#RACING

Business

Canadian Tycoon Buys 17% of Aston Martin

Canadian-led group throws a lifeline to iconic British carmaker Aston Martin

Business

Penske Buys Indy Speedway, IndyCar Series

Penske Entertainment Corp. has acquired the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway—home of the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 races—and the NTT IndyCar open-wheel racing series from Hulman & Co.

Mobility

Roborace Takes Guinness

Not driving in a fast car. . .

Sales

Mazda Sales Weaken But Racing Spirit Is Strong

Even though its U.S. sales aren’t doing particularly well, Mazda has launched a new Mazda3 for customers who happen to participate in an international touring car series. Honest.

Interiors & Electronics

Renesas, EVs and Racing

Yes, racing leads to commercial products

Propulsion

The Unstately (But Remarkable) Performance of Bentley

Who knew that a Bentley could be so brisk—and bold?

Design

Designing & Engineering Safety for Racing

Think of it as “safety fast.”

Machining

Racing to Advanced Manufacturing

Brad Keselowski, who drives for Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is taking what he’s learned about the importance of advanced technology on the track to  manufacturing. 

Propulsion

The Racing Special: Shelby Mustang GT350 & the Detroit Grand Prix

Does anyone who has any interest in performance vehicles not want to learn more about the  2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang? Does anyone who has any interest in NASCAR or IndyCar not want to learn more about Team Penske, the team extraordinaire?  There’s more right here.

Production

Racing to Additive

A number of race teams are finding that 3D printing and rapid prototyping is a means to an end—and that end is winning races.

How Long Is the Monaco Circuit?

For motorsports enthusiasts, this weekend is an extraordinary one, with the Indianapolis 500, the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix all occurring on the 26th.

Design

Rallying for Safety; Plug-and-Play Wheelsets; Testable 3D; Self-healing Brakes

Rallying for Safety; Plug-and-Play Wheelsets; Testable 3D; Self-healing Brakes

Production

Looking at the Renault R.S.19

As the Formula 1 season is now underway, it is worth a moment to consider the technology of the type of vehicle that is exotic yet, in the words of Jérôme Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing, “a laboratory for our future road-going technology.” If you have to test the tech out somewhere, the premier motorsports stage certainly isn’t a bad venue.

Design

Scanning at la Sarthe

3D scanning system keeps competitors honest.

Hybrid

Chevy Develops eCOPO Camaro: The Fast and the Electric

The notion that electric vehicles were the sort of thing that well-meaning professors who wear tweed jackets with elbow patches drove in order to help save the environment was pretty much annihilated when Tesla added the Ludicrous+ mode to the Model S which propelled the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.

Propulsion

Really Fast VW Jetta

People like cars that go fast—really fast, as in setting land speed records, as a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta did at the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a record in the Southern California Timing Association’s Blown Gas Coupe class (no, we didn’t know there was such a thing, either), 210.16 mph, besting the previous record of 208.472 mph.

Zanardi’s BMW M4 DTM

One of the all-time best—and nicest (based on having had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him some years ago, when he was running in the CART series: he won the championship in both ’97 and ‘98)—racing drivers is Alex Zanardi.

Additive Manufacturing

VW I.D. R & 3D

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak race car didn’t set the record for just electric vehicles. It set the record, period.

Materials & Lightweighting

Creating a Record-Setting Porsche Hybrid

Thirty-five years and 31 days after Stefan Bellof set a lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit, it was bested today by Timo Bernhard, who lapped the 12.94-mile course in 5 minutes, 19.55 seconds in the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, a time that was better than the late Bellof’s by 51.58 seconds.

A Lesson from Le Mans

“I wouldn’t say we had the speed to win but we had the team to win.”

Interiors & Electronics

Cadillac Super Cruise Explained

Although there is a lot of talk about “autonomy” and “hands-free driving,” when you get right down to it, there is more verbiage than there is reality.

Propulsion

More Power for IndyCar in 2021

It used to be that attendance figures for the Indianapolis 500 were never officially announced.

Superb Auto History About the Chevrolet Brothers

Last week, in a piece noting that a Chevrolet Corvette is going to serve as the pace car (again) for the Indianapolis 500, some historic notes regarding the Chevrolet brothers (Louis, Arthur and Gaston) were included, as those three had an abiding interest in not just automobiles in the early years of the 20th century, but in automobiles that went really fast.

Composites

Volkswagen Going High with Electric Vehicle

Volkswagen Group is on record indicating that it will be launching at least 30 battery electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025, which is not all that far away by any reckoning.