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Indy Car: Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Quick Results (Video)

Posted on 04.14.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you miss the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach over the weekend?  Well I am here to say that you missed out and a crazy, crazy race!  Nothing went down the way I expected it to yet at the same time it had an incredibly familiar conclusion.  Don’t know what I mean?  Well, if you know that you will not be able to watch any of the replays then scroll down for the official results and a video of all the highlights and that should get you significantly caught up.  Also stay tuned as we have tons of pictures of all the other action going on in Long Beach over the entire weekend!

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!

1st: Mike Conway
2nd: Will Power
3rd: Carlos Munoz

Race Highlights:

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Formula Drift: Chris Forsberg Wins Round 1 On The Streets Of Long Beach (Video)

Posted on 04.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The 2014 Formula Drift season has officially started and it started with a bang, or perhaps more of a high pitched wail of tires scrubbing asphalt.  The first round saw the debut of new cars, new liveries, and new rules including the controversial removal of the third place battle.  Instead, third place is now determined by the higher qualifier among the two semi-finalists.  Which pretty much means if you are the number one qualifier at an event and you make it to the final four you are guaranteed a podium spot.  Which is exactly how it shook out for 2013 Formula Drift champion Michael Essa.  Meanwhile Chris Forsberg (who lost NOS Energy Drink as a main sponsor but retains them as an associate sponsor) took on Kenny Moen who drove like a man possessed all weekend.  However, Chris Forsberg turned out to be the exorcist and put Moen to rest, going on to win the first event of the season.  I could describe all the craziness that went down but I figured it would be better to show you.  So if you have a spare two hours and missed the event over the weekend just scroll down and you can watch the whole event from the Top 16 on thanks to the DriftStream!  Also stay tuned for tons of pics from the track action and the Offset Kings car showcase!


Top 16 to Finals – Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 by driftstream

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F1 Hype: Bahrain Grand Prix Quick Results (With Video)

Posted on 04.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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With all the craziness of Formula D happening in my back  yard I missed the Bahrain Grand Prix, which was apparently full of craziness.  I followed a long as much as I could with my trusty F1 app but not quite the same!  Anyhow if you missed it too and have no idea who won then scroll down below for the results and a quick video recap of the race.

SPOILERS BELOW!!

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sergio Perez

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Hype Video: Chis Forsberg Pre-#FDLBC Interview, Now With 100% More Carbon Fiber

Posted on 04.03.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The 2014 Formula Drift season kicks off tomorrow and as I played the “silly season” game with my friends I had Chris Forsberg as a strong championship contender this year.  He was just shy of it last year and he isn’t switching things up with a new car so he has experience and consistency on his side.  Although I had to wonder, why not switch to a new platform?  Also, what was up with the new “carbon fiber ninja” livery?  I posed these questions to the man himself at the Formula Drift Long Beach media day.  To hear it all from “The Force” just scroll down below and watch!

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Indy Car: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Quick Results (Video)

Posted on 03.31.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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While I may have fallen a bit behind on F1, I am on the ball when it comes to Indy Car.  This past weekend marked the season opener which welcomed new drivers and welcomed back familiar faces such as Juan Montoya.  It also marked the debut of fan favorite Tony Kanaan with the Target Chip Ganassi team.  The weekend started off with a surprise performance from Takuma Sato who captured the pole position.  Although he was not able to completely cash in on earning a front row spot.  So who did win?  Scroll below for results and a race re-cap.

SPOILERS BELOW!!!

1st: Will Power
2nd: Ryan Hunter-Reay
3rd: Helio Castroneves

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F1 Hype: Malaysian Grand Prix Quick Results (With Video)

Posted on 03.31.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I fell a little behind the ball on the F1 season but I am kicking things off with the second round at the typically unpredictable Malaysian Grand Prix.  Australia left a bad taste in many mouths with several top contentenders bowing out early due to problems with their new turbo V6 power plants.  This was the time for their engineers to redeem themselves and not only finish a race but contend for a win.  The weekend started off much like Australia did with Lewis Hamilton capturing the pole position.  Was he able to actually capitalize on that this time?  What about Sebastian Vettel?  Did the young German return to form?  Scroll down for the results and the official race re-cap.

SPOILERS BELOW!!!!!

