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  • 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...

  • This Toyota concept car can read your emotions

    "While we can't predict the future, we can inspire it." With these words, Toyota introduces its latest automobile specimen, the "Concept-i", a beautifully bizarre car concept that illustrates the Japanese automaker's wishes for "an automotive future wherein our cars can connect with us". Toyota aims to establish this connection via their innovative AI, namely "Yui", a creation of the CALTY Design Research Centre (a Toyota-focused design studio) and undoubtedly the most significant feature that the Concept-i boasts. Yui will not only act as your on-board virtual assistant but will double as a sort of tag-along therapist as well. Beyond providing basic guidance,...

  • 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...

  • 10 easy mods to improve your car in 2017

    A new year is upon us, but is your car ready? You've probably already picked a purposeful, pragmatic New Year's Resolution, or maybe you've been easy on yourself and pledged to eat lunch every day. These are all good ideas, but not the best idea. Have you asked yourself 'What can I do for my car in 2017'? We’ve got the answers you need to help 2017 be your ride's best year ever. Unless it's a car from a time when gas/petrol prices were measured in cents. Here are ten suggestions that'll make you proud on any budget. 1. Remove Extra...

  • Bumped from Haas, Esteban Gutierrez joins Formula E

    Esteban Gutierrez may have lost his Haas F1 seat to Kevin Magnussen, but the Mexican will continue single-seater racing by moving to Formula E. The former F1 driver will race at "a number of select events for the remainder of the season", including his home race in Mexico on 1 April. It's unclear whether the Mexican race will be his first race, with the Argentine ePrix taking place on 18 February. The racer is also in talks for a full-time drive for next season. "Gutierrez joins the series as an official ambassador and is in advanced discussions with a number of teams, currently...

  • Some F1 corners will no longer be corners in 2017 – McLaren

    2017's Formula One cars will have so much downforce and grip that some corners will no longer be classified as corners, a McLaren representative said. The 2017 season will see cars have wider wings, wider tyres, larger bargeboards and several other changes. The result is that lap times are set to be faster by three to five seconds. Now, McLaren-Honda technical director Tim Goss has revealed one particularly interesting tidbit. "The drivers say that these new cars will be more challenging to drive, and that they'll have to work harder and concentrate more to get the best from them," he was quoted as...

  • Formula E: first virtual race dishes out big prize money

    The first Formula E esport race took place over the weekend at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, with Dutch driver Bono Huis winning the event and the big US$200 000 cash prize. The Faraday Future Dragon Racing sim driver also earned a cool US$25 000 for pole position. In a rather cool touch, the field comprised of 10 sim racers and 20 real-world Formula E drivers. Felix Rosenqvist was the highest placed Formula E driver, finishing in second place. The race was initially won by sim racer Olli Pahkala, who was handed a 12-second penalty after the race, dropping to third place. "Pahkala...

  • CES 2017: Cortana set for BMW, Nissan cars

    Cars are becoming smarter and smarter, with voice commands being one of the more convenient ways to take advantage of said smarts. Now, BMW and Nissan have used CES to announce that they'll be integrating Microsoft's Cortana into their suites. "BMW Connected demos will feature a visionary concept of an in-car voice-controlled personal digital assistant that customers are familiar with in other areas of their daily life. The system being presented at CES 2017 is the in-car application of Microsoft’s Cortana," the automaker wrote in a press statement. The German marque says that Cortana's existing capabilities on...

  • FF 91: Faraday Future finally reveals electric car

    Chinese-backed electric car firm Faraday Future has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. But the brand has finally showed off its first car in the form of the FF 91 at CES. The electric station wagon of sorts is packed with technology, starting with the so-called FFID profile, which saves your data to learn about you. The non-car stuff "Your unique FFID profile encompasses an extensive range of your drive preferences and content choices -- from your seat setting to your song list," the company wrote on its website, adding that climate control and routes are also tied...

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