The 3x Formula1 World Champion History


The end of the 2006 recipe one season flagged the end of time. Alonso won his second back to back big showdown; Michael Schumacher resigned and the universe of Formula one looked as though it was going to free a greater amount of its taking after and bid.


Quick forward to the start of the 2007 season and somewhat known driver by the name of Lewis Hamilton was going to shake things up and take the universe of equation one by the tempest. The greatest inquiry on the most people groups lip was who is he, where did he originate from and how high would he say he is? The initial two inquiries are genuinely straight forward to reply; he is showing the response to the third question as the ebb and flow season advances.

Conceived on the seventh January 1985 in Stevenage, Herts., Lewis Hamilton started his hustling vocation the same number of other F1 greats, matured eight dashing Karts. He spent the following years of his life working his way up the Karting positions, winning races and titles and procuring consideration from some huge names in engine hustling, most eminently Team McLaren. In 1999 Lewis was marked by F1 Mercedes AMG to the driver advancement bolster program. Vitally this agreement incorporated the likelihood of a Formula one drive in future years. By 2001 Lewis had progressed through the positions and started his auto dashing vacation in the British equation Renault winter arrangement. The next year he joined the Manor Motorsport group in the Formula Renault title, completing third generally speaking with three wins and three shaft positions. He stayed with the group in 2003 winning the title and even made his Formula three introduction in the last race of the season.

Throughout the following couple of years, Lewis Hamilton ruled Formula three preceding joining the GP” arrangement in 2006 with the ART Grand Prix group and winning the title in his first year, an indication of things to come possibly! The 2006 GP2 season showed Lewis’ extraordinary driving capacity with rapid surpassing moves, quickest laps, and an expert methodology.


The end of the 2006 Formula one season saw huge changes to the McLaren recipe, one group. Columbian driver Juan Pablo Montoya quit the group for a profession in NASCAR while partner Kimi Raikkonen joined opponent group, Ferrari. Group director Ron Dennis has as of now figured out how to sign ruling best on the planet Fernando Alonso for the main spot in the group and theory was overflowing around who might go along with him. Following quite a while of bits of gossip and mystery McLaren at long last declared in late November 2006 that Lewis Hamilton would join the group.

Thus the 2007 season started, McLaren were content in the way that they had the dominant best on the planet driving one of their autos and had a certain and capable driver number two to bolster him. This would give an enormous and truly necessary help in interest in the UK as well as around the globe for Formula One. Little did anybody think exactly how things were going to turn out and how their newcomer was going to make Formula one history. A genuine legend is really taking shape.…

A Comparison Between Forged Vs. Cast Wheels


Sounds basic and obvious, right? Wrong. A wheel is a combination of a rim, spokes, and a hub. The rim is the outer part of the wheel that attaches/holds the tire while the hub is the central part that connects to the suspension system. The spokes link these two parts of the wheel. You may have realized that what you incorrectly refer to as the rim is the wheel. Well, some of you at least.

Various ways of wheel fabrication are employed today and therefore there is a variety of wheels types in the market, the prime examples being forged wheels and cast wheels.

What differentiates cast wheels from forged wheels?

A cast wheel is made from casting molten aluminum into a mold. The basic process involves making a wheel mold in the shape of the desired wheel design and waiting for the wheel to dry out after pouring molten aluminum into it. The wheel is then removed from the mold, and the excess aluminum is trimmed off while minor adjustments such as drilling and surface finishing are carried out. Casting is an easy, fast and cheap way to fabricate wheels.

F1R F21 Wheels

Forged wheels, on the other hand, start off as a solid piece of aluminum called a billet, as opposed to the molten aluminum used in cast wheels. This billet is passed through forging dies under extreme heat and pressure and result in what is called raw forgings. CNC machines are used to transform the raw forgings into the desired final wheel profiles that have a useful application.

