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Worn Pirelli tyres 25.10.2013 Indian Grand Prix / XPB Pirelli has renewed its threat to quit formula one.
F1’s controversial Italian tyre supplier has signed deals for 2014 and beyond with the teams and Bernie Ecclestone, and even got the FIA’s green light to stay in the sport.
But Paul Hembery, the marque’s F1 chief, told reporters in India that Pirelli needs to be able to do more testing ahead of the 2014 season.
“Based on the comments of our chairman (Marco Tronchetti Provera) a few weeks ago, there has to be some (more) running or we can’t do the tyres,” he is quoted by Reuters news agency.
Hembery’s comments come amid a tumultuous season for Pirelli, after the explosive British grand prix and regular criticism of its heavily-degrading tyres.
Adrian Sutil 10.10.2013 Japanese Grand Prix / XPB
Formula one has come too soon for incoming Russian drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Daniil Kvyat, who are both still in their teens.
That is the claim of Adrian Sutil, referring to the duo that is scheduled to debut for Sauber and Toro Rosso respectively in 2014.
“I think it’s much too soon (for them),” the Force India driver, who is 30, told Speed Week. “They are still children.
“But in formula one it takes grown men, because it is a very tough business. It’s also a shame, because it hurts these young talents if they come in too soon. There is no reason for it.
“Yes we have Russia on the calendar next year, so it’s nice if we have a Russian driver. But I think it’s too risky,” said Sutil.
He said it’s not just the young age that is a problem, but Kvyat is skipping the formative categories GP2 and Formula Renault and leaping straight in from GP3.
“It’s not easy to control a formula one car,” said Sutil, “especially with these tyres. These are ultimately the fastest cars in the world, so it’s a risk for everyone.
“Maybe I’m wrong and they are faster than me. But I think talent like that is rare — maybe one in a thousand drivers who make it into formula one,” the German added.
McLaren’s Jenson Button is another driver who has questioned the readiness of drivers like Kvyat, earning him a rebuke from Red Bull’s outspoken Dr Helmut Marko.
“Jenson Button should focus on his career,” Marko told the Russian website f1news.ru. “I think we have proved we know what we are doing.
“I don’t care what anybody says,” Marko continued. “Look at what we’ve done with Vettel. Half the paddock said he was ‘too young, he is not ready, he will never be successful’.
“What do I have to say? I don’t go to McLaren and tell them what to do,” Marko insisted.
Marko also lashed out at suggestions drivers like Stoffel Vandoorne, who is backed by McLaren, and Dutchman Robin Frijns, turned down offers to race for Toro Rosso in 2014.
“I never talked to him!” Marko insisted loudly, referring to Vandoorne. “Ask him. Please do. Another guy, this crazy Dutch guy (Frijns), he said he turned down our offer.
“We never offered him anything and it annoys me to have to listen to what they say.”
But Vandoorne’s manager Richard Goddard, who also works with Button, begs to differ.
“It is true that there was no offer,” he told Auto Motor und Sport, “but there was interest from Toro Rosso’s side.”
Sebastian Vettel 27.10.2013 Indian Grand Prix / XPB
Sebastian Vettel spent some of his first moments as a quadruple world champion-elect in the stewards office after Sunday’s Indian grand prix.
After wrapping up his 2013 title campaign in style with a third consecutive win at the Buddh circuit, the German let his emotion spill over with a series of perfect donuts on the front straight.
“(Engineer) Rocky called for the usual procedure, but I said ‘not this time’,” Vettel grinned as he recalled doing the donuts, stopping the car on the grid and throwing his gloves into the grandstand.
The Red Bull driver, however, broke a fundamental rule about taking his car straight to ‘parc ferme’ — a crucial procedure to prevent interference with the car and strict compliance with the rules.
Indeed, FIA officials were quickly on the scene of the abandoned RB9 to ‘neutralise’ it, and Vettel and team manager Jonathan Wheatley were summarily called up by the stewards.
Dr Helmut Marko, however, said he could not understand the officials’ strict adherence to the rules in such a universally-enjoyed moment of emotion and celebration, calling the FIA’s reaction “unbelievable” and “strange”.
German commentator Marc Surer said: “The FIA could penalise him, but I hope they turn a blind eye, because this was not just any race but the title decider.
“On the other hand, the FIA constantly surprises me with the penalties they issue.”
Meanwhile, Lotus’ relationship with the departing Kimi Raikkonen may have imploded in India on Sunday, as the Finn clashed on track with his charging teammate Romain Grosjean.
