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All posts by Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
  • F1: streaming service pegged for H1 2018, VOD content

    It's taken a little longer than we liked but Formula One Management (FOM) is finally hopping on the streaming bandwagon. "We're hoping, in 2018, to have a launch. It'll be a staged launch, so we'll launch some features probably every quarter, maybe a bit more dynamic than that," Pete Samara, director of innovation and digital technology at FOM, told Motorburn in an interview at MWC 2018. Earlier reports confirmed that live races wouldn't be available in markets where there was no F1 presence. But does that mean we won't see any F1 video service at all in these markets? "So we will...

  • Fernando Alonso to compete in Le Mans 24 Hours, WEC

    McLaren F1 driver Fernando Alonso, fresh from racing at the Daytona 24 Hours, will be competing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), including the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours. The double world champion will pull double duty then, competing in the entire 2018 Formula One season in addition to the WEC season with Toyota. Alonso will be missing the WEC race at Fuji Speedway however, as it clashes with the US Grand Prix. "Like Fernando, at McLaren we're racers at heart, and our team is built on a brave heritage of competing and succeeding in different forms of the sport," McLaren executive...

  • Supersport to broadcast all Indycar races live in 2018

    Between the Le Mans 24 Hours, Formula 1 and the Indy 500, Supersport has a solid variety of motorsport content on offer. Things could be better though (WEC would be nice), so we're glad to see that Supersport has announced that it will be airing all the Indycar 2018 races live. "SuperSport will be broadcasting all 17 Indycar races live this year, starting with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on 11 March," the company noted on its Facebook page. Don't have Supersport? Well, the series uploads races to its YouTube channel a short while after. It's unclear if this will...

  • Intel is using drones, AI to make better race drivers, races

    Motorsport is one of the most data-heavy disciplines out there, as sensor-rigged cars generate a ton of info during a race. But Intel thinks it can improve races for both drivers and viewers, using drones and AI to do so. The company used CES 2018 to announce a collaboration with the Ferrari Challenge North America racing series, to "enhance the motorsports experience for spectators and illustrate the potential of artificial intelligence for transforming the future of motorsports". What does the PR-speak actually mean, though? Benefits for drivers, fans? AI, combined with aerial footage from drones, will be used to generate deeper insight into...

  • Nvidia teams up with Uber, VW for self-driving, AI tech

    Graphics company Nvidia is no stranger to self-driving technology, having previously shown off its DRIVE range of chips for automotive use. Now, the company has made several important announcements ahead of the CES 2018 expo. Nvidia used its pre-CES keynote address to confirm that its upcoming DRIVE Xavier chipset will be delivered to customers this quarter. Two Xavier chipsets form part of a larger Nvidia platform for AI and self-driving, dubbed Pegasus. The Pegasus platform will enable so-called level-five autonomous driving, allowing auto brands to ditch steering wheels, pedals and other controls. In even bigger news, Nvidia also announced a few...

  • Alfa Romeo returns to F1, teaming up with Sauber

    Alfa Romeo has confirmed its involvement with the Sauber F1 team next year as title sponsor and technical partner. The move, part of a multi-year deal, marks the first time in over 30 years that the brand is involved in F1, having been a team and engine manufacturer. "The partnership, which includes a strategic, commercial and technological cooperation between Alfa Romeo and the Sauber F1 Team, will enable the exchange of engineering and technical know-how, and provide new opportunities for the two organisations within Formula One and beyond," read a release on Sauber's website. "From 2018, the team will be known as...

  • 6 motorsport championships you can watch on YouTube

    Formula One, MotoGP and the World Endurance Championship are all restricted to TV channels and/or subscription-based services. Heck, in F1's case, you can't even get a streaming plan (although that's set to change). But you don't have to pay cash to get your motorsport on, as these championship series stream on YouTube. FIA Formula 3 European Championship Euro F3 is widely considered to be one of the most competitive motorsport franchises around, featuring a host of talented young drivers. Some of the more prominent drivers in this year's field include Mick Schumacher (son of Michael), Ferrari Academy drivers Callum Ilott and Guanyu Zhou and McLaren...

  • Virtual racer wins McLaren F1 testing gig

    The GT Academy series proved that gamers could be professional sportscar racers, but what about F1? Well, McLaren has crowned the winner of its World's Fastest Gamer contest. The competition resulted in 25-year-old former karting champion Rudy van Buren winning a role as one of McLaren F1's simulator drivers for the 2018 season. McLaren whittled the contestants down from 30 000, eventually hitting 12 for the Finals Week at their Woking headquarters. The week would see contestants driving around the likes of Interlagos, Indianapolis, Circuit de la Sarthe and Suzuka. The deciding round saw van Buren going up against 20-year-old Freek Schothorst in a four hour...

  • F1: here’s what 2021 engine formula could look like

    The current F1 engine formula is set to stay in place for a few more years, but the V6 turbo hybrid era is set for a significant change come 2021. F1 and the FIA have revealed a proposal for the 2021 engine regulations, sticking with the 1.6 litre V6 turbo power unit, but increasing the engine running speed by 3000rpm to improve sound. In the hybrid department, the MGU-H energy recovery system has been given the boot under the new proposal. Instead, we get a more powerful MGU-K system. The former system harvests exhaust gases to spin up the turbo engine, while the...

  • F1 owners plan streaming service in 2018 – report

    Formula One fans have been clamouring for a streaming service for quite some time, enabling them to potentially cut the cord. Now, F1 owners Liberty Media have reportedly confirmed that they'll be launching a streaming service in 2018. F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches told Autosport that live-streaming from races as well as extra offerings would be made available for the start of next season. These extra offerings include behind-the-scenes footage and "extra" data. "We have an obligation to our fans, quite candidly, to ensure that they are able to access our content in any means they want," Bratches was quoted as saying. Don't...

  • Mercedes has an F1-inspired concept with a 25km electric range

    Mercedes has shown off a radical concept car at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, heavily inspired by its F1 cars. The two-seater Mercedes-AMG Project ONE vehicle produces over 1000hp, delivers an eight-speed manual gearbox and reaches a speed of over 350 km/h. "The high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE comes directly from Formula 1, and was realised in close cooperation with the motorsport experts of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth," read a press statement on the automaker's website. As for the actual details, you're looking at a 1.6 litre V6 turbo engine combined with four electric motors. "One...

  • Volvo to deliver eclipse viewers for your sunroof (in USA)

    An upcoming eclipse is set to envelope a large part of the United States in darkness on 21 August. And if you've got a sunroof (and are in the eclipse's path), then it seems like a pretty neat way to view the celestial event. Now, Volvo has revealed eclipse viewers that attach to the XC60's sunroof, so you don't necessarily need to don a pair of eclipse glasses. The company added that it'll be shipping the eclipse viewers to "select Volvo retailers" in the eclipse's path of totality. So that means Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri and South Carolina. "The XC60 Panoramic Moonroof...

  • Watch: Magnussen’s foul-mouthed comeback to Hulkenberg

    The Hungarian Grand Prix was a pretty entertaining race, as Sebastian Vettel held off Kimi Raikkonen and the two Mercedes drivers for the win. However, it could be argued that the best moment happened in the interview area with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg. The actual race saw Magnussen leave no room for the Renault driver, forcing Hulkenberg to run off the track. The German driver made no secret of his feelings, approaching Magnussen as he was conducting an interview after the race. "Once again, the most unsporting driver on the grid," Hulkenberg told the Dane. "Suck my balls..." Magnussen...

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