Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
"It's disappointing to leave Mexico without points because our overall performance throughout the weekend had been better than previously. Unfortunately, Kimi sustained damage to the floor and cooling system at the first corner. He lost a lot of performance and later in the race the cooling issues meant he had to stop. Antonio was on a good strategy and was showing some decent pace, but lost more than 20 seconds in the pit-stop and that put him back in blue flag territory, meaning he wasn't able to make any progress. We can rue the loss of this opportunity, because we could have been battling with the Toro Rossos for the points, but we can look forward to racing again in seven days."
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 06/Ferrari)
Race result: DNF
Fastest lap: 1:20.082
Tyres: New med 15 laps - new hard 37 laps - new med 6 laps
"It's a shame to have to retire from the race because generally we had been a bit happier with things this weekend. Unfortunately, much of our day was decided at the start. I got squeezed between two cars and a big chunk of my floor was destroyed. The cooling was damaged too and later in the race the temperatures went very high and we had to stop the car. It's unfortunate but that's how racing goes sometimes. At some point our pace wasn't too bad, so let's hope we can keep improving next week."
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Race result: 14th
Fastest lap: 1:21.016
Tyres: New med 21 laps - new hard 49 laps
"My start wasn't too bad and in the opening phases I was racing with the Renaults and Racing Points, but the pit-stop issue cost us a lot of time. After that, with no Safety Car or VSC, our race was effectively compromised. I was pretty much on my own for the rest of the afternoon, so it's hard to tell where we stood in terms of pace. We will need to work hard to get back in time for next week, in Austin."
Mopar to Debut Two Customized Concept Trucks at SEMA Show
Mopar rumbles into the great outdoors and offers a modern take on classic customization with two unique pickup trucks
A total of 14 different customized vehicles on display at Mopar's 15,000-square-foot SEMA Show exhibit
More news on tap during the brand's SEMA press briefing at 7:26 p.m. Eastern/4:26 p.m. Pacific on Tues., Nov. 5.
The Mopar brand will take the stand at the biggest of all aftermarket parts shows to reveal two new pickup truck concepts customized with a unique combination of Mopar production and prototype parts and accessories.
The Ram 1500 Rebel OTG (Off The Grid), an overlanding-themed vehicle concept, and the Mopar Lowliner Concept, a reimagined 1968 Dodge D200-series pickup, will be shown for the first time at the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show - the premier automotive specialty products trade exhibition in the world.
"These vehicles showcase how Mopar is constantly expanding and exploring new ideas to meet the needs and fuel the imagination of our passionate fans," said Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA - North America. "Whether it's overlanding in remote locations or reimagining an alternative classic design history, Mopar has its customers covered."
The brand also will display a total of 14 customized vehicles and hundreds of Mopar products in its 15,345-square-foot exhibit in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the SEMA Show, which runs Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas.
Mopar will also announce additional news at its annual SEMA press briefing at 7:26 p.m. Eastern/4:26 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The presentation can be viewed live online at Mopar.com.
Ram 1500 Rebel OTG (Off The Grid) Concept
As the overlanding movement continues to grow across the globe, the Mopar team, in conjunction with leading outdoor equipment suppliers, created a unique reality-based concept for the ultimate travel adventure: the Ram 1500 Rebel OTG concept.
"Unlike traditional 'four-wheeling,' in overlanding the journey is the final objective. The goal is to explore rather than conquer obstacles," said Joe Dehner, Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Design. "This is why we developed this concept, to allow vehicle-supported, self-reliant adventure travel, typically exploring remote locations and interacting with other cultures. This is the vehicle that I'd like to have whenever I choose to go 'off the grid.'"
The OTG concept uses as a canvas the new 2020 Ram 1500 equipped with the new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine, which offers exceptional low-end torque and extended driving range, coupled with a 33-gallon tank that makes it the ideal truck for long-distance travel.
The vehicle draws upon the rugged capabilities of the production Ram 1500 Rebel, improving all-terrain capability via Mopar's two-inch lift kit, beadlock wheels and 35-inch Goodyear tires.
The OTG concept also includes Mopar concept accessories, such as a front bumper with integrated winch, a larger grille with flow-through R-A-M badging and a functional snorkel air intake to improve off-road capability and performance. Front- and rear-wheel flares and step assist rock rails have been installed to protect the vehicle while traversing rough terrain. A concept rear bumper, adapted from the Ram 1500 Tradesman, improves the departure angle of the truck by relocating the exhaust.
Helped by Ram's unique multifunction tailgate with 60/40 split swing-away doors, the bed of the truck has been accessorized to offer versatile utility for extended adventures.
