Articles tagged Richard Branson

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International news

Nissan ZEOD on targetLe Mans racer poised to fulfil electric dreams, by Gary Watkins Nissan’s radical ZEOD RC Le Mans 24 Hours racer is on course to complete the first all-electric lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe in June, according to the programme’s architect. Darren Cox, who is head of Nissan’s global motor sport programmes, believes the petrol-electric hybrid – which takes the Garage 56 grid...

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In brief

* Richard Branson made a rare F1 appearance at Monza, as a guest of Force India. But it was nothing to do with a shared passion for F1 with fellow airline owner and team boss Vijay Mallya. In fact he was present because the team’s Dutch co-owner Michiel Mol has pre-booked a ticket on a Virgin space flight... * On race morning at Monza Max Mosley joined a number of veteran F1 personalities who...

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Contributors

Simon Taylor Given the number of events Simon runs his ‘Stovebolt Special’ HWM in, we’re lucky he can fit in the odd trip to meet another motor sport name for one of his famous Lunches. But after sharing a sea bass with Johnny Herbert in Monaco, he flew to Scotland for another Lunch (wait till next month) and then to Reims to unleash the HWM on the same track where Stirling Moss raced it in 1950...

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The Motor Sport Month - International News

Ferrari looks at Le Mans Ferrari is evaluating the 2014 LMP1 World Endurance Championship rulebook and has not ruled out its first full-factory prototype campaign since 1973. The Italian manufacturer has confirmed speculation that it is undertaking a low-level investigation into the energy-based formula. Antonello Coletta, who runs Ferrari’s non-Formula 1 motor sport programmes, explained that...

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Back to Black Rock

On 4 October 1983, Richard Noble blasted Thrust 2, a Rolls-Royce Avon powered jet-car, across the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA to set a new Land Speed Record at 633.468 mph, a figure which remains unbeaten to this day. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their accomplishment, and to meet the man who hopes to challenge the record some time next year, Noble and the rest of the Project Thrust...

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Industry insight: Willans Safety Harnesses

Accidental success Britain's motor racing business has a lot more elements to its success than the Cosworth V8, front running chassis and the Hewland gearbox. Thriving cottage industries can also meet world class standards, and one such, a Hampshire garage, provides a story with a 20-year-old twist for regular Motor Sport readers . . . Willans Safety Harnesses could be found in half the GP cars...

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In brief

* The FIA has granted Sauber an F1 entry for 2010, ending months of doubt over its future. The news came after BMW confirmed that the team had been sold back to Peter Sauber. The Swiss, who had maintained a 20 per cent shareholding, bought the remainder for a lot less than he was paid in ’05. The deal was made sweeter by the fact that the Hinwil facility has been greatly improved under BMW. As...

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Lunch with... Adrian Reynard

Innovator, improviser, impecunious... The founder of a famous British racing institution has been all three, but right now he's flying high once again By Simon Taylor Motor racing is dangerous: it's a truism that doesn't need repeating. And motor racing can be dangerous commercially, too. On the balance sheet as well as on the track, risk can reap huge rewards but can also result in huge crashes...

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New teams 'lack form'

David Richards, the former team principal of BAR-Honda and Benetton, believes the performance of the new teams which joined Formula 1 this year has made it harder for other entrants to raise the money to take part. Richards’ engineering firm Prodrive was granted an F1 grid slot in 2008 but could not compete after the FIA failed to approve rules allowing teams to share car chassis. Last year...

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"It's mildly embarrassing to have my name on the car"

The Brawn GP story is a modern F1 fairytale, but Ross & Co are still seeking their happy ever after By Adam Cooper It was about an hour after the end of the Australian Grand Prix that Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello were finally able to break free of their media commitments and return to the Brawn GP garage. Darkness already enveloped the track as the pair strode along the pitlane, to...

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