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06/15/18
f1

Belgian GP secures three-year F1 contract extension at Spa
Fans turn out in droves at Spa
Fans turn out in droves at Spa
The Belgian GP at Spa has signed a new three-year extension with Formula 1's owners Liberty Media.

Belgian business newspaper L'Echo reports that the deal was signed this week, between Spa-Francorchamps' local Wallonian government and Liberty, extending the current deal which runs out after the 2018 event.

The renewal was back by a study that showed the 2017 Grand Prix enjoyed a 7.5% increase in attendance compared to 2016, as 95,965 tickets were sold, including 90,185 to foreign spectators. The Walloon spectators represent 2,133 tickets for 3,646 for the Flemish and Brussels visitors, ie a total estimated flow of 265,000 spectators in three days.

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06/15/18
f1

Sauber Motorsport AG expands collaboration with 3D Systems
Sauber
Sauber
We are delighted to announce that Sauber Motorsport AG has expanded their collaboration with 3D Systems by adding five ProX 800 SLA 3D Printers to the company’s headquarters’ engineering facilities in Hinwil. 3D Systems also joins the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team as a new Promotional Partner.

The two companies have been working closely together for more than ten years, and share the goal of meeting the highest standards of innovation in the production of race car parts by the application of 3D printing technologies.

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06/15/18
irl

Andretti: Fernando is the best driver I've ever worked with
Alonso and Andretti at Barber last year
Alonso and Andretti at Barber last year
As a former Formula 1 driver, Indycar champion and now team owner Michael Andretti knows a thing or two about race drivers, for him the best driver he has ever worked with is McLaren driver Fernando Alonso who he hopes will win this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Spaniard drove a McLaren financed Honda-powered Dallara run by Andretti Autosport at last year’s Indy 500 where he worked closely with team chief Andretti, who admitted he will be streaming the Le Mans 24 Hour race to monitor Alonso’s progress in his debut at the legendary race with Toyota Gazoo Racing.

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06/15/18
motogp

Lorenzo tops opening practice in Barcelona
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo
Mugello race winner Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) was the man to beat on the opening day at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, ending FP2 top of the timesheets after setting a 1:38.930 – the only rider to step under the 1:39 bracket.

The Spaniard improved his time by over 0.8 seconds from FP1 after finishing third in the morning, laying down the gauntlet ahead of qualifying on Saturday. Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was able to bounce back after a crash in FP1, the Italian was the only rider to get within 0.4 seconds of the number 99 on Friday to finish second overall.

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06/15/18
wec

The Gods give Aston Martin weight break for LeMans
God giveth, and God taketh away
God giveth, and God taketh away
Aston Martin has been given a weight break and extra turbo boost in class-wide GTE-Pro Balance of Performance adjustments on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The pair of new-generation Vantage GTEs will run 10kg lighter than they did in qualifying, in which the British manufacturer’s quickest car ran five seconds off the pace.

They have also been given a higher turbo boost ratio, which marks the second such adjustment for the Astons in race week.

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06/15/18
f1

FIA considering automated checkered flag to reduce mishaps
Winnie Harlow - flagger in Canada
Winnie Harlow - flagger in Canada
The checkered flag is a near-universal symbol. It denotes the finish of a race and victory for one driver. But, the physical checkered flag's days could be numbered, based on comments from the FIA.

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting told Motorsport.com in a Wednesday report that the FIA is pondering an automated and digital checkered flag to reduce mishaps. For those unfamiliar, the incidents are few and far between, but an mistake at the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix has prompted discussions about change. At the grand prix, the starter, who officially starts and finishes the race, miscommunicated with race control and ordered the flag waved on the 69th of 70 laps by a celebrity flag waver.

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06/15/18
v8

Kelly continues Nissan surge in Darwin
Rick Kelly
Rick Kelly
Rick Kelly continued the resurgence of Nissan with a dominant practice day in Darwin, setting up what could be another strong weekend for the former Supercars Champion.

Kelly topped the first practice session to start the CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley in the Top End ahead of the heavyweights of Supercars, Shell V-Power Racing and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.

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06/15/18
nasmon

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Will Launch Motorsports Show on NBCSN
Dale Jr. Download scene
Dale Jr. Download scene

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will launch a new weekly half-hour show devoted to motor sports on NBCSN as part of NBC Sports’ fourth season of Nascar coverage.

