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12/18/18
Miscellaneous

Vigilante engineer crafts the ultimate revenge on porch pirates
Mark Rober
Mark Rober
A former NASA engineer used his talents to get back at porch pirates who had the audacity to keep targeting his home.

Mark Rober took matters into his own hands when police wouldn't do anything about the packages stolen right off his doorstep.

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12/18/18
irl

Legendary Band Kool & the Gang To Open Miller Lite Carb Day Concert
Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang, which has received countless awards for its chart-topping funk, R&B and pop hits, will open the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Rock band Foreigner is headlining the show on one of the most exciting days in the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, creating a legendary show featuring two of the biggest-selling groups in musical history. The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.

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12/18/18
v8

Supercars to use Wildcards to bolster shrinking grid
Supercars finish at Darwin
Supercars finish at Darwin
Supercars is pushing for more wildcard entries in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

The field of full-time entries will drop from 26 to 24 next season, due to Triple Eight and Tickford Racing returning a Racing Entitlements Contract to Supercars.

A tender process for the two RECs will take place early next year, ahead of a likely return to a 26-car field in 2020. 

While Supercars boss Sean Seamer is relaxed about running a 24-car field, efforts are underway to entice more wildcards in 2019.

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12/18/18
v8

Supercars confirms 2019 tire allocation
Dunlop Tires
Dunlop Tires
Supercars drivers will have an extra set of Dunlop control tires to use at selected events in 2019.

Next season marks the 18th for Dunlop as Supercars’ control tire, with its current construction and two compounds carrying over unchanged from 2018.

That means the soft (S) will be used at Adelaide, Phillip Island, Tailem Bend, Pukekohe and Bathurst, with the super soft (SS) in play at the other 10 meetings.

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12/18/18
nasx

Zane Smith gets eight-race deal to drive JR Motorsports' No. 9 car
Zane Smith
Zane Smith

California native Zane Smith has been tabbed to drive eight NASCAR Xfinity Series races for JR Motorsports in 2019, the team announced today. Smith, a member of the NASCAR Next Program, will take the wheel of the organization’s No. 9 entry in his series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 2) in partnership with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the event.

The 19-year-old Smith is the first driver to be named to the lineup of JRM’s No. 9 team, which is coming off its second consecutive NXS championship (2017-18). The team intends to run a full-time schedule next season with a number of drivers at the helm.

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12/18/18
woo

Kasey Kahne set for more than 50 sprint car races
Kahne's Sprint Car ride
Kahne's Sprint Car ride
Kasey Kahne is scheduled to make more than 50 starts in sprint car races next year in the World of Outlaws and All-Star Circuit of Champions with his own sprint car team.

The news is part of a sponsor announcement that will have Kahne and Kasey Kahne Racing’s No. 9 car sponsored by Wicked Energy Gum/Wicked Energy in select races.

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12/18/18
automotive

Fully digital valves could change the future of the combustion engines that have no future
But what happens when cars are 100% electric and do not need an internal combustion engine. Such complicated technology for what?
But what happens when cars are 100% electric and do not need an internal combustion engine. Such complicated technology for what?

The hunt for efficient engine valve technology can be a never-ending journey into cam timing, various combustion cycles, and lift and duration adjustments writes Jeff Glucker of Motor Authority.

For that reason, some companies believe cam-less is the future vision of engine efficiency. A British outfit by the name of Camcon Automotive is looking at this problem from a different angle. An electric one, actually, as its prototype engine is the first such example to run with fully digitally controlled valves.

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12/18/18
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imsa

RLL teams with Acronis
Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced a new technical partnership with cyber protection leader Acronis that will help the team protect their intellectual property company-wide across their programs in the IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

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12/18/18
irl

Cosworth has had approaches over possible IndyCar engine program but TV Ratings too low
IndyCar has been asleep at the wheel for over 10 years - trying to get a 3rd engine manufacturers with minuscule TV ratings on NBCSN
IndyCar has been asleep at the wheel for over 10 years - trying to get a 3rd engine manufacturer with minuscule TV ratings on NBCSN. 100% of IndyCar races must be on network TV to get the viewership high enough to attract the big investment needed from a manufacturer. Until then they are just pissing in the wind.
Here we go again.  IndyCar and/or Cosworth are hoping for the impossible.  Unless IndyCar finds a way to increase TV ratings, their wet dream of landing a third engine manufacturer is futile.

