Here is an article from Automobile magazine of Jethro Bovingdon's first drive of the new car.
Peter will be turning heads at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this Saturday July 1st, taking the new Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro up the famous hill. The AMR version of the track-only Vulcan was unveiled at Goodwood today. The car's upgrades include aerodynamic changes and shortened gearing and can be enjoyed by Aston Martin's 24 Vulcan customers. Peter has been part of the Aston Martin Vulcan programme for two years.
Here is an article from Automobile magazine of Jethro Bovingdon's first drive of the new car.
Peter will be at the wheel of an Aston Martin Vulcan this weekend (June 3rd and 4th) at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb British Racing Green event.
Crowds can expect to see Vulcan take to the hill twice on each day, alongside the venue’s regular hill climb competition and Midland Hill Climb Championship. Peter has been part of the Vulcan programme for the past two years.
For more details, also of how to attend the event, please visit the Shelsley Walsh website.
Peter and the FALKEN BMW M6 GT3 crew finished in 8th place at the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24-hour race (May 27-28). Despite a disappointing qualifying session (they started 37th) and with only a couple of issues during the race, the car was the third-placed BMW and engaged in close battles for position right until the chequered flag. The race was dry and warm until four laps from the end when rain started to fall and many positions in the top 10 changed hands in the closing minutes.
This was Peter’s 10th “N24” with FALKEN and his 14th overall, coming just two weeks after Peter set the production car lap record of the Ring. This year, Peter switched from the FALKEN Porsche 911 GT3 R to the team's brand new BMW M6 GT3 and was joined by team mates Alexandre Imperatori, Marco Seefried and Stef Dusseldorp. Watch out for Peter and FALKEN as they continue racing in selected VLN races in the rest of the year.
In the build up to the race, FALKEN made much of the competition between its Porsche and BMW. In the early hours of the race, the Porsche was unfortunately irreparably damaged in a collision with another car, effectively handing the Team FALKEN victory to Peter and the BMW crew. Here are some funny videos of the pre-race competitions between Peter and Raggi (Porsche driver, Martin Ragginger).
Round 1: fitness
Round 2: colouring in while drifting
Round 3: remote control cars
Round 4: Bobby car racing
This weekend (May 27th-28th), Peter takes part in his 13th Nürburgring 24 Hour race. He will compete in a FALKEN BMW M6 GT3 with team mates Alexandre Imperatori, Marco Seefried and Stef Dusseldorp. Peter was interviewed by Road Magazine in advance of the race. Click this link for the full interview.
Peter has helped the NIO EP9 electric sports car set a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving a lap time of 6m 45.900s. As NIO's selected Nordschleife specialist driver, Peter achieved the lap record for an electric vehicle back in October 7m 05.12s, making it the fastest electric car in the world. The EP9’s new lap record is 19.22 seconds faster than its previous lap time.
Click this link to read the official NIO press release.
It's been good practice for Peter who will be back at the Ring for his 12th Nürburgring 24 hour race next week (May 27-28), this time in the FALKEN BMW M6 GT3.
2017 highlights: new car - new team mates - 11th year with FALKEN at the N24 - continued support from partners Alpinestars, Arai Helmets, Canyon bicycles and Propel Technology
FALKEN has announced at the Geneva Motorshow today that it will be entering two cars in this year's VLN races and the Nürburgring 24 hours in May. Peter will be back with the FALKEN crew for his 12th year and 11th Nürburgring 24 hour race. He'll be switching from the Porsche 911 GT3 R to the team's brand new BMW M6 GT3 and will be joined by team mates Alexandre Imperatori, Marco Seefried and Stef Dusseldorp. Pre-season training has already started - scroll down to watch a video of the two cars in action at Portimao.
