Entries Tagged as 'Motorsports'

Hype Video: New F1 2015 Trailer Lists New Game Modes And Shows Off Beautiful Capabilities Of New Game Engine

Posted on 07.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Codemasters F1 2015 is coming out soon and we are definitely excited for it.  We had a taste of it at E3 2015 last month and while it was just a short experience we enjoyed it.  Now, it is obviously still possible that once the full game comes out there may be a pile of things we hate about it.  But, that seems unlikely at this point.  Today, just before the British Grand Prix weekend Codemasters has released a new trailer which lists off some of F1 2015’s game modes and features as well as demonstrates the kind of imagery their new game engine can muster.  They also released some in-game Silverstone screen shots as well.  Check out the trailer and the screen shot gallery below!

F1 2015 “Features” Trailer:

F1 2015 Silverstone Gallery:

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Formula Drift Hype: Fredric Aasbo Wins In New Jersey Rain Battle (quick result)

Posted on 06.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Do you know what is harder than drifting?  Drifting in the freakin rain!  While typically a crowd pleasing occurrence, drifting in the rain without spinning out is extremely difficult.  Throw in the pressure of having judges watch your performance while competing for a championship and the difficulty is increased exponentially.  Yet, that is exactly what many drivers had to deal with over the weekend at Round 4 of Formula Drift in New Jersey at Wall Speedway.   It was definitely a battle of attrition but it was Fredric Aasbo who came out on top after defeating Dean Kearny in the final battle.  This is the second year in a row that Aasbo has earned victory in New Jersey.  Tuerck earned third place thanks to his 9th qualifying spot.  This podium definitely tightens up the points race, especially with defending champ Chris Forsberg bowing out early with a defeat to Odi Bakchis in the Top 16.  Below is your official Formula Drift New Jersey Podium and current top 5 pro championship points standings.

Formula Drift Round 4 “The Gauntlet” New Jersey Results:

1st: Fredric Aasbo
2nd: Dean Kearney
3rd: Ryan Tuerck

Formula Drift 2015 Pro Championship Standings:

1st: Ryan Tuerck – 275pts
2nd: Odi Bakchis – 274pts
3rd: Fredric Aasbo – 268pts
4th: Ken Gushi – 228pts
5th: Chris Forsberg – 225pts

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Indy Car Hype: MAVTV 500 Official Results (With Video)

Posted on 06.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Miss out on some of the racing this weekend?  No worries we got you covered!  We’ll start off with the results from the Indy Car race this weekend at Auto Club Speedway here in sunny California.  There was a surprise win at the MAVTV 500 this year.  Who was it?  Scroll below to find out!

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!

Indy Car MAVTV 500 Official Results:

1st: Graham Rahal
2nd: Tony Kanaan
3rd: Marco Andretti

I bet that wasn’t the podium you were expecting was it?!  If you think that’s crazy check out the highlights below.

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Hype News: NASCAR Group May Possibly Take Over Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Mazda Comments.

Posted on 06.26.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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When most people think about NASCAR they think about oval tracks.  NASCARs are very, very good at going around in circles.  In fact NASCAR loves ovals so much that there are only two “road courses” in their season calendar (Watkin’s Glen and Sonoma).  What really helps out the series is that they also own about half the tracks they race on with their International Speedway Corporation (ISC) arm and nearly all the tracks they own are ovals.  However, according to recent reports it looks like ISC is looking to add another road course to their stable of race tracks.

In a recent story by the Monterey Herald it was reported that the ISC is in talks with Monterey County officials about a possible take over of “operations” at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Currently Mazda Raceway has been operated by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) non-profit organization.  Actually, SCRAMP has been operating the race course since its creation.  If the ISC were to take over it could possibly mean that SCRAMP would no longer be involved in track operations.

So, why would Monterey County be interested in working with the ISC and NASCAR?  Well, it could have something to do with the rumors that the race track has not been doing as well financially due to losing a few big events over the last decade or so, one being a CHAMP car race event and then losing the Moto GP race back in 2013.  ISC taking the helm would likely infuse some capital into the race track and with the ISC connections possibly also bring in more high visibility events.  Can you imagine NASCARs coming down the famous “cork screw” turn?

Although, this possibility also begs the questions of what will happen to SCRAMP?  What of Mazda?  Mazda has been a strong supporter of the track and SCRAMP for nearly 16 years, demonstrated by the venue taking on Mazda as its name sake.

