The Porsche Taycan sets Guinness world record for longest electric drift

It sounds like a wedding dance, but electric drift is the latest automotively themed Guinness record to be set. To be specific, it has to do with the Porsche Taycan EV, which now holds the world record for longest drift of an electric vehicle. The bar was set at the second German Porsche Experience Center, which opened October 2019 at the Hockenheimring.

The pre-production Taycan drifted for 55 continuous minutes around a 200-foot-long skidpad. Judges, including 2018-19 European drifting champion Denise Ritzmann, were on hand to check if the front tires ever pointed in the same direction as the curve. But PEC chief instructor Dennis Retera was able to hold the car in oppo for the entire 210 laps, or 42.171 kilometers. The average speed was 28.6 mph. Driving stability programs were all switched off, of course.

For drifting purists, this may seem like a cop-out, as the PEC had sprinklers irrigating the track to keep it low-traction. A more true-to-form feat would have been a record-setting drift in dry conditions, tires squealing and smoking in protest.

Regardless, it’s an accomplishment. Retera said that it was “Very tiring for me to keep my concentration high for 210 laps.” The Dutchman continued, “I concentrated on controlling the drift with the steering – this is more efficient than using the accelerator pedal and reduces the risk of spinning.”

It should be pointed out though, that the Taycan in question is a rear-wheel-drive model, which hasn’t been confirmed for the United States. It is for sale in China, though, minus one electric motor from the AWD version. It’s still good for 402 horsepower with a 79.2 kWh Performance Battery, or 469 horses with the 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus. It costs about 20% less than the AWD Taycan, so if the U.S. pricing structure matched China’s it could cost around $85,000. Porsche says its U.S. availability is “in consideration”.

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Vilner builds a one-off Volkswagen Up! GTI that ditches the low-profile look

Unless you’re a seasoned car-spotter, nothing about the Volkswagen Up! GTI screams horsepower. It’s a subtle hot hatch that looks to the untrained eye like a city car with big wheels. Bulgaria-based tuner Vilner set out to give the model more visual attitude by drawing inspiration from Milltek, another well-known player in the aftermarket.

Vilner explained the project was commissioned by a client who loved the look of Milltek’s GTI. “It is not uncommon for us to have customers who like a project on the internet to come to us with the idea of making their car one-on-one with the one seen. Of course, this is technically impossible, because the artist can not help but leave a personal imprint on his creation, and yet it is not right to copy,” said founder Atanas Vilner.

Originally white, the GTI gained contrasting red, black and gray graphics on nearly all of its body panels. Vilner replaced the number 35 with the number 21 at the client’s request, though it didn’t explain why the car lost 14 integers. It also kept the factory 17-inch wheels instead of adding the rally car-like rims worn by Milltek’s build.

Volkswagen’s stock plaid upholstery wasn’t modified; many enthusiasts would consider even the slightest alteration a felonious violation of automotive history. However, this one-off GTI gained black and white cloth inserts on the center console, on the sun visors, and on the door panels before leaving Vilner’s shop.

Vilner made no mechanical modifications, so power still comes from a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine turbocharged to 113 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. It’s the first three-cylinder engine installed in a series-produced GTI-badged car, and it spins the front wheels via a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. Volkswagen quotes an 8.8-second sprint from zero to 62 mph. For context, the original Golf GTI had 110 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, and it took nine seconds to reach 60 mph from a stop.

Although this is the first time Vilner has modified an Up!, the Bulgarian firm is no stranger to working with clients to create one-of-a-kind cars. Its past builds include a resto-modded 1976 Datsun 280Z that was completely taken apart and rebuilt, and a turbodiesel-powered Jeep Wrangler transformed into a luxurious SUV. It has even worked on a selection of motorcycles, like a BMW F800R built for a wealthy Russian businessman.

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These early Black Friday deals could save you some big money on electronics

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Black Friday is just around the corner, but this year, many retailers have been rolling out the deals early. Target already has some great early Black Friday deals on display. We just picked a few of our favorite tech deals to feature here, but make sure to check out their whole selection. They have deals on tech, toys, kitchenware, home goods, Christmas decorations, and more. Here’s what we found in the electronics department that caught our eye. 

Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones – $174.99 (50% off) at Target.com

In the world of headphones, generally, ear buds are better for convenience and over-ear headphones are better for quality. That rule of thumb seems to hold true for this pair of Beats Studio3s. These headphones feature a Bluetooth wireless connection with up to 22 hours of all-day playback, “pure adaptive noise cancelling,” a built-in microphone to take calls or communicate with Siri, and of course soft over-ear cushions. One of the coolest features, to us, is “Fast Fuel” which allows up to 3 hours of headphone usage after just a 10 minute charge. If you’ve been looking for some premium over-ear headphones, this 50% off deal is worth checking out. Learn more here.   

Apple AirPods Pro – $199.99 (20% off) at Target.com

On the other end of the headphone spectrum we have Apple’s AirPod Pros. These wireless ear buds are some of the best available, featuring active noise cancellation, a customizable fit via silicone tip attachments, sweat and water resistance, and built-in Siri compatibility. If you’re more of an ear bud person, you can check these out right here for $50 off.

Hisense 55″ 4K UHD TV – $199.99 (43% off) at Target.com

Is this the best 55″ 4K TV you can buy? No, probably not. But it just might be the most affordable. Not everyone needs all the bells and whistles that come on a lot of modern televisions, and often, those bells and whistles drive up the price. If you’re just looking for a large 4K TV then this one is tough to pass by at this price. It even features HDR, motion rate 120 technology, and built-in Roku capability. Interested? You can pick it up right now for $150 off.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet 8″ – 32GB – $79.99 (43% off) at Target.com

If you missed the deals on these tablets during Amazon Prime Day, have no fear! Target has the Amazon Fire HD 8 available at a huge discount for the Black Friday season. This tablet for kids comes with one free year of Amazon Kids+ and features a kid-proof case to help protect the device. It also comes with 32 GB of internal storage and has an option to add a microSD card to expand it up to 1 TB.  If your kid is already getting comfortable with screens, this could be a great gift for them for the upcoming holiday season. Check it out here. 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera – $59.99 (14% off) at Target.com 

This Fujifilm Instax camera brings back the days of instant film. It has features like auto-exposure mode, one-touch selfie mode, shutter button customization, automatic exposure and automatic flash, and a dedicated close-up shooting mode for selfies. If you’ve been craving a polaroid-like photo experience then this might be right up your alley. You can grab it for 14% off right here.

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New Winnebago Ekko motorhome promises year-round, off-the-grid camping

The call of #vanlife and off-the-grid camping has proven especially strong during this COVID year, but what if you want a little more space than offered by the typical van conversion? You might try this Winnebago Ekko, which offers the space of a motorhome but with the boondocking capability of a smaller rig. And while it’s not quite an EarthRoamer in terms of off-road ability, the 23.2-foot Ekko is based on an AWD Ford Transit that should allow it to get further out into the wild than a traditional motorhome.

To make the Ekko cold-weather capable, Winnebago insulated the roof, walls, and floor. Additionally, water tanks and lines are contained within the heated space above floor level, and dual-pane windows are used.

A trio of solar panels on the roof can generate 455 watts of electricity, stored in the standard lithium-ion batteries, which are also recharged by the engine. The Ekko’s off-the-grid readiness is enhanced by its 50-gallon freshwater tank.

An optional pop-top takes sleeping capacity from two to four. There’s a bathroom with a sink, toilet and shower with hot water supplied by a tankless heater. A galley kitchen is on hand, with a sink, cooktop and refrigerator/freezer, and a slide-out outdoor kitchen is available. A “gear garage” at the rear is large enough for bikes and is accessible from three sides. 

The Ekko is based on the Ford Transit van powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. A 31-gallon fuel range should provide for a decent cruising range. A full complement of active-safety features is on hand, including forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and a driver-alertness monitor.

The Ekko is priced from $163,662 and should be available sometime after the first of the year. Winnebago is planning a second, larger version as well.

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Toyota Yaris GR sets a Nurburgring Bridge-to-Gantry time of 7:56

We’ve felt confident saying the Toyota GR Yaris is a cracker of a car, even if an ocean separates us from some actual seat time. That claim has been proven by a new in-car video showing just how fast it can boogie around the Nürburgring. In the footage, a stock GR Yaris is seen whipping around the famed German circuit’s tourist segment in just 7 minutes and 56 seconds.