Just follow the money. Where is the value?  Where is the payback on their investment?

Bruce Wood, Cosworth's managing director of powertrains, had this to say to Autosport: 

"We've spoken to two or three [manufacturers] over a period of a couple of years," Wood told Autosport.

"There is interest out there, definitely. "Right now, we're not close to translating it to the real world (Editor's Note: The word 'not' is fairly obvious).

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12/18/18
automotive

Video: Woman tries to fill up a Tesla Model S with gas
This is pretty funny.

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12/18/18
nasmon

Landon Cassill to compete full-time for StarCom Racing in 2019
Landon Cassill
Landon Cassill

Landon Cassill will drive StarCom Racing’s No. 00 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet full-time in 2019, the team announced Monday.

StarCom Racing also confirmed that it has bought the charter it had leased from Richard Childress Racing this season. Richard Childress said on Friday it would be sold to StarCom.

With the charter purchase StarCom is guaranteed a starting position in every Cup points race. StarCom debuted in 2017 and has made 56 starts with eight drivers in two cars.

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12/18/18
automotive

Porsche Made a Video on How to Pronounce the Name of Its Taycan
Learn how to pronounce Taycan
Learn how to pronounce Taycan

The Taycan will be the first purely electric Porsche. But do you know how to pronounce its name correctly? Watch the video to find out!

By the way, Taycan can be roughly translated as “lively young horse” because it embodies power and strength. 

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12/18/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Silverstone from the air
    Silverstone from the air
    Silverstone proposes new F1 deal for 2020
  • McLaren success is 'long term' aim - Sainz Jr.
  • Sirotkin eyes 2020 F1 return
  • Force India to launch 2019 car in Canada
  • McLaren can trace 2018 problems back to 2013 - Zak Brown
  • Renault budget caused Red Bull spilt
  • Teams will have a year to work on 2021 cars
  • Marko: McLaren chassis is so bad they have to run full wing, full downforce
  • Mallya didn’t flee India with 300 bags

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12/18/18
v8

Twin-spring dampers banned as Supercars looks to trim costs
Supercars looks to cut costs
Supercars looks to cut costs
Twin-spring dampers will be banned from the Supercars Championship starting in 2019 as the series looks to contain costs.

From next season Supercars teams will be only permitted to use the less complex linear spring dampers, a rule which has been utilized by the Dunlop Super2 Series since 2012.

Twin-spring dampers have been prevalent in the rear of cars since the last decade but are now common place in all four corners of  race cars up and down pit lane.

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12/17/18
racing news

Bloodhound supersonic car project rises once more
Bloodhound SSC's immediate future has been secured thanks to a Yorkshire-based investor
Bloodhound SSC's immediate future has been secured thanks to a Yorkshire-based investor

It's been a rocky road since the Bloodhound supersonic car made its world debut in London in September 2015, almost 10 years after the company behind the project was founded. The Bloodhound team has hit some important milestones on its way to the target of breaking the 1,000 mph barrier – most recently rocketing to 210 mph in just eight seconds. But, as you might expect, development has proven costly and just last week it was announced that lack of funds had ended the project for good. Now a new backer has been found and it's on again.

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12/17/18
automotive

California becomes first state to mandate zero-emission buses
The K9S electric bus from BYD has a range of about 150 miles on a single charge
The K9S electric bus from BYD has a range of about 150 miles on a single charge
The California Air Resources Board has approved a measure requiring public transit agencies in the state to transition to 100% zero-emission buses by 2040.

