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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • 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...

  • Nissan’s shared car ownership scheme uses social profiling

    Nissan has announced what it calls the "world's first digitally powered" shared car ownership scheme. The Nissan Intelligent Get & Go Micra service was announced by the automaker at the Web Summit in Portugal, and will see users share ownership of the car, Nissan wrote in a press statement. "Social networking is at the heart of this plan, as Nissan is able to profile-match consumers to form next-generation car sharing communities through a 100 percent digital experience," it added. The service uses an algorithm that combines geo-location technology with social profiling to match compatible owners with "complementary" driving needs. The new car-sharing service from...

  • Avis now offers BMW i3 for chauffeur service

    Car rental service Avis now offers the BMW i3 in its fleet. "This is the first time BMW i3 will be available in the car rental sector in South Africa," BMW South Africa noted in a press statement. However, you won't actually be driving the electric car, as the BMW i3 will be used as part of the Point 2 Point chauffeur service. Avis has acquired the BMW i3 vehicles as part of their chauffeur service "Avis recently purchased three BMW i3 cars for their Point 2 Point fleet and four BMW i8s for their Luxury Fleet as part of their ongoing initiative to lower...

  • WEC: Porsche takes the title in Shanghai

    It's been a crazy few weeks for the World Endurance Championship (WEC), as Audi announced that it would be pulling out of the series. However, the other VW-owned team, Porsche, provided a much-needed boost after winning the manufacturer's title over the weekend. The Six Hours of Shanghai race saw the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard take their fourth win of the season, claiming the manufacturer's title with a race to spare. The race was a dominant affair, as the number one Porsche led most of the running. The number six Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and...

  • Did Sebastian Vettel win radio message of the year?

    The Mexican Grand Prix wasn't the most exciting F1 race of the year, but the final laps saw a ton of drama and excitement courtesy of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bulls. A fast-charging Vettel was hounding Max Verstappen in the closing laps, while Daniel Ricciardo was catching up to the pair. Unfortunately for Verstappen, he outbraked himself at the first corner, cutting the turn in the process and still emerging ahead of Vettel. The German and his Ferrari team immediately protested the move to race director Charlie Whiting. However, Vettel was quickly coming under pressure from Ricciardo, who attempted to make...

  • Self-driving truck makes beer delivery in first

    Uber-owned startup Otto has teamed up with Budweiser to make what it calls the first delivery by self-driving truck. Otto has been working on self-driving trucks for quite some time, as it seeks to change the long-haul transit sector. To this end, it teamed up with Volvo to deliver beer. The delivery took place on 20 October and saw the self-driving truck travel from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs - a trip of over 200 kilometres. Otto's self-driving truck tech might just improve safety in the occasionally hazardous long-haul field Truck drivers would still be needed to load the vehicle and get out onto the highway, it...

  • Watch: over 30 minutes of 2016 IndyCar crashes, fails

    The 2016 IndyCar Series played host to a rather entertaining season, as Simon Pagenaud managed to ascend to the top of the throne. Of course, the season had more than its fair share of thrills and spills. Fortunately, YouTube channel Motorsport Crashes has compiled a mammoth 33-minute-long crash compilation, so clear your schedule and check this one out below. Notable IndyCar crashes include the multi-car pile-up at St Petersburg (15 secs), a series of snappy shunts at the Phoenix oval (1min20secs), several crazy Indy 500 smashes (8min50secs) and Josef Newgarden's terrifying crash at the Firestone 600 (17min53secs).

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