Peugeot 908 Unveiled

February 9, 2011 by  
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Staying ahead of the competition is what it is all about when it comes to racing. Developing new technologies and designing cars that will hopefully secure victory is what every racing team strives to do. After winning the 2010 Le Mans Cup, the Peugeot team is even more determined that their new Peugeot 908 will be the car to beat in the upcoming season. The French team also managed to secure the 2009 season and even more determined to maintain their winning streak, so last Thursday the public were given the first glimpse of the Peugeot 908.

The design and construction of the Peugeot 908 was done under the project name of 90X. All changes and development of the new car comply with the regulations of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO). Great excitement is building around seeing the new vehicle perform on the track. One of the changes made to the new vehicle was seeing the V12 being replaced by a 3.7 V8 power plant, as the new regulations are enforcing smaller displacement engines. It has been fitted at a ninety degree angle and now produces 542 bhp.

In regard to the aerodynamics of the car, engineers have managed to redesign the car in such a way that the down force has been slightly reduced, to enable the car to maintain the same speed as its predecessor. The shark fin has also been adjusted and designers have strived to make the car more aerodynamic. The Peugeot 908 will also feature the same size tires front and rear.

The Sport’s Technical Director of Peugeot, Bruno Famin, commented that testing the car has aided them in solving a few issues they had with the car, saying: “We did indeed have problems but we succeeded in resolving them one by one as we got more and more kilometers on the clock. One of the very positive points we found was that the car’s handling lived up to our expectations out of the box. With regard to its other strengths and weaknesses, we will need to wait until the first races to see how we compare with our rivals.”

The drivers for the coming Le Mans have been announced to be Simon Pagenaud, Sebastien Bourdais and Pedro Lamy for car number nine; Marc Gene, Anthony Davidson and Alex Wurz for car number seven; and Frank Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Nicolas Minassian in car number eight. With the new car and drivers announced for the 2011 season, Peugeot seems ready to take on the Le Mans.

New Daytona 500 Pace Car

February 5, 2010 by  
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It is a big moment for the Daytona 500 as well as for Ford, as the 2010 event, which kicks off on 14 February, will unveil a new pace car for its racing season. It will be the first time in forty years that there will be a Ford pace car on the track, with the last Ford gracing the racing circuit being a Ford Torino GT Convertible in the year 1970. Not only will a Ford be making its way back into Daytona 500 history, but it is the iconic Ford Mustang GT that has been selected for the job. Ford and racing fans are extremely excited to see the new pace car in action.

Ford will produce exactly fifty of the limited edition Ford Mustang GT Pace cars, and along with the original pace car, they will be for sale to the public. The actual pace car will be the exception, as it will go on auction. Collectors interested in purchasing this rare part of Ford heritage will have the opportunity to bid on the vehicle at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction. Interested parties can also look forward to a few special features that will be added to the vehicle for this special occasion.

The Ford Mustang GT will be based on the 2011 Mustang GT, and one of its features is a new paint job, which will showcase a brand new design with a Daytona 500 theme. The car will also have an improved and upgraded strut tower brace and Ford Racing suspension. Mufflers have also been added to the specs, as well as painted wheels (customized 19 inches) to enhance the themed design. Branded plates will be a special limited edition feature and the interior will be getting a number of changes of its own. Under the hood, a powerful machine awaits future owners, with a 5.0 liter engine that generates a staggering 412 horsepower. Other features include vented disc brakes, integrated blind spot mirrors, message centre technology and MyKey programming. This magnificent V-8 collector’s item is a must have for motoring enthusiasts. It is going to be the pride of the Daytona 500 and the lucky members of the public who are able to get their hands on one!

Whincup Pulls Hat-Trick At Bahrain

November 11, 2008 by  
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When Jamie Whincup arrived at the Bahrain International Circuit for the Gulf Air Desert 400, no one knew that he’d be ending the weekend with three victories under his belt. His cumulative hat-trick of victories helped him to win the Gulf Air Desert 400 and will go a long way in helping with his pursuit of the V8 Supercars Australia driver’s title.

It all started on Friday night when Jamie Whincup drove spectacularly to win the weekend opener. He returned the next day and stuck with his blistering pace, helping him to keep his Ford Falcon ahead of the pack for most of the day. He won the second race, going on to win the third before the day was over. While his second win didn’t seem too difficult, there was a moment of tension in the third race where he had a spirited battle for the top spot with Russell Ingall in the earlier stages of the race. Ingall rocketed away from the grid and took the lead from the pole-sitter on the first turn. But it seems that Whincup was not to be outdone and he regained first place on the second lap when he overtook Ingall on the Bahrain International Circuit’s long straight just before round three. But that wasn’t the end of it. Ingall wasn’t going to let Whincup have the race without a fight and so he managed to outsprint Whincup after the first safety car period. Unfortunately for him, Whincup managed to pull off a jaw-dropping maneuver as he overtook Ingall on the inside of turn one on their sixth lap. After that, Whincup seemed to decide enough was enough and he put plenty of space between himself and Ingall. Ingall lost a few places during the course of the race and after some brilliant driving initially, ended up in fifth place. Jamie Whincup’s weekend full of victories gave him the 11th round win. He came away from the event with 300 points.