“Dale Jr Download” will debut Thursday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. following the series “NASCAR America.” The new program is essentially a broadcast of Earnhardt doing a weekly podcast. Mike Davis serves as co-host. The show is produced on-site at DirtyMo Studios in Charlotte, N.C., Earnhardt and Davis offer first-person insight into the life of a celebrated race car driver.

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06/15/18
nasmon

Kyle and Owen: The Larsons hit the links
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman sits down with Kyle Larson about his relationship with his son Owen and the bond they share through golf.

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06/15/18
automotive

Lewis Hamilton & Russell Wilson Flat Out in Montreal!
Two Champs. One Mercedes-AMG. F1 meets NFL, as Lewis Hamilton takes Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson on a hot lap of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve! Watch Hamilton's face - he scares himself. Does he do that in an F1 car too?

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06/15/18
f1

Mercedes Canadian Grand Prix F1 Debrief
Chief Mercedes Strategist James Vowles answers your questions about the 2018 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix – from Lewis’ early cooling issues, to how hard the drivers were able to push their engines and why we didn’t take many HyperSoft tires to Montreal…

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06/15/18
imsa

A High-Speed Tour Of The Porsche Experience Center
Mobil 1 The Grid recently enjoyed a tour of the Porsche Experience Center in Carson, California, which serves as the hub for the manufacturer's US sportscar effort, providing support to customer teams and offering a unique day out to enthusiasts. Porsche factory driver Patrick Long and Denmark's Christina Nielsen were the expert guides.

 

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06/15/18
wec

Corvette Releases 'Hype' Video Ahead of LeMans
#64 Corvette
#64 Corvette
It’s nearly time for one of the most famed motorsport outings: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And Corvette Racing is hoping for a better showing than its 2017 results.

Ahead of the big race this weekend, Corvette Racing released a hype video on Monday to get fans excited. The video shows scenes from previous Le Mans races in the reflection of the Corvette C7.R racer, and we must say, it’s a proper hype video.

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06/15/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted
Friday, June 15LocationTV TimesNet
NHRA– Friday Nitro LiveBristol6:00pm-7:00pmFS1
Saturday, June 16LocationTV TimesNet
24 Hours of Le Mans – raceLe Mans8:00am-12:00amVelocity
MotoGP –qualifyingBarcelona9:00am-10:00ambeIN
NASCAR Truck – practiceIowa9:30am-10:30amFS1
NASCAR Truck – final practiceIowa11:00am-12:00pmFS2
Formula E – raceZurich12:00pm-1:00pm, (R)FS2
NASCAR Xfinity Series – practiceIowa3:00pm-4:00pmFS2
NASCAR Truck – qualifyingIowa4:30pm-5:30pmFS2
NASCAR Xfinity - final practiceIowa5:30pm-6:30pmFS1
NASCAR Truck – raceIowa6:30pm-7:00pm – pre-race
7:00pm-9:00pm – race
FS1
NHRA– qualifyingBristol9:00pm-10:00pm (SDD)FS1
Sunday, June 17LocationTV TimesNet
24 Hours of Le Mans – raceLe Mans12:00am-9:30amVelocity
MotoGP – raceCatalunya8:00am-9:00ambeIN
Trans Am Series – raceDetroit1:00pm-2:30pmCBS-SN
NASCAR Xfinity – qualifyingIowa2:30pm-4:00pmFS2
NASCAR Xfinity – raceIowa4:30pm-5:00pm – pre-race
5:00pm-7:30pm – race
FS1
NHRA – qualifyingBristol7:30pm-10:30pmFS1


Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay; R=Repeat

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06/14/18
f1

Red Bull not caving to Renault ultimatum
Cyril Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul
(GMM) Red Bull is not caving in to Renault's pressure to immediately make its choice of engine supplier for 2019.

The energy drink owned team wants to finally choose between Renault or Honda power between the forthcoming French and Austrian grands prix.

But Renault's Cyril Abiteboul insists: "In Austria, our offer is not going to be there anymore. They'll have to talk to Honda."

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06/14/18
nasmon

Alba Colon brings more than expertise to engineering role at Hendrick
Alba Colon
Alba Colon
Alba Colon never fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut — and probably won’t.

In a career that took a dramatic turn when she was studying engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Colon spent 23 years at General Motors before signing on as director of competition systems at Hendrick Motorsports this year.

