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10/02/17
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Formula E: Andretti retains Felix da Costa for 2017/18 season
Felix da Costa
Felix da Costa
Andretti has confirmed that Antonio Felix da Costa will continue to race for the team in the 2017/18 Formula E season.

Felix da Costa competed for Aguri in the opening two campaigns before switching to Andretti last season, though finished a lowly 20th in the standings, taking just one top 10 finish.

Nonetheless, the Portuguese racer will remain with the team for the upcoming season, which begins in Hong Kong in December.

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10/02/17
automotive

Tesla Misses Model 3 Production Goals
Can Musk speed up Model 3 Production?
Musk plans to speed up Model 3 Production
Tesla Inc. badly missed its goal of building 1,500 Model 3 cars in the third quarter, the first sign that the production ramp-up for the new sedan isn’t going as smoothly as planned writes Tim Higgins of the Wall Street Journal.

The Silicon Valley electric-car maker built 260 of the Model 3s between July and September, the company said Monday in a statement. In August, the auto maker predicted it would build more than 1,500 Model 3s before cranking up production to 5,000 a week by the end of the fourth quarter.

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10/02/17
automotive

Nissan Unveils Electric Ecosystem
Nissan Home Energy System similar to Tesla's
Nissan Home Energy System similar to Tesla's
Nissan today unveiled plans around the four key pillars of its future electric ecosystem in Europe, announcing the launch of new electric vehicles, additional infrastructure investment, battery charging and home storage advances, and a revolutionary new vision to give Nissan customers free power for their EV using its unique bi-directional charging technology.

The announcements were made at the third Nissan Futures event - ‘The Car and Beyond’ - in Oslo, Norway.

Paul Willcox, Chairman of Nissan Europe, said: “Nissan kick-started the electric vehicle revolution almost a decade ago. In that time we’ve sold more EV’s than any other manufacturer on the planet. Now, we’re outlining our plans for the next decade, which will see even bigger investments in infrastructure, new battery advances and will even change the way people access and pay for the power in their cars.

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10/02/17
imsa

FOX Sports Adds Analyst Jeff Gordon to IMSA Petit Le Mans Broadcast Booth
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and current FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon returns to sports car racing this weekend, working in the FOX Sports booth for IMSA’s 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans from Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 10:30 AM ET on FS1 and FOX Sports GO.

“Kicking off the 2017 IMSA season driving the Cadillac prototype and winning the 24 Hours with Wayne Taylor Racing was such a thrill for me,” said Gordon, an overall winner at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona with Wayne Taylor Racing and teammates Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli. The team’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. sits atop the Prototype class heading into the weekend.

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10/02/17
automotive

GM Outlines All-Electric Path to Zero Emissions
Stick a fork in the Internal Combustion engine - it will happen sooner than some may have thought.
Stick a fork in the Internal Combustion engine, it's over - it will happen sooner than some may have thought.

General Motors announced today how it is executing on a major element of its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, recently announced by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Although that future won't happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers' needs.”

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10/02/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Vettel stands by his damaged car. His title hopes are over
    Vettel stands by his damaged car. His title hopes are over
    Stroll crash could cost Vettel at Suzuka - Lauda
  • Malaysia may return to F1 in future - PM
  • Boss defends 'bad boy' Magnussen
  • Palmer blames wind for Sepang spin
  • F1 reveals initial results of research into its fans
  • Alonso: Drivers '19-1' against Magnussen
  • Hamilton says Mercedes has 'big problems'
  • Vandoorne: Malaysia best race of F1 career
  • Raikkonen: Ferrari 'hurt' after engine issues

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10/02/17
nasmon

Video: Kyle Busch wins thriller, passing Elliott late for Dover win
Kyle Busch hunts down Chase Elliott and passes him for the win in the final race of the NASCAR Playoffs' Round of 16 at Dover.

