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05/09/19
f1

F1 to drop 2 existing races after 2019
Chase Carey
Chase Carey
Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey says that the 2020 calendar will remain at 21 races, but will drop two current venues, meaning along with the already agreed Vietnam GP, another new venue will join the calendar next year.

It's believed the Spanish and German grands prix will face the chop to make way for Vietnam and the return of the Dutch GP.

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05/09/19
f1

Ferrari could veto Wolff as F1 CEO
Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff
(GMM) Ferrari could veto Toto Wolff's candidacy to become CEO of Formula 1.

A report in Racefans claims the Mercedes boss could be lining up to replace Chase Carey, with both men's contracts expiring at the end of next year.

But as F1 business journalist Christian Sylt reports, Ferrari could throw a spanner in the works.

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05/06/19
automotive

Speculation on the Corvette C8 Mid-Engine convertible
Corvette C8. What will the convertible look like?
Corvette C8. What will the convertible look like?

As sure as we are that fire is hot and water is wet, it is inevitable that the C8-generation Chevrolet Corvette will eventually be offered as a convertible.

Much like the outgoing C7 Corvette, the mid-engine coupe is tipped to receive a hardtop which can be easily lifted off and stored. A dedicated Corvette Convertible model is also expected to arrive at some stage and the following renderings from Chazcron, shared by Corvette Blogger, provide us with a glimpse of how this model could look.

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05/05/19
v8

Alonso eyes Bathurst go
Bathurst action
Bathurst action
Motivated by F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s interest in the Bathurst 1000, Supercars is looking at reducing testing restrictions on big-name foreign drivers to make it easier for them to contest The Great Race as wild cards.

Auto Action has learned that moves are underway to remove test time and tire allocation limits on internationals who sign-up to race in the annual October classic.

Walkinshaw Andretti United co-owner Ryan Walkinshaw has re-confirmed that Alonso, who has ties to the team through co-owner and McLaren racing boss Zak Brown, is keen to contest the Bathurst 1000 from next year.

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05/03/19
nasmon

NASCAR Cup Series Awards ceremony could be in Nashville through 2021
Truex Jr. at last year's Award Banquet
Truex Jr. at last year's Award Banquet
Not only will the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Awards banquet and show be in Nashville this year, it will be back in 2020 and possibly in 2021.

NASCAR President Steve Phelps gave details Thursday about the contract that is bringing the ceremony to Nashville at the Associated Press Sports Editors Commissioners Meetings at the NASCAR offices in New York.

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05/03/19
f1

Russian billionaire eyes Williams buyout (4th Update)
Nikita Mazepin's billionaire daddy may buy him an entire F1 team so he has a guaranteed ride in F1. Lance Stroll's daddy bought him the Force India team
Will F2 driver Nikita Mazepin be the 2nd driver in F1 who's daddy bought him an F1 team?

UPDATE (GMM) Formula 2 driver Nikita Mazepin says he is "ready" for Formula 1.

After the first two rounds, the 20-year-old is only 15th overall in the category just beneath F1.

But his father is Russian billionaire Dmitry Mazepin, who has been linked with buying both the former Force India team and, more recently, Williams.

Nikita is also set to undergo a series of tests in a 2017-spec Mercedes F1 car this year, although he would not confirm that.

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05/02/19
nasmon

Tiger Woods to follow Logano to White House
Trump greets Roger Penske
Trump greets Roger Penske
Hot on the heels of 2018 NASCAR champion Joey Logano and his Penske team visiting the White House and President Trump, rumor has it that Tiger Woods is "scheduled to also visit the White House next week to meet with President Trump" following his win at The Masters, according to a source.

Trump last month said that he intended to present Woods with the nation’s "highest civilian award, the presidential Medal of Freedom, following his comeback victory at the Masters."

That ceremony "will be held later this year." WSJ.com

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05/01/19
f1

F1 eyes Saudi Arabia race
F1 eyes Riyadh. The Saudi's have offered to pay $60 million per year
F1 eyes Riyadh. The Saudis have offered to pay $60 million per year
(GMM) The F1 calendar of the future is now shaping up.

Earlier, there was doubt about the future of the historic races at Monza, Silverstone and Barcelona, and reports that Zandvoort will be the host of a 2020 Dutch GP.

Dutch commentator Olav Mol said on Ziggo Sport this week that an official announcement about Zandvoort's new contract is due "between May 14 and 16".

