Thursday, 31 March 2011

Ferrari launch their new 2011 car, F150 (+ Launch Pictures)


Ivan Capelli Piero Carini Duane Carter Eugenio Castellotti Johnny Cecotto Andrea de Cesaris

This Week in Auto Racing April 1 - 3


Adolf Brudes Martin Brundle Gianmaria Bruni Jimmy Bryan Clemar Bucci Ronnie Bucknum

Porsche Panamera Turbo S revealed

Porsche squeezes more power out of the 4.8 liter bi-turbo V8 of the Panamera Turbo for this new range-topping S variant.


Ian Burgess Luciano Burti Roberto Bussinello Jenson Button Tommy Byrne Giulio Cabianca

Lotus T128 launch (+ pictures)


Sebastien Buemi Luiz Bueno Ian Burgess Luciano Burti Roberto Bussinello Jenson Button

Campaign launched to save Team Lotus

© Save Team Lotus
One side of the Lotus naming dispute has been put forward on a new and in-depth webpage called The basic background is that the Lotus Racing F1 team had its naming rights revoked for next season by Group Lotus and, in order to keep racing under the Lotus name, bought the Team Lotus brand off David Hunt, who had owned it since the original team?s last race in 1994. Group Lotus has now taken Lotus Racing to court to try and stop it using the historic name in Formula One next year. The issue has been a source of constant confusion for many fans and the new webpage offers a breakdown of David Hunt?s and Team Lotus? side of the argument.


Andrea de Cesaris Francois Cevert Eugene Chaboud Jay Chamberlain Karun Chandhok Alain de Changy

Kyle Busch goes wire-to-wire in N?wide Phoenix win

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Johnny Cecotto Andrea de Cesaris Francois Cevert Eugene Chaboud Jay Chamberlain Karun Chandhok

Pagani Huayra Roadster

It wasn’t that long ago when Horacio Pagani confirmed that their latest Huayra supercar would indeed see a roadster version in about three years. And although this news doesn’t exactly surprise many of us who saw this car coming from a mile away, its potential look is something that can only be dreamed about. That is, unless you’re the impatient type and want to check out our rendering for a sneak peek at its design instead.

So, Pagani will slice and dice the roof off of their Huayra supercar and consequentially eliminate the gull wing doors, but little else will be changed at all. Expect the same carbon-titanium chassis, 700 HP twin-turbocharged engine, X-trac seven-speed sequential transmission, and all of the rest of the goodies that make the Huayra special. You can also expect slower performance times thanks to the added weight of the convertible roof, not that you would notice the difference as the wind barrels through your hair at high speeds.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Pagani Huayra Roadster.

Pagani Huayra Roadster originally appeared on on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:00 EST.

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Mark Blundell Raul Boesel Menato Boffa Bob Bondurant Felice Bonetto Jo Bonnier

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

F1 2011 Race Calendar

The most prestigious event in global motorsport racing is back, and the new season is set to be more entertaining than ever, with a variety of new drivers and teams that will make the playing field more exciting than it has been in years. There are also two new tracks in China and India that [...]


Tony Crook Art Cross Geoff Crossley Chuck Daigh Yannick Dalmas Derek Daly

In the departure lounge?

I am in the Emirates Lounge at Tullamarine International Airport in Melbourne with an Apple in one hand, and a glass of Cloudy Bay in the other. So life is not too bad. It has been a slow day, after finishing GP+ at some crazy hour of the night. I had a wander around Melbourne [...]


Karl Gunther Bechem Jean Behra Derek Bell Stefan Bellof Paul Belmondo Tom Belso

Blarney Down Under?


Sebastien Buemi Luiz Bueno Ian Burgess Luciano Burti Roberto Bussinello Jenson Button

F1 2011 Teams and Drivers


Andrea de Adamich Philippe Adams Walt Ader Kurt Adolff Fred Agabashian Kurt Ahrens Jr

Hamilton decision-making under the microscope

Lewis Hamilton has come in for criticism © Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton?s decision-making ability has come into question after he crashed into the side of Felipe Massa on lap one, causing his early retirement from the Italian Grand Prix. This incident has raised questions about his temperament and ability to bounce back. Kevin Garside of the Daily Telegraph questions how much we should really be expecting from Hamilton. ?Perhaps this is how it must be with Hamilton, an instinctive racer compelled to chase the impossible through gaps that don?t exist. He took the best part of an hour to compose himself before walking out into the sun to face the cameras. This was Hamilton?s third DNF of the season but the first of his own making. Occasions like this are perhaps reminders to us not to expect too much. ?On the days when Hamilton?s insane alliance of guts, skill and derring-do appear capable of delivering the world it is easy to forget he is only 25, an age when it is all too common for boys to believe themselves men.? Byron Young of the Mirror also pulls no punches about Hamilton?s performance and was heavily critical of the manoeuvre which meant he left the weekend pointless. ?To say that his dive down the outside at Della Roggia chicane was optimistic would be generous. Mystifying, definitely, with so much at stake. So often Hamilton has made them stick but yesterday the outcome was all too predictable.?


