RCE launches two-car assault on Ginetta G40 Junior Championship with Tim Sugden

Multiple short circuit champion constructor to run brace of cars with support from racer and driver mentor Tim Sugden

Europe’s leading short-circuit car constructor and race engineers RCE will field a pair of G40s in the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship with support from experienced racer Tim Sugden. Sugden, a winner in both BTCC and GTs as well as a manager for drivers including Sam Tordoff and Will Stevens, will bring over 30 years’ of knowledge of the sport to help the team’s young drivers to make the transition from karting or just start circuit racing.

“From being a driver himself to nurturing youngsters through their careers, Tim has done it all,” says RCE team principal Dave Richardson. “Tim’s knowledge, contacts in the BTCC paddock together with our expertise developing and competing spaceframe race cars and the fact we are a close, family team provides junior drivers with the experience, equipment and environment to start racing.”

“Starting out in motorsport isn’t easy but it’s very easy to make costly mistakes,” adds Sugden. “Ours is a hard sport to get into. Having engineers that understand how to set up a safe, predictable car twinned with my knowledge of how this sport works, means RCE can offer a reassuring environment for drivers and parents.”

Whilst better known as a short circuit specialist, RCE will also draw upon its experience from running Will Tregurtha in his debut race season in 2015. Tregurtha, who went on to win the 2016 Ginetta Junior Championship before securing the British GT4 title in 2017, is also planned to be part of the driver coaching line-up. “When I made the switch from karting, I found RCE offered the perfect place to learn,” says Tregurtha. “RCE’s chassis knowledge was vital as I started to learn about race car set up. We picked up five class podiums in that first season in Ginetta Juniors and I look forward to helping RCE’s 2018 drivers achieve similar success – and better!”

With a record eight world titles and 15 national points championships for its F2 and Superstox designs, RCE is the most successful manufacturer in short circuit racing and will continue to design, build and prepare stock cars alongside the Ginetta team. “We’ve recently expanded our staff to be able to run simultaneous programmes,” adds Richardson.

RCE will offer opportunities for prospective drivers to test with the team in January.

ART Grand Prix signs Callum Ilott for 2018 GP3 Championship

 

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Ferrari Academy Driver Callum Ilott joins GP3’s most successful team for 2018 campaign

ART Grand Prix has signed British rising star Callum Ilott to drive for the team in the 2018 GP3 championship. The announcement comes just weeks after the 19 year old, who took a dominant win of Macau’s Qualification Race at the FIA F3 World Cup, was confirmed as the first-ever British member of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA).

“Together with the FDA, we made the decision to do GP3 with ART and I’m really happy with this as the first step in our partnership,” says Ilott who tested with his new team at the official GP3 test in Abu Dhabi last week.

Ilott joins the French squad with a strong pedigree in international racing, showcased most recently with a commanding race win at the Macau Grand Prix street circuit.  With multiple karting championship wins to his name and the European Karting Championship title in 2014, Ilott had an unusual debut in single seater racing jumping directly from karting to F3 at age 16.  Having secured twelfth, sixth and then fourth in consecutive F3 Championship years, Ilott wrapped up his F3 2017 campaign with seven wins, twelve podiums and eleven pole positions.

“I am really happy to welcome Callum in the team,” says Sébastien Philippe, president of ART Grand Prix. “He showed during his young career that he has a very interesting potential. We have no doubt at all that he has all the assets needed to fight for the title in 2018.”

With a record seven Teams’ titles in GP3, the French ART Grand Prix squad is the most successful outfit in the series which will support nine rounds of the 2018 Formula One World Championship.

“ART is a very professional team with a proven track record in GP3 and I am hugely excited to start working with them,” adds Ilott. “To be selected by ART for one of its much coveted seats is a real privilege.  I am really looking forward to a new car, new tracks and new challenges and showing ART what I can do,” concludes Ilott.

The first race of the 2018 season takes place on the 11-13th May as the opener for the F1 weekend at Barcelona, with the series culminating at the Yas Marina track in November.

The latest game from Eden Games is now available in Europe on Nintendo eShop and in stores

Paris, December 1st, 2017 – Available today in Europe in digital and retail versions, players will discover, for the first time on Nintendo Switch, an authentic world of cars with Gear.Club Unlimited.

They will walk up to the most fantastic racing cars around, vibrating to the roar of the incredibly powerful engines, and feel what it’s like to be behind the wheel of the most beautiful cars in the world. To make them even more powerful and competitive, players can customise their vehicles – from the bodywork to the engine.

Thanks to the modularity of Nintendo Switch, players can enjoy the expertise of Eden Games everywhere, in handheld mode or on a TV, on their own or with their friends.

