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Extreme H Pioneer 25 revealed

With Extreme E set to transition to Extreme H in 2025, the latter’s vehicle was revealed Thursday. Dubbed the Pioneer 25, it is built by Spark Racing Technology much like the XE predecessor Spark ODYSSEY 21.

The car measures in at six metres long, 1.9 metres wide, and 2.4 metres high and weighs 2,200 kilograms. By comparison, the ODYSSEY 21’s dimensions are 4.4×2.3×1.8 metres and is lighter by 550 kg. The 50-litre hydrogen fuel cell was made by Symbio and is capable of 75 kW of output. The accompanying battery pack from Fortescue ZERO, which the hydrogen fuel cell relays into, holds 325 kW of power. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, approximately the same as the ODYSSEY 21.

Spark designed the chassis, a tubular space frame with composite impact structures. It also features a double wishbone suspension and shock absorbers from FOX.

Unlike its predecessor, the Pioneer 25’s driver seat is situated in the centre of the car. The bodywork and lights have also been modified to better resemble production vehicles.

“We’ve learnt a lot from the ODYSSEY 21, which we have carried forwards, but it’s an all-new chassis and a purpose-built racing car for the hydrogen fuel cell,” commented series technical director Mark Grain. “We wanted the racing to be more intense and we wanted the race cars to be faster.

Meyer Shank returns to IMSA in 2025 with Acura

Meyer Shank Racing is set to return to the 2025 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship with a pair of Acura ARX-06 LMDh cars in partnership with HRC US.

The team will return to the top flight category of GTP in the 2025 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona after a one-year break from the series to focus on the NTT Indycar Series this year, the team ran the #60 Acura for a full season in 2023 and also won the opening round in Daytona. Meyer Shank Racing has signed a multi-year deal with Acura to run a factory program alongside HRC US who will be doing the operational role and will put their effort in one of the Acuras meanwhile Michael Shank’s team will oversee the second car.

This means the current team Wayne Taylor Racing and Andretti will be changing brands for the 2025 season, at the moment they are running a sole entry in the IMSA but are rumored to change to Cadillac V-Series R LMDh prototypes next year after Chip Ganassi Racing will end their partnership with Cadillac come to the end of 2024.

Cadillac is also looking to expand their efforts in IMSA next year with two prototypes for WTRAndretti and continue with the one that Action Express Racing is currently running.

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“Running our own GTP car is the next, exciting step for our associates at HRC US, we race to develop our people and technology and we are thrilled to be partnering with MSR to race our ARX-06 against some of the world’s best sportscar teams. This is why the next logical step for us is race engineer our own car: buckle-up HRC boys and girls!” David Salters, President of Honda Racing Corporation USA, said.

Tänak sets the fastest time on Rally Poland Shakedown

The two Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT drivers of Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville were the fastest on the 80th ORLEN Rally Poland Shakedown on Thursday morning. Tänak set the fastest time on each of his three runs through the Lubiewo shakedown with a best time of 2:12.5.

Tänak beat his teammate Neuville by 1.1 second. The Belgian is currently leading the FIA World Rally Championship standings and he will be the first out on stage when the first loop of the rally starts on Friday morning.

M-Sport Ford WRT’s Adrien Fourmaux clinched the third fastest time ahead of Hyundai’s Andreas Mikkelsen meanwhile the rally debutant Mārtiņš Sesks who drives in the first-ever non-hybrid Rally1 machine took a respected fifth place.

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT who are currently leading the manufacturer championship were further down and quite off the pace to what we are used to see, with Elfyn Evans 2.7 seconds off Tänak in sixth, Kalle Rovanperä who steps in for Sébastien Ogier managed to take seventh and was ahead of his teammate Takamoto Katsuta who managed to get eight fastest time.

Rounding up the top 10 is M-Sport’s Grégoire Munster in ninth and the WRC2 driver Nikolay Gryazin who drives a Citroen C3 Rally2.

2024 Austrian Grand Prix: What the Teams Have Been Saying Ahead of the Weekend

Formula 1 heads into the second round of a European triple header this weekend for Round 11 of the 2024 FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Austria. 

