Ken Block’s highly anticipated Gymkhana 6 has finally been released, now with corporate sponsorship to promote the new Need for Speed or Burnout game or something like that. While not as undeniably badass as tearing through closed off streets in San Francisco like some sort of unholy offspring of Frank Bullitt and Raoul Duke, there’s still plenty of jumping ramps sideways, dancing around police officers on Segways, and avoiding a gigantic spiked wrecking ball. Navigating through the obstacle course is rally driver extraordinaire Ken Block and his trusty 650hp Ford Fiesta. 1080p slow-mo car pornography is the entrée du jour, so sit back on your lunch break and enjoy Block destroying a set of Pirellis.
F1 Update: Räikkönen Ends 2013 Season, Massa to Williams in 2014, and Kevin Magnussen Replaces Pérez at McLaren
Much to the disappointment of the Formula 1 faithful, Lotus frontrunner Kimi Räikkönen will sit out the last two races of the season (Sunday’s US Grand Prix and the Brazilian GP on November 24) due to back surgery scheduled for this week. That means his third place seat in the drivers’ championship is under fire more than ever, with current fourth place racer Lewis Hamilton only 8 points behind; with 26 points separating Lotus from Ferrari, the British team is expected to throw in someone else to try to advance its position in the constructors’ championship (Racer postulates that Lotus reserve driver Davide Valsecchi will take Räikkönen’s spot). In other Formula 1 news, Felipe Massa, who is dropped from Ferrari after this season, will land back on his feet at Williams, where he will replace Pastor Maldonado; he will undoubtedly pull Williams out of the bottom of the barrel that Caterham and Marussia typically swim in. Also out is Sergio Pérez, who has had a less than stellar season with McLaren. He will be replaced by 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Champion Kevin Magnussen amid McLaren’s apparent disappointment over Pérez’ results this season, which have contributed to the team’s distant 5th place standing in the constructors’ championship.
At the Singapore Grand Prix last Sunday, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso were both handed down punishments from the FIA after Alonso gave Webber a ride back to pit lane following Webber’s retirement on the final lap. Both were reprimanded, as Alonso stopped in the middle of a turn to pick up Webber, who ran onto the track to be collected by the Ferrari driver, who finished second in the race. Seeing as how it is Webber’s third reprimand of the season, the Red Bull driver will be subject to a 10 spot grid penalty in the Korean Grand Prix. CCTV video from the track shows just how close both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg came to striking Webber as he hitched a ride with Alonso.
Here’s a cool contest for Formula 1 fans: Infiniti is giving away a round-trip excursion for two to attend the United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX. The competition is open for anyone interested in designing Sebastian Vettel’s helmet for the US GP, and the winner gets an all expenses paid flight to and hotel stay in the city for two people, as well as food and beverage expenses and access to the VIP Paddock Club at the Circuit of the Americas. Vettel will apparently wear the created helmet during practice and qualifying sessions but not for the GP itself. Infiniti will also give the winner cash to pay for taxes of the package, which is valued somewhere around $12,000, making the entire trip more or less free. Seeing as how much of the driver’s helmet is covered by sponsor logos, entrants only have the spaces above and below the Red Bull logos to work with. The contest is perfect for American fans of Formula 1, who packed the track last year at CotA’s inaugural F1 race.
The race will be held on November 17. Cutoff for the contest is Sunday, September 29, so get to designing!
Entry rules and the submission form can be found on the official site.
The Morgan 3 Wheeler is cool. Absolutely cool. If Matt Smith’s Doctor drove a car, it would be the Morgan, and he would have the golden trifecta of fez, bow tie, and 3 Wheeler to make him the coolest guy in the universe. Chris Harris is also cool. Harris does a fantastic job testing Porsche 918 Spyders and Mercedes SLS Electric Drives long before anybody else has the opportunity. Join the two, and Harris gives his impressions on a car that he says, “…deconstructs driving as we know it, and offers a completely different set of solutions.” He discovers that the 3 Wheeler isn’t flawless, especially as speed increases, but he realizes that bombing down the side of a hill isn’t what the the was made for anyway. In the following feature, he also reviews the Caterham 7, an open-air sports car that is down on creature comforts but excels in the corners.
A third trailer for Rush has surfaced online, proving that the movie’s September 20 release date can’t come quickly enough. The Ron Howard-directed film chronicles the 1976 Formula 1 season, focusing on the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. In the middle of the season, Lauda wiped out at the Nürburgring, a crash that nearly ended his life. His return to the race track that same season to challenge Hunt for the Drivers’ Championship is legendary, and will likely prove to be an incredible piece of Rush‘s story.
The first two trailers for the film can be found at our first preview for the film.
Photo courtesy of Bonhams
Mercedes F1 driver Juan Manuel Fangio’s W196R race car has officially set the record as the most expensive car ever sold at auction, for the astronomical sum of $29.65 million; it was sold at the Bonhams Auction at this weekend’s legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed. It sold alongside John Lennon’s Ferrari 330GT, a Ford RS200, and a 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C, as well as vintage posters, photographs, and other automotive memorabilia.