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Mid-Engine Corvette to offer 1,000 HP hybrid option The mid-engine Corvette rumor mill kicked into high gear following the release of several CAD drawings in December but fans hoping to see the model at the North American International Auto Show next week are reportedly out of luck.
Hagerty is reporting the C8 will likely debut in Detroit but it isn't expected to be unveiled until next year. This isn't a complete surprise as Chevrolet recently unveiled the Corvette ZR1 but it's disappointing nonetheless.
Pietro Fittipaldi won last year's World Series Formula V8 3.5 title
Pietro Fittipaldi is considering shifting his racing career to the United States for 2018 as he explores options in both the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights.
The grandson of Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, Pietro won last year's World Series Formula V8 3.5 title, becoming the championship's final victor before its closure at the end of the season.
NASCAR considering team budget caps Across the professional sports landscape financial mechanisms are used to prevent stick-and-ball teams from spending themselves into oblivion while at the same time leveling the playing field to improve competition.
Leclerc to Sauber, Sirotkin in, Kubica out at Williams (10th Update)
Was Kubica's check not big enough or was he really too slow?
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Robert Kubica's difficulty in adapting to Pirelli's new tires is allegedly the reason behind Williams decision to run Sergey Sirotkin alongside Lance Stroll this year. That and his big check.
Polish sports website Sportowefakty.wp.pl published an interview with BBC's Andrew Benson in which the F1 reporter offered some insight on what transpired during the post-race Pirelli tire test in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.
While details about the relative performance of Kubica and Sirotkin were scarce, the Russian driver apparently delivered a superior result, and proved faster on Pirelli's new rubber.
Formula E To Announce Swiss Tech Firm ABB As Title Sponsor (Update)
New ABB-Formula E logo
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Formula E is teaming-up with ABB in a ground-breaking new collaboration as the title partner of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and putting its name to the electric street racing series.
The exciting new multi-year partnership is a first of its kind for Formula E and the first time an FIA-sanctioned single-seater championship has had a title sponsor, emphasizing again the position of Formula E as a key place to be for forward-thinking brands and manufacturers.
Chevy to finally ax the ancient pushrod Corvette engine architecture?
Although GM has not publicly acknowledged the existence of a mid-engine Corvette, its lawyers inadvertently did the job by threatening legal action unless AutoGuide.com and various other outlets took down leaked CAD images that showed details the vehicle’s new engine and chassis design. Those images pretty much confirmed that the C8 mid-engine Corvette will be powered by a DOHC twin-turbo V8 called the LT7. It’s speculated to displace anywhere from 4.2 to 5.5 liters. Power output could be upwards of 800 hp.
Conor Daly does not have a ride in IndyCar because TV ratings are so low on NBCSN drivers have to buy their ride
Conor Daly’s goals, ambitions and dreams all lie within the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock. But if his hopes of staying in the series in 2018 and beyond fail, the Hoosier could end up in a NASCAR garage area.
Speaking with RACER‘s Marshall Pruett on the “Marshall Pruett Podcast“, Daly expressed interest in gaining NASCAR experience should his search for an INDYCAR ride for 2018 and beyond fail.
“I’d love to try and do NASCAR stuff,” Daly said. “I’ve been trying to talk to XFINITY teams about the road course races. I think that would be very entertaining. I think it would be a great idea.
IndyCar would benefit immensely by adopting global F1 engine
Could you imaging a Mercedes and Ferrari engine in IndyCar?
FIA President Jean Todt has suggested that Formula 1 should consider developing 'global engines' in order to rein in spiraling costs.
The idea would be for the same engine unit to be used across a number of different open-wheel championships, such as IndyCar in the US. Rallying, touring cars and prototype sportscars series could also sign up.
The proposal was previously discussed in 2009. The FIA commissioned British engineering consultancy Ricardo to analyze whether a common rules package was viable.
2018 IndyCar TV schedule will be almost same as 2017 (Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.
Who will ABC assemble in the broadcast booth for the 2018 Indianapolis 500?
