Elon Musk could likely have more influence on America's future foreign policy than whoever ends up as president.
Musk has promised that his Model S all-electric car will be able to match the driving distance of a gas-powered sedan at a comparable $30,000 price tag by 2020.
Today, Musk is $5,000 off on price, but three years ahead of schedule. If Musk and the other automakers can pull this off, the geopolitical effects will be greater than anything since World War II. Maybe even greater.
Ecclestone Says F1 Won't Cut Sanctioning Fees For German GP In '17 (Update)
Even with the German Mercedes team dominating F1 the German GP still cannot turn a profit with Ecclestone's high sanction fees.
UPDATE F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "will not forgo the sanctioning fees in order to have a German Grand Prix in '17," according to the SID. He said, "Hockenheim has not yet been secured for next year. If they are not willing to pay the money, which all other European promoters pay as well, then there likely won't be a German race."
Next year's German GP was supposed to be hosted by the Nurburgring, which together with the Hockenheimring alternates on an annual basis as host venue of the event. However, financial constraints make it impossible for the Nurburgring to stage an F1 race and Hockenheim was put on the provisional calendar for '17.
NextEV boss Martin Leach passes away after battle with cancer With the deepest grief, I have to announce that we have lost a great friend, a leader and a founding member and Co-President of NextEV, Dr. Martin Leach, who left us today after fighting illness over the past few months.
I came to know Martin in October 2014. I was impressed by his achievements in the industry, and I was deeply touched by his passion in sharing my vision of creating a totally new experience for automobile users. Since then, Martin had participated in every step of the NextEV journey.
Calif state EV rebates to now favor lower income buyers
The $7,500 Federal rebate remains unchanged. Not all states give rebates for electric cars, but California has more of a smog problem than most states. 100% electric cars = zero smog and healthy people
In an effort to boost the sale of low-emissions vehicles, California is again tweaking its rebate program for buyers of all-electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell cars writes Rob Nikolewski of the LA Times.
Starting Tuesday, high-income earners are excluded from getting the rebates and prospective buyers from lower-income households will get more money under the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.
California's focus on income will not affect the substantial tax credits the federal government offers clean-car buyers.
Can the EPA stop motorsports? (3rd Update) UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, The letters you have published between Nick Craw and the EPA show a large hole between the two positions that the EPA has defined, regarding modifications allowed or disallowed with respect to road going and race track exclusive use vehicles .
On the one hand, cars that use public roads are and will be prohibited from making changes to their manufacturer's EPA mandated standards. On the other, cars that are exclusively used for track activity can be modified
Rossi and Jaskol team up with Factory CRG at SKUSA SuperNationals (Update) UPDATE Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie of the year Alexander Rossi will join his first karting coach, Matt Jaskol, to race for Italian team Factory CRG in this year's SKUSA SuperNationals karting event Nov. 16-20 in Las Vegas.
Jaskol, who met Rossi nearly 15 years ago and coached him in karts for a year before Rossi graduated to single-seaters, made five starts in Indy Lights in 2007. The two reconnected this May when Rossi won the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The pair will each race in the KZ Pro and S1 classes.
Kanaan sets pace for 2017 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan has teamed with the 500 Festival to set the pace for the 2017 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon as the Indianapolis race's official Pacesetter.
Kanaan, who finished seventh in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series standings, ran in the 2016 Mini-Marathon and finished the 13.1-mile road race that includes a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval with a time of 1 hour, 43 minutes, 29 seconds. The 500 Festival added five minutes to that time for every position higher than 10th that Kanaan finished in the series standings, making 1:58:29 the official time to beat for the 2017 Mini-Marathon.
UPDATE Montoya returns to Team Penske for 2017 Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya will return to Team Penske for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, team president Tim Cindric confirmed to INDYCAR. It is currently the only Verizon IndyCar Series race that the two-time Indy 500 winner is scheduled to drive in the 2017 season.
Montoya has won 15 Indy car races in 91 career starts over five seasons. The 41-year-old Colombian drove for Chip Ganassi Racing in CART in 1999-2000 and for Team Penske from 2014-16, with stints in Formula One and NASCAR in between. He won the CART championship in 1999 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and 2015.
Alexander Rossi honored as NIASHF Athlete of the Year
Alexander Rossi will be honored with the prestigious 2016 Athlete of the Year award to add to his accolades following a sensational debut Verizon IndyCar Series season with Andretti Autosport and Honda. The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame has recently announced its inductees and honorees for the 39th Annual Induction & Awards Gala, which will take place at a dinner on Saturday, November 12, at the Westin Chicago River North.
