2009 24 Hours of Le Mans
The 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 77th Grand Prix of Endurance, an endurance auto race run over 24 hours. It took place at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans and was organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest over 13–14 June 2009 and was started by Fiat and Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo at 15:00 local time. A test day was scheduled for 31 May that year, but was canceled by the ACO due to economic concerns; the race was attended by 234,800 spectators. Peugeot succeeded in winning the race in the third year of the 908 HDi FAP program with drivers David Brabham, Marc Gené, Alexander Wurz driving the No. 9 car for 382 laps. Audi, who had won eight of the last ten Le Mans, finished third in their new R15 TDI. Team Essex gave Porsche their second LMP2 victory in a row, while the American Corvette Racing team earned their first GT1 win since 2006. Risi Competizione Ferrari led the GT2 category for their second straight victory in the class. Events for the 24 Hours of Le Mans began on 8 June with technical inspections, before initial practice began on 10 June.
Due to the cancellation of the May test session, the Wednesday track session has been altered to free practice only, with no qualification times being recorded in the wet session. Qualifying therefore only took place on Thursday, which remained dry. Automatic entry to the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans was granted to teams that had performed well in the previous year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the 2008 seasons of the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship, the Petit Le Mans. New for 2009 was an automatic invitation awarded to the team which accumulated the most points in the Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge, as part of the Le Mans Series; the award was based on fuel economy of competitors during each event. On 20 January 2009, the ACO announced that 15 of the 29 automatic invitations had been accepted by their recipients. Entries with a blue background did not accept their invitations. Prior to the deadline for applications, 82 separate entries by teams representing 17 countries were received by the ACO.
This amount is only six less than the total of applications received for the previous running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The ACO Selection Committee decided on which teams were invited to fill the remaining 40 positions alongside those teams who had received automatic invitations, along with ten reserve entries. On 26 February, the ACO announced their list of 55 entries which will be invited to take part in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. 21 cars within the LMP1 category include Audi and Aston Martin with three cars each, as well as private entries for the Kolles Audis, Pescarolo Peugeot, Speedy-Sebah Aston Martin. This made a total of nine cars which would be using diesel fuel. LMP2 featured previous race winners Team Goh in a previous winning car, the Porsche RS Spyder, joined by last year's runner-up Team Essex. Mazda supplied engines for four entries, split amongst the Pescarolo chassis; the GT1 category was fought amongst three manufacturers, as Corvette Racing and Luc Alphand Aventures attempted to overcome the two private Aston Martin and Lamborghini entries.
GT2 was once again dominated by the Ferrari and Porsche battle, although Ferrari had the power of numbers with its ten entries compared to Porsche's five. Sole entries from Spyker and the Drayson Aston Martin completed the GT2 field. Ten entries are granted a reserve entry, in case an entry from the list of 55 withdraws prior to the event; these ten entries will be allowed to join the race entry list in the order they are listed here, regardless of their class. On 31 March, Gigawave Motorsport withdrew their Aston Martin from the GT1 category of the entry list in order to concentrate on their development of the Nissan GT-R program; this promoted Advanced Engineering/Team Seattle from the reserve list to the entry list. Three days Epsilon Euskadi withdrew their LMP1 entry, replaced by the Endurance China Team. Epsilon Euskadi withdrew their second entry from the reserve list. On 29 April, it was announced that Vitaphone Racing withdrew their LMP2 entry and was replaced by a second IMSA Performance Matmut GT2 entry.
Racing Box announced that they withdrew their LMP2 reserve entry. IPB Spartak Racing announced their withdrawal from the event on 15 May because one of their drivers, Peter Kox, was unable to participate in the race, it was replaced by the Barazi-Epsilon LMP2 entry. On 22 May, reserve entries were no longer able to be accepted into the race, regardless of further withdrawals; the entries of Gerard Welter's WR-Zytek LMP2, Team Felbermayr-Proton's Porsche GT2, Snoras Spyker Squadron's Spyker GT2, Larbre Compétition's Saleen GT1 were the only remaining reserves at the time of the entry list closure. After the cancellation of the test session, Wednesday's schedule was changed from a qualifying session to a six-hour free practice. Track conditions varied as rain arrived several times during the practice, limiting the amount of time available with a dry circuit. Audi led the session with Allan McNish setting a fastest lap of 3:30.708 in the No. 1 car, followed by the No. 2 Audi. The best Peugeot was the No. 9 car, followed by the entered Pescarolo Sport Peugeot.
