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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Ford packs a bounty of safety assists into the little hatchback, and occupants get a much nicer cabin, too. Ford gave the world a good luck at the next-gen Fiesta's rounder design yesterday , but the Blue Oval held back most of the technical details about the latest version of its popular hatchback until now. When the model arrives, it looks to pack a ton of cutting-edge technology in a compact package. Depending on what customers want, they can choose between the higher-riding Active model, sporty ST-Line, luxury-oriented Vignale, and stylish Titanium. (pictured from left to right below) The new Fiesta five-door measures 159.1 inches (4,040 millimeters) long, which is 2.8 inches (71 mm) more than the current model. At 68.3 inches (1,734 mm) wide, the latest model is also 0.5 inches (12 mm) broader than the present one. It rides on a 98.2-inch (2,493-mm) wheelbase – an increase of 0.2 inches (4 mm). Ford reports that the new Fiesta is a sharper handler now because … [Read more...] about New Ford Fiesta tech details and powertrain specs finally revealed
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY July 2, 2013 -- Thirty years ago, Rob Dyson raced a 1983 Firebird in his first professional race at the IMSA Coca-Cola Three Hours of Lime Rock. He had been racing in the SCCA since 1974 but moved into professional racing on that Memorial Day. Of the thirty-seven cars entered that day, only one team still racing today: Dyson Racing. The team will be officially commemorating their thirtieth anniversary at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park next weekend, July 5 - 6. Many of the team's milestones over the past thirty years have occurred at Lime Rock Park, their home track with their shop less than an hour away. Two years after first running the 1983 Firebird, Rob Dyson moved up to an IMSA GTP Porsche 962 and debuted the car at Lime Rock in May of 1985 and won the first time out. The following year, the Lime Rock GTP race was the first professional pole for the team. The team also gave Mazda its first P2 victory at Lime Rock in 2009. And Lime … [Read more...] about Dyson Racing heads to home track with memories of their past
The numbers are in: 10.6 million vehicles sold in 2017. [UPDATE] The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has posted the final sales numbers for 2017, with combined sales standing at 10,608,366 units. Group Renault moved 8.5 percent more cars last year by delivering 3,761,634 vehicles, while Nissan shipped 5,816,278 units (up by 4.6%). As for Mitsubishi, the company saw a 10% boost in deliveries, at 1,030,454 cars. See the attached press release below for a more in-depth look at the numbers based on automaker and region. Despite the Dieselgate issue, it’s safe to say the Volkswagen Group had an exceptional 2017. Customer deliveries rose by a significant 4.3 percent to a record 10.74 million vehicles. December was a particularly successful month for VAG, with nearly 1 million (998,800 units) shipped all over the world, representing an 8.5% increase compared to December 2016. But was that enough to allow the VW Group hold on to its sales crown? If you’re asking the newly … [Read more...] about Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Argues It’s The Biggest Automaker [UPDATE]
It's a question that is impossible to answer, simply because even the man himself is adamant that he doesn't yet know. Speculation about Hamilton's career plans has been rife since his new one-year deal was finally announced on February 8, a little over a month before the start of testing in Bahrain. It's not the first time that he has gone into a season with only that year left on a contract, but usually it's been at the conclusion of a longer deal. This time around it's different, and the fact that the current arrangement was concluded so late reflects the complex bargaining process before both sides were happy. By agreeing a one-year deal, Hamilton has kept his options open – and so has team boss Toto Wolff. Throw in the availability of George Russell, and potentially Max Verstappen, and there is plenty about which to speculate. It all feeds into the ongoing debate on what Hamilton might choose to do at the end of this season. First, he has the chance to secure … [Read more...] about Hamilton: Man on a mission or a last hurrah?