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Jul 20

MotoGP: Ducati Confirms Rider Lineup For 2015

Cal Crutchlow is staying with Ducati for 2015. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cal Crutchlow is staying with Ducati for 2015. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati Team rider Cal Crutchlow has confirmed that he will stay with the Italian factory in 2015, where he will continue riding alongside Andrea Dovizioso.

At the World Ducati Week 2014 event at Misano on Saturday, Crutchlow attended a press conference alongside the likes of MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti and Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall’Igna.

Jul 20

Sunday Doubleheader Provides New Challenge For IndyCar Drivers, Teams

The second Toronto IndyCar race will begin with a standing start. (Photo: Getty Images)

The second Toronto IndyCar race will begin with a standing start. (Photo: Getty Images)

After racing 65 laps under hot and humid conditions, some of the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers looked like they had already put in a full day of work after Sunday’s first race of the Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. That, however, was just the warm-up act because another 65-lap or 80 minute contest – whichever comes first – is still on the agenda.

Sebastien Bourdais claimed his first IndyCar Series victory since winning at Mexico City on November 11, 2007 in Sunday’s opening race. Helio Castroneves of Team Penske finished second and combined with teammate Will Power’s 10th place finish takes a 28-point lead in the championship. Ryan Hunter-Reay, who entered the race just 32 points behind Castroneves, crashed on Lap 39 and finished 21st. That dropped him from third to fourth in the standings and he enters race the second race 64 points behind Castroneves. Simon Pagenaud’s fourth-place finish moves him up to third in the standings, 58 points out of the lead.

Jul 20

Movie Legend, Car Guy James Garner Dies At 86

James Garner starred in the hit 1966 auto racing film "Grand Prix." (Photo: MGM)

James Garner starred in the hit 1966 auto racing film “Grand Prix.” (Photo: MGM)

Hollywood lost one of its truly great actors Saturday with the passing of James Garner at age 86.

Perhaps the best description of Garner came from the New York Times, where it was written, “He was most at home as an iconoclast, a flawed or unlikely hero.”

Indeed.

But Garner was also a serious car guy.

Jul 20

IndyCar: Bourdais Ends Long Winless Drought In First Toronto Race

Sebastien Bourdais takes the checkers in Race 1 of the Toronto doubleheader. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sebastien Bourdais takes the checkers in Race 1 of the Toronto doubleheader. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sebastien Bourdais waited out the rain, then took care of a winless drought.

Bourdais dominated from the pole at Toronto in the first IndyCar Series race of a Sunday doubleheader, cruising to his first open wheel victory since 2007.

The race was shortened to 65 laps after rain wiped out Saturday’s race. Another 65-lap race was set for the afternoon at Exhibition Place.

Jul 20

Radical Hydrogen-Electric Car Hits The Road

With a 120 kilowatt-hour flow-cell, Quant claims a range of 372 miles or more. (Photo: Quant)

With a 120 kilowatt-hour flow-cell, Quant claims a range of 372 miles or more. (Photo: Quant)

So many companies claim to have developed the future of road car propulsion that those making genuine strides run the risk of being ignored. Luckily, German firm Quant is avoiding such a fate, as its innovative ‘flow-cell’-powered vehicle has just been approved for real-world testing by the German TÜV safety body.

The Quant e-Sportlimousine was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, powered by what the company called ‘nanoFLOWCELL’ technology. In essence, flow-cells combine characteristics of a traditional battery, and fuel cells. Electrolyte fluid is circulated around two cells mounted side-by-side. Between these cells is a membrane that allows electrons to pass through. The electrical current generated from this flow of electrons can be used to power a vehicle—and that’s exactly how the e-Sportlimousine works.