Volkswagen Motorsport’s Jari-Matti Latvala has consolidated his advantage during the second day of Rallye de France Alsace and the Finn now has 28 seconds in hand with just 63.38 competitive kilometres to run on Sunday. Fellow Polo R WRC driver Andreas Mikkelsen has maintained second and while Kris Meeke continues to hold third, the Ulsterman has slipped further back, determined not to risk his position in an all-out fight.
Jari-Matti Latvala’s hopes of securing his first asphalt rally victory got off to a great start on the opening day of Rallye de France Alsace and the Finn heads the field by 8.2 seconds after 114.75 competitive kilometres. Volkswagen stable-mate Andreas Mikkelsen is having a strong run in second position and Kris Meeke is provisionally third for Citroën. Championship leader Sébastien Ogier has had a devastating day and the Frenchman’s bid to secure the world title on his home round has, realistically, disappeared.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) jointly announced today at the Mondial de l'Automobile (Paris Motor Show) that the two organizations will form a partnership to make the world’s roads safer through the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign.
As part of the multi-year agreement, the Japanese automaker will become an Official Supporter of the FIA’s innovative awareness-raising campaign, which was launched in 2011 in support of the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety.
Today at the Paris Motor Show, FIA President Jean Todt presented Venturi Automobiles with official certification of a new world land speed record for electric vehicles achieved by the company.
On August 22nd, at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, Venturi’s Buckeye Bullet 3 (VBB-3) vehicle, piloted by Roger Schroer, recorded an average two-way speed of 212.615 miles per hour (342.170kph) over a flying mile. The new record is in the FIA’s Category A Group VIII Class 8 for electric vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.