It’s not all about the driving speed! The Phoenix Raceway has witnessed an amazing pit stop at the 2021, NASCAR cup series by the Hendrick Motorsports crew, making Kyle Larson the winner of the championship. All it took 6 crews and their lightning-fast efficiency in changing tires to make the ultimate difference. Who says NASCAR is not a team effort?
The Ready Backdrop
Larson was in the fourth position, when a yellow flag flew late, bringing most of the field into the pits. All the four competing drivers had to stop for tire changing and splashing of fuel. On the day before, Larson pulled up a blazing single lap run, qualifying for the pole position. This gave him the advantage here to choose the first pit stall for the race. This stance made him the last one in but crucially ensured a clear shot ahead while pulling back onto the track.
The End-Defining Moment
Most of us have seen the scene from the animated movie Cars, where Lightning McQueen’s one-man crew Guido completed an eerily speedy feat to keep the hero on the championship race’s lead lap. The NASCAR moment on Phoenix reminded the scene, when Larson’s crew pulled off a similar performance, by completing an almost perfect stop at an unbelievable speed of just 11.8 seconds. As soon as he came off, it was a clear way for Larson to beat till now leading Denny Hamlin to the first position.
The Grateful Reaction
After the victory, Kyle Larson gave full credit to his pit stop crew for their game-changing skill. He confessed that there were several points on the race when he himself was doubtful about winning the championship. His pit crew on that last stop changed everything and turned the race. Larson also got emotional when he mentioned his pit crew as the real champions and considered himself blessed to be part of the group.
Ferrari’s latest car, the 2023 Ferrari 296 GTB, is a sensational mid-engine supercar. The plug-in hybrid promises to be as amazing as the Italian supercar’s other models. Read on to know more about what to expect from the latest from the motorsport car maker.
The Ferrari 296 GTB will be the first V-6 car with a Ferrari badge, as all the others previously with V-6 wore a Dino badge. The car also boasts an awesome plug-in hybrid performance, the perfect fit for people looking to go all electrical in style. The company claims that the model can travel up to 15.5 miles on electric power alone when it’s in eDrive electric mode. It is also the automaker’s first rear-wheel-drive hybrid and is built to compete with other lightweight mid-engine successes like Maserati MC20 and Lamborghini Huracan.
The 296 GTB’s engine has the highest specific output of any Ferrari road car with a horsepower of 219 per liter. This happens due to the V-6’s 655 hp and a torque of 546 on-ft. Along with the electric motors 165hp and 232 lb-ft of torque, the total output is 818 hp. The 296 GTB has a top speed exceeding 205 mph and is said to be 1.5 seconds faster than the F8 Tributo.
The Additional Package and the Cost
Ferrari 296 GTB also comes with the option of the Assetto Fiorano package, which includes trick multinational shocks, along with measures to reduce weight and improve aerodynamics. More than 26 pounds is saved with the use of extensive carbon fiber and a Lexan rear window. The package also comes with a special livery inspired by the Ferrari 250 LM. The car is no entry-level entry to the Italian carmaker’s lineup. According to several European outlets, the pricing will start from approximately € 269,000, which amounts to around $321,000