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Nitto 3K Kumho Race Meeting this weekend at Bira

Friday, 29 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
The local series, sponsored by Nitto and Kumho tyres, and 3 K batteries, has its second round of the six round championship at the Bira circuit on Highway 36 this…

Another youngster on the motor racing way up

Friday, 29 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
While I suppose people might think I’m on the way down, here’s another local driver for you to look out for on the way up - James Runacres. James is…
Back in 2011, the Ford Explorer in North America was fitted with an inflatable belt designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, often children and the…

What did we learn from the Monaco GP?

Friday, 29 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned, if we didn’t know already, that this track is quite unsuitable for today’s F1 cars. Watching Hamilton (Mercedes) jumping the kerb and using all the footpath trying…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 29 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which American racing car was named after a ground bird? Really too easy again, but it is hard to find answers that can’t be ‘Googled’. It…

Monaco Grand Prix this weekend

Friday, 22 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Following on from the win for Nico Rosberg and another 1-2 for Mercedes in Spain, is there anyone willing to hazard a guess for the winner at Monaco this weekend?…

An ‘electrifying’ Monaco

Friday, 22 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Tripped over the results from the Formula E Prix which was staged at Monaco a couple of weeks ago. Reading through the results it is almost all made up of…

BMW looking at the niche markets

Friday, 22 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
BMW has indicated their intention to explore different market segments of the auto industry, but not at the expense of the 3 Series and 7 Series. However, it could be…

Ford wrong foots the hot hatch makers

Friday, 22 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ford has revealed the full Aussie price list for the new Mustang ahead of it hitting showrooms in Australia in December. The starting price for the 2.3 liter EcoBoost Fastback,…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 22 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked you to look at this photo. What is it? It is the Ryno, a sort of Segway style unicycle. Has a top speed of 16 kph…

What did we learn from the Spanish GP?

Friday, 15 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that Rosberg (Mercedes) has the speed needed to win races, his team mate Hamilton has plenty of tiger, the McLaren team should just go home and forget…

Another silly SUV

Friday, 15 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
Aston Martin is following the lead of Bentley and Rolls-Royce with its own take on a luxury off-roader. The DBX Concept was shown at this year’s Geneva motor show which…

New BMW 7 Series under testing

Friday, 15 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
Like so many other manufacturers, BMW has subtracted weight from the current 7 Series. Extensive use of carbon-fiber and alloy has been used to cut the car’s weight by up…

No race meeting this weekend

Friday, 15 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
Sorry, the next GP is next week and at Monaco on 24 May. A race which gets almost as many hangers-on as the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight (which was a farce). Monaco…

Sunny days ahead

Friday, 15 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
An ambitious team of undergraduate students from the University of New South Wales are on the brink of creating the Southern Hemisphere’s first road legal solar sports car. Having built…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 15 May 2015 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which manufacturer who built the “Rolls Royce of motorcycles” also built a superior car? This was too easy with a flurry of entries. It was of…

Spanish GP this weekend

Friday, 08 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Spanish GP is on this weekend, and the question on everyone’s lips is can Ferrari keep taking the game to Mercedes, and can Kimi stay awake long enough to…

Race cars for the road

Friday, 08 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
Lanzante, British McLaren F1 specialist will convert your P1 GTR for the road after demand from some of the 40 customers who bought one. The $3.5 million, 736 kW P1…

Open the door to an Aventador

Friday, 08 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Aventador LP750-4 SV - claims 2.8 seconds for the 0-100 km/h sprint with the promise of a top speed beyond 350 km/h. Just 600 examples of the limited-edition model…

Design your own Viper

Friday, 08 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last year, his first full calendar year as president and chief executive of the Dodge automotive brand, Tim Kuniskis spent time at two massive Viper owners’ homecoming-style events. He wanted…