The diverse ways in which these two wheel types are fabricated makes them have very different physical and chemical characteristics. The process of cooling off molten aluminum in cast wheels make them porous, and these can lead to severe issues if unchecked. Such issues include oxidation and cracking as well as pitting in the finishing, with the general result being the diminishing of the wheels structural soundness. In order to attain the desired level of soundness while accounting for porosity, designers are compelled to work with large tolerances hence resulting in heavier wheels. The process of casting also has the risk of incorporating impurities into the wheel’s composition and at the same time, the grain structure in cast wheels is not aligned. This translates to cast wheels being weaker and less durable.


Forged wheels are not exposed to porosity thanks to the massive pressure they undergo, and the fact that the billet is not broken up (or melted) makes for a perfectly aligned grain structure. These factors make oxidation practically impossible, and they also translate to more strength and durability. The consistency involved in forging makes it possible to use less material to achieve a certain level of structural soundness compared to casting. Forged wheels offer more flexibility to designers as they can be fabricated into the classic monoblock wheels or the two piece and three piece wheels versions. This is mainly thanks to their superior strength.

Forged wheels are therefore lighter and offer a higher level of performance, resistance to corrosion and durability relative to their counterparts and are seen as being superior. They are, however, more time consuming to fabricate and are priced higher.

2016 VW Emissions Scandal After Effects


We have following the after effects of the VW emissions scandal in early 2016 and some of the consequences that have been arising for the billion dollar company. Nicknamed “dieselgate” this multi million dollar mistake affects the C02 output on a variety of different VW cars produced from as early as 2010. After years of promoting “Clean Diesel” the company is in a big trouble for cheating on diesel-emissions tests. Volkswagen is stewing in its own poisonous vapors. Around 11 million vehicles may be affected worldwide. Later it is disclosed that Volkswagen’s so called “defeat device” as it was designed to beat NOx particulate emissions in the USA, is seen as a cheat, not a solution to NOx emissions. The problem was not identified in day to day driving. But later the emissions discrepancies between European and US models of vehicles by International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) summed up the data from different sources of vehicles. A group of 5 scientists at West Virginia University detected additional emissions during road tests in two out of three diesel cars. This data was provided to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in May 2014 and then Volkswagen became the target of regulatory investigation in most of the countries. The scandal caused awareness over the higher level of pollution being emitted by these vehicles.


About eleven million cars were affected throughout the world. This includes 5,00,000 cars in US; 70,00,000 cars in Europe. Environmental consequences: The nitrous oxide pollutants emitted by the engines were 40 times more than what is permitted in the US. This has resulted in 1 m tones of pollutions every year. Financial and Legal consequences: Because of this, the company suffered its first quarterly loss for 15 years of about $1.84 billion. As a result of this VOLKSWAGEN has recalled the millions of cars throughout the world from Jan 2016 for which it has to cover the cost about $7.3 bn. The EPA has power to fine a company up to $37,500 for each vehicle that has violated the standards. As a result of this the costs of the possible legal actions incurred on the car owners and shareholders can be calculated. The prices of the affected cars have reduced to roughly a third of what they were new, this has caused a huge loss of $ 30 billion in the market. On top of the fines being laid onto VW some other concerns include Health consequences: This emission caused non-fetal health impacts like respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis. Nitrogen oxide leads to heart problem.

The new CEO OF Volkswagen Mr. Matthias Muller is leaving no stones unturned to regain the trust for this group. He is doing his best to maintain the integrity in order to recover the brand image. A number of programs are being accelerated to enhance the efficiency and profitability of this group. Various plans are being applied to equip all cars very well. The cars are manufactured according to Adblu technology and with the selective catalytic reduction. This group is focusing on plug-in-hybrids and electric vehicles. This group is making new and stricter emission tastings which will be verified by the third party. In U.S. Volkswagen has made the commitment the owners $500 in cash added with the gift cards of $500 at a cost of about $250 million.


The History of Go Karting


Go cart racing has been part of the American culture since the 1950s. Built to become the smaller version of motor racing, the development of the sport has led to some rather competitive and interesting thought developments. While it is a token of fun, it has also become one of the safest ways to bring the sport of motor racing into the lives of those that are either too young to drive or those that have yet to experience the thrill of running the track.


