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  • Maserati to recall 21 000 vehicles in China citing safety issue

    Maserati is recalling some 21 000 of its cars in China over an interior design flaw that could increase the risk of collision, the country's Xinhua state media announced. The Italian marque will pull the country's Quattroporte and Ghibli models made between 22 March 2013 and 3 December 2015 to remedy the issue. And the issue, you ask? The cars' floor mats beneath the driver's pedals can snag the accelerator pedal when the pedal's in the working position, leading to an obvious problem. Maserati has said that it will replace the pedals on the cars. While this isn't the largest recall in...

  • Nico Rosberg wins as Ferrari falter: the motorsport roundup

    Finally, Formula 1 and MotoGP kicked their seasons off in the most emphatic ways possible, and we highlight the thrills and spills in this roundup. Also featuring, we have the V8 Supercars also roaring around Albert Park, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup at Auto Club Speedway too. So let's get on it. Formula 1: Ferrari really should've won, but terrible strategy gives Rosberg the win Vettel might've been okay about relinquishing his potential season-opening win, but it's clear that the team could've had a much better shot if they swapped tyres at the red flag break (we'll get into...

  • Di Grassi stripped of Mexican Formula E win: the motorsport roundup

    We're just under a week away from the MotoGP and Formula 1 series kicking off, but don't worry, there's plenty of motorsport action to keep you busy in the meantime. Don't believe us? Have a look at our latest motorsport roundup below. Formula E: di Grassi wins Mexican ePrix, loses it soon after Formula E is getting as controversial as Formula 1, and no, that isn't a good thing. Brazilian Lucas di Grassi drove a stellar race in Mexico City to take the race win and subsequently top the Championship points standings, all but for an hour, after which the driver...

  • Limpopo man’s homebrewed roadster is SA’s prettiest, frostiest custom car

    If you don't know too much about cars, don't worry, you don't really have to for this story. But you should appreciate this one man's dream of building his own sports car, and actually doing it. And not just any sports car, mind. It's what Frankenstein would build if he was head of the Corvette design team. Is this a bad thing? No, not really. And especially not if you're Moses Ngobeni, the resident Dr. Frankenstein and owner of this car who lives in Limpopo, South Africa. On the road to building his dream machine, Ngobeni sank around R200 000 into...

  • Keselowski wins, Neuville wrecks, Clipsal 500 gets controversial: the motorsport roundup

    Dust, lots of dust. That's what we saw in this week's motorsport action. From the NASCAR series in Las Vegas, to the fluffy sands of Mexico, you'll be hard pressed to find a driver or rider not covered in sludge this week. We also bring you action from the V8 Supercars series, finally underway again, and the general news from the world of wheels. NASCAR Sprint Cup: Keselowski survives ridiculous Sprint Cup race Las Vegas really spat out some surprises, from the diabolical weather (including rain, sand storms, and stong winds) to almost no driver getting the pit lane speed limit correct....

  • Driving a Seat Cupra 290 on a disused oval is not for the meek [video]

    Driving a road car around a famed racing oval is every petrol heads idea of a good weekend, but what if that oval has been abandoned for more than half a century? This is what CarThrottle's Matt Robinson did at the Seat Cupra 290 launch. The venue was the Autodromo Sitges-Terramar, Barcelona. The driver in charge was ex-WTCC racer Jordi Gene. And well, the oval surface was about as bumpy as you can imagine. The concrete circuit hosted one Grand Prix in 1923, but apart from a few minor races after that, the track's been lying dormant since, and largely intact. Eventually...

  • Audi SQ7 TDI boasts 320kW engine with ‘three chargers’

    Audi is focusing on the roads less traveled this year in Geneva, with updates to its Q lines across the board. But the most interesting of the lot, at least for power and eco-enthusiasts, is the Audi SQ7 TDI. Based on the mammoth five-metre long Q7, the car boasts a 4.8-litre V8 diesel engine producing 320kW and a planet-spinning 900 Nm of torque, and can reach 100km/h from standstill in 4.8 seconds. That latter number is an impressive demonstration of this car's grunt. That'll likely help off-road too (if you're brave enough to take it rock climbing, that is). Although Audi's...

