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Aug 7

Honda Performance Development Reveals 2014 LMP1 Engine

LE MANS- HPD Reveals 2014 LMP1 Engine

Photo Credit: HPD

Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is continuing its commitment to customer LMP1 endurance sports-car racing with the 2014 introduction of an all-new, turbocharged V6 engine, to be followed in 2015 by a range of bespoke energy recovery options, for FIA World Endurance Championship competition.

After several successful seasons supplying the normally aspirated Honda LM-V8 engine to private teams in both the WEC and American Le Mans Series, HPD engineers and designers made the decision to offer their partner teams access to updated technology which the company believes will be necessary to successfully compete on the world stage, under the ACO’s new LMP1 energy-based power train regulations.

The new engine, to be designated the Honda HR22T, is based on the same architecture used in the Indianapolis 500-winning, 2.2-liter direct injection turbocharged V6 engine used in IZOD IndyCar Series competition since 2012, designed to be coupled with a new energy recovery system developed in concert with HPD technical partner Magneti Marelli.

Aug 7

Stoner Still ‘Not Planning’ On Wild Card

Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner

Photo Credit: HRC

After a frustrating first day yesterday, where Casey Stoner only managed six full laps due to bad weather, the second day of testing has been very productive. He completed 47 laps and was able to fulfill the test program scheduled by HRC and execute all of the tasks that had been planned.

This morning, Casey tested a few small items on the 2013 RC213V and continued into the afternoon before switching onto the 2014 machine, the same as Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez tested in Aragon.

Casey Stoner, 47 laps

“Thankfully today the weather improved a lot, in fact it was pretty hot, and we were able to get some good track time and work on our test program. We had a productive day in general and thankfully the test plan wasn’t too hectic, so we were able to get most of it done today, after yesterday’s washout. It was great to see the team, even if there were only a few people here, and I thank Honda for all their support as ever. It felt really good to get back on the bike after 9 months and I’m happy with how the test went, but it doesn’t change my mind about the wild cards – this is not something I am planning to do.”

Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice President

“Over the course of Casey’s two-day test, we’ve been able to gather a vast amount of data and ideas for development. Consequently, we aim to increase our pace of development and hope that this, in turn, will lead to us winning this year’s Championship. We focused exclusively on the RC213V, but in future tests, we’ll get Casey to test-ride the tentatively named MotoGP Production Racer and assist in raising its level of performance even further.”

Aug 6

Will Mark Webber Miss Sebastian Vettel?

Photo Credit: LAT Photographic

Photo Credit: LAT Photographic

Mark Webber, retiring from Formula One at the end of the season, has admitted he will not miss his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

The Australian appeared on the BBC’s highly popular British motoring program Top Gear this week, where he admitted the sport is now “very different” to when he debuted over 200 Grands Prix ago.

Asked about the era of heavily-degrading Pirelli tires, Webber told presenter Jeremy Clarkson: “But that’s the way it is.

“We’ve got to learn and get on with it, but you’ve got to be able to push. In Formula One it’s about us boys being absolutely on the limit all the time. Or it should be.”

Aug 6

Kimball Follows In Branson’s Footsteps

Indy car Don Branson kept his medical condition a secret while Mid-Ohio IndyCar Series winner Charlie Kimball has become the face of the very issue Branson kept hidden.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Robin Miller

Charlie Kimball didn’t know it but Sunday he was carrying the spirit of Don Branson into victory lane at Mid-Ohio.

The sidelight of Kimball’s popular and first win in the IZOD IndyCar series is that he’s a Type 1 diabetic who’s overcome a potential career-ending health issue with perseverance and a big assist from his sponsor, Novo Nordisk.

Thanks to the Novo Log FlexPen, which produces the perfect mixture of insulin before Charlie straps in, he was able to run full bore to the checkered flag in a caution-free race on one of the most physically-demanding road courses in North America.

When the 28-year-old Californian hopped out of his car to begin celebrating, he looked like he could have run another 90 laps.