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Renault Zoe e-Sport and Formula E racer lead EV parade in Paris

French multinational automobile manufacturer Renault has revealed its eDams team racer in preparation for the Formula E Paris ePrix along with the dashingly quick Zoe e-Sport Concept and a whole lot of production Zoe 40 units for retail purposes. Now we would like to wholly witness a race between the two high-powered electric vehicles.

Renault eDams team is a force to reckon with, as they’ve been leading the Formula E standings. The team celebrated the outstanding performance of its homestead by having a parade of their electric vehicles through the City of Light. Last Saturday in Paris, Sebastian Buemi earned his fifth win in six races of the current season of the Formula E. This means that he presently has a lead of 43 points in the electric racing series.

Leading the way of the procession are the Renault eDams R.S. 16 race car and the dapper Zoe e-Sport Concept in a video released by Renault. However, the drivers don’t follow a particular formation in the clip. But this doesn't mean that the Zoe e-Sport can't catch up with the R.S. 16. Renault confidently claimed that its conceptual hot hatch variant of the Zoe can leave you in the dust with its 62 miles per hour (100 km per hour) run, needing only 3.2 seconds to reach that coverage, and according to the French automaker, this performance can outrun the open wheel Formula E racer. That's a solid performance coming from a hatch.

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Spotted: Matte white Lamborghini Centenario arrives in Paris

Lamborghini has begun handing over the Centenarios to their rightful owners in different parts of the world. Last month, the first out of the forty Aventador-based Centenario has been delivered to an affluent car collector all the way to the UAE. There is also the menacing matte black Lamborghini Centenario that was being transported in Germany a few days ago. And very recently, a matte white Centenario has made its way to Paris!

The white Lamborghini in the video is believed to belong to a certain Qatari Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani. By far, the matte white finish is the most extraordinary paint scheme of all that has been delivered.

While the Centenario model that was put by Lamborghini at the show stands last year come in carbon fiber finish with yellow accents, this one generally comes in matte white body paint. But in many ways, it happens to express a different character since it also comes with contrasting color scheme.

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DriveClub Bikes launched at Paris Games Week, available in either standalone or expansion

A new trailer of the standalone superbike racing version of DRIVECLUB was recently shown at the Paris Games Week. Its release caught many fans by surprise as DRIVECLUB had kept the planning under wraps while development continued in the past year.

This standalone expansion by Evolution is fuelled by the excitement of superbike racing. The developers aimed to make it as fun as possible while still keeping a level of realness and control that fans have come to expect of the company.

The game offers a totally new racing experience from its high-performance superbikes with their amazing speed and agility. The thrill consumes the player who can ride the superbike online or offline.

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Mercedes AMG Petronas unveils new F1 W05

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team has unveiled the F1 W05 race car that it will field for this year’s Formula One season. Gracing the unveiling of the F1 W05 at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain are drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. The first Silver Arrow to hit the track since 1954 is designed from the ground up as an integrated project between the Mercedes-Benz teams at Brackley and Brixworth.

It marks 120 years of Motorsport and the 80 years of the Silver Arrows. With significant changes in regulations taking effect this 2014 Formula One season, the F1 W05 has been designed to strictly comply with them.

The initial engineering conversations, dating back to late 2010, between the Brackley and Brixworth teams center on both the regulations and potential solutions.

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After McLaren unveiled its MP4-29 F1 car, Ferrari also presented the F14 T, its sixtieth car built specifically to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship. According to the official press release, the F14 T name comes from the combination of the current year and the introduction of the turbo-compressor in the Power Unit.

As expected, the F14 T is very different to the cars of recent years and changes include a lower chassis and nose in the interests of driver safety. The rear wing shares nothing to the previous year owing to three rule changes requiring a much larger stroke DRS, a much smaller overall rear wing depth and removal of the beam wing. The front wing is 75 mm narrower per side due to safety reasons, as it needs to be less vulnerable to collisions with other cars and with the barriers.

Ferrari says that the little change of 75 mm forced them to reinvent completely the front wing aerodynamics for 2014. Moreover, the new Ferrari F14 T has completely different cooling requirements from any of its predecessors. The engine oil and water radiators are now smaller due to the use of the 1.6-liter V6 engine, but new homes had to be found to accommodate an intercooler for the turbo-compressor system and to manage heat rejection from ERS components that are many times greater than their KERS antecedents.

