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Pro Racing Series at Bira this weekend

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Pro Racing Series meeting is being held at our local Bira Circuit (Highway 36) this weekend.  This group promotes the vast majority of competitors after the raw amateurs and…

Tuk-Tuks to lose their characteristic exhaust note?

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Australian company Star 8 has developed a solar-powered electric Tuk-Tuk which they have called the SolarTuk. Star 8 managing director Jacob Maimon came up with the idea of an electric…

Definitely not Van Ordinaire

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
News coming through that SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) and CP (Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand owners of 7-Eleven) will be bringing another new vehicle to the Thai marketplace next year.  This…

Where are we in the global road toll statistics?

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, you will be glad to know we are not the “hub” of road deaths, we are only second worst.  The WHO has released its findings and has shown that…

What did we learn from the Singapore Grand Prix?

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that nothing can stop Sebastian Vettel from winning his fourth world championship.  He could pull out two seconds a lap from the chasing field with consummate ease,…

Ford moves closer to the autonomous car

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new Ford Kuga, a ‘world car’ in every sense, is notable for its huge bag of electronic assists for the driver.  Here are a few of them. Lane Guidance:…

Autotrivia - Friday September 27 - October 3, 2013

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that a fuel additive company sponsored a trial in which several outhouses were blown up with gelignite.  Who did it?  It was the RedX trial in…

Singapore GP this weekend

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI 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…

Dana expands with another gear making plant

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Automotive Focus Group reports that Tier One automotive parts producer Dana Holding Corporation plans to build a new gear making plant in Thailand, to open next year and produce…

Driver-redundant Benz

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Daimler-Benz reported that its S500 Independent Drive has retraced the route of the first long distance auto journey made in 1885 by the wife of car pioneer Karl Benz with…

New Lexus LF-NX Concept at Frankfurt

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Lexus’s presentation at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show was the world-first appearance of its new LF-NX concept, described as a vision for a mid-size luxury crossover model.

Where does Williams F1 get its money to stay in business?

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Williams Group holding company (WGPH) has released its six monthly financial report. The Formula One business recorded a turnover of £43.5m, closely matching the half year turnover for 2012…

Jaguar releases details on its C-X17

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Another release at the Frankfurt show was Jaguar’s small car and a cross-over, currently known as the C-X17.  The development of this car is to meet the BMW X3 Series…

Autotrivia

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which driver in what car started 168th at Versailles, finished 3rd on the road at Bordeaux and won the overall classification?  That was delving deep in…

The Best Car in the World?

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
The all-new 2014 S-Class full-size luxury sedan has been described as “the best car in the world.”  One motor noter in the know said, “I don’t think it’s a statement…
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