Following deliberation over one of our most comprehensive and diverse shortlists ever, our independent panel of experts has chosen the winners of the Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards 2017. Click on the links below for more information on each of the winners!
Winner: Thermal Club, California
A multiple use, multi-faceted track built outside Palm Springs in California, the Thermal Club was finally completed early this year and consists of three separate road courses, all of which can be combined and used in up to nine different configurations. The facility includes a 100acre manufacturer test and development center, currently leased by BMW, which incorporates road tracks, driving areas and a large skid pad, as well as dedicated buildings.
Thermal is a private member facility with more than 70 high-quality residential houses already built, in construction or in permitting; as well as a high-end club house and garage facilities. The circuit has been extremely well received by a number of former Grand Prix drivers. It hosts a small number of races each year and is built to the latest safety standards.
Marina Bay GP circuit, Singapore
SpeedPark Ningbo, China
Marina Bay GP circuit, Singapore
Circuito Internacional de Vila Real, Portugal
Red Hook, Brooklyn street circuit, USA
Winner: Mercedes-AMG M08 EQ Power+ 1.6-liter V6
Mercedes-AMG’s 1.6-liter V6 has long been the benchmark power unit of the hybrid F1 era. To date, across the four teams, and over its four years in use the engine has taken 63 victories from 77 starts. Constantly updated and upgraded over the years, the 2017-specification engine has recorded a thermal efficiency in excess of 50%; essentially making more power than waste energy.
Because of the fuel-flow limit of 100kg per hour, thermal efficiency has rocketed up the list of priorities of Formula 1 engines. In cracking the 50% barrier, the engine ranks as the most efficient internal combustion engine in automotive use. For comparison, Mercedes-Benz’s FO108F 2.4-liter V8 peaked at a 29% thermal efficiency.
Gibson Technology GK428
ECR/ Cadillac LT-R 6.2-liter V8
Rohm Semiconductor’s SiC diode
KTM ‘Big Bang’ V4 MotoGP engine
Mercedes-AMG M08 EQ Power+ 1.6-liter V6
Mahindra Racing M3Electro
Winner: Jackie Chan DC Racing
The 2017 running of the 24h of Le Mans saw several firsts achieved by the Jackie Chan DC Racing team. Taking full advantage of a diminished LMP1 entry, and its partnership with Britain’s Jota Sport, the team became the first LMP2 team to lead laps at Le Mans, and despite losing the lead with a little over one hour left, Jackie Chan DC Racing became the first Chinese team to win its class at Le Mans.
Co-owned between Asian Le Mans Champion David Cheng and actor Jackie Chan, the team took two further victories at Spa and the Nurburgring to take an early lead in the WEC's LMP2 championship. Two further podiums later in the season were not enough to remedy the disappointing Mexican round of the championship meaning the team narrowly missed out on the overall championship win.
DJR Team Penske
Jackie Chan DC Racing
PSRX Volkswagen Sweden
Winner: Chris Williams, head of rally engineering, M-Sport
Williams oversaw the development of M-Sport’s all-new 2017-specification Fiesta WRC. Up against established, factory-supported efforts, Williams’ efforts were enough to convince four-time champion Sebastian Ogier to join the small UK-based team over rivals Citroen and Hyundai.
Over the course of the 2017 WRC season, the Fiesta has taken four victories, more than any other manufacturer, giving M-Sport a substantial lead in both the manufacturers and drivers championships.
Ludo Lacroix, competition director, DJR Team Penske
Franco Chiocchetti, technical director, Abt Sportsline
Chris Williams, head of rally engineering, M-Sport
Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser vice president of Motorsport and GT cars Porsche
Carl Faux, lead engineer, Team B.M.R
Winner: Bosch CAS-M3 Collision Avoidance System
Bosch Motorsport’s Collision Avoidance System CAS-M 3 is built around Bosch’s new radar system, which is said to deliver a wider field of view in a ‘close-up’ range. Coming out on top of a category heavily orientated toward driver safety, the system’s specifications and impact on racing safety in general found favour with the judges.
