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Formula E, Season four

New drivers, regulations and tracks: Formula E breaks down what to expect in the forthcoming season of the all-electric championship




Aerodynamics at altitude

McLaren explains the nuances of racing in Mexico City, and what effect the thinner air has on overall car performance

Are the proposed 2020 Formula 1 regulation changes a step in the right direction?

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Acronis supplies secure data platform to Toro Rosso

Formula 1 racing Team Toro Rosso has had a long-standing partnership with Singapore-based 'hybrid cloud data and protection' firm Acronis

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Testing, measurement and data technologies at PMW Expo

With one week left until the doors open in Cologne, we've rounded up the best testing, measurement and data capture technologies, from the biggest motorsport suppliers that you can expect to see at the show!

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10 Big Questions for 2018: GT Edition

Ahead of the 2018 season, IMSA ponders on ten of the biggest questions that are being hotly debated ahead of the forthcoming GT campaign

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International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)


Engine and powertrain suppliers at PMW Expo

With just over one week left until the doors open, we've rounded up some of the biggest names in engine and engine component technologies, to help you organise your trip to Cologne!

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10 Big Questions for 2018: Prototype Edition

Ahead of the 2018 season, IMSA ponders on ten of the biggest questions that are being hotly debated ahead of the forthcoming season

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International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)


Advanced Heat Treatment and Hard Coatings at Professional Motorsport World

Wallwork Group outlines the products, from its comprehensive range of surface treatments that it will be exhibiting at the 2017 Professional MotorSport World Expo

 

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Wallwork Group


Behind MME & Team BRIT's hand control technology

MME Motorsport and Team BRIT have jointly developed a revolutionary hand control set, which could transform the current state of disability motorsport

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Submitted by: Team BRIT


Celebrating 300 victories in images

Victory in round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship marked the 300th time that UK-based engineering and race team, Prodrive, had taken the chequered flag

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Submitted by: Prodrive


Magnetic timing solutions

Eclipse Magnetics explains how its research and development of rubber compounds has ensured damage from timing blocks at Santa Pod is a thing of the past for the circuit owners and racers alike

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Submitted by: Eclipse Magnetics


Inside NASCARís safety research & development

John Patalak, director or Safety Engineering and David Green, safety manager at NASCAR, explan the advances undertaken by the sport to ensure that its competitors remain safe, as pack speed reaches 200mph

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Submitted by: NASCAR.com


Gratnells Engineering helps UGRacing to success in Formula Student

State of the art equipment from Gratnells Engineering has been praised for its role in making UGR-17 the most successful car in UGRacing history

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Submitted by: Gratnells Engineering


Performance gains through super finishing

Sangha Racing explains how using Fintek's super finishing on its race transmission led to a 5% performance increase, less friction and improved reliability

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Submitted by: Fintek


Is the new era working?

ARCA breaks down the incredible stats brought about by its switch to Ilmor engines and Five Star composites bodies after 50 races in the format

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Submitted by: ARCA Racing Series


Track test: 1993 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti

As impromtu track tests go, getting the opportunity to sample Nicola Larini’s 1993 DTM winning Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is something PMW's editor won't forget in a hurry

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John O'Brien


Drifting at Irwindale Speedway

Last week, we asked whether Drifting could be seen as a true form of motorsport. Irwindale Speedway's Doug Stokes explains what the sideways phenomena is doing for the NASCAR oval...

 

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Doug Stokes, VP Communications, Irwindale Event Center


Q & A with Kevin Estre, Porsche GT works driver

Ahead of this weekend's Le Mans 24-Hour Race, and the debut of the new mid-engined 911 RSR, factory driver Kevin Estre gives his insight in to how thin the margins are between success and failure

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Submitted by: Porsche Motorsport


CFD in the DTM

As the six new BMW M4 DTMs took their places on the grid for the DTM season-opener earlier this year, it marked the temporary end of a long and intense period of development. BMW Motorsport outlines the importance of CFD in its R&D programs

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Submitted by: BMW Motorsport


