Formula E Ever since DS Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne clinched his second global title in the shadow of Manhattan in July, the reigning champ has been a wanted man. Beneath him lie 23 challengers – the world’s best all-electric drivers – out for one thing: his championship crown.
by Stephen Cox This car was mean-looking and low slung. The roofline didn’t rise any higher than a Lamborghini. The tires were huge; the widest I’d seen since the last time I was in a sprint car. Maybe that’s why my neck started to ache halfway through the race. The cornering speed of this car was amazing. My car owner, Dan Merservey Sr., just kept asking, “Stephen, are you having fun?” Heck, yes. Just standing beside it was fun. Actually driving it was euphoric.
German marque enters its maiden Formula E season With the international premiere of the Porsche 99X Electric, Porsche has reached another milestone on the way to the works entry in the 2019/2020 season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. “Today is an important day. Porsche regular drivers Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer played an active role in the car presentation with players from around the world.
Vergne again Formula E champ Robin Frijns rounded out the season in style with victory in New York for Envision Virgin Racing, as Jean-Eric Vergne pulled his way up into the points to clinch the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Vergne drove a clean and clever race, staying out of trouble and advancing up the order to seventh place and securing a second successive title. The DS TECHEETAH driver did enough to defend his crown and become the first back-to-back champion in Formula E history.
Buemi wins in New York but disaster strikes Vergne
Formula E Nissan e.dams' Sebastien Buemi won a chaotic ABB FIA Formula E race in New York, while Jean-Eric Vergne had his standings lead cut after he was involved in multiple crashes. Nissan e.dams driver and Poleman Sebastien Buemi pulled away, taking an early lead while the rest of the pack made its way around the 1.4 mile Brooklyn street circuit.
Formula E Jean-Eric Vergne scooped another victory in a frantic battle on the streets of Bern. Evans challenged for the lead but settled for second and home race hero Buemi made the podium in third. In the final seconds, heavy rain led to slippery conditions as Vergne desperately tried to retain his lead and get across the line despite Evans continuing to attack. Drifting through the corners, the top four went nose to tail across the finish line with Vergne first, Evans second and Buemi leading Lotterer in third and fourth.
Win for Audi Lucas di Grassi took victory in his Audi team in the Berlin E-Prix for his second ABB FIA Formula E win of 2018/19. Former champ Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), eager to climb up from his third place start, passed HWA Racelab's Stoffel Vandoorne on Turn 6, five minutes into the race. Just minutes later, the Brazilian challenged Buemi for the top spot, passing once again on Turn 6 and he led all the way from there.
4-way battle for lead Starting from Pole, DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne pulled away with Mahindra's Pascal Wehrlein close behind in second and Nissan e.dams Oliver Rowland. Despite clinching Pole in the Super Pole shoot out, the British driver was put back after a three place grid penalty was carried over from the Paris race.
by Stephen Cox Al Unser, Sr. used a hotel lobby display car to win at Indianapolis in 1987. 46-year-old Juan Fangio broke and re-broke the Nurburgring lap record three times during his miracle Formula One victory in 1957. Every motorsport enthusiast can recite a list of the great driving performances in auto racing history. But many of the sport's truly amazing drives will never be known, not because the feats were less dramatic but because they occurred at amateur events with anonymous drivers. Like this one.
Frijns is Formula E's eighth different winner in eight races
Typical Formula E crap-shoot In Paris Dutch driver Robin Frijns, driving for Envision, won a wet and crash-strewn Paris E-Prix on Saturday to become the all-electric Formula E series’ eighth different winner in eight races this season and seize the overall lead. He was joined on the podium by Germans Andre Lotterer, for DS Techeetah, and Daniel Abt for Audi. Brazilian Lucas di Grassi was fourth for Audi.
Wehrlein disqualified, Rowland takes pole in Paris
Nissan locks out front-row Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein has lost his ABB FIA Formula E pole position for the Paris E-Prix after the ex-Formula 1 driver and team-mate Jerome D'Ambrosio were disqualified. The two Mahindra cars were the only machines not to be cleared from parc ferme, with an FIA document later stating that the disqualification is due to "non-respect of the minimum tire pressure" rule. Nissan e.dams now locks out the front row of the grid for Saturday's race, with Oliver Rowland starting on pole ahead of Sebastien Buemi.
