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Fictiv, the leader in high-quality, on-demand manufacturing recently congratulated Formula Electric at Berkeley, the electric vehicle team at the University of California, Berkeley, for successfully participating in the Formula SAE (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers) Electric Vehicle Competition, which is part of the largest student engineering competition in the world. Fictiv contributed $10,000 in essential machined parts to Formula Electric at Berkeley’s student-designed electric vehicle to complete the construction of the race car.
Fictiv, which produces parts for major U.S.-based electric car makers, manufactured multiple mechanical components including the front and rear uprights, brake rotors, motor shaft, and bearing retainers for the UC Berkeley race vehicle using CNC machining. Fictiv's artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which offers instant design for manufacturability feedback, paired with its highly vetted network of manufacturing partners, helped the students optimize their designs in order to meet the needs of their formula-style electric race car.
“Fictiv’s mission is to give engineers the freedom to focus on their creations instead of going back and forth with vendors, and wading through red tape just to get their parts into production,” said Michael Amico, business unit director - advanced manufacturing at Fictiv. “It’s been incredibly rewarding eliminating those logistical challenges for the next generation of engineers, and I know these elite engineering students participating in the Formula Electric at Berkeley project will achieve great things beyond this competition.”
The SAE event, which took place in Brooklyn, Michigan, June 15-18, featured university student competitors from around the world including teams representing not only UC Berkeley, but also Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Georgia Institute of Technology.
“We couldn’t have participated in the event successfully without Fictiv,” said Christopher Leafstrand, a member of the Formula Electric at Berkeley Dynamics Subteam and a second-year student at UC Berkeley College of Engineering. “Fictiv made the most important parts of our electric vehicle, parts that require very tight tolerances, very tight machining, and very high precision. These are parts our team had never made before, and are a very difficult part of the inspection process to proceed in the event.”
Formula Electric at Berkeley formed in 2020. The project brings together a diverse community of individuals for the purpose of researching, designing, testing, and manufacturing efficient, sustainable technology at UC Berkeley.
“Working with Fictiv made the process of getting critical, quality vehicle parts as easy as possible,” said Tijmen Sep, program manager for Formula Electric at Berkeley and a third-year student at UC Berkeley College of Engineering. “The Fictiv team gave a group of students with a relatively small order a lot of personalized attention and were happy to help – even meeting with us face to face. Beyond the smooth parts development process, we’re also grateful for Fictiv’s overall support. Students typically spend upwards of $20,000 constructing electric vehicles for Formula SAE, so Fictiv’s donation provided not only needed functional parts, but incredible savings.”
Formula SAE was founded in 1981 to provide teams of college undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to design and build formula-style vehicles. In 2013, Formula SAE expanded to include a separate electric vehicle competition.
Continued global shipping issues have forced the cancellation of the 2022 Hankook 24H Sebring, originally scheduled for Nov. 18-20.
Last November, Sebring International Raceway hosted the Netherlands-based Creventic organization for only its fifth North American 24-hour race. Despite a tremendous event won by Rutronik Racing in an Audi R8 GTS, both Creventic and its European-based teams experienced significant shipping delays with cars and equipment arriving after the original starting time of the race.
That experience, and the fact that the many of the same shipping concerns continue, led to Creventic officials to make the difficult decision. Given that shipping delays are temporary, Creventic and Sebring International Raceway officials will continue to work toward the return of the global series to Sebring, the birthplace of American endurance racing.
Creventic is exploring options in Europe to replace the Sebring event. The remainder of the 2022-23 Creventic schedule remains unchanged with Portimao, Portugal scheduled for July 8-10, Barcelona, Spain Sept. 9-11, Dubai Jan. 13-15 and Abu Dhabi Jan. 21-22.
Upcoming events scheduled for Sebring International Raceway include:
- US Drift Circuit, August 27-28
- SRO Fanatec GT World Challenge America, September 21-25
- US Drift Circuit, October 15
- World Racing League, October 28-30
- Historic SportsCar Racing Pistons & Props, December 1-4
- Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA)/TransAm, February 23-26
- World Endurance Championship (WEC) Testing, March 11-12
- Alan Jay Automotive Network 120, March 16
- 1000 Miles of Sebring (WEC), March 17
- Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 18
MAVTV Plus Completes Transition to FloRacing - All Live-Stream Programming Shown Exclusively Through MAVTV on FloRacing
MAVTV Motorsports Network and FloSports announced today, that effective immediately, all-new live MAVTV Plus programming will be available exclusively on FloRacing, FloSports’ dedicated motorsports platform. The MAVTV Plus app and website will no longer stream new or on-demand content as of today.
MAVTV and FloSports previously announced MAVTV Plus programming would be available on both the MAVTV Plus app and website, and FloRacing through July 27. However, to ensure maximum customer satisfaction, that transition has been moved up to today. Fans looking for new, live MAVTV Plus programming must now subscribe to FloRacing.