I reached out to Mazda for comment on the situation and here is their response:

Mazda has been a partner with SCRAMP since 2000 and we look forward to joining the discussions as to how Mazda Raceway can best serve the needs of both Monterey County and visiting race fans from around the world in 2016 and beyond.  We have worked hand-in-hand with the SCRAMP staff and volunteers, and the local community, for 15 years now, and are optimistic about the future of this iconic racetrack.

Looks like Mazda definitely wants to have its say as this all gets hashed out at the negotiation table.  What say you?  Do you think the ISC taking over Mazda Raceway is a good thing?  Or would you rather SCRAMP continue to manage the venue?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

[Sources: Mazda, Autoblog, Monterey Herald]

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Hype Video: Watch A Rotary-Swapped Mazda MX-5 In The Midst Of Track Battle

Posted on 06.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Sometimes people imagine things that make perfect sense and yet do not actually exist in any official capacity.  Why isn’t there a telephone booth that doubles as a time machine?  Why isn’t there a high-tech suit of armor that allows the wearer to fly and fight evil along side other super heroes?  Why hasn’t Mazda actually built an MX-5 roaster with a rotary engine?  While not always the case, sometimes imagination and ingenuity can provide tangible solutions to those questions.  Surely if necessity is the mother of invention then imagination must be its father, yes?

Anyhow the point I’m getting to is that sometimes if someone else doesn’t make the thing you want, then you can make it yourself.  That is exactly what Japanese tuner FEED did with the Mazda MX-5.  Considered by many to be a near perfect car when it comes to power and balance, some felt that it was missing one essential ingredient to actually make it so: a rotary engine.  For some mysterious reason Mazda never saw it fit to equip their peppy roadster with their tri-point engine.  Thus, FEED did it themselves and with quite successful results.  In the video below, Japanese drifting legend and accomplished circuit racer Nobuteru “N.O.B.” Taniguchi pilots the FEED Rotary MX-5 in an all Roadster battle.  The video is just a taste but its a tasty taste.  While just an excerpt from Hot Version Vol 127, the full video can be digitally rented or purchased.  In the meantime, I suggest checking out the preview!

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Motorsport Hype: Lexus Builds RC-F GT Concept To Tackle Pikes Peak

Posted on 06.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What happens when you combine Lexus’ IS-F CCS-R Pikes Peak car with a RC-F GT3 car?  You get the RC-F GT concept.  An RC-F coupe built and bred specifically to take on the 156 perilous corners of Pike’s Peak.  Lexus has tapped automotive media darling and hot shoe Justin Bell to pilot their RC-F GT up the peak this year and Bell will have a full arsenal of weapons to use in his hill climb attack.  The RC-F GT has just shy of 470HP, weighs 800lbs less than the street going model thanks to a diet of carbon fiber, and will stick to the road thanks to some Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD tires.

I’m not sure what the team’s target time is for the hill climb or exactly what class the RC-F GT will enter but the one thing that is certain is that Justin Bell is likely to have buckets full of fun piloting this thing to the peak.  Hopefully, we’ll get some tasty video of this thing in action at which I will share with you all!  In the meantime click the thumbnail below for pictures and for official specs see the press release below as well.

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Press Release:

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 22, 2015) – On June 28th, Lexus will compete in the Time Attack class of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The luxury automaker will be campaigning the all-new RC F GT Concept, a vehicle that builds upon the legacy of the IS F CCS-R vehicles that last competed at Pikes Peak in 2013. This historic event, now in its 93rd running, is a race against the clock that tests man and machine with the changing elements, altitude, and a treacherous 12.42 mile, 156 turn course that winds up the peak from 9,390 feet up to the 14,115 foot summit.

The new Lexus will be piloted up the mountain by British driving ace, 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, and automotive media personality Justin Bell. “With very little time behind the wheel, the RC F GT Concept has already proven fast and easy to drive, very much like the production models, actually. We expect the race car will only pick up pace as we engage more testing, tuning, and data acquisition on the mountain”, said Bell. A seasoned driver in a wide range of vehicles, Bell will bring his vast experience and knowledge to bear on the development side of the RC F GT Concept.

Serving as much more than a mere competition vehicle, the new RC F GT Concept represents  a pivotal piece of the Lexus F brand motorsports effort along with the forthcoming global GT3 program. Much like the IS F CCS-R vehicles whose efforts in motorsports helped develop key components such as the engine and transmission for the 2015 RC F, the new GT Concept program will continue to elaborate on the F brand’s performance mission, allowing Lexus engineers to experiment with prototype components, tuning ideas, settings, and software development.

