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Autotrivia Quiz - Friday December 7 - December 13, 2012

Friday, 07 December 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which sports car had a manufactured life of seven years.  Four speed transmission with overdrive option.  It had to be detuned from 150 bhp to 125…

What did we learn from the Brazilian GP?

Friday, 30 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we saw that we have a triple consecutive World Drivers Champion (WDC) in Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who drove with maturity and finesse to end the year three points…

New A series from M-B

Friday, 30 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
The upright A box is now a thing of the past, with the new A Class from Mercedes Benz, which was shown in Bangkok last week.  I was no lover…

Will Thailand really get a Formula 1 race?

Friday, 30 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
The information that we are in the running for an F1 race has brought out plenty of rumors.  One that has resurfaced, after about eight or ten years, is that…

Want a cheap Roller?

Friday, 30 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
Rolls-Royce claims used Phantom values “will not drop further” following price reduction of the new model. In Australia, price cuts of up to $280,000 - perhaps the largest price cut…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday November 30 - December 6, 2012

Friday, 30 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which Thai-built pick-up has just won the European International Pick-up of the Year award?  Easy for the Googlers.  It was the new Ford Ranger. So to…

Last F1 race for 2012 this weekend

Friday, 23 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
The finale and what will be the decider for the World Drivers Championship is this weekend in Brazil.  Will it be The Finger Vettel or the Spaniard Alonso?

Racing at Bira this weekend

Friday, 23 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Pro Series promoters Grand Prix International have one of their packed programs at Bira this weekend.  The categories cover all the usual sedan groups right through to the Classic…

Electric quick charge

Friday, 23 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Volvo Car Corporation is testing a new fast-charger for electric vehicles that it says operates six times faster than current onboard devices. Along with the limited range leading to range…

From here to Eterniti?

Friday, 23 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Eterniti Motors, the London-based boutique luxury carmaker, officially launched its production-specification version of its first model, the Artemis Super-SUV.  (The Artemis was previously shown as an engineering prototype at Beijing’s…

What did we learn from the US GP?

Friday, 23 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that the Americans have built a cracker of a circuit out there in Texas, and we also learned that the F1 circus put on a cracker of…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday November 23 - November 29, 2012

Friday, 23 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car had six wheels with 4 wheel steering and boasted 4,800 BHP from two V12 engines.  It was the Land Speed Record car driven by…

New Nissan GT-R supercar - zero to 100km/h in 2.7 seconds

Friday, 16 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
Nissan has done it again.  The new model GT-R is even more powerful than the previous one.  Zero to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds is neck snapping and quicker than…

Another version of the 2-Stroke engine

Friday, 16 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
Retired South African race driver and engineer Basil van Rooyen has received a special commendation from the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia for his new take on the 2-stroke engine.
Scheduled to start production in August 2014, the new plant will support Nissan’s growth strategy in the ASEAN region.  The new plant will have an initial annual production capacity of…
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