The next and final race in the Indy Car 2015 season is the Grand Prix Of Sonoma up in northern California. To promote the race, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was shut down (at least half of it was anyway) and five Indy Cars were sent across it to deliver the Astor Cup (series championship trophy) to the race venue.
While this event was likely at its birth a plan to simply promote the last race of the season, it was also turned into a tribute to Justin Wilson who tragically passed away earlier this week due to an accident. Leading the Indy Cars was Marco Andretti (Justin’s teammate) driving Justin’s #25 car. Will Power, Josef Newgarden, and Graham Rahal followed while James Hinchcliffe brought up the rear driving a two seater Indy Car with the Astor Cup occupying the back seat.
Two safety vehicles were on hand as well, flying Justin Wilson’s flags to further honor the driver. You can watch a video of the event below.
Here in southern California the car culture “industry” circle is somewhat small. What that really means is eventually, certain people will stand out and they’ll be that person that everyone knows in one way or another. Antonio Alvendia is one of those people. Ever since I started attending events in a professional capacity I could almost count on seeing Antonio there with his camera (or cameras) chatting it up with everyone (especially the models *wink*) and making friends.
The guy has pretty much been a staple of the industry and the culture around here for a while and his career demonstrates it. However, if there is one defining characteristic about Antonio its his love for the AE86 Toyota Corolla/Trueno/Levin/Sprinter/Hachi-Roku, whatever you want to call it, its his obsession. The man owns five of them for god’s sake!
In the latest episode of Petrolicious Antonio explains his love for the AE86 and how the car is possibly responsible for his entire career. He speaks a little about some of the land marks in his career history like helping to start a certain website owned by EA games, to the formation of his current site MotorMavens.com, to the birth of 86 Fest. Its a great episode and worth checking out if you want a little background on one of the most well known AE86 lovers in the country. Check out the episode below.
The weekend was a big one for motorsports fans. There was Indy Car in Pennsylvania (even though it ended on a bad note), Drifting in Texas, and Formula 1 in Belgium. If you happened to miss out on that last one, we have the official Belgian GP results for you below along with a race recap by the guys at NBC sports. Scroll down for all the info.
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!
2015 Belgian Grand Prix Results:
1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Romain Grosjean
Current top 5 points standings:
1st: Lewis Hamilton (227pts)
2nd: Nico Rosberg (199pts)
3rd: Sebastian Vettel (160pts)
4th: Kimi Raikkonen (82pts)
5th: Felipe Massa (82pts)
Not in Texas for Formula Drift round 6 this weekend? No worries we got you covered. Just scroll down for the official live stream. We will keep this post pinned to the top of the page for the rest of the day and tomorrow so it will be easy to find. Enjoy!
Ever since the new Need For Speed reboot was announced, EA games has teased that players will interact with certain “Icons” that represent different aspects of the car culture represented in the game. EA has been tight-lipped as to the identity of these icons, however they pretty clearly teased them in game art featuring the silhouettes of these individuals as well as featuring particular brands in the customization mode of the game. Based on that we speculated that Ken Block of Hoonigan, Akira Nakai of RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB), famous Porsche collector and driver Magnus Walker are more than likely in the game. However, there were a few figures we didn’t quite recognize.
Well today EA is finally officially revealed the identities of the Icons featured in the game. And guess what? Its Ken Block, Akira Nakai, and Magnus Walker. How ’bout that? By now you’re probably asking “What about the other figures you guys didn’t recognize?” Well, it turns out that Chicago-based drifting club Risky Devil and infamous Japanese street racer (and rumored Yakuza member) Morohoshi-san round out the group.
These Icons will motivate the player as they take on the different areas of the car culture: Speed, Style, Build, Crew, and Outlaw. Players looking to make a name for themselves with speed will need to impress Magnus Walker. Those looking to build the most unique cars will look to Nakai-san for approval. Ken Block serves as the authority on Style while Risky Devil and Morohoshi serve as the icons of clubs and outlaw driving respectively.
It really looks like EA is taking the extra step to infuse Need For Speed with authentic car culture (thanks to our friends at SpeedHunters.com) and I am interested to see how it all pays off. I have already had a chance to play the new Need For Speed at E3 about a month ago. For my gameplay impressions scroll below. You can also check out a brand new Need For Speed trailer!
What do you think about Need For Speed’s “Icons”? Does including these personalities make you more excited for Need For Speed, or are you not impressed? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
New Need For Speed trailer:
E3 2015 game play impressions:
Official press release:
CARVE YOUR OWN PATH THROUGH NEED FOR SPEED ON YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE ICON
An Immersive Narrative Inspired by the Heroes of Today’s Car Culture Brings an Emotional and Authentic Experience to Need for Speed
GOTHENBURG, Sweden – August 5, 2015 – Ghost Games™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, announced today the car culture icons who have inspired the narrative behind the reboot of Need for Speed™, and revealed how technology is blurring the lines between live action film and in-game.
Play as yourself in Need for Speed and witness the action from your own point of view as your entourage of friends and the icons entice you into the Five Ways to Play. Make choices that will determine your path through Ventura Bay as you build your reputation through the different styles of driving and progress on your journey to become the ultimate icon.
