Saturday, 31 December 2011

Lewis Hamilton centre stage in F1's Indian adventure

The Indian Grand Prix was not the thrilling spectacle Formula 1 wanted it to be but if that amazing country is to succumb to the sport's advances after this inaugural race at least it won't be under false pretences.

The packed grandstands - unusual for a first race in a new territory for F1 - witnessed a grand prix that encapsulated in many ways what F1 2011 has all been about.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel strolled to a comfortable victory, taking only as much out of his car and tyres as he needed to. Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso - the other two stand-out drivers of the year - followed him home. And Lewis Hamilton found himself embroiled in yet another contretemps with his nemesis, Felipe Massa.

Hamilton, as has been well documented, has not had a great year. There have been some fantastic highs but by and large he has performed well below his superlative best.

On the way, he has been involved in some high-profile incidents, many of which have been his fault. But his collision with Massa in India on Sunday was not one of them.

As Hamilton's McLaren edged alongside the Brazilian's Ferrari into Turn Five on lap 24, it looked as if the Englishman was poised to pull off one of the great overtaking moves for which he is rightly famous. Instead, Massa turned in as if Hamilton was not there, and their races were ruined on the spot.

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Hamilton has had so many penalties from race officials this year that it was perhaps no surprise that up in the commentary box Martin Brundle said he thought this might lead to another one.

But it became clear from replays that this time it was not Hamilton's fault.

He was virtually completely alongside Massa as they neared the brief braking zone and he was still halfway alongside when they collided despite - as he said afterwards - trying to pull out of the move when he realised Massa was not going to give way.

Massa could be seen looking in his mirrors a number of times, and made it clear after the race that he knew the McLaren was there. But he felt he was in the right because - as he put it - he "could not see" Hamilton as he turned in. As the stewards decided, though, Hamilton was far enough alongside to have a go - and Massa should have given him more room.

The only question you can ask about Hamilton's manoeuvre was why he chose to go for the move there.

The spot he chose is not, as Brundle and fellow commentator David Coulthard pointed out, exactly an easy passing place. With his speed advantage, and knowing that - because of their history this year - Massa was unlikely to be accommodating, it would have been less risky to try the move at the end of the long straight.

For Hamilton, the collision was especially bad news. While he had struggled in the first stint of the race, he was at this stage looking like he might have a shot at a podium finish.

On his second set of tyres, he was demonstrating good speed and, had he managed to pass Massa, he may well have been able to catch Alonso, too. That would have given him third place, assuming he, like the Spaniard, had been able to leapfrog Mark Webber's Red Bull at the second stops.

As it was, it was another weekend to forget for Hamilton, who was downcast after the race.

His father, Anthony, confirmed on Sunday what many in F1 have long suspected - that Hamilton simply wants 2011 to end and to move on to next season.

Hamilton seems to think he has identified the personal issues that have clearly affected him this year. He talked on Saturday about removing all unnecessary distractions and focusing completely on his job. For his own sake - as well as the global audience of millions for whom his aggressive, attacking style is so attractive - one has to hope it works.

The Hamilton-Massa incident provided a controversial distraction in an otherwise largely uneventful race, one of the least interesting of a year that, despite Vettel's domination, has so far generally delivered a fine spectacle.

That was a shame for the one grand prix with which F1 really wanted to make an impact. Nevertheless, while it remains to be seen whether India takes to the sport, the initial signs were good.

There were teething problems in terms of the organisation and track but these were nothing compared with the terrible problems around the Commonwealth Games last year. So despite the tight deadlines, India has now proved that it is more than capable of preparing for and hosting a major international sporting event.

The track was cleverly situated close enough to Delhi to make it accessible. And although the ticket prices were always going to be out of reach of the average Indian, they were clearly affordable to enough people to make attending the race an attractive proposition.

The result was virtually full grandstands - according to official figures, 95,000 people packed into the Buddh International Circuit on Sunday.

