Admittedly, we’re a tad sad to have heard that the BMW’s M3 GT will be retiring after four years of serious service, having won the it’s GT Class title in 2010 and 2011 at the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). So out with the old and in with the new, as the BMW Z4 GTE now replaces the M3 – with a rather tall order to fill if you asked us.
The Mercedes SLS AMG GT is already a mean machine, packing up a grumpy 591-horsepower from the 6.2-liter V8 engine lying underneath the unusually long hood. But too much is never enough for the guys at the AMG tuning division, and there had been talks about a much powerful and serious version to hit the streets anytime soon. The wait is finally over as the in-house tuning outfit had just revealed their latest monster creation; the SLS AMG Black Series.
After a string of bad luck that had struck the DeltaWing in the few races that it was allowed to take part, the skies had finally opened up for the prototype racer as the DeltaWing managed to keep it all together and cross the finish line at the Petit Le mans with a fifth-place finish. This is an incredible feat shown by the team, considering that they were actually very close in not being able to race at all.
As the Peugeot 207’s position in the European line up was replaced by the 208, it is expected for such a transition will also take place to Peugeot’s podium-grabbing 207 S2000 International Rally Championship car. And one would not have to wait long as with the world-renowned Paris Motor Show commencing at Peugeot’s own backyard, they had recently revealed their new contender for the international rally; the 208 R5.
Nissan recently brought out their newly designed DeltaWing racer for the first time to test at Sebring in order to prepare for their championship contention at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours.
Formula One’s Technical Working Group met recently to discuss about F1′s tyre supplier for 2011 but from what we know, no decision was made.
However, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that Pirelli has moved into pole position for the contract, even though recent rumours suggested both the Italian marque and Michelin were offering to supply tires for 1.5m Euros per team.
It doesn’t matter if your car is fast; it doesn’t matter if your car has 300, 500, 800, or even 1000 horsepower because your car is only as fast as your tires allow it to be. Those four palm sized contact patches that put down all that power are arguably the most important aspect of a running vehicle, performance oriented or not.
To ensure that a driver gets the absolute last drop of power and is able to carry speed into and out of corners with absolute confidence, tire makers go to great lengths to ensure that their product is able to withstand every type of demand exerted onto the tire. After they create the product and pit it against the competition claiming to be the best, they invite us auto-journo’s over to reaffirm their assertion that they have officially created the best product. This time, it was Michelin who invited us to Thailand to put their latest product to the absolute limit.
The F1 tyre supplier war continues with Pirelli emerging as a third potential supplier of Formula One tryes in 2011.
Current tyre supplier Bridgestone has confirmed that it will no longer be supplying the series and will be leaving the sport. Willing to fill the vacancy is French tyre manufacturer Michelin, favoured by the FOTA group, but wants to be paid to supply tyres and wants other tyre suppliers to compete against. Read the rest of this entry »
Avon has confirmed reports it is a potential supplier of tyres in formula one next year. The name entered the frame as a potential replacement for F1′s departing sole supplier Bridgestone in China last weekend, amid suggestions the teams group FOTA had agreed an in-principle deal with Michelin.
But with the famous French marque wanting to be paid and pushing for regulations allowing much lower profile tyres, it was rumoured Avon was favoured by Bernie Ecclestone and the smaller teams as a non-branded and cheaper option. Read the rest of this entry »
With the imminent departure of Bridgestone as the official tyre supplier for Formula One, the stage has been set for possibly another tyre war or the rise of a new tyre supplier.
Michelin has been long been linked with a return to the pinnacle of world motorsport and now a Michelin official has confirmed the French marque is considering returning to formula one in 2011 as a tyre supplier. Read the rest of this entry »