Auto Mania

Cars and bikes - which is faster?

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
The recent comparison between cars and bikes around a circuit involved the latest Subaru WRX STI which had been driven around the famous Isle Of Man (IOM) course of almost…

What did we learn from the Japanese GP?

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that motor racing is still dangerous with Bianchi’s accident, and when it rains in Japan it really does rain. Niki Lauda expressed the general feeling in the…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Pattaya car club meets at Jameson’s Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park. The next meeting is on Monday October 13 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m. A…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car do these public figures have in common? Jay Leno, Paul Newman, Elvis Presley, Weird Al Jankovic and Princess Margaret. They all had a Nash…

Japan GP this weekend

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the greatest tracks used in Formula One today, Japan’s Suzuka circuit is a massive test of car and driver ability. Built by Honda as a test facility in…

New M3 another winner for BMW - other than exhaust sound

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
According to those testers who have driven the latest model M3, the straight six twin turbo model does not have the evocative sound of its predecessors - the naturally aspirated…

Local AAT to supply Australia with new Mazda2

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
The fourth-generation Mazda2 went into mass production at the Auto Alliance Thailand (AAT) plant, which is jointly operated with Ford, at Rayong, with all of the initial output destined for…

A “tiring” situation in F1?

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
There is a strong sentiment amongst the F1 spectators that, “It’s all artificial and nothing to do with driver skill.” That was in an email from a regular F1 viewer.…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 03 October 2014 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that disappearing headlights were known before WWII but were not seen again till 1966. I asked, on what car? It was the monstrous Oldsmobile Toronado, the…

Print your own car and drive away

Friday, 26 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
3D printing has only become a possibility in the last few years, though the adoption of this technology is spreading.  The list now includes 3D printable human tissue, to a…

Can Asian Motor sport be cohesive?

Friday, 26 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Motor sport in Asia has a reasonably long and stable background, but nothing like the history of the sport in Europe or America, even though China did host the Peking…

China promotes EV’s and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV’s)

Friday, 26 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
There are still those people around who believe the average Chinese adult rides a bicycle.  Sorry, the average Chinese adult now drives a motor car, pays purchase tax to buy…

What did we learn from the Singapore Grand prix?

Friday, 26 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
To be perfectly frank, it was a processional and artificially stage-managed race.  Yes, it was processional as the much vaunted two DRS zones are too short to allow the following…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 26 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that two men met in 1899 and they made plans to form a company and build their own “Moto-cycle”.  Who were they and what was the…

Round the hotels at night - Singapore GP this weekend

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Eff Wun under lights. This Grand Prix is lauded as pure excitement under lights, but for me, and countless enthusiasts, the excitement is not there. Narrow street circuits like Monaco…

Toyota reveals raft of safety features

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
As the motorcar heads towards autonomous operation, the manufacturers also have to integrate safety systems for this next step. Many of these systems are already in existence, but currently too…

New MX-5 (Miata) for 2015

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Mazda MX-5 (Miata in the US) has been a success story for Mazda. Since the first model in 1989, it has become the best selling sports car ever. Having…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday September 19 - September 25, 2014

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned in the Cold War after WW2 there was one car which was named to glorify a dictator, but when the dictator died, the brand was changed…

Volvo pins its hopes on the XC90 SUV

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Volvo has been having a tough time over the past 15 years. The Volvo Car Corporation was sold to Ford Motor Company for $6.45 billion during 2000, and Ford placed…

“Super-MINI” springs out of Italy

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Many years ago, there was a version of the Mini called the Innocenti, with the body designed by Bertone. As they say, history repeats itself and (new) MINI and Touring…