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20 YEARS OF IN PIT LANE: Come Along For The Ride

9. February 2016

20 YEARS OF IN PIT LANE: Come Along For The Ride

In 2016 In Pit Lane celebrates a record 20 years on air, and here's your chance to be a part of it. Screened every week in primetime on Australia's most watched community television network, C31 Melbourne, and live online to the World, In Pit Lane has for two decades featured the most diverse, eclectic and entertaining range of motorsport news and guests on Australian television. From Formula One Superstars to the future stars of the vibrant Australian Karting scene, In Pit Lane brings it's loyal fans all the motorsport news, action and opinions that mainstream media ignores. If it has an engine, and it races, In Pit Lane has covered it. Circuit Racing, Drag Racing, Speedway, Rallying, Off Road Racing, Hillclimbs, Power Boats, Radio Control and Slot Cars. In Pit Lane have covered them all. Our line up of guests is a who's who of local and international motorsport stars including legends like Peter Brock, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jack Brabham, Vern Schuppan, Murray Walker, Jenson Button and many more F1, Le Mans and local legends. In Pit Lane has also shot stories from great racetracks and events around the World like, Le Mans, Goodwood, Dijon, the Autodrome de Montlhéry, Macau, Hampton Downs and even Ordos in Inner Mongolia. To celebrate our 20th year with a new series starting in the first week of March, In Pit Lane has a range of sponsorship and supporter packages to spread your message via the most effective communications media in history. PRIME TIME FREE TO AIR TELEVISION

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ON THE ROAD: NAIAS Day Two, Lincoln’s New Look & May The Force One Be With You

13. January 2016

ON THE ROAD: NAIAS Day Two, Lincoln’s New Look & May The Force One Be With You

Day 2 of the North American International Auto Show has just wrapped up. Acura gets sleek, sexy with Precision Concept, Lincoln strives to deliver on luxury with a new look Continental and Fisker unveils the 700+ BHP VLF Force 1 V10 supercar after lawsuit against Aston Martin. For the big stories of the day check out today's "AutoNews Now"

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ON THE ROAD: SUV’s still big news Stateside and new from Infiniti , Lexus and Ford’s new Hi-Tech FordPass

13. January 2016

ON THE ROAD: SUV’s still big news Stateside and new from Infiniti , Lexus and Ford’s new Hi-Tech FordPass

Honda's new pickup. Kia's new SUV concept, Hyundai intros new Genesis and new models for Infiniti, Ford and Lexus. Check out Automotive News First Shift show from the floor of the NAIAS.

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ON THE ROAD: NAIAS Day One, New offerings from Chrysler, Volvo and Chevy

12. January 2016

ON THE ROAD: NAIAS Day One, New offerings from Chrysler, Volvo and Chevy

Day one of the 2016 North American Auto Show. A new van from Chrysler is a car to wear your J-Lo glasses with, A new Bolt from GM and Volvo's S90. All the news from the opening day from AutoNews Now.

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BUICK UNVEIL NEW REAR DRIVE CONCEPT: Is this the new Commodore? (No)

12. January 2016

BUICK UNVEIL NEW REAR DRIVE CONCEPT:  Is this the new Commodore? (No)

strong>Buick have revealed the Avista concept at this year's North American International Auto Show. The Avista is a 2+2 coupe powered by a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 driving the rear wheels. “The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.” The Avista’s uninterrupted body lines stretch front to rear, suggesting motion – resembling Buick’s design language introduced on the Avenir concept and carried into production on the 2017 LaCrosse. The absence of conventional B-pillars between the doors and rear side windows enhances the flowing profile. “There is elegant simplicity in the Avista’s surfaces, which speak to the purity of the car’s performance, and a timeless beauty that’s a hallmark of Buick design,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director Global Buick Design. “It was designed to capture the spirit of the perfect drive.”

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FORD NAMES ITS WEC LINE UP

5. January 2016

FORD NAMES ITS WEC LINE UP

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing have today announced an impressive line up of drivers for their attempt on the 2016 World Endurance Championship. Marino Franchitti, Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Andy Priaulx will drive the all-new Ford GT in the GTE-Pro class in the series which includes the World's most famous Sportscar race the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Ford is running two cars in the WEC as well as another two in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The two teams will come together for a four-car effort at Le Mans to help Ford celebrate the fifty years anniversary of its historic 1-2-3 finish. “Make no mistake, we are racing to win,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “To compete at this level you need the best car, the best team and the best drivers, and we have selected Stefan, Olivier, Andy and Marino to drive the Ford GT to take on the best in the world.”

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NISSAN AXE RADICAL LE MANS PROJECT

23. December 2015

NISSAN AXE RADICAL LE MANS PROJECT

So Nissan have decided to withdraw from their ambitious and innovative LMP1 project. It's a great shame but no great surprise. The "departure" of Darren Cox from his position as motorsport boss at NISMO was a clear sign that the company was preparing its exit strategy. Now, a few days out from Christmas, the company has announced that the project in over. What does this mean for other areas of motorsport for Nissan, including V8 Supercars? Probably not much. The company still has its GT3 and Super GT program in place, and although there's been no official word, the very successful GT Academy program looks set to continue. The sad part for me is that so much time and so many resources have gone into projects that have generated so much hype but precious little on-track success.

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FORMULA SAE AUSTRALASIA LIVE ON IN PIT LANE

10. December 2015

FORMULA SAE AUSTRALASIA LIVE ON IN PIT LANE

This weekend RMITV Student Television will stage what is likely to be the most ambitious live production in the groups long history. RMITV and it's long running weekly motorsport news show In Pit Lane will again cover the 2015 Formula SAE-A competition from Melbourne's Calder Park. Over 30 Universities from all over the globe, including two teams from RMIT, will take part in this international engineering design event. "The principles of Formula Student are simple." said Brett Ramsey, host of In Pit Lane, and co executive producer. " Students are given a brief to design and build the prototype of an affordable single seat racing car for Autocross competition. Outside of safety and dimensional restrictions the rules are very liberal to encourage maximum innovation." This weekend's live stream follows last years successful test broadcast which attracted a large online audience both from Australia and overseas. More than 57% of the viewership was from outside Australia.

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IT’S OFFICIAL, RENAULT RETURN TO F1

4. December 2015

IT’S OFFICIAL, RENAULT RETURN TO F1

n a media release sent out today Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the brand will return to Formula 1 with its own team for 2016 season. “Renault had two options: to come back at 100 percent or leave. After a detailed study, I have decided that Renault will be in Formula 1, starting 2016. The final details supplied by F1’s main stakeholders gave us the confidence to accept this new challenge. Our ambition is to win--even if it will take some time,” said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Renault. As a full team, Renault will take maximum benefit from its victories. The payback as an engine supplier proved to be limited. The return on the investment necessitated by the new engine regulations and the return in terms of image were low. Work continues on finalizing the terms of the acquisition of the Lotus F1 Team in the shortest timeframe possible. The principal contracts were signed on December 3, 2015. The Lotus F1 Team effectively stands out as the best partner. Renault and Lotus F1 have known each other for 15 years and were world champions together in 2005 and 2006.

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ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR JOINS FIA FIGHT TO #SaveKidsLives

15. October 2015

It’s a frightening statistic that every day on average, 500 children are killed in road accidents. Many on their way to & from school. The FIA, the World Governing body of motorsport has joined a campaign to try and address some of these issues and raise public awareness of the problem. Acclaimed movie director Luc […]

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