Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I wonder if they'll have to put truck nutz under the cars, aka The 2012 US Formula 1 moves to Austin Texas

[Via Cold Track Days]
After a three year absence, it appears Formula One will return to the United States in 2012. According to Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited, Austin, Texas will host the United States Grand Prix from 2012 to 2021. A new facility will be built to accommodate the USGP and, according to Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group, this "will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US."

Follow the link for a look at the official press release..

Formula One returns to the United States
Austin, Texas, from the east. The Austin skyline by night, Texas. Austin hill country, Texas. The Austin skyline by day, Texas.

Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021.

"We are extremely honoured and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 Commercial Rights Holder. We have been diligently working together for several years to bring this great event to Austin, the State of Texas and back to the United States. All parties involved have a great amount of trust and confidence in each other and are committed to establishing the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Austin, Texas as a prestigious global event," stated Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions, LP.

Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group stated: "For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event. It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success. Since then, Formula One has been hosted by Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix all on temporary street circuits. Indianapolis joined the ranks of host cities in 2000 when they added a road course inside the famed oval. Lewis Hamilton won the last Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in 2007, signalling the end to eight years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US."

Mr. Hellmund added: "This is a case of the right timing in the right place. As many Americans know, Austin has earned a reputation as one of the 'it' cities in the United States. Austin features that rare combination of ideal geographic location and beauty. Its fine dining, world-renowned hospitality and excellent transportation infrastructure make Austin ideally suited to host and manage an event of this magnitude. Few cities if any in America could rival the connectivity of all the key elements needed for hosting a Formula 1 event as well as Austin. Now, many people around the world will have the opportunity to experience a world-class event, facility and city."

"We are pleased Texas has the opportunity to be involved with Formula 1 and that an event of this magnitude is coming to Austin," said Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. "It has been a pleasure working with Full Throttle Productions, LP and Mr. Hellmund on this project. Their tradition of producing successful major events coupled with a thirty year relationship with Mr. Ecclestone has us looking forward to this worldwide event and the benefits it will bring, including local job creation, increased tourism and a significant economic impact added to our state economy. The visibility and prestige of this event will spotlight our state on an international stage."

Texas Governor Rick Perry conveyed his enthusiasm for the project, explaining "Texas' relatively strong economy continues to draw both national and international attention and I commend Comptroller Combs for her work in bringing this exciting event to the Lone Star State."

City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell continued the positive sentiments, adding "The City of Austin will be proud to host this magnificent event and I look forward to welcoming the participants and fans of Formula One to our City."

Full Throttle Productions, LP acknowledges with great appreciation the efforts of all parties involved including Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group, and the local and state officials of Texas.

"It has been a shared vision and monumental task to reach this agreement. We realize that over the last 30 years there have been one or two missing pieces from the previous editions of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. We have a tremendous opportunity at hand to do it right - to feature Austin as the backdrop and produce the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ as one of the great sporting events in the world," stated Hellmund.

In addition to the State of Texas being the 11th strongest economy in the world, it has more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other state. Key features of Austin include:
- State capital nicknamed 'Silicon Hills' for being one of the most important regions in the US for the Technology Industry;
- USA's 15th largest city and is located 145 miles from Houston (4th largest US city), 70 miles from San Antonio (7th largest US city), and 180 miles from Dallas (8th largest US city), population in this triangle is over 22 million;
- perfectly located geographically for North, South and Central American visitors;
- over 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles;
- over 250,000 hotel rooms within 180 miles;
- desirable year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius);
- geographically located in the Texas Hill Country, easily the most beautiful city in the State, and considered one of the most in the US;
- hotels/downtown/Formula 1 circuit/airport located within close proximity of each other, which is nearly impossible for any other large city in the US;
- world class night life entertainment along renowned 'Sixth Street'; and
- large film industry presence - many movies filmed in the area.

