BMW have just announced that all their M5 and M6 models will be boosted by an optional Competition Package. Designed to improve both performance and handling, this is what it brings to the party:
Power has been increased by 11 kilowatts.
I have this terrible problem. I am obsessed with old second-hand cars. While other men are rapt by the pleasures of pornography and gambling and drugs and affairs, I spend a large portion of my week scouring the automotive section of Gumtree.
This weekend I actually got to tick something off my bucket list. I got to drive a 1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT. Now over the years I've heard horror stories about how tough these cars are to pilot.
Honda is returning to the Formula 1 circus in 2015. The Japanese manufacturer will again be partnering up with McLaren – a team they helped propel to no less than eight world championships back in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
This devilish hot rod has the cougars prowling and the young bucks swooning, writes The Wheel Deal
WHEN it comes to subcultures, the state of California has seen them all. Hippies. Surfers. Skateboarders.
To celebrate their rich Can-Am racing heritage, McLaren is launching a brutal new version of their MP4-12C supercar. Aptly named the 12C GT Can-Am, this track-ready limited edition (only 30 are being built) gets an unrestricted version of the 3.
Don’t let that European nameplate fool you — this Mercedes-Benz is a full-on salute to Motown Muscle, writes The Wheel Deal
If you walk into a crowded pub you will find two groups of motoring enthusiasts: those who love American cars and.
Sir Stirling Moss has long been described as the best Formula 1 driver never to win the world championship. Watch this BBC documentary, hosted by Patrick Stewart, and see how tragedy dashed his dreams of domination.
Honda's handsome hybrid coupé gets a refresh – and an extra slug of power, writes The Wheel Deal
What is it?
The all-new 2013 MY Honda CR-Z hits South African streets wearing a host of cosmetic enhancements.
If you’re a fan of vintage Formula 1 then you’ve got to watch this fantastic BBC documentary about Sir Jackie Stewart. Anchored by celebrity chef, James Martin, it traces the Scot’s rise to fame during the sport’s golden age.
The all-new 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C is the ultimate muscle car. Based on the factory GT-500, Shelby American has created a 1200 horsepower freak of nature that should be able to annihilate performance cars costing three times the price.
It’s named after a small demon, but two local adventurers hope their ageing Hillman will get them across Africa, writes The Wheel Deal
Have you ever heard of a car called the Hillman Imp? “With a name like that,” I hear you mumbling, “.
Looking for a hot hatchback that delivers classic, rear wheel-drive thrills? Then the BMW M135i is the machine for you, writes The Wheel Deal
What is it?
The BMW M135i is the hottest member of the current 1-Series hatchback clan.
Sky Sports F1 correspondent, Craig Slater, asks ex-Formula 1 World Champion, Kimi Räikkönen, a silly question. Naturally the Ice Man gives him the cold shoulder, hilarity follows.
When I started this job back in 2008, one of the first cars I ever tested was the Audi RS 4. And I loved it. I loved because it was insanely quick in a straight line yet soberingly easy to thread through corners.
The all-wheel-drive system on the new Porsche 991 Carrera 4S allows you to corner with a swagger — and keep all your parts intact, writes The Wheel Deal
Money can’t buy talent. Especially when it comes to driving.
McLaren Automotive today released some important information about what will be powering its soon-to-be unveiled P1 hypercar. This is what you need to know:
1: It will be getting a twin-turbocharged 3.
Hey, potheads! Ever wondered how smoking weed really impacts on your driving behaviour? Well watch this video cut together by the team at kirotv.com and find out, man.
[Hat-tip to the Huffington Post]
To most Porschephiles, the Carrera RS 2.7 is the ultimate 911. A stripped down road-rocket that distills the classic 911 driving experience down to a concentrated elixir. Here Petrolicious explains how it came about.
Are cars like the Subaru WRX relevant anymore? Back in the late 1990s (when it was still known as the Impreza) it was something of a revelation: a 200-kilowatt supercar slayer that blew the minds of teenage boys and adult enthusiasts alike.
India's three-wheeler is offering an affordable taxi service to the cash-strapped jollers of Jozi, writes The Wheel Deal
It takes a lot to turn heads on 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, the home of the roadside bistro.
It's official – the radical, race-bred and production-ready McLaren P1 will be making its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month.
McLaren Automotive is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. Founded by New Zealander, Bruce McLaren, this company has an enviable motorsport pedigree forged on the frontlines of Formula 1.
Turn up the volume and listen to this ex-Jean Alesi Ferrari 643 rev right up to 9000rpm. This particular car, No. 28, was campaigned by Alesi back in the 1991 Formula One season.
Who needs a Formula One scale model when you can have the real thing? Especially when it happens to be an ex-Jean Alesi Ferrari 643, writes The Wheel Deal
So you’re a Formula One fan with a few bob lying about – what do you do? I’m guess.
Tired of Italy and Germany hogging all the sports car limelight? I sure as hell know I am. That's why I'm over-the-frickin'-moon to see the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray debuting at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show.
The countdown to this year's 24-Hours of Le Mans has begun. And to put you in the mood here's a clip of endurance maestro, Derek Bell, charging around Circuit de la Sarthe in a rather angry sounding Porsche 962.
The New Year has come and gone. Resolutions have already been broken. My Swift Sport is about to go back to Suzuki. And this is rather sad because I have really enjoyed driving it around the quiet streets of Jozi this holiday season.
One of the perks of being a motoring scribe is being able to secure a test car over the festive season. Yeah, in exchange for a little exposure, of course, manufacturers will gladly hand you the keys to a holiday steed of your choice.
In a motoring world dominated by jelly mould styling, the eccentric little Morgan 3-Wheeler is one of the coolest sports cars out there. Well it just got even more lustworthy thanks to the introduction of a new Gulf Racing Edition.
Land Rover finally gets to launch a new vehicle in Morocco, and it has been worth the wait as the latest Range Rover raises the premium SUV bar, writes The Wheel Deal
It has taken Land Rover four decades to get this launch right.
Chris Bangle has designed a new Hennessy bottle. But let’s stick to the cars, like that BMW 7 Series
What the hell do I know about Cognac? Not much, other than it is ludicrously expensive and can deliver one hell of a hangover.
