Ultracapacitors start to make impact, not replacing batteries yet, but soon With its inherent capabilities, ultracapacitor starting systems have potential to eliminate the expensive downtime that truck drivers and fleets often experience as a result of dead batteries, particularly in colder climates.
Unlike batteries, ultracapacitors maintain a more consistent power output in the face of extreme cold or hot temperatures.
Ultracapacitor starting is a technology that has been around for two decades, used extensively as standby power in electronics and power generation. Now, this technology looks ready for primetime. Fully productionized systems, with widespread distribution and mainstream installation, are making the battery-replacement capacitor starter system (CSS) a reality.
Tesla: No Plans to Disable Autopilot Feature in Its Cars Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has no plans to disable the company’s Autopilot function in the wake of a May crash of a Model S electric car using the technology, and the auto maker instead plans to redouble efforts to educate customers on how the system works.
Mr. Musk, in an interview with Mike Ramsey and Jonathan Bach of The Wall Street Journal, said the company is planning an explanatory blog post that highlights how Autopilot works and what drivers are expected to do after they activate it. “A lot of people don’t understand what it is and how you turn it on,” Mr. Musk said.
John Force and Brittany Force wrapped up two days of testing today at Lucas Oil Raceway in advance of the exciting Western Swing. John Force made numerous passes in his PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car each day. The 16-time champion saw dramatic performance improvements on both a cool and hot race track conditions. The Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster made one pass on Tuesday and multiple passes on today also seeing improvement and consistently quick early numbers.
“We are just working through some issues that have been causing us problems the last three or four races. We were on the road the whole month of June then we had July 4th and another race the next weekend in Chicago. There were some issues we needed to address but this was the first time in six weeks we had a chance to work them out. We had a lot of success these past two days and we burned up a lot of nitro in this PEAK Camaro and that Monster Energy dragster," said John Force.
Honda NSX To Spawn More Models, Including Type-R And Pure EV
Acura NSX being manufactured
Honda plans no less than five different versions of the hybrid NSX according to the model’s project boss.
Speaking to Autocar, Ted Klaus said that Honda is considering various derivatives, including a convertible, a lightweight non-hybrid and an all-electric NSX, one of which will bear the Type R nameplate.
The regular Honda/Acura NSX is powered by a combination of a twin-turbo V6 engine and three electric motors for a total of 573hp. Klaus said that the NSX is an opportunity for Honda to experiment with new technology. “It’s a special car, with new technology, developing technology, that we can be leaders in and help us understand where the brand is going,” he said.
How the Tesla Model 3 could trigger the collapse of the auto industry Clean tech consultant Julian Cox made some interesting points about the coming disruption of the auto industry in a presentation at CleanTechnica’s recent Cleantech Revolution Tour in Berlin.
Cox begins his talk with a recap of some past technological disruptions, which he says have usually played out within 20-30 years (good news for us older EVangelists – we can hope to see the end of the movie). Kodak is only one example of a company that invented the technology that would later kill it. Did you know that Exxon invented the lithium battery in the 1970s?
Lucas Di Grassi. AR1.com has written about this very topic a number of times. What is the sport doing to protect its future?
Audi's Formula E race driver Lucas Di Grassi warned fans of impending doom to motorsport if autonomous cars become commonplace, at the FIA Sports Conference in Turin, Italy.
"The threat we face in motorsport is autonomous vehicles," said Di Grassi. "In the future, people in general will lack the experience of normal driving on the road. So if you don't drive, you won't get the passion and feeling for motorsport. Because less people will drive I believe it will become a niche sport and not a mass sport--as I believe it was in the 1990s and 2000s."
It's a rather gloomy picture from Audi's electric car racer, but one that seems inevitable with new proposals for an autonomous car race as soon as this year.
A Pennsylvania jury ruled Monday for Pocono Raceway and NASCAR in lawsuits brought against both by the widow of a fan killed and others injured in lightning strikes at the track on Aug. 5, 2012.
The case was heard in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Brian Zimmerman, 41, of Moosic, Pa., was killed when he was struck by lightning in the parking lot behind the frontstretch grandstands. A second strike also hit the parking lot. Ten fans were injured.
