Sean Edwards Interview


We didn’t prepare this but its ended up being a Sean Edwards week here at oneighturbo! At 26 years of age, Englishman, Sean Edwards is having an extensive effect on American motorsport fans. He has quickly become a front-runner in both Grand-Am and ALMS racing and his name is synonymous with Porsche Supercup and Carrera Cup Championships. Last year, Edwards was even able to play a part in Ron Howard’s movie Rush where he represented his daddy. Edwards is coming off an awesome Supercup win last weekend and heading into the “Green Hell” for this weekends Nurburgring 24 Hour.

Thank you for accepting sit down and chat with us for a bit. Let’s begin by getting our readers up to speed with a little bit of your background.

Your dad, Guy Edwards, had eleven Formula1 starts and I believe 9 24 Hours of LeMans starts in everything from 935’s to 956’s and 962’s. It would be a safe bet that your dad’s love for Motorsport helped to peak your interest in supporting the wheel. Did his association with Porsche have anything to do with your love for the brand and can you keep in mind the very first Porsche you saw that might have affected your love for these amazing vehicles?

The Mindset

Yes I always grew up around motorsport so it remained in my blood. He stopped racing at Le Mans a year before I was born so the association with Porsche didn’t originated from there. It was really by off-chance that a motorist coach of mine Steve Warburton had a Porsche 996 GT3 and wished to race it, so we paired up and won the race, I then did FIA GT3 the year after and won it. The rest is history as they say!

You began in the sport with some really excellent results in the French and Italian Karting Championships. Did you ever consider going down the open wheel course with Formula1 as the supreme objective?

— Yes I began with FFord and F Renault, however I didn’t have adequate sponsorship to make the next step to F3, so I made the decision with my papa to change to GT’s in 2005 to see if I might earn a living there, after taking a year out to complete my college examinations.

At what age did you first recognize that Sports Cars and Stamina Racing were the paths that you wished to take? We are likewise curious when you first understood that racing might be more than simply a pastime for you. Existed a specific minute that you can remember thinking, “This is going to be my life.” And if there was can you describe the feeling?

— At 18 we chose to change paths. Because I was 4 years of ages it’s all I ever wished to do, I had nothing else on my mind and would do anything to achieve it. I are among the lucky few that have actually succeeded to end up being a completely paid professional motorist and I remind myself of that all the time, it’s a great job! It was an excellent feeling when I got my very first salary, all those years of hard work had actually lastly paid off, it was in 2008.

sean-edwardsAvoiding forward in time to 2005, we saw your debut in the British GT Champion with a pole, Quickest Lap and Win in the Silverstone 2 Hour British GT occasion. You were driving a 996 GT3 Cup automobile in that event. You checked a Porsche at Silverstone previously that season. Was it the exact same car you won that event with and was this the car that sparked your relationship with Porsche?

Taking it home

Actually no, there is a funny story. Stephen’s automobile had an engine restore but in fact exploded when he started it the day prior to the race weekend began. But we had a contract to do the race and he took out every favor in the book to protect an automobile from Motorbase for the weekend, I am very happy he did as it was the start of an excellent relationship with Porsche.

Porsche Spyder


The 918 Spyder symbolizes the essence of the Porsche concept: it combines pedigree electric motor racing modern technology with outstanding everyday energy, as well as optimum efficiency with minimum usage. The task faced by the growth team was to produce the incredibly cars for the next years with a very efficient and effective crossbreed drive. Establishing the auto from the ground up, properly beginning with a sheet of white paper, enabled the team to come up with a no-compromise idea. The whole auto was developed around the hybrid drive. The 918 Spyder for that reason demonstrates the capacity of the crossbreed drive to a degree never ever seen prior to: the identical improvement of both efficiency as well as performance without one going to the expense of the various other. This is the idea that has made the Porsche 911 the most effective cars worldwide for 50 years. Basically, the 918 Spyder will certainly serve as the gene pool for the Porsche cars of the future.The 918 Spyder discloses its close connect to motorsport in a variety of ways. It has actually been developed, created and generated by Porsche designers that construct race cars and trucks, in cooperation with series manufacturing experts. A great deal of insight obtained from the advancement of Porsche race automobiles for the 1 Day race in Le Mans in 2014 is therefore incorporated right into the 918 Spyder– and also vice versa. The architectural concept of the 918 Spyder with a rolling framework as its basis– a fundamental vehicle that can be driven also without a body– is race vehicle custom at Porsche. The principle of the V8 engine originates from the LMP2 RS Spyder race automobile. The load-bearing structures, the monocoque and subframe, are made from carbon fibre strengthened polymer. Porsche has years of experience with this high-strength, lightweight construction post and has actually once again attained leading outcomes with the advancement of the series manufacturing 918 Spyder. Lots of parts of the super cars originated from suppliers who have a tried and tested document as vendors for motorsport vehicles.