Austin's National Recognition
- Known as "The Live Music Capital of the World"
- Voted "Greenest City in America" (MSN)
- Voted "Least Stressful Large Metro" in the United States (Forbes)
- Voted Top Two "Best Cities" in the United States (Money Magazine)
- Voted Top Three "Hippest Cities" in the United States (Forbes)
- Voted Top Five "Safest Cities" in the United States (Forbes)
- Voted Top Ten "Sports & Fitness Cities" in the USA (Sports Business Journal)

Full Throttle Productions, LP is an Austin, Texas, special event and sports production company that provides event conception, event project management, day of event oversight, staffing and volunteer services, venue planning and logistics support.

More information on the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ will be forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, all queries should be directed to info@fullthrottleproductionslp.com.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

In-Car Video of Bill Auberlen and the RLR M3 during ALMS Qualifying at Laguna Seca

Get a load of the sights and sounds of BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team driver Bill Auberlen during qualifying for the May 22, 2010 six-hour race at Laguna Seca.[via BMW of North America, LLC.]

Friday, May 21, 2010

A 2010 Nurburgring Night Lap - Onboard Aston Martin N24 Vantage V8

24H Nordschleife Race at Night 2010 Onboard Aston Martin N24 Vantage V8. Driver: Fredy Barth. Video by SOHAPPY RACING.

[via So Happy Racing]

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Too bad they don't award style points in Kart racing.

The racer's name is Kyle Prokup (no really) and he blames handling issues on this amazing spin back across the line finish at the Midstate Kart Club. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Car Porn Deluxe - "Always Sunny in Snetterton" edition - Team Schirmer M3CSL Cup

Back in July of last year The Scuderia was clued into the CSL CUP. For those of you that enjoy close racing action between BMW M3 and M3CSL e46's you've come to the right place. Take a ride along with Team Schirmer in a pretty trick cup car.  These guys are going at it pretty hard in the wet, plus some great S54CSL sounds.  Enjoy!

Team Schirmer in the CSL Cup Race 1 Snetterton 2010 from Stephen Gill on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

2010 Nürburgring 24 Hours Finish Video - Spoiler alert.

Congratulations to BMW Motorsports!
[via MT89Motorsports]

Saturday, May 15, 2010

2010 Nürburgring 24 Hours Hour 1-6 Recap

[via MT89 Motorsports]

2010 Nürburgring 24 Hours BMW M3 E92 Nordschleife Onboard Video

Turn this one up. The sound is amazing!
[via MT89Motorsport]

2010 Nürburgring 24 Hours Race #98 Audi R8 LMS Frank Stippler Onboard

[via MT89 Motorsports]
Long onboard with Frank Stippler on the Nordschleife, just look at all the traffic he has to deal with!

Controlled Chaos- The start of the 2010 ADAC 24hr Nurburgring video

[viaMT89 Motorsports]
The start of the 38th Nürburgring 24 Hours on the Nordschleife.

Friday, May 14, 2010

2010 ADAC Nordschleife Qualifying Viedo - Audi R8

[via MT89Motorsports}
Footage of the Audi R8 LMS cars on the Nordschleife during Qualifying for europe's biggest race, more than 200 cars will start the 38th Nürburgring 24 Hours

Trailer for the 2010 ADAC Nurburgring 24hr Race.

I'll try to find a live feed for tomorrow. Enjoy!

Porsche GT3R overcomes rain and fog at the Nurburgring

[VIA PORSCHE] Stuttgart. Right place, right time – for Porsche works driver Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), the timing at the first qualifying session of the 24 hour race was perfect. At the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, he opted for slicks at the right moment before heavier rain set in again. With a lap time of 9:26.421 minutes on the 25.378 kilometre combination of the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife, Bergmeister planted Porsche Team Manthey’s orange and white liveried 911, with its 480 hp combustion engine supplemented by two 60 kilowatt electric motors, on second place. The German teams up with works driver Richard Lietz (Austria), Porsche junior Marco Holzer (Germany), and the former Porsche junior driver Martin Ragginger (Austria).

