Articles tagged National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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"It just keeps on giving"

Motor Sport was offered an exclusive opportunity to try Audi’s 2014 Le Mans-winning R18. Your chauffeur? Harry Tincknell, who scored an eye-catching class victory on his Sarthe debut Writer: Sam Smith Mid-August, Italy. Shutdown. The towns and cities have emptied, their citizens headed for the Adriatic. Bronzed tourists line up, sardine-like, and bake on the scorched beaches of Riccione. A few...

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Mat Oxley

BMW’s unlikely winner The revelation in Motor Sport that Adrian Newey’s engineering brilliance may find a different outlet in the America’s Cup put me in mind of another racing engineer whose genius crossed frontiers. Udo Gietl is the man who helped achieve some of the most unlikely successes in motorcycle racing history. In 1976 the German-born American took BMW’s R90S – a sports-touring machine...

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One giant leap

The space race wasn’t limited to matters extra-terrestrial. Some of the technology was having a significant impact on race tracks around the worldWriter Paul Fearnley Jackie Stewart, his luxuriant hair and sideburns bang on-trend, won a thrilling 1969 British Grand Prix in a car devised by rocket scientists.  The next day, buzz-cut Neil Armstrong – keeper of a Chevy Corvette leased from 1960 Indy...

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Zanardi sets new target the Indy 500

Double Indycar champion, Formula 1 racer and now a Paralympic medal-winner – two golds and a silver: is there anything Alex Zanardi cannot do? He conquered the hand-cycling course at Brands Hatch at the age of 45, and now he is eyeing a remarkable return to his first sport with a shot at the Indianapolis 500 in 2013. When Zanardi lost his legs in September 2001 in a horrific Champ Car crash at...

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The worst car I ever drove - French Farce

Tim Harvey – Renault 19 Renault’s F1 domination boded well for its new touring car – but, as Tim Harvey tells Mark Hughes, there’s many a slip… Though merely a thirty-something, Tim Harvey is the longest-serving member of the British Touring Car Championship. Since making his debut in the series 11 years ago in a Rover SD1 Vitesse, he's seen it transform itself from the status of glorified club...

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Trading Aces - F1/NASCAR Swap

Publicity stunt or not, a car swap between F1's Lewis Hamilton and NASCAR's Tony Stewart still proved fascinating for both, especially on hallowed ground at Watkins Glen BY ADAM HAY-NICHOLLS Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart might come from different worlds, but put them in each other's cars and they still impress. Hamilton's Formula 1 McLaren is a 640kg single-seater built to NASA levels of...

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Ford Focus - shouldn't you expect more from life?

'In its styling it excites, on the road it astonishes.' 'Utterly desirable.' 'The best car we have driven all year.' (Autocar, 9 September 1998) What could the Autocar road testers be talking about? An exotic Latin sports bolide? A Teutonic limousine? Or some high-tech, megabucks road legal rally car? No. They're talking about the Ford Focus, with prices starting at a decidedly un-mega £12,850 on...

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Breaking the barrier: Breaking new ground

McLaren Advanced Vehicles' contender to go through the Sound Barrier on landwill break all sorts of new ground in the technological war of distance against time What is the Sound Barrier? Well, it's one of those intangibles that may or may not exist, a hypothetical barrier of shockwaves that surrounds an object travelling near the speed of sound. The real question is: What is the speed of sound?...

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Wonder wood

The depth and variety of machinery and action at the Goodwood Festival of Speed astonished yet again Words: Robert Stride. Photography: LAT, James Mann, Steve Havelock At Indianapolis they get the proceedings underway with “Gentlemen, start your engines.” Early on Friday morning at Goodwood a French engineer plugged his laptop into an R25, fired up the engine and let loose a 10-cylinder rendition...

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THE AMERICAN

THE AMERICAN AY HISTORIC FANS IN BRITAIN MAY FLOCK TO GOOD WOOD AND COYS TO GET THEM FILL, BUT IN AMERICA IT'S PEBBLE BEACH AND LAGUNA SECA. GORDON CRUICKSHANK HEADS WEST TO SAMPLE MOTORING USA-STYLE Top row: Privilege and perfection on Pebble Beach's verdant lawns Speed 20 Alvis and sparkling Miller. Middle: Laguna's twists suited Fl dash; David Hobbs switched between racer and TV presenter....

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