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!
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.
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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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Ever wonder what its like to take a lap around the legendary Sepang circuit? What about taking a lap around Sepang in a purpose built go-fasty-fast Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO? I wonder that too! Although its unlikely (for me anyway) that such an experience will ever happen. However, we can at least know what it would look like thanks to Ferrari posting this video on their YouTube channel. Scroll down and take a ride with driver Paul Van Lohenhout as he hits every apex Sepang has to offer!
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Remember when Forza Motorsport 5 came out and everyone complained that there wasn’t enough tracks even though Turn 10 kept telling everyone more tracks were on the way? Well, starting today Turn 10 gets to say “we told you so” as it was announced that a brand new re-captured virtual Road Atlanta course is coming to Forza Motorsport 5…for free! Yes, now you and your friends can fly over that horrifying blind crest on your Xbox One! Check out the official trailer below.
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A few days ago Tanner Foust dropped a bombshell of an announcement when he revealed that he would be leaving his long time home at Ford and Olsbergs MSE for Volkswagen and Andretti Autosport. We knew that he will eventually drive a GRC prepped Volkswagen Beetle (and a Polo in the meantime), and that Rockstar Energy Drink would be coming with him as his main sponsor. However, what we didn’t know is why he even left winning combination of Ford and Olsbergs MSE in the first place. Well leave it up to none other than my pal Bill Wood to get Tanner on the phone and hash out the details. I won’t spoil it for you here but it seems like at least part of the reason why Tanner made the move is that his new situation allows him a bit more freedom in how the team will be run and handling the relationships with his sponsors and other partners.
To hear it straight from the man himself head over to ByBillWood.com (click the red text) and have a listen. Its a great way to spend 16 minutes!
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In the “Whoaaa” news of the day, Tanner Foust just announced on his Instagram account that for the 2014 Global Rally Cross season he has joined up with Andretti Autosport (yes THAT Andretti) and will campaign a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle! What a crazy change right?! We will definitely miss seeing Tanner in the Ford Fiesta GRC car but its interesting to see Volkswagen get involved in the series. Joining Tanner at Andretti Autosport will be former F1 driver Scott Speed who will also pilot a VW Beetle. Despite leaving Ford, Tanner will still be backed by Rockstar Energy Drink while his teammate Scott will rock a 7-Up livery on his Beetle.
It should also be noted that the team will not start the season in the new Beetle GRC cars; rather they will start in a pair of WRC Spec Polo R’s (the same type that won the WRC championship) for the first part of the season. The new Beetles will make their debut at the Summer X Games (for maximum exposure) at Austin, Texas later this year. Will Volkswagen be able to hold their own against the might of Ford? It will be fun to find out! For more pics just click on any of the thumbnails in this post and scroll below for the official press release from Volkswagen.
VOLKSWAGEN ENTERS RALLYCROSS WITH THE BEETLE AND ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
Feb 6, 2014
The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will run a 560-plus-horsepower, all-wheel-drive GRC Beetle in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series
- Team will compete initially with European rallycross-prepared Polo
- Drivers will be 2011 and 2012 GRC champion Tanner Foust and ex-F1 and NASCAR star Scott Speed
- Definitive GRC Beetle will debut at the Summer X Games in Austin, TX
Chicago, IL — Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Andretti Sports Marketing today announced the details of its 2014 rallycross program at the Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen will partner with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, running two cars in the series for drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.
The team will initially compete this season with modified Polo rally cars, built on the chassis that won the 2013 World Rally Championship for drivers and manufacturers, and will switch during the season to the fearsome GRC Beetle. This all-wheel-drive rallycross car is the ultimate expression of the third-generation Beetle and will feature more than 560 horsepower from its turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine.
Rallycross is the fastest growing form of motorsports in the U.S., attracting big crowds at venues across the country as well as live TV coverage. Cars are pitted against each other and the clock in a series of heats on a closed course that’s usually a mixture of dirt and pavement, with a 70-foot jump. The action is fast, it’s intense, and is hugely appealing to a crossover audience of auto and live action sports fans.
“Red Bull Global Rallycross is the perfect form of motor sports for a youthful, exuberant, and growing brand in the U.S. market,” said Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We’re excited to partner with Andretti Autosport, one of the great names in American motor sports, and delighted that we will be running the iconic Beetle in the series.”
Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport, added: “I’m thrilled to be entering the series, and especially happy about teaming with Volkswagen. We are excited about our driver lineup of Tanner [Foust] and Scott [Speed]; I believe we have the best drivers in the series and will be a top contender.”
Tanner Foust, GRC champion in 2011 and 2012 and runner-up in 2013, will drive the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle. Foust is also widely recognized for hosting the U.S. version of Top Gear , for his rally driving skills, and for his stunt driving—he holds records for distance jumping and looping the loop in a car.
Scott Speed will be racing the 7UP entry for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. As well as being a standout in the 2013 GRC Series, winning two races in and finishing fifth overall, Speed has competed at the very pinnacle of motorsports, driving Formula 1 for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006 and 2007. He also competed in NASCAR between 2008 and 2013.
The Red Bull Global Rallycross series opens in May. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team will attend with a pair of Polo cars driven by Foust and Speed. The definitive GRC Beetle will appear at the X Games in June in Austin, TX.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc. Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers.
About Andretti Autosport Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Indy Lights and Pro Mazda championships. In 2013 the team announced intent to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross starting in 2014. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007). For more information, please visit AndrettiAutosport.com.
[Source & photos: Volkswagen]
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Ever wanted to know what “one wheel peeler” means? Or if a Takata race harness was strong enough to support the weight of a person? Then this week’s episode of Drift Garage is meant for you! Join Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck as they continue their quest to turn a once downtrodden Nissan 240SX into a budget drift car AKA “missile car”. In this episode the pair also welds a diff, and bolts in new Recaro seats and harnesses! Scroll down and enjoy!
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Back in the day completing a sub-minute lap at Tsukuba Circuit in Japan was a very big deal. These days with the leaps and bounds made in tuning tech, serious time attack cars are starting to knock on the door of 50 second laps, even quicker really. However, changing the equation from a fully prepped time attack car to a car that has a stock engine block is a whole another story. A while back I showed you a preview of the new HKS GT Supercharger fitted on the Arvou S2000. Well, recently the Arvou team took their S2k to Tsukuba in an attempt to click off a 59 second lap. Keep in mind that besides the Supercharger, the Arvou S2000 has a stock engine block! Do they pull it off? Is the HKS GT Supercharger really THAT good? Watch the video below to find out. Oh, and before you ask, they were in fact running street radial tires.
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In the latest episode of Drift Garage Professor M. Issile hosts us once again as we take a look at Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck’s journey to build a budget drift car. In this episode the duo cleans and straightens the chassis before adding some much needed boost. There is also dry ice because reasons. Watch below!
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I showed you the teaser for Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck’s new Network A show Drift Garage a while back and now you finally get to watch the first episode! In the shows maiden voyage Forsberg and crew attempt to educate the audience on “missile cars”; where they came from and how to build them. There are a few Drift Alliance cameos and plenty of laughs to be had a long the way. If you happen to have a spare 10 minutes then I highly recommend scrolling down and watching.
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There are just 17 more days until the first race of the brand new TUDOR Series (in case you’re behind the TUDOR Series is pretty much the merger of the Rolex series and American LeMans) at the ROLEX 24 hour race in Daytona. Recently the teams held their first public test at the “Roar Before 24″ event and Mazda grabbed the spotlight with the official reveal of their new SKYACTIV diesel powered prototype race car. Mazda is actually bringing two factory-backed cars to the series with SpeedSource. As such the same drive line up that SpeedSource fans are familiar with will be piloting the new diesel prototype cars. Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long will drive the #70 car while Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez will drive the #07.
Mazda’s new car will definitely receive a baptism in fire as it has to go up against a full field of other prototype and GT cars alike in the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona race. It will be tough going but a good way to see if the setup they’ve put together really works. Speaking of set ups, Mazdaspeed has been kind enough to include a full spec sheet of the new prototype car in the press release below. Fun fact: 51% of the SKYACTIV diesel engine in the prototype race car is the same as production SKYACTIV diesel engines in the current road car line up! You can also see an HD resolution shot of the new race car by clicking the thumbnail below.
