I’ve been pretty busy, so I haven’t had the time to finish some of the posts that I have in the queue. However, I didn’t want you guys to miss out on seeing some exciting Formula 1 news!
Since Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Formula 1 in 2012, Lotus has been able to prepare a pre-race test for the ‘Iceman’. Kimi spent the day driving a 2010 spec car with 2011 Pirelli tires, in order to get used to modern-F1 tires and help the 2007 get back up to speed more quickly.
Thrilling stuff to see a sixth world champion join the F1 Grid this year. I cannot wait for the season to start!
In 2014, the engine formula for Formula 1 is changing to a 1.6 liter V6 turbo format. With the re-introduction of turbochargers in Formula 1, I wanted highlight the era in the early 1980s when turbochargers first entered the sport.
Pundits have been concerned that in 2014, the sound of the new turbo-charged engines will ruin the sound of Formula 1. Listen to the engines in this video. I honestly I don’t think we have anything to worry about!
The video is quite long, so I’ve found it split into two parts. Part 1 will be featured today, and Part 2 tomorrow.
For readers of Autosport, you know this question. But it’s not the whole story. You might say that Lola had some of the worst F1 cars to date, but when did you ever decide to build a racing car on a £2 million budget?
Lola did, and it was okay. I will go into every bit of detail regarding the Lola Formula One Team that applied for entry in the 2010 FiA Formula One World Championship – an offer that the FiA refused.
I do everything fast and efficiently. Only one brush stroke for my teeth. Only wash half my face. Put only one sock on. Never lock doors. Sleep in work clothes. Never change underwear. Taught my dog to feed itself. Eat meat raw. Park wherever the hell I please. Don’t dot my i’s. Don’t cross my t’s. Never finish sentenc…
I complain often, though, and make sure people know it. My biggest gripe in life is grocery shopping. Hate it. It takes forever, I can never find what I want, and I never leave with what I shopped for (curse you magazine racks…).
BUT! I think I’ve finally found something that will help alleviate the burden… Enter the Renault Espace F1. Yes, the Espace, normally a comfortable, practical, and somewhat reliable French family van. The van was created in partnership with Matra Automobiles, the same group that helped Jackie Stewart to a Formula 1 World Championship in 1969 with a Ford-Cosworth engine and Ken Tyrell running the team. Launched in 1984, the Espace was one of pioneers of the MPV, or multi-purpose vehicle.
This mental version though, is based on the 2nd generation Espace. It features a 3.5L Williams-Renault championship winning Formula 1 V10 (!) engine, making around 800hp. The engine, naturally, is in the back of the car, and is surrounded by a carbon fiber chassis. And don’t worry, the thing will stop. It has the F1 brakes as well. It seems to be just what I need to make the trip to the corner deli almost worth it. I can finally run to the store as fast as I live my life!