Jim Crawford Ray Crawford Alberto Crespo Antonio Creus Larry Crockett Tony Crook

Vettel showed huge maturity, says Horner

Christian Horner has praised both the Red Bull team and Sebastian Vettel for their brilliant start to the season in Australia, which saw the World Champion take a dominant victory. The team had opted to run without KERS, but any … Continue reading


Cliff Allison Fernando Alonso Giovanna Amati George Amick Red Amick Chris Amon

The races


David Clapham Jim Clark† Kevin Cogan Peter Collins Bernard Collomb Alberto Colombo

Red hot Ferrari ready for fightback

The word scarlet evokes thoughts of only F1′s most historic and successful side – ensuring that the competition must get used to once again savouring the taste of biting a caffeine-free red bullet.

2011 must be the season that banishes the memory of ’s maiden triumph. ...


Piero Carini Duane Carter Eugenio Castellotti Johnny Cecotto Andrea de Cesaris Francois Cevert

Revell '32 Ford Sedan

Hi Guys,

Here are some pictures of a Revell '32 Ford Sedan I just finished. It's built pretty much out of the box with the exception of wheels and tires and a few small details. I swapped in the "Hemi" from the 5-Window Coupe kit that required leaving off the hood sides ( I prefer them on). The tires are resin pieces from the Modelhaus, all four wheels are parts box items and the caps are from Replicas and Miniatures. The front and rear suspensions, the wheels and caps were all chrome plated by Chrome Tech USA. The paint is Testors #1214 Yellow and #2936 Clear from spray cans. I lowered the front end and removed the air bags from the rear end and "hung" it from the kit coilover shocks. The "fuzzy dice" were scratch built by ME. I'm kind of "pleased" with how it turned out.

Thanks for looking and I hope you all like it.

Barry Fadden



John Cannon Eitel Cantoni Bill Cantrell Ivan Capelli Piero Carini Duane Carter

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

2012 Audi S8 to feature 520 hp - report

A new report is indicating the 2012 Audi S8 will use a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 520 hp (388 kW / 527 PS).


Luca Badoer Giancarlo Baghetti Julian Bailey Mauro Baldi Bobby Ball Marcel Balsa

2012 Mercedes SL spied near the Nürburgring

Our spies have caught the redesigned Mercedes SL undergoing testing near the Nurburgring. See the pictures inside


Adolf Brudes Martin Brundle Gianmaria Bruni Jimmy Bryan Clemar Bucci Ronnie Bucknum

Monogram '79 Z28

Greetings all!

I've been more of a watcher than a poster and I've really enjoyed some beautiful builds.  I want to post one of mine.  I've really slowed on my building due to so many obligations so I thought to get back in I would start with something simple.  I've always enjoyed the old Monogram F bodies (the Turbo TA was one of my favorites) so I ran with the '79 Z28.  Not much engine detail so I didn't focus on that...I focused on the body and interior.  I had a great time with this one!


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Jack Brabham† Bill Brack Ernesto Brambilla Vittorio Brambilla Toni Branca Gianfranco Brancatelli

Vintage Stoddart


Colin Davis Jimmy Daywalt JeanDenis Deletraz Patrick Depailler Pedro Diniz Duke Dinsmore

BMW M3 GTS by G-Power

The BMW M3 GTS is no doubt one of the most impressive M3 ever: lightweight body parts, carbon aerodynamic parts, titanium exhaust, racing suspension, roll cage and racing bucket seats for six-point seat-belts. However, according to G-Power the GTS is missing one important thing: the ultimate output. And the German tuner is ready to offer it.

G-Power announced today that the company is preparing a specially adapted version of G-POWER?s SK II CS supercharger system that will increase the GTS’ output from a standard of 450 HP to a more suitable 6XXhp. After this modification the BMW M3 GTS can finally show the armada of Porsche 911 GT3 RS who?s the boss at the various clubsport racing events. However the tuner did not revealed how this updates will increase the model’s performances. Just as a reminder, a stock GTS can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4,4 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 189 mph.

The tuner said they are already working on updating one model, but two more will also follow.

