Robby Unser to Drive Speedway Nova at Goodguys Lone Star Nationals

Renowned racer Robby Unser will make his Goodguys AutoCross debut Oct. 3 at the

Goodguys Lone Star Nationals in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Unser’s appearance represents Speedway Motors’ first foray into Goodguys AutoCross

competition. He will pilot the Speedway Motors G-Comp ’65 Nova, outfitted with

Speedway’s new G-Comp Front Suspension Kit and a full complement of AFCO

coil-over shocks. The Nova is powered by a BluePrint 454ci Pro Series small-block

engine backed by a Tremec 5-Speed transmission, and features a host of aftermarket

performance parts from Billet Specialties, Dynatech, MSD, ProCar and Weld Racing.

Robby Unser hails from one of America’s most storied racing families. The son of

Indianapolis 500 champ Bobby Unser and nephew of Al Unser (another Indy 500

winner), Robby began go-kart racing at age 8, and by his teens was racing stock cars,

sprint cars and Formula Fords. Unser won the American IndyCar Series title in 1989

and has raced in the Indianapolis 500 twice, earning the IRL’s Rookie of the Year honor

in 1998. He has won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb nine times, competed in

Formula D drifting events, and also worked as a driving coach.

 

In addition to powering the Speedway Motors G-Comp Nova through the Goodguys

AutoCross course, Unser will be available for autographs at the Speedway Motors Big

Rig and in the AutoCross pit area. Watch for him at upcoming Goodguys events in

Charlotte, North Carolina; Pleasanton, California; and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Speedway Motors is America’s Oldest Speed Shop® and has made hot rodding and

racing safe, fun and affordable for 62 years. Call today toll free at 800.979.0122 or visit

us online at SpeedwayMotors.com.

 

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Campbell, Johnson Declared Co-NCRA Sprint Champions!

Park City, Kansas – September 29, 2014 – As is standard procedure at season’s end for each division, officials with the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products have found a discrepancy that has a major affect on the championship battle in the series sprint car division.

    

Coming into this past Saturday night’s event at 81 Speedway in Park City, Jeremy Campbell held a 40 point lead over defending champion C.J. Johnson. Campbell finished sixteenth while Johnson came home seventh, which would have garnered Campbell his second championship by five points.

However, as officials went back through the results in all races completed, which is standard procedure, it was discovered Campbell finished one position higher than he actually had.

After these findings it has been determined that Campbell and Johnson are co-champions for the 2014 race season. This is not the first time in the series history that this has occurred as Larry Neighbors and Kirby Hagens tied for the 1995 sprint car championship.

Both Campbell and Johnson will be crowned, as well as the rest of the top ten in the final point standings, at the season’s year-end banquet in January.

 

 

 

 

 

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THE LUCKY CHARM THAT HELPED MIKE KNOWLES WIN HIS FIRST NHRA WALLY

Pro Mod driver Mike Knowles won his first NHRA Pro Mod Wally this weekend at the 2014 Midwest Nationals. Knowles defeated Von Smith on a hole shot in the final round of the Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Mod event with a 5.934 elapsed time to Smith’s 5.929. While Knowles’ driving put him in the winner’s circle, he also credits a lucky charm for his victory too.

“Me and the guys were grabbing coffee Friday at the convenience store and I walked over a penny that was on tails. I got out and grabbed the penny and I’m like, ‘Man, this is my lucky penny. It was on tails and that’s kind of the way my life goes.’ So we tape it in the car,” said Knowles. “Then in the finals, weird enough, I come up here and I’m putting my jacket on, putting my ear plugs in and I look down and there is another penny – on tails. I looked over at Billy and said ‘these guys are done. I don’t know what kind of voodoo is going on, but these guys are done.’ And it worked out great for us in the end.”

Knowles is the owner and driver of the Blown Money Pro Mod. Tim McAmis is the crew chief on the ’68 Camaro. Knowles has been a huge supporter of Pro Mod in the NHRA, and this is his very first win.

Knowles win didn’t come without any drama. He had a close call in the second round of eliminations against Kevin Fiscus, as the cars got very close to each other after their chutes deployed.