As part of the move to FloRacing, all MAVTV Plus subscriptions will be canceled, and starting today, all live streaming and Video On Demand (VOD) content can be seen through MAVTV on FloRacing. All MAVTV Plus monthly and yearly subscribers will be refunded a portion of the subscription amount. An email will be sent to each subscriber with information regarding the refunds.
Important Information For Current MAVTV Plus Subscribers
- No MAVTV Plus subscriptions will be transferred to FloRacing
- All MAVTV Plus subscriptions will be canceled on July 27 and a portion of the subscription will be refunded - subscribers may cancel at any time
- Current MAVTV Plus subscribers can access replays and past content until Tuesday, July 27
- As of today, a FloRacing subscription is required to continue watching live MAVTV Plus programming
All live programming that previously aired on the MAVTV Plus app, including the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, finals of the Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, 500 Sprint Car Tour, and more, is now available with a single subscription to FloRacing.
For subscriber questions, please contact:
FloSports Customer Support: https://support.flosports.tv/s/
MAVTV Motorsports Network programming has not changed and will still be available through cable television and select digital outlets with FloSports becoming MAVTV Plus' dedicated direct-to-consumer platform.
Fans can subscribe via FloRacing gaining access to over 2,000 races annually. The subscription also unlocks premium FloRacing content including exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes access with drivers, news, analysis as well as archived races and event highlights. Watch the races across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.
Candy Digital, the next generation digital collectible company, in partnership with Hall of Fame Digital, today announced the upcoming launch of the first-ever digital collectibles featuring Richard Petty. Coinciding with the celebration of Petty’s upcoming 85th birthday, the Track Titans: Richard Petty Collection will showcase iconic imagery of the seven-time NASCAR racing champion across a range of limited-edition digital collectibles, some of which grant owners access to physical Richard Petty memorabilia items and in-person experiences, including a tour of the Richard Petty Museum by none other than The King himself.
“One of the greatest parts of my racing career is being able to find ways to interact with race fans, new and old,” said Richard Petty. “These digital collectibles that we worked on with the team at Candy Digital highlight important moments in my career and I am excited to the reaction from race fans when they see what we created.”
“Richard Petty is known as ‘The King’ for good reason: he’s one of the best to have ever raced. We’re humbled and thrilled that this living legend has entrusted us to create digital collectibles commemorating his storied career,” said Candy Digital’s CEO, Scott Lawin. “Racing fans have a deep reverence for the history of their sport and those who paved the way for the current generation of drivers, and we’re excited to give fans a new way to deepen their connection to one of the all-time greats.”
The Richard Petty Collection will feature multiple products beginning on Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, through Tuesday, August 16, 2022.
- The King | Petty Blue Bust
A 1-of-1 digital collectible bust of Richard Petty sporting his signature hat and sunglasses, as well as an exclusive curated video showcasing key moments over the course of his career.
The winner of this digital collectible auction will also be granted one-of-a-kind experiences that will bring them face-to-face with The King himself, including a Richard Petty-guided tour of his museum; a drive with Richard Petty through his hometown; and a race day with Richard Petty at a to-be-determined track.
The auction will begin on July 19th, 2022 at 12pm ET and close on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 at 7pm ET.
- The King | Asphalt Bust
A limited edition of 85 digital busts of Richard Petty in his signature hat and sunglasses accompanied by a 1/64th scale 1992 Richard Petty Appreciation Tour Diecast.
They will be available for $200 each, as long as supplies last, from July 19th, 2022 at 12pm ET until on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 at 7pm ET.
- Richard Petty Collection Digital Cinemagraphs
Three (3) different limited-edition Richard Petty digital cinemagraphs featuring never-before-seen imagery from Richard Petty’s career. 200 of each edition will be available for $43 each. These three editions are:
- Richard Petty | Rising Son
- Richard Petty | Birth of a King
- Richard Petty | A Legacy is Born
Each limited edition will be available for seven (7) days, with the first, second and third editions becoming available on Tuesday, July 26, Tuesday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 9, respectively, beginning at 12:00 PM ET. Any fan who collects all three cinemagraphs will be eligible to receive an additional free, fourth cinemagraph, delivered to their Candy account via airdrop. Details of what this cinemagraph will feature will be revealed at a later date.
The Richard Petty Collection will be minted on the Palm blockchain, an environmentally friendly Ethereum-compatible side-chain with a nearly 0% carbon footprint, and will trade on the Candy Racing secondary marketplace.
Candy Digital and Hall of Fame Digital will continue to work together to bring additional racing legends to life through digital collectibles in the future.
Additional information and updates can be found at www.candy.com/racing.