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Lewis Hamilton Gets Victory At Hungarian Grand Prix F1 Race

By   July 29, 2013

Lewis Hamilton Gets Victory At Hungarian Grand Prix F1 Race

Lewis Hamilton Gets Win At Hungarian Grand Prix Formula One Race

This past weekend was the Hungarian Grand Prix Formula One race and it was a good one for Lewis Hamilton. Lewis managed to take his Mercedes to victory for his 22nd win in his career. The victory is the first win for Hamilton driving for Mercedes. He started the race in the first position and managed to keep that position for the entire race. Apparently he didn’t think he would win as before the race he had said it would be a miracle if he won.

Mr. Hamilton was followed by Kimi Raikkonen driving for Lotus and then the pair of Red Bull racing drivers Sebastian Vettel followed by Mark Webber. Rounding out the top five was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who started the race in 5th place and finished in the same position.

Lewis Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg had a rough day as contact with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa causing him early position due to a blown tire. This put him back in the pack until his day ended early with engine failure. This was the second victory for Mercedes in three races with Nico winning the British Grand Prix earlier this season.

Now the drivers get a mandatory two week vacation. The next race won’t be until August 25th at the Belgain Grand Prix.

Let us know in the comments below what you thought of the race and what you are going to do until F1 returns in late August.

Press Release

RACE
Lewis Hamilton achieved his 22nd career victory and his first as a Silver Arrows driver at the Hungaroring this afternoon.
  • Lewis’ win was the 13th Formula One win for a Silver Arrow and the third victory in five races for the team
  • Lewis’ fourth win at the Hungaroring also took the tally of wins for Mercedes-Benz F1 engines to 99
  • Lewis completed three pit stops on laps 9, 31 and 50, running option/prime/prime/prime
  • Nico tangled with Felipe Massa in turn 5 on lap one and dropped to P12
  • He also made three stops but retired with an engine failure on lap 65
  • Lewis’ victory strengthened the team’s second position in the Constructors’ Championship at the season’s halfway point
Drivers
Car No.
Chassis No.
Race Result / Fastest Lap
Lewis Hamilton
10
F1 W04 / 04
P1 1:24.647
Nico Rosberg
9
F1 W04 / 03
DNF
Weather
Hot and sunny
Temperatures
Air: 34-35°C
Track: 48-51°C
Lewis Hamilton
What a great weekend! We really didn’t expect this when we came here this weekend and I said last night that I would need a miracle to win today. Well, just maybe they do happen. The team called the strategy and the pit stops just right and then it was just about managing the gap. I had some racing to do out there, though, with Jenson and Mark and I think we had the pace on everyone today. The team has just done an exceptional job: we have worked so hard to understand these tyres and we got the balance spot on today. I am very hopeful this could be a real turning point for us as we coped with these high track temperatures. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at the team here and at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth. Team work achieved this result today and I really couldn’t be happier.
Nico Rosberg
Today was a great day for the team, for Lewis and a brilliant job by everyone here at the track and back at our factories. Unfortunately my weekend didn’t go quite so well and it’s a shame that we couldn’t have had a two-car finish today. I got a good start but then Felipe and I came together on the first lap which was unfortunate as I was in front and had left some space for him but his front wing hit my rear tyre. That cost me a lot of positions and it’s really difficult to make the places back up on this track. Then my day came to an early conclusion with the engine failure. However there are lots of positives for us to take as a team from this weekend and now I really look forward to the upcoming races as we know that we have a quick car and we made the new tyres work for us this weekend.
Ross Brawn
We went into this race not really knowing where we stood in terms of tyre performance and behaviour but as the race unfolded, it became clear that we were able to stay competitive with both cars and drivers. Lewis drove an absolutely perfect race and didn’t put a foot wrong all afternoon. He was able to race aggressively and keep the tyres alive to make our strategy work. Nico was unfortunate to get tangled up with Massa on the first lap and then suffered an engine failure, which was a little worrying in the closing laps as we hadn’t seen any signs of overheating. Overall, this has been a very encouraging weekend. In extremely hot conditions, we maintained our Saturday afternoon competitiveness on Sunday afternoon and it certainly feels like we have made a good step forward today. Now we need to get our heads down before the well-deserved two-week shutdown so that we arrive in Spa as well prepared as we possibly can.
Toto Wolff
What an outstanding drive from Lewis this afternoon – he got a clean getaway and then executed the race strategy perfectly, including some really strong and aggressive overtaking moves when he needed to. He did a great job, just like the team with six clean pit stops for our drivers and the right race strategy. Nico lost positions on the first lap tangling with Felipe and then was making up places when his engine failed near the end of the race. That gave us a nervous few closing laps but we were able to bring Lewis’ car home safely. We came into this weekend with a lot of discussion over how the new tyres would affect us. We did our homework in practice, found the right set-up and managed to take a good step forward this afternoon with how we managed the tyres in race conditions. It is only halfway through the season and our rivals have been consistently competitive while we have experienced some ups and downs in the first ten races. Our target for the second half of the year must be to consolidate our performance and deliver this kind of speed consistently. We are still the underdogs right now but we are on an upward trend and we will keep working hard. Thank you to everyone at our factories back in Brackley and Brixworth for their hard work and enjoy a well-deserved summer break. Congratulations as well to our customer sport team-mates who took victory for Mercedes-Benz in the Spa 24 Hours. It’s been a good day for the three-pointed star!

