Direct from the racetracks of Europe comes the roar of the new Abarth F595, the new special series – fitted with an F.4 engine – dedicated to the youngest fans of the Scorpion brand. “Champing at the bit” under the bonnet are the 165 horsepower of the high-performance 1.4-liter Euro 6D-Final-compliant T-jet engine, the basis for the engine in the Tatuus single-seaters used in the Italian and German “F.4 Championships Powered by Abarth Certified by FIA”. The “F” in the name is intended as a tribute to Formula 4, for which Abarth is the exclusive engine supplier and acts as the Title Sponsor. A successful format created as a training ground for young drivers, talents from karting and the professionals of the future, inspired by the legendary “Formula Italia”, established in 1971 with the same philosophy: to provide young drivers with low-cost access to the world of open-wheeled single-seater cars.
Right of way - Toyota GR Yaris (2020): Better than the VW Golf GTI TCR?
Nowadays, the automotive industry likes to advertise the motorsport combination of production and racing vehicles. One example is the VW Golf GTI TCR, which emulates the racing car from the TCR series. Toyota is taking a similar approach with the new Yaris and wants to breathe rally genes into the small car. Editor Christoph Kragenings climbs into the Toyota GR Yaris and finds out how the little powerhouse drives. The key data sound promising: 261 hp, 360 Newton meters of torque and all-wheel drive.
At the Digital Sneak Preview, Audi presents the latest generation of the compact athlete and the top model of the A3: the Audi RS 3 prototype. In interplay with the semi slick tires and the RS 3 specific drive modes, the Audi RS 3 prototype reaches a new level of drive dynamic and really increases performance.
Just one week on from the race in Azerbaijan, the Formula 1 World Championship is back on track for the Canadian Grand Prix, which returns to the calendar for the first time since 2019. As usual, the race is run on a track made up of the perimeter roads on the manmade island of Notre-Dame, in the Saint Lawrence river estuary. It is a semi-permanent facility named in honour of the great Gilles Villeneuve and the track is both attractive and strange in many ways. It features long straights interrupted by a series of chicanes and slow corners. The right set-up therefore involves finding a good compromise that delivers stability under braking and excellent traction, without ignoring what is an important detail at this track, namely the need to able to ride the kerbs.