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
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?
Getty Images No two road trips are alike — except that they all involve long distances, rushed meals, and groups of tired, bored, grumpy humans sharing the same cramped quarters for hours on end. To keep everyone happy, peaceful, and safe, we recommend that all road trips be bound by the same set of rules, which we present here, in no particular order. 1. First and foremost, everyone must use the bathroom before the vehicle hits the road. 2. The driver chooses the music: Whoever is at the wheel is also in control of the stereo, unless he decides to hand that power to someone else. However, he reserves the right to take it back at any time. Should a radio station play two or more songs in a row by Styx, Warrant, or Limp Bizkit, an obscure maritime law dictates that the person in control of the radio at the time must ride in the trunk until the next gas stop. 3. At all times, the co-pilot—meaning, whoever's riding shotgun—must remain awake and available to dish out … [Read more...] about 21 Rules of Road Tripping
FINAL REPORT - scroll down for earlier reports“Do you know what?” my partner asked me as we homed back in on Calais after 1500 miles in a week in the BMW 320d xDrive, adding those to the 15,000 miles racked up in the previous 11 months. “I’m really going to miss this car.” Why did she think that? “I don’t know why...”Ah. But as strange as it sounds, I’m with her on that. Well, I do know why, but I understand what she meant: the 3 Series is one of those cars that gets pretty much every little thing right, in such an unassuming way, that it makes life with it so easy, enjoyable and rewarding almost without you ever really noticing it.Whatever the 3 Series’ status and reputation as a stellar car to drive and a fine all-rounder, though, it still arrived in our possession last summer with a lot to prove. Back then, it had just undergone a facelift and its position as the star pupil of the class it had ruled for so long was under … [Read more...] about BMW 320d long-term test review: all the car you’d ever need?