Round 9 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series headed into Japan to race under lights at Twin Ring Motegi (East Course) a new layout for the drivers to tackle and with it being under lights it would make things just that little harder for the drivers. Qualifying was once again lead by 6 time Champion Madison Down stopping the clock at a 1:20.298 with team mate Josh Muggleton edging out Justin Ruggier by .058 with a 1:20.451. Shaun Kelly would start from fourth with Leigh Day in fifth place. Matthew Nethercote would start from sixth with an outstanding lap in qualifying. Tobias Czerny and Leigh Ellis would both line up on row four with Tony Autridge and Jon Latham rounding out the top 10 starters for the main race. When [...]
The seemingly ever-moving target that is the hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered automotive future has slowed its coy, teasing dance?at least for a moment today, when GM and Honda announced they will work together on fuel-cell tech. Both automakers already have fuel-cell technologies in the works or out on the road, so there is at least a smidgen of [...]
It's happened. General Motors' biggest vehicle market - at least in terms of new model sales - is China. According to TheDetroitBureau.com, GM and its various Chinese joint venture operations enjoyed a 10.6-percent sales increase in the first half of 2013, selling almost 1.6 million units in the market. That puts GM China about 200,000 units ahead of its US sales totals over the same period - this, despite indicators that the communist nation's economy is losing momentum.
TDB notes that like GM, rival Ford has also enjoyed a robust 2013 in China thus far, with its sales up a whopping 47 percent to 407,721 units sold - 75,254 of them in June alone. Between the two US automakers, passenger car sales for the first half of 2013 are up around 14 percent, well ahead of the rest of the industry's 10-percent growth estimates for the market. Some of the sales growth may come as a result of an overall anti-Japan sentiment in China, though the American brands have long outsold their Japanese counterparts in the country.
By The General's own predictions, China will only continue to grow in sales importance. The company has designs on selling over five million cars a year in the market before the end of the decade, a total that figures to dramatically widen the gap versus its US totals - even if America's auto market makes a full recovery to the salad days of over 17-million units a year.
By September 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition, en route to the Pacific, had exited their canoes and strolled into Montana?s verdant Bitterroot Valley, a 100-mile-long corridor extending from the Idaho border to present-day Missoula. Back then, the Shoshone Indians called the valley the ?Waters of the Red Osier Dogwood.? Or something like that. Course, [...]
Another day, another EV sports car concept from out of the ether? Well, yes and no - Bluebird should be a familiar name to anyone with even a passing interest in land speed record history. A series of record-breaking LSR cars and boats ran the under the Bluebird moniker in the 1920s and 1930s with Britain's Sir Malcolm Campbell at the wheel, a legacy later carried on by his son, Donald Campbell and his grandson, Don Wales. It's that same lineage that's being leveraged with a new sports car and race car effort announced out of England.
According to a press release issued today, a run of 50 Bluebird DC50 electric sports cars (rendering above) are planned to commemorate a half-century since Donald Campbell set various land and water records. The company says that all fifty examples will feature Bluebird blue paint on its electric power scissor doors, and a 360-horsepower electric drivetrain offering up to 200 miles of range. Pricing and availability have not yet been released, nor performance metrics, though "acceleration to match a Porsche" is promised.
The other car shown in the image above is the Bluebird GTL electric race car, and it has been conceived with the FIA's Formula E series that's set to start next year. The GTL represents "Bluebird's 'vision' for the all-electric global race series," but no further technical details have been provided, nor any plans for production divulged.
Both the DC50 road car and GTL race car will bow at England's Sustainable MotoExpo on September 28, at the National Motor Museum in the village of Beaulieu. For more information on the cars and the MotoExpo, scroll down to view the official press release.