The first electric race car to beat Formula 1: The Volkswagen ID.R has made motorsport history again by setting a new all-time record at the ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’.
Romain Dumas completed the 1.86-kilometre track in the south of England in just 39.90 seconds. In doing so, the 500-kW (680-PS) electric race car broke the previous record, which had stood for 20 years, by 1.7 seconds. He also took victory in the Sunday Shootout.
The previous record at the famous hillclimb was set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld in a 574-KW (780-PS) McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 with a combustion engine.
Autopromotec says it will offer an “interesting” new development celebrating the connection between the aftermarket sector and motor racing. For the 2019 show to be held in Bologna from 22 to 26 May, Autopromotec will inaugurate “Autopromotec Motorsport”, an initiative sponsored by ACI Sport and the Motorsport section of ANFIA (National Association of the Automotive Industry Supply Chain).
At Autopromotec 2019, the Autopromotec Motorsport initiative will create a dedicated pathway through the trade show’s pavilions where it will be possible to see and touch products that contain the same technology used in racing vehicles.
All exhibitors with a direct link to the racing world will be identifiable by a special symbol – a chequered flag with the Autopromotec Motorsport logo in the centre. The visit is also supported by a guide made available to visitors during the days of the trade show, listing all the companies in the sector participating at the fair.
To spotlight the companies involved in the initiative, Autopromotec Motorsport will also have its own booth dedicated entirely to racing in Hall 31 Bis, near the “Quadriportico” of the exhibition centre. Organisers says it will be possible to experience the ‘aura’ of competitions, walking through pit lanes set up to recreate the paddocks of motor racing and learning about the services offered by the main trade associations as well as schools, universities and other educational institutions.
As part of AutopromotecEDU, organisers say the Autopromotec Motorsport initiative will also present a series of specific conferences on the topics that motor racing has in common with aftersales, such as the pursuit of safety, reliability and performance. These conferences are:
- Motorsport as a research opportunity for product innovation – 22 May, Link Room, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
- Those who compete in the world of motorsport win with highly qualified and specialised human resources – 24 May, Link Room, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Nissan Australia has confirmed that the 2018 Supercars Championship will be its last, exiting the series at season’s end.
Joining V8 Supercars with Kelly Racing at the start of 2013, the current contract with the team finishes at the end of 2018.
During its time in the series, Nissan has enjoyed a strong relationship with Kelly Racing and invested considerably to the motorsport programme both on and off the track.
“Nissan has decided to exit the Supercars Championship in order to concentrate on the interests and needs of our current and future customers,” said Stephen Lester, Nissan Australia’s managing director.
“We have obviously been talking to the Kellys for some time and making the announcement now suits both parties.
Maintaining its commitment to the team this year, Nissan Australia hopes to celebrate some strong results over the remainder of the 2018 Supercars Championship.