Gear.Club Unlimited is developed by Eden Games and published by Microïds. The game is available today – December 1st on Nintendo Switch on physical and digital versions in Europe. The game is rated PEGI 3 / USK 0.

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Falken celebrates Liverpool FC Global Partnership at thrilling Premier League clash

Falken Tyres celebrated its global partnership with Liverpool Football Club as its Official Tyre Partner ahead of the weekend’s game.

A shirt presentation ceremony took place before the Reds game with Chelsea on Saturday 25th November at Anfield, where 50,477 fans saw the clash end in a 1-1 draw.

As a specially sponsored game, Falken’s presence was felt all around Anfield, with its branding appearing prominently in the players’ coach entrance, in the Liverpool dugout and on the LED sideboards.

Announced in July, as part of the Reds pre-season tour in Hong Kong, the partnership will see the two brands work together to create unique experiences for fans and customers alike, while opening further growth opportunities in Falken’s key global markets. Distributors in the UK, alongside activation opportunities and brand building activities, can also expect giveaways, access to hospitality and invitations to bespoke partnership events.

Commenting on the partnership, Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director at Liverpool Football Club said: “We were delighted to welcome Falken to the LFC Family earlier this year. Their ambitious attitude and focus on high-performance has a great brand synergy with the Club and we are excited to be working together on a variety of new and innovative projects.”

Markus Bögner, COO of Falken Tyre Europe, said: “It will come as no surprise that everyone at Falken has been extremely excited about the partnership with Liverpool FC since it was announced in July. We are now very much looking forward to collaborating with one of football’s powerhouses to create bespoke social content for fans as well as provide a range of exciting experiences and opportunities for our UK

Falken expands its gaming presence into the evolving world of eSports

Fans of the iconic teal and blue livery associated with tyre manufacturer Falken can now compete in these distinct colours on the racetracks of Gran Turismo Sport and Project Cars 2.

Falken’s BMW M6 GT3 and its Porsche 991 GT3 R have been faithfully reproduced in Project Cars 2 whilst Gran Turismo Sports’ Logo Editor Function allows players to create a Falken-liveried car from 162 car types that include Aston Martin, Ferrari and BMW.

“Both these premium games offer a virtual experience that is amazingly close to the original. The tyres, the cars themselves and the racetracks are breathtaking. Falken has been involved in computer games for many years, and has always supported and driven their technological development. In fact, some of our customers even had their first encounter with Falken in a computer game,” comments Stephan Cimbal, Head of Marketing at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH.

Gran Turismo is a veteran on the motorsport games scene with 20 years’ experience and a desire for innovation and reinvention. This format continues to prove popular as Gran Turismo Sport has reached number one in the UK sales chart. However, Project Cars 2 for Windows, Sony Playstation 4 and Xbox One has become a worthy rival with its unprecedented simulation quality recently winning Gamescon’s ‘Best Simulation Game’.

Falken’s involvement in eSports began in 2004 with the introduction of Falken’s Nissan GTR in Gran Turismo 4. Since then eSports has, according to Nielsen and PwC, become a $500bn business that has attracted over 600 businesses

Black cab provides white canvas for celebration of Coventry’s 2021 bid

Using toy cars, Coventry artist creates ‘Two Tone’ Taxi to celebrate the best of UK’s very own ‘Motor City’ 

One of the last TX4 taxi black cabs to be made in Coventry has been transformed into a mobile ‘art car’ by Popbangcolour’s Ian Cook. The ‘Two Tone’ Taxi, a reference to the music scene that originated in the city, is the tenth ‘Art Car’ Cook has created, who paints using radio controlled cars, tyres and wheels.

Revealed as part of Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021, the LTI taxi celebrates icons, locations and stories from the city selected by residents as a community project run by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio. Highlights include Coventry City’s FA Cup win, the Jaguar E-Type, ‘Peeping Tom’ who famously spied on Lady Godiva and a ‘batch’, the local term for a bread roll.

“I’ve recently moved to Coventry and have set up my studio in a former car radiator factory,” says Cook. “It’s a city with a rich history and has been responsible for so many influences in all our lives.  From phrases such as ‘Sent to Coventry’ or ‘Peeping Tom’ through to cultural and design icons, it has created a bigger impact than many realise. This taxi, another icon produced in the city, is a great way to celebrate that.”

The TX4 Taxi used is one of the last of the derivative to be built at the Coventry factory before it switches to producing an all-new electric version at a new facility on the outskirts of the city. Over 130,000 taxis were produced at the original Coventry site over the past 60 years.

“Despite many factories having disappeared, Coventry has remained the centre of the automotive industry and is enjoying a boom in the development of new technologies such as electrification and autonomy,” adds Cook. “Add in events such as Coventry Motofest and you can see why it is very much the UK’s Motor City.”

