. The aero package is tightly governed, and the whole project is designed to be cost-effective – enough for an independent team to undertake it.

That’s how the BTCC has attracted so many different entries: the Giulietta will be dicing it on track with NGTC versions of the Audi S3, BMW 125i, Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R, MG6, Subaru Levorg, Vauxhall Astra, and Volkswagen CC. (Last year saw the Mercedes A-Class, Chevy Cruze, and Toyota Avensis too.) That’s some varied field, so the Alfa will have to be mighty quick to make its mark in one of the most competitive racing series in the world.

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New Ford Focus RS BTCC Racer Is Ready For The 2018 Season 11
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BTCC, Ford, Ford Focus RS, racing on 01 11th, 2018

After a 27-year absence, the ‘RS’ badge is back in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), represented by the new Ford Focus RS that debuted at the Autosport International Show.

Designed and built in-house by Motorbase during the closed off-season, the racer wants to pick up where the Sierra Cosworth RS500 left off, so it will take to the track in full race trim.

“I’m a Ford fan through and through. The RS is in my DNA from when I raced RS Cosworths back in the day, so I’m over the moon to bring them back to the BTCC as part of the Motorsport stable”, said Team Principal David Bartrum. “The RS styling suits the BTCC bodywork so well, the styling is really aggressive and has given the Focus a whole new look.”

The Team chief added that work on the car included much more than “updating a few bumpers”, as “a lot of development work has gone into this car, and we’re confident that the improvements will show on track”.

The new Ford Focus RS BTCC racer will head to the track officially next month, when the squad will commence its pre-season testing program in Spain, wearing the distinctive yellow and red Shredded Wheat branding and Gallagher Insurance decals.

Responsible for making Motorbase’s ambitions real is Tom Chilton, who was signed for the 2018 campaign, and the team is expected to announce their second driver soon.


This Toyota 86 Time Attack Car Has A BMW M5 V10 11
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, BMW, BMW M5, Film, Motorsport, racing, TOYOTA, Toyota 86, Toyota Videos, video on 01 11th, 2018

If you want to transform a Toyota 86 into a time attack machine, you could slap a turbo on the 2.0-liter four-cylinder or simply install an LS crate engine.

However, the Australian owner of this 86 decided against both of those options and has instead paired the Japanese sports car with BMW’s desirable S85 5.0-liter V10 found in the older M5 and M6 models.

Created by Zoom Garage, this 86 recently competed in Sydney’s World Time Attack Challenge and turned on the heat, not only looking good but also performing extremely well at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Rather than use the SMG transmission traditionally mated to the E60 M5’s V10, Zoom Garage opted for the six-speed manual from the E92 M3. Interestingly, the massive V10 slotted into the engine bay with relative ease, it was only the gearbox that caused a few headaches, forcing the tuner to customize the transmission tunnel to make everything fit.

Surprisingly, the V10 isn’t all that much heavier than the car’s standard flat-four. As standard, it weighs roughly 35 kg (77 lbs) more. However, by modifying the engine and installing a lightweight air intake, Zoom has significantly lowered its weight, ensuring that it is now just 10 kg (22 lbs) heavier than the flat-four. The S85 has also been modified with a dry sump setup alongside fuel pump and injector upgrades to allow it to run on E85 fuel.


First Official Look On M-Sport’s Factory-Backed 2018 Ford Fiesta WRC 11
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Fiesta, Motorsport, racing, rally, Rally Cars, Reports, WRC on 01 11th, 2018

Ford has officially announced its financial and technical support to the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team for the 2018 season.

Following an earlier report on the matter, Ford officially returns to WRC through M-Sport after withdrawing its factory team back in 2012.

Having Ford’s official backing helped M-Sport keep Sébastien Ogier in its ranks, who won the 2017 driver’s championship, with the second driver to be Elfyn Evans.

“Ford’s 20-year relationship with M-Sport has delivered unparalleled success at all levels of rallying, something we’re very proud of, and has also established Fiesta as the standard for rally competitors around the globe,” said Mark Rushbrook, Ford’s global director of Motorsport. “Last year we supported M-Sport with the development of the all-new Fiesta that went on to campaign to an FIA championship win. For 2018, we’re excited to be able to provide even greater support.”

“We’ve enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Ford over the years and it’s great to see that support increase as we look to defend our FIA World Rally Championship titles in 2018,” said Malcolm Wilson OBE, M-Sport managing director.

The 2018 Ford Fiesta WRC is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 380hp and 331lb-ft (450Nm) of torque. The six-speed sequential gearbox was developed by M-Sport and Ricardo while the four-wheel drive system utilizes mechanical front and rear differentials, with the central one being an active unit.