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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • You can now rent BMW i3 from Europcar in Cape Town

    Want to go for the cutting-edge car rental? Or maybe you just want the environmentally responsible car during your business trip. Either way, Europcar now offers the BMW i3 at Cape Town International Airport. It's not the first time that the vehicle has been offered by a car rental service in South Africa, but Avis only offered the BMW i3 as part of its chauffeur service. "We have introduced the fully-electric, 0% emissions BMW i3 to our fleet, with sustainability in mind and looking at future trends in mobility. The BMW i3 is a unique, cost effective and innovative vehicle option for...

  • How long until traffic light changes? Audi cars know

    It sounds rather crazy, but Audi cars will soon be able to tell you how long until a traffic light changes. The innovation comes via the Traffic Light Information system, which effectively creates a connection between supported traffic lights and selected Audi models. Las Vegas is the first city to implement the technology across its traffic lights, having launched this month, the automaker confirmed in a press statement. "When approaching a connected traffic light, Traffic Light Information displays the time remaining until the signal changes to green in the driver instrument cluster, as well as the head-up-display (if equipped)," Audi wrote. "Providing the...

  • Watch: 2016 F1 season review in 8-bit gaming form

    It hasn't exactly been as crazy a season as 2012, but the 2016 F1 season still had plenty of drama, spills and general crazy moments. Now, you could watch the traditional season review, or you could opt for the official 8-bit season review, published on the Formula 1 YouTube channel. From the season-opening Haas/McLaren crash to the final showdown, all the big moments are here. There's even a rather cheeky Daniel Ricciardo minigame in there. Check it out below...

  • Watch: all the major crashes, mishaps from 2016 F1 season

    Let's be honest: nothing will top Fernando Alonso's dramatic crash at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Still, there were plenty of thrills and spills throughout the 2016 F1 season. From the Mercedes drivers colliding in Spain to the white-knuckle smashes in the Brazilian Grand Prix, there was no shortage of smashes this season. Fortunately, YouTuber hutterjoel has stepped up and delivered a lovely compilation of crashes and mishaps. Check it out below.

  • David Perel: interview with SA’s Blancpain GT racer

    When it comes to the SA racing scene, there are a few prominent drivers making a name for themselves overseas. One of the standout racers in this regard is David Perel, having finished second in the 2015 Italian GT series and competing in the Blancpain GT Series Am Division. We interviewed Perel via email, covering local obstacles to racing, Forza versus Gran Turismo and much more. Hadlee Simons (HS): What challenges are there for aspiring and budding racers from an SA perspective? David Perel (DP): Primarily it's a case of finding the necessary budget to go racing. When you are a rookie you...

  • Nico Rosberg retires: but who to replace him?

    Late Friday saw the F1 world shattered when newly crowned world champion Nico Rosberg announced his retirement, effective immediately. The German driver's exit means that three veterans of the motorsport have hung up their overalls, in the form of Rosberg, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa. However, the big question is who will replace Rosberg? This is especially notable, as most of the teams have already announced their 2017 driver pairings. That hasn't stopped drivers from enquiring about the vacant race seat anyway, with Toto Wolff telling F1 writer Tobi Grüner that the only drivers who haven't called are Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil...

  • F1: Nico Rosberg claims first world title

    Lewis Hamilton may have won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but Nico Rosberg claimed the F1 world drivers championship by finishing second. The Brit maintained the lead for most of the race, save for a period where an out-of-sync Sebastian Vettel led the pack before peeling off into the pits. However, there was drama in the latter part of the race, as Hamilton slowed down in an attempt to push Rosberg into Vettel and Max Verstappen. If Rosberg was indeed overtaken by the two, he would've lost the championship. Fortunately, the German Mercedes driver managed to secure second place and the...

  • Review: Ford Ecosport Titanium has a kick – if you wait

    I drive a Ford Figo. I'm far from the target market for a city SUV. Why chug around in an oversized monstrosity when a cheap hatchback can fit in small places? Clearly I'm not quite the demographic Ford is hoping to attract with its Ecosport Titanium then. Still, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued by the prospect of driving a 1L turbocharged car. So then, for starters, the Ecosport is a rather attractive package at first glance. Well, for an SUV. Coming in a "Mars Red" colour that sort of grew on me, the vehicle feels like a...

  • F1 title race: where Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton need to finish

    The last race of the Formula One season takes place this weekend, as the title fight goes down to the wire in Abu Dhabi. Nico Rosberg is enjoying a 12 point lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, as opposed to previous seasons, where Hamilton enjoyed the healthy gap. The German driver won last year's race and finished ahead of Hamilton in 2013, while Hamilton has won in 2011 and in 2014. So where will Rosberg need to finish to clinch the title? Where will Hamilton need to finish to win a fourth title? The official F1 website has a brief but rather...

  • Jaguar I-Pace electric car revealed: set for 2018 launch

    Jaguar has become the latest manufacturer to reveal an electric vehicle, in the form of the Jaguar I-Pace concept. The automaker is touting some impressive figures for the five-seater crossover car as well. For starters, there's a 90kWh battery pack driving two electric motors (giving 700Nm of torque) and a 0-60mph figure of around four seconds. However, the range and charging time is rather intriguing as well. "With over 500km range on the NEDC cycle, the average user could charge just once a week. Charging is easy and quick, with 80 percent charge achieved in 90 minutes and 100 percent in just...

  • Watch highlights from the first African Formula E race

    It's a travesty that there's no Formula One race on the African continent, despite the series previously coming to several countries in the past. Fortunately, the all-electric Formula E series has bucked the trend, holding the first African race this past weekend. The race, held in Marrakesh, Morocco, was dominated by Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist in the early running. However, Sebastien Buemi was able to overtake in the closing stages of the race to take a back-to-back win in the series, having won the opener in Hong Kong. Otherwise, the race saw quite a few overtakes, but it wasn't quite as dramatic as...

  • F1: Felipe Massa gets emotional send-off at Brazil

    The Brazilian Grand Prix is a strong contender for the craziest F1 race of the year, featuring several red flags, aquaplaning cars and jaw-dropping overtakes. Lewis Hamilton won the race with relative ease and Max Verstappen's storming drive from 14th to 3rd in the late stages put the world on notice. But the best moment may have taken place off track after Massa crashed into retirement. The Brazilian, making his last F1 appearance in front of his home crowd, dejectedly waved to the crowd after crashing out in treacherous conditions. But as he walked back to the paddock, carrying the Brazilian...

  • Tesla ends free charging for life (for new buyers)

    Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has announced that it will be drastically changing its Supercharging initiative for free public charging. The company's Supercharger network of stations allow Tesla owners to charge their cars for free at 4600 points around the world. The company is offering free charging at these points for life, but it's since revealed a revised policy for new owners. "For Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017, 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually so that all owners can continue to enjoy free Supercharging during travel," the company wrote on a blog post. Tesla will no longer...

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