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Scuderia Toro Rosso launches STR12

On the eve of the first day of pre-season testing, Scuderia Toro Rosso revealed its 2017 challenger, the STR12. Drivers Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz unveiled the car, featuring a stunning new livery, in the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit pit lane this evening.

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It’s STR12 o’clock

 


Franz Tost (Team Principal) “For all Formula 1 fans, 2017 should be a year of excitement and uncertainty, as the sport’s technical regulations have undergone one of the biggest changes we have seen in a couple of decades. In simple terms, the cars are wider, longer, lower, faster, noisier and use bigger tyres, promising more grip, higher cornering speeds and hopefully even closer racing.

Everyone in the team has worked extremely hard to ensure we have a very competitive season. Our chassis is mated to what is possibly the most competitive engine we have had so far in the hybrid era, as we return to Renault power once more.

Daniil Kvyat will be in his fourth year as a Formula 1 driver and Carlos Sainz will now tackle his third season with us. They are a very talented pairing and they have worked very hard over the winter to be ready for the additional physical challenges involved in driving these new and faster cars. The crew that will look after the cars at the track is also very well prepared and generally, throughout the company we have the stability and strength in depth to tackle this season, when the pace of car development will be much faster than over the past couple of years. Finally, we really like the first major livery change of our twelve years on the F1 grid and this new look is reflected in our pit garage, which has also been updated to make life easier while working around these much larger cars.”

James Key (Technical Director) “With driver continuity and a power unit which made a major step forward last year and which should be developing strongly this year, it just leaves the chassis as an unknown quantity. We always set ourselves ambitious targets and this year, we are taking a more long-term view over the 20 races, with a long list of planned in-season developments. I suspect it will be a very busy year with plenty of performance still to be found.” 

Carlos Sainz will be at the wheel tomorrow, Monday 27th February, for the first day of testing, with Daniil Kvyat getting his first taste of the STR12 on Tuesday.


Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives the STR12 in Misano, Italy on February 22, 2017

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

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RB13 unveiled

Red Bull Racing show off car they hope will win F1 driver and constructor titles.

Courtesy of Red Bull Racing


 

Red Bull Racing have unveiled their new 2017 contender ahead of the new F1 season – the sleek and powerful RB13.

The new engineering regulations mean that the engineers have been hard at work to ensure the car gives the team a chance to eclipse Mercedes this upcoming season after finishing second in the constructors’ race last time out.

Team Principal Christian Horner revealed earlier in the week: “We are like a swan on the surface and paddling furiously underneath but that is the same as every preseason so generally we are on target.”

Meanwhile, Chief Engineering Officer Rob Marshall said: “The car is expected to be between three and five seconds a lap faster and most of that gain will come through cornering speeds where the increased downforce on the car will mean the car will go around the corners quicker.”

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, third in the 2016 drivers’ championship, said: “The car is going to feel a lot different. Both front and rear tyres are significantly wider. It will increase the speed of the cars.”

Dutchman Max Verstappen added: “Hopefully we have built a very competitive car. Mood is very positive.”


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R.S.17 Launch

Renault Sport Formula One Team launches the R.S.17 in London.

Courtesy of Renault Sport

Renault Sport Formula One Team today launched its 2017 challenger, the R.S.17, at a showcase event in front of international media and team partners, in London, England.

 

Highlighting new partners and sponsors including BP, Castrol and MAPFRE, the launch was also the first public revealing of the new Renault Sport brand identity, designed to provide a stronger link between Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars.

Powered by Renault Sport Racing’s R.E.17 power unit, the R.S.17 has no carry over parts from the R.S.16. The team has worked from a clean sheet of paper to respond to Formula 1’s latest regulations. It is the first Formula 1 car designed from the outset by Renault Sport Racing from its two locations in Enstone, England and Viry-Châtillon, France.

Present at the launch were Thierry Koskas, Groupe Renault Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Jérôme Stoll, President and Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing, as well as Renault Sport Formula One Team’s senior management and drivers, and Alain Prost as Renault Sport Racing Special Advisor.

