Fortunately – just like with thoroughbred horse racing’s standing as the ‘sport of kings’ – the prestige and status of F1 attracts some of the wealthiest people on the planet. So let’s take a look at them... As an entrée, just think about that Claro sticker on the rear wing of the Red Bull Racing car. Claro is the South American part of America Movil, a Forbes Global 2000 telecoms group that employs almost 200,000 staff and is headquartered in Mexico City – its reported revenues are north of $50billion. Its chairman, Carlos Slim Helu, has a current net worth of $62.8billion, according to Forbes – at the time of writing, he’s the world’s 16th richest man. Red Bull Racing RB16B rear wing endplate Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images He – along with son Carlos Slim Domit – has been the financial force behind driver Sergio Perez, who joined the team in 2021. His career has been intrinsically linked to the Slim family via their Telmex telecoms company, which … [Read more...] about Who are the richest people in Formula 1?
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When you do the math, the supercar actually produces around 758 lb-ft and 1,000 hp. Tesla shocked the collective automotive community when it debuted its new Roadster supercar just a few weeks ago. Complete with a whopping 7,376 pound-feet (10,000 Newton-meters) of torque, it has the ability to sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) 1.9 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 250 mph (402 kmh). Allegedly. But those numbers may be seriously overstated, according to a revealing new video by the folks at Engineering Explained. According to Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained , he claims that the Tesla Roadster's proposed torque figures are not in-line with typical vehicle performance measurement standards. By his calculations, the supercar is only able to produce 758 lb-ft (1,027 Nm) of torque, and nearly 1,000 hp (745 kW). Still impressive by modern supercar standards, but a far cry from the alleged 7,376 lb-ft (10,000 Nm) the company touted at … [Read more...] about Tesla Roadster’s 10,000-Nm Torque Figure May Be A Bit Overstated
The Canadian star won races in Formula BMW, Formula Atlantic, GP3, Formula 3, A1GP, Formula 2 and won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series which earned him a Formula 1 testing role. However, without the necessary funding to become an F1 test driver, Wickens stepped off the open-wheel ladder to spend six seasons in the DTM series (where he scored six wins) before joining the IndyCar Series for 2018. Belying his rookie status, he scored a pole and four podium finishes in his first 13 races, took Rookie of the Year honors at the Indy 500, and lay sixth in the championship when a horrific crash in the 14 th round at Pocono in August left him with a thoracic spinal fracture, fractures to both legs, both hands, a forearm, an elbow and four ribs. Wickens was second at Mid-Ohio in 2018, his final completed IndyCar Series race. Photo by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images Today Wickens tested a racecar for the first time since the accident , which occurred when he was 29, … [Read more...] about Wickens still aims to return to “elite level” of motorsport
If you ordered a ZR2, it’s finally time to take it off some sweet jumps. For anyone who ordered a Chevy Colorado ZR2 , there’s good news: The first batch of the off-road pickup truck has left the factory in Wentzville, Missouri, on the way to customers. Chevy says that the first ZR2 customers will receive their trucks this month. Of course, the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is no ordinary pickup. Introduced last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show , it has been developed from front to back to tackle challenging off-road scenarios. New front and rear bumpers improve clearance and allow for the fitment of 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires on 17x8-inch wheels, while new cast-iron control arms push the truck’s track width out by 3.5 inches and contribute to a 2-inch lift. Suspending those control arms are Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers from Multimatic. That’s the same suspension technology employed by the Chevy Camaro Z/28 , and recall that Multimatic is … [Read more...] about First Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Pickups Leave Factory Headed To Customers