BMW Group meets pledge to deliver 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017
BMW declares 'the future is electric'
Munich. The BMW Group has delivered more than 100,000 electrified vehicles to customers worldwide in 2017, as promised at the beginning of the year. This underlines the company’s leadership role when it comes to electro-mobility. An eye-catching light installation will mark this milestone on the road to the mobility of the future, with the BMW Group headquarters, the world-famous “Four-Cylinder” in the north of Munich, transformed into a battery. The BMW Group selected this glowing symbol to represent the technological change taking place in mobility.
Watch: Massa's teammate in karting brawl Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has said sorry after his team-mate Rodrigo Dantas sparked an on-track brawl at the 500 Milhas de Kart event.
Dantas and Tuka Rocha were racing behind leader Massa and repeatedly came into contact with each other before the latter hit Dantas off the track altogether and resulted in both karts heading for the tire barrier.
GAINSCO Auto Insurance Joins JDC-Miller Motorsports
John Church and Bob Stallings
JDC-Miller Motorsports and GAINSCO Auto Insurance announced today the return of the No. 99 Red Dragon™ to the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. GAINSCO Auto Insurance will be the primary sponsor of the No. 99 ORECA/Gibson, driven by Misha Goikhberg, Stephen Simpson and Chris Miller.
Bob Stallings, Executive Chairman of GAINSCO, as well as the founder of the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Race team, recently decided not to run his own race team, but is committed to continuing the legacy of the Red Dragon by partnering with an organization capable of a long-term winning program. Stallings commented: “We had many opportunities to continue our quest for championships and JDC-Miller MotorSports was an easy pick. John Church and John Miller have established themselves as a team to be reckoned with, even against the formidable competition in IMSA.”
Toyota will electrify entire vehicle lineup by 2025 Toyota is finally revealing the details of its plan to catch up with some of its rivals on electrification; the automaker has focused primarily on hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles before now, despite having led the market with the Prius – but it’s going to focus more on pure EVs going forward, with a plan to offer over 10 purely battery-powered vehicles from 2020 on, and a goal of making available either a hybrid or a fully electric version of every car it sells by 2025.
Volkswagen to Install 2,800 EV Charging Stations Across US
VW is going all electric
Electric vehicle drivers in the US will soon have a lot more places to juice up.
Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America on Monday announced plans to install more than 2,800 electric vehicle charging stations at 500 sites across the US by June 2019. The stations will be located in workplaces and multi-unit dwellings in 17 of the country's biggest metropolitan areas. They will provide up to 20 to 25 miles of driving range per hour of charging.
The wheels are falling off Formula E because the business model is not sustainable. Would you pay money to watch silent race cars? We didn’t think so.
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante announced that the city is canceling July's season-ending Formula E race, citing financial mismanagement by event organizers and the city's previous administration that would cost taxpayers more than $30 million dollars.
Plante said “We have worked very hard to make an informed decision about the future of the Formula E [race] in Montreal, in the best interest of the [people]."
A familiar face will make its way back to the Andretti Autosport stable for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race as Carlos Munoz returns to the team, vying for his chance to kiss the bricks.
Munoz made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Andretti Autosport at the 2013 Indianapolis 500, where he finished second, earning himself Indy 500 Rookie of the Year honors. The Colombian-native went on to compete full time with the team the following year. In 2016, Munoz once again finished runner-up when his rookie teammate, Alexander Rossi, crossed the Yard of Bricks on a fuel-saving strategy to win the 100th Indy 500.
“I am very excited to be a part of Andretti Autosport again,” said Munoz. “The team has been like family to me since day one, when I joined them five years ago to race Indy Lights. We have been so close to winning the Indy 500 – twice with the team – so I am especially excited to be back for that race and hopefully we will have a good result this year. I need to thank Michael [Andretti] and J-F [Thormann] for believing in me and wanting me to back in their car for the Indy 500. I am also excited to be back with my teammates, and I think we will continue to work really well together. We have six cars, so hopefully we will have a strong team working with the new [areo kit]. I am really looking forward to it – hopefully we can finally get that win we’ve been so close to.”
