Auto Mania

Hungarian GP this weekend

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
As a racing venue, Hungary has a long history, with its first GP run in 1906, and regular events in Budapest since 1926. Built with state backing, and laid out…

Chinese auto market in trouble?

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Chinese auto market has hit a downturn, and the decrease in sales is affecting the growth of the industry in China. Where once new dealerships were springing up everywhere,…

Want to buy a slice of Ferrari?

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ferrari SpA, the legendary supercar maker is being spun off by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, which is close to filing for an initial public offering (IPO), Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive…

KERS – Is it really free power?

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
The term “KERS” is bandied around a lot these days, but most people do not really understand what it is. KERS stands for Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems, and although it…

Found! One old race car!

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
The other afternoon I made an incredible discovery through Facebook. Many years ago (1980 to be precise) a friend John English and I built two Mk 1 Ford Escort racing…

Bike vs car on a European highway

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
Incredible footage from an Audi R8 Vs Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R Vs Suzuki GSXR1000, but it is so breathtaking, forget about the madness and turn the volume up. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Y2HKBQMQmbw#t=116>

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car was this? It was built in the UK between 1945 and 1955. The series had models that were designated as A, B, C, D,…

What happened to the German GP this weekend?

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
It’s not being run! This GP, steeped in history, is not being run, because Bernie and the FIA want too much from the organizers. Past exploits in the German GP…

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
With the vision shown by Lord March, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has become a major event in the world of motoring. Anyone who is anyone in the history of…

Honda’s Road Racer

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honda also has a new affordable performance car coming to the market, a hot hatch, the Civic Type R. Due to be released the start of 2017, the new Type…

Electrifying Aston Martin

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
An all-electric Aston Martin with more than 1000 Newton meters of torque and a 0-100 km/h time in the three-second range is the next target for Aston Martin.

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that the Gordon Buehrig designed Cord 810 and 812 were incredible cars for their day. However, Cord himself eventually went bankrupt. I asked why? It was…

The ‘Bentley Boys’ resurrected

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
In the late 20’s and early 1930’s Bentleys were driven by some well heeled gentleman with lots of dash and cash, called the Bentley Boys. One notable example was Sir…

What did we learn from the British GP?

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned from Silverstone that Britain’s favorite rapper (I mean that’s why you wear your hat on back to front, sunglasses, earrings and gold chains) can get the start…

Buying a secondhand car from oil can Harry

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
My Car Check in the UK has been doing a sterling job of advising purchasers what to look out for. Second hand car buyers need to look out for a…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what limousine had air suspension which raised it off the ground when the engine was started. Clue: Think ‘massive’. And it was massive. It was the…

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…
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