“Well, we went across the finish line and I’m pretty excited about winning (the round), and the next thing I know the parachutes come out and there’s a bunch of turbulence in the car.  Actually the windows started vibrating in the car. I thought that was weird,” recalled Knowles. “So I looked over and Kevin’s parachutes were actually rubbing on my window and I’m like whoa, and then his car started coming out in front of me and that’s when I hit the brakes and kind of got over towards the wall. It was real close.”

The final race of the 2014 NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by Aeromotive Fuel Systems will take place in Las Vegas on October 31 – November 2. The series will also be broadcast on Velocity channel starting Sunday, October 5, at 1:30pm ET.

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BACK-TO-BACK COUNTDOWN PLAYOFF WINNER COURTNEY FORCE MAKES MORE FUNNY CAR HISTORY HEADING TO NHRA NATIONALS AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY

MOHNTON, Pa. — The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season still has three races remaining but it has already been one filled with incredible achievements for third-year Funny Car star Courtney Force.

There are the four victories this season and the seven in her short career, already records for female Funny Car drivers. Force also earned the landmark 100th NHRA win by a female earlier this year, while her most recent impressive stretch includes back-to-back victories in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, becoming the first female to win consecutive events in Funny Car.

Lastly, the win bumped her to second in points, just 30 behind her father and reigning champion John Force, and marking the first time in NHRA history a father and daughter have been first and second in points. But perhaps taking a page out of her father’s book, Courtney Force is only looking forward and that means a possible third straight victory at this weekend’s 30th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

“I just think about these races as a new race, a new day,” Force said. “You just have to take it round-by-round and try to pick up points. You don’t look at the end of the day. You can’t think about it. It’s all about getting a win out here and picking up points, and we have to go rounds to do that.”

Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event that will once again be televised nationally on ESPN2. It is the fourth of six events in the Countdown and is held at one of the quickest and fastest strips on the NHRA circuit.

A year ago, Courtney Force watched her legendary dad make a championship move in Reading, taking over the points lead during the weekend and winning the event en route to his 16th world championship. Courtney Force wouldn’t mind a similar season-changing weekend at Maple Grove Raceway and she couldn’t be entering the pivotal race on a better note.

After entering the Countdown in sixth, Force fell in the opening round in Charlotte to her dad. But she has responded in championship fashion, winning in both Dallas and then last weekend in St. Louis, beating Matt Hagan in a thrilling side-by-side duel in the final round to jump all the way to second in a loaded Funny Car class.

“I’m proud of my guys for giving me a great race car,” Force said. “We got things turned around at the right time. Right here at the start of the Countdown to the Championship is when we need to have a consistent race car, and I think that’s what we’ve got so far. To have back-to-back wins and make a move in the Countdown is just huge for us. We need to create a gap between us and everyone behind us and climb our way up to catch dad if we want to win this championship. That’s what we have our eyes set on right now.”

Force also got a touch of Countdown revenge on her father with a holeshot victory in the semifinals at St. Louis. It left Force with mixed emotions at the time but also proved her ability to perform under pressure in the heated race for a world championship.

“Nobody likes to get beat on a holeshot and I didn’t want to do that to my dad, but I went after it,” Force said. “I wanted to get the win and go after the points. I was thinking that dad beat me in Charlotte and I dwelled on that for a while. I was waiting for a rematch to get him back and I did it, but luckily he can’t be too mad since I (took) home a Wally.”

Of course, it isn’t just a father-daughter race to the championship in a crowded Funny Car field. John Force has seven victories at Maple Grove Raceway, the most for a driver in any NHRA professional class, but Funny Car is loaded with championship talent.

That includes Courtney Force’s teammate Robert Hight, Hagan, who is just 12 points behind Force in third, Ron Capps, Tommy Johnson Jr., three-time season winner Alexis DeJoria, Cruz Pedregon, Tim Wilkerson and Del Worsham. The impressive list has Force appreciative of her current position but also eager to make one more push starting this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.

“Dad is tough to beat but a lot of these drivers are,” Force said. “Everyone is so close in the points and every weekend it could change. I’m definitely going to savor this moment where dad and I are 1 and 2 in the points.”