We all know that Jay Leno has one of the biggest car collections in the world. We also know that he regularly produces short videos about some of the more interesting vehicles in his ever-growing inventory.
Evans Halshaw has created this brilliant new Flash website detailing every single car that 007 has ever driven during his long and illustrious career at MI6. Choosing your favourite Bondmobile has never been this simple – or as stylish.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X may be the king of big wings but that’s not enough to make it fly, writes The Wheel Deal
‘Is that blue monstrosity yours, bru?” asked the deputy travel editor, Paul Ash.
In case you don't know, RUF is a German company that specialises in making already fast Porsches even faster. And one of their most iconic builds was this fearsome CTR Yellowbird of the late 1980s.
Thanks to its bizarre styling and tragically short-lived appearance at this year's 24-Hours of Le Mans, the Nissan DeltaWing has been one of the most talked about race cars of 2012.
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 7.43 million vehicles in the U.S., Japan, Europe and elsewhere around the world for a faulty power-window switch – the latest, massive quality woes for Japan's top automaker.
So it turns out the new Tesla Model S is quite the sleeper. Yep, in a recent shootout orchestrated by Automobile Magazine, Elon Musk's luxury sedan sprinted to 100mph quicker than the turbocharged BMW M5.
MotorHEAD Magazine has just cut one of the most bizarre motoring videos I’ve ever seen in my life. The subject? An oddball car enthusiast who regularly drives his Porsche 962C across Japanese streets.
Tomorrow I'll be storming around Kyalami Racetrack in the Sunday Times/Castrol Ford Mustang. The penultimate round of this year's Midas Historic Tour, the 'Stang and I will be mixing it up in the Pre66/68 Sports and GT category.
The inaugural Kalahari Desert Speedweek has began. Out on the lonely expanse of the Hakskeen Pan, 100+ pistonheads have assembled to put their machines to the ultimate speed test: a flat-out burn down a five-kilometer desert drag strip.
Last Sunday I headed off to the annual Alfa Romeo Club Concours Day held at AK Components in Strijdom Park, an event in which the country's most cherished Alfa models were paraded in front of a strict panel of judges.
This month a team of university students will be taking part in SA’s most gruelling solar challenge. The Wheel Deal sheds some light
An August wind gusts through the trees as I pull into the University of Johannesburg.
The wraps are finally off the new 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP. All ready to make its first public debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, here are 10 fast facts about the quickest MINI ever made:
1: It rocks a 1.
Watch Drive presenter and world-famous cannonballer, Alex Roy, demonstrate the fine art of female seduction using nothing more than a Cadillac CTS-V. Yeah, eat your heart out Don Draper
Your insurance company wants to install a device in your car to track your every decision and move, writes David Sirota of www.salon.com. Click here to read about the sinister side of telematics-based insurance
Land Rover has finally pulled the covers off its fourth-generation Range Rover. New from the ground up and designed by Gerry McGovern, it is the first SUV in the world to sport an all-aluminium monocoque body structure.
Andy Green intends to become the first human to reach 1 600km/h on land — and only a rocket-powered jet on wheels can get him there
How fast do you want to go? Are you the sort of person who chickens out at 180km/h or do you want to keep on .
GoPro footage taken during yesterday's Cannonball Run Africa track challenge at Zwartkops Raceway. I managed to crack a 1:13.40 hot-lap in our Jaguar XKR-S. The only car quicker was the Lamborghini Aventador.
I'll be honest with you all – the second day of the Cannonball Run Africa was something of a cluster @*^!. Ridiculous clues. Road books filled with spelling mistakes and awful grammar.
This morning's Cannonball Run Africa gymkhana challenge was a great way to start the day. To give you an idea of what it involved, here is the GoPro footage from our second attempt.
What exactly is the Cannonball Run Africa? Is it four days of high-octane debauchery or a really cool way to raise money for the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)? Hey, maybe it's a bit of both.
Driving trials of the Porsche 918 Spyder are stepping up to the next level. This means that one of the prototypes can now be found blitzing around the challenging 20.8-kilometer Nürburgring-Nordschleife race circuit.
Audi has just announced a major refresh for their much-loved R8 supercar. The all-new 2013 R8 model lineup will come loaded with a host of subtle tweaks, both cosmetic and mechanical, to considerably sweeten-up the ownership experience.
Connoisseurs of car style are mourning the Italian design master, writes The Wheel Deal
So there I was, about five or six if my memory serves me correctly, walking down Main Road Sea Point with my mother.
Lighter, faster and more fuel efficient, is the new Porsche 911 the sports car benchmark?
What is it?
The 991 is the latest evolution of the classic Porsche 911 that was born to the world back in 1963.
The Targa Florio was one of the greatest open road endurance races the sports car world has ever known. Held in the mountains around Palermo, Sicily, it was eventually killed off in 1977 due to safety concerns.
Team Castrol Toyota triumphs in the rain-sodden 2012 Volkswagen Rally
Thanks to a cold front of Arctic proportion, last weekend’s 30th Volkswagen Rally proved to be the most slippery local motorsport event we have seen all season.
Racer and all-round nice guy, Tiff Needell, initiates a track battle between the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster and the Aston Martin DBS Volante. Who wins? Watch this video and find out
British driver Anthony Davidson survived a spectacular crash at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race on Saturday when his Toyota collided with a Ferrari, the clash sending his car airborne and out of the event.
Thursday night's final qualifying session for the 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans wasn't very fruitful for the popular Corvette Racing outfit. For after nabbing pole position on Wednesday evening, the No.
The annual 24 hours of Le Mans is probably the greatest sports-car endurance race in the world. Usually taking place on the second weekend of June, it sees some of the greatest names and marques in motor sport slugging it out for victory.
Ferrari, in cooperation with Pininfarina, has built a special Ferrari SP 12 EC for guitarist Eric Clapton as part of its one-off programme. Clapton is known for his love of Ferrari cars, especially the 512 BB models of which he has owned three.
The 550kg Morgan Threewheeler is an analogue car in a digital age. Based on Morgan's first ever car built back in 1910, it packs a rambunctious 2.0-litre V-twin motorbike tuned to deliver 86kW.