The R.S.17 was unveiled by race drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer, whilst Third and Reserve Driver Sergey Sorokin was also announced today.
The car was unveiled with the hashtag #RS17Launch.

The 2017 Renault Sport Academy line-up was also confirmed, with Jack Aitken, Max Fewtrell, Jarno Opmeer and Sun Yue Yang all being supported by Renault Sport Racing through their 2017 seasons. Jack will contest the GP3 Series, whilst Max, Jarno and Sun will contest the Formula Renault Eurocup in an historic-high 30-cars-grid.

Jérôme Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing: “The R.S.17 is the first car which Enstone and Viry have been able to plan and develop from the outset and we’re satisfied by the fruits of this interaction. It’s a beautiful car. As well as the excitement of the R.S.17 itself, we also have a highly important new partner in BP through their BP and Castrol brands. For 2017 our performance targets are clear. We want to take a definite, tangible step forward in performance and results. Fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship is our goal.”

Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director: “For 2017 we are perfectly placed to take the step forward we all desire. The R.S.17 is the result of many long working hours spent over our two integrated locations and the result is a car we can be proud of. We have a strong line-up of personnel at all levels of the team and we’re proud to see Nico and Sergey join Jolyon in 2017. We are joined by a strong group of partners with BP, Castrol, MAPFRE and SMP Racing representing the best pre-season sponsorship acquisition campaign in the paddock. We are the fastest growing F1 team and we now need to prove our performance on track. Our objective is to score points at every round.”

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Den nye Ford Mustang er bedre på “alt”

Snart kommer verdens mest solgte sportsbil og Fords mest avanserte Mustang noensinne.

Pressemelding fra Ford Motor Norge

Mer ytelse – enda bedre kjøreegenskaper

Også støtdemperteknologien fra MagneRide kan nå fås som et tilvalg med Mustangs «Performance-pakke.» Dette er et system som ved hjelp av magnetisme regulerer stivheten i dempingen av bilen og leverer optimal demping ved forskjellige kjøresituasjoner.

Motorene er også blitt enda bedre. Den gjerrige, men lynraske 2.3-liters Ecoboost-motoren har blant annet fått et økt moment ved akselerasjon.

Fords legendariske V8 GT-motor på 5 liter har fått mer kraft og leverer et høyere dreiemoment enn noen Mustang har gjort tidligere.

Beste automatgirkassen noensinne

Den nye 10-trinns automatgirkassen er den beste Mustang har vært utrustet med noensinne. Automatkassen, som både kan leveres med Ecoboost- og V8-motoren, leverer både raskere girskift, lavere friksjonstap og høyere akselerasjon.

2018 Ford Mustang 12-inch LCD digital instrument cluster with MyColor

12 tommers digitalt instrumentpanel

Det er gjort en rekke forbedringer. Nye Ford Mustang har et mer aggressivt design, et 12 tommers digitalt instrumentpanel, bedre kjøreegenskaper og ytelse samt mer moderne førerassistansesystemer.

Den nye Mustangen vil også få Fords første 12 tommers krystallklare digitale LCD-skjerm i dashbordet, og med «Mustang MyMode» kan sjåføren sette sine egne favorittinnstillinger av demping og styrefølelse.

What’s new on the 2018 Ford Mustang

 

Det siste innen førerassistansesystemer

Også motorlyden kan endres gjennom en aktiv ventil på eksosanlegget. Den leveres som standard på Mustang GT i Europa og leverer lyd som matcher hele akselerasjonsområdet, om det er lun brumming eller iltre snerr.

Nye Mustang kommer naturligvis med det siste innen førerassistansesystemer fra Ford. Her får du nå både nødbremsassistent med fotgjengeroppdagelse, filskiftevarsler, aktiv hjelp for å holde deg i feltet ditt og et varsel om bilen mener kjøringen din indikerer at du trenger en hvilepause.

