Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Subaru’s David Higgins Takes Home The Win at Sno Drift Rally

Rally America’s defending champion David Higgins scored a win for Subaru Rally Team USA at last weekend’s Sno*Drift rally, the season’s opening event. Together with co-driver Craig Drew, Higgins established a dominating early lead, which the team was able to maintain throughout the rally as they navigated the harsh ice- and snow-covered roads of northern [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/subaru%e2%80%99s-david-higgins-takes-home-the-win-at-sno-drift-rally-105565.html

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Kubica suffers new injury...

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’Rubino to Indy Cars?

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Feature Flick: Nissan Creates 3-D “Exploded” Car Sculpture in China

To celebrate its partnership with Chinese automaker Dongfeng, Nissan commissioned a unique sculpture that shows a three-dimensional exploded view of a car. Seen here in this video from Nissan, the vehicle in question is a Nissan Teana, a midsize sedan that is reportedly one of China’s most popular cars. The sculpture was created by Dutch [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/feature-flick-nissan-creates-3-d-exploded-car-sculpture-in-china-105003.html

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2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Spy Shots

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Spy Shots
2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Spy Shots - Latest News, Features, and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
Judging by these photos, the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 may pack power and a PDK under a mild facelift.

If you were holding out for a next-gen 911 GT3 that was radically different than its predecessor, you may be out of luck. We've just received photos of the new 2010 Porsche 911 GT3, and from what we can glean, it's certainly evolutionary.


Photo Gallery: 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Spy Shots - Latest News, Features, and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2010/0809_2010_porsche_911_gt3_spy_shots/index.html

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Monday, 30 January 2012

F1 2011 Launch Catch Up – McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Renault…

Catching up on the launches in one mega post.  Here in you’ll find quick interviews with senior members of the team and photos from the Red Bull, Sauber, Renault Lotus, Toro Rosso, Mercedes and McLaren launches. Apologies for being somewhat late, the whole blog isn’t running at full power until the season starts again. Red [...]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/f1-2011-launch-catch-up-mclaren-mercedes-red-bull-sauber-toro-rosso-renault/

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Feature Flick: Nissan Creates 3-D “Exploded” Car Sculpture in China

To celebrate its partnership with Chinese automaker Dongfeng, Nissan commissioned a unique sculpture that shows a three-dimensional exploded view of a car. Seen here in this video from Nissan, the vehicle in question is a Nissan Teana, a midsize sedan that is reportedly one of China’s most popular cars. The sculpture was created by Dutch [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/feature-flick-nissan-creates-3-d-exploded-car-sculpture-in-china-105003.html

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2007 Nissan Sentra

2007 Nissan Sentra
2007 Nissan Sentra - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Drivens - Automobile Magazine
It's bigger and it's quicker, but it's not quite aspirational.

San Francisco - With gasoline prices again taking residence in the national consciousness and demand for small cars rising, the already-blazing competition in the compact segment is heating up. Fortunately for Nissan, it had already gone back to the drawing board for a complete redesign of its Sentra, a small-car stalwart since it first broke cover in 1982, before the crude oil hit the fan.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Nissan Sentra - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Drivens - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0611_2007_nissan_sentra/index.html

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2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition

2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition
2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
The SLR 722 takes only 3.6 seconds to reach the big six-oh, or two-tenths quicker than the standard SLR. Stiffer suspension, new 19-inch wheels, and brake rotors twenty millimeters larger are also part of the package. Top speed rises by one mile per hour to 209; a modified front spoiler and rear diffuser help keep things on the ground.

Yes, that's right, the SLR hasn't exactly been selling well. What's that, you say? You mean, if you had $452,750, you wouldn't go buy an automatic-transmission-equipped Mercedes---no matter how cool and pimpy and McLaren-built it was---either? Us too.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_mercedes_benz_slr_mclaren_722_edition/index.html

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine
The car you see here? It's the long-awaited production version of the concept hotness shown three years ago in Frankfurt, and we keep having to snap our mouths shut and wipe up the drool. Granted, it's not visually perfect, but the 8C is one of the most beautiful shapes to come out of Europe in some time.

