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Debuting in precisely a week from today, the 2020 Porsche Taycan is widely regarded as one of the most important EV launches of the year. We still have to wait until September 4 to discover all the juicy technical specifications, but today we can confirm there will initially be two versions of the Tesla Model S rival from Stuttgart.
According to a report from Autocar, both of them will offer “substantially in excess of 600 horsepower.” The hotter of the two will throw ceramic brakes into the mix, along with a stiffer suspension setup and all-wheel steering. In addition, the spicy variant will ride on large 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in sticky tires.
IndyCar: Overheard at Pocono and Gateway - Saturday (2nd Update)
Herta will either drive the #88 or the #98 in 2020
UPDATE Here in the Gateway paddock the word is that Colton Herta will indeed drive the 5th Andretti Autosport Honda in 2020 as we rumored as 'fact' at Pocono, and Conor Daly will drive the 6th entry in the Indy 500. If Marco Andretti finally realizes that another driver could do a better job in the #98, and he steps aside to learn the ropes of running the team with his father, then Herta would drive the #98 next year.
If Andretti doesn't do what's right, and continues to circulate at the back and ruin the Andretti name, then Herta will drive the #88.
Despite their growing success, Honda is still discussing whether to continue in F1 beyond 2020 given the huge investment.
Following an increase in form which includes two wins and a pole position, Red Bull Honda driver Max Verstappen is now breathing down Valtteri Bottas' neck in the Formula 1 world championship. The managing director of Honda F1 says everything is going well even though Pierre Gasly underperformed in the 2nd car.
The move of the Arrow McLaren SPM team to Chevy power in 2020 not only screwed up James Hinchcliffe as spokesman for Honda, it also screws the Mike Shank and Jim Meyer-owned Honda operation who, without its technical alliance with Arrows SPM, would be severely handicapped due to their limited resources.
Who Meyer Shank Racing teams with is important because the team wants to run fulltime in IndyCar in 2020. The team runs Honda’s luxury brand Acura in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where it leads the GT Daytona class with the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3, so switching to Chevy is doubtful.
IndyCar needs a sponsor to save Pocono race (Update)
The Family only really cares about their Indy 500
UPDATE On yesterday's Pocono 500 preview conference call Graham Rahal said IndyCar should give Pocono another chance and we agree. Next year there will be only one NASCAR weekend at Pocono which means there will be a much better opportunity to sell tickets (3 big weekends in the span of 9 weeks just does not work - cannot sell that many tickets in the market).
Rahal also suggested, as AR1.com has on numerous occasions, that the race weekend needs to include some big concerts, a la the USGP at COTA and the Indy 500 concerts. There is so much dead time at Pocono throughout the weekend, and so little for the fans to do besides roasting in aluminum bleachers, that fans do not see the value.
On a conference call to preview the Pocono 500, Graham Rahal confirmed the Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar team are talking to sponsors about a third car for 2020.
The main benefit he talked about more cars, mean more data, which means better team performance. They are competing against bigger teams in Penske and Andretti who get more test days and can try different setups on race weekends.
Arrow SPM to switch to Chevy engines with McLaren and Herta (3rd Update)
Sam Schmidt moves team to Chevy
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement. Still no word on Colton Herta as the driver......or will Fernando Alonso bite the bullet and make the move fulltime?
08/08/19 McLaren Racing is in the advanced stages of forming an IndyCar partnership for next year, according to sources, and the team could announce its new deal in the near future.
McLaren has been working on fielding a full-time entry in next year’s NTT IndyCar Series, and Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports continues to be the team that sources say McLaren is most likely to align with.
As first rumored by AR1.com, Carlos Slim saved the race as he has big investments in all those companies
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Some of the "most powerful businesses in Mexico opened their wallets and came to the rescue" of the Mexican F1 Grand Prix, ensuring the race will remain in the country through '22.
Sources said that thanks to "direct intervention" by Mexican billionaire magnate and motorsports enthusiast Carlos Slim, a "group of sponsors" including Citibanamex, Hidrosina, Telcel, Seguros GNP, Heineken and Diageo will provide funding after the government announced it would no longer fund the race.
Diageo Dir General Erik Seirsen said that the businesses intend to "continue the current agreement" with race organizer CIE. Heineken will reportedly be the race's title sponsor. MSN.
2019 Mexican GP to be last. Door open for IndyCar? (5th Update)
Mexico City packs the grandstands
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. The Mexican Grand Prix organizer has announced the race will remain on the Formula 1 calendar beyond the end of its current contract, which runs out after this year's event.
An official announcement will be made at the mayor's office on Thursday and is expected to be for 3 years.
The news was confirmed in a video by Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who assumed office in December.
Dutch tree huggers are out to stop the Dutch GP at Zandvoort. It really should be at Assen anyway - a superior circuit
(GMM) Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers has played down suggestions Formula 1's return to Zandvoort in 2020 is in doubt.
