Jenson to join Race of Champions

Jenson Button

McLaren’s Jenson Button has become the latest Formula 1 driver to sign up to Race of Champions in London later this month.

The 35-year-old 2009 world champion joins four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo at the event which will be staged at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 20-21 November.

Button will compete in the main event and partner endurance sportscar racer Alex Buncombe to represent Great Britain in the Nations Cup.

“I can’t wait to be back at the Race of Champions again – and especially to be racing at home at London’s former Olympic Stadium,” said Button.

And of you want to get yourself in the mood for the event, here’s a 25 minute recap of last years event in Barbados

 

Oversteer – All you need to know

Who better than 2 time winner of the Daytona 24 Hour race, Randy Pobst to teach you?

Ford Shelby GT350 R

Shelby GT350R

Ford are definitely showing their sporting intentions for the future this week in Detroit. Not only have they announced the GT Supercar we showed yesterday, but they also announced that there’s a very track focused version of the new Mustang coming out later this year.

Shelby GT350R Rear 2015

The car features the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft – the most powerful naturally aspirated engine Ford has ever produced – plus a specially tuned suspension. It is fitted with revised spring rates and antiroll bars, lower ride height, unique track-tuned alignment settings, revised bushings and jounce bumpers, cross-axis ball joints in the front suspension, and revised calibration controlling the MagneRide dampers.

Shelby GT350R rear 3 4

In the name of weight saving and on-track performance, the Mustang has had the back seats removed (along with the air conditioning, the stereo system, trunk floorboard and carpet, backup camera and emergency tire sealer and inflator). Exhaust resonators also have been removed for weight savings with the benefit of creating a sharper exhaust tone.

Shelby GT350R interior no seats

And the most incredible news – it has carbon fiber wheels! Avoid potholes at all cost – this is pretty incredible given only Koenigsegg is the only other manufacturer that I know who does this (and their cars are a little closer to a million bucks than the Mustang). The 19×11-inch front and 19×11.5-inch rear wheels provide approximately 13 pounds of unsprung weight reduction per wheel and offer higher levels of stiffness than equivalent aluminum wheels. The lightweight wheels will be shod in Michelin’s top-shelf Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tires with rubber compound and a construction unique to Shelby GT350R. This combination of incredibly stiff and light wheels with bespoke tires offers customers exceptional steering feel and levels of performance.

Shelby GT350R Interior

“The Shelby GT350R Mustang is a no-compromise car in the pursuit of maximum track capability,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “It is a thoroughbred street car making use of technology and ingenuity to deliver performance few enthusiasts have ever experienced.”

Lamborghini (none snow) Driving

02_Lamborghini Track Accademia 2014 in Dubai

Those nice folks at Lamborghini have decided to spread out all of their “drive our cars fast” press releases, so hot on the heels of the snow driving we chatted about last week, the on racetrack version of the program details are released today.

After the three winter events, the track-driving Accademia will visit Barcelona in Spain, before moving on to Imola in Italy and then to the famous F1 Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. The Sepang circuit in Malaysia will be another stop-off point in Asia, while in the United States the program will visit the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The 2015 Lamborghini Esperienza will visit four continents for the first time. More than 20 fixtures have been arranged at some of the most prestigious circuits in Europe, United States, Asia and Australia. The Lamborghini Esperienza is the first step for anyone wanting to explore the world of Lamborghini. The courses are held at circuits or driving centers suited to the type of program, with the aim of introducing the brand and a first experience of Lamborghini super sports cars.

01_Lamborghini Esperienza 2014 in Baden Baden

“We are very pleased to extend our Accademia and Esperienza program so significantly this year. It is proof of the growing interest in Lamborghini’s super sports cars, among existing and potential customers from all over the world,” commented Giorgio Sanna, Lamborghini’s motorsport coordinator. “These courses offer all participants, whatever their driving experience and their familiarity with Lamborghini, to enjoy our brand and experience our cars.”

If you’re still reading, and you have a pretty large disposable income, the relevant link you need is http://www.squadracorse.lamborghini.com

Quote of the day

“Fear is not a stupid thing. Winning is not a question of courage, but a faith in oneself and in the car. A car is like a creature that lives, with its own emotions and its own heart. You have to understand it and love it accordingly. I knew many drivers more courageous than me. They are dead now.”  – Juan Manuel Fangio

Weekend of a Champion

I was lucky enough to get to see Weekend of a Champion last night up in Boulder. I’ve been able to watch in the last couple of weeks 1 and Rush, and it’s definitely interesting to see 3 different perspectives to showing Formula 1 at various times in history. At the conclusion of the film, there was a talkback session, led by ex-racer David Mandell, and one thing about that conversation stuck with me “no matter how long ago you retired from racing, you think about racing every day”.

If you’re into cars (and based on the fact you’re here reading this, it’s a safe assumption) it’s definitely worth a watch.

Formula One Preview with Allan McNish

If you want a decent (half hour) preview of the new tech, team updates and various other bits and pieces before the F1 season starts in earnest down in Australia in March, may I humbly suggest this interview with Allan McNish (who is also the latest addition to that class BBC F1 team).

McLaren 50

This is worth the 3 minutes or so of your day (and no, this isn’t turning into a McLaren dominated site – I push things out as I get or find them).

BMW M3 DTM Champion Edition Model

Before any of the US readers get too exited, it’s not coming over here…….

In traditional fashion, BMW is releasing a special edition before the end of the current M3 run, this one to celebrate winning the German Touring Car series on it’s return to the competition this year. Main changes to the car are cosmetic, with the matte black paint, M Sport Racing stripes, and few stickers here and there on the outside, and the inside getting a carbon and alacantra going over. 

From what I can tell there are no performance upgrades, although the base price (of 99,000 Euros!!!!) does include the competition package. Given there’s only 54 of these things being produced, and it may be the last non-turbo M Car for ever (or at least the foreseeable future), it’s high on the likelihood of becoming a collectible at some point in the relatively near future. So, if you want one, and you live somewhere other than the US, you better get down to your local BMW garage quick sharpish to put your name on the list. 

Forza Horizon


You know you’re living in the right part of the world when your favorite car racing game franchise (Forza, if you didn’t realize from the headline) uses your state for it’s first off-track excursion. So, welcome to Colorado, the land of sunshine and mountains, and lots of fast cars.

I’m hoping they retain all the stuff that is so good about the racing versions – life like feel of the cars, fantastic graphics and lots of super fast and smooth action. And can’t wait to get exploring some of the mountain roads I haven’t tried in real life yet – better get my order in for the Christmas list I suppose.