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More emphasis will be put on ensuring the environment is not compromised when racing events are held from 2026 onwards as the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has set out new regulations to govern competing teams’ commitment to sustainability. The key objectives that FIA on the list include: using 100 per cent sustainable fuel, overall efficiency and a new focus on electrical power.

For Formula E races, these impending changes are no stranger as its founding mission is to accelerate the transition zero emissions mobility by testing out new technologies on the race track before rolling it out to the public. Furthermore, Formula E partners with the United Nations Environment Programme to spotlight the benefits of the global shift to e-mobility.

Of course, the goal is to transfer what has been learned from these electric races to commercial car models but reality often falls short of expectations. With the global supply chain facing a crunch time, it has resulted in widespread disruptions and shortages of materials, which puts a shadow on the move towards electrification. Additionally, the withdrawal of Audi and BMW from Formula E is also a major blow for the sport as these giants are suppliers of engines and power units to other teams and series.

Could this spell the end of Formula E and is this signalling a foreshadowing of electric motoring’s future — be it on the tarmac or commercial usage?


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To meet FIA’s requisites for 2026, new engine development needs to be done. Apart from electrifying the powertrain to a greater extent, the motor has to be compatible with synthetic fuels among other provisions for the race car. For any car manufacturer to be among the front runners, a tough decision has to be made and the pulling out of prominent players tells of its determination to remain a leading voice in the arena.

Naturally, it is easy to fault the exit of major car manufacturers from Formula E on the Covid pandemic. But neither Audi nor BMW have directly cited that as the reason for its departure, instead these companies revealed that Formula E no longer aligned with its corporate objectives. The increased demand for adhering to the new standards presents an additional obstacle that needs to be overcome and this effort could be utilised more efficiently on innovations that could benefit the company’s main product offering. Thus, with car manufacturers leaving or switching over to Formula 1, it is vying for a headstart in the upcoming races.

For manufacturers like BMW and Audi, there was perhaps too much of a disparity between the technology produced for Formula E and the technology produced for its standard electric vehicles. Parts and materials to produce the batteries such as lithium, nickel and graphite are already facing supply shortages. This has been ongoing since the start of 2021, therefore increasing overall material cost. As such, carmakers are finding it extremely difficult to even fulfil orders from retail customers and “auxiliary projects” like race cars have taken the backseat.


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Perhaps entering Formula 1, the most intense competition in the automotive world, is the catalyst for a brighter future. The four main factors: environmental, financials, global awareness and technology. These will be the guiding principles for carmakers despite the ever-shifting market demands.

In announcing the three-pointed star carmaker’s withdrawal from Formula E last year, Marcus Schaefer, who is Mercedes’ board member for research and development said, “Formula E has been a good driver for proving our expertise and establishing our Mercedes EQ brand. In the future, we will keep pushing technological progress — especially on the electric drive side, focusing on Formula 1.”

Amidst the multiple teams’ pullout of Formula E, Audi and Porsche’s interests in Formula 1 are high, and the brands are having thoughts of a partnership with other racing teams such as Red Bull Racing and Mclaren. Car manufacturers moving to Formula 1 may be seen as a natural step, where the battery and material crisis pushes for greater innovation while learnings from coming races could be applied to retail product offerings.

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By: Jeremy Yip
Title: Audi & BMW’s Withdraw From Formula E Presents a New Electric Future
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/automobile/audi-bmws-withdraw-from-formula-e-presents-a-new-electric-future.html
Published Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2022 01:00:00 +0000

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WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH? Classic Collectibles Perfect for Coastal Cruising

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WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH? Classic Collectibles Perfect for Coastal Cruising
LOT #698 – 2023 DODGE DEMON 170 CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Let’s face it: We gearheads spend entirely too much time talking about horsepower, performance, going fast and turning corners. Maybe it’s time to just slow down and enjoy the ride.

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, cruising was all the rage (think “American Graffiti”). It was a simple love of rolling through town on a Saturday night in your pride and joy, hanging out with your friends and just having fun.

When it comes to driving in Florida, however, cruising in your favorite collector car – in this case, preferably a convertible – inevitably means heading to the beach. Put on your shades, drop that top and feel those ocean breezes as you head down the Sunshine State’s scenic highway, the A1A.

We can’t imagine anything better than cruising the Florida coast in a classic Cadillac or Lincoln. Land yachts, anyone? Perhaps a beautiful Bel Air or Buick. Does that top on your Resto-Modded Bronco or Blazer come off? Go for it. Heck – even if your ride isn’t a convertible, just roll all those windows down, crank up the tunes and take delight in the drive.