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04/30/19
irl

Porsche eyes possible IndyCar engine (2nd Update)
Can Mark Miles pull a rabbit out of the hat this time?
Can Mark Miles pull a rabbit out of the hat this time?

UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I have read over the years about so many rumored IndyCar engine manufacturers and nothing ever comes of them. Is there an engine manufacturer in the world that has NOT turned IndyCar down? Mordichai Rosen. LA, California

Dear Mordichai, Probably not. When they see those minuscule NBCSN TV Ratings they run for the hills. Instead of buying airtime and putting all the NBCSN races on NBC, IndyCar wanted to save money. The result, no 3rd engine manufacturer. 10 years on NBCSN, 10 years of a rumored 3rd engine manufacture, 10 years of failure.  Mark C. reporting for AR1.com

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04/27/19
automotive

Porsche 718 Cayman, Boxster to Be All-Electric by 2022
Race version of Porsche Cayman
Race version of Porsche Cayman
According to an earlier media report, Porsche's chairman confirmed that fully-electric versions of the 718 Boxster and the 718 Cayman will launch within three years. Yesterday, Porsche's chairman Oliver Blume confirmed that the company has "prototypes of the 718 running in electric now, and a hybrid prototype is being built...although it is not yet clear whether it would be a plug-in hybrid or hybrid."

That being said, we can expect to see fully electric renditions of the 718 Boxster and Cayman by 2022 and possibly a set of hybrid versions as well. According to the report, hybrid models are being pursued to provide drivers with a range over 186 miles without significantly altering the mid-engine platform architecture.

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04/26/19
nasmon

Kurt Busch to renew with Ganassi
Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch
Chip Ganassi Racing COO Doug Duchardt said on Friday that talks have yet to begin on a possible extension between CGR driver Kurt Busch and sponsor Monster Energy.

Duchardt told THE DAILY: “Obviously he’s come in and done a great job; Monster’s been a great partner so far. When the time’s right, I’m sure we’ll be talking to both of them. But right now, we haven’t started any of those discussions." Busch is currently on a one-year deal with Monster.

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04/25/19
automotive

Chevy to add 2nd shift at Corvette Plant to Keep Up With C8 Demand (Update)
AR1.com sources say Chevy will race the C8 next year in IMSA and at LeMans
AR1.com sources say Chevy will race the C8 next year in IMSA and at LeMans
UPDATE
 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today.

General Motors is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green (Kentucky) Assembly plant to support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18, 2019. The addition of the second shift will increase the plant’s workforce to more than 1,300.

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04/23/19
v8

If Supercars neuters Mustangs, Penske team will just unleash more power (Update)
The Penske Mustangs are believed to have power to spare
The Penske Mustangs are believed to have power to spare

UPDATE This article explains that Supercars has decided to neuter the Penske Fords. Now we will see how much spare power they have to overcome the slap on the wrist.

04/22/19 Paul Morris expects Shell V-Power Racing to have more pace up its sleeve even if the Ford Mustang Supercar’s aerodynamics are hobbled somewhat.

Despite Ford teams being made to move ballast to the rooves of their cars as a center of gravity adjustment, to which Holden teams were also subject to a lesser extent, DJR Team Penske won three of the four subsequent races across the Symmons Plains and Phillip Island events.

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04/23/19
f1

Renault to have 'best' F1 engine
Alain Prost makes bold prediction, but it is a rumor until proven true
Alain Prost makes bold prediction, but it is a rumor until proven true
(GMM) Renault is on the right path to having "one of the best engines" on the grid.

That is the view of the French works team's famous advisor Alain Prost, even though Renault has started 2019 with high-profile reliability problems.

"We know we are very close to the limit right now," he is quoted by Marca newspaper.

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04/22/19
imsa

Will Ford do an IMSA DPi car?
Ford has announced it will terminate their factory Ford GT GTLM effort at the end of 2019. Will they come back into IMSA with a DPi 2.0 car?
Ford has announced it will terminate their factory Ford GT GTLM effort at the end of 2019. Will they come back into IMSA with a DPi 2.0 car?
Ford Performance motorsports director Mark Rushbrook has indicted they wouldn’t necessarily need to enter DPi next year in order to be on the grid for IMSA’s so-called ‘DPi 2.0’ formula that’s slated to debut in 2022.

The American manufacturer, which has confirmed the Ford GT’s full factory involvement will end this year, has yet to detail any potential future sports car racing programs beyond global customer support for the Ford GT and Mustang GT4.