If this big red chunk of hotness looks familiar, it's probably because you've seen it before: Alfa unveiled a concept version of the Competizione at the Frankfurt show in 2003. That look-but-don't-drive concept pretty much blew everyone's minds (the headlights look less bugeyed in person, we promise). A year later, at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours, Alfa pulled the wraps off of a roadster version of the car. It too was gorgeous.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione - Latest News, Auto Show Coverage, and Future Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2007/0609_2007_alfa_romeo_8c_competizione/index.html

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Dalziel captures pole for 24-hour race at Daytona

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/01/26/1809368/dalziel-captures-pole-for-24-hour.html

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The Last Crusade

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/11/the-last-crusade.html

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Justin Wilson back in a car after back injury

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/01/27/1811721/justin-wilson-back-in-a-car-after.html

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Jake Humphrey's season review

I should have known what to expect from this season when we went on air for the first time in Australia back in March.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel went on to win the race in Melbourne without really breaking a sweat, while expert pundit David Coulthard ended up with cake on his face during the post-race F1 Forum thanks to a very over-excited world champion.

Dominance and madness in one go.

Since then, Vettel has won almost every race, while we've had masses of fun and games on camera as we traversed the globe. I have plenty of highlights from a season that has been, without question, the most rewarding of my three years. At the same time, it has been one of the most difficult and surreal. But more of that later...

First the fun! One of the things I've loved about the coverage we've provided since 2009 has been the genuine human emotion that only live sport can deliver. The F1 Forum, in particular, has given us a chance to see a side to the sport that was previously hidden, usually because all the TV crews had long since stopped work.

A stand-out moment for me occurred in the F1 Forum after the Monaco GP. We headed up to the Red Bull Barge - or the 'float-a-home' as it's nicknamed - where the team were celebrating their second successive win in the race.

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First, Vettel went into the pool, followed by various Red Bull team members, making it inevitable that Eddie Jordan would join them. I must confess that, as I challenged Eddie to go and grab the race winner, I knew he was likely to end up in the drink... and that's precisely what happened. EJ losing his glasses and proceeding to do duck-dive after duck-dive to retrieve them will live with me forever. All on live TV, let me remind you.

We then got a glimpse of just how brave the strong, fearless, race-winning F1 star DC really is. As soon as it looked like he would be the next one to get a soaking, he suddenly grabbed both his mic and the nearest railing for dear life. Cries of "No, I'm wearing white jeans!" and "No, I'm holding a microphone!" fell on deaf ears.

We often see drivers wearing race suits, helmets on their heads, wrapped inside a shell of carbon fibre. We never really get to know the human being behind the mask. I hope that, as the year progressed, you have felt you've got to know the likes of Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber as never before.

After the careers they've had and the success and the riches that have come their way, it would be very easy for Eddie and DC to not bother going the extra-mile for the good of the coverage, too. Yet they have. Early starts, late finishes, being asked to do ludicrous things and always buying into it... they've done it all. In fact, EJ refusing to go on the Abu Dhabi rollercoaster was just about the only time he has said 'no' in three years!

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I remember heading to a shopping centre in India to film a Bollywood opening to a show. When the nearby Metallica gig was cancelled, 40,000 very unhappy heavy metal fans suddenly surrounded the car. It was a little scary until EJ decided to engage them in conversation to find out what was going on. Moment defused!

That first trip to India was fascinating. I found it particularly difficult and struggled on a daily basis with the contrast between the glitz and glamour of F1 and a country with such obvious socio-economic issues. It was hard to see the poverty as we headed to the track every day, then watch million-pound cars going round in circles. I sincerely hope that F1 makes a concerted effort to give something back to India in the coming years.

It was good to chat that weekend to Rowan Atkinson. But after creating such genius TV as Blackadder, it's sad to think he's globally famous as Mr Bean! Great he could join us on the show, though. To have 'George McCartney' (copyright E Jordan) with us in Abu Dhabi was also special. The only reason McCartney and Atkinson came to chat to us was because of Eddie. It's amazing the power he actually wields!

At this point, let me congratulate Eddie on raising more than £100,000 for Children In Need with his signed Indian GP shirt. He forced all the drivers to sign it, as well as Bernie Ecclestone and Macca.