A bed rack system fits atop the truck bed, carrying a collapsible rooftop tent, which can be accessed via a stowable ladder. Enhancing the overlanding experience, inside the truck bed there is a retractable battery-powered cooler and kitchen unit with a gas-powered stove and sink with an on-board water system. An added rack structure is mounted above the cab to provide additional storage space for tools and equipment.
A solar panel set, which can be deployed at any moment to generate electricity, and a backup power supply eliminates the need for a gas-powered generator, freeing cargo capacity. A hide-away bed step in the rear makes loading and unloading easier. The concept truck is also equipped with an on-board air compressor in the bed cargo area.
For vehicle recovery and extraction, the OTG is equipped with an integrated front-bumper winch, traction mats attached to the rack system and a high-lift jack for uneven ground mounted on the top of the cab. To make the dark campsite brighter while night camping, LED off-road driving lamps are mounted on the front bumper. Also, supplemental LED backup lamps have been incorporated into the rear bumper and task lighting has been attached to the rear rack system for nighttime campsite illumination.
The overlanding purpose of the Ram 1500 Rebel OTG concept is reinforced by an outdoors theme that includes Mojave Sand exterior finish color, unique interior accents and showcases its roots with a Mopar Rebel hood graphic.
Mopar Lowliner Concept
Customization of classic trucks continues to be a hot trend in the aftermarket world, so Mopar designers rescued a 1968 Dodge D200-series heavy-duty pickup truck to transform it into the Candied Delmonico Red and Dairy Cream Mopar Lowliner Concept for this year's SEMA Show.
Designers fully boxed the original C-channel frame of the rear-wheel-drive truck, substantially lowered the ride height and lengthened the wheelbase for a more dramatic stance. They also made a custom, power-tilt front end to showcase the legendary 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine, which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a floor-mounted shifter.
The front axle of the Lowliner is moved three inches forward on the frame, pushing the front wheels closer to the front corners of the truck to achieve better proportions. A custom air suspension is added to the front and rear axle with three modes: low, driving height and driving height plus.
Custom designed wheels with a "smoothie" look mimic stamped steel wheels of the late '60s. In the front, the Lowliner wheels are 22 inches by 9.5 inches and ride on 285/35-22 tires. The rear wheels measure 22 inches by 11 inches with 325/35-22 tires for a more muscular appearance.
To package the air suspension components and relocated fuel cell, the floor of the truck bed is raised six inches by welding in a replacement floor from a current Ram 1500 pickup. The wheel wells in the concept truck were widened five inches per side to house the rear tires.
Designers streamlined the exterior to reinforce a smooth body appearance, simplifying graphics and eliminating elements, such as door handles, badging, fuel-filler cap and radio antenna.
The original headlamps have been replaced by seven-inch LED headlamps. The back of the Lowliner features custom taillights with integrated backup lights, reinforcing the modern take on a classic truck. The Mopar Omega M logo has been ghosted onto the front fenders and a vintage Dodge graphic is ghosted onto the truck's tailgate.
Inside the Lowliner, the original bench seat is covered in an orange-amber Blazing Saddle Tan leather with a distressed look. The headliner is also leather with a Mopar Omega M logo stitched into it. Custom-tailored tan carpet adorns the floor. The original 1968 steering wheel has been retained with the original Dodge fratzog emblem on the horn ring cap. Instrumentation is reworked with seven custom Mopar gauges mounted to a unique "engine turned" aluminum panel. The floor-mounted shifter is topped by translucent metal-flake shift ball with the Cummins logo, reinforcing the retro appearance of the truck.
Sport and adventure with the Juventus Women champions and the Jeep® range in Balocco
A special day for the Juventus Women football team, who tested the Jeep® range at FCA's Balocco Proving Ground.
Jeep is a brand loved by women: 20 percent of its customers are women who identify with its core values.
As a further confirmation of the special link with its female fans, the legendary Jeep Wrangler will be starring in "Donnavventura", the well-known Italian TV series with focus on women and adventure.
Jeep® is a brand that has seen its appeal to female customers increase exponentially. As a further confirmation of this special relationship, today, the Juventus Women champions took time out of their busy training schedule to experience the best of the Jeep SUV range at FCA's Balocco Proving Ground. It was indeed an adventure-packed day of on-road and off-road driving for the Juventus Women team, who tested the Jeep Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, Wrangler and Grand Cherokee, including the powerful Trackhawk and SRT versions, alongside a group of Italian motoring female journalists.
Coach Rita Guarino and the team drove at high speed on the tarmac and tackled in 4x4 vehicles the tricky off-road course, especially designed to test the legendary capability of the brand's four-wheel drive models.
