BMW Group announces next step in electrification strategy

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  • Flexible vehicle architecture to enable electrification of every
    model series
  • Fully electric MINI confirmed as MINI 3-door Hatch
  • Electric drivetrain Made in Germany, integrated into car in Oxford

 

Munich. Electrification is one of the central pillars
of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT and the
company has announced that all brands and model series can be
electrified, with a full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain being
offered in addition to the combustion engine option. Additional
electrified models will be brought to market in the coming years and
beyond 2020, the company’s next generation vehicle architecture will
be structured in order to enable new models also to be offered as a
full-electric vehicle.

The BMW Group announced today that the new battery-electric MINI
will be a variant of the brand’s core 3-door Hatch model. This fully
electric car will go into production in 2019, increasing the choice of
MINI

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Is this the year for national racing’s nearly-man? – National

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The spate of COVID-related withdrawals from the British GT Championship leaves a clear favourite on paper ahead of this weekend’s opening round. But as JAMES NEWBOLD explains, it’s not as simple as that

Joe Osborne describes Phil Keen as “weird”. In the most endearing way possible, of course.

The McLaren factory driver spent last year commentating on Keen’s latest British GT championship near-miss with GT3 rookie Adam Balon. He has also been a fierce competitor of Keen’s over the years – witness their battle at Snetterton in 2016 – and a team-mate too, having finished third in the Pro-Am class at the 2016 Spa 24 Hours with Keen, Oliver Gavin and Jon Minshaw.

Osborne is therefore well-placed to judge the merits of a driver many are tipping to win this year’s British GT title after so many close calls in recent years, particularly in the wake of the withdrawal of

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Indy 500 Champs Return for Another Shot at Immortality

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INDIANAPOLIS – Each year, when the entry list for the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is released, there are a select group of drivers that have a “W” next to their name. It’s a designation they carry for the rest of their career – and their lives, for that matter.

It signifies they are “winners” of the Indianapolis 500.

This year, eight drivers carry that designation, the most for the “500” since 1992 when a record 10 drivers were in the race. They include three-time winner Helio Castroneves of Team Penske (2001, 2002 and 2009), Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing (2008), Tony Kanaan of A.J. Foyt Racing (2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport (2014), Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport (2016), Takuma Sato of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (2017), Will Power of Team Penske (2018) and Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske (2019).

“I think it’s nice to be on the

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Binotto: Racing Point F1 brake duct case “like copying a test” – F1

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Mattia Binotto has compared Racing Point’s role in the Formula 1 brake duct controversy to “copying a test” amid Ferrari’s plans to appeal for a harsher sanction.

Racing Point was handed a 15-point constructors’ championship penalty and a €400,000 fine after its brake ducts were ruled to have been designed via an illegal process.

Racing Point called the ruling “a bit bewildering”, and has confirmed its intention to appeal the sanction and clear its name.

But with the team permitted to continue to use the rear brake ducts for the rest of the season, many of Racing Point’s rivals have voiced anger over the leniency of the penalty.

Ferrari, Williams, Renault and McLaren are all planning formal appeals against the ruling, which would result in the case going to the FIA International Court of Appeal.

It sparked an angry response from Racing Point team owner Lawrence Stroll in a rare

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The MotoGP tyre trick that helped Quartararo to Andalusian GP victory – MotoGP

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Fabio Quartararo’s Andalusian Grand Prix victory was partly made possible by a preparation technique Michelin advised all MotoGP teams to do, but only the Yamaha and Suzuki riders acted upon.

Autosport has learned that MotoGP tyre supplier Michelin sent an email to all teams during the second round of the 2020 campaign recommending them to scrub the soft rear tyre in Sunday’s warm-up session.

The scrub consists of three laps: a slow out-lap, one fast lap, and then an in-lap.

The idea behind this is that the scrub removes the film from the tyre, and then after it has been left to cool before being put back in the blankets, a chemical reaction occurs in the rubber.

This makes the tyre more heat resistant, with its working range 10 degrees cooler than normal, which increases the durability of the rubber.

