A while ago Mazda Racing announced that their extremely popular MX-5 cup would be going global and their new 2016 MX-5 roadster will take over as the new platform. That news made us all “squeee” collectively and I thought it couldn’t get much better than that. However, yesterday it was announced that RAYS Engineering yes that RAYS would be the official wheel for the Global MX-5 cup and that BFGoodrich would be stepping in as the official tire! How cool is that? Both companies will be making applications specific to the racing series. BFGoodrich will produce a custom variant of their “g-Force” racing slick while RAYS will produce what looks like a custom variant of their ZE40 wheel but I could be wrong about that.
Both BFGoodrich and RAYS have had previous experience working with Mazda with BFGoodrich providing tires for previous series and RAYS producing wheels for Mazdaspeed cars in the past. The MX-5 cup series is a favorite among grassroots racers for its low cost to entry and its huge support system. A full turn-key Global MX-5 Cup race car could be had for $53k which is extremely inexpensive relative to the cost of other brand new turn-key race cars available. Currently, 80 cars have been ordered for production during the off-season and there will more than likely be more on the way. So, who wants to let me borrow 53 grand? No one? OK, just thought I’d ask…
Anyhow for more information on the new partnerships and the MX-5 Cup series check out the official press release below.
IRVINE, Calif. (February 3, 2016) – Racing as we know it would not exist without great partners. Mazda announced two key partners for the 2016 MX-5 Cup – BFGoodrich Tires, and RAYS wheels, will be joining Battery Tender for the 2016 racing season.
“After extensive testing and evaluations, from both an engineering and business perspective, Mazda is thrilled to announce BFGoodrich Tires, and RAYS as strategic partners for 2016,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations. “With BFGoodrich, it’s perfect continuity as the racers know and love the BFG tires from the current series. The RAYS wheel, which will be a Mazda exclusive, offers great performance and great looks, a requirement in the Mazda world.”
“Since 2009, BFGoodrich Tires has been proud to partner and support Mazda MX-5 Cup” stated Peter Calhoun – Motorsport Manager BFGoodrich Tires. “2016 brings a new era with the global MX-5 Cup race car and BFGoodrich is elated to continue our partnership with Mazda, along with the development of a series specific BFGoodrich g-Force(r) race slick. BFGoodrich can’t wait for the 2016 season to kick-off as the large fields will produce some spectacular racing.”
Shigeru Mine, COO, RAYS CO., LTD, noted that: “We are very excited to be working with Mazda as the wheel supplier for the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Series. We have a long history together including the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans victory as well as MAZDASPEED wheel programs. With the strong presence both in our home country Japan and globally, we look forward to the growth this will continue to have in 2016 and beyond.”
The price for the turnkey ready-to-race Mazda MX-5 Cup car is $53,000. Long Road Racing began production last month and will be busy during the off season with more than 80 orders in hand. Details for the ordering process, including financing options, are available at www.MazdaMotorsports.com.
Additional partners, and the complete 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires race schedule, will be announced in the weeks ahead. The season will kick-off during the Continental Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda weekend at Mazda Raceway. April 29 – May 1.
Additional information on the MX-5 Cup can be found at www.MX-5Cup.com. You can follow the progress of the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup car development on the new Twitter handle: @GlobalMX5Cup
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com
If you’ve been putting copious hours into Forza Motorsport 6 recently then you are probably craving some new cars by now. Well, I am happy to let you know that a new car pack is releasing tomorrow (1-28-16) in the Xbox Live Marketplace! The Alpinestars car pack is slated to be released just in time for the Rolex 24 Hour race this weekend and includes some pretty sweet cars including the winning car from last year’s Rolex 24 race; the 2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype!
It was also announced that a special Rivals event will take place starting on January 28th featuring the aforementioned Ford Daytona Prototype on the Daytona Sports Car circuit. This event will actually award prizes from Alpinestars so keep an eye out for that as well.
For now, check out the full Alpinestars Car Pack list and trailer below.
Alpinestars Car Pack:
-2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI Daytona Prototype
-1990 Mercury #15 Whistler Radar Cougar XR-7
-1967 Sunbeam Tiger
-2005 Pontiac Aztek
-1992 Alfa Romeo Milano Quadrifoglio Verde
-1974 Toyota Corolla SR5
-1996 Subaru SVX
A while back we learned that a film was being produced based on the life of Enzo Ferrari the father of, well, Ferrari. This was in and of itself somewhat mundane news to me until I learned that Christian Bale would be playing a young Enzo while Robert Freakin De Niro would play Enzo in is later years. I was beyond sold at that point but it looks like there is some unfortunate news on the films development today.
