Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Valentino Rossi recently joined a host of motorsport champions from the past and the present (including names like Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Nigel Mansell, Jenson Button and many others...), in an inauguration ceremony to open the Silverstone circuit’s new, state-of-the-art pit, paddock and conference complex – The Silverstone Wing. With 41 garages, a race control building, a podium, media centre, hospitality and VIP spectator zones, The Silverstone Wing provides a world-class facility for teams, race officials and spectators.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Yamaha are celebrating their 50th year in motorcycle Grand Prix racing. As part of a series of ongoing activities to celebrate this landmark, Yamaha Factory Racing will run a special red-and-white livery at the Assen TT and Laguna Seca races this year. The YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition, with its special livery, will be ridden by both Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo. According to Yamaha, ‘The red and white livery design pays homage to the iconic Yamaha Factory Racing liveries of the past with a modern twist.’
Monday, May 16, 2011
Husqvarna, the BMW-owned company of Swedish origin that now makes off-road and supermoto bikes in Varese, Italy, recently unveiled an all-new 900cc parallel-twin engine that will power a range of streetbikes that the company will launch in the near future. We must say we’re a bit intrigued. We loved the Mille3 concept that Husqvarna unveiled at the EICMA last year. And while we admit the Mille3 is probably a bit too outlandish to make it to production, who knows what kind of a streetbike a company like Husqvarna will produce?!
BMW Motorrad, on the 6th of May, celebrated the production of its two-millionth motorcycle, which rolled off the assembly line at the company’s plant in Berlin Spandau in Germany. BMW have been making motorcycles at this plant since 1969 and bikes produced here have been exported to as many as 130 countries around the world.
BMW’s two-millionth bike was a one-off special-edition R1200GS that was unveiled by stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer. The bike will be raffled off as part of the ‘be Berlin’ campaign, which has been undertaken to promote the city of Berlin. ‘I’m really proud to present the two-millionth BMW motorcycle here today. I have a really busy schedule but this kind of thing doesn’t happen every day, so I really wanted to be here,’ said Mr Pfeiffer, who also put on a stunt riding display on his BMW F800R, ending the day with a burnout, with the rear tyre spelling out ‘2000000’ on the tarmac.
With hot new machines like the S1000RR superbike and the six-cylinder K1600GT luxury-tourer, BMW are currently on a roll. With 1,900 employees, the BMW factory in Berlin produces up to 510 motorcycles a day and annual motorcycle output in 2010 amounted to 97,076 machines – a massive hike over the 12,000 motorcycles they made in 1969. What’s next? The BMW K1600R, we hope. Come on BMW, the K1300R needs that bigger six-cylinder engine... ;-)
So what’s a Renault doing here on Faster and Faster? Well, despite the fact that it has four wheels, the Twizzy isn’t really a car – it’s actually a scooter. Yes indeed, the Twizzy is, officially, an electric quadricycle - a battery-powered scooter that rides on four wheels. Available in two versions – the Urban and the Technik – the Twizzy is fitted with an electric motor that produces 17 horsepower and 57Nm of torque. And, when it goes on sale in Europe at the end of this year, this little runabout will be priced at £6,690 (7,600 euros) for the Urban version and £7,400 (8,400 euros) for the Technic. Owners will also have to pay a £40 monthly fee for leasing the Twizzy’s lithium-ion battery.