Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day If you’re of the opinion that the World Time Attack Challenge is restricted to a single weekend in Sydney, Australia, you’d be dead wrong. WTAC is a full-time commitment for the brave and somewhat masochistic souls who aim for a podium finish. Competitors like Matt Longhurst, a South Australian amateur owner-driver who’s happy to go toe-to-toe with the professionals. Matt is a genuinely humble bloke with massive dreams and one monster of an R34 Skyline GT-R lurking in his garage. Nissan’s new millennium flagship may have indeed been a marvel of Japanese performance engineering and certainly worthy of the accolades and international attention it received in its day, but in comparison to Matt’s extreme build, the only word I can find for the factory R34 GT-R offering is ‘cute.’ That’s not to insult the heritage of this GT-R, it’s more to emphasise the complete and … [Read more...] about A 1000hp GT-R & The Long Road To WTAC
Long road trip hacks
WITH summer fast approaching, plenty of us will be planning to head away for a short break, or just get out on the road to enjoy the weather. But before you set off, there are a few simple tips you should take note of to make to ensure your road trip runs smoothly. IAM Roadsmart has pulled together a few simple things every driver should do ahead of a summer drive. First off, clearing out any excess weight including those coats, boots and scarves that took up permanent residence during the winter months will help you to save fuel even before you even set out. With all the summer glare around, you need to make sure you've got a clear view of the road. Your demister can put a film of grime from traffic fumes on the inside of the windscreen combine with the sunlight to block your vision. How to keep your car healthy in the heatBattery: Your car battery is dangerous as it is composed of acid and water. The water within the battery will evaporate faster in soaring temperatures … [Read more...] about Get your car ready for a summer road trip with these simple maintenance tips
SAN FRANCISCO — At a glance, they look like a sleeker version of the traditional California license plate: 6 by 12 inches with a sequence of letters and numbers printed in a blocky font. But the new digital screens that will be appearing on cars throughout the state next month are far removed from the typical metal placards. “Think about it like this: The difference between a flip phone and a smartphone is vast,” said Neville Boston, co-founder and CEO of Reviver Auto, the Foster City company that makes the Rplates. The plates, he says, are the auto industry’s answer to smartphone technology. Smooth and reflective, the tablets display a license plate number when the car is moving and become a customized billboard when it’s parked. The devices could be used to automatically pay for parking and bridge tolls, and track a vehicle if it’s stolen. They could also eliminate the need for registration stickers. In short, they seem perfectly tailored for a … [Read more...] about California’s digital license plates: road to convenience or invasion of privacy?
Volvo is clearly on a roll, producing one of the best large SUVs (XC90) and now clinching the European Car of the Year title with the small XC40. We’re trying the mid-size XC60 to see whether its Swedish style is more than skin deep. Our car: Volvo XC60 D5 PowerPulse AWD R-design List price when new: £43,505 Price as tested: £53,580 Official fuel economy: 54.1mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests June 5th, 2018 Fuel consumption this week: 38.7mpg For those who have been watching The Bridge unravel on BBC2, Sweden appears a rather dangerous place. The Nordic Noir police drama has a high body count and is eerily dark – like Midsummer Murders by moonlight. However, having driven across Scandinavia many times, I know it is remarkably safe. People adhere to the speed limits and nobody uses a mobile phone behind the wheel. There’s probably a campaign to fit wandering elks with high visibility vests. We’ve already … [Read more...] about Volvo XC60 – long-term test: the ultimate middle-class car?
Selflessly testing the widely-held theory that you can use Stuttgart’s finest as an everyday car, Kyle Fortune tries family life with a 911 Carrera Coupé Our car: Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé List price when new: £76,412 Price as tested: £84,891 Official fuel economy: 34.0mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests March 13th, 2018 Fuel economy this week: 21.5mpg I’m not expecting any sympathy, but the Porsche 911 Carrera has gone. I’ll admit to being more than a little bit distraught when the man from Porsche came to collect it; still, better to have loved and lost and all that… And love it I did, which isn’t unusual for long-term test cars, but there’s usually a lengthy list of provisos attached to that. With the 911 there really wasn’t. I’d asked to borrow it out of a genuine interest to see if a sports car would work as a daily driver. Not just a car for selfish old me, … [Read more...] about Porsche 911 Carrera – long-term test: is a 911 really the best all-rounder?