Episode #372 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Chris Paukert are joined by Peter Leung of RichlandF1 to talk Formula One, the impending demise of Bertone, and Honda spinning Acura off into its own division. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #372:

Topics: In the Autoblog Garage:
Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Paukert
Guest: Peter Leung
Runtime: 01:37:41
  • Intro and Garage - 00:00
  • Formula 1 - 26:39
  • Bertone - 50:42
  • Acura - 01:02:19
  • Q&A - 01:14:38

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks for the podcast. A few things regarding F1. Chris, if you're interested in trying it out, I'd suggest listening/watching the SkyF1 broadcasts (BBC is fine as well if they have it). I'm not condoning anything illicit, mind you... F1 is a technical Formula; there are aspects (such as as how the ERS power delivery is blended w/ the ICE), that need to be explained to the fan. One doesn't need be technically literate, but it needs to be passed on in a conversational manner; NBC (and Speed before) don't do this, because I believe they're trying to market F1 in the same way Indycar/NASCAR is. They're fundamentally different series, Spec v. not, and as such the "boogity boogity" or "look at that pass!" jargon doesn't work with F1. That's not to belittle the NBC announcers; I'm sure it's a programming issue. However, my girlfriend, who doesn't give a hoot one way or another, fell asleep while I watched races, until I started w/ the BBC, then Sky broadcasts. She became engrossed, to the point where she asked to come with me to my annual Canadian GP experience, then the inaugural Austin GP. She's now hooked, and somewhat of a dork about F1, solely due to the analysis and intimacy the British and European broadcasters have w/ F1. It becomes fascinating, even for the technically-ambivalent like my better half, when it's explained conversationally how a front wing tweak can fundamentally change an aero package. For dorks like me, I want to hear how the cascade is channeling air around the front tires to the diffuser. To her, it's "funny that curvy shape is bending the air like a banana, like an upside down airplane wing that announcer said." You just don't get that YET on the NBC broadcast, and one needs to, IMO. If not willing to try the Euro broadcasts, at least listen to a few podcasts; I'd suggest Peter Windsor's The Racer's Edge for analysis, and perhaps the Sky F1's Chequered Flag for general content. In particular, there's a man (Craig Scarborough) who's content is genius on Peter's site. Google Scarbsf1, although he's more on Twitter and a magazine now. Think NFL commentators; take away all the bluster and bull, and the analysis is typically pretty dense. They don't dumb down the content too much; rather, they expect the audience to learn as they go and keep up. F1 is the same, unlike the NBC broadcast, which repeatedly announces "Wow, look at that 2.3 second pitstop. BAM!" And other non-analysis dreck. Hope you enjoy the F1 experience...
      Sug Zerep
      • 1 Year Ago
      Guys, I found very interesting your comments about ACURA's current positioning issues and future challenges to become a viable brand. Your conversation reminds me of similar comments about Infinity 15 years ago before the RENAULT partnership and aid. At that time both ACURA and LEXUS had taken off as competitive and up-and coming semi-luxury car companies while INFINITY was putting out re-badged Nissan Altimas and Pahfinders. Fortunately Carlos Ghosn was able to define a new direction for the brands and today it is a very competitive brand. I feel ACURA could learn from INFINITY experience and follow the a similar path to becoming relevant. I believe ACURA's image is not as bad as INFINITY's was then. The lack of a V8 has hurt but in the era of supped-up 6-cylinder engines delivering comparable power to the V8 of a decade ago and the trend towards higher fuel economy, this handicap seems less of a disadvantage now a days. The NSX will definitively help. Honda also need to unleach the brand to make ACURA a global brand not just a NA brand. I hope they make it.