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Volkswagen to continue support for Formula Student Germany in next racing season

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In future, the company will focus more strongly on the “Driverless” category than has previously been the case in order to bring the innovation areas of electric drive systems and autonomous driving even closer together. At the Hockenheimring, the company also recruits new career entrants. Trainees and interns who were active in Formula Student have repeatedly joined Volkswagen. “The atmosphere at the Hockenheimring was fantastic,” said Prof. Dr. Stefan Gies, Head of the Mid- and Fullsize Series Group at Volkswagen and FSG Patron. “Each of t... Read More »

The heart of the BMW M8 GTE: The most efficient BMW Motorsport racing engine ever

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With the start of the conception phase for the new GTE engine, the engine designers at BMW Motorsport embarked on their most comprehensive project since the development of the power unit for the DTM comeback in 2012. In total, more than 500 engine design drawings – and another 500 drawings for the powertrain – were created in the following months. The result of that work is the most efficient engine that BMW Motorsport has ever developed, delivering between 500 and more than 600 hp (depending on the specifications of the sporting authorities). ... Read More »

MINI ALL4 Racing to compete at the Hungarian Baja, 11-14th August – round 6 of the 2016 FIA Cross Country World Cup

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MINI ALL4 Racing to compete at the Hungarian Baja, 11-14th August – round 6 of the 2016 FIA Cross Country World Cup.   Three MINI ALL4 Racing to undertake the longstanding Hungarian Baja with drivers Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Bryce Menzies (USA) and Erik van Loon (NDL).   Munich. Now in its 16th year, the Hungarian Baja is a proven and very popular race to feature on the FIA Cross Country World Cup calendar. The action for this four day event begins on Thursday 11th August and concludes Sunday 14th August.   The Hungaria... Read More »

Honda Racing Corporation Renews Contract with Marc Márquez until end of 2018

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Marc is currently in his fourth season in the MotoGP class, always with the Repsol Honda Team. During that time, he has achieved two World Titles, in his rookie season in 2013, and again in 2014, whereas he finished third last year. Thus far, Márquez so far has won nearly half of the Premier-class races he has entered and has finished on the podium 73% of the time. With six rounds having been completed in the 2016 season, Márquez arrives at this weekend’s Catalan GP second in the standings by just 10 points. Marc Márquez “I’m very happy to... Read More »

Super Sunday racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York gets bigger with Snapchat Live Story

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“With the three final races and double points up for grabs on Super Sunday, the leaderboard can change in a New York minute. It will be an ‘edge-of-your-seat’ day of America’s Cup racing,” said America’s Cup Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Bertone. “Snapchat’s Live Story coverage will elevate an electric atmosphere on the Hudson River by taking fans behind-the-scenes, and providing users the opportunity be part of the story from New York.” From pre-race briefings to the awards celebration, the Snapchat Live Story will follow the sailors, tea... Read More »

The new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible

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Thrilling performance properties and extrovert charisma; drive, suspension technology and aerodynamics developed on the basis of well-established racing expertise; distinctive design features in the unmistakable style of John Cooper Works and clearly differentiated from the new MINI Convertible. • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder power unit developed exclusively for John Cooper Works models; current engine generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology as the basis; fascinating performance characteristics and highly emotional sound development due to d... Read More »

Dakar is go: 12 MINI ALL4 Racing line up for the start of the 2016 Dakar Rally

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Munich. New Year, new challenges: 2 January 2016 will see the start of the 2016 Dakar Rally, the traditional season opener of long-distance cross-country rallies. Once again MINI takes on this exciting and exacting 9,500km, 15 day racing event but this year with a record entry of 12 MINI ALL4 Racing cars. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and long-term co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) of AXION X-raid Team (#300) are the defending Dakar champions and more than ready to take up the challenge of motorsport’s toughest endurance race. “Preparation is complete... Read More »

Podium success at Imola puts Alpine back in the frame!

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After qualifying third on the grid, Nelson Panciatici aimed for the inside of the first corner at the start to move up to second spot. He then stayed on the tail of the early leader as he found himself having to pick his way carefully past backmarkers just a quarter of an hour into the race. Paul-Loup Chatin was the next driver in the car and he soon emerged in first place before the Alpine A450 unfortunately refused to re-start for around 20 seconds after its second fuel stop. At the halfway point, Oliver Webb began his stint during whic... Read More »

80 years ago: victory by the Mercedes-Benz W 25 in the International Eifel Race gave birth to the legend of the Silver Arrows

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Premiere, victory and track record: the International Eifel Race on 3 June 1934 was dominated by the new Mercedes-Benz W 25. Manfred von Brauchitsch drove to victory at the Nürburgring on the first appearance of the racing car developed from 1933 for the 750-kilogram formula applicable from 1934. Thus began an unrivalled series of successes achieved by the W 25 and subsequent Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows in the years up to 1939. After the Second World War Mercedes-Benz followed up on these outstanding successes, initially in the 1952 season with... Read More »

Renault pays homage to turbocharged heritage at Silverstone

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Renault paid homage to this history today with a demonstration of some of the most significant turbo powered cars to have raced in the championship. Of course this year a new generation of turbos will return to the circuit where history was written. The RS01 was on display alongside the Renault RE40, the British GP-winning car driven in 1983 by Alain Prost, and the Lotus 98T, one of the fastest-ever turbocharged cars built, driven by Ayrton Senna in 1986. Following its appearance in 1977 the RS01 ushered in a new engine formula. The RS01 ... Read More »

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