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Where New Racing Rubber Meets The Road

Pirelli shares their new 2019 tyres with F1 teams in a pre-season data-gathering speed fest in Abu Dhabi’ Yas Marina Circuit


 

Just 48 hours after Lewis Hamilton sprayed champagne over the final Formula One podium of 2018, teams were back in action at the Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday for the Pirelli pre-season tyre test.

The purpose of the test was to give the 10 F1 teams running experience with Pirelli’s intended 2019 tyre compounds, comparing them to the known characteristics of the current 2018 tyres. Each team had a choice of sampling the 2019 range of different tyres, each one offering a specific amount of grip versus longevity.

With testing of this sort, comparisons between a team’s two drivers need to be taken with a “touch of salt” since the drivers are usually testing different performance aspects.  Each test demands specific driving profiles, such as qualifying speed opposed to long stint laps, or driving to a particular average speed to check for wear.

As such, comparing different teams is nearly impossible due to fuel loads, aero loads and camber settings. Nevertheless, a few observations are available following the last laps on the Yas Marina Circuit.

Charles Leclerc will immediately bolster Ferrari’s fortunes in 2019. The young recruit went faster than teammate Sebastian Vettel’s benchmark after just a few hours and quickly came to grips with Pirelli’s ‘Compound 5’ tyre – the 2019 Hypersoft – to end up on a 1m36.450s.

Vettel’s time from Tuesday was set on the 2018 Hypersoft. With new 2019 FIA-mandated front wings being developed for tighter closer racing and less buffeting for the following car, the new-spec of that compound will offer similar performance but has been improved to suffer less graining.

That time was 1.7s slower than Lewis Hamilton’s pole time for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi GP, at 1m34.794s, but that speed was gained through careful tuning, different track temperatures and a much lighter fuel load under competition settings (read – full PU power settings)

Another comparison could be made from Valtteri Bottas’ best testing time in the Mercedes entry, which was the fourth fastest after qualifying second just three days earlier. Rather than speed, Mercedes was looking at wear for the same new Compound 5 tyre as Leclerc over a long stint, and thus was driving to a particular speed profile recorded by sensors.

Over at Red Bull, 2019 title-hunter Max Verstappen was also driving to a set profile with the 2018-spec Ultrasoft (one grade harder than the Hypersoft) on Tuesday. Newly promoted from Toro Rosso, teammate Pierre Gasly was given the same task for the 2019 tyre and ended Wednesday testing as Leclerc’s closest challenger.

Since the 2019 Red Bull will sport an all-new Honda PU to replace the current Renault unit, the Dutchman was using his patented long-stint expertise to set a benchmark profile over 133 laps to compare to Pirelli’s 2019-spec rubber. That approach could also hint a Red Bull’s 2019 aero and suspension design direction with the new wings – giving 2018 downforce and grip on a bit harder tyre for longer stints and closer racing without graining.

You never know with designer-supreme Adrian Newey.

New faces were everywhere. Williams had both Robert Kubica and newly-crowned F2 champion George Russell sharing test duty on the new Compound 5 tyre. With Williams’ current 2018 car having known aero issues, it was just a familiarisation run for both drivers. Their 2019 car will need to be substantially improved to be competitive, so any running this week would be worthless data-wise.

Much the same at McLaren, where newly-signed Lando Norris teamed with Carlos Sainz to do long-stint work on the Compound 5/Hypersoft wear data. With their much-unloved chassis bound for the McLaren HQ museum, they will need to wait until simulation work on the clean-sheet 2019 car to feed their Abu Dhabi test data.

Still, with 286 laps between the two new teammates, they finished fifth fastest in the test. Count on both drivers being ready to make their mark with the “all-new” McLaren at Barcelona testing in February.

Lance Stroll tested both Tuesday and Wednesday with Racing Point Force India, as he awaits news of his contract. Teammate Sergio Perez joined him on Tuesday.

Renault’s newly-signed Daniel Ricciardo’s contract terms from his former Red Bull team prohibited any Renault testing until 2019, so Nico Hulkenberg, fresh from being upside-down on Sunday, carried the brunt of testing with Renault third-driver Artem Markelov.

Perhaps the most anticipated “debut” was that of Kimi Raikkonen, returning to Sauber just two days after his final race for Ferrari and 17 years on from his debut with the Swiss outfit in 2001.

The Finn was released from his Ferrari contract early ahead of his move to Sauber over this winter and completed 39 laps in the morning, and 102 laps overall on Compound 5 before his running was cut short on track at Turn 7 in the final hour, due to a technical (read – smoking halt) issue.