That is already a massive step forward from other 'new' races such as those in China, Turkey and, more recently, South Korea. In all those places - and others - F1 appears to have made virtually no impression at all, to the point that many within the sport privately question why the races exist.

Senior figures in F1 were unanimous in their praise for the work done by the Indian organisers. But that is to be expected - they are all desperate for this race to succeed in the world's second most populous country with one of the fastest growing economies.

Perhaps more telling was that the drivers were also effusive - not only about the flowing, challenging layout of the track, which Hamilton said was already one of his favourites, but also for the experience they had had there on what, for most of them, was their first visit.

"There was a big crowd and it was a big success for India," said HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan, the country's first F1 driver. "Having a high-profile event like this gives the country a boost. We are passionate people, we are happy with what we have and it is fantastic to have F1 here."

India has its share of problems - that is well known. Equally, though, if you spend any time there, it is difficult not to fall under its complicated, captivating spell.

After a debut that was unanimously hailed as a success, F1 is hoping that India will come to feel the same way about its new arrival.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2011/10/hamilton_takes_centre_stage_in.html

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Henry J WIP - FINALLY DONE - lotsa pics.

Haven't shared any WIP here in quite a while, so thought this would be fun Cool.

This is kinda a difficult kit to begin with the way the pieces fit, and the plastic is pretty brittle, at least on my kit. I decided to take it back to stock appearing as much as I could.  No bumpers or other parts available, but I discovered that a Lindberg '53 Ford kit could supply alot of the parts I needed to modify it. A '67 Corvette donor kit would supply the frame, and a '33 Willys kit would supply the SOHC engine/trans. I wanted to build the body back to stock as I really like the looks of them in stock trim, especially the rear wheel well opening, which was a little bit of a fun challange, to not only get the right shape, but same from side to side.

The doors are already opened, so that was nice. I added my own hinges, and then hinged the hood, but with a twist - to the front. A little street-rod look if it was real, and you pulled into a gas station to check the oil. Course, the sound of the "rumpy" motor might just give it away first.

Anyhow, here's the first pics of a fun project.

 

Source: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/SCACS/forums/thread/986380.aspx

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BMW M3 CRT fastest M car at Sachsenring - Autobild

If you're a BMW M fan, German print magazine Autobild has put together the mother of all comparisons. Autobild has taken all current BMW M models and set them all against each other on the Sachsenring in Germany.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/KDvxMrXbafI/bmw-m3-crt-fastest-m-car-at-sachsenring---autobild

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BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe on the street looking real

Sometimes a photo of vehicle on the street in the light of day surrounded by people and everyday scenes can capture the essence of a vehicle more so than the glossy heavily edited high-resolution shots that auto manufacturers send out to the media.

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Friday, 30 December 2011

Toro Rosso STR6 Launch pictures ( 1st of February)

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Scuderia Toro Rosso presented the media their brand new STR6 in the pitlane of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, on 1 February 2011.

The STR6 is basically the second car, after its predecessor the STR5, that was completely designed by Scuderia Toro Rosso, following the introduction of regulations that banned the use of "customer chassis", a chassis developed by one team and purchased by another.

Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Upper and lower carbon wishbones, torsion bar springs and anti-roll bars, Sachs dampers
Suspension (rear) as front
Engine Ferrari Type 056 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90° V8, limited to 18,000 RPM with KERS naturally aspirated mid-mounted
Transmission Seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with reverse gear
Weight 640 kg (1,411 lb) (including driver)
Fuel Shell V-Power
Tyres Pirelli P Zero

Advanti Wheels (front and rear): 13"

Link
Toro Rosso STR06 – Double Floor (Scarbsf1's Blog)
"Scuderia Toro Rosso (STR) launched their car on the first day of the Valencia test. It’s significance has been somewhat lost amongst the fanfare of the front running teams cars and the innovation of the midfield runners. However the new STR06 deserves more attention, as it has some unique aerodynamic concepts that are drawing praise from other teams engineers. STR have been able to reduce the cooling and packaging demands placed on the sidepods. Thus with a smaller sidepod envelope, the team have revived an old concept from Ferrari, the double floor."

