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Alonso aims for motorsport’s Triple Crown
Before we talk new cars, let’s just say this: there is a lot of motorsport to focus on this weekend! Formula 1 travels to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix, the World Endurance Championship returns at Spa and NASCAR heads to Daytona.
However, all eyes will be on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for qualifying ahead of next week’s Indy500 race on August 23.
Fernando Alonso aims to become only the second driver in history to achieve motorsport’s unofficial triple crown: winning the Indy500, the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Alonso just needs victory at the Indy500 to complete the trinity. Graham Hill is the only driver to win all three, having completed it in 1972. Eight other drivers, including Juan Pablo Montoya have won two legs.
Alonso returns to Formula 1 next season and said this will be his last attempt for at least another two years. Meaning he will be going for gold this time around!
Alonso suffered disappointment at the event last year after failing to qualify. However, he had a good start in practice on Thursday and will be looking to take that pace into this weekend’s qualifying action.
No fans will attend the flagship event this year. The event, which usually takes place on Memorial Weekend in May, had to be rescheduled due to the global pandemic.
Michael Fassbender to make Porsche Supercup debut
From fast cars to Hollywood superstars! Michael Fassbender makes another motorsport first this weekend.
The X-Men star makes his debut in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Barcelona, on the support bill of F1’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Fassbender went through a Porsche-run professional training programme for motorsport. The German-Irish actor has previously raced in the Porsche Sports Cup, as well as the European Le Mans Series.
Last weekend, he finished fourth in the GTE-class after the four-hour race at Spa with the Porsche 911 RSR.
“The level of competition in the Supercup is extremely high, so my goals are modest,” Fassbender said. “I’m most looking forward to driving a different racing version of the Porsche 911 and gaining more experience.”
Car news - Jaguar’s bringing back the E-Type
Some exciting car news from Jaguar. The British marque’s Classics division is making six matching pairs of the famous Jaguar E-Type for its 60th anniversary in March 2021.
The limited-edition cars will pay tribute to the two oldest and most famous E-Type examples, that played a pivotal role in the iconic sports car’s 1961 launch.
The tale is British motoring folklore.
A grey 3.8-liter E-Type coupe registered ‘9600 HP’ was driven ‘flat out’ to Switzerland from Coventry the night before its launch in Geneva. Public Relations manager Bob Berry arrived in the car with two minutes to spare.
Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis was then told to ‘drop everything’ and drive a British Racing Green 3.8 liter roadster overnight from the factory to Geneva.
Both cars were used in media tests and the rest, as they say, is history.
Every E-Type 60 Edition built will be an existing 1960s 3.8-liter model fully restored. Every collection pair will include one ‘Flat Out Grey 9600 HP coupe’ and one ‘Drop Everything Green 77 RW roadster’ models.
We’re excited to see these motorsport classics rolled out.
Hyperion reveals XP-1 Hydrogen Super Car
Is this the future of supercars?
Some interesting car news as California-based tech company Hyperion revealed its new project this week.
The Hyperion XP-1 is a hydrogen-electric powered supercar. Hyperion specialises in hydrogen innovation and has been working on the technology behind the supercar for over a decade.
The two-seater XP-1 is a concept for now. But Hyperion plans to produce the car in a batch of 300 units, from as early as 2022.
It is essentially an electric car, but with a fuel cell in place of a battery – making it lighter. The XP-1 uses a unique hydrogen-propulsion powertrain system that produces zero emissions, according to Hyperion. It also features supercapacitor technology, similar to what Lamborghini used on its Sian supercar.
While there are no official stats for the XP-1, reports suggest it could hit 0-100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds. Hyperion claims the XP-1 will have a range of 1000 miles on one charge.
But it begs the question: how would owners access hydrogen?
Lewis Hamilton’s dog did a ‘dump’ on Valtteri Bottas’ doorstep
Motorsport is a funny old sport.
A couple of absolute gems from Formula 1 this week.
Valtteri Bottas said Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s dog Roscoe ‘did a dump’ outside his motorhome last week. The pair had shacked up next to each other at Silverstone for the recent UK double-header.
And at least someone can see the funny side of Ferrari’s recent struggles.
Lando Norris’ filmed this genius video that poked fun at McLaren team-mate Carlos Sainz, who moves to Ferrari next season. Sebastian Vettel and Renault also get a mention.