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  • Nissan launches the all-new 2023 Serena in Japan

    Nissan launches the all-new Serena in Japan
    Nissan launches the all-new Serena in Japan

    Nissan launches the all-new 2023 Serena in Japan – Nissan launched the fully-revamped Serena in Japan today with sales of gasoline-powered models starting this winter, and Serena e-POWER models are to start in spring.

    Since it’s unveiling in 1991, the Serena has always been in close touch with the changing forms and need of families. With the notion from the beginning being “Big, Easy, Fun”, the all-new 2023 Serena is armed with spacious seating, convenient utilities and the latest in cutting-edge technologies.

    “We have planned and developed the new Serena so that the whole family can spend their precious time together, having great fun,”

    Nissan Executive Vice President Asako Hoshino.

    Advanced technologies

    • The Serena features the second-generation e-POWER system, now armed with an all-new, specially developed 1.4 L engine. The system delivers more powerful and smooth acceleration with less engine noise.
    • ProPILOT 2.0*1 advanced driver assistance system comes on the highest e-POWER grade, the Luxion—the first time*2 such a system that enables hands-off driving (in a single lane on a highway at speeds of 40 km/h or above) has been adopted in a minivan*3 in Japan. For all other grades, ProPILOT has now been made standard. This driver assistance technology helps reduce driver fatigue on long road trips.
    • The Luxion is armed with ProPILOT Park with memory, which records and recognizes parking space lines, marking the first time this technology has been adopted on a Nissan vehicle. The Luxion also has ProPILOT Remote Park.
    • Steering assist with forward collision avoidance supports steering when avoiding obstacles in front of the vehicle. This technology is also a Nissan first.

    Second-generation e-POWER creates a quiet cabin, making conversation easier

    • The Serena features the second-generation e-POWER system, now fortified with an all-new, specially developed 1.4 L engine. The system delivers more powerful and smooth acceleration with less engine noise.
    • The Serena is also fortified with world-first, energy management technology*4 that controls when the engine turns on and off in accordance with vehicle speed, traffic conditions and the navigation system. Reduced engine operation contributes to a quieter cabin.
    • Enhanced insulation further contributes to a quieter cabin, resulting in an easy conversation space, even for rear-seat passengers.

    Science-based approach to reducing motion-sickness

    Various design and packaging approaches have been taken with the aim of reducing motion-sickness. These include:

    • A wide, open view from inside the vehicle and an optimal display monitor positioning
    • All-new seat design that dampens occupant movement
    • A highly rigid steering wheel enhances handling stability
    • A vehicle structure that deflects crosswinds and reduces shakiness at high speeds
    • The second-generation e-POWER system and tighter suspension enable smoother vehicle body movement
    • e-Pedal Step, which allows the driver to control vehicle speed by just using the accelerator

    A friendly design with premium quality and sense of innovation

    • A modern touch has been added to the exterior design. For Luxion and Highway Star grades, the exterior design is finished to evoke the dynamic and powerful performance of the vehicle. All lamps are now LED.
    • Close attention has been given to interior:
      ・The windshield is the widest in the minivan category in the market*3.
      ・As a first for Nissan, the all-new Serena features a switch-type shift for smart looks and ease-of-use.
      ・The seat material is water-repellent, a family friendly feature.
    • 14 body colors are available, including four two-tone combinations.

    Convenient family features

    The most spacious cabin in the minivan category*3 enables all on board to stretch out and relax.

    • 120 mm of addional driver legroom compared to the previous generation.
    • A multi-purpose center seat in the second row allows the vehicle to carry seven or eight passengers*5.
    • The dual rear door allows easy loading and unloading, even in small parking spaces. When needed, just the small back door at the top can be used. The side passenger door comes with the hands-free, auto-open function.
    • Pockets for smartphones and wallets are now now in easy reach for every seat. Other useful features include: Holders that can accommodate a 500 ml cardoard carton, USB ports, onboard Wi-Fi, and a pre-cooling air conditioning system*6.
    • Air conditioning can be controlled by a simple, intuitive and innovatively designed touch panel, with independent controls for the driver’s seat, passenger seat and rear seats.
    • An optional 100V AC power source (1500 W) is available for e-POWER models, which can be used to operate electric appliances when outdoor or as a power source, especially helpful in emergencies.

    Japan nationwide recommended retail price (including consumption tax)

    *1 Subscription to the NissanConnect ProPILOT plan is required

    *2 Nissan survey; as of November 2022

    *3 Nissan survey; as of November 2022. Minivan definition used: 1.2 – 2.0 L class 7/8-seat vehicle with overall height over 1.8 m

    *4 Nissan survey; as of November 2022. The technology controls battery charge and discharge to maintain electric-only driving (no engine operation) near the destination, by using information from the navigation system

    *5 The e-POWER Luxion is a 7-seater

    *6 Onboard Wi-Fi and air conditioning pre-cooling need NissanConnect services subscription.

    Note: Features may be available only for certain grades or factory-installed options.

  • 24H SPA EWC Motos – Successful Testing

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport, 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship, BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, #37 BMW M 1000 RR, Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Jérémy Guarnoni (FRA), Kenny Foray (FRA)
    BMW Motorrad Motorsport, 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship, BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team, #37 BMW M 1000 RR, Markus Reiterberger (GER), Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR), Jérémy Guarnoni (FRA), Kenny Foray (FRA)

    24H SPA EWC Motos – Successful Testing: – The return of motorcycle endurance racing to Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). The 24H SPA EWC Motos comes on the first weekend in June from 2nd to 5th marks the second event of the season in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) 2022 and are also the home race for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team headed by Team Manager Werner Daemen.

    In preparation for the 24-hour race, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team on the Ardennes Rollercoaster took part in two days of training at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Tuesday and Wednesday. The team, with bike riders Markus Reiterberger (German), Ilya Mikhalchik (Ukraine), Jérémy Guarnoni and Kenny Foray (both French), worked on various electronics and chassis solutions for the #37 BMW M 1000 RR and completed some wide-ranging tyre tests.

