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New Honda F1 Engine fires into life

Friday, 08 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
If you want to hear the sounds of 2015, then turn your speakers up as Honda has captured the roar of its new F1 engine as it fired up for…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday November 8 - November 14, 2013

Friday, 08 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what three and four wheeled cars were designed by two aircraft engineers, and what were their names?  It was the Messerschmitt, designed by Herr Messerschmitt and…

Abu Dhabi GP this weekend

Friday, 01 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Abu Dhabi Yas Marina grand prix circuit hosts the GP this weekend.  Abu Dhabi is the most oil-rich in the region and the 5.55 kilometer Yas Marina Circuit has…

Back to the future

Friday, 01 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
Caterham Cars (builder of the Lotus 7 clones) has opened the order book for the Seven 165 - its new entry-level variant of the iconic sports car, powered by a…

Latest Smart version is electric

Friday, 01 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
Mercedes-Benz’s tiny Smart city car is the champion European money-muncher of all time, and electric cars are likely to be the next big loser, according to a report from Bernstein…

What did we learn from the Indian GP?

Friday, 01 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we confirmed that Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) has been the class act all year and is now the youngest driver to win the World Championship four times.  Undoubtedly the…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday November 1 - November 7, 2013

Friday, 01 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which car, still in production, has been the greatest money loser for the manufacturer in the past 10 years?  This was patently too easy!  It was…

Indian GP this weekend

Friday, 25 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
India unveiled its $400 million Buddh International Circuit two years ago.  (For all those who are hoping for a Thailand GP, the cost of $400 million is about 12 billion…

Had a bump recently?

Friday, 25 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
A local ex-pat Matt Bowles has taken the position as General Manager of a body shop called TTI-Global located at Bang Na. TTI Global provides automotive training all over the…

Audi A8 technocar

Friday, 25 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Audi are going for new technology with their latest A8.  New MatrixBeam LED headlights will be offered on some A8 models.  Of particular interest to the gadget lovers, the futuristic…

Your opportunity to go racing

Friday, 25 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Thomas Raldorf is selling his Honda Integra DC-5 with full body-kit and 100 percent newly renovated. Some technical details: The car is fitted with Motec M800 wiring. The Seat is…

The “drives itself” car is getting closer

Friday, 25 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Just a few years ago the only course of action for a driver faced with a pedestrian in his path would be to stamp on the footbrake, wrench the steering…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday October 25 - October 31, 2013

Friday, 25 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which British WW1 aero engines were actually copies of a German GP engine?  It was the Rolls-Royce Eagle.  Based initially on the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost engine,…

Rush - a rush to the brain?

Friday, 18 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
I watched the movie Rush last week, and it is superb!  The actors who play James Hunt and Niki Lauda have an uncanny resemblance to the real life characters, adding…

Al Capone assists the US President

Friday, 18 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the regular readers sent me this item, which I found very interesting: Hours after Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, the Secret Service found themselves in…
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