  • Ford Fiesta ST200 is a ‘classic in the making’

    Hot hatches are interesting specimens, and there's one constant inherent in their DNA: they can always, always get hotter. Although Geneva Motor Show officially kicks off tomorrow for the public, today Ford and company are getting the menial media launches out of the way. And the company's latest car, the Ford Fiesta ST200, is one of the tastiest announcements of the day. It's the most powerful production Fiesta ever made, and features around 10% more power than its previous ST sibling. There's also 20% more torque on tap, which gives drivers some more thrust between those red lights. The engine responsible is...

  • Jimmie Johnson wins in Atlanta, ties with Dale Earnhardt Sr: the motorsport roundup

    You hear that? That's the rumble, whine and screech of engines whirring into life. It's March, and finally, the world motorsport series are lurching into life. This week, we bring news from the World Superbikes opener Down Under, we take a look at Sebastien Loeb's latest career move and the comings and goings of the second round of the NASCAR circus. And of course, the obligatory F1 news. FIA World RallyCross Championship: Sebastien Loeb joins Peugeot RX team The nine-time WRC champion has decided that the WTCC is just too damn boring, and is heading into the panel-beating world of the FIA...

  • Hamlin edges Truex Jr. in closest ever Daytona 500 finish: the motorsport roundup

    Stand by for manic oval racing, serious paint-swapping and pit crew jumping over walls like they're in the army, because NASCAR is back in earnest. That's right, folks. One of the world's premier motorsports series returns to its spiritual homes, -- Daytona Beach. In other news, the Formula 1 circus returns too, although only preseason testing form. And as always, we're also covering other news and views across the motorsport spectrum. NASCAR Xfinity Series: Chase Elliott wins tasty Daytona opener Daytona 500 polesitter, Chase Elliott, took a well-calculated and gutsy win from last year's Daytona 500 winner outright -- Joey Logano --...

  • Lexus LC500h shoves hybrid soul into LFA-inspired shell

    Lexus isn't a newcomer to the hybrid scene, having previously experimented with electric and combustion drive systems in almost all of its lines. Now, it's its latest Porsche 911-killing LC series getting the treatment ahead of Geneva Motor Show. The LC series is the spiritual successor to the company's manic LFA, which was possibly the best looking computer on wheels ever made. Lexus hopes to continue this with the LC500h, only this time, the coupe packs a hybrid powertrain unlike the pure V8 monster LC500 (pictured above). The Multi Stage Hybrid System, as Toyota and Lexus call it, is the former's...

  • Chase Elliott takes Daytona 500 pole in #24 car: the motorsport roundup

    World motorsport is still dawdling along, with only a few series underway at present. But in just a few short weeks, we'll hear the roar of Formula 1, MotoGP and LMP1 cars very soon. In the meantime, we take a look at the first real action on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar, we recap the events of the second round of the WRC in Sweden, and finally, a bit more mundane news with the launch of Honda's new MotoGP bike. So strap yourselves in and hit that launch control button: it's the motorsport roundup. NASCAR Sprint Cup: Chase Elliott captures Daytona 500...

  • Is this the best 24 Hours of Daytona finish ever?: the motorsport roundup

    We might've missed last weekend's motorsport action, but this weekend will definitely make up for it. MotoGP is back in session (if you consider testing important), the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was also run this weekend, with drivers from across America and the rest of the world running at the famous tri-oval. And finally, we roundup the news and results from one of motorsport's most famous events, the first round of the WRC Championship, Rallye Monte Carlo. MotoGP: Loris Baz has ridiculous shunt at 290km/h It's bad crashing on a bike at any speed, but at 290km/h? Just ask Loris Baz. The...

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