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The first F1 car for this year’s championship has been unveiled: ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2014 McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 Formula One car. Set to be driven by Jenson Button and his Danish teammate a.k.a. Kevin Magnussen, the 2014 McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 F1 car comes with a new nose stricter, a lower chassis around the driver’s legs and feet and it is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged 90deg V6 engine with a sophisticated and extremely powerful energy recovery system (ERS).

The small V6 engine replaces the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 that generated 750 hp. According to McLaren, the new turbo will spin at up to 125,000 rpm and this will be the first time turbo engines have been permitted in Formula 1 since they were banned at the end of 1988.

The engine will be bolted to an eight-speed transmission for 2014 as F1 cars need to be fuel-efficient too, due to the fact that for the first time, cars will be limited by a maximum fuel-flow rate during races – 100 kg/hour. Cars previously ran with a maximum load of 160 kg/h. The front wing of the car is now narrowed by 150 mm, creating a new issue for the aerodynamicists, who had to re-route important airflow around the front tyres.

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The Marussia MR02 was introduced at Jerez before the start of its 2013 F1 campaign. But even if the pre-season testing schedule has already begun, the team still doesn’t have a second driver. Max Chilton is left as the only team member for Marussia after lead driver Timo Glock was released for financial reasons.

There are rumors that fellow rookie Luiz Razia is in line to fill the vacant slot. However, no contract has been agreed yet. Marussia is highly confident about the MR02 as it is the first product of the new technical structure of this team. In the middle of the 2011 season, Marussia split with Wirth research and it took back its design in-house, with more reliance on wind tunnel development. It also brought former Benetton and Renault technical chief Pat Symonds as a consultant.

Caterham had beaten Marussia to 10th place in the 2012 F1 Constructors' championship. Caterham has recently presented its 2013 F1 car at Jerez. The CT03 will start pre-season testing today with a new team of drivers. Charles Pic has been transferred from Marussia while previous Caterham test pilot Giedo van der Garde was given a permanent drive.

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The Infiniti Red Bull Racing team has unveiled the racing car it would use to defend its Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles for 2013 – the RB9. The launch of the new RB9 racing car marks a new era for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team – as it confirmed the announcement made by Infiniti in November 2012 that it will become the Red Bull Racing’s title partner for four years.

At the unveiling, Infiniti also disclosed that it will become the team’s exclusive Vehicle Performance Partner. Infiniti has already deployed engineering personnel to the Red Bull Racing’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, underscoring the intensifying technical synergy between the team and the premium carmaker. Infiniti plans to integrate more team members into the Vehicle Performance department in Milton Keynes.

As for the RB9, the racing car boasts of a new livery that indicates the deepening relationship between Red Bull Racing and Infiniti – it integrates the carmaker’s purple-hued branding with the team’s existing racing colors. Gracing the media launch of the RB9 were triple World Formula One Champion Sebastian Vettel and nine-time grand prix-winner Mark Webber.

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Ferrari has introduced the F138 – its Formula One car for the 2013 season. The F138 name is a combination of the year and its use of V8 engines, which would be used for the last time this year. Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were present at the launch. Joining them were team principal Stefano Domenicali and Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo.

The F138 looks to be a subtle evolution of the car last year. It’s a lot like the newly presented McLaren MP4-28 because of the minor regulation revisions from last season. Specifically, Ferrari has decided to remove the ‘duck bill’ stepped nosecone and had that replaced with a flush panel that’s sleeker. The F138 keeps the iconic blood-red livery of Ferrari.

The F138 gets a nearly two-tone effect due to the new black detailing towards the underside. Ferrari is relying on the F138 to get a title for the first time in four years. The last time that Ferrari won the constructors’ championship was in 2008. Kimi Raikkonen was behind the wheel when he won the drivers’ championship in 2007 for Ferrari.

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The name of Ferrari’s 2013 car has finally been unveiled. The F138 was previously only referred to as the '664' -- its working project title. Ferrari’s car last year was aptly named F2012 but it was speculated that the successor won’t be named F2013. That’s because Fernando Alonso wasn’t able to win the title with the conventionally numbered '12'.

