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Another stunner from Maserati

Friday, 21 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Maserati Ghibli name has returned and in a stylish four door guise, very reminiscent of the Quattroporte. YouTube user The MAXIMUMCARS also happened to film the car and we…

New BMW X5 to be released in Frankfurt

Friday, 21 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
The third-generation BMW X5 will be sold with 2.0 liter four cylinder diesel engine and optional rear-wheel-drive which results in an SUV with claimed combined cycle fuel consumption of just…

Alternatives

Friday, 21 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
  Alternative fuels are today’s buzzwords.  In the past 12 months we have seen the price of crude per barrel go over $100, literally doubling.  What about next year?  We…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday June 21 - June 27, 2013

Friday, 21 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, I asked which racing car had two six cylinder engines mounted side by side with the crankshafts rotating in opposite directions?  It was the Alfa Romeo Tipo A…

Attrage - an outrageous name?

Friday, 14 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Another silly name from a Japanese manufacturer, with the Mirage eco-car getting a boot and a new name.  Attrage! Now “Attrage” does very little for me, but Mitsubishi say it…

Have electric cars blown their fuses?

Friday, 14 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Far from electric cars taking over from the internal combustion engine, comes the news that Better Place, the battery swap specialists, has filed for bankruptcy.

Vettel totally dominant in Canada

Friday, 14 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Canadian Grand Prix was well hyped up before the GP on the Sunday.  Close racing was predicted, lots of passing with two DRS zones, long straights, it was to…

The future’s an SUV?

Friday, 14 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Americans for decades have been fans of sport utility vehicles.  According to the world-wide statistics, SUV sales are on the way up everywhere. Ford Motor Co. is one automaker looking…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday June 14 - June 20, 2013

Friday, 14 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, I stated that on the 19th of August 1959 a felony was committed by a motorist.  He was fined GBP 3.  What had he done and how was…

Canadian GP this weekend

Friday, 07 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Grand Prix circus returns to Canada, a ‘real’ circuit for ‘real’ drivers, with none of the imitation glitz of the Monaco processions.  The Canadian raceway is the Gilles Villeneuve…
The Wärtsilä RT-flex96C is a two-stroke turbocharged low-speed diesel engine designed by the Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä.  It is currently considered the largest reciprocating engine in the world, designed for large…

Thailand Super Series commences

Friday, 07 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
Thai motor racing takes a step forwards.  And it wasn’t just a little step; it was a big step.  Thailand Super Series is the realization of the dream of Minister…
Unique Hybrid Hydrogen technology was proved at the Nürburgring 24 Hours race.  An Aston Martin Rapide S race car, featuring a Hybrid Hydrogen system developed by Alset Global became the…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 07 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
The car club meets at Jameson’s Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park.  The next meeting is on Monday June 10 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A totally…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday June 7 - June 13, 2013

Friday, 07 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, I asked which famous rally driver rallied four different “works” cars that were available to him at the same time?  It was Hannu Mikkola in 1968.  He had…
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