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Lexus – The World’s First Tattooed Car Revealed

In a celebration of fine craftsmanship and traditional Japanese artistry, Lexus has commissioned the world’s first tattooed car. This strictly one-of-a-kind interpretation of the UX compact SUV has been designed and created by leading London tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe. Using a pure white car as her “canvas” and a Dremel drill tool in place […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Make-or-break year for Sebastian Vettel as Ferrari contract runs out

Sebastian Vettel has vowed to learn the lessons from last year – and maybe the two years before that – and come back stronger in the 2020 Formula One season. After finishing a disappointing fifth overall – 173 points behind champion Lewis Hamilton – Vettel’s pride was hurt. Even more so because the four-time F1 […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Stroll to increase stake in Aston Martin

Having originally bought a 16.7% stake in Aston Martin, Lawrence Stroll’s consortium is increasing this to 25%. In January, the Stroll-led consortium, which includes Andre Desmarais, Michael de Picciotti, Silas Chou, John Idol, Anthony Bamford and John McCaw, paid an estimated £182m for a 16.7% stake in the company at a price of around £4 […]

FORMULA E MOTORSPORT NEWS

FORMULA E TEAMS OPEN TO IDEA OF EXTENDING CALENDAR

Formula E’s ongoing discussions over elongating its 2019/20 season calendar amid the coronavirus situation have been met with openness by the series’ manufacturers. Tentative plans for an extension were debated at recent meetings in Geneva and could mean Formula E events run until the end of September if conditions around the COVID-19 outbreak improve. As […]

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And now some good news: Tiger Tasmania Rally, Australia, this Nov

A new automotive adventure ‘down under’ from Bespoke Rallies Living up to its reputation for delivering innovative classic motoring experiences, Bespoke Rallies is running a 25-day 5,763km adventure in Tasmania and Victoria state, Australia, this November. Named after the now extinct marsupial that roamed Tasmania as recently as the 1930s, Tiger Tasmania is for pre-1985 […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OTHER MOTORSPORT

SIMOLA HILLCLIMB CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) STATUS UPDATE

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaring a national state of emergency last night over the coronavirus pandemic the organisers of the Simola Hillclimb have announced that the event will be postponed to later in the year. The event, held in Knysna and due to take place from 7-10 May 2020, has become South Africa’s premier motorsport […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS NASCAR

NASCAR pushing ahead with Next Gen race car development

Despite being in unknown territory with postponed races amid the COVID-19 outbreak, NASCAR is still pushing forward with the Next Gen race car, said president Steve Phelps. But, whether it’s the new car or finalizing the 2021 schedule, it is not easy for anyone who works in the industry Phelps admitted Tuesday. Racing has been […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Neuville “can’t see the point” of 2022 WRC proposals

Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville believes that the WRC’s proposed technical regulations for 2022 will make it “less interesting” and water down the appeal of the series. When they are presented to the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council in June this year, the proposals will see increasing reliance on off-the-shelf components and a reduction in available […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

WEC postpones 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

The TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, which was scheduled to be the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, has been postponed amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The race was supposed to be the penultimate round of the 2019/20 WEC season before closing at Le Mans, but will now not be taking place on […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

M-Sport Poland reveals Rally4 Fiesta

M-Sport Poland have announced the first car built to the new Rally4 regulations – the Ford Fiesta Rally4. Building on the platform of the successful MK8 R2 Fiesta introduced last season, the new Rally4 version features improved handling and gear ratios as well as a redeveloped “more aggressive” look and is the first car from any manufacturer to be built to the FIA’s […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Mercedes back down but Ferrari’s other rivals continue FIA fight over power unit settlement

Written by Dieter Rencken and Keith Collantine Mercedes is no longer part of the ‘gang of seven’ teams which was pressing the FIA over its settlement with Ferrari over last year’s investigation into the legality of its power unit. However RaceFans understands the majority of the remaining teams are still backing efforts to clarify with the FIA whether […]

OFF ROAD

Silk Way Rally: modification of the itinerary for the 2020 edition

So as to prevent the risks linked to the COVID 19 epidemic (Coronavirus) and to guarantee the organisation of the next edition of the SILK WAY RALLY, the event’s directors have decided to modify the itinerary of the 2020 edition. The stages that were planned for the Republic of Kazakhstan and the People’s Republic of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Victorious debut for Alpine A110 Rally on Rallye Le Touquet Pas-de-Calais

