Autocross racing – Auto X Forum http://autoxforum.com/ Tue, 12 Jul 2022 12:38:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://autoxforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-25-150x99.png Autocross racing – Auto X Forum http://autoxforum.com/ 32 32 Toyota Gazoo Racing launches the Vios Cup 2022 https://autoxforum.com/toyota-gazoo-racing-launches-the-vios-cup-2022/ Mon, 11 Jul 2022 12:04:37 +0000 https://autoxforum.com/toyota-gazoo-racing-launches-the-vios-cup-2022/ TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto shares his excitement as he greets racers and fans at Clark International Speedway. THRILL and excitement dominate the circuits as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) kicks off the 2022 Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Vios Cup season. “The TGR Vios Cup is our way of celebrating our growing racing community. We are grateful […]]]>

TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto shares his excitement as he greets racers and fans at Clark International Speedway.

THRILL and excitement dominate the circuits as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) kicks off the 2022 Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Vios Cup season.

“The TGR Vios Cup is our way of celebrating our growing racing community. We are grateful to our races and racing teams for showing the Gazoo Racing spirit, especially during these difficult times. We hope that this year’s season will continue to give the drive to pursue your ambition,” said TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto.

The Circuit Championship is classified into three categories; the Super Sporting, Sporting and Promotional class, with a total of 27 riders in the three categories. The Super Sporting class winners are John Dizon of Team Obengers, Inigo Anton of Team Toyota North Edsa-Obengers and Darryl de Leon of Team Toyota Marilao Obengers; Meanwhile Celebrity Troy Montero of Toyota Gazoo Racing PH won the Sporting class followed by Royce Sarmiento of RMS Cars Racing Team and Joaquin Garrido of Toyota Otis – Obengers Racing Team. Meanwhile, in the promotional class, Alzona Racing Team-Toyota Team General Santos’ Alain Alzona grabbed the top spot, followed by Toyota Cebu’s Alan Placios and Ian Robles.

This year, the excitement is not limited to veteran and skilled riders. The Toyota Gazoo Racing Gran Turismo (GR GT) Cup champions have joined to take their e-racing skills from the screen to the tracks. After joining the Toyota Gazoo Racing Academy, these champions took part in the Autocross event.

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Stages 2 and 3 of the TGR Vios Cup will take place in August and November respectively.

The TGR Vios Cup is organized in cooperation with Bridgestone and Petron, and is supported by Brembo, Denso, OMP, Tuason Racing, AVT, 3M, ROTA, myTOYOTA Wallet and Kinto One.


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Sonoma Hosts Electric Drag Races This Weekend | Sports https://autoxforum.com/sonoma-hosts-electric-drag-races-this-weekend-sports/ Wed, 06 Jul 2022 19:41:33 +0000 https://autoxforum.com/sonoma-hosts-electric-drag-races-this-weekend-sports/ BILL SESSA For many years, the second weekend in June has been all about drag racing at Sonoma Raceway and the annual visit to the NHRA Division 7 Championships. Drag racing tradition continues this weekend, but with what might be the quietest drag race ever – where the chirping of tires on the start line […]]]>

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For many years, the second weekend in June has been all about drag racing at Sonoma Raceway and the annual visit to the NHRA Division 7 Championships.

Drag racing tradition continues this weekend, but with what might be the quietest drag race ever – where the chirping of tires on the start line is the loudest sound you’ll hear .

With the Division 7 Championships moving to Las Vegas Motor Speedway later in the year, Sonoma Raceway’s spot on the schedule has been filled with the Holley High Voltage Experience, which features the world’s fastest electric dragster , hot rod Teslas, off-road jeeps, and tire-smoking autocross machines.

“This event is much more than a drag race for electric vehicles,” said event spokesperson Lawson Mollica. “It’s a festival for all types of electric vehicles.”

Mollica noted that as the number of automakers offering new electrified models grows, so does the demand for electric retrofits. A hobbyist who could have fitted a newer V8 engine in an older car can now choose power plants for a hot rod upgrade.

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“There are a lot of great vintage irons from the 1980s and 90s, and there are options available for people who want to modernize them and still ride them every day,” Mollica said.

