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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Audi F1 revival likely killed by dieselgate
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Audi F1 revival likely killed by dieselgate

Audi's transition to Formula 1 began in earnest in 2014 when the company hired now Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali, but the plans were ultimately scuttled by dieselgate. Speaking to Australian media today in Japan, Lamborghini chief executive officer Stefano Domenicali admitted that he was originally hired by Audi to move the brand into Formula 1...


Mercedes-AMG F1 team working on new hybrid hypercar – report
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Mercedes-AMG F1 team working on new hybrid hypercar – report

The Mercedes-AMG Formula One team is working on a new hypercar to take on the upcoming Aston Martin AM-RB 001, according to a new report. In an article by the UK’s Evo magazine, a source “within the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team” has confirmed that the hypercar is in its final stages of design before the company commences development...


Hybrid power likely for Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar
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Hybrid power likely for Aston Martin AM-RB 001 hypercar

Aston Martin and Red Bull’s upcoming AM-RB 001 hypercar is likely to have hybrid power, according to key hints from the partners. On Red Bull’s careers website, the company is advertising positions for AM-RB 001 engineers, notably those with experience in hybrid systems, semi-active suspension and composite materials...


Aston Martin hypercar to be the "quickest-ever track car"
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Aston Martin hypercar to be the "quickest-ever track car"

Aston Martin’s joint project with Formula One team Red Bull racing, the AM-RB001, will be the quickest track car ever, according to company boss Andy Palmer. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix last week, Aston Martin chief Palmer said the AM-RB001 will be a “kick ass, no excuses” hypercar...


2016 Formula One season preview: Everything you want to know before the lights go out in Melbourne
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2016 Formula One season preview: Everything you want to know before the lights go out in Melbourne

The 2016 Formula One season begins this Thursday, when the 81st Australian Grand Prix kicks off at Albert Park in Melbourne on March 17. But what's new for 2016? Who's driving for who this year? And which teams will be vying for the championship? Read on… Rule changes – Engines Following the 2014 debut of the electrically-assisted turbocharged 1...


A lap around Albert Park Formula 1 Circuit with Mercedes-AMG

A lap around Albert Park Formula 1 Circuit with Mercedes-AMG

For the past two decades, the Australian Formula One Grand Prix has called Melbourne home. Each year, the motorsport carnival completely shuts down public access to the Albert Park reserve for about a week. For the rest of the year, the golf course, parklands, lake and sporting complexes are used daily by many Melbournians. The suburban roads that make up the 5...


Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R laps Albert Park F1 circuit in 2min23sec
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Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R laps Albert Park F1 circuit in 2min23sec

The multi-circuit record holding Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R has lapped Melbourne’s Albert Park Formula One circuit in 2:23.64 to become the first car of its kind to set a lap record of the Grand Prix track. Hustling the track-focused street-legal two-seat Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R around the 5...


Mercedes-AMG GT S to be safety car for 2015 Formula One season
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Mercedes-AMG GT S to be safety car for 2015 Formula One season

The 2015 Formula One season brings with it a new safety car and medical car in the form of a Mercedes-AMG GT S and Mercedes-AMG C63 S. Replacing the current gullwing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, the Mercedes-AMG GT S is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 375kW of power and 650Nm of torque. It's also capable of a 0-100km/h sprint of just 3...


Mark Webber returns to Albert Park in a Porsche 918 Spyder
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Mark Webber returns to Albert Park in a Porsche 918 Spyder

Australian Formula One racing driver, Mark Webber, will return to the Albert Park circuit for the first time since his retirement in 2013 — driving a Porsche. Mark Webber will pilot the hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder supercar on a series of demonstration laps around the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit...


Mercedes-Benz celebrates 2014 F1 Championship win with special edition SL63 AMGs
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Mercedes-Benz celebrates 2014 F1 Championship win with special edition SL63 AMGs

Mercedes-Benz has celebrated its 701-point 2014 Formula 1 constructors' championship win with a pair of special edition SL63 AMG roadsters. Both Mercedes-Benz drivers, Nico Rosberg and 2014 F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, had input in the development of the cars. Called the World Championship 2014 Collectors Edition, the cars are mechanically identical to the standard 436kW/900Nm SL63 AMG...