    The BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team riders also had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The testing was a success with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team proving just how fast the #37 BMW M 1000 RR can go. On both days, the riders not only set the fastest times but also new lap records; on Tuesday with a time of 2:20.887 minutes  and on Wednesday with 2:20.344 minutes. Both times were set by Reiterberger.

    Reactions to testing at Spa-Francorchamps.

    “The test went really well. We set the overall fastest lap time and also the average speed was really good. We tested a lot with tyres, brakes and everything and to be honest, it looks good. But now we have to make the same in the race. The race pace was good. We had very hot weather, it even was a bit too hot for our bike, but that’s okay. It was a good preparation for the race.”

    Werner Daemen, Team Manager BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team

    “That was some excellent testing, with fastest times and new lap records. I felt really good from the very first lap. We completed a comprehensive testing schedule. However, the circuit is challenging and provides so many variants and lines that we riders had to get used to it all first. We improved lap by lap, and at the end of day one I was able to post a new lap record with 2:20.887 minutes. We then did even better than that on the second day. I am very happy, particularly because my pace on used race tyres was very good. The team did a fantastic job. I am certainly feeling very confident. The circuit is superb, our motivation knows no limits and we are all set for the race.”

    – Markus Reiterberger

    “The test was quite okay. Actually, I did not have my best feeling on the bike because I still don’t know the track 100 per cent and need a few more laps and more time on this track, but we will have the time for that during free practice in the race week. Overall, the team did a good job. The bike is really good and now I am looking forward to the race. Let’s fight for a top result and enjoy this beautiful circuit!”

    Ilya Mikhalchik

    “For me, it was the first time riding at the Spa circuit and it was a great experience. The track is really nice, completely amazing, but it is not easy to get fast. I am quite happy with the lap time I did and of course I still can improve a lot. The bike was really good, especially for a stint and also the tyres worked really well. So we will try to further improve in the race and give our best.”

    Jérémy Guarnoni

    “For me, it was a short test but I was happy to ride here because it is always great to ride at Spa. The bike is ready, everything is ready, so now I hope that the team can get a good result in the race.”

    Kenny Foray
  • Audi Q7 TFSI E Quattro: Luxury, space and efficiency

    Audi Q7 TFSI E Quattro
    Static photo, Colour: Glacier white

    Audi Q7 TFSI E Quattro: Luxury, space and efficiency – Step by step, Audi is putting its new electrified models on the road. Presales of the Q7 TFSI e quattro (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 3.0–2.8; combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 22.9–21.9; combined CO2 emissions in g/km*: 69–64) have just started in Germany and other European countries.

    The SUV, whose plug-in hybrid drive combines a three-liter V6 gasoline engine with a powerful electric motor, is available in two power levels. The top-of-the-line version offers a system output of 335 kW (456 PS) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 3.0–2.8; combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 22.9–22.2; combined CO2 emissions in g/km*: 69–64), while the second version delivers 280 kW (381 PS) and 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 3.0–2.8; combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 22.4–21.9; combined CO2 emissions in g/km*: 69–64).

    Two power units and a quattro drivetrain: drive and transmission

    Like every plug-in hybrid model, the Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro** relies on the power of its two hearts. One of the brand’s most modern engines serves as the combustion engine – the 3.0 TFSI.

    The turbocharged, refined V6 delivers an output of 250 kW (340 PS) and 450 Nm (331.9 lb-ft) of torque. It is certified according to the Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard and is fitted with a gasoline particulate filter as standard.

    A permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM), which is characterized by a high power density and compact design, serves as the electric motor.

    The PSM, which delivers a peak output of 94 kW and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque, is integrated in the housing of the eight-speed tiptronic. Together with the coupling, which connects the combustion engine to the drivetrain, it forms what is known as the hybrid module.

    The power for the electric motor is supplied by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that is positioned under the luggage compartment floor and provides an energy capacity of 17.3 kWh at a voltage of 308 volts. Its 168 prismatic cells are divided into 14 modules that lie on top of each other on two levels.

    The battery cooling system, which also covers the charger, forms a separate low-temperature circuit. If necessary, it can be connected to the coolant circuit for the air conditioning system or the second low-temperature circuit, which cools the electric motor and power electronics. It converts the direct current from the high-voltage battery (HV) into three-phase current to power the electric motor. During recuperation, the electric motor functions as an alternator and feeds direct current back to the lithium-ion battery.

    A quick and smoothly shifting eight-speed tiptronic transfers the forces of the two motors via the quattro drivetrain to all four wheels. It is equipped with an electric oil pump that ensures lubrication in all operating states.

    The core of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive is a center differential with purely mechanical regulation that distributes the torque between the front and rear axles at a ratio of 40:60 in normal driving operation. When required, it transfers the majority of it to the axle with the better traction.

    Two power levels: the Q7 60 TFSI e with 335 kW and the Q7 55 TFSI e with 280 kW

    The different designs of the electric motor allow Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro** customers to choose between two power levels that differ in terms of their boost strategy, for example.

    The Q7 60 TFSI e quattro** achieves a system output of 335 kW (456 PS) and has a system torque of 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 3.0–2.8; combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 22.9–22.2; combined CO2 emissions in g/km*: 69–64) – that’s 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) more than the TFSI generates alone.

    When both power units work together in boost mode, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.7 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 240 km/h (155.3 mph). Up to speeds of 135 km/h (83.9 mph) the electric motor can generate the drive alone.

    The Q7 55 TFSI e quattro** delivers 280 kW (381 PS) and a system torque of 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 3.0–2.8; combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km*: 22.4–21.9; combined CO2 emissions in g/km*: 69–64). It sprints to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.9 seconds. The electric motor can also generate the car’s drive alone up to a speed of 135 km/h (83.9 mph), and a speed of 240 km/h (155.3 mph) can be reached in cooperation with the combustion engine.