Organizers revealed recently that, thanks to Max Verstappen's success and popularity, a million people registered to get tickets for the first Dutch GP since 1985.
But this week, an organisation called Rust Bij De Kust - whose motto says locals are "Tired of racing noise in the dunes and in your backyard" - indicated that it will step up its efforts to disrupt plans for the 2020 race.
According to BNR Nieuwsradio, the group intends to object to Zandvoort's planning applications to upgrade the circuit, which could mean the circuit runs out of time to be ready for 2020.
UPDATE (GMM) A Qatari broadcaster has slammed Formula 1 for contemplating a grand prix in Saudi Arabia.
This week, it emerged that Liberty Media is in talks with the powerful Kingdom for what would be a race on a novel street circuit. One rendering depicts the F1 cars racing underneath a clear-bottomed swimming pool.
The Saudi talks were already controversial given the state's human rights record, but now they are also under fire by Qatar broadcaster BeIN Media Group.
Renault eyes stake in Fiat, by reducing stake in Nissan
Renault and Nissan Motor Co. have held talks that would see Renault reduce its stake in the Japanese carmaker and help the French company restart merger discussions with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The sides are weighing plans under which Renault would cut its 43.4 percent holding in Nissan, a move meant to rebalance their global alliance, the Journal said, citing internal emails as well as people briefed on the talks. Any reduction of the stake would need approval from France, which owns 15 percent of Renault.
IndyCar tried a standing start at the GP of Indy in 2014, but one wanker stalled and caused a big crash
With the announcement today that IndyCar will add Hybrid Technology to their cars starting in 2022, comes word that the cars will have onboard starters should a driver spin out and stall the engine. And as long as the cars batteries are charged, the electric motor, which has great torque, can help get the car rolling easier.
Which leads to the latest rumor - Standing Starts. With the help of the electric motor off the line (to supplement the internal combustion engine), IndyCar can now implement Standing Starts with little fear that a driver will stall on the grid.
Is IndyCar eyeing Cosworth hybrid technology for its 2022 900-HP car? (Update)
The hybrid system would include an electric motor inside a redesigned Xtrac gearbox. The battery weight would replace some of the ballast in the current car used to offset the weight of heavier drivers and the new chassis will need to be lighter to offset some of the added weight, especially the battery.
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'strong' today with this IndyCar announcement. It really is 'fact' in how we rumored the new KERS will work, including how it will supplement the existing Push-To-Pass system, but we still do not know if Cosworth will be the supplier of the single-sourced technology.
Cosworth is already providing 'stock' KERS systems for other series, so why not IndyCar. We suspect IndyCar will put it out to bid.
07/30/19 IndyCar has failed to land a third engine manufacturer for almost 10 years now for two primary reasons - 1) the TV ratings are so low on NBCSN the return on investment is not there, and 2) the automobile world is going electric and IndyCar doesn't even have hybrid technology that has been on passenger cars for 10 years now.
Such a move would bring Vettel back to where he had so much success
Rumors that 50/50 Max Verstappen will wear Ferrari red rather Red Bull blue next season refuse to evaporate. This is despite him scoring two superb wins in four weeks for his current team, powered by a Honda engine that just two years ago was the laughing stock of the grid. Ferrari’s win tally this year? Zero.
Whatever the motivation, there is clearly a long-term, strategic plan. Verstappen’s handlers – his wily father Jos and shrewd manager Raymond Vermeulen – seem determined to steer the youngster, still only 21 despite his seven wins, towards Maranello. Does Jos see Max emulating the achievements of his friend (and former Benetton team-mate) Michael Schumacher in effectively ‘saving’ the Scuderia? Is Aldo Costa headed back to Ferrari to design the car for the talented Verstappen?
Whatever, in Hockenheim the word in the paddock was that negotiations between Red Bull and Ferrari were continuing apace, with the end-game being the straight swap between him and Sebastian Vettel. Then, of course, came the race, where Vettel scored second from the back after an aborted qualifying, and Verstappen took arguably his best career victory. Why would either wish to go the other way after that? Dieter Rencken/RaceFans.net
Might we soon see Indy cars running with IMSA at The Glen?
UPDATE We also heard that there is a push for a joint IMSA/IndyCar doubleheader weekend at The Glen in 2020, which makes absolutely perfect sense. The 2019 IMSA race at Watkins Glen was the weekend after IndyCar ran at Road America.
Would Watkins Glen going back-to-back with Road America work for IndyCar? Absolutely. The driving distance for the teams is reasonable, IndyCar had that weekend (June 30th) open this year so it falls perfectly for them. We will be surprised if this doesn't happen.
It’s about 5 p.m. here on Friday at Mid-Ohio, and most of the on-track action is finished for the day. Last evening, I was going through my notes of previous Mid-Ohio races, and I noticed that each of the last two years, a major topic of discussion was one Fernando Alonso. And I thought to myself, “man it’s going to be nice to spend a weekend at Mid-Ohio not chasing Fernando Alonso/McLaren/IndyCar/ ghosts.”
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