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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 in pictures

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Goodwood Festival of Speed is probably the best motor event any person can attend, this year it was held from July 12 till July 15th at Goodwood – England.

The main event was about Porsche celebrating its 70th anniversary and off-course the usual Michelin Super Car Zone.

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Goodwood is an event where you get the chance to see motorsport legends, classic cars, Super Cars, Muscle Cars, Drift Cars, Formula one, Nascars, Hypercars, Luxury Cars, Supersport Cars, SUV, Classic Formula One, DTM, Rally Cars, Motorbikes, Top Fuel Cars, and bikes…

Have you ever imagined an event where you see a Formula one Car races against a Nascar or against motorbikes, did you ever imagine that you will see a Rolls Royce Phantom Racing on a hill climb race and what about a Range Rover Sport on two-wheels? well, Goodwood is all about that and more.

here are more than 100 photos to bring you closer to the event with almost every car that hit the Goodwood hills.

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The Minardi 191B F1 with Lamborghini engine returns to racing after 26 years

Twenty-six years from its last Grand Prix, the Minardi M191B chassis #003, equipped with a Lamborghini LE3512 V12 engine and one of the protagonists of Formula One in 1992, is back on the track.

The exciting shakedown organized by Lamborghini Squadra Corse is the result of a meticulous restoration carried out by Lamborghini Polo Storico with the support of former Lamborghini engineering personnel who were active on the Lamborghini F1 project in the early ’90s.

The Minardi M191B #003 is the first single-seater to be restored by Polo Storico. After being on display at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, the car underwent seven months of work to return to its original efficiency, with most of the original components maintained.

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The tires, fuel tank, engine control unit, seat belts, and fire extinguishing system were replaced, while the other components were carefully restored, starting from the engine designed by Mauro Forghieri. The 12-cylinder LE3512 is still able to deliver the original almost 700 HP, enabling enthusiasts to relive the emotions of the golden years of Formula One.

The guests of honor on the occasion of its grand return are Mirko Bortolotti, Lamborghini factory driver, and Giancarlo Minardi. The founder of the Faenza-based team recalled the fruitful collaboration with Lamborghini that lasted for the entire 1992 season: “Seeing the models of 25 or 30 years ago is still exciting. They are the last cars before the beginning of telemetry and automatic transmissions. Apart from the growling noise, which still today brings back those wonderful times, it was a very flexible engine with enormous power starting from the low rpms.”

Entrusted to drivers Gianni Morbidelli and Christian Fittipaldi, the Minardi M191B #003 competed in the first Grand Prix races of 1992 before being replaced by the M192, also equipped with a Lamborghini engine. The best result achieved by the single-seater restored by Polo Storico was 11th place with Christian Fittipaldi at the wheel at the Spanish GP, and it is now ready to return to racing and competing in the championships dedicated to historic F1 races. The testing outcome was very positive: the car ran more than 20 laps without any problem and the Lamborghini engine perfectly maintained all the features that so impressed Ayrton Senna during the tests at Estoril in 1993.

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Based at the company’s HQ in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Lamborghini Polo Storico is the specialized unit dedicated to the restoration and certification of Lamborghini models that have been out of production for at least ten years (from the Lamborghini 350 GT to the Diablo). The division is also in charge of preserving archives and records, and of managing the supply of original spare parts for classic cars.

Automobili Lamborghini is committed to producing original spare parts for classic cars, with components covering over 65% of the fleet of classic models and with an increasing number of parts reintroduced year after year for a wide range of vehicles, from the 350 GT to the Diablo. Another 200 items were added to the catalogs in 2017 alone.

