Miscellaneous Monday motorsports mumblings, vol. 9

I caught the first race of the 2009 World Superbike series this weekend.  Really good stuff: close racing all the way through, and even though I didn’t get to watch the second race I’m a big fan of the two-race format.

Of particular note is Troy Corser’s eighth-place finish in the first race… on BMW’s newly-developed S1000.


Speaking of newly-developed race rockets, Force India have unveiled their 2009 Formula One contender:


The high, needle-like nose reminds me of the all-conquering Williams FW-18:

I rather doubt that the VJM02 will prove to be as successful as the FW18, but at least it’ll provide some nostalgia.

Other points of interest are the mirror mounts (second only to the Ferrari’s in aerodynamic interest, at least in my uneducated opinion) and the integrated turning vanes at the sidepod corners.  The front wing itself looks kind of brutal and simplistic, but if it works that’s not a problem.  None of the other teams has the movable elements fenced off from the centre section that aggressively.

Force India are running a McLaren gearbox and Mercedes engine this year, rather than getting their powertrain from Ferrari as before.  We’ll see how that works.


Sticking with Formula One: the Honda F1 rumour mill is still chugging away, persistently hopeful that the team will in fact manage to field a car in Melbourne this month.  It looks like they might be onto something:

According to the second article, Nick Fry and Ross Brawn have — somehow — bought Honda F1 with the aid of Bernie Ecclestone himself.

I’ll believe it when I see a pair of Hondas on the grid for the Australian GP.


Meanwhile, other teams are buying cars and getting ready for the Formula Le Mans season.  Yes, you read that right:

That’s gonna kick ass.


Finally, Planet Le Mans looks over — part of — the entry list for the 2009 24 Heures du Mans:

I’m actually more interested in Sebring this year.  Peugeot vs. Audi vs. Acura ought to be a great show in LMP1.

2 Responses to “Miscellaneous Monday motorsports mumblings, vol. 9”

  1. 1 aczarnowski
    March 4, 2009 at 08:14

    Corser is riding a Beemer? OK. It’s not an airhead, but World Superbike is interesting to me again.

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