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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 11, 2019 at 04:30. 16 comments

Thank God We Aren't Naming Track Corners Anymore

Thank God We Aren't Naming Track Corners Anymore

When’s the last time a new circuit popped up on the Formula One calendar laden with cool corner names like Spa-Francorchamps’ Eau Rouge or Monza’s Parabolica? You’d probably have to scrape the very recesses of your brain to try to think of one—and you’d still come up blank. And I’ve gotta say—I can’t be happier.

This is something that’s been playing in the back of my mind recently. I’ve been...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 11, 2019 at 01:20. 12 comments

Every Single Formula One Team Decides Pirelli's New 2020 Tires Suck

Every Single Formula One Team Decides Pirelli's New 2020 Tires Suck

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What would Formula One be if everyone was actually happy about potential changes? I couldn’t tell you, because every single F1 team has unanimously voted to ditch Pirelli’s new 2020-spec tires because they apparently suck that bad.

Thank God Formula One is Ditching High Degradation Tires

Oh joyous day! With the new regulations set to appear for the 2021 season of Formula One comes a…

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 09, 2019 at 21:15. 6 comments

The New McLaren 620R Is A Limited Edition Race Car You Can Take On The Road

The New McLaren 620R Is A Limited Edition Race Car You Can Take On The Road

Just when you thought McLaren might be taking a little break from introducing brand new cars for 2019, the Woking-based outfit comes out with yet another beautiful machine: the 620R. This new car is based on the McLaren GT4 race car, so if you’ve ever wanted to see how one of those bad boys would perform on the road, then this is your chance.

There are only going to be 350 of these cars made,...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Dec 04, 2019. 24 comments

Extremely Illegal Record For Cross-Country Cannonball Run Shattered

Extremely Illegal Record For Cross-Country Cannonball Run Shattered

What is America if not a country for people trying to speed from one ocean to the other in a car as fast as possible? The most notable of such efforts is called the Cannonball Run, and it’s just had its previous record cross-country time from 2013 shattered by three guys in a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG breaking a lot of laws.

Arne Toman, Doug Tabutt, and Berkeley Chadwick left the Red Ball garage...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 03, 2019. 11 comments

Surplus Jet Engines And Other Stories From The Deadly American Battle For The Land Speed Record

Surplus Jet Engines And Other Stories From The Deadly American Battle For The Land Speed Record

The desire to go fast is universal. The desire to go faster than anyone else has gone before, to buy your own jet engine and tempt fate at 400, 500, 600 mph, is a drive few possess and fewer still survive. This is what’s detailed in Speed Duel by Samuel Hawley, covering a near decade-long battle for the land speed record.

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 03, 2019. 5 comments

How To Lose A Formula One Championship, As Told By Ferrari

How To Lose A Formula One Championship, As Told By Ferrari

Every season, Ferrari looks promising. Formula One’s pre-season testing starts the rumor mill churning: this might just be the year Ferrari beats Mercedes! Ferrari is faster! Its engine is better! Aerodynamically, Ferrari is killing it! It’s always something.

And every year, Ferrari slowly comes to realize that its championship hopes are dying but won’t quite admit it’ll be another depressing...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 29, 2019. 23 comments

What Does Formula One Need To Do To Improve Its Racing?

What Does Formula One Need To Do To Improve Its Racing?

The end of the Formula One season is upon us, and it’s time to reflect on all the things The Powers That Be have done right and where things could be better. And because we are motorsport fans, let’s have a nice little chat about what F1 can do to making its racing all the better.

Honestly, this season wasn’t terrible. There was on-track drama, a handful of different race winners, and a pretty...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 28, 2019. 13 comments

What's The Most Obscure Automotive Or Racing Fact You Know?

What's The Most Obscure Automotive Or Racing Fact You Know?
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I am a big fan of esoteric knowledge. The kind of stuff that nobody really needs to know, that doesn’t really matter, but makes for a good talking point. And with the holidays coming up, I need some conversation pieces to distract my family from asking me when me and my husband are going to have kids...

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Alanis King Alanis King Nov 27, 2019. 5 comments

NASCAR Looking At The Potential For Street Races, Purpose-Built Tracks As Soon As 2021: Report

NASCAR Looking At The Potential For Street Races, Purpose-Built Tracks As Soon As 2021: Report

The NASCAR schedule is often criticized as redundant, as it regularly includes the same tracks at the same times of year, every year, without much flexibility. But new report indicates that may change as soon as 2021, and that NASCAR could toss in some street courses and temporary purpose-built tracks.

The story comes from Sports Business Journal, which cited unnamed sources in reporting that...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 27, 2019. 11 comments

This Incredible New Film Masterfully Takes On The Worst Crash In Racing History

This Incredible New Film Masterfully Takes On The Worst Crash In Racing History

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most fascinating motor races in the world, so it makes sense why there has been a sudden influx of great new films about the event coming to the fore recently. But I think my new favorite has to be Le Mans 1955.

An animated short film by Quentin Baillieux, Le Mans 1955 is about the infamous Le Mans disaster  of that year; it’s also eligible to compete in...