    In electric operation, both Q7 variants achieve the same range of up to 43 kilometers in accordance with the WLTP procedure. In many countries and cities, their owners can benefit from tax advantages or even enjoy local traffic privileges such as free parking or driving in the bus lane. In Germany, both plug-in hybrid models benefit from the company car regulation for electric cars: The vehicle is taxed only at a flat rate of 0.5% of the gross list price.

    For maximum efficiency: the predictive operating strategy

    Whether you are driving short or long distances, in the city, on country roads or the highway: The hybrid management of the Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro** choses the optimum operating strategy for each journey automatically. It is designed such that drivers can cover a large section of their daily journeys on electric power. The “EV” soft key in the lower of the two MMI displays allows them to decide whether and how they want to adjust the interaction of the two power units at any time.

    The SUV starts in fully electric “EV” mode. A loudspeaker in the right wheel arch emits a synthetic e-sound to warn pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic. In accordance with the EU guidelines, this acoustic vehicle alerting system (AVAS) can be heard clearly up to 20 km/h (12.4 mph) and gradually fades out as the speed increases. The gasoline engine is activated only when the driver depresses the right-hand pedal, the “active accelerator pedal,” beyond a specific level of resistance.

    “Hybrid” mode offers two operating modes: “Auto” and “Hold”. In “Auto” mode, the predictive operating strategy is activated automatically when route guidance is started in the standard MMI navigation plus.

    The battery charge is spread intelligently along the route, with large electric portions in the city and in stop-and-go traffic. In most cases, the TFSI engine accelerates the vehicle and the electric motor provides support as needed. When accelerating from low rotational speeds, for example, it bridges those tenths of a second that the turbocharger needs to build up pressure, ensuring that the drive has a very spontaneous response. Generally speaking, the predictive operating strategy endeavors to drive as far as possible on electric power and to use the available battery charge completely by the time the destination is reached.

    A different strategy is used in “Hold” mode: In this case, the battery’s existing state of charge is kept at the current level with just minimum fluctuations. This is done by recovering brake energy, i.e. recuperation and shifting the load point – in other words, by means of targeted interventions in the management of the 3.0 TFSI. Following a long-distance journey that is driven the conventional way, for example, this allows the subsequent urban drive to be covered on purely electric power, i.e. without emissions and nearly silent.

    The vehicle’s operating strategy plans the management of the drives and uses a variety of data, always with the aim of optimizing ride comfort and reducing the energy consumption and CO2 emissions. When it comes to planning long-distance journeys, it takes the length and profile of the route as well as online traffic information and the driver’s driving style into account. In the short-term forecast, which runs in parallel, the standard predictive efficiency assist (PEA) system contributes information from the immediate environment taken from the navigation data, for example speed limits, types of roads and uphill and downhill gradients. The data from the camera and radar that monitor the traffic ahead is also included here.

    Even greater efficiency: freewheeling and recuperation

    The phases in which the driver takes their foot off the accelerator pedal are also important for the efficiency of the Q7 with plug-in hybrid drive. The PEA takes over the regulation in such situations. In addition to the navigation data, it also takes the distance to the car in front into account and then decides between freewheeling with the TFSI switched off (“gliding”) and recuperation, i.e. the recovery of kinetic energy and its conversion into electric energy. In overrun mode, the Q7 TFSI e quattro** can recover up to 25 kW of power and feed it back to the lithium-ion battery.

    When operated as an alternator, the electric motor performs all light and medium brake applications up to 0.3 g, which make up more than 90% of all deceleration processes in everyday customer operation. The hydraulic wheel brakes are activated only in the case of heavier deceleration processes. Thanks to sophisticated fine tuning, the transition, also known as “blending,” between the electric and hydraulic brakes is virtually imperceptible; the brake pedal always provides good feedback and can thus be modulated precisely. During a brake application, the hybrid SUV achieves a recuperation power of up to 80 kW.

    When the optional adaptive cruise assist including the radar cruise control is active, the PEA assists the driver not only with decelerating but also with fuel-efficient acceleration. If it is switched off, the driver receives prompts that indicate when it would be sensible to take their foot off the right-hand pedal. The driver feels an impulse in the active accelerator pedal and sees information displayed in the Audi virtual cockpit (standard) and on the head-up display (optional). Detailed symbols, e.g. for intersections, town signs and vehicles driving in front, explain the reason for the reduction in speed.

    In the Audi virtual cockpit and on the display of the standard operating system MMI touch response, the driver can view a variety of information on electric driving: power meter, range and the current energy flows of the two drive units. As the central display element, the power meter provides information on the maximum electric performance as well as coasting or braking recuperation, for example.

    Up to seven ride characters: the Audi drive select system

    In addition to the “EV” soft key, the driver of the Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro** can influence the ride character at a second level: the Audi drive select system. The driver can use the ride profiles “comfort,” “efficiency,” “auto,” “dynamic,” “individual,” “allroad” (with the optional adaptive air suspension) and “offroad” to influence the setup of the drive, air spring suspension and steering.

    Depending on the settings, the way in which the drives work together changes when the driver depresses the accelerator pedal. In the “dynamic” profile of Audi drive select and in transmission mode “S,” the electric motor supports the 3.0 TFSI with a pronounced boost function for high levels of dynamism and agility. When the foot is taken off the accelerator pedal, freewheeling is blocked in this setting; the electric motor thus recuperates whenever the foot is taken off the right-hand pedal.

    Sporty character: the Q7 60 TFSI e quattro

    The Audi Q7 60 TFSI e quattro delivers a system output of 335 kW (456 PS) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque. Its sporty appeal is reinforced by the standard S line exterior with a full paint finish in the body color and striking design details at the front and rear ends. The look is completed by the black styling package and the Matrix LED headlights. Red brake calipers are installed behind the 20-inch wheels and the adaptive air suspension provides a great range from taut handling to comfortable rolling.