Langdon won in Reading last year en route to his first career Top Fuel world championship. Standing in his way of a repeat title is a host of star challengers including red-hot points leader Tony Schumacher, who won the first two races of the Countdown and also has four wins at Maple Grove Raceway, Doug Kalitta, who has advanced to nine finals in 2014, Antron Brown, who ended a brief slump with a win at the most recent event in St. Louis, Spencer Massey, Brittany Force, 2012 winner Khalid alBalooshi, rookie Richie Crampton, Steve Torrence and J.R. Todd.

In Pro Stock, Coughlin defeated teammate Allen Johnson to win at Maple Grove Raceway last year, a win that became one of the differences in Coughlin claiming his fifth Pro Stock world championship. He is currently chasing points leader and two-time event winner Jason Line, as is the rest of a talented Countdown field consisting of Dave Connolly, who has won back-to-back events to climb to second in points, Shane Gray, Jonathan Gray, Erica Enders-Stevens, V Gaines, Vincent Nobile and Chris McGaha.

Smith was victorious at Reading in Pro Stock Motorcycle last season en route to his second championship. Smith is looking for his first win of 2014 while teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec have been the class of the Pro Stock Motorcycle field during the regular season. Hines is the points leader in the two-wheel category, while Krawiec is second. Others nipping at Hines’ heels in hopes of a championship are Angie Smith, Hector Arana Jr., Hector Arana, Michael Ray, Scotty Pollacheck, John Hall and Steve Johnson.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and enjoy some cherished face time and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

The event will also feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, Oct. 3, with sessions at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-7200 or visit www.maplegroveraceway.com.  For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

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Ticket magnets: The cars with the most violations

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Insurance.com analysis ranks the cars that lead-footed drivers like most

FOSTER CITY, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2014) – One in three drivers of the Subaru WRX has a recent traffic violation, according to a study by Insurance.com, the car insurance comparison-shopping website, putting the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive sport-compact atop its ranking of cars that get the most tickets.

The most-ticketed brand overall was Scion, with 27.5 percent of all owners reporting a traffic violation.

Insurance.com looked at data from 526 models and more than 557,000 recent customers.

“Cars don’t get tickets, drivers do – but those drivers like the WRX,” said Insurance.com Managing Editor Des Toups.  The top-20 list contains other sporty cars, such as the Scion FR-S and Mitsubishi 3000 GT, but also includes the hybrid Toyota Prius C, three sport-utility vehicles and the long-defunct Mercury Topaz.

CARS THAT GET THE MOST TICKETS

Rank/Make and model/% with tickets

1. Subaru WRX – 33.6%

2. Pontiac GTO – 32.7%

3. Scion FR-S – 32.6%

4. Toyota Supra – 30.8%

5. Subaru Tribeca – 29.7%

6. Volkswagen Rabbit – 29.6%

7. Mercury Topaz – 28.8%

8. Scion tC – 28.8%

9. Toyota FJ Cruiser – 28.4%

10. Mazda2 – 28.1%

11. Hyundai Veloster – 28.1%

12. Volkswagen GTI – 28.1%

13. Suzuki Reno – 28.1%

14. Scion xA – 27.8%

15. Pontiac G8 – 27.7%

16. MINI Cooper S Countryman – 27.5%

17. Mitsubishi 3000 GT – 27.4%

18. Saturn Aura – 27.1%

19. Infiniti QX56/QX80 – 27.1%

20. Toyota Prius C – 27.0%

“It’s not about horsepower,” Toups said. “The Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper and Nissan GT-R rank well below average for tickets even though they can easily double the highest speed limits. But those cars are also costly, so their buyers tend to be older and take fewer risks.”

For all models, 19.9 percent of drivers reported having a traffic violation – usually speeding but also including such offenses as failure to yield and drunken driving – in the previous three years.

When setting rates on particular vehicles, insurance companies pay more attention to claims than tickets, Toups said. “If you have an accident, it helps to drive up the rates of everyone who owns that kind of car,” he said. “Tickets tend to drive up your rates alone.”

