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MINI at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2017

The MINI E was originally produced as a small series of 600 electric vehicles and was field-tested in real, everyday driving situations.

The British premium brand is paving the way for pure electric driving fun with the US premiere of the MINI Electric Concept and the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 – already available to purchase. A diverse line-up of MINI models, including the new Ice Blue Edition, will also be on display at the International Auto Show in California.



MINI’s appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2017 will focus on the diversity of its current model programme as well as its vision of future driving fun, so typical of the MINI brand.

The highlight of the show will be the US premiere of the MINI Electric Concept. The British premium brand’s concept vehicle is the precursor to emission-free mobility, MINI-style. The MINI-typical go-kart feeling takes on a whole new level thanks to the purely electric drivetrain.

From 1 – 10 December 2017 MINI will also be presenting its entire spectrum of models to visitors of the LA Auto show. The new, limited Ice Blue Edition, which has been produced especially for the US market, will also be on display.

For 15 years now MINI has been consistently exciting a growing fan base with efficient driving fun, distinctive design and individual style. During this time the brand has not only succeeded in further strengthening its model programme but has also conquered new customer target groups. This development will be reflected at the MINI stand at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The MINI Hardtop 2 door, the MINI Hardtop 4 door and the MINI Convertible represent the pinnacle of the premium small car segment. The brand has established itself furthermore in the premium compact segment with the MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman.



MINI Electric Concept: Urban Driving Fun with zero-emissions.

MINI has once again chosen the Los Angeles Auto Show to stage its vision of future mobility MINI-style with the US premiere of the MINI Electric Concept.

In November 2008 the International Auto Show in California became a showcase for the world premiere of the MINI E. For the first time ever the British premium automotive producer presented a purely electrically-driven vehicle, based on the predecessor of the current MINI Hardtop 2 door.                                                                        

The MINI E was originally produced as a small series of 600 electric vehicles and was field-tested in real, everyday driving situations. The BMW Group incorporated the knowledge drawn from this trial into the development of the BMW i3 among other vehicles.



Electro-mobility MINI-style – to be experienced on the road soon

The design and vehicle concept of the MINI Electric Concept illustrates perfectly how electric mobility in the urban environment can enrich the distinctive charm, individuality and driving experience of a MINI. The MINI E’s powerful electric engine excites with quick reactions at the touch of the accelerator. Its energy is derived from a lithium-ion battery. MINI-typical agility, as well as maximum range, is, therefore, ensured when driving emission-free.

The MINI Electric Concept epitomizes a distinctive form of electro-mobility which will soon be experienced in every day driving. The BMW Group has already announced the development of a purely electrically driven MINI series vehicle. The first of these large-scale produced MINIs with battery-electric drivetrains will be available from 2019 – exactly 60 years after the launch of the classic Mini.

This model ensures electro-mobility is a MINI-typical experience of driving fun, style and individuality. The electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford, which is the main production location for the MINI 3 door model.



Forerunner for electric driving fun: The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

The MINI Electric Concept will be presented side-by-side with the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The British brand’s first Plug-in-Hybrid model is already paving the way for pure electric driving fun.

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is an all-rounder with a difference. With five seats, a generous boot and numerous mod cons it ensures on-brand driving fun, either side of the city boundaries. Its power is derived from a combustion engine and an electric motor, which combined reach a system performance of 221hp. In pure electric mode the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 reaches a top speed of 78mph, ensuring a large part of the daily driving can be completed emission free.

When an increase in performance is required the combustion engine is activated. The precisely steered interaction of the power to the front wheels through the combustion engine, and to the rear wheels through the electric motor ensures an intelligent all-wheel drive. Superior driving fun in all weather conditions and on all road surfaces is, therefore, guaranteed.



MINI Countryman and MINI Clubman: Two individual characters in the premium compact segment.

The Plug-in-Hybrid drivetrain renders the new MINI Countryman a pioneer in the area of sustainable mobility. Furthermore, two additional engine variants of the largest and most versatile MINI model in the US American market are available.

The MINI Cooper Countryman is powered by a 134 hp 3-cylinder engine. The 4-cylinder engine of the MINI Cooper S Countryman enables a top speed of 189 hp. Both models come as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and optionally with either a 6-speed automatic transmission or 8-speed automatic transmission (MINI Cooper S Countryman only). Furthermore, both the MINI Cooper Countryman and MINI Cooper S Countryman can be combined with all-wheel drive ALL4.

