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Press Release: Bogota Headquarters, Jan 30, 2008.
Antares Sim Racing, the Grid Motorsports World Cup Manufacturer Champion, is announcing the launch of their 2008A racecar. The prototype has been available for several days now to team customers and the feedback has been extremely positive. Final launch, due Feb 4, 2008 will include chassis geometry revisions.
The package features a new engine development codenamed "Stuttgart", built from the ground up, it represents a completely different approach in Antares powerplant design. The engine now maximizes power output at the operating rev band and provides better driveability (less torque) at lower RPM's. The new powerplant works at a higher rev limit and it performs better at higher and top speeds, an area where the "hannover" engine did not excel.
The chassis is also a brand new design, codenamed "x_antares", which retains the "nimble" handling characteristics from last season and corrects tire temperature and wear deficiencies faced last season. Antares actively participated in option H tire testing and now believes that, in combination with the new chassis, has the most competitive package in GMWC. In addition, the 2008A chassis is also "Real Feel Plugin" compatible.
The brake system was also changed to the mk2 which offers a wider optimum temperature range than other options and lower drag from refrigeration needs.
Antares is now looking for new customers for the the 2008A season and invites new GMWC drivers to test the 2008A prototype found in rfactor, at the Antares manufacturer section under the name "x_antares/stuttgart/hel/H".
More information on testing and chassis development can be found at:Antares Testing Website.
Antares Sim Racing Headquarters. Bogota, Colombia
By Nancy Newsmaker of the Association of Non-Associated Press International (ANAPI)
Since the disappearance of Team founder and president Abe Duarte the former powerhouse Antares racing has been in a tailspin. Creditors and Stockholders recently filed a lawsuit claiming as one anonymous stockholder said "nobody is running the place". Recently I interviewed interim president and race driver Doug "Lightning" Baggett on what is going on at Antares.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us Mr. Baggett. Can you shed some light as to the current situation at Antares?
Situation? What Situation? Leave it up to the press to manufacture something!
Well, the Antares race car as incredibly good as it is has been reportedly not been developed for some time now, your drivers are migrating to other teams and your results in the constructor championship does not seem to be going well over the last season.
All of it can be explained. The real issue here is Rusyn. For the longest amount of time they were NOWHERE in the constructor championship THEN all of a sudden our president and founder vanishes without a trace, their cars all of a sudden get some extra speed and our drivers start defecting! I've been doing some digging myself and I'm convinced from some highly reliable sources that Rusyn has Abe kidnapped and bound in a dungeon underneath their cult like compound. It's obvious they've been torturing poor Abe into revealing the secrets of the Antares design and have been incorporating it into their car.
And what of the recent defection of your star driver Celso?
As I understand it's probably a blackmail situation. Abe and Celso knew each other pretty well and I'm sure Rusyn intelligence operatives have been using information from their torture sessions to make sure that Celso "understood" what he needed to do and where he needed to go.
What now? How long can Antares survive?
Not sure. I've already sold 2 of my 3 hotels/restaurants in Monaco to continue financing and paying the bills. I'll keep the flame going for as long as I can.
Antares Racing announces customer car arrangement with Rusyn Dynamics
By Nancy NewsMaker of the Association of Non-Associated Press International
After much confusion over the financial status of Former Grid Motorsports World Cup constructor Antares racing, Doug Baggett announced today that a new arrangement has been signed with Rusyn Dynamics for use of their technology in future Antares race cars.
The Announcement which was done in front of the Antares manufacturing facility in the Mountains of Columbia outside of Bogata was packed with onlookers. Mr. Baggett came out with his arm around AJ "Orang" Weber who had a rather bewildered look on his face. No questions were allowed but Mr. Baggett made a short statement "AJ is a great guy...awesome pal. Never doubted he'd come through!". He also announced that the new Antares headquarters and manufacturing facility would be moved immidiately to the vacation mecca of Stafford, Virginia in the United States
A name change for the team is pending.
In the anals of the GMWC no team has scored more constructor championships than Antares. The 2009B championship confirms their legendary entry--into that elite list of sporting teams spoken in whispers. Everybody knows them: The 70's Pittsburgh Steelers, 50's New York Yankees, Ferrari and now Antares Racing.
The team's phalanx with Celso Jorge at it's tip, and the spirit of the Antares founder Abe Duarte watching over is like nothing this league has ever seen. Will they continue to dominate? How long can it last?
In an interview Doug "Bull in a China Shop" Baggett, one of their more colorful drivers talked about last season.
Q: So even though Antares won the GMWC constructor what do you have to say about AJ Weber winning the Driver championship?
A: Meh...we all know that the other backmarkers slowed down to let AJ by. Celso hade it in the bag.
Q: What is Antares secret to winning?
A: By definition "secret" means "SECRET!" (screams in interviewers face); If you must know it's our paint job. Amazing eh?
Q: Your fault rating is higher than most. Do you have any explanation?