CARB’s “Innovative Clean Transit” regulation is the first of its kind in the United States and viewed as another boost to the development of heavy-duty electric vehicles. 

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12/17/18
imsa

AVS Full Season Driver Line-up Complete Car Numbers Assigned
Richard Heistand
Richard Heistand
Rounding out the 2019 full-season driver line-up for AIM VASSER SULLIVAN is Floridian Richard Heistand. Heistand will partner with Jack Hawksworth in all 11-rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. 

“We are excited to complete our full season line-up for AIM VASSER SULLIVAN,” explained AVS principal and team engineer Ian Willis. “Richard joins us after a successful return to racing this past year in Europe where he held his own against top amateur and professional drivers in the highly competitive Porsche Supercup series.”

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12/17/18
f1

ESPN Sees Viewership Growth, Positive Momentum in Formula 1 Return
The commercial-free race broadcasts were a great improvement over NBCSN
The commercial-free race broadcasts were a great improvement over NBCSN
The recently-completed 2018 season for the FIA Formula One World Championship marked the return of the series to ESPN and ABC on American television and fans tuned in, making F1 the only major racing series to see year-over-year viewership growth in the U.S. for the season.

“Overall we were very pleased,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president, programming and scheduling. “We knew that there were passionate F1 fans in the United States and we’re very happy that they navigated to our platforms and responded to our offerings.”

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12/17/18
irl

DragonSpeed entering IndyCar Series in 2019, with eye toward full time in 2020
Ben Hanley
Ben Hanley

The IndyCar Series is adding a new, part-time team for the 2019 season, one with a championship pedigree and an eye toward full-time INDYCAR participation in 2020.

DragonSpeed announced today that it will compete in five races next season, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500, powered by Chevrolet engines and with driver Ben Hanley.

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12/17/18
nasmon

Phelps aims for big NASCAR changes in 2020
Steve Phelps
Steve Phelps
NASCAR change -- big change -- is on the near horizon.

Asked if NASCAR is in a flux or transition, NASCAR President Steve Phelps didn’t hesitate with an answer to Godwin Kelly of the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

“We’re in a transition and I’m excited about the transition we’re in,” he said during a lengthy telephone interview Thursday. “I think the industry -- broadly -- understands what we are trying to do, which is put on the best and most compelling racing we can and grow this sport.”

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12/17/18
track news

Daytona Speedway Signs Green Tech Company As Partner
NJ Based Company
Daytona Int'l Speedway has signed a new official partner in green technology company Extreme Energy Solutions in a multiyear deal set to be announced today.

The New Jersey-based company and its consumer-facing products will become the track’s all-purpose cleaner/degreaser and engine emission reducing technology, with assets including signage, activation space and hospitality.

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12/17/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari's main problems were beyond their control
    Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari's main problems were beyond their control
    Team incidents hurt Ferrari in 2018 - boss
  • Aldo Costa plays down 2019 Mercedes engine problem
  • Canada GP not in danger - promoter
  • Vettel no fan of electric cars
  • Berger tips Mick Schumacher for Ferrari seat
  • Leclerc targets two race wins for 2019
  • F1 engine suppliers to be forced to share tech with new entrants
  • Arrivabene: F1 costs are increasing instead of decreasing
  • Mexican Grand Prix Organizers Accept Apology From Auto Hebdo
  • Red Bull team signs up gaming sponsor

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12/17/18
Naseuro

Villeneuve to return full-time in NASCAR Euro Series
Villeneuve
Villeneuve
One of the biggest stars in motorsports choose the official NASCAR European Championship for his return to competition. Formula One World Champion, Indy 500 winner and CART Champion Jacques Villeneuve will compete full time in Euro NASCAR with Go Fas Racing in a 2019 season that is already shaping up as the most anticipated in the European NASCAR series’ history.

Villeneuve participated in 2 days of testing on December 13-14 at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Italy to discover the Euro NASCAR car and gain some valuable experience on the track that will host the second round of the 2019 season.