With an identical drivetrain, the new MINI Clubman also ensures unique driving fun in the premium compact segment. Moreover, its unique body concept ensures it stands out in this vehicle category. Four side doors and the two Split Doors at the rear present a modern interpretation of the classic Shooting Brake. Its suitability for daily driving use is underlined with five fully-fledged seats, a large luggage compartment and flexible configuration of its floor space.



MINI Hardtop 2 door, MINI Hardtop 4 door and MINI Convertible: three Originals in the premium small car Segment

The foundation for the success of the MINI brand over the last 15 years in the USA has been laid thanks to the premium models in the small car segment. The Original in this vehicle segment distinguishes itself through its high-quality engine, chassis technology, premium quality and individuality. The hatchback body shell is represented as always by the MINI Hardtop 2 door. It is available in the USA as a MINI Cooper with 134hp and as a MINI Cooper S with 189 hp.

The latest limited edition model will draw visitors’ attention to the MINI Hardtop 2 Door. At the Los Angeles Auto Show 2017 the limited Ice Blue Edition, produced especially for the USA will also be on display.

With MINI Ice Blue Edition, one of the most popular and iconic MINI body colours returns as an exclusive MINI Hardtop 2 Door. Available as a Cooper with a white roof and mirror caps, or as a Cooper S with the sporty punch of Bright Orange side stripes and mirror caps, it’s pure classic cool, with essential modern upgrades.

The principle of clever use of space, used ever since the classic Mini, has been consistently developed with the MINI Hardtop 4 door. In addition to the two extra doors, the functionality of the vehicle is increased by the 161 mm longer body and three rear seats.

Similar to the MINI Hardtop 2 door, the MINI Hardtop 4 door is available with two engine variants. The trio of small car Originals is completed with the MINI Convertible. It combines brand-typical driving fun with exclusive open air pleasure and also in the current generation, it is the only premium cabriolet in its vehicle category. The open-air 4-seater is also available with two engine variants – as MINI Cooper Convertible and as MINI Cooper S Convertible.


The John Cooper Works models: Four top athletes for an enthralling race feeling

The latest generation of John Cooper Works models offers a genuine race track feeling for the road. Four top athletes are currently available and they have this in common: a drive-train, chassis and exterior and interior modelling derived from an established knowledge of motorsport and tested on the race-track. The MINI John Cooper Works offers maximum performance in a premium small vehicle. The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible ensures extreme driving fun in the open air.

Two exceptional athletes in the premium compact segment have also ignited a passion for motorsport. The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman combine their versatile qualities with a particularly sporty appearance, go-kart driving qualities and impressive sound. Both models feature the all-wheel drive ALL4 as standard.


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Brazil GP Starting grid:

Qual result and starting grid for the Brazil GP

From Formula1.com :

Starting grid:

1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:08.322
2 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:08.360
3 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:08.538
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:08.925
5 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:09.598
6 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:09.617
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 1:09.703
8 55 Carlos Sainz RENAULT 1:09.805
9 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:09.841
10 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:09.830
11 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:09.879
12 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 1:10.116
13 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:10.154
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:09.330
15 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 1:10.678
16 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:10.875
17 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:10.776
18 28 Brendon Hartley TORO ROSSO
19 10 Pierre Gasly TORO ROSSO 1:10.686
20 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES


Note – penalised for use of additional power unit elements: Ricciardo 10 places, Hartley 10 places, Gasly 25 places. Stroll & Ericsson penalised 5 places for use of an additional gearbox. Hamilton required to start from pit lane due to gearbox change and switch to new-spec power unit elements while under parc ferme conditions.




Qualifying result:


Post photo:

Marcus Ericsson (SWE), Sauber F1 Team.
Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.

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“Past vs Future racing”

95th anniversary of one of the World’s oldest race tracks

Tesla GT race car piloted by Agustin Paya of Spain zips past a Bugatti Type 59 from the year 1934 — which is actually a painting by Italian artist and Body Painting world champion Johannes Stoetter.

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Pictures showing a Tesla GT race car piloted by Agustin Paya of Spain zips past a Bugatti Type 59 from the year 1934 — which is actually a painting by Italian artist and Body Painting world champion Johannes Stoetter. He painted the classic car on a banked curve at the long-since abandoned race circuit at Terramar in San Pere de Ribes, south of Barcelona, Spain. The demonstration under the slogan of “racing’s past meets racing’s future” was designed to back the application of the Electric GT founders to FIA to launch a new all-electric World Championship in 2018 and celebrate the opening of the historic Terramar race track 95 years ago on 28-October-1923. Stoetter was assisted by Swedish artist Vilja Vitkute.

 www.johannesstoetterart.com (Johannes Stoetter)

www.vilijaart.com (Vilja Vitkute)

www.electricgt.co (Electric GT)


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Horner confirms Aston Martin deal

The relationship between Aston Martin and Red Bull began in 2016 after the two companies combined cutting edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design to produce a ground breaking hypercar.

