Auto Mania

Tesla’s Electrorocket

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Tesla Motors has unveiled an all-wheel-drive (AWD) version of its Model S sedan, returning staggering performance from the all-electric drive train. The Model S is a rear-wheel-drive car, which has…

Wottle she do?

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Anyone who drives any sort of performance car will have been asked “Wottle she do, Mister?” Welcome to the Texas Mile. The Texas mile has been held each March and…

University of New South Wales sets a solar electric record

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Students from the University of New South Wales have designed and built a solar powered electric vehicle which recently set a new world speed record for vehicles of its type.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s five year plan

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Sergio Marchionne’s current five year plan finishes in 2018 and Marchionne states that he will not be standing for the CEO position after that. “I will not do the next…

Biking at Bira

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Some good news from Graham at High Side Tours (HST). On Mon 3rd and Tue 4th November 2014 they have exclusive use of Bira Circuit. They have 1 ER6N still…

Marchionne takes another set of reins

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Fiat Chrysler CEO and now new Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne vows the Italian team will fight back under his leadership following on from the departure of Luca di Montezemolo. With…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that the Mazda MX5 and the Mitsubishi 3000 GT both were released in Japan, but they had a modification in common during their production run. I…

Rolls-Royce unveils its “city slicker”

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Rolls-Royce must be getting desperate for the Names Department to come up with “Phantom Metropolitan” as the name for the 2015 models. The last time “Metropolitan” was used was on…

Two wheels, 500 cc and no brakes!

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
We have all had many ambitions in our lives. How many of us wanted to be firemen and ride in a big red fire truck, when we were small children?…

What did we learn from the Russian GP?

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned that the new track at Sochi is very smooth, is kind on tyres, and is a typical Tilke track which does not encourage passing. It was compared…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday October 17 - October 23, 2014

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what did the original FIAT 500 have in common with the 1961 Lincoln Continental? This was simple - they both had ‘suicide’ doors. So to this…

New Russian GP this weekend (Pycckaya Fopmyla 1)

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
The newest F1 race on the 2014 calendar is the inaugural GP on the Sochi Autodrom (hence my impeccable Russian at the start of this article). A 5.853 km lap…

Honda goes +R

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
Revealed at the Paris Motor Show was the Honda Civic Type R, saying that this new car will usher in a new performance era for the brand. The 2016 Civic…

Thailand’s Buriram gets F1 license

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
In an amazing turnaround, the new circuit at Buriram (now called the Chang International Circuit) has been awarded a top grade by the FIA. I have seen the license certificate…

Cars and bikes - which is faster?

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
The recent comparison between cars and bikes around a circuit involved the latest Subaru WRX STI which had been driven around the famous Isle Of Man (IOM) course of almost…
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