Honda Indy Toronto gears up to celebrate 30 years of racing, event continues to grow Honda Indy Toronto is gearing up to celebrate 30 years of racing on the Streets of Toronto this weekend with all markers pointing to a bigger and better event than in recent years. This year’s event, which runs July 15-17 at Exhibition Place, will provide an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.
Marked growth in the number of interactive exhibits and activities, as well as the addition of a Speed Zone and the return of Thunder Alley, complement the move to free General Admission for event goers ages 12 and under all weekend when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult, making the event a family-friendlier experience.
Indy 500 Winner Alexander Rossi: Chicks Slidin' Into My DM's Nonstop After Race Alexander Rossi says there was 1 very unforeseen consequence to winning the Indy 500 ... a gaggle of women SLIDING into his Instagram DMs ... wanting to hook up!!
TMZ Sports talked to the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner -- who's 24 and single -- in L.A. Monday ... and asked if his lady situation has changed since winning one of the world's biggest races.
Undetonated Bomb from WWII Found at VW Headquarters Construction workers first found suspicious metal pieces at four different locations inside Volkswagen’s headquarters last month, reports Reuters. On Friday, experts began searching the large plant for an explosive device. Sure enough, they found a 250-kg (550-pound) bomb at the VW factory, reports local news agency Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung. Almost 700 people had to be evacuated from the Sandkamp district near the plant, and police, fire fighters, and aid organizations were on hand at the site just in case. Fortunately, the whole process went along safely without a hitch, according to the report.
Trio of IndyCar drivers take in ESPYs activities With the Iowa Corn 300 behind them and the Honda Indy Toronto ahead, Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi and Graham Rahal are living in the present this week. That means trips to Los Angeles for the 24th annual ESPY Awards.
Dixon, the four-time and reigning series champion, and Rossi, who won the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, are nominated for the "Best Driver" ESPY along with three drivers from other racing disciplines. One will win, based on online voting that is open until the show airs at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday on ABC. (Vote for Rossi or Dixon by clicking here.)
'The Runner' dashes through Indianapolis Motor Speedway As title sponsor of the Verizon IndyCar Series, Verizon is always looking for ways to bring the excitement and thrills of INDYCAR across all of its platforms. The latest example of this is Verizon's inclusion of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in "The Runner," the new socially-driven, competitive reality series from executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, airing on go90 and AOL.com.
Hosted by Matthew Patrick, creator of the YouTube series "Game Theory," and featuring VICE News journalist, producer and media commentator Kaj Larsen as the on-camera expert, "The Runner" challenges one person to make it across America while the entire country hunts him or her down for a chance to cash in on more than a million dollars in prize money.
Roush Fenway and NESN 'Fuel' Up for New Hampshire NESN Fuel, a new website covering all things automotive, is set to be the primary sponsor of Greg Biffle's No. 16 Ford this weekend when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Loudon for the New Hampshire 301 on July 17.
"It's really exciting to have NESN Fuel on the car next weekend for the Loudon race," said Biffle, who posted a Sprint Cup Series win at the magic mile of Loudon in 2008. "New England fans are passionate about their sports and NESN knows how to deliver. Having them on my No. 16 Ford, along with the Red Sox and Bruins logos, is definitely exciting."
As AR1 President Mark Cipolloni reported exclusively during the Road America weekend, you can expect a rotation in the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda for the remainder of 2016 with as many as three drivers. Today, it was announced that Luca Filippi, who contested the first four rounds for DCR this season, will race this coming weekend in Toronto, replacing Gabby Chaves. From INDYCAR...
Luca Filippi is returning to drive this weekend at the site of his best Verizon IndyCar Series showing – the Honda Indy Toronto.
Toronto IndyCar weekend schedule Seven motorsport series will be in action during the three days of the event: the Verizon IndyCar Series (the premier open-wheel series in North America), the NASCAR Pinty’s Series (Canada’s major stock-car series, sanctioned by NASCAR), the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS.
Please note that this schedule is subject to change without notice.
