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AlphaTauri first to reveal race car for the 2021 Formula One season

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Yuki Tsunoda (left) and Pierre Gasly

Red Bull Racing feeder team AlphaTauri is the first of the 2021 Formula One World Championship contenders to reveal its car for the new season.

F1 was due to introduce major changes to the car design for 2021 but organizers last year decided to delay this until the 2022 season due to the hardship experienced by many teams from the Covid-19 situation. Instead, teams were allowed to carry over the 2020 design into 2021.

As a result, the new AlphaTauri AT02 is largely similar to its predecessor, the AT01, though there have been improvements made in the area of aerodynamic and suspension development. There have also been improvements in the integration of the power unit, transmission and related electronics.

AlphaTauri, together with Red Bull, is using a power unit sourced from Honda. The power unit consists of a 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 working with two motor-generators, one integrated with the turbocharger and the other with the engine in the main driveline. AlphaTauri said it worked to improve packaging of the power unit in the AT02.

Yuki Tsunoda (left) and Pierre Gasly

Honda will exit F1 at the end of the 2021 season, after which Red Bull will take over production and further development of its power unit, both for itself and AlphaTauri. This was made possible thanks to a decision made by F1 organizers last week to freeze power unit rules until 2025, when a new power unit concept is due to be introduced.

For the 2021 season, Pirelli will supply tires with a tougher but heavier compound. As a result, organizers have increased the minimum weight for the cars. The weight of the AT02 comes in at approximately 1,658 pounds.

Driving for AlphaTauri are Pierre Gasly and newcomer Yuki Tsunoda. They will spend their first time behind the wheel of the AT02 during official pre-season testing running March 12-14 in Bahrain ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on Mar. 28.

The season was meant to start as always with the Australian Grand Prix but due to Covid-19 restrictions the Australian race has been delayed until November. A record 23 rounds are still planned, with a new Saudi Arabian Grand Prix joining the calendar, as well as the Dutch Grand Prix making a return. The Chinese Grand Prix and a proposed Vietnamese Grand Prix are no longer happening, with special Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and Portuguese Grand Prix rounds filling in.

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Next Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 will reportedly be a plug-in hybrid with a 4-cylinder, 550 hp

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2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Mercedes-Benz this week unveiled its redesigned 2022 C-Class and once again the nameplate will offer a high-performance C63 developed by the Mercedes-Benz AMG skunkworks.

Former AMG chief Tobias Moers let slip as early as 2018 that the next C63 will have a hybrid powertrain, and CAR in a report published Friday listed the alleged specs of the new setup. If the report is accurate, the powertrain is going to be a lot more complex than previously thought.

The powertrain will reportedly consist of the inline-4 found in the latest generation of AMG’s compact cars, which on its own can deliver up to 416 hp. But rather than pair this to a mild-hybrid system as previously thought, CAR reported that AMG will add three motor-generators in a setup similar to what’s found in Formula One cars, as well as the upcoming One hypercar.

One motor-generator will reportedly be applied in a conventional mild-hybrid setup, essentially serving as a beefed up starter motor and capable of recovering energy under braking. Another will be mounted at the rear axle to help the engine drive the rear wheels, though it will also reportedly be able to send its power to the rear wheels independently of the engine. The third and final motor-generator will be integrated with the turbocharger, helping it to spool up at low revs and also being capable of recovering energy from the exhaust.

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The combined output of the system will reportedly be 550 hp and 590 lb-ft, up significantly on the 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of the outgoing C63 S. There will be a weight penalty due to the complex powertrain, however. According to CAR, the hybrid technology will add about 550 pounds to the car and bring its curb weight to almost 4,410 pounds. Part of the hefty load is due to a big battery that should provide around 40 miles of pure electric range. One weight-related benefit of the system will be an ideal 50:50 weight distribution thanks to less weight over the front axle compared to the outgoing C63 due to the smaller engine, according to the report.

Conventional elements like a 9-speed automatic, mechanical all-wheel-drive system, adaptive suspension and a drift mode will also reportedly feature in the next C63.

Performance estimates reportedly include 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 181 mph. That top speed matches the outgoing C63 but acceleration is about half a second quicker.

We should see the next C63 by the end of the year or early next, according to CAR. A new C43, which may end up being badged a C53, is also coming. Stay tuned.

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2022 Infiniti QX60 arrives soon with 295-hp V-6, 9-speed automatic, and 6,000-pound towing capacity

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Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

A redesigned Infiniti QX60 will arrive on the scene later this year and the first details on the mid-size crossover SUV have been revealed.