The team’s engineering boss Alan Permane admitted to British broadcaster Sky that Raikkonen’s behaviour was “disappointing”.
And there was a colourful exchange on the radio in the heat of the battle, with one team member saying on the radio: “Kimi, get out of the f***ing way”.
Raikkonen replied: “Don’t f***ing shout at me.”
NBC pit reporter Will Buxton said afterwards on Twitter: “Tell you what I’d do. I’d stick Davide Valsecchi in the car for the final three (races). Just for fun.”
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||60||1:31:12.187||1||25|
|2||9||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||60||+29.8 secs||2||18|
|3||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||60||+39.8 secs||17||15|
|4||4||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||60||+41.6 secs||5||12|
|5||6||Sergio Perez||McLaren-Mercedes||60||+43.8 secs||9||10|
|6||10||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||60||+52.4 secs||3||8|
|7||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus-Renault||60||+67.9 secs||6||6|
|8||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||60||+72.8 secs||12||4|
|9||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||60||+74.7 secs||13||2|
|10||19||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||60||+76.2 secs||11||1|
|11||3||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||60||+78.2 secs||8|
|12||16||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||60||+78.9 secs||18|
|13||18||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Ferrari||59||+1 Lap||14|
|14||5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||59||+1 Lap||10|
|15||12||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||59||+1 Lap||16|
|16||17||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault||59||+1 Lap||15|
|17||23||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth||58||+2 Laps||22|
|18||22||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Cosworth||58||+2 Laps||19|
|19||11||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||54||+6 Laps||7|
|Ret||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||39||Alternator||4|
|Ret||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1||Accident damage||20|
2015 Ford Mustang leaked photo (not confirmed) 27.10.2013 / Car & Driver
Cover seems legit, but could show a render
[update] Car & Driver says these are renders “almost definitely” showing the 2015 Mustang’s design.
Car & Driver’s December issue cover has surfaced the web, showing what could possibly be the 2015 Ford Mustang.
We don’t know for sure if the attached photo does show the new Ford Mustang but even if it’s a render it should be very close to the real deal. The cover is from Car & Driver’s December issue and appears to be legit in our opinion.
In related news, a survey conducted by Morpace for Ford surfaced the web this weekend, shedding some light as far as the engine lineup is concerned. It seems the new Mustang will be available with a choice of three engines, starting with a naturally-aspirated V6 3.8-liter producing 300 bhp (224 kW) and 290 lb-ft (393 Nm) of torque which will allow the car to return 19 mpg city and 29 mpg on the highway.
For an additional 560 USD the customer will be able to opt for an inline-four 2.4-liter GTDI outputting 310 bhp (231 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. In this configuration, the 2015 Mustang will do 22 mpg city / 32 mpg highway.
There will also be a V8 4.9-liter available for an extra 1,890 USD which will generate 430 bhp (321 kW) and 396 lb-ft (536 Nm) and return 18 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.
The survey also envisions a starting price of 23,995 USD and four transmission options: six-speed manual, seven-speed manual, six-speed automatic and ten-speed automatic. Lastly, the convertible version is listed in the survey to cost an extra 5,000 USD.
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Misha Design`s Porsche 911 is headed for SEMA Show. If you want a range of body styling items for your 911 that can be installed straight on to the factory mounting points, then Misha Design`s latest range may be just your thing. Everything from the front and rear bumpers to the extended side skirts, rear diffuser, rear spoiler and ventilated front bonnet can be ordered individually. There`s also a quad sports exhaust system available and rumours of a performance upgrade in the works too..
Can run on petrol and CNG
Natural gas vehicle haven’t caught on in the United States but that hasn’t stopped General Motors CEO Dan Akerson from unveiling the 2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel at the OPEC Oil Embargo + 40 summit earlier today.
Detailed specifications haven’t been released but the model has a bi-fuel engine that can run on petrol or compressed natural gas (CNG). When the CNG tank it empty, the model “seamlessly” switches to petrol. With both tanks full, the Impala Bi-Fuel will have a combined range of up to 500 miles (805 km). More importantly, in CNG mode, the model will be cheaper to operate and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Akerson, “We know that U.S. energy security won’t come from a one-off moonshot, it will flow from our systematic investment in technology and innovation… our drive to get more from existing energy sources and renewables… our commitment to conservation… and it will be assured by fully and safely exploiting our shale gas reserves.”
