Motoring News Update 30/11/17

Ladies could take the wheel for real, Formula E gains traction and Lancia turns 111.

There’s always something new to look at in the world of Motorsport and the recent news has certainly not disappointed us

This week we’ve discovered that diesel car sales are in sharp decline, when compared to the sale of eco-friendly vehicles. We’ve also found out that some of the worst drivers in Britain have been able to evade all-out bans, including one woman in Oxfordshire who holds the record with 51 point on her license.

Yet still – despite these titbits – there’s been more interesting news on hand for us to focus on this week, such as…

Document leak suggests potential all-female race series

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Women have always been underrepresented in Motorsport, an industry that remains largely in the hands of men. Whilst the occasional female racing icon has risen through the years – you don’t come across a Susie Wolff or a Lella Lombardi every day. In fact, Lombardi was the last and only woman to have scored any points in F1 history – scoring half a point at the 1975 Spanish GP.

Regardless of the reason as to why there is so few women in Motorsport, it would appear that certain parties are taking action to remedy the situation. A leaked document that’s been circulating in media circles has revealed a potential all-woman racing series that is set to stretch across 6 separate events.

Little else is known about the event and this may all come to nought, however it would prove to be a truly revolutionary series of races, should it come to fruition.

Formula E rises in stature with new media deal

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Although the series is only in it’s fourth iteration this year, the electric-only championship is about to become a serious player on the world stage after striking a lucrative deal with motoring media moguls Motorsport.com.

The online motoring media brand’s website attracts over 214 million page views a month and exists in over 28 global editions in 17 different languages. Whilst Formula E has done a great deal so far to legitimise the use domestic use of electric-only cars, it has yet to truly breakthrough to the mainstream motoring world; this deal should change that.

Becoming a digital media partner of the Motorsport Network should aid Formula E drivers (and their vehicles) garner the same kind of attention that is regularly lavished on participants of the competing mainstream Motorsports. The Formula E season will commence in Hong Kong on 2nd December – you can catch all the coverage on Channel 5.

Happy 111th Birthday Lancia!

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Although some might see it as rather bad form to celebrate a car’s birthday on it’s Nelson, but we’re going to take that risk nonetheless. It’s really been that long since the storied rally-car company was founded in Turin and whilst it’s probably fair to say that their hey-day is swiftly diminishing in the rear-view mirror, they still have a few minor victories to celebrate.

Their most recent model, the compact Ypsilon, beat out the Fiat 500 to nab the title of seconbest-selling car in Italy. In fact, Pistonheads.com informs us that more Ypsilons were sold in Italy last year than Alpha Romeos in the whole of Europe. That’s quite a stat to digest.

Despite the success of the Ypsilon, Lancia have not made any announcement for future models. Whilst sales in Italy are all well and good, there are Lancia fans all around the world who would certainly be keen to see a new model that caters to the rest of the world – like a redesign of the Delta Integrale…just as an example.…

Motoring News Update 06/12/16

VW looking for WRC funding, Rosberg walks and Killer Drivers could face life.

It’s always so hard to cherry pick the biggest of the news stories, when motoring is concerned.

In a week when the UK Government ushered in the ‘no-smoking in cars’ bill and the new 2017 Vauxhall Insignia was spotted out in public, it was Motorsports themselves that were always going to take the limelight.

Nico Rosberg Retires from Formula One

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Just a few days after winning the 2015 Formula One World Championship, Nico Rosberg of Team Mercedes has retired from the sport. At the age of 31, Rosberg might well have a good few more  years left in him, but he’s decided to quit whilst he’s ahead.

Posting a statement on his Facebook page, Rosberg admitted that becoming Formula One World Champion was his life long dream. Having reached the ‘peak’ of his ‘mountain’, he now feels that leaving the sport is for the best. No doubt Nico’s wife and daughter will be happy to have him back with the family on a more permanent basis, meanwhile Mercedes will be looking for a new driver to join theirs.

VW seek Financial Backing for new WRC Team

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Frank Welsch, Volkswagen’s Head of Development, has confirmed that he has entered negotiation with several parties, regarding the entry of VW’s new-for-2017 Polo into next year’s WRC.

Despite withdrawing VW’s factory team from working on the vehicle, Welsch has stated that he is open to sub-contracting new team members. Volkswagen famously pulled out of last month’s championship after winning a fourth-straight double – this was due to the fact that the company was also in the process of making 30,000 of it’s workers redundant in the fallout of last year’s Dieselgate scandal. Rumours have been swirling as to who will might take the driver’s seat, but no solid news has emerged yet.

Dangerous Drivers who cause Deaths, in the UK, could face life sentence

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Although the bill has yet to be put through by the UK government, the idea has been put forward to raise the sentence for dangerous drivers up to life in prison. Drivers caught using mobile phones, speeding or racing, could get sentences in line with those given to manslaughter.

Justice minister Sam Gyimah has spoken out against ‘killer drivers’ insisting that ‘if you drive dangerously and kill on our roads, you could face a life sentence.’

In addition to this, those still choosing to endanger lives by using their phones whilst driving, will now be facing double the trouble – as the on the spot fine rises from £100 to £200 and you’ll now find 6 points on your license, rather than three.

Are you shocked by Rosberg’s exit from F1, or do you think it’s his time? Have VW got a chance of getting a car out for January? Give us your views and opinions through the thoughts page!