HARMAN to Sponsor escar Asia Automotive Cyber Security Conference in Tokyo

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STAMFORD, CT – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets is to sponsor the escar Asia Car Cyber Security Conference in Tokyo, Japan, as part of its leading role in the market, working with Japanese manufacturers, government and academic institutions on defining cyber security standards and policies for autonomous and connected vehicles. escar Asia will be held at the Meguro Gajoen hotel in Tokyo on September 28-29.

Founded in 2003, escar has established itself as the premier forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas to identify and minimize threats to data and vehicles. Held in Europe, the US and now for the third time in Asia, escar provides a forum for collaboration among industry, academia and governments for in-vehicle cyber security. HARMAN’s Automotive Cyber Security team will present its Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (ID/PS), ECUSHIELD and TCUSHIELD, to leading manufacturers, aftermarket companies, press and analysts.

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“HARMAN Automotive Cyber Security is delighted to support an event that provides a genuine opportunity to exchange ideas and discussion of the threats and opportunities in connected and autonomous vehicles,” says HARMAN’s Asaf Atzmon, Director, Business Development and Marketing, Automotive Cyber Security. “Today’s vehicles are no longer isolated but form an integral part of our connected lifestyle. As such they are more appealing to hackers. Supporting the escar event complements our own objectives to provide safe and secure vehicle systems.”

With multiples manufacturers committing to driverless vehicles by 2020 and Tokyo, the location for the conference, announcing driverless cars will assist the millions of tourists planning to arrive for the Olympic games, HARMAN urges the industry to address cyber security today: “Your car may ‘talk’ or exchange data with another car, phone or unknown device” says Atzmon. “Anyone developing connected, autonomous vehicles will have to have a strong focus on cybersecurity, to keep them protected.”

HARMAN is the industry leader in automotive cybersecurity solutions for the automotive OEM market.  HARMAN has placed significant emphasis on cybersecurity protective measures, including launching the industry’s first comprehensive multi-layer security framework for in-car technology design, and  acquiring leading cybersecurity specialist TowerSec in January 2016.  HARMAN is also a member of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a coordinated auto industry effort to establish a secure platform for sharing, tracking and analyzing intelligence about cyber threats and potential vulnerabilities.

The third escar Asia will be held at the Meguro Gajoen hotel in Tokyo, Japan. For details please visit http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/seminar/cp/16/escar_e/

Strakka Racing announces new technical and commercial partnership with RAVENOL

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Strakka Racing will use RAVENOL’s products in FIA World Endurance Championship, Formula V8 3.5 and Renault R.S.01 categories

Premium German oil manufacturer RAVENOL will join Strakka Racing as a technical partner across all its racing activities in 2016. Strakka will have unlimited access to RAVENOL’s advanced lubrication technology and technical expertise as well as its oil testing facilities which will enable Strakka to closely monitor component wear.

“RAVENOL is a growing oil brand that has already demonstrated its motorsport products not only reduce frictional losses to unlock performance but also last longer,” says team principal Dan Walmsley. “This fits well with Strakka’s ethos to maximise the use of new technology to improve performance and efficiency.”

For RAVENOL, the tie-up offers the chance to highlight its technical advantages in a host of applications. “Our state of the art additive technology allows the oil to retain its viscosity even for extended periods of harsh use,” explains RAVENOL’s Motorsports director Martin Huning. “That might seem a minor benefit but at tracks where you could be at full throttle for over 70 per cent of the time and the oil becomes highly stressed, it can still retain a good seal round the piston to extract every ounce of performance whilst dramatically reducing fuel dilution, right up to the chequered flag. We at RAVENOL are delighted to be joining a team that is so successful across many forms of motorsport and offers us the opportunity to further develop our products.”

Strakka Racing and RAVENOL are kicking off engagement with the fans this week with an opportunity for UK-based fans to win £50 worth of RAVENOL products via Strakka’s twitter feed. “Fans can choose products from one of our 400 product lines that include everything from glass cleaner to automatic transmission fluid,” adds Huning.