It's easy to open up new pathways behind the wheel of a Jeep SUV
Following their debut in the Serie A Italian soccer league in 2017, the Juventus Women have already won two Serie A championships, one Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa Italiana. Their ability to tenaciously pursue a focussed path to success, and to overcome every obstacle is consistent with the Jeep values. In two seasons since their Serie A debut, the Juventus Women were able to win four national trophies, tracing a new pathway to success.
Jeep "Championship titles" and record sales
The Jeep brand has pursued a similar path to success, recording its best September ever in Europe with almost 12,000 units sold last month. This confirms the positive results of 2018, when Jeep was the fastest growing brand in the European market. A discernible positive trend, which allowed the brand to increase its sales by 330% over the last five years.
Jeep Wrangler is the star of "Donnavventura"
Jeep is a brand highly appreciated by women with a growing customer base that now exceeds 20 percent of all buyers. Even more significant results are achieved in some countries such as France, where women account for 30 percent of Jeep consumers. In particular, Jeep Renegade and Compass are the models in the highest demand among female customers throughout Europe.
It is a further demonstration of how the values of the brand are able to gain the favour of women drivers who see their Jeep SUV as an extension of their personality and uniqueness, a vehicle with which to identify and be able to successfully take on the multitude of daily activities. A Jeep SUV is also a travel companion for any adventure they want to enjoy off the beaten track, in utmost safety. It is no coincidence that the legendary Wrangler will take a starring role in the new season of "Donnavventura". The Jeep icon will feature in the well-known Italian television program with focus on women and adventure, currently filming its first episodes.
Jeep and sport: shared values in many disciplines
The Jeep brand has a strong connection with the world of sport. This translated in the successful partnership with Juventus now in its eighth season and featuring seven consecutive Serie A championship titles for the Juventus men's team with the Jeep logo on its jersey. And the four trophies won by the Juventus Women in only two years add to this extraordinary result. The Jeep brand also shares common values with the world of surfing and since 2015 has a global partnership with the World Surf League, which established the brand as the first-ever exclusive automotive partner of the WSL Championship Tour.
Furthermore, Jeep has been recently partnering with Wanderlust 108, the Mindful Triathlon dedicated to the world of fitness and wellness. In the last two years, this partnership has seen the brand attend several major European events of yoga lifestyle with the "Surfset" Yoga workout powered by Jeep.
Alfa Romeo Racing and Antonio Giovinazzi remain together in Formula 1
The team's announcement coinciding with today's location and event was not coincidental: indeed Alfa Romeo decided to present the most important new products of the year in the birthplace of Antonio Giovinazzi to further consolidate the connection that continues to bind the Alfa Romeo brand and Sauber Motorsport. This technical partnership has led to the development of the limited edition special series Alfa Romeo Racing Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the ultimate expressions of the highest performing versions in the range, which both sold out almost immediately.
The new MY2020 Giulia and Stelvio are fruit of the further developments in technology and style applied to two models recognized as benchmarks in terms of dynamics and driving pleasure in their respective categories.
Antonio Giovinazzi therefore continues his career in the premier motorsports category after the current season, when he has been the first Italian for eight years to enjoy a permanent place on the starting-grid at the wheel of a Formula car. In his first year as an official driver, young Giovinazzi has made a vital contribution to the progress of the Alfa Romeo Racing team, which is continuing to achieve impressive growth, gradually improving its performances compared to the previous seasons.
As well as being impressive, Antonio progress and performances have also been consistent, a very important factor in Formula 1. The team has always given him its utmost support with great determination, confident that this champion's talent will ensure him a career rich in amazing achievements. For Alfa Romeo, watching him improve constantly, setting more and more ambitious targets for himself, is not only a mission but also a source of great pride.
Quite fittingly so, since the bond between Italian drivers and Alfa Romeo Formula 1 cars has gone down in history: this was the brand that won the very first Formula 1 championship in 1950, with Nino Farina driving an Alfa Romeo Gran Premio Tipo 158 "Alfetta".
By renewing Giovinazzi's contract, Alfa Romeo Racing consolidates its team for 2020 and will be able to keep focusing all its efforts on performances.
Mike Manley, CEO of FCA:
"We are particularly excited to announceabout the renewal of Antonio Giovinazzi's contract with Alfa Romeo Racing during this important occasion for Alfa Romeo. The enthusiastic response from spectators and the improvement in the results on track have confirmed that the Alfa Romeo Racing team is on the right road, a fine ambassador for the tradition of European technical excellence and Italian style. Following Antonio's contract extension with the team, we expect to continue making progress, both technically and on track, and add to Alfa Romeo's long and glorious history in Formula 1."