DC has also really come into his own this year. Whether he's taking on Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button in a pit-stop challenge or on a jet-ski, he's become a credible, eloquent and respected pundit. Added to that, he knows how it feels to win races, fight for titles and drive contemporary F1 machinery.

Sir Paul McCartney, Jake Humphrey and Eddie Jordan

Jake Humphrey and Eddie Jordan meet Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney. Photo: Getty

He's also rather naughty, using his weekly track guides to educate Sergio Perez about the perks of being an F1 driver, to tell Vettel about the German-speaking films he watched as a kid, or to make Karun Chandhok, who was busy minding his own business by cycling the track, re-enact Hamilton's crash with Webber in Singapore.

I'd just like to say how much I've loved working with both EJ and DC over the past three years. It's rare to find three people who just seem to click, but we have and it's been an incredibly rewarding time.

Despite Vettel being so dominant, I've really enjoyed the racing in 2011.

The new DRS overtaking aid on the cars has been toyed with by the FIA during the year but I think they've generally got the balance right now after the slightly embarrassing overtaking-laden Turkish Grand Prix.

What has really got me excited this year, though, have been the Pirelli tyres. Yes, the teams have worked really hard to nullify the effects of marginal tyres, but they have still added to the spectacle. Next year, Pirelli will be even smarter and more aggressive with tyre choice, so I think the tyres will really ask questions of the strategies that teams employ. If they get it right, Pirelli could again be the difference between a good season and a great season in 2012.

And what about my classic moments of 2011? Well, Canada stands out. We had international pop star Rihanna trying out Hamilton's car, DC demonstrating his knowledge of ornithology and Star Wars creator George Lucas chatting to us in the garage... all while a race should have been taking place!

When the racing eventually started, it didn't disappoint, did it? Button was incredible that day and I'd like to extend my thanks to him and all the other drivers who have made themselves so accessible this season.

The F1 Forum has been a magnet for race winners, from Vettel in tears as he watched our 'back-to-back champions' tape, to EJ, DC, Martin Brundle and me leaning over flight cases and around photographers in an attempt to get to Hamilton after his race win in Abu Dhabi. All great times.

It's worth pointing out that the drivers are not obliged to join us live pre-race, before or after qualifying, or on the F1 Forum. They choose to do it, which I think speaks volumes for both our coverage and about the drivers themselves. Thanks, guys.

After all that fun over the last eight months, we get to take a breath, grab a winter holiday, then do it all over again come March 2012. So what can you expect from the BBC next year and how will we make a very different season just as interesting to watch?

Well, the first thing to say is that EVERY race will be on the BBC.

I know you guys want live F1 but you will still get plenty of racing to watch - and often at much better times. Australia, Japan and Malaysia, for example, are races that take place in the early hours in the United Kingdom but we will show almost the whole race at 2pm. As well as that, the programme will be two hours long, so there will be plenty of action and reaction. For non-live races that are run at lunchtime in the UK, you can now enjoy a Sunday out, get home for 5.30pm and have 90 minutes of F1 in a peak-time slot.

The highlights will not just be a few token laps edited together either. We're talking extended, comprehensive highlights to really tell the story of the grand prix.

I can also reveal that the BBC presentation team will be at all the races, so the guys and I will be interviewing drivers, bringing you the usual banter and hosting the show in the way you've come to expect since 2009. So expect F1 Forums and the usual 60-minute build-up for live races. Plus we will have in-depth analysis from DC and others, as well as stacks of driver interviews for the highlights races.

Yes, it's a shame we haven't got 100% live F1. As a fan, I would dearly love to host every race live and you can only imagine how hard and uncertain it has been for all of us since Hungary, when the new rights deal was announced.

The team works so hard to make F1 a success on the BBC and it hurts that, after all that effort we've put in, things have changed. But the BBC has backed us with great on-air times and, as I have said, will be sending us to every race, while the usual back-room talent will be making every show special.

Thanks so much for your support, loyalty and viewership over the last three years. I promise you that, if you stick with the BBC, we won't disappoint in 2012. I am personally driven to make next year's coverage even better than ever before.