From the podium, Whincup commented: “We weren’t quite sure what our pace was going to be here, but as it turned out we were one-two in qualifying and then one-two in the round results, so I’m pretty happy with that. I must admit I had a relatively easy job battling with a much better car today. I enjoyed the racing, and all I had to do was get into that number one position and get away.” Whincups Team Vodafone partner Craig Lowndes was the runner-up at the day’s race, finishing with 264 points overall with two third-place finishes. He added: “It’s a huge turn-around for us from last year when we struggled to be in the top ten. This year, we had a much better car and I’m delighted with the result.” Despite his disappointing finish in the third race, Supercheap Auto Racing’s Russel Ingall finish third in the overall standings with a second in race two and his fifth in race three, he tallied up 246 points.

The Impressive Caparo T1 Race Car

December 17, 2007 by  
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British automobile manufacturer Caparo Vehicle Technologies has produced a two-seater, mid-engine, rear-wheel drive car, which they have named the Caparo T1. The design of this new auto racing car was inspired by Formula One; with the goal of being to create an affordable race car that is also street legal. With the ability to achieve zero to 60 mph in just below 2.5 seconds and zero to 100 mph in 5 seconds, with a top speed of 200 mph, the Caparo T1 is considered to be the fastest car in the world.

The exterior of the Caparo T1, which is very similar to a Formula One auto racing car, makes use of high-strength, low-weight carbon fiber in the construction. The interior of the Caparo T1 is devoid of any unnecessary features, also with the aim of reducing the overall weight of the car. The multi-function dashboard includes race data logging, as well as speed sensors to monitor traction control and launch control. The driver’s seat is set slightly forward from the passenger’s seat to allow the seats to be positioned close together, resulting in a reduction of the car’s overall width. Six-point harnesses for the driver and the passenger, as well as a head protection system are included in the safety features of the interior design. A central safety cell consisting of a high-strength steel roll hoop with a fire system contribute to the overall safety of the Caparo T1. The aerodynamic light-weight design of the Caparo T1 is a large contributing factor toward the speed achieved, as well as the overall efficiency of the car.

The design of the engine went through a number of changes before developers were satisfied with the current powerful 3.5 liter V-8 engine, which has resulted in the Caparo T1 having an exceptionally high power-to-weight ratio (acceleration capability).

Due to the diligence and commitment of the Caparo Vehicle Technologies development team, any problems that were encountered during the development of the Caparo T1 have been overcome and the race track debut of this new street legal auto racing car is an event that auto racing fans are eagerly looking forward to.

Aston Martin on the Asia-Pacific Highway

July 9, 2007 by  
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It’s not every day that a car company, a schoolteacher and a tour operator join forces to raise money, set a world record and increase road safety awareness. When Richard Meredith, Phil Colley and Aston Martin decided to collaborate on just such project, their efforts attracted the attention of car lovers and newspaper reporters from around the world.

The journey started as a dream two years ago when 58-year-old Meredith decided he would love to drive the entire length of the Asia-Pacific Highway. Unlike most people who never see such unusual dreams fulfilled, Meredith started looking for a way to accomplish his new goal. At last he was able to approach Dr Ulrich Bez, the Chief Executive Officer for Aston Martin. Dr Bez saw the advantage of allowing one of his automobiles to be tested to the limit under normal driving circumstances. Dr Bez is still confident that all three will succeed in their efforts. With his support, Meredith was able to make his dream a reality and on 25 June 2007, Richard Meredith and his friend Phil Colley set off from Tokyo on an incredible journey which will take them through sixteen different countries and a variety of terrains and weather conditions.

As of yet, no one has attempted to drive the entire distance of the Asia-Pacific Highway, so if the pair are able to accomplish their goal, they will be setting a new record. But, though they have the support of the Aston Martin car company and will be enjoying the luxuries of a V8 Vantage, their trip is unlikely to be a smooth one. Not only will the terrain be somewhat inhospitable on certain stretches, but the heat will be quite intense at times and then there is the problem of difficult bureaucracy from county to country. Fortunately, the project has even gained the support of the regional commission of the United Nations, so the pair will likely enjoy a good deal of support in even the most difficult situations. In fact, a team of assistants has been set up in the UK to organize assistance should it be necessary. In addition to problems such as these, the V8 Vantage car’s roadworthiness and durability will be tested to the absolute limit.

While the journey started as the dream of one man, it has grown to become a symbol of care and road safety awareness. Many global companies have joined the crusade and the money raised by the trip will be used to help children in developing countries understand the importance of road safety awareness. The two are scheduled to drive into Trafalgar Square on 13 August 2007 and the world will be monitoring their progress until they complete their journey.