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10/02/17
nasmon

Ryan Newman confronts Jeff Gordon on pit road after Dover race
Ryan Newman has a verbal exchange with Jeff Gordon on pit road after Chase Elliott's second-place finish in the No. 24. Gordon felt Newman ruined Elliott's chances of winning

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10/02/17
f1

2017 Malaysian Grand Prix: Race Reaction
A memorable day for Red Bull's Max Verstappen but further down the grid there were mixed fortunes.

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10/02/17
f1

2017 Malaysian Grand Prix: Race Highlights
Overtaking, drama and incidents aplenty as F1 signed off in Malaysia in style...

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10/02/17
f1

The latest F1 Steering Wheel Explained
A Formula 1 steering wheel is more than just about turning wheels. It's one of the most complex pieces of kit you could ever get your hands on. Watch as Fernando Alonso's Race Engineer, Mark Temple explains exactly what all those buttons mean.

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10/02/17
f1

Stoffel v Eric | Malaysia GP Knowledge Battle
McLaren Honda Driver Stoffel Vandoorne goes head to head with Racing Director Eric Boullier in a Malaysian GP quiz battle like no other.

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10/02/17
f1

Malaysia GP | Farewell for now
It's been 19 years since F1 came to Malaysia and in 2017 those years have come to an end. At the last Malaysia Grand Prix for the foreseeable future, the McLaren team say thank you for the memories.

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10/01/17
automotive

Lexus: Full electric, not hybrids, are the future
Lexus LC 500
Lexus LC 500
The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid might not outsell the regular Prius, but it’s still the least-ugly Prius you can buy. And considering it starts at $27,965, its 25-mile electric range is solid. But if you expected Lexus to give the Prius Prime the luxury treatment and build its own plug-in hybrid, you’ll probably be disappointed. That’s because Lexus has no plans to pursue plug-in hybrid technology at all.

Speaking to AutoExpress at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Alain Uyttenhoven, head of Lexus in Europe, said the Japanese luxury brand will leave the plug-in hybrids to Toyota. That’s because, the way he sees it, plug-in tech is more of a stop-gap than a solution to an actual problem. Instead, Lexus will focus on developing fuel cells and fully electric vehicles.

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10/01/17
f1

Stroll escapes penalty in Malaysia
Vettel stands by his severely damaged car
Vettel stands by his severely damaged car
The stewards in Malaysia have decided to take no further action over the post-race coming together between Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel that left the Ferrari with significant damage.

The incident occurred on the slowing down lap as Vettel, who finished a fine fourth having started last on the grid, went around the outside of Stroll’s Williams at Turn 5.

Heavy contact was made, but while the Canadian’s car escaped damage, Vettel’s car was rendered undriveable with the left-rear suspension ripped off the car.

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10/01/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • F1 ride more important to Gasly than Super Formula title
    F1 ride more important to Gasly than Super Formula title
    Gasly would give up Super Formula title for Austin
  • Wolff 'worried' about Bottas slump
  • Williams admits Kubica 'option' for 2018
  • Perez had IV treatment after qualifying
  • Vettel will not give up title fight - Lauda
  • Marko to visit Honda HQ after Malaysia
  • Vettel takes on new power unit elements
  • Gasly enthused by first F1 qualifying run
  • Ocon: Force India found VJM10's sweet spot

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10/01/17
nasmon

NASCAR drivers do not want to discuss National Anthem protests
NASCAR men respect the American flag
NASCAR men respect the American flag

It should come as no surprise that most NASCAR drivers -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. being an enlightened exception -- are reluctant to talk about the recent national anthem protests by NFL players.

Those with intelligent opinions -- almost certainly only a handful -- have likely been told to avoid anything that will bring attention to the subject.

Example No. 1: "I came in here (a Friday press session at Dover International Speedway) to talk about our weekend’s racing and not to discuss that. I don’t really have a comment." -- Chevrolet driver Jamie McMurray.

