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Top Stories of 2018, #20: Electric VW shatters Pikes Peak record

When Volkswagen brought its all-electric, four-wheel drive I.D. R prototype to the Pikes Peak hillclimb this year, its claimed rhetoric was all about conquering the electric record. But once you’d clapped eyes on the scale of the project, and the quality o
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Top Stories of 2018, #20: Electric VW shatters Pikes Peak record

When Volkswagen brought its all-electric, four-wheel drive I.D. R prototype to the Pikes Peak hillclimb this year, its claimed rhetoric was all about conquering the electric record. But once you’d clapped eyes on the scale of the project, and the quality of people involved, you quickly realised that Sebastien Loeb’s outright course record was the real target. The event’s regulations ... Keep reading

Norris passed up hero Rossi's #46 to avoid «copycat» tag

The young British driver has been a fan of the multiple MotoGP champion since he was young, and considered the Italian’s famous number for his step up to F1 in 2019. In the end, however, Norris chose number four instead because of how the digit looked, as w
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Norris passed up hero Rossi's #46 to avoid «copycat» tag

The young British driver has been a fan of the multiple MotoGP champion since he was young, and considered the Italian’s famous number for his step up to F1 in 2019. In the end, however, Norris chose number four instead because of how the digit looked, as well as it fitting in perfectly for the hashtag #L4ndo. “There is a story behind number four: but the story is that there is no ... Keep reading

M-Sport's fight for a WRC future after Ogier

Malcolm Wilson has insisted there will be no dip in performance from his M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, if the squad returns to the WRC next season. Wilson admitted the loss of Sebastien Ogier was significant for 2019, but added his team had learned from the
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M-Sport's fight for a WRC future after Ogier

Malcolm Wilson has insisted there will be no dip in performance from his M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, if the squad returns to the WRC next season. Wilson admitted the loss of Sebastien Ogier was significant for 2019, but added his team had learned from the Frenchman and – after four years without success – now know what it takes to win at the highest level. “The target is still to ... Keep reading

Loeb agrees 2019 WRC deal with Hyundai

Motorsport.com understands the agreement, Loeb’s first professional contract outside of the PSA Group, will be announced on Thursday. Loeb is currently out of contact, testing the PH Sport-run Peugeot 3008DKR in Liwa, Abu Dhabi ahead of next month's Dakar.
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Loeb agrees 2019 WRC deal with Hyundai

Motorsport.com understands the agreement, Loeb’s first professional contract outside of the PSA Group, will be announced on Thursday. Loeb is currently out of contact, testing the PH Sport-run Peugeot 3008DKR in Liwa, Abu Dhabi ahead of next month's Dakar. Nobody from Hyundai was available for comment, but team manager Alain Penasse had confirmed earlier the Korean squad was talking to the ... Keep reading

M-Sport's fight for a World Rally Championship future after Ogier

Malcolm Wilson has insisted there will be no dip in performance from his M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, if the squad returns to the WRC next season. Wilson admitted the loss of Sebastien Ogier was significant for 2019, but added his team had learned from the
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M-Sport's fight for a World Rally Championship future after Ogier

Malcolm Wilson has insisted there will be no dip in performance from his M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, if the squad returns to the WRC next season. Wilson admitted the loss of Sebastien Ogier was significant for 2019, but added his team had learned from the Frenchman and – after four years without success – now know what it takes to win at the highest level. “The target is still to ... Keep reading

Top F3 team to run all W Series cars

Hitech will “provide a full race operation package, including preparation, shipping and all trackside requirements”, and will make “around 50 staff” available to run the cars during W Series' six-round season. “With so much experience of racing toda
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Top F3 team to run all W Series cars

Hitech will “provide a full race operation package, including preparation, shipping and all trackside requirements”, and will make “around 50 staff” available to run the cars during W Series' six-round season. “With so much experience of racing today’s F3 cars, we feel we are the ideal partner for W Series,” Hitech GP team boss Oliver Oakes said. “Beyond that, it’s great to ... Keep reading

American wins fully-funded Super2 drive

The Californian came out on top of a field of 80 hopefuls that took part in the Pro finale, beating Aussie drivers Jesse Dixon and Jon McCorkindale in the final round. His prize is a drive with title-winning squad Matt Stone Racing in Super2 next year, Power
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American wins fully-funded Super2 drive

The Californian came out on top of a field of 80 hopefuls that took part in the Pro finale, beating Aussie drivers Jesse Dixon and Jon McCorkindale in the final round. His prize is a drive with title-winning squad Matt Stone Racing in Super2 next year, Powers set to drive the same VF Commodore that Todd Hazelwood raced in the main game in the latter part of this season. Powers, who first ... Keep reading