Whether it is a highly competitive go-cart racing experience of a go-cart run around a recreational track, the components taken from one element to the other are basically the same.

Small engines (varying in complexity by class) are developed to push the limits of the small cart while maintaining a required level of safety. Each developed stage of cart racing exemplifies the overall balance of the limits versus the push.

With the very low center of gravity go cart racing can be introduced to just about anyone whose feet can reach the pedals. Provided that there is a cognitive comprehension of how the go cart works, there are any number of classes of go cart racing that are waiting for more drivers to get involved in. With predetermined tracks and the ability to drive at increased speeds the go cart racing community is experiencing a nice influx of interest. More drivers are finding the thrill of the smaller cars racing steadily around the tracks to be just as or even more engaging than the larger cousins of the go carts.

Kart racing is a pretty young activity. Go kart racing has gained an unusual following and branched off into numerous types, in recent years. To really take pleasure in the sport, nevertheless, you have to have an understanding of where it originates from.

The Father Of Karting:
The father of go karting is Art Ingels. Mr. Ingels made what is accepted as the first ever go kart, in 1956. He constructed the kart in his own 2-car garage at his residence, in Echo Park, in southern California, USA. The go kart that Mr. Ingels produced was a product of his passion for racing. At that time, he was a hot rodder and he loved putting together race cars of all varieties. So, he got some discarded parts together in his garage and out came the first go kart.

The Rose Bowl:
Nothing really came of that first go kart, if it was not for the place that Mr. Ingels went to to test his new invention. He had the good sense to test it in the parking lot of the renowned Rose Bowl, where tons of people saw the car all at the same time.

Mr. Ingels’ general locale also almost certainly had a whole lot to do with the spread of shifter kart racing’s acceptance. Californians are known for being a rather adventuresome group. Their free-spirited nature and enthusiasm to try something different quickly caused the popularity of karts to spread like California wildfires. Once shifter kart fever took over in California, it quickly extended throughout the Country, along with to other countries. For instance, lately, kart racing is very popular in numerous European countries. In fact, CRG Kart, one of the foremost producers of shifter kart chassis lines, is based in Italy.


The First Manufacturing Company:
Not astonishingly, though, the first manufacturer of karts was actually based out of Art Ingels’ home state of California. The business was called Go Kart Manufacturing Co. and it started out 2 years after Mr. Ingels made his first kart. 1 year later the McCulloch company was started. They were the 1st company to make engines engineered expressly for shifter karts.

So, as you can see, the inception of go kart racing came from one person’s fondness for machinery and speed. Currently, amusement park go karts that only go a few mph are nothing compared to the racing karts, which can achieve speeds well above 150 mph. It is really wonderful to think that such an remarkable world-wide recreation all started with one man in his garage.…



:: Nsw Agm

Notice is hereby given to all N.S.W MicroSprint Members of the Annual General Meeting for the New South Wales 250 MicroSprint Association.

Venue Ettamogah Pub, Cnr Merriville & Windsor Rd’s Rouse Hill NSW 2155
Date Saturday 16th August 2008

AGM Commencing Time 4 p.m

Agenda Adopt the minutes of the 2007 AGM

Adopt the Treasurers report for 2007/2008

Vote on N.S.W Club’s Future

Vote on any changes to Constitution

General Business

Election of Committee Members

:: W.a. Micros Receive Incorporation

The W.A. Micro Sprint Association has recieved its certificate of incorporation from the department of consumer and employment protection. The club is building momentum not only at the commitee level but has three car’s at varying stages of construction. Doug Barclay is expecting his race ready RTS chassis car to arrive from the U.S.A. sometime towards the end of August. Brad and Barry Pages have purchased a 2002 cr250 locally that they will convert to methanol and bolt up to thier 2006 LGM chassis wich is a race ready car. Troy McAuliffe has taken delivery of a C&C Performance built 270 stroker motor used succesfully by “Billy the kid Coffey” at many outings this year at Paradise Speedway in New York State America, Troy has yet to secure a chassis but has many irons in the fire on this front and should have something sorted out soon.