The fastest LMP1 not running a diesel engine was the second Pescarolo entry with a time of 3:35.868, followed by the No. 008 and No. 007 Aston Martins. The LMP2 category was led by the Porsche RS Spyders, with Team Essex's 3:46.426 ahead of the Navi Team Goh entry. Quifel ASM Team's Ginetta-Zytek was a distant ten seconds behind Team Essex. Corvette Racing were at the front of GT1, with the No
IMSA GT Championship
IMSA GT was a sports car racing series organized by International Motor Sports Association. Races took place in the United States, in Canada; the series was founded in 1969 by John and Peggy Bishop, Bill France, Sr. Racing began in 1971, was aimed at two of FIA's stock car categories, running two classes each; the first race was held at Virginia International Raceway. For the following year, John Bishop brought in sponsor R. J. Reynolds, in 1975 introduced a new category: All American Grand Touring. In 1977, the series went through a series of major changes. IMSA permitted turbocharged cars to compete for the first time, as well as introducing a new category: GTX, based on Group 5 rules. In 1981, after Bishop decided to not follow FIA's newly introduced Group C rules, he introduced the GTP class for sports prototypes. In 1989, Bishop sold off his organization. After a period of decline in the early 1990s, the sports car category was introduced in 1993 to replace the GTP category in 1994. After a period of multiple ownerships, the organization was renamed Professional Sports Car Racing.
In 1999, PSCR decided to drop their own championship series in order to sanction a new series: the American Le Mans Series. Despite having various official names, the GT series was known as the "IMSA series", as it had been the organization's dominant series; the 1971 season was the first racing season, lasted six races. The early years of the series featured GT cars, similar to the European Group 2 and Group 4 classes, divided into four groups: GTO - Grand touring-type cars with engines of 2.5L displacement or more, the letter O meaning "over 2.5L". The GTO class was dominated by Corvettes by Shelby Mustangs, various factory teams consisting of Cougars, 280zxs, Celicas and 300ZXs. GTU - Grand touring-type cars with engines of 2.5L displacement or less, the letter U meaning "under 2.5L". The GTU group was dominated by Porsche 914-6 GTs, SA22 Mazda RX-7s through the end of the 1980s. TO - Touring-type cars, such as the Chevrolet Camaro with engines of 2.5L or more displacement TU - Touring-type cars with engines of 2.5L or less displacementIn essence, these groups had been absorbed from the Trans Am Series.
Trans Am would become a support series for IMSA GT. The first champions were Peter H. Gregg and Hurley Haywood, in a Porsche 914-6 GTU. Common winners in these early years of IMSA were the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, the Chevrolet Corvette. Camel became the title sponsor during the second season, with the series becoming known as the Camel GT Challenge Series; the sponsor's corporate decal had to be displayed and visible on the left and right sides of all racecars, Camel's corporate logo patch was required to be on the Nomex driver suit's breast area, featuring Joe Camel smiling and smoking a cigarette while driving a race car. All cars were identified with a category tag, stating which category they competed in, but from the middle of the 1975 season on, all cars within the series had to have a rectangular IMSA GT decal, which incorporated its logo on the left, followed by a large GT tag, as well as a Joe Camel decal. Starting fields of 30 or more competitors were not unusual during this era. One of the premiere race events was the Paul Revere 250, which started at midnight of the Fourth of July.