Chris Harris Drives Jaguar C-Type At The Historic Mille Miglia

By   July 12, 2013

Chris Harris Drives Jaguar C-Type in the Mille Miglia

Chris Harris Drives a Jaguar C-Type at the Historic Mille Miglia

At one time the Mille Miglia was the most important road race in the world. Unfortunately, a few fatal accidents put an end to it in its original form. It is now a road rally where you need to try to make a certain pace between stages. Recently, Chris Harris was able to drive in a very valuable Jaguar C-Type in the event, but he and his driving partner have a hard time with not just being able to drive the car fast all the entire time.

This video shows their trip in the wonderful car. The cars in this video are just amazing. They include Porsche 550 Spyders and Mercedes 300SL Gullwings, just to name a few. The 1,000 mile road rally is a once in a lifetime event that features incredible cars and many celebrities. This is the kind of event that takes you back to the early days of racing and it is great to see such valuable historic cars driven.

Also, only in Italy will they hand you an Adult beverage while at the wheel of a car.

Checkout the video and then let us know what you think of the event in the comments below.

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2014 Mecedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series Pricing Details Released

By   July 3, 2013

2014 Mecedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

2014 Mecedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Mercedes-Benz has released the pricing information for the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series. The extra high performance version of the sports car that is best known for its gull wing doors will be available with a 6.3-liter V8 engine that puts out an earth turning 622 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque. This equates to a 0 to 60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds and it will keep going until it hits the top speed of 196 mph.

Of course those cool doors and that performance doesn’t come cheap. The Black Series will set you back $275,000 plus a $1,800 destination fee. That is a lot of money for the car, but if you can afford it not many cars will be able to pass you on the road.

Of course many people will say that you are paying about $220,000 more than you would pay for the new Corvette Stingray which can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. For the additional money you go .3 seconds faster from zero to sixty and your top speed is higher. But where the extra money is really noticeable is in the quality of the interior.

Sure Chevrolet has really made the interior of the new Corvette much better than the outgoing model, but it just can’t hold up to the interior on the SLS. Of course many will purchase the car as a status symbol and never really take the car on a track to see what it can really do.

If you have enough money to buy an Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series make sure to enjoy it to its fullest and not just have it in the garage.

Let us know what you think of the pricing of the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series in comments below.

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today announced pricing for the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series coupe and the 2014 C63 AMG Edition 507 sedan and coupe. Both models are part of an exclusive lineup of high-performance AMG models available at all U.S. Mercedes-Benz dealers. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing for the MY14 SLS AMG Black Series is $275,000 (plus $1,800 for destination and delivery). Pricing for the MY14 C63 AMG Edition 507 sedan will begin at $70,000 (plus $925 for destination and delivery) and the C63 Edition 507 coupe is priced at $72,500 (plus $925 for destination and delivery).