So it might be the middle of winter and cold but the W.A. Micro scene is heating up should you want more info on the class please call Troy on 0401160498

:: The Victorian Microsprint Scene

The Victorian Micro Sprint scene is set to come alive this season with a successful Information night held last night. With the two cars already being constructed on display a great deal of interest was shown in the class by all who attended. The McLean Racing HQ was full of people from all areas of local speedway from promoters, drivers, officials and casual onlookers.

Mark McLean gave a run down of the class, its origins and the proposed future of the class in Victoria. He also detailed the up-coming Tricorp Security 10000 which will raise the profile of the Micros in Victoria. Craig Mannix recounted their fact finding mission to Golburn and the racing action they witnessed, as well as the hospitality shown by the NSW drivers and officials. Afterwards a DVD was shown that highlighted Micro racing whilst everyone enjoyed the supper. Many questions were asked as the cars were inspected, prodded and poked and tried on for size.

One of the attendees stated he will have a car up and running for the Portland round of the TRICORP 10000, starting his campaign by ordering a motor from the US later this week. Another couple stated that they are intending to purchase completed cars in the not too distant future.

“We now have to get a couple of cars completed and start to promote the cars throughout the whole of Victoria, but I am certainly buoyed by the success of tonight.” stated a excited Mark McLean. “We will also be holding a committee meeting early next week to officially formulate a club now that we have sufficient interest to warrant that action. In the words of that late great Aussie legend, Big Kev, “I’m excited”, he said.

Any Victorian that is keen to get into this high speed, low budget class contact Mark McLean on 0406455695.

:: Nsw Micro Presentation

Drivers driver = Rhys Marchant

Club person of the year = Mal Paton

Issacs memorial = Rhys Marchant

Rooky of the year = Brett Finucane

Australian championship = 1st Mike Ridings 2nd Rhys Marchant 3rd Paul Curran

Club champion = 1st Paul Curran 2nd Brett Finucane 3rd Brent Keller

Life member = Rhys Marchant

Special thanks to Anne, Janet & Reg

:: Victorian Microsprint Info Night

Victoria will now be having their information night on Monday June 23rd at 7.30pm after the original date had to been changed due to unforeseen circumstances.
Their will now be two Victorian cars for prospective Micro drivers/owners to look at with Craig Mannix taking delivery of his XXX chassis last week.There will also be hand outs, a DVD display and supper provided for all attendees. We are looking forward to a good turn up of people with flyers being widely distributed. Interest is starting to build and I have had several enquiries from interested parties. We will certainly welcome members and are hoping to form a good, strong social club base that will have everyone’s best interest at heart With the arrival of the second car and the interest being shown, all in all it is starting to look like a good year for the class in Victoria.Anyone keen on attending the night, or just for general enquiries about Victoria’s plans for the class, phone Mark McLean on 0406 455 695.

:: Cullen Bullen

Cullen Bullen Raceway will be hosting its final race meeting for the 2007-2008 racing season this Sunday 25th May 2008 divisions racing,

Super Production
Series Production
Street Stockers
Compact Speedcars
Quarter Midgets
Fender Benders
Dwarf Cars
Vintage Speedcars

Racing starts at 10am gates open 7am
Gates entry Adults $12.00 Pensioners & School age Children $2.00 under 5yrs Free

Full canteen

Futher info contact Jodie on 63590582 or email or Ray 63590518

:: Victorian Microsprint Club Meeting

A meeting for all prospective Victorian Micro Sprint drivers, car owners and interested parties will be held at the Portland home of Mark McLean, Monday June 2nd 2008 at 7.30pm.

Anyone interested in the future of this fantastic, low cost – high speed division is more than welcome to attend and meet other like minded people.