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12/17/18
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De Silvestro fastest female in Formula E test
Simona De Silvestro
Simona De Silvestro

Simona De Silvestro was the fastest in the Riyadh Formula E test that followed the race on Saturday.

Teams were granted permission to run two cars in each of the two sessions if they entered a female driver.

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12/16/18
imsa

Pfaff Motorsports To Contest Full 2019 IMSA Season
Pfaff Porsche
Pfaff Porsche

Hot on the heels of announcing a move to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2019, Pfaff Motorsports today announced that driver Scott Hargrove has been named a Porsche Selected Driver, and that it will contest the full 2019 WeatherTech Championship season in the GTD class, including all endurance races.

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12/16/18
irl

Will Power Unveils His Face on Borg-Warner Trophy
When Power sees how small the Baby Borg he gets to keep. What cheapskates
Wait until Power sees how small the Baby Borg is he gets to keep. What cheapskates

“It’s like the gift that keeps on giving,” Will Power said before the event Dec. 5 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

“You just keep getting reminded that you won the Indianapolis 500, and it always puts a smile on your face.”

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12/16/18
imsa

Lamborghini: An Unparalleled Season
#11 Lamborghini at Daytona
#11 Lamborghini at Daytona

The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season was one of the books for Lamborghini.

Starting the season with a win at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and capping off the year with the GT Daytona (GTD) class championship, Lamborghini caught the attention of the sports car racing world and established itself as a top-performing manufacturer.

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12/16/18
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Meet the Driver: Neel Jani is Porsche's first Formula E Driver

Electrifying news! Neel Jani is going to be one of our Formula E drivers.

The Le Mans winner will enter the electric street racing series in collaboration with Porsche starting in the 2019/20 season.

Watch the video and get to know our upcoming high voltage driver.

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12/16/18
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What We Learned At The 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix
do Costa
do Costa
A historic race in Ad Diriyah saw the opening clash of the brand new Formula E season as Antonio Felix Da Costa took victory.

It was a race which saw the debut of the Gen2 cars, ATTACK MODE, exciting new drivers and a new track. But what did we learn in Saudi Arabia?

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12/16/18
imsa

IMSA test at Daytona highlights
Jordan Taylor
Jordan Taylor
This past week's Michelin on-track opportunity at Daytona International Speedway included a total of 38 race cars from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge series. On-track activity began at 8 a.m. ET and continues through 8 p.m. The sessions are closed to the public.

- A total of 18 WeatherTech Championship cars participated, with two Daytona Prototype international (DPi) cars, one LMP2, two GT Le Mans (GTLM) and 13 GT Daytona (GTD) machines.

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12/16/18
automotive

Chinese call truce on auto-tariffs for 3 months
The Chinese economy has begun to crack under US Tariffs, forcing them to flinch
The Chinese economy has begun to crack under US Tariffs, forcing them to flinch
The Chinese Finance Ministry announced that they will suspend additional tariffs on US-made vehicles and car parts for three months, starting from January 1, 2019.

The move follows a truce in the trade war between USA and China, as the two countries are set to negotiate a new trade deal.

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12/16/18
automotive

French Government begins Search For Ghosn's Successor at Renault
Carlos Ghosn is losing all support
Carlos Ghosn is losing all support

Renault are the only ones who have backed Carlos Ghosn on his tax evasion arrest, until now.

Renault’s biggest shareholder with a 15 percent stake, the French Government, is reportedly seeking candidates to succeed Carlos Ghosn as Renault’s CEO.

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12/16/18
automotive

Tesla Sells $837 Million of Auto-Lease Bonds
The Tesla Model 3 is selling like hotcakes
The Tesla Model 3 is selling like hotcakes
Tesla Inc. sold $837 million of bonds backed by auto leases Friday, taking advantage of a rebound in investors’ sentiment toward the company to provide further support to its fast-growing leasing operation.

Tesla’s decision to sell the auto-lease bonds comes amid a spate of volatility in debt markets and during a year-end period when many investors lose interest in buying new securities.

