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Ferrari Racing Days Coming At End Of August

By   July 30, 2013

Ferrari Racing Days

Ferrari Racing Days

From August 30th to September 1st Ferrari will be having their Ferrari Racing Days at the Hockenheimring track. The event will celebrate the Italian sports car maker and will especially focus on motor sport. Enzo Ferrari had the philosophy of selling road cars as a way to fund the companies racing efforts and this event celebrates this spirit.

The event will include the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell races, laps of the track by the 599XX and FXX as well as Formula One action. Fernando Alonso is also supposed to be at the event as part of the F1 participation of the event.

There will also be a large collection of Ferraris from various years and models in the paddock. The event is also expected to attract thousands of customer cars, so there should be some great cars wearing the Prancing Horse all over the event.

Let us know what you think of Ferrari Racing Days in the comments below.

Press Release

Only four weeks to go, the Ferrari Racing Days at the Hockenheimring from August 30 to September 1 where it will be all about the myth of Ferrari. To wet appetite’s, watch the video featuring Ferrari’s most famous Formula 1 driver, Fernando Alonso. Link: http://corseclienti.ferrari.com/2013en/video/ferrari-racing-days-august-30-september-1-hockenheimring/

He has great memories of the Hockenheimring as he has won three F1 Grand Prix races here: in 2005 with Renault and in 2010 and 2012 with Ferrari.

The Ferrari Racing Days offer an exciting weekend with the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell races, laps from the 599XX and FXX programmes, Formula One action from the F1 Ferrari Clienti programme and an estimated thousand customer-owned cars in the paddock along with other attractions for young and old. The Ferrari Racing Days are an event highlight for every self-respecting Cavallino Rampante aficionado and sports car enthusiast.

Ferrari Racing Days – inspiring Ferrari drivers and fans since 1996

The Ferrari Racing Days have been synonymous with the passion and  excitement conjured up by the Ferrari brand since 1996; no other manufacturer has been as closely connected with motor racing. Ferrari is still the most successful Formula One team ever and the only existing team to have been racing Formula One from the start. The living legend that is Ferrari has continuously grown recording 221 F1 Grands Prix victories, 207 pole positions, fifteen drivers titles and sixteen constructors titles since its inception in 1950. The Racing Days turn the world of Ferrari into an immediate and live experience for spectators. Racing drivers, collectors and fans from all over Europe come together to celebrate and to share their passion.

Not only die-hard fans will be captivated by this blend of real motorsports, action-filled demonstration runs and the sight of almost a thousand customer vehicles, the audience-friendly concept with access to the paddock and the free entrance  for kids under fourteen will also attract families.

The Ferrari Racing Days will be taking place in Germany for the eleventh time and for the third time at the Hockenheimring; this year will be seeing its revival in Germany and it is the only Ferrari Racing Days in Europe in 2013.

Largest Ferrari exhibition in the paddock with a thousand cars expected

As in previous years, the paddock will be full of a huge collection of Ferrari models in various versions from various years, a thousand cars are expected for the weekend; the cars will be organised according to model for the visitors in an exhibition that Ferrari enthusiasts can otherwise only dream about.

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!

Comment On This: Porsche 911 Mud Sliding

By   July 29, 2013

Porsche 911 Mud Sliding

Porsche 911 Mud Sliding

This picture is our latest weekly comment on this picture. This is of a Porsche 911 variant racing in the mud. We don’t know much about the actually picture but it looks like it may be from a rally race. Take a look at the picture and then comment on it in the comments section below.

We look forward to reading all of your comments and may even feature our favorites in a future YouTube video.

Picture Source: PSParrot

First Woman To Race An Aston Martin Will Drive At Spa 24 Hours

By   July 26, 2013

Sarah Bovy Will be the First Woman to Race an Aston Martin

Sarah Bovy Will be the First Woman to Race an Aston Martin

This weekend is the Spa 24 Hours and Sarah Bovy will be the first woman to race an Aston Martin when she drives a Vantage GT3. While this is the first time she will be racing in the Vantage GT3, she is no stranger to the 24 hour endurance race as this is her third time running in the race. She will race with her teammates Michael Scmhetz, Pierre Grivegnée and Bert Redant.

The car is one of two entered by Aston Martin Brussels and is run by the Belgian Pino Sperlinga’s team GPR. The race will have a pretty full field with over 70 cars entered for the endurance race. Sarah will be driving in the number 89 Aston Martin and will compete in the PROAM class.

We will be watching to see how Sarah and the team does in the race. Let us know what you think of her racing for Aston Martin in the comments below.

Press Release

Sarah Bovy will be the first woman to race the Vantage GT3 when she takes part in the Spa 24 Hours this weekend.

Bovy will be diving one of two Vantage GT3s entered by Aston Martin Brussels and run by the Belgian Pino Sperlinga’s team GPR in a field of more than 70 cars. It will be the third time she has competed in the 24 hour race and this time she will drive alongside Michael Schmetz, Pierre Grivegnée and Bert Redant in the number 89 car in the PROAM class.

Aston Martin Racing is entering the Bilstein-supported Vantage GT3 in the PRO category with drivers Bertrand Baguette, Darren Turner and Jamie Campbell-Walter.

“Of course, I’m proud to wear Aston Martin colours and to achieve something that no other woman has done before,” said Bovey. “I think I can learn a lot from the most experienced drivers in the team and at the same time I know I will find my place and will have the opportunity to prove myself behind the wheel.”

Acura NSX To Drive At Mid-Ohio Track

By   July 25, 2013

Acura NSX will Drive at the Mid-Ohio Track

Acura NSX will Drive at the Mid-Ohio Track

The Acura NSX is one of the most anticipated supercars to come out of Japan in quite a while. The car has been in the works for sometime and even made an appearance in the last Avengers movie. That car was actually a ’90s NSX with a new body kit on it (and apparently you couldn’t drive it over 10 mph or body panels would come apart).

Well, Acura has announced that an NSX prototype will be driving on the track before the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar race that will be held on August 4th. The race will be run at the Mid-Ohio race track in Lexington, Ohio.

The new V6 all-wheel drive hybrid super car is scheduled to launch in 2015. Although it is being produced by a Japanese company, the engineers for the project are based in Raymond, Ohio. Because of this it is no surprise that the prototype will drive on the Mid-Ohio track.

Coverage of the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar race is scheduled to begin at 3 pm EDT on the NBC Sports Network. Be sure to tune it at the very beginning to see if they show some footage of the new NSX.

Let us know what you think of the new Acura NSX in the comments below.

Press Release

Acura today released an image of a prototype NSX supercar, announcing that the running prototype will take to the racetrack just prior to the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The NSX prototype with custom graphics will lap the road course in advance of the race on August 4, 2013. The race will be broadcast live by NBC Sports Network starting at 3 p.m. EDT.

Global development of the NSX, slated for launch in 2015, is being led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio. Additionally, it was announced in May that the next-generation Acura supercar will be produced at the newly established Performance Manufacturing Center in nearby Marysville, Ohio.

The prototype model maintains the styling and proportions of the NSX Concept that debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, while packaging the production vehicle’s mid-mounted V-6 engine mated to Acura’s innovative new three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system.