Mercedes-Benz boss calls on rivals to try Formula One
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Mercedes-Benz boss calls on rivals to try Formula One

Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche has used the German press to call on more car manufacturers to back their own Formula One teams, with Audi and BMW getting a specific mention.  Daimler is the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, which dominated this year’s Formula One championship like no team has in years, with its drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg placing 1-2 overall...


Mark Webber's early-2007 Red Bull F1 car available for sale
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Mark Webber's early-2007 Red Bull F1 car available for sale

A Red Bull RB3 Formula One race car driven by Australian Mark Webber during the 2007 season has been listed for sale in the UK for 250,000 pounds ($458,000). The listing on British website Race Cars Direct was posted late last month by Nigel Baskerville. Baskerville believes that his RB3 is the "only raced Red Bull F1 car in private ownership", but it's not clear how he came to be in possession of the vehicle...


Marussia F1 team folds
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Marussia F1 team folds

The Marussia Formula One team has folded and its entire staff of more than 200 people have been made redundant. The British-based team went into administration last month and had hoped to make a return for the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi after missing the US Grand Prix last week and Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend...


Ferrari standing behind recovering Schumacher, ailing F1 team
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Ferrari standing behind recovering Schumacher, ailing F1 team

The head of Ferrari Australasia has expressed support for both the recovering seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher and the manufacturer's own ailing Formula One team. Speaking to CarAdvice at the local premiere of the new Ferrari California T, Herbert Appleroth said there had been a groundswell of support and well-wishes from fans all over the world following news that former Ferrari F1 driver Michael Schumacher has emerged from an induced coma almost six months after a skiing accident in the French Alps...


Sir Jack Brabham dies, aged 88: Tributes flow for three-time Formula One World Champion
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Sir Jack Brabham dies, aged 88: Tributes flow for three-time Formula One World Champion

Tributes are flowing in for three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, AO, OBE, who passed away at his home on the Gold Coast early this morning aged 88. Brabham was a champion and a pioneer. He won the Formula One world championship in 1959, 1960 and 1966 – the third in a car built with his own hands, becoming the first man to achieve that feat...


Mark Webber: first drive of Porsche LMP1 ahead of 2014 team switch
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Mark Webber: first drive of Porsche LMP1 ahead of 2014 team switch

Mark Webber has helped complete the Porsche LMP1 race car's 2013 testing program, banking his first laps in the car he will pilot in next year's World Endurance Championship (WEC) series. Despite still being under contract with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team, until officially switching to Porsche from January 1, 2014, Webber tested the Porsche LMP1 on the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal...


Infiniti Q50 'Eau Rouge': F1-inspired concept teased
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Infiniti Q50 'Eau Rouge': F1-inspired concept teased

A Formula One-inspired Infiniti Q50 concept car will make its world premiere at next month's Detroit auto show. Dubbed the 'Eau Rouge', after a famous corner of the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps Formula One circuit, Infiniti claims the concept represents a design vision for a high-performance variant of the Q50 sedan – itself first unveiled at the 2013 Detroit show...


Ferrari 458: Niki Lauda special revealed
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Ferrari 458: Niki Lauda special revealed

A unique Ferrari 458 Italia celebrating Austrian Formula One legend Niki Lauda has been revealed by the Italian car maker. Personalised by Ferrari for an owner, the red 458 Italia harks back to the Prancing Horse's mid-1970s racecars with an Italian flag emblazoned on its white roof. White accents on the front bumper, side skirts and rear spoiler compliment the theme along with gold alloy wheels...


Renault Megane RS265 Red Bull RB8: F1 limited edition from $49,990
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Renault Megane RS265 Red Bull RB8: F1 limited edition from $49,990

The limited edition Renault Megane RS265 Red Bull RB8 has been released in Australia celebrating Red Bull Racing's fourth consecutive clinching of the Formula One drivers' and constructors' world titles. At $49,990, the Red Bull RB8 is based on the identically priced Renault Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 – the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to lap the Nurburgring...