To promote a rather full-featured automobile get-together called Autoweek Live in Lelystad, Holland next month, the organizers got ex-Formula One driver Jos "The Boss" Verstappen to wring out an A1GP car in the Lelystad city center and then strut its stuff on a highway. The spec series open-wheelers used in the now-defunct A1GP were Lola B05/52 chassis' with 3.4-liter V8s from Zytek Engineering that
In the wake of Formula One's near collapse and the shock resignation of Indy chief Tony George, it'd be all to easy to assume these are the only two racing series in serious trouble. However, emerging reports indicate that they're only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Switching a racing series to ethanol? Smart. Shipping the ethanol around the world to show how green that racing series is? Less so.
Last fall, A1GP was having some technical problems using a 30 percent ethanol blend in the race series' vehicles. Today, the organizers have announced that all 22 teams that will compete in next weekend's A1GP Taupo race in New Zealand will use the Hiperflo™ E30 in the tanks. This ethanol is made from European sugar beets and made solely for use by A1GP racers (I won't bring up
From that starting point, we can expect the body to be widened some to accomodate an engine larger in displacement but somewhat lower-revving than the current F1-spec V8s. The smart money would be on a less extreme and less fragile aerodynamic package than used in F1.
Despite some "technical issues," the new A1GP World Cup of Motorsport will move forward to using 30 percent ethanol blend in the 22 A1GP race cars, the association announced this week. For now, though, the E30 problems are mostly performance related, so "A1GP has therefore reluctantly reverted to its regular race 102 octane fuel while further development and testing work continues to rectify the situation with the intention of introducing bio-fuels to all A1GP
The A1 Grand Prix series, which enjoyed its debut season last year, has announced that it intends to upgrade its one-design racecars to a level closer to that of Formula 1. (The current A1GP Lola/Zytek is shown at right, in last week's group test at Silverstone.)
NASCAR: Matt Kenseth (at right) handed Ford its first NASCAR victory for its new Fusion model Sunday, winning the Auto Club 500 in Fontana, California. Jack Roush's Ford teams ran at the front all day, and on the restart for another green-white-checker finish, Kenseth had no trouble pulling away from the Chevy of runner-up Jimmie Johnson. Carl Edwards put his Roush Ford Fusion in third, with Kasey Kahne (Dodge) and Jeff Burton (Chevrolet) rounding out
NHRA: Melanie Troxel (pictured after her Winternationals brakout victory) is looking to make it two in a row in Top Fuel this weekend at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Arizona. The race will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD, for you high-def early adopters.