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My other car is a McLaren…
Kicking off this week's motorsport news. McLaren has released a new version of its incredible Senna supercar … sort of.
Aimed at 3 to 6-year-olds, the first-ever McLaren Senna ‘Ride On’ becomes the third of McLaren’s range aimed at kids. McLaren previously released the P1 and 720S ‘Ride-On’ models.
The ultimate new Senna supercar toy includes working doors and an operating brake with brake light for precise motorsport handling. Junior drivers can enjoy music on their journey thanks to a smart ‘infotainment’ system.
The ‘Ride-On’ features realistic McLaren Senna engine sounds for that authentic drive.
It can also fit one adult-size Lando Norris, as pictured!
Six colours are available of the Senna ‘Ride-On. And priced at £375 in the UK market, it costs a fraction of the real thing.
McLaren named the Senna after iconic Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna.
Mercedes-AMG tests new Project One in full
Hold on to your hats.
Mercedes-AMG released a new video this week that has us drooling.
The video shows the Mercedes-AMG team putting the all-new Project One plug-in hybrid hypercar through its paces at the company’s Immendingan test track.
And it sounds absolutely incredible.
It focuses on “the most exciting stage of the project”, testing the final F1-inspired powertrain with 100% output. The Mercedes-AMG Project One pumps out over 1000 bhp. Aerodynamics have also been fully tested.
The hypercar costs around $2.8 million. 275 units will be made, all of which have already been sold.
Motorsport news: Turkey to return to F1 calendar?
Formula 1 is expected to announce its final 2020 calendar soon and there could be an interesting addition to motorsport's flagship series.
News reports this week claimed the Turkish Grand Prix will be added to this year’s disrupted calendar, taking the final race count to 17. The Grand Prix would take place at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Drivers reacted with excitement when asked about the prospect of racing again at Istanbul. It would mark Turkey’s return to the F1 calendar for the first time since 2011.
The Turkish Grand Prix could take place on November 15, before the series moves to its final legs in the Middle East. F1 will not race in the Americas or Asia this season.
Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez are the only four drivers in the current field who raced in the last Grand Prix held in Turkey.
Ferrari still considering Le Mans Hypercar
Exciting motorsport news this week. Ferrari is still considering building a road-based Le Mans hypercar to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
According to Motorsport.com, Ferrari says “the door is still open” regarding a return to top-class racing for the first time since 1973.
Ferrari will further evaluate its options this autumn. It is considering both LMDh and LMH routes.
LMDh is a new category that will allow cars to be raced in both IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and FIA WEC competition. It comes into play in 2022.
However, there is a sticking point. According to the report, Ferrari wishes to build a car around its own chassis rather than using an LMP2 monocoque.
The FIA, Automobile Club de l’Ouest and IMSA rejected Ferrari’s proposal in May.
No timeframe has been put on decision. But it is definitely one to watch.
Car news: Porsche to premiere the Panamera
Porsche will release its new car to the world next week.
The German marque will give the all-new Panamera its official world premiere on August 26.
The launch takes place on Porsche NewsTV, the company’s official media channel. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume and racing driver Timo Bernhard will be present.
The Panamera is a sporty, luxury vehicle that has been in production since 2010.
Recently, the new 2020 Panamera set a lap record at the Nurburgring in the “executive cars” category. Test driver Lars Kern completed a full lap of the Nordschleife layout over a distance of 20.832 kilometres in a time of 7 minutes 29.81 seconds.
The time was certified by a notary public.
Porsche describes its new Panamera as “a true sports car, exclusive saloon and a hybrid pioneer.”
Senna named ‘fastest F1 driver of all time’ in study
An official F1 study has ranked Ayrton Senna as the fastest driver of all time, ahead of Michael Schumacher and current world champion Lewis Hamilton.
The study compares drivers from four decades of the sport to discover the fastest over one lap. It uses a host of data and technology from current F1 sponsor Amazon Web Services.
F1 Director of Motorsport Ross Brawn and Director of Data Systems Rob Smedley led the project.
The top 20 certainly raises a few eyebrows. Do you agree?