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sebastian Vettel

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Gaming Hype: Project CARS To Support Sony’s Morpheus Virtual Reality Tech. Could Be First Next Gen Racing Game To Use VR

Posted on 03.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Whenever I play a racing game such as Forza, Gran Turismo, or any of the F1 games my preference is to switch the game into cockpit or first person perspective view.  Why?  Because it provides the most realistic feel while driving.  It might be easier to use a third person view (in which the camera floats above and behind putting the whole car in view) but when I am actually driving a car I can’t see the whole car just the road in front of me so that is how I choose play.  Many other driving and sim enthusiasts share this preference as well which is why there are many elaborate rigs out there that use three screens in an attempt to “surround” the player so they can look to the left or right and see their opponents next to them to provide an immersive feel.

Sony-Morpheus

Well the guys at Slightly Mad Studios are taking that immersive feel up more than a few notches.  They have recently announced that their upcoming racing game, Project CARS will support Sony’s new “Morpheus“ Virtual Reality peripheral (pictured above).  Similar to the Oculus Rift, Sony’s Morpheus uses high def screens with specially designed pixels combined with accelerometer and head tracking to put users in a 360 degree environment while playing games that support such tech.

Now imagine sitting in your Playseat Racing rig, holding onto your wheel of choice, then putting on a VR headset and being able to completely look around the cockpit of the car you are driving.  Imagine being able to “look ahead” at the next apex as you would if you were really at the track.  Can you see why this could be a big deal?

OK, so here is the bad news.  Currently Sony’s Morpheus VR headset is just something of a functioning concept.  They obviously caught how much buzz the Oculus Rift was getting and decided to try their hand at VR.  When Sony debuted Morpheus at the Game Developer’s Conference they stressed that there is no set release date, price, or any other retail related information about Morpheus to share.  Its just them exploring the possibility.  Which means it could be a good long while before PS4 owners have a chance to use Morpheus to play Project CARS.

However, with recent news that Facebook bought Oculus Rift for 2 billion dollars, its possible that might just be the push Sony needs to accelerate the process of bringing Morpheus to the market.  I guess we will have to just wait and see.  Hopefully there will be some updates on this development at this year’s E3.  I will keep you posted! What do you think about this news?  Do you think VR racing games will be the future?  Are you excited to try this out?  Do you think Microsoft may follow suit and develop a VR headset that Forza players can use? Let me know in the comments. In the meantime check out the latest trailer for Project CARS below.

[Source: World Of Mass Development]

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Movie Hype: Disney Confirms “Cars 3″ Is In Development

Posted on 03.20.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Pixar’s “Cars” is the greatest thing to ever happen to people who are both car nuts and Disney fans like me.  The first two movies were awesome and “Cars Land” at the California Adventure theme park is several types of awesome.  So, you can imagine my excitement when word broke that a third Cars movie is on the way!  The CEO of Disney himself Bob Iger announced during a shareholder’s meeting that Cars 3 is currently in development at Pixar but no further details were given.  I imagine that bits of information such as a release date or plot won’t be made public for quite some time.  But hey, I can always speculate in the meantime!  Maybe in the third installment Lightning McQueen tries his hand at Rallycross? Or maybe Mater joins the NASCAR Truck series?  Maybe Sally the Porsche dumps McQueen for a McLaren P1? Ah, speculation is fun..  Anyhow, when new details emerge I will bring them to you!

[Source: Inside The Magic blog]

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Hype News: Yokohama Becomes Official Tire Supplier For Red Bull Global Rallycross Series

Posted on 03.03.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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In today’s bit of “official” news it has been announced that Yokohama will be the official and exclusive tire supplier for the recently title sponsored Red Bull Global Rallycross series.  That’s right, so no matter what chassis is running everyone will be wearing special ADVAN Rallycross spec tires.  Personally I’d really like to get a closer look at them to see how they tackle the whole “mixture of surfaces” thing that makes Rallycross what it is.  This announcement also brings further stability to what is still a newly burgeoning series.  They have a title sponsor in Red Bull and a TV deal with NBC Sports, and now a tire deal with Yokohama.  What’s next? I say lets have an official video game!

Press Release:

FULLERTON, CA (March 3, 2014) – Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) is expanding its 2014 motorsports program to new arenas. The tire maker announced today it has signed an agreement to be the exclusive tire supplier of the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) series.

Red Bull GRC combines the best elements of circuit racing, off-road racing, and rally competition. The series features heavily modified 600-horsepower production-based cars built for fast-paced heat races with huge jumps – some up to 70 feet. The tracks are a combination of dirt and asphalt with multiple obstacles and surface transitions.  Top drivers in the series include Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, Bucky Lasek, Travis Pastrana and Nelson Piquet Jr. All competitors will race on specially-designed Yokohama ADVAN® race tires.

