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Mercedes Boss Says He Wants More Competition In F1 19
Jan
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
Jan
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
Jan
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
Jan
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
Jan
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
Jan
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
Jan
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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Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ Safety Car Set To Patrol Mount Panorama 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in AMG, Australia, mercedes, Mercedes E-Class, Motorsport on 01 12th, 2018


The Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+ is one of the most powerful sedans in the world and it has recently been recruited for safety car duties in Australia.

Set to make an appearance at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour Race next month, the high-performance safety car features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 603 hp (450 kW) and 626 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. It is connected to nine-speed automatic transmission which sends power to an all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the safety car to rocket from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

Besides the almighty engine, the safety car has been equipped with a tri-color exterior and an LED lighting unit on the roof. Mercedes was coy on additional information but the car likely features an assortment of communications equipment so it’s always ready for action.

The E63 will be joined by a couple of other AMG models at Mount Panorama as the company says there will be sedan versions of the C43 4MATIC and C63 S which will be acting as Course Cars throughout the weekend.

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Mercedes’ 2018 F1 Engine To Be Largely “All New” 12
Jan
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.

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Goes Racing In British Touring Car Championship 11
Jan
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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This Toyota 86 Time Attack Car Has A BMW M5 V10 11
Jan
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.

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Toyota Unleashes Updated Yaris On The World Rally Championship 11
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Motorsport, Rally Cars, TOYOTA, Toyota Yaris, WRC on 01 11th, 2018


See this? It’s a Toyota Yaris. But not just any old Toyota Yaris.

As you’ve probably figured out from the photos (if not the headline), this is Toyota’s new World Rally Championship contender, unveiled at Autosport International ahead of the upcoming rally season.

The 2018 model is based closely on the version that the Japanese automaker (through its German motorsport base) entered in the championship last year, but benefits from some upgrades learned over the course of that campaign.

That means a revised aerodynamics package, specially tuned to generate more downforce at the front for better steering response. The tweaked bodywork also helps deliver more cooling to the mechanical components underneath, which will come in handy particularly at some of the hotter events on the calendar.

Last year in its debut season, the Toyota team won two rallies – in Sweden and Finland – to land fourth in the drivers’ standings and third in the manufacturers’ championship. The competition will be no less fierce this year, but with the new equipment, Toyota might just improve on its already impressive track record and recapture the crowns it last won in the 1990s with the Celica.

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First Official Look On M-Sport’s Factory-Backed 2018 Ford Fiesta WRC 11
Jan
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.

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Ferrari Picks Up Red Bull Reject Daniil Kvyat 11
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Ferrari, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Reports, Toro Rosso on 01 11th, 2018


Daniil Kvyat may have been kicked out of the Red Bull family, but his career in Formula One may not be over yet. At least, not entirely.

According to Autosport, the Russian driver has been picked up by Ferrari – not for a race seat, mind you, but as a development driver.

Once a promising prospect, Kvyat proved his worth on his way up the ladder, winning titles in Formula Renault 2.0 and GP3. He debuted as a test driver at the final grands prix of 2013 with Toro Rosso and got the race seat the next season, where he showed form impressive enough to get promoted to the front-running Red Bull team to replace Sebastian Vettel in 2015.

A second-place finish that season in Hungary and another podium in China early the next weren’t enough to keep his seat, though, so he was bumped back down to Toro Rosso mid-season, switching seats with Max Verstappen. His performance has continued to drop off ever since, to the point that he was replaced mid-season again, losing out to Pierre Gasly and Brandon Hartley for a seat next season.

Kvyat reportedly approached Williams about the last vacancy on the grid, but that’s now believed to go to his less experienced countryman Sergey Sirotkin. The deal that Kvyat has hammered out with Ferrari instead will likely see him working the simulator in Maranello, but could put him behind the wheel on an actual track at official test sessions or Friday practices – or even, potentially, stepping in for Vettel or Raikkonen should the need arise (as it did following Felipe Massa’s injury in 2009).

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ABB Formula E Championship Welcomes A New Title Sponsor 10
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Film, Formula E, Motorsport, racing, video on 01 10th, 2018


NASCAR has Monster Energy. The IMSA has WeatherTech. Indy has Verizon. Now Formula E has a title sponsor as well in ABB.

The Swedish-Swiss industrial giant – traded publicly on the Zurich, Stockholm, and New York stock exchanges – is apparently keen on promoting its leadership in electrification.

ABB runs the largest chain of electric-vehicle fast-chargers (with over 6,000 stations worldwide), operated Solar Impluse (the first solar-powered flight around the world), and claims “over 70,000 control systems connecting 70 million devices in over 100 countries.”

Under its patronage, the series will now run as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

“This is a historic day for Formula E and I’m honored to welcome ABB as the title and technology partner of the series, with its background and expertise in the field of electrification and digital technologies,” said series chief Alejandro Agag. “Our two companies are synonymous with pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Together, as partners, we will showcase breakthrough technology on a global scale to fans and consumers who follow the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.”

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