• Drone Racing League raises a $20M Series B ahead of its 2nd season

    Drone Racing League raises a $20M Series B ahead of its 2nd season

    Drone Racing League has closed on $20M in Series B funding, led by U.K telecommunications company Sky, Liberty Media Corporation (which owns the Formula 1 racing brand) and Lux Capital. This new funding means that the league has now raised over $32M in three rounds. Allianz (who is also the title sponsor of DRL) and World Wrestling Entertainment also joined the round as new investors in… Read More

  • Mario Andretti vs. semi-autonomous tech on the track

    Mario Andretti vs. semi-autonomous tech on the track

    On Saturday, May 13, famed race car driver Mario Andretti will be back on the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This time, he’ll be racing one guy: Sam Schmidt, a quadriplegic race car driver, in semi-autonomous cars. Schmidt was paralyzed from the neck down in a racing accident in 2000. Since 2014, he’s been working with Arrow Electronics to develop custom-made… Read More

  • Nine manufacturers set for 2018 Formula E season

    Nine manufacturers set for 2018 Formula E season

    Formula E announced the nine manufacturers that will race electric cars in seasons five, six, and seven. You may think this is no big whoop, but it is. Here’s why the whoop is big: beginning in season five, each team will race one car per driver for the entire race — like every other racing series on the planet — rather than two. Because battery technology lagged behind… Read More

  • Formula E grows, gains cred

    Formula E grows, gains cred

    This morning, Faraday Future Dragon Racing unveiled its livery for the third season of the Formula E all-electric open-wheel racing series in Hong Kong. The car’s black-and-white fade pattern echoes the Faraday Future logo, though the company says the design takes its cues from an electromagnetic wave. In the video below, Pontus Fontaeus, chief designer of interiors at Faraday, says… Read More

  • Is Formula E the future of racing?

    Is Formula E the future of racing?

    There are only two races left in Formula E’s second season, making this as good a time as any to review whether electric racing is the future of motor sports. I tend to think it is the future, but there are some definite growing pains to be worked through. Some good reasons for Formula E to be the future of racing: It’s electric. Electric cars, along with hybrids, plug-in hybrids… Read More

  • Faraday Future: “Tesla Model 3 is fantastic news.”

    Faraday Future: “Tesla Model 3 is fantastic news.”

    Nick Sampson, head of the startup electric vehicle company Faraday Future, spent a busy day as the title sponsor of the Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix April 2. I interviewed him standing up in the shade of a tree on a warm California afternoon before we both had to hurry off to the track where the cars would be lined up on the grid for the standing start of the Formula E race. While he… Read More

  • Sega Rally Arcade Machine Mashed Up With Remote Control Cars For Real Racing Robotics

    Sega Rally Arcade Machine Mashed Up With Remote Control Cars For Real Racing Robotics

    Sega Rally at the arcade was a blast when I was growing up. But Portuguese hardware hacker Luis Sobral and robotics company Artica made it even better by introducing remote controlled cars into the mix, along with cameras and an Arduino receiver to grab transmitted acceleration, braking and turning commands relayed from the arcade cabinet. Read More

  • Tissot Racing-Touch Watch

    For the last few years we have gotten a new Tissot T-Touch style watch each year. Last year it was the Tissot Sailing-Touch, and for 2011 it will be the Racing-Touch (Racing T-Touch). Here is a sneak peak as what Tissot’s new T-Touch model will be all about. Read More

  • Behold: The Ultimate Racing Game Simulator

    This is what happens when you let a bunch of engineers play with robots: you get things like the “Motion Cueing Design and Experimental Validation” machine. Roughly translated, this is the ultimate racing game simulator. I love science. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany have built this glorious machine using an industrial robot arm. They… Read More

  • Rat Rod bikes – the bicycle as art?

    Living in Nevada, I get to see all kinds of art projects on the road as Burning Man approaches. I will admit however, that none of them look quite as cool as these, a combination of the “rat-rod” and an art bicycle. Read More

  • MaxRoam goes A1!

    MaxRoam, everyone’s favorite roaming service run by a charming and personable Irishman, is sponsoring an A1 racecar and will probably be offering drunken “donut rides” to bloggers on the Emerald Isle. If interested, twitter Pat Phelan. Read More

  • Video: Video game effects meet F1 racing

    Every year there are new rules and regulation for Formula One racing and this video goes through some of the more cosmetic changes. Forget those but watch the video after the jump for a great, non-gearhead explanation of KERS. This system seems totally out of Burnout; seriously. Kinetic energy recovery systems recovers energy that would normally be wasted on braking and converts it into… Read More

  • Trackstar 6000 USB racing setup for serious drivers

    If you really, really like racing games, you could plunk down a couple hundred bucks for a good wheel and pedal set made of plastic and rubber or you could really let everyone know that you’re serious with one of these Trackstar 6000 sets. It’s probably closer to the steering wheel and pedals in your actual car than anything else, as the wheel features fluid damped steering and cam… Read More

  • Portable TVs to be used at F1 races for real-time video

    I went to the Grand Prix in Monaco one year and heard the entire race. That’s about it, though, as the cars were moving too fast and my view was obstructed by annoyances like “other people” such that I couldn’t see much of anything. A device called Kangaroo TV is looking to remedy that type of problem. Here’s more… The gadget is about the size of handheld… Read More

  • Bullet DVR for serious racers

    The Bullet DVR system is a portable video recorder designed for racing. It records all of your racing action from a first-person point of view and can be played back on a Windows PC. TrackTimer, a provided app, will allow you to log your lap times, jetting, gearing, suspension and fuel consumption. If you’re a struggling serious racer, this could be a great tool to study your driving… Read More

  • Sirius Goes Redneck, Launches "Nascar Collector" Show

    Hun dee durr thar partner! I was juss crackin’ open a can of Milwaukee’s Best and saw that yer a NASCAR fan yerself! Ya know that high-tech satellite radio crap? The one that’s a “play on words” as they call it. Surious! That’s it! Yeah, well I reckon I heard some news ’bout a new NASCAR show a’comin and it done be good. Supposed to debut… Read More

  • Gaming Seat 'Best Car Game Accessory Ever Made'

    Racing fans in the UK should be pleased to hear that “the best car game accessory ever made” is now available for £239 ($477.05). The seat is made of “fully adjustable oval piping steel construction” and is compatible with all major gaming systems, including PCs. It does NOT include a steering wheel or pedals. You supply those yourself. This here’s just an… Read More

  • Gran Turismo: HD – One Of These Cars Isn't Real

    Over at the VGChartz (with a Z!) forums, someone posted some fantastic screenshots of Grand Turismo: HD compared with real-life action shots from a race. Needless to say, guessing which photos are real is tricky, but no one expected it to be this hard. Though some are labeled wrong, it’s still fun to compare two shots. You really get a chance to see how far video games have come in the… Read More

  • When Mario Kart Meets Drunken Debauchery What do you get when you throw together racing, liquor, drugs, and a group of jackasses? The CrunchGear team! Or how about a live rendition of Mario Kart. Watch in amazement as these “grown men” ride tricycles around outside dressed up as Mario Kart characters. They seriously go all out, including bananas, power ups, and… Read More

  • Vodafone Unleashes Three McLaren Mercedes Phones

    Vodafone seems to be getting all the cool phones nowadays and these three new McLaren Mercedes phones are no exception. The new 770SH, GX29 and SGH-Z720M are manufactured by Sharp and have pretty nice specs. Aside from being designed by a company that makes cars you’ll never be able to afford, these new phones come with exclusive content, silver chrome covers and red highlights to… Read More