Kan gjøres mer personlig

Ytelse er kjernen i den nye Ford Mustangens DNA. Med en rask akselerasjon og underholdende oppførsel ved dynamisk kjøring er dette den ultimate bilen for de som virkelig er glad i å kjøre bil. Alle modeller har fått nye støtdempere for enda bedre kontroll under kjøring. Den har fått økt sideveis stivhet og sammen med innovative stabilisatorstag leverer nye Mustang endra bedre respons og mer direkte styrefølelse.

2018 Ford Mustang V8 GT with Performance Package in Orange Fury

 

Mer ytelse – enda bedre kjøreegenskaper

Også støtdemperteknologien fra MagneRide kan nå fås som et tilvalg med Mustangs «Performance-pakke.» Dette er et system som ved hjelp av magnetisme regulerer stivheten i dempingen av bilen og leverer optimal demping ved forskjellige kjøresituasjoner.

Motorene er også blitt enda bedre. Den gjerrige, men lynraske 2.3-liters Ecoboost-motoren har blant annet fått et økt moment ved akselerasjon.

Fords legendariske V8 GT-motor på 5 liter har fått mer kraft og leverer et høyere dreiemoment enn noen Mustang har gjort tidligere.

Beste automatgirkassen noensinne

Den nye 10-trinns automatgirkassen er den beste Mustang har vært utrustet med noensinne. Automatkassen, som både kan leveres med Ecoboost- og V8-motoren, leverer både raskere girskift, lavere friksjonstap og høyere akselerasjon.

Tøffere design

Den nye Mustangen har fått et mer hissig og tøft designutrykk. Den nye fronten ligger lavere, den nye grillen gir et mer strømlinjeformet og forfinet aerodynamisk uttrykk. Også lufteventilene og frontlykter med full LED bidrar til at verdens mest solgte bil ser enda mer atletisk og aggressiv ut.

Salgsstart til høsten i Nord-Amerika

Nye Ford Mustang er klar for salg i Nord-Amerika allerede til høsten. I Europa kommer den for salg i begynnelsen av 2018.

 


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Marc Marquez takes on Hahnenkamm

In typical Marquez style, there was no holding back:  “It was really difficult to keep the bike under control, but I’m young and it’s good fun to try some crazy things!

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Marc Marquez has written a new chapter in the history of motorcycling by speeding around the Hahnenkamm on his bike.

The three-time World Champion is used to tackling high-speed courses on the comfort of tarmac but has now become the first rider to ever take a MotoGP bike over the snowy summit of an Alpine mountain.

With modified tyres featuring snow spikes, and the help of Austrian ice speedway legend Franky Zorn and TV ski pundit Armin Assinger, Marquez took his usual position on his Honda, put his foot down and shot down the piste.

In doing so he emulated Red Bull Racing star Max Verstappen who took his Formula 1 car for a spin in the same spot in January 2016. It was here Marquez first visited Kitzbühel and carefully examined the challenges of the Hahnenkamm.

Marc Marquez and his bike seen before Moto GP showrun in Kitzbuehel, Austria on January 12th, 2017.

The Spaniard and youngest ever winner of the MotoGP title, said: “It was really difficult to keep the bike under control, but I’m young and it’s good fun to try some crazy things!

“We enjoyed it, and we could see after a few runs everything that was possible. The piste was really well prepared. I could really get going and I had a great feeling out there. The grip was unbelievable, even for a wheelie!”

The legendary Streif ski run on the Hahnenkamm is taking place between January 20-22 and is seen as the toughest contest in skiing’s world cup.

Straight after the start comes the steepest section of the course, the infamous ‘Mousetrap’, which sees skiers plunge down an 85% gradient and reach a frightening 110 km/h plus.

It was just a few hundred metres above this extreme section, on the Ehrenbachhöhe, where Marquez pulled off his thrilling MotoGP display.

Marc Marquez posing for a portrait before Moto GP showrun in Kitzbuehel, Austria on January 12th, 2017.

 


 

 

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New WRC era is ready for blast-off in Monte-Carlo

The 2017 WRC will generate more TV content than ever. Over 12,000 hours were broadcast globally in 2016 to a cumulative audience of over 700 million people and this season offers even more for fans.


