Ahead of the 2021 F1 season, the former Renault team was rebranded to Alpine, the French manufacturer's sportscar brand. As part of the rebrand, the management structure of the Enstone also received an overhaul under new Renault CEO Luca de Meo. Long-time Renault employee Abiteboul left the company, with Alpine to be headed by the new brand CEO Laurent Rossi. Rossi decided not to appoint a traditional team principal to replace Abiteboul, those duties now split between executive director Budkowski and new racing director Davide Brivio, who joined the team from Suzuki's MotoGP squad. Read Also: F1 team boss Abiteboul leaves Renault effective immediately Alpine explains decision to ditch F1 team principal role Speaking to French media at Alpine's launch of its 2021 challenger, Budkowski admitted Abiteboul's departure caused a "shock" within the Enstone team. "It obviously was a surprise and a shock to everyone when we found out," Budkowski revealed. … [Read more...] about Abiteboul’s Alpine F1 departure was a “shock” – Budkowski
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2016 World rallycross champion Ekstrom ended his DTM career at the end of 2017 to focus on his World RX programme with his Audi-backed EKS team. But, following Audi’s decision in August to end its support for the Swede’s squad and focus on Formula E and DTM from 2019, Ekstrom announced after the final round of the series in South Africa last week that he would step back from racing full-time in World RX . The Audi driver believes it to be unlikely that he will return to DTM in 2019. “The bottom line is if there is a wish you can discuss, but if there is no place there is nothing to discuss,” he told Motorsport.com. “I’ve also been open minded and if someone would come and say ‘hey do you want to come and drive DTM’, I’d say ‘why not, but what’s the deal?’ "But, that hasn’t happened so I don’t even have to consider, and I’m also not 18 where I will go and run around and beg on my knees. "I’ve done it for sure, but it needs a good commitment from me and it … [Read more...] about Ekstrom not in DTM return discussions with Audi
It will be 201 inches (5.1 meters) long. Rumors of a larger Defender emerged even before Land Rover revived the legendary off-roader in September 2019. Company executives have now officially confirmed a three-row derivative is in the pipeline and will be on sale within the next 18 months. Known as the Defender 130 , the more spacious SUV "will hit a sweet spot in North America, China and also the Middle East, which we're not yet touching," according to Chief Financial Officer Adrian Mardell. According to an internal document from a couple of years ago, the more family-friendly derivative will retain the 119-in (3,022-mm) wheelbase of the Defender 110 while stretching the overall length by about 13 inches (342 millimeters) to 201 inches (5,100 millimeters). The same document referred to the Defender 130 as being a "premium explorer" with eight seats. Gallery: Land Rover Defender 110 V8 44 Photos … [Read more...] about Three-Row Land Rover Defender 130 Confirmed, On Sale Within 18 Months
The SUV's facelift will also allegedly bring a high-performance Sport RS version. Lamborghini has been spotted on multiple occasions testing a mid-cycle facelift for the Urus, and a new report from Car Magazine claims the disguise will come off sometime in 2022. The revised variant of the "Super SUV" is expected to bring an extension of the family as Sant'Agata Bolognese is allegedly planning a plug-in hybrid version and also a non-electrified Sport RS. The PHEV has been a long time coming, with Lamborghini's chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani revealing in an interview nearly three years ago the Urus would get a charging port within 18 months. That obviously didn't happen, but it appears the LM 002's spiritual successor is getting closer to jumping on the electrified bandwagon. Gallery: 2022 Lamborghini Urus Evo Spy Photos 18 Photos … [Read more...] about Lamborghini Urus Plug-In Hybrid To Pack 820 Horsepower?
Electric Model 3 beats German luxury sedan competition in sales for February in Europe. In its first full month on the market, the Tesla Model 3 shot to #1 on the European sales charts in its so-called luxury mid-size sedan segment. That's quite an accomplishment for Tesla , the electric automaker that hails from California. Even more impressive is that the Model 3 isn't even available in the UK, as right-hand-drive versions have yet to be produced. More Model 3 News ⠀ Tesla Model 3 Performance Takes On Audi TT, RWD Model 3 $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Leading To Price Cuts On Chevy Bolt The focus here is on sales in the month of February. Those figures for Europe have just become final. So then, exactly how well did the Model 3 do in regards to sales? Well, it outsold some stiff German competition like the BMW 3 Series , Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class . That's like a punch in the face to the German automakers right there. As expected, … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 Tops European Sales Chart For Premium Midsize Sedan