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In most motorsports, the engineer’s cruelest foe isn’t the rules of physics or the driver’s inability to wring every crumb of power from their vehicle. It’s the rules. Rules laid down by overbearing governing bodies, imposing limits on weight, dimensions, power output, tire choices, aerodynamics, braking, and whatever else they can think to control. Usually the point is to keep the drivers safe or make racing more entertaining with evenly matched machines, but that doesn’t mean the engineers like it.

So when Porsche gave its people the chance to break free and show what their machines can do, they over delivered   …  More

Time to say Goodbye: A world tour with the 919 Hybrid in 2018

20 Pole-Positions, 17 race victories, 6 World Championship titles and a Le Mans Hattrick: the Porsche 919 Hybrid will one last time say its final goodbye and leave the motorsport stage after its world tour 2018.

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83-year-old Foyt was to be grand marshal at this weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring

For the second time in his life, A.J. Foyt has survived an attack by Africanized killer bees. Thursday’s attack sent the 83-year-old racing legend to a local West Texas hospital, where he was treated and released once his system was stabilized.

Foyt, the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 who also won the 1972 Daytona 500 and 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans, was also attacked by killer bees in August 2005. During that attack, he sustained  …  More

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Max Verstappen pushes the boundaries by driving a Formula One car on snow at Kitzbühel, Austria. It sure beats taking the ski lift.

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Iconic race driver, team owner and constructor Dan Gurney died Sunday at the age of 86. Gurney passed away due to complications from pneumonia.

“With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today, January 14, 2018,” Gurney’s wife Evi and family said in a statement. “In deepest sorrow, with gratitude in our hearts for the love and joy you have given us during your time on this earth, we say ‘Godspeed.’”

Born in New York but raised in Southern California, which remained his home for the rest of his life, Gurney was renowned as one of the fastest and most versatile drivers in the sport’s history.

The two driving feats for which he is best remembered – the 24 Hours of Le Mans victory that he shared with A.J. Foyt in 1967, followed by a win (a week later) at the Belgian Grand Prix in an Eagle Formula 1 car of his own construction  …  More

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