• Ford GT supercar production begins

    The first road-going version of the all-new 2017 Ford GT has rolled off the assembly line in Ontario, US.

    “When we kicked off 2016, we had two primary objectives for our Ford GT supercar – to excel at Le Mans, and to start deliveries before year-end,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development, and chief technical officer. “We’ve achieved both.”

    “The all-new Ford GT is a showcase of our strength in innovation and our commitment to delivering more for our customers – especially related to lightweight materials, aerodynamics and EcoBoost engine technologies.”

    First Ford GT supercar

    Originally unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2015, Ford Performance is now delivering the first cars to lucky customers around the globe, just in time for Christmas.

    The race version won in its class in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2016, living up to the iconic car that inspired its design, the GT40, which ruled the famed French circuit from 1966 to 1969.

    The 2017 road-going Ford GT is powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, which is said to produce some 595bhp.

    Global production will be limited to 250 units per year, though Ford received more than 6,000 applications for the first 500.

    Ford hasn’t confirmed the new GT’s price tag yet, but it’s believed to be around the £350,000 mark

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  • Fastest street circuit in F1?

    Long-time Formula 1 circuit designer, Hermann Tilke, has done a quick Q&A about the new circuit in Baku. While some folks have been scratching their heads about the race itself, it seems that if Herman has this right, it could be an interesting circuit nonetheless. Here’s Hermann:

    What was your first thought when you heard of the opportunity to build a street circuit in Baku? At the time I first heard about the opportunity to build a street circuit in Baku, I had no idea about the city. After my first visit to Baku I was left with just one thought: Amazing! From the very first moment, I was really proud to be a part of the project and the team here.

    How long ago were you approached by FIA to design the track for Baku? We have been working on this project since June 2014 and at this stage we are beginning to get really excited. It`s only a few months to go and we can’t wait!

    When did you first visit Baku? My first time in Baku was in June 2014. I was really surprised in a positive way. Baku is fascinating. I had a really warm welcome.

    What makes Baku City Circuit so unique? Baku City Circuit stands out due to many factors: Baku will be the world’s fastest city circuit and the track loop around the city’s historical centre will create a unique and remarkable atmosphere for fans watching in the grandstands and at home. The City Circuit of Baku is located in a vibrant city. The streets are really narrow and this is exactly what makes it so appealing.

    What was the most challenging part of the Baku City Circuit construction process? The most challenging task was to come up with an idea for the routing of a city track, which will be suitable for F1 in Baku. City circuits are always challenging to build, because the team has to construct the racetrack within the city. Various problems arise when designing a circuit in the city. But together with the Baku City Circuit team we successfully solved every problem!

    What is the most similar track to Baku City Circuit? There is no track like Baku City Circuit –  it will be one of the most exciting ones on the calendar. Baku, of course, is not comparable with any of the permanent circuits, because it is a city circuit. But even when compared to city circuits, Baku is unique.

    Baku City Circuit is expected be the fastest street circuit on the F1 calendar. What is the average lap time expected to be? We calculated a lap time of 101 seconds, but that depends on the individual set-up of the racing cars and on the developments of this year’s new cars.

    What is the expected speed in the most challenging sequence of turns on the track, beginning at Turn 8? The brake point in front of Turn 8 is V max= 204km/h. Between T8 and T9 we expect a V min of 86 km/h.

    What impact did the culture and history of the city have on your design?  The culture and history of Baku is the framework for Baku City Circuit’s design. The layout of the track is designed to show off the beauty of the historic and modern views and sights of Baku.

    How often do you collaborate with Baku City Circuit team? How are preparations going? We constantly collaborate with the Baku City Circuit team. We are pleased to work with such amazing colleagues. The atmosphere between all participants is just great. The entire team will work until the last minute, but everything is currently on time.

    What can F1 fans expect when they visit Baku City Circuit this June? Baku fans can expect a remarkable atmosphere at and around the Baku City Circuit. I can’t wait to see the race take place now!

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  • NASCAR Sprint Cup VS Formula One

    Here’s a question for your reader – what’s the best. NASCAR Sprint Cup VS Formula One? It may be something that you’ve debated with your mates down the pub; but have you ever really looked closely at the two to compare them properly? In this article we debate this very question.

    The interesting thing about both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Formula One is that despite their popularity; they both take a fair bit of criticism from people who are not interested. For many people, Formula One is dull, involves little to no overtaking and involves too much money and the same guy wins all the time. On the other hand, NASCAR sucks involves overweight drivers turning left round circular and oval racetracks and features bulky cars made from scrap.

