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  • Fernando Alonso to race Indy 500, miss Monaco

    In what might be the biggest news in motorsport this year, McLaren has announced that Fernando Alonso will be racing in the Indy 500. The annual race, part of the IndyCar Series, will see the double world champion race in a car run by 2016 Indy 500 winner Andretti Autosport. It also marks the first time in 38 years that the McLaren name returns to the Indy 500, with the car being a McLaren-Honda-Andretti entry. The entry uses the same Dallara DW-12 chassis as other IndyCars, along with a twin turbo V6 Honda engine. Honda and Chevrolet are the only two engine suppliers...

  • McLaren to use 3D printer at F1 races

    3D printing has gone from being a crazy phenomenon to a regular part of life in many industries. Now, the McLaren-Honda F1 team has announced that it will be taking a 3D printer to all its races. In a cool touch, the company confirmed that it will be able to print a variety of parts at trackside, courtesy of 3D printing specialists Stratasys, allowing them to quickly and easily produce spares and all-new designs. Parts fabricated with the printer include hydraulic line brackets, radio cables, brake cooling ducts and rear wing flaps. "We are consistently modifying and improving our Formula 1 car...

  • What is most sought after car on Gumtree?

    The Toyota Corolla is the most popular second-hand vehicle on Gumtree, the website found. In a press release to Motorburn, Gumtree said that the Toyota Corolla was followed by the VW Polo and Golf. The company added that, in terms of broad manufacturer terms, VW was the most sought after brand, followed by Toyota and Ford. "White is definitely the favourite colour in the market with more than twice as many white vehicles listed as blue ones followed by silver in third place," read an excerpt of the release. There was also a major preference for hatchbacks (46% of users searching for...

  • Was it a fluke? F1 reactions to Vettel win

    Ferrari's testing pace left many to wonder whether the team could take on Mercedes this season. Now, with the first F1 race done and dusted, and with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel claiming victory, it's clear that the Scuderia is in good shape. Or was it just luck? Vettel managed to stay with pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton for the first stint, as the Mercedes driver eventually stopped first. Hamilton emerged from the pits behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen, while Vettel stayed out for a few extra laps. This proved to be decisive as Hamilton lost time behind the Red Bull. Vettel eventually pulled in for...

  • Formula E to ditch mid-race car swaps next year

    The all-electric Formula E series has seen some solid growth since its inception, featuring notable drivers and big-name manufacturers. Now, the series has revealed more details about the 2018/2019 season (Season 5), starting with the entry list. We've got nine manufacturers for season five, in the form of Abt Formel E, BMW AG, DS Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover, Mahindra Racing, NextEV NIO, Penske Autosport Renault and Venturi Automobiles. New batteries will also be used next season, with a very welcome side-effect as a result. "From Season 5, there will also be a new standard battery produced by McLaren Applied Technologies. With the new...

  • World Rallycross in SA: tickets on sale now

    Cape Town hasn't seen a world championship motorsport event in a while now, but last year saw news that Killarney would play host to a round of the FIA World Rallycross championship. Now, tickets for the event, taking place on 11-12 November 2017, have gone on sale via TicketPro, so what should you expect to pay? Well, adult tickets start at R400 for a general admission weekend pass. Kids (of all ages) and adults will need to pay R700 for a weekend pass with reserved seating and entry to the paddock. Otherwise, kids between the ages of 12 and 16 will need to pay R220...

  • Watch: crazy brawl after dramatic NASCAR finish

    Formula One might have drama both on and off the track but it says a lot when there are only a few bust-ups between drivers over the years. There was Nelson Piquet and Eliseo Salazar, Eddie Irvine and Ayrton Senna and that confrontation between Schumacher and Coulthard. That pretty much pales in comparison to NASCAR, which sees punch-ups occur far more often, as was the case at this past weekend's Las Vegas race. The fight, between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, was sparked as a result of contact between the two at the last corner, sending Busch sliding into the pit road. Watch:...

  • Peugeot’s new 2008 SUV hits South Africa

    Compact crossovers have been the in-thing for a few years now, with Peugeot being no exception to the trend. The French marque delivered its 2008 SUV in 2013, and now, its latest model is set to hit South Africa this week. The 2017 model delivers a manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, a seven-inch touchscreen (part of its i-Cockpit suite) and a host of aesthetic improvements. The new vehicle is divided into four models, featuring the aforementioned two gearbox choices, a petrol or diesel drivetrain and three trim levels. The entry-level Active model delivers a 1.6-litre HDI turbo-diesel engine and five-speed manual gearbox. The second...

  • It’s official: GP2 Series is now Formula 2

    GP2 is usually the final stepping stone for drivers hoping to get to Formula 1, being a support series for the top-flight of motorsport as well. That connection has waned a little in recent years, as drivers from Formula 3, Formula Renault 3.5 and other categories find their way to F1. Now, after weeks of rumours, the FIA has announced that the GP2 Series will be renamed Formula 2, with a view to position it more closely to Formula 1. "Completing this process with Formula One Group and bringing FIA Formula 2 to life is a very important step. The championship...

  • Amazon greenlights ‘Le Mans: Racing is Everything’

    We've seen quite a few solid documentaries covering the Le Mans 24 Hours event, such as the Truth In 24 movies and Journey to Le Mans. Now, we can expect another take on the gruelling race, after Amazon greenlit a new series called Le Mans: Racing is Everything. The company announced that the series, which hasn't received a release date yet, would hit over 200 countries/territories that currently have Amazon Prime. "The limited series will explore what is known as 'the Mount Everest of motorsports', the gruelling, non-stop 24-hour car race that has taken place annually in Le Mans, France since...

  • F1 testing day one: Hamilton tops timesheets

    The first day of F1 testing has concluded, as teams take their newly revealed 2017 challengers out for a shakedown. Of course, testing shouldn't necessarily be a judge of outright performance, but it does make for interesting reading anyway. As for the number one runner? Why, that goes to 2016 runner-up Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, having run 73 laps in the afternoon and hitting a time of 1:21:765 on soft tyres. Interestingly enough, this time is only a tenth of a second down on the fastest lap at Barcelona, a 1:21:670 by Kimi Raikkonen in 2008. The official F1 website added that the...

  • Revealed: Ferrari and Mercedes 2017 F1 cars

    We've seen a few F1 teams reveal their 2017 challengers, but the past 24 hours have seen heavyweights Mercedes and Ferrari show off their cars for the first time. Mercedes took the wraps off the W08 yesterday, conducting a few test runs at Silverstone in the process. The car differs from Sauber and Force India's racers by leaving off the "thumb tip" at the end of the nose, much like last year's title-winning W07. The new Mercedes car also has a less prominent "shark fin" on its spine. Otherwise, it largely follows the 2017 regulations, with lower, wider wings, fatter tyres and...

  • Kia South Africa issues recall for selected Sportage models

    Kia Motors South Africa has announced a safety recall of selected Kia Sportage cars manufactured in Korea between 9 August 2007 and 22 May 2009. The recall of 305 cars is related to issues with the models' hydraulic electronic control unit. "The Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit monitors individual wheel speeds and will, when determined, operate the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stablity Programme (ESP)," Kia SA says in an emailed statement. "There is a possibility that corrosion of the wire harness connector pins in the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit assembly can occur due to improper sealing of the Hydraulic ECU’s wire...

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