Ford, however, is known to be in evaluations for a potential DPi effort that could debut as early as next year, ahead of IMSA’s regulations overhaul that is set to feature hybrid powertrains beginning in 2022.

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04/20/19
irl

IndyCar to switch to guaranteed spots for Indy 500 starting in 2020 (2nd Update)
A 105% rule should satisfy both sides of this argument
A 105% rule should satisfy both sides of this argument
UPDATE
 A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, Why don't they lock in all the regulars but they must pass the 105% rule. Surely a full-time team can achieve that. There has to be some kind of limit so they have to try to be competitive. Jerry Marney

Dear Jerry, That is an excellent compromise suggestion.  IndyCar should do it.  Mark C.

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04/19/19
motogp

MotoGP Future Calendar predictions
Simon Patterson takes out his crystal ball
Simon Patterson takes out his crystal ball
More successful than it’s ever been with rising viewing figures and profits through the roof, there’s more and more countries and circuits clamoring to be a part of the MotoGP circus than ever before. And, with each track potentially bringing as much as £5 million to the table in order to be able to host a round, series organizers Dorna are keen to push the calendar from its current 19 races to potentially as many as 22 in the future.

But with a swing towards developing markets as attendance at traditional European races continues to fall, there could be some set to lose their spot on the calendar in the coming years too… With that in mind, we look at where MotoGP is likely to be heading in the future.

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04/18/19
f1

Max Verstappen rumored to join Mercedes next year (4th Update)
The Verstappens would never admit they are talking to Mercedes
The Verstappens would never admit they are talking to Mercedes

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'speculation' today.

Max Verstappen insists he is happy at Red Bull-Honda.

In recent days, rumors have been swirling that the Dutch driver is in talks with Mercedes' Toto Wolff.

Verstappen, his father Jos, and now Wolff have denied it.

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04/18/19
f1

Malaysia could return to F1 calendar in 2022
Sepang 2017
Sepang 2017
(GMM) Malaysia could be set to revive its grand prix for 2022.

Arguing that it is no longer good value for money, the government pulled the plug on the Sepang race after 2017.

"Cost too high, returns limited," said sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin at the time.

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04/17/19
nasx
nastruck

Truck and XFINITY races for Nashville? (2nd Update)
Carl Edwards winning at Nashville in 2011 in what is now the Xfinity Series
Carl Edwards winning at Nashville in 2011 in what is now the Xfinity Series

UPDATE An executive involved in Speedway Motorsports Inc.’s efforts to bring NASCAR national series racing back to Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee, responded Tuesday to a report about the company’s talks with city officials.

SMI officials have had discussions with Mayor David Briley and his administration about how to finance the upgrades needed to the track to bring NASCAR national series races there. The Tennessean reported Tuesday that SMI pitched a plan that called for $54 million in bond payments and $2 million cash from the city. The proposal was rejected by Briley’s administration.

Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, issued a statement responding to The Tennessean’s article.

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04/17/19
IndyCar

What of Nelson Philippe?
Winning Surfers in 2006
Winning Surfers in 2006
With his one win in Champ Car (the superior IndyCar series) in Surfers Paradise in 2006, is Nelson Philippe itching to get back behind the wheel of an IndyCar?

We ran into Nelson on the grid at Long Beach this weekend looking quite happy despite losing his brother Richard in a helicopter crash in the Dominican Republic last year.

He now runs the family business in France, his parents having retired, and now has 3 young children.

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04/17/19
irl

When will new IndyCar Chassis be implemented?
F1 will spruce up their look in 2021. What will IndyCar do?
F1 will spruce up their look in 2021. What will IndyCar do?
Not soon enough say some because then IndyCar can run the Halo to protect the drivers, which would attract more major talent from F1.

Some say it will be 2021, but it is almost too late for that now.  Others think it will be 2022.  And still others hope not for a very long time.

Why? When in doubt, follow the money.

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04/17/19
f1

China could get second F1 race
Sean Bratches and others touring China in search of 2nd race
Sean Bratches and others touring China in search of 2nd race

(GMM) F1's owner Liberty Media has admitted it could add a second race in China to the calendar.

In Shanghai last weekend for the third race of 2019, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "Why not go to Hong Kong or Beijing?"

Wolff said China is a big market for the sport and for manufacturers like Mercedes, and it seems that F1's commercial boss Sean Bratches agrees.

