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Motorsport Network launching new Ferrari channel

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

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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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Formula One driver Max Verstappen won this week's race in Monaco.

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If you've spent any time watching Formula One racing this season, it's hard not to be excited by the progression of events. The sport has been dominated by Mercedes-AMG and its world conquering driver, Lewis Hamilton, but 2021 looks to be different. Red Bull Racing Honda has a star driver of its own in Max Verstappen but the car, Honda power unit, and teammate Sergio Perez also look to be in top form. The team and its drivers are presenting quite the challenge for Mercedes, as the dominant team is in second place for the first time in a long time.

Red Bull Racing Honda The team leads F1's constructor championshipPhoto courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Inc.

The win by Verstappen sets Honda atop the leaderboard for the F1 constructors championship for the first time since the end of the 1991 season. Honda previously announced its exit from the sport, and will turn over power unit development efforts to Red Bull itself, which has begun a hiring spree to fill key positions in development and management.

For its part, Red Bull has to be happy with the result, both for its drivers and for the team. Verstappen's win puts him ahead of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and moves the team itself to the top of the leaderboard. The result is impressive, despite the fact that Monaco is a notoriously difficult track for passing. Max started in second and finished first, but teammate Sergio Perez moved from his qualifying position of ninth up to fourth, gaining several additional points in the process.

Red Bull Racing Honda Honda is set to exit F1 after 2021Photo courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Inc.

In two weeks, the Red Bull cars will be put to the test again in Azerbaijan. The team has seen mixed results at the Baku circuit in recent years, but this time it will be defending its one-point lead over Mercedes. As for Max, his four-point lead over Hamilton is the big headline of today, but anything can happen as the sport moves to its sixth race of the 2021 season.

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The Subaru Solterra name has been confirmed.

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Last month, AutomotiveMap speculated that the reason Subaru had filed a trademark for the word "Solterra" was because that was going to be the name of its new all-electric SUV. We were right. The Japanese automaker has confirmed the hypothesis that the Solterra will be joining the lineup and divulged a few other details as well.

The world Solterra comes from a combination of the Latin words for sun "soltis" and Earth "terra". That fits in nicely with Subaru's outdoorsy vehicle naming scheme that includes Forester, Ascent, Outback, Crosstrek, and the newly minted Outback Wilderness.

The Subaru Solterra is the sister of the Toyota bZ4X. The two models were co-developed as part of a joint partnership with Toyota that has also produced the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid and Prius Prime, as well as the 2022 Subaru BRZ and 2022 Toyota 86 fraternal twins.

2023 Subaru Solterra The Subaru Solterra will wear "EV" badging featuring a customary blue highlight.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

The new Subie will ride on the company's fresh dedicated all-electric platform named the e-SUBARU Global Platform. The new vehicle will combine all-wheel drive capability, agile driving dynamics, and passive safety features, according to the automaker.

Solterra is likely to be about the same dimensions as bZ4X, with a smaller body than the Forester and larger than the Crosstrek but nearly the same amount of interior space. That's partially because the car has no need for a transmission tunnel. Looks-wise, the model is similar to the two as well, blending aesthetics from each in an aerodynamic body design.

It will go on sale in 2022 which means that we're likely to see it in the flesh later this year. It will probably wear a 2023 model year tag when it goes on sale.

A few weeks ago, Toyota revealed the bZ4X Concept, an all-electric SUV that will come to market as the bZ4X is the very near future. That concept is just the start of Toyota's electric future and they've detailed what to expect a little more fully via a news release and some trademark searching.

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