He noted that there are many high-performance options available for power supply, from high-voltage systems to sophisticated battery management systems that can keep batteries cool between burnouts or periods of high acceleration.

“You can do a lot with electric power,” he said. “You get torque on demand and the cars are fun to drive.”

Over 200 cars are expected in a variety of classes, while overlapping events will be scheduled throughout the circuit. Drag racing, autocross and a drift exhibition will run simultaneously and track time on the entire 12-turn, 2.5-mile road course will be available when the drag race ends.

Specialty vehicles in the field will include a Ford Performance Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, capable of blazing quarter-mile times and producing more than 1,500 horsepower at the rear tires. There will also be an all-electric Ford F100 pickup that retains its classic body lines but is powered by a pair of electric motors from Ford’s new Mustang SUV, which produces 480 horsepower and 634 pounds of torque.

The weekend will feature exhibition racing by Steve Huff, the first racer to break the 200 mph barrier in the quarter mile in an all-electric dragster. But the drag strip will also be used for all-comers racing in four categories; Production Stock, Modified, Unlimited Production (Fully Modified/Homebuilt) and Tesla Plaid Heads Up.

A total of $775 in cash prizes is available for the top three in each class, in addition to $250 in cash prizes for the driver with the fastest reaction time on the start line and for the fastest pass. fastest and fastest over the quarter mile.

Drivers can also compete for an overall championship in the “3s” competition, which measures speed, stopping and steering ability. The format will be a side-by-side, low-speed, out-and-back course that includes a 180-degree turn, slalom and stop box. Each race will be a total of left side course time added to the right side course time, plus any accumulated penalties. The winner is determined by the fastest combined time, and the overall champion will take home $1,000.

When the drag race concludes, the entire 2.5-mile Sonoma Raceway road course will be open for lead and follow-up laps led by qualified instructors such as pro racer Randy Pobst, 24 Hour racer of Daytona Ian Baas and SCCA World Challenge racer. Mitch Wright, after a short class session to familiarize himself with the track. The Road Course Challenge is open to all makes and models of vehicles, provided they are fully electric and technology compliant.

For drivers who have experience on road courses, some time will be open on the calendar to allow them to do fast laps with the aim of setting an all-electric vehicle lap record.

The event begins with a cruise of the track in downtown Sonoma, beginning at 3 p.m. Friday. The qualifying events will take place on Saturday and the final elimination competition will take place on Sunday.

NHRA Summit Racing will crown the first EV class champions this season

The NHRA, through its Summit Racing Series, has added a new electric vehicle category for the 2022 season and will crown Division 7 and the category’s world champions later this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The EV category is open to foreign and domestic OEM production electric vehicle automobiles and trucks. They must be road-drivable, capable of meeting all state road safety requirements and retaining all OEM safety features.

“The NHRA Summit Series is the foundation of the NHRA’s Sportsman programs, and we’re excited to give EV riders a chance to compete in their own class in the series, from member track level to joining us in Las Vegas for the first national EV championship,” said Sara Walker, director of NHRA Sportsman Racing, when the series was announced last year.

“As the automotive industry continues to develop new technologies, we are fortunate in drag racing to have the opportunity to add this new category while continuing to focus on the traditional classes that are backed by drag racers. the NHRA for decades. We are excited to see this new class grow within the NHRA Summit Series, and we look forward to crowning a national champion this fall in Las Vegas.

The Division 7 Championships in all classes will be held Sept. 30-October 2 at Las Vegas International Speedway, followed by the World Championships Oct. 17-30, also in Las Vegas.

Ducati unveils a 100% electric prototype for the Moto-E World Cup

Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati recently unveiled its prototype electric model which will be the only motorcycle to compete next season in the FIM MotoE World Cup, an all-electric series that supports international MotoGP, the version of Formula 1 for motorcycle races. Ducati has committed to providing 18 motorcycles for each race.

The V21L is Ducati’s first electric motorcycle, but is a step towards producing a street model, according to the company’s recent announcement at the Autodromo Vallelunga near Rome. The bike, powered by an 18 kWh battery and a 150 hp electric motor that spins at 18,000 rpm, is capable of a top speed of 171 miles per hour, which professional riders demonstrated during of the unveiling.