The race was conducted at night. In 1975 a new category, All American Grand Touring, was introduced to counteract the Porsche dominance in GTO. In 1981, the Bob Sharp Racing team used a loophole in the rules to build a Datsun 280ZX inside the U. S. with a V8 engine from a Nissan President. The car was not a success, it became obsolete when the new GTP category was created. TU would be phased out in 1976. Turbochargers were not permitted until the middle of the 1977 season, they were allowed following protests by Porsche's motorsport department, after inspecting Al Holbert's AAGT winning Chevrolet Monza, which had won two titles. Prior to 1977, Porsche privateers struggled with obsolete 911 Carrera RSRs against the AAGT cars. Engine sizes were determined by IMSA officials, who had devised a set of rules to determine fair competition, using a displacement versus minimum weight formula. Turbochargers were taken into account as well as rotary power, fuel injection, many other engine features; as a result, the new premier class known as GTX, brought on the absolute dominance of the Porsche 935.
The 935 became the most successful car in the series. The most successful driver of the 1970s was Peter Gregg, who won championships in 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979. Twin turbos were outlawed at the end of the 1982 season after John Paul Sr. and John Paul Jr. dominated in a modified 935. In 1984, all GT cars were required to display a large square decal to identify which category the car competed in. A GTU car, for instance, would have a black U on white, a GTO car, a white O on black. All others had standard IMSA GT decals. One significant change to the rules during the 1980s was the 2.5 liter limit being increased to 3.0 liters, with the maximum 6.0 liter limit still in place. 3.0 L cars were required to weigh 1,900 lb. In an effort to equalize the competition, two-valve turbocharged cars were required to weigh 15% more, four-valve turbocharged cars 20% more. Electronic fuel injection became common. Steering, braking and suspension were left up to t
American Le Mans Series
The American Le Mans Series was a sports car racing series based in the United States and Canada. It consisted of a series of endurance and sprint races, was created in the spirit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans; the American Le Mans' headquarters was in Braselton, adjacent to Road Atlanta. In 2014, the series merged with the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series to form the United SportsCar Championship; the series was created by Braselton, Georgia-based businessman Don Panoz and ran its first season in 1999. Panoz created a partnership with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to begin a 10-hour race in the spirit of Le Mans, dubbed the Petit Le Mans; the inaugural Petit Le Mans took place in 1998 as a part of the Professional SportsCar Racing series, in which Panoz was an investor. For 1999, the series changed its name to the American Le Mans Series, adopted the ACO's rulebook; the partnership with the ACO allowed ALMS teams to earn automatic entries in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
This was a practice that began with the inaugural Petit Le Mans, a practice that continues today, where 1st and 2nd place teams in each class earn entries to the next year's 24 Hours. The ALMS race at Adelaide in 2000 received automatic entries. Invitations were extended to the series champions beginning for the 2004 race; the ACO has always given high consideration to teams competing in ALMS races, many ALMS teams have seen success in the 24 Hours. The series began with eight races in 1999, beginning with the 12 Hours of Sebring, ending at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; the schedule expanded to 12 races in 2000, including two races in Europe, one in Australia. In subsequent years, the European races disappeared, with the creation of the short-lived European Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series; the series began to move away from the rovals, road courses in the infield of large superspeedways, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Texas Motor Speedway. In its years, the series visited more temporary street courses, many in conjunction with the Indy Racing League, at cities such as St. Petersburg and Long Beach, California.
The series raced at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta and Sebring in every year of its existence. From 2011 until the series folded, ALMS competed on a street circuit through the Inner Harbor coinciding with the Grand Prix of Baltimore, Maryland over the US Labor Day weekend; the series was the first motorsport racing series in North America to be recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Energy and the Society of Automotive Engineers as a "Green Racing Series", held an all-new series implemented on series races dedicated to the environment by holding their first-ever Green Challenge during the 2008 Petit Le Mans and would continue this at least up to the entire 2009 season. In 2010 the American Le Mans Series signed its first title sponsorship agreement, with Tequila Patrón becoming a presenting sponsor for three seasons. On September 5, 2012, the series announced that they would merge in 2014 with Grand-Am Road Racing under the banner of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, with the International Motor Sports Association.