Enjoy this sample of potentially great beach cruisers – each selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Don’t miss the chance to put yourself behind the wheel of one of these beauties and head for the coast.

LOT #698 – 2023 DODGE DEMON 170 CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Pictured above, this Demon convertible is powered by a 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Authorized and warrantied convertible conversion performed by Jeff Moran of Droptop Customs.

LOT #657 – 1987 FERRARI 328 GTS TARGA – NO RESERVE

Finished in a Rosso Corsa Red exterior over a Connolly tan interior. Recently serviced, including timing belt and all fluids. Serviced and overhauled all suspension and brake systems. 19,503 miles (title reads exempt).

LOT #680 – 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 327/340hp V8 engine with 4-speed manual transmission. Recipient of an older frame-off restoration in Tuxedo Black with black interior and black convertible top. Bloomington Gold and Top Flight award-winner. Includes owner’s manual and awards.

LOT #765 – 1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

California car powered by an LS-powered fuel-injected V8 engine backed by an automatic transmission. Rides on Air Lift suspension. Equipped with custom leather interior and integrated entertainment pad touchscreen with Bluetooth.

LOT #697 – 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 6.2-liter LS V8 engine and 5-speed manual transmission. In Gunmetal Gray with a custom red leather interior and red canvas convertible top. Includes an Art Morrison chassis, Vintage Air, power steering, Wilwood disc brakes and power windows.

Powered by a 390ci V8 engine paired with an automatic transmission. Frame-on restoration to original condition. New brakes, master cylinder and mufflers. Purchased from dealer showroom floor in 1959.

LOT #668 – 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a fuel-injected 383ci stroker BluePrint engine using a Holley Sniper unit, providing 491hp and 455 ft/lbs of torque based on the dyno sheet. Backed by a 5-speed TREMEC manual transmission.

Powered by its original 272ci engine and automatic transmission. Completely restored to its factory condition, with the “Bumble Bee” color scheme and power convertible top.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH? Classic Collectibles Perfect for Coastal Cruising
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/which-way-to-the-beach-classic-collectibles-perfect-for-coastal-cruising/
Published Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2024 15:36:07 +0000

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ADVENTURE AWAITS: 4x4s Will Take You Wherever You Want To Go

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ADVENTURE AWAITS: 4x4s Will Take You Wherever You Want To Go
LOT #700 – 1971 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

When you think about it, it’s not surprising that four-wheel drive has been around for more than two centuries. After all, the roads back in the late 1800s were certainly in less-than-ideal condition, so drivers naturally welcomed the ability to travel on challenging road surfaces without worry.

The world’s first four-wheel-drive car directly powered by an internal-combustion engine was the Dutch Spyker 60 HP, commissioned for the Paris to Madrid race of 1903. But it was the advent of war that brought four-wheel-drive vehicles into mass production. The 3-ton FWD Model B Nash Quad became a standard military four-wheel-drive truck for the U.S. Army in World War I. The Quad not only came with four-wheel-drive and four-wheel brakes, but also featured four-wheel steering. It was one of the first successful four-wheel-drive vehicles ever to be made.

The World War II Jeep, originally developed by American Bantam but mass-produced by Willys and Ford, became the best-known four-wheel-drive vehicle in the world during World War II. As soon as the war was nearly over, Willys developed the CJ2, which gave rise to the CJ2A in 1945. Hot on its heels, Dodge also started production of the civilian 4WD Power Wagon trucks for the 1946 model year. Both the Willys and the Dodge were developed directly from their WWII predecessors.

Today’s rugged four-wheel-drive vehicles often showcase an incredible blend of both utility and comfort. The fantastic 4x4s headed to the 2024 Palm Beach Auction with No Reserve are perfect examples of vehicles that don’t stop performing when the pavement ends.

LOT #700 – 1971 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Pictured above is a 1971 Ford Bronco custom SUV powered by Gen 3 Coyote 5.0-Liter V8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, with 4-wheel drive. Has dual exhaust, headers, cold-air intake, 2.5-inch suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift. Rides on 20-inch KMC wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires.

LOT #691 – 1971 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Nicknamed “Black Betty;” rotisserie-restored and custom-built by JFB Off Road. Powered by a BluePrint Engines 306/370hp crate engine and a 4-speed auto transmission. Finished in Tuxedo Black with a Wimbledon White hardtop over a custom leather interior.

LOT #752 – 1972 GMC JIMMY CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Powered by an LS3 430hp V8 engine and automatic transmission. Fully restored and customized with Chevrolet grille, tailgate and badges, Ringbrothers door handles, custom wood floor, Vintage Air system, Dakota Digital gauges and 17-inch U.S. Mags wheels.