New team pilot Antonio Giovanazzi got a full taste of 2019 Pirelli rubber on Wednesday, putting in another 128 laps on the new Compound 5 for Sauber Alfa Romeo data mining.

Toro Rosso resigned Daniel Kvyat for 2019 after removing him from the Red Bull roster in 2018. He recorded 155 trouble-free laps on Wednesday, while Sean Galael stood in for newly-signed Alex Albon on Tuesday and contributed another 150 laps for study.

That left Haas with recruits Louis Delatraz and third-generation Pietro Fittipaldi to lay down test laps for data study.

The Pirelli tire tests coupled with F1’s 2019 rule changes give another hint that 2019 might offer better racing. With new quotes attributed to Liberty’s racing boss, Ross Brawn that the separation between the Big Three (Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull) and the midfield are not acceptable raises even more of a possibility that the days of wheel-to-wheel hammer and tongs racing remains a dream of the Liberty era.

Let’s see how much of that dream makes it through in 2019. We’ll find out in Barcelona testing starting Monday, February 18.

Source. Blackbird Automotive Journal

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2019 Hyundai Veloster N Performance Package

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In price and straight-line performance, the 275-hp Veloster N Performance package squeezes into the space between the Honda Civic Si and the Type R. While this doesn’t make our jobs any easier, the roughly $30,000 N does carve out an intriguing niche. Keeping with the long-standing Hyundai tradition, the Veloster N packs big value into a tidy package, and this ability to punch above its weight class is why we put it up against the top-hole Civic. What’s different with this one, though, is the N’s very un-Hyundai-like driving experience.

Strip the Type R from the picture and the N’s track numbers are at the head of the front-drive hot-hatch class. The scramble to 60 mph takes just 5.2 seconds. With 235/35R-19 Pirelli P Zero PZ4 tires wrangling just 3077 pounds of Veloster, the N corners and stops deliberately. Grip registers at 0.97 g around the skidpad, and a stop from 70 mph requires but 154 feet.

The N steers clearly, turns in quickly, and balances nicely. The engine’s 260 pound-feet of torque, available from 1450 rpm, yanks the car off the line with an urgency that doesn’t abate until the 6750-rpm redline. A deep thrum emanates from the turbo four-cylinder in the same key as a VW GTI’s, while the active exhaust system turns any road into a firing range of pops and cracks.

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Compared with the Honda’s three driving modes, the Hyundai’s five-mode system offers authority over more variables and with greater bandwidth. The N Custom mode allows the driver to pick a just-right blend of throttle response, damping, steering weight, rev matching, stability control, and exhaust note. Our preferred winding-road setup dials in everything save for the suspension to its most aggressive position, but there’s just as much value in the ability to relax every option for a long highway run or the daily rush-hour slog.

Push the Veloster N outside its comfort zone, though, and you’ll find some rough edges. The steering occasionally unweights in tight corners at the limit. The light shifter doesn’t snap into position with the crispness expected of a hot hatch, feeling cheap and insubstantial compared with the Honda’s stick. The Veloster has less polish in its damping than the Civic, and its wheels are more prone to banging over potholes. Less body control also means the N is more likely to waver across mid-corner bumps. When the Triple Nickel (Ohio State Route 555) turns malevolent, the N can’t keep up with the fast camber changes, the scarred pavement, and the blind crests in the middle of a kink the way the Civic does.

We also observed significant brake-pad knock­back after hammering the Veloster around long interchange sweepers, a situation that presents the driver with a disconcertingly soft pedal the next time he needs the brakes.

© Marc Urbano The Veloster N’s sporty get-up may be considered understated only when compared with the Type R’s. Its interior is, er, cost-conscious.

Some might find the Veloster N easier to live with (and be seen in) on a daily basis than the Type R. The N’s wider, lightly bolstered front seats fit more body shapes and are easier to slide in and out of than the R’s. And Hyundai’s no-nonsense infotainment and climate controls are among the most intuitive in the business.

At 11.5 inches shorter than the Civic, the Veloster is snugger aft of the front seats. Adults can do short stints in the rear, but they won’t have the all-day comfort offered by the roomier Civic. And then there’s the matter of the three-door Veloster’s unusual apertures. Rear-seat occupants have to scuttle through the passenger’s-side rear door or else climb over the driver’s seatback, coupe style. To feed anything into the deep and wide cargo hold means you’ll first have to lift it through the tall and narrow hatch opening.

The Veloster N is a great hot hatch, and it marks an admirable freshman effort from Hyundai’s budding performance division. The notion of what a sporty Hyundai can and should be has come a long way from the Tiburon and the Genesis coupe. The work’s not done yet, though.