    The interior of the Q7 60 TFSI e quattro** features the interior S line/S line sport package. This includes sport seats with S line embossing, black headlining and aluminum inlays. When the doors are opened, LED lights in the door sills project the four rings onto the ground. Most equipment features are also available for the Audi Q7 55 TFSI e quattro** upon request.

    Convenient charging on the road

    The charging socket of the new plug-in hybrids is located in the rear section of the left sidewall, opposite the tank filler neck. The Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro** can be charged conveniently at public charging terminals while on the road, using the standard mode 3 cable with a type 2 connector. Upon request, Audi’s own charging service, the e-tron Charging Service, provides access to more than 110,000 charging points in Europe. Customers can use a single card to charge at terminals from numerous different providers.

    Charge management from the couch: the myAudi app

    The myAudi app allows customers to use the services from the Audi connect portfolio on their smartphones. They can also check the battery and range status, start charging processes, program the charge timer and view the charge and consumption statistics. The charging stations are listed in both the app and the vehicle’s navigation system.

    Another function of the myAudi app is the pre-entry climate control even before setting off. For this function, the compressor of the air conditioning system and the standard thermoelectric heater booster in the vehicle use power from the high-voltage battery or the socket. Customers can determine how the interior should be heated or cooled while the SUV is parked or the battery is being charged. Depending on the equipment, they can also activate the steering wheel and seat heating as well as the seat ventilation using the pre-entry climate control system, either via the myAudi app or via the timer in the vehicle.

    The Audi Q7 60 TFSI e quattro** can now be ordered at a base price of EUR 89,500 in Germany and the Audi Q7 55 TFSI e quattro** is available for a base price of EUR 74,800. The market introduction will begin at the end of 2019.

    Fuel consumption of the models listed

    (Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and efficiency classes given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used)

    Audi Q7 60 TFSI e quattro

    Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 3.0–2.8; Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km: 22.9–22.2; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 69–64

    Audi Q7 55 TFSI e quattro

    Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 3.0–2.8; Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km: 22.4–21.9; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 69–64

  • BENTLEY MOTORSPORT ACADEMY TO DEVELOP FUTURE MOTORSPORT TALENT WITH TEAM PARKER RACING

    BENTLEY MOTORSPORT ACADEMY TO DEVELOP FUTURE MOTORSPORT TALENT WITH TEAM PARKER RACING

    BENTLEY MOTORSPORT ACADEMY TO DEVELOP FUTURE MOTORSPORT TALENT WITH TEAM PARKER RACING: – Bentley Motorsport has launched a new initiative in partnership with customer team Team Parker Racing, to nurture new racing talent and provide a pathway to GT racing with the brand.

    The Bentley Motorsport Academy will provide three aspiring drivers – selected from a pool of eight – with a bespoke programme of on-track activity including five races in the World Challenge GT Europe Endurance series in Bentley’s highly successful Continental GT3 racer, as well as a host of off-track support and mentorship.

    The initiative will run from January to October 2020, with the three successful drivers being selected after final tests at Portimao in Portugal from 11-13 Dec 2019.

    Members will train alongside factory Bentley drivers and will benefit from a tailored educational programme that covers every aspect of modern racing, to ensure that they develop a rounded skill set that meets the highest expectations.

    As well as the five-race GT Europe Endurance series races, Academy members will also take part in shakedown testing of Bentley’s Continental GT3 race cars and will attend official tests at Paul Ricard in France, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Monza in Italy, Silverstone in the UK and Nürburgring in Germany.

    Academy Drivers

    Elsewhere, Academy drivers will receive tuition and support in a wide variety of off-track areas, including:

    • Physical training, mental toughness and nutrition
    • Media and PR training, negotiation and self-promotion
    • Vehicle dynamics, engineer engagement and simulation sessions

    The programme will be fully supported by customer Bentley Continental GT3 outfit, Team Parker Racing. The independent, family-run squad has been a Bentley Motorsport partner since 2016 and won the 2017 British GT Championship title.

    Andy and Stuart Parker, who run the team, are the third generation of the Parker family to be Bentley owners.

    “WE WANT TO CREATE A SYSTEM THAT NURTURES AND DEVELOPS THE NEXT WAVE OF RACING TALENT AND MAKES BENTLEY THE DESTINATION BRAND FOR GT RACING.”

    TEAM PRINCIPAL, STUART PARKER

    “THE PROGRAMME WILL FOCUS ON DRIVER PROGRESSION, WITH A CLEAR LINK WHERE THEY CAN RACE WITH BENTLEY. THE BENTLEY MOTORSPORT ACADEMY WILL BE A TRAINING GROUND FOR DEVELOPING NEW AND EXCITING GT RACING TALENT AS THE NEXT GENERATION OF BENTLEY BOYS.”

    PAUL WILLIAMS, BENTLEY’S DIRECTOR OF MOTORSPORT

    As well as enjoying the experience and mentorship of factory Bentley drivers, Academy members will run in race suits almost identical to the works drivers, while their race cars will feature similar liveries to Bentley’s centrally-run race cars. The three inaugural members of the Academy will be unveiled at the Autosport International Show in January 2020.

  • Ayhancan Güven is the new Porsche Junior in the 2020 Supercup

    Ayhancan Güven is the new Porsche Junior in the 2020 Supercup
    Ayhancan Güven

    Ayhancan Güven is the new Porsche Junior in the 2020 Supercup – Porsche Motorsport supports another talented young driver for the coming season: A Turkish native Ayhancan Güven, will contest the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2020 as a Porsche Junior.

    At the three-day selection process in Portimão in Portugal, the 21-year-old beat eleven other candidates, who had been nominated by their respective national Porsche one-make cups. Güven travelled to the shootout as the reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup France.

