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All posts by Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
  • Mercedes has an F1-inspired concept with a 25km electric range

    Mercedes has shown off a radical concept car at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, heavily inspired by its F1 cars. The two-seater Mercedes-AMG Project ONE vehicle produces over 1000hp, delivers an eight-speed manual gearbox and reaches a speed of over 350 km/h. "The high-performance plug-in hybrid drive system of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE comes directly from Formula 1, and was realised in close cooperation with the motorsport experts of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth," read a press statement on the automaker's website. As for the actual details, you're looking at a 1.6 litre V6 turbo engine combined with four electric motors. "One...

  • Volvo to deliver eclipse viewers for your sunroof (in USA)

    An upcoming eclipse is set to envelope a large part of the United States in darkness on 21 August. And if you've got a sunroof (and are in the eclipse's path), then it seems like a pretty neat way to view the celestial event. Now, Volvo has revealed eclipse viewers that attach to the XC60's sunroof, so you don't necessarily need to don a pair of eclipse glasses. The company added that it'll be shipping the eclipse viewers to "select Volvo retailers" in the eclipse's path of totality. So that means Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri and South Carolina. "The XC60 Panoramic Moonroof...

  • Watch: Magnussen’s foul-mouthed comeback to Hulkenberg

    The Hungarian Grand Prix was a pretty entertaining race, as Sebastian Vettel held off Kimi Raikkonen and the two Mercedes drivers for the win. However, it could be argued that the best moment happened in the interview area with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg. The actual race saw Magnussen leave no room for the Renault driver, forcing Hulkenberg to run off the track. The German driver made no secret of his feelings, approaching Magnussen as he was conducting an interview after the race. "Once again, the most unsporting driver on the grid," Hulkenberg told the Dane. "Suck my balls..." Magnussen...

  • ICYMI: A South African won a GP3 race last weekend

    Between Kelvin van der Linde and David Perel, the last few months have been pretty kind to South Africans involved in international motorsport championships. The past weekend saw yet another South African do well in the form of Raoul Hyman, in the GP3 Series. The series is no joke either, being one of the most competitive championships around. It's also one of the final stepping stones to Formula One, with the likes of Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat and Esteban Ocon all being GP3 champions before graduating to the top flight. So colour us impressed when Hyman crossed the line to win...

  • Vettel, Hamilton clash: case closed by FIA

    The Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku made a strong case for being the most dramatic F1 race of the year, eventually being won by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. But it was Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel that dominated the headlines after their clash. An early safety car restart saw Vettel clip Hamilton from behind, with the German driver subsequently pulling alongside and turning into the Mercedes racer. Vettel, who accused Hamilton of brake-testing him, would receive a ten second stop/go penalty for his actions. Stewards also determined that Hamilton didn't brake-test Vettel. However, the FIA motorsport body held a meeting on Monday, in...

  • Watch: Moto2 rider suffers horrible crash (he’s been discharged)

    Motorcycle racing isn't for the faint of heart, with little protection and the threat of a high-side flip being constant. And the bike bit hard on Saturday, as Moto2 rider Lorenzo Baldassarri experienced a terrible crash during qualifying at Assen. Baldassarri suffered a high-side, ragdolling in the air before being hit in the back of the head and neck by his own bike. The session was subsequently red-flagged and the Italian taken to hospital. Check out the crash below. The rider was diagnosed with a bad concussion as well as a fractured ankle, according to Motorsport.com. He's since been discharged from hospital. As for qualifying,...

  • 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...

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