Providing real time visualization, the system warns the driver about approaching or overtaking cars via intuitive marking of the cars on the display helping prevent the most common causes of collisions, and giving drivers the chance to focus on the track. By using Doppler effect and beat frequency to measure distances, the system is just as effective during darkness or bad weather conditions.
Michelin Pilot Sport EV Formula E season three tire
ZF Motorsport Formula 1 damper
Bosch CAS-M3 Collision Avoidance System
Stratsys FDM Nylon 12CF material
DJR Team Penske Supercars leg protection
Toyota & FIA THUMS project
Brembo MotoGP Carbon Fiber brake disc
BMW M/ Topometric 3D digitzation and serial measurement cell
Winner: Formula E
Formula E has continued to go from strength to strength in just three short years. Financially secure in both the short and long term, the all-electric single-seater championship is continuing to set precedents around the world, from the first New York-based street race, to ensuring its rounds are carbon neutral, to engaging with a new, younger audience on a level that many other championships long to achieve.
The continued controlled relaxing of technical regulations has allowed the field to remain tight over three years of competition and has allowed multiple winners from across the grid. With 300,000 Facebook ‘likes’, 121,000 Twitter followers, and over 142,000 subscribers streaming races to the tune of 39m views, Formula E has set new precedents for Social Media interaction.
The championship has also moved to free to view channels in a number of regions with over 500,000 people now watching Channel Five’s coverage in the UK alone.
IMSA Weathertech United Sports Cars
Blancpain Endurance Series
Virgin Australia Supercars
FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy
Winner: M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC
Following a complete overhaul of the WRC regulations, 2017 saw cars that were lower, wider, more extreme and above all else; faster than their predecessors. Of the four manufacturers fighting for top honours, it was M-Sport’s efforts with the 2017 Ford Fiesta that stood out above all else.
Not only did the team snag the services of four-time champion Sebastian Ogier, but the new car proved to be reliable, fast and most importantly; consistent. In the hands of Ogier, and talented youngsters Ott Tanak, and Elfyn Evans, the M-Sport Fiesta has clocked four outright victories, several podiums and multiple points scoring finishes to hand them both the 2017 Drivers and Teams titles.
M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC
Audi Sport RS3 LMS
Cadillac DPI- V.R
Porsche 911 RSR
Lexus LS500 GT500
UK Young Rally Driver
Winner: Ewan Tindall
Highly praised by the judges and series organisers for displaying a maturity and approachability beyond his years, Tindall has proven to be consistent racer both in and out of the car. Narrowly missing out on the 2016 J1000 Ecosse title, once dropped scores had been taken in to consideration, Tindall’s development and progress has seen him wrap up not only the 2017 Scottish Championship, but also the National Championship. Five victories and a third place from six starts single Tindall out as a real future prospect for rallying.
Lwi Price Edwards
Winner: Gian Paolo Dallara, Dallara
A long-standing name within motorsport, Dallara has provided the latest generation chassis’ to a number of high-profile series since 1972. Prior to this, Dallara studied at the Politecnico di Milano, graduating in 1959 with a thesis on a supersonic ramjet engine. The same year, Dallara joined Ferrari as an assistant to Carlo Chiti, the Scuderia’s Racing Department Technical Director. After gaining two years of experience at Ferrari in both Formula 1 and closed-wheels racecars, the young engineer switched to Maserati, where he would spend another two years. Similar to his role at Ferrari, Dallara assisted the Racing Department Technical Manager, Giulio Alfieri. He took part in the designs of Sport Type 64 and GT Type 151.
In 1963 Giampaolo moved to Lamborghini, where he stayed for six years and had his first experience in a managing role. Under his direction, Lamborghini produced the Miura, 350 GT and the Espada. Since its establishment with the Sport Prototype SP1000, Dallara has become world renowned for its specialty in designing, manufacturing, and developing racecars. The company’s success can be credited to its achievements in Formula 3, first in Italy then around the world and has resulted in the company being present in Formula’s 1, 2 and 3, IndyCar, Indy Lights, Formula E, Formula 3.5 V8, Super Formula and more.
David Richards, Prodrive
Alejandro Agag, Formula E
Stephane Ratel, SRO Group
Gian Paolo Dallara, Dallara