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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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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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