Aug 22

Lorenzo Demands Yamaha Upgrade

INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 18: Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Yamaha Factory Racing looks on during the press conference at the end of the MotoGP race during the MotoGp Red Bull U.S. Indianapolis Grand Prix - Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 18, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Photo Credit: Mirco Lazzari gp/Bongarts/Getty Images

world champion is piling the pressure on to upgrade his factory M1 with a seamless shift gearbox, as he mounts an increasingly desperate defense of his title.

Lorenzo wants the gearbox fitted to his bike for the remaining eight races of the season, starting with the this Sunday (Aug. 25).

He has vowed to back his demand by declaring he can win both the Czech and British GPs, which run back-to-back over the next two weeks.

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Aug 21

Ordonez Appointed Nissan ZEOD RC Test Driver

Lucas Ordóñez, test and development driver of the Nissan ZEOD RC. (Photo: Nissan)

Lucas Ordóñez, test and development driver of the ZEOD RC. (Photo: )

Nissan’s inaugural “gamer-to-racer” Lucas Ordóñez has been appointed as the official test and development driver of the Nissan ZEOD RC program – the unique electric race car that will debut at next year’s 24 Hours.

Launched at Le Mans in June this year, the Nissan ZEOD RC will make its race debut at next year’s 24 Hours event. It will hit the track for the first time next month for testing with Spaniard Ordóñez entrusted with the development duties for the car.

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Aug 21

Infiniti Offers Budding Engineers Chance To Work At Red Bull

Infiniti Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey. (Photo: Getty Images)

Infiniti Chief Technical Officer . (Photo: Getty Images)

If you’ve dreamed of working for an F1 team your chance may have arrived, courtesy of Infiniti and Red Bull Racing.

They are jointly offering engineering graduates a chance to work at RBR via what they call “a new global talent search initiative.”

The Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy will see two winning candidates complete a 12-month assignment with RBR, working alongside Infiniti engineers, while also spending time at the company’s UK road car technical center.

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Aug 21

Extreme Video! Hauser Climbs Hill In Dallara GP2

In Europe, there has long been a thriving FIA-backed hillclimb championship featuring some well-established venues in countries like Switzerland – where other forms of motorsports have been banned since the 1955 tragedy.

Among the most famous courses is the St Ursanne/Les Rangiers climb, which has hosted an annual event since before WWII. In 1965, even had a go in a less-than-suitable Lotus 38, just weeks after winning the Indy 500.

We thought you might enjoy this mind-boggling clip of Luxembourg’s in action in last weekend’s event, at the wheel of his car. He demonstrates just how brave some of these guys are, especially given that safety facilities appear to have changed little since Clark’s era.

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Aug 21

F1 Indian GP Promoter Wants Government Help

The last Formula One Indian Grand Prix was held in October 2012 at Buddh International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

The last was held in October 2012 at Buddh International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Indian Grand Prix promoter says that he is confident that the Formula One race will return in a healthy state in 2015 after skipping 2014 – but says that the event would benefit from government support.

Thus far, the race has run without any help, and indeed has been held despite the controversy over the government’s attempts to collect tax revenue from the visiting teams.

“We have a very sound contract with the F1 management,” Sameer Gaur of Jaypee Sports told NDTV. “Bernie Ecclestone is a wise man, and he believes in India as a destination. The 2014 Indian Grand Prix is not happening because of logistical problems, but those problems will be sorted out, and in 2015, bang on, we will be on target.

“We will continue to have the Grand Prix till our five-year contract runs [out]. But after five years, let us see how the situation is. We don’t want to disappoint the F1 enthusiasts in India, the ones who have gotten used to watching the Grand Prix here. We have that in mind, and God-willing, we will find a way out.”

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