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  • BP introduces ‘Ultimate with ACTIVE technology’ fuel to South Africa

    We don't often write about fuels here at Motorburn, but until the various alternatives become more readily available to the mass market any advancements made in the space are going to be important. And there is, no doubt, plenty of work being done to make fuels as economical and clean-burning as possible. That much was clear at the South African launch of BP's 'Ultimate with ACTIVE technology' fuels in Johannesburg on Tuesday night. According to the petroleum giant, these fuels are designed to keep your engine clean, aiding both performance and economy. In fact, BP claims that the new...

  • How many BMW i3s have been sold in South Africa?

    BMW South Africa has revealed just how many i3 electric vehicles have been sold in the country. In a press release to announce the UberGreen promotion in Cape Town, BMW and Uber noted that 124 cars have been sold in South Africa since its March 2015 launch. The UberGreen promotion will see BMW i3 cars available as an option for Uber users in the Mother City, albeit for a limited time only. BMW and Uber also revealed that "close to 50 000" BMW i3s have been sold since its international launch in 2013. The German automaker's cheaper i-series vehicle goes from 0-100 in 7.2...

  • There’s a reason why they call it the Wall of Champions…

    The Formula 1 calendar shifts into eighth gear as the championship holds four races in just six weeks, starting with this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve combines numerous chicanes, two hairpins and a lengthy straight, making for one of the more challenging tracks on the calendar. Unarguably the most infamous feature is the final chicane, featuring a wall that has been dubbed the Wall of the Champions, no doubt due to the fact that numerous champions, would-be champions and rookies have clouted it over the years. The wall received its name after a rather eventful 1999 race, which saw Michael...

  • What should we make of the Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid hack?

    Over the past few days, the motoring community has been abuzz with news that a team of hackers managed to wirelessly hack a Mitsubishi Outlander, taking control of its electric charging and alarm systems. While this is far from the first time a car has been remotely hacked, it has raised fresh fears about just how easy it is to break into contemporary vehicles. But just how worried should we be? How it's done Before delving deeper into that question, it's worth taking a look at where the security flaw lies. As demonstrated by security researcher Ken Munro, the major issue is...

  • Meet Merc’s tasty new E Class Estate [Gallery]

    While they've played a much smaller role in the market over the past few years, estate cars remain a favourite of motoring journalists. And it seems the manufacturers are pretty big fans too. Proof of that lies in the slew of quality estates coming onto the market, including the latest effort from Mercedes Benz. The new E Class Estate, set to make its debut at the MercedesCup tennis tournament, currently underway in Stuttgart, Germany. According to Merc, the new E Class Estate is sportier, roomier, and more practical than its predecessor. "The new Estate is as dynamic as...

  • Watch the weekend’s major motorsport crashes here

    It was a big weekend for motorsport, as Formula 1 hosted the Monaco Grand Prix and the IndyCar Series held the 100th running of the Indy 500. Only care for the crashes and mishaps? Well, we've got you covered you filthy casual, so check out some of the bigger shunts below. Sage Karam's bad luck at Indy continues. The pitlane at Indy is always a chaotic part of the track, oddly enough... Verstappen's Monaco weekend began with a qualifying crash... And ended with a lock-up and crash in the race. Jolyon Palmer was another victim at Monaco. SA's own Sisa Ngebulana caused this massive Formula 3 crash. The...

  • This is the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

    If you're not a fan of the direction BMW is taking with its GT cars, avert your eyes now. The German auto giant has just announced the latest BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, set to launch in July. According to BMW, the new 3 Series Gran Turismo is sportier and more fuel-efficient than its predecessors and will come with three petrol and five diesel engines, all offering higher outputs than the ones they replace. At 4 824 millimetres in length, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is around 200 millimetres longer than the other members of the BMW...

  • Mutants with wheels: what (production) cars would the X-Men drive?

    Given that the protagonists have superpowers (some of which allow them to fly), it's not all that surprising that cars don't play too big a role in the X-Men universe. In fact, the only mutants to consistently have their own vehicle is Cyclops, who has a motorbike and various types of car, and Wolverine, who has a Harley Davidson. But the other grown-up mutants must have their own cars too. After all, Storm's hardly going to summon the weather to pick up a few things at the grocery store (there's also the fact that at least one movie shows...

  • Joy and (some) confusion: Twitter reacts to Alexander Rossi’s Indy 500 win

    Winning the Indy 500 is a milestone achievement for any racing driver, being part of the Triple Crown of motorsport. Winning the 100th running of the event though? That's a surefire way to go down in the history books, as Alexander Rossi did, competing in his first Indy 500. The American, who previously raced in F1 for Manor and Caterham and is currently Manor's test driver, managed to coast across the line in sensational fashion. While rival racers opted for a splash and dash pit stop several laps from the end, Rossi managed to save fuel by coasting at every opportunity. His motorsport...

  • Unforgiving Monaco: F1’s crown jewel

    Easily the most unforgiving Formula 1 circuit of the year, Monaco presents a stiff challenge for drivers thanks to its slippery surface and tight, narrow corners. Unlike modern F1 circuits, there are no runoff areas here either, as the track is lined with Armco barriers, leading to many an early retirement. But to win here is to truly stamp your name in the sport's history books, joining the likes of Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps as a true test of driver and machine. A step above the rest Speaking of history books, Ayrton Senna holds the record for most victories around the Principality, having won the race an impressive...

  • Indy 500: A look at the craziest crashes in recent history

    "Oh, it's just cars going around in circles." This tends to be the refrain when the Indy 500 is mentioned, but these racers are all travelling at the very edge of their limits, at speeds in excess of 360 kilometres per hour. Sometimes, drivers overstep their limits though, and the results can be rather spectacular. We look at some of the craziest shunts in Indy 500's recent history. Castroneves and Mann's heavy wrecks in 2015 practice Quick medical assistance saved James Hinchcliffe in last year's practice Ed Carpenter flips his car in last year's qualifying Will Power and Mike Conway had a scary crash at...

  • South Africa’s Brad Binder wins third Moto3 race in a row

    Brad Binder's Moto3 season just keeps getting better and better, as the South African won his third race in a row this weekend. Binder's latest victory came at the sweeping Mugello circuit in Italy, following a seesaw battle between the top group of riders. The race routinely saw riders go from outside the podium to first and vice-versa over the course of a lap, the long main straight delivering ideal conditions for slipstreaming and late braking. The South African ultimately clinched the win by 0.03 seconds from Italy's own Fabio di Giannantonio. In fact, the top five were separated by a mere 0.07...

  • Ford Focus ST: feel the power!

    "Be careful, it's fast". That was the warning given to me by a Ford representative when he dropped off the Focus ST at Burn Media HQ. I nodded my assent, but was quietly confident I could handle this muscular-looking beast. A week later, I'm still not really sure who handled who. You see, the ST is perfectly capable of handling everyday driving tasks with relative comfort and ease, but it doesn't take long before you find you realise that nothing about this car says "everyday". A very hot hatch While the hot hatch wars don't generate nearly as many...

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