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12/16/18
f3

ART team adds Beckmann to 2019 F3 lineup
David Beckmann
David Beckmann
At the end of a season that saw them crowned with a 6th driver's title and an 8th team’s championship from their 9 years of participation in the GP3 series, ART Grand Prix is now actively preparing for its first year of the new FIA Formula 3.
 
Part of that preparation sees ART Grand Prix formalizing the arrival of David Beckmann to the team, which will evolve into Formula 3 in 2019.

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12/16/18
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Massa handed two FanBoost penalties
Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa
Former F1 driver Felipe Massa was handed two separate post-race penalties for exceeding his power while using FanBoost in yesterday's Formula E Season 5 opener in Saudi Arabia.

The resulting combined 30-second penalty meant he dropped from 14th to 17th position in the final classification.

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12/16/18
motogp

Honda MotoGP boss says Rossi's better days are behind him
Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi
Honda MotoGP boss Alberto Puig says Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is "having a hard time accepting" that he is no longer the best rider in MotoGP.

“Valentino has been a terrific rider,” Puig told Spanish daily La Vanguardia. “He has all of my respect.

“At his age [39], he still has the desire, the talent to go fast and he doesn't accept not being able to win.

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12/15/18
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f1

IndyCar taught Alonso how to be a better driver
With IndyCar Alonso experienced a car that requires far more driver skill than an F1 car, which is 99% engineering, i.e. 99% car and 1% driver
With IndyCar Alonso experienced a car that requires far more driver skill than an F1 car, which is 99% engineering, i.e. 99% car and 1% driver
Fernando Alonso has admitted that his experience in both IndyCar and WEC helped him beat McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandoorne in qualifying 26 consecutive races, essentially destroying Vandoorne's career.

The two-time World Champion out qualified his McLaren teammate in each of the 21 races in the 2018 season plus the last five of 2017.

The Spaniard believes that his extracurricular activities have played a role in achieving this feat.

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12/15/18
f1

How Michael Schumacher changed F1 forever
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher broke the mold in terms of what it meant to be a Formula 1 driver - unprecedented levels of fitness, commitment, and a win-at-all-costs competitive spirit meant he blazed a trail to greatness.

F1 Racing editor Ben Anderson is joined by associate editor James Roberts and special guest Pat Symonds, Schumacher's former engineer and now F1's Chief Technical Officer to discuss the lasting impact and legacy Schumacher has on the sport.

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12/15/18
f3

Sophia Florsch secures F3 drive for 2019
Sophia Florsch
Sophia Florsch
Sophia Florsch has secured a drive in the Formula European Masters series next year, as she continues to recover from spinal injuries sustained in her horror Macau crash.

“I am convinced that the Formula European Masters is the perfect race series for me,” said Florsch.

“The car is fantastic. It offers young drivers the opportunity to learn a lot.

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12/15/18
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Formula E Drivers & Race Director Debate track conditions
With an unexpected downpour delaying practice at the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix, the drivers have an improptu meeting to discuss their preferred revisions to the sessions!

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12/15/18
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Practice 1 cancelled, Practice 2 extended
Vandoorne
Vandoorne

Following heavy rain here in Ad Diriyah this morning, the first practice session of the day has been cancelled.

Making up for the lack of an early practice session, the second session will be extended, running from 08:35 am to 09:35 am (local time). This will be the first time the drivers will take to the track under timed conditions ahead of the main race 12:00 midday.

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12/14/18
automotive

Hyundai announces pricing for 2019 all-electric CUV
2019 Kona all-electric
2019 Kona all-electric
Hyundai today announced the starting price for its long-awaited 2019 Kona Electric convention-breaking electric crossover. The Kona Electric starting price is $36,450, for an effective net price of $28,950 ($29,995 including delivery), with the electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500 factored in. Customers may receive the available federal tax credit of up to $7,500, dependent on individual tax circumstances, yielding a sub-$30,000 net value. Pricing for other Kona Electric trims will be announced shortly.

