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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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Monaco GP 2017 – Qual

What a fantastic qualifying, really loved this one. #KingKimi

Post photo courtesy of : 'Force India F1 Team'

Result from Formula1.com

1 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:13.117 1:12.231 1:12.178 23
2 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:13.090 1:12.449 1:12.221 23
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:13.325 1:12.901 1:12.223 30
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:13.078 1:12.697 1:12.496 24
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:13.219 1:13.011 1:12.998 21
6 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 1:13.526 1:13.397 1:13.162 30
7 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:13.530 1:13.430 1:13.329 23
8 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:13.786 1:13.203 1:13.349 29
9 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:13.723 1:13.453 1:13.613 27
10 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 1:13.476 1:13.249 20
11 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 1:13.899 1:13.516 19
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 1:13.787 1:13.628 21
13 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:13.531 1:13.959 20
14 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:13.640 1:14.106 18
15 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:13.796 1:20.529 20
16 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:14.101 7
17 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:14.696 11
18 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:14.893 7
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 1:15.159 11
20 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:15.276 11


Post photo:

Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
Monaco Grand Prix, Thursday 25th May 2017. Monte Carlo, Monaco.


 

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GP2 Series to become the FIA Formula 2 Championship

World Motor Sport Council approves creation of FIA Formula 2

From FIA.com

 

Race Leader: Jules Bianchi, Lotus ARTPhoto Courtesy of Marc:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/sumofmarc/


The FIA has reached an agreement with the Formula One Group regarding the transition of the GP2 Series to FIA Formula 2.

This agreement was approved today (9 March) by the World Motor Sport Council, and will further strengthen the FIA’s single-seater pyramid which provides a clear path for drivers from grassroots to the pinnacle of motor racing. It also highlights the strong will of both the FIA and the Formula One Group to work closely together to build a strong future for the world of motor sport.

Since its inception in 2005, GP2 has been an excellent platform for drivers to progress to Formula One, and with the series now coming under the umbrella of the FIA, there is a complete ecosystem in place which will nurture future talent as well as be clearer and more engaging for motor sport fans.

FIA President Jean Todt said: “Completing this process with Formula One Group and bringing FIA Formula 2 to life is a very important step. The championship will provide the final level for junior drivers who are looking to reach the ultimate goal of Formula One, and we have achieved a key target for the FIA in completing our single-seater pyramid.

“In recent years we have developed a hugely successful programme of FIA Formula 4 championships in 12 countries around the world, the FIA F3 European Championship has become very strong and competitive, and now we have this final piece of the puzzle. I am also very pleased to see that we are already working in the same direction as Formula One Group, and I am sure that this positive relationship will continue to benefit our sport.”

Formula One Group CEO Chase Carey said: “I am very pleased to announce the evolution of the GP2 Series to become the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

“Junior categories and especially the upcoming Formula 2 Championship are strategic activities for Formula 1.

“We are delighted to strengthen them through this agreement with the FIA.”

FIA Single-Seater Commission President Stefano Domenicali said: “With FIA Formula 2, we now have everything we need to craft a clear and logical path for single seater drivers from grassroots for Formula One. As they progress from karting, we have FIA Formula 4 at national level in countries all over the world, and from there the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is a fantastic proving ground before drivers take on the challenge of competing on the world stage.

“For us to now have FIA F2 in this process makes the whole thing complete, and we are looking forward to making FIA F2 a strong and popular series for drivers and fans alike.”

FIA Formula 2 will support the FIA Formula One World Championship at ten events listed below in 2017, with one additional round at Jerez on 6-8 October:

14-16 April Sakhir Bahrain
12-14 May Barcelona Spain
25-27 May Monaco Monte Carlo
23-25 June Baku Azerbaijan
7-9 July Spielberg Austria
16 July Silverstone Great Britain
30 July Budapest Hungary
25-27 August Spa-Francorchamps Belgium
3 September Monza Italy
8 October* Jerez Spain
26 November Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi

*Not in support of a Formula One event

 


Post photo Courtesy of GP2Series

 

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Sébastien Ogier claim his fourth straight Monte-Carlo win

Sébastien Ogier start to defence WRC title with fourth straight Monte-Carlo win.

 

Frenchman begins WRC title defence with fourth straight Monte-Carlo win.

Sébastien Ogier eased through the final leg in the mountains above Monaco to claim his fifth Monte success in total by 2min 15.0sec in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car.

It was a dream debut for the Frenchman with the M-Sport World Rally Team, for whom this was a first win since November 2012.

Jari-Matti Latvala finished second in a Toyota Yaris on the Japanese manufacturer’s return to the WRC after a 17-year absence.

