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New Mazda DPi – RT24 Debuts

2017 RT24-P
Mazda confirmed a two-car Daytona Prototype international (DPi) program at the LA Auto Show on Wednesday and unveiled its new race car, which will compete full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class beginning in 2017.
The South Florida-based SpeedSource Race Engineering will manage the two-car program on behalf of Mazda Motorsports. The pair of Mazda RT24-P race cars will be driven by Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez, Tom Long and Joel Miller.
Mazda’s new DPi program is the next chapter in a lengthy history of prototype racing in IMSA. The manufacturer has fielded a two-car, factory-supported team since the inception of the WeatherTech Championship after previously supporting prototype and GT race cars in both the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM. Most recently, the manufacturer utilized a Lola LM P2 chassis and four-cylinder, turbocharged engine in the WeatherTech Championship.
“This is a huge moment for Mazda Motorsports and the entire Mazda family,” said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports North America. “To have a car which features Mazda design language at the top level of our motorsports program is meaningful for us as a brand. We believe we have the right team, the right drivers and the right chassis to win races and championships.



he new DPi car — dubbed the “Mazda RT24-P” in a nod to the manufacturer’s “Mazda Road to 24” driver development program — will use the Mazda MZ-2.0T four-cylinder, turbocharged engine producing approximately 600 horsepower and a Riley/Multimatic prototype chassis with specially designed Mazda bodywork. The bodywork utilizes Mazda’s KODO-Soul of Motion design philosophy and will include elements such as body contours and a five-point Mazda grille.

New Canepa Video

Visited the shop a couple of month’s back and was so impressed.  Looks like they have even more going on than before, with the Donohue Porsche 917 in the house.


Check this out:


Honda back in F1 with McLaren

McLaren has officially announced they will be racing with Honda engines from 2015 onwards.

Here you have the McLaren-Honda partnership in numbers:

5 years of partnership – 1988 to ‘92

80 grands prix starts

53 pole positions – a 66 per cent strike rate

44 victories – a 55 per cent win rate

30 fastest laps – 10 in 1988 alone

8 world championships – drivers’ titles for Ayrton Senna (1988, 1990, 1991) and Alain Prost (1989), and constructors’ titles in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991

3 race-winning engine configurations – 1.5-litre turbo V6, 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V10, 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V12

McLaren could return to orange F1 livery | News | Motorsport.com

McLaren’s cars could go orange in the near future, team boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted.

The new McLaren MP4-21 at the McLaren Technology Center

Although the Woking based team’s cars have been silver since 1997, orange is actually McLaren’s traditional race colour, dating back to the Can-Am days of the 60s.

Asked  if the change of title sponsor for next year in the wake of Vodafone’s scheduled departure might be a chance for McLaren to return to orange, Whitmarsh answered: “I really like the idea.

“Orange is a great colour, especially for McLaren,” he told the Russian website f1news.ru.

“We use it for our racing GT and it looks great, and we’ll continue to move in this direction.

“F1 is a bit different: the modern business model is one of the main tasks of the team — to promote the brands of our partners.

“But if we’re lucky enough to find a sponsor who likes orange, you could see that colour again in formula one,” added Whitmarsh.

From Motorsport

Feels like this would be a step back in this writer’s opinion…


F1 to Long Beach? Doubtful….

I posted comments from Gordon Kirby last week re: the possibility of Long Beach looking at F1 back in the streets.  In discussions around the e – “water cooler”, the consensus is that this will never happen with the current track configuration, the paddock space and just the general lack of run offs.  That and the fact that the current owners of the race would be hard pressed to sell one of the most profitable races on the calendar.

That’s my sense, what is yours?

Road Kings Show in Burbank

Here are some shots from the Road Kings Spring 2012 show in Burbank, at Johnny Carson Park.


Ferrari Car Show in Pasadena, CA 5/6/2012

Here are some shots from the Ferrari Club of America’s Event on Colorado Blvd, in Pasadena


Cool Mercedes Ad


Bonneville – (or, what to bring if you have too much money!)

Ferrari Enzo at Bonneville Salt FlatsBonneville Speed Week 2011 was held August 13-19 at the famed Bonneville Speedway salt flats in Utah. Every August, the Southern California Timing Association and Bonneville Nationals Inc. organize Speed Week, which attracts several hundred drivers to compete to set highest speed in a range of categories.

Bonneville Speed Week consists of six days of racing, weather and conditions permitting, with entrants from all parts of the globe all seeking the maximum speed out of their vehicle. All vehicles are allowed to run every day, i.e no special days for motorcycles or cars. The Bonneville Speedway salt flats are located 88 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah. The spectacular scenery and racing conditions at Bonneville make it one of the most popular areas in the world for speed.

Historically, the speedway was marked out by the Utah Department of Transportation at the start of each summer. Originally, two tracks were prepared; a 10 mile long straightway for speed trials and an oval or circular track for distance runs, which was typically between 10 and 12 miles (16 and 19 km) long depending on the condition of the salt surface.

Since the 1990s, track preparations have been the responsibility of the event organizers. Days or weeks in advance, the track preparers identify an area best suited for their track layouts and begin grading the tracks. Surveyors are brought in to survey the timing trap distances. A day before racing begins, the track markers are added.

Originally, the straightway was marked with a broad black line down its center. This was eventually changed to lines down either side, as the center line wore out too quickly. As the costs for painting the lines has gone up, organizations have switched to flags and cones as track markers. The last event to use black lines was the 2009 Bonneville Speed Week.

Numerous land speed records in various vehicle categories and classes have been set on the Bonneville speed way. In 1960, Mickey Thompson became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier, hitting 406.60 mph and surpassing John Cobb’s 1947 one-way Land speed record of 403 mph. Other notable Bonneville speed records include Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 1935 run to 301.129 in the famous Blue Bird and Craig Breedlove’s 600.601 record driving the Spirit of America – Sonic One in 1965.

The 2011 edition of Bonneville Speed Week saw 566 entries consisting of 368 cars and 198 motorcycles. There were 18 new members of the 2 Club–200 mph–and seven new members broke into the Chapter 3 Club–300 mph and above. Notable Speed Week entries included Richard Losee’s twin-turbo Ferrari Enzo, the 1969 Plymouth Barracuda ‘Blowfish’ and Charlie Nearburg’s 379.606 mph Spirt of Rett.

Red Bull wants to develop a Road Car?

Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing wants to be recognized as a serious engineering company away from the racetrack, and plans to use its tie-up with Infiniti to move into road car development.

RBR boss Christian Horner told Autocar he wants to “use Red Bull’s expertise outside F1.”

“Red Bull used to be known only as an energy drink company, but now it is recognized as an engineering team. It’s a natural evolution for us to get involved in road car engineering,” Horner added.

Chief among the Infiniti/RBR plans is a co-developed sports model, although Nissan’s luxury arm has not yet disclosed which car will receive this treatment. Infiniti insiders are already suggesting brand awareness is rising because of the F1 tie-up with Red Bull (which uses Renault engines in its F1 cars, but carries Infiniti branding on the cars) which has been aided by hiring RBR driver Sebastian Vettel as a “global ambassador” for the company.

Following Ferrari and McLaren’s footsteps?   How much Red Bull are people drinking?