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 |  May 02 2011, 3:11 PM

Flavio Briatore has quite an interesting past. Having been accused of fraud, which lead to jail time, only to re-emerge running a string of Formula-One teams, including the Benetton F1 and Renault F1 teams. He was then given a lifelong ban from the sport for trying to fix races.

Briatore was later exonerated from the charges and his ban was lifted, however he is still no longer a visible player in the world of Formula-One racing.

Briatore is also known to have lots of beautiful women around him, having dated Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum. He is now married to lingerie model Elisabetta Gregoraci.

In addition to these noteworthy accomplishments, Briatore is an avid car collector, but has decided to get rid of a 1994 Jaguar XJ220. This all black example has covered 22,000 km and recently went through an inspection and service. The car as a result now has a new fuel tank.

The car obviously has lots of “provenance” and may even come with a “wonderful patina” – to put it politely. But with XJ220s existing in such small numbers, this may be a good opportunity to pick one up, not to mention one with a colorful past.

[Source: GT Spirit]

 |  Jan 04 2011, 2:36 PM

With their supply of Renault engines set to dry up after 2011, and new engine regulations coming into place in 2013, current champions Red Bull are said to be looking at producing their own engines, with one rumored partner said to be Volkswagen.

“We are on standby for an interesting partnership, and even the idea of developing our own engine, I think, is no longer so absurd,” said Dietrich Mateschitz, Red Bull’s co-founder, in an interview with an Australian publication. With current supplier Renault partnering with Lotus, Red Bull’s engine supply is only guaranteed through 2011.

It’s somewhat galling for a soft-drink/marketing empire to speak of constructing a Formula 1 motor, but with Red Bull having finally locked up a championship after fielding a strong car for a number of seasons, perhaps a partnership with an experienced automaker may give Red Bull the opportunity to get a completely in-house championship.

[Source: Inside Line]

 |  Oct 15 2010, 11:55 AM

Russia has tried for some time to get a Formula 1 race, and with their hosting of the Winter Olympics in 2014 and the World Cup in 2018, it looks as if the country will finally get a race starting in 2014.

The plan calls for a race in Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter games, as Russia can make use of the tourist infrastructure being installed for the games. The fact that Sochi is a world renowned resort on the Black Sea doesn’t hurt either.

Russians are pretty big car fans to start with, and like to partake in certain, unsanctioned forms of motorsports. We think Formula 1 will be a big hit, and with Renault pilot Vitaly Petrov as Russia’s first Formula 1 driver, the business case gets stronger by the second.

[Source: Bloomberg]

 |  Jul 15 2010, 12:50 PM

Lotus F1, the Malaysian upstart team trading on the name of the famed British sports car maker, is apparently switching from Cosworth to Renault power for the 2011 season.

With Renault powering the dominant Red Bull Racing entry, the factory works Renault team, and a host of other teams, Lotus is hoping to acquire some of the magic contained within the French V8s. Negotiations between the two camps reportedly took place between the two camps at the British Grand Prix, but no announcement has been made.

While Lotus and Cosworth have a long historical alliance, Lotus has previously used Renault power, most notably when Ayrton Senna notably won four races for Lotus with Renault power in 1985.

[Source: Inside Line]