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Renault Kicks Off Race Day by Handing Keys to New Driver

Aseel Al Hamad during the French Grand Prix

With its established record of innovation, mobility and its long-held pioneering spirit, Renault celebrates the much-heralded return of today’s French Grand Prix in a very special way. Saudi Arabian Aseel Al Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation, was given the opportunity to drive a Renault Sport Formula One Team E20 car on the Le Castellet circuit, France, as part of the Renault ‘Passion Parade’ just hours before the start of the first French GP in ten years. It is the very same car former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen drove to victory in the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Renault and F1 are proud to enable Aseel to pursue the passion for motorsport she has cultivated over the years on the same day women are able to drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia.

Aseel got her first experience of Formula 1 power at a Renault training day on 5 June at Le Castellet. Under the expert tutoring of Renault Sport Formula One Team engineers and technicians, Aseel got accustomed to the demanding circuit in a Renault road car before switching to a Formula Renault car and the E20 Formula 1 car in the later part of the day.

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Aseel represents her country on the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, chaired by former World Rally Championship driver and winner Michèle Mouton. Amongst Aseel’s many responsibilities, she is tasked to put in place strategies and policies to promote the education and training of women in motorsport in Saudi Arabia by collaborating on joint projects and participating in international forums and conferences devoted to the place of women in sport.

Aseel Al Hamad commented: “I have loved racing and motorsport from a very young age and to drive a Formula 1 car goes even beyond my dreams and what I thought was possible. It is a genuine honour to drive the Renault Sport Formula One Team E20 car in front of the crowds at its home Grand Prix in France. I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and spirit to dream.”

Jérôme Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing, commented: “Renault has always embraced pioneers and demonstrated a pioneering spirit. Equally Renault has a long-held passion for motorsport and loves to share it through every type of competition with as many people as possible. We’re pleased to see Aseel’s passion for racing and her enthusiasm for demonstrating the accessibility of motorsport to more people around the world.”

Michèle Mouton, President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission: “The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission is dedicated to promoting opportunities across all forms of motor sport activities, but also to promoting equality between male and female counterparts in the wider automotive industry and on the roads. To do so, we work extremely closely with all national sporting federations to improve access to our sport. In the time Aseel has been a member of the Commission, Saudi Arabia’s vision has been very clear and things have developed at a rapid rate. Now, as one of the driving forces behind the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation, Aseel will pave the way for women to embrace sports and careers in motor sport. Thank you to Renault for putting together such an innovative opportunity that showcases so many of our principles.”

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Aston Martin embarks on landmark world championship motorsport programme

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This weekend’s 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix marks the beginning of Aston Martin’s most ambitious global motorsport programme in more than half a century. For the first time since 1959, the Aston Martin name will appear in both the Formula 1TM and Le Mans 24 Hours entry lists as the British manufacturer takes a vital step in the structured growth of its comprehensive motorsport vision.

Along with an innovative technical partnership that sees the rebranded Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team compete for the 2018 FIA Formula 1TM World Championship titles, Aston Martin Racing will enter an exciting new challenger – the Vantage GTE – in the GTE Pro category of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season. Moreover, Aston Martin Racing factory drivers will race customer Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3s in the Blancpain GT Series and British GT Championships, while the marque will return to the Nürburgring 24 Hours in May*. In total Aston Martin will be significantly invested in 44 races around the world in 2018.

“Racing forms part of the original DNA of the company and this reinforces the message,” said Aston Martin’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer. “It’s in the name, Lionel Martin built and raced his car up Aston Hill, so it’s always been part of what we are.

“Extending our association with, and renaming the team, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing is about seeding the soil for the future. First and foremost, that concerns the Aston Martin Valkyrie and creating the fastest mid-engine car ever. But what it also does is create a fertile ground for when we launch our first core mid-engine car in 2021.

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“Secondly, continuing in the FIA World Endurance Championship allows us to demonstrate our quality, reliability and durability. To race for 24 hours and then win, like we did at Le Mans in 2017, helps to sell that message. By going racing we have demonstrated this to the whole world. I think what you are seeing is a much more confident Aston Martin. We’re a global force and that reflects on our position in motorsport in 2018.”

