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All posts by Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
  • 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...

  • McLaren to use 3D printer at F1 races

    3D printing has gone from being a crazy phenomenon to a regular part of life in many industries. Now, the McLaren-Honda F1 team has announced that it will be taking a 3D printer to all its races. In a cool touch, the company confirmed that it will be able to print a variety of parts at trackside, courtesy of 3D printing specialists Stratasys, allowing them to quickly and easily produce spares and all-new designs. Parts fabricated with the printer include hydraulic line brackets, radio cables, brake cooling ducts and rear wing flaps. "We are consistently modifying and improving our Formula 1 car...

  • What is most sought after car on Gumtree?

    The Toyota Corolla is the most popular second-hand vehicle on Gumtree, the website found. In a press release to Motorburn, Gumtree said that the Toyota Corolla was followed by the VW Polo and Golf. The company added that, in terms of broad manufacturer terms, VW was the most sought after brand, followed by Toyota and Ford. "White is definitely the favourite colour in the market with more than twice as many white vehicles listed as blue ones followed by silver in third place," read an excerpt of the release. There was also a major preference for hatchbacks (46% of users searching for...

  • Was it a fluke? F1 reactions to Vettel win

    Ferrari's testing pace left many to wonder whether the team could take on Mercedes this season. Now, with the first F1 race done and dusted, and with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel claiming victory, it's clear that the Scuderia is in good shape. Or was it just luck? Vettel managed to stay with pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton for the first stint, as the Mercedes driver eventually stopped first. Hamilton emerged from the pits behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen, while Vettel stayed out for a few extra laps. This proved to be decisive as Hamilton lost time behind the Red Bull. Vettel eventually pulled in for...

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