Rick Osborn talks with Ferrari’s F1 test driver Jules Bianchi about F3, GP2 and his hopes for F1.
When the second-generation MINI John Cooper Works GP was announced in May, most observers guessed its 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine would produce around 230bhp. After all, the standard JCW MINI already offered 208bhp and its predecessor, the 2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Tuning Kit was good for 214bhp.
The fastest road-registered MINI ever made will go on sale later this year in a limited run of just 2,000 cars. The car will be unveiled publicly for the first time this weekend at the MINI United festival in Le Castellet, France.
Prior to the start of today’s New York International Auto Show, Dr. Kay Segler, Senior Vice President Brand Management at MINI, announced the return of a limited-edition JCW GP track-oriented model to the MINI range.
McLaren GT is the name of the new company which brings together the expertise of McLaren Racing, McLaren Automotive and CRS Racing, and the team got down to business today when it unveiled its GT3 car and plans for a 2011 development programme which will see Andrew Kirkaldy, Oliver Turvey and Álvaro Parente race the 12C GT3 in 2011.
Up until now we’ve only seen an artist’s impression of the McLaren’s MP4-12C GT3, so it comes as a rather pleasant surprise to find that the real thing looks even better in the metal. This is the car that marks McLaren’s return to GT racing since the Le Mans winning F1 GTR, which dominated endurance racing between 1995 and 1998.
Lotus Motorsport in collaboration with seasoned championship winners ART Grand Prix have confirmed their participation in the 2011 GP2 (Europe and Asia series) and GP3 series. The contract with ART Grand Prix sees Lotus commit to providing technical and engineering support for the GP2 and GP3 race series for the foreseeable future.
Michael Schumacher was on the pace during his final test in a GP2 car at Jerez this week.