The NIASHF Class of 2016 inductees include Nino Benvenuti, Mollie Ann Bracigliano, Vinny Del Negro, Paulie Malignaggi, Lenny “Boom Boom” Mancini, Joe Pepitone and Eduardo “Eddie” Greco will be honored as the 2016 Sportsman of the Year. Following a busy and successful season - where Alexander competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Andretti Autosport and Honda, coupled with his Official Reserve Driver role for Manor Racing Formula 1 team - the California native has already been awarded Sunoco Rookie of the Year following his consistent performance and strong results. Alexander cemented his place in motorsport history by winning the 100th Running of the Indy 500 this past May and becoming the first rookie in 15 years to win the iconic race.
Honda to add to Ohio investment Honda today announced new investment of $53 million for the construction of two buildings on its Central Ohio campus that will house information technology operations and market quality operations for Honda in North America.
The 38,000-square foot Ohio Data Center will join a similar facility near Denver, Colorado, in housing key information technologies for Honda, increasing secure data storage capabilities in North America.
Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford Fusion to Carry BorgWarner Colors at Texas
The Wood Brother #21 just does not look right in blue
The Wood Brothers and their iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion will carry the colors of automotive supplier BorgWarner Inc. in this weekend's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The pairing of the Woods and BorgWarner is an appropriate one, given the long histories of the two companies. The Woods have been racing in NASCAR continuously since 1953, longer than any other team. BorgWarner, which is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., was formed in 1928 and has become a global product leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles.
BorgWarner's history in auto racing is symbolized by the Borg-Warner Trophy, which has been presented to every winner of the Indianapolis 500 since 1936.
GearWrench to sponsor McMurray in 2017 GearWrench, an innovative hand tool brand known for tools that deliver speed, strength, and access to industrial and automotive technicians, and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced, at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, they have agreed to a multi-year partnership. GearWrench will be a partner on the #1 Chevrolet SS piloted by former Daytona 500 Champion Jamie McMurray and serve as the primary sponsor on the #1 Chevy for multiple races during the 2017 NASCAR season.
2017 Schedule Released for F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championships Formula Race Promotions (FRP) today announced a vastly overhauled and exciting schedule for the 2017 F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series. Three major spectator events and two new tracks have been added to the trademark seven-weekend schedule.
“Our 2017 schedule combines a number of big well-attended events, with great tracks and lots of track time, which are core to our founding principles,” commented Series co-owners Robert Wright and Al Guibord.
FRP started operations with F2000 in 2006, added F1600 in 2011, the Atlantic Championship Series in 2012, and is now entering its 12th season.
The more leeway in the rules, the more ways for Aldo Costa to beat you
Team bosses demand parity between Formula 1 teams after three years of the utter dominance of Mercedes. It is blamed to chase fans away from the sport and cause disinterest towards the pinnacle of motorsport.
Formula 1 is dominated by the German-Anglo team Mercedes for the third consecutive year. In 2014, new technical regulations were introduced which included a package of modified aerodynamic rules and a revolutionary complex hybrid powertrain.
Mercedes has excelled in the new era since then. The team won 49 out of 57 races over the three years and grabbed the pole position 54 times out of 57 qualifying sessions. Most of Mercedes' rare fails were caused by crashes between its drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton rather than mechanical issues.
Spectators injured at Martinsville (3rd Update) UPDATE We have added a video update below.
10/31/16 Gary T. Edem has been charged with reckless driving and placed on an unsecured $7,500 bond following an accident involving 22 pedestrians following Sunday’s Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
According to Corinne N. Geller, Public Relations Director for the Virginia State Police (VSP), Edem, 65, of Fairfax, Va., was taken into custody following reports of pedestrians being struck by a car.
The incident occurred outside of Turn 2 in the handicapped parking lot outside of the helicopter pad. Edem, who was driving a 2005 Chevrolet SSR convertible, tried to pass a Jeep Liberty, hit the jeep and then plowed into the pedestrians. Neither the driver of the Jeep, a 73-year-old male from Joplin, Mo. or his 36-year-old male passenger from Bentonville, Ark., were injured in the accident.
IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe and his "relief" pro dancer earned perfect scores Monday night on "Dancing With the Stars."
Hinchcliffe and Jenna Johnson danced a Viennese Waltz dressed as "Batman"-style villains.