It looks like Christian Bale has decided to back out of the movie due to “health concerns”. Apparently Enzo was a bit on the chubby side in his younger days so the naturally fit Bale felt it necessary to gain some weight to better fit the role. However, after taking a second look at the film’s production schedule Bale realized that he couldn’t “safely” gain the required weight in time to start shooting so he had to call it quits.
This sucks as I think Bale is a great actor and he really transforms into his roles but I am still holding out hope that this movie will turn out well. The film’s director Michael Mann is currently on the search for a replacement for the former Batman actor.
Who do you think would be a good fit to play a young Enzo Ferrari? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
When Formula One came back to America after a lengthy absence fans were thrilled. They were more thrilled to see F1 come back at a brand new top-notch facility known as the Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) which was constructed in Austin, Texas. Since the track opened in 2012 its been not only host to Formula 1 but Moto GP and several other racing series. Even the X Games chose COTA as their new venue after leaving Los Angeles.
One of the more impressive things about COTA was how fast everything came together once contracts were signed. Much of that had to do with the fact that the owners of COTA had an agreement with the state of Texas that COTA would receive subsidies which would help them fund operations for the track, most importantly pay the FIA’s hefty sanctioning fee for the right to have an F1 race at the facility.
Well according to the Austin-American Statesman, Texas’ Governor Gregg Abbott is thinking of reducing the state funding promised to COTA and this directly effect’s COTA’s ability to pay the FIA fee which could mean that the only American F1 race on the calendar may not return in 2016. Also since the FIA sanctions Moto GP as well that event would also be gone.
It seems at this point nothing is quite set in stone yet but even the thought of this has F1 fans all over the world up in arms. The COTA twitter account has been retweeting local and international F1 fans pleading with Gregg Abbott to re-consider cutting COTA’s funding.
Now if you’re wondering why COTA is so dependent on state funding at the moment that is because this year’s USGP was a pretty big financial hit for COTA. Despite the race itself being incredibly exciting, the heavy rain during the race weekend severely impacted attendance. An additional kick in the wallet came when the FIA decided to schedule the Mexico GP only a week after the USGP. This hurt COTA because Mexican F1 fans would travel to Texas to see watch their countrymen race. However, this year many of them stayed home since they were going to have a race in their own back yard just a week later.
This issues could very well combine into a perfect storm that will see F1 leave America again just 3 years after its return. We sincerely hope that doesn’t happen! For more information you can read the story from the Statesmen by clicking the source link below. This is normally a subscription site but they allow you to read one article for free before having to pay up so you’ll be fine.
After reading the story let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us @MotorworldHype!
SEMA is not just the time of year to see all the new parts and goodies that you’ll soon be able to buy for your car but it is also the time when new race cars and liveries debut. This is especially true when it comes to new Formula Drift cars. It looks like the first new drift car debut out of the gate is Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s 2016 Ford Mustang RTR Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and Nitto Tire. Built on a 2016 Ford Mustang, Gittin’s competition spec drift car went on a major diet with the help of carbon fiber body panels which brings the car’s weight down to 2,800 lbs wet with 50/50 weight distribution.
Up front is a Ford Performance/Roush-Yates built 900HP 436ci V8 engine that will redline at 9,000RPMs thanks to some serious tuning and individual throttle bodies. Outside the livery is similar to what Vaughn designed for 2015 but with new shape motifs and a bit more color thrown in for extra contrast. Take a closer look at Vaughn’s new car by clicking any of the thumbnails below. For more info you can read the official press release below the pictures. What do you think of Vaughn’s new ride? Do you like the new look or not? Do you think this car will help Vaughn earn his second championship in 2016? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
Las Vegas, NV – World Champion Drifter and Professional Funhaver, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance, unveiled the competition-spec 2016 Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR drift car today at Ford Motor Company’s annual press conference at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.
In January 2015, Vaughn debuted his prototype competition car, which his team used all year as a platform to meticulously develop the new competition-spec drift car for the 2016 Formula Drift season.
The competition car, built on the globally-available 2016 Ford Mustang platform and prepared at the RTR special projects lab in Charlotte, North Carolina, will utilize the confidence-inspiring independent suspension design featured in the all-new Ford Mustang, coupled with the sticky Nitto NT05 to ensure Vaughn will have the traction that he needs to drive in excess of 100mph sideways on any track put in front of him.
“It’s incredible to see how much drifting has progressed on all fronts in the last 10 years, It’s just crazy, the things we are doing on the track these days and I am pumped to have such an awesome car that will enable us to continue pushing the envelope,” mentions Vaughn. Consistent with Ford’s internal initiatives, the RTR team utilized modern light-weighting technology by using composites and other light metal alloys to drop the car to a near 2,800lbs wet with a 50/50 weight distribution.