The American Le Mans Series used the same rules as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, there were three primary classes, though there were two extra "Challenge classes" using standardized cars. Purpose-built race cars with closed fenders competed in the Prototype classes P1, P2, PC and modified production sports cars competed in the Grand Touring classes GT along with GT-Challenge or GTC; the former GT1 category was abandoned after 2009 season. In 2012, the "Le Mans" was dropped from the names of the prototype categories; each car is driven by multiple drivers, all cars compete together simultaneously. P1 contains factory teams while P2 contains privateer teams. In ACO-sanctioned racing all of the drivers are professional in GTE-PRO, while in GTE-Am, 1 or 2 amateurs are allowed to race with a professional driver in support. However, since ALMS uses only one GTE category and combines the PRO/AM classes, there are no limitations for drivers; the two "Challenge" classes were formula-based, were designed for privateers or rookies to have an easier time entering the series.
The Challenge classes used the Oreca FLM09 and the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, though there were reports that the ACO would open the Challenge class to other manufacturers in 2013 or later. The team points champions and runners-up in each class at the end of the season received an automatic invitation to the next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. In January 2008, the American Le Mans Series announced it would hold its first "Green Challenge" competition during Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October, ahead of the Challenge being implemented at all ALMS races during the 2009 season. In conjunction with the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada and SAE International, the Series unveiled the Green Challenge's rules and regulations. Two class leading vehicles ran low CO2 or green engines during the 2008 season – the GT1 Chevrolet Corvette C6. R with an E85 cellulosic ethanol powered 7.0 litre V8 and the LMP1 Audi R10 TDI with a 5.5 litre turbodiesel V12. The Michelin Green X Challenge awards invitations to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the 1st and 2nd-place winners in the Prototype and GT categories for the entire season.
The Challenge measures "Green", "Speed", "Efficiency" (based on fuel-econ
The Ferrari F430 is a sports car produced by the Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari from 2004 to 2009 as a successor to the Ferrari 360. The car is an update to the 360 with notable performance changes, it was unveiled at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. The F430 was succeeded by the 458, unveiled on 28 July 2009. Designed by Pininfarina, under the guidance of Frank Stephenson, the body styling of the F430 was revised from its predecessor, the Ferrari 360, to improve its aerodynamic efficiency. Although the drag coefficient remained the same, downforce was enhanced. Despite sharing the same basic Alcoa Aluminium chassis, roof line and glass, the car looked different from the 360. A great extent of Ferrari heritage was included in the exterior design. At the rear, the Enzo's tail lights and engine cover vents were added; the car's name was etched on the Testarossa-styled driver's side mirror. The large oval openings in the front bumper are reminiscent of Ferrari racing models from the 60s the 156 "sharknose" Formula One car and 250 TR61 Le Mans cars of Phil Hill.
The F430 features a 4,308 cc V8 petrol engine of the "Ferrari-Maserati" F136 family. This new power plant was a significant departure for Ferrari, as all previous Ferrari V8's were descendants of the Dino racing program of the 1950s; this fifty-year development cycle came to an end with the new 4.3L engine used in the F430, the architecture of, expected to replace the Dino-derived V12 in most other Ferrari cars. The engine's output specifications are: 490 PS, at 8,500 rpm and 465 N⋅m of torque at 5,250 rpm, 80% of, available below 3,500 rpm. Despite a 20% increase in displacement, engine weight grew by only 4 kg along with a decrease in diameter for easier packaging; the connecting rods and crankshaft were all new, while the 4-valve cylinder head and intake trumpets were directly retained from Formula 1 engines, for ideal volumetric efficiency. The F430 has a top speed in excess of 196 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, 0.6 seconds quicker than the old model. The brakes on the F430 were developed in close cooperation with Brembo and Bosch, resulting in a new cast-iron alloy for the discs.
