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A SEASON OF MILESTONES FOR FORMULA 1®

Next week the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship™ starts with the FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX 2019. Motorsport’s pinnacle series will take to the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March, launching the 70th Formula 1® championship. Formula 1® attracts fans from across the world, captivated by the sport’s cutting-edge technology and its remarkable athletes in their quest for perfection. The competition’s enduring spirit, as well as its commitment to bold performance and innovation, aligns closely with Rolex’s own passion for continuous excellence. This season, Rolex marks its seventh consecutive year as a Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of Formula 1®.

In a move to improve overtaking, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Formula 1® have introduced rules reducing aerodynamic turbulence from the front and rear wing, encouraging the cars to follow each other in close proximity. Rolex Testimonee and multiple Formula 1® race winner Mark Webber explains their impact: “The new regulations are designed to encourage drivers to get into a position to overtake. The cars should be more predictable, meaning the drivers will be more confident about creating exciting passing opportunities. There’s definitely a lot to look forward to this season and I think there will be a good fight for the championship. I hope it goes deep into the year – I really believe it will.”

The 2019 season, spanning March to December and consisting of 21 races around the world, will feature several milestones. Next month’s FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN CHINESE GRAND PRIX 2019 will be the championship’s 1,000th Grand Prix™. Since its first race in May 1950, Formula 1® has pioneered technology across the globe, showcasing legendary drivers behind the wheel of the most advanced racing cars. This May, the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2019 celebrates 90 years since the inaugural race around the Principality’s famous streets and almost a century later the circuit still paves a virtually identical route. Rolex Testimonee and 2016 FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Nico Rosberg highlights the importance of celebrating the sport’s past: “I’m very proud of the great heritage of Formula 1 and the small part I have played in its history. I look forward to being involved in these landmark occasions, to reflect and reminisce on the sport’s tremendous legacy and its exceptional achievements. Formula 1 continues to be one of the most technologically advanced sports in the world and these attributes – legacy, excellence and innovation – fit perfectly with Rolex.”

On 7 September 2019 at Monza (Italy), Sir Jackie Stewart, a Rolex Testimonee for more than half a century and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion, will celebrate 50 years to the day since he clinched his first championship. The Scottish legend, who marks the occasion at the same circuit where he sealed the crown in 1969, reflects on the milestone: “I’ve always felt emotion is dangerous for a racing driver, but I hope there is a little flush of it when I get to Monza this year. I’m incredibly proud, and fortunate, to have seen the sport grow in prestige as well as from a safety perspective, it’s a wonderful story. To honor the anniversary at one of the greatest race tracks in the world where I won my first championship is truly special and I look forward to a weekend full of celebrations.”

This season will feature several new driver partnerships, with only Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and Rich Energy Haas F1® Team keeping the same line-up as in 2018. The shake-up has created added intrigue as the teams travel to Australia. “There’s nothing like going racing,” says Mark Webber. “It’s amazing how quickly the drivers will settle into their new environments, but prior to Melbourne they have had only a limited amount of testing, so the first race of the year will answer a lot of questions. Melbourne is one of the best Grands Prix of the year; the city comes to life. It is very significant for the event that Rolex has been involved for so long, united by their world-class approach and attention to detail. For me personally, and for all Australians, it makes the event extra special that such an incredible brand like Rolex is so closely associated.”

ROLEX AND MOTORSPORT

Rolex’s close ties with motor port date back to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s World Land Speed Record successes in the 1930s, when he became the first driver to break the 300mph barrier (483km/h) at the wheel of his car Bluebird. Since then, Rolex’s presence in motor racing has grown steadily, supporting iconic endurance events such as the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2013, Rolex partnered the pinnacle of motor sport, Formula 1®, having supported Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart since 1968. The brand also has a global appreciation for classic car events steeped in elegance, beauty and tradition, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the goo and the Goodwood Revival.

ABOUT FORMULA 1®

Formula 1® racing began in 1950 and is the world’s most prestigious motor racing competition, as well as the world’s most popular annual sporting series. The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship™ runs from March to December and spans 21 races in 21 countries across five continents. Formula One World Championship Limited is part of Formula 1®, and holds the exclusive commercial rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship™.