 

Source. MSN Philippines News

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Radical reigning class champs eye elusive Thunderhill 25 outright win

Having chalked up five class wins over the years, Radical Sportscars are considered a fixture at the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill, yet an outright victory has evaded the British marque since the event’s inception in 2003.

Reigning ESR champions CrowdStrike / One Motorsports are hopeful 2018 could be the year, while for rookie Radical entry Turn 3 Motorsports the first priority is simply to take the checkered flag.

Both teams feature star studded line-ups including 2013 Freedom 100 Indy Lights winner Peter Dempsey, Indy Lights driver Victor Franzoni, 2016 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona winner Kenton Koch (LMPC class), 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTSA Champion George Kurtz and Radical Cup North America alumni.

The sixteenth running of the grueling 25 Hours of Thunderhill – the longest automobile race in the United States – takes place on December 1-2. At least three Radical SR3s are entered in the expected 50-plus car field made up of GT and prototype machinery from amateur and professional drivers and teams alike who, if they finish, will have completed a distance equivalent to driving across the United States from coast to coast.

Leading the charge is the #44 CrowdStrike / One Motorsports Radical SR3 entry of Spring Mountain Country Club members George Kurtz and Gerhard Watzinger, along with pro driver Kenton Koch and One Motorsports team principal Jeff Shafer. For Kurtz, this will be his sixth attempt at an outright victory. For Shafer, this year will be his tenth attempt at the title, either as a driver or as team manager.

“This is a special event for us as each person has competed in it for some time,” commented Kurtz, who by day is the CEO and co-founder of cybersecurity company CrowdStrike. “Each year we have come up a little short of the overall win. We are hoping to put an outright victory in the books in 2018!”

The team’s second car, the #67 One Motorsports Radical SR3 of Dave House, Paul LaHaye, Mikel Miller and Ethan Stone will undoubtedly also be in the running. House was part of last year’s class winning driver line-up, and LaHaye and Stone both have multiple Thunderhill starts to their names.

Like last year, One Motorsports has chosen Radical’s diminutive 1340cc powerplant to power its pair of SR3 chassis, while upgrades to the car include bespoke endurance lighting and electrical system, long-range fuel tank and real-time telemetry, so the team can see exactly what is happening out on track.

“We know from the Blue Marble Cocktails Radical Cup how reliable the 1340 engine is,” explained Shafer, “and last year we proved less really is more when the 1340 lasted the distance and we won the ESR class.”

“There are always faster cars,” Shafer added. “And the Radical SR3 is one of the fastest, but speed alone never seems to win this race. Reliability does. Thunderhill has a way of throwing a new problem at you every year, and we’ve learnt from every one of them. Hopefully this year we’ve got every eventuality covered.”

Shafer’s extensive knowledge has been tapped into by Thunderhill newcomers Turn 3 Motorsports, which is led by former Indy Lights racer Peter Dempsey. He is the son of Cliff Dempsey, owner of the famous UK-based Cliff Dempsey Racing Formula Ford 1600 team.

“As a team we have reached out to One Motorsports to assist us with the build of the car,” said Dempsey. “We have [also] teamed up with Newman Wachs Racing for this event, and they have also brought a lot of experience to the table. [And Chicago Radical dealer] Team Stradale have been very helpful with supplying us with all the parts to make this come together.”

The driver line-up of the #10 Eastern Shipping Worldwide / Turn 3 Motorsports Radical SR3 entry also has a wealth of experience, not to mention a truly international flavor with Eric Wagner (USA) joining Antoine Comeau (Canada), Victor Franzoni (Brazil) & Peter Dempsey (Ireland).

Wagner, the president of Eastern Shipping Worldwide, a global leader in shipping and logistics, and Comeau, an index options trader at Optiver, are Autobahn Country Club members and Radical Cup North America graduates, with Comeau claiming the 2017 SR3 1340 Class Championship.

Dempsey and Franzoni both have Indy Lights and Pro Mazda experience, Franzoni having won the Pro Mazda championship in 2017.

For Comeau, who is one of the most winning drivers in Radical Cup history, “The goal is the same as every race before, to win it!”

However, Dempsey – who is famous for recording the closest finishing margin in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history (0.0026 secs whilst taking victory in the 2013 Freedom 100 Indy Lights race) – knows better than most that winning sometimes involves a little luck, as will surviving the ‘25’.

“Our first goal will be to settle into the race and stay out of trouble while looking after the car. It will be a huge achievement to get to the finish of this race. Hopefully if we do that, we will have a chance of standing on the podium.”

