Ever wonder why you don't see things like recumbents in the Tour de
France? Well, it's because of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI),
which is the world governing body for bicycle racing. Among other
things, the UCI places unwavering restrictions on the design of racing
bikes. While this is intended to keep some racers from having an unfair
advantage, many people feel that it also holds back the evolution of
bikes designed for non-racers. That's why Specialized’s Creative
Director, Robert Egger, created the fUCI concept bike. It's a speed bike
designed without UCI restrictions in mind ... and we'll let you figure out what the F in its name stands for.
Besides building luxury cars and motorcycles, BMW has made some pretty impressive sports gear, including an Olympic bobsled that drove Team USA to men's bronze and women's silver and bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. BMW of North America announced today that it is now focusing attention on the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games. It's reaching into its deep well of mechanical know-how to develop a racing wheelchair for the US track and field team.
The Harrington Group's half-scale cars have been around for 13 years, with the entire fleet of classic look-alikes being completely reengineered two years ago and a new level of sophistication added to the designs. The latest release of a two-thirds scale 1960s Lotus 25 F1 lookalike could prove to be much more than just an exquisite toy for the wealthy though. It's a low cost race car which could form the basis for a whole new sport with more relevance than karts.
Amidst the aggressive expansion of the Golf range, Volkswagen has left one market untouched. The company has now moved to fill this racecar sized hole in the lineup by unveiling a 325 hp Golf designed to tackle the Touringcar Racer International Series.
There are hundreds of tiny pieces that go into creating the giant puzzle that is a successful racing team. While race fans get to see a completed car running flat out around a track, creating that completed puzzle involves the careful management of engineers, marketers, drivers and sponsors. So, how do they do it? Gizmag recently had a chance to look around Nissan Motorsport Australia’s factory, before sitting down with team director and driver, Rick Kelly and general manager of engineering, Craig Spencer, to find out.
The Formula One Strategy Group has released details about changes aimed at injecting some extra excitement into the sport from 2016 onwards. Changes to the cars' exhaust systems and tires have been tabled, while electronic aids will be cut back in an attempt to make the racing more challenging for drivers and more unpredictable for fans.
Lexus has revealed the sporty race car that it will task with tackling
the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend. Not to be confused
with the RC F GT3,
the all-new RC F GT concept car loses around 800 lb (363 kg) when
compared to its production sibling, giving the 467-hp 5.0-liter V8
engine that much more potential on the twisty ascent up the famed
Ford is taking its all-new GT racing. In preparation of a return to Le Mans next year, the Blue Oval has revealed the aerodynamic carbon fiber racer it'll put on the track. And the new GT looks just as good as a sponsor-badged race car as it did a glistening, electric-blue show car at NAIAS 2015.
Chad Nowak describes himself as an aviation nutter. For 25 years he's been flying remote controlled aircraft and full-sized sail planes, fuelled by a fascination for anything that glides through the air. But this interest went up a notch when he came across a Youtube video of an emerging sport known as FPV (first person view) drone racing. Fast forward 12 months and his home in Queensland, Australia, is covered in half-built quadcopters and loose parts. Last weekend, Nowak flew to Melbourne to take on like-minded racers in an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of the city.