Final day engine problems for Ott Tänak denied M-Sport a one-two as he slipped to third, a further 42.8sec behind.

Ogier took the lead late on Saturday’s penultimate leg when event-long leader Thierry Neuville broke his Hyundai i20 Coupe’s suspension after an impact.

With a comfortable gap, Ogier took no risks through the final snow-hit speed test over the famous Col de Turini.

“I was hoping to win but to take it from the first rally, after only one month together and with so little preparation, feels really amazing,” he said.

“The conditions didn’t make our life easy this weekend, starting first in the snow on day one and finishing with more and more snow.”

Latvala struggled to find a good rhythm initially but changes to his car’s set-up revitalised the Finn.

Third overnight became second when Ott Tänak dropped time with a broken ignition coil pack in his Fiesta and Latvala sped by.

With no service, Estonian Tänak worked furiously to make repairs and did enough to hold onto third, fending off Dani Sordo’s i20 Coupe with a spirited downhill drive to the finish of the last special stage in falling snow.

Craig Breen finished fifth in a Citroën DS 3 with Elfyn Evans completing the top six in another Fiesta.

The Welshman won three stages on Saturday to offset a disappointing start when he dropped several minutes in snow and ice.

More snow and ice are in store for competitors at the second round next month. Rally Sweden is based in Torsby on February 9-12.

Sebastien Ogier (FRA) competes during the FIA World Rally Championship 2017 in Monte Carlo, Monaco on January 21, 2017

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Abarth 124 Rally to debut in the 85th Monte Carlo Rally

Monte Carlo Rally will be staged from January 19 to 22.

 

  • Tree test days with Abarth Racing Team engineers for the three private crews that will be competing in the first round of the 2017 Rally World Championship.
  • Champion Francois Delecour, Italian talent Fabio Andolfi and the expert Gabriele Noberasco will be taking part.
  • The Monte Carlo Rally will be staged from January 19 to 22. It will be the first crucial chance to develop the car in extreme conditions in the most important race on the world championship calendar.

 

The racing career of the new Abarth 124 Rally kicks off with a bang with the car debuting in the 85th Monte Carlo Rally, the first race of the 2017 Rally World Championship to be staged from January 19 to 22.

Three private crews have picked the new Abarth 124 Rally to take on one of the most difficult yet prestigious races in the Championship, with the goal of putting the brand with the Scorpion badge and a glorious past in the speciality back at the top. The three crews embody three different types of drivers. Frenchman Francois Delecour, with his mate Dominique Savignoni, was official driver and 1993 World Championship runner-up. He won the international FIA R-GT Cup, which is the category in which the Abarth 124 Rally is competing, in 2015. Young Fabio Andolfi, with Manuel Fenoli, is seen as one of the more promising Italian drivers. He is sponsored for the race by ACI Sport in the scope of the ACI Team Italia young driver project. Finally, Gabriele Noberasco, with Daniele Michi, is a very fast and expert gentleman driver who has won many national competitions. He has competed in the Monte Carlo Rally several times, once at the wheel of an Abarth 500 R3T.

The three drivers supported by their respective teams – the French-based Milano Racing and Bernini Rally – have conducted several specific test sessions to prepare for the Monte Carlo race on the roads near Cuneo in Italy together with racing and test driver Alex Fiorio, who worked on developing and tuning the car with the Abarth Racing Team.

Various tweaks were assessed over the three days together with the Michelin tyres that are the crucial components of a winter competition on mountain roads like those of Monte Carlo. The drivers familiarised with the new Abarth 124 Rally and its many original features. The Abarth 124 rally breaks the mould by combining excitement and technology: rear-wheel drive guarantees the spectacle, while the very high-level performance is the result of painstaking development.

It is a Group R-GT model and therefore can compete in national and international races. The Abarth 124 rally Trophy organised by Abarth will count seven rallies – six of which on road and one on dirt – all the scope of the Italian Rally Championship. In this way, Trophy contenders may also compete for the new Group R-GT Italian championship title.

The jackpot is very rich with prizes for the absolute ranking, Under 23 drivers and teams. All prizes – 5000 Euro for the winner, 4000 Euro for the team and 2000 Euro for the Under 23 drivers – are cumulative. According to regulations, prizes will be given to the first three rankings, in each race and final, in each category. The real news of the jackpot is the addition of a prize for the best ranking teams with a final jackpot of 30,000 Euro. The Under 23 winner will also be given the opportunity to compete in the 2017 Monza Rally with the official Abarth 124 rally. Other prizes include an ACI Sport Federal Super Course and a “rally master” organised directly by the Abarth Racing Team. The winner of the overall ranking will receive their own street-legal Abarth 124 spider.

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