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Motorsports are a proving ground for innovative new technology and new ideas. Machines are tested in terms of speed, endurance, and reliability, with one winner declared at the end — but it’s never quite so easy. There’s drama, politics, and that nebulous element of “talent” that can sway the results, and we’re here to talk you through it every step of the way.

Formula E season 8 set to kickoff with new, ‘knockout’ qualifying format

Season 8 of the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E World Championship racing series is set to kick off this weekend in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. As ever, the series continues to act as something of a proving ground for innovations to “improve the show,” and this season is no different thanks to a new, “knockout qualifying” format.

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Hopes of Dakar victory dashed for Audi RS Q e-tron, but it isn’t the electric drive that failed

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Fourteen-time champion Stephane Peterhansel suffered massive suspension damage to his electric Audi RS Q e-tron yesterday while running second in the Dakar Rally. After waiting nearly four hours for a support truck to arrive, news reached the Audi team that a second RS Q-tron – this one driven by World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz (’90, ’92) – had gotten lost, adding nearly two hours to their stage time and effectively eliminating the Audis from contention.

How did it all go so wrong for Audi?

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