Max Mosley, founder of the Formula One racing car company March Engineering and ex FIA Pres, has put the brakes on Google. French judges ruled it was naughty for Google to provide links from its search engine to images of Mosley`s titillating sexual encounters.
Google may be a big deal, but they didn?t count on Mosley?s clout, nor his historic abilities. After earning a degree in physics from Oxford University, he was rewarded for continued schooling with a barrister degree. Both degrees have served him well in his auto racing career and most recently in this law suit against the web browser which was argued by his UK lawyers.
Mosley brought his case to court in France, known for fierce privacy laws that hold sway over newspaper reporting in that country. Interestingly, the High Court order applied not only to Google France, but to Google, Incorporated, the parent company, which encompasses their activities world wide. In a seemingly minor slap on the hand, but with implications for future legal proceedings regarding Internet use and privacy issues, the company was ordered to pay a symbolic fine of what amounts to $1.35 USD in damages plus legal fees to Mr. Mosley and to filter the now infamous images for five years.
Max Mosley is accustomed to reporters thrusting microphones at him be it regarding Formula One or sex scandals.
Those images first published in 2008 while Mosley was still President of FIA (Federation Internationale de l?Automobile). They were excerpted from an old video of what Mosley dubbed ?a party? involving him and several paid prostitutes. The now defunct News-Corp-owned News of the World tabloid laid them bare for public scrutiny.
Media titled the apparently sadomasochistic event a Nazi Orgy calling the activities ?German Themed? which Mosley and his female companions deny. The political reference comes from Mosley?s association with fascism through his father?s involvement in the British Union Movement during the war years. Since then, a blemish has affected his public life and colored his latest sexual misadventures.
The press did not indicate when his sexual preference originated, but his interest in racing did not emerge until he was at Oxford. From race car driver, to race team owner, to president of FIA, Mosley has been challenging adversaries in the courts and forcing rule changes in the organization. Early on, he won a contract dispute regarding the aerodynamic design of the March 711 against Frank Costin.
Counteracting the Formula One?s Concorde Agreement, he made changes that were not agreed to by unanimous agreement of the racing teams as was previously dictated. He forced safety changes and formed the Advisory Expert Group charged with researching and improving safety in motor racing.
The Group was to learn how to use technology to improve car and circuit safety, structural design and crash resistance, looking at absorbent foams, airbags, crash helmets, head and lateral impact protection, seat belts and other forms of restraint. They designed a computer program that could simulate accidents. Their "Mathematical Dynamic Model" simulated a variety of crashes using different parameters.
They instituted changes such as reducing the capacity and power of engines and using grooved tires to reduce cornering speeds. They developed a new HANS (head and neck support) device to protect drivers’ necks in accidents. As President of FIA, Mosley was proud that Formula One promoted EuroNCAP?s (European New Car Assessment Programme) testing of cars.
He encouraged regulations that ensure cars close to each other remain aerodynamically efficient.
The original CVT based Formula One KERS ? Kinetic Energy Recovery System
With a tip of the hat to environmental concerns, in an attempt to provide bursts of energy hoping to make racing more exciting, Formula One saw a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) put in place which resulted in mixed reviews.
Mosley wishes that changes initiated by racing research were not only Formula One specific technologies, but are also were road relevant. The technology and experience developed by Formula One racing frequently trickles down to street worthy production cars. However, Formula One?s four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel drives a Renault-engine-powered car that has nothing in common with production engines, but other teams are fulfilling Mosley?s dream.
Formula One produces excitement beyond that involving Ex FIA President Mosley?s Google Law Suit
Ferrari is a good example of trickle down, with its new the hybrid system in the 2014 LaFerrari, the company?s fastest ever road car. Formula One hopes the new hybrid drive trains will boost mass market hybrid technology.