Rousseau Metal to be Primary Sponsor of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing at Toronto Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Rousseau Metal, a leader in storage solutions, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry driven by Graham Rahal for the Honda Indy Toronto race on July 17. Quebec-based Rousseau Metal has been a team partner since 2009 and the cabinets are a mainstay in the team's Indy car and sports car race shops as well as their transporters. Rousseau was also primary sponsor of the team's No. 15 Indy car entry in Toronto last year.
"It's great to welcome back Rousseau as primary sponsor at Toronto for the second year," said Bobby Rahal. "I have a long history with Rousseau, first with our auto dealership group and then with the race teams. The car looks great and I'm looking forward to seeing it up front."
Lower downforce package could return at Michigan The low, low downforce package was met with mixed reviews at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday - but could we see it again before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins? NASCAR will meet with team representatives on Wednesday to review the latest experience with the proposed 2017 configuration for the Cup Series to determine what, if any, changes need to be made and if the sport needs to take another run with the car prior to next season.
While NASCAR has said repeatedly there will be no changes to the current 2016 rules package for the Chase, the possibility of running the lower downforce package at Michigan Speedway next month is not completely off the table.
German authorities Investigating Tesla too The German authorities said that they were looking to clarify some aspects on Tesla’ Autopilot, after the electric car maker made some over-the-air updates to the system.
If global manufacturers have been reluctant so far to adopt wireless software updates for safety-critical vehicle systems, Tesla has swiftly embraced this method. However, a recent over-the-air improvement on the automaker’s semi-autonomous Autopilot tech has caught the attention of German regulators. Der Spiegel magazine reported last week that the new upload had not been examined for security during regular approval proceeding, thus prompting an investigation by Germany’s Transport Ministry. Even if a ministry spokesman denied the inquiry, he said the Federal Motor Transport Authority wanted nevertheless to clarify some technical aspects. A spokesperson for Tesla in Germany later said that they were aware that the KBA were reviewing certain components of the Autopilot system and the electric car maker was fully cooperating.
Video: F1 and IndyCar crash into each other While crashes in Formula 1 are fairly common, as are crashes in Indycar, this might be the first time a crash has involved cars from both series.
The incident took place at the Monza round of Boss GP, a race series which allows eye-wateringly rich folk to play out their racing driver fantasies in a variety of single seater machinery, including cars from F1, Indycar, Champ Car, GP2 and World Series by Renault.
It's a great concept, allowing some of the world's fastest and finest race cars to remain in competition rather than collecting dust in a warehouse or mounted on some billionaire's lounge room wall.
SEC Investigating Tesla for Possible Securities-Law Breach
Musk is going to pay dearly for releasing autopilot software before it was ready
The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Tesla Motors Inc. breached securities laws by failing to disclose to investors a fatal crash in May involving an electric car that was driving itself, a person familiar with the matter said, heightening scrutiny of how the company handled the information reports Jean Eaglesham, Mike Spector and Susan Pulliam of The Wall Street Journal.
The May 7 accident killed the driver, Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old Tesla owner who collided with an 18-wheel semi-truck that pulled in front of him on a Florida highway.
Tesla alerted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. car-safety regulator, to the crash and investigated to determine whether the car was using the company’s Autopilot system, which lets cars drive themselves under certain circumstances. But Tesla didn’t disclose the crash to investors in a securities filing.
Pirelli announces USGP tire compounds Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli has announced its compound nominations for the United States Grand Prix, with the red-marked Super Soft, yellow-marked Soft and white-marked Medium to be supplied.
Pirelli has picked a set of Softs and Mediums for the race, with a set of Super Softs for qualifying.
Video: 2016 IndyCar Iowa race highlights Josef Newgarden put on one of the most dominant clinics in Indy car history, leading a record 282 laps today to win the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. Indy Lights race highlights too. Comment
The SUV was traveling in Autopilot mode between 56 and 60 mph, a friend of the driver wrote on the Tesla Motors Club forum. According to the friend, the vehicle drove off the road and hit a guardrail. “I questioned him [the driver] on how can Autopilot drove off the road by itself, he said he also wants to find out.”
Verizon IndyCar Series test at Mid-Ohio open to fans on July 21 On Thursday, July 21, race fans are invited to attend a Verizon IndyCar Series test day at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Sixteen drivers from the Verizon IndyCar Series are expected to participate in the test, in preparation for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, taking place July 29-31.
