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FIA And Luc Besson Create Short Film About The Dangers Faced By Kids Crossing Roads 8
Posted by Andrei Nedelea in fia, Offbeat News, video on 10 8th, 2015

The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has enlisted the help of famed action film director Luc Besson to create a short movie about a new global campaign called 'Save Kids Lives.'
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Formula 1 Goes Green: Cars To Use Battery Power On Pit Lane 22
Posted by Kurt Ernst in F1, fia, Formula-1, Kurt, News, Technical on 07 22nd, 2011

Fernando Alonso in the pits in China, 2008. Image: Bert van Dijk

The green movement may be in its infancy in the United States, land of the SUV and the open road, but it’s been a hot topic in Europe for years. Everything from political campaigns through Autobahn speed limits have been influenced by the Greens, and even the highest form of motor racing isn’t immune from their reach. In 2014, F1 will switch from the current 2.4-liter V-8 formula, with a redline of 18,000 RPM, to a 1.6-liter turbo V-6, limited to 15,000 RPM. Since forced induction is allowed, performance will likely remain on par with today’s cars. Other changes, though, take a turn for the weird.

Beginning in 2014, cars can only use battery power on pit row. Per the 2014 FIA rulebook, “The car must be run in electric mode (no ignition and no fuel supply to the engine) at all times when being driven in the pit lane.” The change will require cars to have on-board starters, and larger Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems will be needed to provide pit lane power. Other changes will allow teams to recover energy from exhaust gasses, although the methodology isn’t exactly clear.

Call me a cynic, but I see this as nothing more than “look at me” marketing hype for Formula 1. How much fuel will really be saved by requiring battery power on pit lane (which already has a reduced speed limit for safety)? How much greenhouse gas will the FIA keep out of the atmosphere by such an absurd rule?

In the end, this change will have very little impact on the environment, but it will have a big impact on the fans and the sport. No one wants to hear a multi-million dollar golf cart exit the pits, especially when there isn’t any tangible environmental gains to be had.

Source: Autoblog

Saab Gears Up For WRC Come Back 10
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, BMW, fia, General Motors, MINI, rally, Saab, Upcoming Events, WRC on 08 10th, 2010

Swedish manufacturer Saab has hinted coming back into the World Rally Championships. The last year in which Saab had participated in the championships was in the year 1979. Reports suggest that Saab is looking for a possible return to the series in 2012. The news comes after a comeback announcement by MINI.

Saab was on the brink of a virtual collapse late last year, when it was saved by Spyker after it came in as a potential buyer of the brand from General Motors. Since then there had been rumors of a Saab comeback into the rally. According to sources, senior officials from Spyker have already met with the rally’s organizers – and they are expected to go into the next round of talks at the Rally of France in October.

It has been reported that the initial meeting between Saab and WRC officials, and also the FIA commissions and promoter North One Sport, has already happened and there’s a huge amount of enthusiasm from all concerned. Like MINI, Saab has a great heritage in the sport and a return to the WRC is seen as a sensible move.

If Saab makes it to the rally, the car models to be used will be 9-1 or 9-2. Most Probably Saab will be using the BMW 1.6L engine which has been made for the MINI team.

(Via AutoSport)