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  • Max makes history, but who are the other youngest F1 winners?

    At the tender age of 18 (and 228 days), Max Verstappen made history on Sunday by becoming the youngest Grand Prix winner. The race was also the teenager's first for Red Bull Racing, having swapped seats with Daniil Kvyat last week. Of course, the Red Bull is one of the better cars on the grid and the two Mercedes cars took each other out, but the win cannot be discounted. It's unlikely that Verstappen's record will be broken, owing to new FIA regulations regarding age, but who were the other young F1 winners? Sebastian Vettel The previous record-holder, Vettel was 21 years and...

  • At least Daniil Kvyat isn’t one of these rejected Red Bull drivers

    It must come as a bitter blow for Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat to hear that he would be swapping race seats with Dutch teenager Max Verstappen from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. The news broke just a few days after a disastrous Russian GP for Kvyat, that saw him collide with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel twice on the first lap. Of course, no-one remembers that the Russian scored a podium in the previous race... Still, things could be worse than a return to Toro Rosso for Kvyat. He could be one of these former drivers that were unceremoniously ejected from a Red Bull-backed...

  • Could this weird-looking concept take on the Smart FourTwo?

    Smart, the Mercedes Benz-owned city car brand, has always set the mark pretty high when it comes to technology and innovation in small vehicles. But if one, relatively unknown, Russian carmaker has its way, that could soon change. The manufacturer, called Mirrow, has unveiled refreshed designs for its concept, which it calls the Provocator. Rather than trying to shrink every aspect of a car down, as Smart has done, Mirrow's decided that what people actually want is a car that's about as tall and wide as an SUV, but which is only 270cm long. While it seems a...

  • Jorge Lorenzo enjoys dominant performance in Le Mans: the motorsport roundup

    In this week's motorsport roundup, we update you on the DTM, World Touring Car Championship, Blancpain GT Championship, and the MotoGP circus, which was as historic Le Mans. MotoGP: Crazy season continues as Lorenzo leads from flag to finish This season's looking to become yet another MotoGP classic. It seems that each Championship contender thus far has had a chance to run away with a flag to flag race, only to fall short the very next event. It was Rossi's turn in Le Mans, who settled for second behind his dominant teammate, Jorge Lorenzo. After both Ducatis and Marc Marquez took a tumble,...

  • Volvo wants to deliver online shopping to your car

    Anyone who's ever sat at home waiting for a package to be delivered knows what a pain it can be. It would be much more convenient if you could go about your day and your package could be delivered to your car right? If you answered yes to that question, you're obviously on the same wavelength as the bigwigs at Volvo. The Swedish car maker this week announced a partnership with Swedish start-up 'urb-it', which it claims will allow for in-car delivery of online shopping in under two hours. Under the terms of the agreement, urb-it's vetted delivery personnel --...

  • Oh Tesla, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

    Raise your hands if you, like me, raced to put in your pre-order when you heard the Tesla 3 would be heading to South Africa in late 2017. Within days of the announcement, the Tesla 3 had generated US$14-billion in reservations. It’s the first time that we as South Africans will get to see why Tesla is one of the world’s most popular cars. More interestingly, it’s also the first time Tesla will be shipping to a developing nation -- one where infrastructure and electricity supply are not always constant. So while the stats are impressive, the question lingers. Will the...

  • Check out Ford’s innovative mobile wind tunnel

    Building a proper wind-tunnel facility can be a seriously costly exercise, especially if you're developing multiple vehicle models in multiple locations around the globe. In a bid to find a workaround for that, the clever people at Ford have put together a mobile wind tunnel using little more than a couple of shipping containers and some high-tech aero-accoustic measuring technology. Each container includes aeroacoustic vanes and internal ducting to provide smooth, controlled airflow at the nozzle end of the machine, while two 16-bladed, six-foot-diameter ducted fans – each powered by a 250-horsepower electric motor – deliver a maximum blast...

  • Tesla wants to build 500k cars a year by 2018

    You can't argue that Tesla doesn't have serious ambitions. In its Q1 update, the California-based electric car maker announced plans to build 500 000 cars a year by 2018. That's significantly more than it's current production capacity, which it says will allow it to deliver between 80 000 and 90 000 new vehicles in 2016. According to Tesla's note, hitting the 500 000 cars a year mark by 2018 would put it two years ahead of its original schedule and is largely driven by the need to meet demand for the Model 3. "In the first week of taking...

  • Nico Rosberg joins racing greats with Russia win: the motorsport roundup

    If you're an avid motorsport fan, you'd probably know that not much happened this weekend. Yes, Vladmir Putin appeared in Moscow, while Talladega was the site for NASCAR's debut demolition derby event, but beyond that, there were quite a few series on leave. We also touch on a mega weekend for a Welshman around Imola. Formula 1: Rosberg makes it seven from seven, becomes history boy The Russian GP was a bit of a Mercedes fest once again, but this time it was Nico Rosberg came out on top. That's four wins out of four this year, and seven on the bounce...

  • BMW pushes design limits, sanity with new quad-turbodiesel engine

    BMW isn't a company afraid of throwing a turbo or two into one of its engines, but rarely have we seen four in a single motor. Yes, that's right. BMW's latest turbodiesel engine has four turbines, because it's clear that three -- fitted to its previous edition of the engine -- just isn't enough. Although it might sound excessive, it makes sense on paper. The new engine, which will displace 3.0-litres and boast six cylinders, will likely push 400-horsepower -- a quite incredible feat for such a small diesel engine. Additionally, the motor generates a staggering 760 N.m. of torque between 2000...

  • Nissan’s new compact crossover is called Kicks

    Nissan has unveiled its newest compact crossover and, to be completely honest, we're not really sure what to make of it. Called Kicks, the car is slightly larger than the Juke, the Nissan compact crossover which helped kickstart the segment. According to Nissan, the car retains the basic design cues taken from the Kicks Concept – first shown at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in 2014 and is built for "busy city-dwellers". The Japanese automaker says that it's spent a lot of time working on the car’s overall aerodynamic performance – not only to benefit its dynamic performance, but...

  • Ford B Max EcoBoost: get your dad on

    I am, at the time of this article going live, 28-years-old and have no children. I do, however, listen to talk radio and tell incredibly lame jokes. And that means I'm reasonably qualified to review the Ford B Max EcoBoost: a dad car with an impressive sting in the tail. Make no mistake, no one's going to think you're the coolest dad in the school-yard if you pull up in this mini-people carrier. Once you've explained to everyone why it's such a "sensible" choice though, Ford's clever 1.0l EcoBoost engine means you'll be able to burn them as you...

  • Autonomous Volvos to hit London by 2017

    Within the next year or so, Londoners could find themselves sharing the road with a fleet of autonomous Volvos. An unlike other autonomous driving trials, this one won't involve a bunch of scientists and engineers carefully observing what the cars get up to. Instead, real families, travelling on real routes will be ferried around by the autonomous fleet. The Swedish car maker says it will source its data from these everyday users and use this data to develop AD cars that are suitable for real world driving conditions, rather than the more unrealistic conditions found on test tracks. Drive...

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