Tag Archives: Motorsport

Guzzi Cafe Racers

Moto Guzzi retro – an ongoing fascination which has yet to result in a project bike in my garage, but it is only a matter of time…

From Firestarter Garage – the Zero

and a V11:

modern Guzzi cafe racer/streetfighter, also from Firestarter

and this what I am after – shiny¬†ūüôā¬†

MotoGP could be exciting once more

Amongst my reading of learned journals¬† – “Coach and Bus Weekly” , “Treehugger Monthly”, “Economics World”, “Which Behaviour” – I await the delivery of Performance Bike ¬†magazine each month with great anticipation. They tell me that the¬†new Suzuki GSXR¬†1000 ¬†(“The ultimate evolution of the GSX-R family. Born to be on the track.”) beats the Honda Fireblade (“Stronger Looks. Sharper Performance. Astoundingly Responsive Control.” ) by 0.1 secs. in perfect conditions on a test track. Great.

In Bike magazine, amidst the 600cc race replica shootouts and after a foray into alternative fuels last year ( a Triumph 675 fuelled by apples!) Rupert Paul writes this month about how we could make racing fun again and get great bikes for the next three generations. After describing his vision of the 2016 Estoril GP, with a wide range of competing fuels Рmethanol, bio-ethanol, batteries, LPG, solar, fuel cell, etc. Рhe says:

“this is what racing could be like – a feast of competing technologies not seen since the 1920s. All it would take is one rule: to limit every machine to a fixed amount of start-line energy”¬†

This view of the near future is prompted by a paper by Turner and Pearson of Lotus Engineering, home of the Exige 270E Tri-fuel. They recognise that current racing regs, particularly F1, do not encourage fuel savings or alt tech (or social responsibility). If racing really does improve the breed and we get trickle-down then let it lead the charge to new technology. 

The TTXGP at 2009’s Isle of Man TT should be the first opportunity to test the theory… hopefully I will be there.

The paper, “The Application of Energy-Based Fuel Formulae to Increase the Efficiency Relevance and Reduce the CO2 Emissions of Motor Sport”, is available from SAE.

Why stop at racing – if all new vehicles had a inception and lifetime energy limit, based on a common megajoule measure, then manufacturers would rethink their fuel strategies pretty quick.

Save the planet by racing cars

Frank Biela and Marco Werner of Germany and Emanuele Pirro of Italy drove the Shell diesel-powered Audi No. 1 car to victory, proving that last years diesel win for Audi was not a one off. The R10 TDI has an all-aluminium, 5.5-litre, twelve-cylinder bi-turbo TDI engine producing over 650 bhp!

As the TDI technology filters down to the road cars I will be trading up to a road going Audi R10 next year… well maybe not.

Proves green motoring isn’t just about Toyota hybrids, either.