Auto Mania

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Kia coming

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
Kia’s first hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle will begin production in 2015, starting with a small run of around 1,000 units, in line with the present lack of refueling infrastructure,…

Killed by the anti-social media

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
‘Gadget overload’ is making driving riskier, says new research from Zurich Insurance.  Motor manufacturers may have made cars safer, but more than four out of five UK motorists say distractions…

New 441 kW Nismo GT-R on the way

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Nismo version of Nissan’s GT-R supercar with 441 kW and 652 Nm is coming with a revised 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 (up from 404 kW/628 Nm). The Nismo GT-R’s…

The new F1 regulations

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
There are many changes for 2014, so Adrian Newey will have to really sharpen his pencil. The 2014 season will see the introduction of a new engine formula, with the…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 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 December 9 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday December 6 - December 12, 2013

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that a Dame of the British Empire was a great competitor in V8 Fords, lived to be 90 and was involved with the world’s first enclosed…

MINI has unveiled the new MINI Hatch

Friday, 29 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ever since taking over the MINI marque, BMW has been trying every trick in the book to make the public nostalgic hearkening back to Issigonis’ ground-breaking concept of the original…

What did we learn from the Brazilian GP?

Friday, 29 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we didn’t get the fairy tale win for the retiring Mark Webber (Red Bull) nor for the final Ferrari drive for Brazilian Felipe Massa. However, we did get the…

Dems is da brakes

Friday, 29 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
A little history if I may.  Ever since man managed to make contraptions that were self propelled, man very quickly afterwards found that he needed a reliable way to pull…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday November 29 - December 5, 2013

Friday, 29 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked you to please identify this car.  The one behind is an MG TC, I wanted the one in front. It was a Jowett Jupiter R4, and…

Brazil GP this weekend

Friday, 22 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Autodromo Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo Brazil plays host to the F1 circus in this their last race for the season.  However, with both the Driver’s championship and the…

Pro Racing Series at Bira this weekend

Friday, 22 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Another mixed bag at the local Bira Circuit this weekend.  Some motorcycles on Saturday, plus Qualifying for the four wheel brigade, and racing on Sunday for cars only.  The usual…

Aston Martin considering GT3 road-racer

Friday, 22 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Aston Martin is reportedly looking at building a road/race version of its current V12 Vantage S, with the use of lightweight materials giving the increased performance. Aston Martin engineering boss…

Another Fugly from Porsche

Friday, 22 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
As if the Panamera wasn’t ugly enough, Porsche have excelled themselves with the new Macan SUV released at the Los Angeles show.

Driving in Thailand - in “Farang, the Sequel”

Friday, 22 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
If you have never heard of or seen the book “Farang, the Sequel”, don’t worry, because you have now.  It’s a brilliant book, even if I say so myself (because…