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All posts by Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
  • Le Mans 2017: Porsche claims win in race of attrition

    You know it's a crazy endurance race when a slower class of car is leading the race and in with a remote shot of winning. And that's exactly what happened at this past weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours. But it was not to be, as the #2 Porsche car took the chequered flag in first. It was looking like Toyota would finally break their duck this weekend, after the heartache of last year's event. In fact, qualifying saw Kamui Kobayashi's Toyota break the all-time lap record by roughly two seconds. And the race initially saw the Toyotas streak ahead, leaving...

  • Lamborghini Aventador S hits SA, and I obviously can afford it

    The Lamborghini Aventador S has arrived in South Africa, delivering some pretty mean performance for those that can afford it. The supercar packs a 740hp naturally aspirated V12 engine, being capable of 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 350km/h. Otherwise, the car also packs customisable driving modes, a four-wheel drive and steering system, and reworked aerodynamics for an increase in downforce. The big question is the price though, and the Aventador S has a R7.4-million (R7 488 000, to be exact) price tag. As for local availability? The car is available in Johannesburg, with "Cape Town planned for the end of...

  • Watch: Kelvin van der Linde gambles to win Nurburgring 24-Hour

    It was a massive weekend for motorsport, with the Monaco Grand Prix, NASCAR's Coca Cola 600 and Indycar's Indy 500 being some of the more prominent events. However, the Nurburgring 24-Hour race also took place this past weekend, and South Africa's own Kelvin van der Linde took the chequered flag, as part of the Audi Sport Team Land squad. Van der Linde's teammates included Markus 'I led my only F1 race' Winkelhock, Christopher Mies and Connor de Phillippi. Kelvin van der Linde endured a super slow pit-stop, but it all paid off in the end Driving the number 29 Audi R8 LMS, van der...

  • Indy 500: how did Scott Dixon walk away from this? [Video]

    The 2017 Indy 500 was a rollercoaster affair, but this was almost literally the case for pole-sitter Scott Dixon. The Kiwi endured one of the most jaw-dropping crashes ever seen in motorsport this year, after fellow racer Jay Howard hit the wall and bounced back across the track. Dixon then flew over the top of Howard's car, landing almost upside-down on a wall before the car broke in half, rolled several times and came to a rest. Fortunately, both drivers were relatively unscathed in the incident -- a testament to the safety cell of the DW12 chassis. The view from second place finisher...

  • Indy 500: Sato pips Castroneves, Alonso’s Honda blows

    The 2017 Indy 500 was an extra special one for F1 fans, as McLaren's Fernando Alonso joined the field in a McLaren-Honda Andretti car. However, the Spaniard was left with the cruelest of fates in the closing stages of the race, as his Honda engine blew with 20 laps to go. He had been running inside the top ten at the time, having pulled off several passes. Alonso's debut at Indy made for a fantastic performance though, having swapped the lead with teammate Alexander Rossi and making some impressive moves throughout the course of the race. The McLaren driver's engine failure wasn't...

  • Alonso wouldn’t be first: these rookies won Indy 500

    Pole position for Scott Dixon means that he's in the prime starting spot for the Indy 500 on Sunday. However, it's not uncommon for lower-ranked qualifiers to win the race. But what about rookies winning the big one? Surely it's out of the question? Well, not so fast, as nine drivers have won the race at their first attempt. And with four rookies in the field this year (Jack Harvey, Fernando Alonso, Ed Jones and Zach Veach), we take a look at some of the more recent examples. Juan Pablo Montoya (2000) The Colombian may have won the 2015 Indy 500, but...

  • General Motors to pull out of South Africa, Isuzu to step in

    General Motors (GM) has announced that it is "transforming" its business globally and, as a result, will be pulling out of South Africa. The company said it will "phase out manufacturing and sales of Chevrolet vehicles subject to regulatory approvals". The company adds that following the sale of Opel to the PSA Group, it will work with the new owner to formulate a strategy for Opel in SA. The move will however see Isuzu stepping up to the plate, purchasing GM's light commercial vehicle manufacturing facilities in Port Elizabeth. "With its proud heritage, Isuzu will deepen its presence in the country with...

  • As Indy 500 approaches, a look at that insane Indy Lights finish

    The Indy 500 is just over a week away, and the race is infamous for having some jaw-dropping finishes over the years. There was obviously Alex Rossi's lift-and-coast to victory last year and Ryan Hunter-Reay just pipping Helio Castroneves to the line in 2014. But the 2013 Indy Lights race might be the most dramatic one yet. The IndyCar feeder series traditionally holds the Freedom 100 race at the track, taking place on the Friday before the Indy 500. And the 2013 running saw a four-wide finish, with the winner being ahead by a mere 0.0026 seconds. It marks one of...

  • Audi, Volvo models will soon run a full version of Android

    We've already seen Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto power in-car infotainment systems. But what about a smartphone platform powering the car itself? Well, Google has announced that Audi and Volvo will be developing cars with a full fledged version of Android built in. "That means your car's built-in infotainment system could allow you to control your air conditioning, sunroof, and windows, find the nearest restaurant with Google Maps, listen to Spotify or NPR, or just ask your Google Assistant for help -- even when you leave your phone behind," Google wrote on its blog. Google will be previewing the platform at...

  • GIF: Fernando Alonso kills two birds with one car during Indycar test

    Fernando Alonso stepped into his McLaren Honda Andretti for the first time yesterday, attracting scores of YouTube views for his first ever Indycar test. The double F1 champion stepped into the cockpit as part of his rookie orientation programme, running laps at increasingly faster speeds in order to pass the test. Alonso's performance was praised by 1978 F1 champion and Indycar icon Mario Andretti, who said his performance "couldn't be smoother". However, it wasn't quite without incident, as the Spaniard accidentally killed two birds during the test. Or rather, he didn't so much kill them as make them turn into a puff...

  • Watch: we test-drive the Ford Focus RS

    Between the six-speed gearbox, 2.3 litre turbo engine and ridiculous acceleration, there's quite a lot to like about the Ford Focus RS. It's certainly a pocket rocket of note, but is it a perfect ride? We got to spend the Easter Weekend with Ford's speedster to figure that out. Look out for a text-based rundown in the coming days, but our test-drive impressions are available in video form for your viewing pleasure. Check it out below...

  • Your future car will have facial recognition, but will it be secure?

    Today's cars have a number of cool tech-related features, but you can soon add facial recognition to the list. A number of automotive brands are working on facial recognition technology, making for an interesting way of interacting with your car. According to Auto News, Fiat Chrysler and Panasonic's automotive division have been working on the tech, claiming it will be able to tell if you've got glasses, grown a beard or got a new haircut. The tech, first shown off at CES earlier this year, was demonstrated on Chrysler's Portal electric minivan concept vehicle. And in a neat touch, the van also had...

  • Fernando Alonso to race Indy 500, miss Monaco

    In what might be the biggest news in motorsport this year, McLaren has announced that Fernando Alonso will be racing in the Indy 500. The annual race, part of the IndyCar Series, will see the double world champion race in a car run by 2016 Indy 500 winner Andretti Autosport. It also marks the first time in 38 years that the McLaren name returns to the Indy 500, with the car being a McLaren-Honda-Andretti entry. The entry uses the same Dallara DW-12 chassis as other IndyCars, along with a twin turbo V6 Honda engine. Honda and Chevrolet are the only two engine suppliers...

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