Cal Crutchlow – Britain’s leading MotoGP racer, the sole factory-backed UK rider in the championship for 2019 and on the cusp of his best season from eight years in the series – was speaking about the ever-present risk of injury ahead of the recent Grand Prix of Australia at Phillip Island. “I have broken my ankle twice… and dislocated it,” he had said. Twenty-four hours later the LCR Honda rider tumbled through the gravel at Doohan Corner at almost 150mph. Fractures to his right ankle required two operations and ruled him out of the Australian race (which he won in 2016), the penultimate round of the contest in Malaysia and this weekend’s 2018 curtain-closer around the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. It was a painful and final ending to 2018 but the incident does not represent anything near the culmination of Crutchlow’s time at the peak of motorcycle racing. He turned 33 while bed-ridden in Australia … [Read more...] about Cal Crutchlow: survival of the fittest as Britain’s top MotoGP rider looks to bounce back from injury
Veitis claims to have reimagined, redesigned and re-engineered a motorcycle for the 21st century. Yet at first glance its British-built eV-Twin looks pretty conventional – traditional, even – with styling somewhere between a US-style flat-track racer and a custom bobber [a type of stripped-down street bike]. Central to its visual impact is an engine block with prominent cooling fins, but without the plumbing for fuel delivery or exhaust. An unfinished project, perhaps? In fact, those alloy cases are crammed with state-of-the-art electrical technology. Battery clusters in the upper chambers feed DC power to a controller, which provides 3-phase alternating current to a radial flux motor of the interior permanent magnet (IPM) type, manufactured by Ashwoods in the UK. An IEC 62196 Type 2 recharging socket lives beneath the dummy fuel filler cap, and the motor generates recoverable energy during deceleration, transmitted via an inverted-tooth belt drive from the rear … [Read more...] about Veitis eV-Twin review: electric motorcycling is on a charge
The ascent of Porlock Hill is notorious, climbing 1,300 feet in less than two miles. It’s easy to see why this one-in-four with hairpin bends was, reputedly, used by car manufacturers as a test route to demonstrate the durability of their vehicles. My children normally shut their eyes at this point when we attempt the climb in our aged but ever-reliable Peugeot 206SW, which starts to whimper when faced with this near-vertical hill. But there’s no need for closed eyes this time as I put my foot down and the new Mini Cooper D Countryman’s engine responds effortlessly. Even though the power of the Countryman meant any nerves dissipate rather quickly, everyone, including my wife, heaves a sigh of... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for … [Read more...] about Great British Drives: a big Exmoor adventure in a Mini Countryman
Most cars run on petrol or diesel. Our favourite fossil fuels are cheap, convenient, relatively easy to store and transport, and readily available on every road and in every town across the developed world. But these aren’t the only fuels that will power an internal combustion engine. With a few modifications, you can run a petrol or diesel car on biofuels, wood, LPG, heating oil, or even second-hand cooking fat. You can power a car with pretty much anything. In addition to the growing number of battery-electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell cars on the road, there are plenty of good old-fashioned internal combustion engines running on something other than pure fossil fuels. The most common additive is bioethanol, which is routinely blended with unleaded petrol in small quantities for sale on forecourts around the country. But some people go one step further, and modify their cars to accept an increased amount of ethanol in their fuel mixture. Everybody … [Read more...] about Did Prince Charles really modify his Aston Martin to run on wine – and should we do the same?
Larne FC's millionaire Purplebricks' founder on proving the doubters wrong... and making football club biggest in the land BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Kenny Bruce is sitting in a Heathrow lounge preparing to board a flight to Los Angeles. He'll do business there for a couple of weeks before jetting off to Sydney for more of the same. Then it'll be back to England in December and a trip "home" for Christmas. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/larne-fcs-millionaire-purplebricks-founder-on-proving-the-doubters-wrong-and-making-football-club-biggest-in-the-land-37494893.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37494888.ece/277aa/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-11-06_lif_45495167_I5.JPG Email Kenny Bruce is sitting in a Heathrow lounge preparing to board a flight to Los Angeles. He'll do business there for a couple of weeks before jetting off to Sydney for more of the same. Then it'll be back to England in December and a trip "home" for Christmas. Home is Larne. It's … [Read more...] about Larne FC’s millionaire Purplebricks’ founder on proving the doubters wrong… and making football club biggest in the land