A: What can I say? The cars were in my way--they should get over. It's safer that way...trust me (he winks)
Q: Any thoughts on next season?
A: There are rumors our spiritual leader will return. If he does, nobody stands a chance against us!
Nestled in the lush, virgin wetlands and forests of eastern Stafford county lies the impenetrable fortress that is the Antares Racing development facility. Much like the Willie Wonka chocolate factory nobody knows what goes on inside those hallow walls. Two days ago white smoke arose from the chimney at the back of the facility. In ages past this would indicate that the wizards within are ready to present to their followers a revelation. Since that time hundreds of thousands of cheering fans have gathered. Some come with tents, others in their million dollar recreational vehicles and some bike their way from as far away as Brazil, Columbia and Argentina. For as far as the eye can see Antares banners wave. They all await word from within. The powerhouse constructor Antares racing, second to none in their domination of the GMWC speaks.
From behind the gates and fences sounds of engines echo, the crowd is silenced. Everybody looks to the garage door at the end of the courtyard. What is within? Nobody knows.
Then without warning the door slowly moves upward, it's dark....and something is there but nobody can see. Silence.
Out it comes with a ROAR. The star of Antares racing behind the wheel - Celso. And low and behold we see what has occupied the denizens of the factory and their lead Antares artist manager - known as Sammy. They chant his name. Many cry, dozens faint, the crowd claps and hoots with rapture. It's beautiful and everybody is pleased.
Nancy NewsMaker of the Association of Non-Associated Press International:
Amid the disastrous calamity by Antares driver Doug "Bull in a China Shop" Baggett that caused team lead driver Celso to lose the Suzuka Grand Prix and the lead in the constructor championship, rumors are flying around the GMWC about gunfire, grenades going off and chairs being tossed in the Antares team portable castle after the race.
Mr. Baggett was interviewed after the team meeting. While removing several layers of pie and refried beans from his hair and eyes we managed to ask about developments inside.
Mr. Baggett: "Look we all know this is a Rusyn plot to destroy our team. I was driving down the back stretch and had UNCONTROLABLE flattulance. We had received a late shipment of bean burritos for the team early this morning. Nobody else ate them but me before the race. I've personally sent them out for analysis but I'm sure that Rusyn skulduggery is involved. What else could it be?"
By Nancy Newswire (Disclaimer: Nancy was at various times a paid "Entertainment Consultant" at Antares racing)
One can hardly believe it. After another glorious team win for the powerhouse Antares racing everything looks to be at an end. It started yesterday when reports of yelling were heard coming from the Antares racing facility in beautiful eastern Stafford County, Virginia (USA). Reliable information surfaced that current manager figurehead Doug Baggett had been betting well over a 100 million dollars from the Antares development fund in sports betting...on GMWC results.
The evidence is sketchy at this point, but after coming out of the pits and over the white line into the path of the Evil Rusyn driver AJ Weber and being crashed off of the track new information has come to light. Rumor has it that the Antares manager/driver PURPOSELY break checked Weber after placing a 50 million dollar bet that Weber would lose the driver championship at Suzuka by crashing into Baggett....on the straight. Bookies were astounded that Baggett would make such a bold prediction.
A GMWC investigation has been initiated. All winnings of the bet have been frozen along with assets used to back the wager. Given that Antares racing money was involved, the Stafford racing giant is technically out of money. As of this morning reports were that Mr. Baggett had the Antares financial accountant (with ledger in hand) by the shirt collar and was pleading for more money. Moving vans from various banks were seen outside the gates. It's assumed repossession is the reason.
The last words heard from Mr. Baggett..running back into the facility and as the vans were let on the compound were....
"The leather chair is mine..mine..MINE...muhahahahahaha!"
By: Guy Smiley
Rumors are swirling around the GMWC that the former powerhouse team known as Antares racing may be back. As the assets, personelle and facilities have gone through bankruptcy, liquidation, receivership and multiple buyouts by anonymous buyers it's unclear as to HOW Antares racing could return.
GMWC race driver Douglas Baggett, currently the only known official contact for Antares racing and being the head of "Antares Patent Licensing LLC" was interviewed:
Smiley: Mr. Baggett can you comment on the rumors of Antares racing return? How could this happen?
Baggett: (munching on some corn chips)....wthell...Isthupose..mmmm...good
Smiley: Can you be more specific? What legal path is there?
Baggett: (swallows)....Well..Lotus did it in F1 though I'm still not sure who is Lotus and who isn't. Really though, I think the correct model might be two now defunct personal computer manufacturers from the 80's; Atari and Commodore. They are still around right? That's cool. I think we'll do that.
Smiley: But neither of those companies have anything to do with the original companies. They are just trademarks that were sold a couple dozen times.
Baggett: Don't know what you are talking about. If you have any more questions please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to my law firm Dewy, Cheetham and Howe.
Smiley: Thank you Mr. Baggett
Baggett: wanna corn chip?