Touring car racing has a long tradition in Germany. For many years, the DTM was considered the number one thing. But after the exit of Mercedes draw dark clouds on the German Touring Car Championship on. No wonder the fans are looking for alternatives. Above all, the ADAC TCR Germany is becoming increasingly popular.

The racing cars were developed according to the globally consistent TCR regulations and have two-liter turbo engines with more than 300 hp and front-wheel drive. All vehicles are equipped by Pirelli with tires. The goal: Here is a bridge to the series cars are beaten. That's the idea behind this still young racing series, which has now started its fourth season in Oschersleben. The engine information service (mid) was there and experienced exciting motorsport to touch.

An important role is played by the Hyundai Team Engstler, which uses two i30 N TCRs. The goal is clearly defined. "We want to go for the championship," says team boss Andreas blade the mid. If you take a look inside the garages, you can see how professionally they work there. Every handle sits. And best of all, the fans can watch the mechanics on the fingers.

This is the special charm of the series and is reflected in the number of spectators. "On average, between 20,000 and 25,000 fans attend each event," says Andreas Klinge. Even in Oschersleben formed on the way kilometer-long car-snakes – despite the wet and cold bad weather. Real racing fans can not stop that.

For the Hyundai Team Engstler, young riders Max Hesse (17 / Wernau) and Theo Coicaud (19 / Le Havre / France) are at the wheel of a 350 hp i30 N Performance. A third VIP vehicle used by Team Engstler is being piloted by prominent guest starters, but it does not score points and is therefore out of the competition. In addition, there are two Hyundai of the team HP Racing International – so there are a total of five i30 N TCR in the 2019 season represented.

The "N-Thusiasten", as the owners of these vehicles are called, get their money's worth. Of course, the TCR racing cars are modified, but in the series vehicles comes with at least 275 hp also racing feeling. "We transport the N from the series to the racetrack," says Andreas Klinge and swears: "There is an incredible driving performance for the retailer to buy – and at an attractive price."

The entry into the world of the "N-Thusiasten" succeeds in the Hyundai dealer for just over 32,000 euros. By comparison, the use of a customer car in the ADAC TCR Germany costs about 180,000 euros for one season, according to Andreas Klinge.

The i30 N TCR is definitely sporty successful. At the end of the season in 2018, after four races with eight races, three victories, a second and a third place for the Hyundai Team Engstler were recorded. The 19-year-old Luca Engstler even scored a double victory at the Sachsenring. "We can not have done so much wrong," says Andreas Klinge.

The start to the new season is promising, even if it does not end in the hoped-for victory. After the race weekend in Oschersleben, Max Hesse and Theo Coicaud are on the second and sixth place in the championship table. Thus, the Hyundai Team Engstler takes the top spot in the team ranking with 117 points. The first victories are secured by Mike Halder in the Honda Civic Type-R TCR and the Finn Antti Buri in the Audi RS 3 LMS SEQ.

The Hyundai conclusion from the start of the season in the Magdeburger Brde is consistently positive: "All five i30 N TCR showed a great performance and have proven that the Hyundai is one of the strongest vehicles in the field." And: In both races, the Hyundai Team Engstler started from pole position, which clearly speaks for the speed of the i30 N TCR. Now it only has to work with the first win of the season. The next opportunity will be the two races in Most in the Czech city of Most (18 and 19 May 2019).

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The article "Hyundai i30 N TCR: touring car" was added to the category News by Ralf Loweg on 29.04.2019 Motorsport, Touring Car, Racing Car, Race Track, News, released.

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Anyone who wants to climb the career ladder in motorsport can not miss the ADAC Formula 4. Here, hopeful talents can recommend themselves for higher tasks in racing. Now it's time again. At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the junior series will start its fifth season on the 1st of May weekend.

"We look forward to a very international field in Formula 4, which underlines the good reputation of the series and confirms our many years of successful junior work in Formula racing," says ADAC Sports President Hermann Tomczyk. Drivers like Mick Schumacher and Lando Norris, who once started their careers in Formula 4, have now arrived in Formula One or the Formula One environment. "I'm really looking forward to the Formula 4 year in 2019," said ADAC Sports President Hermann Tomczyk.

Again, a well-known name is at the start. Arthur Leclerc from Monaco, the 18-year-old brother of Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc, will be in the German Formula 4 for the first time in 2019. He starts for the champion team US Racing CHRS of Ralf Schumacher and Gerhard Ungar alongside newcomers Roman Stanek (Czech Republic), Theo Pourchaire (France) and Alessandro Ghiretti (France).

The article "ADAC Formel 4: Jugend forsch" was published on 26.04.2019 in the category News by Ralf Loweg with the keywords Motorsports, Race Cars, Race Track, News, released.