Per the official IndyCar Series app produced by Verizon, it appears that there have been a few additions to the 2018 schedule giving fans a first look at the television line-up for next season writes Tanner Watkins of Open Wheels.
On the official IndyCar app, nine races have already been listed with television partners alongside. Each of these races return to their 2017 television partner, and that is to be expected with no drastic changes to the current television contract as it completes one final year.
Ferrari cannot beat the Aldo Costa cars but they can at least copy them
History shows that Italian Aldo Costa is by far the best design engineer in F1, bringing Michael Schumacher 7 world titles and now making Lewis Hamilton world champion 3 times. His cars dominate, and Ferrari are still kicking themselves in the posterior for letting him get away to Mercedes.
When Aldo Costa went with the long wheelbase for the Mercedes, some, including Ferrari, questioned that wisdom.
Blaney to Penske or Hendrick (Update) UPDATE We forgot to update this rumor to 'fact' from June when we first got word.
06/12/17 Ryan Blaney is quickly becoming a hot property in NASCAR. He has been very good since his Cup debut in 2015 on a part-time basis. As a full-time rookie in 2016, he was stellar. He had three top fives and nine top 10’s alone last season.
Then this season he finished second in February’s Daytona 500, has proceeded to have four total top 10’s already this year and now he won last Sunday at Pocono.
Rumor has it Roger Penske is eyeing him a possible third car, and Rick Hendrick is eyeing him to replace a retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr. or the lackluster Kasey Kahne who can't even dream of stiffing victory lane.
Penske Buying NASCAR Charter From RFR For Blaney (Update)
Ryan Blaney's team will be chartered
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Roush Fenway Racing confirmed it has sold a charter to Penske Racing, which needed one for the addition of the No. 12 NASCAR Cup car with driver Ryan Blaney to its stable for 2018. Roush Fenway sold the charter – NASCAR's form of a franchise that guarantees a spot in each race plus accompanying revenue -- of its former No. 16 car, a charter it leased in 2017 to JTG Daugherty Racing. Roush Fenway, which has Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne as its drivers, continues to own two charters.
Does new logo for Ferrari point to IQOS as sponsor?
With new years day behind us, we see that 2018 heralds a time of change, and this is also true of Ferrari.
Out with the old and in with the new. Yesterday all Scuderia Ferrari social media platforms changed their logo’s to a simple shield type, away from the familiar Marlboro esq. logo we’ve all become accustomed to. The logo we’ve seen in recent times was an obvious subliminal nod to the famous Philip Morris owned brand (shown above), which itself succeeded the blatant cigarette ‘barcode’ variant below.
Sponsorless McLaren F1 may run Mclaren Orange in 2018
Bruce McLaren in 1968 in Papaya Orange McLaren
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has indicated the team is considering a switch to its heritage ‘papaya orange’ racing colors for the 2018 F1 season, as raced by Fernando Alonso at the Indianapolis 500 last year.
McLaren raced in papaya orange until the seventies.
To grab headlines, IndyCar to pay for Danica to run Indy 500 (Update) UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Doesn't IndyCar ever learn? They rode Fernando Alonso's coattails this past year at Indy and now they are going to ride Danica's in 2018. This is IndyCar's one-and-done mentality. Alonso's fans came and now they are gone. Danica's fans will come, and then they will be gone. Other ride-buyers come, and then their fans are gone. IndyCar has zero long term strategy to make their regular drivers household names. Instead they think they can buy 'star power,' which is so very short sighted. But isn't that why IndyCar is where it is since Tony George destroyed CART? Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles
As soon as Musk hinted that the pickup truck might look like a mini version of the Tesla Semi, the renderings began
Elon Musk teased details for a pickup truck that would challenge Ford Motor Co. and others in one of their most lucrative segments--though, true to form, the Tesla Inc. chief was vague about his intentions.
In comments posted Tuesday on Twitter, Mr. Musk said the truck would come after the electric-car maker releases a new compact sport-utility vehicle, which the billionaire entrepreneur has suggested could hit the road as soon as 2019.