AMG – these three distinctive letters embody automotive high performance, exclusivity and exquisite craftsmanship. Founded in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, AMG is distinguished as the high performance division of Mercedes-Benz, reflected in its unique vehicles and impressive successes in the world of motorsport. Today it is a one hundred percent subsidiary of Daimler AG and is the group’s technological spearhead in the high-performance car segment. The AMG brand promise of “Driving Performance” stands for state-of-the-art technology and pure driving excitement.

2014 SLS AMG Black Series Coupe

Having made its global auto show debut at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show in November 2012, the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series coupe goes on sale in the U.S. in extremely limited production beginning August 2013. Featuring a direct transfer of motorsports technology from the SLS AMG GT3 race car, the fifth Black Series model (fourth in the USA) from Mercedes-AMG boasts a fascinating mix of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics and lightweight construction in line with the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy. With a curb weight of 3,616 pounds, the 2014MY SLS AMG Black Series achieves a power/weight ratio of 5.81 lb/hp. The AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine generates a power output of 622 hp at 7,400 rpm and accelerates the most dynamic SLS of all time to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

The SLS AMG Black Series achieves a whole new level of performance with an adjustable coilover AMG Adaptive Performance Suspension, AMG high-performance ceramic two-piece brake system and weight-optimized, forged AMG light-alloy wheels with specially developed, ultra high-performance tires. Additional highlights include an electronically-controlled AMG rear-axle differential lock and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission featuring spectacular shift and response times using dual clutch technology. The standard AMG Aerodynamics package delivers a further boost to the vehicle’s handling and driving dynamics.

Black Series is a name that resonates with automobile experts and enthusiasts worldwide. Following the SLK55 AMG Black Series from 2006 (European model), the 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series, the 2009 SL65 AMG Black Series and the 2013 C63 AMG Black Series, the fifth in the lineup sees the Black Series enter a whole new dimension with the iconic SLS AMG. “The new SLS AMG Black Series is a perfect study in the one hundred percent transfer of technology and engineering from motorsport to road. We have drawn inspiration from the worldwide success of the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car on both a conceptual and a technological level. Boasting numerous lightweight components and fascinating dynamics, our fifth Black Series model guarantees pure, unadulterated ‘Driving Performance.’ The SLS AMG Black Series is the ultimate choice for fast laps and a highly emotional driving experience,” says Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

“Fans of high-performance super sports cars will be fascinated by its high-tech package. The basis for passionate performance and supreme driving dynamics is provided by numerous new developments in the engine, transmission, suspension and aerodynamics – also giving top priority to our ‘AMG Lightweight Performance’ strategy. Outstanding efforts in the field of lightweight design have resulted in a curb weight of 3,616 pounds,” notes Tobias Moers, Head of Total Vehicle Development and Member of the Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The uprated AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine generating a power output of 622 hp and 468 lb-ft of torque is a synonym for thrilling driving dynamics, making the 2014MY SLS AMG Black Series the most powerful AMG high-performance automobile with a combustion engine. Only the SLS AMG Electric Drive with a maximum output of 740 hp has more power.

The key data at a glance:

SLS AMG Black Series
Displacement 6,208 cc
Bore x stroke 4.02 x 3.72 inches
Compression ratio 11.3 : 1
Output 622 hp at 7,400 rpm
Max. torque 468 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm
Maximum engine speed 8,000 rpm
Engine weight (dry) 452 lbs
Acceleration 0-60 mph 3.5 s
Top speed 196 mph

BMW M6, Jaguar XKR-S, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG And Porsche 911 Carrera S

By   May 30, 2013

BMW M6, Jaguar XKR-S, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG And Porsche 911 Carrera S

BMW M6, Jaguar XKR-S, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG and Porsche 911 Carrera S

Most automotive enthusiast would love an opportunity to drive a Porsche 911 Carrera S, BMW M6, Jaguar XKR-S and Mercedes SL63 AMG along the great roads around Hearst Castle. Well, Car and Driver was able to test these cars on those great windy roads. The test tries to decide which of the performance cars is the best on the road for both a driver’s car and making you feel like you are in the lap of luxury.

This video shows the test of all the cars. The Porsche 911 often walks away with these types of tests and the 991 variant is the best that the German car company has made so far. Will it be able to keep that status or will one of the competitors take over the thrown?