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04/15/19
f1

Ferrari out-engineered by Mercedes again
Mattia Binotto out-engineered by fellow countryman Aldo Costa yet again.
Mattia Binotto out-engineered by fellow countryman Aldo Costa yet again.

Nico Rosberg believes Ferrari have got it wrong with their interpretation of the new aero rules for 2019.

Ferrari took a different approach to Mercedes with their front-wing design after new regulations were brought in for 2019 to improve following and overtaking.

The Scuderia adopted a low-drag approach, and while this has made them mighty on the straights, they are losing out to the Silver Arrows through corners.

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04/14/19
irl

Overheard in Long Beach Saturday (Update)
Zak Brown in the IndyCar pits at Long Beach
Zak Brown in the IndyCar pits at Long Beach

UPDATE This article has been updated below as promised.

04/13/19 Herta to McLaren?

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04/13/19
irl

Overheard in Long Beach Friday (Update)
Will Penske get in a bidding war with Honda for Alexander Rossi?
Will Roger Penske get in a bidding war with Honda for Alexander Rossi?

UPDATE CORRECTION: We inadvertently said we spotted Alexander Rossi being wined and dined by Honda HPD brass on Saturday night.  That was a typo and has been corrected to Friday night.

04/13/19 As usual a lot of news and rumors to cover during the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on a perfect weather day on Friday.

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04/13/19
f1

Ferrari could 'change' driver status - Binotto
Vettel led the Ferrari row in Shanghai qualifying - the cars qualified with team cars side-by-side, driver talent meaning very little
Vettel led the Ferrari row in Shanghai qualifying - almost all the cars qualified with team cars side-by-side, driver talent meaning very little
(GMM) For the first time, Mattia Binotto says Ferrari could "change" its number 1 driver in 2019.

But for now, he is backing the heavily criticised Sebastian Vettel, who in Bahrain struggled to shine alongside newcomer Charles Leclerc.

"As I said at the start of the season, if there is a 50-50 situation then the advantage will be given to Sebastian simply because Sebastian has got most of the experience," the Ferrari boss said.

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04/13/19
f1

Racing Point to become Mercedes' 'B team'
Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff
(GMM) Toto Wolff has not completely denied wanting to make Racing Point a sort of Haas-like 'B team' for Mercedes.

It has emerged that Racing Point will stop working in the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne after signing a wind tunnel deal with Mercedes.

Racing Point denies becoming an outright Mercedes satellite.

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04/12/19
f1

Ferrari HP gain in their fuel? (Update)
Gunther Steiner
Gunther Steiner
UPDATE
 (GMM) Gunther Steiner has played down claims the secret of Ferrari's success in 2019 is a sweet-smelling fuel.

Although the Italian team is yet to win a race, rivals including Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda were stunned in Bahrain to see Ferrari so much faster in a straight line.

In the days after, Red Bull's Christian Horner revealed that he can smell grapefruit coming from the Ferrari garage when the red cars are being refueled.

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04/09/19
f1

Red Bull could axe Gasly in 2019
Pierre Gasly has struggled so far and Villeneuve thinks Red Bull will axe him early
Pierre Gasly has struggled so far and Villeneuve thinks Red Bull will axe him early
(GMM) Pierre Gasly could lose his seat at Red Bull within the 2019 season.

That is the warning of outspoken 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, following a difficult start to Frenchman Gasly's first year with the senior team.

Gasly impressed during his first full F1 season with Toro Rosso last year, and received the call-up to replace Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo for 2019.

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04/09/19
f1

Schumacher tipped for Friday morning F1 seat
Mick Schumacher tested a Ferrari recently
Mick Schumacher tested a Ferrari recently
(GMM) Mick Schumacher's F1 aspirations are racing ahead.

Last week, the 20-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher made his test debut at the wheel of the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo cars.

And now, Kolner Express newspaper claims the Formula 2 driver will drive a Ferrari-powered F1 car in the Friday morning practice session ahead of the German grand prix in July.

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04/08/19
nasmon

NASCAR Rejects Monster Extension For New Sponsor Model
Monster Energy "offered to extend its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Cup Series for one additional year" through '20, but NASCAR "rejected the overture because the sanctioning body is set on switching to a new tiered sponsorship model," according to sources cited by Adam Stern of SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL.

NASCAR was looking into switching to a system in '20 that will go "without a title sponsor for its top series and instead feature tiers of sponsorships."