Courtesy of Red Bull Racing



Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing confirm Aston Martin as title partner from 2018.

Eighteen months after launching an Innovation Partnership that led to the redefinition of automotive possibility with the game-changing Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, Red Bull Racing is set to similarly redefine the Formula One grid with the announcement that the iconic sports car brand Aston Martin is to become its title partner from 2018 onwards, with the team competing as ‘Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’.

The strengthened ties between the two brands are far more than a skin-deep exercise, with the expanded technical partnership taking concrete form in the shape of a new Advanced Performance Centre being established at Red Bull Racing’s campus later this year.

The new Centre will create 110 new jobs-housing Aston Martin’s design and engineering personnel responsible for future sports cars from the two companies. The new centre will allow a closer working relationship between the two leading brands in their respective fields which will see the adoption of both F1 and road car technology.

Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing said: “Our Innovation Partnership with Aston Martin has been a pioneering project from day one. Having conceived and created the remarkably successful Aston Martin Valkyrie together in 2016, we extended our relationship this year and are now delighted to further strengthen the partnership and see the team competing as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2018. In addition, more than 100 Aston Martin staff will service the new Advanced Performance Centre on our campus here in Milton Keynes and it will allow us to collaborate further with Aston Martin on special, equally innovative, new projects.”

Aston Martin President and CEO, Andy Palmer, added: “Title partnership is the next logical step for our Innovation Partnership with Red Bull Racing. We are enjoying the global brand awareness that a revitalised Formula One provides. The power unit discussions (in Formula One) are of interest to us, but only if the circumstances are right. We are not about to enter an engine war with no restrictions in cost or dynamometer hours but we believe that if the FIA can create the right environment we would be interested in getting involved.”

The relationship between Aston Martin and Red Bull began in 2016 after the two companies combined cutting-edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design to produce a groundbreaking hypercar. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to be the first in a line of new products to be born of this Innovation Partnership and will make its first run in 2018 before being delivered to customers in 2019.

Aston Martin will feature prominently across the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team from the start of the 2018 season.


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MINI at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept

Courtesy of BMW Group 


Double world premiere: MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept with a clear focus on extreme dynamic performance, MINI Electric Concept as a look ahead to locally emission-free driving fun – British premium brand presents the diversity of its model program and customisation options as well as the range of accessory and lifestyle products in Hall 11 of the Frankfurt trade fair centre.


MINI is shaping the future of urban mobility by providing driving fun in increasing diversity. At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the British premium brand gives visitors an impression of how the unmistakable MINI feeling will develop in future to cover a broader range beyond the current model program. Innovative concepts and technologies provide additional room for individual flair and highly emotional experiences, while continuing to enhance the thrilling agility and exemplary efficiency that are typical of MINI.

The world premiere of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept turns the brand’s stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show into a pit lane. The concept study conveys spontaneous readiness, offering a genuine foretaste of an extremely dynamic serial production model that is constantly able to demonstrate its race track suitability while at the same time reaching a new level of excellence in terms of driving fun in day-to-day traffic due to the fact that is approved for road use. Powerful proportions, expressive colours and exterior components that can be clearly seen to optimise both weight and aerodynamic properties – all this is already suggestive of outstanding performance properties.

The MINI Electric Concept showcased in Frankfurt for the first time embodies a whole new dimension of the brand’s characteristic go-kart feeling, now combining it with locally emission-free mobility. The concept vehicle conveys a message of sustainable urban transportation in MINI style while at the same time previewing a volume production model that will follow soon. The first purely electrically powered MINI to be manufactured in large-scale production will go on the road in 2019 – precisely 60 years after the classic Mini was first launched. It will make electromobility a highly emotional experience that combines driving fun, style and individual flair – as is characteristic of the MINI brand.

Success in racing and driving fun on the road: from the classic Mini’s triumph at the Monte Carlo rally 50 years ago and the MINI ACV 30 through to the present day.