Munoz will look to pick up where he left off with Andretti Autosport and add to the team’s historical success at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team mirror’s Munoz’s enthusiasm and is excited to have secured its complete lineup before the new year.
“We’re thrilled to have Carlos back in an Andretti car for the Indy 500,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “There is no denying that Carlos has talent at [Indianapolis Motor Speedway], he’s finished runner-up twice and that has fueled his determination to get to victory lane. He has already built relationships with his teammates and many of those on our crew, so it should be a seamless process for our six cars when they head out for the first time together.”
The veteran driver has built a resume that consists of 70 Verizon IndyCar Series starts, one win (Detroit Race 1, 2015), one pole position (Texas, 2016) and seven podiums. Munoz competed under the Andretti shield from 2013 to 2016 and finished 17th in the 2017 IndyCar season.
Andretti Autosport has collected five Indianapolis 500 victories (Wheldon/’05, Franchitti/’07, Hunter-Reay/’14, Rossi/’16, Sato/’17) and seeks to become only the second team to earn three consecutive Indy 500 wins. Munoz will join teammates Rossi, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Zach Veach and Stefan Wilson on opening day in May for the team’s six-car effort.
Air Force Extends Sponsorship of Richard Petty Motorsports
The No.43 2018 Air Force paint scheme will be featured in two races next season
The Air Force begins its 18th year of sponsorship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, partnering with Richard Petty Motorsports for a 10th consecutive season.
Air Force Recruiting Service, charged with the mission to inspire, engage and recruit future Airmen, sees the continued association as an opportunity to build awareness about the Air Force.
"The Air Force is excited to partner with Richard Petty Motorsports once again and this year we are 'enlisting' a new driver, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr.," said Timothy Hanson, Air Force Recruiting Service Strategic Marketing Division chief. "NASCAR and other motorsports align well with our target audience's interests and the Air Force's commitment to teamwork and technology."
As a partner of the new No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the Air Force team will be featured during the two most patriotic race weekends of the year: July 4th weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Veterans Day weekend at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway.
DTM adds a 10th race weekend to the 2018 race calendar
2018 Calendar Graphic
The DTM enthusiasts may look forward to an additional race weekend and two new venues on the 2018 DTM calendar. The popular touring-car series ups the ante with a calendar that comprises 10 instead of 9 race meetings. Just as it was the case in recent years each race weekend features two races. Hockenheim traditionally stages the season kick-off (04th to 06th May) and the season finale (12th to 14th October). New on the calendar are the circuits of Brands Hatch, UK, (11th to 12th August) and Misano, Italy (24th to 26th August).
Busch Beer Sending 500 Fans to the 2018 Daytona 500
The sound of 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock cars rumbling around the 2.5-mile Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway during the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 will be augmented by 500 fans cheering in unison to toast the start of the 2018 racing season.
The iconic #BUSCHHHHH harmony will echo throughout the World Center of Speed as 500 guests of Busch beer take in the Great American Race after meeting Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion and driver of the No. 4 Busch Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Bob Glidden getting inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame
Legendary NHRA Pro Stock champion Bob Glidden, a 10-time champion in the NHRA Pro Stock class, died Sunday. He was 73 years old.
Glidden’s career spanned more than 25 years and included 85 event victories and 10 NHRA Pro Stock championships. He dominated the Pro Stock class for 20 years, winning championships in 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and finally in 1989.
Race fans looking to rev up their new year are in luck, as Sonoma Raceway has opened its ticket office for the 2018 race season.
Tickets for major events at the Northern California racing facility are now available, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (June 22-24), Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series (July 27-29) and Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale (Sept. 14-16).
NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney will guest star in the upcoming season of NBC’s "Taken" (premiering Jan. 12). The episode, titled "Imperium," will air in 2018 and will feature Blaney as a Special Agent with a very particular set of driving skills. When a dangerous weapons dealer smuggles his wares into New York City, Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) teams up with the FBI in a race to stop him before he reaches the safety of international waters.