To be clear, that time is for the Bridge-to-Gantry section of the ‘Ring, not the full course. Tourists are required to start and finish during a section of the final straight, cutting out about 1.1 miles from the part where many cars reach their top speed. So there’s no way to compare the time to a full race or manufacturer test lap, apples-to-apples, but according to most sources a full lap would add about 20-30 seconds to the time, and anything sub 8 minutes is considered quite an accomplishment.

Comparing with a list of other Bridge-to-Gantry times on Fastest Laps, the GR Yaris beats out a BMW M135i at 8:05 and an Audi RS3 Sportback at 8:20. A Lotus Elise Sport 220 MkIII completed the lap at 7:52. Of course, these are stopwatch timed, and driver skill can vary, but it does give some context.

Piloted by someone calling himself Captain Gaskrank on YouTube, it hustles through the Green Hell in not-so-great weather conditions. The temperature is only 42 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s overcast, and some sections of the track are foggy and damp. On the plus side, there’s not too much tourist traffic. Still, the Captain hustles the three-cylinder, AWD hot hatch like nobody’s business, at one point passing two modified GT-Rs like they’re standing still.

According to the description, the Yaris is running Michelin Pilot Sport P4 tires, which indicates the car is equipped with the Circuit Pack. In addition to the tires, the option package adds 18-inch wheels, track-tuned suspension, and Torsen LSDs to front and rear axles. It keeps the 257-horse 1.6-liter mill, but there are rumors that an even more potent GRMN variant is in the works. If that’s true, the “Gazoo Racing Masters of the Nürburging” moniker could very well live up to its name.

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Aston Martin Sells Legendary Vantage Race Cars As 3-Car Package

Only six V8 Vantage GTEs were built, but it made a lasting impression, becoming the most successful car in the FIA World Endurance Championship with seven titles and two Le Mans class victories. Specifically, the GTE in the Vantage Legacy Collection is the seventh and final car to be made.”For a collector, this trio of Aston Martin Racing Vantages represents the ultimate tribute to a halcyon period for the brand in international sportscar racing,” said David King, President of Aston Martin Racing. “While Aston Martin has since gone on to record world championship titles with the current generation turbo-charged V8 Vantage, the foundations laid by the huge success of the original car won it admirers around the globe and led to it becoming a firm favorite with racing fans. The Legacy collection is a beautiful sign-off for this wonderful car.”Aston Martin hasn’t put a price on the Vantage Legacy Collection, but it’s safe to say it will cost considerably more than the standard road car, which starts at $152,995.
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Aston Martin offers previous-gen Vantage race cars in Legacy Collection

For lovers of Aston Martin’s previous-generation Vantage sports car, the British automaker’s official motorsport department has a special offer for you.
Aston Martin Racing on Monday announced an exclusive collection of three race cars, one each representing the V8 Vantage GTE, V12 Vantage GT3, and GT4 versions of the previous-generation Vantage.
The trio is known as the Vantage Legacy Collection, and only the single set is planned. Each car forming the set is finished in a matching livery of green with yellow accents, and pricing information is yet to be announced.
No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans
The set is made up of new, factory fresh cars, meaning they represent the last in the line of race cars based on the previous-generation Vantage—one of the most successful cars in Aston Martin’s long motorsport career.
Various race cars—159 all up—based on the previous-generation Vantage competed between 2009 and 2018, during which time Aston Martin racked up seven class titles in the World Endurance Championship and two class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. All of those accolades were achieved with the V8 Vantage GTE, making it the most successful race car in the WEC.
Today, Aston Martin Racing fields a race car based on the current Vantage which comes powered exclusively by a twin-turbocharged V-8. Although it has some very big shoes to fill, it’s off to a flying start thanks to a class title in the 2019/2020 WEC season and two class wins in the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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Aston Martin Selling Ready-Made Collection Of Vantage Race Cars

The Aston Martin brand can carry many different meanings to those in the automotive space. To some, they picture the Aston Martin DB5 from the Bond films, while to others they are a powerhouse in the world of endurance racing. Catering to the latter – and their recent world championship in the WEC LMGTE Pro category – the British automaker is looking back at where the success came from.

