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  • 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...

  • F1: Williams first to reveal images of 2017 challenger

    The 2017 F1 season is poised for a huge shakeup thanks to significant rule changes this year. Between wider tyres and higher downforce, the cars are set for a huge speed improvement as a result. Now, Williams has become the first team to show off its car, giving us a few images of the FW40 challenger... The new car shows off the wider tyres for this season, as well as the cranked front wing, aggressive sidepod designs and lower rear wing. It's interesting to note that the "thumb tip" on the nose is still there, so those hoping for sleeker noses will be...

  • Tesla breaks 0-100kph record in new test

    Tesla's electric cars are known for extremely nippy acceleration --  hell, most electric cars are a kick in the pants. But a test found that the company's Model S P100D actually sets a new record. Motor Trend tested the car from a standstill, finding that it reached 30 miles per hour, 40 miles per hour, 50 miles per hour and 60 miles per hour faster than any other production vehicle. "In our testing, no production car has ever cracked 2.3 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. But Tesla has, in 2.275507139 seconds," the publication noted. We all know that Tesla's cars can slingshot...

  • GP2 series to be renamed Formula 2 for 2017?

    The GP2 feeder series for Formula 1 is expected to be renamed to Formula 2, it has been reported. A source told Autosport that it was "fifty-fifty" whether the feeder series would be renamed Formula 2 this year, while another source told the publication that it was "more than a 50% chance". The move comes after US-based Liberty Media acquired F1's commercial operations, which includes the GP2 and GP3 feeder series. Autosport adds that discussions appeared to have taken place regarding a name change before, but talks stalled under Bernie Ecclestone. GP2 is arguably the last major test before F1, so a name change to...

  • Big F1 shake-up: Bernie Ecclestone no longer F1 boss

    Liberty Media has completed its acquisition of F1, with the biggest news being that Bernie Ecclestone has been pushed out as F1 CEO. The news was broken by Auto Motor und Sport and confirmed on the F1 website, where it was announced that Liberty Media's Chase Carey will take Ecclestone's title. Nevertheless, Ecclestone will still be a part of the Formula One circus. "F1 has appointed Chase Carey as Chief Executive Officer of F1, in addition to his existing role as Chairman, and Bernie Ecclestone as Chairman Emeritus of F1. Bernie Ecclestone, who has given valuable service to F1 over many years,...

  • Watch: Wehrlein’s spectacular crash at Race of Champions

    The Race of Champions (ROC) took place in Miami over the weekend, with the world's best racing drivers duking it out. However, German F1 driver Pascal Wehrlein is feeling a little worse for the wear after a ridiculous crash on Saturday. The incident saw Wehrlein going wide, smashing into several barriers before climbing over Felipe Massa and rolling in dramatic fashion. The car had a roll-hoop though, allowing the young German and his passenger to walk away from the crash. Wehrlein was sidelined as a precautionary measure, having reported mild discomfort, leaving teammate Sebastian Vettel to win the Nations Cup by...

  • Montoya, Vettel stand out at Race of Champions

    Juan Pablo Montoya and Sebastian Vettel were the two big winners at the Race of Champions (ROC) event this weekend. The event, split into Champion of Champions, Nations Cup and USA versus the World tournaments, saw the world's top racing drivers compete. The Champion of Champions tournament saw event debutant Juan Pablo Montoya win, beating Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen in the finals. It marked Kristensen's 15th Race of Champions appearance and his fifth time in the finals -- he has yet to win the event. Montoya also beat Felipe Massa and Travis Pastrana en route to being crowned Champion of Champions. The...

  • Samsung Exynos chips to power Audi infotainment

    Samsung's Exynos chips are among the most powerful mobile processors around, but Audi is also getting in on the action now. The move will see Audi integrate Samsung's beefy silicon into its In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system, the two brands confirmed in a joint statement. "With Exynos processors, Samsung has proven its technology leadership in performance, reliability and innovative packaging solutions, ” said Alfons Pfaller, Head of Infotainment Development at Audi, in the statement. “Through the PSCP , Samsung and Audi will work together to bring the best in-vehicle infotainment experience at the automotive quality level expected...

  • Ford Kuga finally gets a recall in SA

    Ford South Africa has finally issued a recall for the 1.6 litre Ford Kuga in the country, after dozens of cars went up in flames. "A total of 4556 vehicles are affected by this safety recall in South Africa, and were built between December, 2012 and February, 2014. Ford Kuga models with 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre engines are not affected," Ford SA wrote in a press statement. The company has also detailed the cause of the fires, based on "the current data" in its possession, saying it was due to engine overheating. "This is caused by a lack of coolant circulation which can lead to...

  • Valtteri Bottas joins Mercedes, Massa returns

    Yes, the rumours were true, as Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas has joined the Mercedes F1 team to replace Nico Rosberg. The 27-year-old moves over from Williams, where he made his debut back in 2013. However, in another oft-rumoured move, Felipe Massa has decided to delay his retirement and fill the gap left by Bottas. The Finn has achieved nine podiums thus far in Formula One and beaten all of his teammates (Maldonado and Massa), but the elusive win has yet to occur. "He has an impressive track record in the junior categories and nine podiums in F1. But now it's time for...

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