Ford NASCAR Drivers Team Up for Daytona CTSC Season Opener
Ford Performance NASCAR drivers Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Ty Majeski will team up with road racing veteran Scott Maxwell in a two-car Mustang GT4 effort for next month’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season-opener at Daytona.
The pair of GS class entries, expected to be entered by Multimatic Motorsports for Daytona-only, will mark Briscoe, Custer and Majeski’s IMSA debuts.
Mecachrome Releases Technical Details For WEC Engine
Mecachrome 3.4-liter turbocharged V6
Mecachrome Motorsport has released the technical specification of its 2018 LMP1 engine, as well as hinted at the potential for it to develop an engine for use in IMSA competition.
Mecachrome is entering the FIA WEC with a 3.4-liter turbocharged V6, though none of the five confirmed privateer teams have announced at the time of writing that they will use it for the upcoming 2018/18 ‘Super Season’.
The V6 in the LMP1 will include a single turbo similar to the F2 engine. To optimize the maximum output, direct injection (250 bars) will be installed for the LMP1 engine. The turbo, combustion chamber, piston and engine valve will also be modified.
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Next-Gen Silverado Revealed ahead of Detroit debut
The past and future met today with the introduction of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado at an event celebrating the first 100 years of Chevy Trucks. Many in attendance were Chevy Truck Legends members, some of the brand’s most passionate owners.
“Our owners’ passion for Chevrolet trucks is truly humbling,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America, and global head of Chevrolet. “Many of our owners depend on their trucks for work and play, personalize their trucks in astonishing ways and pass their loyalty for Chevy Trucks down from generation to generation.
Thor Trucks reveals electric semi-truck to take on Tesla Semi
Tesla, now Thor, it's enough to send chills down the spine of companies like Freightliner (Mercedes) who are still making those air pollution spewing inferior diesels
Tesla has already received a healthy stream of pre-orders for its electric semi-truck, but a new California company will offer an alternative. Thor Trucks revealed its first all-electric semi on Wednesday and it boasts promising specs in an attempt to rival the Tesla Semi.
Thor calls its electric truck the ET-One and it will supposedly arrive with a 300-mile range, an 80,000-pound load, and a top speed of 70 mph. Note: the range doesn't eclipse the Tesla Semi's claimed figure of 500 miles, but its pound-load matches it. Thor also said the ET-One will cost $150,000, which pegs it squarely as a Tesla competitor. The Silicon Valley automaker's truck will likely cost between $150,000 and $180,000.
Two Florida men have sued NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway for injuries allegedly suffered when Austin Dillon's car flew into the catch fence on the final lap of the July 2015 NASCAR Cup race.
John and Wayne Vanpatten claim in separate lawsuits that they were sitting in the 12th row of Level 3 and were hit by debris. They also said they were hit by a toxic fluid, which was sprayed onto Wayne's arm and which John ingested.
There was no description in the lawsuit of the specific injuries except that they continue to recover from them. The lawsuits do not indicate their relation.
Robert Shwartzman climbs to FIA Formula 3 Championship
The Prema Theodore team is delighted to welcome Russian racer Robert Shwartzman on board for the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The 18-year-old racer, born in Saint Petersburg, has recently joined the Ferrari Driver Academy and is looking forward to repeat and improve the positive results he secured this season in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series.
Shwartzman started racing single seaters in 2014 before cruising to third place in the Italian Formula 4 Championship on the following season. He then spent two seasons in Formula Renault competition, with another valuable third place overall achieved in 2017.
BMW has announced that ex-Formula 1 and CART racer-turned-Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi will enter the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2019.
Zanardi would drive a specially prepared M8 GTE in the race.
Since his accident, Zanardi has competed with BMW in the World Touring Car Championship, and most recently, the Blancpain GT Sprint Series. He also took up hand-cycling, achieving victories and earning gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and the 2016 games in Rio.
Zanardi's training in a "Road to Daytona" series leading up to the race. Apparently, Zanardi is already at work developing a new braking system for the M8 GTE.