Drivers can see the entire “Ticket Magnet” list at http://www.insurance.com/auto-insurance/vehicle-shopping/cars-that-get-the-most-tickets.html

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Barrett-Ja​ckson Breaks Records For Cars and Celebritie​s With Over $33.3M in Sales at Las Vegas Event

  

  • More than $33M in sales with the largest number of consigned vehicles during the three-day auction at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas
  • Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas helps raise more than $1,642,500 to benefit local, national charities
  • TV coverage of future auctions to be broadcast in live, high-definition on Discovery’s Velocity channel

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sept. 28, 2014 Barrett-Jackson, “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions TM once again rocked Las Vegas with another record-setting auction at the Mandalay Bay Event Center from Sept. 25-26, 2014. During the three-day event, Barrett-Jackson hosted the largest number of consigned vehicles in the auction’s Las Vegas history with more than 700 vehicles and more than 339 collectible automobilia pieces crossing the block for more than $33,300,000 in sales (unaudited).

“Our Las Vegas auction continues to grow in popularity as a world-class destination experience, offering a truly electric atmosphere only found in the Entertainment Capital of the World,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “With the largest docket in our Las Vegas auction’s history, the collection of vehicles crossing the block was truly amazing. From a 2013 Aventador Lamborghini to a ’28 Model A Ford and the first Dodge Hellcat, there was something for everyone on this year’s docket. And virtually all of our vehicles were sold at No Reserve, indicating the true market value of the collector car hobby.”

The record setting docket attracted huge crowds, including celebrities such as Wayne Newton, Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller), Corey Harrison and Austin “Chum Lee” Russel of Pawn Stars, Richard Petty and Linda Vaughn. From muscle cars and historic hot rods to the latest exotic collectible vehicles, the lineup created a spirited, electric atmosphere.

The top 10 cars sold in Las Vegas include (price with commission):

  • 2013 Lamborghini Aventador – $440,000 (Lot #454)
  • 1971 Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda – $385,000 (Lot #799)
  • 2006 Ford GT – $291,500 (Lot#764)
  • 1966 Ford Shelby GT350 – $220,000 (Lot #776)
  • 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo – $220,000 (Lot #728)
  • 1936 Packard Eight Phaeton – $176,000 (Lot #780)
  • 2011 Bentley GTC Supersports – $176,000 (Lot #791)
  • 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro – $172,700 (Lot #769)
  • 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster – $165,000 (Lot #777)
  • 1968 Ford Shelby GT500 Fastback – $165,000 (Lot #788)

Five cars crossed the Las Vegas auction to raise $1,642,500 to benefit local and national charities. On Saturday, Dodge executives including CEO Tim Kuniskis took center stage to showcase the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (Lot #3004) benefitting the Opportunity Village of Las Vegas. The fastest production muscle car hammered in at $825,000, which will be equally matched by long-time Barrett-Jackson friend, the Engelstad Family Foundation. With their generous donation, the Hellcat raised more money for charity than any other car in Barrett-Jackson history.

“Barrett Jackson is very proud of our charitable efforts,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “It was an historic moment on our auction block to see a car from General Motors, Ford, and Dodge sell for charity. I am proud that Barrett-Jackson has created a platform to help so many wonderful charitable organizations across the country through the generous support of the collector car community.”

Other charity cars included:

  • 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN 700001 (Lot# 3004) benefitting  Opportunity Village Foundation – $825,000
  • 2015 Corvette Stingray VIN 001 (Lot #3001) benefitting the CARE House of Oakland County – $400,000
  • 2015 50 Years Limited Edition Ford Mustang (Lot #3003) benefitting Get Your Heart Racing – $170,000
  • 2014 Z/28 Camaro VIN 003 (Lot #3002) benefitting the YMCA of Southern Nevada – $147,500
  • 2012 Ford Fusion Race Car (Lot #3000) benefitting the Paralyzed Veterans of America – $100,000

The 2014 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction also ends the company’s 18 year relationship with the FOX family of networks and National Geographic. Debuting at the 2015 Scottsdale auction, Barrett-Jackson will begin an exciting new relationship with Velocity and Discovery Channel. Throughout the year, Velocity and Discovery Channel will broadcast more than 100 hours of coverage in Scottsdale, West Palm Beach, Reno and Las Vegas.  The full schedule is located at barrett-jackson.com; fans can contact their local cable or satellite provider to ensure access to programming.