Selective laser sintering in motorsport components

CRP Group outlines how its new innovative SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) process helped create a conceptual front air inlet for a leading Moto3 racing team

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Submitted by: CRP Technology


Q&A with Peter Dumbreck, Falken Motorsports

Ahead of this weekend's ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race (27-28 May 2017) Falken Motorsports' Peter Dumbreck explains the teams approach to perhaps the biggest event in German motorsport

 

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Submitted by: Falken Motorsports


Designing Formula E's new front wing

CD Adapco explains how its software enabled AOTECH and Spark Racing Technology to create a new front wing for Formula E's spec chassis

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Submitted by: CD Adapco


Tires at the 6 Hours of Spa

Michelin previews the Spa round of the FIA WEC, detailing its compound choices, as well as the introduction of RFID tire tags

 

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Submitted by: Michelin motorsport


Team Porsche and DMG Mori strengthen partnership

For the fourth successive year, DMG Mori takes up partnership with Team Porsche, as it campaigns in the LMP1 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship

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Submitted by: DMG Mori


Stratasys goes trackside with McLaren-Honda Racing

McLaren Honda has added a number of 3D printed components to its MCL32 race car, with the aim of increasing its performance, accelerating development and reducing overall weight

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Submitted by: Stratasys


Pirelli outlines its 2017 range of products for GT Racing

The official test and media day of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series gave Pirelli the opportunity to outline the changes to its endurance and GT racing product ranges

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Submitted by: Pirelli Motorsport


A-Z of the Red Bull Air Race

If speeds of over 300kph and precision skills on tarmac are no longer of interest, three-time Red Bull Air Race champion Paul Bonhomme gives his A-Z on why it's so much better when you take it to the skies...

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Submitted by: Red Bull Air Race


Michelinís gravel tire strategy for the 2017 WRC

French tire manufacturer, Michelin, outlines how its gravel tire strategy, and its new MICHELIN LTX Force S5, are already reaping benefits; with victory at the 2017 Rally México

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Submitted by: Michelin Motorsport


Additive manufacturing in Formula 1

EOS explains how it is helping the Williams Martini Racing Formula 1 team develop prototype parts through the latest advances in additive manufacturing

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Submitted by: EOS


High-speed, wireless car-to-pit data transfer

Qualcomm Technologies and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, are conducting field trials to test high-speed wireless download of vehicle sensor information utilizing 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology in the 60 GHz band

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Submitted by: Qualcomm Technologies


Improving Formula E batteries through simulation

Simulation software specialist rFpro is now working with multiple Formula E teams; scanning the tracks overnight, after they have been erected, throughout the season to ensure teams receive the most up to date and accurate data for their simulations

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Submitted by: rFpro


Additive manufacturing crosses the line

Swansea University, a long-time front running team in Forumla SAE turned to Renishaw to help create an all-new intercooler design, manufactured through the additive layer process

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Submitted by: Renishaw


30 years on: Nissan's Dakar restoration

Rebuilt by Nissan engineers as a ‘passion project’ at weekends and after work, after being found as a rusting wreck in Spanish museum in 2014, the 1987 Nissan Patrol Fanta Limon is now fully restored some three decades after race success

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Submitted by: Nissan


Behind the scenes at the Formula 1 title decider

The season-long fight between Mercedes-AMG Petronas team mates, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is set to come to an end this weekend in the UAE. Yas Marina Circuit outlines the work currently being undertaken to ensure everything at the facility is world class

 

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Submitted by: Yas Marina Circuit


Case Study: The mid-engined 911

At the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche Motorsport unveiled its most radical 911 RSR to date, with the most interesting design detail being the switch to a rear-mid engine position

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PMW Expo: Workshop guide

Always popular amongst visitors to the Professional MotorSport World Expo, the free-to-attend workshops offer insight to a variety of topics, from the perfect setup for the Nürburgring to chassis simulations for race motorcycles

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ROHM Semiconductor brings SiC Technology to Formula E