Have a great winter and I look forward to you getting a lie-in before I welcome you to the Australian Grand Prix in less than four months.

All the best,

Jake

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/jakehumphrey/2011/11/jake_humphreys_2011_season_rev.html

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Saturday, 28 January 2012

2007 Nissan Sentra

2007 Nissan Sentra
2007 Nissan Sentra - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Drivens - Automobile Magazine
It's bigger and it's quicker, but it's not quite aspirational.

San Francisco - With gasoline prices again taking residence in the national consciousness and demand for small cars rising, the already-blazing competition in the compact segment is heating up. Fortunately for Nissan, it had already gone back to the drawing board for a complete redesign of its Sentra, a small-car stalwart since it first broke cover in 1982, before the crude oil hit the fan.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Nissan Sentra - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Drivens - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0611_2007_nissan_sentra/index.html

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Dan Wheldon 1978-2011

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/10/dan-wheldon-1978-2011.html

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NASCAR not making any big changes for 2012 season

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/01/26/1809308/nascar-not-making-any-big-changes.html

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Marussia to give Jerez test a miss

The rebranded Marussia team will miss the first test of the season in Jerez, despite having originally planned to run the 2011 Virgin – mainly to give rookie Charles Pic more seat time. The team has now decided to skip … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2012/01/24/marussia-to-give-jerez-test-a-miss/

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Hamilton decision-making under the microscope


Lewis Hamilton has come in for criticism © Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton’s decision-making ability has come into question after he crashed into the side of Felipe Massa on lap one, causing his early retirement from the Italian Grand Prix. This incident has raised questions about his temperament and ability to bounce back. Kevin Garside of the Daily Telegraph questions how much we should really be expecting from Hamilton. “Perhaps this is how it must be with Hamilton, an instinctive racer compelled to chase the impossible through gaps that don’t exist. He took the best part of an hour to compose himself before walking out into the sun to face the cameras. This was Hamilton’s third DNF of the season but the first of his own making. Occasions like this are perhaps reminders to us not to expect too much. “On the days when Hamilton’s insane alliance of guts, skill and derring-do appear capable of delivering the world it is easy to forget he is only 25, an age when it is all too common for boys to believe themselves men.” Byron Young of the Mirror also pulls no punches about Hamilton’s performance and was heavily critical of the manoeuvre which meant he left the weekend pointless. “To say that his dive down the outside at Della Roggia chicane was optimistic would be generous. Mystifying, definitely, with so much at stake. So often Hamilton has made them stick but yesterday the outcome was all too predictable.”

Source: http://blogs.espnf1.com/paperroundf1/archives/2010/09/hamilton_decisionmaking_under_1.php

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Friday, 27 January 2012

Clear Bedfloor

Hello everyone.I'm in the process of building a lowrider C-10 pick-up.I have scratchbuilt a whole new frame and an airride set-up for the rear.I want to put a clear bedfloor in the bed to shot off my work.Does anyone know what I can use to make this dream a reality?I don't have a LHS and I am short on time and money to finish this build.If someone could suhhest something I might have laying around my house or my bench I'd really appreciate it.Here is a shot on what's left of the bed of the truck and part of the frame and suspension.

Like I said I'd really appreciate an ideas anyone has.

Thanx in advance,

Jeremy

Source: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/SCACS/forums/thread/997617.aspx

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Triumph Tiger 800XC


The Triumph Tiger 800XC is a true British "go everywhere" motorcycle that has been machine designed and built for adventures.

True to its calling as a tough, durable, and versatile bike, the Tiger 800XC is capable of coping with the demands of off-road riding, thanks to a combination of utilitarian design, powerful engine, and superb handling characteristics. Just as with many of Triumph’s other class-leading machines, the rider can adjust both the handlebar position and seat height of the Tiger 800XC, offering a commanding view above the traffic and a comfortable perch from which to devour the miles. The bike also has a class-leading 5.0 gallon fuel tank that ensures long-distance rides go uninterrupted. Cavernous hard and soft luggage options are available, as is a comprehensive instrumentation that includes a fuel gauge and trip computer.