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The build-up and fever pitch expectation is almost over as this week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo (19 – 22 January) heralds the start of one of the most keenly-anticipated FIA World Rally Championship seasons in memory.

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Dynamic new-look World Rally Cars will echo through the mountains of the French Alps as four of the world’s biggest automotive manufacturers begin the fight for supremacy in motorsport’s toughest championship for production-based cars.

The 13-round series spans four continents in an 11-month global tour, encompassing extreme temperatures that can reach a scorching 35°C in Sardinia and plunge to a bone-chilling -25°C in the harsh Swedish winter.

Much is new for 2017, and WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla believes the powerful and aggressive cars, developed from a blank sheet of paper to upgraded regulations, will be the stars of the show.

“Our fans are going to love the 2017 WRC! Footage from pre-season testing shows just how exciting these new cars are. A more macho appearance and increased performance will bring smiles to fans’ faces, whether they are watching stage side or on television,” he said.

“There’s a hugely positive feeling throughout the WRC family as we head into the season. The series boasts big names from the automotive industry, and it’s a compliment to the championship’s development that they have chosen to showcase their cars in an environment that offers global visibility from January to November.

“What is so great is the feeling of unpredictability about 2017 because nobody knows which teams, which cars or which drivers will shine. New rules, such as the start order and revised Power Stage points, have been put in place to ensure down-to-the-wire competition and I’m sure we will see many thrilling battles,” he said.

The Teams
Toyota, the world’s biggest selling car manufacturer, returns to the WRC after a 17-year absence. The Japanese giant is joined by multiple champion Citroën, which is back after a year’s sabbatical. Ford, in the guise of the British M-Sport team, and Hyundai, runners-up in both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ series in 2016, complete a stellar line-up.

The Cars
Aggressive, loud and moody – they are the new lightweight World Rally Cars that will battle for tenths of a second on dirt, asphalt, snow and ice.

They are bigger everywhere with larger bumpers at the front and rear and extended door sills which increase the width and provide increased safety. Larger aero devices, and more of them, including a huge spoiler and diffuser at the rear and a front splitter add to the ‘bulldog’ look.

Beneath the bonnet a wider restrictor on the turbocharger increases power from the 1600cc direct injection engine to 380PS. Electronic trickery in the form of an active central differential gives drivers a helping hand in balancing their cars.

The Drivers
The biggest news of the short end-of-year break was the decision of four-time world champion Sébastien Ogier to sign for M-Sport, for whom he will carry #1 on the doors of his Fiesta WRC. The Frenchman is joined by rising star Ott Tänak and Elfyn Evans.

Toyota has opted for an all-Finnish line-up of Jari-Matti Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi, while Citroën has chosen the youth of Craig Breen and Stéphane Lefebvre to join lead driver Kris Meeke.

There are no changes at Hyundai which has kept faith with its strong 2016 squad of Thierry Neuville, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo.

The Rallies
The championship comprises the same 13 demanding rounds as in 2016, but the order has been given a reshuffle. Corsica moves forward from September to April to provide a better balance of gravel and asphalt rounds. Monte-Carlo opens the season and Australia provides the finale.

Two rallies have changed their structure. Rally Sweden will operate around a central location at Torsby, while ADAC Rallye Deutschland has a new base at Bostalsee in northern Saarland.

Television
The 2017 WRC will generate more TV content than ever. Over 12,000 hours were broadcast globally in 2016 to a cumulative audience of over 700 million people and this season offers even more for fans.

The Sunday lunchtime rally-ending Power Stage programme, now established as a firm fixture across all rounds, will increase from 60 to 90 minutes. It will feature more interviews, extended coverage of the podium ceremony and reaction to the final result from the service park. Also new for this year is another regular live stage on Saturday afternoons.

Watch every stop of the WRC live on Red Bull TV this season. 


 

 

How will defending champion Seb Ogier perform in his first race for M-Sport?