Josh Clason is back with another one of his Depth of Speed short films. And this time he's showcasing the classic Datsun 510, the car in which Paul Newman began his race career
Chris Harris joins Mike Spinelli on Road Testament to chat about the next-generation Mazda MX-5. Lighter. Smaller. Less grippy. These are some of the qualities that the new model might embrace.
The Wheel Deal flew down to Plettenberg Bay Airport for a brief flip in the fastest production Mégane ever made
What is it?
This is, plain and simple, the most powerful street-legal Mégane that Renault has ever produced.
A total of 16 people were injured, one with severe burns, when a fire erupted in the Williams team garage on Sunday in the aftermath of Pastor Maldonado's victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Dru Diesner's 1972 Chevrolet Nova doesn't look like much. But beneath that faded, sun-baked exterior lies a mighty twin-supercharged LS2 V8 that thumps out nearly 1200 horsepower.
Nevada drivers could soon be sharing the road with vehicles that don't need them. Department of Motor Vehicles officials say they've issued Google the nation's first license to test self-driving cars on public streets.
This weekend past the Mpumalanga countryside played host to the 21st annual Sasol Rally: an event that this year proved to be as colorful as BP Volkswagen navigator Pierre Arries’ trademark Oakley sunglasses.
It could have been Bain's Kloof Pass, but I blinked ... The Wheel Deal invites a South African racing legend to go for a spin in an Aston Martin Virage
So, it's a Wednesday morning and I am cruising through the Cape winelands.
What do you get when you cross a muscle car with a roadster? The new Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG of course. The Wheel Deal takes it for a burn through the Cape Winelands
What is it?
An SLK with a massive set of cojones, that’s what.
A Force India team vehicle was briefly delayed by a firebomb on its way to the hotel from the Bahrain Grand Prix circuit. No one in the vehicle was injured. Force India spokesman Will Hings says "nobody was hurt from our team.
I don't know what you do with all your empty lager tins but this man uses them to make model hotrods. Yep, everything from the wheels right through to the engine block are made using discarded tall boys.
A man was caught doing 201km/h on a motorbike, while drunk, on the N4 in Pretoria on Monday, Gauteng traffic police said. He also did not have a valid licence, spokeswoman Busaphi Nxumalo said in a statement.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the design chief credited with the classic 911 sports car and grandson of the automaker's founder, has died. Carmaker Porsche AG said Porsche was 76 and died Thursday in Salzburg, Austria. Porsche, known as F.A.
Japan's supercar slayer is back with more power and a special asymmetric suspension. The Wheel Deal investitgates
What is it?
The icon of the PlayStation generation reloaded with a few subtle engine and chassis tweaks.
Fellow Sunday Times Lifestyle writer, Oliver Roberts, is infatuated with the Isle of Man TT. In fact he loves it so much he made this tribute video that honors all the fearless riders who ride it every year.
Critics might smite it but the new MINI Cooper S Coupé comes loaded with a retro shot of hot-rodding chutzpah, writes The Wheel Deal
The problem with the Star Wars franchise is that it has overshadowed every other film George Lucas has written in.
This is the brand new Volkswagen Polo S2000 rally car. Built to run in the 2012 South African National Rally Championship, it is based closely on the road-going Polo you see on the way to work every morning.
Monster World Rally Team’s Ken Block — and for WRC Mexico, teammate Chris “Atko” Atkinson — took to the gravel stages of Rally Guanajuato Mexico for the team’s first international rally of the year and came away with a 9th overall fini.
Haven't been paying attention to what's been going on at this year's Geneva Motor Show? Then watch Mike Spinelli, Leo Parente and Chris Harris as they showcase all the hottest and most happening metal.
The ZA Car Show is looking for South Africa’s smartest petrolhead. The country’s original motoring podcast will be staging a motoring-themed pub quiz in Johannesburg on 27 March with great prizes up for grabs.
After a ten-year hiatus the topless Golf has returned to cruise the world’s boulevards. The Wheel Deal hit Cape Town to get his pose on
What is it?
It’s the Golf VI we know and love just minus the metal roof.
To many people Detroit is the armpit of North America. Wrong. Join Gumballer and rally race driver, Alex Roy, as he discovers how Motown is crackling with the same grit, spirit and oddball ingenuity as Berlin.
Hoon master, Ken Block, has pulled the covers off his new H.F.H.V. and Gymkhana World Tour Ford Fiestas. Catch them in action at this year's Summer X-Games and selected WRC events.
Surrounded by do-goody conformists, the VW Polo Vivo GT offers flair and personality for not a lot of money
Remember high school? I do. It was a total blast. Not the work and constant studying, but the whole socialising thing.
8 February. 2012. The Muscle Car War continues. Ford, clearly cheesed off about the existence of the 580HP Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, have just jumped back to the top of the power charts with their brand new 2013 Shelby GT500.
Last week the new 412kW BMW M5 arrived on South African shores. And as part of the press launch we got to take it around Aldo Scribante Raceway – it was quite an experience.
Despite lacklustre styling, Honda's latest Corolla rival is definitely worth a look, writes The Wheel Deal
What is it?
The new four-door Honda Civic has arrived to challenge the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta and Chevrolet .
Meet Nakai-San – the man behind RAUH-Welt Begriff. Skilled in the art of bespoke, he and his company specialise in making exclusive, one-of-a-kind Porsche 911s for discerning individuals.
Forget about garlic and crucifixes – what you really need to slay a pack of bloodthirsty vampires is a shiny new Audi A7. Don't believe me? Watch this Super Bowl advert and see how it's done.
71-year-old racing driver and Momo founder, Giampiero Moretti, died earlier this month after battling a lengthy illness at his home in Milan. Now a household name across the world, Moretti established the Momo brand while in his early 20s.
The Wheel Deal identifies the 10 most criminally good motorcars of 2011. In no particular order they are...
Why it rocks:
In an era dictated by rules and legislation, the Backdraft Roadster shouldn't exist.
Believe it or not but us writer types do actually get a little time off over the festive season. Last year I went down to Cape Town but this year I've elected to stay in Jozi with this Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC Exclusive.
Relive the glory days of American Trans-Am racing. Watch John Morton as he battles the factory Alfa Romeo and BMW teams in his plucky Datsun 510. It's gritty. It's grainy. It has a period-cool 1970s soundtrack.