Formula 1® is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, BATRA, BATRK, FWONA, FWONK) attributed to the Formula One Group tracking stock.

ABOUT ROLEX

AN UNRIVALLED REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND EXPERTISE

Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, Rolex is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.

Le Mans, Dealers, Sponsors, etc.

In the past 12 months we:

Won First in Class at the 2018 24 Hours of Nürburgring;

Committed to running the 24 Hours of Le Mans the WEC in the new Hypercar LMP1 class;

Secured a $25 million sponsorship to race the 2020-2021 WEC including Le Mans;

Finalized dealer agreements with Manhattan Motorcars and SCG Cars Southeast to be our East Coast Dealers to distribute and service our vehicles in 21 States;

Formed an alliance to create Glickenhaus North American Racing (GNAR), providing full customer race support and sales of all of our GT3/GT4/and LMP1 race cars for races around the world the including the SCG “004” GT3, “006” GT4 and the “007” LMP1 road racing vehicles as well as the Baja Boot off-road vehicle;

Announced, fully engineered, and started building the Glickenhaus Boot with Armada Engineering under the direction of Darrin Skilton;

Became a Michelin OEM;

Closed a deal and began engineering and design of our new factory in Danbury, CT to scale to 15 cars per week;

Became a licensed vehicle dealer in New York State;

Registered and sold our first NHTSA-approved 17-digit VIN Low Volume Vehicle;

Created a full-scale seating model of the 004 and created four iterations to optimize comfort, room, visibility, and driving experience. We finalized the design of exterior surfaces and interior structures of the 004 and we are undergoing engineering studies of the chassis and CFD studies of the surfaces;

Contracted with the same team that homologated Pagani and Koenigsegg vehicles to make our vehicles fully US and worldwide legal with full crash testing and airbags;

Shared early studies of our 006 Coupe and Spyder. Our plans are to race the Coupe as a GT4 in 2021;

Sold out of our 2019 Founders Boots, our 2019 003S’, and our 2020 004S’;

Studied the draft 2020 WEC/ACO Rules and began engineering a car to be built in the United States of America to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for First Overall in the new LMP1 Hypercar class. We are working with the same team from Podium Technology who we have worked with since 2012. We hinted that we will offer a limited run of road-legal examples, and many of those are already sold;

Drove over 2,000 road miles and 200 flat out track laps on our 003S road car;

Shared these whole adventures with the world hosting journalists from as far away as South Korea, Japan, the UK, Germany, and Detroit, and sharing everything on social media as well as discussions with press and fans.

 

In the next 12 months we will:

Race the 24 Hours of Nürburgring with our 003C, and race and luxury tour the Baja 1000 with our Glickenhaus Boots;

Deliver 2019 Founders Boots, the 2019 003S’, and begin deliveries on the 004S Founders cars;

Build and open our Danbury factory;

Finalize engineering on our LMP1 hypercar and begin engineering of the 006, and our 4-door Glickenhaus Boot;

Continue to share these adventures every step of the way.

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Pirelli Showcases The Evolution Of Ferrari GT Tires

Six era-defining sports cars, six of their racing variants, and six competition tires that were built especially for them: the story of the Ferrari Challenge covers 26 years and some of the most important models ever to come from Maranello, whose competition variants have made up Ferrari’s celebrated one-make series. This is territory that Pirelli knows well, having been the exclusive tire supplier to the Ferrari Challenge ever since the championship made its debut. This presented an important opportunity for Pirelli to study new concepts in extreme conditions – as is always the case in motorsport, among eager gentlemen drivers – but based on road-going cars, with the same characteristics and dynamics. The Ferrari Challenge was born in 1993 and since then more than 1000 drivers have taken part. The number of tires used has been simply incalculable. This is also because the Ferrari Challenge has expanded from the European series to Asia and the United States: a whole world of gentlemen drivers, each at the wheel of a Ferrari equipped with Pirelli tires.