Thu-Sun, Jan 19-22 – Text, photos & videos – Live on Red Bull TV

Mon, Jan 23 – Behind the scenes round up.

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Supersportsbilen Ford GT får fremtidens dashbord

Dashbordet i nye Ford GT er heldigitalt og skifter avhengig av kjørestil eller underlag, Det skal etter hvert også flere Ford-modeller få.

I likhet med cockpiten i et jagerfly har nye Ford GT et heldigitalt instrumentpanel i dashbordet som raskt og enkelt gir føreren informasjon basert på fem kjøremodus.

Fokus på sjåføren og dens oppmerksomhet er nøkkelen i en bil med så høy ytelse. Vi har derfor utviklet Ford GT med et avlangt digitalt instrumentpanel som endres avhengig av kjøremodus og gir sjåføren den informasjonen som under vekslende forhold og kjørestiler er viktigst for sjåføren å få, sier sjefsingeniør for Ford Performance, Jamal Hameedi.

Like før jul rullet det første eksemplaret av supersportsbilen ut av den nye fabrikken i Ontario i Canada.

Ford-ingeniører og designere har utviklet et toppmoderne 10-tommers stort digitalt panel for å sikre at kunder – under varierende kjørestiler og forhold – skal kunne ta avgjørelser bak rattet mest mulig effektivt.

Heldigitalt også i flere Ford-modeller

Etter hvert vil også andre Ford-modeller få heldigitale dashbord. Dette er et eksempel på hvordan GT går foran og innovasjonene der blir brukt i andre Ford-modeller for alle våre kunder.

De fem kjøremodusene er lett tilgjengelig via rattet, for hele tiden å kunne holde øynene på veien og hendene på rattet.

Utviklet i samarbeid med Le Mans-vinner

Hvert kjøremodus presenterer informasjonen på en skreddersydd måte til miljøet eller kjørestilen som ønskes. De fem kjøremodusene er: Normal, vått, sport, banemodus eller V-Max. Sistnevnte er skreddersydd for maksimal hastighet.

Tilpasningen av informasjonen på det digitale displayet har også skjedd i samarbeid med Le Mans-vinner Scott Maxwell.

– VI har brukt enormt mye tid på å få dette helt riktig. Resultatet er enkelt men perfekt. Å få til dette har vært en utfordring, medgir Ford GT ingeniør Nick Terzes.

Den mer enn 600 hestekrefters sterke supersportsbilen er bygget i karbon og byr på absolutt alt av det siste innen teknologi fra den amerikanske og legendariske sportsbilprodusenten. En effektiv 3.5-liters Ecoboost V6-motor sørger for kreftene i dette smykket av en bil.
Ford anslår bilens startpris før moms og avgifter til å være i overkant av 4,7 millioner norske kroner.
Allerede i år får den første norske kunden supersportsbilen Ford GT til Norge. Den ekstreme millionbilen er kjøpt av en nordmann med sans for noe av det råeste bilverdenen kan by på akkurat nå.

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The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman

The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is the biggest top athlete in the history of the British brand to date.

From - BMW Press Club:

Having conquered the small car category, the latest generation of the John Cooper Works model family now takes the premium compact segment by storm, too. In terms of its exterior dimensions and space, the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is the biggest top athlete in the history of the British brand to date. The bonus in terms of roominess, everyday practicality and long-distance suitability offers a new range of opportunities to enjoy racing passion.

 

Premiere for the first John Cooper Works model of the latest generation in the premium compact segment; new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman combines authentic race feeling with the most space, everyday practicality and long-distance suitability ever realised in a model of the brand; drive and suspension technology developed based on motor racing expertise, the all-wheel drive system ALL4 as standard and the versatile interior enable unique flexibility in terms of both driving properties and functionality.

Extreme driving fun and an exclusive aura due to the precisely harmonised package of engine, suspension, aerodynamically optimised exterior and sports car flair in the cockpit that is typical of the John Cooper Works models; the distinct vehicle character is given additional emphasis with model-specific standard features including LED headlamps, MINI Driving Modes, Park Distance Control, Comfort Access, Radio MINI Visual Boost, multifunction buttons on the steering wheel and cruise control with brake function.