“This is a major move for us,’” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama director, marketing, product planning and motorsports. “GRC is a rapidly growing motorsport with global appeal to a young, passionate fan base, making it an ideal platform to showcase the technology, strength and competitiveness of Yokohama.”

Colin Dyne, CEO of Global Rallycross, said, “Yokohama is world-renowned for its full line of tires and rich motorsports history. We’re glad to have Yokohama aboard and look forward to an exciting season of rallycross racing.”

The 10-race series starts May 17-18 in Barbados and ends November 5 in Las Vegas. GRC details are available at www.global-rallycross.com.

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

Connect with Yokohama Tire Corporation:

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Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Details can be found at the “Tire Care & Safety” section at www.yokohamatire.com.

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Movie Hype: Ford Mustang “Hero Car” From Need For Speed Movie Going To Barrett Jackson Auction Block For Good Cause

Posted on 02.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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No matter how good or bad a car movie is the one constant is that people want whatever featured vehicle played the leading role in said movie.  The Firebird from “Smokey And The Bandit”, the Ecto-1 from “Ghosbusters”, the Supra from “The Fast And The Furious” are all highly sought after items for any car collector.  That’s why regardless of how you think the new Need For Speed movie will turn out, the Ford Mustang ”hero” car would still fetch a premium; which is exactly what DreamWorks Pictures and Ford are looking to accomplish at the Barrett Jackson Auction in April.

If you are unfamiliar with the term “hero car”, “hero” is a Hollywood term that basically means something that was prominently used on-camera by a lead actor in major scenes of a film.  So, that means the Mustang going on sale is the actual car that hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of people will see on screen driven by Aaron Paul and it will still have all of the modifications on it that were added on for the movie.

What really makes this special is that the proceeds from the Auction will benefit the Henry Ford Health System, a non-profit organization that helps bring quality health care to those who cannot afford it.  Let’s hope this Mustang can fetch a few million!

Press Release:

Ford-designed and built custom wide body Mustang used in the new movie “Need for Speed” will be auctioned for charity

  • All-new 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Ford F-150 will be on display at the auction in West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Ford will offer ride-and-drives at the auction in vehicles from its 2014 lineup; Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST are primed for hot-lap experiences

A custom 2014 Ford Mustang GT starring in the new movie, “Need for Speed,” will be auctioned off for charity by Ford Motor Company at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction on April 12.

Building on the excitement of the movie, premiering March 14, this Mustang will be offered at no reserve, with proceeds benefiting the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profit group founded by Henry Ford to improve the health and well-being of a diverse community.

Need for Speed” is the latest of more than 3,200 film and television appearances for Mustang over the past 50 years. The Mustang being auctioned is one of a handful developed purely for the movie to appear on the silver screen and at promotional stops.

The movie car boasts a custom-designed wide body rolling on unique Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. The visual sizzle is amplified by custom silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes and angel-eye fog lamps in the grille.

“Mustang was cast in a leading role of the movie with screen time equal to many of the actors,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Director Scott Waugh challenged our team to give this central character enough personality and American masculinity to take on some of the world’s most exotic cars, just like in the popular Electronic Arts video game that inspired the movie.

“The new owner of this particular Mustang will take home a rare vehicle, and their bid will increase access to critical health care services.”

Founded in 1915, the Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems. It provides health insurance and health-care delivery, including acute-, specialty-, primary- and preventive-care services, backed by excellence in research and education. Additional information is available at http://www.henryford.com.

“Need for Speed” is one of the most successful racing video game franchises in the world, with more than 140 million games sold since the original edition debuted 20 years ago. The Dreamworks Studios film stars Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America”), Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”) and Michael Keaton (“Batman”), and is directed by Waugh (“Act of Valor”).

Beyond the South Florida Fairgrounds auction stage, Ford will offer ride-and-drive and hot-lap experiences. The public can sample Ford’s stable of 2014 vehicles, as well as hot-lap experiences in the Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST. In addition, Ford is showing the all-new 2015 Mustang and 2015 F-150 in South Florida for the first time.

For auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website or Facebook.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

About Need for Speed:

DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.

Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

Need for Speed is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, produced by Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins and Mark Sourian, and directed by Scott Waugh. The screenplay is by George Gatins. The story is by George Gatins & John Gatins, and, based on the video game franchise created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.

Need for Speed is a trademark of Electronic Arts Inc.

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