With track temperatures reaching a blistering 60 degrees Celsius in

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Race of My Life: Phil Hill on the 1961 Italian Grand Prix – F1

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As Autosport launches the latest episode in its Race of My Life podcast series, we take a look back at a race in which Phil Hill claimed the 1961 Formula 1 world championship – the 1961 Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Race: 1961 Italian GP, Monza

Car: Ferrari 156 ‘Sharknose’

For the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari entered a very full team. Wolfgang von Trips, Richie Ginther and I had the 120-degree engines, Giancarlo Baghetti and Ricardo Rodriguez the 65-degree ones – Rodriguez was having a try-out with the team.

He was pretty darn quick, too – second on the grid, next to von Trips. There was even a spare car for us.

The BRM V8 engine appeared for the first time too, and with it Graham Hill was quickest of the non-Ferraris, even beating Baghetti to fifth on the grid. Stirling Moss in the Rob Walker Lotus and Jack Brabham

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McLaren reunites with Gulf Oil in new partnership deal covering F1 – F1

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McLaren has announced a sponsorship partnership with the Gulf Oil brand, which will bring the company’s iconic colours back to Formula 1.

As predicted by Autosport last week, McLaren has agreed a deal with Gulf Oil that will cover both its F1 team and supercar company.

The move comes on the back of a previous partnership with Brazilian oil company Petrobras having been terminated at the end of last year by the Brazilian government as part of a cost-cutting drive.

The Gulf logos will appear on the McLaren engine cover and mirrors from this weekend’s British Grand Prix – as well as featuring on the drivers’ and pit crew overalls.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown said: “We’re delighted to welcome Gulf back to McLaren and reunite two iconic brands back together in a new and exciting partnership.

“Gulf is part of McLaren’s history and are well-known for their innovation and technical

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Norris: F1 races feel “more like Formula Renault” without fans – F1

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Grands Prix have felt more like Formula Renault events than Formula 1 thanks to a lack of fans this year, reckons McLaren’s Lando Norris.

No spectators have been allowed in to F1 races held so far this year in a bid to minimise the risks to public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It means that only staff essential to the running of the grand prix are present, with around 2000 people at each of the first three events held so far.

Norris says that he has missed having fans there, and thinks their absence will hit him especially hard at this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

“I’ve missed them a lot, I’ve missed the whole atmosphere from them,” he said, when asked by Autosport about what it has been like to run in front of empty grandstands.

“You know, it feels a lot more like a race in Formula Renault where

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Riders react to “super difficult” Algarve joining MotoGP calendar – MotoGP

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Leading MotoGP riders have reacted to the “super difficult” Algarve circuit in Portugal coming onto the 2020 calendar as the season finale.

Last week Autosport revealed that the Algarve circuit at Portimao was set to join the 2020 calendar as the 14thand final round, with Dorna Sports confirming this on Monday.

Frequently used for the World Superbike Championship, this year will mark MotoGP’s first visit to the track.

LCR rider Cal Crutchlow raced at Portimao in World Supersport and WSBK in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and says on the 600cc machine “it was the best track in the world” – but on the bigger bikes “it’s a completely different story”.

“Well, obviously I have experience of Portimao, but it was 11 years ago now,” Crutchlow said when asked about its inclusion on the calendar.

“It was amazing on a Supersport bike. It was the best track in the world.

“But

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Williams explains position in Racing Point F1 case appeal – F1

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Claire Williams says a “very clear” position regarding the DNA of Formula 1 is behind her team’s decision to appeal the FIA’s ruling in the Racing Point brake duct case.

Williams is one of four rival teams that responded to the FIA’s ruling on the Racing Point brake duct case, a guilty verdict that yielded a €400,000 fine and a 15-point penalty, by filing an intention to appeal.

Ferrari, McLaren, and Renault – which led the campaign against Racing Point with a string of protests – have also formally called for a harsher sanction, while Racing Point has made its own appeal in a bid to clear its name.

The rival appeals have drawn the ire of Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll, who earlier this week said he is “appalled by the way Renault, McLaren, Ferrari and Williams have taken this opportunity to appeal, and in doing so attempted to

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