We wanted to share a very cool story from our friends over at AutoMotoFoto about the best of Formula One engine sounds. Beginning from the early days of the V6 turbocharged engines to the more modern V10, V12 and most recently the V8 – these engines are all music to the ears of F1 enthusiasts. Interestingly though, for 2014, the Formula One engines are now back to a V6 turbocharged setup and some fans and drivers have already complained about the lack of sound of these engines during the races. Well, you be the judge after watching this video. Be sure to crank up the volume on the speakers as you will want to capture all of it. Just think, it’s only two months until Montreal’s Canadian Grand Prix.
As good luck would have it a friend of RedlineNorth attended last weekend’s Montreal Grand Prix weekend and covered the action for us. Although rain did come and go early in the festivities it did not lessen the level of the Grand Prix party overall. Unfortunately, however, the event was marred with tragedy on Sunday with the accidental death of volunteer track marshal Mark Robinson. Our hopes and prayers go out to Mark’s family.
Here is a little taste of last weekend’s Montreal racing action. Until next year!
Make sure you add the Montreal Grand Prix to next year’s calendar as hotels sell out soon for the annual event.
We may be able to hear the roar of NASCAR as early as 2014 based on the decision this Monday which saw the Ontario Municipal Board reject all appeals against the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway complex setting things in motion for construction to start on the $400 million facility.
With over 332 hectares of farmland already purchased, construction is expected to take 18 months wrapping up in mid 2014. Studies suggest once completed, the complex will create 1200 new jobs along with providing an annual tax impact of $34 Million per year to the struggling Niagara Region. It’s believed the major investors making up the consortium are from Kuwait and the UAE.
Located in Fort Erie near the Peace Bridge, the proposed complex will attempt to attract NASCAR stock car racing, open wheel racing including Formula 1 and IndyCar, motorcycle racing and other motorsports series. In addition, there is a planned auto research facility that will be affiliated with Hamilton’s McMaster University.
As for the features of the complex, current plans include 65,000 seats, 5,000 club seats, and 80 suites while four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon is designing the 1.6 kilometre banked oval track and a 4.2 kilometre road course. The road course would be the largest paved track in Canada. For more information, check out the Canadian Motor Speedway official site.
Sources: Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun.