McLaren P1 GTR

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McLaren will use its presence at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to showcase its P1 GTR, in design concept form.

Conceived in response to requests from buyers of the road legal McLaren P1 for a track focused edition of its car, and available for purchase only to this group as a fully comprehensive programme to include driving events, training and vehicle support, the McLaren P1 GTR will be in production by June 2015 when the 375th and final example of the road car has been completed – two decades on from the 24 Hours of Le Mans win by the McLaren F1 GTR.

The GTR will be unveiled at the McLaren Brand Centre on the 18th Fairway at the Pebble Beach Lodge (18.00 EST on Friday 15 August – 02.00 BST Saturday 16 August).

Sometimes the messenger should be shot

Clive Couldwell:

We should be shouting a lot more about F1..engaging the future.

Originally posted on joeblogsf1:

Reading the F1 “news” today all I feel is depression. For want of anything better to write, the Internet monkeys with typewriters have reproduced a string of remarks about F1 from Flavio Briatore. Lest we forget, the sleazy-looking Italian admitted to fixing races and was slung out of the sport five years ago. I make no secret of the fact that back then I was happy to see him gone. His presence, and that of his C-list celebrity friends, in my opinion, not only added nothing to the sport, it actually harmed it, creating the impression that F1 was entirely peopled with such folk and not filled with passionate, clever people, most of whom believe that success has no meaning if it is achieved by underhand means. The last thing F1 needs these days is a sleazy front man. We have enough sleaze already, thank you…

What F1 needs today…

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Caterham not for sale

Just in case you hadn’t heard, Caterham Group is not for sale.

The reports circulating last weekend were factually incorrect, says Caterham. However, the Group is actively searching for additional investment as it seeks to fulfil ambitious plans to develop.

“The shareholders of the Group, co-Chairmen Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, remain wholly committed to the Caterham brand.”

Adds Fernandes:

“We love what we build and we are always looking for further investment. This is no different to how we started AirAsia. Yes, we are constantly challenging ourselves and making decisions on everything from the structure to projects within the Group. That is normal business. That does not mean we are selling.”

El Greco comes to town

The E22 showing El Greco livery.

The E22 showing El Greco livery

 

On the initiative of its owner Gérard Lopez the Lotus F1 Team will pay homage to Spanish painter El Greco with a special livery for the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix on 9-11 May.

The team’s E22 will feature branding of the major El Greco exhibition currently taking place in Toledo which commemorates the 400 years since the death of a leading figure of the Spanish Renaissance through his work as a painter.

A commemorative helmet will be presented to the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy on 8 May in La Moncloa, and to His Majesty King Juan Carlos I during his planned visit to the Lotus F1 Team motorhome at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday 11 May.

Says Lopez:

“This is the first time a Formula 1 team has publicised a Spanish cultural event so prominently. We will promote the El Greco exhibition – for no commercial fee – to a global TV audience of over 600 million people. Through this the legend of El Greco will be displayed in support of Spanish Culture and cultural tourism in Spain.”

Gérard Lopez is no stranger to mixing art and sport. The son of Galician immigrants, Lopez is an expert in Asian art, and a collector of incunabula and historical automobiles.

The ‘El Greco’ exhibition in Toledo currently receives thousands of visitors as one of the largest ever to gather together practically every work by the sixteenth century painter.

El Greco is regarded as one of the greatest artists of Western civilisation, an accolade that has been formed over the last 100 years, changing opinions previously held regarding his paintings during the two and a half centuries following his death. Previously he was regarded as an eccentric painter marginal to art history.

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