    Porsche has supported talented young racing drivers since 1997 and helps them on their way up the motorsport career ladder.

    “FOR PORSCHE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNISE THE TALENTS AND ABILITIES OF DRIVERS AND TO ASSIST THEM. THE COMPETITION IN THE NATIONAL ONE-MAKE CUP SERIES IS HIGH. THIS WAS EVIDENT IN THE SHOOTOUT AND UNDERLINES HOW STRONGLY WE ARE POSITIONED IN MOTORSPORT,”

    FRITZ ENZINGER, VICE PRESIDENT PORSCHE MOTORSPORT

    “DURING THE SHOOTOUT AT PORTIMÃO, THE PARTICIPANTS WERE LITERALLY CHECKED OUT FROM TOP TO TOE. WE GOT A COMPREHENSIVE PICTURE OF THEIR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL FITNESS AND ALSO TESTED THEIR DRIVING SKILLS,”

    JASMIN STEIDLE-FAAS, PROJECT MANAGER OF THE PORSCHE MOTORSPORT JUNIOR PROGRAMME

    Ayhancan Güven

    At the age of five, Ayhancan Güven climbed into a kart with the support of his father, who is also an amateur racer in Turkey. At the age of twelve, the youngster from Istanbul switched to SimRacing and competed for the world’s largest team with today’s Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen and Lando Norris.

    At 17, he returned to real motorsport and won several races in Turkey. In 2016, Güven climbed the ladder into international GT racing. The following year he went on to contest the Porsche Carrera Cup France and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux, concluding the latter series as the rookie champion.

    In 2018, Güven climbed another rung of the Porsche Motorsport ladder: He took home the championship crown from both the Carrera Cup France and the Carrera Cup Benelux. The following year he contested his maiden season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, run as part of the Formula 1 support programme. In 2019, he again won the Carrera Cup France and concluded his debut Supercup season as runner-up and rookie champion.

    “THAT WAS A STRONG SEASON AND A TRULY GREAT SUCCESS FOR ME AND PHILIPPE ALMERAS’S TEAM,”

    AYHANCAN GÜVEN

    Family means a lot to Güven. They not only play an important role privately, he also relies on his extended family in his professional life. His older sister takes care of his travel plans and as a trained psychologist she is also responsible for his mental fitness in motorsport. Her husband is a fitness coach and regularly trains with Güven. Relatives in Germany also support the young driver. His cousin in Berlin has managed Güven’s online presence ever since the Turk began racing in Europe. 

    “IT WAS A GREAT HONOUR TO TAKE PART IN THE SELECTION PROCESS. WHEN I RECEIVED THE NEWS THAT I WAS CHOSEN AS THE NEW PORSCHE JUNIOR I WAS ABSOLUTELY THRILLED. BEING A PORSCHE JUNIOR IS A DREAM COME TRUE. FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO WIN. COMING OUT ON TOP AT THE SHOOTOUT IS THE GREATEST VICTORY OF MY LIFE. I’D LIKE TO THANK PORSCHE FOR THE CONFIDENCE THEY’VE PLACED IN ME,”

    AYHANCAN GÜVEN

    Jaxon Evans

    Porsche traditionally supports two young drivers at the same time: the second driver alongside Güven is Jaxon Evans, who was chosen last year as a Porsche Junior. The New Zealander comes from a motor racing family and began his career in a kart at the age of twelve. After the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, he advanced to the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia where he clinched the championship title in 2018. During the 2019 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Evans finished on the podium in Spa-Francorchamps and Mexico City, and will return as a Porsche Junior in 2020.

    As Porsche Juniors, the two receive a sponsorship package that includes 225,000 euros for a season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. For 2020 they will contest eight rounds at the wheel of a 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Oliver Schwab, project manager of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, is looking forward to the new junior line-up:

    “JAXON STEADILY IMPROVED OVER THE LAST SEASON AND AYHANCAN GÜVEN AT TIMES EVEN GAVE THE SEASONED SUPERCUP REGULARS A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY. IN 2020, THE TITLE FIGHT AMONGST THE WORLD’S BEST ONE-MAKE CUP DRIVERS WILL BE MORE THRILLING THAN EVER. I BELIEVE AYHANCAN IS ONE OF THE HOT FAVOURITES.” 

    OLIVER SCHWAB, PROJECT MANAGER OF THE PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPERCUP

    Both juniors receive support at all race weekends from the former Porsche works driver Sascha Maassen as a driver coach. Like the Porsche works drivers, the sponsored youngsters are provided with sports medicine and sports training-related mentoring from the University of Potsdam. Media seminars and mental fitness training are also part of the instruction content on the path to becoming a professional racing driver. Moreover, the Porsche Juniors will be involved in marketing activities and PR events.

  • 2020 Honda CR-V

    2020 Honda CR-V Touring
    2020 Honda CR-V Touring

    2020 Honda CR-V: America’s Favorite Crossover Gets Significant Upgrades in Technology, Features and LX Powertrain.

             *All-new electrified CR-V Hybrid to join the lineup early next year

             *America’s most popular crossover recently reached 5-million sales mark 

    The refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V, an updated take on America’s most popular crossover, begins arriving in US dealerships with a refreshed exterior design, new and upgraded features, and a new turbocharged powertrain for the popular LX trim, along with standard Honda Sensing® technologies on all grades. With cumulative U.S. sales now topping the 5-million-unit mark, the 2020 model looks to extend CR-V’s position as the best-selling crossover in America over the past 22 years.

    The 2020 CR-V goes on sale with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price starting at $25,0501 (excluding destination and handling charges) for the front-wheel-drive LX model, an increase of just $600 despite the addition of Honda Sensing and a more powerful and efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged engine to the LX trim. An all-new, even more powerful and fuel-efficient hybrid-electric CR-V will join the lineup early next year.

