So hey, it turns out that on top of everything else, Hitler got slapped with a speeding fine south of Ingolstadt for going twice the speed limit in his Mercedes limousine. This was about two years before becoming Fuhrer, though, so Adolf got his chauffeur to take the heat to keep from spoiling his image.
Oh, you’ve only heard of it? Not good enough, my friends. This new puppy is getting a few tongues wagging. Questions are being raised, like: Is it awesome? Is it awful? Is it hot, or am I labouring under the burden of car beer goggles? Well, until such time as you get your hands on [...]
Time to ditch the Farmville, folks! Mini have just released a Facebook game powered by the mighty forces of Flash and Google Maps that allows you to motor a mini.. er Mini across the global destination of your choice.
23-year old Croatian entrepreneur Mate Rimac unveiled the Concept_One electric supercar at the Frankfurt Motor Show yesterday – a 1,099 horsepower machine that can go a little under 600 km per charge, and can get over 300 km/h on a stretch. Is that enough car numbers? I’m not great at car numbers. Take a look at the thing though, it’s sexy.
There isn’t much right with South Africa’s roads. Take the Jan Smuts Avenue, for instance. It snakes through the heart of Johannesburg from Parktown on the very edge of town, to the dusty wastelands of the godforsaken and heathen Randburg in the north. Along the way, it passes through important suburban locations like Hyde Park, Craighall, and my doorstep.
Sleek, compact design, leather seats, carbon fiber chassis. This is what a baby needs in a stroller today, right? This is the future? Swedish designer Dawid Dawod thinks so, having collaborated with Porsche Design to put together the P’4911 for parents with their fiscal priorities in order.
Changing a tyre involves more swearing, cursing and scraped knuckles than a bar fight between 500 drunken racehorse owners. It’s something that one day we will all have to face. So you’d think car makers would make it easy. You’d be wrong. Very wrong.
An American mechanic took a client’s classic Ferrari F40 for a spin in Texas last week. Unfortunately he lost control of the 20-year-old supercar and smashed it into a fence. He survived, but somehow I don’t think that helps his case much. Police felt it necessary to also mention that speeding was involved before the accident.
14-year-old Matthew James’ left arm only developed to the wrist. Which is why Matthew sent a letter to the Mercedes F1 team, offering them free advertising space on a new £35,000 (ZAR 414 000) robot hand if they would pay for it. Which worked out pretty okay, because now has a custom i-LIMB Pulse hand from Touch Bionics.
This thing needs no introduction but this poor Aussie chap at least deserves some publicity. So when Chris Petrie bought his motorised beer cooler online, for a mere R4 700, he probably didn’t expect to get busted driving it drunk only minutes after he’d assembled it. He also had his licence suspended for 10 months. Who cares.
Which, as you’ll see, is pretty damned fine. The August issue also features the very spicy Ferrari FF, which is an interesting development in the Ferrari stable, and a fast one at that. Here’s a little something else, to whet your appetite. The New 2012 Lamborghini Aventador – Top Gear… by videosonlytube Get your hands [...]
They’re a generous lot, Mr Daniel’s henchmen, and over the next few weeks they’ll be running a competition where you can win a brand new, customised 2011 Ford Mustang GT500 Shelby. We’ll break that down in just a moment. The good news is, I’ve just driven the thing. And it is marvelous.
A lot of people have been talking about Rowan Atkinson’s car crash of late. And with every report of his crash came the mention that he had been on Top Gear a mere fortnight before, posting their fastest guest lap ever. He also spent part of the interview discussing his beloved McLaren F1 supercar – [...]
When I first heard about Google’s self-driving cars I was excited. Google weren’t the first to experiment with this kind of thing, and technology is evolving, but deep down I always knew it would be hard to trump KITT from Knight Rider or DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future. Prius on Prius car love after the jump.
The British actor more commonly known as Mr Bean has crashed his purple McLaren F1. The R7.5 million supercar spun several times, smashed into a tree and ploughed into a road sign before catching fire on the opposite side of the road. This isn’t the first time he’s had an incident while driving his purple passion either.