SHR shuffles the deck again KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Stewart-Haas Racing has announced its driver and crew chief pairings for its four teams competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
As part of the announcement the team confirmed what was already known, that defending Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch would return to the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion for his fifth season with the team.
Officials from the Societe Parc Jean-Drapeau have released renderings of the planned new pit and paddock facility to be used at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve from 2019.
As part of the renewal of the agreement to stage the Canadian Grand Prix from 2015 to 2029, the SPJD made the commitment to renovate and expand infrastructure at the circuit, located on the Ile Notre-Dame.
Red Bull F1 drivers visit NASA Before the US Grand Prix, Daniel and Max boldly went to Houston to play at astronauts for the day.
The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is NASA’s hub for manned flight, home of Mission Control (which Daniel describes as: “the film set version of our Ops Room”) and many of the astronaut training facilities. Our space cadets got to experience simulated microgravity, and were introduced to a crew capsule by International Space Station astronaut Luca Parmitano – one of the few people in the world who can describe the cockpit of a Formula One car as ‘roomy’. They then got to drive a crewed exploration Rover across a simulated Martian landscape. “We learned what they do in space – but we had a lot of fun too…,” explained Max.
Colton Herta To Test With MS&AD Andretti In Formula E Rookie Test
Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing Indy Lights driver Colton Herta will make his Formula E debut with MS&AD Andretti at the upcoming rookie test in Marrakesh, Morocco on January 14. The second-generation racer will test on the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, one day following the 2018 Marrakesh E-Prix.
“I was super excited when I got the call and I can’t thank MS&AD Andretti Formula E enough for the opportunity,” said Herta. “It’s the best Christmas present I could’ve gotten.”
Byron, Bell celebrated as both rising stars take next step in careers William Byron and Christopher Bell take home serious hardware at the 2017 XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series Award Show. Comment
After not racing in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2017, Casey Mears plans to target racing in Red Bull Global RallyCross next year.
With one Cup Series win under his belt in his decade-plus years of competition, Casey Mears has become a bit of a journeyman in NASCAR circles. In Cup alone, he has raced for Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Tommy Baldwin Racing, Richard Childress Racing, and Germain Racing. In 2017, he ran a part-time Xfinity Series schedule with Biagi-Den Beste Racing. But in the coming year, he could be doing most of his racing outside of stock cars.
Italian team RP Motorsport enters Pro Mazda Championship Italian team RP Motorsport Racing will enter the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires as it looks to expand its business on an international scale.
RP Motorsport joins the Pro Mazda grid after two years in the now-defunct World Series Formula V8 3.5. The team, founded by Fabio Pampado in 1998, has previously competed in Formula Renault 2000, Formula 3 Italia and EuroFormula Open.
Front Row Motorsports Bolsters 2018 Program with Enhanced Ford Partnership to Field Cars for Ragan, McDowell
Ragan and McDowell
Front Row Motorsports will step up its two-car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program in 2018 with an elevated partnership with Ford Performance. The Bob Jenkins-owned team will put experience behind the wheel of its Fords, re-signing veteran David Ragan and adding free agent Michael McDowell to the driver roster.
The 2018 season will mark Front Row Motorsports’ ninth with Ford Performance, the team’s manufacturing partner since expanding to a multi-car organization in 2010. The agreement will include an expanded technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing.
SEBRING, Fla. – He likes it. That is the verdict from Tony Kanaan after his first test in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet outfitted with the 2018 aero kit.
“It was a good day and nice to be back on the track,” said the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner. “Happy with the progress and that we were able to put some good laps in. Getting the boys back working together as well as getting to know some of the guys I hadn’t worked with yet made it a good day for the ABC No. 14 team."
Michael Andretti will enter the EMPA Hall of Fame next year
When the Eastern Motorsport Press Ass’n holds its annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia, Pa., five racing icons from as many branches of the sport will be inducted into the EMPA Hall of Fame.
