Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport, as we are often told. But to get to the pinnacle you have to pass through a journey and in a competitive environment like motorsports that means overcoming significant hurdles. Those hurdles are even greater for drivers coming from outside Europe, as was spelled out quite plainly at the FIA Sport Conference in Manila. For F1 to market itself as the best drivers in the world, it really needs to have the best drivers in the world, who have come up through the ranks from countries around the globe. Today it cannot really say that. The cost of climbing the ladder is prohibitively high and access to the feeder series is limited, especially in regions like Asia. And yet if Asia could produce a quality driver, the sport would have greater chance of thriving in the region. F1 CEO Chase Carey appeared in a panel discussion on Day 1 of the conference with Asian drivers Alex Yoong and Marlon Stockinger, which looked at how to find a way for … [Read more...] about Formula 1 and Asia: What are the next steps?
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Every family vehicle should have 600-plus horsepower and drift mode. What a great time to be an auto enthusiast with a family. Once upon a time the two weren’t so mutually exclusive, but now we have crazy beasts like this AMG -tuned long-roof Merc that is as practical as it is insane. We got a preview of the bonkers Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon back in February, but seeing it dressed in white for its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show , this family hauler has all the makings of an epic sleeper-in-waiting. Revealed: Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagons its tail in Geneva For those who missed our E63 S Wagon preview , here’s the background on this car’s split personality. It packs the same 603-horsepower biturbo V8 and nine-speed dual-clutch automatic from the AMG E63 sedan . That engine also produces 627 pound-feet of torque, so it’s not like you’ll need to constantly shift to find the Merc’s ample power band. 4Matic all-wheel drive is standard and can shuffle … [Read more...] about Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagons its tail in Geneva
All the goodness of the new E-Class, with 603 screaming horses underhood. "The Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan and E63 S Sedan are the most powerful E-Class variants of all time." That's how Mercedes-Benz starts its lengthy press blast about the new AMG E63 , which you can read below, but that's only half the story. What you're looking at here is one of the most luxurious, technologically advanced super sedans ever created, and it comes packed with some new cool bits that'll likely make it a total blast to drive. Under the hood is – you guessed it – Mercedes’ 4.0-liter V8 engine, with a pair of turbochargers that both use twin-scroll technology to improve performance and reduce turbo lag. In the standard E63, this engine is good for 563 horsepower (420 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet of torque (750 Newton meters), and with 4Matic all-wheel drive, 0-60 happens in just 3.4 seconds. Even more outstanding is the E63 S, which ups the output to 603 hp (450 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm). That … [Read more...] about 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 revealed with 603 hp and Drift Mode