Fiat Chrysler to separate from parts supplier Magneti Marelli
Fiat Chrysler plans to separate from its component supplier Magneti Marelli by as early as the end of the year. Magneti Marelli specializes in lighting, powertrain and electronics.
“The separation will deliver value to FCA shareholders, while providing the operational flexibility necessary for Magneti Marelli’s strategic growth in the coming years,” FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement.
Anheuser-Busch lands naming rights to Texas Restart Bar
Beer brewing giant Anheuser-Busch has signed a multi-year partnership with Texas Motor Speedway for the naming rights of the Restart Bar, the venue's latest fan amenity that will debut at this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend.
The deal was announced Friday during a special media sneak preview of the Busch Restart Bar featuring 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing; Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage and Anheuser-Busch Senior Manager of Experiential Marketing Doug Mraw.
The Bahrain GP Formula 1 race at 11:00 AM Sunday morning on ESPN2 notched a 0.5 overnight rating on ESPN2, up 100% from the 0.25 on CNBC last year at the same time and up 25% from the 0.40 rating when the race aired on NBCSN in 2016. If the race aired on ESPN instead of ESPN2 the rating might have been a 0.6 or a 0.7.
So far it appears F1 made a smart move to switch from NBCSN to ESPN/Sky to boost their USA TV ratings. Let's see what the future holds.
Carroll Shelby's personal collection up for auction
Throughout his 89 years of life, Carroll Shelby collected many vehicles that he developed, worked on, or simply had a crush on. Some of them he eventually sold for personal gain, charitable causes, or to make room for more toys. But some, some he cherished and kept as part of his own personal collection.
The latter is now headed to the Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'Elegance auction, which will take place in Greenwich, Connecticut on June 3. The online listing for this specific lot doesn't offer many details or photos, as full auction catalogs typically don't go live until four to five weeks before the event. It's not extremely clear what models make up the lot of twenty vehicles, but the ad does mention a handful of special machines.
Video: Chasing a camouflaged mid-engine Corvette in the wild Was just pulling into my neighborhood yesterday afternoon when I spotted a convoy of highly camouflaged vehicles. I immediately knew I was looking at the 2018 Mid Engine Corvette because it was flanked front and rear by 2 unmistakably Chevrolet Trucks, despite the camouflage. These may have been the production versions on all 3 vehicles based on the amount of camouflage. I have never seen a truck as disguised as these two were. It looked like they may have even have wrapped the mudflaps in vinyl on these! Once I finally catch the Corvette, after a 10 mile chase, it takes off! At this point I can't take any more adrenaline, so I back off and head back home.
Artem Markelov produced a measured drive to grab victory in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Sakhir, Bahrain, the RUSSIAN TIME driver managing his tires effectively to stand aloft on the winner’s step of the podium ahead of BWT Arden’s Maximilian Gunther and Sergio Sette Camara of Carlin.
IndyCar pushes back against self-driving car races
Graham Rahal opposes driverless race cars
Autonomous vehicles, until recently, were tracking miles around the Valley but a futuristic man vs. machine competition isn’t likely anytime soon.
While some wonder if self-driving cars could eventually represent a threat to motorsports, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles recently suggested during a CNBC interview one could be a promotional tool. But the negative image fallout if a computer car beat a driver would seem to be too much of a gamble for the sake of publicity.
When F1 went to wider tires and more downforce, the passing decreased by over 50%. Now they have to live with that stupid decision as everyone knows the lower the downforce and the skinnier the tire, the more passing
Lowndes breaks drought with race victory in Tasmania
From left McLaughlin, Lowndes and Whincup
One of Supercars all-time greats, Craig Lowndes, has today taken his first Virgin Australia Supercars Championship race victory in nearly two years, recording the 106th win of his career in the second leg of the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint.
Capitalizing on his first ARMOR ALL Pole Award since August 2015 achieved earlier today, Lowndes led the bulk of the 200km race at Symmons Plains to win his first race in 623 days. His most recent before today coming at Queensland Raceway in July, 2016.
Ford Recalls Nearly 350,000 F-Series Trucks That May Roll Away When Parked
Ford vehicles have been rolling away when in Park since the 1950s. They still cannot get it right.
