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Goodwood 74th Members Meeting

Watch Goodwood 74th Members’ Meeting LIVE

Goodwood 74th Members MeetingThe 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting is on this weekend and if you missed the Grand Prix this morning, here’s your opportunity to catch some great live racing on Motoring Research.

The highlight of today is likely to be the Gerry Marshall Trophy but there’s a full day of action coming from Goodwood, including ground-effect F1 cars, Mika Hakkinen and Jochen Mass demonstrating Mercedes-Benz W196 racers a grid full of Ford GT40s and even the most idiosyncratic field full of Edwardian racers you’re every likely to see.

So tune in, sit back and enjoy… and be sure to tweet us your thoughts using #74MM throughout the day!

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Project AM RB 001 Sketch

Aston Martin and Red Bull to create ultimate hypercar

Project AM RB 001 SketchAston Martin and Red Bull Racing have announced a technical partnership that will create “the ultimate hypercar” – and Aston Martin chief creative officer Marek Reichman has admitted work is already underway on the groundbreaking new super sportscar.

Codenamed Project AM-RB 001, it will be co-developed by Red Bull Racing chief technical officer Adrian Newey and Reichman, fulfilling a decades-long dream of Newey to create a supercar.

As part of the new technical partnership, Aston Martin has become Red Bull Racing’s Innovation Partner – and its logos will return to grand prix racing for the first time since 1960 this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix.

Red Bull Racing RB12 Ricciardo

“Red Bull Advanced Technologies, led by Adrian, will be harnessing our Formula One DNA to produce the ultimate of all road cars,” said Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner.

“It’s an incredible project which also realises a dream and vision long held by Adrian to design a road car.”

What is the Project AM-RB 001 hypercar?

Project AM-RB 001 will be a hypercar to challenge the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder – plus Aston Martin’s own recent hypercars, the One-77 and track-only Vulcan. The Aston Martin and Red Bull partnership will, says the firm, “unite the world’s best aerodynamicists, composite experts and manufacturing masters”.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer added: “Between Q by Aston Martin Advanced, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing AG, we are going to create a car that will excite and stir the imaginations of the car designers of the future and a global audience of sports car enthusiasts.”


Analysis

Adrian Newey Red Bull

We now know Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer was hinting at Project AM-RB 001 when he told us in Geneva that the firm was only interested in joining the F1 grid if the partnership was a genuine technical collaboration. “We’re not interested in just sticking our badge on the side of an F1 car.”

Well, now the Aston Martin badge IS stuck to the side of an F1 car – but that’s just the start of what it and Red Bull are going to do.

Adrian Newey admits that, since he was six years old, he’s been dreaming about building the ultimate sports car. The man whose cars have won 10 F1 World Championships has never fulfilled that dream – until now.

We all know Newey is an undisputed genius, whose vision has continually transformed F1. Transfer that into the world of supercars, with the to-market abilities of Aston Martin and the vision of its creative chief Marek Reichman and, well, the ingredients are all there for something truly extraordinary.

Could this be the fastest, most boundary-pushing, most aerodynamically brilliant hypercar the world has ever seen? With Red Bull and Aston Martin all working together under the vision of Newey, I certainly wouldn’t bet against it…

By Richard Aucock


The new car will combine “the latest in aerodynamics from F1 and the stunning design language of an Aston Martin,” said Reichman.

“Unconstrained by F1 regulations, we have a unique chance to create a car in its most efficient form that will represent the ultimate fusion of art and technology.”

Newey added that “it allows us to translate the technology we have developed in F1 into a new arena.”

For several years, the Red Bull F1 cars have generally been acknowledge as the most aerodynamically efficient and sophisticated on the Formula 1 grid; Reichman admits it’s going to be “a fascinating experience for everyone involved”.

Oh, and it will be fast, confirmed Palmer. Very fast. How fast? This fast:

Manchester United Gulf

Gulf Oil is official Manchester United fuel and oil partner

Manchester United GulfGulf Oil, famous for its sponsorship of Le Mans Porsches, is partnering with a new and slightly unexpected team – Manchester United FC. The international oil group has signed a long-term deal to become Man Utd’s official global lubricant and fuel retail partner.

What does it mean for football fans? They’ll begin seeing the Gulf orange disc on Manchester United’s Old Trafford digital perimeter boards during Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup matches: it’ll be a little like being at Le Mans.

Gulf Oil will also gain rights to use the Manchester united club crest and player images, for slightly awkward photoshoots such as this one.

Manchester United Gulf

Why is Gulf doing it? Because while it’s an iconic brand in motorsport circles, said international vice president Frank Rutten, “this is a truly exciting opportunity for Gulf to expand beyond our motorsport sponsorships and to stand on the global stage.”

Manchester United Group MD Richard Arnold said: “Gulf Oil International already has significant experience in sport and we are looking forward to working with them to expand that into football.

“Through this partnership we will further our commitment to reach our fans around the world, especially in Asia.”

But motorsport fans should not worry. Gulf is not pulling out of racing – indeed, vice president of brand and marketing Vicki Kipling said that, on the contrary, the brand is expanding what it does in motorsport.

The brand is enhancing its involvement with Team Milwaukee BMW in World superbikes, will be back at Le Mans with the Porsche Gulf Racing Team and is aiming to scoop a tenth Top Fuel drag title with the world’s most powerful motorbike.

Coventry to become Monaco of the Midlands

Coventry to become Monaco of the Midlands

Coventry to become Monaco of the Midlands

A popular motoring event held in Coventry has been given the green light to hold motorsport time trials on the city’s ring road, following new regulations that came in earlier this year.

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BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition revealed

BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition

BMW has revealed an ultra-limited edition M4 Coupe to celebrate driver Marco Wittmann’s championship victory in the DTM German touring car championship. Read more

McLaren 650S Sprint

New McLaren racecar in Donington debut this weekend

McLaren 650S SprintThe new McLaren 650S Sprint has completed homologation for global racing and will make its debut this weekend at Donington Park. Read more

Goodwood Revival 2014

Goodwood Revival 2014 draws 148,000 sell-out crowd

Goodwood Revival 2014Goodwood has revealed 148,000 guests visited the 2014 Revival, making it yet another huge attendance for the 17th running of the retro-themed motor racing event. Read more

Volkswagen WRC manufacturer's title victory

Volkswagen Polo R wins WRC title for second year in a row

Volkswagen WRC manufacturer's title victoryVolkswagen has scooped the WRC manufacturer’s title with the Polo R WRC for the second year running – the earliest point in a World Rally Championship seasons that the title has been secured in a quarter of a century. Read more

Why Lewis Hamilton should have been watching this Nigel Mansell video last night

Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes-AMG F1 car broke down again in qualifying yesterday, leaving him right at the back of the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Read more

Jann-Mardenborough

Gamer turned racer WINS first international race

Jann-MardenboroughJann Mardenborough, Nissan’s latest Sony PlayStation GT Academy gamer-turned-racer, has become gamer-turned-international-race-winner after triumphing at Hockenheim yesterday. Read more