First ever combination of the current 2.0-litre petrol engine developed for John Cooper Works models with the new generation of the all-wheel drive system ALL4; 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology and 170 kW/231 hp; engine output 29 kW/39 hp higher than that of the MINI Cooper S Clubman; new version of the ALL4 system optimised for weight and efficiency with electrohydraulic regulation; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission optionally available.

New MINI John Cooper Works Clubman with unique performance qualities, fascinating characteristics and powerfully emotional sound development; traction-optimised power transmission to all four wheels; acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds (automatic: 6.3 seconds); sports exhaust system, Brembo sports brake system, 18-inch John Cooper Works Black Grip Spoke light alloy wheels and Dynamic Stability Control DSC including Dynamic Traction Control DTC, EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) and Performance Control as standard; Dynamic Damper Control and 19-inch light alloy wheels optionally available.

Innovative shooting brake concept, unique in the compact segment and interpreted in challenging, sporty style; dynamically elongated silhouette with long roof line; four side doors; sloping rear with hallmark split doors; Air Curtains and Air Breathers as well as other typical John Cooper Works design features to optimise aerodynamic properties; front section with especially large side cooling air inlets instead of parking lights and fog lamps; model-specific side sills; wide rear apron with integrated, tapered dual tailpipes of the sports exhaust system; John Cooper Works rear spoiler; hexagonal radiator grille with honeycomb pattern and cross member in Chili Red; John Cooper Works logo on radiator grille, side scuttles and rear; body finish in Rebel Green, red contrasting finish for roof and mirror caps, sport stripes in red or black as options available exclusively for John Cooper Works models.

Five fully-fledged seats; luggage compartment volume: 360 litres; by folding down the rear backrest, optionally available in a 40 : 20 : 40 split, the luggage volume can be expanded to 1 250 litres; touchless opening of the split doors as standard; storage package, roof rails and tow hitch with removable ball head optionally available.

High-end display and operating concept; instrument panel on the steering column; hallmark central instrument with standard 6.5-inch colour screen and optional 8.8-inch colour screen; toggle switch series including start/stop button for keyless activation and de-activation of the engine; centre console with armrest, MINI Controller, electric parking brake button, storage facilities and two cupholders; optional MINI Head-Up-Display with John Cooper Works specific display content.

Characteristic interior design in sports-car style; John Cooper Works sports seats in Dinamica/fabric and Carbon Black with integrated headrests; John Cooper Works door sill finishers; roof liner in anthracite; John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles in conjunction with the 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission; gear lever or selector lever and cockpit displays in model-specific design; pedals and driver footrest in stainless steel.


Weight and crash-optimised body structure; standard safety features include front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, ISOFIX child seat mountings at the rear and optionally also on the front passenger seat, tyre pressure display as well as Intelligent Emergency Call and collision warning with city braking function; LED headlamps with LED daytime running light, white turn indicators and LED rear lights as standard; adaptive light distribution and turning light as an option.

All driver assistance systems offered for the new MINI Clubman also available for the John Cooper Works model: rain sensor with automatic driving light activation, Parking Assistant, rear view camera and Driving Assistant including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection.

Standard comfort features including air conditioning and Radio MINI Visual Boost with 6.5-inch colour screen, USB socket, AUX-IN socket and Bluetooth hands-free facility; wide-ranging options for additional driving fun and comfort including 2-zone automatic air conditioning, panorama glass roof, seat surfaces in Dinamica/leather, seat heating, MINI Excitement Package including LED ring for the central instrument, ambient lighting with adjustable colours and MINI logo projection from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when opening and closing the door, heatable and folding exterior mirrors, interior and exterior mirrors with automatic dip function, heatable windscreen, Harmon Kardon hi-fi speaker system, alarm system including red LED status indicator in the fin antenna, MINI navigation system and Wired equipment package including navigation system Professional, operation via MINI Touch Controller and 8.8-inch colour screen with touch function.