The new alloy includes molybdenum. The F430 was available with the optional Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide ceramic composite brake package. Ferrari claims the carbon ceramic brakes will not fade after 300-360 laps at their test track; the F430 featured the E-Diff, a computer-controlled limited slip active differential which can vary the distribution of torque based on inputs such as steering angle and lateral acceleration. Other notable features include the first application of Ferrari's manettino steering wheel-mounted control knob. Drivers can select from five different settings which modify the vehicle's ESC system, "Skyhook" electronic suspension, transmission behavior, throttle response, E-Diff; the feature is similar to Land Rover's "Terrain Response" system. The Ferrari F430 was available with exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3 EMT tires, which have a V-shaped tread design, run-flat capability, OneTRED technology. In the US, the company requested an exemption from the airbag design requirements, granted, allowing the car to continue to be sold in the US.
The MSRP for a Ferrari F430 was $186,925 to $217,318 in the United States, £119,500 in the United Kingdom €175,000 in the European Union, $379,000 for the base model to $450,000 for the Spider in Australia and New Zealand. The F430 Spider is the convertible version based on the coupé, it was unveiled at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. The car was designed by Pininfarina with aerodynamic simulation programs used for Formula 1 cars; the conversion from a closed top to an open-air convertible is a two-stage folding-action, the roof panel automatically folds away inside a space above the engine bay. The interior and performance of the Spider is identical to that of the coupé with increase in the weight and decrease in the top speed by 3 mph; the F430 Challenge is the track version of the F430, designed for the Ferrari Challenge. The engine remained untouched but the vehicle's weight was reduced, resulting in a top speed of 202 mph; the production model was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January, 2005.
Serving as the successor to the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia was unveiled by Michael Schumacher at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. Aimed to compete with cars like the Porsche RS-models and the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, it is lighter and more powerful than the standard F430. Increased power comes from a revised intake, an ion-sensing knock-detection system that allows for a higher compression ratio] in the engine, thus the weight-to-power ratio is reduced from 2.96 kg/hp to 2.5 kg/hp. In addition to the weight saving measures, the Scuderia semi-automatic transmission gained improved "Superfast", known as "Superfast2", software for faster 60 millisecond shift times. A new traction control system combined the F1-Trac traction from the 599 GTB and stability control with the E-Diff electronic differential; the Ferrari 430 Scuderia accelerates with a top speed of 198 mph. Although the 430 Scuderia was not available with a manual transmission, a Texas based t
A sports prototype, sometimes referred to as a prototype, is a type of race car, used in the highest level categories of sports car racing. These purpose-built racing cars, unlike street-legal and production-based racing cars, are not intended for consumer purchase or production beyond that required to compete and win races. Prototype racing cars have competed in sports car racing since before World War II, but became the top echelon of sports cars in the 1960s as they began to replace homologated sports cars. Current ACO regulations allow most sports car series to use two forms of cars: grand tourers, based on street cars, prototypes, which are allowed a great amount of flexibility within set rule parameters. In historic racing, they are called "sports racing cars". Sometimes, they are incorrectly referred to as "Le Mans cars", whether they are competing in the Le Mans race or not. Since the 1960s, various championships have allowed prototypes to compete. However, most championships have had their own set of rules for their prototype classes.
Listed here are some of the more known types of prototypes. Group 7 Group 6 Group C Grand Touring Prototype Le Mans Prototype Le Mans Prototype Challenge Daytona Prototype Group CN Sports 2000
Patrick Friesacher is an Austrian racing driver who drove for the Minardi Formula One team during the first half of the 2005 season. Friesacher began Kart racing at the age of 10 in 1990 and became the first Red Bull junior driver in 1994. In 1998, he moved to the French Formula Campus series. In 1999, Friesacher advanced to the French Formula 3'B' class, before moving to the German Formula 3 series in 2000. In 2001, Friesacher jumped to Formula 3000, where he scored three top-six finishes for the Red Bull Junior team, he stayed with Red Bull throughout the next two years, winning a race at the Hungaroring in 2003 after recovering from a broken arm sustained during a race earlier in the season. That year, he joined the Super Nova squad. At the end of 2004, Friesacher was dropped from the Red Bull Junior Team. In November 2004, Friesacher tested for Minardi at the Misano circuit in Italy, impressing team principal Paul Stoddart. On 14 February 2005, he signed a one-year deal to race alongside Christijan Albers, another former Formula 3000 driver and F1 rookie.
