Caterham Seven 250R Kamui Kobayashi Special Edition

Adding another name to the list of F1 inspired road cars, is this special edition of the Caterham Seven. So is it marketing over substance, or does the lightweight roadster gain anything by being associated with the Japanese driver? Let’s get this out-of-the-way, They’re only making 10 examples, and they’re only going on sale in Japan;…

Imola 1994 – Remembering Senna

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna. Here, EngageSportMode’s editor shares a few words on what that day meant to him, and the lasting impact it had. For whatever reason, Formula 1 accidents at the San Marino Grand Prix seem to stick in my memory. Perhaps my earliest motorsport recollection is seeing…

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge – Vettel Tests Prototype

Ahead of an expected production confirmation at the Beijing Auto Show later this month, Sebastian Vettel has been behind the wheel of the F1 inspired Infiniti supersaloon. With his role as Infiniti’s Director of Performance, Vettel will seemingly have a real hand in assisting with the development of the performance four-door. Infiniti has teased his involvement with this short video, showing…

Friday Photo – Ayrton Senna

Today, 21st March, would have been Ayrton Senna’s 54th birthday. You might have already noticed a special ‘Google Doodle’ on the search engine’s front page today, depending on where you are in the world, as a tribute to the Brazilian F1 legend. We think it’s a nice, touching, way of remembering Senna, ahead of the 20th anniversary of his tragic…

Sebastian Vettel – 2013 Formula 1 World Champion

Victory in Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix meant Sebastian Vettel secured his fourth straight Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship. Love him, or hate him, there is no denying that Vettel has stamped his place in F1 history as one of the greats. It has been well documented that statistics and records matter a great deal to Vettel who,…

Friday Photo from the archives #9

Ok, it’s another FFFA which isn’t actually a photo, but a video. But, in our defence, it is quite a special video. We mentioned in yesterday’s post about F1-inspired road cars about the importance of the link between Ayrton Senna and Honda. That link is obviously, still, of importance to Honda to this day as…

F1 Inspired Road Car Specials

The new Renaultsport Megane Red Bull Racing RB8 featured recently isn’t the first, and is unlikely to be the last, road car linked to a Formula 1 racer. Here are five more with varying levels of motorsport credibility. 1. 2001 Fiat Seicento Sporting Schumacher Edition Way back at the turn of the century, there was…

Renaultsport Mégane RB8 Limited Edition on sale now

With the raft of new hot hatches currently dominating motoring headlines (Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208 GTI, Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG) it’s perhaps easy to forget that the Mégane Renaultsport is still out there after three years of being on sale. Perhaps to remind us, or more probably to plug Renaultsport’s F1 engine supply successes, Renault are offering…

F1 2013 – Senna’s Mid-season Review

After nine rounds of the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship, EngageSportMode’s canine correspondent reviews how things stand so far. Formula 1 2013 – State of Play So Far Tyres. Seriously, if I hear any more jokes about Pirelli and their lack of durability I’m going to go leave a “present” on somebody’s front lawn. It’s…

More Thoughts on the 2013 Pirelli F1 Tyre Drama

If this current 2013 Formula 1 season is set to be known by one thing, save for some even greater drama later in the year, it’s the impact that the tyres offered by Pirelli have had on the outcome of races. At Silverstone last weekend we witnessed the dramatic and dangerous failure of Pirelli tyres…

That Pirelli Tyre Debacle – 2013 Spanish Grand Prix Fallout

If you happen to follow EngageSportMode on twitter,  if you don’t remedy that first, you’ll have noticed a steady stream of Pirelli tyre-related lolz on Sunday. The Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya has rarely been one to set pulses racing, managing to generally rate slightly above Hungary for excitement. But the 2013 race proved to…

2013 Australian Grand Prix – The Review (featuring Senna)

The first race of the Formula 1 season is always a strange one, not least because for European viewers it happens ridiculously early on a Sunday morning. F1’s opening night tends to showcase who has potential for the year ahead and, more importantly, who has more work to do back at the factory. 2013’s edition was no exception, although…