“Riding an e-bike is actually quite different from the usual,” said three-time world champion Alex de Angelis. “Coming out of slow corners, you have to get up like in MotoGP, because the acceleration of an electric bike is even stronger than in MotoGP. It was only when I came out of the pit the first time with the Ducati MotoE and gave it all the speed I realized I hadn’t seen anything yet.

Wickens Wins Again in Fairytale Week

A week and a half ago in Watkins Glen, NY, Robert Wickens won his first professional race since an Indy Car crash left him paraplegic, completing a rehabilitation journey against nearly insurmountable odds. Last Saturday at Canada Tire Motorsports Park, Wickens and fellow Canadian and teammate Mark Wilkins did it again by winning the Touring class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Making the second straight win more unlikely, Wickens had to start the race from the back of the 14-car grid as he missed qualifying. But it was for a very important reason.

Thursday night, Wickens had to fly back to Indianapolis to join his wife, Karli, who was about to give birth. She gave birth to a son, Wesley, on Friday.

Back in Ontario, Canada, Wickens drove the first stint and moved the car up to third before Wilkins took over, took the lead on the restart and headed for the checkered flag.

“It’s been a fairy tale, really,” Wickens said of the eight days that produced two wins and a baby boy. “It’s just amazing.”

VSR gets kicked out of Canadian race

After taking pole in the IMSA GTD class that offered a promising start and a possible win on Sunday, the Vasser-Sullivan team, owned by car dealership Napa and former IndyCar champion Jimmy Vasser, was fired at the turn one of the first lap at Canada Tire Motorsports Park by a spinning car that caused extensive damage to the rear of the Lexus GT3 machine. After spending the first 30 minutes of the two-hour race in the garage, the team joined the peloton and persevered to finish sixth.

“I was picked up by someone who spun on the first lap of the race in the first corner,” said driver Frankie Montecalvo. “It was really frustrating because we had a phenomenal car. Up front you really shouldn’t have to worry about that, but one of the LMP3 cars got us. The Vasser-Sullivan team did great job getting everything back in place but at that point we were too many laps down to recover from it was disappointing as our car was great and our team did everything right but we just didn’t had no luck.

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Easy and cheap ways for fans to try car racing and motorsports https://autoxforum.com/easy-and-cheap-ways-for-fans-to-try-car-racing-and-motorsports/ Sun, 03 Jul 2022 13:00:10 +0000 https://autoxforum.com/easy-and-cheap-ways-for-fans-to-try-car-racing-and-motorsports/ With the popularity (and television ratings) of Formula 1 rising in the United States, participation in motorsports nationally is expected to increase. Watching Red Bull’s Max Verstappen zip around the tight corners of a windy F1 track at blistering speeds, one might wonder what it would be like to jump behind the wheel and take […]]]>

With the popularity (and television ratings) of Formula 1 rising in the United States, participation in motorsports nationally is expected to increase.

Watching Red Bull’s Max Verstappen zip around the tight corners of a windy F1 track at blistering speeds, one might wonder what it would be like to jump behind the wheel and take a lap around a circuit. But unfortunately, unlike stick and ball sports, motorsports require little more than a trip to the local park to get started.

So how can the average fan get a dose of sports without breaking the bank?

For many who watch some current and former F1 drivers, like Lance Stroll (son of the Canadian billionaire) and Nikita Mazepin (son of the Russian oligarch), it’s easy to assume that motor racing is for the rich, but there are more accessible options. for ordinary people.

Try your hand at autocross or a road rally race

For one of the most economical forms of motorsport, your race car is actually sitting in your driveway. The Sports Car Club of America (or SCCA) is a national nonprofit organization that organizes and sanctions motorsport events. The SCCA is divided into six nationwide conferences that organize local events to make them accessible to competitors across the country. Two types of SCCA events are the most common and easiest for new competitors to join: autocross and road rallies.

In autocross, drivers navigate a course of traffic cones and race against the clock. Autocross does not require any type of specialized vehicle – all the driver needs is an approved helmet and a willingness to stick around to help run the event.

