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Formula One fans are to get the chance to learn how the sport’s technology has influenced other fields of industry at a special exhibition at the UK’s Science Museum in London. The free show, which opens next month, has been organised with input from McLaren and will feature the team’s 2006 car, the MP4-21, suspended from the gallery’s ceiling as its centrepiece.

“British engineers, designers and strategists are at the forefront of Formula One,” commented Professor Chris Rapley CBE, director of the Science Museum. “They are world experts at pushing the boundaries of materials, technology and teamwork.

“The outcome is not only a formidable presence on the grand prix track, but a stream of products and innovations that spin out into the world around us…  More info


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There are just so many questions to perplex the F1 fan. So many, in fact, that even as the new season looms, we can easily find ourselves debating the background chatter more than the racing prospects.

Could the keen analytical mind of a master detective deduce the answers? I haven’t got one of those, sadly, but I’ve seen a lot of mystery movies, so I’ll give it my best shot.

Question. Will Toyota press the big red panic button and bail out of F1?

Clue 1: Toyota are writhing in agony, they are now forecasting an annual loss of 450bn yen, about £3.4bn in real money. Note that the company is the world’s biggest car maker, and has never previously made a loss. Source here.

Clue 2: Toyota F1’s biggest sponsor is Panasonic, who have just announced they will cut 15,000 jobs and close 27 plants due to falling sales and a predicted loss of …  More info

Board Up Miami is back for its 4th annual competition as one of wakeboarding’s signature events and, this year, there are some new additions, including a skateboarders dream.

Board Up Miami is a pro-am wakeboard competition that allows the world’s best pros to compete against some of the top amateurs looking for a chance to score their first professional contracts and the glamour that comes with it. This year’s prize purse will be over $10,000 with competition for both male and female riders of all divisions…  More info


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redbllwakelabFestival will feature more than top music acts.

The 2009 Tempe Music Festival, taking place at the Tempe Beach Park, will also feature a wakeboarding competition and exhibition.

The Red Bull Wake Lab according to the music festivals official website “will elevate the sport of wakeboarding to a level unparallel to any wakeboard event ever seen in Arizona”. The Wake Lab is describe as a floating skatepark for wakeboarders…  More info


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