Make it a ‘racy’ Christmas: Falken Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R for sale

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Following much success in the past five years, Falken Motorsports is retiring its Falken Porsche 911 GT3 R (type 997). The iconic turquoise and blue race car is now up for sale on mobile.de, making a very special Christmas present for any race team.

The Falken team has been competing with the Porsche 911 GT3 R since 2010, with this particular chassis being used since April 2014. In that time its career highlight has been achieving a much-coveted podium finish in the 2015 ADAC Zurich 24 Hour Race at the Nürburgring, Germany. Falken drivers Wolf Henzler, Peter Dumbreck, Martin Ragginger and Alexandre Imperatori battled against tough competition for third place, a further improvement on its impressive top four finish the previous year.

As well as the notoriously challenging Nürburgring 24 Hours, the car has also competed in the VLN Endurance Racing Championship, honing its craft around the iconic German circuit where it has clocked up over 84 hours of race time since April 2014.

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The race car has been shod with almost 900 tyres each season, with the slick, rain or intermediate Falken tyres lasting around eight laps of the acclaimed and demanding 25,378m Nürburgring circuit. Each track session acts as a tyre test, with Japanese tyre engineers present trackside to analyse data and obtain feedback from the drivers, with all of this information feeding back into the series production tyre development process.

Now for sale on mobile.de, the Falken Porsche will make one of its last appearances with Falken Tyre at the Essen Motor Show on 27 November to 4 December 2015.

Strakka Racing previews Bahrain FIA WEC finale

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Strakka Racing looks to end its season on a high, when the FIA World Endurance Championship heads to Bahrain this weekend for the final race of the year.

After 60 hours of racing in seven countries, spanning three continents, Strakka Racing heads to Bahrain this week, aiming to end the tougher than expected season on a high at a venue where it has previously tasted victory.

In 2012, it scored its last class in the World Endurance Championship at the 5.4km Sakhir circuit, winning the LMP1 Privateer class and finishing third overall in the process.

“We all really enjoy driving at Sakhir, especially after our dramatic podium back in 2012,” says Danny Watts. “As a track it really flows and we have the unique challenge of mastering the changing nature of the circuit as the weekend unfolds. It doesn’t get used that often, so when we all arrive the surface has a lot of dirt and sand on it, which means it gets quicker and quicker as each session passes.”

After 60 hours of racing in seven countries, Strakka Racing heads to Bahrain.

After 60 hours of racing in seven countries, Strakka Racing heads to Bahrain.

Despite a desert location, Strakka Racing doesn’t expect temperatures to exceed those witnessed in Texas and with the open-topped Gibson, driver heat management is less critical at Sakhir. “The Gibson’s open cockpit means we get good airflow and it’s a drier heat in Bahrain. We’ve just returned from a Strakka Performance session and are in excellent shape for the weekend.”

Action at the circuit runs from the 19th to the 21st of November with the race starting at 3pm local time, running into the darkness on Saturday. The Bahrain International Circuit – which opened in 2004 – has been on the WEC calendar since its inaugural season back in 2012, and is the chosen venue for the series’ finale for the third time.

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“We all really enjoy driving at Sakhir, especially after our dramatic podium back in 2012,” says Danny Watts.

Together with the race, Strakka Racing is also taking part in the Bahrain WEC Rookie Test the following Sunday, testing two young drivers in its Gibson. 2010 McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Lewis Williamson, and Strakka’s Formula Renault 3.5 driver Tio Ellinas, will share the car during the five hours of track time throughout the day.

Opening ceremony held at Sumitomo Rubber’s new factory in Turkey

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI), the parent company of Falken Tyre, held an official opening ceremony for the group’s first tyre factory in Cankiri, Turkey, named Sumitomo Rubber AKO Lastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. (SAT).

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Held on 14 October 2015, SRI’s President Ikuji Ikeda and SAT’s President Norifumi Fujimoto were joined at the ceremony by an audience of around 1,200 locals, along with distinguished guests that included Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ambassador Yutaka Yokoi of the Japanese Embassy to Turkey, Director-General Arda Ermut of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey, Governor Vahdettin Ozcan of Cankiri Province, Chairman Mustafa Ozcan of SRI’s joint-venture partner in Turkey, and many others.