Ford is recalling close to 350,000 trucks--the vast majority being of the F-Series variety--over a gear shift issue that may cause the vehicles to roll away when parked. According to the company, the fault lies with a clip that locks the transmission with the gear shift cable failing to fully engage. If the clip becomes loose, a Ford that was put in park and turned off may not be in park at all.
This puts trucks at risk of rolling away unexpectedly. If you're parking your 2018 F-150 at a jobsite with heavy-duty machinery and a bunch of fellow workers around (as thousands of F-150s are to do everyday), it may be best to pick a spot where there isn't an incline or make sure your parking brake is on. Ford is reporting exactly one accident and injury related to the issue.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing made a productive start to the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season during a busy Prologue test at Paul Ricard in southern France.
The team entered two TS050 HYBRIDs for the official test session, which ran from 10am on Friday to 4pm on Saturday and featured most of this season’s WEC entrants, including seven non-hybrid LMP1 cars.
Pirelli tweaks tires after Mercedes request (Update)
Wolff gets his way to help Hamilton win the title again
UPDATE The FIA has caved in to Mercedes. Formula 1’s governing body the FIA has given F1 tire suppliers Pirelli the green light to reduce the tread depth on their slick tires by 0.4 millimeters at three races this year in a bid to combat overheating issues.
Pirelli found in pre-season testing that the new asphalt at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya produced more grip and less tire wear, which means more rubber stayed on the tire which in turn can lead to surface overheating.
Norris breezes to maiden victory in Bahrain feature race
Norris grabs the early lead from pole
Lando Norris secured his first FIA Formula 2 Championship victory in the Feature Race at Sakhir, Bahrain, mastering the hot and windy conditions to win with an 8.3s advantage over Carlin teammate Sergio Sette Camara, who held onto second place after a thrilling battle in the final stages of the race with RUSSIAN TIME’s Artem Markelov, the latter producing a spectacular recovery drive to secure the final podium position.
With the majority of the field, save from the Trident team, opting to start on the medium-compound tires, degradation was a hotly anticipated factor in the race. An aborted start was called at the beginning, as Markelov and MP Motorsport’s Roberto Merhi stalled on the grid and prompted a second formation lap; the Russian then took to the pits to restart from the back of the field while the Spanish driver retired from mechanical failure.
$150million Cost Cap 'Not Achievable' for Biggest Teams says Wolff
The teams with unlimited budgets are already whining
Toto Wolff believes the introduction of a $150 million cost cap in Formula 1 is not achievable for Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport and Scuderia Ferrari who cannot afford to be beaten by the econobox brands, which would ruin their image.
Hence both are likely to reject the proposals of a cost cap if it is that low.
Blueprints for Formula 1’s future were unveiled by Liberty Media in a meeting with team principals on Friday in Bahrain, with Chase Carey and Ross Brawn wanting a cheaper but more spectacular sport in 2021, with a cost cap being suggested once more to help even the playing field in the sport.
While Mercedes continued to sandbag, Kimi Raikkonen turned the fastest lap in final practice for the Bahrain GP Saturday afternoon. His time of 1m29.868s on the supersoft tires, was 1/2 second quicker than the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-5 8/10ths of a second back, but neither driver was trying for a quick lap in the warm afternoon sun and Vettel was hampered by loose bodywork early in the hour, and then ended his session early complaining of “engine drivability” issues.
Hight, Brown, Anderson take Friday poles at first four-wide race in Las Vegas
The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continued Friday as Robert Hight powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead at the 19th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as Friday’s action marked the debut of the four-wide racing experience for fans on the West Coast.
Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the fourth of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Whincup climbs championship leaderboard following another win in Tasmania
Seven time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup continues to claw his way back into contention with yet another win at Symmons Plains at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint in Launceston.
Whincup registered a dozen race wins at the tight Tasmanian circuit, more wins than any other driver in history, to claw back a few more points from Red Bull Holden Racing Team teammate Shane Van Gisbergen in the Championship hunt.
Charlie Kimball topped the second and final practice session for the second race of the 2018 IndyCar season, which is the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.
Kimball posted a top lap speed of 179.797 miles per hour (20.4631 second) around the four-turn, 1.022-mile dogleg oval in his #23 Chevrolet for Carlin Motorsport. He is set to start tomorrow night’s race way back in 22nd place after a lackluster qualifying run.
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