|VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT TO CELEBRATE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF FORMULA VEE AT ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA|
|• Former stars of Formula Vee and Formula Super Vee will take to the track in historic cars, 50 years after the first official FV race Herndon, VA - Formula Vee will celebrate a big birthday at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this coming weekend (24–27January). Fifty years after the debut of the formula as an officially-sanctioned Sports Car Club of America race series, Volkswagen will return to the place where it all started with a number of significant car and drivers from the past. Among those present will be several ex-FV drivers who went on to become international motorsport stars: Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk; Indycar star and team owner Michael Andretti; Daytona champion Didier Theys; two-time Daytona winner Elliott Forbes-Robinson; former DTM and sportscar stars Hans-Joachim Stuck and Dieter Quester; and rally icon Markku Alen. 'Volkswagen can look back on major success on the motorsport scene. However, the continuous promotion of young drivers has been even more successful,' said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. 'Fifty years ago, Formula Vee was pioneering in this regard. Many eventual motorsport legends took their first steps towards a career in motor racing with us. Many of these legends will be brought together for the revival in Daytona and I'm really looking forward to this reunion.' Formula V in the USA – the success story that began back in 1963 The first-ever SCCA Formula Vee race was held at the Daytona Speedway in August 1963, although cars had raced around the south-eastern U.S. prior to that event. Armed with the 40 horsepower, 1.2-liter engine and the running gear from the Volkswagen Beetle, motorsport enthusiasts put together extremely cost-effective single-seater racing cars—and launched a boom that was soon to spill over to Europe. On July 4th, 1965, Formula Vee made its official European debut in front of 50,000 spectators at the Norisring in Nuremberg, Germany. This proved to be the start of a huge success story, to which a new chapter was added from 1971 onwards with the Formula Super Vee series, which ran parallel to the established Formula Vee 1300. FSV cars used a 1.6-liter Volkswagen engine that initially generated 120 hp, a figure that later rose to close to 200 hp. Formula One world champions Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Keke Rosberg all began their careers in Formula Vee championships, as did Le Mans winners Gijs van Lennep, Dr. Helmut Marko, and Jochen Mass. Indycar stars such as Michael Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Arie Luyendyk, and Scott Dixon competed in FV and FSV in their formative years. As such, Formula Vee formed the basis for the tradition of promoting young drivers in motorsport, one that lives on today through the likes of the German ADAC Formula Masters 'powered by Volkswagen.' The best Formula Vee racing cars from Europe and the U.S. will complete a 'lap of honor' ahead of the start of the 24-hour race at Daytona, driven by some of the heroes from the series' heyday.|
|FORMULA E UNVEILS CIRCUIT LAYOUT FOR MIAMI EPRIXRound five to be staged around AmericanAirlines Arena along Biscayne Bay|
MIAMI, USA (October 20 2014): The FIA Formula E Championship – the world's first fully-electric racing series – has today revealed the circuit location and layout for the Miami ePrix, taking place on March 14, 2015.
The eight turn, 2.17km circuit is located in Downtown Miami, Florida, along Biscayne Bay around the streets of the AmericanAirlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat NBA basketball team. Produced by leading tr....
|STRONG AUDI SHOWING IN DTM FINALE• Three Audi RS 5 DTM cars in the best three grid positions|
• Audi RS 7 to do a fast lap at Hockenheim – without a driver
• World premiere of the new Audi Sport TT Cup
Ingolstadt/Hockenheim, October 18, 2014 – Strong showing by the four rings in the DTM finale at Hockenheim (Sunday live on 'Das Erste' starting 13.30): Miguel Molina, Mattias Ekström and Edoardo Mortara secured the best three grid positions for Audi for the last race of the year. Six Audi RS 5 DTM cars in total m....
|END OF AN ERA: CHAMPION PEPPER WINS FINAL RACE IN VOLKSWAGEN'S TOURING CAR SCHOOL◾Time to turn over a new leaf after 17 years and 166 races|
◾Kremer finishes second in the championship, Møller Madsen wins Junior title
◾Guest appearances from Albert von Thurn and Taxis and Pierre Casiraghi
At precisely 17:35 on Saturday evening, spectators at the Hockenheimring were witness to the end of an era: Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) won the final race in the history of Volkswagen's touring car school. It was only fitting that the champion of the 2014 Scirocco R-Cup should triumph in the....
|PROOF POSITIVE: AUDI RS 7 CONCEPT TAKEN TO THE LIMIT WITH NO DRIVER◾Audi sets new standards for piloted driving|
◾Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept completes Hockenheimring lap driverless at racing speed
◾Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, AUDI AG Board Member for Technical Development: 'This top performance substantiates the skills of our development team with regard to piloted driving at Audi.'
Ingolstadt, October 19, 2014 – At the DTM season finale, Audi demonstrated the sheer fascination of piloted driving. The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept complet....
|PORSCHE SPORT DRIVING SCHOOL CELEBRATES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY• Driving with safety, precision, and awareness|
Atlanta. What began 40 years at the Hockenheimring race track in Germany accompanied by the sound of boxer engines and squealing tires, and the smell of rubber, oil, and gasoline laid the foundation for today's Porsche Sport Driving School. This workshop, geared towards performance oriented drivers, provided the skills needed to drive Porsche vehicles to the fullest potential through an enjoyable learning process.
The idea turne....
|CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS: ELIMINATING THE COMPETITIONWith over 87 billion potential finishing orders for the Supercar class in next month's Red Bull Global Rallycross Las Vegas at The LINQ, the winner of this year's championship is anything but easy to predict. We know that four drivers—Joni Wiman, Ken Block, Nelson Piquet Jr., and Scott Speed—remain eligible for the title, but with three opportunities to earn points over the course of the weekend (two heats and the final), predicting the winner isn't going to be easy.|
The good news for the top....
|‘Stars & Cars' in Stuttgart – celebrate the ‘best'•On Saturday, 29th November 2014, Mercedes-Benz intends to mark the end of the exceptional sporting year that was 2014 |
•MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Silver Arrows works team heads to Stuttgart as 2014 Formula 1 Constructors' World Champions
•MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg, plus all seven Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers will attend the event
•Demo drives of current and classic racing cars
•Autograph signings, interviews & fan 'happenings' in and around the M....