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06/14/18
wec

Conquering Le Mans 2018
Our Believe the Impossible campaign features various sectors exploring the game-changing potential of Dyneema and other DSM innovations. Now, there’s ‘Conquering Le Mans’: a second film, this time focusing on Toyota Motorsport GmbH’s run to win the ultimate in automobile endurance competitions. After decades of effort and a very dramatic near win in 2016, they still ‘believe the impossible’ and are back to try again – backed by a DSM tec

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06/14/18
f1

Renault snaps up senior Mercedes powertrain designer
Renault has succeeded in signing up Matthew Harman, formerly Mercedes’ head of powertrain integration and transmission design.

Harman had been at Brackley for 17 years, having joined its engine division in 2001 as engineering leader.

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06/14/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Hartley qualified 12th with the new Honda engine in Montreal
    Hartley qualified 12th with the new Honda engine in Montreal
    Renault out of patience with Red Bull delays
  • Marko: Honda's updated engine was three-tenths faster
  • Any new USA F1 races will be on street circuits
  • Ross Brawn responds to 'boring F1' accusations

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06/14/18
ta
naskn

Trans-Am champ Ernie Francis Jr. set for NASCAR K&N race
Ernie Francis Jr.,
Ernie Francis Jr.,
Ernie Francis Jr., the top winner in the history of the Trans-Am Series, is getting another taste of NASCAR this weekend in New Jersey.

Francis, a four-time Trams-Am Series champion and member of NASCAR's 2018 Drive for Diversity class, will join Rev Racing for the first road course race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 16. It will make for Francis' second NASCAR start, as he finished 39th in the Xfinity Series race at Road America in 2017.

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06/13/18
track news

Drydene Returns to Pocono Raceway
Pocono Raceway has announced a multi-year partnership with Drydene Performance Products. The Drydene/Pocono partnership will showcase Drydene at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ in unique and innovative ways.

“We are excited to welcome Drydene back to Pocono Raceway,” said Pocono Raceway President, Ben May.

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06/13/18
nasx
nastruck

2019 NASCAR XFINITY, Truck Series' schedules released
2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule

Feb. 15 Daytona International Speedway
Feb. 23 Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 2 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 9 ISM Raceway
March 16 Auto Club Speedway

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06/13/18
irl

Honda Dominates 2018 Texas IndyCar Race
How dominant were the Hondas in Texas? Well, 9 of the top 10 finishers were Honda-powered. Here's what the drivers said about their races.

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06/13/18
wec

LeMans Free practice session: Toyota finish 1-2 at the flag
#8 Toyota blows past a Corvette
#8 Toyota blows past a Corvette

The first four hours of free practice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans are now over, and it was a Toyota 1-2 at the checkered flag, by a wide margin as the fix is in for Alonso to win

Kamui Kobayashi topped the timesheets in Wednesday’s Practice session as cars took to the track for the first time in preparation for the second round of the WEC Super Season. 

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06/13/18
nasmon

NBC Sports Rolling Out New Pitbox For Rest Of NASCAR Season
NBC Sports today showed off a new custom pitbox that will be at every race for its second half of the NASCAR season. The 14-foot-by-12.5-foot pitbox, which is a couple feet longer and higher than a typical pitbox, will be used for everything from pre/post race coverage to possibly having analysts call races from there. The pitbox cost roughly the same to buy as NBC’s prior pre-post race set did and features a touch screen at the base plus several screens, a desk and nine camera positions, along with prominent “NASCAR on NBC” branding.

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06/13/18
irl

IMS Makes Slight Ticket Price Increases For '19 Indianapolis 500
Indy 500
Indy 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has raised ticket prices on 65% of inventory for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 next May, the track confirmed to THE DAILY. However, IMS said that the average increase was by just 2%, that most increases are by less than $5 and that many decreases that IMS instituted in ’17 following the 100th running in ’16 are still in place during the ongoing renewal period.

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06/13/18
nasmon

Roush Fenway Racing Announces Additional 2018 Kenseth Schedule
Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth will pilot Roush Fenway Racing’s flagship No. 6 Ford for 10 more races in 2018. Starting on July 14 at Kentucky Speedway, Kenseth’s summer stretch of four-straight weekends will conclude at Watkins Glen International on August 5.

