2015 Auto Show Calendar and Barcelona F1

Edmunds.com has a very useful calendar for the major US and International auto shows in 2015 here.

The next big show is the Barcelona International Motor Show, which is cunningly timed to coincide with the F1 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona this weekend.  The show runs from 9th to 17th May, with the Grand Prix weekend starting Friday 8th.

Can you think of a better way to spend the weekend than watching what may well be the watershed race of the season, and then peruse the latest European automotive machinery?

Why is his such an important race?  Three reasons: Ferrari have been nipping at the heals of Mercedes at every race this year after making great gains following the disappointing (for Ferrari) 2014 season.  Traditionally manufacturers release enhancement packages to their cars at the Spanish Grand Prix.  We hear that both Mercedes and Ferrari have new components in their cars this weekend.

It all points to a distinct possibility that Ferrari could win their first race of 2015.

And what could you look forward to the following week at the show?  Seat are  set to reveal their new Neuvo Ibiza ahead of the market launch early 2016. If you are not familiar with the Seat brand, its the Spanish arm of the VW Audi Group.  They specialise in making small, chic and well engineered cars for a reasonable price.

Ole!

F1 Malaysia 2015 Results – Vettel AND Ferrari are BACK!

We have patiently waited through several years of F1 predictability.  Red Bull and Vettel dominated for 4 years.  Then in 2014 it was the turn of Mercedes, albeit with the thrills of watching Hamilton and Rosberg go at each other like rabid dogs. And we thought 2015 would probably be much of the same again…

But maybe not.  Last weekend during practice and qualifying the Ferrari looked fast and Mercedes were struggling with reliability.  No excuses however on race day.  It was a fair fight.

Hamilton got a great start and the Mercedes duo stormed off in front.  However Raikkonen ended up at the back after limping back to the pits on a punctured tyre sustained at the start.  Another easy win for Mercedes and Hamilton?  Surely…?

Not! Vettel and Ferrari pulled off a master piece of tyre management to get the edge, and the pace of the Ferrari meant that the final position was a site for sore Ferrari-red eyes: 1st, Vettel/Ferrari, 2nd Hamilton/Mercedes, 3rd Rosberg/Mercedes, 4th Raikkonen/Ferrari.

Its early days in the tournament but we could be in for a vintage year.  We have the bitter intra-team rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg.  We have the vitally important inter-team tussle between Mercedes and Ferrari.  Vettel is hungry to prove his previous success was not just due to being in the right place at the right time.  And Raikkonen should never be discounted as his record of wins shows.

Its just over a week until the battle starts again in China.

Game on…

2015 Formula 1 Season Starts This Week

 

A sport that has been growing in popularity in North America is Formula 1.  And for good reason.  The years proceeding the 2014 championship were dominated by the Red Bull Racing Team and their driver Sebastian Vettel.  Whilst the visceral wail of the V8 engines was intoxicating, the drivers and constructors championships were becoming predictable.

However that all changed for the 2014 session, in which the FIA took the brave decision to radically change the series.  By removing the V8s and swapping for 6 cylinder plus electrical hybrid systems and introducing stringent fuel efficiency rules the FIA made F1 relevant to the challenges facing today’s motor industry.

But what would the racing be like…?

Well 2014 proved to be one the most exciting years for F1 ever.  The once dominant force of Red Bull was over shadowed by Mercedes.  And the once dominant driving skills of Sebastian Vettel were overshadowed by the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (possibly spurred on by the thought of .

And to crown it we had one of the most exciting season-long team-mate driver battles ever in the history of F1.  The rivalry between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was up there with the likes of Alain Prost vs. Nigel Mansell, and James Hunt vs Niki Lauda.

The head to head battle was full of acrimony, crashes, and season long jostling for position.  In the end it was Hamilton who was victorious as he managed to secure his 2nd world championship in the final race of the season.

So tune in for the start of 2015 in Australia:

  • Practice Friday 13th March
  • Qualifying Saturday 14th March
  • Racing Sunday 15th March

If you don’t want to miss any races you can view the full calendar here.

Road Atlanta Announces 2015 Spectator Schedule

Sept. 30 – Oct. 3. 2015.

Vintage racing. Drifting. Sportscar racing. And now, after a short hiatus, Road Atlanta welcomes top-tier two-wheeled racing back to the 2015 schedule! MotoAmerica, the new premiere North American motorcycle championship, joins the lineup of spectator events at Road Atlanta this season and begins a new chapter in their rich motorcycle racing history. MotoAmerica is seeking to reinvigorate professional motorcycle racing in North America by assembling a season-long roster of the best competitors in the world at some of the most challenging and scenic race tracks across the country.

You can register for more information here.

Geneva Motor Show 2015

 

The 85th International Motor Show opened this week.  Running from 5th to 15th March 2015, it provides the world premiere for some of the best launches from the car industry this year.

Highlights include:

For those of us not lucky enough to be able to attend, we can see the cars at the official website.

Or watch a great walk-through of the show by Chris Harris here.

2015 Porsche GT3 RS – The low down

Today Porsche unveiled the much awaited 911 (991) GT3 RS.  With a 4 litre, 500 BHP engine, magnesium roof and some carbon fibre panels, it is 10kg lighter than the GT3 and capable of a 7:20 ring time.  That is fast!!!

Unfortunately if you want one you are too late.  They have already all been sold.

Read more here.