Faraday Future Boss Allegedly Created $75 Million Trust For Children With Company Money
A software developer has accused Faraday Future boss and financier Jia Yueting of creating a $75 million trust fund for his children with company money.
The allegations were first reported by The Verge. Outspoken Washington-based software developer Gu Yingqiong publicly shared what he claims was a draft copy of a $75 million trust fund that the Chinese billionaire set up for his children with money from “Faraday Future’s coffers.”
Honda IndyCar engine. AR1.com agrees, electric motors are for the street, not the race track. The more the engines scream, the more fans will be watching
Honda Performance Development told Autosport it does not want Formula 1-style hybrid elements to become part of IndyCar's engines in the future.
IndyCar has run 2.2-liter twin-turbo V6 engines since the double turbo layout became mandatory in 2013.
Current engine suppliers Honda and Chevrolet signed multi-year contract extensions this year with a view to defining IndyCar's future long-term, and there have been discussions over engine specifications.
Verstappen re-signed with Red Bull because Honda engines are coming
Marko says Honda is why Verstappen re-signed
One of the big news items of the year gone was Max Verstappen committing to Red Bull until the end of 2020, an unexpected development as he is a very hot property in Formula 1 and a Mercedes or Ferrari deal might have been an alternative but a visit to Honda convinced the young Dutchman to stick it out with the energy drinks outfit.
In an interview with Speedweek, Red Bull’s Helmut Marko revealed, “We simply explained to [Max] what our plans for the future are. We have guaranteed him that we will have the top people all under contract.
King (R) was Alexander Rossi's teammate in GP2 in 2015
GP2 race winner Jordan King is looking to the Verizon IndyCar Series as a new destination to continue his career. The 2013 British Formula 3 champion has spent the last three seasons in GP2/F2, and sees America as a path worth exploring after reaching the top of Europe's open-wheel development ladder.
"I'm looking into IndyCar and have spoken with a couple of teams regarding a drive, but there are no details to confirm yet," the Briton told RACER. "I've been trying to put something together and make something that works, but it's proving trickier than expected."
The decision by 21st Century Fox to sell its TV and movie production units as part of a $52.4-billion deal with Walt Disney Co. means Fox will be the only broadcast network without a studio to supply its scripted shows.
That has current and former Fox executives and their competitors wondering what the network will look like - and whether it can have long-term viability - in the next Murdoch-owned entity, called "new Fox." The remaining assets include 28 local television stations plus cable channels Fox Sports 1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and Big Ten Network.
Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer has strong F1 plans. An IPO could help pay for them. Or new owners can say F1 is a waste of money.
Aston Martin's owners have hired investment bank Lazard to prepare for a stock market listing or sale of the British sports-car maker, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Italian private equity fund Investindustrial and a group of Kuwaiti investors, who together own more than 90 percent of the marque, are hoping to cash in on a recovery in sales and are in the initial stages of a strategic review.
Gainsco back to IMSA After trying out the Pirelli World Challenge Series, rumor has it that GAINSCO Auto Insurance will soon announce its 2018 racing program with new partner team in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
GM is Working on a Crazy High-Compression, Twincharged, Hybrid Powertrain
Check out the complexity of this engine in these rough schematics. And to think - the simple Tesla Roadster electric motor (below) will bury this monstrosity
General Motors has recently filed a patent which could point to the future of the company’s high-performance offerings, including the C8 Corvette.
After eighteen months in review by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, documents published on October 24, 2017, reveal GM has been granted a patent for an internal combustion engine with elevated compression ratio and multi-stage boosting.
The document describes a propulsion system made up of a high compression internal combustion engine which uses a low-flow supercharger in combination with a high-flow turbocharger, linked to “one or more electric motor/generators, none of which are shown”.
John Hunter Nemechek is taking the next step up the NASCAR career ladder.
Nemechek, the 20-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Joe Nemechek, will move up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season, where he will share the driving duties in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet, Motorsport.com has learned.