Powered by a built fuel-injected 347ci stroker V8 engine mated to an AX15 5-speed manual transmission, with 4×4. Has 2.5-inch suspension lift, Bilstein shocks, Vintage Air, Flowmaster exhaust, hydro-boost 4-wheel disc brakes and 18-inch Moto Metal wheels.

Built by Time Warp Customs and displayed at the Rubicon Express booth at SEMA 2017. Powered by a 6.4-liter 392ci V8 engine rated at 485hp and 475 ft/lbs of torque. 3,837 actual miles on the truck and build. May not be emissions compliant in all 50 states.

Powered by a 6.4-liter inline-6 Cummins diesel engine and an automatic transmission. Highly modified build that includes a functional 2016 Ram Mega Cab interior with air conditioning, custom bed, Kelderman air suspension and American Force wheels.

LOT #751 – 1991 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 130 CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Powered by a new LS3 6.2-liter 425hp V8 engine paired with a 6-speed GM 6L80E automatic transmission. Has new chassis, suspension, steering, driveline and interior. Equipped with AP 4-wheel disc brakes. May not be emissions compliant in all 50 states.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ADVENTURE AWAITS: 4x4s Will Take You Wherever You Want To Go
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Published Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2024 16:00:23 +0000

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Who Are These Mystery Motorcycle Racers From the 1970s?

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Flat-track racers a split second after the flag drops. Know where and when was this photo taken? Let us know in the comments.
Flat-track racers a split second after the flag drops. Know where and when was this photo taken? Let us know in the comments. (Anonymous/Unknown/)

Any idea who this vintage racer named Mike is? Or where he’s having all this fun? If so, let us know.

A recent purchase of an abandoned Chicagoland storage locker turned up a trove of racing photographs from the 1970s and ‘80s. Early this year, a buyer who wishes to remain anonymous found 53 large- and small-format photographs of a racer named Mike who enjoyed flat-track racing, owned a red van, and liked roadracing as well. And he took a trip to Daytona at some point. Perhaps he owned or worked at a radio/electronics shop called “Radiotronics”?

Mike looked like a fun guy. He had cool racing duds from Lancer Leathers, liked doing wheelies on pitbikes, and looked good on his Yamaha two-stroke tracker and roadrace bike. Judging by the number of van pictures, he also loved van life. And he knew who famous racer Don Vesco was, since he snapped a pic of his van.

The buyer notes that items found in the storage unit indicate Mike having lived in Alabama, with family or friends possibly located in Chicago’s north suburbs. His race number was 117 and 217. Could it be AMA-sanctioned racing? The roadracing photos could be from the pits in Daytona, though it’s unclear. It seems he also rode a red Yamaha TD2 or TR2 with No. 373. It was a popular race setup in the ‘70s, with a trick swingarm and non-stock frame. You could buy a racing-prepped bike straight from the dealer.

They’re a wonderful glimpse into someone’s past life. Before smartphones and ubiquitous cameras, photography took time, commitment, and care. Time has given the pictures a tint and hue that Instagram filters can’t replicate. Maybe one of our loyal Motorcyclist readers could shed some light on this minor mystery? Any info or helpful clues can be posted in the comments section.

A man identified as Mike, sponsored by Competition Cycles, puts down power and a steel shoe around an unidentified dirt track, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s.
A man identified as Mike, sponsored by Competition Cycles, puts down power and a steel shoe around an unidentified dirt track, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
A proud portrait of Mike the mystery racer with leathers made by a company called Lancer Leathers, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s.
A proud portrait of Mike the mystery racer with leathers made by a company called Lancer Leathers, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
Mike the mystery racer (117) in the middle of a pack, track and date unknown.
Mike the mystery racer (117) in the middle of a pack, track and date unknown. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
Either they’re working on their race face, or a track official is yelling at them. A riders’ meeting, track and date unknown.
Either they’re working on their race face, or a track official is yelling at them. A riders’ meeting, track and date unknown. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
An unidentified Yamaha racer holding court. An unidentified Yamaha dirt track bike and roadracer (possibly a TD2 or TR2?) awaiting a new rear tire, date and track unknown.
An unidentified Yamaha racer holding court. An unidentified Yamaha dirt track bike and roadracer (possibly a TD2 or TR2?) awaiting a new rear tire, date and track unknown. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Who Are These Mystery Motorcycle Racers From the 1970s?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/photo-galleries/who-are-these-mystery-motorcycle-racers-from-1970s/
Published Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2024 16:53:28 +0000

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