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Cem Bölükbaşı To Race at Formula 3

Racing driver Cem Bölükbaşı, who started competing on real tracks after winning championships on virtual tracks, will participate in Formula 3 Asia championship for a full season for the first time in his career, supported by the Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA).

Cem Bölükbaşı continues his success on real tracks, where he has been a professional racing driver for the past two seasons after winning several world championships in e-sports. Bölükbaşı will participate in Formula Racing Series for a full season and race in the 2021 Formula 3 Asia Championship. He will be the driver of the BlackArts Racing Team at the F3 Series which will include a total of 15 races. Supported by TGA, Cem Bölükbaşı will represent Turkey in F3 Asia 2021 season with his gotürkiye logo branded car as part of the sponsorship.

The F3 Asia Series will kick off on January 29-30 in Dubai. In the first weekend, there will be a total of three races. On February 4-5 and February 6-7 in Abu Dhabi Yas Marina, there will be a total of six races.  Bölükbaşı will race in the same team with successful drivers such as Lorenzo Fluxa, Zdenek Chovanec, and Rafael Villagomez. He will race in a total of six races, three on February 12-14 and three on February 19-20 at the last two legs, and in total, he will race in 15 single-seater races.

As one of the most successful and rare examples of the transition from e-sport to real racing, Bölükbaşı is closely followed by the authorities and he had his first F3 experience in 2019, at Formula Renault Eurocup’s 9th leg, in Hockenheim Circuit. In the 2019 and 2020 seasons, at GT4 European Championships, Bölükbaşı was in BAM team. He completed the 2020 season as one of the drivers in the BAM team, in second place in the Pro-AM category.

During Formula 3 Asia championship, viewers can follow goturkiye Instagram account where live posts will be shared to keep up with the race.

About Cem Bölükbaşı

Cem Bölükbaşı, a young driver who serves as an example in the world as an athlete who has demonstrated significant success in both e-sports and real motorsports at the same time, is closely followed by local and international authorities due to his proven track record. In 2017, Cem Bölükbaşıcompeted in the Formula Esports World Championship, finishing in fifth place in the world and becoming the first driver to be selected for Formula 1 Champion Fernando Alonso’s Simracing team.  As one of the top 20 players among 70,000 players who participated in F1 Esports in 2018, he became the world’s number one in the ProDraft selections. He later joined Redbull Toro Rosso Formula 1 team and became the world-runner up with his team.

Bölükbaşı made his first appearance on real tracks in the GT4 European Series 2019 championship. Competing in two legs of the tournament as the driver selected by Borusan Automotive Motorsport (BAM) under the young talents project, Bölükbaşı experienced his first podium excitement by finishing second in the PRO-AM category in only the second real track race of his career at the Misano circuit.

Bölükbaşı completed the first Formula race of his career in October 2019, in Formula Renault Eurocup’s Hockenheim circuit as a member of M2 Competition team and sparked the authorities and motorsports enthusiasts’ attention with his performance in his first single-seater car race. He became the first SIM driver in the world to make it to the real track in Formula Renault Championship.

Competing in his first full season with the BAM team at the GT4 European Series 2020 championship, Bölükbaşı managed to finish the season in second place in the Pro-Am category.

Bölükbaşı became the World Champion in the Formula Renault Esport Series, which was held for the first time in 2020, by demonstrating his strength in simulation in a total of eight races.

Keep up with Cem Bölükbaşı on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Twitch

About TGA:

The Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) is dedicated to delivering Turkey as a brand and a popular destination in both domestic and international tourism markets; discovering, developing and promoting tangible and intangible natural, cultural, biological and manmade heritage assets; boosting Turkey’s tourism capacity and the ratio of tourism investments in the national economy and improving the quality of service with short, medium and long-term communication and marketing activities. In line with tourism strategies and policies set by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Agency carries out all promotion, marketing and communication activities to help Turkey achieve its tourism goals, promote and market current tourism opportunities across the globe, and discover, improve and develop potential areas of tourism.

H. R. OWEN BUGATTI WELCOMES TWO RACING LEGENDS TO ITS WORKSHOP

H.R. Owen Bugatti has been entrusted with the care of the last ever racing Bugattis; two unique EB110s campaigned during 1994, 1995 and 1996. The extremely rare cars, two of around 150 built in total, arrived at H.R. Owen Bugatti Service in London for their routine annual maintenance, to be cared for alongside the team’s array of Chirons and Veyrons.