Because of thick fog, the first qualifying session was halted at 22.20 hours after three of the scheduled four hours. Tomorrow, the second and final two-hour qualifying session takes place at 12.45 hours, before the 38th edition of the Eifel classic takes off on Saturday at 15.00 hours. The Porsche teams were well prepared. Under cold and changeable weather conditions, they completed the first qualifying without any problems and safely covered the minimum amount of laps as required by the regulations.

Third position went to Team Mamerow Racing. Former Porsche junior Chris Mamerow (Germany) achieved the third quickest time of the field in the 911 GT3 R. Mamerow competes alongside Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler and his German compatriot Joerg Hardt.

For the title defenders from Manthey Racing, Porsche works driver Marc Lieb (Germany) claimed the quickest time with sixth. After winning three times in succession, the driver quartet returns this year to compete under team boss Olaf Manthey. Sharing driving duties are works drivers Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) as well as experienced Manthey pilot Marcel Tiemann (Monaco).

The 911 GT3 R run by Haribo Team Manthey secured 16th position in qualifying. At the wheel of the 911 sporting the Haribo gold bear design is a racing pro line-up consisting of Lance David Arnold (Germany), Christian Menzel (Germany), Richard Westbrook (Great Britain) and Alexander Margaritis (Germany).

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

BMW M3 GTS - Nurburgring Test Drive

I have to say that the BMW M3 GTS is causing me to finally start liking the e92 M3's.  Sue they have no low-end torque, weight too much, and are too complex, but when you rip out half the junk, bolt on a front splitter and rear wing, and paint the whole thing orange, it becomes a little more interesting.

The New Porsche GT-2RS Promo Video

The view from the driver's seat is likely the last thing that several doctors and investment bankers will ever see. Awesome.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rat Rod Part Deux - The birth of a dedicated track car

To take a cue from Aaron, and the changes he made to his Cayman S, I decided to start tearing apart my 2004 M3 to build safer, lighter, faster track car, and make it almost undriveable on public roads

After 4 years of using it as a daily driver / track car, I thought that I should get serious an build out a more single purpose car. This is phase one, where I added Cobra Seats, Schroth Harnesses, a custom Fall-line Motorsports half-cage, and a Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber roof.

 I bought a 335xi as a daily driver, added a hitch and a brake controller to my wife's V8 Touareg, and called Fall Line Motorsports. Attached are some pics of the process and the end result.

Interior out, Sunroof Gone, Half-cage welded in.

Seats fitted, waiting for Carbon Fiber Vorsteiner roof. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Car Porn Deluxe- "I'm in love with a Goat" edition - More Ferrari 599 GTO!

Check out the sound of the 599 GTO in the tunnel! Amore!

[via Autocar]

Car Porn Deluxe- "One Fast Goat Edition "- Ferrari 599 GTO and Dario Benuzzi

The legendary Ferrari test driver Dario Benuzzi takes for a ride onboard of the 599 GTO. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Car Porn Deluxe -"Tasmanian Devil Edition" - Targa Tasmania winning Lamborghini

Take a ride with Targa Tasmania winner Jason White (with Uncle and co-driver John White) as he gets the most out of his Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Strada in the Paloona stage.  White beat his next closest competitor by 63 seconds over the course of the event. Enjoy!

The Porsche Cayman Interseries - Everything New is Old Again

 Credit to Ron Barnaba and Napleton Porsche for developing this extremely interesting series and bringing it to HSR.  A true tribute to the Porsche marque.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Launch Control - When passing on the left or right just won't do

If you think that you've seen a Formula car take flight, wait until you see this leap frog move in Marakesh.

(via Autosport.com) Ricardo Teixeira walked away unscathed from a spectacular aerial accident in the second Formula 2 race at Marrakech on Sunday.

The Portuguese Angolan driver, who had scored the best result of his career with fifth place in Saturday's race, hit the back of Ivan Samarin's car and was launched skywards into a barrel roll.

Teixeira's car landed the right way up just as it hit the concrete wall, and spun down the track spitting out flames from the back. He was fortunate to climb out unhurt.