There’s also still the unlucky number stigma attached to the number 13. Last Wednesday, Ferrari released an explanation for the name, saying that the 2013 car is named F138 with respect to the year ('13) and the eight cylinders in the engine. It should be noted that 2013 is the last year of F1's long-established normally aspirated V8 rules, before the extensive change to turbo V6s for 2014 and beyond.

Ferrari said that part of the reason for the '8' in the 2013 car is to mark that this will be the final year that the V8 engine configuration will be used in F1. The F138 is slated to be launched this Friday at Maranello. McLaren's MP4-28 will be introduced this Thursday at Woking.

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Ferrari will have different design teams that will develop next year's Formula One car at the same time. They will also work on the one for 2014, which is when the technical rules are expected to have significant changes. According to team principal Stefano Domenicali, work on a reorganization program had been ongoing for several months now.

He made his statements on the Ferrari website at ferrari.com. He explained that Ferrari will use the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne, Germany, until August. This is because Ferrari’s own tunnel was shut down for rebuilding after it was determined to be the source of the failure of its aerodynamic updates this year.

Domenicali added that it has also implemented an improved way to divide the work between those who operate the wind tunnel and those who should focus more on the creative aspect.

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Silverstone Auctions will attempt to auction off a Toleman TG184-2 Formula One car driven by Ayrton Senna in his debut F1 season at The Spring Sale on May 16. This amazing car, which has made a mark in motorsport history, has become famous for having been used by Senna to get a second place finish in the rainy 1984 Monaco GP, where he first displayed his astonishing talent. According to the managing director of Silverstone Auctions Nick Whale, this race car is one of the most important items that it has ever offered. Since then, Senna’s achievements have reached amazing heights.

Many even consider him as the greatest F1 driver ever. This would be a main attraction at the auction since it’s extremely rare to get any motorsport item that could be tracked back to Ayrton Senna. For the last 16 years, the Toleman had stayed in private ownership. Senna had driven this car to place third in the British and seventh in the Canadian Grand Prix.

On Silverstone Auctions’ first auction of the year, it had offered Senna’s helmet and race suit. The helmet fetched £74,750 while the race suit was sold for £35,650. These are both significantly higher than their pre-sale estimates. At this upcoming auction, there will be an incredible lineup of race cars, modern sports cars, and motorcycles as well as “automobilia.” It will also put up for action a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7, which is expected to be priced at between £190,000 to £210,000.

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Sahara Force India has unveiled its new car -- the VJM05 -- at Silverstone. Present to pull the covers off the 2012 challenger were Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg. They were joined by Jules Bianchi, the reserve driver. The VJM05 is the second car developed under the supervision of Andrew Green, its Technical Director. The team is hoping to improve on its sixth place finish in the constructors' championship. Team Principal and Managing Director, Dr. Vijay Mallya, said that it is aiming to get to fifth place.

To accomplish this, it has to start the new campaign by offering the type of form it had showed in the second half of 2011. Andrew Green said that for 2012, the car appears “more refined; a lot racier and a lot more purposeful.” He pointed out that the aerodynamic concepts are being used and that the performance during testing has been “encouraging." Mercedes engines will be used to power the Sahara Force India cars. Its gearbox comes from McLaren Applied Technologies. This would be the second season with the Mercedes KERS.

Nico Hulkenberg said: "I saw the new car in the wind tunnel a few times and followed its progress during the winter. It looks aggressive and fast, but we won't know where we stand until we get out there and compete against the others. Preparations for the new season have been full-on with simulator sessions and lots of fitness training. I feel ready to get back to racing and I'm excited to find out what the new car feels like next week."

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Lotus F1 Team has recently unveiled the E20, the car it will field against the globe’s bests at the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The E20 car was so named as a commemoration of the 20th chassis designed at the team's Enstone HQ through its Benetton, Renault F1 Team and Lotus Renault GP history.

The E20 features improvements and enhancements of previous Enstone design philosophies. The most notable enhancement is the abandonment, both via regulation and necessity, of the forward facing exhausts of the 2011 R31. The E20 now features a 'step' on the nose, a redesign that was a result of regulation change.

