Bill Wood’s – Some Things You Should Know: 12-03-06

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The World Rally Championship manufacturers are believed to have proposed a 2013 calendar with no scope for any rallies outside of Europe and the Americas to the FIA. FIA president Jean Todt has long campaigned for a geographically wider-ranging WRC, but the manufacturers want 10 rallies in Europe, one in Central America and two in South America next season – although evidently still none in the USA. The 2013 calendar will be debated for the first time at the May meeting of the WRC Commission, with both parties hopeful of the schedule being cemented at the World Motor Sport Council meeting a month later. Here’s more:

Another promotional video for Rally Mexico this weekend.

The FIA is believed to be on the verge of confirming an agreement for World Rally Championship television rights, at least until the end of the season. The manufacturers and event organizers met with FIA president Jean Todt and WRC Commission president Jarmo Mahonen in Paris yesterday, with the likely outcome of the meeting being that the European Broadcast Union will take on the production and distribution of television from WRC rounds until the end of the season. A longer term agreement between EBU and the governing body has been talked about. A source from within the manufacturers’ meeting said they were pleased with the possible EBU option. Here’s more:

Prodrive has confirmed that it will introduce more than 100 modifications to its MINI John Cooper Works WRC when it returns to action on Rally Portugal later this month. The new modifications are being homologated by the FIA and will be made available to all MINI WRC cars, with the changes being the latest part of a development programme that has been underway since October last year. A major focus has been on development of the car’s 1.6 litre turbo-charged engine, with changes made resulting in a three per cent increase in peak power. Amongst the changes, Prodrive has redesigned the induction system with a new restrictor and restrictor feed, while the engine cooling system has been made more efficient, with the introduction of an electrically- operated water pump. Here’s more:

This is from a year ago at Rally Mexico. It shows the dust issues that are possible at the event. Onboard camera with Sébastien Ogier (Citroën) during SS4 of Rally Mexico, Rd2 of WRC 2011. The Frenchman is obviously hampered by the density of dust on the road… This is the result of a puncture suffered by Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford) in front of him and driving slowly on the road. At the end, Ogier will be beaten in this SS by Sébastien Loeb but will keep leadership of rally after Day 1.

More from Mexico 2010: When Ken Block threw his flat-brimmed hat into the World Rally Championship ring earlier this year, expectations were mixed. But three weeks ago, at Rally Mexico—Monster World Rally Teamʼs inaugural WRC race—Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino proved that they have what it takes to become a competitive force on the world stage.

More Sebring Winter Test: Muscle Milk LMP1 driver Klaus Graf and GT2 multiple champion Joerg Bergmeister will be on Tech House & Speed Wednesday night, 8pmEST (UTC-5) on Race Fan Radio.

The first event of the Formula Drift year is right around the corner and all the top drivers are waiting to hit The Streets of Long Beach. Wednesday night, one of the Formula Drift originals, Ken Gushi, will be a guest on Tech House & Speed, 8pmEST (UTC-5), on Race Fan Radio.

Carlos Slim, the telecommunications tycoon who controls Mexico’s America Movil SAB (AMXL), is the richest person on Earth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s 20 wealthiest individuals. The 72-year-old’s net worth fell $478.4 million in a day to $68.5 billion as of the close of markets on March 2, as U.S. moguls Bill Gates and Warren Buffett placed second and third on the list compiled by Bloomberg News. Brazil’s Eike Batista, who ranks 10th, still covets the top spot after vowing a year ago that he’d become the world’s wealthiest man by 2015. Here’s more:

Now, What Do You Think? this week: The Lotus Evora is a beautiful car but can it be made to compete for GT wins and championships against the likes of Porsche and Ferrari in the ALMS? Yes, with Alex Job it can! No, Porsche & Ferrari are too fast! You can vote at www.ByBillWood.com. GET BUSY!! Take a minute to vote. Learn something about yourself! http://www.bybillwood.com/online/

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Storm chasers capture on video the destructive band of storms as it touched down in Indiana Friday near Henryville. There is extensive damage in the area with homes flattened and roofs ripped off.

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