The new QX60 has been developed alongside the redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder that debuted in early February, and is also coming as a 2022 model.

So what can buyers expect? Infiniti already hinted at the design with its QX60 Monograph concept unveiled last fall, and now the Japanese automaker has said the new QX60 will arrive with a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 295 hp. That’s a bit better than the 284 hp from the 3.5-liter V-6 in the new Pathfinder.

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept

Infiniti also said the new QX60 will feature a 9-speed automatic from ZF as standard, meaning no more continuously variable transmission. Infiniti said the automatic has been tuned to deliver good off-the-line acceleration coupled with smooth cruising performance on the highway, thanks to a wide ratio spread of almost 10:1.

There will also be strong towing capacity. Some grades will be able to tow up to 6,000 pounds, which is 20% more than the outgoing model, or enough to comfortably tow a 22-foot Airstream trailer. Making this maximum tow rate possible will be an uprated transmission oil cooler on some grades. These grades will also come with an integrated hitch receiver, trailer-tuned stability programming, and dedicated prewiring harnesses.

The engineers have conducted extensive testing in the United States to ensure the vehicle suits our roads, and this includes long stints in temperatures of 122 degrees and above in places like California’s Death Valley, with heavy loads in tow.

Underpinning the new QX60 is an updated version of the outgoing model’s front-wheel-drive architecture. Expect front-wheel drive to be standard and all-wheel drive to be on the options list for the new model. Though it’s yet to be confirmed, a return of a hybrid option at some point is likely.

Inside, there will be three rows of seats. The layout of the dash should be similar to what we see in the latest Pathfinder, meaning we’ll likely see a 12.3-inch screen serving as the instrument cluster and a second screen, possibly bigger than the available 9.0-inch unit in the Pathfinder, serving as the infotainment hub. There will also be a drive mode selector with five settings, including a performance option.

Stay tuned for the reveal later this year.

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SCG 007 Le Mans Hypercar revealed, and she’s a beauty

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans Hypercar race car's V-8 engine

In 1967, Ford and its GT40 took first place overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. No American team racing its own car has done so since, but that could change with the 2021 season of the World Endurance Championship whose highlight is the French classic.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, based in Danbury, Connecticut, is looking to take the win and beat the world again. It will do so by competing in the 2021 WEC season as Glickenhaus Racing, in the new Le Mans Hypercar class with the 007.

After an extensive build process, the first 007 hit Italy’s Vallelunga racetrack on Thursday for its initial shakedown test, with Romain Dumas behind the wheel. Specific tests included calibration of the car’s steering, transmission and newly developed V-8. The V-8 is a bespoke 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged mill developed by France’s Pipo Moteurs.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans Hypercar race car’s V-8 engine

SCG hasn’t provided any specs but LMH rules call for a maximum 670 hp. The LMH class, like the faster LMP1 class it replaces, allows for both hybrid and non-hybrid entries. This year non-hybrid LMP1 cars will be allowed to compete and in 2022 the regulations will allow cars from IMSA’s new LMDh class as well. Balance of Performance rules will be used to equalize the playing field.

SCG had planned to go down the hybrid route but last year decided to drop this due to the weight and complexity it would add to the 007. LMH cars need to meet a minimum weight of 2,270 pounds.

SCG was the first to commit to the LMH class, though it’s not entirely on its own. The company has teamed up with Joest Racing and Sauber to help with the 007’s development and also the car’s racing campaign. And Podium Advanced Technologies was tapped to construct the 007. The Italian engineering outfit has helped multiple other teams deliver class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the past decade.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans Hypercar race car

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans Hypercar race car

The next stop for the 007 will be the official pre-season test, known as the Prologue, which is scheduled to take place at Portugal’s Portimao racetrack from March 30-31. The first round of the 2021 WEC season will also be at Portimao on April 4. The main event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will run June 12-13.

LMH aims to reestablish a relationship between the top race cars and road cars, in contrast to the previous LMP1 prototypes. The rules require teams to build road cars with a similar powertrain concept to the race car. SCG plans to offer a road-going version of the 007, with the company previously listing a price of about $2.1 million.

SCG will go up against Toyota and Germany’s ByKolles in the LMH class this season. Peugeot is set to join the fray most likely in 2022 and Ferrari this week said it will be there in 2023.

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