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Mercedes AMG F1 engine achieves 50 percent thermal efficiency

The Mercedes AMG Formula 1 team's 2017 season has been a successful one thus far, and although the drivers deserve much of the credit, the team itself has done some remarkable things as well. Notably, Mercedes' current F1 engine achieved 50 percent thermal efficiency for the first time. In the video, Owen Jones, head of performance and controls at Mercedes...

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Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix preview

Round 15 of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship takes us to Kuala Lumpur's Sepang International Circuit, a Hermann Tilke-designed venue that was first in the spate of modern circuits built in emerging markets. It opened in March 1999 and has been a permanent fixture on the F1 calendar as the venue for the Malaysian Grand Prix ever since. Sadly...

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There’s a new Nissan GT-R quarter-mile king

Modified versions of the Nissan GT-R are going faster and faster. Recently, the team from the West Chicago-based AMS Performance set a new low (that's a good thing here) when it ran its GT-R into the six-second range in the quarter mile. Now the competitive set from ETS has reclaimed the throne but pushing its own modded Nissan deeper into that range. ETS...

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What kind of wheels should you use on a rally car?

The wheels that come with your car from the factory are strong and properly built for pretty much everything you're going to do with your car. They're most likely aluminum, which means they're also lightweight. If you have a new car, you probably have good wheels. If you want to go rally racing though, you're going to need to swap them out for something...

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Audi reveals e-tron FE04 Formula E racecar

The 2017/2018 season of the Formula E Championship which kicks off this December will be the first in which Audi fields its own team, and on Wednesday night we got our first look at the team's car: the Audi e-tron FE04. For the new season, which will be Formula E's fourth, teams still use a common control chassis but are free to develop the...

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What do the buttons on a Formula E steering wheel do?

Formula E race cars feature quite the contraption of a steering wheel. It does much more than simply turn the car left or right. It's a toolkit for engineers. The steering wheel itself is standard issue for the entire Formula E team roster, which will grow in the coming years, but it is completely configurable. The onboard screen shows crucial data, such as...

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This 787-rear-wheel-horsepower Shelby GT350 sounds like heaven

Ford has something special on its hands in the Shelby GT350. Make it the R version, and ratchet up the degree of special a few ticks more. One of the best parts about the car, besides its wonderful on-track performance, is the noise it makes. The 5.2-liter V-8 engine sings its flat-plane-crank song to all who will listen, and that will be a lot of people...

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For $259,000, you can own the Camaro GT4.R race car

Chevrolet Racing's turnkey race car has a price: The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R will cost $259,000 when it goes on sale. The racing Camaro takes the best of roadgoing Camaros—the Camaro ZL1 1LE, notably—and combines it with some magic from Pratt & Miller Engineering, Chevrolet Racing's technical partner. Pratt & Miller will also handle the...

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Aston Martin enters F1 as title sponsor of Red Bull Racing

Aston Martin has inked a deal with Red Bull Racing to become the Formula 1 team's title sponsor from 2018. The team will be rebranded Aston Martin Red Bull Racing as part of the deal which could pave the way towards a more substantial role for Aston Martin in motorsport's top echelon. Aston Martin and Red Bull first joined forces in 2016 in a...

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