Additional customisation options for the exterior and interior in the distinctive style of MINI and John Cooper Works: sport stripes, chrome-plated exterior mirror caps, Chrome Line interior, lighting package, MINI Yours sports leather steering wheel and MINI Yours Interior Styles in three variants.

Current selection of MINI Connected in-car infotainment functions; Intelligent Emergency Call and MINI TeleServices for use with permanently installed SIM card; constantly updated range of apps for integration in the car via smartphone; MINI Connected App as a personal mobility assistant with wide-ranging functions in the car and on the smartphone: appointment reminder, calculation of travel time based on current traffic data, pedestrian navigation to car park, route guidance, filling station and car park search, last mile navigation to meeting point, online-based services for the use of entertainment offers such as Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Deezer, Audiobooks from Audible, Napster/Rhapsody, TuneIn, Glympse and Life360.


Engines, driving performance figures, fuel consumption and emissions:

MINI John Cooper Works Clubman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control), capacity: 1 998 cc, output: 170 kW/231 hp at 5 000 – 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 350 Nm at 1 450 – 4 800 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 6.3 seconds (automatic: 6.3 seconds), top speed: 238 km/h (238 km/h), average fuel consumption: 7.4 (6.8 litres)/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions: 168 g/km (154 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

Exterior dimensions: Length: 4 253 millimetres Width: 1 800 millimetres Height: 1 441 millimetres Wheelbase: 2 670 millimetres


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The Crew from RJN Motorsport tell us about how they got into motorsport

The crew from RJN Motorsport tell us about how they got into motorsport and their advice if you want a career with a pro racing team. Find out what the high’s and low’s are when working with a GT-R NISMO GT3 Supercar everyday of the week!

 

The crew from RJN Motorsport tell us about how they got into motorsport and their advice if you want a career with a pro racing team. Find out what the high’s and low’s are when working with a GT-R NISMO GT3 Supercar everyday of the week!

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The 12 days of the Dakar

Arguably motorsport’s most arduous course gets under way on January 2 in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, stage one’s 454 kilometres a mere dent in the marathon course that lies await.

From Red Bull:

 

A closer look at the numbers behind arguably motorsport’s toughest event.

 


 

 

Arguably motorsport’s most arduous course gets under way on January 2 in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, stage one’s 454 kilometres a mere dent in the marathon course that lies await.

Ahead of the illustrious race, we dissect the 12 stages over 13 days and the overall race in numbers…

1 – Bib No.1 will be adorned by Australian Toby Price, who last year became the first Australian to win the Dakar as he proved victorious in the motorbike category. He won five stages in all, was 40 minutes clear of his closest rival and is the only person to win the event on only his second attempt.

2 – Nasser al-Attiyah won two stages last year in the Dakar car category, one more than the number of medals he has won at the Summer Olympics, for which he has a shooting bronze from London. But sticking to twos, it is the number of times he has won Dakar and also his position in last year’s race come the finish.

3 – This year’s event will pass through a total of three countries in South America: Paraguay, where it starts, Bolivia and Argentina, where it reaches its climax.

4 – Jutta Kleinschmidt was the first and still only female winner of the Dakar proving victorious on four wheels in the car category in 2001. But her first forays along the route were on two wheels rather than four, making her debut in 1988 on a BMW motorcycle before switching to a car in 1994.

5 – Stage five of this year’s race is in the heart of the Bolivia Altiplano where the Andes are at their wildest. Outside Tibet, it is the most extensive high plateau on earth in which two hefty sand dune sections will provide an ultimate test for those still in the race.

6 – Last year, there were 18 Red Bull entries, or Desert Wings, who took to the start line. Come the race finish some two weeks later, six of that number were among the podium finishers.

7 – The entourage that now supports the Dakar is absolutely monstrous. The race is followed and filmed from above by a total of seven helicopters but that is not the only race back-up. In addition, there is a field hospital, an air ambulance and 60 nursing staff on hand in case of any emergencies.

