The Cross-Country World Championship will become a reality for the first time in history after years of negotiations and behind-the-scenes work between Dakar's promoter and the governing body of motorsport. The proposal, as Motorsport.com has learned, was discussed extensively by ASO and the FIA since last winter and was put to a e-vote by the World Motor Sport Council last week. The world championship will debut next year and will have ASO as its sole promoter for the first five seasons. The Dakar Rally will be the first round of the championship with a maximum of four more events to be announced in the coming months. Up until now, the cross-country discipline has had a World Cup and a Bajas World Cup, but manufacturers and drivers haven't been too committed to them. Participation in these events was done on a discretionary basis, mainly as preparation for the following year's Dakar event. Three-time Dakar champion Nasser Al-Attiyah was one of the selected drivers to … [Read more...] about FIA, ASO launch new Cross-Country World Championship around Dakar
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The full-time Supercars grid is set to grow to 25 cars next season as the famous Ford squad goes from three to four Mustangs. It's a return to running four proper Tickford-owned entries for the first time since 2018. At the end of that season Tickford handed one of its four RECs back to Supercars so it could run Phil Munday's customer 23Red Racing entry. However when Munday pulled out early in the 2020 season and subsequently sold his REC to Brad Jones Racing , Tickford was left without an entry to continue to run four cars. It tried to secure its REC back from Supercars for 2021 but was unsuccessful , ultimately scaling back to three cars as Lee Holdsworth missed out on a seat . The successful tender for one of the vacant RECs will likely be good news for Thomas Randle. The reigning Super2 champion is under contract with Tickford and was in contention to make his full-time debut this year had a fourth REC been secured. Instead he had to settle for a … [Read more...] about Tickford wins new Supercars entry
Daimler will be embracing electrification at a higher pace. Literally a few hours after a new report emerged claiming Audi will speed up the process of integrating electric powertrains and will phase out combustion-powered cars earlier than initially expected, similar information is coming from Daimler. The company that owns Mercedes-Benz will reportedly follow a similar approach in an updated version of its electrification strategy. Citing Germany’s Manager Magazin , Automotive News reports Mercedes will launch its electric vehicles originally slated for the middle of the decade earlier than planned. The models that were supposed to be unveiled in 2024 or 2025 will make their debuts a year earlier, while their combustion-powered equivalents will be dropped from the model range altogether. Nothing seems to be official at this point, though, as the publication cites “sources close to the matter.” The Future Is Electric At Mercedes: ⠀ 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS … [Read more...] about Mercedes To Switch More Combustion Cars To EVs Sooner Than Planned
The flexi-wing drama that's been bubbling away over the last few races should see a line drawn underneath it at Paul Ricard, as the FIA introduces new tests to prevent teams from circumventing the load and deflection tests that were already in place. Teams have had around a month to prepare themselves for the new test conditions, which require the designers to comply with new values and mean that they have a rotation component to deal with rather than just a deflection. The new guidelines suggest that bodywork may rotate no more than one-degree about an axis normal to the centreplane when two 750N loads are applied rearward. Furthermore, bodywork may not rotate more than one-degree about an axis normal to the centre plane when two 1000N loads are applied in a downward direction. Ferrari SF21 rear wing qualification and race, Azerbaijan Grand Prix Photo by: Giorgio Piola However, even with the new rear wing tests scheduled to be introduced at the French Grand … [Read more...] about F1’s flexi-wing controversy faces end game in France
Tyre failures or punctures have been part of the scene since the dawn of motor racing. Sadly, over the decades many drivers have lost their lives as a result of tyre issues, or presumed tyre issues. It used to be that suspension or wing breakages were just as much of a concern, but they are rare at F1 level in the modern era, such is the technical competence of the teams. When they get into their cockpits drivers have total faith that the car has been put together properly. Tyres are the one part of the car over which teams do not have complete control; complete because Pirelli has made it clear that the current controversy involves how teams operate their tyres, and thus they do have an input into how they behave. The technical directive issued by the FIA this week was designed to close any loopholes and ensure that tyres are always operated to the parameters that are prescribed by Pirelli. That initiative has been welcomed by the drivers, who can only see safety … [Read more...] about Have F1 drivers lost faith in Pirelli after Baku failures?