With two cars competing this past weekend in the Rallye Le Touquet Pas-de-Calais, the Alpine A110 Rally combined performance and reliability to enable François Delecour and Jean-Rodolphe Guigonnet to win the two-wheel drive category. Just three days after being homologated by the FFSA, two Alpine A110 Rally cars, entrusted to François Delecour (Team FJ) and […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

New Clio Rally makes successful debut

After nine months of development and more than 10,000 kilometres of testing, New Clio Rally made its competitive debut with five cars in action at Rally Guanajuato Mexico. The latest addition to the Renault Sport Racing line-up of customer racing cars, New Clio Rally was unquestionably one of the major attractions of Rally Guanajuato Mexico. […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Bernie Ecclestone Says F1 Was Too Slow in Reacting to Coronavirus Threat

Some drivers left Melbourne before fans and media even knew that the Australian Grand Prix had been canceled. Retired Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone says that the current series officials took too long to react to the worldwide coronavirus crisis that ultimately led to the cancelation of the F1 Australian Grand Prix. After a McLaren team […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Coronoavirus: Sebastien Ogier unhappy after World Rally Championship win in Mexico

Ogier now leads the overall World Rally Championship standings Six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier said winning Rally Mexico “has no value” as the event “should not have happened” amid the coronavirus crisis. He won by 27.8 seconds in a race that ended a day early as a result of the travel disruption caused by the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

A win each for Dario Busi and Darren Oates as 24th season of SA’s most successful series kicks off at Zwartkops

The 2.4km of tarmac at Pretoria’s Zwartkops Raceway hosted the first battle of the 2020 Polo Cup, now sponsored by famous tuning brand Oettinger. And as with the 23 seasons before this one, the Oettinger Polo Cup did not disappoint, keeping race fans on the edge of their seats. When the final checkered flag was waved […]

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ALL ACTION KILLARNEY KARTING

WP Rotax Max championships entertain Killarney’s second round of the Western Province Rotax Max Challenge karting championship delivered great racing on a fine early Cape autumn’s morning as local drivers diced hard while also fine tuning for the opening round of the South African national Max series in KwaZulu Natal at the end of the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

RACING THRILLS. BUT THAT’S IT FOR NOW

Weekend action a storm before the calm? The South African national championship circuit racing season kicked off a day before government pulled the plug on all group activity on the back of the Coronavirus crisis. The Extreme Festival kicked off at Zwartkops on Saturday, where the Investchem Formula 1600 championship delivered three different winners in […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

COVID 19 AND MOTORSPORT

In light of the SA government’s decision to prohibit gatherings of more than 100 people for the foreseeable future, MSA-sanctioned motorsport events scheduled to take place over the next three (3) weekends (this may be extended, depending on further government decisions) are hereby formally suspended. MSA will be engaging with the member clubs/promoters/organisers of the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

SUGARBELT 400 CANCELLED AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Following the “National State of Disaster” statement issued by President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday pertaining to the global coronavirus pandemic,  SACCS the organisers and promoters of the SA National Cross Country Championship has cancelled the Sugarbelt 400, round two of the championship scheduled to take place on April 3 and 4 in KwaZulu-Natal. In view of […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Ferrari shutting down operations in Italy

Ferrari has confirmed that it is shutting down all operations in Italy with immediate effect until at least March 29 because of the worldwide spread of coronavirus. As well as the F1 operation in Maranello, the shut-down also includes facilities at Modena and the production of its range of top-of-the-line road cars. The company said […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

EARLIER: Rally Mexico shortened by a day due to travel restrictions

The ongoing third round of the World Rally Championship in Mexico will be shortened due to the imposition of travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic. The event went ahead as planned on Thursday night (Friday AEDT) and only one stage has been lost so far, due to Esapekka Lappi’s M-Sport Ford Fiesta catching fire. […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

SATURDAY MORNING: OGIER MOVES CLEAR IN MEXICO

Sébastian Ogier consolidated his position in the lead of Rally Guanajuato México by almost tripling his advantage on Saturday’s morning loop. The Frenchman, driving a Toyota Yaris, claimed another stage win on the opening Guanajuatito speed test and steered clear of drama to round out the loop with a 28.3sec over M-Sport Ford driver Teemu […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