According to the SCCA website, cars are categorized by type. There are 10 classes, ranging from everyday-drive road cars (e.g. your 2018 Hyundai Veloster) to purpose-built track day cars.

In SCCA road rallies, competitors drive their road cars through pre-determined checkpoints and are scored based on their proximity to their assigned target finish time. Each vehicle has a team of two: a driver and a navigator, who help with orientation and monitor progress. Road rallies are a competition of precision rather than speed, and the SCCA says it’s a great way for gearheads to compete without driving outside of their comfort zone.

Go-karting is a great place for kids to start

Alex Albon drives a go-kart

Many F1 drivers, like Alexander Albon (above), start their kart racing careers as children.

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If autocross or road rally events aren’t your thing, karting could be your ticket to speed. When most people hear go-karting, they think of the small motorized go-karts that drive around their local mini-golf course.

In motorsports, however, go-karting involves high-octane-powered racing karts that can go up to 80 km/h. It’s also often the gateway to elite open-wheel racing for most professional drivers, who spend their childhood racing high-powered karts on competitive racetracks. The cost of entry into karting as a sport is still quite high – a competitive karting setup can cost upwards of $10,000 just to get started. However, many kart tracks have rental karts, kart schools and rental leagues.

Increasingly, cities are introducing indoor electric kart facilities that offer extremely competitive kart leagues all year round. K1 Speed, a chain of indoor karting facilities with 60 locations in the United States and Canada, even offers one-to-one racing lessons with a driving coach.

Live the experience from the comfort of your own home

fan using racing car simulator

Driving on a simulator has become a popular activity during the pandemic.

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But by far the easiest way to participate in motorsports won’t even require you to leave your house – or even get up from your sofa. Another great option for a motorsport enthusiast who wants to get involved is simulation racing. One of the most economical options, sim racing only requires an internet connection, a computer and a sim racing wheel. It’s an especially great option for people who may not have a car or live in an urban area with no motorsport nearby.

iRacing, a major sim racing platform, operates on a subscription model where users can race other live users or race AI-powered vehicles. You might even meet a professional runner online in one of the lobbies. As Insider reported at the height of the pandemiciRacing hosted online races for many then-discontinued racing series, and many drivers even used it to practice and learn new circuits.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup 2022 live on track, online https://autoxforum.com/toyota-gazoo-racing-vios-cup-2022-live-on-track-online/ Sun, 03 Jul 2022 02:43:49 +0000 https://autoxforum.com/toyota-gazoo-racing-vios-cup-2022-live-on-track-online/ Rounds 2 and 3 of the TGR Vios Cup will take place in August and November respectively. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE AFTER its series of virtual programs for the 2021 season where racing fans watched live racing action via TMP’s online channels, this year’s edition of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup once again hosted the passion […]]]>

Rounds 2 and 3 of the TGR Vios Cup will take place in August and November respectively. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

AFTER its series of virtual programs for the 2021 season where racing fans watched live racing action via TMP’s online channels, this year’s edition of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup once again hosted the passion and energy of the live crowd in the grandstand, with the first of its three stages taking place on July 2 at Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.

The 2022 TGR Vios Cup featured two main events: the Circuit Championship and the Autocross Challenge, where celebrities and influencers, as well as members of the media could test their speed and racing skills by navigating the specially designed race course. designed.

This year’s TGR Vios Cup also paved the way for the country’s top e-racers to bring their simulator racing skills to the real world by bringing in the Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup Gran Turismo Champions at the TGR Vios Cup Autocross event.

“Over the years, the TGR Vios Cup has served as a vehicle for us to champion local racers and bring the thrill of racing to everyone. We thank our ever-growing community of racers and motorsports fans for their support which makes the TGR Vios Cup one of the largest and oldest racing events in the Philippines,” said Sherwin Chualim, TMP Senior Vice President for Vehicle Sales Operations.

Rounds 2 and 3 of the TGR Vios Cup will take place in August and November respectively.

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The Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup is organized in cooperation with Bridgestone and Petron, and is supported by Brembo, Denso, OMP, Tuason Racing, AVT, 3M, ROTA, My Toyota Wallet and Kinto One.