Hybrid drive

spyderAn essential message of the 918 Spyder is that the hybrid drive from Porsche is a plus for no-compromise driving characteristics. Drivers can experience this thanks to the one-of-a-kind all-wheeldrive idea with a mix of burning engine and electric motor on the back axle and also the 2nd electrical motor on the front axle. It is based on expertise acquired by Porsche throughout electric motor races with the effective 911 GT3 R Crossbreed. Because of the extra, independently controlled front drive, brand-new driving techniques for exceptionally high, safe cornering rates can be applied, especially for bends. In addition, the advanced “boost” approach takes care of the power of the electric drive so smartly that, for each sprint with maximum velocity, the full power of the 918 Spyder can be tapped into by just pushing the accelerator down totally. Basically, the 918 Spyder permits also vehicle drivers without motorsport training to experience the potential of advanced longitudinal as well as transverse dynamics.


The Porsche 918 Spyder additionally has the potential to damage several records. The current lap time for the North Loophole of the Nurburgring is 7:14 mins. This moment was achieved in the visibility of global reporters throughout test drives in September 2012– greater than a year prior to start of production. The 918 Spyder prototype was consequently roughly 20 seconds quicker compared to the Porsche Carrera GT. More examination drives on the Nurburgring North Loophole will adhere to. A a lot more essential variable is that the 918 Spyder surpasses previous versions as well as rivals by far in its efficiency as well. As a plug-in crossbreed car, it methodically incorporates the dynamic performance of an auto racing maker with over 880 hp as well as low NEDC fuel usage, which at concerning three litres gas per 100 km is better compared to that of most tiny vehicles today. To sum it up: optimum driving enjoyable with very little gas consumption.

Fornza Motorsport

The Best Cars

The highest-rated auto racing franchise of the past 10 years will define the brand-new generation of video gaming. As revealed during today’s Xbox: A New Generation Exposed event, Xbox One is coming and also Forza Motorsport 5 is blazing a trail. Developed from the ground up to benefit from Xbox One and also the limitless power of the cloud, no video game much better provides the feeling of lagging the wheel. “Forza Motorsport 5 ″ sets a brand-new bar for competing video games as well as will certainly be readily available exclusively for Xbox One at launch with celebrities.fornza-motorsport

Anticipate more details on Forza Motorsport 5 in L.a as part of the 2013 Electronic Amusement Exposition. Until then, take a look at the trailer that debuted throughout the Xbox occasion.

A Comeback

Coming back from an amazing 2 days of screening in Austin, JCR Motorsports goings right into the Circuit of The Americas weekend encouragingly, seeking to develop 2 solid coatings at the world-renowned circuit. Courtney will race the Kenda/RecStuff Audi R8 LMS in 2 50-minute double-header sprint races, May 18th and 19th, alongside a total amount of 19 GT class automobiles have transformed the entire thing.” I am very happy to have the screening we had previously this month,” specified Courtney. “We now had the ability to run a lot of circles in the vehicle and also lastly work with arrangement modifications in addition to getting some necessary seat time. The course is a great deal of enjoyable and also extremely active, which I such as. The facility is outstanding and the team is extremely excited concerning both races turning up this weekend.”

Adding to the expectancy of solid surfaces for the weekend break, Courtney will be joined by family and friends, “It’s amazing to have relatives and also buddies here with us,” stated Courtney. “We intend to place on a strong program for every person and ideally they bring us some all the best.”

The Pirelli World Obstacle races at Circuit of The Americas will be utilizing the two-mile “brief training course” arrangement which routes chauffeurs through the middle of the “S” corners to the back straight.