The Legacy Collection includes a trio of GT cars from the brand’s recent endurance racing success: a Vantage GT4 car, V12 Vantage GT3, and the V8 Vantage GTE. All three are built from a brand new chassis and come ready to race with the ubiquitous sterling green livery and yellow accents.

Vantage Legacy Collection
Vantage Legacy Collection

Starting off, you may ask why a GT4 car would be in a collection of racing greats. It turns out that the Vantage GT4 was the first racing car created around the VH-era architecture, making its debut in 2009. Aston Martin Racing built 107 examples up until the new evolution took over in 2018. The car in the collection is the 108th and last to roll out of the workshop.

Keen readers may be more fond of the V12 Vantage GT3 which made its debut in 2012. Apart from being one of the last V12 GT cars, it brought AMR great success, winning the British GT championship in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2018. As many manufacturers succumbed to turbocharging, Aston Martin was steadfast in keeping the V12 alive up until its swan-song performance in the 2019 installment of the Bathurst 12 Hours – phased out by the current turbocharged V8 Vantage, 46 examples were built up until 2017.

“For a collector, this trio of Aston Martin Racing Vantages represents the ultimate tribute to a halcyon period for the brand in international sportscar racing,” said President of Aston Martin Racing, David King. “While Aston Martin has since gone on to record world championship titles with the current generation turbocharged V8 Vantage, the foundations laid by the huge success of the original car won it admirers around the globe and led to it becoming a firm favorite with racing fans.”

While only six V8 Vantage GTE cars were built, they were incredibly successful – during its brief stint, it was the winningest car in the FIA World Endurance Championship with seven titles and two LeMans victories to its name. Wearing chassis number 007, the GTE in the collection is the seventh and final car to be made. 

Celebrating one of the most successful periods in the British automaker’s racing history, this collection of AMR race cars is a sight to behold. Pricing remains to be seen, but we’d wager these beauties will set you back a pretty penny.

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Trio of original Vantage race cars offered as a special edition collection
Includes the final V8 Vantage GTE from the family line that recorded two Le Mans class victories and seven WEC titles
Multiple championship-winning Vantage GT3 and GT4 models complete set
Monday 23 November 2020, Gaydon. Aston Martin Racing has created the Vantage Legacy Collection to commemorate one of the most successful periods in the luxury British sportscar brand’s racing history, as well as one of the company’s most successful racing cars – the Aston Martin Vantage.  
 
This period, between 2009 and 2018, brought Aston Martin two 24 Hours of Le Mans class victories (in 2014 and 2017) and seven FIA World Endurance Championship titles, as well as numerous international sports car championship titles in British GT, GT World Challenge (Europe) and the European Le Mans Series.
 
The trio of Legacy Vantages, based on V8 Vantage road car launched in 2005, have been created in Aston Martin Racing’s workshops and is being offered for sale as a collection. It includes a V8 Vantage GTE, a V12 Vantage GT3 and Vantage GT4. All three are brand new chassis, ready to race, and have been identically liveried in sterling green with the distinctive and classic Aston Martin yellow trim lines around the radiator and cant rail. 
 
The Vantage GT4 was the first racing car created around the VH-era architecture. It made its debut in 2009 and, by the end of 2018, Aston Martin Racing had built 107 cars, winning races and international championships across the world. Many of these cars are still competing today. The car in the collection is the 108th and final car to be made.
 
The V12 Vantage GT3 followed the GT4 three years later, making its debut in 2012. It soon became the dominant car in the British GT championship, winning outright titles in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018, proving its competitiveness right up until it was replaced by the new Vantage in 2019. Over seven years, up until the end of 2017, 46 cars were built.
 
The V8 Vantage GTE made its debut with the Aston Martin Racing works team in 2012 at Sebring. It spearheaded Aston Martin’s works return to production-based racing following three years of competing in the LMP1 class. The V8 Vantage GTE took its first win at the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Shanghai in October that debut year. 
 
Only six V8 Vantage GTEs were originally built, with the car racing for the last time in the GTE Am class at Le Mans in 2018.  During this time, it became the most successful car in the FIA World Endurance Championship, winning seven titles and two Le Mans class victories, including a famous final-lap triumph in 2017. The GTE in this collection is the seventh and final car to be made, chassis number 007.
 