Venturi's official technology partner, Rohm Semiconductor has helped the Formula E team through the supply of cutting-edge semiconductors for Power Management

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Submitted by: ROHM Semiconductor


Re-equipping Circuit Paul Ricard

One of the most iconic venues in French motorsport, Circuit Paul Ricard has been comprehensively overhauled by Sony

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Submitted by: Sony


Supporting a multiple champion

Bowers Group explains how its supply of Wyler digital inclinometers are helping multiple championship winning team Carlin Motorsport in the set up of its various racecars

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Submitted by: Bowers Group


Improving the fan experience at Daytona

How the deployment of 1500 Tripleplay Digital Signage and IPTV screens at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, is changing the experience for NASCAR race fans 

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Submitted by: Tripleplay Services


Jaguar's official Formula E unveiling

PMW attended the official unveiling of Jaguar's Formula E team, and its new I-Type all-electric race car, at Jaguar's Gaydon Heritage Center

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Lem Bingley


Web Exclusive: Geobrugg and Rallycross

Geobrugg created a number of unique solutions to ensure the successful and safe premiere of the first rallycross event in Latvia 

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Remote TV production for motorsport

German technology company Lawo explians how it provided broadcaster RTL with the latest video and networking equipment for its race coverage

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Submitted by: Lawo


Formula E Q&A: Williams Advanced Engineering

With season two of the FIA Formula E now over, we caught up with Paul McNamara, technical director at Williams Advanced Engineering, to see how the battery has developed in season two and how this technology might impact the future of the wider automotive industry

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Case study: Ilmor and Convergent Science

A new and novel CFD software from Convergent Science is helping Ilmor’s engineering consultancy save 75% in prototype build costs on the latest generation race engine projects

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Submitted by: Convergent Science


Preparing for Le Mans: GTE-Pro

Rick Mayer, race engineer of the Risi Competizione No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro Le Mans race team, shares his thoughts on the highly anticipated 84th Annual 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Submitted by: Rick Mayer, race engineer, Risi Competizione


Le Mans retrospective: Audi's diesel power

Audi reflects on the influence its TDI powertrain has had on not only its own competition cars and race programs, but on the Le Mans experience as a whole

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Submitted by: Audi Sport


LM P1 Private teams tire development

Four years since it last developed an LMP1 tire for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Dunlop has returned to the arena to supply LM P1 privateer teams Rebellion and ByKolles

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Submitted by: Dunlop Motorsport


Multi tasking at racing speed

In a week when an errant setting triggered one of the biggest upsets in modern Formula 1, Team Porsche has explained the immense level of skill required from its FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) drivers

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Submitted by Team Porsche


Assessing a power unit failure

Mercedes AMG Petronas explains the processes involved in reviewing a Formula 1 power unit, following component failure

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Submitted by Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team


The importance of testing

David Leach, race engineer at JOTA Sport, outlines how to get the most out of the pre-season development and testing period ahead of the start of the new season

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Submitted by David Leach, race engineer, JOTA Sport


ExxonMobil and McLaren-Honda collaboration

ExxonMobil explains how its trackside oil analysis monitoring quickly detects and identifies engine, gearbox and hydraulic system faults, helping improve the reliability of the McLaren-Honda MP4-31

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Submitted by ExxonMobil


Team Porsche unveils 919's V4 engine

Four-time Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards winner, Team Porsche has unveiled images of its 2015 WEC title-winning V4 IC engine for the first time

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Developing the Williams FW38

Pat Symonds, chief technical officer at Williams Martini Racing talks through the development of its latest car; the FW38

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Submitted by Williams Martini Racing


Case Study: How NISMO won the Super GT series

NISMO explains how its use of CD-Adapco CFD software helped it refine the design of its GT300 and GT500 racers to ultimately claim the Super GT series crown

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Yoshitaka Yamamoto, Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. Kuninori Masushige, Yuka Takahashi, Sahar Fazli, CD-adapco


Case Study: Michelin at the Rallye Monte-Carlo

Michelin explains how tire choice was critical to mastering the 2016 Rallye Monte-Carlo