TOKYO — Speeding has been blamed Monday as the likely cause of what is believed to be Japan’s most expensive ever road accident after up to $4-million-worth of supercars ended up in a crumpled heap on a highway.
The Wheel Deal investigates the new GT 86 – Toyota's antidote to the Corolla and Camry
So what are we looking at here?
The GT 86 is, in all intents and purposes, a smaller and more attainable version of the Lexus LFA.
Ken Block has been a busy man. Yep, in between his WRC commitments the YouTube sensation also found time to jet around the globe wowing fans with his 2011 Gymkhana World Tour.
Eau Rouge. It's a corner that demands serious respect. You know, like meeting some smooth talking Mafia boss to ask for a favour. Get it right and you'll be smiling but get it wrong and, well, your life is pretty much over.
Germany, the Nürburgring. It doesn't get more embarrassing than this. Yep, some talentless millionaire in a Porsche GT2 RS is getting his backside handed to him by a chap driving an honest-to-good Renault Mégane RS.
It's Better in the Wind is a short film made by a free-wheelin' hipster named Scott Toepfer. And it'll make you want to quit your job, sell everything and hit the highway unexplored on an old Triumph motorcycle.
Brian Scotto is a Hoonigan. He is also the man who drove that Segway in Ken Block's Gymkhana 3 video. And now – cue drumroll – he is one of the first people in America to own a California-built Rauh-Welt Begriff (RWB) Porsche.
Ford is bringing back the iconic 1965 Mustang Convertible. A modern reproduction of the car that became such a cult classic back in the 1960s, you can now order a brand new body shell for just $15 000.
Like the Amarok? Don't like diesel? Then you'll be pleased to know that Volkswagen's handsome double cab has finally been given a proper petrol engine. Yep, from this day onward you'll be able to order the Amarok 4x2 Trendline with a 2.
Team Sasol’s Mark Cronje and Robin Houghton clinched the 2011 SA Driver’s and Co-Driver’s Rally Championships – the first privateers in 45 years to claim the titles – after ending the MTN Polokwane Rally in a fighting second place, just.
Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli has died after a horrific crash at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang on Sunday, completing a harrowing week for motorsport after British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon lost his life last weekend.
Starting your Monday off with a bang is the release of the all-new BMW 3 Series. Set to reach worldwide markets in February 2012, this sixth-generation model promises to be larger, lighter and more comfortable than its predecessor.
America is bringing muscle back with the all-new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Set for release early in 2012, this mechanical badass comes equipped with an Eaton-supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine that's good for 580HP and 556 lb.-ft torque.
If you grew up in the 1980s then you'll know all about Volkswagen and the GT badge. A stroke of marketing genius if ever there was, these two letters were used to label reasonably warm, 1.6-litre versions of the two-door Golf MK1.
If it's not hooded youths stealing iPhones and burning down buildings, it's madmen joyriding in stolen earthmoving equipment. That's right, the latest shock story to rock Britain involves 34-year-old Steven Regan and a bright yellow JCB Digger.
The Alfa Romeo 159 has never been a big success here in South Africa. And from an aesthetic point of view I cannot seem to think of a reason why. For if you compare it to any one of its rivals, Alfa’s flagship sedan is a veritable supermodel.
What did you do today? Stand in a queue? Catch up on some paperwork? Get shouted at by the boss? Whatever. I got to take the brand new BMW M5 for a little drive around the sun-baked Spanish countryside.
Why drive a dreary econo-box when you could be rolling around in a nice sleek sports car? From a Porsche to a Honda, here are five coupés that won't cost you a fortune to buy or maintain.
Small cars have never been better.
Not sure about you but I think the new Hyundai Veloster is pretty cool. I haven't driven one yet but I really dig its quirky styling cues. A coupe profile. Three doors. A hatch that gives a nod to the old Honda CRX.
The Chevrolet faithful have voted the 1969 Camaro as the "Best Chevy of All Time." The vote went down at a recent centennial celebration where fans were asked to pick their favourite vehicle from the American firm's rich 100-year history.
Freshly unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, this is the new KIA GT Concept – a precursor to what will surely become a full on production model. A four-door coupé (rear-hinged suicide doors), it packs a turbocharged 3.
Last weekend I raced the Times Racing Mustang at Zwartkops Raceway. During the final heat a diehard fan of ours shot this video of me charging out of the hairpin on old tyres, an orange GT40 in hot pursuit.
Watch in envy as the guys at Auto Trend put 11 supercars to the ultimate test – a no-holds-barred charge down the drag strip. From a Ferrari 458 to a Ford Mustang Boss 302, there can be only one winner.
Volkswagen has finally got it together to release their long-awaited Up city car. Extremely compact and equipped with a range of frugal engines, Wolfsburg are hoping that it'll give the Fiat 500 and Toyota Aygo a proper run for their money.
Boije Ovebrink is Swedish and drives a truck. A Volvo Mean Green hybrid racing truck loaded with a 16-liter twin-turbo engine that muscles out an insane 1900 horsepower. It also gets a 200hp electric motor for a little extra get-up-and-go.
This is sports car country. Smooth as Megan Fox’s thigh and just as curvy, the lonely roads that blast their way out of the Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch are enough to make even the most blasé petrolheads hot under the collar.
The Audi TT-RS Roadster is a scorching straight-line performer but does it match the driving reward of its more visceral rivals? The Wheel Deal investigates
Hairdresser Syndrome. It’s something that’s been plaguing small roadsters for years.
With Mazda ceasing production of its RX-8 sports car, the high-revving rotary engine may well be dead. Fortunately its spirit lives on in this clip of the Le Mans-winning 787B Group C car storming around Circuit de la Sarthe.
Mixing jaw-dropping styling with improved driving dynamics, the Virage Coupé is just what Aston Martin needed to put themselves back on the supercar map, writes The Wheel Deal
One thing about being a motoring scribe is that you sometimes get.
Hoonigans of the world take note: Ken Block is dropping another gymkhana bomb Tuesday 16 August 2011. Featuring the MWRT Ford Fiesta, this fourth online spectacular promises to be louder, faster and more sideways than ever before.
In case you aren't au fait with the South African racing scene, Melvill Priest drives an Afrox BMW 335i in the Bridgestone Production Car Championship. So? Well this weekend past he had the mother of all smashes down at P.
