Friday, September 24, 2010

Racing News for the Week

Singapore, 24th September 2010
Lotus Racing has today confirmed that the team will be known as Team Lotus from 2011. The migration from Lotus Racing to Team Lotus will take place over the coming months and the renamed team will be the direct successor to the iconic previous incarnation of Team Lotus when they take to the track in the 2011 FIA Formula One™ World Championship and beyond. Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun’s Tune Group has acquired Team Lotus Ventures Ltd, the company led by David Hunt since Team Lotus was last on track, and through that agreement now has full ownership of the historic rights and goodwill of the Team Lotus brand and heritage.

Singapore -In the end it was Red Bull’s Mark Webber whose last lap ousted an improved Schumacher from first place, the Australian’s 1m 54.589s lap acing the German’s 1m 54.708s by 0.119s. Right behind them Adrian Sutil was again quick for Force India, pushing his VJM03 round in 1m 54.827s.

Porsche and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrĂ³n were guests Tuesday of the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Washington DC got its first look at Porsche’s 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car, one of the major storylines for next week’s Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA 2 at Road Atlanta.

The Porsche hybrid represents an interesting first look at the future of endurance racing as manufacturers direct their focus toward energy efficiency and innovative technologies. Its appearance emphasizes the Series’ leadership position in alternative fuels and energies, recognized in 2008 by the DOE and EPA, and SAE International as the only motorsports series that meets all the protocols for green racing.

Porsche’s hybrid will race for the first time in North America during Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, site of the annual 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic. The hybrid system collects energy generated under braking and reapplies it at the front wheels via a flywheel, which supports Porsche’s combustion engine. This leads to a reduction in fuel consumption and increases the cruising range. Moreover, drivers can manually utilize the stored energy with a boost-paddle on the steering wheel for overtaking.|15256