While the new Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 that Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will race in Melbourne this weekend is powered by a 1.6-litre, turbo-charged hybrid engine branded by TAG-Heuer, Aston Martin continues to evaluate whether future F1 regulations might create the right conditions for it to enter as an engine manufacturer in 2021.

“The draft regulations put together by the FIA, I would say, are broadly acceptable to us,” said Palmer. “In other words, they are most definitely going in the right direction. And they are drafted in a way which I believe puts more control back with the driver and less with the electronic brain, which is what F1 is all about.

“We don’t expect to see the final draft regulations published before the end of the year, but we are preparing our engine concepts so that we don’t lose any time. If we get that simplified engine and we get a cap on costs, then that is something that we are very interested in doing.”

As winners of the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro category, and the reigning champions in the GTE Am class, Team AMR has a strong legacy to build on when the 4-litre turbocharged Aston Martin Vantage GTE makes its competition debut in the opening round of the FIA WEC Super Season at Spa-Francorchamps in May. Aston Martin will field two of the new cars in the GTE Pro category, while it will defend its GTE Am title with the iconic normally-aspirated V8 Vantage GTE in its last season of competition in the category.

“The team has done an outstanding job in designing and developing the new car,” said Aston Martin’s Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer, David King. “The driver feedback is excellent and we expect to be competitive, but with an all-new car and the Balance of Performance process, we won’t know for sure until the racing starts.

“It is great to see more manufacturers coming into the GTE class – it is a sure sign of health in the GT and sports car sector of our industry. The competition is certain to be intense, which is good for the sport and especially for the fans, many of who I hope will be cheering us on throughout the season.”

Practice for the 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix begins 12:00 (AEDT), Friday, 23 March. The scheduled race start is 16:10 (AEDT), 25 March. The 2018 FIA WEC Prologue takes place at Paul Ricard on 6-7 April, ahead the opening round of the FIA WEC Super Season at Spa-Francorchamps on 5 May.

*Details of Aston Martin’s entry in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, which takes place on the 12-13 May will be confirmed soon.

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THE ALFA ROMEO SAUBER F1 TEAM REVEALS THE C37

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team has launched its new challenger, the C37, ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 championship.

The C37 looks different to last year’s C36 – on one hand, this is due to the new technical regulations, and on the other hand, because of the team’s new technical approach.

As the 2018 season is about to kick off, Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal, says: “I am very much looking forward to the 2018 season, and to seeing Marcus (Ericsson) and Charles (Leclerc) on track. We have put lots of effort and hard work into the C37 over the last few months, and it is fantastic to be launching the new car today. I am convinced that Marcus and Charles form the perfect driver line-up, with one being an experienced driver and one a promising rookie. Marcus is going into his fourth season with us. He is a valuable part of the team, and we benefit from his experience and precise technical feedback. As for Charles, he has proven his talent in prior categories and deserves to be on the Formula 1 grid this season.”

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“Our target ahead of 2018 is clear: We have to catch up with the field and continue improving our performance during the course of the season. We have put lots of energy and commitment into the development of the C37. I want to thank our partners and fans for their continuous support. The return of Alfa Romeo to Formula 1 sets another milestone in the team’s history, and I am proud that such a historical brand has chosen us for their return to the sport. We are eager to start the 2018 season as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team,” Vasseur continues.

Alfa Romeo’s comeback restores one of the great names that have gone down in the history of motorsport’s premium championship, Formula 1, and marks the return of the “Quadrifoglio”, the legendary badge that has appeared on Alfa Romeo’s top performance cars since 1923, to the circuits. Featured on the engine cover of the new C37, the famous good-luck charm has a fascinating history, deeply rooted in the racing world. The first Alfa Romeo car to carry the Quadrifoglio was the “RL” driven by Ugo Sivocci which won the 15th edition of the Targa Florio in 1923. The same good-luck emblem also appeared on Brilli Peri’s “P2” when he triumphed in the first “Motor Racing World Championship” in Monza in 1925, gaining the first of Alfa Romeo’s five World Titles, and it was present again in 1950 and 1951, when Giuseppe “Nino” Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio drove the Alfa Romeo 158 and 159 cars, the famous “Alfettas”, to success in the first two Formula 1 World Championships. Today, the legendary symbol returns to the highest level of motor racing to show the whole world the continuing strength and success of the Alfa Romeo philosophy, a constant search for excellence applied to racing, then transferred in its entirety to the brand’s production cars. The legend continues.

