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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Hybrid "Formula One" car: Chinese Whispers

So two Italian companies - who (as far as I can tell from their websites) have no involvement in Formula One - propose to... well, let's see what they actually say:
N.Technology S.p.a. and Tatuus s.r.l. have signed a deal for producing the new single-seater Formula car [...] fitted with an hybrid engine system. From the next 2007 season the Formula N.T07 cars will compete in a new international series within the European rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
Gizmag writes it up, without producing any obvious errors:
Now comes the breaking news from Italy that N.Technology S.p.a. and Tatuus s.r.l. have signed a deal to produce a new single-seater Formula car.
Now Jalopnik writes up Gizmag's post:
Motorsports Firms to Build Hybrid F1 Car
And we have our first mention of Formula One. Note they're only saying an F1-style car will be built, not that it will race in F1 anytime soon, and confirm this is what they mean later in the post:
Could a new "green" series be in the offing, or will Moseley get his F1 wish? Stay jacked into the eco-matrix for updates.
Finally, the idiots at Gizmodo get their hands on it. They miss the nuance in the Jalopnik article, don't bother checking the Gizmag article, certainly don't look up N Technology's website, and come up with this:
Hybrids Bound for Formula One
Which is completely not what anyone else has said so far. They go on:
Two big players who build such Formula One dream machines, N.Technology S.p.a. and Tatuus s.r.l
No they aren't. N mainly do Touring cars, Tatuus do Formula Renault. And again, no one else in the chain has said this. Gizmodo don't stop there - they try to draw a conclusion from the stuff they've just plain made up:
The fact that hybrid engine technology is even being considered by world-class Formula One designers serves as an ad hoc endorsement for the idea
So Gizmodo are incapable of reposting something from their own sister site without screwing up. Round of applause.

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