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Jann Mardenborough is a name we probably should get used to hearing. The young 22-year-old English driver has been added to Red Bull’s driver development program for 2014, largely due to his winning the 2011 Nissan GT Academy and subsequent stops at GT racing, Formula 3 and LMP2.

But none of that can compare to Mardenborough’s biggest achievement to date: debuting at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year with Greaves Motorsport, in a Zytek Z11SN Nissan , finishing third in class with co-drivers Lucas Ordonez and Michael Krumm.

So the kid can drive and as it turns out, Red Bull is snapping him up for its driver development program, and a big part of that will be his debut into GP3 class racing with Arden Motorsport. As if that isn’t pressure enough, Mardenborough will have some big shoes to fill at Arden as he is essentially replacing another Red Bull-backed driver Daniil Kvyat, who has since moved on to Formula One with Scuderia Toro Rosso.

From what we’ve seen of him, Mardenborough has a good head on his shoulders and he should be able to make a comfortable transition into GP3. That being said, we’re gonna keep a close eye on the kid to see how far he’s come along since winning the Nissan GT Academy in 2011.

If you’ve been a fan of the Gran Turismo franchise since its inception in the late 90’s, you’ve probably heard of Kazunori Yamauchi, the man largely responsible for creating the game.

But what you think you know about Yamauchi is only a small piece of who the man actually is. Fortunately, we won’t have to keep guessing anymore now that an all-new documentary chronicling the man himself has been released.

It’s called "Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide" and the official description of the documentary mentions how it’s a film about the “the passion and creative drive of Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind Gran Turismo’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution."

In a lot of ways, it really has been an evolution in how we perceive and appreciate car video games ever since the first Gran Turismo came out in 1997. But more than just the game itself, the documentary also goes into great detail about Yamauchi’s constant and relentless pursuit to improve on his baby.

This is a man with a constant need to pursue perfection, and no more is that more evident than on how Gran Turismo has evolved from its first incarnation to what it is today.

The documentary is pretty long, so if you have plans of watching it, make sure nobody bothers you in the next 90 minutes or so.

Click past the jump to watch the trailer of Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide

We’ve already had a look and listen at Volvo’s engine for the V8 Supercars racing series, and now another equally uninspiring car is debuting. This time around, it’s the Nissan Altima Coupe that is showing that it can deliver on the race track.

There is no mention of what engine is under its hood, but it’s safe to say that there is some form of V-8, like the series’ name alludes to. This isn’t the Altima ’s first crack at the V8 Supercars series , but this is a new design for the team.

The new aero package slapped on this hot Altima includes smaller scallops on the front bar and redesigned rear wing uprights. Also tweaked is the livery, as it now features a pearlescent yellow paint and reflective white vinyl in the "Norton" logo.

There will be two Altimas running the series, with James Moffat at the helm of the No. 360 car and Michael Caruso in the No. 36 car. The racing kicks off February 27th in Adelaide, South Australia and end December 7th in Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales.

Click past the jump to read a little about the road-going 2013 Altima Coupe and to see the full racing schedule.

The V8 Supercars series kicks off on February 27th with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Australia, and someone new is making an appearance. That’s right, with Polestar in the mix, Volvo is making its way into the V8 Supercars championship for 2014.

In celebration of this monumental even, Volvo has treated us to the above video that shows the new V-8 engine clearing its throat, while engineers closely monitor it. Not only does this engine sound really ticked off that it took so long for Volvo to make this change, but it also backs up that attitude with 650 ponies without the aid of forced induction. Volvo’s getting serious, folks.

We know that the Volvo brand doesn’t really make performance junkies twitch, but the more recent addition of Polestar models has really lent a little performance cred to the reborn company.

Have a look at the video (above) and make sure to crank those speakers up nice and loud. Enjoy!

Michael Schumacher Suffers Head Injuries in Skiing Accident

It’s been a month since Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident and until now, his family has kept the progress of his recovery out of the media. But a recent report from French sport newspaper L’Equipe is claiming that Schumi could be slowly taken out of his coma.

“After four consecutive weeks of coma following his serious skiing accident of December 29, Michael Schumacher has been placed, according to our information, [in a] phase of gradual awakening," the newspaper reported, citing its own sources.

"It is a slow and uncertain recovery phase in the life that begins for seven time world champion.”

If there’s any truth to this rumor, it is great news and a sigh of relief for a lot of people who have been praying for the recovery of the seven-time Formula One champion. It’s going to be a tough road ahead for Michael and if he’s taken out of his coma, it at least represents the first sign that his health has improved since that fateful day last December.

His team, including manager Sabine Kehm, has refused to make any comments on his current status. But regardless of the information that is or isn’t being relayed, nobody can refute the fact that we’re all on Schumi’s side and we’re all still praying for a safe and speedy recovery.