As far as the engine goes, powering the Tiger 800XC is a new long-stroke triple engine that produces an impressive 94 brake horsepower and an extremely accessible 58 lb/ft of torque. With its flat torque curve and gentle power delivery, the Tiger 800XC is a pleasure to ride in even in the most demanding of conditions.

Then there’s the aforementioned handling credentials. Long-travel 45mm upside-down front forks and a rear suspension unit all combine with a 21" spoked front wheel to deliver maximum ground clearance and the ability to cope with rough trails. Likewise, a sophisticated anti-lock braking system is available as an option and can be deactivated for off-road riding, while the high specification extends to a standard coded-key immobilizer and rear rack with generous pillion grab handles.

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Source: http://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-reviews/triumph/2012-triumph-tiger-800xc-ar123422.html

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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 [...]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/ferrari-launch-their-2011-car-the-f150/

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Barrichello back in Williams frame

Formula 1 always goes a little quiet over Christmas, but one team that has been making waves - both publicly and behind the scenes - are Williams.

The team that dominated F1 for much of the 1980s and 1990s are one of only two outfits still with an obvious vacancy in their driver line-up - the other being back-of-the-grid HRT.

And it seems that Rubens Barrichello, the veteran who has driven for the team for the last two seasons, is back in with a chance of staying with them for 2012.

Rubens Barrichello

Rubens Barrichello had been tipped to vacate his Williams seat. Photo: Getty

Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado is staying on in one of the cars after an up-and-down rookie season in 2011 - his position in the team is secure thanks to a multi-million sponsorship deal with his country's national oil company.

But the second seat is still up for grabs, and while Williams are not the attractive proposition they were in their glory days, they are the only decent choice for a whole host of drivers wishing to continue their F1 careers.

These include Barrichello, German Adrian Sutil, Brazilian Bruno Senna, Toro Rosso rejects Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi and Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Sutil, who had an impressive second half of the season for Force India, has been the favourite for some time, but the situation appears to have shifted recently.

My sources tell me that Barrichello, who appeared to be out of the running as his 19th season in F1 drew to a close in November, has come back into the frame and now has a reasonable chance of a Williams drive in 2012.

Barrichello has been arguing for some time that, with the huge ructions going on at Williams through 2011 and over the winter, it would make sense to have a known reference in the drivers.

"With all the changes for next year on the engine side and engineers," he said at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, "it would be clever from the team to keep the drivers and keep on going. I'm not pushing them, I'm just trying to show them that is the way to do it."

You can see his point. The team are changing engine suppliers, replacing Cosworth with Renault, and have undergone a wholesale restructure of the design department, with a new technical director, head of aerodynamics and head of engineering.

New tech boss Mike Coughlan is admired as being very clever, but his last role as a technical director was with the now-defunct Arrows team, who collapsed in 2002. As chief designer of McLaren after that, he was involved in the spy-gate scandal that engulfed the team in 2007 and for which he was sacked.

The technical changes at Williams were made even more seismic when it emerged on New Year's Eve that not only was co-founder Patrick Head stepping down as director of engineering, he was also resigning his position on the F1 team's board, thereby cutting all his ties with the sport.

It had long been known that Head, one of the most respected engineers in the history of the sport, would no longer have an active role in the day-to-day F1 operation, but it was a surprise to hear he was not going to be on the board of directors.

Head has insisted that his decision to end his day-to-day F1 role was based on feeling his relevance in F1 was diminishing.

In Brazil, he said: "I certainly didn't have an ambition to stop my involvement in Formula One with a season like this last one we've had behind us.

"But when I have a look at what specifically I can do to assist Mike Coughlan and (chief operations officer) Mark Gillan and (head of aerodynamics) Jason Somerville, I came to the conclusion that it isn't really enough to justify me carrying on doing the same thing."

He will still be involved at Williams through their subsidiary company Williams Hybrid Power and remains close to team boss Sir Frank Williams, who will doubtless be turning to him for advice on a regular basis.

All the same, many will consider it unwise that a team in such flux, and with such a grave need to improve, will not have on their board the guidance and wisdom of a man who not only co-founded the company but who was directly responsible for seven drivers' championships and nine constructors' titles.