Who is Cosworth Courting for an IndyCar effort? (7th Update)
Cosworth not building IndyCar engine
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. A Cosworth spokesperson told AR1.com "there is no truth in the rumor that Cosworth is in discussions with, or building an IndyCar engine, for a third manufacturer."
12/10/17 Did Ricardo Juncos spill the beans on a third IndyCar engine coming to be built by Cosworth but badged by a leading auto manufacturer? Towards the end of this video Juncos talks about how he bought the KV Racing IndyCars. He states that Kevin Kalkhoven made him an offer that was far too much for him to afford.
He says "it's confidential" that Cosworth is going to make a third engine for a brand that has yet to be announced, but that it would enter IndyCar in 2019 or 2020.
After Juncos told Mark Miles and Jay Frye that he could not afford Kalkhoven's price Miles called Kalkhoven and told him that if he wanted IndyCar to approve his engine he had to make sure that Juncos could afford his equipment. Juncos said Kalkhoven then came back with a new proposal that was accepted met his budget.
F1 close to Las Vegas race, others in mix (9th Update)
UPDATE (GMM) An official has denied that planning for a F1 race in Las Vegas is obviously racing ahead.
With Liberty Media often mentioning the desire for a second annual grand prix in the US, the local Las Vegas Review Journal says the sport has now made a series of trademark applications for Las Vegas GP-related items.
"As far as we know, there is nothing new with formula one," the president of Las Vegas events said.
Mercedes Tore Apart a Rented Tesla to Learn Its Secrets Then Tried to Return It
Tesla Model X. So good Mercedes is trying to copy it.
If you’re a car company trying to build a better car than your competitor, often you’ll want to pick up one of your competitor’s cars to see just how good they are. Maybe you'll just test it, or maybe you'll even disassemble in order to learn their secrets.
It seems like Mercedes’ parent company Daimler didn’t think this strategy all the way through. According to a report published in German magazine Der Spiegel, Daimler picked up a Tesla Model X to put through the paces. Only the Model X in question was rented, not bought, and the car's owners are left paying thousands of dollars in repair costs.
We can see Fiat racing in a series with near zero fans (Formula E), but not Maserati. We shall see.
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'speculation' as Motorsport.com reports Maserati may be eyeing Formula E, not F1. The possibility of Maserati entering Formula E is still being explored, even though the company is yet to make formal contact with the series writes Scott Mitchell.
Maserati is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which has been expressing its interest in FE since its CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed Ferrari had discussed whether it needed to enter the electric single-seater series.
Marchionne went as far as declaring that Ferrari "needs to be involved in Formula E" in March this year, then softened that stance a few months later when he claimed any Fiat FE entry would not be with Ferrari name.
UPDATE This rumor is updated to 'partially fact' with today's announcement that Shank will run 6 IndyCar races next year with Jack Harvey as the driver. Shank's intent is to have the partial schedule segue into a full-time team in 2019. We have updated our 2018 IndyCar Silly Season Page accordingly.
05/12/17 Michael Shank has one eye on expanding his team into the Verizon IndyCar Series, and feels that the strong results they have had in other series could translate into a strong outfit in single seaters.
The team boss of Michael Shank Racing is making his first appearance at theIndianapolis 500 in 2017 in conjunction with Andretti Autosport, where they will field British racer Jack Harvey, and he feels the team could be strong in both IndyCar and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship concurrently.
UPDATE This rumor, first broke by AR1.com over a month ago, is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.
12/07/17 Multiple media outlets covering the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis this week are reporting an alliance between Richard Petty Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing is a done deal. AR1.com broke the story of Petty's switch to Chevy on November 3rd.
Adam Stern of Sports Business Journal and Jerry Jordon of Kickinthetires.net have both confirmed the move in conversations with Richard Petty that the Petty team with switch manufacturers from Ford to Chevrolet ad will move their shop to Childress' compound in Welcome, N.C., although no official announcement of any of these moves have been made by either organization.
