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McLaren unveils MP4-X F1 concept car

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Following in the footsteps of Ferrari and Red Bull, McLaren has become the latest team to predict what Formula One cars will look like in the future by unveiling its MP4-X concept design.

One of the biggest debate in F1 at the moment is the design and functionality of the cars on the grid, prompting the teams to offer their own impression of what future models will look like.

The MP4-X features technology that is all real, although some elements are still in very early stages of their conception.

“With the futuristic McLaren MP4-X concept racecar, we wanted to peer into the future and imagine the art of the possible,” McLaren Technology Group brand director John Allert said.

“We have combined a number of F1’s key ingredients – speed, excitement and performance, with the sport’s emerging narratives – such as enclosed cockpits to enhance driver safety, and hybrid power technologies.

“Formula 1 is the ultimate gladiatorial sport, and the future we envisage will be a high tech, high performance showcase that excites fans like no other sport.”

As Allert noted, the cars features a closed cockpit, makes use of alternative power resources, and also has a chassis that can adapt depending on the aerodynamic demands.

The car also features a digital billboard whereby sponsorship and advertising reflects the viewers own browsing habits, meaning that the car will look different to everyone.

You can read all of the information and technical specification of the concept car on McLaren’s website by clicking here, but be sure to check out the concept images below.

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.