The partner switch was necessary after Hinchcliffe's dancing partner, Sharna Burgess, suffered a knee injury last week during dress rehearsal. Burgess and Hinchcliffe danced through it and received straight 9s from the judges.
Later in the week, Burgess' doctors told her to stay off the knee for several weeks. Johnson, who was eliminated earlier in the competition, stepped in.
Johnson and Hinchcliffe wowed the judges, who gave them 10s.
"You showed you are the real deal" in dancing, judge Julianne Hough told Hinchcliffe. Indy Star
Sepang Int'l Circuit Signs Five-Year Contract To Retain MotoGP The Sepang Int'l Circuit has "signed a new five-year contract to host the MotoGP" at the Sepang Circuit until '21, according to Fadhli Ishak of the NEW STRAITS TIMES.
SIC, "currently in its final season of a three-year deal" inked in '13, signed the new contract with with MotoGP rights holder Dorna. The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix has "attracted record crowds in recent seasons." NST
Autonomous cars good, going to get better Few areas of technology are attracting as much interest as self-driving cars. Wall Street Journal Business Editor Jason Anders discussed the heart of that technology with Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive of Nvidia Corp., whose chips are used to power autonomous driving and other artificial-intelligence applications.
ANDERS: What can self-driving cars do today that they couldn't do a year ago?
HUANG: Well, the biggest problem is that the car has to be able to perceive the environment. Reasoning, planning and learning are a big part of artificial intelligence. Without being able to perceive the environment accurately and quickly, it's simply not possible to have an autonomous vehicle interact in the world around us. And so the thing that deep learning [computer algorithms that enable abstract thinking] did was it made it possible for us to achieve perception at a level that is superhuman.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Sunday he is proceeding with the expectation that he will return to the Sprint Cup Series next February at Daytona International Speedway.
"My intentions are to race and that's the plan we have going forward," Earnhardt said Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in an appearance for Goody's, the sponsor of Sunday's Sprint Cup race.
"We're booking things (for next season) per normal and per usual. We're doing all our photo shoots and everything with the anticipation of our sponsors marketing me as the driver of the No. 88 car. I think that's perfectly on track and a reasonable goal to be in the car and competing in Daytona."
Drivers treated after Martinsville race Following the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Sprint Cup drivers Michael McDowell, AJ Allmendinger and Michael Annett were treated in the infield care center for various ailments.
McDowell, driver of Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing's #95, was treated for dehydration and burns on his feet. McDowell had to be taken to the medical center on a stretcher. McDowell entered the race having dealt with pneumonia and strep throat according to NBC Sports' Mike Massaro.
Variety of factors led to long caution at Martinsville The convergence of several unusual incidents during Sunday's Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway, produced a record 29-lap and nearly 20-minute delay - one NASCAR officials vowed not to let repeat in the future. At the end of an unusually long green-flag run and in the middle of green-flag pit stops, Carl Edwards' #19 Toyota blew a tire on Lap 356 of 500 which immediately put the race under caution. Many teams had not yet completed their stops when the caution was displayed and several teams were caught on pit road, a phenomena which typically causes scoring headaches for NASCAR. In addition, the race leader at the time of the caution, A.J. Allmendinger ran out of fuel and was forced to pit, while Jimmie Johnson - one of the cars still on the lead lap - had a fuel pickup problem and accidentally hit his engine kill switch, which briefly cut off his engine. The individual problems kept delaying the restart, as some drivers took it upon themselves to pull up along other cars - a practice to indicate to NASCAR they were questioning their position in the lineup.
Ford GTs Take Momentum to Shanghai SHANGHAI, China -- Fresh from the perfect weekend crowned with victory in Japan, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team travels to Shanghai in China this week for the penultimate round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Located in China's commercial and financial capital, the Shanghai International Circuit is a modern race track, shaped to mimic the Chinese character 'shang', which means 'above' ('hai' means 'sea', hence the name of the city). The demanding, technical track features tricky, twisting turns connected by high-speed straights.
No. 6 Toyota holds off No. 1 Porsche at last race in Japan
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing heads to China in a positive mood for the penultimate race of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the 6 Hours of Shanghai at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Victory in the last race, on Toyota's home ground at Fuji Speedway, enhanced the position of Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi in the drivers' World Championship.
With two races to go and a maximum of 52 points to fight for, the #6 TS050 HYBRID drivers are second in the standings, 23 off the lead, having reduced the deficit by 21 points since the Nurburgring race in August.