    2020 Honda CR-V

    All 2020 CR-Vs benefit from new front and rear exterior styling cues, including a redesigned front bumper and grille, and new headlight designs. EX and EX-L trims also get redesigned alloy wheels, while Touring grades get new 19-inch (+1 in.) wheels and tires. The 2020 model also debuts three new exterior colors: Radiant Red Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl, and Aegean Blue Pearl.

    Inside, CR-V’s spacious and tech-savvy cabin gets a redesigned center console with more conveniently located USB ports and more flexible storage space, while the line-topping CR-V Touring adds a heated steering wheel and wireless smartphone charging.

    Mechanically, the biggest change to the 2020 CR-V is the addition of the 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected engine for the popular LX trim, which replaces a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. For the LX, this means more power (+6 horsepower), a flatter torque curve (179 lb.-ft. @ 2000-5000 rpm vs. 180 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm) and a higher EPA fuel economy rating (+2 mpg city/highway/combined).

    Importantly, the CR-V LX also gets Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, extending these popular features throughout the CR-V lineup.

    ADVANCED POWERTRAINS

    All gasoline-powered 2020 CR-Vs now feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected powerplant rated at 190 horsepower (SAE net) and 179 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net), delivering refined and responsive performance across the engine’s full operating range. Available in front-wheel-drive or with Honda Real Time all-wheel drive, power is transmitted through a sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with smooth-shifting Honda G-Shift control logic.

    SOPHISTICATED EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR STYLING

    The 2020 Honda CR-V’s more upscale and distinctive presence comes courtesy of a new blackout grille, and broad new openings for the fog lights. EX, EX-L and Touring trims get new, round LED fog lights. The added sophistication continues in back with dark-tinted taillight lenses, a dark chrome tailgate garnish and more darkly tinted rear glass. EX and EX-L trims get newly designed 18-inch wheels with a dark gray and machined finish, while the Touring trim’s new, larger 10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels and tires (+1 inch) raise the bar on the Touring’s stance and upscale demeanor. Touring trims also get new chrome exhaust finishers. Three new exterior colors come to the CR-V – Sonic Gray Pearl, Radiant Red Metallic, and Aegean Blue Pearl – expanding to eight the number of color choices available for CR-V.

    Inside, all 2020 Honda CR-Vs get a redesigned center console that is easier to use, with more flexible storage options, while CR-V Touring trims now come standard with Qi-compatible wireless cell phone charging. Other in-vehicle technologies include a color TFT driver information interface (DII) center meter display, available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. Additional available tech includes remote engine start, dual-zone climate control, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support, and heated front seats.

    ADVANCED SAFETY AND DRIVER-ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

    Beginning with the 2020 model year, all Honda CR-V trims come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Honda Sensing® includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). Additional driver-assistive technologies include the available blind spot information (BSI), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Auto High Beam headlights.

    The 2020 CR-V also incorporates the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and targets the highest collision safety ratings. These include a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)3 and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention with Honda Sensing.

  • Antonio Giovinazzi Extends his Alfa Romeo Racing Contract in Formula 1

    Antonio Giovinazzi - Alfa Romeo Racing Team
    Antonio Giovinazzi – Alfa Romeo Racing Team

    Antonio Giovinazzi extends his Alfa Romeo Racing contract in Formula 1, this was announced by Alfa Romeo. The Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi will fly high the Alfa Romeo colors in the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship, racing alongside world champion Kimi Räikkönen. This was announced during the presentation of the new MY2020 Giulia and Stelvio cars against the splendid backdrop of Valle d’Itria in Apulia. 

    Alfa Romeo Racing team’s announcement coinciding with today’s location and event was not coincidental: indeed Alfa Romeo decided to present the most important new products of the year in the birthplace of the Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi to further consolidate the connection that continues to bind the Alfa Romeo brand and Sauber Motorsport.

    MY2020 Giulia and Stelvio

    The limited edition special series Alfa Romeo Racing Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio was developed because of the technical partnership, the ultimate expressions of the highest performing versions in the range was both sold out immediately.

    The new MY2020 Giulia and Stelvio are fruit of the further developments in technology and style applied to two models recognised as benchmarks in terms of dynamics and driving pleasure in their respective categories. 

    “WE ARE PARTICULARLY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE ABOUT THE RENEWAL OF ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI’S CONTRACT WITH ALFA ROMEO RACING DURING THIS IMPORTANT OCCASION FOR ALFA ROMEO. THE ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM SPECTATORS AND THE IMPROVEMENT IN THE RESULTS ON TRACK HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THE ALFA ROMEO RACING TEAM IS ON THE RIGHT ROAD, A FINE AMBASSADOR FOR THE TRADITION OF EUROPEAN TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE AND ITALIAN STYLE. FOLLOWING ANTONIO’S CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH THE TEAM, WE EXPECT TO CONTINUE MAKING PROGRESS, BOTH TECHNICALLY AND ON TRACK, AND ADD TO ALFA ROMEO’S LONG AND GLORIOUS HISTORY IN FORMULA 1.”

    – MIKE MANLEY, CEO OF FCA

    “ANTONIO HAS DONE REALLY WELL THIS YEAR AND I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO CONFIRM HE WILL STAY WITH ALFA ROMEO RACING FOR 2020. THE WAY HE HAS INTEGRATED INTO THE TEAM AND HAS CONSISTENTLY IMPROVED THROUGHOUT HIS FIRST FULL SEASON IN THE SPORT ARE VERY PROMISING AND WE CANNOT WAIT TO UNLOCK HIS FULL POTENTIAL AS WE CONTINUE THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. ANTONIO HAS EMERGED AS A VERY QUICK DRIVER, EVEN ALONGSIDE AS TOUGH A BENCHMARK AS KIMI, AND WE EXPECT HIM TO DEVELOP EVEN FURTHER AS HIS EXPERIENCE GROWS. HIS TECHNICAL FEEDBACK, WORK ETHICS AND POSITIVE APPROACH WILL HELP US CONTINUE TO PUSH OUR TEAM FORWARD.”