Mercedes: Bottas an «alpha» driver like Hamilton

Bottas failed to win a race in 2018 while Hamilton equalled a personal-best 11 victories on his way to a fifth title. Mercedes asked Bottas to give up one victory, in Russia, to aid Hamilton’s title push and he also lost another likely win in Azerbaijan bec
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Mercedes: Bottas an «alpha» driver like Hamilton

Bottas failed to win a race in 2018 while Hamilton equalled a personal-best 11 victories on his way to a fifth title. Mercedes asked Bottas to give up one victory, in Russia, to aid Hamilton’s title push and he also lost another likely win in Azerbaijan because of a late puncture. Wolff has defended Bottas’s record this season given the number-two role he was forced into by circumstance ... Keep reading

McLaren enters professional cycling

Through its McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) company, the McLaren Group will become a 50 percent partner in the outfit and wants to turn it into a winner on the world stage. MAT has previously collaborated with Californian bicycle manufacturer Specialized,
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McLaren enters professional cycling

Through its McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) company, the McLaren Group will become a 50 percent partner in the outfit and wants to turn it into a winner on the world stage. MAT has previously collaborated with Californian bicycle manufacturer Specialized, as well helping Team GB ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. But the Bahrain Merida tie-up is a much more longer term involvement that will ... Keep reading

Toyota teases potential future Super GT challenger

Toyota has been represented by its luxury brand Lexus in Super GT’s premier category since 2006, and debuted the LC500 only last year, replacing the old RC F. However, with the Japanese auto giant bringing back the iconic Supra moniker to its road car line-
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Toyota teases potential future Super GT challenger

Toyota has been represented by its luxury brand Lexus in Super GT’s premier category since 2006, and debuted the LC500 only last year, replacing the old RC F. However, with the Japanese auto giant bringing back the iconic Supra moniker to its road car line-up next year, it is also keen on seeing the car in some guise on race tracks. It already announced that the Supra will join the NASCAR ... Keep reading

Ricciardo: '18 dramas cost me sleep, left crew «heartbroken»

The Aussie, who moves to Renault next year, was as high as third in the standings after his second win in Monaco, but wound up a distant sixth in the end. In the run-in, he was affected by a disproportionate amount of reliability dramas, which contributed to
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Ricciardo: '18 dramas cost me sleep, left crew «heartbroken»

The Aussie, who moves to Renault next year, was as high as third in the standings after his second win in Monaco, but wound up a distant sixth in the end. In the run-in, he was affected by a disproportionate amount of reliability dramas, which contributed to him recording more retirements than any other F1 driver in 2018 and often impacted his starting position by triggering grid ... Keep reading

Eaton extends Australian stay as Supercars talks continue

The Briton completed her second test in a Supercar yesterday, an outing with Matt Stone Racing at Queensland Raceway backing up her evaluation day with Walkinshaw Andretti United at Winton last week. Having been clear on her intention to run Super2 next seaso
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Eaton extends Australian stay as Supercars talks continue

The Briton completed her second test in a Supercar yesterday, an outing with Matt Stone Racing at Queensland Raceway backing up her evaluation day with Walkinshaw Andretti United at Winton last week. Having been clear on her intention to run Super2 next season and look to springboard into the Supercars main game by 2021, the 26-year-old has elected to extend her stay in Australia amid an ... Keep reading

WSR reveals first 2019 BTCC signing

The 28-year-old made his debut in the BTCC this year at the wheel of a Ciceley Motorsport-run Mercedes-Benz A-Class and took a best finish of seventh in the opening race at Knockhill. He finished 22nd in the overall standings and 12th in the Independents Trop
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WSR reveals first 2019 BTCC signing

The 28-year-old made his debut in the BTCC this year at the wheel of a Ciceley Motorsport-run Mercedes-Benz A-Class and took a best finish of seventh in the opening race at Knockhill. He finished 22nd in the overall standings and 12th in the Independents Trophy chase. Oliphant said: “It’s a dream come true to join WSR and I’m incredibly proud that [team boss] Dick Bennetts and the team ... Keep reading

Mustang cleared to race in Supercars

The Supercars Controlled Aerodynamic Testing, known as VCAT, lasted a whole nine days, with the DJR Team Penske-developed Mustang put through its paces against the ZB Commodore and Nissan Altima models. The testing took place at an airfield in New South Wales
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Mustang cleared to race in Supercars

