Auto Mania

Bahrain GP this weekend

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Bahrain Grand Prix will be televised at 10 p.m. Sunday April 6.  We will be lining up in front of the big screen at Jameson’s Irish Pub (Soi AR…

Bangkok International Motor Show (Part 1)

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
It was interesting to look at Rolls-Royce and Bentley.  Displayed close to each other, and both (previously) British brands, but now in the hands of Germany with RR part of…

NSX Prototype at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
The forthcoming ground-breaking NSX supercar, set for launch in 2015, will take center stage at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (27-29 June) when it competes at one of the…

What did we learn from the Malaysian GP?

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that fuel flow is the most important part of F1, with TV commentators excitedly informing the viewers for example that Raikkonen is using more fuel than Alonso…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car was built partly in Germany and partly in Italy, V8 with twin Zenith carbs, front disc brakes and the clue is early 60’s.  It…

Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend

Friday, 28 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
Sepang is the host for the second round of the 2014 F1 calendar.  Will we have a repeat of the Australian Grand Prix, or will this be another year of…

Stop-Start traffic is the answer?

Friday, 28 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
A couple of weeks ago I tested a Nissan Almera, fitted with Idle-Stop technology, and I began to wonder if the Bangkok traffic has had the answer to fuel economy?…

Energy recovery systems for road cars

Friday, 28 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
The recent advances in Formula 1 technology is to extend Renault hybrid and EV range to the road going vehicles. The new for 2014 F1 V6 engines such as the…

Motor Show snippets

Friday, 28 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
Quite a few interesting vehicles at the 35th Bangkok International Motor Show.  Ford has a concept car built on the EcoSport, Suzuki a Limited Edition Swift, Mitsubishi a plug-in Asian…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 28 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what post war German car was named after the designer’s wife?  It was the Borgward Isabella, and quite a few of you got that correct.  I’ll…

Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 21 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 12 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…

Porsche reveals the Le Mans 919 Hybrid

Friday, 21 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
More than a year after announcing its plans to return to the top flight of sports car racing, Porsche has finally revealed its Le Mans race car.

What did we learn from the Australian GP?

Friday, 21 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
The first thing we learned is that there are some very talented youngsters out there.  Ricciardo (Red Bull), Magnussen (McLaren) and Bottas (Williams) excelled and gave no quarter to anyone,…

F1 opens the score

Friday, 21 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
The F1 Circus will be in full swing by this time next week, with the Malaysian GP on March 30. Here is the 2014 Calendar, so pencil in the dates:…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 21 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
So to last week’s quiz.  I asked what car was built in the UK and was sold with different engines, including 940 cc, 1098 cc, 1298 cc, 1558 cc and…
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