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Motorsport Network launching new Ferrari channel

Motorsport.tv will carry a full lineup of Ferrari-related content.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari

Is there such a thing as too much Ferrari? Motorsport Network has announced the launch of the new Ferrari channel. Aimed squarely at Ferrari, Italian muscle car, and racing enthusiasts, the channel will host a variety of content.

"In a world where content is king, the agreement with Motorsport Network arrives at an ideal time allowing us to significantly amplify our story living," said Jane Reeve, Chief Communications Officer, Ferrari. "Story living as opposed to story telling because, without doubt, any Ferrari event involves the whole range of emotions and senses in a truly empathic experience. We are extremely pleased to be able to work together with Motorsport Network to share what it means to be Ferrari to an even larger global audience"

Ferrari Portofino Road-going vehicles, like the Ferrari Portofino, will be showcased alongside racing content.Photo courtesy of Ferrari

The integrated digital Motorsport.tv platform will feature race and sporting coverage that includes Ferrari Challenge, F1 Clienti, XX Programmes, and the Ferrari Challenge (Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and UK). Road cars will also be featured in a wide range of video content. Plans call for Ferrari's participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the GT World Challenge Europe (formerly the Blacpain GT) series will be highlighted.

Coverage will include livestreams, full race replays, highlights, official model presentations, and other types of content.

Each year, Motorsport.tv showcases over 1,000 livestreams, race highlights, original shows, and documentaries dedicated to racing and cars. There are over 125 international and national race series covered as well as an exclusive full archive of 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The channel enters as the Motorsports Network's newest Ferrari asset, but it's not alone. The company owns the Colombo archive, the largest private collection of Ferrari images, Canossa and Amalgam, both Ferrari license holders, and Ferrari Chat, the largest Ferrari online chat community.

Motorsport.tv can be enjoyed on a broad range of streaming devices including, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast, among others.

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Supercharged V8 pickup

Watch the Ram TRX Lap the Nürburgring

The TRX looked awkward but completed the lap.

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The Ram TRX is a cartoonish truck with specs that would make most people shy away. Its size, sound, and imposing appearance live up to the hype laid out on the spec sheet, and its Hellcat-derived powertrain demands attention. The truck is one heck of an off-roader, too, but a recent YouTube video proves it can dance on a racetrack, too, though not as gracefully as the low-slung cars it passes.



The YouTubers took the TRX to the imposing Nüburgring in Germany to test its mettle on track. Unsurprisingly, the big Ram rolls over kerbs and is able to blast past several cars on the track. The biggest problem for the truck is its brakes, which end up cooked halfway through the lap. In between a few blasts of NSFW language, we can hear the driver note that his brake pedal is "about halfway to the floor," though he did retain some functionality after letting things cool off. The 6,400-pound truck would likely cook all but the most hardcore motorsport brakes.

The truck appears unmodified and looks to have just over 1,000 miles on the clock for the lap. Of course, the TRX looks about as at home on a track as a Mini Cooper would rock crawling, but the truck's 4.5-second 0-60 mph and 702 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 are more impressive than many sports cars.

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The Passport was lightly modified for competition.

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Honda recently announced a line of off-road-oriented trims and packages for its vehicles. Called TrailSport, the trim brings rugged appearance upgrades to the Honda Passport and will eventually offer more performance upgrades for other vehicles in the automaker's catalog. To further prove its mettle in the off-road space, Honda built a 2022 Passport rally truck to compete in the American Rally Association race series. The truck debuted over the weekend in Michigan and had a reasonably successful run for its first time out.

2022 Honda Passport Two Honda engineers handled driving duties.Honda

Importantly, the Passport's drivetrain and suspension were left untouched for the rally. The 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, nine-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and suspension in the rally vehicle are the same components that you or I would see if we bought a new Passport today. Honda did add a transmission fluid cooler, but even then, it's the unit that everyday buyers can get with the available towing package. The SUV's interior was stripped and modified for safety and performance.

2022 Honda Passport Honda is pushing deeper into the off-road with its TrailSport trims.Honda

Honda did upgrade the Passport's wheels and tires for the event by fitting 17-inch BRAID Winrace T rally wheels and Maxxis RAZR M/T or A/T tires. The automaker also made modifications to the SUV's underside with custom 1/8-inch thick aluminum oil pan and rear differential skid plates. High-density panels protect the fuel tank and other sensitive components, while Carbontech XP12 brake pads and high-temp racing brake fluid slow things down.

2022 Honda Passport The Passport's interior had to be stripped and modified for the event.Honda

The ARA National and Regional Championship Series events feature modified street vehicles that travel at speeds well in excess of 100 mph. The courses include gravel, dirt, mud, and snow, and cover hundreds of miles. The Honda Passport rally vehicle was first driven by two Honda engineers and ran in the top ten out of 42 teams. Honda says that a tire de-bead eventually slowed the team, leading to a delayed finish.

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