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG:
"Antonio has done really well this year and I am extremely pleased to be able to confirm he will stay with Alfa Romeo Racing for 2020. The way he has integrated into the team and has consistently improved throughout his first full season in the sport are very promising and we cannot wait to unlock his full potential as we continue this journey together. Antonio has emerged as a very quick driver, even alongside as tough a benchmark as Kimi, and we expect him to develop even further as his experience grows. His technical feedback, work ethics and positive approach will help us continue to push our team forward."
Jeep® Wrangler Earns 10th Consecutive SEMA ‘4x4/SUV of the Year’ Award
The Jeep® Wrangler is the only vehicle to earn "4x4/SUV of the Year" honor since the inauguration of the SEMA Awards in 2010
A customized Mopar Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with Jeep Performance Parts from Mopar will be on display in the brand's SEMA Show exhibit
Mopar to announce more news at SEMA press briefing on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7:26 p.m. Eastern/4:26 p.m. Pacific (01:26 a.m. CET - Central European Time on Nov. 6)
The Jeep® Wrangler continues an unprecedented and unbroken run of success in Las Vegas after being named "4x4/SUV of the Year" for the 10th straight year at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.
The Jeep Wrangler remains the only vehicle to earn the trophy since the 2010 launch of the SEMA Awards.
"Just as there are no limits when it comes to the capabilities of the Jeep Wrangler, the same could be said of the many options available to personalize the Jeep Wrangler," said Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care, FCA - North America. "We are proud and honored to win '4x4/SUV of the Year' award for 10 years in a row, which is a testament not only to the staying power of the Jeep Wrangler, but also to the passion and creativity of the aftermarket community, which continues to select the Jeep Wrangler as a perfect canvas for customization."
The SEMA Awards, launched in 2010, are the Show's definitive Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) honors, shining a light on the hottest vehicles that showcase and launch aftermarket parts.
"It's no surprise that SEMA Show exhibitors voted the Jeep Wrangler the 4x4/SUV of the Year," said Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO. "With so many options available, the Jeep continues to be a favorite for personalization. Its versatility is limitless, appealing to daily drivers as well as off-roaders."
The Mopar brand's 15,000-square-foot display at the SEMA Show, scheduled for November 5-8, will feature 14 different customized vehicles, including a Moparized version of the SEMA award-winning Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, an overlanding-themed Ram 1500 Rebel OTG concept and a reimagined 1968 Dodge D200-series pickup.
Abarth Rally Cup: Andrea Nucita won the hard-fought 2019 edition
Abarth rally Cup in race up to the last corner. Only at the last stage of the last rally of this season, the Hungary Rally, the Italian Andrea Nucita, with Bernardo Di Caro on the Abarth 124 rally of Bernini Rally team, was sure of his success in the Abarth rally Cup 2019. Until the very end, his title - and final prize of 30'000 euro - was challenged by the Polish Dariusz Polonski with Lukasz Sitek, on the Rallyetechnology Team's Abarth 124 Rally.
The Hungary rally revealed itself as particularly difficult and selective, thanks to the mud that covered the tarmac of many timed tracks. In this situation the Abarth 124 Rally was confirmed queen of the R-GT category, thanks to the success of the Czech pilot Martin Rada, with Jugas Jaroslav, with the Agrotec Czech Team Abarth, and Nucita's second place. Polonski had to stop at the end of the first leg, but he still had the satisfaction of a second place in the championship.
Andrea Nucita (Bernini Rally): "mission complete, but it's not been easy. In today's race we had to overcome many muddy roads, but the goal was to finish the race and win the Abarth Rally Cup. To win with an Abarth has a great meaning to me".
Dariusz Polonski (Rallyetechnology): "unfortunately the setback did not allow us to fight until the end, but I'm happy for our season, in which I have learned to drive such an exceptional car".
Nucita - from Sicily, just turned 30 - has a sports' career in which the Abarth brand has been a constant. Indeed, he began to shine in 2010 thanks to the great results in the Abarth 500 R3T Trophy, in which he got a second place, with the possibility of participating in the Monza rally driving an official Abarth Grande Punto S2000. From 2017 he has been one of the best interprets of the Abarth 124 Rally, he achieved brilliant results and highly-valued performances, like the 4th best time in the Montecarlo Rally 2018, achieved between the official WRC Plus cars' pilots. This year's title comes from 4 successes, a 3rd and a 4th place in the 6 races of which the single-branded championship was composed in the ERC Championship.