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Electric cars are on the rise in motorsport. The formula E is the best example that even almost silent racing cars can provide plenty of action. And like the famous colleagues from Formula 1, the raging Stromers also have to complete test drives. Probably the most famous place for this is the legendary Nordschleife of the Nrburgring.

On the Eifel course, the Frenchman Romain Dumas gave the Volkswagen ID. R's spurs: In the all-electric race car, he spooled out a comprehensive program on the 20.832-kilometer circuit. Volkswagen Motorsport thus began the final preparatory phase for the attempt to set a lap record for electric vehicles with the 500 kW / 680 hp racing car on the traditional track in the Eifel.

"The Nürburgring Nordschleife has presented itself as the expected heavy challenge," says Sven Smeets, Director Volkswagen Motorsport. "Based on the extensive computer simulations in advance, we worked on this test to perfectly tune the ID.R especially in terms of suspension to this unique race track." The energy management has already worked very well. "As a result, we were able to process the planned points in the test program according to plan and compare different racing tires of our partner Bridgestone."

The item "Volkswagen ID R: Silent on the Nordschleife" was added to the News section by Ralf Loweg on 26.04.2019Motorsports, Electromobility, Racing Cars, Race Track, Test, News,published.

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After the long winter break the start lamp in the ADAC GT Masters is back on green again. The new season will open in Oschersleben (April 26 to 28, 2019). 19 teams with supercars from Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche compete. Both races will be played live on Saturday and Sunday (starting at 1pm) and in full length by Sport1.

How exciting it will be, hinted at the test drives: With Audi, Porsche, Corvette and Ferrari equal four of the eight brands represented at least a best time. Forecasting the start is difficult. A look at the list of winners at the Magdeburg circuit shows that vehicles from seven different manufacturers have won there in the past eight races.

With the new ADAC GT4 Germany, the ADAC TCR Germany, the ADAC Formula 4 and the Special Touring Car Trophy (STT) the fans in Oschersleben are offered a comprehensive program – racing action seems guaranteed.

The item "Die Supersportwagen kommt" was added on April 24, 2017 in the category Innovations by Ralf Loweg with the keywords Motorsports, sports cars, race track, presentation, released.

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When events are sold out within an hour, one first thinks of a Madonna concert or the Champions League final in football. But carmakers also manage that – especially when emotions come into play. And that's exactly what Hyundai wants to convey with the Driving Academy. On the 27th and 28th of April 2019 it's time again. Then N-Thusiasten meet, as Hyundai owner of an i30 N also calls, for the first track day of this year on the Grand Prix track of the Nrburgrings.

The two-day event around the third round of the VLN Endurance Championship was fully booked in just 60 minutes, although the contingent for the Hyundai i30 N and the i30 Fastback N was later even increased. "The season opener in the Eifel clearly shows the thrilling potential of the N models," says Till Wartenberg, Director of Marketing and Press at Hyundai.

No wonder: at the Hyundai Driving Academy, every N-Thusiast has the opportunity to exaggerate the strengths of his own i30 N or i30 Fastback N and experience the driving pleasure. For the Track Day, group and individual training will be offered on the Grand Prix circuit. According to Hyundai, the cost of 449 euros for two people includes overnight accommodation as well as full catering and tickets for the VLN race.

Further dates of the Hyundai Driving Academy should follow in 2019, promises the manufacturer. Hyundai expects an increasing amount of traffic: in the end, more than 3,800 units of the i30 N were sold in 2018. And next to the i30 N is now with the i30 Fastback N still a second N-model at the dealers. Thus, many new N-soi tastes in the Driving Academy will soon come to the right taste.

The item "Hyundai: Great Station at the Nürburgring" was added on April 23, 2013 in the category News by Ralf Loweg with the keywords Motorsports, Race Track, Lifestyle, News, released.

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The countdown for the start of a new motorsport era: When the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) on 4-5. Opened the new season in Hockenheim on May 30, 2019, for the first time in 30 years, there is no Mercedes vehicle available. Instead, the Stuttgart-based carmaker is preparing for the adventure in Formula E instead.

Only the two premium manufacturers Audi and BMW are represented at the factory in the DTM. Equivalent replacement for Mercedes did not find the persons responsible. Therefore, the starting field is filled with two customer cars of the British Nobel brand Aston Martin.

All teams have now completed the dress rehearsal for the start of the season at test rides at the Lausitzring. For the first time, the racetrack in Lausitz was the venue for the traditional last big DTM test before the start of the season. At the same time, the teams rolled out a comprehensive program: During the four days, all 18 drivers of the 2019 DTM generation were used. Together, they completed 3,921 rounds of testing.