The video is presented by an automotive journalist, but not necessarily someone that would normally be on video. So, don’t expect for a Chris Harris type video, but it is an interesting road test and worth a watch.

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Nico Rosberg Takes Win At The Monaco Grand Prix

By   May 28, 2013

Nico Rosberg at the Monaco Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg at the Monaco Grand Prix

This last weekend was the running of the Monaco Grand Prix Formula One race. The race was an exciting one, especially for Mercedes racing fans. Nico Rosberg managed to take the victory in the famed F1 race in his home town.

The race was filled with incidents including a crash by Ferrari driver Felipe Massa. We now know that the crash was caused by suspension failure and this helped keep Ferrari from getting to the podium.

Nico was followed by Red Bull racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Mercedes narrowly missed scoring a second podium finish in the race as Lewis Hamilton finished in 4th place.

All in all the race was a great one to watch and was a classic F1 race.

Press Release

Nico Rosberg took his second career victory today at the Monaco Grand Prix on the streets of his home city.
  • · Nico’s win came exactly 30 years after his father, Keke, scored the second win of his own career at Monaco in 1983
  • · Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after losing position during the pit stops at the start of the first Safety Car period
  • · In spite of two Safety Car periods and one red flag interruption, Nico led every lap of the race after starting from pole
Drivers
Car No.
Chassis No.
Race Result / Fastest Lap
Nico Rosberg
9
F1 W04 / 03
P1 1:18.327
Lewis Hamilton
10
F1 W04 / 04
P4 1:18.133
Weather
Warm and sunny
Temperatures
Air: 18-20°C
Track: 39-44°C
Nico Rosberg
Monaco is such a special place to win and it just feels amazing today. It was my childhood dream to win this race and to do it in a Silver Arrow on the streets where I have lived all of my life is fantastic. I can’t quite believe it has happened yet and it will probably take a while to sink in. Thank you to the team for the car that we had this weekend and it’s good to have been able to show the same level of performance on Sunday and convert our pole position. The whole weekend went pretty much to plan, even though qualifying was tough with the weather conditions. I didn’t have the best start today which meant Lewis and Seb got pretty close but after the first corner, I was able to set my own pace. Then it was just a case of keeping a cool head through all the incidents and the team did a great job of keeping me in touch with what was happening. Thank you to everyone here today and back at the factories in Brackley and Brixworth. I hope this win today is the first of many more to come for us.
Lewis Hamilton
It’s been a great weekend for the team and I’m really happy for everyone. Big congratulations to Nico, he’s been awesome all weekend here and really deserves that victory. From my side, this weekend hasn’t really been the best and we didn’t make the most of the opportunity for a one-two finish today. When the safety car came out, I needed to maintain a gap so we didn’t get delayed with the double pit stop but unfortunately the gap was too big and we lost out to the two Red Bulls. That’s motor racing and these things happen sometimes. It’s the tightest track in the world here and virtually impossible to overtake unless you are much quicker than the car in front so there was nothing I could do to improve my position. But it’s great for the team to have achieved our first victory of the season and I hope we can carry through the performance we showed here to Montreal.
Ross Brawn
Congratulations to Nico today. He did not put a foot wrong all weekend, topping every session and driving a very poised and controlled race. He richly deserves this second win of his career. Lewis was running very comfortably in second position until the Safety Car period just before both drivers had made their first stops. The team did a fantastic job all weekend in a challenging qualifying session and a difficult race. But we are all aware, Monaco is not a completely representative circuit. We will take the time this evening to enjoy our success but know that we need to keep pushing to understand how to extract the maximum from our car at every circuit and keep improving further.
Toto Wolff
Nico was dominant not just this afternoon but all weekend. He did everything right from the first lap on Thursday and he really earned this victory. Lewis lost some time in the second sector on his in-lap behind the Safety Car and that cost him position to the Red Bulls, so we need to find out what happened there. As for the team, congratulations to everybody in Brackley and Brixworth. The guys at the track overcame all the obstacles that were put in their way this weekend and the team at the factory have achieved a great step in performance with the car. Now we need to keep pushing so we can repeat this taste of success at different types of circuit through the rest of the season.