Those of you who dig parking next to the black pump will be pleased to hear that the Peugeot RCZ is now shipping with a diesel engine. Joining the two petrol models that so impressed us motoring scribes when it launched last year, a new 2.
Ken Block revealed his newest weapon — a multi-purpose race car, built specifically to compete in stage rally, rallycross and gymkhana events — this past weekend at the Gymkhana World Tour in Los Angeles, California.
The Wheel Deal recalls a time when booze, rubbers and cigarettes ruled Formula One
What has happened to Formula One? Once upon a time it used to be filled with all sorts of volatile personalities who, in between two-week pleasure binges at the.
The Renault Clio RS has long been the junior hot hatchback king but is the new VW Polo GTI capable of stealing its crown? The Wheel Deal headed to Zwartkops Raceway to find out
“There's talk on the street; it sounds so familiar.
Remember the Porsche 959? Well it had an evil sister called the 961 that raced at Le Mans in 1986. It was meaner, leaner and packed a whopping 510kW worth of power thanks to its twin-turbocharged engine sourced from the infamous 935 'Mobydick.
Monster World Rally Team's Ken Block, for the second year in a row, wins the "Most Thrilling Driver" award at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed for his awesome display of hooning up the legendary driveway-turned-hillclimb on Lord March's West .
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has downplayed suggestions Lewis Hamiton is on his way to join the team. Horner insisted he was happy with his current pairing of world champion Sebastian Vettel and Australia’s Mark Webber.
I've got no idea who the driver of this blue Ford Mustang Fastback is but he damn sure deserves a medal of awesomeness. Why? Because the man's leaving a pack of modern Porsche Caymans and a lone 911 gasping in his wake.
Do you own a car fitted with a dual-clutch gearbox like DSG, S-Tronic or M-DCT? Yes? Then I want to know if you use your left foot to apply the brakes. I do, so it'll be interesting to hear if anybody else out there does the same thing.
Attended by 250 000 fans, the 24-Hours of Nürburgring has come to an end with the Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR claiming overall honours. Piloted by Marc Lieb, Lucas Luhr, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, the No.
BMW has just dropped a performance H Bomb in the form of their all-new M5. Fresh out of Munich’s top-secret Skunk Works, this radical über-saloon is the most potent production car to ever wear that blue and white propeller badge.
From Allan McNish and Mike Rockenfeller at Audi Sport to Jan Magnussen at Corvette Racing, here's your chance to relive the three craziest crashes that made headlines at this year's 24-Hours of Le Mans.
Despite two of their cars crashing out in spectacular fashion, Audi Sport soldiered on to take overall victory at the 79th-running of this year's 24-Hours of Le Mans. In charge of the sole R18 TDI after its No.1 and No.
The third and final qualifying session for this year's 24-Hours of Le Mans was dominated by Audi Sport Team Joest. Storming through the cool French night, Benoit Treluyer claimed pole position in his No.2 R18 TDI after clocking a 3:25.738.
Are you going to this year's Le Mans 24-Hour? Not sure about who drives what? Well then you need to click on over to www.spotterguides.com and download their totally awesome team chart. All the cars. All the liveries. All the drivers.
The Panamera S Hybrid may be a Porsche with a social conscious but does all that Earth-friendly tech leave it a little green around the gills? The Wheel Deal hit Germany to find out
Is this really happening? Just 24 hours ago I was slumming it.
Team Peugeot Total have topped the timing charts at the first of three official qualifying sessions for this year's 24-Hours of Le Mans. Taking to the track late on Wednesday night, Stephane Sarrazin grabbed provisional pole position in his No.
Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino headed to South America for their first visit to WRC Argentina and came away with their best-ever WRC stage finish this past weekend.
Ex-Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen had a rather lackluster NASCAR Nationwide series debut at the weekend. But even though his 27th place finish failed to raise any pulses, his in-car radio commentary was downright hilarious.
Dan Wheldon has won the 100th Anniversary edition of the Indy 500. Wheldon, who was running second until the very last lap, managed to take the checkered flag after first-place man, JR Hildebrand, ran into the wall coming out of turn four.
What would you do if you won $1-million in the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star race? Well the guy who pulled it off at the Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend, Carl Edwards, celebrated by wrecking his car in a most spectacular fashion.
To celebrate 35 years of its hot-hatch wunderkind, Volkswagen have released the Golf GTI Edition 35. The automotive equivalent of a big fat birthday cake, this special edition comes loaded with a cornucopia of extras to get your lips a licking.
Now into its third generation, The Wheel Deal takes a behind-the-scenes look at the much-loved Volkswagen Beetle
If you think about it, the famous Volkswagen Beetle probably has one hell of an identity crisis.
Cars don't get more pornographic than this. Unveiled yesterday to the world's motoring press, the spanking new McLaren MP4 12-C GT3 is probably one of the hottest wedges of carbon-fiber to hit our computer screens in a very long time.
Fresh from a successful outing at Phakisa Freeway in March, the Times Racing/Etana Mustang is all ready to give it stick at Zwartkops Raceway this weekend in the second round of the 2011 Midas Historic Tour.
The GTI badge has returned to the rump of a Peugeot for the first time in years. And this is very good news indeed because usually when these three letters stick to the curve of Parisian metal, marvelous things do happen.
Frenchman Sebastien Ogier has won the 2011 Rally of Portugual. Dominating in his Citröen DS3, Ogier put on an absolutely flawless driving performance to complete the three-day, 17-stage rally an impressive 31.
With its powerful V8 engine, sleek design and NASA-rivaling technology, the new BMW 650i Convertible is a monument to the good life, writes The Wheel Deal
Some unspeakable things have happened to me while sitting behind the steering wheel of e.
The hot hatch gravy train is running richer than ever before. Not too long ago it was emptier than a Gautrain Bus at noon but today car manufacturers can’t squeeze through its heaving doors quickly enough.
Planning a little road trip to go and watch the 24-hours of Le Mans this year? You know, the usual full-throttle sprint from Caen up to one of the world's most famous racing tracks? Well best take it easy en route then because the Gendarmerie .
Audi has just released a sketch of this exciting new design concept that's expected to debut at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show. Hinting at the future expansion of the popular A3 range, this four-seater notchback measures 4.
