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  • 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...

  • 2016 Ford Focus RS price leaks, puts a smile on everyone’s faces

    There is a glorious gap between supercars and standard cars, where nimble, devilish, turbo-powered beasts reside. This is exactly where Ford has plopped the new Focus RS. The release price has been accidentally leaked on the Ford website where it was quickly screen-grabbed before taken down. Fortunately for prospective buyers, the 2016 RS seems to be in reach.Car and Driver reports that it will possibly cost somewhere around US$36 605, excluding the add-ons. That's not a bad price tag considering the 320 horsepower underneath the Ford's bonnet. Read more: Why the new Ford Focus RS’ Drift Mode is awesome…and incredibly important The old...

  • Ferrari teases latest charming convertible: the 488 Spider

    Whetting the appetites of petrol heads around the globe, Ferrari is teasing its 488 Spider -- a convertible, slightly refined version of the 488 GTB. The new Spider is for those looking for the wind in their hair and an engine melody soothing the eardrums. It's also the Italian company's most aerodynamic Spider ever introduced. As with the GTB model, the Spider houses the 3902 cc turbo-charged V8 engine which takes the lucky driver from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds flat and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.7 seconds. This is all thanks to the 661 horsepower. And what...

  • Toyota’s 2016 Rav4 boasts facelift, sport and hybrid counterpart

    2016 looks like it's going to be good year for the cars that take you to school in the week and off-road on the weekend. Toyota seems to own the spotlight with its latest Rav4 model -- a feisty grinning transformer, along with a hybrid version that clocks in more horsepower and mileage than any of the previous models. Turning heads with one of the few hybrid SUVs on the market, the Japanese automotive giant has even given the interior a revamp with better materials, more touch screens and a dashboard for the millennial soul. The Rav4 Hybrid will pack an Atkinson-cycle...

  • Could a future Apple car be based on the BMW i3?

    No matter how persistent Apple is in its claims that it has no plans to build a car, the rumours just won't go away. This one though is a little more specific than most and states that the rumoured car will share a platform with the BMW i3. According to German publication Manager Magazin, the two have negotiated a far-reaching cooperation which includes the use of the i3 platform. BMW has long been associated with the Apple Car, although the Bavarian automaker has always quashed any speculation that it was working on an Apple-branded car. Instead, it's generally stuck...

  • Motorsport mourns as Bianchi, Martinez and Rivas Fernandez pass away: the weekend motorsport roundup

    It has been a very dark weekend for motorsport and its fans. We lost one of the world's most promising young drivers on Saturday, Jules Bianchi, after he succumbed to injuries sustained nearly nine months prior at the Japanese GP. The race that really should've been stopped on lap forty continued while a recovery vehicle was allowed on the circuit. A recovery vehicle that an aquaplaning Bianchi eventually strike. Categories across the world, drivers on social media and team bosses all expressed their sadness and payed their respects. One of the more fitting tributes came at the beginning of the second World...

  • Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has died

    Marussia and French Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi has died. "It is with deep sadness that the parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Mélanie, wish to make it known that Jules passed away last night at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Nice, (France) where he was admitted following the accident of 5th October 2014 at Suzuka Circuit during the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix," said a statement by the Bianchi family released on Facebook. The 25-year-old driver has been in a coma since his collision with a recovery vehicle nearly nine months prior at...

  • This is the new Ghostbusters Ecto 1

    Paul Feig, the man behind the new Ghostbusters movie, has revealed the Ecto 1 car the film's all-female team will be driving and, chances are, some people won't be happy. As was the case in the original movie, the ghost busting crew will be driving a Cadillac hearse. Unlike the original however, it won't borrow from the free-flowing lines of the 1959 model. As The Verge notes, the new model maintains the array of sirens and side ladder, but is a little boxier than the original. The colour scheme is also a little more muted than the one...

  • Audi hopes to have this rover rolling on the moon in 2017

    Audi has unveiled the rover which it, together with a group calling itself the Part-Time Scientists, hopes to take to the moon in 2017. The vehicle has been built as part of the team's entry Google's XPRIZE competition to transport an unmanned rover onto the moon. If it wins, the rover will land in the same area as Apollo 17, the last NASA lander to take a human being to the moon, did. According to Audi, the team will benefit from its expertise in a number of fields, including quattro all-wheel drive and lightweight construction as well as electric...

  • SA solar car set to be first to cross into Sub-Saharan Africa

    While more and more electric cars roll out onto the world's roads, a group of engineering students are out to make history by driving a solar-powered car across the South African border and into Namibia and Botswana. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Energy Movement’s Ilanga II will kick off its 4 160 km journey in Johannesburg in 18 June. During the trip, engineering students will also be collecting and analyzing data to optimise the performance of the vehicle, which will later be used to attempt to set the solar-only land speed world record. During the trip, the UJ Energy...

  • This superyacht comes with a helipad, V12 supercar (and a hefty pricetag)

    This has officially reestablished the insanity-scale; it now starts with an average day, then it escalates to a bank robber, next is Brazil's performance in the 2014 Fifa world cup and now the most insane thing ever has got to be the Xhibitionist. No, not showing the public how proud you are of your bithday suit but now even getting naked in public for attention has a new definition. Welcome aboard the superyacht Exhibitionist, where you can get as naked as you want, you'll only have to spend around US$26-million to own it. The 230 ft (70m) long Eduard Gray-designed megayacht has been crafted...

  • Germany’s big three looking for controlling stake in Nokia’s Here mapping service

    BMW, Audi, and Mercedez Benz are set to launch a takeover bid for Nokia's Here mapping division in a bid to stop one of Silicon Valley's powerhouses getting there first. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the so-called big three are planning to acquire Here before the likes of Google, Facebook, and Apple are able to. Citing people familiar with the situation, the Journal says that the automakers have banded together in a consortium which includes Chinese search giant Baidu for "considerably more than €2 billion.” Formerly called Ovi Maps, Nokia Here already has a fairly...

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