Source. Radical Cars

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The early verdict on Pirelli’s key 2019 F1 tyre changes

The early verdict on key 2019 F1 tyre changes

Pirelli is hopeful it has addressed several key areas that impacted Formula 1 races negatively in 2018 after the teams gained experience with their ’19 tyre compounds this week.

Abu Dhabi’s two-day tyre test was an opportunity for all 10 teams to trial the new compounds, all of which have a revised construction and thinner tread.

The consensus among drivers was that the 2019 tyres did not feel significantly different to 2018, which is because the fundamental changes are not based primarily on peak performance.

Pirelli was already confident that its efforts to contain blistering that blighted several races this year would be successful, and has been buoyed by feedback of the new hypersoft tyre.

The softest compound in Pirelli’s range suffered extreme graining this year, which made it difficult to use in the race.

Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola said: “The first feedback is that the new hypersoft is a good tyre.

“In terms of performance it’s very similar to the current hypersoft. It looks like the level of graining is reduced.

“That’s exactly the target of this very soft compound.”

Temperature Issues

The early verdict on key 2019 F1 tyre changes

As previously reported by Autosport, thinner-tread tyres will be used at every race in 2019 to combat overheating and blistering issues.

That follows a successful, albeit controversial, use of thinner-tread rubber at three grands prix in 2018.

Blistering occurs when the temperature of the tyres surpasses a certain threshold and this phenomenon happens more easily with thicker tread, which retains the heat and can cause chunks of the tyre to be torn from the surface.

This week’s running was not particularly useful to testing the targeted 2019 improvements because the Yas Marina circuit lacks the high-speed corners that put high lateral stress on the tyres, the primary cause of blistering this year.

However, Pirelli conducted tests at Barcelona, Silverstone and Suzuka while developing the ’19 compounds, so is confident it has met this demand.

What Yas Marina is good for is assessing how the tyres cope with overheating because of its many traction zones.

Drivers complained that sliding around while following other cars caused the surface temperature of the tyres to rise uncontrollably.

The hope is that changes to the tyre, combined with F1’s front wing adjustments to make it easier for drivers to follow, will help ease this problem.

“We tried to design new tyres with the target to help with this effect, to reduce the overheating,” said Isola.

“We received some estimations from the team on the level of downforce expected [from their new wings] but not the influence of the turbulence from the car in front.

“This is information we don’t have. But hopefully, with the new wings, it should be better.”

Pirelli shelves the supersoft

The early verdict on key 2019 F1 tyre changes

Pirelli has also almost finished balancing its range of tyres next season.

It had already confirmed it would stop using a seven-compound range (from softest to hardest) of the hypersoft, ultrasoft, supersoft, soft, medium, hard and superhard.

Next year it will nominate a ‘hard’, ‘medium’ and ‘soft’ tyre for each weekend – picked from a range of five compounds, depending on what is suitable for each track.

As well as a revised hypersoft to improve graining, Pirelli has altered all other compounds except the soft.

Source. Yahoo! Singapore News

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Pirelli and Formula One: Together until 2023

Pirelli will remain as Global Tire Partner of the FIA Formula One World Championship for a further four years, after renewing its current contract.

Pirelli will remain as Global Tire Partner of the FIA Formula One World Championship from 2020 to 2023. The agreement was completed in a short timeframe, following on from the successful partnership over recent years. FOM and Pirelli have agreed on all initiatives requested by the sport currently, and have reaffirmed their commitment to work together towards the new technical regulations expected for 2021, including the 18-inch tyre.

Chase Carey, Formula One Chairman and CEO, said, “Pirelli have been an important and valued partner to Formula One since 2011. They are leaders in providing innovative state of the art capabilities. They are a premium brand, a clear global leader in motorsport and our ongoing partnership with them is proof once more of our desire to align F1 with the best in motorsport and beyond. We are delighted to have reached this agreement, which guarantees a long-term stable future for such a crucial component of Formula One.”

Marco Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli Vice President and CEO, commented, “It’s excellent news that Pirelli is prolonging its partnership with Formula One until 2023. This new agreement extends our presence to a total of 13 seasons in the modern era, with Pirelli also present in 1950, when the World Championship was inaugurated. Formula One is and will remain the pinnacle of motorised competition – the perfect environment for Pirelli, which has always defined motorsport as its most advanced technological research and development laboratory.”

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Prada completes America’s Cup makeover with new qualifier trophy

Prada’s designs on the America’s Cup, which began on the drawing board almost 22 years ago in an office near Milan’s Il Duomo, will take another step forward on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Emirates Team New Zealand (L) and Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge sail on separate tacks during the seventh race of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series yacht race in San Francisco, California August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

MONACO: Prada’s designs on the America’s Cup, which began on the drawing board almost 22 years ago in an office near Milan’s Il Duomo, will take another step forward on Thursday.

