It’s F1 testing time again, and the guys at the Lotus Formula One Team decided to make this little video with Roman Grosjean and new boy Pastor Maldanardo. F1 drivers are usually not the best of actors, so no Oscar Nominations here, but it’s still quite a funny video, especially seeing a Formula One car towing a Caravan/Camper.
Honda have released the video below as a tribute to their favorite Formula One Son, Ayrton Senna. It’s been 19 years now since that fateful day in Imola, and we have witnessed many Formula One drivers come and go, and even the supreme reign of Michael Schumacher, his retirement, and then his second F1 career, but in all that time there has never been another Ayrton Senna. Yes, Michael would do anything to win, and yes Vettel seems cast from the same mold, but neither of them are Senna.
The tribute is unusual and unique. Sound technicians placed speakers all around the Suzuka track, along with identification lighting to mark the position of the car on the track, then when night fell, the sound of Ayrton’s spectacular Suzuka lap was replayed in real time, sounding like he was once again taking that lap around Sukuka. Pretty amazing stuff, and a tribute only fit for a legend.
The first video is the actual lap, while the second one shows a lot about what went into making it all possible and the setup. Unfortunately the behind the scenes video is in Japanese only, but if you watch it the pictures tell the story, and there is even a rare look at the original telemetry printouts from Sennas lap that helped to re-create this amazing lap.
Big news for the last couple of years has been the upcoming Ron Howard film Rush, telling the story of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda through the 1976 season.
Of course any F1 fan is well aware of the basic story, Hunt and Lauda share wins in the 76 Championship, and it looks like it’s going to be another championship for Lauda, but the season is disrupted when Lauda crashes and is almost killed at the Nurburgring. Lauda is given the last rites, but pulls through after being badly burnt, and within 6 weeks is back at the wheel of his Ferrari trying to save his season. With the points incredibly close at the last round in Japan Lauda has to make a choice between risking his life again, or pulling out of the race, leaving the door open for Hunt to take the title.
History cannot be changed, and we all know Hunt took the 76 championship, his only one, but the movie really digs into the story and shows the agonizing decisions that had to be made, and the huge amount of courage Lauda showed in not only cheating death, but in getting back into the car so soon with the injuries he was carrying.
I cannot even start to imagine the pain and suffering Lauda must have gone through. It’s one thing to get out of hospital and walk around the park after that sort of trauma, but to climb back into a Formula One car, pull down the belts tightly over the wounds, then race competitively while all the time getting thrown around in the cockpit just defies anything most of us will ever know. I certainly cannot imagine what it must have been like for him to even try to put a helmet on…
Enjoy the trailers below, and some of the making of clips.
Rush Trailer 1
Rush Trailer 2
Behind the scenes of Rush with interviews
US Speed Channels Will Buxton Interviews Ron Howard about Rush at the end of 2012 after filming had concluded.
More behind the scenes of Rush
Filing on location for Rush
Amateur footage of the Rush Lauda crash re-creation
Rush filming on location at Snetterton in England
About Rush by Channel 10 Australia with Button and Webber
If you have ever wondered what a Formula One Teams VW Bus would look like if they had them, wonder no longer, as we have scoured the far corners of the internet and found a complete set of VW Buses all decked out in the 2013 Formula One car liveries.
Why Useful Pixels have created this I have no idea, apart from they must be huge VW and Formula One fans, but the graphics are pretty cool and the idea is certainly way out there. Just the kind of off the wall stuff we like to find and bring to you.
Multi time World Rally Champion Sebastian Loeb is really looking around the world of motorsport for new challenges. Retiring from the WRC this year he has shifted his focus across to the WEC (World Endurance Championship), already running at the front with his own team racing a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 car. If that wasn’t enough he is looking forward to a future campaign in the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) with Citroen, possibly next year once thy get their new car ready.
He has also been drawn into a completely new project, tackling the fearsome Pikes Peak Hillclimb on June 30th 2013. The project is being put together by Peugeot Sport, who for 1988 built a one off Peugeot 405 T16 GR which was driven to a new record of 10 Minutes, 47 seconds by Ari Vatanen which stood for a few years after that amazing run.
The new car for the 2013 assault on Pikes Peak is a Peugeot 208 T16, but of course it is a completely purpose built racecar with little resemblance to the actual 208 road car apart from the body styling.
For the stats boffins amongst us, below are the specs, and I suppose one of the most telling ones is 0-100kph (60 MPH) 1.8 seconds. Estimates for current F1 cars are appoximately 2.6 seconds, so when Loeb stands hard on the gas he will be pulling more acceleration g’s that a current F1 driver. Pretty impressive, as is the 273 horsepower per litre.
Country of origin
Mid, longitudinally mounted
3.2 liter / 195.3 cu in
4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
875 bhp / 653 KW
883 Nm / 651 ft lbs
273 bhp / liter
steel tubular spaceframe
double wishbones, push-rod actuated torsion bars and dampers, anti-roll bar
hydraulic power-assisted steering
ventilated carbon ceramic discs, all-round
Paddle Operated 6 speed Semi-Automatic
All wheel drive
875 kilo / 1929 lbs
Length / Width / Height
4500 mm (177.2 in) / 2000 mm (78.7 in) / 1300 mm (51.2 in)
Sebastian Vettel visited the British motoring Show Top Gear for an interview and to try his hand at setting a fast lap time in Top Gears F1 Star in a Road Car segment, going up against times set by a number of F1 stars, of which at that point Rubens Barrichello held the lap record.
The first video is BBC F1 Presenter Jack Humphrey visiting the set of Top Gear, where he is joined backstage by Vettel.
The second video is Sebastians interview with Jeremy Clarkson
The third video is Sebastians lap of the Top Gear test track
Here it is, the latest Lewis Hamilton interview on the great English Motoring Program Top Gear. Watch as Lewis Hamilton sits through and interview, then goes against other F1 drivers including Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Mark Webber, and Top Gears The Stig on the Top Gear Test Track in a road car in wet and slippery conditions.
Richard Hammond from Top Gear drives a Renault Formula One Car at Silverstone.
If you listen carefully you can hear him screaming as he accelerates to top speed for a mere 0.2 seconds on his two laps around the circuit, which is after he actives the anti stall system several times while trying to take off in the pits.
From its modest beginnings behind a Philadelphia-area watchmaker’s shop some 40 years ago, the Penske Racing Team, more than any other organization, has influenced the development, growth and direction of auto racing in the United States as both a sport and a business.
Led by former race driver turned “Fortune 500” business mogul Roger Penske, this team has won more than 250 major auto races around the world, captured 19 national championships (including 12 Indy-Car titles), and have enjoyed success in all forms of racing—Indy-Cars, sports cars, Formula-1, endurance racing and NASCAR. Penske Racing Team…
40 Years of Excellence documents the fascinating history of this unique organization, focusing on the talented drivers and innovative engineering that have been responsible for the team’s spectacular and enduring success. It also highlights the key events that have defined American motorsports during this timeframe; including the rise and fall of U.S. sports car racing in the 1960s and 1970s; the politics of the USAC-CART split in the late 1970s; the CART-IRL battle that unfolded 20 years later; and the phenomenal transformation of NASCAR from its moonshine roots into the mainstream commercial phenomenon that it is today.
Overall a great read, giving an insight into the world of motorsport over the decades, through the eyes of one of the longest lived and best teams in auto racing.