CARS AND TIRES: THE HISTORY OF THE FERRARI CHALLENGE

The very first car that got the one-make series underway was the Ferrari 348 Challenge. It was derived from the 1989 348 TB and TS, carrying over the road car’s 3.5-liter V8 engine that put out 320 horsepower. Compared to the road-going version, the 348 Challenge car wasn’t extensively modified, but it did wear slick tires that were especially developed by Pirelli. The very first Ferrari Challenge tire was a 17-inch slick with different sizes at front and rear (245/620-17 and 265/640-17 respectively). Just like the car, the tires also had a strong link with their road-going equivalents: to make them, Pirelli used the normal P Zero moulds, but with a specific construction and compounds.

The 348 drove its last races in 1996, alongside the new 355 Challenge car. This was also a direct descendant of its road-going equivalent, including the 380-horsepower engine that was identical to the road car. The safety devices needed for competition and bespoke Pirelli tires made it different though. The Italian firm made its first 18-inch tires for Ferrari’s one-make series: a size that would remain for more than 10 years.

In 2000, the third car to be used on the Ferrari Challenge made its debut: the 360 Challenge, which was based on the 360 Modena. It had the same power as the road car (400 horsepower) but less weight.  The 360 Challenge car underwent some important modifications the following year, with increased 415 horsepower. The tires were required to perform better as well, but the generation of Pirelli tires that was born with the 355 was still more than capable of responding to the demands of cars and drivers, which meant that only new tire sizes and compounds were introduced.

The 430 Challenge marked an important new step for the one-make series: while it put out the same 490 horsepower of the road car, it was adapted thanks also to the lessons that Ferrari had learned in Formula 1. For example, it boasted the first carbon ceramic braking system of any Ferrari competition car, so the tires also needed some important modifications. The first 19-inch tires were made, both as slicks and wets, but these became ‘full wet’ tires for the first time, with a specific full wet tread pattern.

In 2010, the acclaimed Ferrari 458 Italia formed the base of the latest Challenge car, taking to the track with the same 570 horsepower as the road car but weighing 100 kilograms lighter and with specific engine mapping and a competition exhaust. There was also an electronic rear differential that required the tires to work in parallel with it.  Pirelli adapted the tire dimensions and compound, while maintaining the same wheel size.

Turbocharging came to the Ferrari Challenge in 2016 with the arrival of the 488 Challenge: the first time that a turbo engine had ever been seen on the championship in 25 years. There was a 100-horsepower increase compared to the 458, while the lap time round Fiorano was improved by a second. Pirelli developed new tire sizes for the 488 Challenge to cope with the car’s extra performance.

Theo Mayer, who manages Pirelli’s Ferrari Challenge program, said: “It’s an excellent opportunity for Pirelli to work alongside Ferrari on the Challenge. Alongside the professional drivers there are also gentlemen drivers: amateurs who have other real world commitments on top of racing. The tires are always developed in parallel with the car, one year before the Challenge is officially launched, enhancing drivability and performance for drivers at every level. The objective of these developments has been to maximize performance, using the latest technical innovations from Pirelli’s renowned motorsport department. This helps to make the tires more driveable in all dry conditions. For rainy conditions, a specific full wet tire has been developed. Now that we are entering the 26th year of our partnership, our next objective will be to celebrate half a century together.”

Pirelli 2019 Tire Range Presentation for Formula 1

Next year, there will be just three P Zero colors at each race. These will always be the same – white, yellow and red – denoting the hard, medium and soft tire choices respectively at every Grand Prix. But that doesn’t mean that there will be only three tire compounds.

Instead, the hard, medium and soft tire compounds will continue to vary to suit the different characteristics of each track. For instance, a Red soft tire for Monaco will differ substantially from a Red soft tire for Silverstone or Suzuka. The precise number of tire compounds available, covering a wide spectrum from soft to hard, will be communicated in December after homologation from the FIA. Before every race next year, Pirelli will reveal which exact tire compounds form the hard, medium and soft choices for the weekend. This new system makes it easy for the casual fan to tell the difference between the tires, yet still allows people who want more detail to know which of the specific tire compounds available are being used.