The July 21 test day will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a cost of $10 for admission. Free admission will be offered to VIP season pass holders and fans who have already purchased tickets to The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The Keyhole and the Infield will be open for viewing and the concession stand in the lower paddock will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No RVs, motor homes or trailers will be permitted into the facility.
Las Vegas, Miami set to host NASCAR Awards Whoever wears the crown of 'NASCAR champion' unquestionably will earn it, following a 2016 season that has already featured some of the toughest and most thrilling competition the sport has ever seen. The year-end celebration will be deservedly grand, and it will take place at familiar sites built upon major moments.
Continuing a fan-favorite culmination to its national series seasons, NASCAR announced today the return of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards to Las Vegas and the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards to Miami Beach.
Martin Truex Jr. shored up seventh place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup points standings with a 10th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday. But, he was not happy.
During a caution with nearly 70 laps remaining in the Quaker State 400, Truex entered pit road trailing only Kevin Harvick for the lead. As he approached his pit stall, Truex dove in front of Harvick and much to Truex's chagrin, was penalized by NASCAR for making an illegal pass on pit road, a penalty that dropped him to 22nd and likely cost him a shot at the win.
Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch could see his celebration of last year's championship continue on July 13 - at the ESPY Awards. The yearly awards show, hosted by ESPN with winners decided via fan voting, will air on Wednesday at 8:00pm/et on ABC.
Busch is nominated for "Best Driver" and is up against Scott Dixon (IndyCar), Lewis Hamilton (Formula One), Erica Enders-Stevens (NHRA) and Alexander Rossi (IndyCar).
NASCAR is the defending winner in that category as well. Kevin Harvick , the 2014 champion, took home the hardware last year. NASCAR.com
Iowa Speedway, billed as the fastest short track on the planet, provided an exciting stage for the final oval race of the calendar for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires this afternoon. The 100-lap all-green Indy Lights Iowa Challenge Presented by Cooper Tires came down to a battle at the end with Felix Serralles of Carlin scoring the win in the closing minute on the .686-mile oval.
This is the second win and fourth podium of the season for Serralles, 24, of Ponce, Puerto Rico, who won the season-opener on the streets of St. Petersburg. Serralles also claimed victory at The Milwaukee Mile oval last year.
Indy Lights Qualifying canceled Qualifying for the Indy Lights Iowa Challenge has been canceled due to rain. The grid will be set based on points, with the race scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m. CT. Starting lineup below:
SP Car Driver Name C/E/T 1 11 Jones, Ed D/M/C 2 27 Stoneman, Dean (R) D/M/C 3 55 Urrutia, Santiago (R) D/M/C 4 18 Kaiser, Kyle D/M/C 5 4 Serralles, Felix D/M/C 6 5 Veach, Zach D/M/C 7 17 Negrao, Andre (R) D/M/C 8 51 Blackstock, Shelby D/M/C 9 13 Claman De Melo, Zachary (R) D/M/C 10 2 Piedrahita, Juan D/M/C 11 28 Kellett, Dalton (R) D/M/C 12 22 Alberico, Neil (R) D/M/C 13 77 Choi, Heamin (R) D/M/C
Race Day update from Iowa - rain threatens (2nd Update) UPDATE
Air Titans in action
The Air Titans are out drying the track. The Indy Lights are scheduled to qualify now at 1 pm. No other changes have been made to the schedule at this time. Lucille Dust reporting for Autoracing1.com
Morning from Newton, Iowa, known as the fastest short track on the planet. They are mighty proud of their track and the their corn. The Iowa Corn 300 is scheduled to start at 4:40 pm. That is subject to change as it is raining heavily here. The good news is they we have at least 2 Air Titans here to help dry the track quickly.
The buzz is about this race being run during the day and not at night like if has been for the past 5 years. The change to the Sunday race was due to the NASCAR race last night in Kentucky and the two series being broadcasted on the same network.
IMSA has revealed that the timing of back-to-back races resulted in the sanctioning body enacting its "extraordinary circumstance" clause to make Balance of Performance changes to the GT Le Mans class for this weekend's round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
BoP adjustments were announced by IMSA on Tuesday, following last weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, which fell outside of its seven-day deadline prior to the start of each event where changes could be made.