Angry Sebastian Vettel told Charlie Whiting to f**k off
Vettel was steaming mad over what Max Verstappen did
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel told FIA race director Charlie Whiting to f**k off during the closing laps of the Mexican Grand Prix after Red Bull driver Max Verstappen failed to give a position back following an off-track excursion.
The pair were fighting over third position during the closing laps, with a small lock-up at Turn 1 for Verstappen giving Vettel a chance to snatch the position, however the Dutchman took to the grass to defend his position.
Vettel, clearly angry, demanded he be let past, but Verstappen refused whilst race director Whiting informed Ferrari the matter would be investigated after the race and Vettel would need to pass on-track.
Vettel penalized, loses Mexico podium Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo inherited a Mexican Grand Prix podium finish after Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was penalized for his late-race defensive maneuver.
Having been held up by Ricciardo's teammate Max Verstappen after the Dutchman straightlined Turn 1 and remained ahead, Vettel blocked the fast-approaching Aussie aggressively at Turn 4 on the penultimate lap of the race.
The pair nearly made contact arriving at the corner but Vettel would hold on to what was then fourth position, leading Ricciardo by 3.5s at the checkered flag and then inheriting third place when Verstappen was assessed a swift post-race penalty.
Video: Hammertime trailer After a championship winning season, the Mercedes team find themselves defending their title. This year they adopt controversial tactics to beat the competition. An epic battle between good and evil emerges. There can be only one winner. Who can stop them? Comment
If they adopt electric motors No-Doze will have to sponsor the series
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I read your recent article about silent electric race cars and could not agree more. If the sanctioning bodies let the engine manufacturers decide the future direction of their sport, they are sure to require silent electric motors at some point in the future. Staying 'relevant' to the car industry will be their undoing because I agree - race fans may come to a silent electric race once, but they won't be back.
I like your idea - make a screaming internal combustion the main propulsion unit to keep the 'sound' exciting, and work in a KERS/electric motor for Push-to-Pass. This way the racing sounds exciting yet still reasonably high-tech. Battery technology will still be important, as will the electric motor and its electronics. Who cares if the internal combustion engine is no longer relevant - get a Cosworth to provide a spec one for all cars and let the manufacturers supplement it with their battery and electric motor technology. Essentially a hybrid power unit, but an exciting one.
Video: NASCAR Martinsville Truck Series Post Race Q&A NCWTS race winner Johnny Sauter (No. 21 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), Crew Chief Joe Shear Jr., Owner Maury Gallagher and Director of Competition Mike Beam; Second-place finisher Chase Elliott (No. 71 NAPA Auto Parts/Valvoline Chevrolet, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series); Fourth-place finisher Christopher Bell (No. 4 JBL Toyota, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series)
Video: A lap around Mexico City track with Sergio Perez Ride on board with local hero Sergio Perez, as we give his Sahara Force India car a ride around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in F1 2016. Comment
Matco Inks Multi-Year Extension With DSR LAS VEGAS – Matco Tools and Don Schumacher Racing have signed a new multi-year agreement that will keep Antron Brown behind the wheel of the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster for the foreseeable future.
Brown and his Matco Tools team arrived this week at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the NHRA Toyota Nationals, the penultimate race of the season, with a 150-point lead. Brown is on the cusp of clinching a third world championship for Matco Tools in five years.
NHRA fights union The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has recently let go of five members of their broadcast crew in retaliation for union activities, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) alleges in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint. IATSE has also filed for the NLRB to oversee a secret-ballot union representation election for 70 or so members of the NHRA broadcast crew. The effort, which crew members expect to succeed handily, has seen hard pushback from NHRA officials.
Verstappen over Hamilton in final Mexican GP practice
Red Bull's Max Verstappen unofficially broke the Mexican GP track record in turning the fastest lap in final practice in Mexico City at 1m19.137s. Red Bull finished 1st and 3rd with Daniel Ricciardo slotting in between the two Mercedes' of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top-5 for Williams.
Both Ferraris were slowed by traffic with Sebastian Vettel in 6th 0.8 sec behind Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen 7th.
Williams' Felipe Massa, Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz completed the top ten.
GT Asia Series and Asian Le Mans form significant alliance for 2017
GT Asia race start
On the eve of the opening round of the 2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series at Zhuhai in China comes news of a strong alliance between the ACO-supported and managed championship, and Asia’s leading GT competition, the GT Asia Series.
As a natural progression to the relationship which first began in 2015, both Series will strengthen their co-operation to provide a raft of opportunities for competitors over the coming 18-months.
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