    – FRÉDÉRIC VASSEUR, TEAM PRINCIPAL OF ALFA ROMEO RACING AND CEO OF SAUBER MOTORSPORT AG
  • ALL-NEW FORD ESCAPE, FORD EXPLORER JOIN FORD EXPEDITION WITH TRICKED-OUT MAKEOVERS FOR SEMA 2019

    MAD Industries Ford Escape
    MAD Industries Ford Escape

    ALL-NEW FORD ESCAPE, FORD EXPLORER JOIN FORD EXPEDITION WITH TRICKED-OUT MAKEOVERS FOR SEMA 2019 – The all-new 2020 Ford Escape and Explorer make their debut at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association show, joining Ford Expedition with tricked-out builds highlighting the latest trends in customization.

    “There’s a growing hunger for consumers to personalize their SUVs, which have a huge range of possibilities from lowered street rides to off-road overlanding. As the latest versions of Escape and Explorer continue to provide buyers with even more options for what they want, the aftermarket is a great place to see just how much more there is out there.”

    Eric Cin, global director, Ford vehicle personalization and accessories.

    The Ford display represents the largest original equipment manufacturer exhibit at this year’s SEMA show. And for those looking to take a thrill ride in a Ford Performance vehicle on a closed track, the popular interactive experience Ford Out Front returns. Here’s a preview of some of the more than 50 customized vehicles Ford is showcasing:

    LGE-CTS Motorsports Urban Ford Escape

    Equally adept on a routine trip around town as it is blasting down dirt roads in Baja in search of that epic spot to surf, this Urban edition 2020 Ford Escape by LGE-CTS Motorsports is driven by attitude and poised to attack.

    Featuring an aggressive stance courtesy of Eibach performance lowering springs combined with 20-inch TSW Petrol P6A wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport tires, Urban Escape joins a stable of off-road-centric builds by LGE-CTS Motorsports. A custom Borla cat-back exhaust and Power Commander throttle control system give the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine under its hood an aggressive growl.

    Roof rack crossbars by Ford Accessories paired with Yakima mounts make this nimble Escape an adventure seeker’s dream. With a Rogelio’s Auto Upholstery custom leather interior and accessories for life audio products by Scosche, outdoor enthusiasts will be bathed in luxury en route to their next mountain biking or snowboarding adventure.

    Air Design USA Ford Escape Sport Hybrid

    Where style and capability meet, this Air Design USA 2020 Ford Escape Sport Hybrid emerges.

    A stunning two-tone Sherwin-Williams paint job in white and black, applied by Faith Quality Auto Body, perfectly accents custom 20-inch Forgiato Flow 001 wheels donning Pirelli Scorpion Verde tires. Rugged black fender flares by Air Design plus door rocker moldings and silver skid plates make for a cohesive design that looks as good as it performs.

    The interior keeps the utility in this sport utility vehicle with a Ford Accessories cargo organizer, cargo mat and floor liners. A portable refrigerator by Indel B ensures onboard capacity for stocking up on sustenance and other supplies.

    This MAD Industries 2020 Ford Escape puts the sport in the automaker’s latest SUV offering or, in this case, right on top of it.

    Equipped to haul gear for activities ranging from cycle to surf, this sleek Escape is built to look good while adventuring with 21-inch Rotiform OZR wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires combined with Eibach Pro Kit lowering springs. Custom BASF RM paint, Ford Accessories roof rack crossbars and Yakima bike carrier round out the exterior treatment.

    Getting to your destination is a plush experience thanks to a Miko ultra-suede headliner, custom trim in matte gray and a kicking Rockford Fosgate audio system. A trip to the beach or a trek to the trail has never been quite like this.

    Blood Type Racing Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid

    Blood Type Racing embraces the concept of sustainable exploration of both road and trail with the first 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid modified by the aftermarket.

    A half-inch suspension leveling kit plus Ford Performance skid plate paired with 20-inch Ace Alloy AFF09 black chrome wheels wrapped in Toyo Tires Open Country A/T II rubber takes the off-road capabilities of this hybrid SUV up a notch or three. A Borla cat-back exhaust with black chrome tips brings a clean look and a distinct sound to Ford’s 3.3-liter hybrid V6 engine. Rounding out the black chrome look is a host of additional pieces, including front grille and rear bumper accents by Lacks Trim Systems, door handle accents and lower door moldings.

    Two custom BTR Edition snowboards by Blank Snowboards displayed on a Yakima carrier mounted to Ford Accessories roof rack crossbars encourage occupants to step off and explore the great outdoors. A Ford Accessories Ford play rear seat entertainment system by Voxx provides entertainment on the journey to explore the wilderness.

    CGS Performance Products Ford Explorer ST

    This 2020 Ford Explorer ST from CGS Performance Products gets a clean and mean look perfect for turning heads at any event.

    Performance gets a bump from a custom cat-back exhaust by Borla boasting carbon fiber tips that enhance the appearance of this Explorer ST, while massive 24-inch Savini wheels shod in Pirelli P-Zero rubber amplify the appeal. A sleek gray paint job by Sikkens brings an extra layer of luxury, while tasteful red accents along the roofline and side skirts complete its performance looks.

    A custom interior by Alea Leather, on par with the bold exterior treatment, provides occupants with a lavish experience.

    This 2020 Ford Explorer customized by Prefix is designed to be the king of racetrack support vehicles. It serves as a tribute to the men and women who work behind the scenes on the safety and support side of motorsports.