In his speech at the opening ceremony, President Erdogan pledged that Turkey would “spare no effort in supporting our Japanese friends” and expressed his hope that the two countries “would grow and develop side-by-side”. Meanwhile, SRI’s President Ikeda spoke of his desire to “contribute to the economic development of the nation of Turkey, while preserving and cultivating shared historical bonds”.

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Director-General Ermut, who has played a vital role in launching and coordinating the development, added: “This project is a great source of pride to us and to all of Turkey.”

Against a backdrop of steady economic growth in Turkey, there is growing demand for automobile tyres in the market, while it also benefits geographically from links to Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Russia. With the fully-fledged operation of the new factory in Turkey, Sumitomo Rubber Group will enhance its supply network for Turkey and nearby markets as it looks to further grow and develop its global tyre business.

Strakka Racing aims to ‘takeaway’ points at Shanghai

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With just 12 hours of racing left in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season, Strakka Racing hopes that by building on its pace from Fuji, the team can claim a top-five spot in the points standings at Shanghai.

Long straights and technical medium-speed sections highlight the 5.4km circuit at Jiading, a venue opened in 2004 at which Strakka Racing has only raced once before – finishing sixth overall in the inaugural WEC season back in 2012.

The points situation in the LMP2 Teams’ Championship is extremely tight with just two rounds remaining. A strong points haul at Shanghai could see eighth-placed Strakka Racing climb as high as fourth in the class with just 11 points separating it and fourth in the standings.

“We’re improving every time we go out with the Gibson,” says driver Jonny Kane. “I think a good result here will give us a lot to fight for when we head to the series’ finale at Bahrain. The whole team is motivated to finish above ESM, Sard and Alpine in the standings and it would be a massive achievement for us to do that after the year we’ve had.”


One of the newer Hermann Tilke tracks that’s proved to be popular with drivers, the Shanghai International Circuit has hosted the Chinese round of the World Endurance Championship in each of its first four seasons. Its unique layout inspired by the Chinese character Shang (上), the first character in the name of the city Shanghai – has nonetheless proved very tough to master.

“It’s a really tricky track to set up a car for,” adds team principal Dan Walmsley. “The first corner is so tough on the drivers and requires a lot of downforce to get round quickly. Then there’s the lengthy back-straight into its famous hairpin. It’s a prime overtaking spot, but if the drivers misjudge the braking point, it can completely ruin their lap.”

The WEC race weekend at the circuit runs from the 30th of October to the 1st of November, with the race starting at 11am local time on Sunday.

Double honours for Autofarm at Total 911 Awards


Autofarm named ‘Best independent Porsche specialist for servicing’ and ‘Best 911 restoration specialist’ at the Total 911 Awards 2015

BICESTER – Independent Porsche specialist Autofarm was presented with two awards for excellence and outstanding work in the Porsche industry at the inaugural Total 911 Awards on 22nd October 2015.

Having been shortlisted for two categories in the open public vote, Autofarm was up against stiff competition from the industry. A specialist panel of judges deliberated the shortlisted entries, announcing Autofarm as ‘Best independent Porsche specialist for servicing’ and ‘Best 911 restoration specialist’ at a gala ceremony held by Total 911 magazine at Hexagon Modern Classics in London last night.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have received this recognition,” says Autofarm’s co-owner Mikey Wastie. “Having taken over the business earlier this year, we’ve seen the team continue its tireless work to deliver the craftsmanship associated with the Porsche brand. We’re so pleased to have been recognised within the industry for the efforts invested and the quality delivered, not only by the judges but – more importantly – by the public and Porsche community that voted for us.

“It’s an absolute pleasure for us to go to work, meeting and dealing with such pleasant customers that are as enthusiastic about Porsche as we are. A huge thank you goes to them for their continued support and for their votes in these awards. And an enormous thank you also goes to all the team at the Autofarm workshop near Bicester: it’s their dedication that makes the business the success that it is,” adds Wastie. 