Why will he not be there? Williams and Head were both unavailable for comment on Monday. I'm told, though, that his difficult relationship with chief executive officer Adam Parr was a part of Head's decision to step down.

Ironically, Head's departure may ease Barrichello's path to a return.

Head is forthright character and I'm told he had grown tired of the Brazilian's complaints about the team's difficulties.

With the 65-year-old no longer involved, that on the face of it is one less barrier to Barrichello being in the car again.

It seems, though, that all the driver hopefuls will have to wait. Williams are in the process of sponsorship negotiations with the Gulf state of Qatar, and they take primacy over a final decision on drivers.

With more than a month until the start of pre-season testing on 7 February, there is plenty of time to sort out drivers. After all, it's not as if Williams are struggling for choice.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/2012/01/barrichello_back_in_williams_f.html

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First Look: Acura NSX Concept

First Look: Acura NSX Concept
Acura NSX Concept First Look - 2012 Detroit Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
Hope springs eternal for Acuraรข€™s most revered nameplate.

December of 2005 is a month that will live in infamy -- or at the very least, it will amongst sports car enthusiasts. Following a formal announcement five months earlier that the NSX sports car would come to an end, employees at Honda's Suzuka facility in Japan build the last Acura NSX destined for North American customers.


Photo Gallery: Acura NSX Concept First Look - 2012 Detroit Auto Show - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: Acura NSX Concept First Look - 2012 Detroit Auto Show - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_shows/detroit/2012/1203_2012_detroit_acura_nsx_concept/index.html

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Audi Super Bowl XLVI commercial teased [video]

Most of the year, the big automotive companies are spending their time showcasing their engineering and design talents, but when the Super Bowl comes around that all goes out the window and it is all about their cinematic talents.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/aVEp8OHALPQ/audi-super-bowl-xlvi-commercial-teased-video

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Robert Kubica Hospitalised Following Rally Accident

UPDATE ON KUBICA’s CONDITION:  http://wp.me/p3uiu-11K Renault Lotus F1 driver Robert Kubica has been airlifted to hospital following a car accident while competing on a rally. The incident, described as a high speed accident, left the Pole injured and he had to be airlifted to hospital.  His co-driver Jakub Gerber was uninjured in the incident. While [...]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/robert-kubica-hospitalised-following-rally-accident/

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The Last Crusade

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/11/the-last-crusade.html

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2007 Audi TT Coupe

2007 Audi TT Coupe
2007 Audi TT Coupe - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
How do you deal with an iconic but aging design? With plenty of care and caution. Such is the case with the Audi TT, which has existed basically unchanged since its debut in 1998.

How do you deal with an iconic but aging design? With plenty of care and caution. Such is the case with the Audi TT, which has existed basically unchanged since its debut in 1998. The new car, introduced on a live internet video feed on April 6, looks very similar to the outgoing model. It maintains the circle and dome motifs that made the little coupe famous, but proportion changes make the car look lower, sleeker, and more aggressive. The same is true of the interior, which, while completely redesigned, looks like a smoothed over version of the last edition.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Audi TT Coupe - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_audi_tt_coupe/index.html

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2011 Season Review: The year of Red Bull

Without a doubt, 2011 was the year of Red Bull in Formula One. They had won both the driver’s and constructors titles in 2010 but it had gone down to the wire. This time around there was less drama and more style as Vettel wrapped up the title with races to spare and the constructors [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Formula1Fancast/~3/xkJ9gM6tpYE/2011-season-review-the-year-of-red-bull

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Team Lotus Launch Their 2011 Machine The T128

Team Lotus (the one who raced last year) have become the second team to officially pull the covers off their new 2011 car. The green and yellow liveried machine will start be raced by Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen this season under the name of Team Lotus as the management’s row with Group Lotus, now [...]