BMW M3 GTS by G-Power originally appeared on on Friday, 21 January 2011 14:00 EST.

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Walt Ader Kurt Adolff Fred Agabashian Kurt Ahrens Jr Christijan Albers Michele Alboreto

What does the future hold for Marussia Virgin Racing?

After the off-season deal with a Russian sportscar maker, the team returns under the new name Marussia Virgin Racing, and with the MVR-02 completing over 4000kms in pre-season testing, the team are confident for success in the 2011 season.

There is also a change behind the wheel, as Lucas di Grassi is replaced by Belgium youngster Jerome d?Ambrosio after he successfully trailed with the team late in ...


Jean Alesi Jaime Alguersuari Philippe Alliot Cliff Allison Fernando Alonso Giovanna Amati

Red Bull on top after F1's winter war

There is an adage in Formula 1 that if a team shows form at Barcelona's demanding Circuit de Catalunya in the winter then they are in good shape to go racing.

Over the final two pre-season tests in Barcelona, team analysts have been poring over reams of data, calculating fuel levels and conjuring tyre tactics to try to find out where their team falls in 2011's pecking order.

The teams were unanimous in one thing - Red Bull will once again be the ones to watch in 2011.

But as the field of 12 teams prepares to race under new regulations for the new season, the champions may not have it all their own way.

Just like last season, Ferrari are not far behind Red Bull.

Nevertheless, after four pre-season tests, it is widely agreed Red Bull have an advantage in both qualifying and race pace.

Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull at the Circuit de Catalunya

The Red Bull has looked ominously fast in all conditions in pre-season testing. Photo: Getty

In terms of pure pace, the champions have yet to push the RB7 in full qualifying trim - with some insiders saying they believe the car has never been on track with less than 80kg of fuel on board when 10kg is usually enough for qualifying.

Despite this, world champion Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber have managed to top the timings in Barcelona four times out of eight days between them.

Red Bull have also raised eyebrows with their consistency and speed over longer spells on track.

Analysis of Webber's long runs at the final test suggested that after 10 or more laps he was 0.7 seconds per lap faster than others, showing the car has pace and is kinder on the tyres.

That could be crucial in a season when tyre wear and management is expected to be key factors.

Over at Ferrari, championship runner-up Fernando Alonso and his team-mate Felipe Massa have both shown pace in shorter bursts and strength in race simulations, but analysts point to tyre life as a potential weakness for the Italian marque.

After teething problems in the first three tests, Mercedes bared their teeth in Barcelona as Michael Schumacher was unassailable at the top of day four's timesheets in the heavily upgraded Mercedes.

Insiders within the team are confident they are now the third fastest team on track - if not the second.

Behind Red Bull, Ferrari - and now perhaps Mercedes - the pack tightens around the midfield of Renault, Williams, McLaren, Toro Rosso and Sauber.

After a catalogue of headaches, from exhaust, hydraulics and engine problems to a lack of spare parts, McLaren have done little to show they will start 2011 where they left off as F1's third fastest team.

The mood within McLaren has swung between concern, voiced painfully by both drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, and optimism that things will better.

And on the plus side, it would not be the first time McLaren have had to battle back from a difficult design through determined development.

Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in the pit lane at the Circuit de Catalunya

Ferrari appear to be best of the rest - just as they were in 2010. Photo: AFP

"If you had to pick a team on the grid who could make most progress throughout the course of year, McLaren are the ones to flag up every time," one rival team insider commented.

"In 2009 they took a car that was 3.5 seconds off the pace of the [eventual champions] Brawn to races wins at the end of the year."

Of 2010's three new entrants, Team Lotus appear to have made the most progress - on pace alone the Norfolk-based team have made up at least a second over the winter to move closer to Force India at the back of the pack.

There is, however, a view up and down the paddock that Formula 1's new regulations could upset the form book.

When Pirelli won the contract to supply the sport's tyres this season in place of Bridgestone, the Italian company was asked to make the rubber less durable in the hope that it would spice up racing.

The early signs are Pirelli have delivered on what was asked of them.

Throughout the four pre-season tests, two themes have come up time and again; how quickly the Pirelli tyres are degrading and the performance difference between the four compounds.

For the first three races in Melbourne, Malaysia and China, the teams can only choose between the soft and hard tyres.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery predicts the soft tyres will last between 10-15 laps and the hards up to 25.

One experienced F1 race engineer estimates the difference between those tyres could be worth as much as 1.3 seconds a lap.

Tyre selection and when to change them during a race will be crucial to deciding 2011's winners and losers.

Team strategists believe by getting it right - or wrong - strategy calls could be worth up to six positions.

