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Porsche confirms twin-turbo V8 for LMDh


Porsche has confirmed, as has long been suspected, that its LMDh car will be powered by a large capacity, twin-turbo, supercharged V8 engine. Based on a road-car unit, the engine will be shared with Audi’s LMDh program and likely also Lamborghini. “We were spoiled for choice with the engine for our LMDh prototype, because the [...]

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Key F1 team moves confirmed


Several senior technical personnel moves within Formula 1 have been confirmed in the last week. The running dispute between Aston Martin and Red Bull over the start date of the latter’s long-time aerodynamicist, Dan Fallows (above), at the former Racing Point team has finally been resolved. In a joint statement, the two teams said, “Dan [...]

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Kistler unveils advanced version of its smallest ever water-cooled cylinder pressure sensor


Kistler has launched what it states is its smallest water-cooled cylinder pressure sensor, which incorporates PiezoStar crystals and is said to yield precise measurements thanks to improvements to its design and manufacturing process compared with previous sensors. The 6041C miniature cylinder pressure sensor is the third generation of Kistler’s smallest water-cooled sensor (size: M8) and [...]

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Mercedes’ James Allison outlines the challenges of F1 2022


As the 2022 Formula 1 season draws near, Mercedes CTO James Allison explains in a new video series just how momentous the new regulation changes are, impacting every area of the cars. The first instalment of the series looks at the gestation period of the new regulations and how, as a team, Mercedes balanced the [...]

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WRC 2022 Rally1 technical gallery


As the 2022 WRC season got underway in Monte Carlo last weekend (Jan 20-23), there was an opportunity to take a closer look at the all-new Rally1 machines from Toyota, M-Sport Ford and Hyundai. Now featuring full tube-frame chassis and incorporating the spec, 100kW hybrid system supplied by Compact Dynamics, the different approaches of each [...]

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Renewable energy arm of Australian mining group to acquire Williams Advanced Engineering


Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), part of the Australian iron ore mining conglomerate Fortescue Metals Group, is to acquire Williams Advanced Engineering. FFI sees WAE’s advanced battery technology as key to the electrification of its mining operations, particularly industrial vehicles including freight trains, 400-ton haul trucks and other heavy equipment. Fortescue founder and chairman, Dr Andrew [...]

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Video: Exclusive Interview – Development of the Ford Puma Rally1


2022 has seen the introduction of all new regulations for the WRC’s top class, Rally1. The cars are no longer based on production chassis, instead they now use tubular spaceframes, with a spec hybird system, supplied by Compact Dynamics, which adds a 100kW boost to the IC engine output. Professional Motorsport World editor Lawrence Butcher caught [...]

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Pascal Zurlinden named director of performance engineering at Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations


Multimatic has named Pascal Zurlinden as its new director of performance engineering at Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations (MSVO). Having previously held a position at Porsche, he will head up MSVO’s high performance vehicle development operations and run Multimatic’s motorsport programs, building on his experience leading the OEM’s motorsport arm. Zurlinden said, “I am really looking forward [...]

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