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Submitted by Michelin


Carbon copy: Zarooq Sand Racer

Zarooq Motors will unveil this year the first automobile designed for desert racing in the United Arab Emirates – the road legal Sand Racer

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Rachel Evans


PMW Expo: 20+ Driver-specific exhibits

20+ exhibitors from the 2015 Professional MotorSport World Expo, who exhibited the latest technologies for professional and amatuer drivers alike

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PMW Expo: 20+ engine technologies

20+ companies that exhibited at the 2015 Professional MotorSport World Expo who can make your 2016 competition car a winner!

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Bring the noise: ExxonMobil's view on the 2017 F1 season

More power, more revs, more noise: the proposed changes for the 2017 Formula 1 season could spell big changes for engine designers – and for the fuels and lubricants suppliers. Adam Gavine spoke to Bruce Crawley, global motorsport technology manager at ExxonMobil about how the proposals would influence his work with technology partner McLaren over the coming year.

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Adam Gavine


Case Study: Simulator

Practice makes perfect: How simulator work is helping JRM's drivers

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James Rumsey Motorsport


Case Study: Combining 3D printing with simulation

Altair, Click2Cast, HBM nCode, and voxeljet have collaborated on a project that combines design optimization, casting simulation, fatigue analysis, and 3D printing to create better-performing, lightweight vehicle components

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Case Study: CFD and Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota's Motor Sports Unit Development Division explains how CFD is benefitting all of its motorsport programs, from the Japanese domestic SuperFormula to the FIA World Endurance Championship

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Teppei Hojo & Yuichiro Kato, Toyota Motor Corporation. Kuninori Masushige & Yuka Takahashi, CD-adapco


Q&A with Pascal Couasnon, Michelin Motorsport

According to Michelin Motorsport's Pascal Couasnon, “Single-seater cars racing on 13-inch tires are a thing of the past”...

 

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Case Study: 3D Printing

CRP USA explains
how its additive layer manufacturing was the ideal solution for the DeltaWing project

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Case Study: Machining tolerances

DMG Mori explains how its machines are helping Kent Cams produce camshafts with tighter tolerances, quicker and more accurately

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Case Study: Superfinishing gear sets

PDJ Vibro explains how its finishing machines are lending a performance advantage to British Superbike teams

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Case Study: CNC Machining

Despite the rapid development and proliferation of additive layer manufacturing, Haas explains how CNC machining offers just as much flexibility and speed

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Case study: CFD at ECR Engines

The powertrain division of Richard Childress Racing is using an innovative CFD meshing tool to improve results in NASCAR and IMSA sportscar racing

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Greenlight to limelight

Motorsport's engineering achievements are, and always will be, at the forefront of technological progress. So why is so little done to celebrate the fruits of this industry's labour? 

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by John O'Brien


The ongoing reinvention of Indycar

Will Phillips, vice president of technology Indycar, explains how the championship is evolving to recapture some of the lost love from fans

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John O'Brien


LM P3: The season ahead

The 2015 Le Mans endurance season will see the introduction of the new LM P3 category. Vincent Beaumesnil, the ACO Sport Manager, gives a progress report on the situation in LM P3, ahead of initial shakedown tests

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Q&A with Toyota Racing's drivers' World Champions

Toyota Racing's Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi share their thoughts on securing the 2014 WEC drivers' World Championship

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Peter Brock recalls exciting times with SCCA Datsuns

Ex-racer Peter Brock has fond memories of bringing the famous Datsun SCCA racers to the track

 

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Zircotec at Professional MotorSport World Expo

Thermal management specialist, Zircotec, explains the benefits of exhibiting at the Professional MotorSport World Expo and what the future holds for the company

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Porsche at Le Mans: Ten Magic Moments

As Porsche looks back on its participation at Le Mans 2014, we ask some of its most famous drivers and engineers to recall their favorite moments from the Circuit de la Sarthe

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Toyota's Peak performance

Toyota sent a revised version of its EV P002 to the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb after a six-week program to update the car