Max Verstappen will be looking for his third consecutive win after taking the chequered flag at the last two tightly-contested races, while Lando Norris will be hoping to right the wrongs of last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, where he admitted he should’ve taken victory.

Scuderia Ferrari will also be hoping to be back in the mix this weekend, after two difficult races for Carlos Sainz Jr. and Charles Leclerc, where their best finish was fifth. Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team will be hoping for a third consecutive top three finish, with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton standing on the podium in Canada and Spain respectively. 

Visa Cash App RB will be hoping to bounce back after a poor weekend in Spain, which saw the debut of their new upgrade package disappoint. Daniel Ricciardo needs another good weekend, with comments from Dr. Helmut Marko suggesting his time at RB is under threat. The Australian has been in decent form of late though, beating his teammate in the last two rounds.

Aston Martin Armaco F1 Team were pointless in Spain, while BWT Alpine F1 Team will be hoping for a double points finish for the third time in a row. Pierre Gasly has scored points at the last three rounds, and has just signed a new long term extension with the team. 

Gasly Re-Signs with Alpine, Stroll Extends with Aston Martin for 2025

Two more pieces of the 2025 driver lineup puzzle are complete, after it was announced Lance Stroll will remain with Aston Martin Armaco F1 Team and BWT Alpine F1 Team retained the services of Pierre Gasly.

Debuting for Alpine at the beginning of the 2023 season, Gasly has impressed over the last 18 months. He has racked up 67 points, which is impressive considering the performance of the car, and even secured podium finishes in both the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix Sprint and 2023 Dutch Grand Prix. 

His strong performance in 2024 especially has been important, securing 5 of the team’s 8 points. The team were keen to secure the services of Gasly after confirming their split with teammate Esteban Ocon at the year’s end.

The Frenchman has signed a new multi-year deal with the Enstone based team and said: “I feel very much at home at this great team. I enjoy being a real part of both the Formula 1 project and the wider Alpine Cars vision.” 

“I’ve been officially here for over 18 months and it has always been the plan to build a long-term project with the Team. While on-track it’s been a challenging season so far, I remain faithful to the project and I am not going anywhere.

Daniel Ricciardo Responds to Latest Helmut Marko Comments

Daniel Ricciardo has responded to comments from Dr. Helmut Marko suggesting that he could be replaced by Liam Lawson in 2025, or even earlier, at Visa Cash App RB.

Ricciardo only returned to Scuderia AlphaTauri (now RB) for the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, and missed a large part of the 2023 season due to injury, where Lawson raced in his place, putting in a few impressive performances.

Since returning to the Oracle Red Bull Racing family, Ricciardo has enjoyed a mix bag of results. Some have been extremely impressive such as the 2023 Mexican Grand Prix and the 2024 Miami Grand Prix Sprint, where he secured a fourth place finish, but these have also been mixed with some indifferent performances, where he’s struggled for pace.

Yuki Tsunoda is 10 points ahead of Ricciardo in the World Drivers Championship but since the Australian’s chassis was switched at the Japanese Grand Prix, there hasn’t been much to split the two in terms of on track performance. 

It hasn’t been the return to the Red Bull family that Ricciardo wanted with Sergio Pérez having his contract extended with the main team recently, meaning his only chance to stay within Red Bull is via the only remaining RB seat for 2025, with Tsunoda already tied down to a deal.

Manuel Andujar set for SSV debut as Yacopini’s co-driver

With his Quad career now in the books, Manuel Andújar is already set to try his hand at a new category when he enters the Rally Raid San Juan on 28–30 June. He will be the co-driver of a Can-Am Maverick piloted by fellow World Rally-Raid Championship competitor Juan Cruz Yacopini. Campeones reported the news on Tuesday.

The start comes four weeks after Andújar clinched the W2RC’s Quad title in his native Argentina when he dominated the Desafío Ruta 40. Although the season still has one more round in Morocco, he will not be there: besides having already secured the championship, the Rallye du Maroc is often used as a dress rehearsal for the Dakar Rally, which is pointless for him as the race has dropped the Quads for 2025.