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2022 Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup returns to track and online – Reuters https://autoxforum.com/2022-toyota-gazoo-racing-vios-cup-returns-to-track-and-online-reuters/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:02:56 +0000 https://autoxforum.com/2022-toyota-gazoo-racing-vios-cup-returns-to-track-and-online-reuters/ Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) returns to the race track tomorrow as it opens the 2022 season of its first one-design racing series, the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Vios Cup. Following its series of virtual programs for the 2021 season where racing fans watched live racing action via TMP’s online channels, this year’s edition of the […]]]>

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) returns to the race track tomorrow as it opens the 2022 season of its first one-design racing series, the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Vios Cup.

Following its series of virtual programs for the 2021 season where racing fans watched live racing action via TMP’s online channels, this year’s edition of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup is once again welcoming passion and the energy of the live crowd in the grandstand, with the first of its three stages on July 2, starting at 9:30 a.m., at Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.

The 2022 TGR Vios Cup will consist of two main events, the Circuit Championship and the Autocross Challenge. The Circuit Championship will feature the Philippines’ top racing teams with their seasoned and up-and-coming drivers battling for their respective podium wins in the Super Sporting, Sporting and Promotional classes.

Bringing more fun and excitement to racing is the Autocross Challenge where celebrities and influencers, as well as members of the media, can test their speed and racing skills by navigating the specially designed racing course.

This year, the TGR Vios Cup will also pave the way for the country’s best e-racers to bring their racing simulation skills to the real world by allowing the Gran Turismo champions of the Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup to tackle at the TGR Vios Cup Autocross event.

As it opens the race track to show the thrill and joy of live racing to the public both on-site and online, TMP continues to achieve its goal of elevating motorsport in the country and providing a platform – Trains the best Filipino racing talent, guided by the TGR philosophy. to push the limits for the better.

“Over the years, the TGR Vios Cup has served as our vehicle to champion local racers and bring the thrill of racing to everyone. We thank our ever-growing community of racers and motorsports fans for their support which makes the TGR Vios Cup one of the biggest and longest running racing events in the Philippines,” said Sherwin Chualim, Senior Vice President president of TMP for vehicle sales operations. “With the event welcoming the public back to the grandstand, it’s the perfect way to bring together the ambitious spirit of the riders and the boundless energy of the fans.”

Admission is free for all and only vaccination cards are required to access the circuit. The TGR Vios Cup live stream on the TMP and TGR PH social media accounts will include commentary, special segments, rider interviews and audience engagement activities.

The TGR Vios Cup will continue to be streamed live on the Toyota Motor Philippines and Toyota Gazoo Racing Philippines Facebook accounts to allow more motorsport enthusiasts to get in on the action wherever they are.

Rounds 2 and 3 of the TGR Vios Cup will take place in August and November respectively.

The Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup is organized in cooperation with Bridgestone and Petron, and is supported by Brembo, Denso, OMP, Tuason Racing, AVT, 3M, ROTA, My Toyota Wallet and Kinto One.

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Rita Thomason and Casey Carden will race for Clubb Racing at Mid-Ohio https://autoxforum.com/rita-thomason-and-casey-carden-will-race-for-clubb-racing-at-mid-ohio/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:22:19 +0000 https://autoxforum.com/rita-thomason-and-casey-carden-will-race-for-clubb-racing-at-mid-ohio/ Rita Thomason (Photo: Eric Bronson/ARCA Racing) When the field takes to the green on Friday, July 8 for the Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Clubb Racing will have two cars on the field: Rita Thomason in the No. 03 team flagship, and Casey Carden in No. 3. Thomason, known as […]]]>



Rita Thomason (Photo: Eric Bronson/ARCA Racing)

When the field takes to the green on Friday, July 8 for the Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Clubb Racing will have two cars on the field: Rita Thomason in the No. 03 team flagship, and Casey Carden in No. 3.

Thomason, known as “The Racing Cop,” will make her second start in the ARCA Menards Series. She finished 12th earlier this season in the Zinsser Smart Coat 200 at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway.

Thomason is looking for a good run because she will feel right at home on a road course. Thomason started racing in 2018 with autocross, then switched to Miata spec before making the jump to the ARCA Menards series.

