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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • 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...

  • Formula E to ditch mid-race car swaps next year

    The all-electric Formula E series has seen some solid growth since its inception, featuring notable drivers and big-name manufacturers. Now, the series has revealed more details about the 2018/2019 season (Season 5), starting with the entry list. We've got nine manufacturers for season five, in the form of Abt Formel E, BMW AG, DS Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover, Mahindra Racing, NextEV NIO, Penske Autosport Renault and Venturi Automobiles. New batteries will also be used next season, with a very welcome side-effect as a result. "From Season 5, there will also be a new standard battery produced by McLaren Applied Technologies. With the new...

  • World Rallycross in SA: tickets on sale now

    Cape Town hasn't seen a world championship motorsport event in a while now, but last year saw news that Killarney would play host to a round of the FIA World Rallycross championship. Now, tickets for the event, taking place on 11-12 November 2017, have gone on sale via TicketPro, so what should you expect to pay? Well, adult tickets start at R400 for a general admission weekend pass. Kids (of all ages) and adults will need to pay R700 for a weekend pass with reserved seating and entry to the paddock. Otherwise, kids between the ages of 12 and 16 will need to pay R220...

  • Watch: crazy brawl after dramatic NASCAR finish

    Formula One might have drama both on and off the track but it says a lot when there are only a few bust-ups between drivers over the years. There was Nelson Piquet and Eliseo Salazar, Eddie Irvine and Ayrton Senna and that confrontation between Schumacher and Coulthard. That pretty much pales in comparison to NASCAR, which sees punch-ups occur far more often, as was the case at this past weekend's Las Vegas race. The fight, between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, was sparked as a result of contact between the two at the last corner, sending Busch sliding into the pit road. Watch:...

  • Peugeot’s new 2008 SUV hits South Africa

    Compact crossovers have been the in-thing for a few years now, with Peugeot being no exception to the trend. The French marque delivered its 2008 SUV in 2013, and now, its latest model is set to hit South Africa this week. The 2017 model delivers a manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, a seven-inch touchscreen (part of its i-Cockpit suite) and a host of aesthetic improvements. The new vehicle is divided into four models, featuring the aforementioned two gearbox choices, a petrol or diesel drivetrain and three trim levels. The entry-level Active model delivers a 1.6-litre HDI turbo-diesel engine and five-speed manual gearbox. The second...

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