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20 Mar 2024
  • Will the Manufacturers Trophy Redefine Electric Racing?

In a significant development for Season 10, Formula E has introduced the Manufacturers Trophy, a new award recognizing the leading manufacturer in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Set to be presented for the first time at the close of the 2023/24 season, this trophy marks a fresh competitive element within the Championship.

Formula E boasts one of the most impressive and competitive manufacturer line-ups in motorsport. The Championship features six manufacturers (Electric Racing Technologies, Jaguar, Mahindra Racing, Nissan, Porsche, and STELLANTIS) powering 11 teams, underlining the depth of the field.

Elevating Innovation in Formula E

Elevating Innovation in Formula E

The scoring for this trophy mirrors that of the Teams Championship, with points awarded based on the performance of each manufacturer's two highest-scoring cars in every race (1st place: 25 points; 2nd place: 18 points; 3rd place: 15 points etc.). Points for Pole Position and Fastest Lap are also factored into the totals.

A unique trophy will be awarded to the winning manufacturer at the season’s end, during the Formula E prize-giving ceremony. Additionally, the victor will receive a Winner’s Badge to be displayed on helmets, cars, and team apparel in the subsequent season.

Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer, Formula E, said: "We are thrilled to unveil the Manufacturers Trophy for Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. This has been a long time in the making and marks a real milestone in the evolution of the Championship as it captures the competitive spirit that fuels Formula E.

“Our manufacturers are at the heart of our journey, pushing the boundaries of technology and sustainability in motorsport. Their contributions are vital, not just in shaping the future of racing but in advancing electric vehicle technology for the road. This trophy will celebrate their innovation, their commitment, and their role in driving us towards a more sustainable future."

Ian James, Chairman, Teams and Manufacturers Association (FETAMA), Formula E: "With the launch of the Manufacturers Trophy in Season 10, we're stepping into a new era of Formula E, one that further amplifies our dedication to innovation. Formula E as a World Championship features one of the most impressive Manufacturer line-ups in motorsport, and it is great to be able to recognise and reward the contributions of Manufacturers to the series’ past, present and future. The addition of this trophy not only intensifies the competitive landscape but also shines a spotlight on the advanced engineering behind each team.

“It's a thrilling prospect for us as engineers to see our work in electric vehicle technology get the recognition it deserves on such a prominent stage. We're eager to see how these developments elevate the Championship and engage fans more deeply than ever before. The ⁠competition is extremely fierce this season, with many Manufacturers in contention, so it will be an exciting battle on the track."

This initiative promises enhanced visibility for manufacturers, leveraging Formula E’s digital and broadcast platforms for richer storytelling. To heighten fan engagement, Formula E will develop new broadcast graphics, offering insights into the distinct powertrains of each car, thereby enriching the viewing experience and spotlighting manufacturers on global live broadcasts.

New leaderboards are also set to debut, highlighting the competitive strides of manufacturers throughout the season and adding a new layer to the Championship narrative. Complementing these advancements, updates to each team's profile on the Formula E website will include their manufacturer and branded car name, ensuring fans receive a thorough understanding of the exciting competition.

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New Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to fight for glory on Nürburgring 24 Hours debut

30 May 2024
New Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to fight for glory on Nürburgring 24 Hours debut

Aston Martin will rekindle its long and glorious relationship with the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife this weekend as the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 makes its debut in the ADAC Ravenol 24H Nürburgring.

The British ultra-luxury sportscar manufacturer has enjoyed a winning tradition at the Nürburgring for more than 60 years. Indeed, iconic Grand Prix legends Tony Brooks (GBR), Sir Stirling Moss (GBR) and Sir Jack Brabham (AUS) all contributed to a hat-trick of 1000km victories for Aston Martin in the late 1950s, including the 1959 edition that helped to secure the World Sports Car championship crown for the brand. That triumph took place in the same year Aston Martin’s DBR1 claimed its famous overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 92nd running of which will be held next month, on 15-16 June, in France.

Six Porsche 911 GT3 R battle for overall victory on the Nordschleife

29 May 2024
Six Porsche 911 GT3 R battle for overall victory on the Nordschleife

Porsche’s customer teams and the 911 GT3 R have already given a demonstration of their force in the so-called 'Qualifiers' in mid-April. Falken Motorsports celebrated two victories, while Manthey EMA finished both races on the podium. Moreover, Dinamic GT, Lionspeed GP and Herberth Motorsport will each field one ca. 415 kW (565 PS) GT3 racer from Weissach.

“We began preparing for 2024 straight after last year’s 24-hour race,” said Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“We worked hard alongside the manufacturers to understand last year’s tyre damage. After in-depth analyses, we applied the appropriate measures. The start of the 2024 season showed that we did a good job together. Our teams and drivers are happy with the vehicle balance. Now we need to sort out the race procedures and focus on getting through the race without making any mistakes. Lap time performance alone is not the main priority. Teamwork, managing overtaking in a big field of 130 cars, the right tyre choice for different conditions and ensuring that the driver feels good in the car will be the keys to success.”

The commitment of Porsche customer teams goes far beyond participation in the top SP9 class for GT3 vehicles. Thirty-nine other racing cars from the German manufacturer are registered in ten different classes. This means that Porsche has by far the largest contingent of entries in the race. The most popular model is the 911 GT3 Cup, 14 of which will compete in the dedicated Cup2 category.

“Porsche is again clearly the most well-represented brand at the Nürburgring 24-hour race this year. This shows that we continue to enjoy high trust among our partners and customers and that our products are well established on the market,” said Michael Dreiser, Director Sales Porsche Motorsport.

“I’m confident that the six Porsche 911 GT3 R will perform strongly against the tough competition in the top SP9 class. The customer teams are extremely professional with first-class drivers crewing all the cars. Our customers will undoubtedly deliver some gripping racing in other categories too, like in the fiercely competitive Cup2 class with the 911 GT3 Cup and the Cup3 class with the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.”

Jameel Motorsport and Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation launch GR Saudi Driving School Future Co-Driver Program

05 May 2024
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As part of its commitment to nurturing sporting talent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jameel Motorsport in collaboration with the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation, launched the GR Saudi Driving School Future Co-Driver Program. This initiative is set to discover the next generation of professional co-drivers who will partake in cross-country rallies, bolstering Saudi Arabia's presence on the regional and international motorsports stages.