Kenseth made his return to Roush Fenway earlier this year at Kansas Speedway and raced five consecutive weeks at the helm of the No. 6 Ford. After Kentucky, he will be behind the wheel of the car at Loudon (July 22), Pocono (July 29) and Watkins Glen (Aug. 5) – tracks where the Cambridge, Wisconsin, native has tallied a combined five wins.

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06/13/18
automotive

Another 1 Million Mercedes Have Diesel 'Cheat' Device
Dieter Zetsche
Dieter Zetsche knew, like the others, that diesels are filthy polluting machines and you have to cheat to get road approval
With a government order to recall 774,000 vehicles in Europe, Daimler AG stands accused of having used illegal defeat device in its engines, while escaping the crushing cost of fines.

The move follows consultations with the German government in Berlin on June 11, which Daimler Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche called “constructive.” Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer for his part didn’t mince his words by ordering “an immediate formal recall because of prohibited shutoff devices.”

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06/13/18
nhra

Legendary NHRA Driver Tom "Mongoose" McEwen Passes Away (Update)
John Force
John Force
UPDATE
 Statements from John Force:

Although the Sunday death of Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen at age 81 reverberated throughout the sport of drag racing, it hit few harder than it did John Force, the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion. Force spoke at length with his PR representatives Elon Werner and Dave Densmore to collect his thoughts and feelings about McEwen. This is what he wanted us to share with the NHRA community.

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06/13/18
irl

Ontario Honda Dealers Extend Support of Honda Indy Toronto and Fan Friday Through 2020
Free Friday continues in Toronto
Free Friday continues in Toronto
In addition to Honda Canada Inc.'s title sponsorship extension, Honda Indy Toronto along with its owners and operators, Green Savoree Racing Promotions, is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with the Ontario Honda Dealers Association to support Fan Friday and the race event at Exhibition Place through 2020. 

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06/13/18
automotive

Soul, electrified. - The Porsche Taycan is coming.
All Porsche models have something in common: They have a soul. A certain feeling you get as a driver as soon as you get behind the wheel. Soon, the Porsche Taycan is coming. And although his heart is powered by a different force - electricity - the soul, once again, is the same.

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06/13/18
f1

The Detour, Episode 5 - On the Road in Montreal with Niki
Legend of the racetrack, master of the skies - what’s Niki Lauda’s secret to success? We took a Detour with him in Montreal to find out.

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06/13/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • The wider Pirellis and higher downforce have made passing in F1 near impossible
    The wider Pirellis and higher downforce have made passing in F1 near impossible
    Halo, Pirelli adding to overtake problem - Perez
  • Zak Brown 'the right boss' for Alonso
  • Villeneuve slams Lauda over father jibe
  • Williams: We have to fix this car
  • McLaren open to lending out Norris, but rules out long-term deal
  • Expanded calendar has to make financial sense insist teams
  • Jenson Button engaged to former Playboy model

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06/12/18
wec

Extensive Changes to Le Mans BoP
God added weight to the Corvettes to ensure they cannot win
'God' added weight to the Corvettes to ensure they cannot win

The FIA and ACO have confirmed Balance of Performance changes to five of the six manufacturers in the GTE-Pro class ahead of this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Three manufacturers have been handed weight adjustments, while there are boost ratio changes across the board for the quartet of turbocharged cars.

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06/12/18
imsa
wec

Button Interested in Long-Term Stroker-Ace role
ExF1 driver Jenson Button happy to stroke it for wins in endurance racing
ExF1 driver Jenson Button happy to stroke it for wins in endurance racing
Jenson Button says he’s interested in the new set of top-level prototype regulations and the prospects of additional manufacturers joining the FIA World Endurance Championship in the future.

The 2009 Formula 1 world champion, who is gearing up for his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut this weekend with SMP Racing, told Sportscar365 that his current LMP1 role with the privateer Russian outfit would prepare him for any potential drives under the new 2020-21 regs.

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06/12/18
nasmon

Joe Gibbs Racing Slammed With Penalties
Joe Gibbs realizes now that NASCAR wants Ford to win everything this year for fear they would quit sport otherwise
Joe Gibbs 
Three of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams have been penalized for infractions discovered prior to Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Int’l Speedway.

The Nos. 11, 18 and 20 teams fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing have been assessed L1-level penalties for having splitters that did not meet rules specifications during pre-race inspection. 

The No. 11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin, the No. 18 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch and the No. 20 Toyota of Erik Jones were all sent to the rear of the field for the start of Saturday’s race after the infractions were discovered.

