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Lando Norris ‘leaks’ McLaren 2020 F1 car details in YouTube livestream

Published: 14/Jan/2020 1:56

by Isaac McIntyre

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Lando Norris may have let slip a little more than he meant to during his YouTube livestream at McLaren’s testing garage, with the Formula 1 star accidentally revealing details on the team’s unannounced 2020 car, the MCL35.

Formula 1 teams across the grid are hard at work designing and testing their competitive car builds for the upcoming 2020 season, and McLaren is no different.

The legacy British team enjoyed a strong campaign last year, claiming the spot of “best of the rest” ahead of French giant Renault, and part of that was spurred on by rookie star Norris and his Spanish teammate Carlos Sainz.

YouTube: McLarenLando Norris seemed to give the game away regarding McLaren’s 2020 car, the MCL35, during his livestream.

Between them, Sainz and Norris claimed 145 constructor points. The team may not have been in the top-three fight against Red Bull Racing (417), Ferrari, (504), and champions Mercedes (739), but they enjoyed a strong season nonetheless.

Now, the organization is looking to back up their fourth-place finish by upgrading their car specifications, and it looks like Norris has accidentally let slip what the 2020 build will look like during his live-streamed facility tour.

Norris was walking through the Technology Centre, and speaking live to thousands of fans, when he came across a McLaren marketing meeting. Though it didn’t last long, his camera caught a glimpse of the MCL35 image, emblazoned on the TV.

“Look at that, the MCL35 car launch… confidential stuff,” Norris muttered as he read the screen, before walking in and telling staff “not to show him papers” to avoid leaks – moments after he’d accidentally given away team secrets.

The F1 star, still broadcasting to thousands, added that he had “heard it was on February 13,” to the shock of the marketing gurus at the table. Norris, unaware of their panic, added that “Zak [Brown] told [him] it was on the 13th.”

Of course, this was new info for McLaren fans around the world – the F1 team hadn’t unveiled those details yet. The team told Norris as much, and quickly canceled his livestream after just three minutes and 23 seconds.

While it is hilarious to think Norris, who has become known as one of the grid’s resident comedians with his Twitch streams and live videos, may have just spoiled the surprise, it’s likely this ‘leak’ was a marketing tactic from McLaren all along.

At least, that’s what Formula 1 fans are suggesting, but they’re not exactly against what is now being dubbed a “marketing tactic.”

“Ahh, so the Tom Holland approach,” RealMattyPanda joked on Reddit, referencing Marvel star Holland’s penance to leak Spider-Man and Avengers information early, while others simply admitted they were impressed.

“That was the most creative car announcement of all time,” UncomfortableBench said, while Kuszotke theorized Norris really had intruded on a secret meeting he was never meant to be in: “Plot twist: it wasn’t intentional.”

Unfortunately for those theorizing Lando really had spoiled the surprise, Norris soon revealed ‘behind the scenes’ clips setting up the room, confirming it had been a playful marketing tactic to lift the lid on the new F1 details.

The ‘accidental’ announcement is the third confirmation for Formula 1 team’s car reveals. Ferrari has already locked in February 11 to unveil the Scuderia’s 2020 design, while Alpha Tauri – formerly Toro Rosso – are penned in for February 14.

If you’re more interested in Norris than Formula 1, however, the racing star also has a Twitch channel he uses regularly to stream gaming and sim-racing. He already boasts more than 164,000, and last streamed just 11 days ago.

This isn’t the first time Norris has combined his love for livestreams with his F1 career either. Back in November, at US Grand Prix, the youngster made the bold call to use Sky Sports’ post-match chat to promote his Twitch channel.

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Jeremy Clarkson’s impressive car collection is a petrolhead’s dream

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:34

by Kieran Bicknell

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Petrolheads around the world will recognize the name Jeremy Clarkson. Once part of BBC’s Top Gear and now the host of the legendary Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour alongside May and Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson naturally owns quite a sizable car collection, along with a few surprises.

Jeremy Clarkson will go down in history as one of the biggest personalities that any car-based TV show will ever be linked to. Naturally, his years at the helm of various car shows, along with his history in journalism, has led him to owning an impressive collection of cars.

It’s not just cars in Jeremy’s garage, though. Having taken on his farm during 2019, he also owns a number of unusual machines, including a rather strange Lamborghini. Here are our highlights from Clarkson’s incredible collection.

Ford GT Clarkson
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Clarkson loved his Ford GT, but annoying electrical issues resulted in him returning the car to Ford.

Jeremy Clarkson’s supercars

Of course, Clarkson has a number of performance cars and supercars in his car collection. One of the most famous cars in his collection was the Ford GT, which he actually sent back to Ford after a well-documented issue with the alarm.

He also has a well-known love affair with AMG’s products. His first was an SL55 AMG roadster, though it wasn’t to be his last. Clarkson has also owned a number of other AMG-badged cars, including a CLK63 Black Series.

Given his history around supercars, Clarkson has owned more than most people would ever dream of having. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Ferrari 355 GTS
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG SL55 AMG Roadster
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK63 Black Series
  • Aston Martin Virage
  • Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
  • McLaren 675LT
  • Ford GT
  • Lotus Elise 111S

Classic Cars in Jeremy Clarkson’s collection

Jeremy Clarkson The Excellent
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The Excellent is a custom Mercedes SL Roadster

It’s not just the latest-and-greatest cars that are in Jeremy’s collection. There are also a number of classic cars in his fleet, including one of the most iconic BMWs ever made, as well as some vehicles from his time on Top Gear and The Grand Tour.

The most unusual car in Clarkson’s collection is undoubtedly ‘The Excellent.’ Created as part of a challenge on The Grand Tour, it is a lifted Mercedes SL convertible mated to a Land Rover chassis.

Alongside ‘The Excellent’ he also owns the gorgeous Alfa Romeo GTV6 that featured on the Scottish special episode during Season 2. He even knew that he’d own it after filming, saying during the show “generally when we finish these jobs these cars end up, I don’t know where. But I know where this will end up; At my house.”

CSL Batmobile
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The most iconic classic in Clarkson’s collection is the BMW 3.0 CSL.

Finally, the standout car from the collection is one of the most iconic BMW’s ever designed – the 3.0l CSL. Nicknamed ‘the Batmobile’ due to its massive rear wing, the CSL is the first true performance BMW, and is an appreciating classic.

While he doesn’t own all of them anymore, the full list of classics that Jeremy is known to own is impressive:

  • BMW 3.0l CSL
  • Alfa Romeo GTV6
  • Mercedes SL ‘The Excellent’
  • Ford Escort Cosworth RS
  • Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser Limousine
  • VW Golf GTI
  • VW Scirocco

The weirdest car in Clarkson’s collection

While his crazy Grand Tour creations are certainly odd, most people wouldn’t expect Clarkson to own a certain Lamborghini. In this case, it’s a tractor for use on his farm – how very un-clarkson!