Lots of driving fun on a small surface area – this traditional principle will remain an integral part of MINI in the future, too. It is a fundamental element of its character that is derived from spectacular motor racing success. 50 years ago the classic Mini achieved its third outright victory at the Monte Carlo Rally. Once again the British small car left the larger and more powerful competition behind it, finally cementing its status as an all-time legend. As long ago as 20 years there was a clear indication of how much the model’s racing career influenced not only the history of the classic Mini but also the development of the modern MINI. The MINI ACV 30 concept car was presented at the Monte Carlo Rally in January 1997.

The Anniversary Concept Vehicle came out right on time to mark the 30th anniversary of its third win at the “Monte” – and its powerful proportions caused a sensation on the streets of the Principality of Monaco. At the same time, the two-seater powered by a mid-mounted engine demonstrated how the classic Mini’s characteristic design features – such as the hexagon radiator grille and the large circular headlamps – could be transferred to a modern vehicle concept. As such, the MINI ACV 30 was not merely reminiscent of the brand’s origins: it was also a consistent recasting of the brand’s traditional values to meet the requirements of urban mobility in the 21st century. The foundation stone was laid for a new era full of driving fun and individual style in a variety of forms.

Diversity and individual character are also embodied by the other elements of the MINI trade fair showcase in Frankfurt. From 14 to 24 September, the British premium manufacturer presents a broad cross-section of its range, containing elements drawn from the current model program, its rich selection of optional equipment and the latest additions in the area of accessory and lifestyle products. The setting for this display of both current and future items is Hall 11 at the main entrance to the Frankfurt trade fair centre, a site that will be shared by the BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad brands.




Racing feeling with a tradition: MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept.

The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show radiates pure power and uncompromising sporty flair. With a design inspired unmistakably by motor racing, it arouses the expectation of authentic, unadulterated and highly intense race feeling. Together with a spirited turbo engine and suspension technology designed for use on the race track, the exterior and interior of the concept study form a precisely harmonised overall package for a thrilling performance.

Compact dimensions, short overhangs, large tracks, optimised weight, a low centre of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution are design principles that helped the classic Mini three achieve overall victories at the Monte Carlo Rally along with other legendary motor racing triumphs five decades ago. The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept combines these principles with large front and rear aprons, aerodynamically optimised side sills and a striking roof spoiler. The extremely sporty style of the exterior design is underscored with a body finish in Black Jack Anthracite enhanced by accentuations in Curbside Red metallic and Highspeed Orange. The use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) and other lightweight materials is clearly visible, too. The authentic character of the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is defined by perfect unity of form and function, with a design that promotes both performance qualities and a highly emotional look.

In the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept, traditional racing expertise and progressive technology form the basis for passionate driving fun – on both race track and road. In the interior, the roll-over cage, bucket seats, a puristically designed cockpit and the lack of a rear seat clearly indicate the sporty ambitions of the concept study. But this reduction to the absolute essentials is combined with state-of-the-art digitalisation, too: the MINI Head-Up Display facilitates concentration on what is happening on the road or race track, while the suspension settings can be adjusted by means of a touchscreen in the central instrument.



More driving fun, more style, no emissions: MINI Electric Concept.

The MINI Electric Concept is modern, purist and efficiently dynamic, providing a look ahead to a new form of urban mobility free of local emissions that still guarantees unmistakable driving fun. The spontaneous response of the electric motor to every movement of the accelerator adds a whole new dimension to hallmark brand agility. The powerful drive of the MINI Electric Concept draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery, ensuring maximum range and typical MINI agility combined with emission-free mobility.

The MINI Electric Concept not only stands for increased driving fun, it also adds a touch more style in local emission-free city traffic. Its design combines hallmark brand proportions and design features with specific details reflecting the fact that is purely electrically powered. The radiator grille is closed for superior aerodynamics. There is also fibre glass attachment parts that reduce aerodynamic drag. The paint finish in Reflection Silver and Interchange Yellow is reminiscent of the MINI E presented in 2008. Produced in a small series of some 600, the latter was subjected to field tests in everyday driving conditions, thereby providing key insights for the development of the purely electrically powered BMW i3.

The MINI Electric Concept is the next step along the way to sustainable urban mobility. The BMW Group announced in July 2017 that the expansion of its model range to include electrically powered vehicles was to be a central pillar of its corporate strategy. In this connection, start of production of the first purely electric MINI was announced for 2019. Based on the MINI 3 door, the electric vehicle will be manufactured at the MINI plant in Oxford. Its drivetrain will be produced at the Dingolfing and Landshut sites – the competence centres for e-mobility within the BMW Group production network.


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Norwegian industry and academia develop important knowledge

Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Located in Trondheim.

