The Porsche 959 is remembered as one of the greatest cars of the modern era, and certainly one of the jewels in the crown of Porsche, the eternal sports car king. What’s considerably less well-known is that the car was a fantastic failure at literally every point of its life. Porsche put the 959 into production in 1987, and when it did it was probably the most technologically advanced car in the world. It had not one but two turbochargers. It made 450 horsepower from just a 2.85-liter engine. It did 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and topped out at 196 mph, still impressive figures today. It had computer-controlled variable all-wheel drive. It had driver-adjustable ride height and suspension settings along with a number of electronic systems advanced for the time. We’re quite used to these kinds of systems today, but this was radical 30 years ago. Each one of these technologies would have been a big deal at the time. Porsche, then still a relatively small car company, bundled them … [Read more...] about The Porsche 959’s History Was Way More of a Disaster Than You Know
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BRITISH drivers are being baffled by the nation's traffic signs. The UK is known for its overuse of road signs, and it seems our motorists just can't get their heads around all of them. According to a study by easyJet and Europcar, as many as 76 per cent of Brit drivers struggle with some of our own signage. Research found that more than half of drivers have made a wrong turn because they misunderstood a sign, while around 27 per cent broke the speed limit or indicated the wrong way. And motorists are just as confused when driving through Europe, with 80 per cent unsure of foreign signs. So how many of the 10 most challenging signs in Britain can you correctly identify? Take the test and check your answers below. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Latest motors newsROBO CONE 'Robotic' traffic markers that mean you won't get stuck in roadworks queues again TOXIC AIR Car pollution costs NHS £6BILLION a year - and diesels are the worst offenders FALSE ECONOMY Almost 98 PER CENT of … [Read more...] about The confusing UK road signs that are baffling drivers – do YOU know what they mean?
BRITISH drivers struggle when it comes to understanding foreign road signs, a recent study has found. As many as 70 per cent of motorists have come across a road sign while driving abroad and had no idea what it meant. Conducted by Co-op Insurance, the study found that three quarters of Brits are bamboozled by foreign road signs. And worryingly, just over 10 per cent said they had been involved in an accident for misunderstanding a signal while driving in another country. So how good are you when it comes to identifying international road signs? Take Co-op Insurance's quiz to find out how many you know. The study also found that a combined 41 per cent of drivers blamed a confusing sign for causing them to make a wrong turn or veer down a road they shouldn't have been on, while 14 per cent became victims of road rage when they read a sign incorrectly. And it seems struggling with foreign road laws and signs is actually enough to discourage Brits from driving abroad. Two fifths of … [Read more...] about The foreign road signs that drive Brits insane – but do you know what they mean?
It goes without saying that a car costing £1000 is not going to be as good as one worth ten times that price. Whether or not it is 10 times worse, however, is another matter. So it is that we say welcome to the world of £1000 wonders, where our job is to search the CarGurus classified listings in order to prove that it is perfectly possible to find bargain basement used cars that have plenty left to offer. First though, a few tips. THE BASICSTempting as it might be to track down an old Jaguar saloon or Mercedes-Benz S-Class that’s fallen into sub-£1000 territory, in reality such a car is likely to have running costs that are disproportionate to its value. At this end of the market it’s more sensible to stick with cars that were affordable to buy in the first place, free from fancy equipment (less to go wrong) and equipped with parts that are cheap to buy and easy to find. Locating a car with a full service history is desirable but a little unrealistic. … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. £1000 Wonders: Why Cheap Doesn’t Mean TerriblePost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories
Fernando Alonso will compete for the World Endurance Championship and take part at Le Mans 24 Hours this season alongside his Formula 1 commitments.The two-time World Champion will be at every round of the World Endurance Championship apart from Fuji on October 21 as it clashes with the United States Grand Prix.But, after getting another taste of endurance racing at the Daytona 24 Hours last weekend, Alonso is ready to continue his Triple Crown bid and a deal to race for Toyota Gazoo Racing in WEC rounds, including Le Mans, has been agreed.“I’ve never been shy about my aim of winning motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’ – the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We tried for Indy last year, came close, but just missed out," Alonso said.“This year, I have the chance thanks to McLaren to race for the win at Le Mans. It is a big challenge – much can go wrong – but I am ready, prepared and looking forward to the … [Read more...] about Alonso signs up for WEC season and Le Mans