Source: http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/team-lotus-launch-their-2011-machine-the-t128/

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Jeep Previews New 2012 Grand Cherokee Package, Asks You To Name It

The photo above previews a forthcoming trim package for the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee – and while the automaker is fairly certain it will enter production, it’s asking for your help in naming the ensemble. Jeep’s currently showing two specially-prepared Grand Cherokees – one paint black, the other a dark red – at the Houston [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/jeep-previews-new-2012-grand-cherokee-package-asks-you-to-name-it-104221.html

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Jerome D’Ambrosio lands Lotus third driver job

Jerome D’Ambrosio has been announced as third driver for Lotus, alongside Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. D’Ambrosio, who drove for Virgin last year, is managed by the Genii organisation, via its Gravity offshoot. “It’s an exciting next step in my … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2012/01/24/jerome-dambrosio-lands-lotus-third-driver-job/

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Marussia to give Jerez test a miss

The rebranded Marussia team will miss the first test of the season in Jerez, despite having originally planned to run the 2011 Virgin – mainly to give rookie Charles Pic more seat time. The team has now decided to skip … Continue reading

Source: http://adamcooperf1.com/2012/01/24/marussia-to-give-jerez-test-a-miss/

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

First Look: 2013 Audi A4/S4

First Look: 2013 Audi A4/S4
2013 Audi A4/S4 - First Look - Automobile Magazine
Mild changes designed to keep Audi's top seller current.

The A4 is Audi's best-selling car, topping the brand's sales chart in the U.S. and selling over five million examples worldwide since 1994. To help keep the car fresh and demand high, Audi is sprucing up the A4 and its performance sibling, the S4, for the 2013 model year.


Photo Gallery: 2013 Audi A4/S4 - First Look - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2013 Audi A4/S4 - First Look - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1110_2013_audi_a4_s4_look/index.html

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NASCAR Hall of Fame inducts its third class

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/01/21/1794596/nascar-hall-of-fame-inducts-its.html

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Ciao for now, Europe

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/09/ciao-for-now-europe.html

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2007 Maserati GranSport MC Victory

2007 Maserati GranSport MC Victory
2007 Maserati GranSport MC Victory - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine
Get a peek at this super-limited edition Maserati here.

Maserati has reason to celebrate, since the automaker just wrapped up a victorious 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers Cup season. The trident brand's victory cigar? This beautiful, blue, limited edition GranSport. A total of 180 MC Victory coupes will be made this year, featuring carbon front and rear spoilers, unique carbon-colored wheels, and Italian flags behind the front wheel, just like the winning MC12 race car. While the car doesn't officially go on sale until May, we're pretty sure the order list will be filled soon after the car's Geneva debut.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Maserati GranSport MC Victory - 2007 New Cars - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/new_car_previews/2007/0605_2007_maserati_gransport_victory/index.html

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel
2008 Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
Coming soon to a VW dealer near you: the quick, clean answer to all of your fuel economy woes.

I'm just clearing customs on my way home from Europe when my cell phone rings. It's Keith Price, our favorite Volkswagen product rep, calling. He's on his way to Ann Arbor in a 2004 Jetta, and he wants me to drive it. A 2004 Jetta? Keith is obviously up to no good, so I immediately agree to meet him.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel - New Car, Truck, and SUV Road Tests and Reviews - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0708_volkswagen_jetta_clean_diesel/index.html

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Monday, 23 January 2012

Vettel sprouts a second finger

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/10/vettel-sprouts-a-second-finger.html

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2007 Nissan Altima

2007 Nissan Altima
2007 Nissan Altima - Automobile Magazine
More sophisticated lines and better materials underscore the Altima's relentless march upscale.

New and exciting products were a big part of the solution when Carlos Ghosn first blew in to right Nissan's wagon in 1999, and one of the first eye-openers to come out during his watch was the new, larger Altima of 2002. It quickly became a bestseller in America, surpassing all targets to sell a record (and almost Accord- and Camry-like) 255,000 units last year. But products grow stale in hypertime nowadays, and as Nissan's overall sales cool off in a most un-Honda- and un-Toyota-like fashion, a new Altima has arrived to lead another charge.


