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Oil leak prompts engine change at Matt Stone Racing

Matt Stone Racing is set to complete an engine change ahead of qualifying for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for Garry Jacobson and David Russell …

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Palm oil can have devastating effects on the communities that make it — and companies are racing to find a sustainable solution

The production of palm oil has been linked to deforestation, pollution, and human rights violations, and is ratcheting up tension among workers.

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Racing Across Antarctica, One Freezing Day at a Time – New York Times


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Racing Across Antarctica, One Freezing Day at a Time
New York Times
Monday was not an ideal morning to ski in Antarctica. The wind was fast, and a snowstorm was producing whiteout conditions, making the skiing feel like “being inside a Ping-Pong ball,” in the words of the American adventure athlete Colin O'Brady. But

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Electric Drag Racing With True Cousins — The Bikes

This is the first of two parts about the cousins Hans-Henrik Thomsen and Glenn Ellegaard Nielsen and their amazing efforts in electrifying the drag racing sport. They have built and driven battery-powered vehicles for drag racing since 2007, resulting in 7 — still standing — world records with 4 different vehicles: 2 motorcycles and 2 cars

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Racing for the rum: Christmas in Antarctica – Financial Times


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Racing for the rum: Christmas in Antarctica
Financial Times
Leo Houlding, Mark Sedon and Jean Burgun are a month into a groundbreaking expedition. They have climbed the Spectre, one of the world's most remote mountains, and are now kite-skiing and walking the 1,400km back across Antarctica. We are becalmed. All

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Great Lakes racing to prepare for a new kind of oil spill – WBEZ


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Great Lakes racing to prepare for a new kind of oil spill
WBEZ
But the oil spill game is changing.The explosion in tar sands production in western Canada means increasing amounts of crude oil is making its way to the American Midwest. Imports of crude oil to the Midwest reached a record high earlier this month, …
Enbridge plans to bring more tar sands oil into Great Lakes regionMichigan Radio

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Oil spill crews racing against wintry storm – The Denver Post

Oil spill crews racing against wintry storm
The Denver Post
Cleanup crews raced against rain and snow Saturday night to keep a wrecked oil train along the South Platte River from leaking into the river, pumping oil from 28,000-gallon tankers. An estimated 6,500 gallons of Niobrara crude oil spilled from the New …
Crews race against winter storm to clean up oil spill after train derailedkwgn.com
Crude oil train derails west of La Sallekdvr.com
Train Derails Near La Salle In Weld CountyCBS Local

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Icebreakers racing to rescue ship trapped in ice near Antarctica – Fox News


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Icebreakers racing to rescue ship trapped in ice near Antarctica
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Icebreakers racing to rescue ship trapped in ice near Antarctica. Published December 26, 2013. FoxNews.com. Three icebreaking ships are racing toward Antarctica to rescue a Russian vessel that became stranded in remote sea ice on Christmas morning.
Antarctica researchers stuck after wind blows ice into ship's pathNew York Daily News
Icebreakers speed toward stranded ship in AntarcticaCBS News
Cruise Ship Spends Christmas Stuck in Ice off AntarcticaABC News (blog)
Discovery News –CNN
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Meet the two Canadian soldiers racing across unforgiving, frozen Antarctica – The Globe and Mail

Meet the two Canadian soldiers racing across unforgiving, frozen Antarctica
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When Chris Downey arrived in the frozen heart of Antarctica on Wednesday, he had tears in his eyes. It wasn't the cold or the nasty wind, because Mr. Downey, a native of Cold Lake, Alta., is used to that. Instead, the Canadian Forces veteran, who lost

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Drayson Racing Hooks Up With Qualcomm For Wireless Charging


Motorsports has a long history as a testbed for cutting edge automotive technology and now that the racing industry is pivoting to electric vehicles, the results could be stunning. In the latest development, the British motorsports R&D company Drayson Racing Technologies has just announced a partnership with Qualcomm for wireless EV charging in its motorsports products as well as consumer products, using Qualcomm’s Halo WEVC wireless charging system.

The WEVC system consists of pads at parking spots for stationary charging, and Qualcomm is also looking to develop on-road charging systems embedded in roadways.

Drayson Racing and Qualcomm

Drayson Racing may be better known for its work in racing-quality biofuels (it developed the first biofuel vehicle to win a Le Mans race), but the company has jumped into the EV market and is focusing on electric drivetrains and wireless charging.

The company’s formidable 850 horsepower Drayson B12 69/EV recently achieved a speed of 200 mph, ripping through the previous 39-year-old record for EV speed of 175 mph for sub-1000 kg EVs.

Concurrently, Drayson has also been instrumental in developing the new Formula E racing series in cooperation with the global motorsports organization FIA. The new competition is set to start in September 2014 in ten cities worldwide including Miami and Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm has a long history in wireless electronics and it has emerged as a leader in wireless EV charging, with a wireless demonstration system installed in London last year.

Drayson Racing and Qualcomm team for wireless EV charging

Qualcomm wireless chargers courtesy of Drayson Racing.

Last January, Qualcomm Europe announced that it would promote its Qualcomm Halo™ WEVC technology through a sponsorship of the Drayson Racing Team for the Formula E series.

Drayson has tested Qualcomm’s custom 20kW wireless charging system on its B12/69EV, with an eye to both the racing and the consumer market. Along with setting the new flat speed record, one highlight has been the achievement of a new record for EV hill-climb, which took place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Wireless EV Charging

All else being equal, wireless EV charging could be the final nail in the coffin for conventional gasoline vehicles, and for that matter, for any vehicle using liquid fuel. It’s hard to argue with the convenience factor of parking your car, hitting a button, and letting the magic of science take over.

Add on-road EV charging (a technology based on magnetic fields) to that equation and all bets are off.

That’s good enough news for the consumer market, and in the motorsports world it could be golden. Think of an “electrified” raceway as the real world version of those little slot car sets, and you can see the possibilities for a crowd-pleasing event.

FOX Hearts EVs!

Speaking of the new FIA Formula E series, you’ll never guess who just confirmed an international media deal with FIA for the Formula E series, unless you just read the subheading above.

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That’s right, FOX Sports, part of the FOX media empire, which here in the US serves partly as an echo chamber for conservative pundits, particularly in its negative coverage of EV tech.

It looks like that relationship is in for a big change, since the deal gives FOX exclusive rights to broadcast Formula E events in the US. The deal also gives FOX exclusive and non-exclusive rights in 80 other territories and countries.

Carlos Martinez, President Latin America for FOX International channels, was instrumental in setting up the deal. Here’s what Martinez said about the role that FOX will play in introducing millions of US viewers to zero-emission auto racing:

This series makes racing very relevant well into the future. With a global approach to acquiring knowledge and fast-tracking technology through the world of international racing competition, the FIA Formula E Championship is much more than just another weekend at the track…it makes racing an integral part of solving one of the world’s most daunting challenges and we are thrilled to be a part of that process.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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