Toro Rosso STR6 Launch pictures








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Marussia Virgin Racing Launch Their 2011 Car

Marussia Virgin Racing have launched their car to take on the 2011 world championship in a lavish London ceremony. The Marussia name now preceeds Virgin following a major tie up with the Russian sportscar manufacturer and the team at the end of 2010.  It has led to the new car being designated as the MVR-02. [...]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/marussia-virgin-racing-launch-their-2011-car/

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Show me your '67 chevelles

Hi, I am building a prostreet '67chevelle and I have many colour schemes run through my mind. If you are willing to show me your '67 chevelles then maybe i can get a better idea of what paint scheme i could take. All help is much appreciated. Thanks.Smile

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Team orders in spotlight again


Will Christian Horner regret not utilising team orders in Brazil? © Getty Images
Michael Spearman of The Sun, says that the £65,000 fine Ferrari received for breaching the team orders ban in Germany will seem like loose change if Fernando Alonso wins the drivers’ title in Abu Dhabi.
“The extra seven points Alonso collected when Ferrari ordered Felipe Massa to move over for him in Germany earlier in the season are now looking even more crucial. “And the £65,000 fine they picked up for ruthlessly breaking the rules will seem loose change if Alonso clinches the title in his first year with the Maranello team. “Red Bull could have switched the result yesterday given their crushing dominance and still celebrated their first constructors' championship just five years after coming into the sport. “That would also have given Webber an extra seven points, leaving him just one behind Alonso.”
The Guardian’s Paul Weaver says that if Fernando Alonso does take the drivers’ title in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari owes a debt of gratitude to Red Bull for their decision not to employ team orders in Brazil.
“If Alonso does take the title next week it would not be inappropriate were he and Ferrari to send a few gallons of champagne to Red Bull's headquarters in Milton Keynes. “While Red Bull should be heartily applauded for the championship they did win today their apparent acceptance that Ferrari might carry off the more glamorous prize continues to baffle Formula One and its globetrotting supporters. “Their refusal to make life easy for Webber, who has led for much of the season and is still seven points ahead of Vettel, means that whatever happens in the desert next week Alonso, the only driver who was capable of taking the championship in the race today, only has to secure second place to guarantee his third world title.”
The Independent’s David Tremayne is also of the opinion that Red Bull may regret not using team orders in Brazil.
“Had Red Bull elected to adopt team orders and let Webber win – something that the governing body allows when championships are at stake – Webber would have left Brazil with 245 points – just one point off the lead. For some that was confirmation of his suggestion that Vettel is the team's favoured driver – which generated an angry call from team owner Dietrich Mateschitz in Austria and was much denied by team principal, Christian Horner. “And it sets up a situation where, if the result is repeated next weekend, as is likely, Vettel and Webber will tie on 256, five behind Alonso.”
The Mirror’s Byron Young has put Lewis Hamilton’s fading title chances down to an inferior McLaren machine and he admits the 2008 World Champion now needs a miracle.
“Sebastian Vettel's victory sends the world title fight to a four-way showdown for the first time in the sport's history. “Hamilton goes there as part of that story with a 24-point deficit to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, but with just 25 on offer in the final round in six days' time it would take more than a miracle. “Driving an outclassed McLaren he slugged it out against superior machinery and stiff odds to finish fourth.”

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/11/team_orders_in_spotlight_again_1.php

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Simulation of the New Jersey track

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/10/simulation-of-the-new-jersey-track.html

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Thursday, 29 December 2011

customized pete.

anyone know where i could get some super singles wheels and tires.creating a super custom pete chopped top,stretched cab ,chassis,etc.welcome ideas and pix.waiting on amazon to deliver,gathering ideas until then.will post pix as progression occurs.thanx

 

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Allmendinger to replace Busch at Penske

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/12/21/1725414/allmendinger-to-replace-busch.html

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Car-Themed Videos Account for Four of YouTube’s Ten Most-Watched Ads

As 2011 winds to a close, it’s time to look back on our achievements for the year. For video hosting site YouTube, that means compiling a list of the most-watched online advertisements of 2011. Nearly half of the top-ten picks were automotive themed, with car videos in first, third, fourth and sixth place. The most-viewed [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/car-themed-videos-account-for-four-of-youtubes-ten-most-watched-ads-96709.html

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2006 Volkswagen Concept A

2006 Volkswagen Concept A
2006 Volkswagen Concept A - Car Review & Road Test - Automobile Magazine
This Golf-based crossover concept car gives an idea of where Volkswagen is taking their car design in the next couple of years. Expect a production model derived from the 2006 Volkswagen Concept A sometime in early 2008.

In January, visitors to Iceland might expect snow from wall to wall and extreme temperatures that threaten to turn skin into parchment. But instead, the island where we had an exclusive first go in Volkswagen's Golf-sized Concept A crossover welcomed us with partly cloudy skies and a relatively balmy 46 degrees.


Photo Gallery: 2006 Volkswagen Concept A - Car Review & Road Test - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/compact/0605_2006_volkswagen_concept_a/index.html

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2007 Bentley Arnage T

2007 Bentley Arnage T
2007 Bentley Arnage T - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Drivens - Automobile Magazine
The manor house on wheels gets a minor systems upgrade.

Half Moon Bay, California - For discerning customers who take comfort in the classics, the Arnage is still ensconced atop the Bentley sedan lineup, costing almost half again as much as the arriviste, $176,285 Continental Flying Spur. Whereas the newer sedan's unusual (and Volkswagen-developed) W-12 engine hangs ahead of the front axle and drives all four wheels, the Arnage retains its conventionally located V-8--which traces its lineage back to 1959--and rear-wheel drive.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Bentley Arnage T - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Drivens - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0611_2007_bentley_arnage_t/index.html

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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

First Look: 2012 Hyundai Azera

First Look: 2012 Hyundai Azera
First Look: 2012 Hyundai Azera - Automobile Magazine
Hyundai thinks (somewhat) big with the updated Azera.

The Azera was once Hyundai's flagship sedan, but recent years have seen the car's halo status stripped with the introduction of the Genesis and Equus sedans. Hyundai returns to the Los Angeles Auto Show this year with an updated version of the Azera, now the middle man in the model line-up, ready to do battle in the large-car segment against competitors from America and Japan.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2012 Hyundai Azera - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2012 Hyundai Azera - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/los_angeles/2011/1111_2012_hyundai_azera/index.html

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First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS

First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS
First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS - Automobile Magazine
A slightly sharper subcompact.

The Chevrolet Aveo RS concept, which debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, was more than just a quick preview of the brand’s new subcompact offering. It was a salvo of sorts, suggesting the company focused on developing a small car that was potentially substantial and – of all things – somewhat sporty.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/detroit/1112_2013_chevrolet_sonic_rs_first_look/index.html

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Weekend Roundup: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS, Saab Goes Bankrupt, Nissan Pathfinder Concept

Been away from your computer this week and missed all the automotive news? We’ve gathered a few of the top stories of the past week for your convenience. First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS To imbue the compact car with an air of sportiness, Chevrolet will launch the Sonic RS hatchback in late 2012. Though [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/weekend-roundup-2013-chevrolet-sonic-rs-saab-goes-bankrupt-nissan-pathfinder-concept-96861.html

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BIKES: A Tale Of Two Guzzis

Few companies, especially Italian ones, have stood the test of time as Moto Guzzi has...

