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  • What’s new and overhauled in F1 2016 video game?

    Codemasters has quite the motorsports pedigree and its previous F1 games were rather fantastic. So some people were rather disappointed with the way F1 2015, the first current-gen F1 game, turned out. It wasn't necessarily a bad game by any stretch, but fans lamented the loss of features compared to previous entries. Fortunately, F1 2016 looks like it's on the right track (heh) at the very least. So here's what you should expect from the new game, which is set for an August release. Upping the simulator ante The latest F1 title seems to be going all-out in an attempt to win over...

  • Here are the winningest British drivers of the British Grand Prix

    Winning your home race is always a moment to savour, but the British Grand Prix is also rather special, being the first Grand Prix ever run in F1's history. Either way, winning the British Grand Prix as a Brit is something you won't soon forget, but who are the most successful drivers to do so? Jim Clark (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967) Praised for his smooth driving style, F1 legend Jim Clark made an indelible mark on the sport before his passing, winning two world championships. However, Clark also holds the record for the most overall British Grand Prix wins (albeit tied with Alain...

  • Have you ever seen a championship decided due to fastest lap?

    The final event on the Formula E calendar took place at London's Battersea Park, featuring a double-header that took the championship down to the wire. The second race of the weekend and the final race of the season, saw Renault's Sebastian Buemi and Audi Sport Abt's Lucas di Grassi tied on 153 points apiece. Unfortunately, di Grassi rear-ended Buemi's car on the first lap, knocking the rear wing off the Renault e.dams car and damaging the front of Di Grassi's car in the process. If the race ended there, di Grassi would be the winner due having more third place finishes - both were tied on victories and...

  • Did you know these neat tech features are in the new Astra? [Sponsored]

    We've already looked at its drastic weight cut and the practical safety features, but the new Opel Astra packs far more punch than that. In fact, the new car is bristling with high-tech tools so we looked at a few of the more prominent cutting-edge features. Who knew a camera could do this? The Opel Eye is essentially a front-facing camera that looks out onto the road ahead, but why would you want this sort of thing in your car? For starters, the Opel Eye is capable of reading traffic signs, warning you about speed limits and no-passing zones by displaying them in the instrument panel. The...

  • 5 crazy F1 team order controversies of recent memory

    It's Grand Prix week, and the F1 circus is moving to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday. The scene of quite a few exciting races, the track is perhaps best known for hosting an infamous team order debacle. So this made us think of several other team order controversies in F1 history. Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard (Australia 1998) The season-opening Grand Prix in 1998 showed us a McLaren that was truly in a class of its own, having hired Adrian Newey in 1997. In fact, Coulthard and Hakkinen finished a lap ahead of everyone else. Hakkinen, who was leading the race, relinquished the...

  • Ford Ranger Wildtrak: a big bakkie that fits in everywhere

    When Ford told me I'd be spending a week in the Ranger Wildtrak, I wasn't entirely sure how I felt. On the one hand, I've always fancied myself as the kind of person who could own a big bakkie. On the other, I live and work in areas of Cape Town which have plenty of very narrow roads and very little off-street parking. Usually that makes driving anything bigger than a compact SUV more than a little challenging. But in the Wildtrak, I felt entirely in control. You see, while this beast of a double cab is most at...

  • An app to manage NASCAR races is actually a thing

    Yeah yeah, every time I see a "X business benefits from Microsoft cloud" headline, I throw up a little. But I like motorsport, so when Microsoft outlined its work with NASCAR, my attention was piqued somewhat. The Redmond company has produced Mobile Inspection and Race Management apps for the racing series, making for some rather interesting changes in the pitlane. An easier way to officiate? The latter is the newest app, being designed for race organisers and officials to keep abreast of the action. "The race management app collects live video feeds and transponder data from the cars around the track. For the first time, officials have live,...

  • VISION NEXT 100: Rolls-Royce reveals its first autonomous ‘floating’ car

    Rolls-Royce unveiled its vision of future automotive luxury at the Roundhouse in London last week, a fully autonomous spectacle of opulence called the “103EX”. The self-driving car was designed by Giles Taylor and his team as part of the VISION NEXT 100, a range of imaginative car concepts that not only celebrated BMW’s centenary birthday but aimed to envision what the next hundred years of car evolution will look like. “Rolls-Royce 103EX is our first ever vision vehicle, and embodies just one of the endless possibilities that awaits. A personalised icon for the future, providing a sanctuary of calm in...

  • Did you know these cool safety features are in the new Opel Astra? [Sponsored]

    The latest model in Opel's long-running Astra range is one very lightweight vehicle, seeing between 120 and 200 kilograms of weight saved in some rather smart ways. That doesn't mean the car skimps on safety though, as the German marque has managed to include quite a few interesting features in this regard. We take a look at some of the intriguing ways that Opel's new Astra improves your safety. The bread and butter The car has a few fundamental safety features that you might take for granted nowadays - but they're no less important anyway. There are six airbags and six crash sensors, as well as an ISOFIX-standardised child seat system...

  • Just how did Opel shave up to 200kgs off the new Astra? [Sponsored]

    The latest Astra has quite a few interesting features, but Opel has also touted its much-reduced weight, claiming to cut up between 120 and 200 kilograms from the new car (depending on the model). The result is improved fuel economy and comfort as well as a better driving experience, the company said. How exactly did the German automaker manage to shave this much weight from the vehicle though? Fortunately, Opel shed some light on this for us... Where did all the savings come from? For starters, a new manufacturing process and the use of "high and ultra-high strength steel" resulted in 77 kilograms being shed. This accounted for the...

  • Watch: All the spins, crashes from 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours

    It's no understatement to say that the 2016 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours produced one of the most dramatic finishes ever seen in motorsport. The race weekend played host to more than just a heartbreaking finish though, as fans saw a few spins, hard shunts and general offs as well. Fortunately, YouTuber 'crambno29 R' did the legwork and produced a compilation of some of the best crashes, spins and hair-raising moments. Highlights include a prototype on fire (2:10), some wet weather anarchy that includes the safety car drifting (3:40), a nasty sideways impact with the tyre barrier (4:30) and a GT...

  • Le Mans: 23 hours, 57 minutes of reliability for leading Toyota

    In what might just be the most dramatic finish to the Le Mans 24 Hours yet, the leading Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi slowed down and came to a halt on the penultimate lap, handing the overall victory to Porsche. Nakajima reported a loss of power earlier on in the lap, eventually stopping on the start/finish straight, where the number two Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb overtook it with three minutes to go. Nakajima had a 30 second gap to the Porsche before the loss of power. The radio message from Nakajima saw the Porsche...

  • Here’s how to follow 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 online

    It's one of the most gruelling and prestigious races of the year with spades of history behind its name and years of technology development bolting around its tarmac. It's the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and this year, Porsche, Toyota and Audi will once again battle it out for top honours. If you can't catch the race on television, don't worry, there are other ways to keep abreast of the action. Note: the race starts at 3pm SAST on Saturday 18 June 2016, and ends at 3pm SAST on 19 June 2016. Twitter Your best bet is following the official Le Mans 24...

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