His was a remarkable career the first time around. A record seven world championship titles, 91 Grand Prix victories and 68 pole positions. Michael Schumacher may have had a little assistance along the way from team mates, team principals and a few unwilling adversaries, but remove the controversies and there still stands a man who justifiably has become a legend of the sport.
The Auto Mobil International show in Leipzig, Germany, which opens its doors on 2 June, will see the first appearance of the new Scirocco GTS, together with other new models including the Volkswagen CC R Line, Beetle Fender and CrossPolo ‘Urban White’.
Toyota will enter two of its new GT86 sports cars in this year’s 40th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race. The new coupes will join an identically liveried Lexus LFA to form a three car team for the race, from May 17th to 20th 2012.
On Tuesday 8 May, Jacques Villeneuve will take to the Fiorano track at the wheel of the 312 T4 driven by his father Gilles in 1979, the season that he and Jody Scheckter brought the Scuderia the Constructors’ title, with the South African also taking the Drivers’ World Championship.
Most of us experience a traffic jam (or two) on our daily commute, but when you’ve shelled out a six-figure sum for your Bentley it’s irksome to see the nerd in his Prius making just as swift progress, but at considerably less cost.
I’ve been meaning to bring this to your attention for a while now, not that it’s a major piece of news but it is certainly interesting for those of us who enjoy discovering new tracks.
Electric-powered cars have only recently begun lapping Germany’s Nürburgring Norschleife and even then it was more to prove that their ability to lap the 20.8 km Green-Hell on a single charge. That was certainly the aim of the MINI E in April 2010 when it scorched around the lap in a record-breaking 9 minutes 51.45 seconds. No, we didn’t think that was terribly quick either, but at least it made it back to the pits before running out of charge. Ha ha!
It was whilst watching Dragon’s Den on BBC TV the other evening that I started to wonder about the physical input (time, management, direction) given to those who successfully pitched their ideas. The financial element is, of course, clearly stated but as most of us know, any venture that is struggling to capitalise on its potential needs more than just hard cash and “association”. This was absolutely the case with the fancy dress business which was eventually taken-on by Duncan Bannatyne.
If you’ve already taken a look through this month’s issue of ROAD Magazine (#17) then you’ll know that it’s devoted to Tim Schrick and the ‘Crazy English Edition’ of his TV show on Germany’s Sport 1 channel.
Tim Schrick is one of the nicest guys in motorsport. He also happens to be one of the best drivers we’ve had the pleasure of riding shotgun with. He has a natural talent and can jump in any car and extract its limits instantly. He’s also a lot of fun to be around.
So, we were over the moon when Tim gave us a call and asked us to line up some “crazy British cars” to feature on his new TV show, Turbo Automagazin, on Sport 1 in Germany
The 2012 motorsport season is looming and motorsport fans around the world wait eagerly to see BMW’s M3 DTM (Concept), as the Munich brand readies itself to challenge the might of Mercedes and Audi in the 2012 DTM series.
Ridiculous as it might sound, the 2011 Race of Champions which was due to be held at Frankfurt’s Commerzbank-Arena on December 3-4, has been forced to find another venue due to a clash with the home team’s football schedule..