Carden will make his ARCA Menards series debut in Mid-Ohio. He comes from a road racing background with starts in a variety of sports cars, including the former IMSA Continental Tire Challenge series and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series.

Carden currently manages Denton Carden Racing, which specializes in sports car race preparation as well as driver training. Carden will drive the #3 Beachy Blooms/Denton Carden Racing/Layne Denton Band Ford Fusion.

Clubb Racing will borrow No. 3 from Willie and Dinah Mullins of Mullins Racing in the same way No. 03 was used for races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway earlier this year.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for both cars. The Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, July 8, and the race will be broadcast live on FS1 with a live stream available on the Fox Sports app.

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Donnie McLaughlin, 79, has been hill climbing since 1968 https://autoxforum.com/donnie-mclaughlin-79-has-been-hill-climbing-since-1968/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 20:19:16 +0000 https://autoxforum.com/donnie-mclaughlin-79-has-been-hill-climbing-since-1968/ Duncannon’s Donnie McLaughlin is one of the oldest runners in the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association since the 79-year-old started in 1968. With the exception of a few years in the late 1970s, McLaughlin has competed in running events such as Pagoda Hillclimb last week in Reading for over 40 years. “The first was here in 1968 […]]]>

Duncannon’s Donnie McLaughlin is one of the oldest runners in the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association since the 79-year-old started in 1968.

With the exception of a few years in the late 1970s, McLaughlin has competed in running events such as Pagoda Hillclimb last week in Reading for over 40 years.

“The first was here in 1968 and I ran until 1975,” said McLaughlin, who competed in August’s Pagoda Hillclimb and Duryea Hillclimb. “I took a few years off, which a lot of people did. And then I started again in ’85. I might have missed some years one thing or another, but basically I’m here every year since 1985.

McLaughlin always had a natural interest in cars and eventually tried several other forms of racing before settling on hill climbs. His love of cars was palpable as he explained his long racing history.

“I just like cars,” McLaughlin said. “There’s a lot of things you can do with cars and that’s what suited me. I did a bit of road racing and it didn’t quite suit me. I did a lot of autocross. I think a year with climbing and autocross I ran 36 events in a year.

One of McLaughlin’s favorite parts of racing is working on his cars and finding rare parts. McLaughlin drove a 1983 Renault Five last weekend at the Pagoda Hillclimb. The car is one of many he was able to prepare for climbing.

“It’s good at that (tight turns),” McLaughlin said. “What happened was that I sold them like new cars and I liked to drive them on the street. So I decided to ride one and it’s hard to make them go fast The good sides didn’t come to this country.When you get the good fast parts, they don’t fit the normal car and it might change your whole system.

“I made Renault parts, I sold them and I really liked (working with) parts.”

With over 40 years of racing and building cars specifically for hill climbs, McLaughlin seems to have developed a sixth sense for his car and what it needs to do on twisty tracks to succeed. Like other drivers, McLaughlin said he believes a hill climber’s success depends on a mix of driver skills as well as how they improve their vehicle.

“That’s it,” McLaughlin said. “You build the car and change things, maybe for the worse, maybe for the better. These things happen. You break things. You break what was unique in the whole world. It happens and it’s sore.

Although McLaughlin has a strong passion for cars, unlike some of the other Pagoda Hillclimb riders who have strong family ties to the sport, McLaughlin is a bit of an outsider at home when it comes to racing.

“I’m the outlier,” McLaughlin said. “People who know us call my wife and I ‘The Odd Couple’. We’re the complete opposite. She doesn’t care at all. She’s not very competitive and she’s not a gamer.

Despite his wife’s reluctance, McLaughlin has no plans to stop competing with the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association anytime soon.

“I do all season,” McLaughlin said. “Those who want to know where to find me, it’s here.”