There will be supper provided. If interested contact Mark on 0406 455 695.

The two new Victorian cars will be on display to show prospective members an up close and personal look a these cars as well as a DVD of Micro racing

:: Tricorp $10,000 Microsprint Series

Microsprints have been around in Australia for many decades predominately in NSW and Qld. In recent times both Victoria and Western Australia have registered clubs giving Microsprints a true national presence and opening up the opportunity to develop a series to show case this potent class.

The inaugural Tricorp 10,000 will be held over five rounds in three states with drivers already wanting to nominate from WA, Vic, NSW and Qld for their chance to share in the total prize purse of ten grand.

Naming rights sponsor Tricorp Security in conjunction with Inside Speedway Magazine are both delighted to be involved with inaugural series that celebrates the coming of age for Microsprint racing in Australia.

The Tricorp 10,000 as the series will be known will run one round in Victoria mid January, two rounds in NSW and two rounds in Queensland with the final round set for the Easter weekend at the Charlton Raceway in Toowoomba next year.

Drivers are being incentified to go hard from the word go with prize money on offer at each round and the driver with the highest points score for the series come the final night feature race at Charlton will collect a cool $1500 before the main race even starts with another $3000 on offer for the feature winner on that night.

Affordable Microsprints are and yet the racing is second to none with very close hard fort battles for every position and surprisingly very respectable lap times are posted at every venue they run.

Australian Microsprints share all the same technology as their American cousins, with brands such as Stellard, PMP, RTS and a few local manufactured chassis such as Bill Roberts chassis are all being used in the weekend battles. In recent times a few F500’s have been easily converted to run under the Microsprint rules.

Microsprints are the challenge that proves to be too irresistible to ignore and has help launch many a speedway career here and in America.

Former Australian Microsprint Champion and Sprintcar star Troy Little will again belt up in a Microsprint as time permits in his Sprintcar schedule to have a crack at the 10k purse.

The 2008/2009 national rule book is almost ready for release and most teams are already very busy preparing cars and inventory for an assault on the Tricorp 10,000.

Microsprints may race hard but come, the end of the night it is all about mateship with a friendly yarn or two and being involved in the greater Speedway family.

For more information on the Tricorp 10,000 contact series coordinator Mal Patton or visit our web sites or

:: Nsw Microsprint Presentation

The Nsw Microsprints Presentation is to be held on the 31st May at the Granville Rsl at 7pm. Could you please contact Paul Curran or Mal Paton as we need to know numbers to book seating in restuarant Asap.

:: Victoria Set To Come On Board

Set to join NSW, QLD, WA states running Microprints next season will be Victoria. With one car already purchased, a Bill Roberts GRIZZLY and another on the way Victoria is looking forward to hosting 2 rounds of an exciting Tri-State Series.

A fair bit of interest has already been shown in Victoria with Mark McLean and Craig Mannix, two of the main initiators of the push to develop the class in Victoria, already making the trek to NSW to watch the racing and ask questions. What they saw on their fact finding mission encouraged them to come home and put the wheels in motion to get the class up and running in the southern state.

“What we saw really impressed us, the cars were quick, actually putting in quicker lap times than the Formula 500’s that raced the same night. Plus they were a very friendly bunch of people that were keen to answer questions and got along together very well. It made my mind up for me and I rang Bill Roberts the next day and ordered a car.” McLean said.

“We are now keen to seek expressions of interest from others in Victoria who would like to get involved in this tremendous. cost effective class. The class would appeal to any ex-Formula 500 competitors that are struggling to keep up with the rising costs, as I saw several right hand mounted cars at the pointy end on the night. Except for the obvious engine difference there is very little difference between a Micro and a Formula 500, so anyone who has a ‘old’ 500 don’t throw it away just yet, we have got just the class for you.”

We are going to have a meeting in early May to formalize a club and the will be applying to NASR to accept us as a legitimate National Class.

I have had conversation with the other States and everyone is on the same page which is great, it is a very exciting future for the class.