The colors for the Cinturato intermediate tire and full wet tires remain unchanged next year – green and blue respectively. Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing – “We’ve been talking about this with the Teams, FIA and Formula 1 for a while. The idea behind the change is to make all the tires more easily recognizable and explainable – especially for television – while still clearly denoting which specific tire compounds are being used at each race”.

AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA

AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA ANNOUNCE MAJOR DEAL IN BID TO BECOME WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLE LUXURY EV CAR BRAND

The world’s newest car brand confirms new HQin Munich and senior management line up, as well as a €50M partnership deal with Rimac

Automobili Pininfarina has today made a series of major announcements from its new headquarters that will see it strengthen its management team, secure cutting-edge, world-beating electric powertrain technology, and put Formula 1 and Formula E experience in the PF0 hypercar driving seat.

Automobili Pininfarina was announced in Rome in April 2018 as the world’s newest car brand, with an ambition to sustainably develop and produce fully-electric, ultra-luxury cars at the pinnacle of design and desirability. 

The company will offer a range of cars designed and hand-crafted by legendary Italian automotive styling house Pininfarina SpA. The first, an ultra-exclusive, luxury electric hypercar codenamed PF0, will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, with production beginning in 2020. 

Munich has been confirmed as the company’s corporate and operational headquarters, providing access to expertise and engineering networks in arguably the world’s most successful and technologically advanced car market. Munich’sproximity to northern Italy, the home of Pininfarina SpA – who will design and build the PF0 under contract – was also key to CEO Michael Perschke’sselection of it for the global headquarters. 

At a press conference today, CEO Michael Perschkeand special guest Dr. Pawan Goenka, Mahindra & Mahindra Managing Director, also introduced an impressive line up of partners and collaborators –including a unique technical partnership with RimacAutomobili to provide battery and drivetrain expertise, software, and hardware, in a contract worth up to €50m.

As well as the partnership with Rimac, AutomobiliPininfarina also announced Nick Heidfeld as their new Development Driver. With nearly 20 years of top-level motor racing experience to call upon, Nick will be responsible for honing the PF0 vehicle dynamics programme from the beginning of 2019, with a clear personal ambition: to help develop the most enjoyable electric performance car in the world.

Perschke said: “Today marks a significant step for the launch of a range of Pininfarina-branded cars and for PF0, which will be the most powerful Italian-built sports car in history – and the first luxury hypercar to be conceived in Germany. We have developed a sophisticated brief to deliver a ground-breaking all-electric hyper GT car to clients from 2020, and now we are curating the partners and suppliers to deliver this dream. The results will be electrifying for owners of Automobili Pininfarina cars in the future!”

Pirelli × Prada

Pirelli has signed an agreement with Luna Rossa Challenge for the constitution of a partnership aimed at the development of a multi-year project which will lead to Luna Rossa’s participation in the next edition of the America’s Cup, set for New Zealand in 2021.

Pirelli and Prada will be co-titled sponsors of the vessel and will detail their plans at a soon to be organized event.

Now in its 36th edition, the America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in the history of sport, which sees the participation of the most technologically advanced boats in the world.

The project will entail, over the 4-year period 2018-2021, a series of regattas, events and activities with the two brands as protagonists. In 2019, the first two regattas of the America’s Cup World Series will take place in the Mediterranean; in 2020 another three World Series regattas will be held in Europe, the United States of America and Asia; from January 2021, always in Auckland, there will be the Prada Cup, Challenger selection regattas, followed by the 36th edition of the America’s Cup Presented by Prada, scheduled for March 2021.

This will be Luna Rossa’s fifth tilt at the Trophy and in this edition it will be the Challenger of Record, that is, the first challenger of the last edition’s winning team, Emirates Team New Zealand.

Patrizio Bertelli, Chairman of Luna Rossa Challenge, said “Pirelli is the ideal partner for this new America’s Cup challenge. With over half a century’s experience at the highest levels of high technology world sports, it will be an important asset at the heart of our project. In this sense it is correct to speak of a real and true collaboration between the Team and Pirelli.”