See how research is used to make your future car safer:
Did you know that Norwegian industry and academia develop important knowledge that contributes to lighter and safer cars?
We are a proud partner at CASA, Center for Advanced Structural Analysis at NTNU in Trondheim.





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English: The main building at the NTNU Gløshaugen campus in Trondheim, as seen from Gamle Bybro by night

Norsk bokmål: Hovedbygningen (NTNU) sett fra Gamle bybro

Source Harry Potter Bygett (NTNU)
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Looks like it can be a dry FP1 and a wet FP2, interesting.

The Red Bull Ring has some characteristics in common with the succession of low-grip circuits that have come immediately before it, with a slippery surface and relatively contained lateral forces. As opposed to Azerbaijan, Canada and Monaco, it’s an entirely permanent venue: a chopped down version of the mythical Osterreichring. This gives the track an old-school feel, and a lot of it is visible from any vantage point; it’s one of the shortest laps of the year. The three softest tyres in Pirelli’s Formula 1 range will be used in Austria: P Zero Yellow soft, P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Purple ultrasoft. These should be well-suited to the rollercoaster Spielberg layout, providing the right compromise between warm-up, performance and durability.




AUTOHOME roof tent

For everyone who wants to get away – and aim high: the AUTOHOME roof tent for the new MINI Countryman.

Courtesy of BMW Group 



MINI Countryman arouses the spirit of discovery. With generous space for up to five occupants and their luggage as well as the optional all-wheel drive system ALL4, the latest generation of the British premium brand’s all-rounder is perfectly equipped for outings that go far beyond the limits of urban mobility and asphalted roads. And in the eventuality that not just the road comes to an end but the day, too, there is now even the option of a place to spend the night – for entirely spontaneous use. The Italian specialist AUTOHOME has expanded its product range to include a roof tent that perfectly matches both the look of the new MINI Countryman and the current MINI brand design.

A special edition of the AirTop roof tent model was designed in cooperation with the MINI Design Team and is now available directly from the manufacturer in black or white in keeping with the contrasting colours for roof and outside mirror caps for the new MINI Countryman. AUTOHOME has more than 50 years of experience in developing and making automobile roof tents and its products are used both in the leisure sector and on professional expeditions.

Mounting the mobile shelter is facilitated by the standard roof rails on the new MINI Countryman. This allows you to use the model-specific roof rail carrier – available from the MINI Shop as a MINI Original Accessory. The roof tent attachment system can be mounted on this carrier in a few easy moves without the need for tools. This roof rail carrier provides a solid foundation for the roof tent attachment, which is fixed stably and securely using the steel clamps included.

When closed, the roof tent is barely distinguishable from a conventional transport box. The aerodynamically optimised lines of its fibre-glass housing ensure a reduction in air resistance and wind noise. Opening it is simply a matter of releasing the safety clasps – two at the front and one at the rear. The tent superstructure is then automatically raised by means of four gas pressure springs.

The interior height of the mobile accommodation unit is 94 centimetres. With a stable cover and outer walls in special high-quality fabric, the tent is not only rain proof but also offers optimum ventilation properties as well as a high level of heat and noise insulation. The features of the roof tent include a high-density mattress with cotton cover, two doors and two windows with zips, close-meshed mosquito nets at all openings and a battery-operated LED interior light, as well as luggage nets and pockets to stow personal items. A solid aluminium ladder is provided to climb up onto the top floor of the MINI Countryman.

With its powerful engine, the all-wheel drive system ALL4 and a permitted towing capacity of up to 1 800 kilogrammes, the new MINI Countryman is also suitable for towing a caravan. But it is the roof tent that perfectly preserves the brand’s time-honoured principle of getting the maximum space out of a minimum surface area. The sleeping area for all those MINI fans who want to get away during the day and aim high at night measures 2.10 in length and 1.30 metres in width – sufficient to accommodate outdoor overnight stays for two. It provides a home for wherever the occupants of the new MINI Countryman happen to feel comfortable at any given time. Whether in the countryside, on the beach or in the mountains – wherever the new MINI Countryman conquers new terrain, its roof provides a tent pitch in a top location.




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2017 Ford GT-team vil forsvare Le Mans-seier

Om bare noen dager skal de fire Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT-sjåførene stille seg opp på Circuit de la Sarthe for 2017-utgaven av 24 timers løpet i Le Mans og forsvare fjorårets seier for Ford GT.

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I fjor hadde Ford en ny supersportsbil, et nytt team og en ny utfordring. De skulle vinne det klassiske 24-timers løpet i Le Mans nøyaktig 50 år etter de tapetserte pallen i det samme løpet.