8 – The 2016 running of the Dakar was the eighth successive year in which the rally was run in South America, the race moving there in 2009 because of safety fears in parts of Africa. Traditionally, its route – from its inception in 1979 – had been from Paris to Dakar although the French capital last hosted the depart in 2001.

9 – There are no shortage of motorsport royalty in the starting line-up for this year. Perhaps most notable among them is Sebastien Loeb, who is making his second entry in the race. Loeb is best known for his years in the World Rally Championship in which he won nine titles. He also finished ninth overall last year on his Dakar debut.

10 – The tightest ever margin of victory on the Dakar was just two minutes and 12 seconds back in 2010. That year, Carlos Sainz edged out al-Attiyah in a nail-biting finale to a gripping race-long contest.

11 – Red Bull athletes enjoyed a stunning Dakar in 2016. They won 11 out of 13 stages and 91% of the time they were on the podium.

12 – Stephane Peterhansel won the car event last year and boasts an astonishing 12 overall Dakar victories. He was once the dominant force in the motorbike class in which he won six times before switching to cars and emulating that number of wins.

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New computer in the house

Moving from Apple to Windows

After many years with Mac this is my first day at home with a proper PC laptop. I have used PC at work for as long as I can remember, but private I shifted over to Mac 8-10 years ago. (Mac Mini and 2 x Macbook Pro 2011/2015)
For me PC at work is just that, it os old computers and old software that I wold not recommend to anybody.
But as a private person I think that the PC`s and the Microsoft software has changed a lot lately.
I know that there is a lot of people with different opinions out there, but I write this as I see it from my use and knowledge.  (or lack of this)

What I was mostly concerned to “lose” when I was leaving Mac was the track pad feeling/quality that I have been so used to on my Macbook Pro. My latest Macbook Pro is an early 2015 with the (for me) fantastic non-mechanical Force Touch trackpad. I really love the feeling this trackpad gives me.

My second concern was Lightroom, how will this work on a PC when I have only used it on my Mac for so many years?
The third concern was myself, will I be able to let the Mac go, or am I a “to big fan-boy”? I received this computer on Tuesday, and have spent two days to transfer data and to set it up in the way I want it, now I`m finally ready to start to use it as my daily driver 🙂
I already have some experience with Windows 10 as long as I have the Surface Pro 4 that I bought this summer, this has been my travel mate the last 6 months. It is good for travel and as an extra device, but for me the Surface Pro 4 can not replace every day laptop.
As long as the new Surface Book is still not available here in Norway, and that the price will be so high that I would have to wait until next summer, and that I in fact already have the Surface Pro 4 with the pen and all, my choice was between the Dell XPS 13 or the HP Spectre x360 late 2016.
Not an easy choice to start with, but after several reviews and all the videos that you can find on YouTube my choice was the …
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HP Spectre x360 Late 2016 😉

 

The HP Spectre x360 is great, it is actually more than what I expected, and beyond what I even dared to hope for. Let`s say that I`m more than happy with my choice!

The track pad that I can see have received several not to good reviews is just fantastic, I really like it, and I do not miss the Macbook Pro track pad at all.
The keyboard is a dream, and the battery time is great.
Regarding the Lightroom, the screen here is “only” FHD so there is a difference, though this might be something that I have forgotten about in a weeks time.
This screen is more than good enough for everything else. Using LR is still the same as it was on my Mac, just slightly different, no problems what so ever.
If there is one thing I can put my finger on after just some hours of use it will be the swiping to go forward or back in the browser, I can not figure out if this is something I can activate, or if it even is available on this computer? This gesture is working perfectly on my Surface Pro 4.
Everything is working exactly the way I want after I joined the Microsoft Developer Program, recommended 🙂
 

I wish you all a great day and a fantastic New Year weekend 🙂

 

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PS: The USB that is attached on the photo is my 128GB Samsung memory used for LR until I receive my new Thunderbolt 3 external HD.

 

Data: HP Spectre x360 13,3″ FHD touch, Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, Windows 10 Home.







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