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Technical Stunner; Michelin invents ‘Hybrid’

As Michelin’s technical partners Audi and Toyota explore hybrid power in motor racing, Michelin has developed a revolutionary new ‘hybrid’ (slick/intermediate) tire for damp and drying track conditions. The latest endurance racing tyre to be developed by Michelin’s engineers combines the carcass of an ‘intermediate’ tyre with a ‘slick’ tread. It is available for all the Michelin technical partners...

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Wednesday evening: 11pm

Its 11pm at Le Mans. Do you know where your favorite teams are? If they are featuring a diesel/flywheel hybrid (Audi) a capacitor hybrid system (Toyota) or a radical new design concept (Nissan DeltaWing) they are enjoying the late sunset and drop into darkness in the first qualifying session. Midway through the late Wednesday evening two-hour session and the teams are starting to show their respective hands. Allan McNish tops the...

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What’s New in Tire Land?

Unlike many racing series, the ALMS and the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) encourage open competition for tire makers, as opposed to a spec tire series. Rather than a one-tire-fits-all approach, tire makers can work closely with manufacturers and teams to develop specific tire shapes and sizes to optimize performance within a maximum dimensional boundary. Like passenger car tires for everyday application, tire sizing in...

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Rebellion Racing makes Sebring debut

Rebellion Racing, Lola B10/60 Coupe Toyota No. 12: Nicolas Prost, Neel Jani, Jeroen Bleekemolen Rebellion Racing makes its first 12 Hours of Sebring appearance in a Lola coupe with a Toyota engine. Nicolas Prost, son of four time Formula One World Champion Alain Prost, and Neel Jani have driven for the team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They are joined this week by third driver Jeroen Bleekemolen, who won the 2010 GTC class championship...

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Welcome to the Celebrity Zoo

Golf has its pro-ams, stick-and-ball sports have their meet-and-greets and fantasy camps. But it’s rare when racing gets the opportunity to rub shoulders with the Hollywood set. That’s one of the things that makes Long Beach different. Part of a jam-packed weekend that features the American Le Mans Series, Indy Car, and other support series, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race is a staple of the Long Beach event. Driving...

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