Auto Mania

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

Friday, 03 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 1 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the motorsport version of the new 911 GT3 (Type 991).  It is powered by a 3.8 liter, six cylinder boxer engine which generates 460…

New mean Lambo

Friday, 03 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 1 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new Lamborghini Huracan has been released. The new Huracan will be named LP610-4, indicating it will have 610 hp (454 kW) and an all-wheel drive transmission.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia - 2014 Provisional Calendar

Friday, 03 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 1 By Dr. Iain Corness
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has published the calendar for 12th season, featuring brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars. The provisional line-up for the 2014 season includes…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday January 3 - January 9, 2014

Friday, 03 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 1 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which washing machine manufacturer built cars with four reverse gears?  It was the Lightburn Zeta.  With its 2-stroke engine you ran it backwards to get reverse,…

Kubica commits to 2014 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)

Friday, 27 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
Robert Kubica (pronounced “Koo-bit-sa”) and his long-term sponsor, Lotos, have announced their plans for the World Rally Championship (WRC).  The Pole will contest all 13 rounds of next season’s championship…

Run over any bicycles recently?

Friday, 27 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
In Pattaya the number of cyclists has been steadily rising, as have the accidents involving cyclists.  Motorcycles have their headlights on during the day to make them more visible, but…

Bumper bars?

Friday, 27 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
Have you noticed just how today’s bumper bars just fall off the vehicles they are supposed to protect from minor bumps?  Come on, that’s why they were called “bumper bars”…

Renault announces joint venture with Dongfeng

Friday, 27 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renault, and Xu Ping, Chairman of Dongfeng Motor, have signed a contract for the creation of a new joint venture company for…

Are you driving a deadly vehicle?

Friday, 27 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
Came across an article by an American commentator comparing driver fatalities in differing vehicles.  He based the article on the records from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday December 27 - January 2, 2013

Friday, 27 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what British pre-war sports car had no driver’s door, but had a passenger’s one?  The answer was as British as you can get - the Bentley…

Pencils out, here’s the 2014 F1 calendar

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
The 2014 Formula 1 season was confirmed by the FIA World Motorsport Council on Wednesday and as expected Korea, Mexico and the planned Grand Prix of America in New Jersey…

You’ve had Car Of The Year (COTY) - now welcome TOTY

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honda (UK)’s fire spitting ‘Mean Mower’ has scooped a very special accolade in the 2013 BBC Top Gear Magazine Awards, winning the newly-created Thing Of The Year (TOTY) title.

BMW, the last bastion of RWD goes FWD

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
BMW Active Tourer Concept will lead the roll-out of three-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive models. BMW has long been the flag-waver for the “sheer driving pleasure” of rear-wheel drive cars,…

The Bathurst 1000

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Bathurst 1000 is the most popular race of the year in Australia.  To the top of Mt. Panorama and down again a distance of around 6.2 km.  By 1966…

Nissan remembers Datsun

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By By Warunya Thongrod
Datsun Thailand organized the 4th Datsun Festival attended by over 500 Datsun cars and owners. Spectators from everywhere arrived to gawk at cars, some as old as 61 years old.…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday December 20 - December 26, 2013

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what do these cars have in common?  The Mini, the Aston Martin DB5, the Ford Mustang, the DeLorean and the Alfa Spyder, and it is nothing…

Road mortality to be lowered 50 percent

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Ministry of Transport has set a target to lower traffic-related mortality rate by 50 percent in the next seven years. According to Deputy Permanent Secretary Theerapong Rodprasert, about 14,000…

Turkey time!

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
What with Thanksgiving Day and Xmas, the turkeys have all headed for the hills.  However, one of the American motor mags surveyed their writers as to their opinion on the…

Mustang breaks out of the corral

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
When a new car is about to be released, the manufacturers send pre-release details to motoring magazines with what is called an ‘embargo’.  That means publication must be held until…

Trollhattan out from the doldrums?

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
SAAB has released its first new car since it went bankrupt in 2011 putting 6,000 workers on to the unemployment lines. It was bought out of Bankruptcy in 2012 by…