    Track appeal comes courtesy of a lowered suspension, Ford Performance skid plate and 20-inch GWG wheels with Michelin tires. A Whelen emergency siren/signal system, Ford Performance recovery kit, plus Ford Accessories first-aid and roadside assistance kit by DC Safety properly equip this SUV to carry out the serious duties expected of a race support vehicle.

    Scheduled to perform parade laps and pace vehicle duties throughout the 2020 Trans Am race season, this customized Explorer also features Recaro Cross Sportster ORV race seats to give driver and passengers the proper track experience.

    Good Boy Daisy LifeStyle Ford Expedition Limited MAX

    This Good Boy Daisy LifeStyle 2019 Ford Expedition Limited MAX pumps up the volume with its unique ability to livestream in-car musical performances from all over the country.

    It boasts a street-savvy look and comfortable Nappa leather interior by Alea Leather. A Whipple EcoBoost Stage 1 induction kit and Borla’s touring exhaust ensure the band arrives early for soundcheck, while a flush bumper-mounted lightbar by Rigid helps them arrive safely. The band debuts in the utmost style via a custom paint scheme by Relic Works with 24-inch Forgiato wheels. Zoom Q8 cameras and Sennheiser mics enhance Good Boy Daisy’s ability to capture their travels and exploits, while a QSC TouchMix 8 digital mixer allows them to record and share their exploits with the whole world.

    This Expedition captures the adventures of life on the road in a vehicle purpose-built for transporting up-and-coming musicians safely and effortlessly from city to city, show to show.

    MAD Industries Ford Expedition Stealth

    MAD Industries evolves the 2019 Ford Expedition into a daily driver with the chops for some serious weekend adventuring.

    This build features a Whipple EcoBoost air induction system with Icon Dynamics Stage 2 coilover suspension that delivers performance whether it be the daily grind on the road or adventure off the beaten path. Fuel Forged FF-45 22-inch monoblock wheels with Nitto Ridge Grappler tires provide style for the city while keeping traction in the dirt. PowerStop Z36 high-performance rotors and ceramic formula extreme brake pads bring this big bad SUV to a halt.

    An Adapt 50-inch lightbar by Rigid and SR-L series spreader white halos light the way to the great outdoors regardless of conditions, while a Yakima SkyRise rooftop tent makes setting up camp easy and comfortable. As this Expedition Stealth demonstrates, MAD Industries is up for adventure anywhere anytime, so you can work and play even harder.

  • 2019 FORD RANGER SAFETY RECALL

    FORD MOTOR COMPANY ISSUES SAFETY RECALL FOR SELECT 2019 FORD RANGER VEHICLES FOR AN HVAC BLOWER MOTOR ISSUE
    Ford Ranger shock

    FORD MOTOR COMPANY ISSUES SAFETY RECALL FOR SELECT 2019 FORD RANGER VEHICLES FOR AN HVAC BLOWER MOTOR ISSUE

    Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for select 2019 Ford Ranger vehicles. In affected vehicles, the HVAC blower motor may have been built with an improper clearance between an electrical terminal and the conductive base-plate slot that may result in a resistive electrical short. This condition can increase the risk of the HVAC blower motor overheating, melting, smoking or causing a fire.

    Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition. Ford is aware of one customer warranty report of smoke while driving that is potentially related to this concern.

    There were six reports of incidents that occurred in vehicles prior to delivery to the dealership. These vehicles were returned to Ford for further inspection and analysis.

    This action affects 17,965 vehicles in the United States and federal territories and 1,544 in Canada.

    Affected vehicles were built at Michigan Assembly Plant, Aug. 1-Sept. 27, 2019. Dealers will inspect the HVAC blower motor in affected vehicles and replace it if it is within the suspect part production dates. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S34

  • 2019 FIA Formula One Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix Race – Sunday

    Racing for Anthoine Hubert
    Racing for Anthoine Hubert

    Weather: cloudy, 16.9-.18.2°C air, 26.6-30.7°C track

    Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG disclosed that racing today was never going to be easy given yesterday’s tragic circumstances. Anthoine was one of my drivers in F3 and the minute of silence we observed for him today was quite an emotional moment. My thoughts go out to his family, while at the same time I hope for a quick recovery for our Sauber Junior driver Juan Manuel. As for the race, it was an afternoon to forget: Kimi’s race was over within a few hundred metres from the start, when he was hit by Max Verstappen in a very optimistic move, and Antonio missed out on some good points with an accident in the last lap.

    When tragedies such as the one that took Anthoine Hubert happen, everything else loses relevance. Today we raced to honour the memory of the young Frenchman: it wasn’t a lucky race for us and we leave Spa-Francorchamps empty-handed despite lots of potential. Today, however, it wasn’t the final result that mattered.

    Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):

    Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)

    Result: 16th

    Fastest lap: 1:48.753

    Tyres: Softs (1 lap) – Medium (30 laps)

    “UNFORTUNATELY MY RACE WAS ALREADY OVER IN TURN ONE. I HAD TO SLOW DOWN AS BOTTAS WAS AT THE OUTSIDE AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW I GET HIT AND I’M ON TWO WHEELS. AFTERWARDS IT WAS NEARLY POINTLESS TO STAY OUT AS THERE WAS A LOT OF DAMAGE TO THE FLOOR BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN SO WE DID THE WHOLE DISTANCE. REALLY A SHAME AS WE HAD A STRONG CAR TODAY.”-

    Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):

    Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 01/Ferrari)

    Result: (DNF) 18th 

    Fastest lap: 1:47.560

    Tyres: Medium (29 laps) – Softs (15 laps)

    “THE CAR HAS BEEN REALLY STRONG TODAY AND THEREFORE IT’S EVEN MORE DISAPPOINTING NOT TO FINISH THE RACE WITH AN ACCIDENT IN THE LAST LAP. OUR STRATEGY WAS GREAT AND WE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE POINTS AND FOR THIS I FEEL SORRY FOR EVERYONE IN THE TEAM, BUT I GUESS THAT’S RACING.”

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