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06/12/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted

Friday, June 15LocationTV TimesNet
NHRA– Friday Nitro LiveBristol6:00pm-7:00pmFS1
Saturday, June 16LocationTV TimesNet
24 Hours of Le Mans – raceLe Mans8:00am-12:00amVelocity
MotoGP –qualifyingBarcelona9:00am-10:00ambeIN
NASCAR Truck – practice Iowa9:30am-10:30amFS1
NASCAR Truck – final practiceIowa11:00am-12:00pmFS2
Formula E – raceZurich12:00pm-1:00pm, (R)FS2
NASCAR Xfinity Series – practiceIowa3:00pm-4:00pmFS2
NASCAR Truck – qualifyingIowa4:30pm-5:30pmFS2
NASCAR Xfinity - final practiceIowa5:30pm-6:30pmFS1
NASCAR Truck – raceIowa6:30pm-7:00pm – pre-race
7:00pm-9:00pm – race
FS1
NHRA– qualifyingBristol9:00pm-10:00pm (SDD)FS1
Sunday, June 17LocationTV TimesNet
24 Hours of Le Mans – raceLe Mans12:00am-9:30amVelocity
MotoGP – raceCatalunya8:00am-9:00ambeIN
Trans Am Series – raceDetroit1:00pm-2:30pmCBS-SN
NASCAR Xfinity – qualifyingIowa2:30pm-4:00pmFS2
NASCAR Xfinity – raceIowa4:30pm-5:00pm – pre-race
5:00pm-7:30pm – race
FS1
NHRA – qualifyingBristol7:30pm-10:30pmFS1

Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay; R=Repeat



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06/12/18
f1
irl
nasmon

Final weekend TV Ratings - IndyCar reaches new low on NBCSN
NBCSN delivers IndyCar another new low
NBCSN delivers IndyCar another new low

NBCSN delivered a record low TV rating for the Texas IndyCar race Saturday night under the lights.

Only 59,000 people tuned in between 18 and 49 years of age and the TV rating plunged 40.0% to 0.21. Ratings for IndyCar have pretty much been down across the board in 2018 (and 2017) but this rating has to be one of the worst.

And to think they signed a new TV deal with NBC and NBCSN. Amazing. Ratings table follows.

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06/12/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday (Update)
Brendon Hartley gets Toro Rosso support
Brendon Hartley gets Toro Rosso support

UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

  • 06/12/18 Toro Rosso backs struggling Hartley New
  • Williams needs more time to fix car issues New
  • Verstappen was alone at Canada GP New
  • F1 camera glasses 'painful' - Grosjean New
  • Honda improvement worth 'three tenths' - Marko New
  • 2019 could be Vettel's year - Gene New
  • Rosberg tells Mercedes to keep drivers New
  • Brown admits Alonso considering F1 future New
  • F1 on collision course with 3M over new logo
  • Hamilton: Mercedes have fallen behind
  • Arrivabene calls for Ferrari to keep its ‘feet on the ground’
  • Alonso switches focus to Le Mans after dismal 300th GP

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06/12/18
automotive

"Mission E" To Become The Porsche Taycan (Update)
Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan

UPDATE  The future of mobility is another step closer: Series production of the first purely electric Porsche is set to begin next year. In preparation, the vehicle previously operating under the working title "Mission E” has now been given its official name: Taycan. The name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse,” referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952.

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06/12/18
il
irl

The sharks smell blood in the water
It's been said that an IndyCar team owner can smell $1 million from 500-miles away and they'll eat their young to get it
It's been said that an IndyCar team owner can smell $1 million from 500-miles away and they'll eat their young to get it

It's been said that an IndyCar team owner can smell money from 500 miles away. If word gets out that a driver has money, or a sponsor, it's like a shark smelling blood in the water from miles away.

Call it blood money.

Now don't get us wrong, Colton Herta has won enough Indy Lights races to warrant a serious look by IndyCar team owners. He's earned his way.

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06/12/18
automotive

Elon Musk is serious about adding thrusters to the new Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster
Elon Musk has confirmed that he is completely serious about adding thrusters to the new Tesla Roadster and he added that the optional package will replace the mysterious back seats that the upcoming electric supercar is supposedly going to have.

When we reported on Musk first announcing that the vehicle is going to have thrusters this weekend, one out of three readers didn’t think that it was for real.

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