Teamet leverte en historisk seier og har siden det blitt enda bedre og vunnet seire i løp verden rundt. De har konkurrert både i FIA World Endurance Championship og WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Om bare ti dager skal de fire Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT-sjåførene stille seg opp på Circuit de la Sarthe for 2017-utgaven av 24 timers løpet i Le Mans og forsvare fjorårets seier for Ford GT.

– Å komme til Le Mans i fjor og vinne GTE Pro-klassen gjorde våre ansatte over hele verden veldig stolte. Det viser at når vi drar i samme retning, kan vi få til fantastiske ting. Vi gleder oss veldig til å komme tilbake til Le Mans for å forsvare tittelen fra i fjor, sier styreformann i Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford.

Fire GT klare for å vinne igjen

2017-utgaven av Le Mans markerer også et annet viktig jubileum: Det er nå nemlig femti år siden Dan Guerny og AJ Foyt vant Le Mans med sin Ford GT40. Dette var den andre av i alt fire seire etter hverandre som for alvor markerte Ford som det mest dominerende merket i verdens største billøp.

– Alle fra våre fire mannskap gleder seg over å være tilbake for å forsvare seieren fra i fjor. Det er alltid gøy å konkurrere når du vet at du har fire team som alle kan vinne dette historiske billøpet. 2016 var fantastisk. Vi vil gjøre 2017 enda bedre, sier eieren av teamet, Chip Ganassi.

Bourdais ut, Kanaan inn

Sébastien Bourdais, som var en del av vinnerlaget ifjor, #68 Ford GT, er ute på grunn av en ulykke han var utsatt for i kvalifiseringen for Indianapolis 500. Bourdais, som er fra Le Mans, blir erstattet av Indycar-stjernen Tony Kanaan.

– Le Mans blir ikke det samme uten Seb. Men vi er et sterkt team og vi er klare for denne utfordringen. Jeg har trent hardt hver dag for å være fysisk forberedt på dette. Le Mans er også en tøff mental påkjenning, men jeg har god støtte fra min familie. Det hjelper meg mye. Jeg tror at når hodet ditt fungerer bra ellers, fungerer det også bra for racing, sier racing sjåfør på #68-teamet Joey Hand.

Stor opplevelse å stå på pallen

Også team-medlemmene som tok en tredjeplass, #69 Ford GT, er offensive foran årets løp.

– Å stå på pallen var en stor opplevelse i fjor. Det var et historisk comeback for Ford. Jeg gleder meg enormt til å komme tilbake, sier racing-sjåfør Ryan Briscoe.

Det tredje Ford-teamet tok en fjerdeplass i fjorårets løp. De ble ilagt en straff for et ødelagt bilnummerlys.

– Den straffen kostet oss noe som kunne vært et veldig godt resultat, men sånn er Le Mans. Du må ha et helt perfekt løp for å vinne, sier racing sjåfør Stefan Mücke på #66 Ford GT-teamet.

Det fjerde Ford-teamet, #67 Ford GT, fikk sitt løp delvis ødelagt av et girkasseproblem som oppsto før start. I år er de klare for revansj.

– Vårt mål er selvsagt å vinne, sier sjåfør på teamet, Harry Tincknell.


Her er litt fakta:

Antall Le Mans-starter for Ford GT sjåførene:

Stefan Mücke -–10 (2007-2016)

Olivier Pla -–9 (2008-2016)

Richard Westbrook -–6 (2010-2014, 2016)

Dirk Müller -–5 (1999-2000, 2010-2011, 2016)

Andy Priaulx -–3 (2010-2011, 2016)

Harry Tincknell -– 3 (2014-2016)

Ryan Briscoe -–3 (2013, 2015-2016)

Joey Hand –- 2 (2011, 2016)

Pipo Derani –- 2 (2015-2016)

Scott Dixon –- 1 (2016)

Billy Johnson -– 1 (2016)

Tony Kanaan – Første gang på Le Mans


Hvilke Ford GT er det?

De fire Ford GT’ene som kjører Le Mans vil ha de samme rød, hvite og blå fargene. For å skille dem fra hverandre har de fargerike striper på frontruten, på speilene og LED-lysstriper loddrett ned midt i frontruten.

Disse fargene er:


#67 BLÅ

#68 RØD

#69 GUL


Nytt av året er også en selvlysende farge på speilene som også synes i mørket og gjør deg i stand til å skille mellom bilene – også når det er mørkt.