The real world automotive icons are the stars of today’s urban car culture and have inspired the stories behind the gameplay by how they express themselves on the streets every day.
Speed Icon – Magnus Walker collects and restores classic Porsche 911s. He is known for his high speed driving and will push you to enhance your reputation through adrenaline-fuelled driving.
Style Icon – Ken Block is notorious for his style of aggressive driving, as he showcases in his phenomenal YouTube GYMKHANA series. Earn his recognition by mastering the art of precision sliding and jumping through corners and on the streets.
Build Icon – Nakai-san is the founder of RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF (RWB), a world renowned tuning and customizing company. Focus on creating that perfect customized ride as you look to impress him.
Crew Icon – Risky Devil are an infamous drift crew. These guys are the kings of close proximity driving and control. Ride in packs, inches away from wiping each other out as you get to grips with precise control and wild drift trains.
Outlaw Icon – Morohoshi-san doesn’t care how people categorize him, he just does what he wants. He’s often seen on the night streets rolling around in his customized ride. Risk it all as you mess with and escape from the cops to grab his attention.
“We’re honored to be working with these icons – they live and breathe the lifestyle we’re looking to recreate and have been such an inspiration to the team as we return Need for Speed back to greatness,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games. “We wanted to create a powerful story that’s emotional but also pushes the boundaries of technology by adding real-time compositing to the power of Frostbite. This allows us, for the first time ever, to blend live action film seamlessly with your in-game car and garage.”
Taking inspiration from the film industry, the addition of real time compositing has allowed Need for Speed to offer a unique narrative for every player. Your customized car will feature in the live action sequences, showcasing personal choice within the game and blurring the lines between live action and in-game.
See the Need for Speed Gamescom trailer by visiting www.needforspeed.com for more information on the game and the icons. Need for Speed launches November 3 in North America, and November 5 worldwide on Origin™ for PC , PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Join the Need for Speed conversation on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter®. Press assets for Need for Speed are available at http://info.ea.com.
This title is rated PEGI PROVISIONAL 12. For more information please see www.pegi.info.
Did you check out the live stream of Formula Drift Seattle over the weekend? What a crazy event! There was rain on and off making track conditions super unpredictable and the battles were nuts! There was even a fair share of car carnage when Tyler McQuarrie had a literal run in with the wall during a battle with Justin Pawlak. It was all pretty exciting to watch. In the end though, it was Fredric Aasbo who once again made it to the top of the podium by defeating Alec Hohnadell in the final battle. Justin Pawlak’s car held together after his rough battle with McQuarrie and managed a 3rd place podium finish.
Aasbo’s win gives him a pretty big lead in the points, especially considering that his closest competition Ryan Tuerck failed to make it out of Top 32. With only two rounds left Tuerck really needs to step his game up if he wants a shot at the 2015 Pro Championship title. So, to wrap up the podium once more it was Fredric Aasbo getting the win with Alec Hohnadell in second place, and Justin Pawlak taking third.
Here are the top 5 Pro Championship points standings after round 5:
1st: Fredric Aasbo -373 points
2nd: Ryan Tuerck -297 points
3rd: Odi Bakchis -293 points
4th: Ken Gushi -264 points
5th: Chris Forsberg -261 points
The next round in the Formula Drift Championship will be in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Motor Speedway. Expect any and all challengers for the Championship to go completely HAM as time is running out for the 2015 season!
What? You didn’t watch the F1 race this weekend? What the heck were you doing then? Watching Paper Towns? Ugh fine, I’ll give you the results to get you caught up but next time you’re own your own! …Who am I kidding? I can’t stay mad at you! I got your back! Anyway, scroll down for official results of the Hungarian GP and a race recap from NBC Sports.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!
2015 Hungarian Grand Prix Results:
1st: Sebastian Vettel (Vettel dedicated his win to the late Jules Bianchi)
2nd: Daniil Kvyat
3rd: Daniel Riccardo
2015 Formula One World Championship Driver Standings:
1st: Lewis Hamilton -202 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg -181 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel -160 points
4th: Valtteri Bottas -77 points
5th: Kimi Raikkonen -76 points
Did you miss out on the Indy Car oval race over the weekend? We got you covered. Below are the official results for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 along with some race highlights to show you how things shook out.
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!
ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Results:
1st: Sebastian Bourdais
2nd: Helio Castroneves
3rd: Graham Rahal
Top 5 points standings:
1st: Juan Pablo Montoya -439 points
2nd: Scott Dixon -385 points
3rd: Graham Rahal -370 points (1 win)
4th: Helio Castroneves -370 points (no wins)
4th: Will Power -369 points
If you’re reading this then you probably aren’t in Japan right now to watch Formula Drift. The good news is, just as the title of this post suggests, you can watch it all LIVE here! Just scroll down to watch a live feed of Formula Drift Japan!
By the time you read this Comic Con 2015 will be in full swing. Hundreds of thousands of people have descended upon San Diego for the world’s biggest nerd party. And we’re missing out! Yes, unfortunately, we were unable to make it to Comic Con this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t combine our love for cars and comics in honor of the event. In the video below we go over our top 5 favorite cars from Marvel movies. Scroll down and nerd out with us, won’t you?