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  • Video: Audi TT flies through the air in incredible Sandton car crash

    As an avid motorsport fan, I've seen a fair number of ludicrous crashes in my time. But nothing compares to this road accident caught on tape in Sandton. A female driver believed to be in her 20s, was piloting an Audi TT when the vehicle veered off the road Sunday morning. The car then became airborne, slammed into a roadside signpost, and came to rest at an adjacent wall. The entire shunt, which took place on the corner of Rivonia and Marion Road, Sandton, is over in less than four seconds. Arrive Alive tweeted a video of the unfolding accident to its official...

  • Gallery: Toyota’s Aygo X-Cite is a cutesy city car with a drop-top

    The Toyota Aygo is supposed to be a small city car for trendy urban kids, but the Japanese company has taken it one step further. Dubbed the X-Cite, the revised model has been converted into a drop-top seemingly just in time for the South African Summer. "The X-Cite offers South African buyers the option of an affordable, open-top compact hatch with its retractable canvas roof model," the company notes in a press release. "Finished in black, the full-length X-Cite canvas roof is factory-fitted and electrically-operated with a switch next to the map light control in the headlining." For petrolheads, the X-Cite features a...

  • Sasol Solar Challenge records tumble as SA teams impress

    The Sasol Solar Challenge, an event that could be likened to the Dakar Rally of the solar powered-car world, has already seen records tumble on its first day. Dutch team Nuon broke the competition's record for the "furthest distance travelled by a solar-powered car in a single day", which amounted to an impressive 707km. This record was previously held by competitors (and current joint leaders) Tokai at 658km. Additionally, North West University's Siriusx25 also broke the distance covered by a South African team in a single day. The team's journey lasted 611km, in a car that was custom-built in South Africa. Sasol...

  • South Africa’s Brad Binder wins Moto3 Championship

    South Africa's Brad Binder on Sunday won the world Moto3 Championship in Aragon, Spain, after he finished second in the race. The 21-year-old Red Bull KTM Ajo rider becomes the first South African since 1980 to win a Motorcycle Championship, and is now only one of three to do so. The 2016 #Moto3 World Champion is @BradBinder_41! 🇿🇦🏁🏆#BinderChamp#AragonGP pic.twitter.com/60MIPePXqh— MotoGP™ (@MotoGP) September 25, 2016 In Brad Binder's brief career, he has recorded 83 starts, five wins (all coming this season), 16 podiums and five pole positions. This is Binder's sixth season in the light-motorcycle class. Brad Binder wrapped up the Championship with four...

  • 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...

  • Verstappen wins as Mercedes teammates tangle: the motorsport roundup

    An understatement would be suggesting that this weekend's motorsport action was crazy. Because it was much, much more than that. Formula 1 opened its European leg of the season in Barcelona, The Blancpain GT Series resumed at Silverstone, and NASCAR returned to Dover for its May race. Beyond that, the IndyCar Series also ran its pre-500 road race at Indianapolis, and we have some GP2 action from Spain as well. Formula 1: Max Verstappen benefits from Mercedes' in-fighting Take nothing away from the 18-year-old Dutchman who won an astonishing Spanish GP this weekend in his first race for Red Bull, but this probably...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Rosberg takes yet another win in China: the motorsport roundup

    It was a weekend littered with crashes, errant body work and awkward debriefs (we imagine) especially in the Formula 1 paddock, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series and the World Superbikes at Assen. But perhaps the most drama of all came way of the opening round of the World Endurance Championship. We have that, and news from MotoGP. And on that note... MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo to switch to Ducati in 2017 It's done. Lorenzo will move to Ducati in 2017 leaving Rossi at Yamaha and Dovizioso or Iannone without a ride. The Spaniard won three World Riders' Championships at the Japanese outfit, but has...

  • Kyle Busch wins yet another NASCAR Sprint Cup race: the motorsport roundup

    This week in motorsport saw Formula 1 making news, even though there was no event at all. Kyle Busch showed just why he won last season's Sprint Cup championship. And MotoGP riders give lessons in how not to ride a bike at all (apart from Marquez). All this and more in this week's motorsport roundup. NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kyle Busch just can't stop winning Defending Champion Kyle Busch took his second race victory in eight days as he lead the field across the line at the Texas Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, with Joey Logano rounding up the podium. And yes,...

  • Nico Rosberg wins five races on the bounce: the motorsport roundup

    After the Easter weekend lull when almost no motorsport action was seen, the roar of engines -- both petrol and electric -- were heard once more. This week, we cover the second round of the Formula 1 Championship in Bahrain, and head out west for MotoGP, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Formula E. Lastly, the European season saw the WTCC roar into life, while the World Superbikes series was also seen running rings at Aragon. F1: Rosberg makes it five wins in a row in Bahrain It's hard to believe that Rosberg had such a tough time in 2015 chasing Hamilton's shadow, because the...

  • Tesla Model 3 heading to South Africa

    It's a big day for Tesla and South African electric car fans, as the company announced that its mass-market Model 3 sedan is making its way to our shores. After the car was yesterday unveiled at a press event in the States, the company CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the additional countries that will see the Model 3. One of which is South Africa. Adding several more countries to Model 3 order page tonight. Check for details, but will include India, Brazil, SA, SK, NZ, Sing & Ireland. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2016 Fellow BRICS nations, India and...

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