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Post photo by Kevin Decherf – Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK – Ford GT #66

Drivers: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke, Billy Johnson

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Qualifying result for the Bahrain GP 2017

Pascal Wehrlein and Nico Hulkenberg impress my today.

Valtteri Bottas in pole, this can turn out to be a “hard” 2017 for Lewis Hamilton!

#Bo77asPower 😉

Result from Formula1.com

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:31.041 1:29.555 1:28.769 12
2 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:30.814 1:29.535 1:28.792 13
3 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:31.037 1:29.596 1:29.247 12
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:31.667 1:30.497 1:29.545 12
5 7 Kimi



Ferrari 1:30.988 1:29.843 1:29.567 16
6 33 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:30.904 1:30.307 1:29.687 12
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Renault 1:31.057 1:30.169 1:29.842 15
8 19 Felipe Massa MAS Williams Mercedes 1:31.373 1:30.677 1:30.074 12
9 8 Romain Grosjean GRO Haas Ferrari 1:31.691 1:30.857 1:30.763 16
10 30 Jolyon Palmer PAL Renault 1:31.458 1:30.899 1:31.074 15
11 26 Daniil Kvyat KVY Toro Rosso 1:31.531 1:30.923   12
12 18 Lance Stroll STR Williams Mercedes 1:31.748 1:31.168   12
13 94 Pascal Wehrlein WEH Sauber Ferrari 1:31.995 1:31.414   15
14 31 Esteban Ocon OCO Force India Mercedes 1:31.774 1:31.684   12
15 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren Honda 1:32.054     8
16 55 Carlos Sainz SAI Toro Rosso 1:32.118     5
17 2 Stoffel Vandoorne VAN McLaren Honda 1:32.313     8
18 11 Sergio Perez PER Force India Mercedes 1:32.318     7
19 9 Marcus Ericsson ERI Sauber Ferrari 1:32.543     9
20 20 Kevin Magnussen MAG Haas Ferrari 1:32.900     8

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Pascal Wehrlein (D), Sauber F1 Team. Bahrain International Circuit.

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Renault Sport Racing returns to the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, in a partnership with Winfield Racing School


From Renault Sport - Media

Renault Sport Racing this year returns to the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet – the venue which will host the 2018 Formula 1 French Grand Prix – in a partnership with Winfield Racing School to offer driving programmes to motorsport enthusiasts and professional drivers alike.

With the dual aims of making Formula 1 more accessible to recreational drivers and helping professional drivers with their development, the partnership will enable the following Renault cars to be driven at a first-class venue: a V8 Formula 1 car, a Formula Renault 2.0, an R.S.01, a Clio RS and a Megane RS Trophy.

Combining technical expertise with excellent educational supervision and outstanding facilities, Renault and Winfield will enable enthusiasts to realise a previously unattainable dream regardless of their racing skills levels; to drive a Formula 1 car. This unique driving programme will enable the participants to be immersed for the day like a professional driver. A dedicated technical crew of 14 experienced Formula 1 engineers and mechanics from the team will oversee the programme ensuring the reliability, performance and safety of the Formula 1 and R.S.01 cars.

Renault Sport Racing’s base will be situated at the heart of the Circuit de Paul Ricard and set within Winfield’s infrastructure. Renault Sport Racing will offer this unique driving programme within a setting full of history for Renault.

Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director: “The launch of this partnership with Winfield marks an important step in Renault’s determination to share its passion for its racing activities. Enthusiasts will discover Renault racing cars up to the ultimate level of motorsport, Formula 1 at one of the most beautiful circuits in the world. This ties in with our ambition to make the return of the Formula 1 French Grand Prix in 2018 more than just a one-off event. Professional drivers will have the opportunity to drive modern racing cars with tailor-made programmes developed and run by our F1 engineers. The state-of-the-art installation will also give us the opportunity to run events for our team partners.”

Frédéric Garcia, Winfield Group President: “Winfield’s promise is experience, emotion, engagement and exclusivity. The driving programme developed with Renault clearly adheres to these promises. Spectating at a Formula 1 Grand Prix is a very nice experience, however to be behind the wheel of a modern F1 car enhances greatly these emotions and offers the most exclusive of experiences. Participants will get a unique taste of the complexity of this fabulous sport as they experience the extreme physical and mental demands of the high tech environment of Formula 1. Thanks to Renault and Winfield, anyone participating in this programme will never again watch a Grand Prix in the same way as before.”