Andújar won the category’s final Dakar in January. During the race, he and Yacopini, the latter racing a Toyota Hilux Overdrive in the premier Ultimate class, began to make plans about racing together. This proved difficult at the moment as neither had any openings, but they found one in June after the DR 40. The Rally Raid San Juan is the third round of Campeonato Argentino de Rally Raid (CaNav Rally Raid), the premier cross-country rally series in Argentina.

He initially considered taking a sabbatical from rally raid following the DR 40, including skipping the 2025 Dakar Rally, to settle down and get his plans sorted out. With a switch to SSV locked in, however, it opens the door to a full-time commitment in the class should he wishes and is able.

SSVs are typically the first vehicle that former Quad riders take on after leaving the FIM side. Former Dakar Quad winners Josef Macháček, Ignacio Casale, and Sergei Kariakin all race side-by-sides today, while 2023 W2RC Quad runner-up Rodolfo Guillioli was at the 2024 race as the navigator of one. Pablo Copetti will drive an SSV at next year’s Dakar, while Laisvydas Kancius, who beat Guillioli for the 2023 title, will be the navigator for Gintas Petrus in Ultimate.

Entry list for 2024 TET Rally Latvia officially published

The entry list for the TET Rally Latvia was officially published on Tuesday and sees a total of 40 entries taking part in Latvia’s first appearance in the FIA World Rally Championship schedule on 18.7 – 21.7.2024.

There will be a total of 10 Rally1 cars taking part in the Latvian event where the reigning manufacturer champion Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT will field a total of four Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 for the reigning champion Kalle Rovanperä, the eight-time champion Sébastien Ogier, Elfyn Evans and Takamoto Katsuta.

Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT will field the usual three Hyundai i20 N Rally1 cars for Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak meanwhile the shared third car will be driven this time by Esapekka Lappi who hasn’t been driving since Rally Kenya in March.

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M-Sport Ford WRT will also be fielding three Ford Puma Rally1 machines for Adrien Fourmaux and Gregoire Munster. The local uprising talent Mārtiņš Sesks who makes his Rally1 debut in Rally Poland this weekend with the first non-hybrid Rally1 car will be getting a full-fledged hybrid Rally1 car for his home event.

Sami Pajari was supposed to make his Rally1 debut with Toyota in Latvia but his debut has been postponed to the following event of Rally Finland, the Finn will be driving the Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 in WRC2 instead. In the same class, there are strong names entered which includes Oliver Solberg, Gus Greensmith, Nikolay Gryazin, Emil Lindholm and Mikko Heikkilä. The two-time American Rally Association champion and Subaru Motorsports USA works driver Brandon Semenuk from Canada will be making his WRC debut driving a Toyota GR Yaris Rally2.

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s W2RC team back at Goodwood for 2024

Toyota Gazoo Racing‘s World Rally-Raid Championship programme will be among the team’s various divisions attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, bringing with them the Toyota GR DKR Hilux EVO T1U.

Drivers Lucas Moraes and Seth Quintero, along with their navigators Armand Monleón and Dennis Zenz, will pilot the Hilux at all three of the festival’s locations—the Hillclimb, Forest Rally Stage, and Off-Road Arena.

TGR’s Hiluxes have appeared at Goodwood annually since 2022, each time doing triple duty. Nasser Al-Attiyah drove the Hilux at the two previous editions during his W2RC and Dakar Rally-winning campaigns. For the 2023 festival, the Off-Road Arena added a large ramp nicknamed “Nasser’s Ramp” that was designed by Al-Attiyah and his former co-driver Mathieu Baumel.

At last year’s event, Al-Attiyah set the thirty-third fastest Hillclimb time among those who ran on Sunday.

The Hilux EVO T1U is an upgraded model from what Al-Attiyah raced, wider and heavier to comply with T1+ regulations. It currently leads the W2RC manufacturer’s standings after four of five rounds, while Moraes sits third in the driver’s championship and Quintero eighth; the duo each have a best race finish of third (Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge for Quintero, BP Ultimate Rally-Raid for Moraes) and a combined five stage wins. Overdrive Racing also has their own Hilux model that won the most recent round, the Desafío Ruta 40 in early June.