Evans gets maiden Jaguar win in Rome E-Prix thriller
Holds off Andre Lotterer Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans claimed an emotional first victory in Rome with DS Techeetah's Andre Lotterer in second and HWA Racelab's Stoffel Vandoorne bringing home both his and the team's first podium finish in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Vergne victorious in Sanya showdown, avoids penalty
Formula E in China After three 'pointless' races, DS Techeetah driver and reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne clinched his first win of the season on the streets of Sanya. The Frenchman was followed by Nissan e.dams' rookie Oliver Rowland and BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Antonio Felix da Costa in third, who climbs to the top of the championship standings.
Mercedes-Benz gives first insight into Formula E project
Can they dominate like in F1? The 89th International Motor Show in Geneva has another star turn in the shape of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01. The 'teaser' version of the first all-electric racing car to be entered by the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team has made its world debut. The EQ Silver Arrow 01 will be on public display between 7 and 17 March 2019 at the trade show. The car has been given a special 'teaser livery' which gives an idea of the team's Formula E campaign to come. The definitive design will be presented at a later stage ahead of the season opener.
Formula E in photo finish Despite only leading the final few metros of the Mexico City E-Prix, Lucas di Grassi got his first win of the season for Audi out of pure luck. He drove past an out of power Pascal Wehrlein with meters to spare to snatch victory away. Having saved power in third place for the majority of the race, in a true rope-a-dope strategy, di Grassi was able to pass Oliver Rowland with five minutes to spare before launching an attack on pole-sitter Wehrlein in the final few laps.
Di Grassi on outside pole Rookie driver Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing) posted another solid time after Qualifying in Second in Santiago. The Formula E newbie will start the race on Pole. Wehrlein will be followed into battle by Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Lucas di Grassi, who starts the race in second with Venturi's Felipe Massa behind him in third. Fourth place on the grid goes to Nissan e.dams' Oliver Rowland who made his debut in Super Pole, out qualifiying his teammate Sebastien Buemi, who starts the race in sixth, behind BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Antonio Felix da Costa.
Launch Radical New Sport And Entertainment Concept Extreme E - a pioneering electric off-road racing series taking place in five of the most unique and remote locations on the planet - was today launched by motorsport legend Gil de Ferran and entrepreneur Alejandro Agag. The innovative sport and entertainment concept will showcase electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) competing in extreme environments, highlighting not only the prowess of such vehicles, star drivers and advanced technologies - but crucially the challenges faced by each ecosystem.
Bird storms to victory in sweltering Santiago showdown
Formula E After surviving the sweltering heat in Santiago, it was Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird who emerged victorious in Parque O'Higgins, closely followed by Mahindra Racing's rookie driver Pascal Wehrlein, who stormed to second with Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt inheriting third.
Benito Guerra takes upset win in Race of Champions
Mexican Rally Star defeats Duval for win Mexican rally star Benito Guerra put in a stunning performance to eclipse 19 fellow superstars of motorsport and win the Race Of Champions for the first time on a thrilling afternoon of non-stop action and entertainment at the Foro Sol, the iconic stadium section of Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez F1 circuit.
ROC Nations Cup in Mexico City Team Nordic’s Tom Kristensen and Johan Kristoffersson are celebrating after they took a stunning victory in the ROC Nations Cup at Mexico City’s Foro Sol. On a sunny afternoon in the Mexican capital, legends from many of the world’s biggest motor sport series teamed up in pairs to battle for national and regional pride. They raced a mix of cars – including the VUHL 05 ROC Edition 2019, Ariel Atom Cup, Stadium Super Truck, RX Supercar Lite, Speed SXS UTV, KTM X-Bow and ROC Car – on a purpose-built pursuit track.
Dakar Rally victories for Nasser Al-Attiyah and Toby Price in Peru The 41st edition of the Dakar Rally came to its conclusion with the remaining competitors speeding into the Peruvian capital of Lima. After navigating a 247km liaison, all that was left standing between the finish line and potential victory was a 112km special stage. Here is all you need to know:
Price under pressure, good things come in threes for Al-Attiyah There was a fair amount of chaos in the Peruvian dunes on the penultimate stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally. For many it was a final chance to claw back some serious time on their rivals. The soft sands of Pisco ended up biting hard and took the Dakar’s most successful ever competitor out of the race.