OGIER ON COURSE TO EQUAL LOEB’S WINNING RECORD AT RALLY GUANAJUATO MÉXICO

LEÓN (México): Five-time winner Sébastien Ogier catapulted himself into serious contention to equal Sébastien Loeb’s record six victories at Rally Guanajuato México with an outright lead of 13.2 seconds on Friday evening.   The Toyota Yaris WRC driver won three of the day’s nine timed tests (SS8 was cancelled) and will restart from a favourable […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

Ogier tames slippery Friday roads to impress at Rally Mexico

  Flying Frenchman Sébastien Ogier edged towards a sixth Rally Guanajuato México victory after building up an encouraging lead in Friday’s first full day of competition. In sizzling hot conditions, the Toyota Yaris man avoided the drama of those around him to end the first full day’s competition with a 13.2sec lead over M-Sport Ford […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

2020 RALLY MEXICO: OGIER TAKES CONTROL AFTER DRAMATIC FRIDAY

Sebastien Ogier has a 13.2 seconds advantage over Teemu Suninen at the end of Friday on Rally Mexico as several drivers all suffered huge problems. Toyota’s Ogier took the lead on the first pass through El Chocolate after leapfrogging Ott Tänak and didn’t look back, gradually increasing his lead throughout the remainder of the day. Defending champion Tänak had a mixed day to say the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

F1 suspended until end of May; Bahrain & Vietnam GPs postponed

Formula 1 races in Sakhir and Hanoi will not be taking place as planned until later in the year The Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix have both been postponed due to coronavirus, becoming the third and fourth F1 races to be affected by the pandemic. Following the decision to cancel the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, rounds […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Track Racing

ALDO’S SUPERCAR SPECTACULAR

SA’s fastest in PE for SA Endurance Series Port Elizabeth race fans can look forward to supporting their local heroes driving the most exciting supercars ever to visit the Aldo Scribante at the Mandela Bay 500 on Saturday 21 March. The South African Endurance Series season opener will deliver racing of the highest order when […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS OFF ROAD

Nine-times world rally champion Loeb makes debut in event as Sunderland aims for bikes hat-trick

Stephane Peterhansel can claim another place in the record books when he defends his title in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge later this month as a star-studded line-up assembles in the UAE for the 30th anniversary event. The world’s most successful cross country rally competitor will be aiming for a record seventh cars victory in […]

DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

This Insane Off-Road Porsche 911 Is Proof of an Awesome New Trend

In the novel Goldfinger, James Bond creator Ian Fleming laid down a phrase that’s quoted to this day: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.” Well, we’d be hard-pressed to say that three off-road custom Porsche 911s to surface within the span of a couple weeks is a sign of […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS

Here’s How Coronavirus Is Impacting MotoGP, Formula E, Formula One

Another day brings additional cancellations, postponements, and even more disappointments. As the scale of the global coronavirus outbreak becomes more apparent, governments across the globe are canceling major public events. Auto shows and motor races alike are being postponed or scratched outright, and this Wednesday, international race series MotoGP and Formula E announced new amendments to […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

SPEEDAGRO RALLY ARGENTINA POSTPONED

As a result of global developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), WRC Promoter has announced that the 2020 SpeedAgro Rally Argentina, round four of the FIA World Rally Championship, due to take place between 23 – 26 April, has been postponed. The Government of the Argentine Republic today announced measures to prevent the spread of the […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS Rally

NEUVILLE DOUBLE EARNS EARLY MEXICO LEAD

Thierry Neuville was fastest in both runs through Thursday night’s spectacular underground speed tests to snatch an early lead in Rally Guanajuato Mexico. Tens of thousands of passionate fans filled historic Guanajuato’s colourful streets to watch the Belgian open a 1.1sec advantage over FIA World Rally Championship leader Elfyn Evans after a double run through […]

MOTORSPORT NEWS WORLD ENDURANCE RACING

The 12 Hours of Sebring Has Been Postponed

Shortly after the World Endurance Championship canceled its 1000-mile race at Sebring, IMSA has moved the 12-hour to November in response to the spread of COVID-19 Image: Getty The 12 Hours of Sebring, one of the premiere sports car races in North America, has been postponed to November. This news comes just hours after the […]

FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

BREAKING: Australian Grand Prix CANCELLED

The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled following McLaren‘s withdrawal from the event after a team member tested positive for coronavirus. The decision has been made after nine members of team personnel, the majority from the Haas team, went into self isolation after showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Of the nine people tested, only the […]