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Malaysian GP this weekend

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
Sepang is the host for the second round of the 2015 F1 calendar. Will we have a repeat of the awful Australian Grand Prix, or will this be another year…

Fuel cells is the way to go, says Lexus

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
Lexus chief backs fuel cells, not hybrid technology, as the propulsion of the future. The head of Lexus’s international division has taken a shot at plug-in hybrids as the company’s…

More madness

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
Koenigsegg Regera tops 1119 kW and 2000 Nm and accelerates to 400 km/h in 20sec. The new Regera hybrid hypercar boasts a combined petrol-electric output of more than 1119 kW…

Tesla introduce the ‘Buy Back’ program

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
Tesla has introduced a finance plan for its Model S luxury sedan, which guarantees the resale value of its high-performance electric vehicles after three years. The American car-maker is offering…

Autotrivia

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I noted that there was a very simple device stopping vehicles from running backwards, seen in vintage cars. The same principle is used today in automatic gearboxes. What…

124 Spider from Maziat (or perhaps Fizda?)

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
The long awaited sports car from Alfa Romeo, built on the Mazda MX-5 platform, has gone through another name change. Now FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed that the new…

Technology or styling the way forward

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
In 1993, energy technologist Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute suggested that major automakers could use existing materials and technologies to produce an ultra-lightweight, highly fuel-efficient vehicle. The ‘supercar’…

More rubbish from the FIA

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) is re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic yet again. This time bringing in legislation that the drivers cannot change their helmet design during the…

When are the GP’s being telecast?

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
Unsure of the telecast time? Here is the Formula 1 Calendar 2015, with local Thai time, to make it easy for you to arrange your Sundays. Mar-29 Malaysia Grand Prix…

Autotrivia

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I noted that Daimler (1946) and Packard (1948) had something in common. What was it? Daimler was the first to use them, and Packard was the first large-scale…

What did we learn from the Australian Grand Prix?

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, in the days before the race weekend we found we had the incredible situation in the Sauber garage with three drivers and two seats playing musical chairs. By Friday…

F1 season kicks off this weekend

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
The first race of the season begins in Melbourne Australia this weekend. Only now will we see just how good or otherwise the teams really are. McLaren have had a…

No longer a hairdresser’s car!

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Audi’s new second-generation R8 supercar has received an online unveiling ahead of the car’s official debut at the Geneva motor show next month. The new model is lighter, faster and…

Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
It’s that time of year again, when Bangkok is in the spotlight with our own International Motor Show. This motor show is the one accredited by the Organisation Internationale des…

GM to restructure in Thailand, seeks worker separations

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
General Motors intends to restructure in Thailand, as it will phase out production and sales of the Chevrolet Sonic vehicle and sales of the Chevrolet Spin and will launch a…
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