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by Rachel Evans


University challenge: solar technology

A team of students from the UK's Cambridge University set out to win the 2014 World Solar Challenge with a newly designed, super-efficient solar car

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by Rachel Evans


Cranfield MSc Motorsport Group design day

Cranfield University invited PMW to attend the presentation day for its 2013 students, who were tasked with improving on track performance of an existing race car through active aerodynamics

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by John O'Brien


Interview: Tracy Krohn, Krohn Racing

Krohn Racing's team principal discusses the WEC, sponsorship in sportscars and his team's future plans

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by Rachel Evans


Interview: Mike Gascoyne, Caterham

Caterham has set its sights on building a profitable automotive development business. Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne reveals his vision for success

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by John O'Brien


3D printing the DeltaWing

3D printing and Windform materials were used to manufacture parts for the DeltaWing race car and headlight covers for a motorcycle

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The software secrets of Wayne Taylor Racing's success

Wayne Taylor Racing team's Corvette Daytona Prototype was designed and developed with the assistance of NX software

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Interview: Bill Coombs, Thruxton Group

The Thruxton Group's managing director is confident the circuit can compete in an increasingly competitive market 

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by Rachel Evans


Interview: Bernd Schneider

Multiple DTM champion, Bernd Schneider gives his impression of the mighty W154, and recalls the last time F1 had turbo engines

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Multiple choice

Silverstone's multipurpose Wing building, for which construction was completed in May 2011, extends the venue’s offering, way beyond just staging motorsport events

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by Rachel Evans


A circuit concept for Cluj, Romania

Take a look at this circuit concept proposed for Cluj-Napoca city in Romania and designed by Architecture and Urban Planning student, Matei Mihai for his masters project

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by Matei Mihai


Steve Soper's Touring Car terrors

Twenty years after the infamous BTCC finale, Steve Soper discusses 
that incident with John Cleland

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Taming Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak hillclimb offers a raft of challenges that are rarely found in other motorsport. What is needed to succeed?

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Safety formula

Geobrugg’s Debris Fence made its first appearance in Formula 1 after being installed at the Sepang Circuit

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by Jochen Braunwarth, Geobrugg


Interview: Beth Paretta, Chrysler Group LLC

Meet Beth Paretta, director of marketing and operations for Chrysler's SRT and motorsports operations

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by Mike Magda


Carbon copy: Proton Satria Neo S2000

In this feature from 2012, with an Asia-Pacific title-winning season behind it, Proton’s Satria Neo S2000 rally car was reaching for greater heights on the world stage

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by Matt Joy


Interview: Dan Sayers, Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin Racing's chief engineer gives the lowdown on his motorsport career and the new Vantage GTE race car for the WEC

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by Graham Heeps and Rachel Evans


SEAT Leon S2000's development

Ahead of the news that SEAT’s ultra-successful León Super 2000 touring car may be given a new lease of life in 2012, PMW presented an insider’s perspective on its development

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by Jordi Riba and Graham Heeps


Inside BTCC with Triple Eight

In October 2011, PMW got an insider's view of race day at Brands Hatch with multiple champion BTCC team, Triple Eight Race Engineering

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by Graham Heeps. Team photos: Keith Hubbleday


The secret of Formulec

Take a look under the skin of the innovative, all-electric Formulec single-seater

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by Adam Gavine


Q&A with Satoru Ushida of Falken Tyre Europe

Falken explains its decision to enter a Porsche GT3 R in the 2011 Nürburgring 24h

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Desire Wilson: Battling Mansell at the South African GP

Desiré Wilson recalls her experiences at the 1981 South African Grand Prix

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Desire Wilson: Trying to qualify for my first Grand Prix

Desiré Wilson recalls having bad luck and no luck as she attempted to qualify for the 1980 British Formula 1 GP

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Site visit: VIPER

The VIPER chassis test facility in Virginia is using its academic connections to keep its equipment and procedures at the cutting edge

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by Graham Heeps


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