The EB110s are two enormously complex cars, both based on the later EB110 SS, powered by a quad-turbocharged 3.5-litre V12 engine, delivering around 600hp through an advanced all-wheel-drive system. And while they’re each built around a very similar formula, they were designed to race under very different conditions.

The iconic blue car, EB110S LM, was built to race at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1994, on the 55th anniversary of Bugatti’s last win at the event. Having been completed in less than six months, the car looked set for a successful race, regardless of having five turbos changed and a fuel tank leak. In fact, it looked as though a top-five finish was likely until a suspected tyre blowout ended EB110 LM’s race with just 45 minutes remaining.

The silver car, EB110S SC GTS-1 was destined to race in the North American WSC GT series, and has a few subtle revisions over the LM, including a slightly raised ride height, reorganised cockpit and adapted bodywork. In 1995, it recorded a fifth-place finish at Watkins Glen and sixth-in-class at Sears Point before looking on track for a successful Daytona 24 Hours race before stopping short of the finish line with transmission issues.

Since their racing days, both EB110s have led busy lives with their passionate owner; EB110 SC GTS-1 appeared in photos for the launch of the Centodieci, while EB110 LM appeared in promotional materials created for the race-bred Bugatti Bolide.

H.R. Owen CEO, Ken Choo, said: “Caring for a Bugatti is unlike caring for any other type of performance vehicle; the world’s most advanced materials and technologies combine to create a car that pushes the boundaries of speed and usability. Looking after any Bugatti is a privilege, but to be responsible for the maintenance of the last ever Works racing Bugattis is extremely special. It speaks volumes of the expertise of our Service team and our advanced facility that our customers trust us not just with their Chirons and Veyrons but also with priceless pieces of Bugatti history like these two racers.”

About H.R. Owen Bugatti Service

H.R. Owen is the only Bugatti Partner of Excellence in the UK, with a dedicated boutique in the heart of London’s Mayfair and the advanced Bugatti service centre in North Acton, London. Entrusted with the repair and maintenance of the most advanced performance cars in the world, H.R. Owen Bugatti Service is staffed by the UK’s most experienced Bugatti technicians with over 22-years joint experience.

T.50 Car illustration by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE for use by 360 MAGAZINE.

Gordon Murray Automotive – T.50 Supercar

Gordon Murray Automotive has unveiled its T.50 supercar in full for the first time, showing the finished exterior and interior design and confirming its ground-breaking technical specifications. The T.50 has been engineered to be the purest, lightest, most driver-centric supercar ever.

Improving on his acclaimed McLaren F1 “in every conceivable way”, Professor Gordon Murray CBE is leading the team that will begin building customer versions of the 986kg supercar in January 2022. Justifying its £2.36m (before taxes) price tag, the T.50 promises to deliver an unsurpassed driving experience. It is powered by a 100% bespoke 3.9-litre, 663PS V12 engine that revs to a record-breaking 12,100rpm, and features the most advanced and effective aerodynamics ever seen on a road car – aided by a 400mm rear-mounted fan.

The global premiere is the first time the clean lines of the exterior and the driver-focused interior have been seen. From his first ballpoint sketches, to every engineering and design detail, Murray has led the Gordon Murray Automotive team and briefed and overseen suppliers to drive the project forward at an unrelenting pace. Murray’s design for T.50 was the 50th in a prestigious line of race and road cars he’s penned over his illustrious 50-year career – both reasons combining to name the car T.50.

The most dominant characteristics of the T.50 exterior design are its purity and balance, free from the wings, skirts and vents that adorn most modern-day supercars. The clean surfaces are enabled by the most advanced and effective aerodynamics ever seen on a road car, resulting in deliberately simple, beautiful lines and a timeless appearance. 

The purity of the silhouette is broken dramatically when the pair of dihedral doors rise up and forwards, coming to rest high above the passenger cabin. Inside, the driver-centric approach is plain to see – from the central, jet fighter-like driving position, to the aerospace-grade primary and secondary controls arranged in an ‘ergonomic bubble’ around the driver.

Quality of materials, the utmost precision, and simplicity of visuals define the whole car, but nowhere is this more evident than inside the cockpit. British suppliers are responsible for every major component throughout the interior, as well as every facet of the car’s exquisitely engineered underpinnings – an attribute insisted upon by Murray who was determined the T.50 would be a true British sports car.

From the record-breaking V12 engine, and best lightweight transmission, to the world-first aerodynamic package and the feather-light titanium throttle pedal, every element is 100% bespoke and crafted by a British company that leads in its field. Murray pushed each supplier to their limits to deliver ingenuity, the highest quality and of course new levels of lightness.

