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Red Bull Racing’s American Vacation – Grand Prix of America NJ

Red Bull Racing has put together this “test run” of the planned Port Imperial Street Circuit in New Jersey (Grand Prix of America). This awesome video helps illustrate the many ways that this new circuit can vault Formula1 in the United States to a level not seen in decades. No “street section” inside a giant oval here.

From the Wikipedia entry on Port Imperial Street Circuit:

The circuit, designed by well-known track designer Hermann Tilke, will run clockwise. The start line is planned to be located next to the NY Waterway ferry terminal, with the pits and paddock located between the ferry terminal and Port Imperial Boulevard. The first sector of the circuit will run along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, designed to allow the cars to race through Port Imperial before climbing the Hudson Palisades along Pershing Road. The circuit will then follow Boulevard East north to Donnelly Memorial Park where it will turn right and descend Hillside Avenue to a hairpin turn adjacent to the West New York sewage treatment plant. The circuit will then return south to the ferry terminal via Port Imperial Boulevard. The elevation change from Port Imperial to the Palisades, some 150 feet (46 meters), would give the circuit one of the greatest elevation changes on the calendar.

According to event organizers, the circuit will consist entirely of existing roads, removing the need to build any sections of circuit exclusively for the race, with the exception of the pit lane.[7] Although the circuit will pass residential areas, residents will not be cut off from their homes; the organizers plan to provide access to the seven affected residences. The organizers further plan to fund the race without any public money.

Here’s some more raw footage of David Coulthard’s actual testing that gives us an idea of what spectating this event would feel like:

F1 UPDATE: 1.6L Turbos for 2013

Well folks, it’s official. The 2013 season of Formula 1 will reintroduce turbo power.

The details have not all been sorted, but what is clear so far is this:

  • 1.6 liter turbocharged 4 cylinders
  • 12,000 rpm rev limit (as it stands)
  • Max of 5 engines per season, currently they have 8. Will be reduced to 4 for following seasons
  • Fuel efficiency up by about 35%
  • Direct injection (was there really any other way?)
  • Power output should be on par with current figures

I’m torn about this… The logic for making the switch is to provide a ‘Greener’ appeal, but I don’t think that mentality really has a place at the table of Motorsport. Yes, fuel efficiency is important in racing, just like a lot of other things, but I don’t feel it should be a focus. There isn’t much that will translate to new tech (so far) for road cars, and that has been a staple of Motorsport (except NASCAR in the past 40 years- yeah, that’s not right, I know) since the first organized races were run.

All in all it’s just another change, and there will be plenty more before this one comes to pass. Hopefully the rules over the next few years will allow for more exciting tech., rather than trying to limit costs….It is the pinnacle of Motorsport after all…

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4 Cylinder Turbos to Return to F1…

It appears we will be returning to the Turbo Powered F1 cars of old in the coming years. As it stands, the powers that be will most likely vote in the change for 2013 on December 10th.

While some are not happy about having to retool, yet again, for another major change, it seems that this will become a reality. BBC spoke with Both Ferrari Mercedes regarding the possible change, and both stated they were not keen on the idea. Ferrari stated that they were against the change, as the costs incurred would be significant, but noted that “an agreement is there, and when there is an agreement you work accordingly.”

All in an effort to be ‘Green’,…..

The engines will be turbo charged 1.6 liter units, and no discussion of output has been noted.
If you’re wondering what than may sound like, have a listed here:

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