"The team with the fastest car may not necessarily win the races," warned Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn.

"If you are out on track on the wrong tyre at the wrong time, people will overtake you. There is more potential to get it wrong than there was last year. It's a challenge I'm relishing."

The pit wall strategists and the drivers will have to work together to determine tyre strategy over the weekend.

Drivers who have a good feeling for tyres and how to manage them - the likes of Schumacher, Button and Renault's Nick Heidfeld - will use that skill to their advantage.

The return of the kinetic energy recovery and power-boost system (Kers) and the introduction of the moveable rear wing also increase the pressure in the cockpit.

"Drivers used to drive the car and were not that good at controls and switches; now they are totally dominated by them," explained Williams technical director Sam Michael.

"It will be a real thinking game now; tyre degradation, how you are using Kers and the rear wing. You are going to see drivers making some mistakes, that's for sure."

At the final test in Barcelona, the F1 field were beginning to tire of looking into their crystal ball to respond to questions on form and expectations for the new season.

In less than two weeks' time, the drivers will race through the leafy surroundings of Melbourne's Albert Park and find the answers - whether they like them or not.


George Constantine John Cordts David Coulthard Piers Courage Chris Craft Jim Crawford

Start as you mean to finish


Jaime Alguersuari Philippe Alliot Cliff Allison Fernando Alonso Giovanna Amati George Amick

Monday, 28 March 2011

Sauber and Buemi under investigation

As of 2130 local time the Australian GP stewards are still busy with two issues that could affect the results of the race. Force India has asked the FIA to look into a passing move by Sebastien Buemi on Adrian … Continue reading


Ettore Chimeri Louis Chiron Joie Chitwood Bob Christie Johnny Claes David Clapham

Harvick wins at Fontana on final turn pass


Gerhard Berger Eric Bernard Enrique Bernoldi Enrico Bertaggia Tony Bettenhausen Mike Beuttler

Are we, sometimes, unfriendly?

Last weekend the wife and I went to the Cleveland Autorama. We had a great time except for one instance.
There was a Model Car Car Contest and the models were out on display on several different tables.
We walked over to look at the models and were completely ignored my the men standing on the other side.
I even asked one of them a question and received a very curt, NO.
There was no attempt by those men to engage us in conversation, tell us about the models or anything.
That does not seem to be a very good way to promote a Hobby we all love.
Just my thoughts.


Clemar Bucci Ronnie Bucknum Ivor Bueb Sebastien Buemi Luiz Bueno Ian Burgess

Live from Indy ? Sorta...


Fred Agabashian Kurt Ahrens Jr Christijan Albers Michele Alboreto Jean Alesi Jaime Alguersuari

Vettel showed huge maturity, says Horner

Christian Horner has praised both the Red Bull team and Sebastian Vettel for their brilliant start to the season in Australia, which saw the World Champion take a dominant victory. The team had opted to run without KERS, but any … Continue reading


Julian Bailey Mauro Baldi Bobby Ball Marcel Balsa Lorenzo Bandini Henry Banks

2 1/2 ton Rockwell progress

Hey all. For those that don't follow the CBPs, here's some progress on my scratchbuilt Rockwells...more pics in my "Axle" album.




Paul Belmondo Tom Belso JeanPierre Beltoise Olivier Beretta Allen Berg Georges Berger