“FOX has been a wonderful partner for Barrett-Jackson over the years,” said Jackson. “They’ve helped us bring the thrill of the Barrett-Jackson experience to their audiences. Our new partnership with Velocity will return Barrett-Jackson to a dedicated auto enthusiast network. With expanded distribution to Discovery Network’s more than 1.6 billion global subscribers, we’ll have the largest audience for a collector car auction in history.”

Over the last seven years, the Las Vegas auction has evolved into one of the top auctions in the country. As the end of the official auction season, Barrett-Jackson will prepare for the Scottsdale event on Jan. 10-18, 2015.

 

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Mustang in France with Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Ford Racing produces videos throughout the racing season that we hope you and your readers will find entertaining and useful in your coverage.

Formula Drift champion and action sports superstar Vaughn Gittin Jr. headed to Loheac, France earlier this month to help introduce the French people to the Ford Mustang.  The 2015 Ford Mustang will be available in Europe next year, and Gittin Jr. arrived a little early to spread the Mustang love.

Watch as Gittin Jr. takes his RTR Mustang through the streets of France and infuses French culture into his drift performance.

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A First 12V iPhone 6 Plus Install

A First 12V iPhone 6 Plus Install

Here’s one of the first installs of the new iPhone 6 Plus in a car dash.

Carlos Ramirez of NVS Audio in Linden, NJ installed the 6 Plus in a Mercedes Smart Car using a removable mount.   He says the shop is already getting calls for custom installs of the device, because unlike an iPad, it doesn’t require a separate data plan if you are already a smartphone user.

Ramirez has 6 or 7 appointments for installs booked already.

Another benefit of the 6 Plus is that “The screen size is about the same size as a smaller unit from [some leading car audio brands] with 5.8 inch screens, so it’s not much smaller. And it actually fits in a double DIN opening,” he said.

Because of the simple install, an iPhone 6 “mod” will cost the user around $600.  That’s about half the cost of an iPad install.

Users can then play music, hear Pandora, view maps or watch Netflix.

Ramirez installed the Phone along with an Audison Bit one processor which then serves to control volume.

NVS’s removable 6 Plus mount places the phone in landscape mode, but some of the apps including Google Maps are not yet scaled to a full screen in that mode. But that may change. And Apple Maps does display full screen in landscape.

Amy Gilroy

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Chevrolet Introduces 2015 Colorado Sport Concept

GearOn™ system highlights lifestyle accessories for new midsize truck

DALLAS – With a pair of mountain bikes mounted and a weekend’s worth of gear stowed, Chevrolet’s Colorado Sport concept is ready for adventure. It was unveiled today at the State Fair of Texas, demonstrating the lifestyle-oriented versatility of Chevy’s all-new midsize pickup.

“It’s not just mountain bikes, but just about any passion you can name, from kayaking, fishing, dirt bikes and more,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “It’s a truck for those who need the versatility of a pickup to support their work and lifestyle interests, but don’t need a full-size truck to do it.”

The 2015 Colorado is available in extended- or crew-cab models, with a choice of a 2.5L four-cylinder or 3.6L V-6 engine. The Colorado’s V-6 is the segment’s most efficient, with an EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway (2.5L 2WD models), and the most powerful, at 305 horsepower (3.6L). It also boasts the segment’s highest trailering rating – 7,000 pounds, when properly equipped.

The Colorado’s interior is tailored to meet the needs and expectations of today’s midsize truck customers. With a quiet cabin and interior designed for thoughtful functionality, the Colorado offers features common to cars and crossovers, including Chevy MyLink with a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and segment-first applications of Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert.

At the back of the Colorado, proven Chevrolet truck features offer conveniences not found in competitors’ vehicles, including an easy lift-and-lower tailgate and rear bumper assist steps, which eases cargo loading.

The Colorado also offers the innovative and adjustable GearOnTM Accessory System   that allows customers to stow larger items such as bikes and kayaks above the bed, leaving room for smaller gear, such as coolers and tents, inside the bed. The GearOnTM System is at the heart of the Colorado Sport concept’s package of lifestyle and personalization accessories. Additional accessories on the truck – all available from Chevy dealers – include:

  • Assist steps
  • Cargo rings
  • Splash guards
  • Tiered storage
  • Bike rack
  • Cargo divider
  • Wheel lip moldings.

