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Red Bull open to Renault engine u-turn for 2016

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Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has admitted that the crisis-hit squad is “open to everything” with regards to an engine supply for 2016, including a return to current partners Renault.

A lack of performance has seen Red Bull’s relationship with Renault sour dramatically over the past two years, with blame lying at the feet of the French manufacturer for the quality of its power units.

The struggles have culminated in the two parties agreeing to cut ties at the end of the season, one year before their contract expires.

Advisor Helmut Marko has vowed that unless Red Bull has a competitive engine in 2016, it will quit the sport along with B-team Scuderia Toro Rosso, appearing to force Ferrari into complying with its wishes and supplying the team.

However, with paddock speculation suggesting that a deal with Ferrari is no longer possible, Red Bull is now faced with going back to Renault and trying to revive its relationship to ensure its teams remain on the grid in 2016.

As quoted by Associated Press, when asked on Friday if an engine deal with Renault in 2016 was possible, Horner said: “Everything is open.”

According to former F1 driver Martin Brundle, this could even encompass Horner taking over the Red Bull operation himself, potentially under the guise of Arden, his junior racing team.

Horner spent a great deal of time with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone on Friday in Sochi, prompting the latter to say that “everything’s sorted out now” for Red Bull’s engine supply in 2016.

For the time being though, Red Bull’s future remains as uncertain as ever, but answers must be due in the coming weeks to ensure that both of its teams are on the grid next season.

Steve McQueen’s famous Porsche 917K displayed in new museum

Photo courtesy of the Brumos Collection
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One of the most famous race cars in film history will be featured in a new automotive museum in Florida.

The legendary Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the 1971 film ‘Le Mans’, which was last seen in 2017 when it sold for $14 million in an auction, will be one of the prominent pieces in the Brumos Collection, a new automotive museum in Jacksonville.

Widely considered the most famous Porsche 917 ever built, the historic race car initially was used for Le Mans testing before being featured in the McQueen film. The car was housed in a barn for more than two decades before re-emerging fully restored in 2001.

The car was unveiled as the newest member of the Brumos Collection during a special event signifying the museum’s grand opening on Monday.

With more than three dozen vehicles, the Brumos Collection provides museum guests an up-front look at racing and automotive history.

Notable race cars in the collection include:

  • 1968 Porsche 908: In the second track appearance ever for Porsche’s then-new 908, drivers Jo Siffert and Vic Elford tackled the notorious Nürburgring’s 1000 km in this yet-unproven model. Starting in the 27th position, Siffert guided the 908 to second at the end of the first lap and into the overall lead after the second lap, setting a lap record. This historic 908 persevered through a grueling 44 laps around Nürburgring’s 14-mile course, skillfully navigating a 1000-foot elevation change and 160 turns through the forest.
  • 1979 Porsche 935: This #59 Brumos Porsche 935 is shown exactly as it raced when it won the 1979 IMSA Championship with Peter Gregg behind the wheel. It is authentic in every detail, down to his distinctive tartan seat upholstery. Arguably the finest season of his career, Gregg won eight races and eight consecutive pole positions in 1979. The car won 53 percent of the races it entered, carrying Gregg to 20 percent of his total career IMSA victories.
  • 1972 Porsche 917-10: The first 917/10 was produced in 1971. This Can-Am Racer had a twin-turbocharged engine capable of 200+mph speeds at 1100 hp. Peter Gregg raced the car to a 9th place finish in the 1972 Can-Am Championship, followed by Hurley Haywood’s 3rd place finish in the 1973 Can-Am Series season. The Brumos Porsche 917-10 was the first race car to carry what has now become the iconic and recognizable white, red and blue livery with the famous Brumos Racing “sweeps.”
  • 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix: Miller was the first American race car bought solely to race in Europe. This 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix was driven by Bugatti racer Count Louis Zborowski, who raced it in England, Spain and France. Returned to the United State 89 years later, this is considered one of the most complete surviving Millers.

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