Source: http://motorcycling.speedtv.com/article/bikes-a-tale-of-two-guzzis/

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2007 Lexus LF-A Sports Car Concept

2007 Lexus LF-A Sports Car Concept
2007 Lexus LF-A Sports Car Concept - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine
Lexus isn't done dipping its toes into the deep end of the sports car market. Is this second LF-A concept the real thing?

The first hints that Lexus might sell an exotic sports car came exactly two years ago here at the Detroit auto show with the unveiling of the first LF-A concept. That car's primary goal was to introduce the "L-finesse" design direction to the world, but public excitement pushed the brand to take their toy to the track. But now, just as Nissan did with the GT-R and as Mitsubishi is also doing here with the Prototype X, Lexus is showing a second concept of the same car. Is it just another tease? "The first LF-A was pure concept, but one that we went so far as to conduct engineering analysis on," says Lexus general manager Bob Carter. "This latest concept is much closer to a vehicle that we would bring to market, and one in which we will be gauging consumer interest." In other words yes, it is still a tease. And because it might see production, this swoopier LF-A might be an even bigger tease. Thanks a lot, Lexus.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Lexus LF-A Sports Car Concept - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2007 Lexus LF-A Sports Car Concept - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/0701_2007_lexus_lfa_concept/index.html

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Ferrari Launch Their 2011 Car The F150

Ferrari have become the first team to launch their 2011 Formula One car – named the F150. Thw F150 name comes from the fact it is 150 years since Italian unification, the flag bearer for the nation decided it was important to increase exposure of the major event in the country’s long history.  The cars [...]

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Ferrari launch their new 2011 car, F150 (+ Launch Pictures)

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Ferrari launched their 2011 spec challenger during a media event that took place at Maranello yesterday (28th Jan'11) ahead of a track debut at nearby Fiorano. The wraps came off the F150 — a tribute to Italian unification and featuring an Italian flag on the rearward-facing rear wing. The team’s new Scuderia Ferrari logo features prominently on the engine cover. The F150 is the first F1 car of 2011 to be revealed.

“As far as the looks are concerned the rules keep them quite unaltered. The cars look like the ones from last year, but from a technical point of view they will be really different,” said technical director Aldo Costa.

“The car’s evolution has been planned with two big stages: one during the winter tests, where we will mainly develop the area of the mechanics, which means that the car’s structure, the chassis, the gearbox and the suspension will remain the same for the first couple of races. The aerodynamics is simplified and temporary for the first tests, waiting for the real aerodynamic development for the first race,”
further explained Costa.

Ferrari's president Luca di Montezemolo also attended the media event, and wanted to congratulate Fernando Alonso publicly for his wonderful campaign with the Prancing Horse last year. As far as Felipe Massa is concerned, di Montezemolo called him "our little child" and insisted that it was his brother who drove a Ferrari in these past couple of years, only now the true Massa is back.

Chassis Specification
  • Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
  • Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox – quick shift
  • Number of gears: 7 +Reverse
  • Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
  • Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs front and rear
  • Weight with water, lubricant and driver: 640 kg
  • BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13”

Engine Specification
  • Type: 056
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder block in sand cast aluminium V 90°
  • Number of valves: 32
  • Pneumatic distribution
  • Total displacement: 2398 cm3
  • Piston bore: 98 mm
  • Weight > 95 kg
  • Electronic injection and ignition
  • Fuel: Shell V-Power
  • Lubricant: Shell Helix Ultra

Link

Ferrari F150 – Launch detail & Analysis (Scarbsf1's Blog)

"Firstly the front wing is last years; it even has the driver adjustable mechanism which is no longer allowed in 2011. However the nose cone will be fairly definitive, as it needs to match the front of the chassis and being a homologated part, cannot be structurally changed during the season. This front wing may be on the car for the opening test runs, but we will soon see an interim 2011 wing before a final version appears for Bahrain."

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