Auto Mania

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…

What was new from Geneva?

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Maserati had the star of the Geneva motor show.  A 2+2 sports coupe concept car, but has all the hallmarks of becoming a production car within two years.

Lost your car in the car park?

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
It is quite easy to lose your car in the supermarket, multi-level car parks.  What is even worse is being left a car in the airport car parking station -…

The F1 series starts this weekend, Sunday 16

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Melbourne, Australia, is the host of the first F1 race for 2014.  With new engines, new KERS and more, the lead up to this event has been traumatic for many…

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia – 2014 Season

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is looking ahead to its 12th season as the leading category in regional sports car competition.  The contenders in the international field from 10 countries…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
So to last week’s quiz.  I asked what car company employed a land speed record holder to capture 106 world speed records, then painted 50 of the cars red, white…

Racing at Bira this weekend

Friday, 07 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Nitto 3K people have scheduled a meeting at Bira this weekend.  The Bira circuit is on Highway 36 about three km past the Regent’s School, heading towards Sattahip.
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