It's official (FALKEN press release)
In the new racing season, FALKEN will line up on the grid with not one, but two racing cars from premium German manufacturers. Last year saw the debut of the FALKEN Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 991), which simultaneously scooped the title of fastest Porsche in the 24h-Race on Nürburgring and ended up in 9th place overall. This season, it will be joined by team-mate FALKEN BMW M6 GT3 – the first time the tyre manufacturer has fielded two vehicles in motorsports challenges. FALKEN will enter both cars in various VLN endurance races as well as the legendary 24h-Race on Nürburgring. The situation of a team competing with two different but current GT3 vehicle marques is unusual, but serves to confirm the depth of experience of Falken's tyre engineers and the broadly based performance of the tyres. FALKEN's long-term partner, Schnabl Engineering, will supervise and support the two vehicles throughout the season. The BMW will be in the hands of the two FALKEN racers Peter Dumbreck – this year celebrating ten (!) years as part of the FALKEN team – and Alexandre Imperatori. The team will be supported by Marco Seefried and Stef Dusseldorp on the BMW factory side. Battling it out for top place at the wheel of the Porsche will be FALKEN driver Martin Ragginger plus Porsche works drivers Jörg Bergmeister, Dirk Werner and Laurens Vanthoor. BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt says: “We are very happy to be working with FALKEN Motorsport and have this well-established team compete with a BMW M6 GT3. In 2016, the race car was able to prove its great potential on the Nürburgring Nordschleife and it is clear that this is a very appealing model for our customers. Team Falken tested the car itself in the VLN Endurance Championship at the end of last year, which proved positive. We hope that we can celebrate success together this season in the 'Green Hell'." “To keep pace with the ongoing development and advancement of the FALKEN brand, our next milestone will be our partnership with two iconic sports car manufacturers in the toughest race in the world. In tests, our tyres have already demonstrated their superb performance on both vehicles. Now we're adding the element of competition by fielding the two cars in motorsports events, and look forward to exciting clashes between Porsche and BMW – both fitted with virtually identical Falken tyres", explains Stephan Cimbal, Head of Marketing at Falken Tyre Europe. “In our campaign, entitled 'Masters of Excitement', we will activate the media attraction of this FALKEN battle by launching TV commercials, social media and influencer integration activities, as well as a variety of PR operations on FALKEN markets throughout the world."
VLN Endurance Races and 24h-Race at Nürburgring: 25 March 2017 08 April 2017 08 July 2017 19 August 2017 23 September 2017 21 October 2017 22 April 2017 – 24h Qualifying Race 25 May 2017 –
FALKEN 24h race facts and figures:
Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 991) Engine: Naturally aspirated engine 4.0L Max. power: 504 hp at 8,750 1/min Max. revs: 9,500 1/min Max. speed 298 km/h 0-100: 2.7 seconds Fuel: Superplus unleaded (E20) Rims/tyres: Front axle: One-piece BBS rims 12x18“ ET 17 with central locking FALKEN Slicks; tyre size 300/660-18 Rear axle: One-piece BBS rims 13.0x18“ ET 37.5 with central locking FALKEN Slicks; tyre size 330/710-18 BMW M6 GT3 Engine: V8 M TwinPower Turbo 4.4L Max. power: Up to 585 hp depending on BoP classification Max. revs: 6,500 1/min Max. Depending on BoP classification Fuel: Superplus unleaded (E20) Rims/tyres: BBS rims, 13“x18“ front and rear axle FALKEN Slicks; tyre size 330/710 18
Further to the previous post Dumbreck pilots NextEV NIO EP9 to take Nürburgring Nordschleife electric lap record, NextEV has released a full video of the birth of the EP9 electric supercar.
Here is a link to an article published by the BBC Business website on January 13th: "Is that fitness tracker you're using a waste of money?"
Yesterday, NextEV launched its NIO EP9 electric supercar, having achieved a new lap record of the Nürburgring Nordschliefe in October. It lapped the 20.8 km ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record and marking it out as the fastest electric car in the world. I had the pleasure of driving the car to its record and was present to see the car unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1,360PS. The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313kph. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 427 kilometres.
The carbon cockpit and chassis embodies a new approach to performance vehicle design to handle the physical demands of a car with 3G cornering capabilities, with added structural solidity and aero efficiency. The EP9 is capable of achieving 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 240kph.
Peter's race report...
At the eighth VLN race of 2016, the FALKEN Porsche, driven by myself and Martin Ragginger finished in third place, taking the team's second podium of the year.
In terms of tyre development, this was a continuation of the work we started in our last race, VLN 6. Our tyre engineers from Japan brought some new compound and construction FALKEN tyres, which proved successful in taking us another step towards the pace of the front-running cars.
In qualifying, Raggi set a lap record for our car around the Nordschleife - an 8:02. This put us 7th on the grid. Together with great team work and pitstops, we climbed up the ranking during the race with both Raggi and I driving twice each. I had fantastic battles in my first stint, especially with our the Frikadelle Porsche, the Phoenix Racing Audi and the Lexus Prototype. In each case, we came out on top.
That was my last race of the year for FALKEN Motorsport and a happy way to end the season. Our car's final outing will be at VLN 9 with Wolf Henzler and Alex Imperatori at the wheel.