Michael Andretti,the 1991 CART PPG Indy car champion and former Formula One competitor who, as a car owner, has won the Indianapolis 500 five times along with three series titles, led the membership voting. He was trailed closely in the final tally by sprint car ace Fred Rahmer, who topped a Hall of Fame career in modifieds with another in sprint cars that saw him retire as the all-time leading winner at both Williams Grove Speedway and the Central Pennsylvania sprint circuit overall.
INDIANAPOLIS – As announced in early October, reigning Indianapolis 500 champions Andretti Autosport team will enter the Australia Supercars Championship partnered with Walkinshaw Racing and United Autosports.
The newly formed Walkinshaw Andretti United will enter competition in 2018 and has today unveiled the team’s new logo. The new brand identity features strong connections to all three organizations and will come into effect January 1, 2018.
Neighbors go to court over New Hampshire Motor Speedway music festival plans
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will need to overcome at least one more obstacle before it is permitted to hold a three-day country music festival on its grounds this summer.
Three neighbors sued the speedway in Merrimack County Superior Court on Monday, asking a judge to review a 28-year-old legal agreement between New Hampshire Speedway Inc. and townspeople saying that the track would not hold concerts on its premises.
John Hunter Nemechek to drive for Ganassi in Xfinity Series in 2018
John Hunter Nemechek's new Xfinity ride for 2018
Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they have signed John Hunter Nemechek, a five-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and former NASCAR NEXT driver, to pilot the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in multiple NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races in 2018.
Nemechek, 20, will work with veteran NXS crew chief Mike Shiplett, who has led the team for the last four seasons. Nemechek's No. 42 Chevrolet will carry primary sponsorship from Fire Alarm Services, Inc. in 2018.
The Motorsports Group, Circle Sport Racing Dissolve Partnership
Jeffrey Earnhardt is now out of a ride for 2018
The Motorsports Group has announced they have separated from their merger with Circle Sport Racing and team owner Joe Falk barely a year after the two teams partnered up to field a car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
TMG team owner Curtis Key announced in a statement the decision to split the teams came from Falk, who had brought over a charter at add a second car to the newly formed team back in January of this year.
"We wish them the best," Key said in a statement posted on the team's Twitter feed. "I will continue on this journey and look to rebound for 2018."
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DENSO acquires InfiniteKey, Inc. to advance keyless automotive experience
Unlock your car when your phone is nearby
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – DENSO, one of the world’s largest automotive technology, systems and components suppliers, has acquired Holland, Mich.-based InfiniteKey, Inc., along with several key patents and R&D resources. The acquisition provides foundational pieces to developing phone-as-a-key technology and increasesDENSO’s lead in developing and deploying smartphone-based automotive access, a critical component of the company’s strategy to create a future with frictionless mobility. This type of technology will become increasingly important for automakers, as ridesharing and driverless services progress beyond the need for keys.
Bolt EV propulsion system among the best, according to industry experts
Chevrolet earns another industry recognition as the all-electric 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV wins a 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines Award. The Bolt EV has an EPA-estimated 238-mile range on a full charge, and when it’s equipped with the optional DC Fast Charger customers can get up to 90 miles of range in 30 minutes.
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Polestar, the new Electric Performance brand of Volvo Cars, has announced the initial launch markets for its first car, the Polestar 1. This follows Polestar’s successful brand launch in October that’s seen customers line up for the new Polestar 1 subscription, and expressions of interest in the Polestar 1 already outnumber early production slots, instantly affirming the car with performance and electric car aficionados alike.
Watch Nasser Al-Attiyah set his sights on victory at the Dakar
“Giving Toyota their first Dakar win would be right up there with the best achievements of my career.” – Nasser Al-Attiyah
Watch the Qatari offroad racer put his all-new Toyota Hilux through its paces before setting off to tackle the treacherous terrain of the Dakar once again.
Nasser Al-Attiyah arrives at the 2018 Dakar Rally with two clear targets – win his third individual title and give Toyota their first win at the famous race. To give themselves the greatest chance of success the Qatari driver and his team have been working tirelessly throughout the year to ensure they arrive in South America in top form.
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