It’s hard to tell exactly what is so entrancing about watching a non-Formula One driver in an F1 car. Maybe it’s the Woah, can a person who’s never driven one of these things do it well? Without wrecking? thought, or the fact that the closest most of the human population gets to this view is an online racing simulator.
In about the biggest conflict of interest the sporting world could produce, the Renault Formula One team hired the person who oversaw all of F1’s technical development up until last month. That means he knows the confidential stuff other teams are planning, which is, uh, not good.
Six years after a rally crash nearly killed him, former Formula One driver Robert Kubica got back in a car with the Renault F1 team this summer. Kubica held a good pace during the test session, and the team’s director even said they were looking at a potential return to competition. But reality seems to have hit.
Considering he almost severed an arm in a horrific 2011 rally crash, it would’ve been easier for former Formula One regular Robert Kubica to leave “former” in his title. But Kubica, who entered a race before he even regained full mobility in his arm and won it less than two years after the crash, isn’t that type.
The new Infiniti Q60 is a fine and handsome luxury coupe with a surprising amount of everyday power, but it lacks the level of insanity you can get from AMG or M. But with on the Q60 Black S concept, Infiniti is infusing some F1 technology from their Renault racing team to make a 500 horsepower hybrid monster that…
Being able to ride around a race course from the driver’s point of view is a fun benefit of modern technology, whether you’re a racing fan or not. But the ability to see the ride from any point of view on the car with 360-degree video—that’s truly wacky.
A 1.6-liter V6 turbo revving at 15,000 rpm with unlimited boost that turns small drops of fuel into 600 horsepower aided by an electrical system that pumps out another 160 electron-charged horses. This is the pinnacle of engine development.
For the 2011 season, a Malaysian team in black and gold livery named Lotus will be joined by a Malaysian team in black and gold livery named Lotus. Don't panic, we've got the org chart.
If paintjobs can win races, the entire Formula One grid must be quaking in their Nomex boots. Renault’s vespid R30 is one hell of a looker.
Following today's announcement of Toyota leaving F1, Renault's board of directors is in an unscheduled, closed-doors meeting discussing the possibility of also exiting the motorsport.
Team Renault given two-year suspended ban, former team principal Briatore banned for life from F1 and all FIA events after race-fixing scandal. [BBC] Photo Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images