Jörg Zander, Technical Director, explains: “It is great to finally reveal the C37 today. The 2018 challenger is the result of the hard work that everyone in the factory has put in over the last few months. Speaking about the C37, the car philosophy is much different to that of the C36. The aerodynamic concept has changed significantly, and the C37 has several new features in comparison to its predecessor. We are positive that the new concept offers us more opportunities and will help us to make improvements during the course of the season. The 2018 Ferrari engine will also give us a boost in terms of our performance. We hope that we will make progress with the C37 and that we are more competitive compared to 2017.”

The official rollout of the C37 will take place on the occasion of the first winter tests at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona from the 26th of February to the 1st of March 2018.

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Renault celebrates 40 years in Formula One

As the Renault team prepares for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, the French manufacturer is celebrating 40 years of success, passion and pride in Formula One.

The success story began in 1977 with the RS01 model and is still very much alive today with Renault’s two drivers, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Nico Hülkenberg currently sitting in 9th and 12th place respectively ahead of the Abu Dhabi event, which will take place at Yas Marina Circuit from the 24th – 26th November.

Renault’s decision to enter the Formula One world was made in 1975 but the team’s first race didn’t come until 1977. For the management during this period, entry into Formula One allowed Renault to introduce advance engine technology to the sport and use a turbo-compressed engine, which had never been done in Formula One before. A few years later, the turbo was used by the other racing teams, and today, modern Formula One cars are equipped with the technology which Renault was first to bring to the race series.

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Renault celebrated its first Formula One victory just two years later, in 1979, at the Grand Prix de France in Dijon with the RS10. The victory of Jean-Pierre Jabouille, engineer and driver of the RS10, was a showcase of Renault’s will and ambition. This success and the many more that followed validated the concept of the turbo in Formula One and won the respect of the British teams, led by the Tyrell team.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary at the pinnacle of motorsport, the French automotive manufacturer has revived an anecdote from the past by creating 40 limited edition “Yellow Teapots”. The Yellow Teapot is a nod to how the introduction of revolutionary technologies by Renault sometimes incurred technical difficulties and reliability problems. Ken Tyrrell, the boss of the team, famously yelled out the nickname “Yellow Teapot” after seeing the RS10 smoking as it passed in front of his garage. The expression was adopted by members of his team, and soon by other teams in the paddock. The RS01 was thereafter nicknamed ‘The Yellow Teapot’.

In terms of design, the Yellow Teapots are inspired by the past and present; with creative nods to the 1977 RS01 and today’s RS17, even going as far as using the official Renault F1 paint. It’s a teapot that takes up all the aesthetic codes of Renault Formula One and plays on the design, graphics and colours – dominant yellow, black and white.

The teapots will equip the kitchens of the Atelier Renault restaurant on the Champs-Elysées and are available to purchase from Atelier Renault and online (http://shop.atelier.renault.com/fr/).

Commenting on the anniversary, Marwan Haidamous, Managing Director Renault Middle East, said; “Our brand mantra is ‘Passion for Life’ and there is no better example of that than our passion for performance, competition and winning than our 40th anniversary in Formula One.

Next year will see the Renault Sport line-up return to the GCC and Lebanon with the launch of two sensational performance cars; the Megane GT and the Megane RS. In addition, we will bring the iconic French premium sportscar brand, Alpine, to the Middle East. With these exciting new models, we will enable our customers to live their passions through our products and services. “

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