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Alanis King Alanis King Nov 26, 2019. 9 comments

Here Are Some Manly Things I Did After Watching Ford V. Ferrari

Here Are Some Manly Things I Did After Watching Ford V. Ferrari

Ford v. Ferrari, if you hadn’t noticed, is a tale of some of the most honorable things this world has to offer: capitalism , balls of steel, and men doing manly things. Vroom! Grunt! Rrrrrrrr! Perhaps the movie’s manly sentiments—sentiments we men are taught not to have in these sissy days, as they might be toxic!—scared you.

But me? Like the author of this New York Post story about how Ford...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Nov 24, 2019. 19 comments

This Save Is Something Else

This Save Is Something Else

Patrick Cassar was racing last Sunday in the Malta Drag Racing Association Finals at Hal Far Raceway on the island of Malta when, at launch, his helmet came loose and turned downward and he, “tried to continue the race with my mouth instead of my eyes,” he said on Facebook. It almost spelled disaster.

Cassar was able to somehow save it, in part by deploying his chutes early. You can see the...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Nov 24, 2019. 17 comments

They're Trying To Make The Dutch Grand Prix Less Terrible With Big Banked Turns

They're Trying To Make The Dutch Grand Prix Less Terrible With Big Banked Turns

Zandvoort hasn’t hosted a Formula One race since 1985, but it will next year as F1 seeks to piggyback on the popularity of Max Verstappen. There were immediately a couple of problems: Some pretty serious environmental concerns and a track drivers said could be bad for racing . Zandvoort is hoping some big banked turns might help fix the latter.

The final turn will be banked twice as much as...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 23, 2019. 10 comments

Mercedes And Porsche Both Kicked Ass In Their First Formula E Race

Mercedes And Porsche Both Kicked Ass In Their First Formula E Race

The sixth Formula E season kicked off early this morning with the Diriyah ePrix, and one of the biggest talking points was, how are newcomers Mercedes and Porsche going to fare when competing against some of the series’ more experienced teams? The answer, it turns out, is really fucking well.

How To Follow Formula E For The 2019-20 Season

Formula E is embarking on its sixth season this...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Nov 22, 2019. 16 comments

The Dakar Rally's 2020 Saudi Arabia Race Route And Entry List

The Dakar Rally's 2020 Saudi Arabia Race Route And Entry List

The Dakar Rally, for the second year in a row, is running entirely within the boundaries of a single country. In 2019 it was Peru. This January 5th-17th, the race will change regions entirely to the deserts and dunes of Saudi Arabia. Thursday the race unveiled the 2020 Dakar route, which starts in Jeddah and ends in Qiddiyah across eleven days of competition with a day of rest in Riyadh.

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 22, 2019. 11 comments

How To Follow Formula E For The 2019-20 Season

How To Follow Formula E For The 2019-20 Season

Formula E is embarking on its sixth season this weekend, and if you aren’t already watching, this is the perfect time to get in on the action. We can all use a little more motorsport in our lives, and what better way to get your off-season fix than with some eco-friendly open-wheel cars?

Seriously—FE is great. It’s still young enough that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and the...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 21, 2019. 6 comments

Watch The First-Ever Formula One Pit Stop In Zero Gravity

Watch The First-Ever Formula One Pit Stop In Zero Gravity

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a Formula One pit crew to take on a tire change in space? I know that I have, mostly just because I frequently wonder what it would the future of racing will be (hint: it is long-distance interplanetary racing). Red Bull Racing is ahead of the game—it’s already practicing its zero-gravity pit stops in the event that this very specific genre of...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Nov 21, 2019. 19 comments

A Six-Time Drag Racing Champion Spills The Secret To Going Fast On Two Wheels

A Six-Time Drag Racing Champion Spills The Secret To Going Fast On Two Wheels

Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson FXDR rider Andrew Hines had a truly bizarre NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season this year, which wrapped up last weekend in California with his sixth championship. Having won seven races from the first 10 Pro Stock race outings this season, he went into the series’ playoff segment, dubbed the “Countdown to the Championship” as the easy favorite. Then the stumbles...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 21, 2019. 23 comments

What Should Be The Next Big Racing Movie?

What Should Be The Next Big Racing Movie?
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In the past few years, we’ve had both Rush and Ford V. Ferrari, two very great historically-based movies about motorsport that, for all their minor flaws, still kick so much ass that it’s hard not to wax a little poetic about them. But what other racing movies should we be getting out of this fast car...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 20, 2019. 7 comments

Modern Rally Legend Citroën Is Leaving The World Rally Championship Because Driver Sébastien Ogier Left

Modern Rally Legend Citroën Is Leaving The World Rally Championship Because Driver Sébastien Ogier Left

Any time I’ve ever had a big breakup, I usually just cut off all my hair, dye it a new color, and buy a spicy new wardrobe. That’s why I truly relate to Citroën’s decision to completely leave the World Rally Championship after its driver and six-time WRC champion Sébastien Ogier opted to leave them for Toyota. When in doubt, make very drastic decisions that place all the blame for...

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