With extra power and a focussed chassis, does the BMW Z4 sDrive35is have what it takes to leave the Porsche Boxster S trailing in its wake? The Wheel Deal hits the blacktop to find out
Two years ago BMW launched their new Z4 in Spain.
Here, in no particular order, is a list of the cars that rocked my world the most in 2010:
Aston Martin Rapide
If you need any proof that a four-door supercar can actually work then look no further than the Aston Martin Rapide.
It's official race fans: from the start of the 2011 NASCAR season that kicks off with the prestigious Daytona 500 in February, all racing cars competing within North America's much-loved series will be required to run Sunoco Green E15.
South Africa's star player, who this weekend scored his first double century, crashed into his neighbour's gate while driving an Audi R8. Police were called to the scene before Kallis was taken away by his girlfriend.
Okay, so the last time you heard from me I was wiping spilt BBQ sauce off my jeans at the Three Sisters Shell. Thankfully I've moved on since then and am now staying at my aunt and uncle's wine farm in the Bovlei just outside Wellington.
The striking Mercedes-Benz C180 CGI BlueEfficiency AMG proves that the C-Class isn't just for octogenarians, writes The Wheel DealMy flat mate is one of those people who spends his day segmenting the population into neat little pie charts and g.
Aston Martin has just introduced a scorching new version of their Vantage GT4 racing car. Available for the 2011 race season, this tar-scorching coupé has been fettled with a number of tweaks to make it run faster and handle better.
Drift master and sometimes-WRC-driver, Ken Block, is taking the art of tyre smoking to America's masses with his new Gymkhana GRID series. And going on the infomercial above, it looks set to be one helluva good time. Let the hoonage commence.
Monster World Rally Team and fellow Monster/Ford driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. are joining forces for this weekend’s Gymkhana GRID Ken Block Invitational event at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California.
The good officers from CHiPs (above) might let you off the hook with a stern warning and a cheesy joke but our camera-wielding road gestapo are out to extort the maximum amount of money from your speedy ways.
The powerful new Audi RS5 has finally arrived on our shores but can it match the might of the legendary BMW M3? To find out The Wheel Deal headed off to Zwartkops Raceway for a heated battle royal.
Problem. It’s a balmy summer night and you’re all hot and sticky. Solution. Ooze your way to the freezer and crack a few cubes of ice into a tumbler laced with mint, honey, lime and soda water. Oh yeah, and a shot of vodka.
Want to protect your car with a GPS tracking device? Can't afford it? Well then head on over to Jalopnik and learn how to MacGyver your own with nothing more than an old cell phone and a pre-paid starter pack. Ingenuity at its best.
The Lamborghini Murcielago is no more. Designed by Luc Donckerwolke and in fact the very first Lamborghini to be made under the watchful eye of Audi, Italy's iconic Murcielago has been taken off the production line.
German Sebastian Vettel was crowned as the youngest drivers champion in Formula One history on Sunday when he outstripped all his rivals and won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the outstanding Red Bull team.
Let’s be brutally honest here: the world of budget cars isn’t the most exciting realm in which to throw one’s money about now is it? For while all those glitzy roadsters and luxurious executives might blow your mind with massaging seats, b.
German Sebastian Vettel kept alive his challenge for the Formula One drivers' world championship on Sunday when he led his Red Bull team-mate and title rival Australian Mark Webber home in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Before ex-F1 drivers walked around the WRC service parks sporting flat-peaked caps and tribal tattoos, fearless men with names like Stig, Timo and Juha battled the elements in some of the most terrifying racing cars the world has ever seen.
My wife bought a car through Stannic on the 19th of Novemver four years ago and agreed to a monthly debit date of the 25th - her final payment bounced due to insufficient funds because Stannics debited her account on the 19th of this month instead of.
Honda Motor Co. says it plans to recall an undetermined number of vehicles because of brake fluid leaks that could lead to weaker braking power, the same issue that led Toyota Motor Corp. to recall 1.5 million vehicles.
Toyota is recalling 1.53 million Lexus, Avalon and other models, mostly in the U.S. and Japan, for brake fluid and fuel pump problems, the latest in a string of quality lapses for the world's No. 1 automaker. Toyota Motor Corp.
Toyota says it is recalling 1.53 million Lexus, Avalon and other models, mostly in the U.S. and Japan, for brake fluid and fuel pump problems.
I remember when Toyota was a symbol of reliability and durability.
Two Pretoria motorcyclists were killed and another critically injured, when an 18-year-old youth crashed into them with his mother’s Hummer. Warrant Officer Matthews Nkoadi said the incident happened on Saturday in Rachel de Beer Street.
Monster World Rally Teamʼs Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino place a well-earned 12th overall at Rally France and in turn receive the Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally award for their perseverance throughout the event.
SA's new points demerit system has just arrived in my email inbox. And not only is it going to help grease the government's coffers but it's sure to make holding onto your driver's license that much harder.
Focussing on raw power and speed, this fast rally-bred Ford RS is probably the most enthralling hot hatchback I've ever driven, writes The Wheel Deal
What makes this Focus so mean?
Festooned with little blue RS badges – that stands for .
Check out this amazing in-car footage (complete with Murray Walker commentary) of Alain Prost ripping up the old Kyalami racetrack in his turbocharged Renault F1. What a shame this circuit changed – it looked absolutely epic.
Ford's star of the 2010 Paris Motor Show has to be their new Focus ST. Set to debut in 2012, it packs 10% more power and torque than the current model but also manages to be 20% greener thanks to its high-output EcoBoost engine.
Lamborghini is not the only manufacturer wowing crowds as this year's Paris Motor Show as Jaguar has come out swinging with their radical new C-X75; a concept car that sports a high performance hybrid propulsion system.
007 can keep his DBS – the lovely new four-door Aston Martin Rapide is the model you really want sitting inside your garage, writes The Wheel Deal
So this is the first four-door Aston?
Well, no, not really.
Normally I'm not very excited by VW Camper vans but even I have to admit that this one is seriously impressive. A veteran of the Gumball 3000 Rally, this vintage 1961 VW Samba has been treated toa trusty old air-cooled Porsche 3.
Last week Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were each handed the keys to an Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari edition. Basically a steamy-hot version of the Fiat 500 we know and love, these limited-edition Abarths sport a special 1.