A focused race car involving a high level of composite materials, the RCF GT Concept weighs about 800 lbs. less (3130 lbs.) than the street version, while retaining the same engine and transmission as the production RC F, though states of tune are adjusted for the competition environment. With RC F GT Concept, engineers can test the engine, transmission and chassis components in various conditions, experimenting with different tuning ideas, settings and software.

“The continued evolution of the F brand remains a top priority for Lexus, and motorsports provide us an outstanding opportunity to develop more than concepts and components for F brand products. Our niche line of high performance products are geared toward enthusiast drivers, and also make a very strong statement about Lexus’ engineering capabilities. Competition efforts like Pikes Peak help nurture a performance engineering culture and ideology that will have the greatest influence of future F brand products”, said Jeff Bracken group Vice President and General Manager Lexus division.

RC F GT Concept 

Curb weight 3130 lbs. (1420 kgs.)
Engine displacement 5.0 Liter
Horsepower/torque 467+ Hp at 7100 rpm/ 390+ lbs.-ft at 4800 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase 107.4 inches (2730 mm)
Overall Length 189.2 inches (4805 mm)
Overall Width 77.8 inches (1915 mm)
Overall Height 53.4 (1357 mm)
Weight Reduction Carbon fiber construction of: hood, roof, trunk lid, door panels, front and rear over fenders, front canards, rear spoiler, interior trim and dashboard. Polycarbonate window.
Tires Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08R 265/40R18
Yokohama ADVAN A005 280/680R18

 

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E3 2015: We Play Codemasters F1 2015! We Suck At It But It Was Still Pretty Sweet!

Posted on 06.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I got to play plenty of racing games at E3 this year but the game I was really looking forward to getting my hands on was the new F1 game from Codemasters.  F1 2015 is the first Codemasters F1 game on the new crop of gaming consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One).  Not to say that the previous F1 games haven’t been awesome but I always knew that if they had a more powerful console at their disposal the team could really create something cool.  So, how is it looking so far?  Check out my gameplay impression as well as a quick interview with Mr. Lee Mather who is the Principal Game designer for F1 2015.  You can also click the thumbnails for HD screen shots!

Gameplay impression:

Dev Interview:

Screen shots:

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F1 Hype: Austrian Grand Prix Quick Result (Video)

Posted on 06.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you miss the F1 race while you were hanging out with your dad for Father’s Day?  No worries, we got you covered.  Simply scroll below for the official results of the Austrian Grand Prix along with a two part-race re-cap by Will Buxton.

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!

 

2015 Austrian GP Results:

1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Felipe Massa

2015 Formula One Top 5 Points Standings:

1st: Lewis Hamilton 169 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg 159 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel 120 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 72 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 62 points

Will Buxton Recap Part 1

Will Buxton Recap Part 2

[Photo: Sutton Motorsport Images]

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Hype Video: Watch Rally Driver Go Full Attack Mode In Mitsubishi Evo In Lebanese Hill Climb

Posted on 06.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Rally is one of the most popular motorsports in the world.  Why?  Because despite having to often trek to difficult terrain and/or put themselves in dangerous situations, there is nothing better to a rally fan than being super close to a purpose built race car going full on at speed right past them at close range.  Watching a driver tackle a course with corners flying at them at full tilt is truly a sight to behold.  Which is why I am bringing you such a sight.  In the video below, rally driver Roger Feghali takes on a Lebanese hill climb with full aim for a course record.  I’ll tell you right now whether or not he breaks the record is irrelevant.  Just merely watching the man’s attempt is pure satisfaction.  By the way, there is an anti-lag system on this car so you’ll want to turn your volume up when you watch the video so you can savor all those tasty pops and bangs!

[Source: YouTube via CrankAndPiston.com]

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E3 2015: We Play Sebastian Loeb Rally Evo And Speak With The Devs. (Video)

Posted on 06.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Sebastian Loeb Rally Evo was one of the first racing games I played once I arrived at E3. I was lucky enough to get an appointment to test out an early build of the game and even speak with the devs. Since I didn’t know much about this game I took the opportunity to get some questions answered and dig up some more info about the game in the form of an interview below. If you also want to know what my first impressions are based on my short gameplay time you can check that out below as well. If you can’t be bothered to watch either video here are the cliff notes:

-8 different environments

-Cars from several eras of rally racing; from vintage to modern.

-Tracks were painstainkingly re-created from real counter parts using camera cars

-Rallycross will be featured in the game including the Staples Center Los Angeles course from the X Games

Ok that’s enough notes. If you want more then you have to watch the videos!

Dev Interview:

Gampeplay Impression:

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