Accessories were at the heart of Colorado’s development, giving customers options to match its capabilities with integrated functionality and designs to complement its distinctive styling. GearOnTM accessories are designed, engineered, tested and backed by Chevrolet, and many can be ordered with the vehicle and included in the price. The cost of added accessories can be factored into financing for the Colorado, and all vehicle accessories are covered by the new-vehicle warranty.

The Colorado Sport also wears unique concept wheels that are being evaluated for future production.

Prices for the 2015 Colorado start at $20,995 for a four-door extended cab model with a 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Chevrolet supports Colorado owners with two years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first) of scheduled maintenance.

Editors’ Note: The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price includes destination freight charge but excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

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SHELL SUPPLIES SCUDERIA FERRARI WITH MOTOR OIL MADE FROM NATURAL GAS

Scuderia Ferrari will use this motor oil for the first time on the track at the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore – Scuderia Ferrari is heading out onto the F1 track at Singapore this weekend running on a higher performing Shell Helix Ultra motor oil containing Shell PurePlus Technology. This technology produces base oil from natural gas, instead of crude oil. It yields a Shell Helix Ultra race formulation with enhanced cleansing and engine protection, resulting in greater efficiency.

“The engine of the F14 T produces in excess of 600 horsepower, and the turbocharger, which rotates at up to 2000 revs per second, can be operating at up to 1,000°C,” said Ian Albiston, Shell Trackside Manager for Ferrari. “The new oil has to cope with these conditions, while also achieving the level of protection to reach the 4,000 km engine life required with only five engines per driver allowed for the season. In the high temperature, high stress environment of an F1 engine, the right motor oil can provide a crucial advantage.”

Shell PurePlus Technology is a revolutionary gas-to-liquid (GTL) process, developed over 40 years of research, that converts natural gas into a crystal-clear base oil with virtually none of the impurities found in crude oil. Base oil is a key component of finished lubricants. The base oil is produced at the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar, a partnership between Shell and Qatar Petroleum, and the world’s largest source of GTL products today. Through the integration of the gas value chain in Qatar and Shell’s global lubricants supply chain, Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology, the on-road motor oil, is being made available to motorists in countries all over the world.  And now, after three years of intensive testing, a new Shell Helix Ultra race formulation is also available for use in the new Ferrari V6 engine on the F1 track.

Dave Salters, Scuderia Ferrari Head of Engine Development, said:“There has been a dedicated and successful development programme to develop an F1 oil based on Shell PurePlus Technology that has provided a good step in engine efficiency whilst maintaining the protection necessary in this type of very highly loaded Formula 1 engine.  With Shell’s development team we are working together very aggressively to develop and introduce new technologies in both the oil and fuel to improve the efficiency and fuel consumption of the power unit.  The current regulation and engine architecture reward these types of efficiency gains that have been developed with this advanced oil technology.”

Combining the pure base oil made from natural gas with a selection of high performing additives results in a higher quality motor oil race formulation produced by Shell for Scuderia Ferrari. It cleans and lubricates the engine, which helps to minimise frictional losses and ensure that the maximum amount of fuel energy reaches the wheels throughout the race. It also helps to deliver improved fuel economy – which has become even more important with the limitation on fuel (100 kg per race) enforced by the 2014 technical regulations.

”Shell Helix Ultra for Scuderia Ferrari is designed and developed to improve the power and efficiency of the engine by reducing the losses inside it,” said Mark Wakem, F1 engine-oil development leader for Shell. ”Wherever the lubricant is protecting and keeping surfaces apart, the more you reduce that friction, the more power is left from the fuel to get out to the wheels for optimum performance.”

The new oil helps Scuderia Ferrari get the most out of its F1 engines now and protects its performance in the future. It is also the only motor oil recommended by Ferrari for all of its road cars. Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology available to motorists in countries all over the world is a fully synthetic motor oil made from natural gas that delivers a higher level of cleansing and protection than ever before.

 

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