The Supercars Controlled Aerodynamic Testing, known as VCAT, lasted a whole nine days, with the DJR Team Penske-developed Mustang put through its paces against the ZB Commodore and Nissan Altima models. The testing took place at an airfield in New South Wales, and follows pre-homologation tests for the Mustang at Queensland Raceway and Phillip Island. Both series officials and rival ... Keep reading

Supercars to use knockout qualifying at more races in 2019

The three-part system, meant to ease traffic issues on shorter circuits, will next year be a feature at Symmons Plains, Phillip Island, Barbagallo, Winton, Hidden Valley, Queensland Raceway and The Bend. It will be used for both races at six of those events,
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Supercars to use knockout qualifying at more races in 2019

The three-part system, meant to ease traffic issues on shorter circuits, will next year be a feature at Symmons Plains, Phillip Island, Barbagallo, Winton, Hidden Valley, Queensland Raceway and The Bend. It will be used for both races at six of those events, while Hidden Valley retains a 20-minute qualifying and Top 10 Shootout on the Sunday, in line with its 'Triple Crown' format. The ... Keep reading

Moorespeed to run Audi in full IMSA GTD campaign

Moorespeed and longtime team driver Will Hardeman have expanded their plans to include a full-season campaign in a new relationship with Audi Sport customer racing that will see Hardeman and Alex Riberas co-drive the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS GT3. Dav
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Moorespeed to run Audi in full IMSA GTD campaign

Moorespeed and longtime team driver Will Hardeman have expanded their plans to include a full-season campaign in a new relationship with Audi Sport customer racing that will see Hardeman and Alex Riberas co-drive the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS GT3. Davis will be the third man for the four Michelin Endurance Cup events at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans, while Winkelhock ... Keep reading

Why Schumacher was the best I ever worked with – Pat Symonds

In this video, F1 Racing editor Ben Anderson is joined by associate editor James Roberts to discuss with Symonds, who is now F1's Chief Technical Officer, the lasting impact and legacy that Michael left on the sport. In it, they talk about how Schumacher brok
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Why Schumacher was the best I ever worked with – Pat Symonds

In this video, F1 Racing editor Ben Anderson is joined by associate editor James Roberts to discuss with Symonds, who is now F1's Chief Technical Officer, the lasting impact and legacy that Michael left on the sport. In it, they talk about how Schumacher broke the mould in terms of what it meant to be a Formula 1 driver – unprecedented levels of fitness, commitment, attention to detail and a ... Keep reading

First look: McLaren's touches lift F1-inspired smartphone

Rather than this being a simple branding exercise – with just a pretty logo and a few photo opportunities with drivers – the new special edition OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has delivered something that is of genuine interest to those who follow the sport c
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First look: McLaren's touches lift F1-inspired smartphone

Rather than this being a simple branding exercise – with just a pretty logo and a few photo opportunities with drivers – the new special edition OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has delivered something that is of genuine interest to those who follow the sport closely. Under the spotlights at McLaren’s Woking factory on Tuesday, the official launch of the handset revealed how the new generation ... Keep reading

Meyer Shank Racing reveals IMSA lineups

Following the October announcement that MSR’s #86 entry will be raced by Jackie Heinricher, Katherine Legge, Bia Figueiredo (Ana Beatriz) and Simona De Silvestro, the team has named Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher as fulltime drivers in the #57 Acura. J
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Meyer Shank Racing reveals IMSA lineups

Following the October announcement that MSR’s #86 entry will be raced by Jackie Heinricher, Katherine Legge, Bia Figueiredo (Ana Beatriz) and Simona De Silvestro, the team has named Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher as fulltime drivers in the #57 Acura. Justin Marks will join this pair for the four Michelin Endurance Cup rounds while Allmendinger is fourth man for the Rolex 24 At ... Keep reading

F1 2019 changes coming at «perfect» time for Kubica

Kubica will race in F1 for the first time since the 2010 as he has been partnered with George Russell in Williams’s race line-up for next season. The 2019 cars will feature new wings, brake ducts and bargeboards as part of a raft of aerodynamic rule change
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F1 2019 changes coming at «perfect» time for Kubica

Kubica will race in F1 for the first time since the 2010 as he has been partnered with George Russell in Williams’s race line-up for next season. The 2019 cars will feature new wings, brake ducts and bargeboards as part of a raft of aerodynamic rule changes aimed at making it easier for cars to follow each other. “I have quite a lot of experience with racing, in F1, so I know what it ... Keep reading

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