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British GP this weekend

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
The British Grand Prix will be held this weekend at the ancestral home of F1, with the first ever F1 GP held there in 1950 (and won by Dr Farina…

Quality? Try a Kia

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
Kia has climbed to second spot in the quality rankings, just behind luxury brand Porsche. The quality of cars and trucks made by European, Korean and US companies has improved…

BMW wins Engine of the Year award

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ford Motor Company has won the International Engine of the Year award for the last three years from Engine Technology International with its 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine, but this year,…

Physics be damned

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
I was taught that everything on this earth could be explained by using simple physics. I was given tommy twaddle. A couple of weeks ago we looked at Lucas fuel…

The first SUV I have ever wanted

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
MB GLE.

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned the Ford GT 40. I noted that the GT 40 show car of 2002 was legal, but GT 40s built subsequently would have been illegal. I…

Ford to challenge Le Mans again?

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Le Mans has just been run and won by Porsche, taking the glory away from Audi. However, in 2016, Ford has indicated they will enter the new Ford GT in…

Thai-built Chinese van for RHD countries

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) and the Thai CP group is gearing up to build the LDV G 10 van range. The vehicle will be built in Thailand for RHD…

PSA Peugeot Citroen ditches suspension hydraulics

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
After 60 years, Citroën’s legendary hydraulic suspension with the magic green spheres that were first seen on the iconic DS in 1955 is being phased out. The final model to…

What did we learn from the Austrian GP?

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned that Formula 1 is getting to the stage of being Farce 1. How can teams continue with rules that can give one team 45 grid positions of…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car was based on an ugly duckling production sedan, built by Jensen and finished by BMC? It was the Austin Healey 100 BN1 based on…

Austrian GP this weekend (at a sensible hour)

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Austrian Grand Prix returns to Austria and the Red Bull Ring. The circuit has had a revamp from Red Bull and Red Bull Racing will naturally be hoping they…

Anti-roll technology for busses

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
In 2007, NHTSA said ESC could reduce rollovers by 84 percent, preventing between 5,300 and 9,600 deaths annually and up to 238,000 injuries a year once all vehicles are equipped…

Thailand joins the Speed Camera club

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
You (and I suppose me) will have to be a little bit more careful on the roads as Thailand does have speed cameras. One chap I know was done for…
Called the Bristol Project Pinnacle, the all-new supercar is being created to celebrate the London-based car firm’s seventieth anniversary. On sale this summer, the new car will cost less than…

A Black Art

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
Cars do not obey physical laws. I have always considered car electrics to be a black art. Take the battery, for example, and I am sure you have all experienced…

Toyota is taking control of the world

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
Attended the Automotive Focus Group networking, which was held in the Holiday Inn’s “Workshop” section, and while there I saw positive proof that Toyota is expanding its sphere of influence.…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what had eight wheels with in-wheel electric motors and an inbuilt nuclear heater? Clue: think 1970. It was Lunakhod 1, the first Russian moon rover. So…

Lambo confirms its SUV

Friday, 12 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
After revealing a prototype three years ago, Lamborghini has confirmed the Urus concept will be an SUV with the raging bull on the bonnet by 2018. Expansion of the Sant’Agata…

Oh My Goodness, there’s an Indian SUV as well

Friday, 12 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Mahindra in India is also wanting to jump on the SUV bandwagon, though look for their SUV at the lower end of the marketplace, not the top. They have revamped…
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