Photo Gallery: 2007 Nissan Altima - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/sedans/0611_2007_nissan_altima/index.html

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Hoops for Thailand - Encore Presentation

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/nofenders/zbjv/~3/hM1w8dkLq-4/hoops-for-thailand-encore-presentation.html

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OFFICIAL: Volkswagen Up! five-door revealed

First previewed in Frankfurt last year as the Cross up! concept, the production version seen here carries over the same engines and option packages as the 3-door Up! - just with easier access to the rear seats.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/z8Nhpdt47qM/official-volkswagen-up-five-door-revealed

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2008 Saturn Vue

2008 Saturn Vue
2008 Saturn Vue - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine
While the Opel Antara--along with the rest of the Opel brand--is not sold in the U.S., this SUV previews the Saturn Vue that we will get some time next year. Check it out in our 2006 Paris show coverage.

Its name may sound like some sort of African veldt-dwelling wild animal ("Watch as the Antara mauls its prey! Don't get too close, kids-it just might bite yer 'ead off!"), but the Opel Antara is nevertheless a significant vehicle. Opel's latest small sport-utility (remember, Opel is owned by GM) shares the platform of the next Saturn Vue. And while the Vue hasn't ever been anything we've lusted over, if past Opel-GM product sharing is any indication, the next Vue, the Antara-based Vue, ought to be pretty good to drive.


Photo Gallery: 2008 Saturn Vue - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2008 Saturn Vue - New and Future Cars, Trucks, and SUVs - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/future_cars/2008/0609_saturn_vue/index.html

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Lewis wants to see US night race

Source: http://www.metrof1.com/blogs/metrof1/2011/10/lewis-wants-to-see-us-night-race.html

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First Look: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

First Look: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
First Look: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe - Automobile Magazine
More power? Check.

We're always up for more power, especially under the hood of a rear-drive sports car like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. And with the newly updated 2013 Genesis Coupe spinning on its 2012 Detroit show stand, Hyundai has delivered it -- big time.


Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe - Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: First Look: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe - Automobile Magazine


Source: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1201_2013_hyundai_genesis_coupe/index.html

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Feature Flick: VW Teases Super Bowl Ad with Chorus of Star Wars Dogs

After blowing away most of the automotive competition in last year’s Super Bowl ads, Volkswagen is returning this year…with dogs. The German automaker has released an amusing teaser video that suggests it wants to have the same advertising impact this year as with 2011′s “The Force” about the new Passat. Volkswagen’s one-minute Game Day teaser [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/feature-flick-vw-teases-super-bowl-ad-with-chorus-of-star-wars-dogs-103167.html

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2012 Miss Limo winner announced

Yesterday we revealed the Limo Broker is preparing an extravagant project to create a stretch limo using an Audi R8 V10. What we didn't tell you is that the same company is also behind the contest to find the the 2012 Miss Limo.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/u0506APzepI/2012-miss-limo-winner-announced

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Red Bull reflect on another year of glory

Red Bull won both the drivers' and constructors' championships for the second successive year in 2011. Here, design chief Adrian Newey and team principal Christian Horner talk to me about their plans for 2012 and praise the dedication, hunger and desire of Sebastian Vettel, who became the youngest ever double world champion.

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Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/murraywalker/2011/12/red_bull_reflect_on_another_ye.html

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Saturday, 21 January 2012

What A Tease: Third Pininfarina Cambiano Teaser Released Ahead of Geneva Show

Pininfarina has highlighted the top of the Cambiano concept in the latest teaser image of the car that’s set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Pininfarina’s Cambiano could attract auto show onlookers checking out other debuts like Infiniti’s electric concept and the 2013 Porsche Boxster. The newest image of the Pininfarina Cambiano concept shows [...]

Source: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/what-a-tease-third-pininfarina-cambiano-teaser-released-ahead-of-geneva-show-103221.html

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Bahraini King Attempts pulling Rabbit out of Hat...

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/nofenders/zbjv/~3/fqigJBizvtU/bahraini-king-attempts-pulling-rabbit.html

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New Youngman offer for Saab coming - Spyker for sale, again

Swedish Automobile is assessing a potential sale for their sports car unit, Spyker Cars while new hope has emerged for the ailing Swedish brand, Saab, as Chinese group Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile indicates a fresh bid could arrive next week.

Source: http://feeds.worldcarfans.com/~r/worldcarfans/Jxfz/~3/4RVJtXqsvQI/new-youngman-offer-for-saab-coming---spyker-for-sale-again

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