FF to the future A new iteration of
Formula Ford, featuring an EcoBoost
turbo engine, comes online in 2012. It’s
the first tubular steel open-wheel car to
meet the latest FIA safety standards.
With his rallying hat increasingly askew, Kr is ready to try something else. again.
KIMI’S NEW TANGENT: LE MANS
Having dabbled in NASCAR and dithered in rallying, former
F1 star Raikkonen tries a Peugeot 908 LMP on for size
The saga of Kimi Raikkonen’s itinerant racing career
began another chapter in September when the Finn
tested a works Peugeot 908 HDi at Spain’s Motorland
“I enjoyed this test with Peugeot. The 908 is a really fun car
to drive,” declared the 2007 F1 World Champion, who added
that a chance to drive it at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours would
be “great.” However, no follow-up tests have yet been set.
Since being given a “golden handshake” by the Ferrari F1
team to make room for Fernando Alonso at the end of 2009,
Raikkonen has competed on the World Rally Championship
circuit in a privateer Citroen, with little
success. Backer Red Bull’s patience with
the 32-year-old Finn appears to be
wearing thin – especially after he
refused to run Rally Australia, claiming
it was too far to travel, with the result
that he forfeited his (few) championship
points. NASCAR Truck and Nationwide
appearances also failed to strike his
fancy. What insiders say Kimi really
wants is another F1 ride, but none he
would consider taking are available.
AUDI R8 GT HEADED
Successful Euro racer now
a Rolex GT Series option
Audi is preparing a version of its R8
LMS customer sport model for the U.S.
market. The new version conforming to
Grand-Am GT regulations will make its
debut at next January’s Rolex 24 at
Daytona in the hands of customers,
and Audi will offer a support program
for customers at all 2012 Rolex
To meet Grand-Am regulations, the
chassis is stiffened by a roll cage with
wall thicknesses increased to 2mm. A
new front splitter, a modified rear
diffuser and a standard Grand-Am rear
wing change the aerodynamics of the
car, while the rated output of the V10
engine has to be reduced to between
450-470hp by an air restrictor and the
engine electronics to meet the GT class
The car’s standard ABS system and
traction control are removed, since such
driving aids are prohibited by Grand-Am.
However, the manufacturer said it also
is “exploring the possibilities of future
uses of the Audi R8 LMS at other
endurance events in the United States.”
Grand-am first, but maybe more
to follow stateside for audi’s r8.
The Gurney/Highcroft/Panoz combine aims to realize Delta Wing’s goals at Le Mans with new design techniques and materials.
“Project 56” group says Le Mans plans progressing