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Formula E – McLaren Racing to be powered by Nissan Formula E Gen3 powertrains from Season 9 https://autoxforum.com/formula-e-mclaren-racing-to-be-powered-by-nissan-formula-e-gen3-powertrains-from-season-9/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:47:00 +0000 https://autoxforum.com/formula-e-mclaren-racing-to-be-powered-by-nissan-formula-e-gen3-powertrains-from-season-9/ Formula E – McLaren Racing to be powered by Nissan Formula E Gen3 powertrains from Season 9 Multi-year partnership confirmed from season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Nissan and McLaren Racing today announced a multi-year technical collaboration, which will begin at the start of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World […]]]>

Formula E – McLaren Racing to be powered by Nissan Formula E Gen3 powertrains from Season 9

Multi-year partnership confirmed from season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Nissan and McLaren Racing today announced a multi-year technical collaboration, which will begin at the start of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season.

With McLaren Racing confirming its participation in the sport from Season 9 of the all-electric series, the partnership will see the Japanese manufacturer supply its Nissan EV powertrain technology to the famed British team throughout the Formula E Gen3 era. .

This new agreement with McLaren adds to Nissan’s direct involvement in the highly anticipated Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Following the recent acquisition of e.dams, Nissan will also continue to compete in Formula E with its own works team.

Through this relationship, Nissan and McLaren Racing will work closely together as they compete against other successful brands in one of the most challenging and technically advanced racing series in the world.

Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, said: “As we form the team for its first season as McLaren in Formula E, we are naturally looking for the best partnerships and opportunities on all fronts – with the technical aspect being one of the key areas. Nissan has proven its knowledge , know-how and commitment over the past four seasons in Formula E, and as we enter the Gen3 era, we are confident that the collaboration will bring much success to both parties. It will be a true partnership that will drive both team performance and the development of Nissan Formula E powertrain technology.”

Tommaso Volpe, Managing Director, Nissan Formula E, and Managing Director, Nissan e.dams Formula E Team, also commented: “We are proud to announce this multi-year agreement with a leading motorsport brand such as McLaren Racing. Our partnership begins next season with Formula E’s exciting new Gen3 regulations, which will see the performance of all-electric racing cars reach incredible new heights. At Nissan, we are in Formula E not only to race, but also to show a wide range of spectators how impressive, powerful and efficient our electric vehicles are. And our collaboration with McLaren will give us even more opportunities to accelerate the development of our technology and introduce it to fans around the world.

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My first real taste of autocross racing got me hooked https://autoxforum.com/my-first-real-taste-of-autocross-racing-got-me-hooked/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 06:12:50 +0000 https://autoxforum.com/my-first-real-taste-of-autocross-racing-got-me-hooked/ First Time Autocross Racing Article Highlights: Autocross is one of the most affordable and accessible racing series in the United States I recently rode my first autocross event at Road America and had a blast You don’t need a lot of equipment or an expensive car to get started While there’s no shortage of racing […]]]>

First Time Autocross Racing Article Highlights:

  • Autocross is one of the most affordable and accessible racing series in the United States
  • I recently rode my first autocross event at Road America and had a blast
  • You don’t need a lot of equipment or an expensive car to get started

While there’s no shortage of racing series you can watch, there aren’t many that are affordable or accessible for regular enthusiasts. However, there is at least one that even those with modest budgets and time allowances can enjoy, and that is autocross. Spreading the gospel of autocross racing and living it, however, are two different things. And until recently, I had only experienced it through YouTube and stories. But after putting rubber on the track for the first time, I blame myself for not doing it sooner.

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Race conditions are the ultimate proving ground for Dunlop https://autoxforum.com/race-conditions-are-the-ultimate-proving-ground-for-dunlop/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:12:14 +0000 https://autoxforum.com/race-conditions-are-the-ultimate-proving-ground-for-dunlop/ The tire of choice in the Pabar Volkswagen Challenge, Superhatch and 111s at Zwartkops this weekend, Direzza DZ03G not only offers excellent stability and predictable grip to ensure consistent fast turns all over the board, but the rubber is also backed up by Dunlop’s splendid racing service team which takes care of all the racing […]]]>

The tire of choice in the Pabar Volkswagen Challenge, Superhatch and 111s at Zwartkops this weekend, Direzza DZ03G not only offers excellent stability and predictable grip to ensure consistent fast turns all over the board, but the rubber is also backed up by Dunlop’s splendid racing service team which takes care of all the racing needs of its competitors in the pits.