The Lotus F1 Team also modified the car’s front and rear suspension layouts for better aerodynamic efficiency. The team also added a front wing, as a continuation of concepts used during recent seasons.

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Virtually every area was revised on the F2012, the 58th car that Ferrari has built with the purpose of vying for the Formula 1 World Championship. Ferrari typically names these models after the year of manufacture. With the internal code number of 663, the project is the Scuderia’s interpretation of the technical and sporting regulations that apply this year. When compared to the 2011 version, the main revisions are mainly on the height of the front section of the chassis, the position of the exhaust pipes and the mapping for the electronic engine management.

Primarily, the changes involve the suspension layout such as the front and rear feature pull-rods. They are meant to boost aerodynamic performance and to lower the centre of gravity. The front wing has its origins from the unit presented on the 150º Italia in the closing part of its racing life but it has since evolved. There are more evolutions expected in this aspect for the season’s opening races. The nose was aerodynamically enhanced and as a result, it isn’t aesthetically pleasing. The regulations require that the front part has to be lowered and this led to the raising of the bottom part of the chassis as much as possible.

The sides were redesigned with the use of modifications to the side impact structures. The radiators were repositioned and all aerodynamic elements were revised. At the lower part of the car’s rear, it appears a lot narrower and more tapered – a feature that’s partly attained with the use of a new gearbox casing and by relocating some mechanical parts.

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McLaren expects to win championships in 2012 with this MP4-27 unveiled by the Woking team last Wednesday. The team powered by Mercedes landed in second place, racking up six wins with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. McLaren didn’t prove to be much of a challenger and instead, Red Bull Racing dominated the season. With the MP4-27, the team is aiming to put an end to Red Bull's run after having gotten all the titles for the past couple of years.

During the launch, Button (who was a runner-up in the championship last year) said that he is excited about being able to see how hard it has been working. Since 2011 ended, the cars have been improved. The new car is comparable to the 2011 version.

The team said that the MP4-27 chassis was significantly improved, with all major systems updated or redesigned for the new season. The most obvious features include a tightly waisted rear bodywork and a modified cooling system. The U-shaped sidepods used last year were redesigned so that they could adapt to the new exhaust regulations of FIA.

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Images of Force India’s 2011-spec car, the VJM04, were shown in an online event earlier this week – the last Formula 1 team to unveil its challenger. These photos come from a Force India photo shoot, so the media has yet to fully inspect the vehicle.

But from these images, it’s clear that like most of its rivals in 2011, the car has a high nose design, a reworked sidepod area and a new rear section. It also comes with a blade-style roll hoop design and a new front wing concept.

Adrian Sutil and newcomer Paul di Resta will get behind the wheel of the new VJM04 at the F1 race. Di Resta is the replacement of Vitantonio Liuzzi in the team's lineup. In addition, the 2011 F1 campaign will have Nico Hulkenberg as its Friday driver.

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As you may know already, 4WheelsNews focused these days on the 2011 Chicago Auto Show but another hot subject draw our attention: Ford decided to fill a lawsuit today against luxury sports car maker Ferrari and over the F-150 name.

Apparently, Ford said that the name of Ferrari’s latest F1 car called ‘F150’ was way too close to the F-150 name which describes one of the most popular pickup trucks on the market, and honestly we do understand them.

But it appears that Ferrari made a smart move today when it announced tat the new F1 car will be named F150th Italia.

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The McLaren Mercedes’ Vodafone media event in Berlin, Germany, introduced the 2011 single-seater car: the new MP4-26. How the car was launched is quite unusual.

The team's two world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button introduced the car to the media and the fans present in Berlin. Hamilton said that McLaren's challenger features a fascinating design, offering some lines that are different from the ones presented by rivals.

The nose of the McLaren MP4-26 has the same high design but its sidepods are very sculpted and L-shaped.

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Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher recently unveiled the MGP W02, the new Silver Arrow for the 2011 Formula One World Championship, at the Valencia Circuit in Spain in front of the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team garage.

The MGP W02, which is the product of 12 months of intense design and development work, is the second Silver Arrows car to be launched by MERCEDES GP PETRONAS since the team became the first Mercedes-Benz works outfit since 1955.

The MGP W02’s technical specification includes the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery) system, which returns to the sport after a one-year absence.

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