French driver Sebastien Ogier overcame the challenge of overnight leader Petter Solberg to win the Rally of Japan on Sunday, the 10th leg of the 13-round World Rally Championship. The Citroen driver covered the 26 stages in 3hr 10min 26.4sec, 15.
Fernando Alonso kept alive his challenge for the drivers' world championship with a near-flawless drive to an emotional and exciting victory in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, his maiden race on home soil for Ferrari.
The scorching Ferrari 458 Italia is proving to be a hot ride in more ways than one. And this is because in the last two months no less than four of these exotics have burst into flames at locations around the world.
Leeroy Poulter and Henry Dearlove dominated proceedings on the Osram Rally – round 6 of the Sasol South African Rally Championship – to not only finish as the top two-wheel drive car for the third time this season, but also put the Class A6 C.
Ken Block's long-awaited Gymkhana Three Video is being released to thrill-hungry fans on Tuesday 24 August. Expect bold new stunts, crazy moves and, of course, a brand new Ford Fiesta Gymkhana car to lust over. Six more sleeps and counting...
Pop Art and fast cars collide to create a psychedelic canvas on a moving gallery, writes The Wheel Deal
Close your eyes for a second and think of a racetrack. And not just any racetrack but the Circuit de la Sarthe; that perilous 13.
Michael Schumacher was handed a 10-place penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix later this month because of his actions in trying to stop Rubens Barrichello from passing him in Sunday's Hungarian GP at the Hungaroring.
Need proof that loud motors and killer tunes really do make the ultimate pop culture mix? Well then check out the five best car-themed music videos of all time:
Robbie Williams: Supreme
Starring none other than racing legend Jackie Ste.
What’s green, mean and usually found beating in the heads of other so-called hot hatchbacks? It could only be the mighty Ford Focus RS and, proving that hell actually does freeze over on occasion, it’s finally en route to showrooms here in So.
In the international motorsport arena nobody’s cooler – or more influential – than American rally driver and DC Shoes co-founder, Ken Block. A laidback individual harking from Long Beach, California, Mr.
Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena laid the foundations of their victory during the first two days of the rally. At the end of the final stages of Rally Bulgaria they racked up their 58th world championship win.
Alfa Romeo celebrates its centenary with an all new Alfa Romeo Giulietta which features a basket of electronic safety systems, including Alfa DNA, which allows drivers to customise the car’s handling, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Dynamic Steering.
Unhappy with the wheels on your new Ferrari 458 Italia? Want your Italian supercar to stand out even more from the rarified crowd? Well then you'll be happy to hear that Hamann have just released two sets of alloy wheels designed exclusively for.
Toyota has started recalling Lexus and Crown luxury vehicles in Japan over an engine defect in the latest setback for the automaker beset with quality problems. Toyota says actions in overseas markets will follow soon.
Over 100 Lamborghini cars past and present, and their drivers, gathered in Switzerland this weekend, 18 to 20 June, in a dynamic celebration of the marque. Owners from across the world joined ‘Lamborghini St.
Some say he never blinks, and that he roams around the woods at night foraging for wolves. Others muse that his tears are in fact adhesive, and that if he ever caught fire he’d actually burn for no more than a thousand days.
It goes without saying that a good percentage of the globe’s finest sports and luxury cars typically end up in the garages of rock stars; those charismatic people who, in-between bouts of binge drinking, recreational drug use and other unmentio.
Michael Schumacher was looking for his first top-three finish in his return to racing after a three-year retirement. Instead, the seven-time Formula 1 season champion ended up 11th Sunday in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell crashed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans just 18 minutes after the race started. Mansell spun around in his Ginetta-Zytek and hit the security barrier before the Indianapolis turn.
Courtesy Michelin, here are some interesting numerical figures about the Le Mans 24-Hour – the worlds most famous endurance race.
25% fewer tyres used in 2009 than in 2006.
3: The longevity of Michelin tyres has tripled since 1998.
Nimble and sporty with just enough power to please, the Mazda MX-5 is still a driving purist's dream, writes The Wheel Deal
After a few years in the motor journalist game, you’ll soon realise that you don’t always need a huge engine in fro.
Red Bull Racing yesterday confirmed that Mark Webber will continue driving for them in the 2011 F1 season. Red Bull's team principal, Christian Horner, commented: "The decision to retain Mark was very straightforward.
A few weeks ago I invited 10 readers to join me for hot laps around Zwartkops Raceway in my Times Racing Mustang. I was also joined by Etana's Paolo Cavalieri who upped the car ante with his BMW 745i and über-rare Ferrari 250 GTM.
The Lexus LFA goes into production in October this year and a very limited number are set for South African shores. Of course, crafted from a Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) monocoque body shell that houses a 412kW 4.
The fantastic smile-a-minute Fiat 500C is definitely worth the ridicule form the big and brawny, writes The Wheel Deal
If you’re a straight single guy endowed with a pitiful romantic track record such as mine, admitting that you like Fiat’.
When it comes to the world of motorsport, almost every meeting has its mishap; that one twisted moment where man loses control of machine and ends up making a complete ass of himself in front of the spectators packing the stands.
Leeroy Poulter and Henry Dearlove dominated class A6 on the Rally of South Africa, thanking their new sponsor Imperial Toyota with a stunning drive to seventh overall and the first two-wheel drive car home on the fourth round of the Sasol South.
It's desirable and good to drive, but will the new Renault Laguna Coupé steer customers away from the Teuton faithful, writes The Wheel Deal
Can anybody remember what the previous generation Renault Laguna looked like? I certainly can’t but.
Leeroy Poulter and Henry Dearlove have a clear objective in mind for the fourth round of the Sasol South African Rally Championship, the Rally of South Africa, which takes place in the Ermelo region of Mpumalanga; to take maximum points and the.
Looking at cars is one thing but imagine being able to draw the machine of your dreams with a just few deft stokes of your pen or pencil? Speaking from experience I can tell you that this is no easy feat but by downloading this new application fr.
Ever wanted to know what makes the Honda VTEC engine so legendary? Then check out this awesome post on autoevolution. Concise and easy to understand, it gives you the lowdownon Japan's most famed motoring export.