Of the classes to exclusively use Dunlop Direzza DZ03G racing rubber over the past weekend, the Pabar Volkswagen Challenge delivered some wild races. This class requires all cars to be fitted with two new “sticker” tires on the front of each car at the start of qualifying each race weekend. Drivers must additionally mount two tires marked from their last race at the rear. Thus, all the cars start on the same footing and the drivers have the same chances of racing with the same tyres.

Classes A and C raced alone on Saturday, as Wayne edged out Bevin Masters and Rory Atkinson for the win. The Cape GTi Challenge duo Marco Busi and Nathan Victor shone in fifth and sixth ahead of Derick Smalberger, Waldie Meintjies, Chris and Sam Dale. Atkinson’s now purple Polo bounced back from a narrow Race 2 victory over Wayne Masters, Busi, Victor, Meintjies, Hopkins, Sam and Chris Dale. Ian Walker beat Pierluigi Muzzulini for Panagiotis Nousias’ first Class C victory, while Muzzulini took Walker and Nousias’ second race.

The VW Challenge Class B raced separately, with super rookie Hannes Scheepers winning the first race ahead of Elna Croeser. Karshin Naidoo finished third ahead of Charisse van der Merwe, Ethan Coetzee, François van Zyl, Tinahe Ncube and Anthony Pretorius. Heroine Croeser turned the tide for her second trotting victory in Zwartkops’ second race, with Naidoo the thorn among the roses, as Van der Merwe finished third ahead of Jacques Hayes. They took out Scheepers on the last lap of a killer race, followed by Stuart Mack, Miguel Dias and Stelio Nousias.

Interestingly, the two mentioned Cape riders and the entire Alert Engine Parts GTI Challenge grid also race Dunlop Direzzas at home. The tire rules are different there, with new rubber more limited than in backcountry races. Cape classes can only fit two new tires every two races. No problem for Dunlop’s uniformly-dressed Direzza DZ03Gs, which handle two or three full race meetings at a canter, but slight performance differences on newer and older rubbers make for some interesting strategy as the season progresses!

Back at Zwartkops, the Lotus Challenge only uses Dunlop Direzza DZ03Gs. On Saturday, Thomas Falkiner took a dominating first moto win over Mackie Adlem, David Coetzee, John Kruger and Rudi Barnard after pole sitter Jeffrey Kruger took an early shower. Race two saw Falkiner hold off a resurgent Jeffrey Kruger with Adlem, Coetzee, JP Nortjé and André Human hot on his heels. Gys van der Walt took both victories in the Locost class, ahead of Sean Hepburn and Juan du Toit in the first race and ahead of André du Plessis and Davide Favo in the second heat.

Car Care Clinic Superhatch also only races on Dunlop Direzza DZ03Gs and Karel Stols’ Toyota Etios did the double there on Saturday. He beat Francois Henning’s Polo, André Dannhauser’s Corsa and Lenard Archer’s Hyundai Race 1 and won against Archer and Henning in the second moto. Nic Martin’s Peugeot took on the B-Class and Devon Piazza-Musso’s Golf C-Class. All of the above ran on Dunlop Direzza DZ03Gs, which feature a racing tire construction with reduced tread depth and a high stability pattern.

Direzza’s custom tread compound provides precise control, confident braking and predictable grip. The Direzza is available in a wide range of sizes and compounds, ensuring the right tire for every condition and vehicle. Also available in a wide variety of tire sizes, Dunlop Direzzas are almost universally raced in 15-inch format in the regional classes mentioned above. National Polo Cup races on 17 inch Direzzas and Dunlop provide a wide selection of slick, rally, rally raid and other competition tires through ATS Motorsport.

Tough for a good racing life and relatively inexpensive, there are plenty of good reasons why the Dunlop Direzza DZ03Gs are the control tire of choice in many of South Africa’s top regional and national racing championships, from club races, track days, autocross, race schools and much more. . Dunlop of course uses the same technology, research and development from its global motorsport programs to deliver the performance, safety, durability and confidence you can also enjoy on the road every day.

Source: Motorsport Media

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