Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul says the French team is in the middle of a "multiyear" task to catch the big three teams.The comments come after China, where despite making reliability fixes for its significantly more powerful 2019 engine after Bahrain, Nico Hulkenberg once again retired from the event short of the finish."Nico had a problem around the MGU-K," Abiteboul told France's Auto Hebdo. "It is difficult because it means that we are not totally out of our reliability problems. It was a software problem that is related to all the changes we have made to react to the glitches of the beginning of the season."There was some good news in China. After a difficult start to his Renault career, Daniel Ricciardo finally opened his points account with a seventh place."It's good for the team but a frustrating race," said Abiteboul. "It does allow us to forget Bahrain and start like in Melbourne, where Nico was seventh. But we must do better in all aspects. We are a little slower than we would … [Read more...] about Renault F1 says it faces a ‘multiyear job’ to catch Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull
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Ferrari F12berlinetta. Click on picture to enlarge * See all articles about superstorm Sandy by clicking on the title! * UPDATE: The auctioning of the first Ferrari F12berlinetta to be sold to a private buyer in America is now complete, with Ferrari managing to raise $1.5 million for victims of Hurricane Sandy: $1.125 million for the car itself and almost $400,000 in additional donations. More details here. According to Automotive News and www.autoblog.com, superstorm Sandy has cost automakers 15,000 cars and may have damaged beyond repair up to 200,000 personal vehicles. And yesterday, Ferrari announced that on November 17 in Austin Texas, the company will auction the very first F12berlinetta to be sold to a private buyer in North America to raise funds for superstorm Sandy relief efforts. On its American website, Ferrari says: “The auction is due to take place during a special Ferrari event to commemorate the return of Formula 1 racing to North America. Coming under the hammer … [Read more...] about USA: Ferrari auctioning first F12berlinetta for Sandy relief
Bosses at Scuderia Ferrari say they understand what went wrong during the Australian Grand Prix.That is the claim of Ferrari insider Leo Turrini, after the Maranello team surprised the F1 world by falling behind both Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda in Melbourne.Last Friday, Sebastian Vettel met with engineers at the team's Italian headquarters.Prior to that meeting, the German driver said, "We have all the tools, all the ingredients, the data makes sense, but we are missing something."Turrini wrote on his Quotidiano blog that engineers now understand what went wrong in Australia."I do not know what was understood," he wrote, "but there is no panic among (team boss Mattia) Binotto's boys."Gian Carlo Minardi, a former F1 team owner and boss, predicted Ferrari would bounce back."One swallow doesn't make a spring," he is quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport. "I am confident that Ferrari will recover. Mercedes is obviously the team to beat, but let's allow Ferrari to work." Formula 1 … [Read more...] about Insider says Ferrari engineers understand F1 Australian Grand Prix problems
What is it?It’s a new Ferrari, and that might be all some people need to know. Only this is a big one, for the brand and for car geeks far and wide. The 2016 488 GTB debuts early in Ferrari’s Brave New Turbo era, with very big shoes to fill.It replaces the frequently acclaimed, much loved 458 Italia, which has been anointed by sundry critics as the best sports car in the world. It follows old-school Ferrari nomenclature -- 488 for the displacement of each cylinder (487.75cc) and GTB for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, which was first used on Ferrari’s first mid-engine V8 (the 308 GTB) when it debuted at the Geneva motor show 40 years ago -- rather than the more recent convention of total displacement combined with some revered locale like Modena, Maranello or Italia.We’ve known it was coming since Geneva this year: the demise of the 458 Italia’s naturally aspirated V8, often dubbed the best anywhere, and the 9,000-rpm howl that … [Read more...] about 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB first drive
The 2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package Courtesy of Lexus The key to building an incredibly fast car isn't just horsepower -- it's also weight. From Formula One race cars to ultra-expensive supercars on the street, keeping weight down is essential for high performance. The lighter a car is, the faster it can move. That's why automakers utilize a wide array of high-tech, lightweight materials to create the bodies for their cars. Carbon fiber is one of the lightest materials currently in use. In a nutshell, carbon fiber is made of very thin strands of carbon woven together into a sheet. The result is a material that is five times stronger than steel and yet it weighs two-thirds less. Many high performance vehicles use carbon fiber in one form or another, like F1 racecars, BMW's M cars and the Lexus LFA supercar. Carbon fiber is also used on aircraft, consumer products and even in civil engineering applications. But carbon fiber has its drawbacks. Mainly, it's very expensive and … [Read more...] about Is carbon fiber old news?