    However, none of the above stops millions of people across America tuning in to NASCAR every year and turning up at the racetracks; and it doesn’t stop the millions of fans around the world enjoying Formula One every year. The more you compare them, the more you find compelling reasons for either to be considered interesting.
    The car involved in Formula One are works of genius concocted in high tech labs, but that doesn’t mean that the cars used NASCAR are any less brilliant. It is just a different type of brilliant. No-one would be able to deny that NASCAR and Formula One cars are as fast as each other, comparatively. The drivers for both sports are very skilled but Formula One drivers have a much higher profile and gambling on Formula One is of course much more popular in the UK with sites such as William Hill Formula One betting

    It really depends on what you want from your racing. If you want blood,guts and everything left on the racetrack; NASCAR would be the best race to follow. Whereas, if you like the larger amount of money that is pumped into the F1 business every year, the bigger budget the teams have to play with and the more intricately difficult circuits, then Formula One is the race for you.

    If you’re a bit of a petrol head then it is less expensive to be a fan of NASCAR as the cars used are easier to replicate with road versions. However, one of the biggest drawbacks of NASCAR is that despite it being as popular in the US as F1, it is only raced in three locations, unlike the 19 countries and four continents of F1.
    Whatever area of either racing style you look at, they both have positives and negatives. Although F1 is meticulous and quick, if a driver does not secure a decent position in the qualifying round it and get away fast enough at the start; they may remain at the back for the whole race. And while no race can really be called from the start in NASCAR, it comes back to the more simplistic tracks. It could also be argued that F1 is more elitist, while NASCAR is not. Though the opposite argument could be given that F1 only features the best of the best.

    What can be learned from looking at these two similarly popular but very different types of racing? Which is better? As boring an answer as this sounds; it really depends on what you like. There is no wrong answer, but if you’re not in the US, it’s much trickier to actually visit a NASCAR racetrack.

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  • Forza 6 Launch Trailer

    Gran Turismo versus Forza? Playstation versus Xbox? Which camp are you in?

    For years I’ve been in the legion of Gran Turismo fans but with every release of Forza I find my devotion starting to waver. The Xbox contender seems to grow from strength to strength while the Playstation stalwart seems to be treading water. Maybe I’m being unfair to the Gran Turismo team, but this launch trailer for Forza 6 has renewed my longing to buy an Xbox.

    This is the biggest Forza yet, with over 450 cars to choose from and 26 destinations to race in, 10 of which are new to the series. Each destination has several layout options too, so there’s plenty of asphalt to keep you occupied, whether that be on new tracks such as Lime Park, Watkins Glen and the Circuit of the Americas or old favourites such as Spa Francorchamps and the legendary Nürburgring.

    Ford GT in Forza 6

    Ford GT in Forza 6

    There’s a demo to whet your appetite too, which throws you behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford GT and pitches you against 23 opponents on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, a new fictional track added to this release.

    On top of the extra content comes a new weather modelling system that does more than reduce grip and make pretty patterns on your monitor. Forza goes as far as modelling puddles on the track, which can lead to aquaplaning if you’re not careful. There’s damage modelling too, which can leave your pristine supercar looking very second-hand after a hard race. Gran Turismo, please take note!

    Pagani In The Rain

    Pagani In The Rain

    The demo then takes you through the early stages of the career mode and introduces you to the new pre-race modding system, which allows bonuses to be added to the end-of-race results or to give your car a little extra performance.

     

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  • Aldermaston Grand Prix circuit

    There was sad news for those working in the British nuclear sector last week, when it was announced that there will be 500 job losses at AWE Aldermaston.

    However, there may be hope on the horizon for the minions of Aldermaston, for the aerial photograph provided by the BBC clearly indicates that the former RAF Aldermaston airfield is the perfect location for a Grand Prix circuit.

    The prospective layout sketched above suggests a mix of slow-speed 90-degree corners and long-straights, with a high braking and traction requirement. Particularly exciting is the long main straight, which resembles that at Macau, including a flat-out kink leading onto a long, wide stretch which eventually funnels into the heavy-braking area for a tight hairpin. Rather like Turn 1 at the Cleveland airport circuit in the USA, this would, no doubt, become a key overtaking spot.

    One imagines wisps of tyre-smoke mixing with the gaseous tritium discharges, as the drivers battle it out, wheel-to-wheel. Happily, with the lower noise emissions of contemporary Formula 1, there seems little chance of triggering an unexpected criticality in one of the facilities, but in such an event the odd blue flash would simply add to the razzmatazz of the event.

    The nearby town of Tadley might seem an unlikely host for a round of the World Championship, but in some respects it is not dissimilar to parts of Azerbaijan, which will feature on the Formula 1 calendar for the first time in 2016.

    Source: mccabism

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