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12/14/18
automotive

Camouflaged Volkswagen I.D. Electric Hatchbacks Spotted Testing in South Africa
Camouflaged Volkswagen I.D. Electric Hatchbacks
Camouflaged Volkswagen I.D. Electric Hatchbacks
Test mules for Volkswagen's upcoming electric hatchback called the I.D. have been spotted in South Africa.

Twitter user @Theolitz stumbled across at least two of the vehicles in a convoy together, and snapped photos which he posted to social media. The depicted vehicles bear a strong resemblance to the concept car, the smoking gun being the small, triangular window between the A-pillar and the door's window frame.

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12/14/18
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2019 Ford Mustang Cup car hits the track
Mustang Cup car
Mustang Cup car
Ford Performance made a grand introduction of its 2019 Mustang with a drifting-themed video of the car getting a workout at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano helped to put the specially equipped Mustang through its paces. Vaughn Gittin Jr. from the drifting realm joined in the video shoot, too.

The infield portion of the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course was a perfect setting for the first full look of next year’s car in the Monster Energy Series. Watch the full video below.

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12/14/18
automotive

Nissan Is Suing Carlos Ghosn's Sister
Carlos Ghosn’s sister, Claudine Bichara de Oliveira. Nissan claims it was a family affair
Carlos Ghosn’s sister, Claudine Bichara de Oliveira. Nissan claims it was a family affair

Nissan has reportedly sued Carlos Ghosn’s sister, Claudine Bichara de Oliveira, in a Rio de Janeiro court for “unjust enrichment”, according to a report from Reuters.

The Japanese car maker’s lawsuit is the latest episode in the legal fight between Nissan and Carlos Ghosn over an apartment in Rio that the former Nissan CEO used during his trips in Brazil. Nissan claims that evidence of Ghosn’s alleged crimes could be found in his beachfront apartment.

Brazilian-born Carlos Ghosn is accused of financial misconduct by Japan’s authorities and remains in jail since November 19. The former Nissan and Mitsubishi CEO faces charges of having under-reported his income, while Nissan also accuses him of diverting company’s funds for personal use.

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12/14/18
nasmon

Daniel Hemric to Drive the No. 8 RCR Camaro in 2019
Daniel Hemric
Daniel Hemric
Daniel Hemric will carry a familiar number for his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The 27-year-old will continue the long tradition of Kannapolis, North Carolina, natives who have driven the No. 8 on the racetrack.

Hemric made his MENCS debut during the 2018 season running the No. 8 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet at Richmond Raceway in April and Charlotte Motor Speedway in September. Now, as he prepares for his first season in the MENCS, Hemric is ready to carry the number full time.

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12/14/18
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Air Force Extends Sponsorship Of Bubba Wallace's RPM Ride
Bubba Wallace #43 livery
Bubba Wallace #43 livery
The Air Force and Richard Petty Motorsports announced today they will continue their 11th consecutive year of partnership together in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019. The Air Force will continue to be a two-race primary sponsor of the famed No. 43 with driver Bubba Wallace, as well as a major associate throughout the 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 has also witnessed the excitement that Wallace Jr. has brought to inspiring recruits in 2018 during his first year representing the Air Force.

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12/14/18
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Simona De Silvestro signs to be Formula E Ambassador
Simona De Silvestro
Simona De Silvestro
Simona De Silvestro has strengthened her ties to Formula E by taking up a global ambassador role with the championship’s naming rights sponsor, ABB.

De Silvestro, who has returned to Formula E as a test/simulator driver for Venturi this season, joins fellow Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi, the 2015/16 champion, as an ambassador for the multinational robotics and electrical engineering company.