Strakka Racing to run Lewis Williamson at FIA WEC Rookie Test

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Scot Lewis Williamson is set to drive Strakka Racing’s Gibson 015S at the official FIA WEC Rookie Test next month in Bahrain. Williamson, a former McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner is also a key part of Strakka Performance, the team’s driver development programme is looking forward to his first proper sports car test. “I have proper opportunity to show sports car teams what I can do at this test,” says Williamson. “After not racing last year, I want to prove where I am performance-wise. The Gibson 015S has more downforce than I’ve been used to but I have some sim sessions planned to make the most of the test. Sports car racing is where I want to be. Thanks to Strakka Racing I have a chance to show what I can do!”

“Lewis has demonstrated real maturity and has been a true asset for Strakka Performance in the last year,” adds team principal Dan Walmsley. “Inside and outside the car and through the support he provides to all the drivers on our development programmes, he has shown true professionalism and it’s great that Strakka is able to give him his first proper sports car test.”

Strakka Racing is planning to announce next week another driver to share duties during the Rookie test.


Top four championship finish for Ellinas & Strakka Racing

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Strong final weekend of Formula Renault 3.5 campaign at Jerez secures top four placing in team standings for British squad

Formula Renault 3.5 race winning entrant Strakka Racing just missed out on claiming its sixth podium of 2015 during the final round of the season at Jerez on Sunday, 18th October, with Tio Ellinas coming within just 1.5 seconds shy of a deserved rostrum.

After an incredibly successful run of late, with two victories and one other podium from the previous three events, the Cypriot posted a best result of fourth place in round 17 which, added to fifth in round 16 on Saturday, 17th October, wrapped-up fourth in the drivers’ championship.

“I would like to firstly thank Strakka Racing for putting a competitive car on track this season,” said Ellinas, “We’ve had a very strong second half, one of the highest points scorers over the past few race weekends. We need to keep that momentum for whatever our 2016 plans are.”

Swedish racer Gustav Malja ended his rookie season in Formula Renault 3.5 a competitive ninth in the championship, concluding his campaign with an excellent top five finish in the final race.

Improving on his 11th position result from the weekend’s first contest, Malja produced an impressive performance in the season finale to post his third top five finish of the year.

“Race two was a good way to end the championship with one more top five finish”, said Malja, “Ending P9 in the championship in my first year is not too bad – big thanks to everyone in the team for their hard work this season!”

Ellinas qualified sixth fastest for Saturday’s encounter, lapping within 0.5 seconds of pole position, with Malja just a couple of spots further back on the grid in eighth position.

Falken Motorsports driver James Deane is crowned Drift Allstars champion

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European champion James Deane retains his title as the best in Europe and becomes the first driver to ever win a European double championship. James not only secured the 2015 Irish Drift Championship title last weekend, but ran away with the Drift Allstars European title for the second year running too with a second place finish at the final round in Poland this past weekend gone.

This past weekend the Extreme Drift Allstars series landed in Poland at the MotoArena Toruń for the final round of the 2015 championship. Leading the points going into the final event, James Deane still needed to put on a strong performance in order to defend his title.

During qualifying, James was on his usual top form, piloting his 700bhp Falken Motorsport Nissan Silvia around the tricky stadium circuit and taking P1 with a near flawless run.

James’ route to the final saw him pitted against some of the most challenging competition in Europe. Fuelled by determination, James battled his way through to meet Polish motorsport star Kuba Przygonski in his 1,000bhp Orlen Toyota GT8. What followed can only be described as one of the most exciting battles in drift history, with James nudging Kuba’s car around the technical track, millimetres from his door at all times. The judges ruled in Kuba’s favour however, awarding James second place on the podium. Regardless, James had done enough to claim the 2015 championship as his own!

“I was in the lead going into the final round but anything can happen in drifting so I knew I wasn’t safe,” commented James. “My team was on good form, the car felt perfect and I knew I had all the grip that I needed to put on a strong performance in Poland. The final against Kuba was incredible fun, and by that point I knew we had the championship so I went out to put on a show. It’s unreal to think that I’m now Irish Drift and Drift Allstars champion – I’m over the moon! I’d like to thank all of my friends and family for their support throughout the season as well as all of my sponsors – it wouldn’t be possible without them. I also want to thank all of my fans and followers in Ireland and around the world too for all of their amazing support!”

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