185+ mph top speed
Nissan has revealed an updated and final version of the hybrid-electric ZEOD RC racecar which will compete in next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Earlier this year in June we saw Nissan’s all-new “Garage 56” entry for 2014 Le Mans in the form of a ZEOD RC prototype and now the car has been revealed in final guise. It boasts several design modifications, new cooling inlets and a few aerodynamic updates. The car’s technology represents an evolution of the Leaf Nismo RC and will be the first car to complete a full lap of the 8.5-mile Le Mans track solely on electric power.
Nissan say it will be capable of hitting a top speed of more than 185 mph (300 km/h) and will be faster around Le Mans than a LM GTE car. The driver will have the possibility of choosing between electric power and a turbocharged 1.6-liter lightweight internal combustion gasoline engine which works with a 5-speed paddle-shift gearbox and enables the car to provide an approximate 300 bhp (224 kW) output in hybrid mode.
The ZEOD RC will be used as a test bed by Nissan to develop EV technologies for the firm’s future LMP1 program.
Further details are available in the attached press release.
Audi A5 DTM Champion 17.10.2013
Limited to 300 cars
Audi is introducing the A5 DTM Champion special edition to celebrate Mike Rockenfeller’s triumph in the 2013 DTM season.
Only 300 cars will be built and Audi plans on charging 1,900 EUR for the A5 DTM Champion package which obviously comes with a lot of DTM badges positioned on the side sills, fenders and door sill trims. The car also features a fixed rear wing painted in the same color as the rest of the body, while the exterior mirrors boast an aluminum look. Rounding off the list of changes are the 20-inch 5 V-spoke alloy wheels.
Available on order starting next week, the limited-run Audi A5 will be offered in Glacier White, Daytona Gray and Misano Red paint schemes. Engine choices will include a 2.0 TDI quattro with 177 HP (130 kW), a 3.0 TDI quattro rated at 245 HP (180 kW), a 2.0 TFSI quattro delivering 225 HP (165 kW) and a 3.0 TFSI quattro producing 272 HP (200 kW).
As a side note, BMW launched a similar DTM Champion Edition of the M3 towards the end of last year after Bruno Spengler won the competition.
Hyundai has announced improvements for the 2014 Sonata, one of the highest rated and best selling midsize cars on the market. It gets some new exterior design enhancements, new safety technologies and a host of unique comfort and convenience features.
On the exterior the new bolder grilles, rear fascia insert and optional HID Xenon headlights and LED taillights boost the flowing lines and integrate a new level of design precision. The fluid and precise exterior theme is completed by sets of all-new 17- and 18-inch multi-spoke wheels.
The sophisticated look continues inside, where Hyundai has created an even more upscale ambiance which include new full-leather steering wheel, new eight-inch navigation screen, new color audio screens, new color LCD information screen, new ventilated driver seat, new LED dome light and new carbon fiber trim.
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata is powered by the acclaimed Theta II GDI 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 190 horsepower and 179 lb.-ft. of torque. In the SE trim, which includes a standard dual exhaust, the engine delivers 192 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. Sonata delivers an impressive 24 mpg city/35 mpg EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating with the standard six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC.
Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Camaro Z/28, the most iconic model in Camaro history, at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The new Camaro Z/28 features a full aerodynamics package that creates downforce at speed, which helps make it the most track-capable offering in Camaro’s history.
On the exterior, the Z/28 features a large splitter, connected to an underbody panel that further reduces lift. In profile, the Z/28 features fender flares over the front and rear wheels, as well as extended rocker panels that contribute to aerodynamic stability. An aggressive rear spoiler and functional diffuser complete the aerodynamic package.
On the interior, the Camaro Z/28 features trim in a distinctive, matte-metallic finish named Octane, the ZL1 flat-bottomed steering wheel, and standard Recaro seats with microfiber suede inserts. To save weight, both front seats incorporate manual adjustment.
The new Camaro Z/28 forgoes ultimate horsepower and torque for improved weight balance and track performance. It is powered by the 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine producing an output of at least 500 horsepower (373 kW) and 470 lb-ft of torque (637 Nm). The Camaro Z/28 is exclusively offered with a Tremec TR6060 manual transmission. The six-speed features close-ratio gearing and 3.91:1 final drive ratio, both optimized for the power characteristics of the LS7.
The new 2014 Camaro line will arrive at Chevrolet dealers later in 2013. The Camaro Z/28 is expected to be appearing at track events across the United States in spring 2014.