Dakar Rally Stage 8 - San Juan de Marcona to Pisco
Al-Attiyah extends lead while Price pushes through pain The Dakar Rally continued to throw up surprises on Stage 8 as many heavyweights on the leaderboard struggled in 40°C heat on the sand dunes of the 360km special stage to Pisco. Peugeot privateer Sebastien Loeb catapulted his way up the rankings in the car category after a supreme show of strength saw the Frenchman win his fourth stage of 2019.
Every little bit helps for Brabec and Peterhansel The first loop of stage 7 of the 2019 Dakar Rally had plenty of competitors going around in circles as they tried to find their way back to the bivouac in San Juan de Marcona. With over 300 kilometers of desert racing against the clock there were further fluctuations in the leaderboards by the time the dust had settled.
Dakar Rally Stage 6 - Arequipa to San Juan de Marcona
Loeb secures 2nd straight stage victory The Rest Day at the 2019 Dakar Rally is already a distant memory with over 800 kilometers covered today. The sixth stage of the world’s toughest race got the second and final week of this Dakar underway. The dunes of Peru’s Tanaka region were in unforgiving mood as some high-profile racers saw their chances of success severely dented.
With easy win in sights, Andretti teammates self destruct Italian Jerome D'Ambrosio, who is now a Belgian citizen held, off Robin Frijns to win the 2nd round of the Formula E season in Marrakesh, Morocco. However, that was after the two Andretti BMW drivers of Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims made contact battling for the lead while running 1-2 and comfortably ahead of third place D'Ambrosio. The contact put leader da Costa out of the race and Sims dropped back to 4th.
Loeb secures stage five victory The stage five of Dakar Rally returned to Arequipa with 197km of liaison followed by 517km of racing. The rally teams went all out for stage 5 shaking up the rankings as Loeb puts in an impressive lead over Al-Attiyah and KTM continues to dominate the bikes.
Al-Attiyah nabs another stage win, stretching overall lead The marathon stage four of the Dakar Rally kicked off today from Arequipa to Tacna with 663km of liaison followed by 405km of racing. The battle of the cars heats up between Al-Attiyah and Peterhansel, while Walkner’s fate is shrouded in doubt after an injury. Here’s all you need to know:
Dakar Rally Stage 3 - San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa
Dunes claim Sainz's suspension, title hopes The third stage of the Dakar Rally from San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa, Peru, kicked off with a 467km liaison and a 331km special. Today's stage proved ruthless as navigational errors and foggy conditions plagued the race. Defending champion Carlos Sainz of X-Raid Mini JCW Team suffered a blow as a navigational error led the team into a dune hole that resulted in significant suspension damage only 38km into the stage. The Spaniard's hopes were diminished in reclaiming the title, after losing almost 5 hours in repairs to the left suspension.
Dakar Rally Stage 2 - Pisco to San Juan de Marcona
Sparks fly as Sebastien Loeb wins sensational second stage After Monday’s quick taste of the dunes, things got serious on stage two of the 2019 Dakar Rally with a race route of 350 kilometers laid out for the competitors. The challenging route created drama all the way as former winners were caught out by the shifting sands and newcomers pounced to take advantage of any slip ups.
two-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah took the win In the car category, two-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Gazoo Racing SA) took the win, beating reigning champion Carlos Sainz (X-Raid Mini JCW Team) by almost two minutes. In third, Jakub Przygonski (Orlen X-Raid Team). Al-Attiyah said: “The stage was tricky, not easy. There was a good line from the bikes and we didn’t push a lot. The last 10km, we caught Carlos and tried to stay behind him until the finish. Today was not a short stage, full sand, it wasn't easy. And tomorrow will be similar.”
Two weeks of sand Jan 6th-17th The Dakar rally has had a near magical way of tearing at your emotions for a long time. Each year, the drivers and their teams face an extraordinary challenge, combining varied, extreme difficulties. For the 2019 event, the traditional set-up has once again been overhauled, and is sure to be one of the most challenging programs we have ever seen.
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