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12/14/18
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tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Saturday, Dec. 15LocationTV TimesNetwork
ABB Formula E – qualifyingAd Diriyah5:30-6:30am (D)FS2
ABB Formula E – raceAd Diriyah6:30-8:00am (L)FS1
ABB Formula E - Post-raceAd Diriyah8:00-8:30am (L)FS1
Trans-Am - RaceDaytona12:00-1:00pmCBS-SN
Sunday, Dec 16LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity & Truck AwardsCharlotte8:00-10:00pm (D)NBCSN


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12/14/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Ferrari will launch their 2019 car on Feb. 15th
    Ferrari will launch their 2019 F1 car on Feb. 15th
    Ferrari to reveal 2019 car on February 15
  • Raikkonen 'motivated' for Sauber - Giovinazzi
  • Szafnauer: Stroll very quick in testing and in the simulator
  • Ecclestone wants to buy Silverstone, but they won't sell
  • Sainz Jr: Looking forward to be McLaren team leader
  • USGP voted best race of 2018 by F1 fans

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12/14/18
automotive

BMW, Porsche and Siemens develop super fast EV charger
The Porsche Taycan will take a 350KW charger and be the fasting charging electric car in the world when it comes to market in late 2019. 450KW is another level even higher
The Porsche Taycan will take a 350KW charger and be the fasting charging electric car in the world when it comes to market in late 2019. 450KW is another level even higher
The next generation of electric cars could charge their batteries in the time it takes to fill up at a gas station.

A group of companies including Germany's BMW, Porsche and Siemens say they have developed technology that could help make super-fast charging a reality.

They unveiled on Thursday a 450 kW charging station that needs only three minutes to provide enough juice for a 100 kilometer (62 miles) drive. A full charge takes 15 minutes. 

Ian Ellerington, head of technology transfer at the Faraday Institution, said the technology is significantly better than what's currently available, even if there are major issues to resolve before it's put into widespread use.

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12/14/18
motogp

Thailand voted best MotoGP race of 2018
Eventual winner Marquez leads in Thailand
Eventual winner Marquez leads in Thailand
The inaugural Thai Grand Prix at Buriram’s Chang International Circuit has been voted the best race of 2018 in its first year on the MotoGP calendar, with the paddock voting on their favorite out of the season’s nineteen races.

The first running of the race in the Asian country also drew the biggest crowd of the season, with a massive 220,000 people cramming into the town of 27,000 people for the three-day event, with over 100,000 on Sunday’s race day alone.

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12/14/18
automotive

U.S. Tesla Sales In November 2018 Up By 592%
Elon Musk - making Tesla critic Bob Lutz swallow his filthy cigar every day
Elon Musk - making Tesla critic Bob Lutz swallow his filthy cigar every day

In November, Tesla sold in the U.S. approximately 24,600 electric cars (InsideEVs’ estimation), which is the second-best monthly result ever. Annual growth rate hit a remarkable 592%!

Model 3 – 18,650
Model X – 3,200
Model S – 2,750
Total: 24,600 (up 592%)

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12/14/18
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Porsche announces first driver for electric racing series
Neel Jani
Neel Jani
Porsche continues to gain momentum ahead of its ABB FIA Formula E Championship entry: Neel Jani has been signed as the first driver. With the experienced Swiss racer on board, the new works team will begin track testing early in 2019 to prepare for the worldwide, fully electric single seater series’ sixth season, which kicks off in December 2019. Porsche is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first standardized chassis to install its in-house-developed drive train, which has already been on the test benches.

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12/14/18
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Alejandro Agag to transition to Chairman of Formula E
Alejandro Agag, Founder & newly-appointed Chairman of Formula E
Alejandro Agag, Founder & newly-appointed Chairman of Formula E
As part of the continued growth of Formula E Holdings Ltd. - promoter of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship - Alejandro Agag and the board of the company have agreed that Mr. Agag should step-up from the role of CEO to become Chairman.

This will allow the company to bolster the management team with a new CEO, who’ll be appointed in the coming months. Agag will continue to serve as CEO until the new person joins Formula E. With the support of the new CEO, Agag - acting as Chairman - will be able to focus on relationships with commercial partners, host cities and the FIA.

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