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Old 12-01-2005, 11:20 AM
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The highly awaited Race of Champions – Nations Cup, will take place on 3 December, once again at the Stade de France in Paris. Some of the most famous names in motorsports will meet again for this exciting event.

Sébastien Loeb will be one of the stars once again in front of his home fans. The World Rally Champion and defending "champions' champ" Heikki Kovalainen will compete once again. The list of rally drivers includes masters such as Marcus Gronholm, Colin McRae, Francois Duval and Armin Schwarz.

The circuit drivers to be seen at the Stade de France include great names such as Jean Alesi, David Coulthard, Jeff Gordon, Felipe Massa and Sebastien Bourdais.
The Track...

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1,750 tonnes of underlay, 1,260 tonnes of asphalt, a 100-tonne concrete cross-over… built in just 4 days to transform the turf of the Stade de France into a motor racing circuit.

The Cars...

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Engine : Honda CBR 1100cc Blackbird 16 valves
Performance : 170 HP at 9500 rpm
Torque : 115 Nm at 7500 rpm
Gearbox : 6 speed sequential
Suspension : Fast & Speed adjustable shocks

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Engine : Renault V4Y, V6, 24V, 3498cc
Performance : 330 bhp at 8,250rpm
Torque : 390 Nm at 4,500rpm
Gearbox : Sadev 6-speed gearbox + reverse gear
Suspension : Superimposed double wishbone suspension

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Engine : 3598 cc, Boxer 6 cyl., 24 valves
Performance : 381 Hp at 7400 rpm
Torque : 385 Nm at 5000 rpm
Gearbox : 6-speed gearbox
Suspension : Sachs, adjustable

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Engine : 1998 cc, 4 cyl, 16 valves, Turbo
Performance : 300 HP at 5500 rpm
Torque : 580 Nm at 2750 rpm
Gearbox : 6 rapports sequential
Suspension : Shocks Extrem Tech

The Drivers...

France : Jean Alesi (DTM) - Sébastien Loeb (WRC)

USA : Jeff Gordon (NASCAR) - Travis Pastrana (X-GAMES)

Great Britain : David Coulthard (F1) Colin McRae (WRC)

Finland : Marcus Grönholm (WRC) - Heikki Kovalainen (GP2)

Brazil : Felipe Massa (F1) Nelson Piquet Jr. (GP2/A1GP)

Scandinavia : Tom Kristensen (Endurance) - Mattias Ekström (S/DTM).

Benelux : Christijan Albers (F1) - François Duval (WRC)

Team Playstation France : Sébastien Bourdais (Champ Car) - Stéphane Peterhansel (Rally-Raid)

Germany : Bernd Schneider (DTM) - Armin Schwarz (WRC).

British IRL driver Dan Wheldon is registered as a "wild card" and will only participate to the Race of Champions.

The Website...

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...as far as I can tell, nothing on SPEED as of yet...even with a NASCAR driver in the field. :squint:
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Old 12-01-2005, 11:27 AM
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Some pics from last years event...

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Old 12-01-2005, 04:33 PM
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Dude, I wanna go! That looks so cool. We should have a stadium-style race track here!
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Old 12-01-2005, 04:59 PM
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and it is too late for group tickets to paris...
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Old 12-01-2005, 05:18 PM
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hey ivan lets watch it on speedvision...wonder when they will actually show it
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Old 12-01-2005, 05:20 PM
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We'd have to leave RIGHT NOW!!!
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hey ivan lets watch it on speedvision...wonder when they will actually show it
Probably not...they had a special several weeks after the event last year, but focused on the NASCAR driver only...it was more of a NASCAR show and it sucked.
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Sheeyit, I can barely afford the toll road to get to work, let alone a flight to Paris!

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Damn that looks cool! Too bad its in Paris *covers nose*

We have plenty of other drivers from the US who would do a better job then Jeff Gordon...fuckin NASCAR.
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Old 12-03-2005, 04:01 AM
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Action at the Stade de France kicked off today with the opening practice session for the 2005 Race of Champions - Nations Cup round the specially-laid 1km asphalt circuit.

As the eighteen* world class racing and rally stars familiarised themselves with the figure-of-eight track, and after the drizzle that had fallen for much of the morning, the most commonly heard reaction was: "hey, that was slippery!", but also "this is great fun" as they climbed out of the cars they will drive for the first time in anger tomorrow (Saturday).
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shit...we'll never make it now. :squint:
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Old 12-03-2005, 04:04 AM
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I really want one of these...

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...just one...in silver.
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Probably not...they had a special several weeks after the event last year, but focused on the NASCAR driver only...it was more of a NASCAR show and it sucked.
when i watched it in the philippines over summer... they showed whatever his face was for like... 1 minute (his one round of losing hahaha). and then for the rest of the show they focused on REAL drivers

international coverage (even though it was still SPEED) is so different
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Old 12-03-2005, 04:25 AM
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when i watched it in the philippines over summer... they showed whatever his face was for like... 1 minute (his one round of losing hahaha). and then for the rest of the show they focused on REAL drivers

international coverage (even though it was still SPEED) is so different
Must have been tape delay, eh?

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time to start planning for next year. i would love to go.
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Old 12-03-2005, 06:22 AM
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time to start planning for next year. i would love to go.
Heck yeah. I would definatley go. That looks so cool. I didnt even know they had such a thing. Next year, that would be a cool vacation. haha
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