ITV's Martin Brundle noted during his debut race that he felt Friesacher had never looked like a potential F1 driver. In the 2005 United States Grand Prix he picked up three Formula One Championship points despite finishing last. On 19 July 2005, it was announced that Friesacher had been dropped from the Minardi team due to the failure of his personal sponsors to pay Minardi the amounts agreed at the start of the season, he was replaced in the lineup by Robert Doornbos. In 2006, Friesacher joined the A1 Grand Prix of nations racing for his home country, Austria for the Mexican Grand Prix, clinching 18th in his first A1GP qualifying session, he went on to finish tenth and ninth, scoring a total of three points for the team. He has been a test driver of the new A1 GP chassis scheduled for introduction in the 2008–09 season. During a test session at the Magny-Cours circuit in August 2008, a suspension failure caused the car to crash. Friesacher sustained three crushed vertebrae in the accident. In early 2008, American Le Mans Series team Risi Competizione announced that Friesacher had been hired to co-drive the team's second Ferrari F430 racing car.
Partnered with the young Harrison Brix, Friesacher made his series debut at the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg, a sprint event held on a street-course in Saint Petersburg, Florida, he missed part of the season due to his back injury sustained in A1 GP testing. Official website for Patrick Friesacher Patrick Friesacher profile and statistics F1 Rejects profile
A car dealership or vehicle local distribution is a business that sells new or used cars at the retail level, based on a dealership contract with an automaker or its sales subsidiary. It employs automobile salespeople to sell their automotive vehicles, it may provide maintenance services for cars, employ automotive technicians to stock and sell spare automobile parts and process warranty claims. The early cars were sold by automakers to customers directly, or through a variety of channels that included mail order, department stores, traveling representatives; the first dealership in the United States was established in 1898 by William E. Metzger. Direct sales by an automaker to consumers are now limited by most states in the U. S. through franchise laws that require new cars be sold only by licensed and bonded, independently owned dealerships. Car dealerships are franchised to sell and service vehicles by specific companies, they are located on properties offering enough room to have buildings housing a showroom, mechanical service, body repair facilities, as well as to provide storage for used and new vehicles.
Many dealerships are located out on the edge of town centers. An example of a traditional single proprietorship car dealership is Collier Motors in North Carolina. Many modern dealerships are now part of corporate-owned chains such as AutoNation with over 300 franchises. Dealership profits in the US come from servicing, some from used cars, little from new cars. Most automotive manufacturers have shifted the focus of their franchised retailers to branding and technology. New or refurbished facilities are required to have a standard look for its dealerships and have product experts to liaise with customers. Audi has experimented with a hi-tech showroom that allows customers to configure and experience cars on 1:1 scale digital screens. In markets where it is permitted, Mercedes-Benz opened city centre brand stores. Tesla Motors has rejected the dealership sales model based on the idea that dealerships do not properly explain the advantages of their cars, they cannot rely on third party dealerships to handle their sales.
However, in the United States, direct manufacturer auto sales are prohibited in every state by franchise laws requiring that new cars be sold only by dealers. In response, Tesla has opened city centre galleries where prospective customers can view cars that can only be ordered online; these stores were inspired by the Apple Stores. Tesla's model was the first of its kind, has given them unique advantages as a new car company. Multibrand and multimaker car dealers sell cars from independent carmakers; some are specialized in electric vehicles. Auto transport is used to move vehicles from the factory to the dealerships; this includes domestic shipping. It was a commercial activity conducted by manufacturers and brokers. Internet use has encouraged this niche service to reach the general consumer marketplace. Auto auction Auto row Automaker List of auto dealership and repair shop buildings Showroom Used car AutoBidsOnline Carfax Kelley Blue Book Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations of India National Automobile Dealers Association Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry Genat, Robert.
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