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04/07/19
irl
f1
fe

Lewis Hamilton eyes Formula E as he contemplates F1 retirement
Lewis Hamilton has said IndyCar is too dangerous
Lewis Hamilton has said IndyCar is too dangerous. Formula E would be a waste of his talent

Lewis Hamilton has revealed for the first time that he’s thinking about racing in Formula E - but only once his F1 career is over.

The five-time F1 champion has a contract with Mercedes until the end of the 2020 season but says he is already thinking about what series he races in next.

Speaking at an event at Silverstone to mark Mercedes-Benz’s 125th year in motorsport he was quizzed about his future in racing.

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04/06/19
f1

Horner's wife caught in Spice Girl rumor
Horner with wife Geri Halliwell in Bahrain.
Horner with wife Geri Halliwell in Bahrain.
Emma Bunton broke her silence on her Spice Girls bandmate Mel B’s recent admission that she had sex with Geri Halliwell who is now married to Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

The “America’s Got Talent” judge revealed during an interview that she had a brief fling with Halliwell back in the band’s heyday. A representative for Halliwell has since denied Mel B’s claims noting that they’ve been “hurtful to her family.”

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04/05/19
automotive

Chevy's 2020 Corvette C8 May Have 8-Speed tranny
C8 Corvette Rendering
C8 Corvette Rendering
The C8-generation Chevrolet Corvette is shaping up to use an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with lineage to the gearbox previously used by the Porsche 918 Spyder, Road & Track reports.

Initial reports regarding the C8 Corvette indicated that a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from Tremec would likely be used by most, if not all, C8 Corvette models. However, a recent order guide leaked for the supercar revealed that there will instead be an eight-speed connected to the car’s various V8 engines.

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04/05/19
f1

Liberty Media and Silverstone reach agreement (Update)
Silverstone
Silverstone

UPDATE (GMM) Silverstone looks set to secure its place on the F1 calendar.

Currently, the future of the British grand prix is in doubt, after organizers terminated a contract that it said was financially untenable.

But Auto Motor und Sport claims that the organizers now look set to ink a new deal with Liberty Media in the month of May.

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04/04/19
f1

Ferrari F1 engine has 'over 1000hp'
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
(GMM) Mick Schumacher may have let the cat out of the bag about the power of Ferrari's 2019 engine.

After a stuttering start in Australia, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko observed in Bahrain that the new Ferrari power unit for this year "goes like hell".

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04/03/19
f1

Sebastian Vettel may retire after 2020 season
Vettel contemplates retirement from F1
Vettel contemplates retirement from F1
Sebastian Vettel may be saying his final farewell to F1 when his contract with Ferrari expires in 2020.

The German driver has enjoyed his fair share of success, winning four world drivers' championships with Red Bull but is currently searching for his fifth which would level him with Lewis Hamilton.

Therefore, should Vettel retire in 2020, this may be the German's second to last shot of attaining a fifth championship.

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04/03/19
automotive

Volkswagen to make a sub-$22,500 all-electric vehicle
VW’s SEAT unveils sleek new all-electric hatchback with 260 miles of range - called the' el Born' of all things
VW’s SEAT unveils sleek new all-electric hatchback with 260 miles of range - called the' el Born' of all things
Volkswagen is rumored to be planning to bring to market an all-electric vehicle for less than $22,500 under its low-cost Seat brand in Europe.

As part of its extensive electrification effort across all its brands, Volkswagen is working on bringing down the cost of electric vehicles in order to be able to sell millions of units by 2025.

Right now, the focus is on its MEB platform, which is going to support the launch of new all-electric vehicles starting this year with an electric hatchback.

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04/01/19
nasmon

NASCAR to be forced to return to single car qualifying
The rear spoiler is so large on the back of the Cup car that make a huge hole in the air so drafting in qualifying gains the car following a lot of speed
The new rear spoiler is so large on the back of the Cup car they make a huge hole in the air so drafting in qualifying gains the car following a lot of speed
A potential return to single-car qualifying is being considered after a second controversial qualifying session over the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Two weeks after a messy final round for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway, where none of the 12 drivers completed a timed lap for the pole, Texas featured more waiting games on pit road – even after a NASCAR rules bulletin was issued with the intent of stopping such efforts.

NASCAR Executive Vice President and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell weighed in on the matter during his weekly appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s The Morning Drive on Monday.

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