Month: March 2020

Red Bull F1 adviser proposed infecting team drivers with coronavirus

Red Bull Racing adviser and former racing driver Helmut Marko pushed for a “Corona Camp” to infect (and therefore inoculate) drivers as the team waited out downtime stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Marko planned to gather all of Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 and junior series drivers (approximately 15 personnel) together to guarantee contact. With the illness out of the way, he suggested, the team would then have been ready to tackle the remainder of F1’s truncated season without fear of infection-related complications. 

How exactly the group would have been exposed to the virus initially was not detailed in the report.

Marko described the concept to Austrian TV station ORF as “… a camp where we could bridge this mentally and physically somewhat dead time. And that would be the ideal time for the infection to come,” Motorsport.com reports.

“These

2020 Land Rover Defender Review | First drive, what’s new, off-roading

EASTNOR, England – Before setting out in this all-new 2020 Land Rover Defender, please allow me a few words about its legendary predecessor. After a terrible winter, the British summer of 1947 was one of the warmest on record. It was probably shirt-sleeve order, then, when Maurice and Spencer Wilks walked down the tree-lined track from their summer cottage at Wern-y-Wylan and onto the expansive sands of Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey. Were there dogs frolicking alongside the two brothers? History doesn’t recall. Nor does it tell us much about their stick-in-the-sand sketch, which was soon engulfed by the incoming tide, but it was that drawing, illustrating the ideas of Maurice, Rover’s technical director, and Spencer, Rover’s managing director, which went on to play a crucial part in the development of the quintessential British utility, the Land Rover.

Coronavirus and food delivery safety

The result is that many of us — restaurants and consumers alike — are now relying on third-party delivery services like GrubHub and Caviar, which are changing their practices to accommodate the new normal.

DoorDash, which also owns Caviar, has implemented no-contact delivery: Delivery people pick up and drop off packages without interacting face to face with either restaurant workers or customers, by, for example, having them grab prepared bags from a designated table, text customers when they arrive and leave food on a doorstep. The company has detailed information on their websites about best practices for merchants and delivery people. Both services are offering two weeks of paid sick leave to delivery people who are ill or who have been quarantined. Significantly, the company is also waiving commissions for 30 days for independent restaurants new to the app and

2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid Drivers’ Notes | Photos, specs, impressions

The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid aims to offer peak efficiency, but it doesn’t shout its green cred from the heavens above. Ford is confident enough in the hybrid’s ability to be fun that it’s applied this powertrain to a trim called SE Sport. It’s no sports crossover, but we were pleasantly surprised by this vehicle’s performance. Hybrid badging is kept to a minimum, and the styling hardly strays from the regular gas engine Escape. Ford uses an updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a single electric motor to transmit power to all four-wheels in our all-wheel drive tester. This amounts to a combined system output of 200 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. There are no surprises in the transmission, as Ford channels power through an electronic CVT. Fuel economy is impressive, as the Escape manages a 40

Coronavirus forces Goodwood Festival of Speed organizers to postpone

Another one bites the dust as the Goodwood Festival of Speed becomes the latest victim of the global coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say they will look to reschedule the popular annual motorsports celebration, which was set for July 9-12 in West Sussex, England.

“Following all that’s happened in the last few weeks and the advice we have received from the U.K. government, we have decided to postpone the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, to later in the year,” organizers said in a message posted online.

A rescheduled date would “most likely” be chosen in late summer or early fall, they said, with all tickets and hospitality bookings already purchased remaining valid.

“We obviously want to be sure of choosing the best possible date; this will require some careful consideration and as soon as we have that we will let you

Honda CB-F motorcycle concept revealed with retro design

In addition to major car shows being cancelled or postponed, the Osaka and Tokyo Motorcycle Shows have also been disrupted. That isn’t stopping Honda from showing its wares, such as this Honda CB-F concept bike. The company decided to reveal it solely online, rather than at a show with people.

According to Honda, it’s a tribute to the CB750F and CB900F motorcycles of the late 1970s and early 1980s. And the styling certainly reveals that. At a glance, the gas tank and bodywork look incredibly similar to those bikes, with boxy lines and and angular tail. But looking closer shows that the tank and bodywork blend together better, and the taillight has been shaped to fit the angle of the tail. The front mudguard is shortened and simplified, and there are no visible turn signals. It does still have