“Pirelli – said Marco Tronchetti Provera, Executive Vice President and CEO of Pirelli – chose to be a part of this project because it represents both a sporting and technological challenge, able to bring Italy and the Pirelli brand to the attention of the entire world. The America’s Cup, as Formula 1 is to motorsport, is the most prestigious sailing competition, with a great history and tradition. It embodies values and is for a public of impassioned fans that perfectly match Pirelli’s, enabling the company to continue enriching its brand, reinforcing its positioning in high technology with clients around the world and its relationship with consumers through traditional channels and all the new digital platforms.”

See the video at this link: https://youtu.be/ATyWMPL5Y38

Pirelli Design Launches Audio Speaker

July 24, 2018 – Pirelli has joined forces with IXOOST, an Italian firm from Modena that specializes in high-end car audio, to create a new sound experience inspired by motorsport. The result is an exclusive hi-fi system that includes a cutting-edge Bluetooth™ speaker within a replica Wind Tunnel Tire: made by Pirelli for Formula 1™ Teams to conduct aerodynamic testing.

The wind tunnel is a vital tool for Formula 1™ Teams to study every aspect of air flow, in their unending search for optimal performance – where the tires play a vital role as well.

And from the scale-model F1™ Wind Tunnel tire, PIRELLI P ZERO™ sound by IXOOST was born. This is a mini tire that sets new standards of design and technology, traveling its own road when it comes to music.

The acoustic system includes a powerful amplifier with a 100-watt digital signal processor and is equipped with a 100-millimeter midwoofer as well as a 25-millimeter silk tweeter.  The whole system is made entirely in Italy by IXOOST, featuring hand-crafted unique touches and attention to detail.

With the most advanced 4.0 Bluetooth™ APTX technology, PIRELLI P ZERO™ sound can connect wirelessly to smartphones and other compatible devices, enhancing the audio signal in wireless mode and ensuring the best possible playback.

PIRELLI P ZERO™ Sound is available in nine different colors that reflect those used to distinguish the different racing compounds. Thanks to its appealing shape and extremely compact dimensions (330 millimeters diameter and maximum depth of 200 millimeters), this inspiring design piece will fit in anywhere, lending a unique and original touch to its surroundings.

The new speaker was previewed at the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 2018. PIRELLI P ZERO™ sound will be seen in the F1 Pirelli Hot Laps garage during other Grand Prixs this year.

JAGUAR I-PACE × ANSEL ELGORT

Ansel Elgort Tests ‘Baby Driver’ Skills in Jaguar’s Electric I-PACE

All-new Jaguar I-PACE set to make North American debut at the New York Auto Show

Hollywood actor Ansel Elgort has put his driving skills to the test behind the wheel of the all-electric I-PACE to take-on the Jaguar Smart Cone Challenge.

Proving his driving skill was more than a camera trick, the Baby Driver star got a taste of the all-wheel drive agility and instant torque of Jaguar’s first electric vehicle (EV).

Filmed at Seret Studios in Brooklyn, ahead of the I-PACE’s North American debut at the New York International Auto Show (30 March to 8 April), the industrial, dock-side location was the ideal place to demonstrate the speed and flexibility of the performance SUV.

For his role in Baby Driver, as a highly skilled heist getaway driver, Ansel was taught by some of the best stunt drivers in Hollywood and performed a number of stunts himself making him the perfect choice for the Jaguar Smart Cone challenge.

Ansel said:

“In Baby Driver I did approximately five of the stunts myself, mainly the ones where people weren’t in the car with me so I learned a lot of tricks on set. This challenge was completely different, it looked simple at first but once you’re out there it’s hard to anticipate where to go next. I’ve driven a lot of fast cars on set but the speed of the I-PACE really took me by surprise, it took off as soon as I hit the pedal which made the whole challenge more interesting. I could have driven on there all day trying to beat my own times!”

The Smart Cone course, likened to the sports agility training game Batak, uses wireless technology to randomly illuminate pairs of cones to set out a different route each time. With millions of different potential options taking place in real time, the technology provides a unique test of driving skill, precision and reactions.

Ansel follows in the footsteps of fellow actor Nicholas Hoult and Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean, who have previously taken on the twists and turns of the Smart Cone Challenge in the Jaguar XF AWD R-Sport and XF, respectively.