Brought to life by recordings from BBC Coventry & Warwickshire which will help create an immersive experience, the taxi will be available for tours for around the city for a limited period. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

More details are available here  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p059734q

Falken to compete at Nürburgring in unique fan liveries

Team Falken will compete in the season finale of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring on 21 October in unique liveries designed by the brand’s fans. The winning designs for the Team Falken Porsche and Team Falken BMW were selected from a shortlist of entries by Falken’s Facebook community.

The Design Challenge concluded the ‘battles’ between Team Falken Porsche and Team Falken BMW, which began in March and reached its climax at the Nürburgring 24 Hours when the BMW M6 GT3 finished the notorious endurance race in the top ten.

“The Design Challenge entries were all extremely professional and created with genuine passion,” says Stephan Cimbal, Head of Marketing, Falken Tyre Europe. “We were delighted with the designs and are really looking forward to sending the cars out onto the track in the winning looks.”

The Falken Porsche 911 GT3 will feature a design by Dirk Hinzmann that combines the track curves of the legendary Nordschleife with Falken’s iconic teal and blue colours. Meanwhile, Saunas Ramoska created the design for the Falken BMW M6 GT3, which is a collage of graphic elements from Falken’s ‘brand toolbox’ that illustrates the brand’s dynamism, agility and power. Both of the winning designers will attend the race weekend as Falken VIP guests to watch the cars bearing their liveries in action.

Falken dominates race and drift competitions around the world

Falken’s race and drift teams have secured an outstanding collection of honours this season with the tyre manufacturer adding a world champion and champion to its roster of three ‘king’ accolades and ‘queen’ title this weekend.

Falken pilot Yoshihide Muroya claimed victory at the final Red Bull Air Race of the season at Indianapolis to be crowned World Champion. His victory in the U.S. was his fourth of the year after success in San Diego, Japan and Germany, ensuring that he’s the first pilot from Asia to lift the coveted crown. In a nail-biting finale, Muroya pushed his high-precision skills to the limit to claim the course record by more than a second in his Falken liveried teal and blue aircraft.

The success story continues as Formula Drift star James Deane won his first Pro Driver’s Championship title in his Falken Tire Nissan 240. The final round at Irwindale Speedway concluded an impressive season of four victories with Deane’s third-place finish at the finale securing the championship title. His feat helped Falken take the Tire Manufacturer Championship title for the second consecutive year.

These latest successes add to Falken’s hat-trick of triumphs in the Federal Tyres King of Europe series. At the season finale at the beginning of October, Red Bull Drift Brothers driver Joe Hountondji snapped up the overall series victory while his brother Elias took second place overall to become vice-champion. The Falken-sponsored Drift Brothers had battled it out for the top places throughout the season, delivering superior speed, precision and spectacular skills when tackling the drift courses with over 600hp and Falken AZENIS semi-slick tyres. Joe concluded the season on 863 points with Elias just 28 points behind on 835. Both were over 200 points ahead of their closest rival. Joe then joined forces with legendary Dutch drifter Remmo Niezen from the Falken Drift Team to secure an overall win in the team rankings for the second year in succession.

Running alongside in the Queen of Europe series, Polish drifter Karolina Pilarczyk scooped second place in the final event, adding this to her three individual victories to claim the Queen of Europe title for the second consecutive year.

To round out Falken’s successes this season, Team Falken BMW took a historic win in the VLN Endurance Championship at the notoriously challenging Nürburgring in Germany. Throughout 2017, outstanding product quality, teamwork and consistent performance at the highest level have taken Falken’s team members to the top of their disciplines, with Falken showcasing its unparalleled combination of high technology and excitement.

“These successes are a fantastic confirmation for our athletes as well as our products, our brand and our company. And most of all, for the many, many members of Falken who have supported these projects with heart, soul and professionalism. The wins are also crowning achievements for our ‘Masters of Excitement’ campaign, which was launched in Europe this year,” comments Stephan Cimbal, Head of Marketing at Falken Tyre Europe.

Falken adds ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN to its summer tyre portfolio

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Tyre brand Falken is expanding its product portfolio by launching a new summer tyre model, the ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN. The new tyre line offers outstanding traction and excellent grip on both wet and dry roads, coupled with low wear performance. It is the successor to the ZIEX ZE914 ECORUN, winner of numerous awards from independent testing organisations.

The ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN features Adaptive Constant Pressure (ACP) technology, which uses a new simulation process to guarantee a tread profile with evenly distributed pressure in the contact patch. ACP thus enhances directional stability and ensures even wear for longer tyre life.

