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An Argument for Formula 1

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 12:14PM | By: Nick Bakewell

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This weekend marks the beginning of the end for 2013’s Formula 1 season. For those not in the know (forgivable, the sport isn’t especially popular in the US), F1 is the absolute top tier of motorsport. It’s an amalgam of superlative facts and figures: the fastest cars, the biggest budgets, the most advanced engineering, and the most extreme driving talent all come together to form what I consider to be the most exciting sport in the world. Even for those who know nothing about it, the names of some of the top teams might ring a bell: Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren, Lotus, and so on.

Film Review: Rush

On: Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 12:59PM | By: Nick Bakewell

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Ron Howard’s latest picture, Rush, illustrates the story of the 1976 Formula 1 season and the rivalry between the two drivers at the heart of it. Following in the footsteps of 2010’s incredible documentary about the life, death, and career of Ayrton Senna (the aptly titled "Senna"), Rush has some big racing boots to fill. Unfortunately, despite the film’s abundance of acting talent and lush visuals, it ultimately falls short of its goals, toeing the line between narrative and documentary while committing to neither.

Bentley unveils Le Mans Edition of the Mulsanne

On: Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 12:23PM | By: Teddy Field

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In May of 1923, W.O. Bentley traveled to France to attend the inaugural running of a new 24-hour endurance race, being held in the streets outside of a little town called Le Mans. One of W.O.'s customers had entered a 1923 Bentley 3-liter in the race, and wound up finishing 4th overall. During the race, driver Frank Clement set the first lap record, covering the 10.7 mile course in 9:39, at an average speed of 66 mph. Enthused by his car's performance, Bentley returned the following year to claim victory against a field of all-French cars. And to honor the 90th Anniversary of this legendary endurance race, W.O.'s company unveiled a very special Mulsanne Le Mans Limited Edition at this week's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. 

Why Fox is pulling the plug on the SPEED Channel

On: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 3:49PM | By: Teddy Field

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There's no business like show business—and occasionally, it can be brutal. Just ask the 100+ employees at the Speed Channel. On Saturday morning, August 17th, the Speed Channel will switchover to become a multi-sport channel called Fox Sports 1—A move that saddens many in the automotive and motorsports communities. 


Drayson Racing Sets 204 MPH Electric World Speed Record

On: Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

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While it's still subject to FIA homologation, UK-based Drayson Racing has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record. Leaving the bullet-shaped streamliners to other world record outfits, Drayson did it in the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype. Its 204.185 mph record topped the 40-year-old 175 mph standing record by nearly 30 mph.

Nine Days of The Great Race 2013 Begin This Weekend

On: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 4:26PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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2013’s Great Race kicks off today, June 21st, for the 30th time since 1983. The Great Race course in 2013 begins in St. Paul, Minnesota and ends in Mobile, Alabama. This path takes drivers through Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Around 100 cars are expected to start this race—how many will finish is yet to be determined.

Range Rover Sport sets record at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

On: Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 1:52PM | By: Teddy Field

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Years ago, Range Rovers were as British as bad teeth and kidney pie. Pomp & Circumstance came standard, and you could literally go anywhere you pleased. Of course, they started leaking oil on the assembly line, and they ran properly only twice a month. But for those two days, you felt like the King of the World.

Ford bought the storied off-road brand from BMW in 2000 and promptly fixed the leaks, and had an exorcism performed on the electrics. The anesthetized Range Rover could now journey down Rodeo Drive without embarrassing itself, and it could even make the return trip without the aid of a tow truck. This new-found reliability allowed Land Rover to expand the Range Rover product line, and the asphalt-themed Range Rover Sport became the preferred ride of aristocratic playboys from Miami to Milan.

Witness a World Record With New Bugatti Video

On: Thu, May 2, 2013 at 5:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Prior to introducing its latest special edition, Bugatti put the "world record" into the World Record Car Edition by blazing into the books with a 254-mph run recorded by TÜV, the independent German organization for Technical Inspection and Certification. The record was for the fastest convertible in the world, and Bugatti got it done in the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. This week, Bugatti released the video evidence of the world record run. Reading about the world record was interesting, but watching it unfold before your eyes is much better. 

First Electric Off-Roader Racing in Baja

On: Wed, May 1, 2013 at 5:23PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The National Off Road Racing Association (we'll call 'em NORRA from now on) announced last week that for the first time ever an all-electric off-road vehicle would race in its Mexican 1000 hot rod race, which is underway now. The rally, which is open to vintage and alternatively fueled vehicles, provides an interesting test bed for EVs, which suffer from range issues and performance problems in extreme weather - say 1,200 miles of hot, mouth-cottoningly dry desert in Baja. The SR1 EV1 truly has its work cut out for it. 

Bugatti Unveils Fastest Convertible in the World

On: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 11:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Earlier this month, Bugatti announced a claimed world speed record for convertibles in its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. The 1,183-hp open-topped Veyron screamed down Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessein track and was clocked in at 254.04 mph by the German inspection and certification aficianados at TUV. Bugatti followed the feat up by revealing a Grand Sport Vitesse "World Record Car" special edition at the Shanghai Auto Show. 

The World's First Car Backflip ... In A MINI

On: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 9:54AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Imagine for a second soaring 20 feet over the ground, peering at the hard asphalt below through the upside-down windshield of your car. Now imagine that that car was one of the tiniest minicars on Earth. That doesn't sound too enticing, does it? But that's what French driver, skier and stuntman Guerlain Chicherit put himself up to. MINI is calling it the world's first unassisted backflip by car.