Mazda Ready to Roar at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Test
Mazda Announces Driver Line-up and Talks Specs
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Mazda has long believed in promoting from within, including filling those rare ‘factory team’ driver slots. Mazda Motorsports will field a pair of factory-backed SKYACTIV Technology-powered prototypes in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Behind the wheel will be the four drivers who delivered nine race wins and the 2013 Grand-Am GX Manufacturers Championship for Mazda. Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long will share the #70 car while Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez will co-pilot the #07. The team took their first public laps at the annual pre-season “Roar Before the 24” test at Daytona International Speedway yesterday. The test concludes tomorrow with the season opening Rolex 24 Hour race on January 25-26.
“There is no shortage of great racing talent in America”, noted John Doonan, Director of Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations. “The decision for this year was relatively simple though as our 2013 line-up excelled both on and off the track. Sylvain, Tom, Joel, and Tristan are all talented behind the wheel, but just as importantly, they act as a true team, supporting everyone at Mazda and SpeedSource. Our objective is to demonstrate Mazda SKYACTIV Technology to both hardcore racing fans and the mainstream public. With so many changes in 2014, including the new series itself, there will be a steep learning curve for everyone and we needed the best students in the sport. We’ll announce our third drivers for the Rolex 24 at a later date, but rest assured they all fit the same mold of being team thinkers and both will have Mazda heritage in their blood.”
As part of its challenger frame of mind, Mazda is the only car company racing in the TUDOR Championship with a diesel engine. The SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel race engine is a true production-based engine and a carry-over from the development work done with the Mazda6 GX-class racing cars. The engine is 51 percent stock by parts count, and 63 percent stock by weight. Mazda chose this path as it is the most honest way to demonstrate the performance, quality, durability and reliability of Mazda powerplants.
2014 Mazda Prototype Specifications
Engine Displacement: 2,191 cc (133.7 in3)
Bore x Stroke: 86.0 mm x 94.3 mm (3.39 in x 3.71 in)
Engine Weight: 143 kg (315 lbs)
Horsepower: 336 kW (450 bhp)
Torque: 786 Nm (580 lb-ft)
Max. Engine Speed: 5,200 rpm
Engine Block: Production Mazda SKYACTIV (Aluminum)
Camshaft: Dual Overhead
Valves: Four Valves Per Cylinder
Cylinder Head: Production Mazda SKYACTIV (Aluminum)
Valve Train Components: Production Mazda SKYACTIV
Pistons: Mahle (Steel)
Connecting Rods: Carillo Forged Alloy (Steel)
Crankshaft: Pankl Alloy (Steel)
ECU: Bosch Motorsport MS 15.2
Intake Manifold: SpeedSource Race Engineering
Exhaust Manifold: SpeedSource Race Engineering
Turbo and Wastegate: Garrett Motorsports, air-to-air Intercooler, Tial wastegate
Fuel Injectors and Pump: Bosch Motorsport
Fuel Rail: Bosch Motorsport
Oiling System: SpeedSource Race Engineering
Cooling System: SpeedSource Race Engineering
Transmission: Xtrac 6-speed sequential with paddle shifters
Chassis: Carbon-fiber monocoque coupe
Weight: 900 kgs (1984 lbs) – Without driver or fuel
Length: 4,634 mm (182.4 in)
Width: 1,990 mm (78.3 in)
Wheelbase: 2,890 mm (113.8 in)
Top speed: Approximately 300 kph (186 mph) — in Daytona aero trim
Brakes: AP carbon drilled discs
Suspension: Independent double A-arms
Tires: Continental Extreme Contact
Wheels: Motegi EVO 14 Technomesh, Forged Aluminum
Fuel: Dynamic Fuels Renewable Diesel
Fuel Capacity: 73 liters (19.3 gallons)
About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED
Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America among both club racers and professionals. Thousands of Mazda-powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built. In 2006 Mazda Motorsports established the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to assist racers in moving up through the ranks. In 2010 this was expanded to include the Mazda Road to Indy. Key to Mazda’s success is strategic partnerships with the Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Mazda Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). MNAO 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.
Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com, with press information at www.mazdausamedia.com. Racers and fans can follow the action on Facebook (Mazda Motorsport), Twitter (@mazdaracing), and www.mazdamotorsports.com
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