Sunday, 27 March 2011


AHA ! Did that get your attention? Good ! Now what I am going to do is take you on a walk-around of a real car and you see if you can tell what details are always forgotten or just plain omitted ! The first thing is the body . Are there any details here that aren,t on your favorite model .Good that,s why we add them . Now , lets open the door . What do you see ? look good now because this is where one glaring omission is in %98 of model cars built , even the ones that garner a lot of hardware in show after show. Look , carefully now .See the slot in the door and vent window frame for the windows to ride up and down in . Why don,t folks put these obvious things on their cars ? Next how thick is the edge of the door ? Now I know scale thickness is darned near impossible. So fudge a little and put that edge in there . Not as thin as stock , that,s okay at least it,s there. How about those vent windows on the older cars ? Why don,t the builders show them open ? I dunno , I do and folks notice that too .Open the hood and trunk . How many times have our fine friends at the mag recommended the support frames you see under the hood and trunk ? I lost count .  This includes little bits representing the stabilizer wedges that keep the hood and trunk lids from closing cockeyed . Now how about the interior of the doors ? You do know that I have seen many models with open doors (late models ) . Okay , where,s the little light that lets folks see an open door at night ? Yes , I am picking nit and for good reason . With all the aftermarket goodies out there ,why omit the obvious . I got picked to judge at a contest last year and boy , did I catch it . Why . because even though they were models, I looked for the OBVIOUS. The things that are THERE and NOTICEABLE !  You might say " ,Well , I weathered my model to look dirty , fine , then put wiper sweeps on the windshield . You see them every day . Now about the underhood area . I know of no one that sells a sheet of decals of underhood markings . There may be . If you can,t find any then use artistic license (the same urge that drove you to do that model) A few squiggly lines on an apparent label aren,t readable, so what ? I don,t know of a judge , including myself , that uses a magnifier to see if that,s a prestone sticker from your local service provider . The point is it,s there . Now about those other little bits of stuff inside the car . How many of you when you put in the rear view mirror have it facing the right way ? I have seen many that were in the position one might see if a young lady in the passenger seat checked her makeup ! Now , YES , that,s picking nit . I very rarely use aftermarket stuff because of cost . I still build them the way I was taught . If it,s there put it in there or at least make folks think that is what is there . Now to the underbody . We  all could go nuts down there . Why? It looks cool . Well how about that almost factory stock beauty you put so much effort into ? Did you detail the engine bay , ? Good , now I have to ask where,s the fuel lines ,the A/C hoses ad infinitum. I turned one car over (this club makes it clear your models will be handled unless you say not to ) Guess , what I didn,t find on a kick butt custom with at least 12 to 14 hours spent on the engine and all the surrounding goodies , No fuel lines to the gas tank  , no parking brake linkage , and the exhausts were solid as a rock ! Now do you see why I wrote this . I have spent at least seven months on a BUICK that is box stock . Now I am building a full house superdetailed CHRYSLER 300 (that,s 1957 type) and it will have all the stuff I am talking about if the real car had it . WHY ? well I want to enter it in next years show ,without using even ONE aftermarket part and see how it does in "FACTORY STOCK" . No lie ! I am not a perfectionist , but ,I will put in all the obvious things that you would see if it was the real car sitting on display with all the doors , the hood and trunk open to the world .  No , I will not forget to put a spare tire under a cover I will make for it , and the jack will be under the spare and held in place by the jack base and the wingnut , But,it will be there ! .  That includes , but is not limited to the ignition key in the ignition with an accompanying key ring . Now want to meet me at ALAMO SQUADRON /I P M S show next year ? Look for the deep maroon CHRYSLER 300 .         oldcarguy  


Duke Dinsmore Frank Dochnal Jose Dolhem Martin Donnelly Carlo Abate George Abecassis

Perez: ?A dream start I will remember forever? | 2011 Australian Grand Prix

Sergio Perez said he did not expect to be able to do just one pit stop during the Australian Grand Prix.


Skip Barber Paolo Barilla Rubens Barrichello Michael Bartels Edgar Barth Giorgio Bassi

Anybody Built/got AMTs 55 Chevy?

I am looking to do a few 1/16th builds and the 55 by AMT is one I would like to build,has anyone built or got one? I am just wondering what the Centrelines are like? Could anyone possibly post a pic? as it will quite expensive to import one so I need to know if the kit  is worth it,any help any one can give would be mostly appreiciated.

Thank you,Paul, NZ


Alberto Colombo Erik Comas Franco Comotti George Connor George Constantine John Cordts

Checa Checks Out!


Felice Bonetto Jo Bonnier Roberto Bonomi Juan Manuel Bordeu Slim Borgudd Luki Botha

Jenson Button: ?We?ve picked up performance??

McLaren had a disastrous testing season but after ?going back to basics? by hurriedly producing a less exotic exhaust and floor combination the team may well have turned its season around. Jenson Button was fastest today – although he admitted … Continue reading


Thierry Boutsen Johnny Boyd David Brabham Gary Brabham Jack Brabham† Bill Brack

F1: Final Winter Test begins, Pirelli gets more Rubber...


Jean Alesi Jaime Alguersuari Philippe Alliot Cliff Allison Fernando Alonso Giovanna Amati

F1: Time Capsule - Aussie Flashback


Tony Brooks Alan Brown Walt Brown Warwick Brown Adolf Brudes Martin Brundle

Ferrari launch their new 2011 car, F150 (+ Launch Pictures)


Chuck Arnold Rene Arnoux Peter Arundell Alberto Ascari Peter Ashdown Ian Ashley

Renault Samsung SM7 Concept teaser sketch released

Teaser image for concept previewing the next-generation Korean-market SM7 sedan is released by Renault Samsung Motors.


Alberto Colombo Erik Comas Franco Comotti George Connor George Constantine John Cordts