Fernando Alonso's deal with the vengeful gods of speed and grace may be up. Fans noticed smoke pouring out of his car over the weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway right before a new Honda engine was wheeled out for his Verizon IndyCar Series ride for the Indianapolis 500.
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When everybody's favourite mumbler, Kimi Raikkonen, wrecked out on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday, a young Ferrari fan in the crowd showed more emotion than Raikkonen probably has, total, in his lifetime. The kid looked like someone stole his new puppy. But Raikkonen turned that all around.
The 1980s and '90s rivalry between Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz was one of the greatest in the history of motorcycle racing. With his hot lapping days behind him now, he instead runs the MotoAmerica series, where he wants to see the same fierce competitive energy in up-and-coming riders. And it's starting to look like he'll get his wish.
Recently, my lovely coworkers volunteered me to ride on the back of a racing motorcycle, the kind used in MotoAmerica, at Austin's Circuit of The Americas. I feel like we've known each other for a long time on this blog, friends, and I need to be honest with you: I was scared to death. In a good way. I think.
Formula One is back! While we got a fascinating strategy battle early on at the Australian Grand Prix, too much of the race felt as if that "not enough passing" problem had been exacerbated by the 2017-spec cars. We need some cheering up in these dark times. We need a meme. Meet Rammstein's new drummer, Toto Wolff.
Autonomous car racing is real, and happening soon. From a technological standpoint it's all quite impressive, but there's one big problem: it sounds boring as all shit to watch. How do you make autonomous racing interesting? The answer is pretty clear: they need to blow each other up.
Formula One is a sport of function over form if there was one, and the form Force India's new VJM10 Formula One racer certainly could've turned out better in the front — or maybe not, according to Autosport. The VJM10's unique bump in its nose had to be there in order to exploit a certain part of the suspension rules.
There's a reason nature uses eggs to protect offspring who develop outside their mothers. Domes are inherently strong and durable, so it also makes sense to build a drone with a similarly bulbous shape to help it survive crashes, collisions and other accidents when an amateur pilot is at the controls.
Video: Here's Jeff Brines and his dog Tucker, just enjoying some bike trails in Targhee, Wyoming. Brines captured this footage of his dog out-racing him and his mountain bike, all while offering loving words of encouragement. Watch Brines pop wheelies and yell "Let's go get it!" at Tucker. They're having a great time.
Video: Like NASCAR, hydroplane racing seems like one of those sports where fans only watch in hopes of seeing a spectacular crash. Making over-powered boats race at speeds of over 322km per hour might not be humanity's best decision, but it makes for some impressively terrifying highlight videos when things go wrong. We'll just stick with canoes, thank you.
Drone racing is exciting in its own right, but for spectators the sport still can't quite match the horsepower and top speeds of auto racing — or can it? Nissan's GT-R drone, designed and built by Tornado XBlades Racing, can hit a top speed of 185km per hour. It can accelerate from zero to 96km in under 1.3 seconds.