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10/01/17
automotive

Video: How the Mercedes-AMG Project One's pushrod suspension works
Mercedes-AMG revealed its highly anticipated Project One hypercar at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, and while much of the conversation has surrounded the fact it boasts more than 1,000 horsepower, there's plenty of clever, if not mesmerizing, engineering going on throughout the entire car. The video from YouTube channel Kyle.Engineers dissects the Mercedes-AMG Project One's suspension system like you never thought imaginable.

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10/01/17
f1

Haas team spends $120K to lose
Gene Haas knows his team has 0.00000% chance of winning in F1
Spending $120M per year, Gene Haas knows his team has 0.00000% chance of winning in F1

American tycoon Gene Haas has confounded the critics and managed to keep the budget of his Formula One team at around half that of the front-runners according to financial statements filed with Britain’s companies register writes Christian Sylt of Forbes.

The team’s finances raced into the spotlight this week after a loose drain cover ripped through the rear of its car driven by Frenchman Romain Grosjean in practice for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. “Things like this in 2017 shouldn't happen on a permanent circuit. They shouldn’t happen on any circuit. This is not acceptable and not up to the standards,” said Haas team boss Guenther Steiner.

The cost of the damage was estimated at between $700,000 and $1 million which would make a dent in the bottom line of any of F1’s ten teams. Haas is more careful with its spending than most of them.

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10/01/17
f1

Hamilton says he may join 'take a knee' anthem protest at US GP
Louie Hamilton
Will Hamilton also take a knee in those countries where womans/gays rights are nonexistent, like the middle eastern areas? He might get thrown in jail!

Lewis Hamilton says he is considering whether to participate in the ‘take a knee’ national anthem protests when Formula One visits the USA for next month’s grand prix.

Hundreds of players in America’s National Football League took part in the protests last week by kneeling during pre-game performances of the American national anthem. The protests were started last year by Colin Kaepernick in response to civil rights abuses against black people in America.

The protests have attracted fierce condemnation from US President Donald Trump, who called the players “sons of bitches”. Hamilton has repeatedly indicated his support for the protesters.

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09/30/17
irl

Pappas deems IndyCar universal kit testing a success
2018 IndyCar
2018 IndyCar
As testing and development of the next generation of car moves from INDYCAR to its teams, the initial stages of the process have been deemed successful by those working closest with it.

Bill Pappas, INDYCAR’s vice president of competition, race engineering, has been overseeing the development of a new universal body kit on the existing Dallara IR-12 chassis. Working with drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia, INDYCAR engineers have tested the new car on tracks representing the series’ four disciplines – superspeedways, short ovals, road courses and street courses.

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09/30/17
nhra

Clay Millican Sets NHRA National Record In St. Louis Qualifying
Clay Millican
Top Fuel pilot Clay Millican set the national elapsed time record for the category under the lights at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Robert Hight (Funny Car) Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also current No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the third of six playoff events during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

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09/30/17
nasmon

Chevys 1-2 in final Dover Cup practice
Can Johnson sweep Dover on Sunday
He won in the spring. Can Johnson sweep Dover on Sunday?
With the first cutoff race to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs looming, Chevrolet’s Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson, both championship contenders, led the way on the speed chart heading into tomorrow’s Apache Warriors 400 at Dover.

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 NAPA CHEVROLET SS – Fastest in the Final Cup Series Practice Session
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR CAR HEADING INTO TOMORROW:

“Obviously, I would just like to be fast tomorrow and I think we’ve got our car driving a little better from what we had it yesterday, which is good.  That was the goal there regardless of what the stopwatch said was just to try to get it driving better.  I think we’ve got it closer.  I think we are still off from a couple of guys, but I think we are in the ballpark.

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09/30/17
f4

Zero cars finish F4 race at Sepang
Peter Thompson
With egg on his face, the organizer of the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship has apologized “unreservedly” for the error that led to every driver retiring from a Malaysian Grand Prix support race.

All nine drivers failed to finish the race at Sepang on Saturday.