I think it’s incredibly easy to forget that we are living through one of the great technological revolutions in human history. And the car is of course well and truly part of that revolution. Yesterday I sampled what might be one of the most advanced cars on the road today, and to be honest, I’m not sold.
GM’s Electric Networked-Vehicle (EN-V), the pod-shaped hands-free electric vehicle unveiled last year, is set for release soon. Confined to metropolitan areas, we should be able to live out our Jetsons inspired fantasies a little sooner than we’d planned, once GPS technology catches up a little.
What I love most about touring car championships is that they germinated the idea of the basic pocket rocket in the public mind. Think of the glory days of British touring car championships – would they have been the same without the plucky Mark II Mini bouncing about the track, holding its own against magnificent Jaguars and brutal American Ford Mustangs? Would our idea of a fun hatchback be the same if it wasn’t for touring car championships?
One of the reasons I love driving cars from all over the world is that I wrongly or rightly approach the vehicle with the stereotype of the people who made it clouding my judgement. It’s fun. And with the French, there is a veritable cheese platter of character traits from which to choose.
There are two aspects to this video. The first is very obvious: girls chose to wash Russian-made cars in bikinis for Vladimir Putin, as the headline suggests. And the other is the awkward on air moment between the two television news presenters that happens after they cover the story.
The pictures you are about to see involve an accident caused by a person in Monte Carlo. This person collided a Bentley with a Mercedes, Ferrari, Porsche AND an Aston Martin – resulting in total damages of R7.6m.
Bakkies might be sneakily becoming the new SUVs of our day. They come under a lot less GreenPeace-fire than big luxury 4x4s, and rightly so. They’ve got great diesel engines which are not only powerful but incredibly frugal to boot, and because the load bay is lined with melted rubber instead of the wool of rare sheep, you don’t mind getting it a bit dirty. I just can’t decide if this is a good thing.
I was chatting about this with a good acquaintance last night who used to own a Mercedes AMG, and had since toned his taste down a bit because he had had a massive crash and didn’t want to own fast cars anymore. He said he’d kill himself yadda yadda. That logic is ridiculous, and I told him so.
At the risk of sounding like a complete kill-joy, I just need to clear this up. I don’t mind a quick flurry on a console every once in a while, but I just can’t stand it when it’s referred to as driving or driving simulation. It’s like saying a war game is war simulation. I imagine if you asked anybody who’s actually been in a war what they think of Call of Duty 4, they will tell you to politely sod off. I imagine if you ask a racing driver what he thinks of Need For Speed 13, he will say the same thing.
A Dutch TV show looking for the “worst driver in the Netherlands” has found a clear winner. During filming of the last episode, this guy had to accelerate up to speed, apply the brake and swerve to miss a giant obstacle. Instead of breaking, he opted for accelerating – ploughing into the camera crew set up, hitting two people, including the host, and one parked car.
In their never-ending pursuit to find nuts, squirrels can sometimes forget to look left and right before crossing the road. The end result of this is not always nice, trust me, I work in Stellenbosch and see this daily. But check out this cheeky bugger – attempting to outrun a Lamborghini LP670-4 SV going at 160km per hour. That’s bold!
Like a hipster to a Sunday clothing market at an art-house cinema, many, many car enthusiasts are drawn to the vintage car market. It’s a wonderful place. Searching for that rare MG convertible, finding an example that still goes and stops without endangering your life, and taking it home to care for it and love it for the rest of your days is… The worst idea you will ever have. And I’ll tell you why. Vintage cars are shit.
You guys remember that VW commercial that ran during the Superbowl with a tiny Darth Vader? Well, Greenpeace does. And they’ve made a spoof follow-up in an effort to call attention to the automaker’s environmental record. Liberal media sentiments aside, it’s cute – click through for a tiny Vader and a Message About The Environment.
Every person’s first car must be utterly terrible and must visit all manner of misfortunes and financially painful incidents. This is the way of things. How life should be. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that “thus sayeth the Lord”, because they finished that particular book some 1500 years before Gottlieb Daimler’s horseless carriages. I’m happy then to say that my first car is utterly woeful. [Follow link to read the full column]