Romain Dumas overcomes early issue to win fifth Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Romain Dumas‘ Pikes Peak International Hill Climb started with a near disaster when his Ford F-150 Lightning SuperTruck came to a sudden halt with an electrical issue. It ended with his fifth crown.

Despite the truck suddenly stopping and adding roughly twenty-six seconds to his time, Dumas was able to restart the vehicle before proceeding. Although this prevented him from setting the best possible time up the highway, he still managed to be the only driver in the field to set a time below nine minutes. He previously claimed the 2014 and 2016 to 2018 editions, but 2024 was his first with Ford.

“Everything about this event is a challenge because it is unlike any other form of racing, you only have one shot,” Dumas stated. “We faced a challenge early on but that only gave me more determination to make up the lost time in the rest of the run.”

The F-150 Lightning SuperTruck is an electric vehicle developed by Ford Design and STARD Advanced Research and Development. It is capable of 1,600 horsepower from three LMC (lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide) batteries and over 6,000 pounds of downforce at 150 miles per hour (93.20 km/h). Prior to the hillclimb, Dumas smashed the qualifying record with a time of 3:32.831, surpassing that set by its predecessor SuperVan 4.2 of 3:39.939 in 2023.

FIA European Hill Climb Champion Christian Merli finished second in his Pikes Peak début, driving a Wolf Aurobay GB 08 in the Unlimited class.

Rovanperä to replace Ogier for Rally Poland

The reigning world champion Kalle Rovanperä has been called in to replace the Frenchman Sébastien Ogier in this week’s Rally Poland after Ogier and co-driver Vincent Landais were involved in a head-on collision during Tuesday’s recce.

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT announced on Tuesday evening that the eight-time world champion would stay in the hospital over night for observation and that the Frenchman would miss the rally completely. Later in the evening it was confirmed Rovanperä would step in for Ogier and stewards issued a decision granting Toyota permission to replace the crew in the third Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 car.

Rovanperä and co-driver Jonne Halttunen will be facing some challenges as the crew hasn’t been participating in any pre-event tests but they have been granted permission to do recce runs on special stages on an exceptional schedule.

The recce for the crew will begin on Wednesday morning with 12 hours and the remaining two stages will be checked at Thursday afternoon just a couple of hours before the official rally starts in the evening.

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Ogier will not take part in Rally Poland following an accident during recce

The eight-time FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Vincent Landais will not be taking part in the Rally Poland this weekend following a serious accident during Tuesday’s recce, a statement was announced by the Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT team on social media.

According to the local Polish RMF radio, Ogier had a head-on collision with a car on a gravel road. The accident occurred on a hilly section. Reports do indicate that two medical helicopters were sent to the site and Ogier and the woman in the other car were taken to the nearby hospital meanwhile Landais and another person sitting in the other car were taken by ambulance.

During a WRC recce, crews drive all special stages twice and also cover the liaison sections. The recce is being held on the same time as normal traffic which means the stages aren’t closed for the public.

The statement from the team reads: “Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT crew Sébastien Ogier and Vincent Landais were taken to hospital for checks following a road traffic collision during reconnaissance for Rally Poland on Tuesday morning. Two occupants of the other vehicle involved, members of the public, were also taken to hospital for medical checks.”

TGR-WRT crew Sébastien Ogier and Vincent Landais were taken to hospital for checks following a road traffic collision during reconnaissance for Rally Poland on Tuesday morning. Two occupants of the other vehicle involved, members of the public, were also taken to hospital (1/4)

BMW M Motorsport Aims for Historic Victory at 100th Anniversary of Spa24

As the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps celebrates its 100th anniversary, BMW M Motorsport embarks on a mission to defend its title and extend its record of 25 victories. ROWE Racing and BMW M Team WRT, two dominant teams in the endurance racing scene, are set to compete in the Pro category with four BMW M4 GT3s, each sporting special anniversary designs.