Under the hood is a 436 cubic-inch Ford Performance/Roush Yates-built engine that revs to 9000 RPM and makes over 900 horsepower via individual throttle body injection breathing through K&N Performance Air Filters. Vaughn shares his excitement on the car, “It’s crazy to think that I’m driving the equivalent of a 9-second drag racing car…. sideways. Needless to say, I’m pumped to get out there and have some fun!”
All the fun starts on Wednesday at SEMA when the Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR will be at the Ford Out Front experience giving rides and putting on a show for fans and convention attendees all week long. This is the first time a competition car has been unveiled inside and then brought out to flex its muscles.
The car will make its competition debut in April at the first round of the Formula Drift Championship in Long Beach, CA. Although the competition car won’t be available to the public, the new Mustang RTR will be available at select Ford dealers in the USA and Europe in the spring of 2016.
Did you miss out on the Mexican Grand Prix due to a post-Halloween candy hangover? No worries. It happens to the best of us. One year I went on a York Peppermint Patty bender that nearly ruined my life! I had to make a lot of apologies the day after… but at least my breath was minty fresh! Anyway, on to the important stuff! Scroll below for the official Mexican GP race results and some video highlights courtesy of NBC Sports.
WARNING!! SPOILERS BELOW!!!!
2015 Mexican Grand Prix Results:
1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Valtteri Bottas
Need the results for the US Grand Prix over the weekend? We’ll forgive you if you thought the race was canceled due to rain, however the clouds parted just long enough for a race to be ran and it was quite the race indeed. If you haven’t watched I highly recommend finding a replay but if you can’t we have the podium and points results right here as well as a video from the event via NBC Sports. Its all below!
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!
2015 US Grand Prix Results:
1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sebastian Vettel
2015 F1 World Championship Driver Points:
1st: Lewis Hamilton 327 points
2nd: Sebastian Vettel 251 points
3rd: Nico Rosberg 247 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 123 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 111 points
Note: Lewis Hamilton is now officially the 2015 Formula 1 World Champion as he has mathematically locked out all other competitors for the rest of the season! Congrats Lewis!
Video: Final lap as Lewis Hamilton secures his third world championship
I wasn’t really a believer that a full racing game experience would translate well to smart phones and tablets. However EA’s (Electronic Arts) “Real Racing” series pretty much proved me wrong. Sure its still not as involved and deep as something like Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo but it comes respectably close. Add that to the fact that the latest game in the series Real Racing 3 has been downloaded well over 10 million times and you have evidence that not only is there a demand for this type of game but people are enjoying it.
Recently it was announced by EA that in their latest update for Real Racing 3, three McLaren race cars would be added to the car list: the 650S GT3, the P1 GTR, and the legendary ’95 McLaren F1 GTR. They also threw in a few Corvettes just because. Both the update and the game are free on the Google Play and Apple App stores so if you want to try it out you don’t have much to lose.
If you want to see the cars in action you can watch the launch trailer for the update below!
This year at Formula Drift Irwindale we wanted to do more than the typical gallery and wrap up coverage that we’re all used to. We wanted to do something different but we weren’t sure what exactly that would be. Then we saw an article from our friends at SpeedHunters titled “Drifting Is Not A Motorsport” and it reminded us of the question of Drifting’s identity which has been controversial since Formula Drift gained popularity.
Is drifting a motorsport? Is it not a motorsport? Does the label help or hurt drifting? We figured there was no right or wrong answer but there are answers. We thought the best people to pose this question to are Formula Drift drivers. How would someone who’s life revolves around drifting see it? Check out the video below to see what a few Formula Drift drivers such as Ken Gushi, Tyler McQuarrie, and Dai Yoshihara think about labeling drifting as a motorsport.
After watching the video let us know what you think! Do you think drifting is a motorsport? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
Did you miss out on the Russian Grand Prix over the weekend? I won’t blame you this time because I missed it too! I had my hands full of Formula Drift Irwindale so the 3:30am start time of the race (on the west coast) just wasn’t going to cooperate with my brain! Any how, if you need the results simply scroll below for the race podium! Below that is a quick highlight reel courtesy of NBC Sports.
WARNING!! SPOILERS BELOW!!
2015 Russian Grand Prix Results:
1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Sebastian Vettel
3rd: Sergio Perez
1st: Lewis Hamilton 302 points
2nd: Sebastian Vettel 236 points
3rd: Nico Rosberg 229 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 123 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 111 points