With Ford claiming a 1-2 class finish at The Glen, and cars showing a large disparity in performance, IMSA went to work analyzing data during and immediately after the event.
Video: Race Highlights of the Townsville 400 Shane van Gisbergen has claimed his third victory of the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.
The young Kiwi star showed he is a genuine contender for the Championship with a commanding win ahead of a fast finishing James Courtney, with Mark Winterbottom taking third place.
While Van Gisbergen took the checkered flag, it was Courtney who stole the spotlight in the closing laps as he surged from ninth to second in what was his best performance since his win at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide in March.
Roads geared toward self-driving cars would help In May, a Tesla "autopilot" enthusiast in Florida became the first known fatality in a self-driving car. But this was no ordinary accident. The car performed exactly as designed, and the (non)driver's failure to take any corrective action could reasonably have been foreseen by the manufacturer. This unwelcome yet widely anticipated milestone may set back progress on what promises to be one of the most valuable technologies of the 21st century writes Dr. Jerry Kaplan, in the Wall Street Journal.
In its rush to get hot new products into consumers' hands, Tesla--along with many other car manufacturers--has pursued a flawed vision of the future, one in which tomorrow's technology is simply layered on top of today's. As with the "horseless carriages" of the early 1900s, which at first were merely added to the jumble of pedestrians and carts swarming through the streets, the real benefits of the new technology won't be realized until we see substantial changes in our transportation infrastructure.
Video: NASCAR Kentucky post-race Q&A NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller; NSCS race winner Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford); Crew Chief Paul Wolfe and Executive Vice President of Team Penske Walt Czarnecki (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford); Second-place finisher Carl Edwards (No. 19 ARRIS Surfboard Toyota); Third-place finisher Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet) Comment
Jordan King delighted the local fans by winning this morning's sprint race at Silverstone from pole, looking to initially have the race under control before a brief shower on the last lap meant the Briton had to work hard to hold on for victory from a fast charging Luca Ghiotto and Oliver Rowland.
The race opened under heavy clouds but on a dry track, and when the lights went out King did enough off the line to convert pole into the lead at Turn one, but fellow front row starter Norman Nato was unable to match his teammate, losing out to Nobuharu Matsushita and Rowland into Turn one ahead of Ghiotto, Mitch Evans, Antonio Giovinazzi and Raffaele Marciello, while yesterday's winner Pierre Gasly lost ground and dropped back to P12 by the end of the lap.
The Italian national anthem played out as a jubilant Antonio Fuoco celebrated his first win in the Series after a storming drive in Silverstone Race 2. The Trident star had started from sixth place on the grid and fought through in difficult conditions on a drying track. The race went to time and the Ferrari Driver Academy ace passed Campos Racing’s Alex Palou who had led the large majority of the race. ART Grand Prix’s Charles Leclerc completed the rostrum and goes back into the lead of the drivers’ standings.
Jenzer Motorsport’s new recruit Arjun Maini started from reverse pole but it was Trident’s Sandy Stuvik who took the lead into T1. Scuderia Ferrari Team development driver Leclerc was up to second from seventh on the grid after passing the Indian driver early on during the opening lap. Palou made a lightning start from P10 to run in third after also passing Maini.
Chase Briscoe Extends ARCA Points Lead After Winning ABC Supply Co. 150
For most of the night it looked like Kyle Weatherman would run away with his first win of 2016 in convincing fashion. But a cut tire on Lap 87 sent Weatherman into the wall and changed the complexion of the ARCA Racing Series ABC Supply Co. 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores.
Weatherman, driving for his third different team of 2016, led 46 laps and then watched his lead disappear when he was forced to head to the pits.
Video: Winterbottom takes pole for Townsville 400 Mark Winterbottom has fired a warning to his rivals by taking pole position in the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout for this afternoon’s 200km race at the Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.
The reigning Supercars Champion pipped Craig Lowndes by 0.1 secs with an electrifying lap of 1min12.4077 to earn his place at the front of the grid.
Winterbottom won back-to-back races at the circuit last year and finished third yesterday behind Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen.
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