R-Motorsport, the official Aston Martin team, used two Aston Martin Vantage DTMs. Audi was represented by nine cars: the Audi Sport test car, the two Abbot Sports Cars of the Abt Sportsline, Rosberg and Phoenix teams, and the Audi RS5 DTM of the new customer team WRT. At BMW, the six drivers had a total of three BMW M4 DTM available.

By the way, the fastest driver was the Dutchman Robin Frijns. The 27-year-old set the record for the 4.57-kilometer circuit with a lap time of 1: 35.169 minutes in the Abt-Audi. The time gives an impression of the potential of the 2019 DTM cars, which thanks to the new four-cylinder turbocharged engines deliver around 100 hp more than the predecessors with a naturally aspirated V8 engine. At the same time, the vehicle's minimum weight dropped by 45 kilograms to 986 kilograms.

The Belgian Audi team WRT caused a coup. The team of former racing driver Vincent Vosse announced the commitment of the Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi. The grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi sat in a DTM car for the first time, leaving a strong impression on his team.

The article "Touring car: dress rehearsal in Lausitz" was added to the category News by Ralf Loweg on 23/04/2019 Motorsport, Touring Car, Test, Race Track, News, released.

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The new Porsche Experience Center (PEC) at the Hockenheimring is finished. In any case, there is already the shell. Now they celebrated with 200 invited guests topping. The world's seventh customer experience center for the sports car manufacturer is being built on an area of ​​around 176,000 square meters and is due to open in October 2019.

The beautiful new Porsche world includes a modern building complex, a handling track, driving dynamics areas and an off-road course. After the shell construction of the main building is completed with the topping-out ceremony, the façades and windows are produced in the next step. Around one third of the façade is said to be made of glass, giving the center a modern and open impression from afar.

The item "New Porsche World Stands" was added on 05.04.2019 in the category Novelties by Lars Wallerang with the keyword Short message, car brand, sports car, lifestyle, race track, presentation, released.

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The Audi Sport Abt Abt Schaeffler team missed the podium at the Formula E premiere in Sanya, China. Nevertheless, Daniel Abt took in the sixth race of the season important points for the German team. The Audi driver finished fifth and ensured that the team with the four rings in the team standings continued to make up ground.

Team mate Lucas di Grassi battled his way from sixth on the grid in sixth with his Audi e-tron FE05 when he was knocked out of the race in the penultimate lap by a collision. "That was extremely annoying because we could have taken the lead in the championship today," said the Brazilian. "Until then it was a great race."

The win for the DS-Techeetah team driving Jean-Eric Vergne ahead of Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) and Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW Andretti Motorsport). In the team ranking, Mahindra and Virgin are now in the lead with 97 points each. Only one point behind is Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler on the watch.

Formula E now travels to Rome, where on April 13, 2019, the European Formula E season begins.

The article "Formula E: Important points for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler" was published on 25.03.2019 in the category News by Ralf Loweg with the keywords Motorsport, Formula E, Race Track, News, released.

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After almost four months winter break, the Formula 1 engines were screaming again at the other end of the world. But at the hierarchy in the kings class of motorsport, nothing has changed. The Mercedes Silver Arrows fly ahead – and the rest are behind.

The only surprise at the 2019 Formula 1 start in Melbourne was ultimately the outcome of the team-internal duel at Mercedes. Because then had to give world champion Lewis Hamilton his teammate Valtteri Bottos beaten. For the Finn, it was the first win at the Australian Grand Prix and the fourth of his Formula 1 career.

Lewis Hamilton finished second behind him and clinched the 45th Mercedes double victory in Formula One. Valtteri Bottas also drove the fastest lap of the race and was rewarded with an extra point, which is new this season. Thus, the Finn leads the drivers' classification with 26 counters ahead of Lewis Hamilton (18 points).

In third, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen (Netherlands) made it onto the podium. With a bitter disappointment the race ended for Ferrari. For the four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel it was enough in the red racer from Maranello only to fourth place. "Why are we so slow?" The German radio asked his team during the race. But nobody had an answer for that at the Ferrari command post.

Opportunity to do better is available to Ferrari and all other teams in 14 days. Then the season continues with the Wüsten Grand Prix of Bahrain (31 Mar). A total of 21 races are in Formula 1 in the World Cup calendar 2019th Since the prelude can be sure only a snapshot – for Mercedes, however, a very beautiful.

The article "Formel-1-Saisonstart 2019: Sternstunde Down Under" was published on 18.03.2019 in the category News by Ralf Loweg with the keywords Motorsport, Formula 1, Race Cars, Race Track, News, released.

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