President of Aston Martin Racing, David King said: “For a collector, this trio of Aston Martin Racing Vantages represents the ultimate tribute to a halcyon period for the brand in international sportscar racing. While Aston Martin has since gone on to record world championship titles with the current generation turbo-charged V8 Vantage, the foundations laid by the huge success of the original car won it admirers the around the globe and led to it becoming a firm favourite with racing fans. The Legacy collection is a beautiful sign-off for this wonderful car.”
 
 
 
CAR SPECIFICATIONS
 
VANTAGE GT4
 
Engine & TransmissionAston Martin Racing 4.7-litre V8 engine
Weight-reduced rear silencer or straight-through tailpipes
FIA-approved bag type 115-litre centrally mounted fuel tank with twin fill
Six-speed Sportshift (ASM) transmission
Twin-plate cera-metallic clutch with lightweight flywheel
 
ChassisFIA approved full rollcage in 15CDV6 high-strength steel
Integral air jacks
Polycarbonate side and rear windows
Side sills with exposed carbon fibre rib
Quick-release bonnet and tailgate
Carbon fibre side strakes
Reduced weight wiring harness
Lightweight battery
 
SuspensionDouble wishbone suspension adjustable for toe, caster and camber
2-way adjustable Koni dampers
Stiffened front and rear anti-roll bars
Spherical bearing suspension
 
InteriorRecaro competition seat embroidered with Aston Martin Racing logo
Recaro HANS compatible seat (optional)
Sabelt six-point safety harness
FIA compliant Lifeline plumbed-in extinguisher system
Lightweight door casings
Weight-reduced facia, trimmed in Alcantara
Quick-release steering wheel
 
AerodynamicsAdjustable carbon-fibre rear wing
Increased protrusion front splitter
Carbon-fibre front dive planes
 
BrakesFour-piston monoblock calipers fitted with
high-performance Pagid RS 29 race pads
Uprated two-piece front brake discs
Twin front brake cooling ducts
Endurance brake package
Bosch race-developed ABS and traction control system
 
WheelsMagnesium 5-stud wheels
Front – 10” x 18”
Rear – 11” x 18”
 
V12 VANTAGE GT3
 
ChassisLightweight aluminium chassis
Steel rollcage to FIA safety standards
High speed pneumatic jack system
Low engine position
 
EngineLightweight 6-litre V12
Dry sump oil system
Engine repositioned to optimise weight distribution and centre of gravity
Power 600 bhp
Torque 700 Nm
 
TransmissionXtrac six-speed semi-automatic paddle shift transmission
Racing clutch
Limited slip ramp/plate differential
Easily accessible drop gears
Carbon fibre prop-shaft
 
Cockpit8862 safety seat
Six-point safety harness
Racing seat nets
Lightweight battery
Carbon fibre dash
Fire extinguisher8862 safety seat system
Driver display and shift lights
 
BodyFront splitter
Adjustable full width carbon fibre rear wing
Aerodynamically optimised bumpers, side sills and rear fenders
Removable carbon-fibre body panels
Aluminium roof
 
Fuel system125-litre fuel cell to FIA safety standards
Twin quick-release couplings
 
SuspensionDouble wishbone suspension with uniball bearings
Four-way adjustable Bilstein dampers
Optimised geometry for lower ride height
 
BrakesSix-pot front calipers
Ventilated front & rear brake disc
Four-pot rear caliper
Manually adjustable front/rear brake bias
 
WheelsFront 12.5” x 18”
Rear 13” x 18”
 
WeightDry weight 1250 kg
 
V8 VANTAGE GTE
 
ChassisLightweight aluminium chassis
Steel roll cage to FIA safety standards
High speed pneumatic air jack system
 
EngineLightweight V8
Dry sump oil system
Engine repositioned to optimise
weight distribution
Power > 500 bhp*
Torque > 500 Nm*
 
Transmission6-speed semi-automatic paddle shift gear change
ZF Sachs Racing clutch
Limited slip combination VC and ramp/plate differential
Carbon fibre propshaft
 
BodyFull aerodynamic update to 2016 LMGTE regulations
Lightweight carbon fibre bodywork
Aluminium roof with driver safety access hatch
CFD optimised aerodynamics with splitter and diffuser
Adjustable carbon fibre rear wing
 