11/03/17 According to AR1.com sources, Richard Petty Motorsport is switching to Chevy for 2018.
We are told the #43 car will be run entirely by RCR, and it replaces the 27 car there.
As previously announced, Bubba Wallace will drive and Drew Blickensderfer will be his Crew Chief.
GM to use carbon fiber in next-generation pickup beds General Motors has made efforts to slash weight from its vehicles, and its next-generation full-size pickup trucks might get the most surprising lightweight solution yet. They might be in line for a carbon-fiber-induced diet. The automaker might use the strong, lightweight material in the beds of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.
Danica Patrick to drive last 2 races for Chip Ganassi (2nd Update)
IndyCar is desperate for any driver that can bring new fans
UPDATE Team owner Chip Ganassi has confirmed that talks between his team and free-agent driver Danica Patrick to drive for the team in the 2018 Daytona 500 and the 2018 Indianapolis 500 have broken down.
Speaking at the opening breakfast at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis this morning, Ganassi all but shot down the idea that Patrick would drive for his team at either event, saying "I think it has probably stalled a bit....the talks have maybe stalled." according to ESPN.com
Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly have been friends for years, and sometimes housemates since both joined the Verizon IndyCar Series full time in 2016. Now they're something more: teammates for Season 30 of "The Amazing Race," the popular, Emmy Award-winning reality competition show airing on CBS.
Tesla linked to massive multibillion-dollar steel factory project in Michigan
Is Elon Musk getting into the steel business now?
A giant multibillion-dollar factory project has been seeking approval and funding in Michigan for months now under secrecy with the codename “Project Tim.” Information trickled down in filings over the last year, but they were always able to hide the company or companies behind the project.
Now New Steel International Inc. has confirmed to be behind the project and they are insinuating that other companies, including Tesla, are also behind the effort.
Like most IndyCar team owners, Chip Ganassi never saw a ride buyers check he didn't like
The upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series season doesn’t begin for another three and a half months, but many drivers and teams have already secured their plans for 2018.
Ganassi is rumored to be in the running for Danica Patrick's Indy 500 publicity stunt. Patrick will end her professional racing career in the 102nd Indy 500.
“I have talked to her, and her representatives,” team owner Chip Ganassi confirmed at Homestead-Miami Speedway during NASCAR championship weekend. “I think it’s a fabulous idea, a fabulous marketing idea. It’s a fabulous opportunity.
Will Hong Kong Formula E race return after promoter loses money for 2 years running?
Race promoter Lawrence Yu Kam-kei not happy after losing his shirt again
The Hong Kong ePrix track "will extend next year but ticket prices are unlikely to come down" as organizers anticipate a "big deficit" from the weekend's doubleheader, senior official Lawrence Yu Kam-kei said, according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST.
Yu, who brought the race to Hong Kong last year, defended ticket prices, which have been "under fire from fans after a seat in the grandstand came in at between" HK$2,380 ($304.64) and HK$2,880 ($368.64), or up to HK$4,780 ($611.84) for a two-day ticket.
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.
10/18/17 Almost all of the speculation, informed or otherwise, around the racing future of 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button has involved potential opportunities with the Honda brand, something which is still a possibility in Super GT after the popular Briton raced in the Suzuka 1000kms for the brand earlier this year.
Tesla Semi. AR1.com has kept its readers informed about the future of battery technology and that when there is a breakthrough in Supercapacitor technology look out.
Elon Musk and Tesla have made some bold claims for the new Tesla Semi and Roadster. Those who understand batteries have been scratching their figurative heads trying to figure out how the company can deliver the specs it's promising - and concluding that the only possible way is some as-yet-unannounced advance in battery technology writes Charles Morris of Evanex.
Musk says the Tesla Semi will be able to haul 80,000 pounds for 500 miles, and recharge to 400 miles in 30 minutes, which would revolutionize the trucking industry. As for the Roadster, its promised 0-60 acceleration of 1.9 seconds effectively shuts down every one of the world's baddest supercars, and its touted 620-mile range would be double that of any EV produced to date.
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