Click past the jump to read about Michael Scumacher

Source: AutoWeek
Posted on by Pratyush Rout  

With the initial preseason testing underway in Jerez, Spain, Ferrari has joined the list of teams who have revealed their cars for the 2014 season of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship,

Named the F14 T after an online poll by Ferrari. Though its new 1.6-liter, V-6 engine is less powerful than last year’s V-8 engine, when combined with the ERS system, this drivetrain will actually produce more peak power than last year’s car. The F14 T features a significantly upgraded design especially up front, as we reported previously .

The F14 T will be driven by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen , which is one of the best driver lineups by any team this year, in our opinion. With Ferrari promising it’s drivers a new LaFerrari if they manage to win the World Championship title, we don’t think we’ll have to worry about not seeing the Ferrari drivers doing all they can to challenge Adrian Newey and his boffins at Red Bull Racing .

Click past the jump to read more about the F14 T.

For the past four years, no team in Formula One has had as much success as Red Bull . With new regulations beginning in 2014 to even the playing field, we’re curious to see how dominant the reigning champs are going to be.

Fortunately, a lot of things still ring true for the team. It still has four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel on its side. It also still has engineer extraordinaire Adrian Newey. And lastly, it still has quite the car at its disposal with the all-new Red Bull RB10 race car .

Those three things have become the team’s recipe for success in the past four years and if any team has any dreams of upending the current champs from top Mt. Formula One, they’ve certainly got their work cut out for them.

To adhere to the new regulations of the sport, the RB10 was designed with a new nose design, new side pods and multi-tiered front wings. As far as performance goes, power comes in the form of a new 1.6-liter, turbocharged V-6. Also included is an Energy Recovery System that provides an electric boost to powertrain on its way to producing a peak output of 750 horsepower.

The design and overall makeup of the car is unique, as expected from somebody like Newey, and good reason suggests that the team engineers have concocted another winning formula that should equate to another title in the coming season .

At least those are the expectations for the team and knowing Vettel, Newey, and the rest of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, it’s going to take a lot to beat them.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Formula One season

Posted on by Pratyush Rout  

Almost two months from now, the 2014 Season of the FIA Formula One World Championship will be back upon us — March 14th, to be exact. The first race, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, will bring back the familiar scenes of open-wheel race cars with deafening noise going around in circles, as the teams in their quest for glory try their best to score the maximum points.

However, with all the regulation changes being made for the 2014 season, that’s where the familiarity ends. The 2014 season will see a revolution in Formula 1 with radical changes made to the exterior design, engines, powertrain and aerodynamics features.

With a more stringent set of rules focusing to increase fuel efficiency and at the same time reducing dependence on aerodynamics, 2014 will see a lot of innovation driven by the new, tighter regulations in one of the most technologically advanced racing series in the world.

Read our report on all you need to know that will be different this March when Formula 1 returns and the 2014 schedule after the jump.

Posted on by Simona  

Ant lover of racing games has wondered at on time or another just how close the game is to real racing. Imagine, taking the same car you are using in the game and putting it head-to-head with the real car on the real-life version of the track you are racing on; what a fantastic idea, right?

To date, we have never seen this test, but the folks over at Viagame did just that in order to find out which crosses the finish line first, the virtual racer or the real-life on..

To perform this crazy test, they recruited one of Sweden’s best gamers and put him in a Renault Mégane Red Bull Edition with gaming system installed in it. They then took a real-life race car driver and put him in the driver’s seat of the Renault and headed for the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona to see who wins.

Check out the above video to see who wins, it’s pretty neat to see real versus virtual in a head-to-head battle.


US - Stage 1 - Car/Bike - Stage Summary... by Dakar

The 35th running of the Dakar Rally began its official start yesterday in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina and ending in Valparaíso, Chile, some 800 miles over some of the roughest, most unforgiving landscape traversed in modern motorsports. Sunday’s race is only the beginning, representing the first, yet longest stage in a 13-stage race. The total distance traveled will be over 2,600 miles over 14 days through three countries in central South America.

Racing each stage are four classes of vehicles: bikes, quads, cars, and trucks . Each is highly modified and capable of handling the extreme terrain. The cars, for example, look something like a cross between a Baja 1000 truck and a Rally America racer with massive shock absorbers, knobby tires, all-wheel drive and a fearless driver. The truck, or Lorrie class, includes cab-over-engine trucks weighing over 7,716 pounds and look something like a Mercedes Unimog .

Continuing today through January 18th, the Dakar will snake its way through Argentina up to Bolivia, then turning south again for Chili. Separate routes are mapped out — one for the motorcycles and quads, the other for the cars and trucks — keeping the race circuit more suited for the vehicle types.

A live feed is available on the official Dakar website, along with more photos and videos of the action. The results for each day’s finishers are posted there as well.

Click past the jump for more videos of the Dakar Rally


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