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RHD Mustang is coming

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ford (America) has changed its mind about the Mustang, and for the first time will offer a factory right hand drive in 2015. Other RHD older Mustangs were changed over…

Personal gyroscopes

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
With the advent of the Segway a few years ago, personal mobility took on a new technology and direction. Now comes another using similar ‘balancing’ technology, called the AirWheel.

What did we learn from the Spa GP?

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned (if we didn’t know already) Lewis Hamilton is not a team player. The collision with his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg was avoidable, the damage to his…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that in the early T-Model Fords there were three foot pedals. I asked which one was the accelerator? A trick question, I’m afraid. None of the…

Spa this weekend

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
After the mid-year break, the F1 circus starts again, with this weekend’s race at Spa in Belgium.  F1 returns to one of the best tracks on the calendar - Spa…

BMW goes FWD

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
After being a staunch RWD manufacturer, BMW has swapped ends, with the new 2 Series being the first of over 20 vehicles featuring Front Wheel Drive (FWD).  These will include…

Toyota joins the Hydrogen club

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) has come to the surface, with Toyota saying that their FCV will be on sale during 2015. The Toyota FCV Concept is a pioneer…

The “Goodwood Revival” at the Bira Circuit

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Goodwood Revival began in 1998 and has become a huge event in the UK, with all types of older vehicles on display, with many also competing.  Spectators wear clothes…
1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): $31.7 million 2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): $31.7m 3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari): $31.7m 4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): $28.8m 5. Jenson Button (McLaren): $23.1m 6. Nico Rosberg…

World’s Fastest Indian - again!

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
If you haven’t watched the movie “The World’s Fastest Indian”, go and get a copy, available on DVD.  It is the story of the singleness of purpose shown by New…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car derived its name from the national manufacturer of war weapons?  The answer was FN, from the Belgian Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre (National Manufacturer…

The most powerful muscle car in the world

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Are you ready for the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat?  A Dodge Challenger with a 6.2 liter V8 producing 527 kW and 881 Nm of torque. Unfortunately Chrysler does not build…
Volvo has certainly turned the corner.  Global sales of 36,438 cars, up 8.3 percent versus July last year, China sales up 47,8 percent and this is Volvo Cars’ thirteenth consecutive…

Lagonda panders to the Pimps at the Pumps

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Aston Martin has decided to resurrect the 100 year-old Lagonda name with a luxury car that will take the pride of place at the top of the luxury car-maker’s order…

Driverless cars getting closer

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Question for the locals: When a driverless car has an accident in Thailand, does the passenger flee the scene? In the UK, the green light has been given for driverless…
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