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  • Ecclestone’s mother-in-law kidnapped for ransom – reports

    Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law has been kidnapped in Brazil. According to Brazilian magazine Veja and other reports, Aparecida Schunck (67) was kidnapped in Interlagos, with the captors demanding a ransom of 120 million reals (US$36-million). Schunck is the mother of Fabiana Flosi, who met Ecclestone at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix and married him in 2012. If paid, the ransom could be the biggest ever paid in Brazil. Unfortunately, the Ecclestone family is no stranger to plots of this nature. In 2012, Martin Peckham was jailed for demanding £200 000 from Ecclestone to prevent daughter Tamara from being kidnapped. Peckham, a dental technician, claimed that he...

  • BREAKING: SA race driver Gugu Zulu dies on Kilimanjaro trip

    South African race driver Gugu Zulu has died before the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Zulu and wife Letshego were taking part in Trek4Mandela, an initiative by the Nelson Mandela Foundation that sees several people climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one of the climbers on the Trek4Mandela, Gugu Zulu lost his life early this morning in his attempt to summit Kilimanjaro," the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced in a statement. The foundation added that not much was known about the circumstances surrounding his death just yet. "Details are sketchy. What we do know is that Gugu...

  • What should you expect from the SA Festival of Motoring?

    The SA Festival of Motoring aims to become the biggest motoring show in South Africa, establishing itself as SA's official motoring show. Its roots lie deep within its predecessors, Auto Africa and the Johannesburg International Motor Show. The refurbished Kyalami Raceway, which has held many historic races, will now play host to the festival. The show will include on-the-spot test-drives, performance demos and experiential exhibits. It will also celebrate the first car to land on South African shores 120 years ago, the Benzo Velo which was imported by local businessman John Percy Hess. The SA Festival of Motoring will also include dedicated...

  • Who will replace Chris Evans at Top Gear?

    The reboot of the critically acclaimed Top Gear has quickly come to an end. Not more than six episodes have aired since it went on a break early this month. The show has had a decline in views since its revival, from 4.3 million viewers initially to 2.68 million viewers last month. Many credited the decline in numbers to host Chris Evans, with social media users posting about how the previous seasons became more than just the cars they showcased, focusing on the witty trio that presented them. Chris Evans, the top draft pick for the Top Gear hosting position, resigned just days after...

  • Tesla wants to build 500k cars a year by 2018

    You can't argue that Tesla doesn't have serious ambitions. In its Q1 update, the California-based electric car maker announced plans to build 500 000 cars a year by 2018. That's significantly more than it's current production capacity, which it says will allow it to deliver between 80 000 and 90 000 new vehicles in 2016. According to Tesla's note, hitting the 500 000 cars a year mark by 2018 would put it two years ahead of its original schedule and is largely driven by the need to meet demand for the Model 3. "In the first week of taking...

  • Autonomous Volvos to hit London by 2017

    Within the next year or so, Londoners could find themselves sharing the road with a fleet of autonomous Volvos. An unlike other autonomous driving trials, this one won't involve a bunch of scientists and engineers carefully observing what the cars get up to. Instead, real families, travelling on real routes will be ferried around by the autonomous fleet. The Swedish car maker says it will source its data from these everyday users and use this data to develop AD cars that are suitable for real world driving conditions, rather than the more unrealistic conditions found on test tracks. Drive...

  • Vintage goes green: Morgans to be electric, hybrid by 2019

    If I asked you to picture a typical Morgan driver, you'd probably imagine someone with a predilection for tweed and a fear of anything remotely "new-fangled". But it turns out the bespoke British marque isn't afraid of a little innovation. In fact, you may well be able to lay your hands on an electric Morgan by as soon as 2019. Electric 3 wheeler soon, rest 2019? https://t.co/jbSiVPl4n6— Charles Morgan UK (@charlesmorganuk) February 1, 2016 According to Jalopnik, Morgan's bid to go electric is part of an US$8.6 million partnership its struck with British government. To pull off its bid...

  • GM gets ready to take on Uber with new Maven brand

    Well that was fast. General Motors has announced the launch of its ride-sharing brand Maven less than a month after making a US$500-million in Lyft and just a few days after buying failed Uber competitor Sidecar. It's an interesting move from one of the world's largest car makers, but it's clear that it's seen the rapid rise of Uber as a portent of things to come. According to a release from GM, the new brand will launch with a global team including more than 40 dedicated employees from the connected car technology industry as well as ride- and...

  • BMW M3, M4 Competition package brings more power, race day bling

    If you feel that the BMW M3 (or M4) is a bit sluggish off the line, the Munich-based manufacturer has an answer. The company today announced that it will offer customers a new Competition package for the power and style hungry owners of its performance coupe and four-door saloon. The package is available for the M3, M4 and M4 cabrio variant, and boosts power output to around 331kW for all models. Beyond the power increase, the cars' chassis also see upgrades, including a new Active Suspension package "which has been extensively tuned to the enhanced performance and handling, and which features new...

  • Tesla’s new Model X in 6 beautiful snaps

    If you haven't heard the news, Elon Musk recently launched Tesla's latest electric vehicle called the Model X. While not particularly as sexy as the 2014 sport Model S, the X surely didn't have Musk hold back when it came to showing off some really advanced tech. As Tesla notes, "Model X is the SUV uncompromised". Besides its 90 kWh battery providing 250 miles (around 400km) of range, the Model X is an four-wheel drive machine that can transport up to seven people. Yes, it has up to seven seats which can be accessed via the X's awesome Falcon Wing...

  • VW emissions saga continues: Audi, Skoda claim over 3.3m of their cars affected

    Volkswagen has single handedly ruined the diesel car for the world, after it was found that the company was installing software that helped its diesel cars to cheat the US emissions test. It's not a small matter, and subsequently, it has sent shock waves as far as Formula 1 itself. But new claims by VW-subsidiaries Skoda and Audi have laid another blow. Both companies claim that there are over 3.3-million Audi and Skoda branded cars trotting around motorways with this software. This includes 2.1-million Audis and 1.2-million Skodas worldwide. Models affected from the Ingolstadt marque includes the Audi A1, A3, A4, A5,...

  • Discovery again challenges SA road users to drive better

    South African insurance giant Discovery is once again challenging South African road users to improve their driving. Anyone who downloads the company's free driving app and uses it between 10 August to 31 October 2015 stands a chance at winning a share of R1-million in BP fuel vouchers. If you want a chance at the prize though, you have to ensure that you come in among the top drivers in the country. Discovery says it launched the challenge to help drivers improve their driving behaviour with the aim of making South Africa roads safer for all. Up to 90% of...

  • Uber Cape Town users could ride in a McLaren 650S this Friday

    If you've ever wondered what it's like to pitch up to a coffee meeting in a supercar, Uber Cape Town may just be able to give you an inkling this Friday. The ridesharing service has partnered with McLaren and GQ South Africa to allow Uber users to ride in a McLaren 650S. The best part? It's free. The car will be cruising the streets from 12 to 3PM on Friday. Uber reckons demand for the car will be high and suggests that users keep trying if they don't get it first time. There are a few caveats to how...

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