With a vision that the car, and every element of its componentry, would be considered ‘engineering art’, Murray set out to create a vehicle that surpassed all others, fostering new levels of pride and connection among owners. Every T.50 customer has the opportunity to meet Murray to discuss their car and personalise it inside and out. Part of this process includes a seat, steering wheel and pedals ‘fitting’ session – personalised to every owner – that will ensure the T.50 is ergonomically perfect and individualised for each discerning customer.

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Green Car illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Recaro Automotive Seating

Recaro Automotive Seating is at the forefront of this trend, and just unveiled the Pro Racer SPG XL ORV and the Cross Sportster ORV, two brand-new performance seats meant for the off-road and truck markets. A first for the company, these all-new seats offer ultimate support and safety, having been designed specifically for more rigorous, off-road environments.

The Cross Sportster ORV is tailored to meet off-road vehicle needs and features a snug, supportive structure with side bolsters designed for excellent shoulder and torso support. The Pro Racer SPG XL ORV addresses off-road race car requirements and is ergonomically designed to provide outstanding support and protection for the back and neck against all the forces of a dirt track.

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Plum Crazy: Hellcat Redeye Widebody

By Michael Moadeb, Anthony Sovinsky× Vaughn Lowery

If power is what you crave, look no farther than the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody. This beaut of a car is the same as the notorious Dodge Challenger Hellcat but with impressive additions. Its key competitors are the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Dodge definitely brought out the mad scientists to execute what they do best, create a monster. They collaborated with SRT to create this amazing creature of an automobile that has a Hellcat stamp of approval with a demon-like red eye.

The 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody is up 90 horsepower and 57 lb-ft torque from the original 707 Hellcat putting it at 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft torque, just 11 bucks shy of the Demon. The first thing you will note is not the look, but you will hear the acoustics of the violin like supercharger make music as it has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8; It really claws the road! The Redeye Widebody is only available in a 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Even with traction on, the car is able to do full burnouts and donuts (recommend closed professional circuit); imagine what could be done if you get the traction control off. It’s astonishing this machine is even street legal!

The Redeye Widebody are equipped with ExtremeContact Sports tires that have SportPlus Technology, Chambered Block Edges, Solid Shoulder Macro Blocks, and more. All of these stats will make you realize why this car is more track-focused than the original Hellcat or the Demon. Thither is a cool perk called the “Afterchiller” so that when you shut down the car, it will take the A/C and run it continuously while the car is off to cool it down.

The automobile is a dark purple color called “Plum Crazy” which is a traditional Mopar color making it both beautiful and terrifying. The hood is different from previous Hellcat designs as it is a reversion to older Mopar styled muscle cars. There is an option to black out the hood for an extra $15,000 which throws the car an eye-widening color contrast. It looks pretty pricey, although it does add functionality and aggressiveness. Nevertheless, the headlights are the same as the original Hellcat, which, don’t get me wrong, isn’t an issue; why change something that is perfect?

The interior of the car is considerably thought out with high tech and considerable from the large and soft race-inspired front seats in the spacious trunk space, this car has got everything. To make the car even cooler the seats have SRT and the Hellcat badge stitched into them although no red eyes here. Additionally, the infotainment system is similar to older Hellcat models with Apple CarPlay, navigation, drive ways, detailed performance tuning, a rattling subwoofer mounted in the trunk, 18” speaker premium audio system and more.

Being one of the best muscle cars, performance-wise, on the market, the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody is a genuinely good bang for your buck for $58,995 for the base model and $88,855 for all the sweet add-ons.

Pre-order.

Petersen Automotive Museum “Winning Numbers” Exhibit

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum opened its newest exhibit featuring 10 groundbreaking race cars, each with a unique story of triumph and victory. Titled “Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous,” the exhibit is comprised of Le Mans winners, land speed record setters, dragsters and road racers from the personal garage of Petersen Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer.

Key vehicles on display include the winningest Ferrari road racer of all time, the 1957 Ferrari 625/250 Testa Rossa, which claimed first prize in more than half of the 50 competitions in which it was raced; the first production 1962 Shelby Cobra, CSX2001; the 1962 Greer Black Prudhomme, which was raced by drag racing legend Don Prudhomme who won 237 of the 241 races in which he piloted the car; the renowned 1952 So-Cal Speed Shop Belly Tank Racer, which was fashioned from a P-38 Lightning fighter belly tank from World War II by hot rod racing icon Alex Xydias; the 1979 Kremer Porsche 935 K3 that took first place overall at Le Mans; and the 1929 Ford “747” Bonneville Racer that Meyer ran 204 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats. 

