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Rebellion WEC Lotus

Artwork and original photography taken at COTA (Austin).


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The Porsche 919 Collage

Artwork from selected photos I have taken make up this collage… Hope you Enjoy!


2015 Porsche Collage

New Artwork – Volume 8 Edition 2

Toyota Hybrid – WEC racing at Circuit of the Americas

Toyota Hybrid Pits

Toyota HYBRID Racing – at Le Man Testing

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Toyota HYBRID Racing started their assault on the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours in the best possible way at the Circuit de La Sarthe, with the Japanese team setting the fastest time at the traditional Test Day, with both cars running 88 laps each.

Le Mans Test

The team, who have won both FIA World Endurance Championship races so far this year with the #8 TS040 of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi, set the fastest time around the 8.2 mile track, with the #8 a tenth faster than the #7 of Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima, with the nearest Audi 1.5 seconds back.

“It was great to finally see the TS040 HYBRID running at the Circuit de la Sarthe today, and I am pleased with the performance,” said Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Toyota HYBRID Racing Team Principle. “It is only a test, so it does not show the full picture, but it gives us a good clue as to what everyone can do. We prepared well before the test and the team did another great job today. We can leave this test in good spirits and with the determination to keep up the good work through to the end of the 24-hour race. Now we can’t wait to come back here for race week.”

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“We did a good job and completed a lot of kilometres which was the target, so I’m really happy,” said Buemi, who set the fastest lap of the day on  a 3:23.014 in the #8. “The car felt good and we tested everything we wanted to test. We saw some useful indications about which direction to go with set-up; now we just need to analyse everything because there is still a lot we can learn. We will try to get the most out of our package so we are in the best possible position when we go into the race weekend.”

Le Mans Test

Englishman Anthony Davidson, who is aiming to be the second Englishman to win the WEC this season, said: “I have enjoyed being back in the car at Le Mans after a year gap which seems to fly by faster every year. The car felt strong all day and had a nice balance. We went through the program and achieved a lot. Straight out of the box this morning the car had a good balance and that allowed us to work on the smaller details. Generally it has been a productive day and I am looking forward to coming back here for race week.”

From thecheckerflag.co.uk

New Porsche 919… say what?

919Okay, the color scheme looks just okay, but a bit weird from the side, but it is the what the view from the top is what Porsche is trying to say… The new color scheme incorporates the the “Porsche Intelligent Performance” slogan, with the opening letters of each word being emblazoned down the car when looking from above….  Yes, I don’t get it either…!

Porsche names new LMP1 racer


Porsche has acknowledged the legacy of its successful 917 racer of the 1970s by naming its new LMP1 coupe the 919 hybrid.

The name also gives next year’s World Endurance Championship racer a synergy with its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar, which is about to go into production.

“The vehicle name 919 hybrid follows on from the tradition of the Le Mans-winning 917, but it is also with a view to the 918 Spyder and also acknowledges the company’s embarkation into the hybrid future,” explained Porsche research and development boss Wolfgang Hatz, the board member responsible for motorsport.

Porsche briefly showed the 919 at its Night of Champions event in Germany on Saturday night, but did not reveal technical details. That means it has yet to confirm the configuration of gasoline-powered turbo engine in the car, which is understood to be a V4.

It has already confirmed that one of the 919’s two hybrid systems is an exhaust-driven Motor Generator Unit Heat system akin to those that will be used in Formula 1 next year. The car remained in the camouflage livery in which it has been testing since June.

Porsche said the car had made real progress during the final day of testing at the Algarve circuit at the beginning of last week, when Mark Webber got his first taste of the Porsche P1.

The 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship Schedule Announced


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The FIA on Wednesday unveiled its final World Endurance Championship schedule to 2014. The schedule of nine races kicks off with the 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 20 and ends with the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Nov. 15.

The series’ marquee event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is confirmed for June 14-15. The series’ lone appearance in the United States will be at Circuit of the Americas at Austin, Texas, on Sept. 20.

Below is the full WEC schedule:


The 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship

April 20, Great Britain, 6 Hours of Silverstone

May 3, Belgium, 6 Hours of Spa

June 14-15, France, 24 Hours of Le Mans

August 31, Brazil, 6 Hours of Sao Paulo

September 20, United States, 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas

October 12, Japan, 6 Hours of Fuji

November 1, China, 6 Hours of Shanghai

November 15, Bahrain, 6 Hours of Bahrain

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Now it can be told…WEC at COTA Notes

Here are some snippets for my trip the WEC event in Austin :

Spoke with Beau Barfield, an interest observer at the ALMS race, re: Muscle Milk coming to Indy cars, “Would love to have them”.   Latest news is that the team remains committed sportscar, but in what form remains to be seen.

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Texas “Grid Girl” – love the hats

– Rode in one of the shuttles early on and sat next to Graham Goodwin, from Daily Sportscar.com (excellent site if you have never seen it!). It was his first trip to COTA and relayed that it is much easier to get about than Brazil (where the last round of WEC was).  The crime there is so bad that some unscrupulous types create fake taxis in order to rob unsuspected people.  Unbelievable!

– Talked with the Michelin lead tire rep at the track and asked about their possible involvement in F1.   Their man in Austin replied, “Michelin wants competition and would never be a sole supplier”  (replacing Pirelli).  Not a denial, so it will be interesting to see if they turn up in F1 at some point when Pirelli’s exclusive deal ends).

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WEC race at COTA

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Yes, I’ve been away for a bit from the site, but managed to get to Austin to Circuit of the America for the WEC and ALMS race weekend.  Attached is a link to my Flickr site with the details.

I will add more notes as time permits.