About the historic partnership between Renault and Winfield:
A partnership that started in the 70s, Renault and Winfield Racing School have together discovered a host of Formula 1 and other top level drivers, including René Arnoux, Olivier Panis, Eric Bernard, Yvan Muller or Pierre d’Imbleval. Alain Prost and Damon Hill are former Renault-Winfield School drivers and went on to become Formula One World Champions with Renault engines. The historic partnership has been rewarded by five Formula 1 World Championship titles, more than 90 wins and over 30 drivers that went on to reach the pinnacle of motorsport.


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BMW Group confirms additional production of BMW X1 at VDL Nedcar

Strong demand for BMW X1 worldwide makes split production necessary.

Press release from BMW Group


Rijswijk/Munich. As of August 2017, VDL Nedcar in Born in the Netherlands will begin production of the BMW X1. The move was jointly announced today by the BMW Group and the VDL Group. VDL Nedcar will share production of the BMW X1 for the world market with BMW Group Plant Regensburg. VDL Nedcar has built three MINI models in Born since 2014.The BMW X1 will be the fourth BMW Group model to roll off the production lines at VDL Nedcar.

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Strong global demand for the BMW X1 requires additional capacity to supplement production at the BMW Group plant in Regensburg, where the second generation of this successful model has been manufactured since July 2015. With eight different models built on a single line, production volumes at BMW Group Plant Regensburg have risen significantly in recent years. As a consequence of this successful growth, the plant will share BMW X1 production with VDL Nedcar. Over its lifecycle, the main volume of the BMW X1 will still be produced in Regensburg, however.

BMW Group Plant Regensburg and VDL Nedcar are partner plants since early 2014 and have established a close and successful collaboration. VDL Nedcar has many years of experience manufacturing high-quality cars and is a trusted and reliable partner for the BMW Group production network. The involvement of VDL Nedcar as a contract manufacturer gives the BMW Group the flexibility to respond quickly to market demand for the BMW X1.

Peter Haug, Marketing Director of BMW Group Netherlands: “In the Netherlands, demand for BMW X models has been very strong, especially for the BMW X1. Last year, a total of 1,946 units were registered, making it the best sales result since the first generation was launched in 2009. In 2016, no less than 62.2 percent of all X models sold in the Netherlands (3,131 in total) were BMW X1s, which means that one in six BMW models sold was a BMW X1.”


The new BMW X1. BMW X1 xDrive20d – xLine – Mineral White metallic – Light-alloy wheels Y-spoke 511 – Interior, Dakota leather Mocca with perforation – Interior trim, Oak wood with Pearl-gloss Chrome accent line.


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BP and Renault Sport Racing have announced a new partnership

Jérôme Stoll, President, Renault Sport Racing: “The return of BP and Castrol, brands with such strong heritage in motorsport, is very good news and opens new opportunities for our Formula 1 team.”

From Renault Sport Formula One Team press office:

“The return of BP and Castrol, brands with such strong heritage in motorsport, is very good news and opens new opportunities for our Formula 1 team. BP’s commitment highlights the ongoing appeal of Formula 1 to major multinational companies. We are very proud and motivated to have a technical partner and sponsor of this calibre,” said Jérôme Stoll, President, Renault Sport Racing.

Tufan Erginbilgic, Chief Executive, BP Downstream, commented: “Developing leading fuel and lubricant technologies is a key priority for BP. This partnership creates exciting opportunities for the teams in Renault and BP to work together to further our cutting edge fuel and lubricant technologies in the highly competitive world of Formula 1.”

“With the new aerodynamic regulations for the 2017 Formula 1 season, power sensitivity will increase. Therefore fuels and lubricants will make an even greater difference to the overall performance of the car than they have since the new power unit regulations have been introduced in 2014,” said Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing. “The teams at BP and Castrol are very excited by the challenges offered by Formula 1 and we are confident they will help us achieve our ambitions for our new car in 2017 and beyond.”

BP and Castrol will be part of the Renault Sport Formula One Team as the official fuel and lubricants provider through the BP Ultimate and Castrol EDGE brands. The last time the two companies worked together was during the 1997 season when Williams Renault won both the Formula 1 Constructors Championship and the Drivers Championship.

“The vision that Renault has to be the best team in Formula 1 is something we at Castrol, and across BP, are proud to be a part of,” said Mandhir Singh, COO, BP Lubricants. “Joining the team at this point means we can work together on innovative solutions and be part of creating new success stories.”



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30 PALMER Jolyon (gbr) Renault RS.16 action during the 2016 Formula One World Championship, Singapore Grand Prix from September 16 to 18 2016 in Singapour – Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI




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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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