“Affectionately called ‘the car guy’s car guy,’ Bruce Meyer epitomizes true automotive passion,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “The charisma with which Bruce shares his passion is what sets him apart. ‘Winning Numbers’ reflects his discerning tastes as a collector and motorsports enthusiast, and we’re proud to share his fervor for the hobby with the community.”

The exhibit’s public opening was preceded by an evening reception and media preview on February 22, 2019. Guests of the exclusive event were treated to passed appetizers by the Petersen’s exclusive catering partner Drago, a full cocktail bar and a Fireside Chat discussion between Meyer and Karges. 

“Winning Numbers” will run through January 19, 2020.

Ferrari: Race to Immortality

“It’s definitely a film worth watching.”
-Forbes

“Grand Prix racing in the 1950s is shown as being an utterly lethal pastime
in this fascinating documentary.”
-The Independent

“A visual treat for fans of fast cars.”
-Radio Times

The 1950s. Dawn of the iconic Scuderia Ferrari in the Formula One World Championship and deadliest decade in motor racing history. As cars pushed the limits of human ingenuity, drivers lived on a knife edge between life and death.

At the centre of it all was Enzo Ferrari, a towering figure in motor racing and patriarch of Ferrari who dared to dream about speed in ways nobody else could. Amidst the stiff competition within his team, two of its stars, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn, decided that their friendship was as important as winning the next race.

Ferrari: Race to Immortality tells the story of the loves and losses, triumphs and tragedy of Ferrari’s most decorated drivers in an era where it was la dolce vita during the week and a coin toss of whether they lived or died on the weekend.

Get the trailer from YouTube here and download from here.

Ferrari: Race to Immortality

“It’s definitely a film worth watching.”
-Forbes

“Grand Prix racing in the 1950s is shown as being an utterly lethal pastime
in this fascinating documentary.”
-The Independent

“A visual treat for fans of fast cars.”
-Radio Times

The 1950s. Dawn of the iconic Scuderia Ferrari in the Formula One World Championship and deadliest decade in motor racing history. As cars pushed the limits of human ingenuity, drivers lived on a knife edge between life and death.
At the centre of it all was Enzo Ferrari, a towering figure in motor racing and patriarch of Ferrari who dared to dream about speed in ways nobody else could. Amidst the stiff competition within his team, two of its stars, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn, decided that their friendship was as important as winning the next race.

Ferrari: Race to Immortality tells the story of the loves and losses, triumphs and tragedy of Ferrari’s most decorated drivers in an era where it was la dolce vita during the week and a coin toss of whether they lived or died on the weekend.

Get the trailer from YouTube here and download here.

Ferrari: Race to Immortality

“It’s definitely a film worth watching.”
-Forbes

“Grand Prix racing in the 1950s is shown as being an utterly lethal pastime
in this fascinating documentary.”
-The Independent

“A visual treat for fans of fast cars.”
-Radio Times

The 1950s. Dawn of the iconic Scuderia Ferrari in the Formula One World Championship and deadliest decade in motor racing history. As cars pushed the limits of human ingenuity, drivers lived on a knife edge between life and death.

At the centre of it all was Enzo Ferrari, a towering figure in motor racing and patriarch of Ferrari who dared to dream about speed in ways nobody else could. Amidst the stiff competition within his team, two of its stars, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn, decided that their friendship was as important as winning the next race.

Ferrari: Race to Immortality tells the story of the loves and losses, triumphs and tragedy of Ferrari’s most decorated drivers in an era where it was la dolce vita during the week and a coin toss of whether they lived or died on the weekend.

Get the trailer from YouTube here and download from here.

PORSCHE WORKS TEAM

Introducing an all new title from Delius Klasing, Porsche Works Team, that illustrates the true nature of 24-hour races – the tension, exhaustion, and the dedication. World-famous photographer, Frank Kayser followed the Porsche team for three years, detailing a world previously unseen by outsiders.

Kayser and his team were allowed where other press photographers were not: in the pit, in the pit lane during the change of tries and drivers, and in the closed off areas of the racers quarters. Every photo in this book shows the stress, the top performance, the eternal night and the success of perfection.

A special signed edition of the book, limited to 99 copies is also available for sale.

Book Available here