Towards the end of the second race the first of the nine cars began running out of fuel, with seven drivers retiring over the next couple of laps.

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09/30/17
f1

Hamilton assured of 2017 F1 championship
Vettel waits as mechanics try to get his engine to run
Vettel waits as mechanics try to get his engine to run

No use watching the remaining F1 races of 2017 as Lewis Hamilton will be world champion. Going into this race with a huge 28 point lead over Sebastian Vettel, Vettel had to beat Hamilton on Sunday.

But at the end of final practice here in Malaysia Ferrari was forced to introduce Sebastian Vettel's final free Formula 1 engine for the Malaysian Grand Prix after a suspected electrical problem in final practice.

Then in qualifying the new engine would not run and Vettel never put up a time in Q1. He will start dead last, Hamilton will win another race, and with five race remaining after this, there is no way Hamilton will not be world champion.

Initial examination of the car pointed to an electrical problem and in a bid to avoid a repeat in qualifying or the race, Ferrari had opted to fit a new engine.

The engine was the upgraded version that Ferrari had been working on for some time.

Ferrari was very strong in practice, Vettel had gone into qualifying day as a clear favorite in the fight for pole position.

But things went from bad to worse in qualifying. Vettel's engine appeared to stutter on his out lap and he said over the radio he suspected he had lost his turbo, and he drove back to the pits slowly.

Mechanics began working on the car and, although it appeared at one point he was going to head back out on track, in the end the team gave up and Vettel never put up a time.

 

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09/30/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Marcin Budkowski
    Marcin Budkowski
    Rivals furious as FIA chief joins Renault
  • Alonso contract being written - Boullier
  • Gasly release for Super Formula finale not decided
  • Leclerc admits eyeing 2019 Ferrari seat
  • Hamilton should 'rethink' political tactics - Wolff
  • Alonso still 'studying' McLaren's potential

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09/30/17
nasmon

NASCAR Dover Earnhardt Jr Q&A
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet) continues his farewell tour

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09/30/17
nasmon

NASCAR Dover Monster Cup Pre-race Q&A
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 GearWrench Chevrolet), Austin Dillon (No. 3 AAA Chevrolet), Ryan Newman (No. 31 Childress Vineyards Chevrolet), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Fastenal Ford), Danica Patrick (No. 10 Warriors in Pink Ford) & NXS Drivers Tyler Reddick (No. 42 BBR/Dustin Lynch Chevrolet) and Brennan Poole (No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet)Description

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09/30/17
f1

Raikkonen over Vettel in final Malaysia practice

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen headed Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari one-two in Saturday afternoon’s final practice in Malaysia, as just two-tenths of a second covered the two red cars and the third-placed Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. However, there was some concern for the Scuderia when Vettel crept pitward near the end of the session with instructions to stop the car.

Running in track temperatures between 45 and 47 degrees Celsius, Raikkonen had set the pace from the outset at a warm and dry Sepang, as most drivers ran on the Pirelli supersoft tires, but his initial 1m 32.665s was later all but matched by Vettel on 1m 32.686s before a revived Lewis Hamilton went quicker still with 1m 32.650s and then 1m 32.539s.

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09/30/17
automotive

Toyota's Building Hybrid Powertrains In America For The First Time
Toyota makes a lot of hybrids – and sells a lot of them in the US. It hasn't actually made any of those hybrid powertrains in America until now, but that's about to change.

A staggering $373.8-million investment will see the Japanese automaker begin manufacturing the gasoline-electric powertrain for the Highland Hybrid locally in the market where it sells the most of them.

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09/30/17
irl

Verizon IndyCar 2017 Championship Reflection
Watch the hour long special that originally aired on NBC Sports Network!

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09/30/17
scca

Video: 2017 SCCA Runoffs Qualifying Report
Thursday was the last day of qualifying for the three days of the National Championship races Friday through Sunday and the 106 Honda and Acura participants are racing their hardest to get the best shot at a national amateur racing title.

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