Historic Success and Present Aspirations

BMW M Motorsport has a storied history at Spa-Francorchamps, with 25 wins over the past century. This year’s event sees ROWE Racing’s #98 BMW M4 GT3, driven by last year’s champions Philipp Eng, Marco Wittmann, and Nick Yelloly, aiming to repeat their victory. BMW M Team WRT, celebrating its home race in the Ardennes, seeks to break a long winless streak with standout drivers like Sheldon van der Linde and Valentino Rossi.

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Teams and Lineups

ROWE Racing will field two cars in the Pro category. The #98, with Eng, Wittmann, and Yelloly, is focused on a back-to-back win. The #998, driven by Augusto Farfus, Dan Harper, and Max Hesse, brings momentum from a victory in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup season opener.

BMW M Team WRT also presents two cars in the Pro category. The #32 features Sheldon van der Linde, Dries Vanthoor, and Charles Weerts, while the #46 car, with Raffaele Marciello, Maxime Martin, and Valentino Rossi, aims to secure a podium finish.

In the Bronze category, WRT’s #30 BMW M4 GT3 and Century Motorsport’s #991 BMW M4 GT3 will compete with seasoned drivers, including Jens Klingmann and Connor De Phillippi.

2024 Spanish Grand Prix: What the Drivers are Saying after the Race

Max Verstappen secured a convincing win at the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix, fending off a determined challenge from pole-sitter Lando Norris, marking his seventh of the season and extending his lead in the 2024 FIA Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

Despite jumping Norris going into Turn One, Verstappen wasn’t initially in the lead. A brilliantly executed move by George Russell, starting from fourth in his Mercedes, stole the show at the start. However, Verstappen quickly overtook Russell, making a daring move on the outside of Turn One on Lap 3 to claim the lead.

Norris, who had been celebrating his “perfect lap” in qualifying the day before, found himself stuck behind Russell in the early laps. This lost time proved crucial, hindering his ability to challenge Verstappen for the win later in the race, ending around two seconds behind the Dutchman.

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“I managed to get ahead in lap two, which ultimately made my race, and the Team did a great job as we were aggressive with the strategy and made all of the right calls. After we overtook and led the race we had to take quite a defensive strategy and really push to the end. We lacked a bit of pace and McLaren were better on the tyres than us today, so that is something that we need to look at and aim to improve on. 

M-Sport celebrates remarkable milestone with 300th consecutive points finish

The British outfit M-Sport World Rally Team has achieved a remarkable milestone in its history in the FIA World Rally Championship. They are now celebrating the 300th consecutive points finish following the strong outing in the last round of Rally Italia Sardegna.

This milestone which any team has never accomplished in any motorsport series was secured by the two drivers Adrien Fourmaux from France and Gregoire Munster from Luxembourg as the duo managed to bring the Ford Puma Rally1 over the finish line in Italy within the points.

This record started back 22 years ago when the Spaniard Carlos Sainz and the late Colin Mcrae from Scotland managed to finish third and fourth respectively on the team’s debut rally of Rally Monte Carlo in 2002 in Ford Focus WRC cars and since then the team has amassed manufacturer championship points at every rally entered, achieving milestones such as the 100th event at Rally Turkey in 2008, the 200th event at Rally Mexico in 2016, and now the 300th event at Rally Sardinia in 2024.

The team has participated in six continents, 29 countries and has done a total of 84,365 km of rallying with 29 different drivers and 38 co-drivers over the past 20+ years. The team will celebrate this milestone with video highlights of selected members from past and present, commemorative stickers and a special front grille on the Ford Puma Rally1 cars in this week’s Rally Poland.

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“Reaching 300 consecutive scoring events is a testament to our team’s unwavering dedication and commitment. Their relentless effort, combined with the support of Ford Motor Company, truly embodies the spirit of performance and reliability that drives us to excel in the World Rally Championship. I would like to thank every single member of staff, driver, co-driver and fan that has been with us along the entire, or parts of the journey. This simply wouldn’t be possible without any of you and I am tremendously proud of what we have achieved. I now look towards trying to achieve 350!” Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport UK Chairman and founder, said.The