Fuel systemDesigned to FIA safety standards
Twin quick release couplings
 
BrakesFront: six pot Brembo calipers
Rear: four pot Brembo calipers
Vented discs
Pagid RS pads
Bespoke lightweight pedal box
Goodridge hydraulic brake lines
 
Wheels & TyresTWS Mg front 12.5” x 18”
TWS Mg rear 13.0” x 18”
Dunlop 305-680R18
Dunlop 312-705R18
 
Weight & DimensionsLength 4550 mm
Width 1963 mm
Height 1185 mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Dry weight 1240 kg*
*Dependent on Balance of Performance BoP
 
 – ENDS –

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Ford Bronco R race prototype finishes the Baja 1000

Ford entered its Bronco R race prototype in the Baja 1000 for the second year in a row, and this time the Blue Oval’s off-road machine finished the race. Last year, the Bronco R and its team’s performance was marred by a number of issues that kept it from completing the course. This year, they crossed the finish line in a little over 32 and a half hours.

Ford’s stated goal for the Baja 1000 was to validate and test parts of the production Bronco, including the bone-stock 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission that powered the racing prototype, and to refine the SUV’s Baja G.O.A.T. mode calibration. Naturally, finishing the race was also on the team’s list of priorities, and they managed to place 2nd in class and 70th overall out of 99 total finishers.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus was only one other team competing in the same Class 2 as the Bronco R race prototype. The SCG Boot won the class with a time of 27:15:46. That strong finish was good enough for SCG to claim 42nd overall. The overall winners of the 2020 Baja 1000 were Luke McMillin and Larry Roeseler in a specially prepared trophy truck.

Congratulations to both teams for finishing the grueling off-road race.

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Lewis Hamilton sees a bright and diverse future for changing F1

LONDON — Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is confident his sport has a bright and more diverse future but he will not take his foot off the accelerator in pushing for change.

The Mercedes racer, Formula One’s first Black driver and champion, told Reuters Television in an interview that he also looked forward to more success with a team that has dominated the past seven years.

The Briton is Formula One’s most successful driver, equalling Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record seven titles and smashing the German’s records for most career wins, with the Briton now on 94.

“This year there has been this awakening,” said the 35-year-old, who sealed his seventh title, and sixth with Mercedes, after winning in Turkey last weekend.

“Already it has sparked a change but it’s really important that it’s not just symbolism, it’s important that it’s not just words… that we take real action to make change, to make this a more diverse sport.”

Hamilton, who made his F1 debut in 2007, recalled looking around the Australian Grand Prix paddock in Melbourne at the start of last year and posting images on Instagram of the startling lack of diversity he saw.

“And then I got to the end of the year and I saw all the photos of all the teams… and there were three or four people of color within that setting and I remember thinking: ‘How has that not changed at all since I’ve been here?’

“It isn’t a surprise when you think of the people who have led our sport, the comments they’ve come out with this year,” added Hamilton.

“So there’s a lot of learning to do and it’s uncomfortable for some people, the conversation.”

STRONGLY CRITICAL

Hamilton did not name any names but he has been strongly critical this year of former F1 commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, now 90, for suggesting the sport did not have a problem with racism.

He has also hit back at former champions Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart, both in their 80s, for their reactions to his campaigning stance.

Hamilton said the sport had gone “leaps and bounds’ in breaking down barriers and opening up a dialogue this year.

“You’ve seen (F1 chairman) Chase Carey putting money towards the movement, we’ve seen the (sport’s governing) FIA doing more. So I think the future’s bright but I’ve got to stay on top of these people,” he added.

“We’ve all got to stay on top to make sure that change really follows.”

Hamilton this year set up a commission of experts to help increase the representation of Black people in British motorsport, while Formula One has rolled out an anti-racism campaign.

He said that 2020, racing through the COVID-19 pandemic, had been “the hardest year for everyone” but the movement for change and using his platform to promote racial justice and equal rights had been a “great driver in the background.”

“I think the sport’s realized that it has a powerful voice and a place in pushing for better living standards for everyone around the world,” said Hamilton.

“There are some teams that we’re still working on, to try and bring them in and be a part of change and realise that they can do better in their company. But I think I’ve seen lots of change.”

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