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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • What’s Tesla going to announce on 17 October?

    US automaker Tesla has been on a roll over the past few years, and everyone is eagerly anticipating the "affordable" Model 3 car, set for release next year. But founder Elon Musk has teased two product reveals over the weekend. Musk claims that the first will be "unexpected by most". Tesla product unveiling on the 17th (unexpected by most), followed by Tesla/SolarCity on the 28th — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 9, 2016 It's expected that the Tesla/Solar City unveiling will see a solar roof with Powerwall battery and charger integrated revealed. How do we know this? Well, Musk said so himself last month. Aiming for Oct 28...

  • SA to get FIA World Rallycross round at Killarney

    South Africa will play host to the final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championships next year. Cape Town's Killarney racing circuit will serve as the venue for the event, the FIA World Rallycross website reported. "The construction of a brand new rallycross track will commence in the next six weeks and will be a permanent circuit," read an excerpt of the post. "Killarney is delighted to be hosting this first of its kind event in Africa.  Our thousands of loyal fans and spectators, Cape Town and its New Seven Wonders of Nature Table Mountain deserve no less," Des Easom, Executive Manager...

  • Formula E electric racing is coming to Brooklyn, NYC

    Organisers of Formula E have revealed the location and track layout for next season's double header event in New York City. The New York City ePrix will take place in Brooklyn, being a 1.9km track that runs past the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Pier 11, the all-electric series announced on its website. "New York City is where technology, sustainability and commerce collide. We are thrilled to be the new home of the ePrix," said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a press statement. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag added that it was a "historic moment" for motorsport. "When we originally started the project we could only dream of...

  • Singapore F1 broadcast in 4K ahead of 2017 switch

    Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix saw live 4K broadcasting being tested for the motorsport, as Tata Communications, Sky and Formula One Management (FOM) teamed up for the endeavour. The move comes ahead of Sky's plan to broadcast all races in 4K next season. "UHD offers four times higher resolution than HD, making F1 a more powerful, immersive experience for fans than ever before. We're on track to show every race live in UHD next season using our next-generation Sky Q home entertainment service, and to continue to give our customers the action-packed F1 experiences that they crave," said Keith Lane, director of operations at...

  • This team managed to hack a moving Tesla from 19km away

    The idea of a connected car sounds like a great idea, but like all newly connected things, they're vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Now, Chinese security researchers have upped the ante, by remotely hacking a Tesla while it was moving. Researchers from Keen Security Lab were able to identify several vulnerabilities, using these security gaps to remotely control the Tesla Model S in parking and driving modes. The team used unmodified cars with the latest firmware to show off the attack. The company also published a video, showing the researchers being able to remotely pop open the boot/doors, adjust seats, turn on indicators and...

  • Chevrolet Bolt gets price tag in USA

    The Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle has been bandied about for a good few months now, but the price tag wasn't quite set in stone. Now, GM and Chevrolet have announced that the new car will set US motorists back US$37 495, but buyers could earn tax credit of up to US$7500. "Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we're serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers," said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet, in a press release. "We have kept our promise yet...

  • Tesla pushed envelope in terms of safety – Mobileye

    A tech firm that creates driver assistance systems claims that it ended its relationship with Tesla because the electric carmaker "pushed the envelope in terms of safety". Mobileye, which makes high-tech cameras and other assistance systems, told Reuters that Tesla's Autopilot system was not meant to deliver a driverless experience. "No matter how you spin it, (the Autopilot system) is not designed for that. It is a driver assistance system and not a driverless system," Mobileye's Amnon Joshua told the newswire. The comments came a few months after the two companies halted their relationship in July, and in the wake of at...

  • Chevrolet Bolt: is it actually a Tesla Model 3 killer?

    Tesla's Model 3 gets all the headlines, being marketed as the first affordable electric car from the US manufacturer. But General Motors and the Chevrolet Bolt have beaten Tesla to the punch though. The auto giant revealed the production version of the Bolt earlier this year, claiming it will be delivered later this year at an expected price just below US$37 500. By comparison, the Model 3 has a US$35 000 price tag and is only available in "late 2017". Chevrolet and GM claim 238 miles according to EPA estimates, while Tesla is touting a 215 mile maximum range. Should you go for the...

  • Tesla delivers big Autopilot upgrade with new firmware

    Tesla saw plenty of bad press thanks to a fatal crash in Autopilot mode earlier this year. However, the latest firmware update is heavily focused on improving this department. In a blog post detailing version 8.0 of the Model S firmware, Tesla explained that radar is now becoming the primary control sensor for Autopilot mode. Previously, it was used to feed supplementary data to the camera and image processing system. The company outlined some challenges in using radar as the main sensor. Radar isn't perfect "The radar can see people, but they appear partially translucent. Something made of wood or painted plastic, though opaque to...

  • US-based Liberty Media to buy F1 in huge shakeup

    There have been murmurings for a while now, but it's now official. Liberty Media has agreed to acquire Formula One in a deal valuing the motorsport at US$8-billion. The corporation agreed to buy an initial 18.7% stake in the sport, with a 100% sale "subject to satisfaction of conditions". Liberty Media shed more light on the sale in a press statement. "After completion of the acquisition, Liberty Media will own Formula One and it will be attributed to the Liberty Media Group which will be renamed the Formula One Group. The consortium of sellers led by CVC will own approximately 65% of the...

  • Listen: this is the sound of new Formula E cars

    The third season of Formula E is set to take place later this year and sees a prominent new entrant in the form of the Jaguar team. The new season will see a few rule changes taking place, such as a slightly lower weight (from 888 kilograms to 880) and a higher level of regeneration (from 100KW to 150). These factors will in turn make for faster cars and longer runs compared to current rules. With this in mind, Jaguar and the rest of the field went testing at Donington Park recently, allowing people to hear the sound of season three's cars for...

  • Confirmed: Felipe Massa to retire at end of 2016

    Williams driver Felipe Massa will be retiring from Formula One at the end of 2016, the Brazilian has announced. Massa, who is ranked ninth for all-time starts (at 242), is set to have 250 starts under his belt when the chequered flag drops in Abu Dhabi. "I must start by especially thanking my wife and my father, my whole family, my manager Nicolas and all the people who have supported me throughout my career. Thank you to God for giving me the opportunities I have had in life and, above all, for protecting me," Massa said in an official statement. Felipe Massa is...

  • How many BMW i3 and i8 electric cars have been sold in SA?

    BMW and Nissan have announced the launch of the first joint charging stations for electric cars in South Africa - but buried in the press release was a rather interesting bit of news... The German automaker revealed that it sold 300 electric vehicles in the country since their introduction. But which model was more popular though? "In South Africa, BMW has sold a total of 141 BMW i3s and 159 BMW i8s units since its local introduction, making BMW i3 the most successful EV in the market," the automaker noted. We're not sure what BMW means about the i3 being the most...

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