Day: June 1, 2020

Renault staying in Formula One despite massive restructuring

PARIS — Renault will stay in Formula One, interim Chief Executive Coltilde Delbos said on Friday after announcing the carmaker’s restructuring measures including plans to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide.

“We confirm that we intend to stay in Formula One,” she told a conference call.

“The new regulations, new cap in term of investments, because we had less investment than some of our competitors who are spending a lot of money, so F1, we are here, and we stay in Formula One.”

Renault’s F1 future had been uncertain given the financial pressures on the French car giant and a slump in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It had said nothing would be “taboo” as it reviewed its business, with the sport’s commercial ‘Concorde Agreement’ expiring at the end of the year. Renault finished fifth overall last season.

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BMW M car drive mode customization and how it changes the car

Being able to customize every aspect of the driving experience via a simple and quick touchscreen interface probably sounded like a pipe dream not too long ago. Being one tap away from a stiffer suspension and grabbier brakes sounds a lot easier than spending a weekend on the garage floor swapping in new shocks and better brake pads. Or just living with a car you don’t particularly like driving until the lease runs out. 

Yet we find ourselves constantly complaining about how complex modern cars are. Just make the damn thing right to begin with, right? I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve heard words like those come out of enthusiasts’ mouths. I’m guilty of holding this sentiment myself, having grown up driving cars from the 1990s without a single drive mode switch in sight.