The Ford Everest 3.0 TDCI LTD is a monster in more ways than one, writes The Wheel Deal
If you’re one who tends to judge books by their covers, then you’ll probably take an instant dislike to the Ford Everest.
At 2pm on Tuesday 20 April a group of 51 Drivers (including 14 media, 6 GMSA Engineers, Gerotek Test Drivers and a number of professional drivers) set off on a mission to break a number of existing South African speed and distance records for di.
Despite heavy mist and muddy roads, Leeroy Poulter and co-driver Henry Dearlove put on an awesome performance to finish first in their class at the Sasol Rally 2010 held around Sabie and Graskop this past weekend.
On only their second WRC event ever, Monster World Rally Teamʼs Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino continued to prove their ability to keep pace with the veteran drivers, securing sixth fastest on stage three times during the Rally of Turkey.
The 2010 Rally of Turkey has not started well for the Monster World Rally Team. Indeed, in the very first stage of this grueling motorsport event Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino managed to prang their box-fresh Ford Focus RS WRC into a tree stump.
The Race Prep team heads into the Sasol Rally 2010 – round 3 of the Sasol SA Rally Championship – knowing it has a tough fight on its hands. Not only from their class A6 rivals but from the Mpumulanga forest roads as well.
The price of the new Nissan Leaf has just been announced and many people think it's, uh, a little on the pricey side. Indeed, if you live in North America a base spec model will cost you no less than $32,780 – or R240 933.
The savage new Hennessey Venom GT has finally been unveiled to the world. Basically a lengthened Lotus Elise laced with chemical mutagen, this hand-fettled exotic slayer comes loaded with a supercharged 6.
It was another frustrating day for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. For after starting the race in pole position and rushing ahead of everybody else, the young German retired on lap 26 due to brake failure.
The talented young Sebastian Vettel will be starting tomorrow's 2010 Melbourne Grand Prix in pole position. Snapping on his blue and red heels is fellow Red Bull driver Mark Webber and Spain's Fernando Alonso in his scarlet Ferrari.
The Renault F1 Team and Altran have just launched the seventh season of their competition aimed at bringing young engineers into F1.
If you have what it takes you could find yourselft at the Altran Engineering Academy.
I found this interesting article on autoevolution.com about Formula 1's legendary turbocharged era; a time when blown 1.5-litre engines from the likes of BMW, Renault and Ferrari were capable of whacking out an incredible 1400hp.
As a big fan of the Ford Mustang, I was very glad to see that it made it onto Autopia's list of the 10 Damn-Near Perfect Cars. Other entries include the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution series, the Porsche 911 and rugged Toyota Hilux.
Sebastien Loeb has won Rally Mexico; the second round of this year's 2010 World Rally Championship. The Frenchman, in typical fashion, made his victory look all too easy by crossing the finish line 24.2 seconds ahead of rival Petter Solberg.
Bring out the exorcist; the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG has arrived, writes The Wheel DealI think there’s something evil residing in the innards of this Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG; an unseen entity that makes your hackles rise and skin prickle.
Of all the international motor shows, Geneva certainly has to be one of the best; its right-sized halls harboring just the right combination of mouthwatering concept cars and box-fresh production models.
Ford re-wrote the record books on Saturday, 27 February 2010 by gathering South African Ford enthusiasts from around the country together for the largest recorded Ford parade in history.
This is according to a Ford statement today.
It certainly was a wicked weekend for the Monster World Rally Team as Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino won the 100 Acre Wood Rally in their brand new Ford Fiesta; the car's first ever victory in the Rally America series.
Since the Detroit Motor Show, manufacturers have been unleashing all sorts of interesting eco concept vehicles. And the latest to hit the world’s motoring blogs and websites is the seductive Mercedes-Benz F800.
Saturday's Stater Bros. 300 held at Auto Club Speedway went down to the wire, with Kyle Busch pipping Greg Biffle at the line by a mere .051 seconds – the 10th slimmest margin of victory in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Here are the first pictures of the swanky new VW Polo GTI. Set to wow hot-hatch lovers at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, this miniature Golf lookalike will take to the streets packing the firm's advanced 1.4-litre TSI engine.
The attractive new KIA Cerato Koup really does have the power to surprise, writes The Wheel Deal
Not too long ago, driving a KIA could be likened to wearing one of your dad’s old jackets on a cold day – practical but shamefully uncool.
MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi impressed the socks off Ferrari last week when he set some truly impressive track times in a 2008-spec race car running on GP2 tyres. Giving it stick around Barcelona's Catalunya circuit, Rossi got within 0.
The BMW M3 Convertible proves that sometimes a super saloon really can go topless, writes The Wheel Deal
One can’t help but being sceptical when it comes to sizing up convertible versions of high performance saloons.
After months (it seems more like years if you ask me) the chaps at Polyphony Digital have given Gran Turismo 5 the final production go-ahead; the title hopefully becoming available to the world's gaming public in March 2010.
Ford, probably the most innovative and forward thinking of America's big three automakers, is planning to incorporate a special Twitter application into their next generation Sync in-car communication system.
The San used to look up at the night sky and say that the stars were holes in the roof of the world. The rain - when it came - they believed was water leaking through those same holes.
Ireland clearly didn't get much of a roof at all.
Toyota has launched a new plug-in hybrid Prius that can go 123 kilometres on batteries alone before the petrol engine kicks in. Now the manufacturer has planned a year-long demonstration programme, leasing 580 vehicles in Japan, the U.S. and Europe.
Just hearing the word "Nürburgring" gets me all hot and flustered, so when I saw this six-minute trailer for Titan – an upcoming documentary about the legendary "Green Hell" – I immediately had to stop what I was doing and indulge myself wit.
Vicki Butler Henderson, the hottie from the British motoring show Fifth Gear, recently scored a drive in a 1000HP Ford Mustang. Read about her white-knuckled muscle car adventure by visiting timesonline.co.uk.
Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One commercial rights-holder, spoke last night (Monday) of his fears that Renault could leave the sport over allegations that the team asked one of their drivers to crash his car to help his team-mate win a race.
While the Boeing 747's 40th birthday continues to generate a mild flurry of excitement around the world - except, perhaps, back in its own home town at Paine Field in Everett, Washington - I thought I'd share this classic photo with you.