The ZE310 is available in two tread designs depending on the size and speed rating, ensuring that tyre characteristics remain consistently good throughout the entire size portfolio. In narrower versions, up to 195 mm in width, the ZE310 ECORUN features a three-groove design that optimises tread rigidity and boosts the tyre contact area. For tyre widths over 205 mm, a four-groove tread pattern was developed that effectively improves water evacuation and aquaplaning resistance.

Falken’s engineering team also employed Advanced 4D Nano Design technology throughout their development operations to produce a futuristic tyre compound for the ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN that offers maximum mileage and efficiency plus improved running characteristics. This groundbreaking new tread has enabled ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN to increase its wear life by 30 percent compared to its preceding model, resulting in impressive energy and cost efficiency.

“The ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN is designed for drivers with a sporty style who nevertheless appreciate comfort. This new addition has expanded our portfolio into particularly high-demand sectors,” says Andreas Giese, Senior Manager Product Planning at Falken Tyre Europe.

The predecessor to the new Falken ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN was heaped with praise in independent tests, receiving a verdict of ‘Recommended’ from top German motoring magazine auto motor sport. Testers described the ZIEX ZE914 ECORUN as showing “well-balanced behaviour on wet roads, with extremely neutral handling and ultra-precise steering” plus “good ride comfort”. The tests examined a total of nine summer tyres in size 215/60 R 17H. The new Falken ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN has been designed to build on this success.

The ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN will be available from spring 2018 in 40 sizes from 14”–18” in series 70–40 and speed ratings H, V and W. A further 58 sizes will follow during the year.

The EU Tyre Label ratings for energy efficiency are between C and E depending on tyre size, while wet braking receives the top rating of A and drive-by noise gets a two.

Ilott signs off European Championship campaign with dominant win

Crushing display in Race Two at Hockenheim sees Ilott win by over 11 seconds

A stunning victory at the final round of the FIA European F3 Championship saw Callum Ilott once again reach the top step of the podium as the FIA European F3 championship concluded at the Hockenheimring in Germany. The victory, Ilott’s sixth of the season, was a highlight of the weekend that ultimately saw Ilott finish fourth overall in the Championship standings and help his team Prema, to be crowned Teams’ champion.

The weekend started well for the Hertfordshire teenager as he headed the free practice sessions before notching up two pole positions. The latter, Ilott’s tenth in 2017, meant he had secured 33 percent of the pole positions on offer this season. In the battle for pole for Race 3, Ilott was just pipped by team mate Maxi Gunther and would line up alongside the German on the front row.

Race 1 saw Ilott get away well from pole position but Joel Eriksson got a good tow from the Brit to get past just before the Spitzkehre hairpin. Ilott immediately fought back but he was then hit by Lando Norris. Slowed by the contact, which allowed Ferdinand Habsburg to find a way past the two scrapping Brits, Ilott had to settle for bringing the car home in fourth.

As the daylight faded ahead of Race 2 on Saturday, Ilott once again led the field as the lights went out. This time his challengers had no answer to Ilott’s searing pace as he started to build a commanding advantage from the off. By lap two, Ilott had pulled out half a second over team mate Gunther and then delivered a flurry of quick laps to extend the gap beyond any doubt. At the end of the race, Ilott was an incredible 11.3 seconds ahead having secured the fastest lap that was a staggering four tenths quicker than anyone else. “It was one of my best races in F3,” says Ilott. “There was a slight issue with the brakes at the start but they soon settled down and the car then felt fantastic. I could consistently and comfortably lap at a pace which made the difference.” The result, together with his team mates in second and third, ensured that Ilott’s Prema team secured the Teams Championship for a record seventh consecutive time.

Race 3 on Sunday morning was a less satisfactory outing for Ilott. Unusually for the BRDC Superstar, he was slow off the start and as the pack funnelled into Turn One, Ilott dropped down the order and was sixth by Turn Two. The resilient Ilott once again mounted a comeback drive. After a Full Course Yellow neutralised the race, Ilott closed the gap to Jake Hughes and after the restart, forced Hughes into a mistake at the hairpin that Ilott was able to capitalise on to get the place. Ilott then pulled away from Hughes to come home fifth. “The lights took a little longer than I expected to change so although I initially got away well, the revs dropped and I was swallowed up by the pack and my race was really compromised,” explains Ilott.

As a gesture of appreciation to the Italian team that has run Ilott through the season, he gifted his signed Race 2 Trophy to the Prema squad. “It is a fantastic, family team and I love racing with them,” adds Ilott. “Together we had aimed for higher in the championship but we endured some exceptional circumstances through the year that prevented us from having the consistency needed for a title shot. Lando Norris and his Carlin team did a very good job and I must congratulate them on their success. I look forward to facing him and other rivals from the championship in the years to come. We did however win the Teams’ Championship and I am proud to have played my part in Prema becoming a record breaker.”