“Let’s do the America’s Cup,” was the challenge a yacht designer threw out at Patrizio Bertelli as they discussed building a new yacht for Prada’s chief executive.

Although Bertelli’s Luna Rossa team has not yet lifted sailing’s most coveted trophy, its influence has been keenly felt in the following decades, both on and off the water.

With the launch of the Prada Cup the Milan-based Italian fashion house will further stamp its mark on the history of the cup first won by the schooner “America” off England in 1851.

Prada’s new trophy will be awarded to the crew which wins the right to challenge cup defender New Zealand in a series of races in Auckland in early 2021, an event previously sponsored by rival French fashion house Louis Vuitton.

Beyond global branding, Bertelli has also made clear his intention to finally win the 36th America’s Cup, with backing from co-sponsor Pirelli for an Italian Luna Rossa team led by director and skipper Max Sirena.

The main event, which is also now backed by Prada, will be between radical foiling monohulls which will “fly” above the waters of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour.

AULD MUG, NEW LOOK

Prada has been busy, commissioning designer Marc Newson to give the America’s Cup competition a more modern “visual identity”.

Meanwhile, Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa, Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Team UK and American Magic, the team formed by a group including the New York Yacht Club, are designing their 75 foot, high-performance machines, which the rules say cannot be launched before the end of March 2019.

Prior to the Prada Cup, the preliminary America’s Cup World Series will be held in 2019 and 2020 in the new AC75 Class boats, culminating with a Christmas Regatta in 2020 in Auckland.

Emirates Team New Zealand will then race the winner of the Prada Cup in a best of 13 head-to-head series in March 2021 to decide who lifts the oldest trophy in international sport.

The Kiwis comprehensively beat Oracle Team USA to win the 35th America’s Cup in 2017 and with it the right to decide where and how the next one would be staged, in a battle between high-tech foiling catamarans in Bermuda.

One big change was Prada’s sponsorship and, after years of being transported and displayed in a Louis Vuitton box, complete with its distinctive logo, the sterling silver trophy is now housed in a more austere black, hand-crafted Prada case.

(Editing by Toby Davis)

Source: Reuters
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Lamborghini has introduced a unique supercar

The first “one-off” from the Motorsport division Squadra Corse.

Unique model SC18 developed by Squadra Corse, together with the client. New aerodynamic solutions were obtained from the experience of racing Lamborghini Super Trofeo and GT3. Oriented track SC18 received the exclusive racing vehicle.

Lamborghini Squadra Corse is SC18 – first “one-off” in the history of Motorsport the brand from Sant’agata Bolognese. The unique model created in synergy with the client and design centre, Centro Stile Lamborghini, homologated for urban roads, but designed primarily for the race track. SC18 opens the way to further individual projects focused on customers units of the Squadra Corse.

Supercar differs extreme aerodynamics designed specifically for this model based on experience, the Squadra Corse the racing. The hood of the car features air intakes in the style of the Hurac?n GT3 EVO on the sides and in the back are the sports items that have received features Hurac?n Super Trofeo EVO: wings, lining and air inlets. The image of the aerodynamic system completed a large carbon fiber rear wing, which has a mechanical adjustment with three settings and generates optimal downforce for any race track. In addition, the rear hood got twelve intakes: the solution tested successfully in endurance racing, increases the heat exchange and improves the cooling of the V12 engine.

The most perfect power unit demonstrates the dynamics of a true Lamborghini race car – naturally aspirated V12 engine displacement of 6498 cm3, which allows to achieve a power of 770 HP at 8500 rpm and torque of 720 nm at 6750 rpm in combination with the optimized seven-speed gearbox ISR (individual rods of inclusion of transfers). Incredible power combines with the reduced weight of the supercar thanks to the use of ultralight materials and innovative bodywork made of carbon fiber with a clearance of just 109 mm. the Rear part is characterized by a unique design and distinctive sound of the exhaust system with pipes.

Exclusivity emphasizes SC18 carbon body grey Grigio Daytona and the outdoor elements and the graphics of red color adds a sporty accent. A feature of the interior is the cockpit, made of Alcantara black Nero Ade with red stitching Rosso Alala, and the carbon fiber sport seats. The appearance of the complete 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels with specially developed Pirelli P Zero Corsa and telemetry system that monitors all the parameters of the movement SC18 on the track.

Source. micetimes.asia

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Buckle up and get ready for the ride of your life. Welcome to Accademia Alfa Romeo

Buckle up and get ready for the ride of your life. Welcome to Accademia Alfa Romeo.

Thanks to our friends Pirelli, Sparco and Car Shoe.

 

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